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T: 01962 868 708
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Monday 10am - 7pm
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Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
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Andover Road Retail Park
Andover Road
Winchester
SO23 7RY
United Kingdom

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Store News(1,564)

Sparkling saturdayyyyyy- whats on the menu?!Date published: 26/06/15

Prosecco Salatin has been a Majestic favourite over the past year and they've now released 'Superiore' version from the hills of Valdobbiadene - Italy's holy grail of Prosecco production. This is sure to be a great hit this summer!

Grape: Glera

Origin: The Salatin family have lived in and around the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene just north of Venice since at least 1528. The wine business was founded in 1947 and is today run by the grandchildren of the founders.

Taste

Soft and full with fine persistent bubbles. Flavours of apple, peach and rose petals make this a fruity and intense Prosecco.

Enjoy

New wine ready for 4th JulyDate published: 26/06/15

Our American section of the store looks like its had a face lift. We have just received some new American wines to our range and they look like they could be good'uns. 

CHRONIC CELLARS PURPLE PARADISE ZINFANDEL 2013, PASO ROBLES. Josh Beckett was born in Paso Robles and worked in wineries all through High School. After completing school he worked under American, French and Australian winemakers before returning to Paso Robles and founding Chronic Cellars with his brother Jake. Purple Paradise has a rich dark colour intense smoky, vanilla, cherry, chocolate and spice flavours. The tannins are soft and the acidity balanced in this delicious wine. Enjoy with richly flavoured meat dishes from burgers and steaks to beef and game stews.

WHITE KNIGHT VIOGNIER 2013, CLARKSBURG. The Clarksburg appellation is surrounded by the Sacremento River and San Fransico Bay. The sandy loam and clay soils are extremely rich making them ideal for growing viognier. Tank fermantation results in freshness while a touch of French oak adds richness and depth. Aromas of apple, nectarine and honeysuckle are followed on the palate by tropical fruit and peach. The finish is long and expressive. Match this wine with pasta in creamy sauces, poached or grilled chicken or even a classic pizza margharita.

PEIRANO ESTATE OLD VINE ZINFANDEL 2012, LODI. The Periano Estate in Lodi, east of San Fransico, was founded in 1879 by Giacomo Periano who imported zinfandel cuttings from his familiy's vineyards near Genoa. Long ageing in oak barrels allows the flavours to fully develop. This serious and complex wine has aromas of rhubarb and red and black cherry. Flavours are of red cherry, strawberry, cocoa and toast. Try this wine with roast duck or stewed venison.


Beer O'Clock!Date published: 26/06/15

The name of the Paulaner brewery derives from an order of monks - the order of Saint Francis of Paola.

The monks started brewing in 1634 and were only allowed to sell their beer on particular holidays. The order eventually disbanded and commercial brewing started in the old brewery in 1799. Paulaner’s Hefe-Weißbier is a complex beer full of flavour. The beer has a yeasty aroma and connoisseurs might detect flavours of banana, mango and pineapple whilst enjoying the balance of sweet and bitter. This is fresh, fruity and delightful!

£22.99 buy 2 save £6 = £19.99


Wonderful English Sparkler...Date published: 26/06/15

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.

Classic Cuvee... 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.

£23.98



Try a new RoséDate published: 25/06/15

Here is my last news post from the Farnham store so I thought I would make it summery with an elegant rose. 

Everyone loves a good rose and my favourite of the moment is the Chateau La Sauvageonne Rose at £12.99. Made with a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault and has been barrel-aged for added texture and complexity. 

A beautiful nose and taste of redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit with subtle floral hints. It has undertones of vanilla but is lusciously smooth and has a very long finish.

Definitely a special little rose to try. 


New Zealand RoséDate published: 24/06/15

I consider today just a blip weather wise to I'm looking forward to a weekend of warm weather and rose consumption. Just in is another shipment of the delicious Black Cottage from New Zealand. Made mainly from pinot noir with a splash of pinot gris. This is their version of a Sancerre style but just has a little more depth. 

Estate owner and winemaker David Clouston took his inspiration for this rosé from his time spent making wines in France and Corsica. The delicate style owes more to Sancerre or Provence rosé than it does to the bolder, more vibrant rosés typical of the New World.

Pale salmon pink, this wine has a gentle and attractive nose of ripe red berries and subtle spice. Light and refreshing, the delicate fruit and crisp acidity fade to a clean, dry finish.

We have a good amount of this wine in magnum form which are just perfect for dinner parties or taking round to friends. Priced at £25 a magnum. 

5 fantastic fresh wines! Date published: 23/06/15

Athough I tend to prefer slightly richer white wines, I love a fresh, easy-drinking style over lunch on a sunny afternoon. I am a big fan of some lesser known wines such as Picpoul and Vermentino which are fantastic alternatives if you are looking for something other than the good old favourite Sauvignon Blanc. Here are my top 5 picks for a sunny, summer afternoon like today. 

1. Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet Côteaux du Languedoc. Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline. 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. £5.99 on our 33% off multibuy deal

2. Torres Vina Sol. Fourth generation grower Miguel Torres uses his experience well in the production of this dry white. Fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. Just £4.99 on our 33% multibuy deal. An absolute bargain if you're hosting! 

3. Muscadet Jean Sablenay. Muscadet comes from the area around the city of Nantes, where the Loire Valley region nears the Atlantic coast, and has therefore developed a famous association with seafood. This example is made by Lacheteau, a family winery based in nearby Anjou. Clean, crisp and refreshing, this classic Muscadet has a backbone of lemon and lime flavour with a hint of minerality, fresh acidity and a delicately herbaceous edge. £5.99 on our 25% deal. 

4. Cortese Araldica, Piemonte. Cortese is one of the principal white grapes in Piemont. This wine is sourced from the grape's heartland of Gavi and from vineyards in the surrounding Alto Monferrato region. A pale, light-bodied and crisp white, full of racy citrus flavours alongside softer notes of apple and pear, and subtly verdant nettle-like aromatics. £5.99 on our 25% off deal. 

5. Robertson Chenin Blanc. The warm and dry Robertson Valley, home to this winery of the same name, is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa, but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence and provides Chenin Blanc of excellent character and consistency. Crammed full with pineapple, melon and green apple fruits complemented by a firm structure and balancing acidity. £5.79 a bottle. 


Great Pinot Noir Date published: 22/06/15

Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, 100 kms north of the capital city, Santiago. Recognizing that this valley, with its cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard.

Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant, Eduardo Chadwick. Eduardo is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business.

The grapes used for this wine come from the north west of the Casablanca region, where the cool sea breezes provide perfect growing conditions for Pinot Noir. Unlike most wines, naturally occuring yeasts on the grape-skins begin the fermentation, usually yeast is added.

Highly aromatic yet very subtle in style, the fruit aromas show violets and spice, which are backed up on the palate by great concentration and soft ripe tannins.

This amazing Pinot Noir is drinking beautifully now, and will age gracefully over the next 4 years. Try this wine with roast lamb.

This wine is £9.99 in our 33% off section when buying two bottles or more



Champagne methodDate published: 21/06/15

1, Harvest: Harvest in Champagne generally occurs around mid October. Although 8 varietals are permitted in the production of Champagne, the most widely used are:

Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Generally, the Pinot Meunier is the first varietal to be harvested, followed by Chardonnay and then Pinot Noir. Grapes will be hand harvested in order to ensure that the grapes are brought in clean and undamaged.

2, Pressing: Grapes will be pressed as soon as possible, especially with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as skin contact with these dark skinned varieties will soon begin to taint the juice if left on the skins.Two pressings are utilized here. The first press is called the “cuvee” which is considered the finer, more high quality juice. The second pressing is called the “tailles” (or tails) and considered of lesser quality.

3, First Fermentation: Next, the first of two fermentations takes place. A key factor in this first fermentation is that it be relatively quick and warm. The emphasis here is to produce a relatively neutral wine that is high in acidity.

4,Blending: The blending process in Champagne is what sets this region apart from just about any other wine producing region in the world. Whereas most wine regions produce a new vintage of a particular wine every year, the Champenoise are master blenders. Although in a good year many domains will produce a vintage champagne, the Champenoise pride themselves on their masterful skills of blending multiple vintages to create a signature “house style”.

5,Second Fermentation: Once a blend has been created, a mixture of still wine, sugar and yeast will be added to the blended wine. This mixture is known as the “liqueur de triage”. Here, active yeast will begin consuming the available sugar, resulting in the anaerobic production of alcohol within this sealed bottle.

6,Lees Ageing: Following the completion of the secondary fermentation, the wine will then begin a period of ageing in bottle where the wine will interact with the dead yeast cells (lees)  and which will greatly influence the flavor and texture of the finished champagne. By law, non-vintage Champagne must age a minimum of 15 months on their lees, although most age between 18-24 months.

7,Remuage/Riddling: Once the champagne has completed its extended lees ageing and is ready to be bottled it will go through a process known as “remuage”. This procedure is aimed at loosening the dead yeast cells and sediment  that has formed at the bottom of the bottle, and slowly moving it towards the neck of the bottle which it will be removed or disgorged. This process must be done methodically and over time so as not to disrupt the champagne in bottle.

8,Disgorgement: This process involves removing the dead yeast/sediment in the neck of the bottle. Most often this is achieved by submerging the neck of the champagne bottle into a cold brine, thus quickly freezing the dead yeast matter that has collected in the neck.

9,Dosage: Before the champagne is re-corked, a measured amount of champagne and cane sugar will be added to the finished wine. This is known as the “liqueur d’expedition”. The amount of this mixture, known as “dosage”  will in effect determine the final sweetness level and style of champagne.

10,Re-corking: We are now in the home stretch! The fermented, blended, fermented, aged, riddled, disgorged and dosaged sparking wine is finally ready to be bottled and manipulated for the last time. After a cork is inserted, a protective wire cap is placed over the bottle to help secure the cork and bottle. The wine is then shaken vigorously, in order to help integrate the wine with the liqueur d’expedition.


Wine of the week- We love it! Date published: 20/06/15

Cool Sauvignon Blanc
The Leyda Valley is approximately half way down the country of Chile, to the south and west of Santiago. The vineyards are situated only 10 miles from the coast, meaning that the influence of the Pacific Ocean is very important to the region. The ocean helps moderate the temperatures, meaning that the winters are mild and the summers are warm rather than hot.This creates a cool climate for grape growing, and one grape that can produce fantastic wine in these conditions is Sauvignon Blanc.

Should I compare thee to a Loire or a Kiwi?
The Loire style of Sauvignon tends to be restrained, with subtle flavours of citrus, with some peachy or apricot flavours. The soft ripe flavours and sharp acidity make them great wines to drink with food.
New Zealand wines tend to be bigger and bolder with citrus flavours and gooseberry being prominent.
This cool climate Chilean wine falls somewhere between the two. The flavours are more obvious than that of a Loire wine, yet not as 
powerful as some from New Zealand.

Why should you buy this wine...?
If this wine were from the Loire it would be twice the price. The last few years have also seen a rise in price of New Zealand Sauvignon, so if you are looking for a quality, value Sauvignon Blanc, Chile is the place to look ­ and you need look no further ­ you’ve found it!
£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66


Beer of the week- Lagunitas IPADate published: 20/06/15

Lagunitas is one of the top 10 selling craft beers in the USA. Originally created in Lagunitas, California in 1993, the company moved to bigger premises in Petaluma, California the following year. With demand and interest on the East Coast growing, Tony Magee opened a second brewery in Chicago in April. The new Chicago brewery has a 600,000 barrel capacity and now has an on­premise taproom.

Why should you buy this beer...
The beer itself is made with 43 different hops and 65 various malts. It is light amber in colour with a frothy white head. It smells light and citrusy with a hint of pine. The smells and flavours are very similar and it’s surprisingly light, given the number of hops used within the brewing process. It is very smooth with only a hint of bitterness on the finish.

The Lagunitas Brewing Company recommend drinking it on its own or with a mild blue cheese
£13.99 buy any 2 craft ales = £10.99


Three new summer spirits... Date published: 17/06/15

Summer doesn't just mean 'rosé season' here at Majestic. We have some delicious spirits in stock which will go down a treat in the sunshine (or not as the case might be!). 

1. The Lakes Gin

Close to Bassenthwaite Lake, in an area of unimaginable beauty encircled by Cumbrian fells, lives The Lakes Distillery. With deal water from the famous River Derwent, its source high up in the fells, a team steeped in distilling experience, and perfect conditions for creating outstanding spirits. Big, clear fresh citrus, fruity and floral. Complex and vibrant. The producers recommend chilling in a fridge freezer, and pouring over a cube or two of ice. If you MUST add tonic, they recommend 1:1 ratio (powerful stuff). £30 a bottle. 

2. Durham Gin 

Made with 10 botanicals this gin is soft and slightly floral on the nose with a mix of Juniper, Elderflower and Pink Peppercorns. Long and smooth on the finish. A refreshing and summery gin. £25 a bottle.

3. Brooke's Fruit Cup 

The quintessentially British, vodka based fruit mixer crafted in Great Britain with the finest ingredients. A delicious drink when served with lemonade. Add fruit for the perfect serve. Similar to sweet but a little less sweet (making it easier to drink!). Just £9.99 a bottle. 


The Ravenswood... Date published: 17/06/15

The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!

Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temeprature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.


True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced.


Wine of the Week - Ferrandière RieslingDate published: 23/05/15

Ferrandière Riesling

Open to taste!

A favourite amongst wine enthusiasts Riesling is not a grape variety that you’ll find on all restaurant menus, but amongst wine enthusiast, including many Majestic staff, Riesling is a favourite. Riesling can be happily consumed as both a young fresh wine or once it has spent a few years in bottle. As a young wine Riesling tends to have aromas and flavours of citrus and apricot. As a Riesling ages in bottle the fresh fruit softens and can be replaced by honeyed flavours.

Why should I buy it...?
This a great wine. Fresh with aromas and flavours of lemon and lime, the wine is crisp 
and refreshing. It also has that lovely hint of minerality associated with quality Riesling. 
Fantastic with grilled sardines! 
£8.99 buy 2 save 25% = £6.74


33% off ALL Champagne! Ends MondayDate published: 23/05/15

This Bank Holiday weekend we have 33% off all Champagne under £100.

Ends Monday at 5pm.

Highlights - 

Bollinger @ £29.98

Laurent Perrier @ £24.99

Pol Roger @ 31.98

Veuve Magnum @ 63.29

And Many more!


Beer of the Week - Coopers Pale AleDate published: 23/05/15

Coopers Pale Ale

Where it all began

The history of Coopers is not what you might expect. Thomas Cooper had worked as a cobbler, a stonemason and a dairyman. In 1862 he made his first batch of beer as a tonic for his ailing wife Ann. He subsequently wrote to his brother in 1864 stating: “...we use only malt and hops, consequently, ours (beer) being pure, the doctors recommend it to all their patients” Whilst we are not recommending the Pale Ale as any sort of health tonic, we do think it is rather tasty!

Thomas Cooper then went on to establish his own brewery. Coopers Pale Ale.

The Pale Ale is not the original beer brewed by Thomas Cooper. It is fruity and floral and is finding a niche with a new generation of ale drinkers.Coopers only use the finest raw ingredients and traditional brewing techniques. The result of which is a clean, pure beer.

Why buy this beer

There are many Australian beers available within the UK market, but few have the history and quality of Coopers. It is a fresh, fruity beer, which is light in style, making it ideal for the summer.

So, how much does it cost...?

£15.99 for a case


Sparkling Saturday - Chandon Brut NV & Chandon Rosé NVDate published: 23/05/15

Chandon Brut and Chandon Rosé

Premium bubbles from Argentina with a fabulous French Heritage - Chandon Brut and Chandon Rosé are premium sparkling wines from Argentina, made by Moët & Chandon, one of the world’s most loved Champagne houses.

Chandon Brut is made in the traditional Champagne method from a blend of grapes including Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as a touch of Argentina’s flagship, Malbec. It’s fresh and elegant, with aromas of citrus, pineapple and white peach and a palate with a lovely richness and length. Celebrate any occasion with this great quality Champagne alternative, or pair with seafood canapés.

Chandon Rosé is a complex sparkling rosé; rose pink with a sunny, peachy hue. Aromas are predominantly of citrus and stone fruit, accented by hints of cherry and fresh pie crust. The strawberries and cream palate is carried by a voluminous mousse (bubbles). A wonderful aperitif-style rosé for any special occasion.

Taste them both in­store today!
£19.49 Buy 2 Save 33% = £12.99

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV Champagne is £29.32!Date published: 08/05/15

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV Champagne is £29.32!

Celebrate this bank holiday in style with a bottle of Veuve NV!

 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.

At this price you can't complain!


Just For The Weekend: Third off all Proseccos!Date published: 08/05/15

Just For The Weekend: Third off all Proseccos!

Here are our top 3 staff recommendations:

1) Soffio Prosecco - £6.66

2) Giosa Prosecco - £7.99

3) Salatin Prosecco - £8.66

We will even have some open to taste tomorrow #SparklingSaturday



New Arrival: Bourgogne Cote Chalonnaise 2013, La BuxynoiseDate published: 08/05/15

New Arrival: Bourgogne Cote Chalonnaise 2013, La Buxynoise

Buy any 2 third off bottles as part of your 6 bottle case = £8.66 from £12.99

The cote Chalonnaise in the southern part of the Cote d'Or is responsible for the majority of the winemaking in Burgundy, where cooperatives of growers produce some of the most consistently good quality wines such as this Chardonnay, representing stunning value.

With just 3% of the blend fermented in new oak, this is a fresh and crisp Chardonnay with a focus on golden apple and citrus flavours, with very subtle texture and toastiness.

The perfect white wine to accompany cod or other white fish cooked 'au gratin'.


NEW ARRIVAL: Cotes-du-Rhone 2014, Les Fustiers!Date published: 08/05/15

NEW ARRIVAL: Cotes-du-Rhone 2014, Les Fustiers!

A typical Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre; this wine is made using grapes from the Vacluse, Gard, Ardeche and Drome districts of the Southern Rhone Valley. Winemaking is overseen by Armelle Barbanson who also makes wine for the more famous Ogier.

Long fermentation and ageing in stainless steel tanks preserve intense red fruit flavours with classic notes of white pepper and moorland herbs.

Match this wine with roast lamb flavoured with thyme or rosemary or a herby rabbit stew.

Just £6.66, when you buy any 2 or more third off wines as part of your case


New Arrival: Negromaro 20134, Feudo Dei TariDate published: 08/05/15

New Arrival: Negromaro 20134, Feudo Dei Tari

Buy any 2 or more third off wines = £6.66 from £9.99  

This wine comes from several vineyard sites around the Adriatic port of Brindisi in Puglia, the Italian homeland of the Negromaro grape, which can trace its origins back to the arrival of the first Greek settlers, who came to southern Italy around 800 years ago.

An intense ruby red colour, with youthful purple highlights. The fruit character is led by cherries and forets fruits. The palate is juicy and supple, accented by bitter cocoa-like tannins.

Enjoy with a generously topped pizza or nay tasty tomato-based pasta or meat dish.


NEW ARRIVAL: Vina Mayu Dry Pedro Ximenez 2014Date published: 08/05/15

NEW ARRIVAL: Vina Mayu Dry Pedro Ximenez 2014

Buy any 2 third off wines as part of your 6 bottle case = £6.99, from £10.49

Pedro Ximenez is known worldwide primarily as the grape of Spain's rich dessert sherries, and in Chile as the basis of Pisco, the local brandy. However it is also capable of being crafted into this intriguingly aromatic and crisp dry white.

This wine has an appealing citrus backbone combining aromas of lemon and lime zest with subtle floral and mineral hints. Crisply acidic and refreshing on the palate.

A great partner for all manner of fresh seafood dishes.


NEW ARRIVAL: Haut Vol Rose 2014, Pays d'OcDate published: 08/05/15

NEW ARRIVAL: Haut Vol Rose 2014, Pays d'Oc

Buy any 2 or more third off wines as part of your mixed 6 bottle case = £6.66 from £9.99

While Provence tends to take the lion's share of the limelight when it comes to rose, many producers throughout the rest of southern France are making superb value roses in a similar style, using classic Grenache-based blends.

A delicate rose petal pink, this is a light-bodied and delicately fruity rose characterised by the sweet summer smells of strawberries and raspberries, and a refreshingly easy-going palate.

Perfect for your summer barbecue, pairing well with grilled meats or dressed salads.


German Wines and the PradikatsweinDate published: 08/05/15

German Wines and the Pradikatswein

When discussing German wines we must talk about Anbaugebeit and Bereich, these terms are indications of areas in German wine. Anbaugebeit is the designated region, which must appear on the label , there are in total thirteen Anbaugebeits. Bereich is a district within  an Anbaugebeit and covers extensive geographical areas, Beriechs are often named after a famous village within their borders, once again Beriech will also appear on the label.

Pradikatswein-This indicates a quality of wine with special attributes, Pradikatswien along with Qba account for around 95 per cent of total production in Germany, Pradikastwein varies from 30 to 70 per cent depending on vintage. There are 6 Pradikat levels which are determined by the weight of must from the grape at the time of harvesting, these levels overlap from region to region, but nonetheless gives an indication to the style of wine to expect. 

Kabinett- These tend to be Reislings made for light in body, with high acidity and strong flavours of green apples and citrus fruits, which are often balanced with residual sweetness. The alcohol levels differs according to style, the sweetest Kabinetts will have a alcohol level between 8-9% where as drier styles can reach 12% abv.

Spatlese- Meaning ‘late-harvest’ these will have more concentrated flavours, the Reisling wines in this style will have a little more body than an Kabinett equivalent where the fruit flavours will be riper. Spatlese will tend to have more firm citrus fruits flavours and less apple notes, with the added hints of stones fruits such as peach or apricot. The wines will be dry or sweeter than the average Kabinett and will have a higher abv.

Auslese- The grapes are individually selected from extra ripe bunches, this category encompasses the greatest range of styles for Reisling, some producers will see this as a slightly richer and riper style to Spatlese in both dry and sweet styles. Some Auslese wine will contain characters of botrytis and is also the highest Pradikat category to appear as a dry wine.

Beerenauslese (BA)- This is a rare and expensive sweet wine that will have individually selected grapes, ideally one that has been affected by noble rot.

Eiswein- Literally meaning ‘ice-wine’ where the grapes are left on vines until the weather is cold enough to freeze them, this requires temperatures below -8oC, meaning harvest often takes place during January and sometimes at night. When the grapes are crushed are pressed, the frozen water remains in the press resulting in highly concentrated must. The sugar content must be equivalent to the juice of BA wines but will not be affected by noble rot.

Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA)- These are sweet wines that are produced in minute quantities, in only the finest vineyards, from grapes that have undergone noble rot to such a state that they have shrivelled to tiny raisins. After fermentation the wines rarely have more than 8 per cent abv, leaving high levels of residual sugar. Trockenbeerenauslese are among the most expensive wines in the world and by law BA and TBA must not be harvested mechanically.

Top 3 highlights from Fine Wine Tasting EveningDate published: 08/05/15

Top 3 highlights from Fine Wine Tasting Evening

Last night a bunch of us Majestic staff gathered in Basingstoke to taste some of the top wines in the Majestic range. Here are my top 3 wines of the evening:

1. Pouilly Fume Ladoucette 2012 - This startling rich and fresh Sauvignon Blanc from one of the top producers within the appellation, was my favourite white wine of the evening. The bracing acidity was aided by a underlying gun flint minerality, makes this an ideal Summer wine. It reminded us all that there is more to Sauvignon Blanc then its Antipodean guise. Perfect with fresh tomato-based salad.

2. Chateau Montviel 2004 - A mature Pomerol from an under-rated cooler vintage. This wine was only showing a small portion of its potential, being pour directly from the bottle, rather then from a decanter. However, what a portion it was, smooth rounded red and black fruit were grounded with a delicious earthiness. Superb! 

3. Antinori Chianti 2011 - The surprise of the evening. A sumptuous, rich, Chianti Classico from the producers of some of Italys' iconic wines. 2011 was a heatwave of a year for Italy, which brings a delicious jammy richness to the Sangiovese that makes up 90%  of the wine's blend. Superb BBQ wine, which I could happily drink on its own!



Majestic Winchester's Summer Wine EveningDate published: 08/05/15

Majestic Winchester's Summer Wine Evening


The time has come for us to host our next in-store Wine Evening! The event will be taking place on Thursday 14th May from 6 - 8pm and the event will be, as always, completely free!  A selection of reds and whites as well as some fizz and rose will be available to taste.

For the first time ever we will be offering a 10% discount off ALL purchases made on the night. What does this look like in reality?
- A case of 24 Peroni for just £21.60 (90p a bottle rather than £1 a bottle)- Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc for just £6.29 a bottle (rather than £6.99) - Prosecco Salatin for just £7.79 a bottle (rather than £8.65)
With 10% off everything, we expect places to fill up incredibly quickly so book in as soon as you can on 01962 868 708, email win@majestic.co.uk or pop in to see us in-store.


Oyster Bay Brut NVDate published: 03/05/15

Love Oyster Bay still wines? Why not try their sparkling?

Origin

Made from 100% Chardonnay, this sparkling wine is made in the image of a 'blanc de blancs' Champagne, albeit with a more fruit-driven New World edge, owing to the long ripening of the specially selected Chardonnay clones on Hawke's Bay's alluvial river terraces.

Taste

Elegantly styled yet intensely fruity, showing zesty lime notes over a backdrop of white peach flavour. Crisp acidity and delicate minerality provide a complex and enduring mouthfeel.

Enjoy

Toast any special occasion, or serve as a foil for fresh seafood dishes.

£9.99 as part of the 33% off promotion

Bordeaux - Notes for a novice...Date published: 24/04/15

Novice wine lover? Here’s a quick guide run down of what you need to know about the world's most celebrated region.

Bordeaux enjoys gentle summers, mild winters and sunny springs, perfect for ripening grapes. It sits either side of the Girande river, and its tributaries the Dordogne and the Garonne. Warming winds blow downstream from the Atlantic, extending the growing season in Bordeaux and preventing crop-ruining frost. However, rain can make all the difference, if it falls during harvest time in can cause the grapes to swell and dilute the flavours in the wine. Hence vintages are important in Bordeaux, as they can vary greatly due to the weather.

Left Bank vs Right Bank, what's the difference?

The Left Bank of Bordeaux benefits from more gravelly soils, known to contribute to minerality in wine, and also vital for the growth of Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux. Here Cabernet Sauvignon is at the Northern limit of where it can ripen, the gravelly soils reflect the heat back into the vineyard so it is able to ripen successfully.

The Right Bank is dominated by Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The soils here are mainly clay and limestone, and encourage juicy fruit flavours in wine.

Cabernet Sauvignon is known to produce red wines of structure and depth with classic blackcurrant and usually some cedar flavours from ageing in oak. Merlot, on the other hand, can produce fresh, fruity wines that may be lacking in complexity compared to the Cab Sauv. Cabernet Franc is fragrant and adds a little complexity and tannins to Right Bank blends. You won't see the grape variety on the bottle of a Bordeaux because the wines are almost always blends. These are reliably well balanced and full flavoured.

The top estates will hand select the best grapes for their number one wines but will often make a second and even and third wine with the remaining healthy grapes (try the Pavillion Figeac for a taste of a second wine that could easily be as good as their first).

The best news is that most Bordeaux are moderately priced, and are perfect food wines.

If you're a Bordeaux beginner (like me!) why not try the Chateau Haut Brignon?

£6.66, if you buy 2 or more, this wine is fresh and fruity with subtle hints of cedar and liquorice on the nose and blackcurrant with some spice on the palate.

Perfect with rustic meat dishes or a cheese board.


Bollinger...Date published: 24/04/15

"I drink it when i'm happy and when i'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone, when I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty."

 - Madame Jacques Bollinger.

London Daily Mail, October 17th 1961.


Cellar Circle: Start your own wine cellar today!Date published: 24/04/15

Starting a wine cellar of your own is an incredibly exciting prospect. With thousands of wines to choose from, you can build a collection perfectly suited to your own tastes. But this plethora of options can also feel daunting - we understand that working out where to start can hold you back.

That's where CELLAR CIRCLE comes in - a partnership between Lay & Wheeler who have spent 160 years building up relationships with the world's greatest producers, and Majestic Wine, with over 30 years experience inspiring people to discover and explore the fantastic world of wine. Cellar Circle is all about providing a bespoke, individual experience, giving you all the support and advice you need to create the cellar of your dreams.

Membership of Cellar Circle with full benefits starts from £100 a month, all of which will go towards your wines. You may wish to make a lump-sum payment to give your collection a push, and the more you put in, the faster you'll see your cellar grow. You can amend your subscription at any time.

Alongside building your dream wine cellar, belonging to Cellar Circle brings exclusive benefits and rewards, including:

● A year’s free storage at Vinothèque for customers new to Lay & Wheeler

● Free collection from any Majestic store

● 10% discount on all purchases from Majestic Wine

● A free case on the first anniversary of membership

Everyone's requirements are different and there’s no “one size fits all” approach for us. By discussing your wine preferences and cellar planning aims in detail we tailor the recommendations we make to you.. You can then then decide how you would like to build your cellar.

1. We choose for you

2. We help you choose

3. You choose

How to sign up?

Having decided on a monthly subscription, fill out our quick and easy online form. Pay your first month upfront, we'll then get a trouble free direct debit set up for you, and you can start enjoying all those Cellar Circle benefits.

New members can join us at www.cellarcircle.co.uk. 


NEW - Cotswolds Dry Gin Date published: 24/04/15

Cotswolds Dry Gin

Meticulously crafted from a blend of nine specially selected botanicals, a twelve hour maceration period and the use of a traditional Carter still, this prestigious gin is then finished with naturally refined Cotswolds water. The taste is led by juniper but is layered with grapefruit, pepper and coriander. It is smooth, warming and robust. Serve over ice or with your favourite tonic.

Open to taste in-stiore in Winchester...

£35


Join us for Sparkling Saturday!!!Date published: 24/04/15

As the name suggests, join us tomorrow on Saturday 25th April for Sparkling Saturday!

All day, we will have the Seaview Chardonnay Pinot Noir open to taste, so the biggest question of tomorrow will be, why not?!

Origin

Seaview were among the earliest Australian wineries to begin making sparkling wines in the mould of Champagne using the classic grape varieties and blending with reserve wines, with the fruit sourced from vineyards in McLaren Vale and neighbouring regions.

Taste

Soft and elegant, with persistent and creamy bubbles. Subtle fruit characters include white apple and peach, with a clean lemony finish.


Enjoy

Goes really well with smoked salmon.

Perfect for any celebration or just because you fancy some fizz!



Taste it in-store in Winchester tomorrow!

£11.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £7.99


The Origins of 'a toast!'...Date published: 24/04/15

Where did the practice of 'toasting' people etc at gatherings come from?

It is believed to have originated in Ancient Rome, when the senate decreed that the Emperor Augustus be honoured with a toast at every meal. It was called this because a piece of burnt toast was dropped into the wine to mask its flavour, ancient wine not being as tasty as the wine we're used to today!


Soffio No.3 Prosecco NVDate published: 24/04/15

Soffio No.3 Prosecco NV 

A superb value Prosecco made by the Pizzolo family, one of the north of Italy's archetypal family businesses, run by four brothers from a facility close to Lake Garda. This wine is made using the Charmat method, in which it is rendered sparkling prior to bottling.

Taste:

Apple and pear flavours predominate, which subtle notes of freshly cut flowers lift the nose. Soft mousse and gently ripe fruit makes for an easy-drinking style.

Enjoy:

Enjoy on its own or with anything from seafood to simple chicken dishes.


Perfect to enjoy in this glorious sunshine we've been having - let's hope it sticks around!
£6.66 as part of our 33% off deal
(single bottle price £9.99)

Why we're drinking Sauvignon this Summer...Date published: 24/04/15

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular wines at Majestic.  Familiarity breeds contempt though, right?  We decided to revisit our biggest sellers from our cellars and remember why we love it!


It’s a world-wide phenomenon - Sauvignon Blanc is grown all over the world, from the Loire and Bordeaux in France, Chile, South Africa and New Zealand.


Sauvignon comes in many styles - From steely dry and flinty in the Loire, a bracing  tropical-fruit laden delight in New Zealand to the zesty and fresh South African wines.  Try the Sauvignons from La Grille (Loire), Rustenberg (South Africa) and Villa Maria (New Zealand) and see which style you like best.


It’s refreshing by nature - Sauvignon is naturally high in acidity and ripens early, so it’s easy to make it full of flavour and keep it super-fresh.


It’s Food-Friendly - Amazing with chevré, brilliant with sushi, and cracking with seafood.


You don’t need to wait to enjoy Sauvignon - It tastes best when it’s young, so you don’t need patience, just chill it down and pop it open whenever you need refreshing.


...But not always - There are one or two really special styles which can stand the test of time, like Cloudy Bay’s Te Koko.  Ask us in store and we’ll tell you all our secrets.



Wine of the WeekDate published: 24/04/15

Allegrini Bardolino Rosso - Italy

Available to taste!


Explore Italy…


Italy is not only a beautiful country, but one that is steeped in great wines and winemaking history. When it comes to choosing wine, Italy is one of those countries where many might understandably feel less comfortable as the wines are defined by the region they come from rather than the grape variety used to make the wine.


All Majestic staff are very knowledgeable about wine and are here to help. So if you have any questions please just ask.


Bardolino: the area and the wine...


Bardolino is a small town located on the Eastern shore of Lake Garda in the region of Veneto. It is a beautiful walled city which is now a popular tourist destination.


The wine is a blend of three indigenous grapes: Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara.


Why buy this wine...


Our Buyer Suzie said: “This is a perfect summer wine. It has vibrant red fruit characteristics and could be lightly chilled.”


This wine is a great introduction to the fascinating wines that Italy has to offer and would be great with pizza or pasta.


£7.49 as part of our 15% off deal

£8.81 single bottle price.

2014 - How was it for France?Date published: 24/04/15

We caught up with Chris Hardy, our wine buyer for France, to get the low-down on how 2014 shaped up for vignerons across the Channel.

“Now that 2015 is in full swing, here’s a brief round-up of last year’s vintage in France and what you can expect from the 2014 wines when they start arriving on our shelves.

Bordeaux

2014 offers the best vintage since 2010. After good weather during flowering, a mixed summer worried producers. A great September saved the day, with red grapes harvested into mid-October. Dry whites look especially promising.

Loire

Following a great harvest, volumes are expected to be up by around 10%. For dry white Muscadets and Loire Sauvignons, harvest conditions were near perfect. Grapes feature concentration and intensity, with well-balanced sugar and acidity.

Rhône

Volumes are up, but quality across appellations is mixed. Some areas had excess rainfall meaning some wine dilution. Through rigorous selection, good producers have made concentrated wines with elegant structure.

Provence

Despite a cooler-than-usual growing season, an Indian summer helped produce high-quality rosés, which have great red fruit concentration and refreshing acidity. Red wines were more challenging due to problems with reaching full phenolic ripeness.

Languedoc-Roussillon

This usually reliable region was hit by hailstorms, causing flooding and destruction. Some producers lost up to 80% of their crop – vintage volume is expected to be down 10%. Picpoul yields were down by 60%!

South-West France

After a string of challenging vintages, the region had a much better year with excellent quality and quantity. This should relieve pressure on pricing for entry-level aromatic whites.

Champagne

A mild winter and warm spring were followed by one of the wettest Augusts on record. Luckily an Indian summer returned in September, boosting flavour concentration and promoting healthy yields. Some are comparing the vintage quality to 1996 and 2004.  The base wines from 2014 will form the backbone of the Non-Vintage releases from 2017-2019 depending on individual champagne house style, so these will definitely be ones to watch.

Burgundy

Volumes are up and quality looks great with a few exceptions. Parts of the Côte de Beaune were subject to hail for the third year in a row with Beaune, Volnay and Pommard bearing the brunt. In the Mâconnais, the Lugny vineyard also suffered hail damage, while Chablis is healthy and very promising.”


Rustenberg Straw WineDate published: 23/04/15

Rustenberg Straw Wine

Some wine/food matches that are classics and this wine from Rustenberg would match Roquefort fantastically well. Dare I say it would also match a fine chicken liver parfait of foie gras terrine with aplomb.

This wine is so named because it is made in the 'passito' method, where the harvested grapes are laid out on straw mats and allowed to dry for around 4 weeks, concentrating the sugars. They are then pressed for 4-5 hours and racked to barrel for fermentation.

Concentrated aromas of honey, marmalade and ripe peach. Intensely sweet yet vibrantly fruity and involvingly complex. A voluptuously textured palate with plenty of length.

£8.66 on our 33% deal

Durham GinDate published: 23/04/15

Made by Durham Distilleries, this gin is made with the help and advice of the Botanical Gardens at Durham University. Alongside those carefully selected botanicals it uses Durham spring water and pure grain spirit to give a nice smooth finish. If you like citrussy gins this is definitely one to try but be warned, it's a guest spirit and therefore won't be around forever! 

Currently £25 a bottle

New Fine Wine - Ch. Moulinet Lasserre 2005, PomerolDate published: 18/04/15

New Fine Wine - Ch. Moulinet Lasserre 2005, Pomerol

A blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, grown on the western side of the Pomerol terrace. Vines average 35 years old and are hand-harvested. 18 months' maturation in new and old oak barrels ensures a classically rounded expression of Pomerol.

From a spectacular vintage, this will be drinking beautifully, and I would think it would happily live for another decade.

Priced at £30 per bottle


Pinot NoirDate published: 18/04/15

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir pairs well with a wide range of foods,

fruitier versions make a great match with salmon

or other fatty fish, roasted chicken or pasta dishes;

bigger, more tannic Pinots are ideal with duck

and other game birds, casseroles or,

of course, stews like beef bourguignon.

Pork often goes well with Pinot Noir because

its a leaner meat than beef,  Just avoid the fattier cuts.

Pair salmon with Pinot Noir because of its strong,

distinctive flavour and heavier oil content,

other fish to try include mackerel and mullet.

Why not try the Oyster Bay Pinot Noir that is currently on deal down to £11.04


Vinalba MalbecDate published: 18/04/15

Vinalba Malbec

The Vinalba Malbec has just come on our tasting counter and it has already been a real hit! 

There is no questioning why. It's a delicious red and has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from the vineyard at the foot of the Andes, the grapes are grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity. 

A lot of care and love has been put into this wine producing ripe dark plum fruits with sweet tannins and hints of dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time so you can savour the taste. 

It can be drunk by itself but would suit food even more due to its full body. 
Come have a taste in store


ViognierDate published: 18/04/15

Viognier - Next in Vogue!

Viognier is one of my favourite white grape varieties. Here's why: 


Delicious stone fruit flavours. I love whites with some delicious peach and apricot flavours and Viognier is the grape that produces these flavours perfectly! 


Versatile food wine. Viognier can be paired with a number of different dishes. From simple fish dishes to fragrant asian cuisine. It has a gentle level of acidity but often has a floral character with some minerality making it suitable to an array of foods. 

Great value for money! Ok, so maybe not the most luxurious of wines (unless you want to treat yourself to a Condrieu... yum!), but it does offer fantastic value for money and is rarely out of my budget range. Perhaps that's why it has become such a staple in my wine rack... brilliant wine, but an even better price!


Why not give these Viogniers a go?
Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Viognier, Chile: Flavours of peach, apricot and ripe pears cascade across the palate, finishing with a refreshing acidic lift and gentle mineral grip. £6.66 on our 33% deal 


Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier, PGI Pays D'oc: Intensely aromatic, the wine overflows with ripe nectarine and honeysuckle notes. On special offer at £9.99 


Chateau MusarDate published: 18/04/15

Chateau Musar

Something Different:

When people ask me for an interesting wine in store, I never have to think about it long. For me the most interesting wine Majestic supply is that of Chateau Musar. This Lebanese wine is produced in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon, and if your thinking that Lebanon is a strange place to produce wine, think again, because grapes for viticulture have been grown there for over 6000 years. Although at 34 degrees North of the equator, which is further south than anywhere in Spain and Italy and should be too hot, the Bekaa valley benefits from its significant altitude (approximately 1000m above sea level) and seasonal temperatures, together with the fertility of the land making this particular corner of Lebanon viticultural bliss.

The Hochar family (pronounced Hoshar) have been producing wine there since the 1930's, having to revive what was considered a dead profession in Lebanon. Combine that with the fact that following the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the following territory claiming issues, when the Hochar family first started making wine, the borders of their own country were not even set. For this reason their winery was based some two and a half hour drive away from the vines, on the coast at Ghazir and has stayed there ever since. But this was not the end of the problems faced by Chateau Musar. After changing the opinions of the population at home and the international community, on the wines of the region, the country was plunged into turmoil once more with the start of civil war, which raged from 1975 to 1990. Far from falling into obscurity during this problematic period for the country, the wines of Chateau Musar continued to be produced, and produced to an extremely high standard. This is testament to the determination of the Hochar family to maintain the reputation they had worked so hard to create but also to the courage of the Bedouin tribes people of the area, who continued to pick the grapes by hand!

In Recent years, their reputation has gone from strength to strength, and deservedly so. We stock 3 of their wines, the Chateau Musar red, the Hochar red and the Chateau Musar white. The red wines are produced at the southern end of the Bekaa valley and are a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan. The Chateau Musar red spends approximately 12 months in oak barrels from Nevers, and is aged for approximately 3 years before bottling. After which it is cellared for another 4 years at Chateau Musar, before being released 7 years after it was harvested. You might think that the wine would now be nearing the end of it's life, but far from it, the wine is only at the very beginning of it's drinking potential. Serge Hochar, the chief wine maker proclaims that, 'if you give my wines more time, they will give you more joy', and he couldn't be more correct. The wines still contain plenty of acidity and tannin, the two main components necessary for wine aging. They are spicy wines with a real flavour from their origin, brimming with dried fruits such as figs and prunes with good body and an exceptional finish. The Hochar red is made in a lighter earlier drinking style and as such is aged for less time in oak and in bottle before release. It is therefore more approachable when young.

The white Chateau Musar is no less intriguing. The wine is intentionally slightly oxidised, as is the practice for the local grape variety, in order for it to age well as, like the red Musar, it is aged in Nevers oak barrels (only for 6-9 months though) and cellared for 7 years before release. However unlike the red, which is made from French grape clones, the white is produced from the local grape varieties of Merwah and Obaideh and grown further up the Bekaa valley. This unorthodox style of white wine is somewhat unfamiliar to the European palate, but apparently bares the closest resemblance to a mature white Graves. The wine is deep golden colour and exudes baked apple and almond characteristics on the nose with a rich, spicy, buttery finish on the palate.

It difficult to say enough about the wines of Chateau Musar without trying the wines for yourself. They are fantastically interesting wines in their own right before taking into account their fascinating history. In the case of the wines of Chateau Musar, it almost literally contains the blood, sweat and tears of not only the Hochar family, but the entire nation.


Calling all Iron Maiden Fans..Date published: 18/04/15

Calling all Iron Maiden Fans:

Introducing Trooper

The beer is named after an Iron Maiden song called “The Trooper”, which was inspired by the poem “The Charge of The Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden, played a major role in developing the unique flavour of this beer.

The Brewery

Robinson’s have been brewing for six generations, since 1838. The brewery is still family run and is well-known in its home county of Cheshire.

How did the beer come about?

When Robinson’s approached Bruce Dickinson about making a beer. Bruce said: “I'm a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer. I have to say that I was very nervous: Robinson's are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years. Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavour and texture that is TROOPER. I love it."

So, how much does it cost...?

£24 Buy 2 or more cases = £21 per case


Chateau MeaumeDate published: 18/04/15

Chateau Meaume

Chateau Meaume is set in beautiful countryside, 15 km from St Emilion and Pomerol. The property has been well known in France for many centuries and was once the country residence of Louis XIV's body-guard - the Chevalier de la Croix Maron, whose wine-making family are credited as having invented the process of making Cognac. Today, the owners of the property are Alan and Sue Johnson-Hill, an English couple who gave up business life in Hong Kong in 1980 to make Château Méaume their home. They keep a herd of 100 cattle on the property, simply to provide manure for the vineyards.

Nose
A really classic Bordeaux smell. It isn’t a fleshy smell and it isn’t sweet. It’s savoury and complex and deep, with graphite and cedar and Christmas spice very evident on the nose. Search and you’ll find pure, concentrated plum and blackberry too,


Tasting NotesDate published: 18/04/15

Tasting Notes:

Here at Majestic we are happy to offer you free tasting notes with every purchase. These informative and easy to read notes are designed to guide you through the wine tasting experience. Furthermore, each note is accompanied by a food and wine match suggestion for you to try out at home. 


Samuel Adams Boston Lager now £24 per caseDate published: 18/04/15

Sam Adams Craft Beer

Samuel Adams uses traditional brewing processes, including decoction mash (a four vessel process) and krausening (a secondary fermentation), which allows the ingredients in Samuel Adams Boston Lager to come together and form layers of complex flavour. Boston Lager is also dry hopped using the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops for an enhanced hop signature in the aroma and finish.

Only £24.00 for 24 bottles!!

Offer ends 27th April


Staff Expertise!Date published: 18/04/15

Staff Expertise!

Here at Majestic we cater for everyone, whether you are buying a gift, having a party or just topping up your wine collection.  Ask any member of staff for help, with their expert knowledge they can suggest the perfect bottle to suit your needs and tastes.   With an extensive range, competitive prices and a tasting counter where you can try before you buy, why shop anywhere else for your wine?  We also stock a fantastic selection of craft beers, ales and lagers and we have some great unique spirits.  There are regular tasting events happening all the time and they all all free!!  Oh and I have not mentioned we also offer a free delivery service!

So don't delay and #comeandexplore at your local Majestic today!

Open 7 days a week!!


£4.99 Bargains! Available in-store or onlineDate published: 18/04/15

£4.99 Bargains! Available in-store or online

Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc - ONLY £4.99!

An absolute bargain. Classic Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, with a citrussy zing. Absolutely perfect to have in for that unexpected visit from friends - very popular and easy drinking!

Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon - ONLY £4.99!

The brother of the Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc, the red is very fruity and a fantastic party wine at such a brilliant price!

Brichetto Sangiovese - ONLY £4.99!

A lovely pure Sangiovese full of red cherry fruit. Very balanced and great with food.

Brichetto Trebbiano - ONLY £4.99!

A really crisp, delicate white wine. Totally unoaked and fresh. Perfect with fish


Ventozela Vinho VerdeDate published: 18/04/15

Down to just £6.66 on the 33% off offer!! Catch this Portuguese treat whilst there's still availability...

Grape: Arinto 

Origin: Vinho Verde is made in the north-western corner of Portugal, and is a category of young wines that can be made from a range of grapes. This example is made from the indigenous variety Arinto, and undergoes a period of maturation on fine lees to achieve a richer flavour. 

On the Palate: Crisp and dry, with delicate flavours of soft citrus fruit, melon and green apple, and aromatic hints of blossom and white pepper. The palate offers refreshing sherbet suggestions. 

Food Pairing: A great match for prawns with an aromatic, spicy dressing.


Aix Magnums back in stock!!Date published: 18/04/15

Rose weather is here, why not celebrate that by enjoying a glass or two (or five) of Aix.

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

Grape Grenache, Syrah, 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.

£19.99


INDIAN RUNNER PREMIUM GOLDEN ALE: Refreshingly DifferentDate published: 18/04/15

Indian Runner Premium Golden Ale

This local ale from Petersfield is the perfect summer sipper. Golden Amber in colour, super clean and refreshing, and beautifully hoppy, this beer carries all the hallmarks of a quality beer.

It matches perfectly with a big spicy curry, a day in front of the TV watching the rugby, or just a night in with some friends.

Pop in store for a taster today!

£26.40 when you buy 2 or more cases of bottled ale

Single case - £29.40

12 x 500ml 4.7%ABV


The Majestic App is here!Date published: 18/04/15

The Majestic App is here!

Browse past purchases

Whether you’re an online or in-store shopper you can check out past purchases to rediscover old favourites.

Personal Favourites List

Keep track of the wines you love!

Barcode Scanner

Access our expert knowledge from the comfort of your own home - simply scan the barcode.

Food & Wine Matching

Bring food and wine together with our handy pairing tips

Download myMajestic now using ‘majnet’ - our free instore WiFi

Password: mAj35tic?


PARRILLA MALBEC 2013 - VINALBA, MENDOZADate published: 18/04/15

Parrilla Malbec

Parrilla Malbec is the new wine of the week. In Argentina Parrilla means Barbeque, and this wine well and truly lives up to its name. Barbeques in Argentina are very different to here. The grills can be up to 20ft in length with the meat cooking away for hours at a time. It's always a big celebration with the BBQ open for the whole community to enjoy. The weather is brilliant so clean out your BBQ, invite the neighbours and have a cracking party. Parilla will go with whatever exciting meat you can think to cook on an open fire. 

So what makes this wine Special?

The wine is designed to demonstrate the quality of the Malbec grape. 30% grapes are aged for a short period of time in oak allowing the pure fruit character shine through. Resulting in a smooth, full bodied wine full of Plum and Blackberry flavours. You won't get this wine anywhere else as it is produced exclusively for Majestic.


Wine of the Week - Parrilla MalbecDate published: 16/04/15

Parrilla Malbec - Mendoza, Argentina

Available to taste!

Argentinian Malbec has been one of the most successful wines on the global market over the last few years.

In the 80s and 90s winemakers started to become aware of the potential to produce quality wines in Argentina. It was Malbec, already widely planted in Mendoza, that winemakers realised could be more than just a grape used in a blended wine.

With “savoir faire” from an influx of French and Spanish winemakers and local knowledge, Argentinian Malbec has established itself as a go to wine for great quality and value with a difference

Parrilla

Parrilla is an Argentinian word for a barbeque. These are not the types of barbeque that we tend to have in Britain. The grills can be anything up to 20ft in length and meat is cooked anywhere from 45 minutes to many hours. A parrilla tends to be a local event where the whole community comes together. The struck matches on the bottle are a reminder of the fires around which communities gather..

Parrilla is designed to really highlight the quality of the Malbec grapes used to make the wine. The wine is aged for a relatively short period of time and only 30% of the grapes are aged in oak barrels. The purpose of which is to allow the fruitiness of the wine to shine through. This wine is smooth, soft and crammed full of plum and blackberry flavours.

The wine was made specifically for and is exclusive to Majestic. The wine was designed to allow the drinker to fully appreciate the deep fruity flavour that is Malbec.


£11.99 buy 2 save 33% = £7.99

The Ned at £6.99 - offer ends 27th AprilDate published: 16/04/15

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Origin: 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.

Taste: 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.

Enjoy

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

Only £6.99 (33% off promotion) until Monday 27th April


Pasqua Prosecco 40% off!Date published: 10/04/15

For this weekend only get Pasqua Prosecco 40% off!

This means a bottle of the lovely fizzy stuff is only £6.99 down from £11.65 when you buy 2 or more!

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.

Come and grab it at this absolute bargain price only until Monday!


A MIX of SIX! Date published: 10/04/15

At Majestic we operate as a 'half case merchant' rather than an off license, essentially meaning you have to purchase any mix of six bottles of wine,  spirits or Champagne whenever you shop with us.

There are some very good reasons for this we believe. Firstly it gives us a unique position to be able to offer a full tasting counter of wines to sample, seven days a week. It means we can offer superb value for money with greater discounts and choice across a huge range of wines. We can also deliver six bottles out completely free offer free parking, free click and collect and a great range of free party services.

It doesn't need to be multiples of six, so if there's that one last bottle you just have to try, seven is not a problem!

To start putting your case of six together pop in and see us in store, order online or by phone!


Wine for the weekend Date published: 10/04/15

Fizz that doesn't blow the bank...

Soffio No.3 Prosecco NV

A superb value Prosecco with a soft mousse and gently ripe fruit makes for an easy-drinking style.

£9.99 Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33%

£6.66

An excitng new white...

Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Giesen

A great value Sauvignon Blanc from Giesen, a family winery still owned and run by the three brothers who founded it. This wine comes from 47 different vineyard sites in the Wairau Valley, cultivated by partner growers but vinified at Giesen's winery.

£9.99 Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33%

£6.66

A classic warming red...

Rioja Reserva 2009 Viña Alarde

Deep ruby red, with delicious vanilla overtones backed up by juicy soft strawberry and morello cherry flavours.

£10.49 Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33%

£6.99


Tito's Texan VodkaDate published: 10/04/15

Tito's Texan Vodka

"Created by Tito Beveridge, a geologist from Texas with a background in oil drilling and the mortgage business, this characterful vodka is made from 100% corn and is therefore naturally gluten-free.

Produced in Austin at Texas’ first and oldest legal distillery,

it is micro-distilled by batch 6 times in an old fashioned pot still, a much more

complicated and difficult technique to the usual modern column stills and

should appeal to connoisseurs and novices alike."

£22.50

Please feel free to try a sample!


Why Vina Eguia ReservaDate published: 10/04/15

Why Vina Eguia Reserva?

Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa sub-region,in the village of Elciego,one of the areas wine making hotspots.The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months ageing in French and American oak an 2 years cellerage before release.

Whats the taste?

Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile. Match with a mature steak, lamb or with a board of chorizo and manchego cheese. 

The Price?

We've got a fantastic deal running on this wine,as it joins our33% off group making it just£6.66


Ravishing Rielsing! Date published: 04/04/15

Let me count the ways I love riesling, especially at this time of year. First there’s the beguiling, delicate, come-hither scent of white blossom, green apple and lime zest, then the palate-perking rush of mouthwatering acidity and clean, pure, citrus fruit. And the lack of oak, the elegant longevity (older rieslings taste mellow, toasty, lime-marmaladey), and of course riesling’s versatility as a food matcher.

Dry styles with fish and seafood, green vegetables, salads, and lightly honeyed medium-dry versions with spicy beef and cold pork, or sweet-and-sour Chinese dishes, or mild cheeses with chopped apples and green grapes.

New World rieslings have an especially strong appeal now – their vivacious, sunny fruit sings out brightly in the cool days of spring. Chill a label from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or Chile for an instant hit of vinous sunshine.

Saint Clair Riesling 2013 Marlborough, New Zealand (£14.99)

Juicy, succulent, sweetly ripe apples burst through here, and there’s a honeyed note. Delicate, refreshing medium-dry white and only 9.5 per cent abv


Twisted Nose GinDate published: 03/04/15

Twisted Nose Gin - Distilled in Winchester with Hampshire watercress

In their words...

"A finely balanced gin handcrafted in Winchester from pure grain spirit and a careful selection of botanicals, precisely distilled in small batched using our traditional copper still. Our Gin takes its name from one of our ingredients, watercress, known in latin as Nasturtium literally meaning twisted nose... this adds sweetness and spice that perfectly compliments other flavours..." 

In our words... a truly local artisan Gin... cracking flavor... go on ditch the Gordons and give this one a go! 

£32.50 (It's a quality product made in tiny batches of 28 bottles at a time!... worth every penny)


What is Terroir?Date published: 03/04/15

“Terroir”

"Terroir" is a word that has achieved almost mythical status. Truly understood only by those few of us lucky enough to be so enlightened, it is used to explain away a multitude of complex scientific factors all with a single word. Terroir is the reason neighbouring vineyards can produce fruit of vastly differing quality and the reason therefore that the resulting wines can command hugely differing prices. However, the reasoning behind terroir really isn’t that complicated. It just needs to be explained properly!

Terroir has no equivalent word in English. As a result, the wine trade has adopted the French word in the absence of an adequate English equivalent.

Terroir literally means ground or earth. However, the French meaning encompasses all the combined effects on the vine that different environmental factors (soil composition, water levels, sun and wind exposure to name a few) have on the quality of the grapes produced.

Vines need to be stressed to produce good quality of fruit. In other words they need the bare minimum of sun, soil nutrients and water needed to survive. This encourages the plant to invest all its energy on reproduction and so the grapes become the sole focus of the vines energy. If a vine receives too many nutrients, it focuses less on reproduction, more on increasing its size, and so the quality of the fruit suffers.

The best terroir produces the optimum conditions for stressing the planted vines of that site and ripening the fruit produced.


Sparkling Saturday - Chandon Brut NV & Chandon Rosé NVDate published: 03/04/15

Pop in-store tomorrow to try some fantastic sparkling wines. We'll have both the Chandon Brut and Chandon Rose open to taste. Perfect for the long weekend! 

Chandon Brut NV Argentina

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

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

£16.56 Mix and Match 2 bottles save 15%

Chandon Rosé NV Argentina

Origin

Moët & Chandon have created this complex sparkling rosé by combining the fruit of several vineyards of varying altitude, using a traditional method of blending the juice with a controlled portion of Pinot Noir base wines, and 18 months' lees aging in bottle.

Taste

Rose pink with a sunny, peachy hue. Aromas a predominantly of citrus and stone fruit, accented by hints of cherry and fresh pie crust. The strawberries-and-cream palate is carried by a voluminous mousse.

Enjoy

A wonderful aperitif-style rosé for any special occasion.

£12.98 Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% 



We don't just do wine... Date published: 02/04/15

As the name suggests, we sell wine! But our shop has a lot more to offer than just a fantastic range of wines, we also have a fantastic range of Spirits, some of which you can't find anywhere else in the United Kingdom (other than on the internet, and who wants to pay extortionate prices for a bottle of gin?!)

As well as some of the bigger brands, we incorporate a lot of small batch craft spirits, as well as some locally produced spirits.

Here is a taster of what you can expect to find on our Spirits Counter:

Craft Spirits?

Blackwoods 5XD Vodka

Tito's Texan Vodka

Roger Groult 3-Year-Old Reserve Calvados

Bathtub Gin

Locally Produced?

Durham Gin

Durham Vodka

Bigger Brands?

Gordon's Gin

Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey

Smirnoff Vodka 

Furthermore, we also have a selection of all of the above and more open to taste on our in-store Tasting Counter, just pop down and ask for a sample! 

It doesn't end there, we have a bigger selection than what has been mentioned, and even more to taste...


Samuel Adams Boston Lager now £24 per caseDate published: 02/04/15

Currently Sam Adams Boston Lager is £24 for a case of 24, making it a steal at only £1 a bottle!

History of Sam Adams Boston Lager

The original recipe for this lager was written back in 1860 by Louis Koch, it was brewed in St Louis, Missouri and was called The Wooden Shoe Brew.

The brand survived prohibition and was made up until the 1950s.

In 1984 - six generations of Kochs later - Jim Koch found the recipe in his parent’s attic, and brewed his first batch in his kitchen.

The beer is named after Samuel Adams an American patriot who played an important role in the American Revolution including the Boston Tea Party. Jim Koch hoped his beer would start an American beer revolution, thus the Boston man was an obvious inspiration.

How is Sam Adams made?

The old 1860 recipe calls for Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops, these are rare, fragile to grow and require constant attention by farmers. However Jim Koch convinced farmers to grow them for him.

Sam Adams Malts are the brand’s own two-row pale malt blend along with Caramel 60.

This style of Lager is supposed to be drunk very young. Shipping it across the Atlantic takes about 8 weeks from brew to mouth, so not great, but…

...it is now brewed on licence by Kent brewery Shepherd Neame. A brewery with a history of great licence brewing like Asahi, which actually beats the original Japanese Asahi in blind taste tests.

What does it taste like?

It’s a lager but not as you know it.

Deep golden in colour and very full-bodied.

A great balance of a typical refreshing lager character and the maltiness of a British ale.

Bitter-sweet and slightly nutty.


Win a trip to Australia Date published: 02/04/15

Win a trip to Australia!

Majestic Wine are giving away an incredible Australia Wine Adventure! The winner will get to choose from one of two holiday itineraries and explore the very best of Australia's wine regions. Make 2015 the year you discover everything Australia has to offer. Stroll sweeping golden beaches, explore vibrant cities and encounter weird and wonderful wildlife. A truly unforgettable adventure is up for grabs; enter and make it yours!

To enter this amazing opportunity, simply fill out an entry form in-store or online and hand it to a member of staff. It's that easy to be in with a chance to win this fantastic Australian adventure.

Entrants must be aged 18 or over. Closing date 27th April 2015. 

Terms and conditions may apply, please ask a member of staff for more details.


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 02/04/15

Easter Opening Hours

Good Friday 3rd April - Normal Opening Hours 10am - 8pm

Saturday 4th April - Normal Opening Hours 9am - 7pm 

Easter Sunday 5th April - CLOSED

Bank Holiday Monday 6th April - Bank Holiday Hours 10am - 5pm


Beer of the week!!! Trooper! Date published: 02/04/15

Introducing Trooper...

The beer is named after an Iron Maiden song called “The Trooper”, which was inspired by the poem “The Charge of The Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden, played a major role in developing the unique flavour of this beer.

The Brewery

Robinson’s have been brewing for six generations, since 1838.

The brewery is still family run and is well-known in its home county of Cheshire.

How did the beer come about?

When Robinson’s approached Bruce Dickinson about making a beer. Bruce said: “I'm a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer. I have to say that I was very nervous: Robinson's are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years. Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavour and texture that is TROOPER. I love it."

So, how much does it cost...?

£24 Buy 2 or more cases = £21 per case

On the tasting counter... Date published: 02/04/15

 Pinot Grigio Natale Verga

This winery was founded in 1895 by Enrico Verga, who gained a reputation for fine Barolos. It is now run by great-grandson Natale along with his father and sisters. Their Pinot Grigio comes from vineyards in Pavia, Lombardy, close to its border with Piedmont.

Delicate in both aromatics and flavours, this is classic north-Italian Pinot Grigio, offeringgentle pear, white apple and refreshing citrus characters and subtle accents of blossom.

Perfect with simple seafood dishes.

On offer, only £5.99!

Open NOW on our Tasting Counter - pop in and give it a try!!


Easter fizz under £10!! Date published: 02/04/15

Looking for some bargains this Easter weekend?- Well pop and come and see us!!! 

1) Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV - £9.99

Delicate and elegant with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. Medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced.

2) Prosecco Zonin Brut NV - £7.99

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.

3) Undurraga Rosé NV Chile - £6.66

Delicate watermelon pink, and with subtle aromas of cherries, strawberries and flower petals. Persistent, uniform bubbles and zesty acidity provide an uplifting palate.


A little bit about...RiojaDate published: 27/03/15

Have you ever wondered what the difference Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva? They appear on every bottle of red Rioja that you buy but what do they mean?

These terms are not an indication of quality, but rather a definition of a minimum time each type of wine has to be aged. 

Crianza: This wine is aged for a minimum of two years in total and must spend six months in oak barrels. These wines typically have vibrant red fruit flavours with a hint of vanilla. 

Reserva: Must be aged for a minimum of three years with at least a year in oak barrels. Reserva because they spend more time in oak have riper fruit and more tobacco and liquorice flavours than the Crianza.

Gran Reserva: These are produced in outstanding vintages. These wines are at least five years old with two years in oak barrels. These produce wines with more complexity that the other two. These typically have deeper colours, elegant flavours and smother finish because of their age.

Chateau Moulin de CuratDate published: 27/03/15

Château Moulin de Curat - Bordeaux - Available to taste!

A little about Bordeaux…

Bordeaux is probably the second most famous wine region in the world after Champagne. Wines from Bordeaux tend to be complex due to a blend of up to five grape varieties, ageing in oak barrels, maturation in bottle and a variable climate which means vintages can be distinctly different from each other.

The 2009 Vintage in Bordeaux…

The weather matters to successfully grow grapes and you cannot make good wine without good grapes. After rains in April and May, Bordeaux had a warm, dry summer and a dry harvesting period. The weather resulted in ripe, succulent grapes, full of flavour which were lovingly made into wine by the vignerons of Bordeaux. The vintage was an incredible success with Robert Parker (world renowned wine critic) awarding 19 different wines the maximum score of 100 points.

Château Moulin de Curat...

This wine has aromas of red and black berries. In the mouth the wine is soft, supple and well-rounded. The flavours of berries are clearly there along with hints of earthy mushroom. The 2009 vintage is nice and ripe, so the wine can be drunk by itself, rather than food being a necessity. However, if you fancy a steak for dinner tonight, it deserves to be paired with this wine!

Why you should try this wine…

Its a one off parcel of wine from an amazing vintage representing amazing value (something our buyers are famous for finding) - snap it up before its all gone.

Majestic price = £9.99

Krug at MajesticDate published: 13/03/15

Krug at Majestic

We now have Krug back in stock and to celebrate we thought we'd give you a quick lowdown on one of the most famous and prestigious Champagne houses around to get you in the mood for some bubbles.

Krug was established in Reims in 1843 by Joseph Krug, a German who had worked for another Champagne house but decided to go it alone to achieve the level of quality he desired from his sparkling. His desire was to produce two Champagnes - one which, unusually, blends vintage Champagnes to produce a unique style called Grande Cuvee and a vintage-specific offering showcasing the conditions of each particular year.

The company remained within the family until 1969 when it as acquired by the Remy Cointreau group and later was incorporated in to the LVMH group in 1999.

Krug is the only Champagne house to insist on barrel-fermentation of all its base wines in old 205l casks producing a very distinctive, rich and straw-coloured Champagne which can keep for years.

All this history and prestige makes Krug particularly sort after so if you want to impress dinner guests or stash away a special bottle of Champagne for that momentous occasion then pop into Majestic Carlisle where you can pick up a bottle for £136 on our 15% off deal. However, if that sounds like a fair wedge then bare a thought for the 2008 release of Krug's single-vineyard Clos d'Ambonnay which retailed between £1,500-£2,000.

Cheers!



The Majestic BlogDate published: 13/03/15

The Majestic Blog

If you enjoy reading about all things Majestic then have a look at our blog. Loads of interesting articles, videos and pictures showing what's been happening in the world of wine from a Majestic point of view. Click on the link below:

http://blog.majestic.co.uk/



Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 13/03/15

Food and Wine Matching: Key Facts

One of the most important things we consider when we are buying wine is whether it will go with a certain dish you're having for tea that night, or if it will perfectly match your canapes at your party that weekend. However, to quote Oz Clarke, the pleasures of eating and drinking operate on so many levels that hard and fast rules make no sense. On the other hand, there are some foods that simply do not go very well with wine. Asparagus, spinach, chilli and chocolate all flatten the flavours of wine. 

Whether or not a wine and food combination is deemed good, or bad, depends primarily on the primary flavour interactions between wine and food. These interactions are perceived as increases or decreases in flavour intensity. If the interaction is pleasant and agreeable it is a good match, if it is unpleasant it is a poor match. People's sensitivities and personal opinions vary, so in general, it is best to see wine pairing 'rules' as recommendations. 

If you really aren't sure, then just pop in to store and ask one of our members of staff. We are all WSET trained, and we are all happy to give a helping hand! 



Can't wait for Summer?Date published: 13/03/15

Can't wait for Summer?

Here at Majestic Wine Winchester we have an ever growing range of Rosé Wines as we move ever closer to Spring & Summer. So if your like me and a big Rosé fan, why not get started early with a bottle or two that we haven't seen since Summer 2014!

M de Minuty Rosé 2014 Côtes de 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.

£11.24 when you buy any two wines and save 25%! (£14.99 Single Bottle Price).

Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013 Lubéron

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.

£8.99 when you buy any two wines and save 25%! (£11.99 Single Bottle Price).

Domaine La Chautarde Rosé 2014 Côteaux Varois en Provence

A light, dry and fruity rosé, with strawberry, red cherry flavours accompanying more subtle flavours of watermelon and nectarine. Soft acidity and delicate juiciness make for a refreshed palate.

£7.49 when you buy any two bottles and save 25%! (£9.99 Single Bottle Price).

Black Cottage Rosé 2014 Marlborough

Pale salmon pink, this wine has a gentle and attractive nose of ripe red berries and subtle spice. Light and refreshing, the delicate fruit and crisp acidity fade to a clean, dry finish.

£9.74 when you buy any two bottles and save 25%! (£12.99 Single Bottle Price).

Or for twice the fun, why not try the Black Cottage Rosé Magnum, only £19.99!



Planning a Party?Date published: 13/03/15

Planning a Party?

Take all the hassle out of planning a party by letting us help you, services we offer:

- Guidance on the wines and the quantity you require

- Free delivery on 6 bottle orders

- Free Glass Hire, Chiller Bins and Ice buckets (deposits required)

Pop in store today to get your summer party sorted, or if you already know what you want why not place an order online or check majestic.co.uk/parties for further information.



Oyster Bay Wines!Date published: 13/03/15

There is a new short term offer on the Oyster Bay wines

Oyster Bay

Set in the heart of the alluvial plane, Oyster Bay has been producing wine of international acclaim since winning the 'Best International Sauvignon' in the IWSC in 1991. A leading example of the 'New Zealand Style', Oyster Bay produces wines of typicity and class

Sauvignon Blanc-Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes. £7.99

Chardonnay- Pure, incisive ripe fruit flavours. Concentrated aromas of ripe citrus and stone fruit are married with subtle oak and a creamy texture to finish £7.99

Pinot Noir- Ripe red cherry with hints of savoury black cherry, blossom, spice and oak. Juicy red fruits, soft ripe tannins and a soft elegant finish of succulent and red berries.- £8.65

Merlot - £7.99

Finca Carelio Tempranillo - Special one-off ParcelDate published: 13/03/15

Finca Carelio Tempranillo - Special one-off Parcel

Available to taste!

So tell me about the wine…


It’s made from 100% Tempranillo, which is the grape best known as the dominant grape of red Rioja, Spain's most famous wine.


The grapes were hand harvested from old bush vines in Castilla y Leon, where the hot days and cool nights make for super concentrated red berry flavours and precise acidity. The wine was aged for 30 months in French and American oak giving the smooth texture and spice so typical of the region.



What does it taste like…?


It’s certainly a fruit-driven wine, with plenty of red berry and cassis flavours. There are also savory notes of tobacco and eucalyptus making the wine more comparable to that of a Bordeaux in style; it doesn’t have that vanillary sweetness that Riojas can have.  


We think it would be great with a decent cheese board or some charcuterie.



Why should I buy it...?


Well it’s a bit of a bargain to be honest. This wine should have been given Ribera del Duero DO status (which would sell for over £15), but because a mere 10% of the grapes came from outside the designated area, sadly it didn’t meet the strict criteria.


Our Buyers are experts at spotting an opportunity and they swooped in to buy the lot, direct from the producers - it’s a one-off parcel so once it’s gone it’s gone…



£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66


Brooklyn LagerDate published: 13/03/15

Brooklyn Lager from the Brooklyn Brewery, New York

Brooklyn Lager is a smooth lager with flavours of a darker ale making it a very unique taste. Its a great beer to have around the house and is available in store now.

It is currently £9.99 on a multi-buy deal and comes in the original craft beer packaging.


Château Grand Pey Lescours 2007 St-Emilion Grand CruDate published: 13/03/15

Château Grand Pey Lescours 2007 St-Emilion Grand Cru

Not to put to fine a point on it, this is quite simply a St-Emilion Grand Cru. You might be forgiven for thinking that any wine carrying the Grand Cru status must surely cost upwards of £30 but not this wine!

The 25-hectare estate is located on the slopes just outside of St-Emilion, and is owned by Escure family, who teamed up with the head winemaker of Château Bellegrave in the 1990s to bring their vineyards and winery into the modern era.

A rounded and classy Merlot-dominated blend, offering a soft, plump-feeling palate of ripe bramble and plum, with mature pruney notes and hints of earth and pine forest on the nose.

A seriously good shout at only £14.99 as part of our buy 2 save £10 offer.

Enjoy!


Oyster Bay Pinot NoirDate published: 13/03/15

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir

This is an excellent quality wine, to which I am forever returning to. While our New Zealand Pinot Noir range has many quality wines in it, this stands heads and shoulders above the rest. 

Like the others in the range; you can expect ripe red cherry with hints of savoury black cherry and other more primary fruit flavours. Yet in the Oyster Bay you will also find blossom, spice, oak, a mouth watering juiciness, soft ripe tannins and a soft elegant finish. But what really makes it that little bit more special is a smokiness and earthiness, that you might expect to find in a fine wine.

Sounds like it couldn't get any better right? Well when I tell you that it is currently on deal at £8.65 a bottle... I'll be seeing you shortly.


Chapel Down BrutDate published: 07/03/15

Chapel Down Brut

Elegant aromas of citrus fruit, red apple and freshly baked bread alongside hints of hawthorn and lemongrass on the palate. Crisp and fresh with lively acidity and fine persistent bubbles. A great alternative to a NV Champagne. Great as an aperitif or a perfect pairing to the British classic - fish and chips.

£17.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles on our 25% offer.

Single bottle price: £23.99

Chapel DownDate published: 07/03/15

Chapel down is one of the market leaders in English wine production.Based in Tenterden Kent, the south of England has an almost identical geological condition to that of Champagne. Chapel Down is rapidly establishing itself as a world class premium wine brand and is gaining National and International recognition. With vineyards across the south of England they produce a fantastic range of sparkling, red and white wines from their own and partner vineyards. New to the market from Chapel down are 2 beers, using the barrels from the sparkling wine they have created Curious brew and Curious IPA.There really is something for everyone from Chapel down, your local winery. Check out the following articles to discover your chapel down choice.

What's the difference between Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva?Date published: 07/03/15

Have you ever wondered what the difference Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva? They appear on every bottle of red Rioja that you buy but what do they mean?

These terms are not an indication of quality, but rather a definition of a minimum time each type of wine has to be aged. 

Crianza: This wine is aged for a minimum of two years in total and must spend six months in oak barrels. These wines typically have vibrant red fruit flavours with a hint of vanilla. 

Reserva: Must be aged for a minimum of three years with at least a year in oak barrels. Reserva because they spend more time in oak have riper fruit and more tobacco and liquorice flavours than the Crianza.

Gran Reserva: These are produced in outstanding vintages. These wines are at least five years old with two years in oak barrels. These produce wines with more complexity that the other two. These typically have deeper colours, elegant flavours and smother finish because of their age.

So next time you're in, why not try something new and find which you prefer?


Case of Wine for Under £30!Date published: 07/03/15

Case of Wine for Under £30!

Start of the week the right way, with two each of red, white and rose wines at great prices.

Perfect for the dinner table and the sofa! (though perhaps not the garden- still a bit chilly out there non?)

El Torito Merlot 2013 Valdepeñas

A very accommodating soft body, complimented with strong red fruit flavour. Look out for cherry and ripe berries standing up to the supple tannins.

Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Central Valley

A perfect offering from Chile, bursting with zappy green fruit and a shock of gooseberry this wine is perfect as an accompaniment to spicy foods! Very refreshing, very fruity, very good value!

La Serrana Rosé 2013 Vino de la Tierra de Castilla

Bags of juicy strawberries, and a nice creamy body! La Serrana has a great berry acidity to it that compliments the sweetness perfectly. Very quaffable!

These three wines all come in at just under the £5 mark- A great buy for the discerning customer! 

Get well prepared for the week ahead, without breaking the bank!


Villa Maria only £7.33! Ends 16th MarchDate published: 07/03/15

Here at Majestic we have Villa Maria on offer for only £7.33! All of you Sauvignon lovers will have to be quick though because this fantastic offer ends on the 16th March! Order online, visit us instore or call us on 01962 868 708 to reserve yours!

Never tried Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon before? Here's a few reasons why we think you should:

1) It's incredibly fresh and fruity and goes down a treat at parties and gatherings

2) It's produced in the Malborough region of New Zealand; the Sauvignon Blanc capital of the world!

3) It's bursting with delicious fruit flavours like lime, rich gooseberry and tropical fruits

4) It pairs well with all manner of sea food but is equally good as an aperitif 

5) Villa Maria are much respected and have a commitment to excellence

6) Your Mum will love it on Mother's Day (it's Sunday 15th of March this year!)


Oyster Bay Wines!Date published: 07/03/15

All our Oyster Bay Wines are on a 2 week offer - 33% off!

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc - £7.99

Oyster Bay Chardonnay - £7.99

Oyster Bay Merlot -  £7.99

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir - £8.66


Don't miss out!!!


Beer of the Week - Oakham Ales CitraDate published: 07/03/15

Oakham Ales Citra

You'll recall I launched a new concept of a "Guest Ale" in the Autumn, where I select a beer already stocked locally in some stores and buy enough stock to list nationally for a period (until it has sold out). Proper Job from St Austell seems to have been a very popular choice, and I'm hoping my next selection will be too. The new Guest Ale is Citra from Oakham Ales - please write off a case of 12 x 500ml to MP1 for use on the tasting counter to promote this beer in-store.

Oakham Ales were the first brewery in the UK to use the American Citra hop. This single hop beer was first made as a seasonal special, but proved so popular is has now become one of Oakham's most successful core lines. A light refreshing beer with pungent grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas leading to a dry, bitter finish; this is a very modern version of a classic golden ale. Citra has won many awards since the first brew in 2011, culminating in being awarded the Champion Golden Ale at the CAMRA Great British Beer awards in 2014.

Established in Oakham, Rutland, in 1993, the brewery moved to Peterborough in 1998 where their brewery tap is the largest brewpub in Europe!

£22.20 when you buy 2 cases from our bottled ales range.

Single case price: £25.20

OPEN TO TASTE IN STORE!

White Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/02/15

Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough 

This wine is made by Martinborough Vineyards, who have branched out from their home in New Zealand's North Island, sourcing their Sauvignon grapes from certified sustainable vineyards across the water in Marlborough's Wairau Valley.

Typically intense and concentrated, offering a backbone of gooseberry and passion fruit flavours supported by aromas of lime blossom and elderflower. Incisive citrus acidity provides a clean finish.

Drink with spicy oriental salads.

£11.99 buy 2 save 25% = £8.99 

Red Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/02/15

Russian Jack Pinot Noir 2013 Martinborough Vineyards

Russian Jack was a merchant sailor from Latvia, who found himself in New Zealand and became a legendary travelling fruit picker, living a nomadic life for over 50 years in the Wellington area. A statue dedicated to his memory now stands in the town of Masterton

A finely balanced Pinot offering ripe red berry fruit underpinned by a fresh crunchiness and savoury notes. Tannins are ripe and supple, polished and spice-infused by 9 months in oak.

The perfect wine to pair with smoked duck.

£15.99 buy 2 save 25% = £11.99 


Beer of the Week - Alhambra 1925 ReserveDate published: 26/02/15

The Alhambra brewery was founded in Granada, Andalusia, in 1925 and is named after the city's magnificent Alhambra Palace. Regarded as the leading craft brewery in Spain, despite the arrival of modern equipment little has changed in the overall brewing process since 1925. All Alhambra beers are made with no additives and the water used is still drawn from the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The traditional method employed by Alhambra for this beer involves slow, natural fermentation over a period of 35 days. This strong lager has a deep golden colour, and distinctive hop and caramel aromas. The unique bottle is a nod to the bottles used originally in 1925 when the brewery was founded - a Spanish icon, it has no label with all the branding and legal information embossed on the bottle.

"Pours a good fluffy head. Golden amber with lightly toasted aromas. Full-bodied, with a constant, well-rounded and very pleasing taste. Perfect balance of bitter and sweet flavours, with notes ranging from bitter orange to a slightly caramel finish"

Open to try on our tasting counter!

Buy 2+ = £9.99

Russian Jack Sauvignon BlancDate published: 15/02/15

Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough

This wine is made by Martinborough Vineyards, who have branched out from their home in New Zealand's North Island, sourcing their Sauvignon grapes from certified sustainable vineyards across the water in Marlborough's Wairau Valley.

Typically intense and concentrated, offering a backbone of gooseberry and passion fruit flavours supported by aromas of lime blossom and elderflower. Incisive citrus acidity provides a clean finish.

Drink with spicy oriental salads.

Single bottle price £11.99, buy 2 save 25% - £8.99

Currently open to try on our tasting counter!


Ravenswood Lodi ZinfandelDate published: 15/02/15

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012

What a fantastic wine ... great any time of the year, a perfect partner to a BBQ or a fantastic winter warmer with a delicious steak or venison stew.

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.

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.

On our current multi buy... Buy a multiple and save 33% so it works out at £7.99! But hurry, the offer ends on the 16th.


It's Saturday! Time for creative cocktails!Date published: 13/02/15

It's Saturday! Time for creative cocktails!

If this week back at work went not as well as expected or if you feel like you deserve a reward for your hard work, why not try something new and try one (or more) of our craft spirits

This week we chose to nominate Tito's Handmade Texan vodka and the Darnely's view spiced gin as our spirits of the week

Why? because it is something different, they are original, trendy and delicious with or without tonic!

If you do not believe us..come and try it! :)

If nonetheless you would like more information...

Darnley's view SPICED GIN!

£32.50

This gin unites the best of English and Scottish distillation and focuses on key botanicals of juniper, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Different from your usual gin and tonic and goes very well with Fever tonic Ginger Ale! Give it a try!

Tito's Texan HANDMADE Vodka

£28

This characterful vodka is made from 100% corn and is therefore naturally gluten-free.

Only the heart of the “nectar” is taken, leaving behind higher residual and lower alcohols. It is cleansed of phenols, esters, congeners and organic acids and has no sugar or gelatin added! So there is no excuse to drink it, just any occasion is good to enjoy it!



Sunday Roast!Date published: 13/02/15

Sunday Roast!

Maybe Saturday was spent quietly with some wine or a cup of tea in front of a nice film or in good company or maybe...

It was spent partying (also in good company) with many drinks...

But no matter what: it's Sunday and everyone feels better with a roast, whether it is at home or at the pub but if it is at home or at friends' or family's that you are enjoying this wonderful meal...

what could be better than some nice red or white wine (depending on the meat) or...some Beer!

We have many great wines and spirits opened up on the tasting counter but if today you feel more like drinking beer, have a go at the VEDETT!

Vedett Extra Blond

Brewed by Duvel Moortgat in Belgium is a new edition to our craft beer range. Vedett is a blond, light, well hopped premium beer. Somewhat spicy hops, straw and buttery notes on the nose with a malty, hoppy taste. 

Vedett quickly acquired fame and recognition and has become almost a cult Duvel Moortgat beer.

Give it a go!


Craft Beer of the Week - Flying Dog Easy IPADate published: 13/02/15

Flying Dog Easy IPA

Aromas of grapefruit and subtle spice meld into lemon and pine hop notes balanced with crisp cracker malt. Pair this with tailgates, mowing the lawn, and anything else that calls for a light, yet flavorful, beer.

£10.99 multi buy deal (£13.99 single case price)

Available to taste in store.


Great New Spirits To Taste!Date published: 13/02/15

Great New Spirits To Taste!

Blackwoods 5XD Vodka 70cl Bottle

£22.50

Perhaps more famous for its high-quality gin, Blackwoods five-times distilled vodka reflects the quality level expected from this renowned producer. Lightly infused with hand-picked Shetland botanicals such as Meadow Sweet, Sea Pink, Angelica and Marsh Marigold, the resulting vodka tastes exceptionally smooth and rounded with an earthy undertone.

Sipsmith London Dry Gin 70cl Bottle

£27.50

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


Valentine's Day Fizz!Date published: 13/02/15

Valentine's Day Fizz!

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's the perfect time to enjoy something pink and fizzy!

Rosé Champagnes are produced in two ways - usually by adding a little bit of Pinot Noir to the cuvée - but can also be done by allowing contact between the clear juice of black grapes and their skins during maceration (this is the saignée - or 'bleeding' method).

In the early days of Champagne's history, the wines produced were much closer to rosé as we know it today - with some winemakers using berries to colour their wine pale red and pink. Some were given the nickname 'Oeil de Perdrix' (meaning 'eye of the patridge') because of their almost greyish-pink colour (which is supposedly very similar to that of a patridge's eye!). The term disappeared from French usage, however it remained popular in Switzerland, and this particular style of rosé is still produced today under the same name.

Rosé is produced all over France, but is also popular throughout the rest of Europe, in particular in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. There has also been a surge in popularity for such wines in the New World - specifically the USA and South America.

We have a great selection of both rosé Champagnes and rosé sparkling wines:

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé Non-vintage (NV) Champagne - £16.66
- this pale pink rosé is delicate and fruity, with a fine mousse - at this price(?) it is an absolute bargain

Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne - £39.98
- a superb offering from Veuve, this medium-bodied rosé has notes of red fruit and an elegant finish
- match with strawberries and cream for a perfect romantic evening!

Laurent-Perrier Rosé NV Champagne - £44.98
- made using the saignée method, this rosé is full of fresh strawberry notes and has an incredibly fine mousse
- this rosé is a classic choice for Valentine's day - the perfect luxurious treat for that special someone!

Undurraga Rosé NV - £6.66
- made purely from Pinot Noir, this rosé is produced along the Maipo river because cool temperatures there provide the ideal growing environment
- bubbly and zesty, with aromas of cherry, strawberry and flower petals, it is a great entry level sparkling rosé, and well worth the money!

Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV - £9.99
- this sparkling rosé is made in the traditional Champagne method, and is bottle aged in order to add a touch of yeasty character to the backbone of ripe red berry fruits
- this is a very well-balanced sparkling rosé and is superb value for money

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rosé NV New Zealand - £18.98
- a top-quality sparkling rosé, made in the traditional method from 80% Pinot Noir, and blended to create a defined yet delicate fizz
- this rosé is a pale pink colour, with aromas of strawberry and cranberry, and a hint of flintiness
- on the palate it is beautifully balanced, with lashings of cherry fruit and sweet spice

Prices correct as of 13/02/15, reflect multibuy offers and are subject to availability.


New - Chateau Malescasse 2003Date published: 13/02/15

New - Chateau Malescasse 2003

Over the last month, we have seen some great clarets being introduced to the Majestic Range.

One that certainly took our interest here in store was the Chateau Malescasse 2003 Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur.

Located a short distance to the north of Margaux, Malescasse occupies the highest-altitude vineyard site in the commune of Lamarque. France experienced unusually high temperatures in 2003, and consequently this wine is a fleshy, powerful and ripe example.

Made using the classic Bordeaux Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this Bordeaux is fully mature and ready to enjoy now. A rustic, ruby coloured claret packed with ripe bramble and plum fruit, accompanied by heady aromas of cigar box, cocoa and clove.

That to me spells a cracking Bordeaux. Even better is the price!

£19.99 reduced to £14.98 each for 2+ bottles!

Don Papa Rum £30.00Date published: 13/02/15

Don Papa Rum £30.00

This is a premium aged small batch rum from the isle of Negros Occidental - the sugar capital of the Philippines due to the perfect combination of climate and rich volcanic soil. It is first aged for 7 years in oak barrels in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon before it is then blended to perfection. Its name comes from Don Papa Isio, one of the unsung heroes of the Philippine Revolution. This rum has a light and fruity nose with a rich-textured finish of vanilla, honey and candied fruit.



‘The One’ British Blended WhiskyDate published: 13/02/15

The One’ British Blended Whisky

£30.00

The Lakes Distillery places great importance on their excellent eco-friendly reputation. They aim to recycle heat from the distillation process to warm up their buildings and most of their by-products are returned to local farmers for use as animal feed and soil improvement. 

A unique and carefully blended whisky made using exceptional whiskies from around the British Isles – Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England - this tipple is malty on the nose with a smoky hint and delivers soft ginger and vanilla flavours with touches of nuttiness and oak. It’s sweet and fruity and similar in style to a Highland malt.



Try something new: Grechetto from ItalyDate published: 13/02/15

Try something new: Grechetto from Italy

Single Bottle Price £9.99

£6.66 when you buy 2 or more (33% off!)

As suggested by its name, Grechetto has its origins in Greece, but today it is a principal white grape in much of Umbria, finding fame in the Orvieto sub-region. This example comes from hilltop vinyards inan area known as 'I Poggi di Baschi'.

A pale straw yellow wine with a delicate and freshly fragrant nose, full of aromas of pear, peach, subtle herbs and nectar. Gently fruity on the palate, with a full texture and moderate acidity.

A food wine, ideal as a chilled aperitif or pair with seafood or mushroom pasta dishes.


New Craft Beer - Alhambra Reserva 1925Date published: 13/02/15

New Craft Beer - Alhambra Reserva 1925

A new Spanish Craft Beer!

Reserva 1925 is the top of the range lager from Alhambra – an independently owned Spanish brewery named after the Alhambra Palace in its home town of Granada. 

Alhambra Reserva 1925 is an ultra premium lager: dark amber colour, distinctive hop and caramel aromas on the nose with a full flavour and crisp finish.

At 6.4% it is brewed and matured for 35 days making it one of Spain’s finest lagers. It is presented in a unique embossed bottle.

It is an award winning lager highly rated by UK beer writers for its superior taste and stylish packaging, delighting discerning drinkers and those looking for excellent food matching qualities.

Priced at £9.99 per 6x330ml pack (when you buy 2+ 6-packs of Craft Beer)


Did you know? How to decant your wine...Date published: 12/02/15

Did you know? How to decant your wine

Many people believe that all red wines should be decanted - however this is not the case as not all wines benefit from being decanted. This process enhances the characteristics of a wine for those that are slightly younger and not yet fully matured. It can add complexity to the wine, as well as softening the tannins and creating a better balance.


Below is a step by step guide on how to decant your wine.

- Firstly remove the bottle from our wine rack and stand upright for a while to allow the sediment to settle at the bottom of the bottle.

- Using a cork screw, remove the cork and foil label around the top and wipe inside to remove any extra cork.

- With a steady hand, pour the wine into the carafe or decanter over a light source to ensure no sediment falls into the wine. You can also use a fine grade coffee filter to catch the deposit too.

New Web Exclusive Parcel!Date published: 12/02/15

New Web Exclusive Parcel

Our first Web Exclusive of the year is an absolute treat! Originally destined to go to small independents as there was so little volume, we have managed to secure the entire allocation for any export market - only 228 cases were produced and we have 200 cases to sell exclusively to our online customers.


The Somerset Vineyard is a single vineyard in the Waihopai Valley – renowned for its excellent Pinot Noir, hopefully we should be seeing greater volumes from here in the future. It is a much more feminine, delicate style than other Jackson Estate Pinots, Vintage Widow and Gum Emperor, which are more grippy and masculine.


We're selling this parcel as a web exclusively in un-split 6 packs (6 x 75cl bottles) at £132 each (equivalent to £22 per bottle).

The expected customer delivery/collection dates are Friday 20th February - Tuesday 3rd March.


Ravenswood @ £7.99!Date published: 12/02/15

Need we say more? 

Ravenswood is a deliciously plummy, deep Zinfandel from Lodi in the northerly part of California's Central Valley. This area is know as the Zinfandel capital of the world. The winemakers here boast of the 'old vine' qualities of their wine, which give a greater concentration of flavour and make excellently balanced wines. The well drained sandy soils in this region create perfect growing conditions for Zinfandel vines. 

The motto of the Ravenwood winery is 'No Wimpy Wines' so be prepared to taste full on fruit in this exciting wine. Layers of ripe plum, blueberry, warming spices and pleasantly rounded oak create a silky smooth style of wine with well balanced acidity and soft but present tannin. 

This is perfect for fans of Primitivo or Malbec who want to try something new. Perfect to drink on it's own but it will match very well with braised lamb or roast beef.

33% off when you buy two or more wines from the same deal.

£7.99 

£11.99


Introduction Argentinian MalbecDate published: 12/02/15

The malbec grape has really grown in popularity over the last 10 years and is now Argentina's single most planted grape variety.

It was brought over to Argentina in the 1850's along with other Bordeaux varieties. When it was first introduced it was mainly used as a blending grape with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Now, however, it is mostly made as a single varietal with the exception of premium blends. 

From an Argentinian malbec you can expect a full bodied wine with black fruit flavors and spice hints.   

Fancy giving a malbec a go why not try our Santa Ana Malbec that is reduced down to £5.99 on the 33% offer!

Pancake Day next week!Date published: 12/02/15

What is the perfect pancake match...?

We have a few suggestions:

Royal Tokaji Late Harvest £9.99

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.

Brown Brothers Orange Muscat £8.99

Aromas of orange blossom, fresh citrus and spice, with a textured and rich palate, a crisp acidity balances the sweetness of the palate and leads on in a zesty finish.

We also think this weeks Wine of the Week Sauvion Loire Chenin Blanc (on offer at just £5.99!) with its fresh acidity, citrussy flavours and touch of residual sweetness would go fabulously with pancakes, lemon and sugar. 



Sexy Beast... The Perfect Valentines Day Wine?Date published: 12/02/15

Sexy Beast. The perfect Valentine's Wine.

This is great stuff. 

A chunky Cabernet Sauvignon from the steamy vineyards of McLaren Vale in Australia. 
It's deep and lush with an alluring taste of rich dark fruits and subtle touches of violet,
smoke and leafy herbs - there's complexity in those hidden depths...

Treat your Valentine (and yourself) to this powerful, voluptuous wine!

A sexy beast, indeed.

Reduced from £23 to £18


Another New Arrival from NZ!Date published: 12/02/15

Mud House Woolshed Sauvignon Blanc.

The Woolshed Vineyard is one of Mud House's own estate-owned vineyard sites, 
and was established in 2002 in the upper Wairau Valley, on thecombination of hillsides
and alluvial flats that characterise classic Marlborough terroir.

Bright, punchy and zesty on the nose, combining passion fruit and grapefruit with hints of green peppers. 

Crisp and mouthwatering on the palate, which overflows with fresh fruit flavour.

We recommend pairing with aromatic prawn fish cakes.

Part of our 25% off deal at £11.99!
Single bottle price - £15.99

New NZ Pinot Noir from Central Otago!Date published: 12/02/15

Mud House Claim 431 Pinot Nior.

This is a single-vineyard wine from Central Otago, arguably the home of New Zealand's finest Pinot Noir. 
The Claim 431 vineyard is planted with specially selected Pinot Noir clones with different ripening characteristics,
which lends complexity and structure to the blend. 

Aromas of plum and boysenberry give way to subtle aromas of oak toast andspice.

The palate offers intense fruit yet an elegant structure with fine tannins and acidity.

We recommend serving with slow-cooked pulled chipotle beef.

Part of our fine wine offer at £14.99 a bottle!
Single bottle price - £19.99

Fifty Shades of Sparkling RoseDate published: 12/02/15

Fifty Shades of Sparkling Rose

Ok, so there's not quite fifty, but I do have a few suggestions for what to drink this Valentines Day! All of the sparkling rose that I'll be recommending is 33% off, so matter what your budget for fizz is we've got something for you.

Undurraga Rose, NV, Chile, £9.99, £6.66

Made from Pinot Noir grapes, this rose fizz is a delicate watermelon pink offering aromas of strawberry, flower petals and lashings of cherry flavours on the palate alongside persistent bubbles.

Bouvet Saumur Rose, NV, Loire, £13.49, £8.99

From Majestic favorites Bouvet-Ladubay comes this delicate traditional method (the same method used to produce champagne!) sparkling produced from Cabernet Franc grapes. It is salmon pink in colour, has floral aromas and a palate with notes of raspberry and peach fruits.

L'Extra par Langlois Rosé NV Crémant de Loire, £14.99, £9.99

Langlois-Château has been owned by the Bollinger family for the last 40 years and is seen as a premier producer in the Loire valley. Made with Cabernet Franc grapes using the same method used to make champagne, this is a fantastic value sparkling. Peachy pink in colour with notes of summer berry and leaf it is an delicate, easy drinking choice.

Lindauer Rosé NV, New Zealand, £14.99, £9.99

Lindauer rose is made us of a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinotage, The Pinot Noir, which makes up half of the blend, is responsible for the vibrant pink colour of the wine. On the nose there are aromas of red fruit, spice, currants and peach following onto a full bodied palate with fast rising bubbles and and red fruit and citrus flavours.

Chandon Rosé, NV, Argentina, £20.99, £13.98

From Moët & Chandon, comes this fantastic quality rose made from the traditional Champagne grapes (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), produce the wine using the Champagne Method and age the wine on it's lees for 18 months. Because of the hot weather conditions in Argentina, Moët & Chandon use vineyards of different altitudes to to grow the fruit of this interesting wine. The fizz is rose pink with sunny peach hughs and has inviting aromas of citrus, stone fruit, cherry and even some pie crust hints. The palate has strawberry and cream flavours and a luxurious mousse.

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV, Champagne, £25.00, £16.66

Sometimes only Champagne will do! And if your loved one loves Champagne there's no need to break the bank to make them smile this Valentines Day with our excellent offer on this rose Champagne. Salmon pink in colour with a delicate palate of red fruits with toasty notes and a delicious, cream mousse.



Wine of the Week: Pierre-Jean Sauvion Chenin BlancDate published: 12/02/15

The Loire region of France is the homeland of Chenin Blanc, where a variety of styles are produced, from dry to sweet dessert wines.

This is an off-dry Chenin made by the owners of Chateau du Cleray, one of the major wineries in the western Loire. The cooling breeze from the nearby ocean adds a certain crispness to the wines from here. It's a light style wine with a lovely flavour of sweet apples balanced by a grapefruity acidity

A lighter style Chenin like this works really well with seafood, but would also make a great aperitif. At only 10.5% alcohol, it's great for lunchtime!

On our 33% off deal at £5.99 
Single bottle price - £7.99


Beer of the Week- Flying Dog IPA!Date published: 06/02/15

New! Flying Dog IPA!


Welcome to the wonderful world of craft beer


The term craft beer originated in the UK in the 1970s and is loosely defined as a beer brewed on a relatively small scale by an independent brewer. The trend for craft beers has really taken off in the last few years and Majestic is proud to bring a range of craft beers to a wider audience.


Why should you buy Flying Dog IPA?


Flying Dog IPA is great beer from Aspen, Colorado which has been brewed since 1990. Unlike many American IPAs the ABV is 4.7%, as opposed to usual 6%+, making this what the brewery term a “sessionable beer”.


Great Design!


The brewery owner is close friends with the journalist Hunter S. Thompson and the illustrator Ralph Steadman, who collaborated to come up with the funky designs on the labels.


What does it taste like…?


The beer is light and citrussy, with subtle hints of spice and an underlying hoppiness. It is a great accompaniment to Mexican and Asian food.


So, how much does it cost...?


£12.99 Buy 2 or more packs = £9.99

Wine of the Week- Natale Verga Pinot GrigioDate published: 06/02/15

This winery was founded in 1895 by Enrico Verga, who gained a reputation for fine Barolos. It is now run by great-grandson Natale along with his father and sisters. Their Pinot Grigio comes from vineyards in Pavia, Lombardy, close to its border with Piedmont.

Delicate in both aromatics and flavours, offering a dry wine with crisp refreshing acidity. This is classic north-Italian Pinot Grigio, offering gentle pear, white apple and refreshing citrus characters and subtle accents of blossom. This wine is best enjoyed with seafood dishes, simple and elegant. 

Currently £5.99 when buying 2 or more as part of your mixed 6 case, down from single bottle price of £7.99.

This is also currently open to taste on our tasting counter. 

5 Wine Buying TipsDate published: 31/01/15

5 Wine-Buying Tips

1. Don't serve your good stuff to people who won't appreciate it. If you spend less on wines for people who don't care, you've got more cash left for really good stuff. So it makes sense to stock up on wines at different price points. If you're used to buying a sixpack of £20-a-bottle champagne, then why not try getting three bottles of sub ten-pound Cava and three bottles of Ruinart at £33.31 for when the in-laws are over.

2.  Be honest. If there's a style of wine you don't like, then just say so. No one likes every wine under the sun, and no matter how fashionable a particular wine might be, if you don't like it, then there's no need to buy it. 

3. Match food with wine. Often this can sound pretentious, but it's not as if it's news that beer and chocolate don't work well together. Some wines can taste well on their own, but ghastly with certain foods. A young, oaky or tannic Bordeaux is going to taste about as nice with a spicy curry as custard poured over roast lamb. Both may taste nice in their own right, but it's not a good match.

4. Trade-up a little. Duty is now about £2 a bottle regardless of price. Add in other fixed costs like the bottle, shipping, the cork and the label and it's not hard to see why a wine costing £4.99 is after VAT only 20p worth of actual wine. Pay an extra few quid and most of that money goes on the wine itself as shipping costs the same.

5. Use the tasting counter. At Majestic people are often shy about using the counter. Don't be: just dive straight in and taste as much as you safely can. (Spit if you're driving.) Be sure to try anything that you think you won't like. Often, you 'll be surprised; and it's the whole point of trying new wines in the first place.


Screw-CapsDate published: 31/01/15

Screw-Caps

"Oh, dear God, there is nothing I detest more than a KACL 
 goodbye party.  They're all the same — twist-top wine with 
 a bunch of people standing round awkwardly trying to summon 
 up some affection for someone they hardly even know.”


-Dr Frasier Crane



Fortunately the times when screw-caps were derided as an indication of naff wine seem to be coming to an end. Fewer and fewer customers insist on corks and we’ve now reached a point where more people are expressing a preference for screw-caps. Lets be honest: screw-caps are easier to open and keep wine in better condition. Previously it was claimed that opening a screw-cap lacked any sense of occasion, but with Britain fast becoming a nation of regular wine-drinkers, there’s very little ceremony attached to opening a bottle of wine at the best of times.


With almost any change, it’s tempting to think that whatever we’ve grown up with has always been the norm. Many things we take for granted are quite recent developments: the monarch’s head on bank-notes, fish and chips and even wine being sold in bottles. The fact is that when the French decided to classify their finest Bordeaux in 1855, it was mostly about 9% alcohol, a shade darker than rose and shipped in barrel rather than bottle. While the rankings of that classification have remained almost completely unchanged in over 160 years, the wine and its storage method have changed, and improved, dramatically.


At the time, wine would be sold to wealthy customers by the barrel and then stored in the ‘buttery’ of the family home. (The buttery being where ‘butts’ of liquor were stored.) In medieval times, responsibility for decanting the wine into bottles or jugs rested with the ‘boteler’ (MIddle English derived from Old French ‘botellier’ meaning bottle-bearer). Over time the position of ‘boteler’ (or as we would now say ‘butler’) became more senior; but even in Downton Abbey, the butler takes great care with the management of Lord Grantham’s cellar.


In 1860 the law was finally changed to allow wine to be sold by the bottle. As the debate over screw-caps rages today, I hope that we can accept their merits without adopting the snobbery of our favourite fictional psychiatrist. After all, had the TV show ‘Frasier’ been set 150 years earlier, its central character may well have complained of how tacky it is to sell wine in a bottle. 

Spirit of the week: The OneDate published: 31/01/15

Spirit of the week: The One

The One is just one of the products produced by The Lakes Distillery. The Lakes Distillery, is based next to the Bassenthwaite Lake within the Lake District National park and has recently opened for tours.

Founder Paul Currie has attempted to ensure the distillery has a carbon neutral footprint. The buildings are heated using a biomass boiler, with locally sourced fuels, whilst the by-products from the distillation process is returned to local farmers for feed or soil improvement.

A long with The One, a blended whiskey, utilising many fine whiskeys from across the British Isles, The Lakes Distillery also produces The Lakes Gin and The Lakes Vodka, both produced on a small batch scale to ensure a consistent high quality spirit.



Unusual Wine Matches!Date published: 31/01/15

Unusual Wine Matches

1. Carmenere and a Big Mac! 


There’s no doubt that Carmenere can be great with steak, chilli con carne, and roast duck. But if it’s 11:30 at night and you’ve just got home with a greasy burger and fries, there’s no better way to push things up the gastronomic ladder by washing it all down with a decent bottle of red. With ketchup, onions, gherkins and every culinary other obstacle for the wine to face, there’s no need to break the bank, but every reason to open a decent bottle of fruit-driven Chilean red. The layers of plum and blueberry are a perfect match for the moorish junk that we’re all embarassed to enjoy; while the smokey coffee-like nose adds some dignity and sophistication to a gorgeously trashy meal. Medalla Real Carmenere. (£7.99 in the 33% deal.)


2. Champagne and Crisps


Yes I know beer is a perfect match for a packet of Walker’s cheese and onion, but Champagne works fine as well. The acidity and ever-so-slight sweetness of Champagne perfectly balance the salt of ready-salted varietes. The bread and vanilla notes of a bottle of Drappier NV are actually a pretty good match for the potato flavours found in crips and what could possibly cut through grease more effectively than the bubbles of Champagne?


3. Dom Perignon or Puligny-Montrachet with Popcorn


Again, with the Champagne we have something where the bubbles do a great job of cutting through any of the starch; and with Dom Perignon you get a wine that has a coffee-laiden almost buttery richness that blends well with the flavour of popcorn. When it comes white Burgundy, we only have to think of some of the flavours found in a decent glass: buttered toast, roasted nuts and crushed rocks. Why wouldn’t popcorn pair well with that?  

Wine of the Week: Domaine de FabrèguesDate published: 31/01/15

Wine of the Week: Domaine de Fabrègues

New! Domaine de Fabrègues 2011, AOP

Available to taste!


The South of France has never been so exciting (as far as wine is concerned)...


This wine is from the Languedoc, situated in the south of France, not far from the Southern Rhône. It’s not a highly regulated region like a lot of France, leading to exciting innovation and styles of wine more common in New World wine producing areas.


The wine is a blend of four varieties (Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault) which are grown across the Languedoc in vineyards ideal for each grape.


Why should you buy this wine…?


This is a great quality, full-bodied wine perfect with heart warming food. Casserole, stew, cottage pie or a roast. If it is a big hearty dish, it deserves to be matched with Domaine De Fabrègues.  


What does it taste like…?


Thanks to the robust Languedoc grapes within the blend this is a rich and spicy wine. It has bold blackberry and cherry flavours, is smooth and leaves a long warming pepper and dark chocolate flavour in the mouth. It’s open to taste today, so why not try it for yourself…?


So, how much does it cost...?


£11.99 Buy 2 Save 25% = £8.99

MuscadetDate published: 31/01/15

Muscadet

Muscadet AC originates from the Loire Valley, where vineyards sprawl over a series of rolling slopes south of the city. The better known vineyards are in the smaller appellation such as Muscadet Sevre et Maine AC, south and east of Nates, whilst increasingly fine wines come from the Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu AC around the huge Lac de Grandlieu. The soils here are diverse with some granite and sand. 

The only grape variety permitted in any of the AOC Muscadet is the Melon de Bourgogne. The grape was once prevalent in the Burgundy wine region but was eventually prohibited by French authorities Introduced by Dutch wine traders in the 17th century, the grape came to thrive in the cool, mild climate of the Pays Nantais.

All Muscadet should be dry and maximum strength of 12%abv. The wine should be drunk young and is traditionally accompanied by seafood. 

Muscadet Sur Lie is a specialty with increasing commercial importance. Due to the wine being very little handled it should retain its delicacy and freshness.

Currently we have the Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2013 Domaine de la Tourmaline open to try at only £6.99 

Taste

With ripe fruit aromas, a pleasant richness and fine minerality, this is a classic Loire white. Bottled with a slight natural spritz to help retain freshness.


New in - LaLa Land MalbecDate published: 31/01/15

New in - LaLa Land Malbec

La La Land wines come from the Red Cliffs vineyard near Mildura in the north-west of Victoria, and are made in a deliberately up-front and early-drinking style by Dr Phil Spillman, who has made wines for some of the most prestigious wineries of the Antipodes.

Approachable and fruit-driven, this is a wine filled with bold forest-fruit flavours and a supple feel, supported by subtle hints of vanilla and dark chocolate. Ready to drink now or after short-term cellaring. Recommended food pairings are pulled pork sliders or barbecued ribs.

Just £8.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of our buy 2 save 25% 


Tasting NotesDate published: 31/01/15

Tasting Notes

Here at Majestic we are happy to offer you free tasting notes with every purchase. These informative and easy to read notes are designed to guide you through the wine tasting experience. Furthermore, each note is accompanied by a food and wine match suggestion for you to try out at home. 

If you would like tasting notes to be delivered alongside your on-line wide order, please add a note in the appropriate box.


Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc - Stunning Value New Arrival!Date published: 31/01/15

Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc - Stunning Value New Arrival!

Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region with an international reputation for producing the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc wine is a blend of grapes grown across vineyards in the Wairau Valley, an area which produces distinctively aromatic wines.
Of all our 2015 new arrivals so far, this new Marlborough Sauvignon has us most excited. Produced by the famous Giesen brothers in Marlborough, our Bbuyers have personally selected a blend specifically for our customers.
This is a great value, dry style of wine; perfect for everyday drinking or parties. Typical of it’s style, this Marlborough Sauvignon has vibrant fruit and heady herby flavours and a fresh, zippy finish. Drink now and over the summer months while the wine is still young and all the zesty flavours are at their best.
It’s available on our Tasting Counter now so give it a try; and at just £6.66 per bottle in our 33% Off promotion you might just take some home too!

Did you know...?Date published: 31/01/15

Did you know...?

Grafting is when two pieces of living plant tissue are connected so that they unite and grow as one plant. Traditionally grafting was done by hand, however today it is done mostly by machines. The root from one plant is combined with the stems of another so that it can benefit from the drought or disease resistance of the roots with the high quality fruit of the stem. 

In the majority of cases, European Vitus Vinifera are grafted onto the rootstock of American species of Vitus. It is done to give European vines resistance from soil-borne pests and diseases, especially the Phylloxera louse, a small, yellow, root-feeding aphid which kills grapevines by attacking their roots. American vines are used because they have evolved with Phylloxera and have therefore developed resistance to it. The unwelcome import of the Phylloxera louse to France in the early 1860's from America, spread throughout Europe, devastating the majority of its vineyards, and for many years there was no known cure. In the history of agriculture it rivals the potato blight of Ireland as a plant disease with widespread social issues (in France alone 6.2 million acres of vineyards were destroyed. The fruit on the American vines was not suitable high quality wines and so it was only through grafting the European cuttings onto American rootstock that commercially acceptable European wines could continue to be made.  



Cloudy Bay FocusDate published: 19/01/15

Cloudy Bay Focus


Cloudy Bay is regarded as the pioneer of New Zealand Wines, both in terms of quality and popularity, specifically with regards to the reputation of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs.

Produced in vineyards in Cloudy Bay, of which the wine is named after, their first vintage was in 1985 and produced from grapes bought from other grape growers. These days however they own their own vineyards, which were specifically selected to produce Cloudy Bay's unique and complex taste. 

As well as the well known Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay now produces a wide range of different wine styles:

Sauvignon Blanc 

The quintessential Cloudy Bay style, this wine is filled with fresh herbal aromas and tropical fruits including; guava, gooseberries and passion fruit. Enjoy with fresh fish dishes and vegetarian stuffed peppers.

Chardonnay

The Cloudy Bay Chardonnay is a rich and complex wine, with flavours ranging from fig to butter and even butterscotch. The wine also showcases a toasty complexity on the finish. Enjoy with creamy chicken dishes. 

The Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011/12 is currently £18.32 in-store and online.

The Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2005 is currently £19.99 in-store and online, enjoy if you like rich and buttery Chardonnays. This was a particular favourite at our staff Christmas party!

Pinot Noir

With a delicate confected nose, this Pinot Noir displays aromas that are both rich and fruity. Flavours include cherries, strawberries, vanilla and a slight spiciness. Try with any slow-cooked pork dishes. 

The Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir is currently £23.32 in-store and online.



New in - LaLa Land MalbecDate published: 19/01/15

New in - LaLa Land Malbec


La La Land wines come from the Red Cliffs vineyard near Mildura in the north-west of Victoria, and are made in a deliberately up-front and early-drinking style by Dr Phil Spillman, who has made wines for some of the most prestigious wineries of the Antipodes.

Approachable and fruit-driven, this is a wine filled with bold forest-fruit flavours and a supple feel, supported by subtle hints of vanilla and dark chocolate. Ready to drink now or after short-term cellaring. Recommended food pairings are pulled pork sliders or barbecued ribs.

Just £8.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of our buy 2 save 25% 


Tasting NotesDate published: 17/01/15

Tasting Notes

Here at Majestic we are happy to offer you free tasting notes with every purchase. These informative and easy to read notes are designed to guide you through the wine tasting experience. Furthermore, each note is accompanied by a food and wine match suggestion for you to try out at home. 

If you would like tasting notes to be delivered alongside your online wide order, please add a note in the appropriate box.


Spotlight on a Region - Mclaren ValeDate published: 13/01/15

Spotlight on a Region - Mclaren Vale

Mclaren Vale - The rolling green hills of Mclaren Vale's vineyards and orchards begin south of Adelaide and extend to south of Morphett Vale.  With 56cm of rain and a complex range of soils, including sand, sandy loam, limestone, red clay and many forms of rich alluvium, there is great potential for quality in a range of styles from various grapes.  This is perhaps why it is the most volatile wine district, attracting a lot of new talent, but also seeing wineries close or change hands.  Mclaren Vale produces big red wines of excellent quality from Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon (often blended with Merlot), with some increasingly fresh and vital white wines from Chardonnay, Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc.  Fine dessert wines are also produced.

Langtons No.1 Lakeland Gin 70cl Bottle - £30.00Date published: 13/01/15

Langtons No.1 Lakeland Gin 70cl Bottle - £30.00

A celebration of the Lake District, Langtons use local ingredients where possible amongst their 11 botanicals, including Lake District Oak Bark. Slate-filtered water is extracted via a borehole from an ancient aquifer found under the mountain of Skiddaw, Keswick and Derwent Water. Fresh citrus characters dominate with a light touch of sweetness, followed by a smooth finish.


Darnley's View Spiced Gin 70cl Bottle - £32.50Date published: 13/01/15

Darnley's View Spiced Gin 70cl Bottle - £32.50

Named after Mary Queen of Scots’ husband Lord Darnley whose marriage produced the heir that eventually united England and Scotland. This gin unites the best of English and Scottish distillation and focuses on key botanicals of juniper, cinnamon and nutmeg, giving a smooth palate of warm and comforting spice.


Dessert Wine FactDate published: 13/01/15

Dessert Wine Fact

Intense sweetness in a wine can come about in a number of ways. When the grapes are attacked by a 'noble rot' the fruit is left dehydrated thus leading to a concentration of sugar. Grapes may also be picked late, with the longer period of time on the vine causing the concentration.

Spirit FactDate published: 13/01/15

Spirit Fact

'Grappa' is a powerful spirit distilled from grape pomace. The pomace is made up of the bits and pieces left over from wine production, so the grape skins, stalks etc.

Sparkling Wine FactDate published: 13/01/15

Sparkling Wine Fact

There are three main growing areas in Champagne and they have varying degrees of success when it comes to the three main Champagne grape varieties. The Cotes de Blancs is super with Chardonnay, Montagne de Reims grows great Pinot Noir and the Vallee de Marne is where you want to go if you want Pinot Meunier.

Spotlight on a Region- Ribera del Duero, SpainDate published: 13/01/15

Spotlight on a Region- Ribera del Duero, Spain

Ribera del Duero is a Prestigious red wine producing area to the west of Rioja. 

The wines produced here are predominantly made with Tempranillo but Garnacha as well as Bordeaux varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec are also grown.

The climate here is warm summer days and followed with cool summer nights, which combined with high altatude produces thicker, darker grapes with higher acidity. This means the wine produced is darker and more powerful than in Rioja, with astringent tannins and greater dark fruit flavours of blackberry and plum flavours.


Spotlight on a Region- Mendoza, ArgentinaDate published: 13/01/15

Spotlight on a Region- Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza in Argentina is arguably the largest wine producing region in the world and is famous for the Malbec that is produced there. What makes Mendoza such a successful region is despite grown in desert conditions, the vineyards are sheltered by the Andes Mountains and the altitude of the region insures moderated effect on temperature and increased sunlight intensity.

Some Thing DifferentDate published: 13/01/15

Some Thing Different

Are you looking for that something different when it comes to buying spirits. Looking for a change from the normal super market selection ?Then come into Majestic Winchester where we have a number of niche spirits for you to buy. Some of which we have out on our tasting counter for you to try before you buy. So there has never been a better time to pop into store and take a look at some of our niche spirits at amazing prices. 

What are lees?Date published: 13/01/15

What are lees?

You see it sometimes on our price tickets, "rested on its lees for 6 months", but what are the lees? 

During maturation particles in the wine can form deposits which come in two types; the gross lees and fine lees. 

The gross lees produce a thick deposit just after a wine is fermented, causing it to become cloudy in appearance. This is something winemakers do not want and so is quickly removed.

However, the fine lees are much smaller particles that very gradually deposit during a wines maturation and it is these particles that are used. The fine lees can enhance a wines flavour by giving it a nuttyness and also give a wine more body and texture. This use of lees is used in many Chardonnay wines particularly from Burgundy. They are used whilst a wine is in it's aging vessel (e.g. oak barrels) and are removed when bottled. Stiring the wine can enhance the impact of the flavour as the lees are spread more so around the full volume of the wine.


A Majestic Guide to MadieraDate published: 09/01/15

A Majestic Guide to Madiera

Climate and Viticulture - The island is very mountainous and viticulture is only possible on the very steep and often terraced slopes on the northern and southern coasts . The island has a temperate climate, with hot, humid Summers and mild Winters.

Grape Varieties

Sercial - Generally grown on the North of the island or at high altitude in the South. The grape have a high acidity and are used to produce dry wines that are crisp and clean, often with mineral tones and subtle fruit and nut flavours.

Verdelho - It has marked acidity and is used to produce medium dry wines that are aromatic, showing hints of caramel. It is the most widely planted of the four 'noble' varieties.

Boal - It is mainly grown in warm locations in the South of the island. It is used to produce medium sweet wines, showing nutty, vanilla characteristics with raisiny fruit.

Malvasia (generally sold under the name of Malmsey) - Grows best in the South but is also grown at altitudes of 200-300 metre in the north. It grows best where ther is plenty of Sun. It is used to produce the sweetest wines, with rich honey, raisin and caramel flavours.

Tinta Negra -a red grape variety. Unlike the four 'noble' varieties, it used to produce wines with a range of sweetness from dry to sweet, whereas the 'noble' varieties tend to be vinified in a particular style.

Vinification and Maturation - The best producers use stainless steel and temperature controls. The length of fermentation is controlled dependent on the sweetness of wine which the producer wants. Fermentation is halted with the addition of 96% grape spirit. The wine is then 'Maderised' (the term used for the heat accelerated ageing process), creating caramelised sugars, through two processes:

Canteiros - Wines are left in cask on racks in the lofts of the merchants' lodges. All single vaietal and vintage wines are aged by this traditional system. Canteiros wines must be aged for at least 3 years before they can be sold.

Estufa - The wines are heated in stainless steel containers at a controlled temperature (typically 45-50 degrees) for a minimum 3 month period.

To Try -  10 year old Malmsey NV Henriques & Henriques -  £16.99

This Madeira is made solely from Malmsey, one of four classic grape varies on Madeira. Fortified and aged in Estufagem, or dockside warehouses, the wine oxidises, giving it its characteristic colour and flavour.

Intense coffee and raisin aromas with caramel and complex spicy aromas. Luxurious sweetness, silky textured fruit on the palate, bracing acidity and integrated fortifying spirit with a fantastic finish.

Madeira is all but indestructible, once open the bottle will not deteriorate. Enjoy as an after dinner drink or with toffee pudding.

A German Addition to Our Pop Up CellarDate published: 09/01/15

A German Addition to Our Pop Up Cellar

Schlossböckelheimer Felsenberg 'Türmchen' Riesling Spätlese 2011 Dönnhoff Nahe - £25

Captivatingly fragrant on the nose, with golden notes of peach, honey, minerals and lime leaves. The palate is intense and concentrated, with vibrant citrus characters combined with nectarine acacia honey. The finish on this is mineral and pure – fruity rather than sweet – with notes of candied citrus and crushed stone and balancing acidity.

Italian Additions to the Pop Up CellarDate published: 09/01/15

Italian Additions to the Pop Up Cellar


Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Vigna Loreto Mastrojanni - £50

The cool weather of 2008 resulted in a long growing season. Picking commenced much later than usual, allowing the fruit to reach full phenolic ripeness; the result is this is no ordinary normale. The nose is powerfully concentrated, with meaty, spicy black fruit notes on a ripe juicy palate that still displays a pleasingly fresh note of sour red cherries and lashings savoury spice. Notes of leather and mocha carry through to an impressively long finish that is supported by fine grained tannins.


Barolo Monvigliero Riserva 2007 Castello di Verduno Piedmont - £45

A nose redolent of wild strawberry liqueur, cherries and late summer plums is a precursor to an elegant and powerful barolo from less than half a hectare of vines. The mouth-watering core is enveloped in immensely fine-textured tannins, whilst the fruit on the palate is interspersed with herbs and liquorice notes. A hugely appealing wine for the future.


Burgundian Additions to Our Pop Up CellarDate published: 09/01/15

Burgundian Additions to Our Pop Up Cellar.


Chambolle-Musigny 2010 Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux - £45

"Smoky Latakia tobacco and bittersweet herbs accent the bright, fresh red berry fruit of Lachaux’s 2008 Chambolle-Musigny, with the decadent side of this appellation revealing itself in suggestions of forest floor, well-hung game, and faded lily inner-mouth perfume. Refined tannins underlie a finish tinged with smoke, fruit pit bitterness, and considerable intrigue for a village-level wine. I would expect this to provide admirable satisfaction for at least a half dozen years". 89 points. David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate.

Nuits-St-Georges 2010 Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux - £35

Pascal Lachaux has crafted a balance between the firmer-edged Nuits style and a rounded, flowing, textured core of fruit. Attractive pure, bright fruit flavours have a concentration and complexity. This domaine’s villages-level wines are all very successful and true-to-type in this vintage, and this is no exception.

Nuit-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers 2008 Jean Grivot - £50

Slightly savoury on the nose, with ripe, pure fruit on the palate. There is a defined nature to this, with grippy, fine tannins and a marked acidity. The finish on this is long and pure.

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Hameau de Blagny 2011 Dom. Comtesse B. de Cherisey - £40

 A little closed on the nose, with subtle notes of cox apple and white flowers. This is a tight and toned wine, with a strict mineral structure and mouth watering acidity. The fruit here is white peach and apricot, underlined by a steel-cut-lemon note that gives remarkable lift and freshness to the wine. Very fine indeed.

Own a Hotel, Bar or Restaurant...?Date published: 09/01/15

Own a restaurant, hotel or bar?

Are you looking for a new drinks supplier for your business? For any restaurant, pub, hotel, golf club or all other business owners looking for a fantastic new wine list stocked with award winning wines delivered free, look no further than Majestic Wine Leeds North.

Both our commercial and Leeds North store teams are on hand if you want a chat about any requirements and to let you know what we can offer your business!

We offer:

- Vast selection of quality wine

- Competitive prices

- Well informed staff

- Free and flexible delivery

- Your own personal account manager

- Free wine tastings

- and much, much more......

Contact us at win@majestic.co.uk or call us in store on 01962 868 708 if you would like any more information!


No Need For January Blues...Date published: 09/01/15

We all know the feeling. The Christmas period is over, you're back in work and you look back with sorrow and fondness. But it doesn't have to be like this. January need not be the morose month. You are in charge of your own destiny and you can take control of your own happiness.

Plan something to get yourself excited. Perhaps a dinner party, in which all the extravagance you possess will flow through you, into a meal of true quality and elegance. Or, if you'd prefer, a night of comfort food in which you can indulge. Either way, three things are essential. Food, those you hold dearest, and wine. 

Once you've decided on your food, simply pop in store and tell us your evenings plan and we're all ears. We'll work our magic to design you a tailored, personal wine menu, guaranteed to match your food and lift your mood. Think of us as your personal shopper for wine, and there's always the tasting counter if you'd like to try something first.

Not convinced? Our January prices have fallen and now is probably the cheapest time of the year to buy. 

Call us, visit us in store, or if you're a person who knows what they want, we'll drop your wine round for free. 

Merry January Everyone!


Majestic WeddingsDate published: 09/01/15

Getting married this year? 

Our expert staff are always available to discuss your requirements and help you through the process of organising the drinks for your celebration.

- Free advice in-store, over the phone, or by email - please get in touch with us!

- The option to taste wines we have open on our tasting counter in store - check what we have open before you pop in by visiting our website: www.majestic.co.uk/winchester

- The option to buy a sample mixed case to take home and try

- We sell cases of beer as well as wines

- Free delivery to your venue

- Free glass hire if required (we only ask for a deposit of £1 per glass, refundable upon their return)

- We can sell ice and we also loan out chiller bins for FREE to store your wine / beer (refundable deposit required)

- Sale or return if you have a little left over!

Contact us for more information via email: win@majestic.co.uk or call us on: 01962 868 708


Mont Saint Jean Corbières - £4.99Date published: 09/01/15

Mont St Jean Corbieres - £4.99

Corbieres AOC

The appellation corbieres is situated in the Languedoc-Roussillon and is the largest AOC of the region. The appellation mainly produces red wine with carignan being the dominant variety. The wines are very varied due to the size of the appellation.

To classify as a true Corbieres, a red wine must contain at least two varieties, one of which must be a main variety of the region.

The Mont St Jean Corbieres is made using the typical blend of grenache, syrah and carignan. Full of rich fruit flavour including damson, black cherry and bramble. Lots of rounded tannins and sweet spice. Great with a cheese board.


Dry January?! We suggest Try January!Date published: 09/01/15

So it's the time of year where we're feeling a little bit sluggish as we've perhaps over indulged on all things nice, and we're looking to make some resolutions! New year, new me and all that...

We've heard everybody talking about Dry January, but let me put to you the idea of Try January!

This month, why not look at trying something new rather than sticking to your usual? Treat yourself to a special bottle rather than two of something "easy drinking"!

Here at Majestic, our staff have all been busy making suggestions on the website. This means that when you click on your favourite bottle of wine, there's a short list on the right hand side of wines which may tickle your taste buds too! Give one a try and see how close to the mark we hit!

I've really come round to the idea that enjoying a nice bottle of wine with a lovely meal is much more my cup of tea than getting through a few glasses in front of the TV in the evenings. Join me this month in my Try January quest!


De Morgenzon Chenin BlancDate published: 09/01/15

De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc,2013, Stellenbosch

Situated on the slopes 200-400 metres above sea level, these vineyards are known as 'The Morning Sun' as they are the first in Stellenbosch valley to receive the sun's light each day. The grapes are hand picked in the early morning and then selected in the vineyard. The fermentation in French Oak Barrels and lees ageing has made this wine gloriously rich.

Displaying aromas of white flower, stone fruit and honey, these characteristics erupt onto the toasted palate with further orange blossom and sweet spice flavours. There is a fantastic balance between the luscious fruit and mouth watering acidity.

This is a perfect wine for food and would suit a hearty roasted pork belly dish.

£16.00 on offer

(Buy 2 save £10 on selected Fine Wines)


Californian Zinfandel Date published: 09/01/15

This is regarded as California's own grape variety, and is the most harvested grape in California. There are many old vineyards consisting of old zinfandel in California, and along with new vines they are planted on prime sites creating rich full bodied red wines. This variety has a tendency to ripen unevenly, with the result that by the time the full ripeness has been achieved for the whole bunch, some of the grapes have started to raisin. This results in the wines having concentrated red berry flavours and high alcohol levels. 

Currently we stock two wines made from Californian Zinfandel:

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011: £8.99 when you buy any two or more 25% off wines (£11.99 single bottle price).

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel: £13.32 when you buy any two or more 33% off wines (£19.99 single bottle price)


A Little on Languedoc...Date published: 09/01/15

The South of France is renowned for it's sunny climate and the tourist retreats for the rich and famous. But there is a small part of the South West which remains quaintly French and untouched. Western Languedoc is typically where the French go on holiday; avoiding the streams of foreign tourists on the rivièra.

West Languedoc has two appellations within it. The first is Minervois – the more civilised and slightly more 'polished'. Nearly 95% of all Minervois is red, with a small amount of rosé. Minervois is typically found at fairly reasonable prices in supermarkets throughout France. The majority of wines are from smaller co-operatives and vineyards, meaning the vintages can vary quite considerably from year to year. Minervois is also famous for it's Muscat – a sweet, nectar-like dessert wine.

The other appellation in the region is Corbières. The scenery is particularly dramatic with the craggy mountains sloping right down to the crystal blue of the Mediterranean. The temperatures in this region can be quite warm, and there is the ever present danger of forest fires. As such the red wines of the region, whilst some would say a little mundane, have a robust and concentrated flavour that is not to everyone's palette.

Corbières remains one of my firm favourites from living in the South of France for a time. There is nothing that can take the place of a firm red wine whilst watching the sun disappear over the horizon of the Mediterranean – other than perhaps chasing it in one of the sleek white yachts!!


The Wines of Cloudy BayDate published: 09/01/15

Cloudy Bay - the resonance of these words used to be enough to send wine  lovers into an excited frenzy of anticipation and impatience, when the mere glimpse of the elegant white and grey landscape of the label was treasured as a high prize of purity and sophistication. Taking its name from a cove at the northeast of New Zealand's South Island, given this name by Captain Cook in 1770, it is soon to be renamed Te Koko-o-Kupe / Cloudy Bay, using the Māori name which recalls the early explorer, Kupe, scooping up oysters from the bay. This impending attribution seems wholly appropriate given that is evokes an early pioneering feat, an endeavour which is parallelled in ways by the international success of this wine. For it was Cloudy Bay which was soley responsible for catapulting New Zealand Sauvignon to the fore, and for its subsequent international success and unique cult following.

Given New Zealand's cooler, more maritime-influenced climate than countries such as Australia for example, the Sauvignon's it produces are almost a caricature of of Old World wines like Sancerre's and Pouilly Fume's from the Loire, and made from the same grape variety. These climate conditions, along with soil varities produce a mouth puckering dryness along with that characteristically infamous fresh gooseberry flavour that is so attributed to Sauvignon Blanc. Where Cloudy Bay Sauvignon shines however, is that it does not shy away from strong tropical aromas: displaying characteristics of fruity guava and passionfruit, its finish is one which lingers, crisp and succulent.

It is a flavour and style so distinctive that it rarely draws apathy or indifference amongst its tasters. Is it still worth the price and status as a bench-mark of New Zealand Sauvignon when there are now so many imitations and choices to choose from? You will have to decide for yourself.....

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - on offer at £18.32
Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2005 - on offer at £19.99


Both part of our 33% offer this January - so pop in to see us in Winchester before it's all gone!

Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 09/01/15

5 Top tips for Matching Food and Wine.

1. Wines should complement, not dominate food. A delicate fish such as Sea Bass will be overpowered by heavy red wines.

2. Match to the most dominant flavour in a dish rather than the main ingredient as a full-flavoured sauce may well be a bigger influence. Chicken in a mushroom sauce is different to chicken in a tomoato sauce and will need different wine.

3. Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes. For example paella with all those rich, flavour-packed ingredients requires a crisp, simple white wine.

4. Cooking method affects the weight of a dish. Poaching and steaming presents meat or fish at its most delicate. Grilling, frying or roasting adds texture and caramelised flavours. Match the wine to the body, texture and flavour profile of the dish.

5. Do as the locals do and match dishes with their home grown wines. For instance, the high acidity found in many Italian reds marries well with the high acidity in tomato sauces used in pasta dishes. so when in Rome....


Serena Pinot GrigioDate published: 08/01/15

Serena Pinot Grigio

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.

You will not find another Pinot Grigio in store that represents this much value.  I can honestly say this is one of my favourite whites from our Italian range. Not to be missed!!

£9.99 or buy 2 and save 33.3% =

£6.66


Grape in Focus - Riesling!Date published: 08/01/15

Grape in Focus - Riesling!

Here is a brief insight into Riesling ->

Riesling is a rather unappreciated grape variety which is planted around the World. 

It is fruity and aromatic but still retains high acidity. Riesling ripens late, but is also very hardy which makes it perfect for late harvest wines. Riesling can also produce great wines in a range of styles and climates. In cool climates it can have a very fresh grape and apple fruit character with the high acidity levels often being balanced out with sugar. Vines grown inwarm climates such as Alsace exhibit more citrus and peach notes and some Australian Riesling display a distinct limey character. 

Unlike Chardonnay Riesling does not benefit from winemaking techniques such as oak ageing. But due to the high acidity of Riesling they age very well and develop notes of honey and smoke with age.


Grape in Focus - Pinot Gris!Date published: 08/01/15

Grape in Focus - Pinot Gris!

Here is a brief insight into Pinot Gris ->

Pinot Gris produces its finest wines in Alsace which are full bodied and often spicy. This Alsatian style is now copied in areas such as Marlborough and Oregon. The style of Pinot Gris wines tend to be rich textured, oily and high in alcohol, with moderate to low acidity. The wines can show exotic fruit characteristics of mango, banana and melon.

However Pinot Grigio grown in North East Italy show very different characteristics. The grapes are harvested early to retain more acidity and avoid the development of too much fruitiness. The resulting wines are light and fairly neutral in character. This style of fresh light wine has become very popular and is being copied in the New World!


The use of oak in wine productionDate published: 08/01/15

The use of oak in wine production

Oak is often used in both red and white wines primarily to add tannin, add structure and increase the complexity of the flavours and textures of the wine. Most oak vessels used are made from either European or American Oak. European oak is more expensive than American oak as the wood must be split to produce the staves, whereas the American oak can simply be sawed; European Oak is more porous and so sawing this wood would produce leaky barrels.

New barrels are very expensive and give very potent flavours, whereas 2nd/3rd/4th fill barrels or older are used when more subtlety is required.

European Oak tends to give hints of toast and nutty flavours with fine grained tannins.

American Oak tends to give sweet vanilla and coconut flavours, and sawing the wood releases more aroma and flavours so it is more intense than its European counterpart.


More than Just 33% off…Date published: 08/01/15

More than Just 33% off…

Throughout January we some great 33% off offers, but if that’s not enough we also have a selection of wines at 40% off! Yes 40% off!

Wines included in this cracking promotion include;

Laurent Perrrier NV at £22.49

Louis Roederer NV at £26.99

Bollinger Grand Annee 2004 at £59.96

Moet & Chandon Vintage 2006 at £29.98

Canard-Duchene Charles VII at £23.99

Prosecco Conegliano at £8.99

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage at £17.09

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV at £14.99

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rose at £17.09

Pasqua Prosecco at £7.19

Berberana Vina Alarde Gran Reserva at £9.59

Hurry down while stocks last!


Storing your WineDate published: 08/01/15

Storing your Wine

You may be thinking about storing a particular bottle of wine to get the best out of it. However, if you do not store the bottle correctly you may be doing more harm than good.

The temperature should be kept at around 10 - 15 degrees Celsius as extreme heat or cold could end up damaging the wine. Try to store the wine out of the kitchen and avoid refrigeration as the cork could harden and lose its elasticity, allowing air to affect the wine.

If the wine is sealed with a cork, lie the bottle down to allow contact of the liquid with the wine. This stops the cork from drying out and allowing air into the bottle. Screwcap bottles are perfectly fine to be stored upright.

Finally do not leave the wine in direct sunlight or artificial light as this could case the wine to become stale.

Follow these tips and your wine will age undisturbed and hopefully taste even better than you remember!


January SALE 40% off Laurent-Perrier Brut NV ChampagneDate published: 08/01/15

January SALE 40% off Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne

If you are hitting High Street this January. Don't forget to stock up your wine rack after Christmas.

We are offering 40% off selected wines and Champagnes.

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne is available now only @ £22.49. A lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility.

The 40% offer is a something new to Majestic Wine, so don't wait and grab the deal before it's too late.


Cheese and WineDate published: 29/12/14

Cheese and Wine

Having a cheese and wine party? Here are a few ideas of good matches...

Camembert and Champagne (could be an option at the start) - works especially well if the Camembert is baked

Try something like: Nicolas Feuillatte NV

Goats cheese and Sancerre - a perfect classic combination 
Try something like: Sancerre Paul Thomas Chavignol 


Brie and a rich white Burgundy or a light fruity red wine e.g. Pinot Noir (or try with both?!)
Try something like: Bourgogne Chardonnay Domaine Jomain or Bourgogne Pinot Noir Nicolas Potel 

Mature cheddar and a Bordeaux red
Try something like: Chateau Meaume Chateau Matured 

Stilton and Port
Try something like: Taylors Late Bottled Vintage Port 

Blue cheese and a dessert wine e.g. Sauternes
Try something like: Clos Abeilly Sauternes half bottle 


Food and Wine Matching: Key ConsiderationsDate published: 29/12/14

Food and Wine Matching: Key Considerations

Many people tell us that matching food to wine is one of the biggest problems they encounter. Here are some top tips:

- Wines should complement not dominate food and vice versa - match the flavour intensity of a dish with the flavour intensity of the wine

- Match your wine to the most dominant flavour in the dish

- Foods that are high in acidity can make a wine with low or medium acidity taste flat - match acidity with acidity

- Wines high in acidity work well with oily foods as the acidity cuts through the richness (try Champagne with fish and chips - trust me on this one!)

- Salty foods can be enhanced with an element of sweetness - try blue cheese and dessert wine (who'd have thought they'd go so well!?)

- Protein softens tannic reds - this is why Bordeaux reds and other Cabernet Sauvignons go so well with red meat or mature cheddar cheese

- If you have a lightly spiced dish e.g. a Thai curry, try with a wine that is young, fruity, and aromatic e.g. a Pinot Gris or Gewurztraminer

- A sweet dish should be matched with a sweet wine 


USA - Did You Know...Date published: 29/12/14

USA Wine - Did You Know...

... that California is the 4th largest producer of wine in the world behind France, Italy, and Spain!

... that Carneros means sheep in Spanish and many can be found along the rolling hills of Los Carneros in California!

... that the influential wine critic Robert Parker has his nose and palate insured for $1million!! 

This week we have a variety of our American range out on the tasting counter to taste! #comeandexplore 


What does a Gooseberry actually smell like?Date published: 29/12/14

What does a Gooseberry actually smell like?

Have you ever tasted a gooseberry? For those of us who don't forage wild fruits, we might be best acquainted with the small green fruit thanks to the New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs we all know and love. The simplest way to think of it is as a sour grape. With a slight taste of ripe plum, the skin can often taste rather sour – zingy or tart, in milder terms. So when you drink your glass of Sauvignon, the lip-smacking tartness could easily be due to the gooseberry on the nose or on the palate. This particular flavour characteristic is what joins together perfectly with citrus fruits such as grapefruit or lemon, and tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango or melon.

If you love your gooseberries and are looking to experiment outside of your favourite Kiwi Sauvignons (Ned, anyone?), why not try a Grüner Veltliner? Often grown in Austria, this grape variety produces broad flavour characteristics such as green grapes, salad and white pepper, as well as crisp fruits such as lemon, green apple and, of course, the humble gooseberry.


Award Winning Vina EguiaDate published: 29/12/14

Award Winning Vina Eguia

Rioja Gran Reserva 2004

Viña Eguía

£8.99 WHEN AT LEAST 2 BOTTLES FROM THE 33% OFF PROMOTION.

Origin

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.

Taste

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.

Wondering what wine to serve your guests over Christmas & New Year?

Enjoy Majestic's favourite Vina Eguia at only £8.99!

Delightfully smooth and light with your Christmas Lunch. Also ideal with Lamb Dishes & Cheeses.


Spotlight on a region...Date published: 29/12/14

Spotlight on a region...

Rueda 

Rueda is a historic Spanish white wine zone named after the town on the main road from Madrid to Leon. In the Middle Ages, vineyards flourished here but decline followed after the ravages of phylloxera devastated the region.

For most of the 20th Century the local Verdejo grape was Rueda's sleeping beauty. It was awoken in the 1970s when Bodegas Marques de Riscal recognized the potential for dry white wine and sold a fresh Rueda white alongside its Rioja reds. Rueda was awarded DO status in 1980. Two forms of Rueda exist: fortified and unfortified. The fortified wines are declining and are mostly sold in bulk locally and on the Spanish coast.

In contrast, modern Rueda is a light, fruity dry white wine. It may be made form a blend of Viura and Verdejo or it may be a Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Rueda Superior must contain at least 85% Verdejo and , as more farmers convert their vineyards, there are ever more varietal wines


Random Wine FactDate published: 29/12/14

Random Wine Fact

A vine takes about 4 or 5 years before it has enough fruit of decent quality to make wine.  Young vines tend to make lighter, fruitier wines whilst older vines make more concentrated, pure wines!

Chateau Musar - The Lebanese wine you need to try!Date published: 29/12/14

Chateau Musar - The Lebanese wine you need to try!

Château Musar is a Lebanese winery situated just north of Beirut, Lebanon. The vines grow in the Beqaa Valley to the east where they enjoy sunny conditions at a relatively high altitude on fertile soils.

Château Musar produce wines of red, white and rosé. Their styles are generally unique but have been linked to being similar to styles you may find in Bordeaux or the Rhône. The grape varieties used for the red wines should be more familiar to us as they generally us the intentional grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvèdre. The whites use more obscure varieties of Obaideh and Merwah but these are related to the more well-known grapes of Chardonnay and Sémillon. The main difference you find with the wines from Musar is that they are made in the natural wine style and so there is significant bottle variation but great ageing potential for both red and white.

Château Musar 2007 Gaston Hochar £22

Concentrated plum and blackberry fruit, hints of fig, prune, distinct liquorice and spice. Firm but fine tannins, good acidity and body, vibrant and fresh with streaks of cedar and cinnamon. Long finish.


Darnley’s Spiced Gin £32.50Date published: 29/12/14

Darnley’s Spiced Gin  £32.50

Named after Mary Queen of Scots’ husband Lord Darnley whose marriage produced the heir that eventually united England and Scotland. This gin unites the best of English and Scottish distillation and focuses on key botanicals of juniper, cinnamon and nutmeg, giving a smooth palate of warm and comforting spice. Bottled at 42.7% to best present the combination of warming spice botanicals.

This is also open to taste on the tasting counter if you are interested. 

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay, Marlborough, 2005Date published: 29/12/14

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay, Marlborough, 2005

Known around the world for the quality of their Sauvignon Blanc, the Cloudy Bay winery is far more than a one-trick pony - as demonstrated in the quality of their Pelorus sparkling wine range, Pinot Noir, and this, their 2005 Chardonnay.

A complex nose that ranges from figs and lemon butter to more savoury elements of fresh hay with hints of butterscotch. The palate is substantial and rounded with toasty complexity and a long finish. The quality of growing conditions in 2005 has allowed this wine to age gracefully in the bottle, and it is drinking beautifully now and will reward the patient drinker over the next 3-4 years.

To be enjoyed on its own or with creamy dishes such as mushroom stroganoff.

£25 (buy 2 save £10, £30 single bottle price). 


A Tongue-in-cheek Guide to understanding the Language of the wine-maker!Date published: 29/12/14

What They Say in the Vineyard/Winery                                                   What they Really Mean in Plain English

1. This is a classic vintage for cellaring!                                                   The wine is excessively tannic, and undoubtedly lose most of its                                                                                                                          fruit  long before the tannin melts away.

2. This is a supple, fruity wine that is very commercial                            This is a thin, diluted, watery wine made from a vineyard that was                                                                                                                        atrociously overcropped.  

3. One can sense the nobility of terroir in the aromas                              The weather during this growing season and harvest was so           and taste of this wine                                                                               cold and wet that the grapes never matured,                                                                                                                                                          some even rotted, and the wine tastes only of acidity, tannin, wood,                                                                                                                      alcohol, and copious quantities of damp earth.

4. We were fortunate to harvest before the rain.                                       We harvested before the last deluge (and we forgot to inform you                                                                                                                        that prior to the last inundation it had rain heavily for the last 10                                                                                                                            days).

5. This is a classic vintage in the great traditional style                            Once again, we did not have enough sunshine and heat to ripen the  of the years of the region.                                                                         grapes. Only a fool would buy this. 

     

Blackwoods 5XD Vodka - something new for your NYE cocktailsDate published: 27/12/14


Blackwoods 5XD Vodka - something new for your drinks cabinet 

Perhaps more famous for its high-quality gin, Blackwoods five-times distilled botanical vodka is created using a method known as ‘Bonification’ and reflects the quality level expected from this renowned producer.  Lightly infused with hand-picked Shetland botanicals such as Meadow Sweet, Sea Pink, Angelica and Marsh Marigold, the resulting vodka tastes exceptionally smooth and rounded with an earthy undertone.

This lovely Vodka comes in at £22.50



New Gins Open To Taste!Date published: 19/12/14

I seems to me that gin is making a big comeback at the moment and we are big big fans here in the Winchester store AND we have loads open on our tasting counter right now!

Here are the ones you can try:

- Langton's No.1 Gin £30
- Broker's Gin £19.99
- Winchester Twisted Nose Gin £32.50
- Darnley's View Spiced Gin £32.50
- Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's Bathtub Gin £33
- St George Terroir Gin £38

So why not pop in and see what takes your fancy?!


Chilean Wines - 10 Reasons Why You Should Have A Look...Date published: 19/12/14

10 reasons why to buy Chilean wine:

1. Due to the difference between the Peso and the Pound, Chilean wine represents excellent value for money.

2. Chile is a winemakers heaven, with uninterrupted sunshine and all the water for irrigation from snow melt a vine could need... 

3. Chile's viticulture is important not just north to south but east to west because of the Humboltd Current, a coastal range, plains and then the Andes all the way down the country.

4. This means Chile has a huge range of climate condition enabling it to make just about any style of wine in the world.

5. Carmenere was thought to be extinct after Phylloxera wiped out European vineyards in the late 19th Century, but it survived in Chile.

6. Carmenere was once a very important variety in Bordeaux, it's a late ripening variety that has huge potential to make great wine.

7. Chile remains phylloxera free (a vine destroying insect originating from the US and imported into Europe in the late 1800s) which means that vines in Chile don't have to be grafted onto American root stocks leading to a unique purity.

8. Although Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted vines, Chile also makes world class Pinot Noir, Carmenere, Carignan, Malbec, Riesling, Viognier and they have been developing super premium sparkling wines too!

9. Although certain areas of Chile can get rather hot during the day, temperatures drop dramatically at night as air rushes down from the Andes. This means grape ripen wonderfully during the day but develop and retain essential acids at night; important for the finesse and freshness of a wine.

10.  Many famous international winemakers and companies have had a big influence in Chile including Mondavi, Torres and so on...

So next time you pop in why not try something a little bit more unusual from Chile, feel free to ask a member of staff for our recommendations! 



Ned Sauvignon Blanc Reduced to £6.99!!Date published: 19/12/14

The Ned is still on offer at just £6.99 a bottle as part of our 33% off deal!

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 - or turkey, whatever!

Special Offer £10.49 Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% = £6.99


New Arrival - Hook Norton Hooky BitterDate published: 19/12/14

Hook Norton Hooky Bitter NV 12x500ml Bottles

Golden bitter - hoppy and malty.

£21 when you buy 2 or more cases across our bottled ales range.

(£24 for a single case)


Furmint!Date published: 19/12/14

A grape variety native to Hungary, makes highly concentrated, high acid white wines. Mainly used as the principal grape variety in the world-famous sweet Tokaji, due to its late ripening and susceptibility to botrytis. This complex sweet wine can develop notes of marzipan, blood orange, apricots, nuts and honey as it ages.

It can also make premium quality, dry white wines with aromas of smoke, pears and lime accompanied by flavours of apples when young.

Their dry white wines aren't as well-known but definitely worth a try!

Our Royal Tokaji Dry Furmint is only £7.99!

12 Wines of ChristmasDate published: 19/12/14

On the First day of Christmas my true love sent to me a partridge in a pear tree a fantastic wine from Rioja!

1) Rioja Reserva 2009 Viña Eguía, £9.99, £6.66

Lovers of Rioja - this is one for you this Christmas! Made from Tempranillo grapes and ages for 24 months in French and American oak, it is a well rounded wine with dark fruit flavours and subtle cedar notes. 

On the Second day of Christmas my true love sent to me two turtle doves a case of Peroni

2) Keep the beer lovers happy this December with Peroni at £12 (that's only £1 per bottle!)

On the Third day of Christmas ... you get the message! Number 3 is a lovely Malborough Sauvignon:

3) Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, £9.99, £6.66

It's December, the high street is mobbed and you've just done the usual Saturday dash for presents, so put down those shopping bags and refresh with a glass of Mudhouse! A fresh and lively Sauvignon Blanc from the Malborough wine region of New Zealand with aromas of grapefruit and tropical fruit and citrus notes on the palate.

4) Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Riscal, £14.99, £9.99

A welcome guest at most Christmas dinner tables, this reserva is sure not to dissapoint! It is very smooth with vanilla and toasted oak aromas alonside summer fruit flavours. Excellent with the chesse board after dinner, or if you're patient, hold on to it for another five years.

5) Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV, £12.99, £8.66

An excellent drink for party toasts, and presented in a very stylish bottle. A persisstant mousse with zesty aromas, green apple flavours alongside hints of jasmine.

6) The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc, £10.99, £6.99

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is a firm Majestic favourite and it's definitely on my Christmas list this year! Coming from Malborough in New Zealand it has a grassy nose leading to a palate which is bursting with gooseberries and hints of a gunflint minerality thanks to the stoney soils. Bring a bottle along to a friend's house and wait for the compliments on your fantastic wine choice!

7) Portillo Malbec 2013 Bodegas Salentein, £9.99, £6.66

Fantastic for nights infront of the fire! A well rounded and smooth Argentinian Malbec with plum and bramble on the nose following through to delicious blackfruit flavours.

8) Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV Champagne, £43.50, £28.98

Take advantage of this fantastic offer and treat yourself or a loved one to Moet this Christmas! Made in the house style, the Champagne is clean and crisp with citrus and biscuity notes. If Moet's not your favourite then check out our other Champagne offers for this Christmas on our website www.majestic.co.uk.

9) Mâcon-Villages Blanc 'Les Pierres Blanches' 2013 Cave de Lugny, £10.65, £7.99

One for the lovers of Chardonnay but not of heavily oaked wines! Situated in the Mâconnais in Burgundy, this wine displays the mineral notes that the region is famous for along with aromas of blossom and apple and citrus notes on the palate.

10) No Bull Merlot 2013 Charles Smith, Mattawa, £14.99, £9.99

New to our range and comming from some of the most Northenly vineyards in Washington State this is an excellent cool climate wine made up of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Classic plum and blackberry characters come from the Merlot and are enhanced with notes of cocoa, cedar and red cherry. Not one to give away, keep this little gem for yourself this Christmas!

11) Bouvet Ladubay Saumur NV, £13.49, £8.99

From the Loire valley in France, Bouvet is an excellent Champagne alternative, made by the same Traditional method champagne is made by but with Chenin Blanc grapes. Lovely White Blossom notes on the nose followed by a palate with bruised apple and honeysuckle hints.

12) The Ned Pinot Noir, £14.99, £9.99

The only red to drink with your turkey this year! Marisco (the makers of The Ned) have a reputation of producing quality wines and this is no exception. The grapes are all hand picked before being aged in French oak for 9 months. On the nose are red fruit and smokey aromas, the palate is medium bodied with rich, warming flavours. Perfect with turkey, but will also partner well equally with roast chicken or duck.



Christmas in a case for under £100? Yes Please!Date published: 19/12/14

In a rush? Bowled over by too much choice? Let me make it easy for you with my Christmas in a case selection, all the wine you’ll need to go with dinner on the big day and you’ll even get change from £100!

Canard Duchene ‘Charles VI’ Champagne - A complex, elegant NV from the producers of France’s most popular Champagne. Fantastically drinkable and the perfect start to the day!

Pouilly-Fume Jean Vincent - This is one of my favourite French Sauvignons and is would be a fantastic match with a smoked salmon starter.

Saintsbury Chardonnay - The white wine drinkers will love this Californian Chardonnay. Smooth and creamy with plenty of rich tropical fruit but none of the OTT character of Chardonnays of old. A brilliant partner to turkey.

Craggy Range ‘Te Muna’ Pinot Noir - This soft and silky Kiwi Pinot Noir is the perfect red to go with the turkey. The perfect combination of ripe berry fruits and a classy, elegant finish.

Rustenberg Straw Wine - A South African dessert wine made by leaving Chenin Blanc and Viognier grapes on straw mats to dry in the sun. The resulting wine is a riot of peach, apricot and honey flavours with a streak of refreshing acidity to balance the lush sweetness.

Taylor’s 10 year old Tawny Port - A slightly lighter style of Port. The nutty, raisiny character is a fantastic match with cheese and a bit of a lighter option for the post dinner drink.

So that’s Christmas sorted and all six bottles will cost you the bargain price of £98.28


The History of Cloudy BayDate published: 19/12/14

Cloudy Bay

Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 by Cape Mentelle Vineyards in Western Australia, and is today part of Estates & Wines, The Moët Hennessy Wine Division. Innovation, meticulous attention to detail and regional expression are the guiding principles of Cloudy Bay. The Cloudy Bay team is committed to producing ‘wines of region’ and strives to enhance the pure, bracing flavours and stunning vibrancy, naturally afforded by the climate and soils of Marlborough.

The winery and vineyards are situated in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. This unique and cool wine region enjoys a maritime climate with the longest hours of sunshine of any place in New Zealand. Cloudy Bay has 250 hectares over four estate vineyards, and long-term supply agreements with nine Wairau Valley growers. The main varieties grown are sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir with lesser quantities of gewurztraminer, riesling, and pinot gris.

Cloudy Bay wines are exported to over 30 markets, the principal ones being Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Europe and Japan. Cloudy Bay believes that the future success of specialist wineries lies in the production of high quality wines from varieties best suited to specific regions. At Cloudy Bay, emphasis is placed on individual fruit character and the development of a recognisable estate wine style.

Cloudy Bay Vineyards was a founding member of the New Zealand Integrated Winegrape Production scheme, set up to develop a programme for sustainable vineyard management, which is now monitored by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Cloudy Bay’s impeccable scorecard reflects the company’s commitment to environmentally friendly winery and vineyard management practices.

The winery takes its name from the bay at the eastern extremity of the Wairau Valley, which was named Cloudy Bay by Captain Cook on his voyage to New Zealand in 1770. At the time of Cook’s discovery, Marlborough was in flood and the Wairau River running into the bay was full of silt creating cloudy waters.



Cellar CircleDate published: 19/12/14

Cellar Circle

Starting a wine cellar of your own is an incredibly exciting prospect. With thousands of wines to choose from, you can build a collection perfectly suited to your own tastes. But this plethora of options can also feel daunting but that's where Cellar Circle come in.

A partnership between Lay & Wheeler, who have spent 160 years building up relationships with the world’s greatest producers, and Majestic Wine, with over 30 years experience inspiring people to discover and explore the fantastic world of wine, Cellar Circle is all about providing a bespoke, individual experience, giving you all the support and advice you need to create the cellar of your dreams.

Alongside building your dream wine cellar, belonging to Cellar Circle brings exclusive benefits and rewards; 10% discount at Majestic Wine for all your everyday needs, a year’s free professional wine storage for new customers to Lay & Wheeler, at our bonded warehouse, Vinothèque, free case delivery to any Majestic store for ease of collection, and a case of wine, individually chosen for you by the Cellar Circle team on the first anniversary of your membership.

To find out more information feel free to ask any of us here in Winchester to find out about it or visit the cellar circle website.



Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita 2001Date published: 19/12/14

Quinta de Terra Feita's vineyards are perfectly placed on south facing slopes and have been supplying Taylor’s with grapes for nearly a hundred years. Since the beginning of the century, small amounts of Terra Feita wine have been bottled as single-quinta vintage Ports.

A beautifully concentrated Port with lush aromas of violets and tarry black fruit flavours redolent of figs, plums and spice. The full flavour really comes through on a palate of ripe cherries and plums.

£30  now £25!

Tokaji FactsDate published: 19/12/14

A few facts about Tokaji

Tokaji wines are produced in Hungary.

Tokaji was the first wine to be knowingly made from botrytised grapes (nobly rotten).

Tokaji is made from the little known grapes Furmint, Harslevelu and Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains.

A range of styles of wines are produced in Tokaji.

Non-botrytis dry wines vary from simple unoaked and fresh to more concentrated oaked ageworthy blends.

Tokaji Szamorodni can be dry or sweet but will always have noble rot characteristics

Tokaji Aszu are sweet and the measure of sweetness is indicated on the puttony scale (3 puttonyos to 6 puttonyos). Classic flavours include marmalade, apricots and honey

Aszu Eszencia are rare and only made in the best years with the best grapes.

At Majestic Wine Poole we have some wonderful examples of Tokaji wines.

The Royal Tokaji Late Harvest is more delicate than other sweet Tokaji wines with ripe peach and exotic fruit. Pair with fruit tarts or blue cheeses. Currently £9.99.

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos has flavours or orange peel and cinnamon. Pair with fruity desserts or blue cheeses. Currently £19.99.


New Spirit - Don Papa Small Batch RumDate published: 19/12/14

New Spirit - Don Papa Small Batch Rum

The sugar capital of the Philippines due to the perfect combination of climate and rich volcanic soil. Its name comes from Don Papa Isio, one of the unsung heroes of the Philippine Revolution. This rum has a light and fruity nose with a rich-textured finish of vanilla, honey and candied fruit.

Open to taste this week £30


Sunny wine for a grey day...Date published: 19/12/14

Sunny wine for a grey day...

Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Vin de France

A superb value Sauvignon Blanc, made by a major cooperative in the south of France. Grapes are sourced from several quality growers, and blended to create a consistently elegant and clean style.

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

Best still it is only £5.49 Perfect for a Christmas social! 


Peroni - Only £1 a bottle!Date published: 19/12/14

Peroni - Only £1 a bottle!

This crisp refreshing beer is down to an outstanding £24 for a 24 pack. That is a mere £1 a bottle, undoubtedly cracking value. 

If you like Peroni Nastro Azzurro then you will love the stronger Peroni Gran Riserva. The Gran Riserva come in at a more expensive £1.75 a bottle but is well worth it.


Chinese food and wine matchingDate published: 19/12/14

Chinese food and wine matching

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

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

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

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

So if you're wanting to splash out on some Champers or go for a cheaper and fruitier alternative we have a great selection of Prosecco and sparkling wines!


SherryDate published: 19/12/14

Sherry

Sherry seems to gaining lot's of popularity at the minute, becoming increasingly popular and trendy. You've just got to take a stroll down certain parts of London and you can see Sherry bars popping up all over the place. It seems to be engaging with a new, younger demographic as well as remaining popular with its older fans of course. 

Sherry is a fortified wine made from a white grape variety grown near the town of Jerez, Spain. It is commonly made from the Palomino grape and the styles can be very different from the light and dry to darker sweeter styles. 

In Europe Sherry has a protected place of origin which means, anything that is labelled as 'Sherry' must come from the Sherry triangle. This is an area between Jerez and El Puerto de Santa Maria. 

It comes in a variety of styles:

Fino - The driest and palest of all the Sherry varieties. The wine is aged in barrels under a cap of flor to prevent oxidization. 

Manzanilla -  A light version of Fino Sherry made around the port of Sanlucar de barrameda. 

Manzanilla Pasada -  A Manzanilla which has oxidized slightly and therefore has achieved a richer, nutty taste. 

Amontillado - a style which is first aged under flor but then given exposure to oxygen, the style is darker than a fino but lighter than an Oloroso. These wines are naturally dry. 

Oloroso - The most alcoholic of all the Sherries. These wines are aged extensively (longer than Amontillado and Fino) and the result is a darker, richer style. These wines are still naturally dry however sweetened versions such as 'Cream Sherry' are also available. 

Palo Cortado - A wine which is made and aged like an Amontillado however at some stage the flor is killed and the wine is allowed to oxidize

Pop in store to see our range of Sherries and if you want anymore information or advice on them! 


Open to taste- Callia Bella MalbecDate published: 19/12/14

Open to taste- Callia Bella Malbec

Callia Bella Malbec 2013 San Juan

£5.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

£8.99 single bottle price

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.


Bathtub Gin?!Date published: 19/12/14

Bathtub Gin?!

After hearing that Majestic were going to start bringing in new craft spirits to the range, and being a Gin fan myself, I was certainly looking forward to seeing what gems were going to be landing on our shelves!

My first favourite has to be Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's Bathtub Gin!

Combining exotic botanicals such as Juniper, Cinnamon, Coriander, Cloves and orange peel, this gin is made in ultra-small batches of only 30-60 bottles at a time, and the length of the compounding period is controlled entirely by periodic sampling.

The result is an extraordinary gin, lightly tinted by the botanicals, and with a flavour which is both bold, and perfumed all at once. 

I recommend Bathtub to all our Gin loving customers who walk through our doors. So for those who have not yet heard or tried this superb Gin then come over to the store and have try as we have it open on our tasting counter waiting to be expored!

Bathtub Gin - £33.00


Rhône rangersDate published: 19/12/14

Rhône rangers

Rhone is one of the major and most recognised wine regions for many wine drinkers. While you may already be aware of our Rhone stock range in store, there are some things worth knowing about the region itself. Here are the top ten tips on Rhone.

1. Rhone, one of the most important french wine rivers, is linking a range of many dissimilar vineyards. In wine circles, however, the term "Rhone" usually refers to the Rhone Valley - southern part of Rhone - which alone produces more wine than all northern Rhone vineyards together.

2. The Rhone regularly produces more Appellation Controlee wine than any other region other than Bordeaux.

3. Although there is no definite historic conclusion of when and how Rhone became a wine producing region and who brought the vine to it, some theories suggest the region produces wines from as early as 600 BC.

4. The vineyards of northern Rhone certainly make an impression, but their produce is aimed in the main at the Fine Wine Connoisseurs rather than at the mass market.

5. Northern Rhone is the primary territory of the Syrah (Shiraz) grape, which is, by the way, the ONLY reg grape permitted in northern Rhone red wines. Viogner is the defining grape of some whites, such as Chateau-Grillet, while other whites are made of Marsanne and Roussanne grapes.

6. There is a remarkable difference in growing grapes on right or left banks of the river. Most appellations are based on the right bank, yet left bank provides exposure to afternoon sunshine, which is used by some vineyards, such as Crozes-Hermitage.

7. The Southern Rhone has only the river in common with northern Rhone. The countryside here is flatter and demonstrates the influence of Mediterranean climate. 

8. Southern Rhone mostly produces blend wines compared to the north Rhone, where the main preference is single vine variety.

9. As in northern Rhone, Syrah (Shiraz) is extremely widely planted, however the main red grape variety is Grenache. Ugni Blanc is the most planted white grape variety.

10. Cotes-du-Rhone is the high end wine of Rhone. With Beaujolais and Bordeaux AC, Cotes-du-Rhone has almost become a commodity. A significant portion of this wine is released as a PRIMEUR. And if you find Cotes-du-Rhone Villages wine, you should know that it represents a distinct step in quality, and often value, from generic Cotes-du-Rhone.

Hopefully, these ten tips will raise your interest in the Rhone wines. And, if you would like to find out more and perhaps taste some of it, you are always welcome to our Majestic store! 


Deliveries before ChristmasDate published: 19/12/14

Please note that although the general Majestic Wine website is no longer guaranteeing delivery before Christmas - in Majestic Winchester we currently can guarantee your internet order will be delivered before Santa (Rita) arrives.

Under-promising, over-delivering  #comeandexplore  

Proper Russian Vodka now in stock!Date published: 16/12/14

Moskoskaya Osobava Vodka  - £17.99

Translated as ‘Special Muscovite’, production dates back to the communist era and this is generally regarded as THE Russian vodka.  It is produced from selected rye grain for a natural sweetness (Stoly add sugar to give sweetness!), and is both triple distilled and charcoal filtered making it smooth and authentic.

Roger Groult Réserve Calvados £30.00Date published: 16/12/14

Roger Groult Réserve Calvados £30.00

Jean-Roger Groult is the 5th generation producer of this esteemed Calvados, which was awarded Best Calvados in the World at the 2014 World Drinks Awards. Made from hand-sorted cider apples from the Pays d’Auge area, this Calvados has been aged and blended in old French casks and is three years old.  Fresh and fruity notes of Granny Smith apple on the nose with a hint of cream are complemented by nuts and a touch of menthol on the finish resulting in a round and complex taste.

Nicolas Feuillatte NV - Bargain Champagne!Date published: 16/12/14

Nicolas Feuillatte NV - Bargain Champagne!

Nothing gets a party started quicker than opening up a bottle of Champagne. This time of year there are plenty of reasons to be celebrating or of course just treating yourself! the Nicholas Feuillatte Non Vintage Champagne is currently just £14.99 a bottle as part of our pick and mix, buy 2 save 33% deal. So you can enjoy a case, or just throw a cheeky bottle in with another 5 'everyday' drinkers. 

Don't let the price tag fool you, this Champagne has delicate yet persistent bubbles. It is full of characters such as apples and pears with a subtle citrus edge. This wine has been aged for four years prior to release, in my opinion making this wine a bargain at the price!

Pop in to our store to check out our full range of Champagnes on offer.  


Chateau Caronne Ste GemmeDate published: 16/12/14

Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme

Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme comes from the Haut-Medoc, which is the Southern half of the Medoc area of Bordeaux. It is here that most of the finest chateau (wine estates) are found.

The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a small thick skinned black grape with high tannins. Arising from a chance crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, in South-West France in the 17th century, it is a relatively new variety of grape. Its flavour characteristics vary according to where it is grown. In new world countries it is fruitier than in the old world.

Merlot is a dark blue coloured grape. Its name is thought to be a derivation of the world 'merle' (which is French for blackbird). Its softness, fleshiness and earlier ripening, make it a popular choice for blending with the later ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. 

This ruby coloured medium(+) / full bodied wine is dry on the palate. It possesses aromas and flavours of oak, forest floor and black fruits.

The 2009 vintage can be drunk now but has potential for ageing.

As far as food pairings are concerned, it goes particularly well with organic roasts.

£14.99

Perfect Gift Cases of Wine for ChristmasDate published: 16/12/14

Perfect for Christmas presents!

Head to http://www.majestic.co.uk/majestic-staff-recommended-mixed-wine-cases to get shopping!


Taylors 10yr Old Tawny PortDate published: 16/12/14

Taylors 10yr Old Tawny Port

I love Port! And this is a corker..

Made from a blend of some of the best wines from several vintages, Tawny Port is aged in large wood casks for almost all their life and takes on a brick-red, tawny colour. Taylor's 10 year old Tawny is an average of 10 years old.

Aromas of ripe berry fruit with a delicate nuttiness and notes of chocolate. Smooth and silky on the palate and full of ripe figs, jammy and nutty flavours and a long finish.

So very easy to drink I always make sure there is a bottle at home!

Only £19.99 per bottle. 

Wine and food matching- The important considerationsDate published: 16/12/14

Wine and food matching- The important considerations

Top 5 Matching Maxims

1. Wines should complement, not dominate food.
A delicate fish such as steamed sea bream will be overpowered by red wines.

2. Choose a wine that matches the most dominant flavour in a dish
A full-flavoured sauce may well be a bigger influence than the main ingredient itself.

3. Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes
See this rule of thumb in action with paella. All those rich, flavour-packed ingredients require is a crisp, simple white wine.

4. Match the wine to the body, texture and flavour profile of the dish
Cooking method affects the weight of a dish. Poaching and steaming presents meat or fish at its most delicate. Grilling, frying or roasting adds texture and caramelised flavours.

5. Always look out for local food specialities from a particular winemaking region
This is especially true in Europe. For instance, the high acidity found in many Italian reds marries well with the high acidity in tomato sauces used in pasta dishes.

Try out these maxims at home. Stay in, cook at home, and spend the same on a bottle of wine as you would in a restaurant. Better food, better wine. Win win



Great for Christmas - New World Pinot Noir!Date published: 13/12/14

Great for Christmas - New World Pinot Noir!

Most people rush to New Zealand for a new world Pinot fix, but Chile produces some amazing value Pinot Noir from cool climate regions. The Errazuriz Estate Pinot is in our December mix and match 33% off at £7.99 and is an absolute bargain!

Aromas of cherries, floral notes and mint characterise the nose. The fresh palate displays fruit that is well-balanced by smoky nuances from oak ageing. Soft tannins make this an excellent red for salmon.


Wine and Cheese MatchesDate published: 13/12/14

Wine and Cheese Matches

Are you having a cheese board this Christmas? If so you should be aware that different cheeses match well with very different styles of wine.

Here are some simple rules to follow and some popular examples.

Fatty foods can have a mouth coating effect which can reduce perception of some flavours in wine. Most cheeses are between 25%-35% fat, so you need a wine that can cut through that.

Salty foods can make a dry and/or tannic wine seem bitter.

Cheese is naturally acidic so the more acidic cheeses need an acidic wine to balance this.

Stilton – Port

Cheddar – Red Bordeaux

Goats Cheese – Loire Sauvignon Blanc

Roquefort - Sauternes

Brie/Camembert – White Burgundy

Wensleydale – New World Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay

This week is our Bordeaux Spotlight Tasting Week so a great opportunity to taste some possible cheese matches, such as the Château Senejac 2006 buy 2 save £10 = £17.00 (single bottle £22).

Or why not try the Château Raymond Lafon Sauternes £12.99.


Struggling to find a gift for a wine lover this Christmas?Date published: 13/12/14

Majestic Gift Vouchers are the perfect gift for a wine lover, and are available in £10, £20 and £50 denominations.

Gift Vouchers can currently only be purchased or redeemed in person at one of our stores across the UK, and are not available online. If you would like to purchase vouchers, please visit us in store.

Vouchers can be redeemed at Majestic Wine Warehouses in the UK for wines, Champagnes, spirits and other products (excluding deposits for loan of glasses and other items). Our minimum purchase of 6 bottles, mixed by any style or price, applies to all purchases using vouchers. 6-bottle orders are delivered free of charge, anywhere in mainland UK. Deliveries must include wine, Champagne and/or spirits.


Food and Wine Matching - BeefDate published: 13/12/14

Christmas Food & Wine Match – Beef

Côtes du Rhône 2011 E. Guigal £8.99 on offer

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.

Château Guillot 2007 Pomerol £19.99 on offer

Located on the upper part of the Pomerol terrace, Château Guillot is a near neighbour of the more prestigious estates of Le Pin and Trotanoy, and shares a similar climate and soil type. The estate has been owned and managed by generations of the same family since 1937.

A plump and rounded claret, typical of Pomerol, combining the lush fruit backbone of 70% Merlot with Cabernet Franc's leafy, savoury influence. Maturation in 40%-new French oak provides spice and polish.



Mince Pie and Royal Tokaji RecipeDate published: 13/12/14

Mince Pie and Royal Tokaji

This crumbly, fruity mince pie recipe is a Christmas classic.

Ingredients

350g/12oz high quality mincemeat, preferably homemade

200g/7oz plain flour, sifted

40g/1½oz golden caster sugar

75g/2¾oz ground almonds

125g/4½oz unsalted butter, diced

1 large free-range egg, beaten

milk, to glaze

Preparation method

Lightly butter a 12-hole pie or patty tin. Tip the mincemeat into a bowl and stir so that the liquid is evenly distributed.

Place the flour, sugar, almonds and butter in a food processor and process briefly until resembling breadcrumbs, then slowly add the egg through the feeder tube. (Or rub the butter into the dry ingredients by hand and stir in the egg.)

Bring the mixture together with your hands, wrap in clingfilm and chill for an hour or so. Thinly roll out the pastry on a floured surface. Cut out 12 circles with a fluted pastry cutter, large enough to fill the base of the prepared tin. Press gently into each hole, then fill with the mincemeat.

Cut out another 12 slightly smaller discs and use to cover the mincemeat. Press the edges together to seal. Make a small slit in the top of each, then brush lightly with milk. Chill for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

Bake the pies for 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack and serve warm.

Wine Match

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2008 Hungary 50cl Bottle

Acknowledged as one of the region’s top winemakers, Karoly Ats combines traditional techniques with modern technology to create the award-winning Royal Tokaji range. Tokaji is produced by blending hand-picked shrivelled or 'aszu' berries with top quality base wines.

A medium amber colour with a nose of orange peel, figs and cinnamon. The sugar on the palate is well-balanced by the fine acidity, leading to a clean, refreshing finish.

Will continue to improve over several years but drink now, slightly chilled, with blue cheeses or fruit desserts.

£19.99


Feeling Fizzy...Date published: 13/12/14

Deciding on the perfect fizz to toast in Christmas can be challenging. Here at Majestic we have a wide range of bubbly on offer for the Christmas period!

Why not try:

Heidseck Gold Top only £19.99

Heidsieck & C° Monopole, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is oneof the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla.

Prosecco Zonin only £7.99

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

Bouvet Ladubay Saumur only £8.99

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


Magnificent Magnums!Date published: 13/12/14

Looking for something to make your Christmas/New Year extra special...

Why not grab one of our magnums of wine? They are an impressive 150cl, twice the size of a regular bottle! We even occasionally have a double magnum or two in stock, that's 300cl or four times the size of a regular bottle!

We currently have White, Rosé, Red and Champagne magnums in stock, so pop down to have a look!


Christmas GiftsDate published: 13/12/14

Christmas gift shopping could not be easier with majestic. 

Pop in to store and our staff will be more than happy to hand select some beautiful wines to suit your friend/collegue/loved one. 

We offer gift boxes and bags of various sizes 

And we can even deliver it out to you completely free of charge! 

Not sure what you like? 

We have reds and whites open every day for tasting, so why not pop in and find some new gems! 


Pol Roger Reserve NV open to taste!!!Date published: 13/12/14

Add a little sparkle to your Saturday with this fantastic Champagne.

Open to try on our tasting counter today as part of our weekend deal - 33% off all Champagne under £70!

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.

Deliciously toasty with hints of brioche; a real winner for any festive celebrations!

And on offer at £33.31 a bottle when bought as part of a mixed case of 6!

Tawny Port for ChristmasDate published: 13/12/14

I love Port! And this is a corker..

Made from a blend of some of the best wines from several vintages, Tawny Port is aged in large wood casks for almost all their life and takes on a brick-red, tawny colour. Taylor's 10 year old Tawny is an average of 10 years old.

Aromas of ripe berry fruit with a delicate nuttiness and notes of chocolate. Smooth and silky on the palate and full of ripe figs, jammy and nutty flavours and a long finish.

So very easy to drink I always make sure there is a bottle at home!

Only £19.99 per bottle. 

Christmas DayDate published: 12/12/14

Christmas Day

Its that time of year when we are at our busiest and the thought of Christmas day seems a long way away but it doesn't stop me thinking about it!
 In an ideal world we would have the day to ourselves and this is how it would play out. Morning would start with a bottle of the delicious Nyetimber demi sec and something light. Maybe a small omelette Arnold Bennett. We always go to and feed the ducks and horses in our town that seem to get forgotten on Christmas morning. Back to open the presents with the other half bottle of fizz then have an early lunch of the best smoked salmon you can afford. My favourite is Hansen and Lyderson. With this we would have a bottle of JJ Prum Kabinett. After a little nap in front of the queens speech i would start to think about supper. Turkey would not be my choice. Instead we would have a slowly roasted rib of aged beef. We would start the evening with a stiff Martini made with Martin Millers gin closely followed by a bottle of the sublime Dom Ruinart. These both would accompany some of Simon Hopkinson's excellent cheese biscuits and a few tempura of oyster. A very simple lobster salad to start would allow me to open a bottle of the sumptous Ridge Montebello Chardonnay. With the beef we would crack open a magnum of the epic 707 Cabernet from Penfolds that I've been saving for a special occasion. We wouldn't do pudding. Some good Comte, Beaufort and Keens Cheddar would be suitable to finish off the magnum. I would finish with a large glass of my favourite digestive the wondrous 150 year old Grand Marnier special release. Unfortunately that in the whole isn't going to happen as we are with the family clan for supper but the breakfast and lunch is on the cards. I have snaffled a couple of Ardanza magnums to take with me but the 707 will stay safely in my cellar for a bit longer!

The Langton's NO.1 Lakeland GinDate published: 12/12/14

The Langton's NO.1 Lakeland Gin

Looking for an alternative to your everyday gin that is clean, crisp and smooth? The Langton's NO.1 Lakeland Gin is perfect for all sorts of gin lovers. 

A celebration of the Lake District, Langtons use local ingredients where possible amongst their 11 botanicals, including Lake District Oak Bark. Slate-filtered water is extracted via a borehole from an ancient aquifer found under the mountain of Skiddaw, Keswick and Derwent Water. Fresh citrus characters dominate with a light touch of sweetness, followed by a smooth finish.

Perfect if you want to try something new over the festive period or are looking for a present for that hard-to-buy-for relative. Open to taste on our tasting counter if you wish to try before you buy. 

Currently £30. 


Rustenberg Straw WineDate published: 12/12/14

Rustenberg Straw Wine

Some wine/food matches that are classics and this wine from Rustenberg would match Roquefort fantastically well. Dare I say it would also match a fine chicken liver parfait of foie gras terrine with aplomb.

This wine is so named because it is made in the 'passito' method, where the harvested grapes are laid out on straw mats and allowed to dry for around 4 weeks, concentrating the sugars. They are then pressed for 4-5 hours and racked to barrel for fermentation.

Concentrated aromas of honey, marmalade and ripe peach. Intensely sweet yet vibrantly fruity and involvingly complex. A voluptuously textured palate with plenty of length.

It also happens to be our 1/3 off deal as well! £8.65

Rumbullion is the Rum for me!Date published: 12/12/14

Rumbullion is the Rum for me!

On our tasting counter we have the Rumbullion at £34.00, which brings another level to rum. 

What gives this rum its special touch is the creamy Madagascan vanilla that is added to the finest high proof Caribbean rum.

There are some great zesty orange peel notes and a distinct aroma of vanilla and cinnamon, which adds a freshness to this rum that I have yet to find in some others. Its smooth finish allows for it to be an easy drinker by itself or over ice. 

I recommend this rum as a must have, if you're not sold come and taste for yourself!



Classy Party Red!Date published: 12/12/14

Classy Party Red!

We've got just the thing for your festive events  - Leon Perdigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge is now available in 3 litre boxes!

This is a classic blend sourced from several sites in the southern Rhône. It has been named in honour of Léon Perdigal, the first cellarmaster at Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length.

A 3 litre bag-in-box is £24, which is the equivalent of £6 per 75cl. Perfect for parties!

Sauvignon Blanc Delights!Date published: 12/12/14

Sauvignon Blanc Delights!

Here we have two amazing examples of Sauvignon Blanc from the Marisco Vineyard in New Zealand. The first, in my opinion, is one of the best wines you will get for under £20. The other is, quite frankly,awesome.

What's more, they're both in our 33% off selection!

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 

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 aripe, rounded edge.

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

Offer price £9.99 for two or more from the 33% off range. Single bottle price £14.99.

A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc

This dessert wine from Marisco Vineyards' King's Series is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes that have been allowed extra hang-time on the vine, giving them extra ripenessand promoting the onset of botrytis, creating intense sweetness and complex flavours.

Enticing and expressive on the nose, which offers ripe peach and lychee and fig, alongside subtle nutty notes. Intensely concentrated flavours of honey and ripe nectarine with a citrus lift.

Drink now or cellar for 2-3 years for more flavour development. Partner with summer fruit puddings.

Offer price £10.66 for two or more from the 33% off range. Single bottle price £15.99.

Villemarin Picpoul - Popular New White!Date published: 12/12/14

VILLEMARIN PICPOUL DE PINET 2013/14,

CÔTEAUX DU LANGUEDOC, SOUTH OF FRANCE

Grape: Picpoul

Origin

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.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

Drink with fresh oysters, whitebait or grilled sardines.



Tasting Counter RedsDate published: 12/12/14

Tasting Counter Reds

We have some delicious reds open on the tasting counter today.

Te Tera Pinot Noir 2013. From the Martinborough Vineyard which 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 expected of a well-rounded pinot noir. Fine tannins complement the fruit giving further texture and a generous lingering finish. This is an elegant Pinot Noir that is approachable in style and whilst drinking well, will also reward further cellaring. Partner with roast lamb or have a glass by itself next to the fire! £14.99 down from £19.99 (25% off)

The Cline. I'm a big fan of Californian zinfandels, so was super excited to try this slightly more expensive, regal looking bottle of Cline Ancient Vine Zinfandel.  Cline Cellars have created this wine by sourcing grapes from a selection of parcels of old vines in several regions, the majority coming from their oldest and lowest-yeilding vines in Oakley, and the remainder from Lodi and Mendocino. Heady and bold on the nose, and full of ripe strawberry notes which i ADORE. It is wonderfully plump and juicy on the palate, with a satisfying warmth stemming from the white and black pepper highlights. Great with barbecued steaks, well-seasoned pork chops, or venison (although as a veggie I'd be more than happy to guzzle it down without food!). Down from £19.99 to £13.32 (33% off)

Beringer Founders' Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010/12. With its Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Franc grapes sourced mainly from Central California, with a small percentage coming from selected vineyards in the cooler North Coast region, this wine achieves a more elegant and balanced style. Aged in seasoned French and American oak barrels for 8 month, the Beringer is a lush and deeply coloured wine, which is also soft and easy-drinking. It has all the backbone of intense cassis-like fruit which is complemented by notes of baking spice and cedar, held together by polished tannins. Pair with anything from duck breast to barbecued pork ribs. £8.99 down from £11.99.

There's loads more reds to explore, these are just some fresh and juicy highlights! So don't forget to #comeandexplore.


Christmas Fine Wine - Guigal CNDPDate published: 12/12/14

CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2009, E. GUIGAL

Grape: Grenache, Syrah

The Guigal name is synonymous with quality wine from the Rhône Valley.Made from 45-year-old vines planted amongst the round 'pudding stone' pebbles and red clay around the Papal Palace's ruins and aged in large oak foudres before release. A classic with potential to age.

A perfumed nose of blackcurrants, spice, black pepper and red fruits.

Restrained yet powerful on the palate, well rounded with warming fruit and spice, integrated tannins and a long finish.

The gorgeous fruit concentration allows for the wine to be enjoyed young,with game and slow-cooked beef, or aged for up to ten years.

OPEN TO TRY TODAY ON THE TASTING COUNTER! (Better get here soon before it's gone!)

£30.00multi-buy price

£35.00 (single bottle price)


Bordeaux - Know Your VintagesDate published: 05/12/14

Bordeaux - Know Your Vintages

In Bordeaux, perhaps more so than in any other region, vintage verification is exceptionally important. Here is a quick run down of all the vintages from the last decade....  

2010: Widely acknowledged to be one of the best vintages of modern times, with quality generally outstanding from all communes.

2009: Warm, clear days and cool nights produced one of the finest vintages ever. Top wines have immense cellar potential and first-growths hit record prices.

2008: A very highly regarded vintage, producing wines with excellent ripeness and elegance, enjoyable in the medium term.

2007: A cool and damp vintage, rescued by warm temperatures late in the season. Some underripe and early-drinking wines, especially from the Left Bank. Later-picked Right-bank wines better. Sweet whites superb.

2006: Not as good as 2005, particularly for Cabernet based reds which didn't ripen fully. However, whites are delicious and sweet whites
very good.

2005: An outstanding vintage across the board thanks to perfect weather conditions. Reds are balanced and elegant with ripe fruit and beautiful aromatics. Sauternes is also exceptional.

2004: A large vintage of variable quality. Where yields were kept in check some very good wines have been produced from Merlot and both the Cabernets.

2003: Unusually hot weather tested many winemakers. As a result quality varies wildly. Some wines are exceptional, others are unbalanced.

2002: A poor summer saved by a sunny September. Patchy quality though some very good in Médoc.


To Try - Château Grand Pey Lescours 2007 St-Emilion Grand Cru


Grape
- Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

This 25-hectare estate is located on the slopes just outside the town of St-Emilion, and is owned by Escure family, who teamed up with the head winemaker of Château Bellegrave in the 1990s to bring their vineyards and winery into the modern era. A rounded and classy Merlot-dominated blend, offering a soft, plump-feeling palate of ripe bramble and plum, with mature pruney notes and hints of earth and pine forest on the nose.

£14.99 when you buy two wines in the fine wine deal.


SherryDate published: 05/12/14

Sherry

Sherry seems to gaining lot's of popularity at the minute, becoming increasingly popular and trendy. You've just got to take a stroll down certain parts of London and you can see Sherry bars popping up all over the place. It seems to be engaging with a new, younger demographic as well as remaining popular with its older fans of course. 

Sherry is a fortified wine made from a white grape variety grown near the town of Jerez, Spain. It is commonly made from the Palomino grape and the styles can be very different from the light and dry to darker sweeter styles. 

In Europe Sherry has a protected place of origin which means, anything that is labelled as 'Sherry' must come from the Sherry triangle. This is an area between Jerez and El Puerto de Santa Maria. 

It comes in a variety of styles:

Fino - The driest and palest of all the Sherry varieties. The wine is aged in barrels under a cap of flor to prevent oxidization. 

Manzanilla -  A light version of Fino Sherry made around the port of Sanlucar de barrameda. 

Manzanilla Pasada -  A Manzanilla which has oxidized slightly and therefore has achieved a richer, nutty taste. 

Amontillado  - a style which is first aged under flor but then given exposure to oxygen, the style is darker than a fino but lighter than an Oloroso. These wines are naturally dry. 

Oloroso  - The most alcoholic of all the Sherries. These wines are aged extensively (longer than Amontillado and Fino) and the result is a darker, richer style. These wines are still naturally dry however sweetened versions such as 'Cream Sherry' are also available. 

Palo Cortado - A wine which is made and aged like an Amontillado however at some stage the flor is killed and the wine is allowed to oxidize

Pop in store to see our range of Sherries and if you want anymore information or advice on them! 


PortDate published: 05/12/14

Port

One of the most attractive things about Port is the sheer diversity of styles on offer. I believe that there is a Port for every occasion, and for every budget, from the rare vintage styles worth of any cellar, to the more relaxed entertaining wood aged styles.  Port has an affinity for matching with food and very few wines can match it for richness and flavour. 

The different style of Port is determined by the technique used to age it. Because it is fortified, it can be aged in cask, bottle or vat and will continue to improve for much longer than any other style of wine. The choice of ageing period, and ageing vessel will determine what the Port tastes like. 

The 3 main styles of wood aged port are...

Full bodied, fruity red Ports which age for a relatively short time in large oak vats. These include Ruby Ports, usually aged in vat for two or three years, Reserve Ports which are generally of higher quality and age for slightly longer and Late Bottled Vintage Ports which remain in vat for between four and six years. Although offering different degrees of complexity and sophistication, these wine share a deep red youthful colour and intense fruity flavors reminiscent of cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant.

Rich and mellow tawny ports which age for longer periods in oak casks. These include the sumptuous 10, 20, 30 and 40 year old tawny Ports whose delicious nuttiness and aromas of butterscotch and fine oak wood intensify the longer they spend in wood. Taylor’s has one of the largest reserves of aged tawny port, maturing in its lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia, and offers the full range of ages.

White Ports, made from classic white Port grapes, which are usually aged for two or three years in large vats and are available in sweeter or drier styles.Taylor’s Chip Dry, the first dry white Port first launched in 1934, is one of the best known white Ports.

Please pop in store to see our range which is every growing, especially this time of year!


Mulled WineDate published: 05/12/14

Mulled Wine

It really wouldn't be Christmas without a cheeky cup of Mulled Wine making an appearance. We stock the wonderful Gourmet Mulling Syrup which will help you achieve Mulled wine perfection, and it's really simple....

Ingredients : Red wine, would recommend Silver Ghost Cabernet at £4.99

some gourmet mulling syrup at £5.99

An orange

Nutmeg

Cinnamon sticks

Method; In a pot mix 1 part Mulling syrup to 8 parts win.

Put the mixture on a low heat, allowing the mix to heat up but not boil.

Cut up the orange, no need to worry about size, lets keep a rustic feel to things!

Add the orange and spices to the mixture, gentle mixing in until the mixture has become warm, but not boiling!


Christmas Clarets TastingDate published: 04/12/14

Christmas Clarets Tasting

On Saturday the 6th of December at 3 pm we are having a 30 minute tasting of perfect Christmas dinner wine matches.

So if you are wondering what wine would match your Christmas dinner, trying to find a perfect gift for a wine lover or just want to try some new wines come into store this Saturday and we will talk you through some spectacular clarets.

Call 01962 868 708 or email win@majestic.co.uk to book your place!



Peroni - Only £1 a bottle!Date published: 04/12/14

Peroni - Only £1 a bottle!

This crisp refreshing beer is down to an outstanding £24 for a 24 pack. That is a mere £1 a bottle, undoubtedly cracking value. 

If you like Peroni Nastro Azzurro then you will love the stronger Peroni Gran Riserva. The Gran Riserva come in at a more expensive £1.75 a bottle but is well worth it.



Mmmmmmmulled Wine!Date published: 04/12/14

Mmmmmmulled Wine!

It’s that time of year again, where the evenings are darker and colder and you just want to curl up inside with a warm glass of something while watching your favourite show.  And what could be more festive than mulled wine?!  Forget the ready-made stuff, I’ve got some suggestions to help you create the perfect glass of mulled wine.

Start off with some of our gourmet mulling syrup (one bottle will be enough for around 4.5 litres).  Now you need to work out which wine you’re going to use.  Choosing a wine can seem daunting and confusing, but don’t worry, here some suggestions to help you out.

My first choice would be the Oxford Landing Estates Australian Cabernet Shiraz.  The combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz makes it fruity, with notes of plum and and blackberry, as well as being easy-drinking with some spiciness too.  This, along with its smooth finish makes it perfect for mulled wine.

If you’re looking for something cheaper then you can’t go far wrong with the Silver Ghost Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon.  This is another medium-bodied, fruity wine and with its plummy taste and hints of pepper it will certainly mull well.

My final suggestion is the Casale di Valle Italian Chianti.  While perhaps a more unusual choice for mulled wine with its mix of Merlot and Sangiovese grapes giving it fruity, cherry notes this too would lend itself to being mulled.

All you have to do now is heat the wine and the syrup, sit back and relax.


Sausage Match!Date published: 04/12/14

Sausage Match!

In the wintertime is there a better midweek meal than the humble sausage. There are now so many great varieties out there full of top quality meat and little rusk. A punchy garlicky Toulouse is still my choice. When I get back from work I don't really have the time to do a full blown cassoulet so this is a sort of hybrid. Over a high heat cook sliced onions, peppers, garlic, a little chopped chorizo, a tsp of smoked paprika and chilli until soft and some golden colour to them. Then add 4 chopped plum tomatoes and a tin white beans. Add a little stock and let it gently cook until reduced to a thick cassoulet consistency. Season well and finish with chopped parsley. Serve this with your sausage of choice and uncork a bottle of something rustic like the this Pic st Loup.

Pic Saint-Loup is within the Coteaux du Languedoc DOC in the south of France. For more than 5 generations, Domaine Haut-Lirou has been a family vineyard. Grapes for this wine come from densely planted vines. Syrah is the dominant grape in this blend.

Crimson red in colour, intense and complex aromas of baked red fruits, spices and notes of 'garrigue' leap from the glass. Well rounded with silky tannins and a gentle long finish.

£8.99 per bottle



Morning Fizz!Date published: 04/12/14

Morning Fizz!

Its about the time one should be thinking about what to be drinking at Christmas. First off Christmas morning. Traditionally it has to be fizz and my choice last year and this will be the gorgeous Nyetimber demi sec.

This superb sparkling wine is the first of its kind: a truly English interpretation of the classic off-dry Champagne style. Made in small quantities from Nyetimber's 100% estate-grown Chardonnay, bottled with extra dosage.

Treading a fine tightrope between sweetness and freshness, this wine is at once crisp, citric, elegant, refreshing and satisfyingly rich, with heady brioche aromas perfectly complementing the palate.



Food and Wine Matching - GameDate published: 04/12/14

Food and Wine Matching - Game

Now that the shooting season is in full flow and the pheasants, partridges and pigeons will soon be making their way to our plates why don't we look at some of the wines that partner these gamey meats.

Bit of a classic has to be a Pinor Noir perhaps suited a bit more towards the darker meats of duck and pigeon. The sharp berry notes you get with the wine really work well. Try something a bit special for Christmas why not give the Craggy Range Te Muna Road a try at £18 on our fine wine offer.

For a alternative match for pheasant, especially if the dish already has fruit in it try a Pinot Gris The aromatics of the wine will mingle well with the sweetness of the fruit. As one of the permitted grapes in the Alsace that can earn premier cru status its surely a great place to look. Also on our fine wine deal we have the Schulmberger 2007 Grand Cru at £14.99.

Great food deserves great wine. Add us to twitter and let us know of your favourite game/wine matches @majesticwin


Spirits of the WeekDate published: 04/12/14

Spirits of the Week

Chateau Du Tariquet Armagnac VSOP

From a family run estate in the village of Eauze in south-West France. The story begins with Mr Artaud, a bear tamer from the French Pyrenees returning to France, having toured America with his bears in 1912 and falling in love with the vineyards of the Chateau which he then purchased along with his son, Jean-Pierre.

Nose: Distinctive warm spices with notes of fruit peel and pepper.

Palate: Rich candied fruit and peel along with vanilla, warm spice and prunes ending with a long complex finish full of stewed fruits and woody spice.

Enjoy: On its own or with a little ice. It would sit well alongside an apple tart such as a Tarte Normande.

Single Bottle Price - £35.00

Langtons No:1 Gin

Langtons is a celebration of the Lake District and the mix of the 11 specially selected botanicals in the recipe reflect this.

There is an understated level of Juniper, an uplifting amount of citrus lemon & orange peel and a warming amount of liquorice.

The unique bottle design was inspired by a piece of slate found under Skiddaw mountain, which is the heart of Langtons

Single Bottle Price - £30.00

All open to taste!

A Guide to RumDate published: 04/12/14

All about Rum

We're getting in some new spirits leading up to the festive season, and this includes some exciting new rums. So a quick break-down before a quick tipple:

Main categories: White, golden, and dark. 

White rums general retain more of the sugar cane characteristics than their counterparts, including a fragrant, grassy character. They are often a popular cocktail ingredient. 

Golden rums are usually more complex. They can be either sipped or used as a cocktail ingredient, and they sometimes have some caramel added to enhance or adjust their flavour. They can range from grassy and fragrant to deep, dark and spicy. 

Dark rums are blended from various distillers and can be intensely aromatic. It is often said that they taste of burnt treacle! 

Take your pick and enjoy!



Beers of the WeekDate published: 04/12/14

BEERS OF THE WEEK

Curious Brew Lager 12x330ml £14.99

Created by a leading English winemaker, this dry, fresh, aromatic beer is brewed using the finest pale malt, Saaz and Cascade hops. Its then re-pitched with Champagne yeast and finally given a “dosage” of rare and fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop.

Meantime London Pale Ale 6 x 330ml

£12.99 or £9.99 if you buy 2 packs

Using the time honoured techniques and state of the art technology, Camden add Cascade and Goldings hops to brew a Pale Ale that embraces London's past as the brewing capital of the world.


English Sparkling... Chapel Down Rose BrutDate published: 30/11/14

English Sparkling is certainly on the upswing. The soil is right, the climate is too (sort of) and with all the awards it is winning in blind tastings against the big champagne houses there's no surprise that the French are looking to buy up vineyards in England now. As such I thought I would explore the English Sparkling that we stock here in Majestic and share my findings with you. 

Chapel Down Rose Brut...

Chapel Down are one of the biggest and best producers of wine in southern England. They blend classic varieties to produce lighter and fresher examples of sparkling wine. 

Their Rose Brut is pure Pinot Noir and combines the lovely Christmas-y red berry fruit with a splash of creaminess. A stunning smoked salmon colour in the glass this is a Christmas must have!

Have it with your breakfast of smoked salmon and poached eggs on Christmas morning at £21.32 on 33% off!


Villa Maria just £6.99Date published: 30/11/14

VILLA MARIA SAUVIGNON BLANC

ENJOY 33% OFF £6.99

ONE WEEK SPECIAL OFFER - ENDS MONDAY 1ST DECEMBER!!!

One of the pioneers of New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon, Villa Maria is one of the most well known producers.

This wine is typical of the New Zealand Sauvignon style, fresh, crisp and fruit driven, dominated by gooseberry and citrus flavours with a juicy finish.

Perfect with chicken salads and seafood dishes.



The Ned vs. MudhouseDate published: 30/11/14

The Ned and Mud House are our most popular New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs and lucky they are both on 33% savings! 

The Ned is the classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc here at Majestic and it has come down in price to £7.33, which brings it in competition with our newer New Zealand Sauvignon; the Mud House, priced at £6.66. But which one is better?

The Ned:

Grown on the banks of the Waihopai River and the Wairau Valley, this Sauvignon has a nose of nettles and grass, leading to gooseberry flavours with a smokey, herbal hint. The palate also displays a lovely gun flint minerality. The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect partner to fresh summer salads and fresh seafood. 

The Mud House:

Also grown in the Wairau Valley, this Sauvignon has aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles; all of which continues onto the palate with tropical and citrus undertones. The Mud House Sauvignon Blanc will also partner brilliantly with seafood dishes, but also summery rice or pasta dishes.

So which one is better? That depends on what you want. If you want a more complex, herby and almost savoury character then the Ned Sauvignon is the one for you. If you want a fresher Sauvignon, with much more fruit character and tropical flavours then the Mud House is the one for you. 

Why not try both alongside each other and let us know what you think



Champagne FactsDate published: 29/11/14

Champagne Facts

Grape Varieties:

Primary - Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir

Secondary- Arbanne, Petit Meslier, Pinot Blanc Vrai

Climate:

A cold and wet climate, greatly influenced by the Atlantic which has a cooling effect on its summer and makes the seasons generally more variable. Positioned at the northern edge of the wine making belt making frost a mojor problem during spring and autumn.

Viticultural Practises:

No mechanical harvesting is allowed therefore the whole of the Champagne crop is picked by hand. Picking usually starts around mid-October, picked on average two weeks later than Bordeaux. 

Vinification Practises:

Most grapes are still pressed using the traditional, vertical Champagne Press, although pneumatic presses are fairly common, and even Coquard has introduced an innovative inclined stainless-steel press. 

Champagne is fermented twice. The first fermentation is increasingly being carried out in stainless-steel, temperature controlled vats but many still ferment part or all of their wines in cask. The second fermentation gives the wines its sparkle, and this always takes place in the bottle in which it is sold. 

Style: 

Non-vintage Champagne tends to be dry, fruity, floral and light.

Vintage Champagne tends to be dry, toasty, nutty, biscuity. It is more autolytic, giving it an acacia-like floweriness. 


SpiritsDate published: 29/11/14

Spirits

Alongside our great range of craft beers we have now introduced a great new range of craft spirits. These are new producers to Majestic and provide a great alternative to the branded spirits that you see everywhere at Christmas. We have brand new gin, vodka, rum, whisky and brandy in stock and with our tasting counter there's plenty of chance to come and try some of them as well. Keep an eye out for some articles about our new spirits too.

Wine Facts For You...Date published: 29/11/14

Wine Facts For You...

WINE FACT

Vintages

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

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

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

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

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



Champagne Vs. ProseccoDate published: 29/11/14

Champagne Vs. Prosecco

A question that usually comes up here at Majestic Wine Darlington, is what is the difference between Champagne and Prosecco, and how is this reflected in the price difference between the two types of Sparkling Wine. So here are a few facts to help you make a decision on which one is right for you:

Champagne:

Champagne is made predominantly from three different grapes; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier. The base wine is made the same as any other wine, but then the wine is bottled with added yeast and sealed, this is called the secondary fermentation. In this process the yeast ferments the wine, converting into both alcohol and carbon dioxide (which produces the fizz). After a minimum of time on the lees (the dead yeast), the lees are removed and you have your newly created Champagne. 

Prosecco:

When it comes to secondary fermentation with Prosecco, as opposed to Champagne, instead of being decanted into a bottle the wine is put into a huge stainless-steel vat. The same process happens as Champagne with the yeast, however the Prosecco doesn't have as much contact with the yeast, giving a much fresher style. 

Outcome:

Because the Champagne has had close contact with the yeast and also because making Champagne is so labour intensive, it produces a more expensive product, that will have some of the yeast character (such as biscuity, toasty notes), as well as added complexity. Whereas Prosecco is less expensive to produce, it produces a product that is cheaper than Champagne, however generally it will not have much complexity and will be very fresh and easy drinking. Therefore, in terms of purchasing it all goes down to what you want; a more complex, biscuity Champagne, or an easy drinking, fresh, little bit sweeter Prosecco. 


Pinot Noir GrapeDate published: 29/11/14

Pinot Noir Grape

Pinot noir is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from Pinot noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black; the pine alluding to the grape variety having tightly clustered, pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit.

Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. Other regions that have gained a reputation for Pinot noir include the Willamette Valley of Oregon, the Carneros, Central Coast and Russian River AVAs of California, the Walker Bay wine region of South Africa, Tasmania and Yarra Valley in Australia and the Central Otago, Martinborough and Marlborough wine regions of New Zealand. Pinot noir is also a primary variety used in sparkling wine production in Champagne and other wine regions.

It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. The grape's tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards involving rot that require diligent canopy management. The thin-skins and low levels ofphenolic compounds lends Pinot to producing mostly lightly colored,medium bodied low tannin wines that can often go through dumb phases with uneven and unpredictable aging. When young, wines made from Pinot noir tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries. As the wines age, Pinots have the potential to develop vegetal and "barnyard" aromas that can contribute to the complexity of the wine.


Wine Ageing...Date published: 29/11/14

Wine Ageing...

There's a saying that fine wine only improves with age, but this isn't always the case!

Let us give you a quick guide to which wines you can lay down to rest, and which you should drink immediately.

Sweet and Fortified Wines are the ultimate aging wines. Sauternes and sweet Riesling can last up to 25 years, and Vintage Port up to 50. 

Tannic Reds from Top Regions like Medoc, Burgundy, and Barolo have more than enough structure to support prolonged maturation. As a rough guide, they should be drinking very well 20 years after their vintage, though some may last even longer. 

Other Red Wines are typically best drunk within 10 years of their vintage. They may not have enough structure to support further aging, or benefit from a little freshness remaining in their profile. 

Rich Whites like Meursault and Condrieu can be drunk young, but may also benefit from 5 years of aging. After this time they will have less of a fresh fruit taste, but their rich complexity will have moved to the fore. 

Light Reds and Whites are generally best drunk young. For Sancerre, Valpolicella, Albarino, and Pinot Noir, pop them open and enjoy right away!




Cork or Screw capDate published: 29/11/14

Cork or Screw cap

There has always been a debate between the Cork and the Screw cap, as to which is the correct method of closure for wine. The purpose of the closure is to firstly, protect the wine from harm and secondly where the wine need maturation, the closure must enable the wine to do so. 

Traditionally the Cork used to the be the only option, and to this day is still the most widely used. However, the main issue with using a cork is the unwanted effect that is cork-taint (thought to be around 5% of bottles). Cork-taint is caused by the chemical Trichloranisole (TCA), which gives the wine a moldy and cardboard aroma. Cork producers have invested considerable sums into eradicating the effects of TCA with different levels of success. The main benefit of the cork is that it allows some oxygen to pass into the wine, helping the wine to mature. 

On the other side we have the Screw cap. Favored by New World Countries such as Australia and New Zealand for use in their white wine production. Trails have shown that the screw cap will preserve the fruit flavor better than the cork. Furthermore, where the producer wants to preserve the fresh fruit flavor he will use a screw cap. Screw caps do not let oxygen in, therefore there is a debate as to how well wines are able to mature, and because of this research is being carried out into screw caps that will slowly allow oxygen in penetrate the wine. 


What to expect from your BordeauxDate published: 29/11/14

What to expect from your Bordeaux

To some, mention Bordeaux and they run a mile. Seen as a wine region only for those with lots of money to spare or for those with copious amounts of wine knowledge, many people avoid this region in favour of the new world. However, really Bordeaux is such a diverse region there is a wine for everyone whether you like rich fruity, and smooth reds or wines with a bit more rustic complexity. 

Although French labels often are minimal in terms of information as to grape type etc, once you have a rough idea of Bordeaux labels they can reveal a lot about the wine within the bottle. Furthermore, our Majestic website will tell you exactly what grapes make up each blend. For smooth and fruity look for wines which are predominantly Merlot, these will be from places like St-Emilion and Pomerol. For more complex wines which can age well look for predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon from places such as Margaux and Haut-Brion. Ask any of the Majestic staff and they would be happy to give you a greater insight into the region.

The three types of RiojaDate published: 29/11/14

The three types of Rioja

Have you ever wondered what the difference between Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva was? They appear on every bottle of red Rioja that you buy but what do they mean?

Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are a strict definition of a minimum time each type of wine has to be aged. 

Crianza: This wine is aged for a minimum of two years in total and must spend six months in oak barrels. These wines typically have vibrant red fruit flavours with a hint of vanilla. 

Reserva: Must be aged for a minimum of three years with at least a year in oak barrels. Reserva because they spend more time in oak have riper fruit and more tobacco and liquorice flavours than the Crianza.

Gran Reserva: These are produced in outstanding vintages. These wines are at least five years old with two years in oak barrels. These produce wines with more complexity that the other two. These typically have deeper colours, elegant flavours and smother finish because of their age. 



Silver Ghost Wines @ MajesticDate published: 29/11/14

Silver Ghost Wines @ Majestic

SILVER GHOST SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014,CENTRAL VALLEY 

Chile's Central Valley is the very hub of the country's wine production. Extending southwards from the capital Santiago, between the Andes and the Coastal Range of mountains, it is the home of many of the first vineyards to have been planted by European vignerons.

Invitingly fruity, offering a juicy citrus and gooseberry backbone overlaid with notes of lime zest and fresh green apples. Crisp acidity provides maximum refreshment.

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with simply fresh pasta dishes.

Only £4.99 a bottle.

SILVER GHOST CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013, CENTRAL VALLEY

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape in Chile, and was among the first of the noble varieties to have been brought over from Europe in the mid-1800's. This example is made by one of the Central Valley's major wineries, based in Cachapoal.

A medium-bodied, fruit-driven style of Cabernet that offers rounded, ripe red berry fruit with a plummy and easy-going feel. Hints of green pepper and subtle oak notes on the nose.

A versatile pairing for many foods, from spicy kebabs to roasted veg.

Only £4.99 a bottle.


Bring a Friend to Majestic!Date published: 29/11/14

Next time you shop with us, bring along a friend who is new to Majestic and if they also buy 6 bottles, you both get a free bottle chosen specifically for you, up to the value of £10.

It couldn't be simpler - a free £10 bottle with your next purchase when you introduce a friend to Majestic.

Grab a friend and Come and Explore wine together - it's the best way!


Christmas PuddingDate published: 29/11/14

 If like me you are going to attempt to make your own Christmas pudding this year, I stumbled across this recipe curteous of Taylor's port website which looks divine and I thought i would share it all with you:

Recipe: Christmas Pudding with Port

Prep time: 1 Day Cook time: 3 hours 30 mins

Recipe Ingredients:

* 350g sultanas * 350g raisins or currants * 150g dried figs, chopped * 125g candied peel * 100g dried apricots * 75g dark glace cherries, halved * 150ml of Port wine * 100g ginger in syrup, chopped, plus 2 tbsp of the syrup * 2 apples or quinces, grated * 2 oranges, juice and zest * 6 eggs, beaten * 250 gshredded suet * 350g soft muscovado sugar * 250g fresh breadcrumbs * 175g self-raising flour * 1 tsp mixed spice

Preparation method:

Christmas Pudding with Port

For this recipe you will need two 1.5 litre (2½ pint) plastic pudding basins with lids.

Soak the sultanas, raisins, currants, figs, peel, apricots and cherries in the Port overnight, giving it a good stir now and again.

The following day, in a large bowl mix the ginger, syrup, apples or quinces, orange juice and zest with the eggs, suet, sugar, crumbs and flour. Butter the two pudding basins and divide the mix between them.

Cut two circles of greaseproof paper to cover the top of the pudding and fold a pleat down the centre to allow pudding to expand.

Put lids on the basins and steam puddings for 3½ hours.

Let puddings cool before removing greaseproof paper and covering tightly with cling film and lid. The puddings can now be stored in a cool, dry place until Christmas.

To reheat, steam Christmas pudding for a further 3½ hours, turn out and flame with brandy.

perfect with a glass (or 2) of taylor's 10 year Old Tawny Port



Jane MacQuitty's Top 100 WinesDate published: 29/11/14

Today marked the start of famed Times critic Jane MacQuitty's top 100 list in the times. We are proud to announce to you, ladies and gentlemen, that a significant chunk of our red wines made it into this legendary list. Below I have taken the liberty of sharing these with you:

Under £8 
Santa Ana Malbec 2014 
£8.99, or £5.99 each when you buy 2       28th October – 2nd February

Domaine de Montval Syrah 2013 
£9.49, or £6.33 each when you buy 2       28th November – 4th December

Wakefield Estate Shiraz 2013
£11.99, or £7.99 each when you buy 2       28th November – 4th December 

Barbera d’Alba Sucule Lo Zoccolaio 2011

£11.99, or £7.99 each when you buy 2       28th November – 2nd February


Under £12003 Malbec 2013
£12.99, or £8.66 each when you buy 2       28th November – 5th January 

Jaboulet Syrah 2013 
£11.99, or £8.99 each when you buy 2       28th October – 2nd February


Under £25 
Chateau Senejac 2010 
£23.00, or £18.00 each when you buy 2       28th October – 2nd February
Beaune Toussaints 1er Cru Albert Morot 2008
£22.00                                 28th October – 2nd February
Chateau Haut-Bergey 2006 
£30.00, or £25.00 each when you buy 2       28th October – 2nd February

If you would like any further information on the wines feel free to give us a call or visit us in store.


Free Glass Hire!Date published: 29/11/14

FREE GLASS HIRE

If you're just having a few friends around over the festive season and need a dozen or so extra glasses – just borrow them from us!

Just £1 deposit per glass*

No need to buy cheap glassware and have it cluttering up your cupboards for months or worry about your friends breaking your finest crystal! Just return the glasses to us when you're finished with them.

Chiller bins and ice also available

*Glasses must be returned clean and unbroken


Add a little sparkle to your Saturday!Date published: 29/11/14

Bouvet Saumur Rose Loire Valley,

£8.99 when you buy any 2 wines on 33% off!
- But only until Monday 1st December so don't miss out!

Grape

Cabernet Franc

Origin

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.

Taste

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.

Enjoy!


Last Chance for Sam Adams @ £1 per bottle!Date published: 29/11/14

Sam Adams is a brand of beer with a long history. The recipe was made in 1860 in Ohio by Louis Koch, back then it was called The Wooden Shoe Brew. The brand survived prohibition and was made up until the 1950s. In 1984 - six generations of Kochs later - Jim Koch found the recipe and brewed his first batch in his kitchen. He sold it and later that year after accruing various business degrees from Harvard he founded Samuel Adams Beer.

The beer is named after Samuel Adams an American patriot who played an important role in the American Revolution including the Boston Tea Party. The beer itself is sort of a cross between lager and British ale. Refreshing like lager but with a bitter-sweet maltiness. The beer is supposed to be drunk very young, and being brewed across the Atlantic it takes about 8 weeks for it to get to our shores. So last year Shepherd Neame, the oldest brewery in Britain and perhaps the world, won the license to brew the beer for British customers.

It's currently on offer at £1 a bottle when you buy a 24-pack... but only until Monday 1st December so don't miss out!

Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 29/11/14

Monday 1st Dec - Weds 3rd Dec 10am-7pm

Thursday 4th - Friday 5th 10am - 8pm

Saturday 6th Dec 9am - 7pm

Sunday 7th Dec 10am-5pm

Monday 8th Dec - Friday 12th Dec 9am - 8pm

Saturday 13th Dec 9am - 7pm

Sunday 14th Dec 10am-5pm

Monday 15th Dec - Friday 19th Dec 9am - 8pm

Saturday 20th Dec 9am - 8pm

Sunday 21st Dec 10am-5pm

Monday 22nd Dec 9am-8pm

Tuesday 23rd Dec 9am - 8pm

Christmas Eve 9am - 5pm

Christmas Day - Closed

Boxing Day - Closed

Saturday 27th Dec - 9am-7pm

Sunday 28th Dec - 10am - 5pm

Washington State Date published: 29/11/14

Everybody has heard of the Napa Valley and Sonoma County, but a little further north is Washington State and the wines that are produced there are gaining notoriety.

Washington state is the second largest wine producing state in the USA. The climate is much cooler than in the largest producing state, California, and as such, the wines are a little more restrained, elegant and subtle than the fruit bomb blockbusters that you may have tried before.

One such wine is the No Bull Merlot by Charles Smith. A ripe and straightforward wine, full of classic plum and blackberry Merlot characters, enhanced by inviting notes of cocoa, cedar and red cherry. A great addition to our range, I think! 

And currently £11.24 as part of our 25% offer when you buy 2 or more bottles!


Something a little different...Date published: 29/11/14

Maybe you love a rich spicy Chateauneuf-du-Pape, or the elegance and freshness of a Sancerre, but you hate paying the hefty price tag? Or maybe you can't stretch to that bottle of Champagne but you don't like Prosecco...

Here are some alternatives which you should consider! 

Like Champagne? Try Franciacorta - made in exactly the same method as Champagne, with the same grapes, but made in Italy! Franciacorta is slowly making a name for itself and a good one is absolutely delicious and a rival to the big Champagne names! 

Our suggestion: Berlucchi Franciacorta 

Like Chateauneuf-du-Pape? Try Lirac - the village nextdoor, extremely similar in style and often cheaper! 

Our suggestion: Lirac Vignobles Abeille

OR Chateau Laville-Bertrou, Gerard Bertrand (Minervois-La-Liviniere, South of France) - rich, robust, and concentrated flavours at half the price!

Like Sancerre?  Try Menetou-Salon - very close yet less well-known and very similar in style! Plenty of gooseberry, grapefruit, and citrus flavours with crisp acidity. Perfect with goats cheese. 

Our suggestion: Domaine du Manay Menetou-Salon

Like Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc? Try Jackson Estate or Goldwater 

Like Barolo? Try Langhe Nebbiolo De Forville

Remember: We are always available in store, over the phone, and by email if you have any questions - we love talking to you!


Wine and Food Matching...Date published: 29/11/14

Top 5 Matching Maxims

1. Wines should complement, not dominate food.
A delicate fish such as steamed sea bream will be overpowered by red wines.

2. Choose a wine that matches the most dominant flavour in a dish
A full-flavoured sauce may well be a bigger influence than the main ingredient itself.

3. Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes
See this rule of thumb in action with paella. All those rich, flavour-packed ingredients require is a crisp, simple white wine.

4. Match the wine to the body, texture and flavour profile of the dish
Cooking method affects the weight of a dish. Poaching and steaming presents meat or fish at its most delicate. Grilling, frying or roasting adds texture and caramelised flavours.

5. Always look out for local food specialities from a particular winemaking region
This is especially true in Europe. For instance, the high acidity found in many Italian reds marries well with the high acidity in tomato sauces used in pasta dishes.

Try out these maxims at home. Stay in, cook at home, and spend the same on a bottle of wine as you would in a restaurant. Better food, better wine. Win win


What is Sherry?Date published: 29/11/14

What is Sherry?


Sherry seems to gaining lots of popularity at the minute, becoming increasingly popular and trendy. You've just got to take a stroll down certain parts of London and you can see Sherry bars popping up all over the place. It seems to be engaging with a new, younger demographic as well as remaining popular with its older fans of course. 

Sherry is a fortified wine made from a white grape variety grown near the town of Jerez, Spain. It is commonly made from the Palomino grape and the styles can be very different from the light and dry to darker sweeter styles. 

In Europe Sherry has a protected place of origin which means, anything that is labelled as 'Sherry' must come from the Sherry triangle. This is an area between Jerez and El Puerto de Santa Maria. 

It comes in a variety of styles:

Fino - The driest and palest of all the Sherry varieties. The wine is aged in barrels under a cap of flor to prevent oxidization. 

Manzanilla -  A light version of Fino Sherry made around the port of Sanlucar de barrameda. 

Manzanilla Pasada -  A Manzanilla which has oxidized slightly and therefore has achieved a richer, nutty taste. 

Amontillado - a style which is first aged under flor but then given exposure to oxygen, the style is darker than a fino but lighter than an Oloroso. These wines are naturally dry. 

Oloroso - The most alcoholic of all the Sherries. These wines are aged extensively (longer than Amontillado and Fino) and the result is a darker, richer style. These wines are still naturally dry however sweetened versions such as 'Cream Sherry' are also available. 

Palo Cortado - A wine which is made and aged like an Amontillado however at some stage the flor is killed and the wine is allowed to oxidize

Currently on the tasting counter - Pedro's Almacenista Selection Oloroso

Selected by Pedro Dauthieu, the wine has an average age of 20 years. The must selected for an Oloroso is always more fragrant but also more robust or as they say in Jerez; basto. It is a highly pure Oloroso, as it has not been blended with anything other than the same style of Oloroso's from near identical butts. Exquisite and fully of complexity, with intense aromas of toasted walnuts and autumn leaves. Warm and expansive on the palate - an excellent match for red meats, casseroles and chicken and Vegetable paellas. Consume within 1 month of opening.

£12.99

Wine of the week- Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de RiscalDate published: 29/11/14

Wine of the week

Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Riscal

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 which in cludes grape varieties Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo. A cracking full bodied and muscular red which is 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. This wine is ready to drink now or will age for a further 5+ years.

£9.99

on offer


All Riojas on the 33% deal till Monday!Date published: 28/11/14

All of our top Riojas have 33% off their price till Monday. Everything from our day-to-day Crianza's, our fine wine Gran Reserva's and the odd interesting bin end, are reduce. Come and explore.

To try: Rioja Reserva 2010 Muga


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.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

This wine can age for up to seven years but is eminently drinkable now. Enjoy with roasted meats, Moroccan lamb or soft cheese.

£13.32 on the 33% deal.

33% off All New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!Date published: 28/11/14

33% off All New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!


If you are a fan of Sauvignon Blanc, this week was made for you! All of our New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc are 33% off!

Our picks of the offer include:

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough at £9.99 down from £14.99

Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough at £7.99 down from £11.99

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013/2014 Marlborough at £7.32 down from £10.99 

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Nelson at £8.65 down from £12.99

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough at £13.32 down from £19.99


For more information please look at our full range online


Staff Recommendation - Good Old BoyDate published: 18/11/14

Staff Recommendation - Good Old Boy

It's the weekend again!!!!! That time of the week where you can let your hair down, sit on the sofa, answer to no one and most importantly have a drink! This weekend, my Saturday Beer is going to be Good Old Boy. Besides the terrific name, this mid-amber best bitter combines lovely big fruity hops with a delicious bready, full bodied maltiness. Great if you're a bit of a hop head but are getting over all these new style 'super hopped' beers and seeking a bit more balance in your ale life.

Currently £24 for 12 on the ale multi buy.


My Favourite Wines Under £10Date published: 18/11/14

My Favourite Wines Under £10

I thought I'd compile a list of my current favourite wines for under ten English pounds. These wines will tantalize your taste buds without putting a dent in your wallet, everybody is a winner!

Firstly the Pennautier Viognier. From this wine expect a slight honeysuckle quality with fresh ripe apricot. A superb crisp finish, this wine is great with Quiche. Great value value at£6.66.

Next up, for all you Sauvignon Blanc lover, the Ned is just £7.33! This wine is full of gooseberry and elderflower hits, great on its own as an aperitif or partners well with seafood.

its hard to over look the Edna Valley Pinot noir. From the mountainous valleys in California the cool ripening enviroment creates picturesque growing conditions for Pinot Noir. on the nose hints of rose pud petals are present with a cherried edge. The palate is mouth filling, full of length with a nice jammy edge. This always pairs great with Duck dishes. Superb value at £8.88!

Bordeaux lovers, we currently have the Chateau de Pitray 2008 at just £8.99. grown in the  Cotes De Castillon Chateau De Pitray is heralded as the appellations Premier estate. This wine has well rounded vanilla undertones with cassis fruit. This wine is great with a Sunday roast.  

Pop in store to see our full range and offers.


Mulled Wine SeasonDate published: 18/11/14

Mulled Wine Season

It really wouldn't be deepest winter without a cheeky cup of Mulled Wine making an appearance. We stock the wonderful Gourmet Mulling Syrup which will help you achieve Mulled wine perfection, and it's really simple....

Ingredients : Red wine, would recommend Silver Ghost Cabernet at £4.99

some gourmet mulling syrup at £5.99

An orange

Nutmeg

Cinnamon sticks

Method; In a pot mix 1 part Mulling syrup to 8 parts win.

Put the mixture on a low heat, allowing the mix to heat up but not boil.

Cut up the orange, no need to worry about size, lets keep a rustic feel to things!

Add the orange and spices to the mixture, gentle mixing in until the mixture has become warm, but not boiling!



Godello - Date published: 18/11/14

Some lesser known grape varieties - No.1 Godello

In case you hadn't noticed, here at Majestic we love wine. 

What we love even more is discovering something new, potentially unusual, and surprisingly delicious.

I want to encourage all our customers to be a bit adventurous (go on, it's not like we'd sell any 'bad' wines) and try something outside their comfort zone. NZ Sauvignon Blanc fans, I'm looking at you...

To kick things off, I've chosen a charming white grape variety grown throughout north-western Spain, particularly in Galicia: 

Godello, often used as a constituent in blends, is gaining increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. Though it still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas, where Albarino (which you may well have heard of) dominates.

Delicate yet multi-faceted in style - its textured palate boasts citrus, melon and subtle floral notes. A great alternative for you lovers of aromatic whites.

Try the clean, herbaceous Montenovo Godello 2013 Valdesil, or Martin Codax's As Caixas Godello goes down reliably well! 

Caixas Godello = £9.99 - Buy 2 save 33% promotion = £6.66

Gift Solutions for ChristmasDate published: 18/11/14

Majestic Gift Solutions

Send 1, 2, 3 & 6 bottle gift packs with next working day delivery available before 1pm, personalised gift messages and a range of packaging options.

Wine Gifts

Champagne Gifts

Spirits Gifts

Port Gifts

 Multi-destination Gifts

Gift Solutions packs are delivered by courier rather than Majestic stores. Our packaging is designed to deliver your gift in perfect condition, including your personalised gift message. Delivery to Northern Ireland, Scottish Islands, Isle of Man and Isles of Scilly will incur a £10 supplement.

Visit link below to find out more...

http://www.majestic.co.uk/gift-solutions



Craft Beer Focus: Brewdog 'Dead Pony ClubDate published: 18/11/14

Craft Beer Focus

Brewdog 'Dead Pony Club'

Here's the information from Brewdog:

'Some people say slow is good. We believe fast is better. Being shot from a howitzer beats the hell out of trotting round a paddock. That's why the internal; combustion engine got mounted on two wheels. Screw down the throttle and listen to that dull banshee howl floating back from those malted mufflers. Fuel up and hold tight, this thoroughbred kicks like a mule.'

We say (more comprehensibly):

'A lighter bodied californian style pale ale. It packs a huge hoppy punch yet manages to not be overtly bitter. Super fresh, with mango, citrus, peach flavours allied to a light caramel backbone.'

£9.99*

*when you buy any two Craft Beer six-packs


Nettie Viognier 2013 McManisDate published: 18/11/14

Nettie Viognier 2013 McManis

Grape

Viognier

Origin

Located near the small town of Ripon, around 2 hours' drive from San Francisco, the McManis Family Vineyards winery is considered one of the smaller wineries in Central Valley, and they are able to create quality wines by careful vinification of small lots.

Taste

Intense and inviting aromas of peach and apricot introduce a palate of more lush stone fruit flavours, along with hints of pear and a textural minerality. Fruity, fresh and unoaked.

Enjoy

An interesting alternative white, and a great match for pulled pork with roasted shallots.

£9.99 or buy 2 save 25% = £7.49



New Châteauneuf-du-Pape by Guigal!Date published: 18/11/14

New Châteauneuf-du-Pape by Guigal!

The Guigal name is synonymous with quality wine from the Rhône Valley. Made from 45-year-old vines planted amongst the round 'pudding stone' pebbles and red clay around the Papal Palace's ruins and aged in large oak foudres before release. A classic with potential to age.

A perfumed nose of blackcurrants, spice, black pepper and red fruits. Restrained yet powerful on the palate, well rounded with warming fruit and spice, integrated tannins and a long finish.

The gorgeous fruit concentration allows for the wine to be enjoyed young, with game and slow-cooked beef, or aged for up to ten years.

Priced at £30 when you buy any 2+ selected Fine Wines and Spirits (otherwise £35)



Customer Conundrum: Vegetarian WineDate published: 18/11/14

Customer Conundrum: Vegetarian Wine

As you wander around our store reading some descriptions and notes on our price labels it is often wondered why many wines are describes as 'vegetarian'. One would assume that since wine is, essentially, made from grapes that it is always vegetarian. The bad news for our vegetarian friends is that some wines have additives that are animal products.

Wine is occasionally made with the addition of some animal products, but why? Animal-derived products are often used as finings, which are used in the wine making process to clarify wine, removing proteins, yeast and other organic particles which are suspended during the making of a wine.

Examples of these products include Casein, Gelatin, Isinglass and egg albumen and in some Mediterranean countries bulls blood has been used to clarify wine. Have no fear! This practice is banned in the U.S.A and other European countries and is very rare nowadays. Both the finings Casein and albumen which derive from milk protein and egg white are acceptable for vegetarians but not for vegans.

But don't worry, there's no need to be put off as finings can only be found in extremely minute quantities in a bottle wine and are essential for stabilising a wine, making it safe for drinking. I'll raise a glass to that!



Sherry!Date published: 18/11/14

Sherry!

Sherry seems to gaining lot's of popularity at the minute, becoming increasingly trendy. You've just got to take a stroll down certain parts of London and you can see Sherry bars popping up all over the place. It seems to be engaging with a new, younger demographic as well as remaining popular with its older fans of course. 

Sherry is a fortified wine made from a white grape variety grown near the town of Jerez, Spain. It is commonly made from the Palomino grape and the styles can be very different from the light and dry to darker sweeter styles. 

In Europe Sherry has a protected place of origin which means, anything that is labelled as 'Sherry' must come from the Sherry triangle. This is an area between Jerez and El Puerto de Santa Maria. 

It comes in a variety of styles:

Fino - The driest and palest of all the Sherry varieties. The wine is aged in barrels under a cap of flor to prevent oxidization. 

Manzanilla -  A light version of Fino Sherry made around the port of Sanlucar de barrameda. 

Manzanilla Pasada -  A Manzanilla which has oxidized slightly and therefore has achieved a richer, nutty taste. 

Amontillado - a style which is first aged under flor but then given exposure to oxygen, the style is darker than a fino but lighter than an Oloroso. These wines are naturally dry. 

Oloroso - The most alcoholic of all the Sherries. These wines are aged extensively (longer than Amontillado and Fino) and the result is a darker, richer style. These wines are still naturally dry however sweetened versions such as 'Cream Sherry' are also available. 

Palo Cortado - A wine which is made and aged like an Amontillado however at some stage the flor is killed and the wine is allowed to oxidize

Pop in store to see our range of Sherries and if you want any further information or advice on them! 



San Huberto Malbec 2012 La RiojaDate published: 15/11/14

San Huberto Malbec 2012 La Rioja

This wine has been made in a 'reserva' style, having undergone 12 months' ageing in oak barrels. The fruit comes from the Valle de Aminga in Argentina's aptly named La Rioja province, which has deep, sandy soils and a semi-arid climate.

An inky, almost opaque wine with a blackish-purple hue. The flavours are of plum, bramble and ripe blueberries, delivered with a forward, vigourous manner tempered by sweet, spicy oak. 

This wine is just £7.99 down from £11.99 when you buy two or more bottles as part of your 6. 


Great new £4.99 wines from ItalyDate published: 15/11/14

Great new £4.99 wines from Italy

Bricchetto Sangiovese and Trebbiano The Bricchetto wines come from a large, quality minded cooperative in the central Italian region of Emilia Romagna. Comprised of fifteen smallerwineries, it is one of the most awarded companies in Italy. Over 85% of their wines are at IGT level or above which is quite a feat given their scale. It is precisely because of this scale that we are able to buy at such good prices -both wines really do deliver at their modest £4.99 price points and represent excellent value for money.

Bricchetto Sangiovese - This is lovely bright, varietally pure Sangiovese. Typically red cherry on the nose, it is fruity and balanced on the palate with just the right amount of tannin.

Bricchetto Trebbiano - This has a delicate, fresh fruity nose and a soft citrussy palate. Made without any oak it is crisp and clean and very drinkable.

BOTH JUST £4.99 EACH!!!


New In! Picpoul Ormarine Magnum 150cl £19.99Date published: 09/11/14

New In! Picpoul Ormarine Magnum 150cl £19.99

Cave de l'Ormarine is one of the Languedoc's most successful cooperatives, and is responsible for vinifying 50% of the wine produced by the entire Picpoul de Pinet appellation, itself the largest white wine appellation of the south of France.

A brilliant pale yellow with youthful green hints, this is a light yet intensely citrussy wine, with characteristic aromas of grass, green bell pepper and blossom notes, and a crisp, refreshing palate.


Something special for Sunday...Date published: 09/11/14

Marques de Caceres Gran Reserva 2008

As part of our fine wine deal we are able to offer this fantastic Gran Reserva Rioja for just £17. 85% Tempranillo and a mix of Graciano and Grenache make up the rest of the blend. This wine is guaranteed satisfaction as it only made in "excellent"  or "very good" vintages. After 30 months of barrel ageing it is then further aged in the bottle before being released.

Great complexity with notes of coffee, spice, plum and strawberry. Powerful on the palate with fruit and toasty well integrated oak this is an ideal winter wine  to simply enjoy by the fire or with your Sunday roast beef or lamb.



The arrival of Moskoskaya Osobava Vodka!Date published: 09/11/14

Here at Majestic we are going to be welcoming a whole new selection of spirits to our shelves! 

Including a new... VODKA

Moskoskaya Osobava Vodka  

Translated as ‘Special Muscovite’, production dates back to the communist era and this is generally regarded as THE Russian vodka.  It is produced from selected rye grain for a natural sweetness (Stoly add sugar to give sweetness!), and is both triple distilled and charcoal filtered making it smooth and authentic.

Calling all New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Fans!Date published: 09/11/14

We have some fantastic new offers this month in our 33% off promotion, and this includes a wide choice of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand!!  All prices shown are when you buy at least two bottles from the promotion.

Here are some of the New Zealand highlights:

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough     £7.33

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough                            £6.66

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough                             £7.99

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013/2014, Marlborough                           £6.99

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Nelson                                 £8.65

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough               £9.99


New arrival: Domaine Felines Jourdan 2013 Picpoul de PinetDate published: 07/11/14

New arrival: Domaine Felines Jourdan 2013 Picpoul de Pinet

We have a new picpoul in stock: The Domaine Felines Jourdan 2013 Picpoul de Pinet. 

The Jourdan family have been growing grapes for several generations, but have only been making wines under their own family label since the early 1980's when they created this particular domaine, which overlooks the Bassin de Thau. Light lemon-green in colour, this is a crisp and youthful white wine full of fresh citrus fruit flavours, accented with subtle hints of fennel, green pepper and lime zest. Made for fish and seafood. Try it with brandade de morue, Provence's typical salt cod speciality. This wine will also work well on its own as an aperitif!

We have this wine open to taste on the tasting counter this week. At just £8.65 a bottle it is a must try.


New Product Alert: Warre's Tawny PortDate published: 07/11/14

New Product Alert: Warre's Tawny Port

I, for one, am very excited to see a new tawny Port being introduced to the Majestic range. 

Tawny ports differ from their ruby cousins as they are allowed to oxidise as they age, which causes the wine to turn russet in colour, and also develop nutty, caramel and chocolate notes. Many tawny ports are classified by age - 10, 20, 30 or 40 years old - the number indicates the average age of the wines included in the blend.

Warre's Otima 10 is a ten year old tawny port - so is blended from wines with an average age of 10 years. This means you get a complex palate of fresher, juicier characters from the younger components of the blend, and nuttier, toffee, date, raisin and coffee notes from the older base wines. 

The dried fruit, toffee, and walnut flavours and inherent sweetness of tawny port work fantastically well with chocolate-based desserts or firm nutty cheeses. I also thinkit's hard to beat served slightly chilled as an aperitif, alongside a handful of toasted nuts. As the wine is already oxidised, it's not going to go off in a hurry if you can't finish the bottle on the first day - as long as it properly stoppered again, it should last in the fridge for a week or two (if you can keep your hands off it!).

Go on, treat yourself - Port's not just for Christmas!

Warre's Otima 10 is available in 50cl bottles at £13.49.


Guest Beer of the MonthDate published: 07/11/14

Guest Beer of the Month

Proper Job, St Austell 12x500ml Bottles

£24 per case (offer price)

Bottled conditioned, this is a powerfully authentic IPA with a modern twist. Proper Job is brewed with a blend of imported hops, Cascade, Chinook and Willamette for a punch of citrus, pine resin and a hint of spice for a classic IPA. Stylistically this is somewhere between a traditional English IPA, and the new wave American IPAs. Voted Champion Bottled Beer by CAMRA in 2011 and second place in 2013.


The £4.99 Range (Quintessential Quaffers and Perfect Party Wines)Date published: 07/11/14

The £4.99 Range (Quintessential Quaffers and Perfect Party Wines)

Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Central Valley

Chile's Central Valley is the very hub of the country's wine production. Extending southwards from the capital Santiago, between the Andes and the Coastal Range of mountains, it is the home of many of the first vineyards to have been planted by European vignerons.

Invitingly fruity, offering a juicy citrus and gooseberry backbone overlaid with notes of lime zest and fresh green apples. Crisp acidity provides maximum refreshment.

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with simply fresh pasta dishes.

Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Central Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape in Chile, and was among the first of the noble varieties to have been brought over from Europe in the mid-1800's. This example is made by one of the Central Valley's major wineries, based in Cachapoal.

A medium-bodied, fruit-driven style of Cabernet that offers rounded, ripe red berry fruit with a plummy and easy-going feel. Hints of green pepper and subtle oak notes on the nose.

A versatile pairing for many foods, from spicy kebabs to roasted veg

Bricchetto Trebbiano 2013 IGT Rubicone

Under various different names and guises, Trebbiano is one of Europe's most extensively planted white grape varieties, found in innumerable blends and styles, but it is generally only the Italians who use it to make this kind of single-varietal dry white.

Fresh and straightforward, this wine offers plenty of soft citrus, white peach and pear fruit, with subtle white flower aromatics. Dry, soft-edged and clean on the finish.

Chill well and enjoy on its own, or with lightly-dressed salads or creamy spaghetti dishes.

Bricchetto Sangiovese 2013 IGT Rubicone

Made by one of Italy's major cooperatives, this is a superb value Sangiovese from Rubicone, a relatively modern IGT region of central Italy in which many wineries have begun to specialise in single-varietal wines such as this.

A light and approachable red, with Sangiovese's typical redcurrant and cherry fruit characters in abundance. Lithe tannins and snappy acidity make for an easy-drinking feel.

A great all-rounder, easy to pair with a wide range of pasta dishes or Mediterranean salads.

El Torito Merlot 2013 Valdepeñas

The southerly location of Valdepeñas gives it a very warm, arid continental climate, which particularly suits robust red grape varieties that benefit from the abundant sunshine and lengthy ripening season that this affords.

Cool fermented for a youthful, fruit driven style, this is a soft and plummy Merlot with supple tannins and a juicy palate full of ripe cherry and berry flavours.

Enjoy with barbecued ribs or sausage casserole.

El Torito Chardonnay 2013 Valdepeñas

Valdepeñas is one of Spain's more southerly wine regions, and is located entirely within the larger La Mancha region. Its reputation for quality and value has led to an increasing array of grapes being cultivated, including international white varieties.

A soft, fruity and easy-drinking Chardonnay, full of golden apple and ripe peach flavours, complemented by gentle tropical notes. Light and refreshing yet lush and delicately creamy on the finish.

Enjoy on its own or with lightly spiced chicken dishes.



Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage 2009Date published: 07/11/14

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage 2009

The best sparkling wine outside France without a doubt!

Why?

Let me tell you why...

Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir this brilliant sparkling wine from New Zealand is made in the same style as Champagne. With three years of lees-ageing, this really is a match for any Champagne.

Strong aromas of apple and stone fruit with baked bread, brioche and nutty characters. A full creamy palate that leads to an elegant long finish with a full and confident mousse.

Need I say more?

33% off when you buy two or more on this promotion.

Price?.... £18.99...


Muscadet 2009 Le PalletDate published: 07/11/14

Muscadet 2009 Le Pallet

£9.99

When you buy 2 or more wines in the 33% deal

Down from £14.99

Made by Les Dix du Pallet, a cooperative of 10 growers based in Le Pallet, a 'cru' village in the south-east of the Loire region between the rivers Sevre and Maine. This is a rare, high-quality example of a mature, partially oak-fermented Muscadet.

A unique style that shows plenty of evolved characteristics, including subtle nut, brioche and caremelised pear aromas that mingle with Muscadet's typical citrus and mineral backbone.

Drink with fine fish or seafood.


Nicolas Feuillate NV Champagne only £14.99 and much much more!Date published: 07/11/14

Nicolas Feuillate NV Champagne only £14.99 and much much more!

Our November offers are now live, and as well as the above cracking deal there is also the following:

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc £7.99

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc £6.66

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £6.99

Rioga Eguia reserva £6.66

Santa Ana Malbec £5.99

Prosecco Rivamonte £6.66

Veuve Clicquot £29.98

To see our full range of offers go to www.majestic.co.uk or pop in and see us, there will be some wines open to taste!


We specialise in Christmas gifts!Date published: 07/11/14

We specialise in Christmas gifts!

Here at Majestic Wine Winchester we are gift specialists, whether it is for your customers, employees or for personal use we can help!

~all of our prices are INCLUSIVE of VAT

~wines starting from £4.99, all chosen by our expert buyers

~Prosecco from £6.66 

~you can send a six bottle gift from £29.94.

~we do gift boxes for 1,2,3,4,6 and 12 bottles

~we offer FREE delivery

~we pack the boxes for you!

~hand delivered by a member of our team here in Winchester

For more info give the team call on 01962 868 708 or email win@majestic.co.uk


33% off ALL Prosecco for 4 days only!Date published: 07/11/14

33% off ALL Prosecco for 4-days only!

Offer ends Monday 10th November at 7pm

Our best offer prices include:

- Prosecco Di Congeliano £9.99

- Prosecco Salatin £8.66

- Prosecco La Marca Cuvee £9.99

- Prosecco Treviso £7.99

- Prosecco Rivamonte £6.66

Why not stock up - don't miss out!

Spotlight Tasting Week: Wines of ChileDate published: 07/11/14

Spotlight Tasting Week: Wines of Chile

Our Spotlight Tasting week on Chile starts tomorrow and continues until next Thursday 13th November. Pop in any time during opening hours to sample a range of Chilean wines including classic Carmenere and new cool climate Sauvignon Blanc!

Lay & Wheeler ExclusiveDate published: 05/11/14

2011 Alión, Vega-Sicilia, Ribera del Duero 

'The 2011 Alion ...is an exuberant, ripe Alion, with hedonist's aromas that jump out of the glass. Winemaker Javier Ausas tells me he likes the wines when they are young and showy like this one. It is indeed a showy vintage, with aromas of violets, molasses, cereals and a whiff of malt whisky... even though this has plenty of stuffing to age I'd drink it young in its exuberant phase.'


94 Points, Luis Guittierrez, The Wine Advodate #214, Aug 2014 


Drink: 2015 to 2025


Chateauneuf-du-Pape by GuigalDate published: 05/11/14

The Guigal name is synonymous with quality wine from the Rhône Valley. Made from 45-year-old vines planted amongst the round 'pudding stone' pebbles and red clay around the Papal Palace's ruins and aged in large oak foudres before release. A classic with potential to age.

A perfumed nose of blackcurrants, spice, black pepper and red fruits. Restrained yet powerful on the palate, well rounded with warming fruit and spice, integrated tannins and a long finish.

The gorgeous fruit concentration allows for the wine to be enjoyed young, with game and slow-cooked beef, or aged for up to ten years.

Priced at £30 when you buy any 2+ selected Fine Wines and Spirits (otherwise £35)



New Californian Viognier from McManisDate published: 05/11/14

Nettie Viognier 2013 by McManis

Located near the small town of Ripon, around 2 hours' drive from San Francisco, the McManis Family Vineyards winery is considered one of the smaller wineries in Central Valley, and they are able to create quality wines by careful vinification of small lots.

Intense and inviting aromas of peach and apricot introduce a palate of more lush stone fruit flavours, along with hints of pear and a textural 

An interesting alternative white, and a great match for pulled pork with roasted shallots.

£9.99 or buy 2 save 25% = £7.49



Helen's FavouriteDate published: 04/11/14

This week I have particularly enjoyed the 'El Chaparral De Vega Sindoa' Old Vine Garnacha 2012, Navarra.

Grape: Garnacha

Origin: 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 influences here contribute to higher acidity, which lends balance to the quick-ripening Garnacha.

Taste: 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.

Enjoy: Enjoyable on its own, but also benefits from being paired with a big, flame grilled rib-eye steak.

Currently on offer at just £8.24 as part of our 25% off deal - a complete steal for such an elegant and enjoyable wine.


New This Week In Italy...Date published: 04/11/14

Allumea Gillo, Sicily 2013 - £8.99 Buy any 2 save 25% = £6.74

 The grapes for this lively Grillo come from low yielding vines in the province of Trapani. Bright and fruity, well-rounded and full of pineapple and lemon aromas and a pleasant fresh finish. According to the wine maker, it’s like sunshine in a glass reflecting the sunny temperatures where it is grown!

Corolla Nero d’Avola, Sicily 2012 - £8.99 Buy any 2 save 25% = £6.74

This wine comes from Canicatti, a quality-conscious, environmentally responsible producer (the entire winery is solar powered from their own panels) cooperative based in the south west corner of Sicily. This is a modern, bright juicy style of Nero d’Avola with dark cherry and pepper notes. Both new Sicilians are great value examples of the Island’s indigenous varieties.

Murrina Greco di Tufo, Campania 2013 - £11.99 Buy any 2 save 25% = £8.99

This wine comes from a small winery based in the Campanian province of Avellino. Wine maker Alessandro Michelon trained at the prestigious oenology institute of San Michele all’Adige in Trentino. It’s floral and fragrant on the nose with a lovely fresh, ripe palate. It has a herbal, nutty edge – perhaps no coincidence that this region is also famed for hazelnuts.

Il Giardino Pinot Grigio 2013 - £9.99 Buy any 2 save 25% = £7.49

Casa Vinicola Antonutti was founded in 1921 and is today run by Adraiana Antonutti, granddaughter of the founder. The vines for this Pinot Grigio are grown on gravelly soils that give the wine a distinct minerality. Typically bright straw in colour, the nose is fragrant and crisp. Medium bodied, well balanced and very versatile.



Fancy something fancy...?Date published: 04/11/14

Bollinger Grande Annee 2004 has just arrived in store.

On a fantastic deal as part of our 33% offers - just £66.62 down from £100!

Only produced in exceptional years from exclusively Grand Cru rated grapes. Rich, biscuity and yeasty, this wine carries the ultimate expression of the house style.

Whether bought as a present or to enjoy as part of your Christmas/New Year celebrations, you can't really go wrong with this brilliant Champagne. 

It's that time of year where we get to enjoy being a little indulgent so go on, treat yourself!

Heidsieck Bronze Top - £15.99!Date published: 04/11/14

HEIDSIECK & CO. MONOPOLE BRUT NV, BRONZE TOP

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. 

And it's currently on a short-term offer at just £15.99!!!!! 

DON'T MISS OUT!

Vina Eguia Gran ReservaDate published: 04/11/14

Currently on offer at only £8.99, the Vina Eguia Gran Reserva Rioja is a hard one to beat!

2004 vintage - rated an 'exceptional' year by Robert Parker!
The moderate sunny days and cool nights allowed the vines to stay healthy and the grapes to ripen perfectly. 'Eguia', coming from 'egia' meaning 'true'; this wine really has stayed true to the traditional style of a gran reserva rioja.

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 24 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.

A perfect partner for lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

A favourite among customers and staff alike! 

DON'T MISS OUT!


Sam Adams Boston Lager Now Just £1 per bottle!Date published: 03/11/14

This month's Beer of the Month comes from the biggest producer of Craft beer in the world, Sam Adams. A recreation of a 19th century American recipe , this beer is rich and satisfying and packs a hoppy punch! A couple of years ago the brewers got together to decide how they could make a better version for the U.K market, and so decided to spend a number of months at the Famous Shepard Neame brewery in Kent. This allows the brewers to get Boston Lager to us in the perfect condition, which was always a problem when the beer previously had to spend time traveling from the American brewery. 

Fresh and in perfect condition Sam Adams is now enjoyed in the manner in which it should be for us beer lovers in the U.K. 

Currently just £1 per bottle!!


Bollinger!Date published: 03/11/14

"I only drink champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not in a hurry and drink it when I am, otherwise I never touch the stuff unless I am thirsty." Lily Bollinger

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV on offer at £33.31 - down from £50.00!!!

Get yours in for the Christmas festivities now!

Five Wine Regions You May Not Have Explored...Date published: 03/11/14

Lebanon is home to the legendary Chateau Musar. A deep, spicy red that's quite unlike any other style in the world. If you love peppery Shiraz or spicy reds from Rhone then give this a try. 

Austria is home to the unusual Gruner Veltiner grape, which produces whites with delicate mango and peach fruit, with a savoury white pepper quality. The iconic pairing for southern fried chicken. 

Hungary is known for its sweet wines, but Dry Furmint is a dry, but honeyed, white that pairs beautifully with ripe, soft cheese. 

England has truly become the equal of Champagne in its sparkling wine quality. These have all the richness and complexity of our French rivals, but with a delicious quality that belies its local origins. 

Oregon produces a fraction of California's quantity of wine, but has found a niche for itself in premium Pinot Noir. These easily rival Burgundy or New Zealand, with a more fruit-focused style backed up by soft spice. A must-try for fans of the grape. 


Mont Saint Jean CorbièresDate published: 03/11/14

The Mont Saint Jean Corbières 2012 is a fantastic Southern French red. At £4.99, the Corbières is excellent value this month, and it's the perfect time to start stocking up on your Winter-warming reds!

Grape Variety: A classic Corbières blend of Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz and Carignan. The grapes compliment each other to create a balanced, smooth, medium-bodied and fruity red. 

Origin: 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. The term 'terroirs' refers to the unique characteristics of a site's wine. 

Taste: 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.

Food match: This wine will pair perfectly with your home-made shepherds pie or a cheese board.


Washington Pinot GrigioDate published: 03/11/14

A fan of Pinot Grigio but looking for something a little different?

Why not try our new Washington Pinot Grigio?!

This is an Italian-inspired Pinot Grigio from Charles Smith, former rock band tour manager turned winemaker. Three vineyards in the central parts of Washington State provide the fruit, which benefits from this region's cool climate, promoting crisp acidity.

Aromatically complex, this wine has a backbone of guava-like fruit accented with subtle hints of lychee, passion fruit and summer hay. Gentle minerality and crisp acidity support the palate.

Charles Smith recommends pairing this with oysters, grilled halibut or seared scallops with wilted leeks.

The return of the Ned!Date published: 30/10/14

It's back, Ned Sauvignon Blanc at 33% off. Until the 1st of December we have the Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £7.33 (down from £10.99) when you buy 2 or more. 

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 salads, seafood or oriental food.


CellaringDate published: 25/10/14

Cellaring

Cellaring wine involves storing young wines until they are at a point where the optimum drinking pleasure can be achieved.

Some wines not only become more interesting with age but can actually require ageing to make them a pleasant drinking experience! The other reason to store young wines yourself for drinking at a later date, is the scarcity of mature wines to be had at a price you'd want to pay. Buy them when they are young at a cheaper price and you just have to wait for the wines to mature.

Medium to high quality wines can benefit from ageing but cheap wines will simply deteriorate. The choice of wine therefore is vital. Also pick wine styles you like! No good having mature wine you don't want to drink. The grape varieties that can age best are (reds) Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and (whites) Chardonnay, Riesling and Sémillon.

For regions, it is safest to stick to Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône, Chablis, Sauternes and the top Piedmont, Super-Tuscans, Mosel, Californian and Australian wines.

Really there are only two places to store your wine; either in a wine warehouse (either with the merchant from whom you bought it or another warehouse) or at home. Wherever the wine is stored, it should be on its side, lying down; at a steady temperature between 8 - 13°; in the dark and away from vibrations.

For more on buying wine en primeur and long-term storage why not pay a visit to the folks at Lay & Wheeler at www.laywheeler.com



Nero d' Avola - What is it?!Date published: 25/10/14

Nero d' Avola - What is it?!

Also known as Calabrese, Nero d' Avola is an Italian Grape Variety, grown in the South of the Country in Sicily. I'm choosing to look at this grape today as we have just got a new Nero d'Avola wine in stock. This is completely new to Majestic Wine and represents the excellent value of a IGT Sicily wine. The grape has good ageing potential and body, but can be made in youthful fruit drive styles as well - much like the wine we have at Majestic. 

Corolla Nero d' Avola 2012 WAS £8.99 NOW £6.74 when you buy 2 or more 25% wines. 

Classification: As you may or may not know, there are various classification systems operating in Italy which determine the quality of the Wines, like DOCG, DOC, Locale and IGT. Here we have an IGT wine, which regulations permit more freedom in the vineyard. IGT also allows for grapes to be sourced from a larger area. This particular example uses grapes sourced from over 500 member estates across the region.  

Tasting Note: 

Shining a lovely crimson colour in the glass, the rim has a touch of pink. Made in a modern style, this wine has a fantastic nose of stewed berries- like mulberry and blackcurrant. On the palate you will find nice easy tannin, and a little touch of spice backed by juicy acidity. A good match for beef dishes. 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Corolla-Nero-d-Avola-zid13241 

Wine Awards For Black Cottage October 2014Date published: 25/10/14

Wine Awards For Black Cottage October 2014

One of our favourite wineries have been handed another bucket load of awards- Please see below for details.

2014 Black Cottage Sauvignon BlancNew Zealand International Wine Show - Silver
Sam Kim’s Wine Orbit – 4.5 Stars
Raymond Chan – 4 Stars
2013 Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 
‘It's packed with delicious peach, citrus and tropical fruit flavours, and a subtle infusion of fresh herbs. The palate is 
succulent and intensely flavoured, leading to a fabulous juicy finish. Instantly appealing, this is a crowd pleaser. At 
its best: now to 2016. 13.5%. Screw cap. July 2013. 93 Points.’ – Sam Kim
‘Delicate gooseberry, green apple, lemon grass and pineapple flavours are supported by assertive acidity.’ – Bob 
Campbell
Sam Kim’s Wine Orbit – 5 Stars
International Wine and Spirit Competition, UK - Silver
New World Wine Awards - Silver
Raymond Chan – 4 Stars
Winestate, Australia – 4 Stars
Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide – 4 Stars
International Wine Challenge, UK – Bronze


2014 Black Cottage Pinot GrisSam Kim’s Wine Orbit – 5 Stars
Raymond Chan – 3 Stars
Winestate – 3 Stars
2013 Black Cottage Pinot Gris
‘A youthful charmer showing lifted aromas of peach, pear, mango and floral. The palate is also delightful with a 
succulent mid palate and refreshing acidity. A lovable, silky-smooth pinot gris showing loads of appealing fruit 
flavours. At its best: now to 2016. 14%. Screw cap. www.blackcottage.co.nz. July 2013.’ 90 Points – Sam Kim
Sam Kim’s Wine Orbit – 4.5 Stars
Raymond Chan – 4 Stars


2014 Black Cottage RoséSam Kim’s Wine Orbit – 4.5 Stars
Raymond Chan – 4 Stars
Winestate – 3.5 Stars
2013 Black Cottage Rosé
Sam Kim’s Wine Orbit – 4 Stars
Raymond Chan – 4 Stars

IPA?Date published: 25/10/14

IPA

Most people love the occasional IPA, but what exactly is an India Pale Ale..??

The term pale ale originally denoted an ale that had been brewed from pale malt. Pale ale started off lightly hopped and quite different from later pale ales. But as brewing processes evolved over the next half century, pale ale was mostly manufactured with coke-fired malt, which produced less smoking and roasting of barley in the malting process, and produced a paler beer.

One such variety of beer was "October beer", a pale well-hopped beer which became popular among a richer audience, and was brewed widely at home and could be cellared for a couple of years.

India didn't come into the story until George Hodgson began selling his "October beer" to the East India Trading Company. Apparently the long sea voyage and ship's conditions benefited the beer. Over the next few decades, due to various new taxes and duties involved in the sale of beer in Europe, many brewers were forced to look at other sources of revenue. Following Hodgson's lead, many brewers began making a similar style and the term "India Pale Ale" starts getting used. With their global trade routes, the British IPAs find their way into America and became very popular and have since evolved into an almost signature style.

An India Pale Ale is a very "hoppy" tasting style that you either love or hate. The flavour is almost citric and bitter, but has a very refreshing palate. Served cold, it is a lovely change from generic tasting lager. 

At Majestic we have a few options that are excellent examples: Goose Island IPA, Lagunitas and Brewdog Punk IPA amongst an increasingly larger collection.

They form part of our "craft beer" selection, all priced from £9.99 for a pack of 6 (when you buy any 2 packs).



Why do Grapes contain natural yeasts?Date published: 25/10/14

Why do Grapes contain natural yeasts?

Funnily enough, the purpose of the grape is not to make wine. Vines produce grapes as part of a lure to transplant their seeds in an attempt to reproduce and increase their population. The sugar content is attractive to birds who eat the grapes, and the grape seeds, and fertilise them using their droppings.

However, just incase the birds do not fall for the wicked trick and don't eat the grapes, the vine wants to re-use the sugar to grow. It has, therefore, developed a unique system to ferment this sugar. The grape has a waxy layer to attract wild yeast. These yeasts are needed to break down the grapes' sugars into alcohol. The alcohol is broken down by one of natures alcoholics; vinegar bacteria. They turn this wild wine into an organic vinegar which drips onto the forest floor and is taken up again by the vine.

Some producers choose to kill these wild yeasts off. They want to create a uniform wine which tastes the same and can easily be controlled during fermentation. Instead of the natural yeast, they will use a cultured yeast. What the natural yeast brings to a wine is character and individuality; something special and unique to that vineyard.


San Huberto Malbec 2012 La RiojaDate published: 25/10/14

This week our favourite at the tasting counter is the San Huberto Malbec 2012 La Rioja.

This wine has been made in a 'reserva' style, having undergone 12 months' ageing in oak barrels. The fruit comes from the Valle de Aminga in Argentina's aptly named La Rioja province, which has deep, sandy soils and a semi-arid climate.

An inky, almost opaque wine with a blackish-purple hue. The flavours are of plum, bramble and ripe blueberries, delivered with a forward, vigourous manner tempered by sweet, spicy oak. The perfect glass of wine to kick off a (hopefully) sunny November!


£4.99 Italian Must-Buys!Date published: 25/10/14

£4.99 Italian Must-Buys!

Bricchetto Sangiovese and TrebbianoThe Bricchetto wines come from a large, quality minded cooperative in the central Italian region of Emilia Romagna. Comprised of fifteen smaller wineries, it is one of the most awarded companies in Italy. Over 85% of their wines are at IGT level or above which is quite a feat given their scale. It is precisely because of this scale that we are able to buy at such good prices -both wines really do deliver at their modest £4.99 price points and represent excellent value for money.

Bricchetto Sangiovese - This is lovely bright, varietally pure Sangiovese. Typically red cherry on the nose, it is fruity and balanced on the palate with just the right amount of tannin.

Bricchetto Trebbiano - This has a delicate, fresh fruity nose and a soft citrussy palate. Made without any oak it is crisp and clean and very drinkable.

BOTH JUST £4.99 EACH!!!


PARRILLA MALBEC 2013 - VINALBA, MENDOZADate published: 25/10/14

PARRILLA MALBEC 2013

VINALBA, MENDOZA

ENJOY 33% OFF!

This wine is made by Bodegas Fabre, makers of the original single-varietal Argentine Malbecs, and is sourced from mature vineyards in Valle de Uco. 50% of the wine has been aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, to achieve a fruity yet complex flavour profile.

A deep ruby colour, this Malbec is crammed with damson, blackberry and plum flavours, accented by touches of oak toast. Smooth, ripe tannins offer a silky finish.

Enjoy with juicy steaks or sausages 'a la parrilla', or straight off the grill.

£7.99 per bottle when you mix and match at least 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion.

£11.99 Single bottle price.


Our Top 5 Wine Picks!Date published: 25/10/14

Our Top 5 Wine Picks!

The staff here in Winchester have taken some time to choose 5 wines that we believe to fantastic products at prices you will love.

Montagny 1er Cru'Les Millieres'2010, Cave des Vignerons de Buxy:

Origin: A Premier Cru from the Montagny appellation in Burgundy's COte Chalonnaise. Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is an excellent, quality-conscious producer and, being a co-operative, offers excellent value for money.

Grape: Chardonnay

Taste: A delicious, fresh Chardonnay which has been fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks to preserve the pure peach, pear and acacia aromas. Soft and rich on the palate.

Enjoy: Enjoy with cold cuts of ham, this is a genuine bargain not to be missed.

£9.74 when you buy any 2 or more wines from our 25% off range


Rioja Gran Reseva2004, Vina Eguia

Origin; Bodegas Eguia 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.

Grape: Tempranillo

Taste: 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.

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

£8.99 when you buy any 2 or more bottles from our 33% off range


Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012

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

Grape: Zinfandel

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

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

£8.99 when you buy any 2 or more wines from our 25% off range



Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Coastal Region

Origin: Self-proclaimed Sauvignon fanatic Erika Obermeyer joined Graham Beck's winery in 2005, and went on to become one of South Africa's top female winemakers. This wine is sourced from 8 different vineyards,selected for their naturally cool characteristics.

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Taste: Full of intense gooseberry and passion fruit flavour, offset by subtle notes of ripe figs, lemongrass and capsicum. Crisp, lively acidity and an enduring, stony finish.

Enjoy: Partner with spicy Asian-style barbecued fish.

£5.99 when you buy any 2 or more bottles from our 33% off range


Prosecco La Marca Cuvee NV, DOGG, ltaly

Origin: La Marca Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Treviso area of Northern ltaly. This wine is made from 100% Prosecco harvested from selected vineyards, made using the Charmat method.

Grape: Prosecco

Taste: Delicate and elegant with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. Medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced.

Enjoy: An excellent aperitif, served with light starters or fruit salads.

 £9.99 when you buy any 2 or more bottles from our 33% off range


Fine Wine of the Week: DeMorgenzon Chenin BlancDate published: 25/10/14

Fine Wine of the Week: DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc

Situated on slopes stretching from around 200-400 metres above sea level, 'The Morning Sun' vineyards are so named as they are the first parts of the Stellenbosch valley to receive the sun's light each day.

This Chenin is gloriously rich, with fermentation in barrel and lees ageing adding notes of honey on top of the rich oak and dazzling tropical fruit.

A powerful and full-bodied white like this really needs food, and would really suit a hearty roasted pork belly dish.

£21 £16

Save £10 when you buy any 2 select Fine Wines & Sprits

Open to taste this weekend!


On the tasting counter- Beefsteak Club Malbec 2013, Mendoza Date published: 25/10/14

On the tasting counter- Beefsteak Club Malbec 2013, Mendoza 

Made in the Andean Vineyards by an Aussie born Winemaker in true Argentinian tradition. This wine is a deep and vibrant Malbec showing intense aromas of plum, damson and dark chocolate. Add into the equation well-integrated oak and plenty of fine tannins. Drink this wine with beef, from steaks to stews. 

Available at £6.66 when you by 2 or more bottles. 

Silver Ghost Sauvignon BlancDate published: 25/10/14

Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc

A fantastic new addition to Majestic Addlestone is the Silver Ghost Sauvignon. One, if not the best selling wine of last week, this Chilian Sauvignon represents excellent value for money at£4.99 

Chile's Central Valley is the very hub of the country's wine production. Extending southwards from the capital Santiago, between the Andes and the Coastal Range of mountains, it is the home of many of the first vineyards to have been planted by European vignerons.

Invitingly fruity, offering a juicy citrus and gooseberry backbone overlaid with notes of lime zest and fresh green apples. Crisp acidity provides maximum refreshment.

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with simply fresh pasta dishes.


Craft Beer of the Week: Proper JobDate published: 25/10/14

Craft Beer of the Week: Proper Job

Proper Job Cornish IPA - 5.5%

Bottled conditioned, this is a powerfully authentic IPA with a modern twist. Proper Job is brewed with a blend of imported hops, Cascade, Chinook and Willamette for a punch of citrus, pine resin and a hint of spice for a classic IPA. Stylistically I would put this somewhere between a traditional English IPA, and the new wave American IPAs. Voted Champion Bottled Beer by CAMRA in 2011 and second place in 2013.

Open now in store to taste!

Some lesser known grape varieties - GodelloDate published: 25/10/14

Some lesser known grape varieties - Godello

In case you hadn't noticed, here at Majestic we love wine. 

What we love even more is discovering something new, potentially unusual, and surprisingly delicious.

I want to encourage all our customers to be a bit adventurous (go on, it's not like we'd sell any 'bad' wines) and try something outside their comfort zone. NZ Sauvignon Blanc fans, I'm looking at you...

To kick things off, I've chosen a charming white grape variety grown throughout north-western Spain, particularly in Galicia: 

Godello, often used as a constituent in blends, is gaining increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. Though it still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas, where Albarino (which you may well have heard of) dominates.

Delicate yet multi-faceted in style - its textured palate boasts citrus, melon and subtle floral notes. A great alternative for you lovers of aromatic whites.

Try the clean, herbaceous Montenovo Godello 2013 Valdesil, or Martin Codax's As Caixas Godello goes down reliably well! 


California's finest...Date published: 25/10/14

California's finest...

California's vineyards were largely wiped out in the 1800s by Phylloxera, meaning it took a while to replant and re-establish the area for wine production. This has largely kicked on since the 1960s and therefore in relative terms is still quite a young wine industry that exists.

The area stretches from north to south alongside the Pacific Ocean, so encounters a lot of different climates from one sub region to the next, however the one thing in common that it lacks is rain. Therefore, irrigation is a key part of the vineyard management so the wines produced are of the best possible quality.

One of the main reasons for our love of California is the full bodied and intensity of flavour that Zinfandel produces. A favourite example of this amongst all Majestic staff and customers alike is the Ravenswood! This is a great example of the grape at its best, a full bodied wine with dried fruit flavours with a well integrated alcohol content this wine is perfectly balanced.

A newer development for our tastes has been Chardonnay, it took until we had tried a very expensive Burgundian Chardonnay that we fully appreciated what this grape variety can produce when on top form. The Edna Valley and Clos Du Bois Chardonnay are both fantastic wines, full of stone fruit flavours but with an underlying nuttiness and richness. A real bargain and something that has really opened up our mind to discovering more Chardonnays.

Having battled with Phylloxera in the past, the extensive and intensive work that has gone into setting up the new vineyard areas gives it great scope for future development and improvement. So the signs are good for the future of California!


Pass the Port to the left!Date published: 25/10/14

Pass the Port to the left!

Although you aren't ready to admit it yet, the nights are getting darker and Christmas is slowly approaching! This means that in the next few weeks we are likely to be stocked with lots of Port in preparation for the big day. Here is a little Port fact file for you...

The Douro region in northern Portugal is where the grapes for Port are grown. 

Red Port grapes include: Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Cao. 

The grapes are partially fermented, and then grape spirit, or aguardente, is added, which fortifies the wine and stops the fermentation, leaving sweet, unfermented grape sugar in the finished port. 

Main Port Styles:

Vintage - Finest of the ports matured in bottle, made from grapes from the best vineyards. Vintage port throws a thick sediment, and requires decanting. 

Single quinta - A single-quinta port comes from an individual estate. 

Aged Tawny - Matured in cask for up to 40 years before bottling, older tawnies can develop flavours of nuts and figs. The age will be stated on the label.

Colheita - This is a tawny from a single vintage, matured in cask for at least 7 years. 

Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) - Port matured for 4-6 years in cask and vat,  then usually filtered so there is no sediment in the bottle. 

Crusted - This is a blend of ports from 2-3 vintages, bottled without filtration after 3-4 years in cask. A deposit (crust) forms in the bottle and it will need decanting. 

Ruby - The youngest red port with only 1-3 years' age. It will be bursting with young, spicy fruit.

So if you are looking to stock up on Port for Christmas, keep an eye in store and on our website for when all the delicious port starts to come in.


The secret to Beaujolais...Date published: 25/10/14

The secret to Beaujolais...

Beaujolais wines are always described as having a very unique characteristic in their fresh, almost confected like flavours. This is down to a certain process that the grapes are vinified which is known as Carbonic Maceration. The general idea behind the process is to keep the wine as fresh possible. 

The key thing which allows Carbonic Maceration to take place is the presence of natural yeasts in the skin of the grapes. The grapes are picked, usually in the night when the temperatures are cooler to preserve the grapes. These are then placed in steel vats and a layer of carbon dioxide is poured over the grapes. Because CO2 is a heavier gas than oxygen it forms a protective blanket that prevents the grapes from oxidizing. Then the natural yeasts get to work and begin to convert the sugars in the grapes to alcohol. Often the grapes burst which lets the fermented juice run from them freely. This wine is then collected and bottled. 


Last Chance For October Offers!Date published: 25/10/14

Last Chance For October Offers!

There's still 3 days to go, but our October promotional offers will be finishing at 7 pm next Monday, October 27th. This week is a great opportunity for you to stock up on some brilliant offers before the Christmas chaos begins.

To name but a few, we've got:

* Brancott Estate NZ Sauvignon Blanc at £6.66

* Gavi Araldica at £5.99

* Callia Bella Malbec at £5.99

* Santa Rita 120 Merlot at £5.99

* Undurraga Rose at £6.66

* Laurent- Perrier Brut Champagne at £24.99

* Bollinger Special Cuvee NV at £33.31


Whatever wines you're into, we'll find a great value one for you. So don't have any regrets, come into Majestic Wine and make the most of our fantastic offers! Look out for our new promotional brochure from Tuesday, October 28th!


All offers are subject to buying any two or more from the same offer, as part of a mixed case. Minimum purchase of 6 bottle.


Upcoming Wedding?Date published: 25/10/14

Upcoming Wedding?

If you are looking for help/advice regarding the all important refreshments for your big day then contact Majestic Wine Warehouse Winchester.

You can pop in for a chat with one our expert staff, we will be able to advise you on all our products to suit any budget.

Take advantage of our in store 'Tasting Counter' which always has a wide variety of wines open for you to sample at your leisure.

Once you have decided on the wines for your special day we can further assist you by offering:

Free glass hire

Free Chiller bin/ice bucket hire

Free delivery

Now that is all sorted the only thing we need now is the sun to come out on the day....not so reliable.


Pop up Cellar in StoreDate published: 25/10/14

Pop up Cellar in Store

We have recently received a delightful selection of fine wines from Lay and Wheeler. The wines have been stored in perfect conditions since they were purchased upon release from the producers. For Majestic to purchase these wines on the open market, prices would be in excess of 20% higher. We are therefore able to offer our customers a great selection of very high quality fine wines at the perfect time as we approach Christmas.

Supply is limited so don't miss out!


Wine Words - LodgeDate published: 22/10/14

Wine Words - Lodge

Lodge - this is a term used by British shippers of port and madeira for a building where wine is stored and matured.  One of the most famous towns is Vila Nova de Gaia on the left bank in Oporto.

A little about the Riesling grapeDate published: 22/10/14

A little about the Riesling grape

Riesling is widely planted across the world as it can produce great wines in a variety of climates. It is a fruity, aromatic grape with high acidity that is often a late harvest wine due to the grapes hardy nature. Unlike grapes such as Chardonnay, Riesling does not benefit from techniques, such as Oak ageing, due to the already distinct fruit. When aged, it produces flavours of honey and smoke.  

Caixas: A comparisonDate published: 22/10/14

CAIXAS: A COMPARISON

Caixas Albarino and Caixas Godello are both made by producer, Martin Codax, in the Galicia region in Northwest Spain.

Both wines are excellent and affordable with the Godello offering refreshing fruitiness with a hint of minerality in a style similar to wines of Chablis.

Slightly fuller in body, the Albarino offers more in the way of stone fruits on the palate with an almost honeyed flavour, without losing its fresh citrus character. Albarino grapes to make this wine were picked by Majestic staff themselves!

Caixas Godello is just £7.49* and the Caixas Albarino is just £8.49**

*Part of our 25% off range ** Part of our 15% off range


Wines at £4.99!Date published: 22/10/14

Wines at £4.99!

We are now stocking a variety of wines at just £4.99 including;

Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc, Chile - A simple Sauvignon with refreshing gooseberry and passionfruit flavours and a lovely clean finish.

Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile - An easy going medium bodied fruity red wine. With flavours of soft red fruits and a juicy plum note.

El Torito Merlot, Spain - A youthful fruit forward red wine with a juicy palate of and ripe cherry and berry fruits.

Brecchetto Trebbiano, Italy - A dry yet soft white wine with orchard fruits with white peach and citrus.

Bricchetto Sangiovese, Italy - Light, approachable and easy drinking a fantastic all round wine!


What to expect from your BordeauxDate published: 22/10/14

What to expect from your Bordeaux

To some, mention Bordeaux and they run a mile. Seen as a wine region only for those with lots of money to spare or for those with copious amounts of wine knowledge, many people avoid this region in favour of the new world. However, really Bordeaux is such a diverse region there is a wine for everyone whether you like rich fruity, and smooth reds or wines with a bit more rustic complexity. Although French labels often are minimal in terms of information as to grape type etc once you have a rough idea of Bordeaux labels they can reveal a lot about the wine within the bottle. Furthermore, our Majestic website will tell you exactly what grapes make up each blend. For smooth and fruity look for wines which are predominantly Merlot, these will be from places like St-Emilion and Pomerol. For more complex wines which can age well look for predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon from places such as Margaux and Haut-Brion. Ask any of the Majestic staff and they would be happy to give you a greater insight into the region.


Wooden Boxes?!Date published: 22/10/14

Wooden Boxes?!

Traditionally all boxes of wine were wooden and also contained 9L of wine (12 bottles). They were also wooden boxes because they would be able to withstand the damp conditions in a wine cellar. The wine bottles would always be lying on the side instead of standing upright, this was for ageing purposes, also by keeping the cork moist it prevented oxidation of the wines making them undrinkable. However, these days more wineries are boxing 6 bottles, stood upright, in cardboard boxes. The main reason for this is due to health and safety and the high cost in manufacturing wooden boxes. 

Most wines that you will come across in wooden boxes will be expensive Fine Wines. Saying this though, when it comes around the festive time of year, more wineries start to use wooden boxes because... well they just look fantastic! Wine in wooden boxes make for great presents, honestly they really do! 


Shiraz and SyrahDate published: 17/10/14

Shiraz and Syrah

In a nutshell - yes.

However, it isn't quite that simple, they are the same grape but a bottle labelled as Syrah will rarely taste the same as one named Shiraz.

In France they tend to use the word Syrah and produce a very elegant wine with a real focus on the spicy and peppery edge of the grape. A fantastic example of this is the Hermitage region in the Rhone valley where there is a pronounced peppery note on the wines.

Conversely in Australia, arguably the home of Shiraz, they produce big beefy wines with much more emphasis on the fruity and meaty aromas of the variety. But in Australia, and in other New World sites, the word Syrah is used to denote a more restrained (French) style of wine.

Keep an eye out for the different styles we have and maybe try a selection next time you pop in!


What is an India Pale Ale?Date published: 17/10/14

What is an India Pale Ale?

The term pale ale originally denoted an ale that had been brewed from pale malt. Pale ale started off lightly hopped and quite different from later pale ales. But as brewing processes evolved over the next half century, pale ale was mostly manufactured with coke-fired malt, which produced less smoking and roasting of barley in the malting process, and produced a paler beer.

One such variety of beer was "October beer", a pale well-hopped beer which became popular among a richer audience, and was brewed widely at home and could be cellared for a couple of years.

India didn't come into the story until George Hodgson began selling his "October beer" to the East India Trading Company. Apparently the long sea voyage and ship's conditions benefited the beer. Over the next few decades, due to various new taxes and duties involved in the sale of beer in Europe, many brewers were forced to look at other sources of revenue. Following Hodgson's lead, many brewers began making a similar style and the term "India Pale Ale" starts getting used. With their global trade routes, the British IPAs find their way into America and became very popular and have since evolved into an almost signature style.

An India Pale Ale is a very "hoppy" tasting style that you either love or hate. The flavour is almost citric and bitter, but has a very refreshing palate. Served cold, it is a lovely change from generic tasting lager. 


Understand your grape - MerlotDate published: 17/10/14

Understand your grape - Merlot

Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Its softness and "fleshiness", combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin.

We have got fantastic deals on Merlot based wines! 


Chateau de Sainte Gemme 2008 is amazing!Date published: 17/10/14

Chateau de Sainte Gemme 2008 is amazing!

The Chateau Sainte Gemme 2008 as long since been a favourite wine with Majestic Wine. It offers everything that you would expect from  Bordeaux and a £9.99 a bottle when buy two bottles in the 33% off range.

Origin

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.

Taste

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. Perfect wine for Christmas!!


Why aren't all wines vegetarian?Date published: 17/10/14

Why aren't all wines vegetarian?

Every so often a customer sees on our pricing stands that it says a wine is vegetarian. 
The questions that often follows is "Well, aren't all wines vegetarian?" 

When making wine, yeast is added to ferment the sugars found in the grape juice. This leaves a sediment in the wine which can lead to cloudiness. So other substances are added that help to collect the yeast cells and sediment together. As more yeast cells collect together it gets bigger and heavier, and these clumps can be filtered off. 

The use of these fining agents can also be used to help clarify the wine and sometimes remove tannins.

Now as for the agents themselves, over the years different methods have been used, ranging from gelatin, egg whites and bone char to isinglass (that is; sturgeon bladder). By the time the agents have fulfilled their purpose and fined out there is barely if any of the agent left behind, leaving us with a beautiful looking beverage!


Mumm Cordon rouge NV ChampagneDate published: 17/10/14

Mumm Cordon rouge NV Champagne

Every year, 77 different crus from the best areas of Champagne are used to create this benchmark cuvée. Many of the wines originate from Grands and Premiers Crus. 45% Pinot Noir adds structure, 25% Pinot Meunier adds fruit and 30% Chardonnay provides elegance and finesse.

This fantastic champagne is currently £30.00 a bottle. 

Presenting Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva MerlotDate published: 17/10/14

Presenting Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot

From the Colchagua Valley in the central Rapel region of Chile, this is a fruity Merlot with hints of strawberries, plums.  It is a soft, well-rounded wine which leaves a lovely, long-lasting taste in your mouth.  

Currently the Gran Reserva Merlot is on offer at £7.32 as part of our save 33% deal when you buy two wines as part of the offer.

Pilsner Urquell on offer!Date published: 17/10/14

Pilsner Urquell on offer!

Pilsner Urquell, the original pilsner from the Czech Republic, is on offer at £24 a case... that's just £1 a bottle!

Distinctly hoppy, full-bodied and deeply satisfying - a really great beer for all occasions!

And what better way to enjoy the weekend?! Grab some before it's all gone!

New in Store - Proper Job!Date published: 17/10/14

New in Store - Proper Job!

New to the Range: Proper Job, St Austell

Bottled conditioned, this is a powerfully authentic IPA with a modern twist. Proper Job is brewed with a blend of imported hops, Cascade, Chinook and Willamette for a punch of citrus, pine resin and a hint of spice for a classic IPA. Stylistically this is somewhere between a traditional English IPA, and the new wave American IPAs. Voted Champion Bottled Beer by CAMRA in 2011 and second place in 2013.

Sold as a case of 12, available for £24 when bought with any other case of ale.



Welcome to the Cellar CircleDate published: 17/10/14

Welcome to the Cellar Circle

If you love the idea of building a cellar full of diverse and exciting wines, or if a 10% discount here at Majestic would be invaluable, we have the answer for you!

Majestic and Lay & Wheeler, our fine wine partner, are very proud to launch Cellar Circle, giving you all the support and advice you need to realise the cellar of your dreams. You decide the level of guidance that you require, and your own personal adviser will always be on hand to answer any queries.

Membership starts from £100 a month, all of which will go towards your wines. Exclusive benefits and rewards include:
· 10% discount at Majestic Wine
· Free delivery to any Majestic Wine store, for collection at your convenience
· One year’s free professional wine storage for customers new to Lay & Wheeler
· A free case on the first anniversary of your membership, as a thank you from the Cellar Circle team.

For more information and to sign up visit www.cellarcircle.com. You can also give the team at Lay & Wheeler a call on 01473 313300, or to find out more, pop in and have a chat with us in store.



Last Chance to Win a case of Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/10/14

Our competition to win one of 5 cases of Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc closes at midnight tomorrow (Wednesday 8th October). 

The new Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc wines come from Awatere (pronounced Aw-wah-tree), the most southern grape-growing region in Marlborough. The climate is cooler and dryer, so fruit can hang for longer. This results in wine that is highly aromatic, and intensely flavoured. 

To celebrate its new arrival at Majestic we've got five cases to give away on the blog. Enter the competition here > http://blog.majestic.co.uk/brancott-estate-terroir-series-give-away

Short Term Offers - 2 Weeks OnlyDate published: 07/10/14

Today has seen the start of some fantastic short term offers which will run until Monday 20th October.


Gestos Malbec - £6.66 when you buy 2 wines at 33% off

Cotes du Rhone Belleruche - £7.99 when you buy 2 wines at 25% off

Serena Pinot Grigio - £6.66 when you buy 2 wines at 33% off

Cava Calamino - £5.99 when you buy 2 wines at 33% off

Prosecco Rivamonte - £6.66 when you buy 2 wines at 33% off

Prosecco Zonin - £7.99 when you buy 2 wines at 33% off

Veuve Cliquot Brut NV - £29.98 when you buy 2 wines at 33% off


These offers are valid both online and in store so don't miss out.

A short guide to cellaring wineDate published: 04/10/14

Cellaring wine involves storing young wines until they are at a point where the optimum drinking pleasure can be achieved.

Some wines not only become more interesting with age but can actually require ageing to make them a pleasant drinking experience! The other reason to store young wines yourself for drinking at a later date, is the scarcity of mature wines to be had at a price you'd want to pay. Buy them when they are young at a cheaper price and you just have to wait for the wines to mature.

Medium to high quality wines can benefit from ageing but cheap wines will simply deteriorate. The choice of wine therefore is vital. Also pick wine styles you like! No good having mature wine you don't want to drink. The grape varieties that can age best are (reds) Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and (whites) Chardonnay, Riesling and Sémillon.

For regions, it is safest to stick to Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône, Chablis, Sauternes and the top Piedmont, Super-Tuscans, Mosel, Californian and Australian wines.

Really there are only two places to store your wine; either in a wine warehouse (either with the merchant from whom you bought it or another warehouse) or at home. Wherever the wine is stored, it should be on its side, lying down; at a steady temperature between 8 - 13°; in the dark and away from vibrations.

For more on buying wine en primeur and long-term storage why not pay a visit to the folks at Lay & Wheeler at www.laywheeler.com


Special Parcel Viognier in Stock!Date published: 04/10/14

Laurent Miquel Verite Viognier 2012

The Miquel family have established themselves as Viognier specialists in the Languedoc, and this cuvee is the ultimate expression of their craft, which rivals the top whites of the northern Rhone. Night-harvested and partly vinified in new and old French oak barrles.

This wine has a well defined varietal characteristics of white peach, apricot and honeysuckle shine through on nose and palate. Generously proportioned, with finely integrated oak giving a balance.

The wine is excellently priced at £14.99, less then half you would expect to pay for a Condrieu.

What is Phylloxera?Date published: 04/10/14

A few vine cuttings from the New World brought to Europe spread a tiny insect called Phylloxera vastatrix, which feeds on the roots of vines. This gradually weakens and decreases the vines productivity. The European vines have no natural protection from this pest, thus vineyards across Europe were devastated. A solution was required.

 The vines in North America had a natural protection system to the pest, whereby they produce a sap that gums the jaws of the pest, unfortunately the grapes produced were not of the standard required for wine-making. Therefore viticulturists decided to graft European vines to the American rootstock. This meant they had protection from the pest, but could also produce the standard of grapes required. 

Competition Ends 8th October! Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon BlancDate published: 02/10/14

Competition Ends 8th October! Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc

The new Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc wines come from Awatere (pronounced Aw-wah-tree), the most southern grape-growing region in Marlborough.  The climate is cooler and dryer, so fruit can hang for longer.  This results in wine that is highly aromatic, and intensely flavoured.

To celebrate its new arrival at Majestic we've got five cases to give away on the blog.  Enter the competition here:

http://blog.majestic.co.uk/brancott-estate-terroir-series-give-away

Winchester Gin!!Date published: 20/09/14

Winchester Gin!!

A message from our newest Gin supplier, one that is very local to our store here in Winchester:


Winchester is at the heart of an area that has been cultivating watercress since the 18th Century: the local chalky earth and crystal-clear, slow-running stream create the ideal growing conditions for this incredible herb to thrive.  

The peppery oils present in watercress act as a stimulant to the taste buds and an aid to digestion, but we love its tangy flavour too. Our unique watercress-infused gin delivers a complex but finely-balanced spirit that mixes superbly with a quality tonic or in gin cocktails.

The Romans knew watercress as Nasturtium, literally meaning "Twisted Nose", from which our unique Hampshire Gin takes its name.  

Our small batch, London Dry Gin combines traditional distillation methods with ten botanicals, including both our remarkable local watercress and sweet lavender, to create a spirit that is light, fragrant and refreshing.

On drinking, the pine scent of Juniper emerges first followed by crisp citrus and deeper spice tones.  The gentle bite of the watercress appears next as the pepper oils build on the tongue, awakening your senses to the more subtle flavours of the remaining botanicals.  

The finish is long and satisfying with the flavours lingering in anticipation of the next refreshing mouthful.  

Look out for this gin appearing in your Winchester Majestic Wine store this coming week!

Wine of the week - Catena MalbecDate published: 20/09/14

Wine of the week - Catena Malbec

I love steak. There are few culinary treats for me that beat a well cooked steak (served rare to blue). Fortunately this food is one that has many great wine matches. From Bordeaux, to Australian Shiraz to Ribera Del Duero these are all wines that go down a treat with this dish. However few wines work nearly as well as Malbec do, and on a Saturday night I have been know to indulge in a bottle of Malbec and a rib eye steak. With this in mind I want to share with you my Malbec of choice, the Catena Malbec. 

From Mendoza, the heartland of Malbec this is everything you could want from the grape. It has a wonderful purple tinge in the glass, and the nose is a heady mixture of black cherry and vanilla. However what I love about this wine, is that the intoxicating nose turns into an elegant wine on the palate. The powerful black fruit and spice notes are matched with fine grained tannins and ample acidity. Making this a great wine for your steak as well very enjoyable on its own. A real all rounder.

So why not pop in store and see if you agree with me? It is currently open to taste on our tasting counter.

33% off down to £8.65 until 7pm on Monday 22nd September!!


Gin O'Clock!Date published: 20/09/14

Gin O'Clock

A classic gin and tonic is arguably one of life's bests things, but where does gin come from? How is it made?

The origins of gin basically lie in early attempts to disguise raw spirits with the flavours of herbs and spices. Those that used juniper developed into gin.

Base Materials - Gin is made from a spirit with 96% abv, flavoured with a range of botanical's; the most important of which is juniper. The base spirit can come from a number of things: molasses, sugar beet, or grain spirit. Juniper must be the dominant flavour by law with supporting roles from coriander, citrus peel, angelica, and orris root, though a whole range of botanical's can be used; they are the key to the final flavour of the gin.

London Gins - London Gin must be made via re-distillation of the neutral spirit in a pot still with juniper and the other botanical's. The most delicately flavoured gins are produced when the distiller places the botanical's in a basket in the head of the pot still, the vapours pass through and extract the flavour. This type of still is called a Carterhead still.

Distilled Gins - These are made in the same way as London Dry Gins except their flavours may be added after distillation. This method has grown in popularity in recent years as experimental producers have blended different distillates including rose petals and cucumber.

Cold Compound Gins - The cheapest way to flavour gins. They are simply added to the base spirit in the form of essential oils or artificial flavourings. These can be quite intense gins when first drunk but quickly lose their flavours and can taste artificial.

Now that you've been given a crash course in gin why not come down and buy some! We have 33% off William's Chase Extra Gin at £18.33, fantastic with some Fever-Tonic and a slice of lime.



Fine Wine Focus - Château La Vieille Cure 2007Date published: 20/09/14

Château La Vieille Cure 2007

Our choice this week is Château La Vieille Cure 2007, from the Fronsac appellation of Bordeaux. La Vieille Cure is known to have existed since the late 18th-century, but has gained global recognition since the 1980s, when the estate underwent extensive redevelopment. The blend is of around 74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, forming a supple, well-balanced claret with an abundance of inviting fruit.

This is a cracking claret at fantastic value for money at £13.32 which is 33% off! Best of all it is also open to taste!


Punk IPA by BrewdogDate published: 20/09/14

Punk IPA by Brewdog

With so many new and exciting beers coming in, we thought it would be prudent to offer some up to taste. Try before you buy, if you will.

This week we have the Punk IPA by Brewdog

A Scottish take on a West Coast IPA, the Punk IPA is all about hops - and lots of them! This beer epitomises the craft beer culture that began in the US and has spread to the UK and Europe. It is, in fact, the beer that turned me onto super hoppy beers.

£12.99 per 6 cans, but buy any 2 packs of craft beers and you save £6 making them just £9.99!

Pale AleDate published: 20/09/14

Pale Ale

'Pale ale' is a term that arose in the early 18th century. Beers in this category are brewed with a majority of pale malts such as Maris Otter in the UK and tend to be relatively light in colour. Additional malts such as Crystal, Munich or Melanodin are usually added in small quantities to add complexity to the malt profile and impart additional qualities such as a fuller colour and richer flavours.

Several of the most common offshoots of this category are English Pale Ale; English Mild/Bitter; India Pale Ale; American Pale Ale; American IPA; Amber Ale.

IPA (abbreviation of 'India Pale Ale') is a style of pale ale that has been around since the 19th century. It denotes a hoppy style of beer and has its origins in the long sea voyages along the trade route from Britain to India of the East India Company. Higher in strength than a mild or English pale ale and highly hopped (hops have antibacterial properties), these IPAs were up to the job of withstanding long sea voyages in warm and humid conditions on the way to export markets in India.

American craft brewers built upon this tradition in the the 1980s, partly as a backlash against the mass produced beers that global companies were manufacturing at the time. This new generation took the basic pale ale recipe and added plenty of American varieties of hops that added huge amounts of bitterness along with massive aromatic appeal and tropical/citrus/pine flavours. An example of this style is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

In the modern age, pale ale has proved itself an excellent canvas for showcasing the various flavours and aromas of different hop varieties. The water profile is often adjusted to emulate the water of Burton-on-Trent where many of the old breweries were based (such as Bass and Coors). Since this town at one point was responsible for a quarter of all UK production of beer the breweries had a massive influence and it just so happens that the local water has a high concentration of certain minerals that accentuate the bitterness of hops.

I have listed some great examples of pale ales below, all available to buy in your local Majestic!

St Austell Tribute (English Pale Ale)

Einstock Pale Ale (Pale Ale)

Camden Town Pale Ale (American Pale Ale)

Brewdog Punk IPA (American IPA)

Goose Island IPA (American IPA)

Lagunitas IPA (Imperial IPA)

Marstons English Pale Ale (English Pale Ale)

Roscoe's Amber Ale (Amber Ale)

Roscoe's American IPA (American IPA



Top Tips for a Hip DoDate published: 20/09/14

Top Tips for a Hip Do

Holding a hip party and want to impress your friends? Here are some top tips to make sure your little slice of subculture goes off with a bang:

1 - Serve your drinks in jam jars. This is now the in-thing. Don't like jam? Buck the trend and use empty soft drink bottles. Obviously remove the labels to enhance the up-cycling/re-cycling look.

2 - Sport a 1920s style 'tache. This will prove to everybody that you are truly hip, engaging in the culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a time that was whimsical and held morals in high regard. Can't grow a moustache? Buy a fake one from a joke shop. Nobody will spot the fakery as they will assume you would not indulge in such behaviour.

3 - Take pictures using an ancient pinhole camera. No need for those modern apps that can fake the qualities of an old picture. Every hip person knows that older = better. Upload to some obscure (and therefore hip) social networking site by scanning your developed photos into an ancient Mac.

4 - Make sure your outfit is missing a few buttons and there is no trace of a label, so as to appear authentically vintage. For extra hip points, carry a pipe in your top pocket.

5 - Hide your television. A hip person's friends would never entertain smashing said device; instead you will be derided for owning such a thing in the first place.


Samuel Adams Boston Lager now £24 per caseDate published: 20/09/14

Samuel Adams Boston Lager

In 1984, Jim Koch started The Boston Beer Company on a shoestring. Jim truly was an underdog. No one had heard of high-quality, full flavoured American beer. He believed in his beer, and believed that with a little luck people would try Samuel Adams and come to love it. Against the odds, a movement began, and the American craft beer revolution was born.

The Samuel Adams Boston Larger – the go to beer started it all. It helped lead the American beer revolution, reviving a passion for full-bodied brews that are robust and rich with character. Since 1984, Samuel Adams Boston Larger has only used the finest hand-selected ingredients to create this perfectly balanced, complex and full-bodied original brew.

24x330ml Bottles Only £24.00



Viognier – great all-rounder in food and wine matching.Date published: 20/09/14

Viognier – great all-rounder in food and wine matching.

Its flavours are unique, with exotic aromatics and a mouth feel of chardonnay it shows peach-skin-scents and floral notes along with balancing richness, creamy texture and high acidity.

Viognier is truly underrated in its ability to pair with food. The difference between French viognier and those from Australia, California or Chile is the ripeness factor, which is much more reliable in the New World than in Europe. This is the reason why viogniers from outside Europe can taste like a fruit basket, with explosive flavours, while those from France show more restraint and subtlety. When young it is packed with stone fruit flavours: ripe apples, pears, apricots. When aged, it can stress flavours of: nuts, marmalade and preserved-fruit notes.

With young, unoaked viognier the choice of food should suggest sweetness, but not really sweet, like Morroccan tagine of chicken, preserved lemons and cinnamon or yogurt marinated Indian style dishes. Also dishes such as braised poultry with garlic or trout stuffed with nuts and raisins. Any preparation which picks up on the fruit flavours and sweet spices of the wine will pair nicely. Other ingredients that work with this grape include rich-textured, slow cooked root vegetables, pasta and risotto and richer fish and white meats. Viognier also goes well with some shellfish, as texture and ripe fruit bring out the basic sweet flavours of quality scallops, crab and lobster. Any butter or cream based sauces can be easily matched with viognier as the texture with its balanced acidity cuts through their richness.

With aged versions, dishes which comprise nuts, dried fruit and white meat rather than seafood work best.

Viognier goes well:

With full-flavoured and rich recipes. It pairs well with thicker sauces and richly textured dishes.

With combination of fruit and sweet spice, including Indian mango chutney, Chinese plum sauce or tangy barbecue sauce.

With almost all cheeses .

With most curries. Whether it is Thai, Indian, Malaysian or Caribbean.

With smoked foods: fish, chicken, duck or cheese.

With caramelized vegetables and starches, such as roasted root vegetables, baked squash, polenta and risotto.

Viognier does not go well with:

With light starters. The wine requires something rich to match up, otherwise it will overpower the food.

With foods that are very tart. Avoid serving viognier with green vegetables, fresh green herbs, olives, capers and other sharp ingredients.

With sharp sauces such as vinaigrettes and acid dressings.

With hot dishes. Being fuller bodied and more alcoholic the wine can come as too hot.

With strong white fish. Any fish that are pungent such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel or sea bass should be avoided.



5 Top Reasons to Join the Majestic Customer ListDate published: 20/09/14

5 Top Reasons to Join the Majestic Customer List

You may have been into our store recently and heard about our exclusive customer list but decided not to join at the time. Alternatively, you may already be on our customer list but were wondering what else it is useful for. Below are five top reasons why you should sign up today if you are currently not a member!

Tried a new wine recently that you absolutely loved but can't remember the name? No problem! If you are on our customer list we can easily look up your purchase history to find out what you bought. We can then use this information to recommend you new wines to try if you are looking for something a bit different. We can also add you to our private, in-store database if you would like us to contact you about specific stock arrivals and offers.

If you are on our mailing list, you will be the first to know about our exciting new offers. We also advertise online exclusives through email, so ensure you opt-in for this if you would like to know about these deals. 

We also hold regular free wine events, including: wine courses, spotlight tastings, and a few larger wine tasting evenings. Let us know if you would like to be kept informed about these, as these are always popular events.

If you sign up in store, you'll get a voucher that gets you £10 off your 7th bottle, next time you come and see us! Already a regular customer with us? Bring along a friend, and if you both buy 6 bottles, you each get £10 off your 7th bottle!

Finally, we do free delivery on all orders, with a minimum purchase of 6 bottles.

Let us know by email or phone if your would like to join our exclusive customer list today. Alternatively you can join in-store the next time you shop with us.


Fantastic Champagne OffersDate published: 19/09/14

With the Autumn's Colours offers now in full flow it bring with it some cork popping offers on the champagne range! If its just an 'I fancy a bottle of fizz' to any special occasion you really don't need to look any further! We have a great selection of offers you really can't refuse! 

J de Telmont Grande Réserve NV Champagne

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.

£24.00   £15.99

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007 Champagne

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.

£30.00    £19.99

Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé NV Champagne

A delicate salmon pink rosé, made in Feuillatte's soft, welcoming style. The mousse is fine and the nose is one of intense blueberry and raspberry notes. Perfect with turkey.

£30.00    £19.99

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne

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. Perfect with canapes.

£37.50    £24.99 

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne

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.

£45.00    £29.98

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006 Champagne

The 2004 vintage from Moët & Chandon is superbly structured and refined. Blending 50% Chardonnay with 34% Pinot Noir and 16% Pinot Meunier, the character leans towards elegance, with subtle richness.

£50.00    £30.00

Pol Roger Réserve NV Champagne

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.

£50.00   £33.31

These offers run until 29th September 2014!

Remember we also offer a free delivery!!

Ageing WineDate published: 19/09/14

There's a saying that fine wine only improves with age, but this isn't always the case!

Let us give you a quick guide to which wines you can lay down to rest, and which you should drink immediately.

Sweet and Fortified Wines are the ultimate aging wines. Sauternes and sweet Riesling can last up to 25 years, and Vintage Port up to 50. 

Tannic Reds from Top Regions like Medoc, Burgundy, and Barolo have more than enough structure to support prolonged maturation. As a rough guide, they should be drinking very well 20 years after their vintage, though some may last even longer. 

Other Red Wines are typically best drunk within 10 years of their vintage. They may not have enough structure to support further aging, or benefit from a little freshness remaining in their profile. 

Rich Whites like Meursault and Condrieu can be drunk young, but may also benefit from 5 years of aging. After this time they will have less of a fresh fruit taste, but their rich complexity will have moved to the fore. 

Light Reds and Whites are generally best drunk young. For Sancerre, Valpolicella, Albarino, and Pinot Noir, pop them open and enjoy right away!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 19/09/14

Barista Pinotage, South Africa

Pinotage is a grape of South Africa, and is completely unique in flavour and style.

A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, it has complex aromas of coffee and chocolate, mixed with ripe cherry fruit.

This Pinotage has been made by the maverick wine maker, Bertus Fourie, who has concentrated on drawing out the coffee like aromas of Pinotage, hence the name “Barista”.

Best enjoyed with red meats, this would be perfect with an Indian Summer Barbeque this weekend.

£7.49 a bottle – 2+bottle price

33% off Argentinian WineDate published: 19/09/14

The headline says it all.

For this weekend only we're bringing you a fantastic blanket deal of 33% off across all of our Argentinian range.

There are some great deals from the superb Vinalba Torrontes, to the beefy Catena Malbec.

Don't miss out. You have until close of play Monday 22nd September to fill your trolley.

Short term offers ending soon...Date published: 13/09/14

Gavi Montiero 2013 Rocca £5.99

Rioja Crianza 2009 Viña Eguía £6.66

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC £6.99

Pinot Grigio Rosé 2013 Breganze £5.99

Prosecco Rivamonte NV £6.66

Fleurie 2013 Labouré-Roi £7.99

AIX Rosé Double Magnum £40

Codorníu Rosado NV Cava £6.66

Hurry, these offers will only last another week.  Order with us by calling 01962 868 708 or email win@majestic.co.uk


More wines from Ondine...Date published: 13/09/14

Carrying on with our South Africa theme I am writing to announce the arrivals of two new wines in store (hooray!)

You all know and love the Ondine Sauvignon Blanc but did you know that Majestic has recently acquired their Shiraz and Chardonnay as well?

The Red: Shiraz

Made by Ormonde Private Cellars, this is a blend of Shiraz with around 7% Cabernet, grown on the granitic Darling Hills region of South Africa's Western Cape. The wine is matured for 11 months in new and old oak barrels. A backbone of wild red and black berries, with characteristic hints of cloves and other sweet spices. The tannins are weighty and abundant yet soft and ripe in texture. The winery suggests serving with pork fillet on a bed of rocket dressed with olive oil, raspberries and pecorino.

Single bottle price - £8.99 or buy any 2 save 33.3%~ £5.99

The White: Chardonnay

With this Chardonnay, the winemakers set out to create a wine offering a combination of the respective benefits of oaked and unoaked interpretations of the variety, using cool fermentation in tank followed by only 7 months' lees ageing in barrel. Fresh lemon and peach fruit provide the backdrop, which is overlaid with gentle notes of toasted hazelnut and vanilla. Plenty of refreshing acidity and a creamy palate texture. Drink with pan-seared fish and steamed vegetables.

Single bottle price - £8.99 or buy any 2 save 33.3%~ £5.99


Malbec... from South Africa?Date published: 13/09/14

September is a time of year synonymous with new intakes. We're no different here at Majestic and can boast some fabulous new additions to our range. 

Some of these have featured on our Tasting Counter recently and we have had plenty of positive reaction. 

Why not give them a try?

First up is the Fish Hoek Malbec 2014 £5.99 (when you buy two or more bottles as part of case of six) Dark ruby in colour with purple flashes, this is a deeply fruit-driven wine that offers an abundance of ripe bramble, plum and black cherry fruit, with hints of smoky spice.


Like dry white wine?Date published: 13/09/14

Try off-dry white wine!

There is no doubt that the term 'off-dry' can be a barrier to many wine drinker's experimentation. Needlessly so. The reason for excess (or residual) sugar is that the grapes are hand-picked at full ripeness, thus maximising the richness and full flavour profile of the grape. In this case the Chenin Blanc grapes are cool fermented and bottled early to capture the grapes's inherent freshness. The secret to this freshness comes form the high acidity of the grapes, especially when grown on Vouvray's famous 'tuf' limestone soils, and which counter-balances the residual sweetness gloriously. One could not exist without the other. The results show clean apple, quince and pear fruit riding the crisp minerality, followed by a honeyed finish which coats the mouth with a lasting grippy aftertaste - the work of the sugars. This is the climax to the thrilling sensation that is achived when acidity and sweetness are in perfect harmony. As for food, the sweetness tempers spice extraordinarily well - thereby matching Eastern foods - but also seafood with sweeter or richer sauces..


Sancerre Vs. Pouilly-FumeDate published: 13/09/14

Sancerre Vs. Pouilly-Fume

The region of Loire in France is famous for producing many good quality wines, particulary White Wine. The two most famous wines from the region are both Pouilly-Fume and Sancerre, which both lie on the western edge of the Loire Region; with Pouilly-Fume being on the Eastern Bank of the Loire and Sancerre on the Western Bank. Both of the wines are made from Sauvignon Blanc. So essentially the question is, if they're both made from the same grape in relatively the same part of the world, what sets them apart?

Sancerre:

For many, Sancerre makes the best dry white wines in the world. The reason for this is due to the unique soils that are filled with rich marine fossils, which makes the soils well draining. Most Sancerre is White, with high acidity and a distinct herbaciousness not too dissimilar to the New Zealand Sauvignon's. Due to the marine fossils and the chalk content in the soils, it imparts a smoky minerality that is able to evolve in the bottle.

Pouilly-Fume:

The White wines of Pouilly-Fume are produced on soils similar to Sancerre, however here there is much more Flint in the soils. However, unlike Sancerre, they do not have the high levels of herbaciousness.

Therefore the choice comes down to personal taste, and there are many different styles inclusive of the two different wines. 


Yeast ...Date published: 13/09/14

Yeast ...

Yeast is the enzyme responsible for converting sugar into alcohol. The most important wine yeast is called Saccharomyces Cerevisae. Yeasts are naturally present on the skins of the grapes so once the grapes are crushed, fermentation will begin naturally. 

In New World Wineries, it is almost automatic practise (and beginning to be more common in the Old World) for the winemaker to select cultivated yeasts that are best adapted for the wine that is to be made. Cultivated yeasts, normally added in the form of powder, reduce the need to add sulphur dioxide and may be selected to give a particular character to a wine. Specially cultivated yeasts are essential for the production of certain wines, e.g. the secondary fermentation in Champagne requires a yeast capable of operating under extreme pressure. 

When the yeasts die at the end of fermentation, they sink to the bottom and form a sediment, which is called lees. Often white wines may be left 'on their lees' while ageing as this can give the wine extra body and character. 


Ageing run downDate published: 13/09/14

Ageing run down

There's a saying that fine wine only improves with age, but this isn't always the case!

Let us give you a quick guide to which wines you can lay down to rest, and which you should drink immediately.

Sweet and Fortified Wines are the ultimate aging wines. Sauternes and sweet Riesling can last up to 25 years, and Vintage Port up to 50. 

Tannic Reds from Top Regions like Medoc, Burgundy, and Barolo have more than enough structure to support prolonged maturation. As a rough guide, they should be drinking very well 20 years after their vintage, though some may last even longer. 

Other Red Wines are typically best drunk within 10 years of their vintage. They may not have enough structure to support further aging, or benefit from a little freshness remaining in their profile. 

Rich Whites like Meursault and Condrieu can be drunk young, but may also benefit from 5 years of aging. After this time they will have less of a fresh fruit taste, but their rich complexity will have moved to the fore. 

Light Reds and Whites are generally best drunk young. For Sancerre, Valpolicella, Albarino, and Pinot Noir, pop them open and enjoy right away!


Storing your wine...Date published: 13/09/14

Storing your wine...

Not all wines are suitable for ageing, take your typical Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc for example, fresh, zesty and acidic, storing this type of wine will just lead to these desirable characteristics being nullified.  Conversely, many of your higher quality red wines from regions such as Bordeaux will benefit and improve as a result of ageing.  So, what are the key things to consider when laying down a wine?

1) Temperature - Ideally, when storing wine you need an environment that has a cool and constant temperature, preferably between 10-15 degrees (C).  Kitchens and garages are two of the least suitable places to store wine due to the significant fluctuation in temperature.

2) Bottle Position - Wine that is sealed with a cork should be laid on its side, this ensures that the cork remains in contact with the wine.  If the cork dries out more air will be allowed in which will cause the wine to oxidise (go bad).

3) Light - Keep wines away from strong light, natural sunshine or artificial light will heat the wine and cause it to become stale.  Moreover, artificial light can cause unpleasant flavours to develop in the wine.

In an ideal world, a cellar really is the optimal environment to store wine and if you own any particularly valuable wine it's certainly worth looking in to cellaring.  A good alternative is any cupboard that has no windows or radiators, so if you have a cupboard under the stairs, that could be your best bet!


Having A Party? This Is How Much You Need!Date published: 13/09/14

Having A Party? This Is How Much You Need!

One of the most common questions we are asked by people planning a party, or even just a slightly larger gathering than usual, is how many glasses you can get out of a bottle. The guidelines below are a handy crib sheet to keep on you when planning something big - but remember, the quantities are based on our Majestic glass sizes (available for hire). The wine glasses are approximate to a pub standard sized small, about 125ml, and the flute are similarly on the small side!

One bottle of sparkling wine = 6 flutes 

So for 10 guests you will need 3 bottles (18 flutes glasses)

For a sit down dinner we recommend 1/2 bottle of wine per head.

One bottle of wine = 5 glasses 

So for 10 people 5 bottles will be perfect etc (25 glasses)


Discover CarmenereDate published: 13/09/14

Discover Carmenere

Carménére is originally a Bordeaux grape variety that was abandoned due to pests attacking and ruining the crops. Due to this the grape moved location to Chile, with a lot of wines combining it with Merlot in the 19th century. 

The grape was identified in 1994, originally thought to be Merlot, it is very similar in terms of being a light, low tannin wine. Much investigation has undergone trying to seperate Carménére from Merlot, however so far there have been no major notable differences to be found. It is a late harvesting grape that is more successful in hotter climates with more sunlight. Therefore the grape has been a lot more successful after being cultivated into Chile than when it was originally planted in Bordeaux. The wine benefits from a full bodied, deep black fruit character and is known to have slight hints of tobacco, oak and a slight smokiness which adds a little complexity to the wines taste. 


An Alternative to White BurgundyDate published: 12/09/14

Mas La Chevaliere Vignoble Peyroli Chardannay 2012, Laroche

Background:

As you may have read in the press, once again, Burgundy has been ravaged by hail storms, causing widespread damage and significantly reducing the potential yields for the third year in succession. With Burgundy stocks at an all-time low and prices rising almost on a daily basis, we have been working hard to find alternatives to Burgundy, which encapture the characteristics of the region's wines but still represent great value for money. Combining Michel Laroche's Burgundian savoir faire with the more reliable Languedoc climate, this delicious Chardonnay from high altitude vineyards achieves exactly this.

Location:

Laroche's Mas La Chevalière estate owns 8 ha of Chardonnay Peyroli. The Peyroli vineyard is situated 40km north of Beziers at an altitude of 400 to 500 metres, where the days are warms and the nights cool. This huge temperature contrast between night and day and the clay limestone soil produces perfect ripeness and an elegant minerality in the grapes. This unique vineyard provides one of the most intriguing white wines I have found from the South of France.

Technical Information:

Whole bunches are pressed in a pneumatic press then the must settles for 24 hours settling at 12 to 15° C under protective conditions.Three weeks of fermentation at 15°C in stainless steel vats and 20% in French oak barrels,Nine months ageing. 80% stainless steel vats and 20% in 3 to 4 years old French oak barrels on fine lees. Minimum filtration to preserve the maximum natural character of the wine then bottling under low pressure on a bottling line designed to protect quality.

Tasting Notes:

Pale straw colour. White fruit and white blossom aromas on the nose, with a hint of spice. Delicate fruitiness on the palate, balanced with refreshing citrus acidity. A long finish. Enjoy with crayfish, lobster, fish with sauce, Thai food or cheese. Serving : 10°C - 12°C.

£12.99 buy any 2 save 25% = £9.74 


INDIAN RUNNER PREMIUM GOLDEN ALE: Refreshingly DifferentDate published: 12/09/14

INDIAN RUNNER

PREMIUM GOLDEN ALE

Refreshingly Different

THE STORY: With a desire to produce an outstanding refreshing beer, the Indian Runner team have drawn on a wealth of brewing expertise to produce Indian Runner Golden Ale.

Brewed in the UK using a complex structure of malts and hops, this unique, refresh Premium Golden Ale is perfect drinking, whatever the occasion.

RUNNER WITH FOOD: The perfect accompaniment to dishes of all types, Indian Runner Golden Ale works particularly well with spicy food. It's lightly sparkling body and depth of flavour make it a refreshing partner to any meal.

BREWER'S TASTING NOTES:

Visual Appearance- Golden Amber.

Smell/Aroma- A sweet and hop aroma.

Texture- A lingering mouth feel that makes this a very moreish beer.

Flavour- On first tasting Indian Runner Pale Ale offers a clean, satisfying and refreshing flavour. This is followed by a distinctive vanilla character that lingers on the upper palate and gives the beer a fine balance of flavour.

MULTIBUY DEAL:

12* 500ml

£26.40 when you buy 2 cases of selected ale


New in stock: Lady SauvignonDate published: 12/09/14

Lady Sauvignon 2014 Casablanca Valley

Casablanca Valley is thought of as Chile's first cool-climate wine region. Its first vineyards were planted in the mid-1980s and quickly established a reputation for producing crisp, focused white wines, owing to the cooling effects of maritime fog and sea breezes.

Lithe and lively Sauvignon Blanc that showcases Casablanca's trademark style. Invigorating tropical fruit aromas and herbaceous notes are set against a backdrop of tangy, refreshing citrus.

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with fresh seafood.

Price: £6.66 when bought within the 33% range.

The Barossa Valley in AustraliaDate published: 12/09/14

A Majestic Guide to the Barossa Valley

The Barossa valley lies to the North of Adelaide in South Australia. It is a 30km heartland of fine wine production. German migrants from Sileasia settled here in the middle of the 19th century, and the little vineyard towns still maintain a distinctly German character. Here the soils in the valley bottom are mainly ironstone and limestone. In the hot, dry climate, old bush vines produce outstanding Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro and Cabernet Sauvignon. Classic Barossa Shiraz is full bodied, soft and mouthfilling, with the dark, ripe fruit complemented by sweet American oak. More recently a new style has evolved, with some producers making their Shiraz wines from exceptionally ripe grapes, with very high levels of alcohol, prominent oak tannins and aromas, and baked fruit flavours.

To try - 'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2012 Two Hands, McLaren Vale

Origin - Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. This blockbusting example comes from vineyards in the slightly cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale.

Taste - Aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouth-coating, with lashings of soft, rounded tannins.

Enjoy - Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.


A Majestic Guide to the Pacific North WestDate published: 12/09/14

A Majestic Guide to the Pacific North West

The Pacific North West is a wine-producing region that straddles Washington and Oregon state in the USA. Climatically the region can be divided by the influence of the Pacific Ocean. The coastal vineyards have a maritime climate. Whilst the other vineyards of Washington have a continental climate. The American Vineyard Area (AVA) Willamette Valley lies to the west of the Cascade mountains and runs from the Columbia River in Portland south through Salem to the Calapooya mountains outside Eugene. This AVA has the highest amount of daylight hours in Oregan, whilst having cool wet winters. The high sunny conditions and large diurnal temperature range encourage the wine grapes to develop their flavour and aromatic complexity while retaining their natural acidity. This makes the area ideal for cool climate grape varieties, predominantly Pinot Noir, although Pinot Gris is also successful.

To Try - Cristom Mt Jefferson Pinot Noir 2010 Willamette Valley

The Mt Jefferson Cuvee has been produced at Cristom since 1994. It is named for Mt Jefferson (10,501 ft) in the Cascade Range that is due east of Cristom. Made with a blend of grapes from each of the estate vineyards, the Mt. Jefferson Cuvee conveys a rich diversity of place, deserving its reputation as one of the most expansive yet stylistically consistent Pinot Noirs in the world. Sweetly-scented, cinnamon and spice, bright-red forest berries. Immediately attractive, great vitality and freshness, core of seductive ripe fruit; very pretty. Drinking well now, but will develop with further cellaring.

Price - £30


Riscal Reserva 2009Date published: 06/09/14

Riscal Reserva 2009

If you are looking for a wine that defines a Rioja, than the 2009 Marqués de Riscal Reserva is the perfect choice due to the traditional method still used to produce this fantastic liquid.


The complexity of this full bodied wine can be initially uncovered by the nose, the smell of dark fruits such as blackcurrant and strawberries are prominent. These same fruits are present on the palate, yet they are accompanied by secondary characteristics such as vanilla and toasted oak. This wine can be aged for over five years to intensify the taste of this fantastic liquid. This Rioja is perfect with cold cuts, cheese and spicy red meat such as lamb.


Try this fantastic wine which is open on our tasting counter!!


Rome TripDate published: 06/09/14

Rome Trip

Last week I went to Rome for a little vacation. Naturally and expectantly I was captivated by the history, the food and the beauty of Rome. However what I did not expect, and what surprised me foremost, was the quality of the wine from the region of Lazio. Piedmont has Barolo, Veneto has Amarone, and Sicily has Nero D'Avola, but Lazio has Frascati. This white wine made from Malvasia and Trebbiano grapes was the perfect refreshment for a light lunch on a hot summers day. The fruit on the palate, and the perfect balance of acidity, make it perfect for a summer wine. If you want something to accompany seafood dishes, or to cool you down in the warm weather, then Frascati is the wine for you!  San Marco Frascati Fresco is on offer at £6.79, 15% off! 

Fine Wine Focus - Chateau La Vieille Cure 2007 FronsacDate published: 06/09/14

Château La Vieille Cure 2007 Fronsac

GRAPE: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

Situated on a single 50-acre vineyard plot in Fronsac, La Vielle Cure is said to have existed since the 18th century. The wine gained global recognition in the 1980's with the estate undergoing extensive redevelopment. Made from a blend of 74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. This blend forms a supple, well balanced Claret with an abundance of inviting fruit. Drinking well now.

£19.99 or mix and match 2 bottle & save 33% = £13.32


Add some sparkle to this Autumn!Date published: 06/09/14

Add some sparkle to this Autumn!

This September we are glad to see yet more fantastic deals on fizz, with a huge variety on our 33% off deal and many other offers too. Here are a few of my favorites:

Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV

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.

£12.99 or mix and match any 2 from the 33% off offer = £8.65

L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de Loire

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

Enjoy at any celebration. Will develop for a further 3 years with careful cellaring.

£14.99 or £9.99 when you mix and match anything off the 33% off deal.

And saving the best until last of course,

Taittinger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

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.

£42.00 or mix and match 2 from the 33% off deal = £27.98

And as always there are many more exciting deals to be had in store and online! If you need any advice with your wine choices do not hesitate to come in store for a chat or simply give us a call.


September Offers!Date published: 06/09/14

September Offers

We've got some great new offers in store for you this month. Some favourites, including the Giesen Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99*, but some new treats too.

These include the As Caixas Godello, and the Pizarras De Otero Mencia, both from Spain, and both at £6.66*

If you've not tried Godello before, now is the time. This is a sumptuous wine, full of rich pear and pineapple flavours, with hints of wild flowers. It is a golden delight from the inland Valdeorras region of NW Spain. The climate and geography of this area are ideal for producing this exquisite & versatile wine.

Pizarras de Otero is produced from the Mencia grape; little known but another that is gaining in popularity. From Bierzo in NW Spain, this wine is deep cherry red with subtle violet hues. Deep aromas of strawberry, plum & blackberry compliment the fruit-filled palate that is underpinned by mineral notes, and has soft tannins and a lingering crisp finish. This would be a great match for rich tomato and herb sauces.

*These wines, and many more, are at a fantastic 33% off when you buy 2 or more within the same promotion. 



White wine of the weekDate published: 06/09/14

White Wine of the Week

Killka Chardonnay

Grape

Chardonnay

Origin

Bodegas Salentein owns what is considered to be Argentina's single largest 'cool climate' estate, stretching 22km from east to west, and taking in 5 distinct microclimates, enabling them to make a variety of styles, including this lightly-oaked Chardonnay.

Taste

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

Enjoy

Ideal accompaniment for creamy-textured pasta and chicken dishes.

£8.99 in the 25% off selection


Red Wine of the weekDate published: 06/09/14

Red Wine of the Week

Tucumen Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin

This Cabernet is made by Bodega Budeguer, a family-owned winery whose estate covers over 100 hectares, predominantly in Maipu. Winemaker Juan Manuel Mallea brings with him experience of working at wineries in Spain's Toro and Ribera del Duero regions.

Taste

A bright, youthful ruby red, this is a vivacious and fruit-driven wine full of ripe blackberry character, accented by aromas of eucalyptus and black pepper.

Enjoy

Drink now or cellar for up to 3 years. Best enjoyed with firm, mature cheeses.

£7.99 in the 33% off selection



Wine of the Week - Matua Sauvignon BlancDate published: 06/09/14

Matua Sauvignon Blanc

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.

£6.66

in the 33% off selection 


33.3% OFF SELECTED SPIRITS!Date published: 06/09/14

33.3% OFF SELECTED SPIRITS

We have some bin ended spirits that form part of the 33% off 'mix 'n' match' promotion. Once they're gone they're gone. 

Still available in store:

2 x Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey - £19.99 (Any one like JD on the sweet side?)

6 x Gordon's & Elderflower Gin - £13.32 (Summer's fighting back. Try this with apple juice)

10 x Ciroc Vodka - £23.32 (Excellent value for a high brand vodka with high taste)


New German Riesling parcelDate published: 06/09/14

New German Riesling parcel

Straight from Germany, our latest special parcel is a delicious bunch of mature Mosel Riesling from two historic producers.

We can’t resist the focused, pure, peach fruit and floral nature of Mosel Riesling plus the perfectly poised balance between ripe natural sweetness and mouthwatering acidity.

Don’t miss out – shop by 3pm, 
10 September or until stocks last.

Follow the link to pick some up

http://www.majestic.co.uk/mosel-riesling-parcel


Pinot Noir ExplainedDate published: 05/09/14

Pinot Noir Explained

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 a skilled winemaker to make to get this varietal to flourish. Its 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 prestige when it comes to producing Pinot. The USA has stamped its mark, producing quality Pinot Noir in California's Sonoma County, and also in Willamanette Valley that stretches between Washington and Oregan state. The high diurnal temperature variation within this area allows the Pinot to develop the complexity associated with Burgundian Pinots'.  New Zealand has also taken the variety, producing some fruity, yet meaty Pinots, with strong examples coming from Central Otago. Cental Otago is the most Southerly wine producing region in the world, but benefits from a unique climate created by the two mountain ranges surrounding it.

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.


To try - Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2012 Mt Difficulty, Central Otago


Mount Difficulty is a boutique winery located in Bannockburn in Central Otago. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognized as one of the few places in the world where the petulant Pinot Noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy.

This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice. These characters are balanced by soft tannins, balanced acidity and a fruit-driven finish.

Enjoy this is a cracking, complex wine to be enjoyed over the next five years. Enjoy with pork loin and peach chutney or rabbit casserole.

Price - £18.00 when buying two fine wines.


Short term offer: Matua Sauvignon just £6.66!Date published: 04/09/14

Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

Matua is a Maori word which translates as 'head of the family'. This 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.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

Chill well and enjoy as a mouthwatering dry aperitif.


Shaw and Smith 2012Date published: 04/09/14

Shaw and Smith 2012 -  Australian Shiraz in Stock!

History

During the 1980s and 1990s, most growers considered the Adelaide Hills to be too cool for growing Shiraz. However some of the slightly warmer and drier parts of the Hills suit Shiraz well, and can produce a spicy medium bodied style of Shiraz that is more a wine of elegance and fragrance than of density and power.

Vintage

2012 was an excellent vintage, with below average crops of very flavourful; grapes. The weather leading up to harvest was mostly dry, allowing picking to be done at just the right time.

Maturation

Aged in new, old and two year old French barriques for 14 months.

Cellar potential

Will repay careful cellaring for 7-10 years

Strength

13.5% abv

Price

£25


Web Exclusive Parcel - Mosel RieslingDate published: 04/09/14

A mixed case containing 3 bottles of the QbA Riesling and 3 bottles of Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett.

The wines are from Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium and Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier. Both are well regarded producers and we have stocked many of their wines over the years and this parcel is fantastic; classic zingy Mosel Riesling with some peachy sweetness.

The whole parcel can be found online at 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/mosel-riesling-parcel


Planning a Party?Date published: 04/09/14

Planning a party? Then look to further than Majestic.

Not only have we got a massive selection of wines to suit all tastes, we've also got beers, ciders, spirits, soft drinks and glass hire to make your life much easier.

Pop by and we can answer any questions for you, and give you a quote.

We also provide a full sale or return policy on all products, so you can rest assured that you won't have bottles and bottles left over.


Grape of the Day: ArneisDate published: 04/09/14

Arneis is a white Italian wine grape variety originating from Piedmont, Italy. It is most commonly found in the hills of th eRoero, northwest of Alba, where it is part of the white Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) wines of Roero.

Arneis (meaning little rascal, in Piemontese) is so called because it is regarded as a somewhat difficult variety to grow. It is a crisp and floral varietal, and has been grown for centuries in the region. The white wines made from the Arneis grape tend to be dry and full body with notes of pears and apricots.

Try our Roero Arneis by Marco Porello at £8.99 on our 25% off deal for a fantastic Italian white wine. 

Screwcap or cork?Date published: 04/09/14

Screwcap or cork?

We are now seeing evermore wines bottled under screwcap. They certainly provoke debate, with many displeased with their appearance as well the loss of the ceremony of opening a bottle sealed with a cork. A myth that immediately needs dispelling is that wines do not age under screwcap as it is a perfect seal. This is untrue, a screwcap is far from a perfect seal and does allow some oxygen ingress. More expensive screwtops are even designed to allow a prescribed amount of oxygen transfer into the bottle. What's more, after trials by many wineries, wines are said to age better under screwcap and certainly more consistently than under their natural counterparts. It is estimated that 1-3% of bottles sealed by cork suffer from the dreaded cork taint. Admittedly very long term aging of wines hasn't been completed under screwcap and screwcaps often can give 'reductive' aromas and flavours in younger wines; where sufficient oxygen hasn't entered the wine to prevent sulphur compounds forming. Many screwcap advocates will, however, say that this can be easily dealt with if the wine is treated correctly at the winery. 

In all honesty it is hard to present a case for corks. They are a natural, renewable resource and cork forests do support a huge and diverse ecosystem and harvesting the bark of the cork trees is actually essential to sustaining this. That is probably the best I can say for them. I think that it is very telling that when the Plumpjack Winery of Napa Valley put half of its $150 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon under screwcap and half under cork, the screwcapped wine sold out first. I certainly know which closure I would prefer my most precious bottles to have.            


Au Bon Climat HildegardDate published: 04/09/14

Au Bon Climat 'Hildegard'.

An intriguing blend of 50% Pinot Gris, 40% Pinot Blanc and 10% Aligote, inspired by the oft-forgotten white varieties of Burgundy.  'Hildegard' is a recreation of the original planting of the Corton Charlemagne vineyard in 800 A.D

This unusual wine has a deliciously supple texture and a deceptive complexity.

Aromas of apple, almond and freshly baked cake from time in French Oak, waft above the glass like notes from the Pied Piper's flutel  Impossible to resist and a marvelous exchange for the routine of Chardonnay.

It doesn't get better than this for £28!



Best of the Bunch...Date published: 04/09/14

La Rioja Alta's Vina Ardanza is the best selling red wine from our Fine Wine range. Find out for yourself why!

Grape:Tempranillo, Garnacha

Origin:One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown inthe bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, andnamed after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining underfamily ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.

Taste:Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spiceand red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body ofspicy tannins and layers of flavour.

Enjoy: Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power will soften to spiceand earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck



Parcel Series Shiraz from Clare ValleyDate published: 04/09/14

Parcel Series Shiraz 2012 Western Cape

Grape

Syrah-Shiraz


Origin 

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

Taste 

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

Enjoy 
Best served with a barbecue; try this with chargrilled venison burgers. 
£6.74 When you buy at least 2 Bottles as part of a mixed case of 6.

BrewDog Punk IPADate published: 04/09/14

With so many new and exciting beers coming in, we thought it would be prudent to offer some up to taste. Try before you buy, if you will.

This week we have the Punk IPA by Brewdog

A Scottish take on a West Coast IPA, the Punk IPA is all about hops - and lots of them! This beer epitomises the craft beer culture that began in the US and has spread to the UK and Europe. It is, in fact, the beer that turned me onto super hoppy beers.

£12.99 per 6 cans, but buy any 2 packs of craft beers and you save £6 making them just £9.99!

German Wine Phrases ExplainedDate published: 30/08/14

There can be many confusing phrases used on German wine bottles so here is a selection of the most common.

Troken - dry

Kabinett - made with fully-ripened grapes and tend to have some sweetness

Spatlese - late harvest wines which have sweetness but are not dessert wines

Auslese - select harvest wines made from very ripe hand-picked grapes in a wide range of styles

Beerenauslese (BA) - select berry harvest made from hand-picked grapes affected by noble rot giving it a lot of sweetness

Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA) - select dry berry harvest made very rarely and from shrivelled and very overripe grapes

Eiswein - ice wine made from naturally frozen grapes giving luscious sweet wines

Grosses Gewachs - top level dry wines from specific sites 

PinotageDate published: 26/08/14

South Africa's "signature" grape Pinotage is an example of a modern day success story in grape breeding. Created in 1925 as a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault in an attempt to make a version of Pinot Noir that was easier to grow, Pinotage is in fact something entirely different.

Typical characteristics of a Pinotage are bramble fruits and earthy flavours. Often blended but sometimes able to stand on it's own it is distinctly South African (which some in South Africa see as a negative as they try to emulate Old World styles). At its best Pinotage is rich and very smooth.

Barista Pinotage 2013 Western Cape £9.99

Intense on the nose, with a bouquet of coffee, chocolate and cherry, with meaty, savoury hints. The tannins are ripe, perfectly suiting the round and mouth-filling plum and mulberry fruit.

Kanonkop Pinotage 2011 Stellenbosch £20 when you buy 2

Full-bodied and concentrated with lashings of spicy oak integrated seamlessly in with the ripe fruits, red and black berries, raspberry, plum and hints of banana.


Franciacorta Vs ProseccoDate published: 26/08/14

One of the new wines to grace the Majestic shelves is the Berlucchi Cuvee Imperial, Franciacorta, or Italian sparkling to put it more simply. 

Franciacorta is a region in Lombardy which gives the local sparkling wines their name. Ten years before they were made a DOC Guido Berlucchi was first to produce the style commercially. 

This sparkling wine is fermented in bottle whereas Prosecco is tank fermented. The two different types of fermentation make for differing styles of sparking. The Prosecco's have a light fruity taste as less of the wine has come into contact with the yeast during fermentation. The Chardonnay based blend of the Franciacorta is a supremely elegant wine with a light footed feel on the palate. It is generously fragranced with pear, golden apple and a citrus character. Best served with mixed antipasti or fresh cheese. Prosecco is great to drink with appetizers as it is a much lighter affair.

Wine and CheeseDate published: 26/08/14

Cheese and Wine have always been put together as a great food and wine match. But did you know different types of cheese match better to different wines? 

Mature Cheddar and Bordeaux This is a great match, which shows off both the food and wine to their full extent. As with all food and wine matches, the idea is to find things which complement each other and show each component at its best. The protein in the cheese softens the tannin in the Bordeaux, making it melt in your mouth and release all the rich fruit and savoury characters within.

Goats Cheese and Loire Sauvignon Blanc. It may seem unusual to have cheese with a white wine, but the creaminess and strong flavour of goats cheese balances perfectly with the crisp acidity and aromatics of a Sauvignon, especially something from the Loire Valley.

Blue cheese and desert wine. Again, not something many of us would instinctively reach for, but a sticky sweet wine, such as a Sauternes matches the saltiness of a blue cheese. And with both having a similar intensity of flavour, its a great match. Throw in some Pate as well for a real treat!

We're always thinking about food and wine here, so if you ever want some recommendations for a particular dish or style of food, just ask!


Vintage Guide 2008 - FranceDate published: 26/08/14

Vintage Guide 2008 - France

Bordeaux: A very highly regarded vintage producing wines with excellent ripeness and elegance. Enjoyable in the medium term.

Burgundy: A difficult growing season was rescued by good weather before the harvest. Good producers made good wines from reduced yields.

Beaujolais: Variable weather but a decent vintage overall with well-timed picking producing some wines with good ripeness and body.

White Burgundy: Yields were low but very good quality overall and the wines are generally intense and firmly structured with good acidity and ageing potential.

Loire: Early frosts and cool overall conditions meant lengthy ripening, lowish yields and a late harvest. Quality above average.

Rhone: A solid vintage despite some poor weather early in the season. Yields very low. Wines tend towards balance and elegance rather than power.

Southern France: Average overall with balanced, good quality reds. Some producers struggled with white varieties although quality is generally OK.


Grape of the Day: MourvedreDate published: 26/08/14

Grape of the day: Mourvedre

This excellent quality grape has been used more than other lesser varieties in Chateauneuf-du-Pape blends in recent years. It is grown extensively throughout Southern France and under the name of the Mataro in Spain. This is one of Australia's widest cultivated black grapes but is a declining force in California.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/08/14

This week's wine of the week is the Amalaya de Colomé Malbec Blend 2013 Salta


An interesting blend dominated by 70% of Argentina's signature Malbec. Spice and cassis fruit come to the blend with the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and the dark-skinned Tannat. Amalaya de Colomé are one of the oldest producers in Argentina, formed in 1831.


Deep ruby with purple tinges, red cherries and cassis are key components to this wine, as well as the usual dark fruit characteristics of Malbec. Careful use of oak adds vanilla and spice


Enjoy with steak pie, or rich, spicy casseroles. Also a perfect wine with summer barbecues (if the weather becomes warm and sunny again!)


£7.99 when you buy any 2 wines at 33% off (single bottle price £11.99)*

*Price subject to purchase as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles or more


Simply The Best!Date published: 23/08/14

We have just replenished our stocks of  Krug Grande Cuvee in store so we're exploring what makes this top shelf champagne so special. Krug's uncompromising and single-minded determination to produce the best Champagne is legendary, resulting in unquestionably one of the finest Champagnes in the world.

On the palate you get notes of toasted bread, hazelnut, nougat, citrus and jellied fruits, as well as hints of apple, blossom, almonds, marzipan, sweet spices, brioche and honey.

This wine is an extraordinary blend of over 120 wines from 10 different vintages, some of which may reach 15 years of age. Blending so many vintages gives Krug Grande Cuvee its unique fullness of flavours and aromas.

"All our anecdotes and stories influence our culture, stirring the senses and the heart. In the end, they carry us to where we want to go, to what we want to create: a hand-crafted exquisite Champagne that leaves no one indifferent." Oliver Krug, Sixth generation of the Krug family.

£140  £125


New IPA... Lagunitas!Date published: 23/08/14

A new beer has landed!

Brewed in California, this is a typically hoppy, strong IPA, in the style that's so popular at the moment.

Here's what the makers themselves have to say....

"Thanks for choosing to spend the next few minutes with this special, homicidally hoppy ale. Savour the moment as the raging hop character engages the Imperial qualities of the Malt Foundation in mortal combat on the battlefield of your palate!"

So it sounds pretty powerful.

Priced at £10.99 per 6-pack in our Craft Beer & Cider offer - buy any 2+ packs of selected Craft Beer & Cider and save £6 (single pack price £13.99).


Still 33% Off!Date published: 23/08/14

Gavi La Toledana.

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

£7.99/bottle*

Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2013 Louis Jadot

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.

£8.99/bottle*

Pouilly-Fumé 2012 Jean Vincent

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.

£9.99/bottle*

*When you buy any 2 from the 33% off range.

Free Glass Hire!Date published: 23/08/14

As long as you buy your wine from us, we will happily provide you with the glasses to put it in!!

The Majestic Free Glass Loan service includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-ball tumblers and pint glasses.

All we ask for is a £1-a-glass deposit, payable in advance, and that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready for re-use. The deposit is fully refundable – all you pay for is breakages. 


How Should I Store My Wine?Date published: 23/08/14

Not all wines are suitable for ageing, take your typical Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc for example, fresh, zesty and acidic, storing this type of wine will just lead to these desirable characteristics being nullified.  Conversely, many of your higher quality red wines from regions such as Bordeaux will benefit and improve as a result of ageing.  So, what are the key things to consider when laying down a wine?

1) Temperature - Ideally, when storing wine you need an environment that has a cool and constant temperature, preferably between 10-15 degrees (C).  Kitchens and garages are two of the least suitable places to store wine due to the significant fluctuation in temperature.

2) Bottle Position - Wine that is sealed with a cork should be laid on its side, this ensures that the cork remains in contact with the wine.  If the cork dries out more air will be allowed in which will cause the wine to oxidise (go bad).

3) Light - Keep wines away from strong light, natural sunshine or artificial light will heat the wine and cause it to become stale.  Moreover, artificial light can cause unpleasant flavours to develop in the wine.

In an ideal world, a cellar really is the optimal environment to store wine and if you own any particularly valuable wine it's certainly worth looking in to cellaring.  A good alternative is any cupboard that has no windows or radiators, so if you have a cupboard under the stairs, that could be your best bet!


Loire!Date published: 23/08/14

As you may be aware last week was our Loire and Beaujolais tasting week, so lets have a loot at what we have learnt. Part 1, a crash course on the Loire Valley in France and some insight into each of it's regions.

The Loire is France's longest river, running 600 km from the Ardéche to the Atlantic Ocean.  Its wine producing areas are generally split into four regions, all with their different styles.

1)  The Cental Vineyards:  Located ironically on the most westerly part of the Loire, the name derives from its location in France.  The most well known appellations are Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.  They are both known for producing some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc's in the world, which are dry and known for their distinctive herbaceous style with notes of elder flower, gooseberry and lime zest.  Although this makes the lions share of production, Sancerre also produces some Pinot Noir which are light and fruity.

2) Touraine:  Moving further along we find Touraine and its famous appellation, Vouvray.  Wines from Vouvray are made from Chenin Blanc and come in a variety of styles from dry to sweet, still to sparkling.  These wines are usually high in acidity and tend be accompanied with notes of stone fruits, pears combined with a mineral edge.  Chinon and Bourgueil are where you will find the reds, which will mainly be made from Cabernet Franc.  These tend to display characteristics of red fruits, such as strawberry and raspberry with an underlying herbal streak and grippy tannins.

3) Anjou-Samur:  The heartland of the Loire, which has an equal split of white, red and rosé production.  The Cabernet d'Anjou appellation is famed for is rosé wines, known for being medium sweet in style displaying flavours of strawberry, redcurrant and a little gooseberry.  Samur is the home of the majority of Cremant d'Loire, sparkling wines that can offer a pleasant alternative to champagne.  Made from Chenin Blanc, these exhibit tastes of citrus, golden apple and rounded biscuity finish.

4) The Nantais:  Reaching the Atlantic end of the Loire, The Nantais.  Wines from this region hail from Muscadet and are produced using the grape Melon de Bourgogne. These are bone dry white wines,  with a crisp high acidity along with grassy, green apple and mineral characteristics.  A wonderful aperitif, but a must with plain seafood such as oysters, mussels or white fish with a lemon butter.

Hopefully this will help you with your next trip to the Loire, if you're not heading there soon then head on down to us and try wines from all these regions.

Cheers!      


Italy!Date published: 23/08/14

There is a uniqueness to Italian wines that to me reflects the history of the country, much as the wines of France reflect their unique terroir. There remains everywhere remnants of ancient influence that encapsulate the fascinating relationship between Italy and wine. Long before the Romans were harassing their neighbouring cities in the first throes of empire, the Etruscans had perfected the high-training viticultural practise that is still evident in some areas today. The Romans planted vineyards almost everywhere citizens settled after the legions had appropriated more land. Just like today, masses of wine was made for domestic consumption, explaining Italy's perennial title as one of the top two producers of wine by volume (the other being France). As Cicero once said, 'In Vino Veritas' - In wine there is truth.

One of the (admittedly selfish) benefits of this vast consumption is that over here we tend to only see the higher quality wines. Since the 1970s Italian wine making has undergone a transformation from a somewhat backward and stringently traditional industry to one that regularly turns out world-class products. The fate of Chianti, for example, once lay in the straw-basketed flasks found in every taverna. New regulations in the mid-1980s were aimed at improving the quality and by the 2000s its reputation had been largely restored.

One of the catalysts of this change was arguably the actions of Tenuta San Guido on the Bolgheri coast, about 25 miles south-west of Chianti. The first vintage of Sassicaia was released in 1968 and started a trend that still has not abated – that of the Super-Tuscan. It highlighted the quality of Cabernet-Sauvignon that could be produced in the region and demonstrated that excellent wines could be made while not adhering to legislation. As a result, these great wines begun to be released as 'table wine' allowing producers to experiment more and more. It bought Italy, in particular Tuscany, much admiration from across the globe.

And then there is Barolo. Pretender to the throne, it has a swagger and appeal that King Bordeaux can struggle with. The Barolo producing towns sit at the foothills of the Alps in Piedmont, north-west Italy. In a move towards modernisation many producers now use American or French rather than Slovenian oak and aim for a more fruit forward style. But don't be fooled – these are dense yet aromatic wines that require time to be at their best. And when they are at their best they are close to being unbeatable.

And this is why I love Italian wines. The flavours of the countryside wrapped up in the history and culture of the last few thousand years. From the aromatic off-dry Gewurztraminer of the Alto-Adige to the smooth and chocolatey Nero d'Avola of Sicily, there really is something for everyone. The sheer diversity makes it an adventure of epic proportions.


Offers Ending Soon!Date published: 23/08/14

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

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

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

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

*multi-buy price


New Fine Wine - Chablis 1er Cru 'Mont de Milieu' 2012, LarocheDate published: 23/08/14

This premier cru Chablis from Laroche is made by collecting whole bunches in a pneumatic press, then settling the juice for 12 hours at 10 to 12°C in large tanks. Fermentation then takes place in 228-litre oak barrels, before 6 months of ageing, also in oak. Minimal filtration is used to preserve and maximise the natural character of the wine.

You can now get this wine @ £20 on a special deal if buy two selected fine wines and/or spirits and save £10 (£25 single bottle price)


Chocolate Block is Back!Date published: 23/08/14

We've just taken delivery of the ever-popular Chocolate Block by Boekenhoutskloof.

A superb wine, this always sells out very fast, so call us today if you'd like some!

Currently priced at £22 a bottle when you buy any 2+ selected Fine Wines and Spirits (otherwise £27)


Wine of the WeekDate published: 19/08/14

Errazuriz Estate Series Carmenère 2013 Aconcagua Valley

This week's wine of the week is part of the summer selection and is perfect to accompany your Bank Holiday BBQs.


Sourced from our vineyards in the Valle de Aconcagua. This region features a Mediterranean climate. From hand picked grapes, fermented in stainless steel and aged in French and American oak barrels.


On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is structured by big, mouth-filling tannins. Spicy notes linger on the palate, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee, through the long, pleasant finish. 


£6.99 when you buy any 2 wines at 33% off (single bottle price £10.49).

Spotlight on... RuedaDate published: 18/08/14

Rueda is a historic Spanish white wine zone named after the town on the main road from Madrid to Leon. In the Middle Ages, vineyards flourished here but decline followed after the ravages of phylloxera devastated the region.

For most of the 20th Century the local Verdejo grape was Rueda's sleeping beauty. It was awoken in the 1970s when Bodegas Marques de Riscal recognized the potential for dry white wine and sold a fresh Rueda white alongside its Rioja reds. Rueda was awarded DO status in 1980. Two forms of Rueda exist: fortified and unfortified. The fortified wines are declining and are mostly sold in bulk locally and on the Spanish coast.

In contrast, modern Rueda is a light, fruity dry white wine. It may be made form a blend of Viura and Verdejo or it may be a Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Rueda Superior must contain at least 85% Verdejo and , as more farmers convert their vineyards, there are ever more varietal wines.

Here are two of our favourites from the region:

Vega de la Reina Verdejo 2011/2012 Marques de la Concordia, Rueda - £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

This wine was awarded “Best White Wine in the World” and a Grand Gold medal at the Concours Mondiale de Bruxelles 2012. Spain's alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, the Verdejo grape offers wines with exceptional intensity on the nose and a clean, citrussy palate, yet with a little more softness.

Vega de la Reina Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marqués de la Concordia, Rueda - £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

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.


Grapes & YeastsDate published: 18/08/14

Funnily enough, the purpose of the grape is not to make wine. Vines produce grapes as part of a lure to transplant their seeds in an attempt to reproduce and increase their population. The sugar content is attractive to birds who eat the grapes, and the grape seeds, and fertilise them using their droppings.

However, just incase the birds do not fall for the wicked trick and don't eat the grapes, the vine wants to re-use the sugar to grow. It has, therefore, developed a unique system to ferment this sugar. The grape has a waxy layer to attract wild yeast. These yeasts are needed to break down the grapes' sugars into alcohol. The alcohol is broken down by one of natures alcoholics; vinegar bacteria. They turn this wild wine into an organic vinegar which drips onto the forest floor and is taken up again by the vine.

Some producers choose to kill these wild yeasts off. They want to create a uniform wine which tastes the same and can easily be controlled during fermentation. Instead of the natural yeast, they will use a cultured yeast. What the natural yeast brings to a wine is character and individuality; something special and unique to that vineyard.


Rioja De-MystifiedDate published: 18/08/14

Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva - What's the Difference?

Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are age categories that have to be used by law for Spanish wines. Many producers will exceed the minimum aging requirements.

Crianza - Red wines must be aged for a minimum of 24 months, of which 6 are spent in small oak barrel. White and rose wines must be aged for at least 18 months. This is the fruitiest style.

Reserva - These are generally wines from selected vats of better vintages , and red wines must be aged for a minimum of 36 months, with at least 12 months in small oak barrels and the rest in bottle. White and rose wines must be aged for 18 months with 6 months in oak barrels and the rest in bottle.

Gran Reserva - These wines are only produced in exceptional vintages, and red wines must be aged for a minimum of 60 months with at least 18 months in small oak barrels, and the rest in bottle. These wines develop more complex oak characters such as tobacco, leather and spice like clove and vanilla. They also have more dried fruit notes such as raisin and fig.


Food & Wine Matching... GrouseDate published: 18/08/14

Grouse has quite a strong, gamey-flavour that can cope with a full-flavoured red wine. However like all poultry you need to beware of tannin and select wines that are not too tannic. A couple of good options for Roast Grouse are either a northern Rhone Crozes-Hermitageor a good quality Pinot Noir. But you could even try a strong, rich, fruit driven red like from the Languedoc.

Crozes Hermitage 

Yann Chave's offering is 100% Syrah which has plenty of blackberry, violets and sweet spice with a lovely peppery finish. A very choice at £15.99 

Chapoutier's Crozes-Hermitage is again 100% Syrah but it has a very pleasing herby quality to it and a smoother finish at £14.86...slightly different to Yann Chave's.

Pinot Noir 

Coney Pizzicato from the Martinborough area in New Zealand is bursting with ripe cherry, black fruit and a smokey opulence  with a nice savoury finish. A real winner that out paces all Burgundian options around the same price (in my opinion) at £17.50

Languedoc 

Gerard Bertrand's Grand Terroir Montpeyroux is a very tasty blend of Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah which has wonderful concentration of ripe fruit flavours and a peppery finish. A very enjoyable wine indeed at £9.34


Flexi-tubs are here!Date published: 18/08/14

New to the Majestic Range!

Flexi Tub

Perfect for parties, the Flexi Tub is light, flexible, and easy to carry. The Flexi Tub has a 40 Litre capacity and can hold approximately 12 bottles of wine. The easy way to chill your wine and beer for barbeques and parties and still have enough room in the fridge for the party food!

Only £4.99


A little on ChablisDate published: 18/08/14

A little on Chablis

The town Chablis lies in the valley of the River Serein, surrounded by hills. The best vineyard sites are on the well-exposed slopes as here they receive most sun and also protection.

Chablis AC: Can be a little bitter with green-plum fruit character and high acidity. Perfect for a less expensive easy drinking dry white for these summer evenings in the garden.

Chablis Premier Cru AC: These vineyards are always on the well-exposed sites. They show riper fruits flavour with lemon citrus, more body with a softer, creamier texture. They will also have more mineral aromas and acidity. Names to look for are: Montèe de Tonnerre, Vailluons and Fourchaume.

Chablis Grand Cru AC: Vineyards lie on the hillside across the river from Chablis. These wines may have more complex characteristics with smokey aromas and beautifully mouth-watering finish. The names to look for are: Les Clos, Vaudèsir, Blanchot and Grenouilles, to name a few.

Know your Bordeaux Vintages: A quick guideDate published: 18/08/14

Know your Bordeaux Vintages: A quick guide

2010: Widely acknowledged to be one of the best vintages of modern times, with quality generally outstanding from all communes.

2009: Warm, clear days and cool nights produce done of the finest vintages ever. Top wines have immense cellar potential and first-growths hit record prices.

2008: A very highly regarded vintage, producing wines with excellent ripeness and elegance,enjoyable in the medium term.

2007: A cool and damp vintage, rescued by warm temperatures late in the season. Some underripe and early-drinking wines, especially from the Left Bank. Later-picked Right-bank wines better. Sweet whites superb.

2006: Not as good as 2005, particularly for Cabernet based reds which didn't ripen fully. However, whites are delicious and sweet whites very good.

2005: An outstanding vintage across the board thanks to perfect weather conditions. Reds arebalanced and elegant with ripe fruit and beautifularomatics. Sauternes is also exceptional.

2004: A large vintage of variable quality. Where yields were kept in check some very good wines have been produced from Merlot and both the Cabernets.

2003: Unusually hot weather tested many winemakers. As a result quality varies wildly.Some wines are exceptional, others are unbalanced.

2002: A poor summer saved by a sunny September.Patchy quality though some very good in Médoc.

Older top vintages: 2000, 1998, 1996, and 1995


Daily Wine Review - Macon Roches BlanchesDate published: 18/08/14

Daily Wine Review - Macon Roches Blanches £8.99(When you buy at least two bottles) The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, south west 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 white fish dishes well.


Bordeaux: Know Your Left From Your RightDate published: 18/08/14

Bordeaux: Know Your Left From Your Right

To the uninitiated, choosing a bottle of wine from Bordeaux can seem a little daunting. However with a little knowledge and a keen pallet are all that's needed to pick out a good and not necessarily expensive bottle. Bordeaux is split into two key geographical areas, the left and right bank that sit either side of the Gironde estuary. Predominantly a red wine region with the exception of desert wine Sauternes in the south and Bordeaux Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc) grown sporadically across the region, Bordeaux is home to a number of red varieties, most notably: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 

Wines produced on the left bank of the estuary are referred to (at the lower end) as Haut Medoc. This means they are sourced from villages across the left bank. The step up from this are wines known by the village they're produced in, so will have a producer name "The Chateau" alongside the village, most notable ones being: Margaux, Pessac Leognan and Pauillac. All have one thing in common: Stony soils. These wines will predominantly be a 70/30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This is because Cabernet Sauvignon ripens better on stony soils that retain heat during the ripening period. They typically have more structure and aromas of graphite, pencil lead and aromatic woodiness alongside black fruit. These wines age better typically in a good vintage, as Cabernet has a thicker skin (so more tannin) than Merlot which is used to soften the blend. 

On the Right bank sit a number of villages, most famous of which are St. Emillion and Pomerol. Soils on the right bank are sandy and better accommodating to the Merlot grape. Like the left bank these wines are also known by their Chateau and place. Typically the blend here is 70/30 Merlot to Cabernet or up to 100% Merlot in certain cases. These wines don't generally age as well as left bank wines as Merlot is a softer skinned (less tannic) varietal, so lacks the structure to age; however there are a few exceptions to this, with some very long lived and prestigious wines available. 


5 Things you didn't know about...MADEIRADate published: 18/08/14

5 Things you didn't know about...MADEIRA

Madeira is a Portuguese island situated in the Atlantic Ocean, 75km from the coast of North Africa. Despite the volcanic beauty of the place, the island is more famous for its well known fortified wine named after its home town: Madeira.

Like Port, Madeira seems to have started as an unfortified wine. Rumour has it that Madeira was the result of a fortunate accident; Funchal (the capital of the island) was, in the 16th century, a natural port for ships on their route to Africa, Asia and South America. In order to survive the long voyage without deteriorating, wines were fortified. In addition it was also discovered that wines travelling across the tropics tasted better than those matured on the island. To simulate those conditions and replicate the results, estufas and canteiros are used nowadays to heath up the wine artificially and provide the typical Madeira flavour.

With the colonisation of North America, Madeira established an important export market on the east coast of the US. Madeira held such a high reputation that it was used to toast the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Madeira Club Savannah was the only one surviving prohibition and continue its production at full gear.

Due to pests and systemic diseases such as Powdery Mildew and Phylloxera that destroyed the vast majority of vineyards, vines were replaced by sugar cane to sustain the economy of the island. The unfortunate consequence was the immediate decline of Madeira. The wine industry returned to normal levels of production at the beginning of the 20th century.

Viticulture in Madeira is very difficult and, at this latitude, only possible because of the altitude. Here the mountains are constantly covered with clouds, which provide moisture in the warm oceanic air, which is forced to condensate.

The quality of the even more basic Madeira has improved dramatically since the 90s. Inexpensive whites with a distinctive cork smell are now fresher and cleaner and finer wines are distinguished by their high- toned rancio aromas and searing acidity.



Did you know......Date published: 18/08/14

Did you know......

........we also stock Spirits!

From Cognac to Tequila, Rum to Whiskey and Vodka to Gin, we have it all!

Pop in store and check out our range!


New to our Range - Majestic Flexi-tubs Date published: 17/08/14

We in Majestic love to make your life as easy as possible and with this in mind we have added to the party services we offer by introducing Majestic flexi-tubs to our range.

We do offer free chiller bin hire (£15 deposit) but now we also have flexi-tubs priced at £4.99 which you don't have to bring back! They are also much easier to store/carry whilst being more durable.

They have a capacity of 40 litres, which roughly equates to 12 bottles of wine and we recommend 3 bags of ice plus water to help chill the wine.

Piemonte Chardonnay Online ExclusiveDate published: 17/08/14

The Piemonte Chardonnay DOC 2013 De Forville is currently available to order online in packs of 6x75cl bottles at £49.98

Origin

From vineyards in the commune of Castagnola delle Lanze in Piedmont's Asti province, and vinified at De Forville's winery in Barbaresco, this wine is a great example of the elegant and focused cool-climate-style Chardonnays of northern Italy.

Taste

An inviting straw yellow colour, and offering gentle aromas of wild flowers intermingling with golden apple and fresh peach. Soft-edged yet refreshing acidity and pleasing harmony on the palate.

Enjoy

Best served alongside light pasta dishes made with fish or fresh seafood.

Short Term OffersDate published: 17/08/14

Make the most of our fabulous short term offers which include the following:

Macon Lugny Louis Latour - £9.99

Pinot Grigio Rosé Breganze - £8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo - £7.48 buy 2 save 33% = £4.99 

Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Cava Calamino NV - £8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Codorniu Brut NV - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £10.49 buy 2 save 33% = £6.99 

These offers are only valid until 25th August so don't miss out

Morellino di Scansano 2013 PoggioargentieraDate published: 14/08/14

Origin

In Scansano, in the southern part of Tuscany, Morellino is the local name for Sangiovese. In this case blended with 15% Ciliegiolo, another indigenous local grape, this is a slim and youthful style of red, with only a third of the blend spending 6-8 months in new oak.

Taste

Ripe cherry and strawberry fruit forms the backbone of this wine, which is medium-bodied and approachable, and fresh in feel. A subtly rustic streak gives a touch of complexity and food friendliness.

Enjoy

Partner with anything from lamb chops to game, either immediately or within the next 5 years.

ONLY £8.99

(Buy any 2 save 25%)


Majestic Commercial...Date published: 14/08/14

Majestic were recently named House Wine Merchant of the Year at 
the Sommelier Wine Awards 2014, in recognition of the great value and wide range 
of wines we offer to our Commercial customers:

"And with by far the lowest average price of any submitter in this year’s 
competition, and national distribution, it suggests Majestic ought to be on the 
radar of anyone looking to change their House Wine offering.”
Choose Majestic Commercial and you get so much more than a wine supplier. Yes 
we will bring you a range of wines to rival any in the industry. But more than that, you 
can look forward to an array of services designed to help you maximise sales and help 
achieve the individual goals you have set for your business.
It all starts with a member of the Commercial sales team, a single point of contact, 
who is on hand to offer the support, guidance and information you need, when you need 
it. We can boast extensive commercial experience and the infrastructure to 
be incredibly flexible regarding deliveries. We are all qualified to a minimum of Level 3 
Advanced Certificate in the internationally renowned Wine and Spirit Education Trust 
award. Some have gone on to hone their knowledge and passion even further by 
completing the Level 4 Diploma.

So Why Choose Majestic Wines?
•  We have an ever expanding and evolving list of Commercial Exclusives- wines 
only available to our on-trade customers
 • We can help you produce your own wine list, complete with prices and detailed 
tasting notes, quickly and professionally. 
• We provide staff training through our Confidence in Wine course, which 
explores grape varieties and the winemaking process, whilst our Perfect Partners 
course specifically tackles food matching.
 • On-trade accounts are serviced from a local Majestic store, with your orders 
personally picked, processed and delivered by our knowledgeable staff. Stores are open 
seven days a week, so deliveries can be made swiftly at a time that suits you – even at 
weekends.


Vintage Guide: Beaujolais Date published: 14/08/14

Vintage guide: Beaujolais

2012: Severe cold early in the growing season meant very small yields come harvest time, but overall quality still pretty good.

2011: Third stellar Beaujolais vintage in a row,offering wines with great concentration. Many cru wines have the structure to age well.

2010: Considered by many to equal the quality of the brilliant 2009 vintage. Wines are fruity, supple and well balanced.

2009: An exceptional vintage, with a long, warm summer producing wines with ripeness and balanced acidity.



White Burgundy Vintage GuideDate published: 14/08/14

White Burgundy Vintage Information:

2011: Mixed weather produced wines that are
generally early-drinking, ranging from light and
straightforward Villages wines to aromatic yet
elegant Cru wines.

2010: Excellent vintage. Yields were down but
good overall conditions produced wines with both
weight and acidity.

2009: Cool and mild throughout summer, with a
late pre-harvest mini-heatwave. Wines are fresh,
well balanced and cellar well in the short term.

2008: Yields were low but very good quality
overall, and the wines are generally intense and
firmly structured, with good acidity and ageing
potential.

2007: A late improvement in the weather led to
some ripe, pure and rich whites by patient
producers who picked later.

2006: A very good year for rich, ripe and
relatively forward wines. Chablis is also excellent
with particularly refreshing acidity.

2005: One of the best vintages of recent years, with
low yields of outstanding wines across the board

CognacDate published: 14/08/14

It may well be summer outside but the evenings are getting a little cooler, so what better to warm up with than a glass of brandy! Or maybe you would prefer some Cognac? Confused. Let me explain? Brandy is a spirit distilled from grapes and can be made anywhere in the world. The best brandy comes from the area around the town of Cognac, which lies around 100 miles north of Bordeaux. Under French Law, only brandies made in this area can be called Cognac. 

Wines from this area have been made for centuries but did not travel well, but were enjoyed in Northern Europe especially in the Low Countries and the UK but cognac has been made since the 1600s. As these wines didn't travel well, the wine was at risk from the elements during transportation as the only way was by ship. The Dutch were the main shippers at the time and during one voyage, one shipment was made during a hot sunny period. When the ship docked and the wine was tasted, it had a 'burned' taste and as a result, the Dutch called it 'Brandewijn' which in English meant burned wine or brandy as we now know it. Word got back to France and the rest is history...

There are 8 varieties of grapes used to make Cognac, the main one being Ugni Blanc where 90% of the vineyards grow this grape. Once pressed the grapes are distilled twice using round copper stills known as Charentais still, named after the area (Charente) where Cognac is located. The stills are only allowed to hold a maximum of 30 hectolitres but usually 25 are distilled to allow room for expansion. Distillation can only occur between November of the harvest year and March of the following year, around 4 months. Once distilled the spirit, or, eaux de vie as the French call it (English = water of life) is aged in Limousin oak barrels and left to age.

There are 5 main areas of vineyards: Bois Ordinaires, Bons Bois, Borderies, Grand Champagne and Petit Champagne. Most of the famous Cognac names such as Martell, Courvoisier and Remy Martin use mostly Borderies, Grand and Petit Champagne in their products. Grand and Petit Champagne grow the best grapes. The term Champagne refers to the soil of the area and has no link to the famous fizz further north. There are 3 grades of Cognac: VS (very special), VSOP (very special or superior old pale) and XO (extra old)A VS is minimum age of 2 years, VSOP is 4 years minimum and XO is 6 years minimum, but the famous producers age theirs a lot longer. Also, the longer Cognac is aged the smoother in flavour it becomes

So, if you are interested in a Cognac, come instore and see what we have.



Producer Focus - St Clair Estates...Date published: 14/08/14

Saint Clair Family Estate is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, viticulture pioneers in Marlborough since 1978. When they began their business they originally supplied grapes to local wine companies only; however a desire to extend the quality achieved in the vineyard through to the finished wine led to the establishment of Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994.

The Saint Clair name originates from the vineyard property, first settled by the Sinclair family. The company's mission is to create world-class wines that exceed their customers' every expectation. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive viticultural expertise plus Marlborough’s mix of climate and soils with the talent of one of New Zealand’s leading winemaking teams, led by Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark.

From 1994 when wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold, the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record continues today. Top International accolades include the trophy to Matt Thomson of Saint Clair for White Winemaker of the Year at the London International Wine Challenge, September 2008 and the coveted trophy for Best New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2005. Saint Clair Family Estate also has the distinction of being the first New Zealand wine company to win major international trophies for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the same year.

Saint Clair is rapidly becoming one of the post prestigious and desirable wineries from New Zealand. With Majestic now stocking a full range of their wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and their wonderful Gewurztraminer and Riesling.


Like Champagne? Try this...Date published: 14/08/14

It's not all Prosecco when it comes to Italian fizz.... 

Looking for a sparkling wine to try? We've got a new one in store from Lombardy, Italy, and it's fantastic! 

Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale Franciacorta D.O.C.G. Brut

Franciacorta was first produced in Italy in 1961 at Palazzo Lana Berluchi, and this wine is from the same house that first created this style. The Franciacorta region is in the heart of Lombardy. This wine is a classic blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, made in the “Champagne” style, with all grapes being hand-picked, aged on the lees for a minimum of 18 months with the addition of 10% reserve wines from previous vintages. This wine will give many more expensive Champagnes a real run for their money! 


On special offer right now at £14.99


Vina Pomal Gran ReservaDate published: 14/08/14

Our fine wine of the month for August is the fantastic Rioja Gran Reserva 2006 Viña Pomal.

Viña Pomal is produced by the renowned Bodegas Bilbainas estate. The wine is made entirely with Tempranillo grapes which are grown only in the estate's own vineyard before they are matured in Bordeaux-style American oak barrels. The gran reserva wines are only ever produced from the very best vintages.

This is a wine which epitomises all that is great about the traditional Rioja style. The nose is rich and powerful with notes of Christmas spice, dark fruit and new leather. The wine has an equally full taste in the mouth bringing to mind preserved fruits along with rich spicy notes of clove and nutmeg. There is also an oaky finish which is supported by long velvety tannins.

It goes without saying that such a quintessentially Spanish wine is crying out to be paired with Spanish foods. Try matching it with serrano ham or manchego cheese and you definitely wont be disappointed. 


New wine: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Poggio CivettaDate published: 14/08/14

New wine: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Poggio Civetta

This wine comes from several vineyards owned by the Rossetti family, located just a few kilometres from Abruzzo's Adriatic coast close to the ancient town of Chieti, which local legend claims was founded by Achilles in 1181BC

A ripe and approachable, medium bodied and distinctly Italian red.  Ripe blackcurrant and cherry flavours are infused with subtle hints of clove and forest earth, framed by fine tannins.

Try it with Italian cured meats and hard cheeses, pasta or ragu.

Priced at £6.66 (when you buy and 2 wines in the Summer Selection), this wine is a great new addition to our Italian range!



Bouvet Rose... Back in Stock!Date published: 14/08/14

This wine has certainly developed a bit of a following over the last few months, and you can see why it is such a popular addition to the sparkling wine range.  

Origin:

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 produce and vinify using the traditional method.

Taste:

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

Enjoy:

A fine summery aperitif, perfect with gravadlax blinis.

Get it before it sells out again!

£8.99 when you buy any 2 selected wines and save £33.3%

(Single price £13.49)


Majestic Super TuscansDate published: 14/08/14

Majestic Super Tuscans

Super Tuscans are a category of Tuscan wines, which have not been recognized within the Italian wine classification system until very recently.  Many of the most famous (and expensive!) Italian wines are Super Tuscans - famous names include Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia.  

The origin of Super Tuscans is rooted in the restrictive DOC practices of the Chianti zone prior to the 1990s. During this time Chianti could be composed of no more than 70% Sangiovese and had to include at least 10% of one of the local white wine grapes. Producers who deviated from these regulations could not use the Chianti name on their wine labels and would be classified as vino da tavola. Many Tuscan wine producers thought they could produce a better quality wine if they were not hindered by the DOC regulations. Many Super Tuscans contain traditional grape varieties such as Sangiovese but this is coupled with non-traditional, 'international' grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 

Super Tuscans are amongst some of the highest quality reds of Italy and provide an exciting alternative to more traditional styles.  Below are details about some Super Tuscans that we stock here at Majestic.

Le Difese 2011 Tenuta San Guido £16 when you buy any 2 wines on the Fine Wine offer

From the producers of the renowned 'Sassicaia', this 70-30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese enables us to get to know this famous producer but at the bargain price of just £16.  This wine would 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.

Guidalberto 2011 Tenuta San Guido, IGT Toscana £25 when you buy any 2 wines on the Fine Wine offer

This wine is made by the same producer but from a blend of just Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the traditional blend of Bordeaux, not Tuscany! The varieties are vinified separately before blending and maturation in French and American oak. The wine has an intense violet colour and a soft and rounded fruit profile, and can be enjoyed immediately or over the next 3-4 years.



BrewDog and Punk IPADate published: 14/08/14

BrewDog and Punk IPA

BrewDog claims to be Scotland's largest independently-owned brewery producing about 120,000 bottles per month for export all over the world. It was founded in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickie. The brewery at the Kessock Industrial Estate in Fraserburgh produced its first brew in April 2007. The company moved premises to nearby Ellon in 2012, and the Fraserburgh site will be used as a brewing laboratory for experimental beers.

The BrewDog beer we (majestic) sell is the Punk IPA, it is light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose. Punk IPA is BrewDog's flagship beer and is also one of my favourite craft ales in the company. 

£9.99 for 6 330ml cans (2+ sets - any mix)

DO NOT MISS - NEW 2 WEEK DEALS!Date published: 14/08/14

DO NOT MISS - NEW 2 WEEK DEALS!

We have ten products going on to two week deals from today until 25th August. These products really highlight value within our range.

Mâcon-Lugny 2012, Louis Latour, £9.99  

Fleurie 2012/13, Georges Duboeuf,  £8.81 when you Buy 2 bottles save 25%

Pinot Grigio Rosé 2013, Breganze,  £5.99 when you Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% 

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013, Grifone, £4.99 when you Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

Rioja 'Single Vineyard' 2012, Ramón Bilbao, £6.66 when you Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

Cava Calamino NV, Spain, £5.99 when you Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

Codorníu Brut NV, Spain, £6.66 when you Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

Prosecco Corte Alta NV, DOC, Italy, £6.66 when you Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

Raboso Rosato Corte Alta NV, Italy,  £6.66 when you Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, £6.99 when you Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

*Minimum purchase just 6 bottles, any mix.


New Online Web ExclusiveDate published: 14/08/14

New Web Exclusive Parcel

As of today, we have started advertising a new web exclusive parcel – Piemonte Chardonnay from one of our most longstanding Italian producers, De Forville.This delicious cool climate Chardonnay is an absolute bargain at the equivalent of £8.33 per bottle (£49.98 per unsplit case of 6).

It is 100% Chardonnay from vines planted in Castagnole Lanze in 1983 and the wine is completely unoaked. This gives it a crisp, zesty fruit profile, and is a good alternative to Chablis and Burgundy.  This is a one off parcel, limited parcel so place your orders online before it is too late! 


Staff Choice - Giesen Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 14/08/14

We have one of our all time most popular wines open to try on our tasting counter today, the beautiful Giesen Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. If you haven't had chance to try this wine before, then now is your chance as it's currently reduced to an unbelieveable £6.99 per bottle (when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case). Pop in an join us for a taste:

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

£10.49

Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% = £6.99

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

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.

Taste

A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity.

Enjoy

Drink with a seafood risotto or paella.



August BBQ ChoicesDate published: 14/08/14

BBQ Choices for August

Here are our top five choices for perfect BBQ wines for August. All these wines can be found in our August Summer Selection offer in which you can enjoy 33.3% off when you buy 2 or more bottles from the offer.  We can't guarantee the quality of the chef, but at least you'll have a rich red to wash it down with....

Errazuriz Estate Series Carmenère 2013 Aconcagua Valley - £6.99

On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is structured by big, mouth-filling tannins. Spicy notes linger on the palate, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee, through the long, pleasant finish.

Barbera d’Alba Sucule 2010/2011 Lo Zoccolaio - £7.99

Intense and concentrated nose of black cherries, plums, spice and liquor cherry. A palate with high acidity, exhibiting flavours of brooding dark fruits, liquor spices and firm tannins with a long finish.

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2012 Marlborough - £7.99

Bright red cherries and summer berries characterise the fruit, highlighted by aromas of dried herbs. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by firm tannins and a streak of taut acidity.

Rioja Reserva 2009 CVNE - £9.99

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.

Mud House Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago - £9.99

An intense and powerful Pinot, full of bright red cherry and darker bramble fruit, layered with gentle notes of mocha and spice. Finely balanced tannin and acidity provide great grip and length.



Wine of the Week - Trimbach RieslingDate published: 14/08/14

Wine of the Week

Trimbach Riesling 2011, Alsace

Riesling is one of those grape varieties that I seem to find myself drinking in cycles – either can't get enough of the stuff or don't want a bar of it! This consistently baking hot Summer has meant that it has been Riesling central at mine, with this specific wine from Trimbach being a prime candidate..

An unoaked style, this wine is at its best when it is really chilled and fresh exuding aromas of lime, apple and also some more delicate floral hints as well. The palate is bursting with more fresh fruit characteristics of peach, lime and a lovely mineral note on the finish that combine fantastically with the wine's mouthwatering acidity. This wine is drinking at its peak now in my opinion but will continue to develop new interesting characteristics if you prefer an aged style.

I had this wine most recently with a delicious scallops and chorizo starter dish that I cooked at home and it went perfectly. Incidentally if you're a seafood fanatic you should try 'The Fishworks' on Marylebone High St – they do a good Riesling too!

£11.99 per bottle


Montrachet - The World's Finest White Wine?Date published: 14/08/14

Montrachet - The World's Finest White Wine?

Very few white wines have the powerful presence and name instantly recognizable with premium quality white wine and wine in general. Names such as Sancerre, Meursault and Gavi have that clout but of them all Montrachet is the most famous and arguable the finest white wine in the world. The wine made is 100% Chardonnay with some red wine made from Pinot Noir,.The wines can age for a long period of time and are usually aged in the producers cellars in oak barrels to give the wine wonderful toasty brioche, vanilla, light spice flavour. 

Montrachet is an Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) in the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy. It is in between two communes named Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet where the majority of its wine gets its name from depending on which side of the communes the grapes are grown. 3 class of wines are made here, the standard commune named wine, a premier Cru wine and a Grand Cru wine.  Every vineyard in Montrachet is individually named and may show on the bottle label if the wine has come from that one vineyard and is not a blend of multiple vinayards which may be the case from the larger produces to keep quality consistent year after year.

Montrachet has 5 Grand Cru vineyards located in the centre of the top of the hill where the grapes are grown. These are Montrachet itself, this is the best vineyard located on a south facing slope to the east and is flooded with sunlight allowing the grapes to ripen perfectly. The other Grand Cru vineyards located around 'The Montrachet' are Chevalier-Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet. These wines are the finest examples of Chardonnay which also attract the highest price and are able to age for the longest period thanks to its concentration of fruit flavour, perfect use of oak and love, care and attention put into to growing the grapes, maintaining the vineyard and making the wine. 

Montrachet has an amazing flavour profile of ripe apples and pears, held together with wonderful lemon citrus, slight tropical fruit, lime and pineapple from the best examples, and held together with toasty oak. If left to age, the wine will take on more tertiary flavours of cedar, earthiness, nutty smoke ripe troical fruit and will drink wonderfully on its own or with roast chicken, grilled turbot or even nuts and cheese. 

Prices start at £30 for the Nicolas Potel Puligny-Montrachet which is a fantastic wine to experience your first taste of Montrachet or just as a special occasion white wine. You will not be disappointed. . 



Chandon from Moët & Chandon.Date published: 14/08/14

Chandon from Moët & Chandon.

New world Sparkling is becoming increasingly popular with the increased popularity of Prosecco. It seems like everyone wants to move away from Champagne and into new territories. While this may be the case, many big name Champagne houses have purchased land in new world countries and planted vines in an attempt to reproduce Champagne quality wines which can be sold at a much lower price. Here at Majestic St Johns Wood, we have a great example of this in the shape of a new sparkling wine made in Argentina by none other than Moët & Chandon.


Moët & Chandon during the 1960's set out to find the best possible sites for sparkling production outside of France. They found it in Mendoza. Their first vineyard outside of France were planted with clay based soil with cool nights in a semi-desert climate making this the perfect location. The wine is made from the 3 same grape varieties found in the region of Champagne which are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier using the 'methode traditionelle', the same method used by all the houses and producers of Champagne. 


After being hand picked, the grapes are crushed whole as to avoid as much skin contact as possible and are fermented twice.  The second fermentation is done in the bottle with extra sugar and yeast added. The bottle is sealed and the yeast after consuming the sugar produces carbon dioxide which intergrates with the wine making the wine 'fizzy'. The sparkling wine then ages on its lees for a minimum of 12 months giving the wine its buttery, brioche and biscuit flavour reminiscent of the best Champagnes. 
This is the same method used in Champagne and results in the best quality sparkling wine. 


The Chandon NV Brut has wonderful flavours of Apple and Pear held together with wonderful acidity and citrus fruit with a light almond flavour on the finish. Theres brioche and biscuit flavours present and this makes for a great celebration sparkling wine perfect for any occasion.  A dry Champagne like this we recommend having with oysters, salmon, even a lemon tart or perfect on its own. 
The Chandon NV Brut is currently on offer at £16.56 on our 15% off offer and the stunning rosé which is new in at Majestic is on our 33.3% offer at £13.98, perfect with sushi or tuna tartare. 

Fine Wines to get you startedDate published: 14/08/14

Fine Wines to get you started

Ever thought about trying our Fine Wine range but don't know where to start? 

I thought I would highlight a few good options to try your hand at. Wines that will show their quality and why they warrant the price but also an affordable price!

 Chateau Grand Faurie La Rose 2009, St-Emillion Grand Cru. £18.00 on our Fine Wine offer.

This wine comes from a small, established château to the north of St.Emilion, which today is under the same ownership as the neighbouring Château Larmande. The area has St. Emilion's trademark sand and limestone soils. A medium-bodied claret, with a pleasantly spicy and mature nose, with hints of leather and clove against a backdrop of bramble and dried prune fruit, framed by fine-grained tannins on the palate.

For me this is a good Bordeaux to experience what their Fine Wines have to offer, can drink now or in the next five years. It comes from a fantastic pipped to be legendary vintage 2009! Try this and if you enjoy it ask in store to recommend a Pomerol or a Left - bank Bordeaux to try a different style.

Rioja Reserva Vine Ardanza 2005, La Rioja alta. £19.00 on our Fine Wine offer.

One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown inthe bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining underfamily 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.

This is easily one of our highest selling Fine Wines. A well recognised highly popular throughout the world. We are now on the 2005 vintage, many people enjoyed 2004 so much they are hesitant about this 2005. In my opinion it is better purely because it is more to my style. It is fresher more fruit driven lively wine. If you like Rioja you must definitely give it a go!

'Angels Share' Shiraz 2012, Two Hands. £18.00 on our Fine Wine offer.

Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward show casing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. This blockbusting example comes from vineyards in the slightly cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale. Aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouth-coating, with lashings of soft, rounded tannins. Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.

I love this wine by Two Hands, being from Barossa which is quite hot it is more sweet spice orientated than a black pepper Shiraz. We as a company recommend possibly keeping for up to 10 years. Something which I agree with completely. It is nice to drink now but in my opinion will grow into an even better wine in the following years. This is a good wine to buy two of, drink one now and one in five years to show you the benefits of holding on to a wine.

Meerlust Merlot 2010, Stellendbosch. £17.00 on our Fine Wine offer.

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 with11% Cabernet Franc added for a supple and balanced structure and aromatic complexity. Deep, youthful purple with a ruby rim. Juicy plum and mulberry fruit abound on the nose, with lifted spiciness, hints of chocolate and a beefy edge. The palate offers silky tannins and good length.

If your like me and have an affinity for full bodied Merlot, this satisfies that completely. Very smooth with a fantastic body. There isn't much more to say about this wine just try it and see for yourselves!

Remember in - store all of our staff are trained to give you invaluable advice. If you have any questions just ask!


Food & Wine Match of the DayDate published: 09/08/14

Food & Wine Match of the Day

Food & wine match of the day: Chicken Noodles & Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2011.

This wine displays gorgeous tropical aromas of peaches, lychees & rose petals. On the palate it's rich, generous and long with fruit laden flavours of lychee peach and hint of white pepper, it is perfect with stir-fried chicken noodles with water chestnuts and bamboo shoots and mixed vegetables.

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013 Currently £10.45 when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case. 

Lower ABV, same high qualityDate published: 09/08/14

Lower ABV, same high quality

Reading Fiona Beckett's column in the Guardian Weekend Magazine last Saturday about lower strength alcohol wines made me think about how easy it is to unintentionally go over your recommended daily limit after just one glass, when drinking wine of 12.5% ABV or higher. So that's most reds and New World wines then...

Alas, all is not lost. I was inspired to seek out some low alcohol Majestic gems and was pleasantly surprised by the results. If you are interested do ask a member of staff when you next come in to store, but here are a couple to whet your appetite:

Côtes-du-Rhône 2013 Léon Perdigal - £6.66 on the summer selection - the spicy, medium-bodied 12% red you need to complement your summer meat dishes 

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV DOCG - £11.24 - if in doubt, most Champagnes and Sparkling wines, like this fine moussed Prosecco, have a lower ABV strength


Anyone for Apérol?Date published: 09/08/14

Anyone for Apérol?

We have plenty of Aperol current, the perfect summer tipple!  

Aperol is an 11% spirit-based infusion of herbs and roots with a unique bitter-sweet taste, which makes it ideal as an aperitif. The classic recipe is to mix ice cubes, a slice of orange, 2 parts Aperol with 3 parts of Prosecco and a splash of San Pellegrino or Soda Water.
It is priced at £11.99 a bottle and it is a unique, thirst-quenching drink to see you through this summer! 

Perfect with any of our great range of Prossecco.


Fantastic Beer Deals!Date published: 09/08/14

Fantastic Beer Deals!

We don't just do wine at Majestic, we have a great range of beers and ales too! Take a look at our great range of craft beers with the likes of Einstok, Brooklyn and Anchor Steam all on offer at £9.99 for 6 x 330ml bottles when you buy 2 or more packs (mix and match).

I'm a fan of German beers, and our current deal on Paulaner Original Munchen Lager at £18.99 for 12 x 500ml bottles is a cracker!

Last but by no means least, a great, refreshing every-day beer, Peroni Nastro Azzurro is on offer at £24 a case (24 x 330ml). This is an essential addition to your case of wine, at an unbeatable price!


Key Italian Wine FactsDate published: 09/08/14

If you like Italian wine here are some facts you may find usefull.....

1) Pinot Grigio accounts for 40% of exports from Italy to the UK

2) Pinot Grigio is a mutant clone of Pinot Noir

3) Some of Italy's vineyards date back to Roman times 

4) Greco was first brought to Italy in around 700 BC by the ancient Greeks

5) The 121 BC vintage was one of the greatest Italian vintages due to a superb harvest

We have an extensive range of Italian wines on all sorts of offers, please pop in to see our range



A guide to Sweet Wines - Part 5:Date published: 09/08/14

There are two other methods used to concentrate grape sugars:

3) Drying grapes after picking - This causes healthy grapes to dehydrate.  Conditions must be dry and warm in order for success, moreover care must be taken to remove all rotten grapes to prevent the rot from spreading.  This technique is used to create PX Sherry and the Passito wines of Italy.

4) Freezing grapes on the vine - When the grapes are picked and pressed, ice remains in the press and the sugar content of the resulting must is increased.  This technique is used to make Eiswein in Germany and Icewine in Canada.


Angels Share by Two HandsDate published: 09/08/14

Do you love Shiraz from the Barossa Valley? This extremely expressive example comes from the Mclaren vale where the climate is slightly cooler. 

Expect an aromatically rich wine which will fill every region of your mouth if you allow it! The taste will linger and develop in your mouth leaving an after taste similar to Christmas Cake. Exceptional plum and bramble fruits are present. This spicy red would partner perfectly with red meats, particularly rare steak.

This wine is currently on our tasting counter so please pop in to try it, it won't stick around for long!

Currently £18 when purchased on our by 2 selected spirits or fine wine and save a tenner! 


A guide to Sweet Wines - Part 4:Date published: 09/08/14

I previously went over several methods used to make sweet wine such as 'fermentation interruption' and adding a sweet component to a wine.  Another method used is theConcentration of Grape Sugars.

The best sweet wines come from grapes that are incredibly rich in sugar, this can be achieved in a number of ways but all lead to concentration of acids and flavours at the same time.

1) Noble Rot - This is used in the production of some of the finest sweet wines such as Tokaji in Hungary and Sauternes in France.  As the name suggests, the grapes are infested by a form of fungus when in moist conditions, if they then dry out they become much sweeter (think dried fruit!).  This method produces wines with distinct honey and dried fruit aromas.

2) Drying grapes on the vine - This is often referred to as 'passerillage', once the grapes have reached full sugar ripeness the begin to dry out and turn to raisins on the vine, this in turn increases the sugar concentration of the juice.  Conditions must be dry and warm for this to happen and if well executed leads to wines with over-ripe tropical fruit flavours with a rich texture.



Australia: Know your vintages...Date published: 09/08/14

A run down of a few vintages from Australia. 

2011: Record rainfall in eastern areas meant a tricky vintage for many. Western areas by contrast were very hot; Margaret River reds are superb.
2010: Further yield reduction coupled with good weather meant an excellent vintage overall, with heavy rain causing only a few headaches in South Australia and Adelaide Hills.
2009: Yields reduced deliberately in many places, and by bushfires in Victoria. Otherwise relatively cool conditions, giving balanced wines.
2008: Above average vintage. Quality very good everywhere, with only a few heatwave-hit areas of South Australia experiencing problems.
2007: Yields are considerably down thanks to drought and frosts. However quality is excellent, with reds particularly impressive. Perhaps the best vintage ever in Western Australia.
2006: Overall a good to very good year in the east of the country, but the west had mixed results with good whites but varied reds.

A guide to Sweet Wines - Part 3:Date published: 09/08/14

Adding a Sweetening Component:

In some countries, particularly Germany, medium-sweet wines can be created by the addition of unfermented grape juice or Süssreserve.  This is a sterile product made by filtering must before fermentation begins or by dosing it with sulphur dioxide.  Süssreserve is added t dry wines when they are ready to be bottled.

Rectified Concentrated Grape Must is a pure sugar solution extracted from grape juice, this can also be used to achieve a similar result and is often added to high volume, New World brands.


Chocolate Block Web Exclusive...Date published: 09/08/14

Chocolate block is a stern favorite for many Majestic customers and staff alike! But for those that haven't had the pleasure heres some information on it...

A 2012 vintage, this wine is a Blend of grapes from: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Shiraz, Cinsault and Viognier. Made from 5 of the most popular grapes in South Africa, Shiraz is the most dominant at around 67%.The grapes are selected from blocks of the best vines from the Boukenhoutskoloof's estate. The wine is then fermented and aged for 18 months in French oak. 

The nose is earthy and rustic with real leathery aromas. The wine has a strong back bone of blackcurrant with superb spices and a lot of depth. Cocoa and peppers are also present on this wine. 

This wine is an amazing partner to any red meat dishes, in particular peppered steak. 

An amazingly smooth red which will always leave a lasting impression and leave you wanting more!

Be the center of attention at any party with 3 x 150cl Magnums for £132 

If you really want to make a statement, we are doing the double Magnum for £95

If you just want regular bottles you can get 6 x regular bottles for £132

There has never been a better time to stock up on this South African beauty!

follow this link to them...

http://www.majestic.co.uk/south-african-wine-parcel


A guide to Sweet Wines - Part 2:Date published: 09/08/14

As I mentioned previously, there a number of different ways in which a sweet wine can be created, one of them is: 

Interrupting the Fermentation

Fortification (addition of wine spirit) is the traditional way of stopping fermentation with sugar still present within the wine, this kills the yeast and therefore stops fermentation in its tracks, however it does significantly alter the structural balance of the wine.

An alternative way of interrupting fermentation is to add a high dose of sulphur dioxide or by chilling the must.  The wine is then filtered to remove any remaining yeast, once this is done it is vital that no yeast comes in to contact with the wine as this will result in fermentation beginning again


Bit of Buzet?Date published: 09/08/14

Tournelles Voluptabilis Buzet

This wine is from a region just east of Bordeaux normally made with similar grapes to a Bordeaux blend, quite often with the addition of Malbec.

Situated high in the Garonne valley the climate is similar to that of Bordeaux with less of a maritime influence, but with some cooling influences from the valley itself.

This wine is the second wine of the famous Chateau Tournelles and is basically a left bank Bordeaux blend ( Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot ) with the addition of Malbec. Located in Calignac in the small appellation of Buzet, the estate enjoys a a great position overlooking the Garonne Valley.

A well structured medium to full bodied wine that's approachable offering a wealth of blackcurrant and black fruits with rounded tannins. A good alternative to a typical claret at an inviting price.

£7.49 when you buy 2 or more 25% off wines

£9.99 for a single bottle


A guide to Sweet Wines - Part 1:Date published: 09/08/14

I love a good sweet wine, when I go out to eat the part I look forward to the most has to be dessert!  Wines vary in sweetness from dry such as a NZ Sauvignon, all the way through to sugary sweet like many dessert wines.  Many wines also lie somewhere in between, for example Riesling's and Gewurtztraminer's from regions such as Germany and Alsace can be 'off-dry' and hold an element of sweetness, these aren't dessert wines but are best consumed with spiced foods as they clean the palate perfectly!

Most wines are fermented until they are completely dry, the yeast consumes all the sugars in the must until no sugar remains.  Sweet wines contain unfermented sugar which give it its sweet flavour and they can be made in various different ways!


Champagne grapesDate published: 08/08/14

Champagne is restricted to being produced from three core grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

The Chardonnay grape provides acidity and a general citrus flavouring for the wine. It can be used individually to produce Champagne, which is known as blanc de blanc (or white of whites) as it is the only white grape used in production of Champagne. 

The other two grapes used are Pinor Noir and Pinot Meunier, both red grapes. However, due to lack of skin contact during fermentation and gentle pressing they produce a white base wine. The Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are used to add length and further backbone of the final product. These two grapes can be used without Chardonnay to produce a white wine, know as Blanc de noir, or white of blacks. 

The blanc de blanc differs slightly from the blanc de noir with a creamier, lighter style on the palate. Additionally there are rose Champagnes, which taste no different to ordinary Champagne,  they are just light pink in colour which is due to minor contact with the Pinot Noir or Pinor Meunier skins in production of the wine



Wine evolutionDate published: 08/08/14

As a wine ages, the characteristics of a wine such as flavours and texture can change significantly.  Many of the worlds most valuable wines will have been aged for a substantial period, but not all wines are suitable for ageing.

To survive medium or long term ageing, a wine needs sufficient levels of tannin, acidity or alcohol.  More importantly, they must have fruit extracts that will develop in to interesting flavours so that the ageing process is worthwhile.

If the winemaker wants to retain as much of the primary fruit aromas as possible then the wine is likely to be bottled after only a few months of storage, this is true for many inexpensive red and white wines.  Some premium wines also don't receive much ageing, quality New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for example rarely benefits from any contact with oak or oxygen, it's fresh, zingy fruity flavours are why it's so dearly loved!


When all else fails... Peroni!Date published: 08/08/14

For the month of August we have Peroni 330ml at the amazing price of £1 per bottle!

Smarter than your average bear...Date published: 08/08/14

Well... we're not quite that qualified, but 'trust me, I know my wine' didn't have quite the same ring to it.

One of main things that we a Majestic believe keeps people coming back time and again is our unique staff knowledge. Each and every member of staff is, if not all ready in possession of a shiny WSET certificate, then studying hard for it.

The WSET are an international wine and spirits education body and achieving their Level Three certificate within your first year or so at Majestic is not just an optional perk of working for a wine company - it is an essential part of our progression through the company. 

Wine is our staff's passion and we love nothing better than to share it with you. So if you have a question, want a recommendation or simply just a nice old natter about the good stuff then stop by. No query is too small!



New Summer selection offers- our picksDate published: 08/08/14

Summer steals!

RED

Macon Rouge 'Les Roches Rouge' Louis Jadot

Fantastic red burgundy at a bargain price! Youthful subtle hints of redcurrant and raspberry, with its Gamay dominant characteristics make it the perfect red for white meat.

£8.99 as part of the summer selection

Rioja Reserva 2008, Vina Eguia

BBQ time? Then this is the wine for you. A fantastic accompaniment to red meat, with soft cherry flavours and just a hint of spice. A treat for those summer evenings.

£6.99 as part of the summer selection

WHITE

Wave series Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Carmen

Head to the coast, catch some surf and see for yourself the influence of this wine. This clean, crisp sauvignon matches perfectly with seafood, perhaps some king prawns overlooking the beach?

£6.66 as part of the summer selection

ROSE

L'Instant Safran Malbec Rose, 2013, Comete Tolosan

Arguably the perfect wine for a beautiful summers day picnic. Its fantastically crisp and fresh with a luscious palate of summer berries and a touch of spice.

£6.66 as part of the summer selection

FIZZ

Prosecco La Marca Cuvee NV, DOCG, Italy

I rarely see there an occasion where prosecco is not ideal.

This one is an absolute steal with its delicate and superbly elegant apple and apricot flavours with persistent, velvety bubbles.

Just in time for those August garden parties it's perfect as an aperitif, served with light starters or salads.

£9.99 as part of the summer selection 


ESGANA CÃODate published: 08/08/14

A synonym for Sercial, one of noble Portuguese white grape varieties used in the production of Madeira. Its full name on the mainland translates to 'dog strangler', presumably a reference to its notable high acidity due to its late ripening. It can also be found as an ingredient in Vinho Verde, Bucelas and White Port.

F is for FurmintDate published: 08/08/14

A fine, fiery white grape variety grown most widely in Hungary, just over the Slovakian border from Tokaji. Furmint is the principle ingredient in Tokaji, one of the world's most famous dessert wines. The grapes are particularly sensitive to Noble Rot, yet the wine is characterized by very high acidity - which gives the wine very long ageing potential. Other than dessert wines, Dry Furmint is produced which can be delicious, even when drunk very young.

Furmint wines here at Majestic:

Dry Furmint, Royal Tokaji - £7.99

Royal Tokaji Late Harvest - £9.99

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos - £19.99


Coteaux du GiennoisDate published: 08/08/14

Coteaux du Giennois is the appellation title for red, white and rose wines from 14 parishes around Gien, a town between Orleans and Sancerre in the Loire Valley wine region of France.

Coteaux du Giennois wines are typically light reds from Gamay and sometimes Pinot Noir, although the title also accounts for a quantity of crisp Sauvignon Blanc that is not dissimilar in style to those grown just to the south in Sancerre and Pouilly Fume.

Majestic recommendation: Domaine de Villargeau 2013, £9.34 when you buy 2 bottles or more

This wine, made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety is a delicious summer wine, really clean and crisp with citrus flavours on the palate. So easy to drink on it's own or enjoy with all fish, seafood and white meats.  



Staff Pick - Pietrariccia FianoDate published: 08/08/14

Pietrariccia Fiano 2013 Surani

£9.99

Buy 2 save 25%

£7.49

Fancy a change from Sauvignon Blanc? Then this little beauty is well worth a go! Masseria Surani is an estate dating back to the early 1900's, and is located just 6km from the Ionian coast in Apulia, Italy's 'heel'. The Fiano grape is found almost exclusively in southern Italy and Sicily, and is thought to have it origins in ancient Greece. Bright lemon in colour with a golden tinge. The nose offers an inviting mixture of lemons, limes and tropical fruit with floral undertones. Crisp acidity and good palate texture make for a refreshing, satisfying feel. 
Drink with a salad, generously dressed with duchess oil, anchovies and pine kernels. 

Gruner VeltlinerDate published: 08/08/14

The most commonly planted grape variety in Austria. This is a well-adapted variety that is planted on over a third of Austria's vineyards. Some of the best examples of this grape variety come from the Wachau region, combining both perfume and substance to the wine. The wine is typically dry, full-bodied, peppery, or spicy, and with time spent in bottle this can give characteristics similar to wine from Burgundy.

Grüner Veltliner here at Majestic

Weingärten Weissenkirchen Grüner Veltliner - £8.99


Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc £7.99Date published: 06/08/14

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc £7.99

The Ned may have gone back up in price, but the exceptionally good Villa Maria has come in to taker its place @£7.99.

#Comeandexplore our brilliant offer on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.


Underrated Grape Varietals..Date published: 06/08/14

Underrated Grape Varietals..

Think Garganega and generally you think pinot grigio but it can also go to make some fantastically complex wines in Soave. 

The Inama estate was founded in 1960. Their Classico wine is made from Garganega grown on 17 hectares of basaltic lava. The vines are up to 30 years old and are hand-harvested. Stainless steel fermentation is followed by up to eight months' maturation before bottling.

From lower yields and the best slopes in the region this wine is generous, revealing apricots, honey, flowers and almonds. Generous acidity and a rich texture enforce the elegant finish this wine has.

Drinking now but will be fine with another couple of years' ageing. The creamy finish lends itself perfectly to a match with fish. I would say Monkfish or Brill with a cream based sauce. On our tasting counter at present so come down and judge for yourselves!



Did you know..?Date published: 06/08/14

Did you know..?

That Primitivo and Zinfandel are the same grape variety?

Whilst Primitivo is mostly found in the heel of Italy's boot, in the region known as Puglia, Zinfandel is often grown in California. Zinfandel has become so popular in California that many believe this is where it originates from, but it was in fact brought over in the mid 19th century. 

This grape variety often has lots of blue fruit on the palate, such as Plum and even blueberry. Generally full bodied the wines have slight differences. The Italian Primitivo is often slightly more rustic and has a more structured backbone with some black fruits to taste, whereas the Californian Zinfandel is often a bit more fruitier and smoother and focuses on the plum notes. Confusingly enough Californian wine producers like to call rose's made from Zinfandel "White Zinfandel".

We have an Italian Primitivo, the Costarossa Primitivo currently in at £8.24 

and for a taste of Californian sun we have the Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel at £8.99

So why not grab a bottle of each as part of your 6 and taste the differences!


Peroni: Just £1 a bottle!Date published: 06/08/14

Peroni: Just £1 a bottle!

That's right, as part of our new August promotion, Peroni is now just £1 a bottle when bought in cases of 24, that's 24 beers for £24!

An absolute bargain, perfect for seeing out these sunny August afternoons!


The difference between vintage and non-vintage ChampagneDate published: 06/08/14

The difference between vintage and non-vintage Champagne

To be age indicated, Vintage Champagne must be 85% made from one particular year whereas non vintage champagne is an amalgamation of different still wine blends from different years.

Vintage champagne - as the name suggests - tends to have more age on it and is only made in exceptional years which leads to increased autolytic characters - rich yeasty, bready, doughy smells and flavours.

This month why not try Nicolas Feuillatte 2006 Vintage at an amazing £19.99 when you buy any 2 bottles from the summer selection deal (33% off).


Beer of the WeekDate published: 06/08/14

Beer of the week

With so many new and exciting beers coming in, we thought it would be prudent to offer some up to taste. Try before you buy, if you will.

This week we have the Icelandic Pale Ale by Einstock.

Located just 60 miles south of the Arctic circle, the beers here are made from pure Icelandic water. This Pale Ale is brewed with Cascade and Northern Brewer hops to balance the maltiness. Very refreshing!

£13.99 per 6 cans, but buy any 2 packs of craft beers and you save £6 making them just £10.99!


Etoile De Mer RoséDate published: 06/08/14

Etoile De Mer Rosé

The current Rosé on the tasting counter is 'Etoile De Mer', a scrumptious tasting wine from Luberon in south eastern France. The smell of red berries personifies summer for me. However the fresh and juicy palate keeps the taste cool and refreshing in the summer heat. So whether you're a fanatic for Rosé, or just attempting to be adventurous with your choices, pop by the store to get your hands on this fantastic wine.    

The price is £11.99 per bottle. 

However if you buy two or more bottles you will be paying £8.99 per bottle!


Goldwater Sauvignon BlancDate published: 06/08/14

Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc

From the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, where Goldwater Estates practices sustainable viticulture and strict selection, comes this brilliant Sauvignon Blanc. Some lees ageing imparts it with complexity and texture.

Offers masses of elderberry fruit and raspberry leaf aromas and exhibits an excellent minerally finish along the lines of Sancerre.

Perfect with seafood or salads.

£11.99 £8.99

(Buy 2 save 25%)


Food and Wine Match of the DayDate published: 06/08/14

Food & wine match of the day: Chicken Noodles & Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2011

I bought a bottle of this awhile back to increase my knowledge of our South African range. It had been knocking around in the fridge for a week or two when I chanced to open it just before being lazy and ordering Chinese take away. It was a very serendipitous moment, this wine displays gorgeous tropical aromas of peaches, lychees & rose petals. On the palate it's rich, generous and long with fruit laden flavours of lychee peach and hint of white pepper, it was perfect  with my stir-fried chicken noodles with water chestnuts and bamboo shoots and mixed vegetables.

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013 Currently £9.74 when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case


The Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon, Hunter ValleyDate published: 06/08/14

The Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon, Hunter Valley

This is one of those wines that offers great value for money, at only £6.96 (multi-buy).

Semillon as a grape variety is often used in sweet wines, famously Sauternes and Barsac. It is usually a blending partner with Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. It's relatively thin skins make Semillon highly susceptible to botrytis especially in a warmer climate.

In the Hunter Valley, Semillon is known to produce long-lived, complex, mineral-scented dry wines from early picked grapes, to ensure minimal botrytis and thus a dry wine. 

This example from Arrowfield is a wine produced from old, low-cropped vines. It is made in a modern, youthful style using only stainless steel for fermentation to keep a fresh, vibrant style. Nevertheless Semillon is known to age particularly well, therefore it would be worth putting a bottle away for several years, where it would produce a more richer, honeyed profile.

Well integrated aromas of lemon and lime, with hints of floral character on the nose, while the palate is soft-textured, yet crisp with a nice long citrus finish. 


RumDate published: 02/08/14

Rum

Rum must be made from sugar cane and not sugar beet. Most rum is made from molasses, which is the by product of the sugar industry but sugar cane juice (the sweet juice that comes directly from crushing freshly harvested sugar cane can also be used. Spirit distilled from cane juice is noticeably more grassy and pungent and is used to make rhum agricole in the french Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe and cachaca in Brazil. 

Fermentation 

Molasses is a dark sticky substance that needs to be diluted with water before a ferment can happen , whereas sugar cane juice can be ferment can happen. The most important factor influencing the style of rum is the length of the ferment. Longer ferments produce more aromatic esters, which can lead to rums that are more pungent and weighty regardless of the final colour. 


Flexi-tubs are here!Date published: 02/08/14

Flexi-tubs are here!

So what's a flexi tub? Essentially it is a flexible little tub perfect for filling with ice and chilling down wine and beers for parties. They are smaller than the chiller bins we hire out, 2 bags of ice will fill them and then you're ready to party!

We are going to be selling these tubs so you don't have to return them to us, they are yours to keep, ready to bring out any time the sun shines and you feel like have a get together outside. They have little handles either side so are also ideal for taking your empties to the recycling bin after!

£4.99 makes this handy little tub a pretty good deal so look out for them next time you pop in!


Fish and FizzDate published: 02/08/14

Have you heard the best food match is good old english fish and chips with a bottle of sparkling wine?

My recommendation is Bouvet from the Loire valley and only £10.11 when you buy 2+ bottles.

You get rich, toasty creaminess and with elegant aromatics. An bubbles that keep on giving!

Enjoy!


The Truth About TanninDate published: 02/08/14

The Truth About Tannin

Found in most plants, tannins are naturally occurring substances which have a bitter or astringent taste. The tannins in wine come from the pips and skin of the grapes and also the stalks and stems. If a wine has been aged in wooden casks such as new oak, the wood will impart some of its own tannin into the wine.

There are two main types of grape tannins; ripe and unripe. In wine making ripe tannins provide structure, stabilise the colour of a wine and are useful when it comes to matching food and wine.

As a wine matures, the tannins soften and can create wine with a velvety texture.


Cuvée de Richard RougeDate published: 02/08/14

From the Pays de l’Aude, to the west of the Languedoc region on France's Mediterranean coast, Cuvée de Richard Rouge offers remarkable value for money. Amazingly smooth with dense, ripe blackberry and plum fruit, leading to a rounded finish. Extremely versatile, this wine can go with most meat dishes, vegetarian food and is eminently drinkable on its own.

Not bad considering it's only £5.99 a bottle. 

Wine Fact of the weekDate published: 02/08/14

Wine Fact of the week

Bottle Labels

Outside of Europe, if a label says the name of a grape, then that grape makes up a large percentage of what is in the bottle. (The percentage varies from one country to the next but is typically around 80%).

A traditional European wine label identifies the region where the wine was made. However, in an effort to compete with the New World, more and more producers are now labelling their bottles varietal.


Offers Ending Soon!Date published: 02/08/14

Offers Ending Soon!

Just to remind our customers that our current set of offers are changing from Tuesday morning, deals currently include the very popular Oyster bay as well as the fantastic Vina Eguia Rioja. 

Pop in and see us before then or come along Tuesday to take advantage of our new offers.

Winchester Team. 

Breaking News - Bollinger Bargain BonanzaDate published: 02/08/14

Breaking News - Bollinger Bargain Bonanza

Breaking News - Today we have a ridiculously good short term offer on the world renown Champagne Bollinger. On offer is the non-vintage Special Cuvée. Normally retailing at £30+ a bottle on offer (which I would say is a good price). For one week only the company has managed to secure a deal allowing us to sell our current stocks for £25.50 per bottle (multi-buy price, £30 single bottle price). If you are like me, and you like full bodied Champagne, then this is the one for you! 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. 

If this didn't tempt you enough then try the words of Lily Bollinger herself - "I only drink champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not in a hurry and drink it when I am, otherwise I never touch the stuff unless I am thirsty."

This is a fantastic offer, and we have not seen this Champagne at an equivalent price since 2008. If you are interested in this deal then don't delay as this price is only available on the current stocks we have in the company and will be sold on a first come first served basis. If you feel that you can't make the store over the next few days then just give us a call on 01344 484256 to reserve some stock for you. Please bear in mind that this price is only valid until the 4th of August whilst stocks last.

Cheers!


Roscoe's Hope House IPADate published: 02/08/14

Roscoe's Hope House IPA

This is an easy drinking craft beer. It boasts a spicy hop character, blended with smooth malt flavour for a pleasantly balanced finish. Pale, Crystal and Caramel Malts gives this beer a rich flavour profile, while the combination of four different hops - CTZ, Chinook, Willamette and Golding – offer a distinctive, spicy aroma and long hoppy finish for your enjoyment.

An absolute bargain price of £12 per case of 12. But stock up soon to avoid disappointment, as it is a limited special parcel here and is soon likely to disapear from our shelves. 


Dylan's red wine of the weekend - Rioja Reserva 2009 Viña EguíaDate published: 02/08/14

Grape: Tempranillo

Origin: Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's winemaking hotspots. The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release.

Taste: Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.

Enjoy: Match with a mature steak, lamb or with a board of chorizo and manchego cheese.

Price: £6.99 on the 33.3% deal when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case 


Goose Island IPADate published: 31/07/14

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


£9.99 per 6 pack when buying any 2 packs from our Craft Beer promotion


Leffe Blonde is back!Date published: 31/07/14

Leffe Blonde back in stock!

After a short time away, we are currently in stock again! For those fans of this very distinctive beer, get in while stocks last! 

£18.99 per case of 12 bottles

Food and Wine Matching - The BasicsDate published: 31/07/14

It's always difficult to know which wine will be the perfect match for your dish, so follow these simple steps to make sure you always have the perfect combination....

-Wines should complement, not dominate food.

-Choose a wine that matches the most dominant flavour in a dish

-Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes

-Match the wine to the body, texture and flavour profile of the dish

-Always look out for local food specialities from a particular winemaking region

1. Acidity
Crisp acidity in wines can pair up well in two ways. When it’s not cutting through oily, fatty, creamy or salty foods, it can brighten the natural flavours of a dish. Clean, crisp whites work with any dish that responds well to a squeeze of lemon – like freshly shelled oysters. With tart foods, always aim to choose a wine with equal or higher acidity. White wines and fizz are usually better with acidic foods, with the honourable exception of high acidity Italian reds such as Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.

2. Saltiness
Salty dishes should be balanced by crisp acidity and/ or some residual sweetness in the wine. The former refreshes the palate; the latter can act as a nice contrast to salt. Salt decreases bitterness, acidity, astringency and chemestesis (burn).

3. Sweetness
Dishes with a sweet element require a wine with equal sweetness or possibly rich ripe fruit. For instance, the tropical fruit of an off-dry Riesling is a great partner to grilled swordfish with mango salsa.

4. Bitterness
Ingredients such as aubergine and cooking methods like char-grilling come with a bitterness that can be mirrored by the bitter tannins found in red wine. That’s why barbequed steak is so well suited to a good Cabernet Sauvignon.

5. Spice
Spicy food can be a matching minefield, clashing with oak, tannins and alcohol. Steer clear of full-bodied reds altogether and go instead for crisp, off dry whites, like lychee-filled Gewürztraminer – the perfect foil for Thai green curry.

6. Sweetness
As well as mirroring sweet food components such as fruit and desserts, sweetness in a wine can contrast wonderfully with salty and spicy food.

7. Body
Alcohol adds texture and body to a wine. This should match up to the weight of a dish, just as gutsy, spicy Côtes-du-Rhône does alongside a hearty beef stew.

8. Tannin
In red wines, it’s the tannin that complements red meat, as this actually helps the protein and fats in the meat to break down in the mouth (Salt is the key ingredient). Look no further than fillet steak with a fine, youthful Bordeaux.

9. Oak
Creamy, complex oak characters go brilliantly with creamy dishes and sauces, while toasty oakiness can bring out the caramelised flavours of fried and grilled food. Beware pairing oaky wines with spicy foods – they’re apt to clash.

10. Age
Bottle ageing can add complexity to reds and whites alike, replacing acidity, fruit character and (in reds) tannin over time. Keep food matches simple, sticking to grilled or roasted meats and fish.



A treat for Rioja fansDate published: 31/07/14

I've recently discovered the Rioja Reserva 2009,  Marques de Vargas. 

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. Everything you could want in  Rioja!

£14.99 when you buy any 2 wines on the buy 2 save £10.00 deal 



Dates for The Wine CourseDate published: 31/07/14

Love wine but don't know too much about it? Then this is the course for you! A 90 minute introduction to wine, how it's made, why it tastes different in different areas and what foods match what wines. Fun, informal and eye-opening. Always well-received by attendees too!

We have decided the dates for our next wine courses. They will begin at 18:00 and are completely free. Please contact us to reserve places either by e-mail: win@majestic.co.uk or telephone 01962 868 708

 The dates are:

Wednesday 7th August 

Thursday 26th September



Côte-Rôtie - The lowdownDate published: 31/07/14

Côte Rôtie is a red-wine appellation from the northern tip of the Rhone Valley's "roasted slope". It is the traditional home of the Syrah-Viognier blend which is now famous around the world, and emulated in California as well as Australia. It might seem a strange concept to blend a red grape with a white grape but the partnership works surprisingly well - Cote Rotie wines are renowned for being elegant and finely structured, full-bodied, and spicy with complex aromas

Up to 20% Viognier is permitted in the blend under the appellation law, though 10% is usual for most wines and this has a significant impact, bringing further elegance, balance, lifting its perfume and enlivening its colours. 



Summer CidersDate published: 31/07/14

Cider to quench your thirst.

If you've been out on a nice long walk or a good bike ride, I personally think there is nothing that quenches the thirst like a cold cider. And, after all that excersise I like to tell myself I deserve it! We'll, we've got plenty in store to choose from to make sure that your fridge is never empty. Here are a couple of the great offers that we have to choose from, but with more in store why not pop in, give us a call or check out our website if you would like to find out about the others we stock

Aspalls mixed case 6 x 500ml

£10.99

When mixed with any other cider or craft beer on the buy 2 save £6 offer.

Individual case price £13.99

If you can't decide on which cider too choose then why not get this fantastic mixed case. Inside you will find 2 bottles of each of the Organic Suffolk, Draught Suffolk and the Premier Cru Suffolk Cyder.

Burrow Hill Cider 8 x 500ml

Only £16 per case

From the Somerset Cider Brandy Company, this is made from all home grown apples. A great quality traditional style of cider. This was being served at Glastonbury and I must say it was brilliant mulled on a slightly chilly day!


Fancy a change?Date published: 31/07/14

Are you looking for something unique that strays away from the run-of-the-mill styles of wine?

Why not try the Contesa Pecorino, a superbly crisp and refreshing Italian white wine. It's zesty citrus fruits and fresh minerality on the palate, is where it all starts with this wine. Pecorino is the grape variety, named due to the triangular bunches of grapes on the vines resembling a sheeps head, and coincidently a great pairing with the Pecorino cheese itself, both display equal acidity levels making a great match. With only 30% of the wine aged in oak, the Contesa retains a crisp clean finish with a slightly fuller body to add to the complexity of the wine. A sweet orange blossom note finishes this wine, and really makes it stand out from its Italian neighbours.

It's not just us that think this wine is great, the Contesa Pecorino has won bronze awards in both the Decanter Wine Awards and at the International Wine Challenge - two very recognisable awards in the drinks industry.

Priced at just £7.99 per bottle reduced down from £9.39, this wine is a great addition to your case as a treat to try something different.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Contesa-Pecorino-zid13153 



Champagne - The perfect giftDate published: 31/07/14

Are you attending a wedding and not sure what to buy as a gift? We have some fantastic Champagne offers on at the moment:

J De Telmont NV- £15.99*

Monopole Gold Top 2007- £19.99*

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV- £26.65*

Louis Roederer NV- £29.98*

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV- £29.98*

Veuve Clicquot 2004- £39.98*

*Offer price when you mix and match any 2 or mix with any other wine in our Summer Selection. Minimum purchase 6 bottles at Majestic Wine Warehouse.

And if you still can't decide, don't forget we do gift vouchers!


BBQ WinesDate published: 31/07/14

The sun is out and the BBQ's are sizzling!

Thinking of throwing a party this summer? Let your local, friendly Majestic Wine staff take the pressure off you so that you are able to relax and enjoy the day.

We have some excellent wines at affordable prices this season and are able to recommend Mud House Sauvignon Blanc which combines citrus and tropical fruits for easy drinking, currently £6.66*. The Vina Eguia Reserva 2008 is a firm favourite with both staff and customers alike, a well balanced wine with summer strawberry and morello cherry flavours, currently £6.99*.

If you would prefer to sizzle in the sun with some fizz, why not try Prosecco Conegliano, light and refreshing in style with a fresh pear and dessert apple fruit palate. A versatile Prosecco delicately off dry, with a clean finish, currently £9.99*

We are also able to provide you with glasses for just £1 deposit per glass, free delivery and if you find you have some wine left over, feel free to drop it back to us and take advantage of our sale or return facility.

The rest is down to you; pick a date, phone some friends and drop in and take advantage of our knowledgeable, down-to-earth staff and great discounts!

* when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case.



Organic WineDate published: 31/07/14

Want to see some of our organic wines?  Here's a link:

http://www.majestic.co.uk/organic-wine


The Magic of MatsuDate published: 26/07/14

The Magic of Matsu

The youngest wine is El Picaro; the Tempranillo 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. Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal', and this cheeky little wine is a youthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. In the glass, the colour is a vivid crimson-purple and on the nose there are bucket loads of aromas of ripe blackberries and raspberries and a suggestion of cocoa. The palate is meaty and enjoyable, with spicy tannins. Enjoy with BBQ or boldly flavoured pasta dishes. £8.49 (save 15%)

The middle wine is El Recio is a more serious, mature wine, made from the product of some of Toro's oldest Tempranillo vines, which are cultivated using advanced biodynamic techniques. It receives 14 months in new French oak to provide a rich and rounded wine. The name translates as 'the tough guy', which I think is reflected in the flavour...It is very Intense with 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 smooth tannins. A great match for roast lamb. It would easily stand up to a further 2 years of ageing. £12.74 (save 15%).

The eldest of the 3 wines is El Viejo which is made only in the best years from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age. The name translates as 'The Old One' and with this wine you can tell. On the nose the wine is immensely powerful and complex, with aromas of tobacco, slightly sweet floral/herbacious aromas and graphite nuances against a backdrop of concentrated cherry and black fruit. This wine would stand up to perhaps a couple of years of careful cellaring, but I say enjoy it now with a big hunk of red meat. £20 (buy 2 save £10).


Flash Deals - end 3pm 28th July!Date published: 26/07/14

Flash Deals - end 3pm 28th July!

The Ned at £6.99
Prosecco Corte Alta at £6.66
Vallee Des Pins Rose at £6.66
Torres Vina Sol at £5.99
Les Galets Cote du Rhone at £5.66
Poilly-Fume Jean Vincent at £9.99
Codorniu Raventos at £7.99


Don't miss out on these fantastic offers!

New Arrivals: Craft BeerDate published: 26/07/14

New Arrivals: Craft Beer

For those of you that are bored of 'the amber nectar' and associated others, why not try something different and explore our ever expanding range of craft beers and ales. Here are a few of the latest additions:

The Camden Hells Lager draws inspiration from great Bavarian lagers, such as Paulaner Münchner Hell, but is crafted right here in London. A classic lager that’s exactly what it should be: easy-drinking, crisp and dry with beautiful bubbles. Clean and refreshing with a dry hop finish. You can taste the great depth of flavour which comes from the long, slow maturation in tank. This is how a great lager should taste.

£13.99 Buy 2 packs save £6 = £10.99

The Camden Pale Ale is American in style; Golden, hoppy and delicious. It delivers a tropical and citrus punch that will leave you wanting more.

£13.99 Buy 2 packs save £6  = £10.99


England's Finest - Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 £23.98Date published: 26/07/14

England's Finest - Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 £23.98

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, this wine is very drinkable now but will age superbly and gain layers of weight, richness and complexity with time. An ideal present for those with the will power to resist instant gratification and anybody for whom 2009 marks a special year

The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions and currently on the summer 33% off range down from £35.99 to a cracking £23.98.


Fine Wine in RestaurantsDate published: 26/07/14

Enjoy fine wine at restaurants without breaking the bank

Have you ever sat at in a restaurant longingly gazing at the lower portion of the wine list, where the Montrachets, Pauillacs and other finery lives and thought to yourself I'd like to, but £100 is far to much to spend on a bottle of wine? Maybe you've even bit the bullet and just jumped in there. 

Restaurants are very guilty of running every product they sell trough the accountant margin machine. The accountant says you must make 76.62% GP across the board and you'll at least break even. Having produced many a wine list myself I know the temptation to be lazy, however that isn't really the answer. Restaurants can make the same level of cash profit, maybe even more by staggering margins and not over charging for expensive wine, that way more will be drunk and less will stay as expensive window dressing. 

A typical restaurant GP is between 65% - 80% which in real terms means that the house wine which they are charging £15 for has cost them £3 - £5.25, which i can understand a restaurant needs to make profit to survive, but when that same formula is applied across the board it means that that £100 Montrachet actually cost no more than £35 and probably closer to £20, why do restaurants feel justified doing this? I can understand food margins being that high as the food has been sourced, quality controlled and prepared by qualified professionals. With a wine list usually they do no more than broker the wine, ok hopefully some thought and expertise has gone into the selection and service, but that much profit, really? 

So my advice is this, next time you plan to dine out, call ahead and say something along the lines of "...it's our anniversary  and we have a special bottle of wine given to us by my beloved uncle and I was wondering if you'd allow us to bring it and charge us corkage..." or some variant on the theme. Most restaurants will allow this and corkage is usually about the same price as a bottle of house wine (£10 - £20). Then dig out that lovely bottle of Premiere Cru Saint Aubin you bought in your last Majestic shop, chill it down and bring it along. Even with the extra charge you will still be enjoying much nicer wine at a fraction of the cost than if you bought off of the list.

I do hope people will do this more and maybe the restaurants will take note and start taking a more sensible approach to their wine lists.


Wine term of the day - Carbonic MacerationDate published: 26/07/14

Wine term of the day - Carbonic Maceration 

Carbonic maceration is a winemaking technique, often associated with the French wine region of Beaujolais, in which whole grapes are fermented in a carbon dioxiderich environment prior to crushing. Conventional alcoholic fermentation involves crushing the grapes to free the juice and pulp from the skin with yeast serving to convert sugar into ethanol. Carbonic maceration ferments most of the juice while it is still inside the grape, although grapes at the bottom of the vessel are crushed by gravity and undergo conventional fermentation. The resulting wine is fruity with very low tannins. It is ready to drink quickly but lacks the structure for long-term aging. In the most extreme case, such as with Beaujolais nouveau, the period between picking and bottling can be less than six weeks.

Joven style Rioja's also frequently utilise this technique as well as many wines designed to be easy drinking and fruity in style. Some of the telltale signs that a wine has been produced by carbonic maceration are; a deep purple colour combined with low tannin, hints of kirsch or banana on the nose and sometimes a bubblegum like aroma. If your wine displays all of these characteristics then almost certainly it has been produced this way


Heat Wave WinesDate published: 26/07/14

Heat Wave Wines

With this current spell of relentless heat upon us it is very important to stay well hydrated and to consume lots of fresh water especially if doing any sort of exercise.

That said, once one reaches home and is in relaxation mode, might I suggest a glass of chilled Manzanilla La Gitana Hidalgo as the perfect way to unwind and cool down. It is an incredibly fresh wine, with a salty, tangy character reminiscent of a sea breeze. The  complex, nutty palate and crisp, palate-cleansing finish is simply divine with pre-dinner nibbles such as olives, almonds or a bit of Manchego and for me the most enjoyable way to combat heat fatigue.



ChablisDate published: 26/07/14

Chablis

The town Chablis lies in the valley of the River Serein, surrounded by hills. The best vineyard sites are on the well-exposed slopes as here they receive most sun and also protection.

Chablis AC: Can be a little bitter with green-plum fruit character and high acidity. Perfect for a less expensive easy drinking dry white for these summer evenings in the garden.

Chablis Premier Cru AC: These vineyards are always on the well-exposed sites. They show riper fruits flavour with lemon citrus, more body with a softer, creamier texture. They will also have more mineral aromas and acidity. Names to look for are: Montèe de Tonnerre, Vailluons and Fourchaume.

Chablis Grand Cru AC: Vineyards lie on the hillside across the river from Chablis. These wines may have more complex characteristics with smokey aromas and beautifully mouth-watering finish. The names to look for are: Les Clos, Vaudèsir, Blanchot and Grenouilles, to name a few.

My personal suggestion is our Chalis 1er Cru 'Mont de Milieu', Domaine Pinson £23 A steely dry Chablis, with richness and crisp acidity. Definitely worth a try if you want to treat yourself!


Chill out with red wineDate published: 26/07/14

Chill out with red wine

If you are a confirmed red wine drinker but are finding your usual tipple a touch over baring in this heat, why not try a lighter style of red that chills well and is enjoyable at a lower, more summer friendly temperature. 

Red wines that work well from the fridge need be low in tannin, high in fruit and have fresh finish, usually provided by an above average acidity. Such wines include Beajolaise and it's various cru's like Fleurie, Morgon, Brouilly, Julienas etc. all examples of a wine made from the Gamay grape. Other examples that work very well are the reds from Loire such as Saumur Champigny (Cabernet Franc) and Menetou Salon (Pinot Noir) as well as the Pinot Noir's from Alsace. Burgundies offerings are best enjoyed a touch warmer at about 16 degrees so they don't feel flabby. From Italy the light fresh Bardolino, with its cherry scented fruit is perfect for chilling and enjoying al fresco. 

Also remember that in this very warm weather, room temperature is higher than is ideal for red wine (unless one has air-con). So a judicious of an ice bucket or fridge for one's reds is a very good idea to bring them back down to a sensible drinking temperature even if they are not meant for chilling.


Wine word of the day - RipassoDate published: 26/07/14

Wine word of the day - Ripasso

In the late 20th century, a new style of wine known as ripasso (meaning "repassed") emerged. With this technique, the pomace of leftover grape skins and seeds from the fermentation of Recioto and Amarone are added to the batch of Valpolicella wines for a period of extended maceration. The additional food source for the remaining fermenting yeast helps boost the alcohol level and body of the wines while also leaching additional tannins, glycerine and some phenolic compounds that contribute to a wine's complexity, flavour and colour. As the production of Amarone has increased in the 21st century, so too has the prevalence of ripasso style wines appearing in the wine market, with most Amarone producers also producing aripasso as a type of "second wine". An alternative method is to use partially dried grapes, instead of leftover pomace, which contain less bitter tannins and even more phenolic compounds.

The first Valpolicella producer to commercially market a ripasso wine was Masi in the early 1980s. When the style first became popular in the late 20th century, it was rarely noted on the wine label. There was also debate about whether it was even permitted to be included under DOC regulations. If it was mentioned at all it was relegated to the back label wine description notes. Today the term ripasso is freely permitted to be used, with several examples on the wine market labeled as being made in the ripasso style. In late 2009, Ripasso della Valpolicella received its own DOC designation.


Super Sauvignon Blanc DealsDate published: 20/07/14

Super Sauvignon Blanc Deals!

Here are some of our best offers on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc at the moment...

Oyster Bay is only £7.99 - you'll do very well to find it cheaper anywhere else!

Mud House is down to £6.66 - a new addition to our range, it's fantastic value for money and has already developed a following!

The Ned is currently £7.99 - a firm favourite, one of the most popular wines here at Majestic Winchester

Giesen has sneaked under the radar at £7.49 - a great price for a classic Kiwi Sauvignon!

Why not pop in and have a browse of the rest of our Sauvignon Blanc selection.

Great Offer - Laurent Perrier Rose ChampagneDate published: 19/07/14

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

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

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

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

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

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


Chateauneuf-du-Pape Special ParcelDate published: 19/07/14

DON'T MISS! Web Exclusive Parcel- Thursday 17th July

On Thursday 17th July we will be advertising Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 'Les Chorégies' 2010 Clos de L’Oratoire.

This is the flagship wine of Clos de L’Oratoire des Papes, made in very small quantities in exceptional years. Grapes are hand harvested from the best vineyard parcels. The resulting wine is a classic blockbusting Châteauneuf-du-Pape with serious aging potential of 15 years+.

We’ve 50 cases of 6 in wooden cases to sell at £240 each, equivalent to £40 per bottle. Please visit majestic.co.uk from 10am on Thursday 17th to pick up one (or more!) of these fantastic cases. 

For those of you who are unable to shop online, please call 01962 868 708 or email win@majestic.co.uk


German Wine: The Lowdown...Date published: 19/07/14

Prädikatswein indicates a quality wine with special attributes. The grapes must come from a single Bereich, a district within an Anbaugebiet. A Prädikatswein must show on its label which of the six Prädikat levels it belongs to. These levels are defined in law according to the must weights (sugar levels) of the grapes at the time of harvesting. The minimum must weights vary from region to region and there is some overlap between Prädikat levels. Whilst not an absolute guide, they give an indication of the style of wine a consumer can expect. In order of minimum permitted must weight, the Prädikat levels follow in ascending order:

Kabinett wines are delicate and often make ideal aperitifs. Rieslings made in this style are light in body, with high acidity and flavours of green apple or citrus fruit, often balanced with some residual sweetness. 

Spätlese literally means 'late-harvest'. These wines have more concentrated flavours. Riesling in this style will have more body than Kabinett wines, and the fruit flavours will be riper, and the citrus aromas more pronounced. There may also be hints of stone fruit. Spätlese wines in both dry and sweet styles will have a higher ABV than Kabinett.

Auslese wines are made from extra-ripe bunches of grapes. This category encompasses the greatest range of styles for Riesling. Some sweet Auslesen have an overt botrytic character. This is the highest Prädikat designation that can appear as a dry wine.

Beerenauslese (BA) indicates a rare, expensive sweet wine, made from individually selected grapes, ideally affected by botrytis. Those BA wines unaffected by noble rot rarely display the complexity and refreshing acidity of a true Riesling Beerenauslese.

Eiswein (ice wine) is made from grapes that have been left on the vine until the weather is cold enough to freeze them. Harvest often takes place on winter nights, as late as January. When the grapes are pressed, the frozen water remains in the press resulting in a highly concentrated must. When the must is fermented, the result is a wine that combines concentrated fruit flavours with high levels of acidity.

Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA) are sweet wines that are produced only in small quantities, in only the best vintages, from individual grapes that have been affected by botrytis. After fermentation, the wines rarely have more than 8% ABV, leaving high levels of residual sugar, balanced by equally high acidity. Top-quality TBAs are amongst the world's most expensive wines.

If you're still with me, then hopefully you're now ready to navigate your way through the world of Prädikatswein. Time to pour a glass...


Malbec MadnessDate published: 19/07/14

Argentina has become one of our best selling sections over the last couple of years.. all down to the increased popularity of their Malbecs. The grape is originally from France, most well known in the Cahors region in the south of France. It has found its spiritual home in the Mendoza region at the foot hills of the Andes mountains. The altitude and climate here provides perfect conditions for the grape to flourish. Here are some of the wines on our 33% off Summer selection range:

Santa Anan Malbec £8.99 buy 2 save 33% £5.99

Alamos Malbec  £9.99 buy 2 save 33% £6.66

Portillo Malbec £10.49 buy 2 save 33% £6.99

Tucumen Malbec  £11.99 buy 2 save 33% £7.99

It is not just the Argentina that are producing great quality wines, Chile are also trying there hand at it to great effect. The Con Amigos Malbec has attracted great publicity in the last week... appearing on Saturday Kitchen and also making it into Jane Macquittys 'Top 50' summer wines in The Times.

Con amigos Malbec £8.99 buy 2 save 33% £6.66


Angel's Share Shiraz by Two HandsDate published: 19/07/14

Fine Wine of the Month

Two Hands, Angels' Share Shiraz 2012,

McLaren Vale

Two Hands was only established in 1999 but have quickly built a reputation for producing premium wines and their quirky labels give a very Australian feel.

This Shiraz from the McLaren Vale is rather 'big'. The Coastal vineyards this wine hails from give rich aromas of coffee and cocoa. The palate is plummy with a hint of mulberry and spice.

Enjoy now or over the next ten years.

£18.00*

*When bought as part of the fine wine deal, otherwise £23.00 - minimum purchase 6 bottles.


Anyone for Gin?Date published: 19/07/14

If you're partial to a good G&T or gin martini (we certainly are) then we have quite a range in stock

What are some of the best gins to liven up your cocktail cupboard?

Hendricks Gin - £35

Martin Millers - £30

Sipsmith - £27.50 multibuy price

Williams British Gin - £25 multibuy price

Tanqueray - £22.50 multibuy-price

Bombay Sapphire - £20 multi-buy price

Gordons Gin with a spot of Elderflower - £15 multi-buy price

Combine with Fever-Tree tonic, a generous sized lime wedge or cucumber & and couple of ice cubes and you've got the most refreshing drink going. Cheers! 


Craft Beer of the Week- Meantime Pale Ale!Date published: 19/07/14

Open this week on the tasting counter is the Meantime London Pale Ale, with an ABV of 4.3% and its luscious deep golden colour, this beer is well suited to match the weather. This beer comes with a balanced mix of fruit and malty flavours and has a nice bitter hoppy finish to it. This is currently priced at £9.99 per 6 bottles when you buy at least 2 packs.

Italian Deal - Gavi AraldicaDate published: 19/07/14

One of our favourite wines on the Italian 33% deal is the Gavi Araldica.  This is a relatively new product for us as it came in earlier this year but it has quickly gained a good reputation as a great choice for a good value, summery white.  Coming from the vineyards around the village of Gavi in Piedmont, north-west Italy, this is a single varietal wine made from the Cortese grape which is very popular in this area of Italy.  Wines such as this are very popular in the restaurants of Genoa and other sea side towns and cities where it is a fantastic match for the locally caught fish.

This is a very fresh and lively wine with citrussy flavours, particularly lime, supported by aromas of nettle and other green notes. The wine has a crisp acidity that is very appealing and refreshing and a medium body. This is a great alternative to a Sauvignon Blanc for those of you looking to try something a little different as it shares many characteristics you may find familiar, while being more approachable.  As mentioned earlier this is a great match for fresh fish.

This wine is currently on our summer selection with 33.3% off at £6.66 a bottle so is a great value wine with a lot of good qualities. This wine can appeal to pretty much everyone so give it a try.


Wine of the Week - The Laughing MagpieDate published: 16/07/14

This weeks wine of the week is The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2010 d'Arenberg from McLaren Vale, Australia.

Made with the Shiraz and Viognier grapes the Laughing Magpie is so named because of the blend of black and white grapes, much like the colours of a magpie. 

The blend is 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier which are co-fermented to achieve a soft perfumed edge to a concentrated dark fruit wine.

The wine has a backbone of dark cherry fruit, firm tannins and peppery spice, with a slight twist of vanilla and jasmine courtesy of the Viognier.

This is a rich and powerful wine, a modern take on the classic Côte Rôtie style, so be sure to match with a dark meat dish like BBQ burgers.

Buy 2 bottles save 15% = £14.86

RoséDate published: 16/07/14

Mid-summer is rosé time, and there's no more popular style at Majestic than the light, delicate rosés of Provence. Here are some of Majestic Wine Winchester's favourites.

Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. With winemaking expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaim.  A beautifully pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit.  Enjoy on its own or with fine seafood.

Currently £17.99

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

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

Currently buy any 2 wines at 33% off and it's £9.99 a bottle

La Grille Rosé d'Anjou 2013 

College-trained oenologist Gwenaël Guihard has used specially selected grapes from the schist and granite of the Western Loire for this delicious off-dry rosé. Using cool fermentations to bring out all the grapes’ appetizing fruit flavours and aromas.  Bottled with a light natural spritz, the wine has a refreshing, summery zing. Strawberry and hints of peach fill the palate, with their flavours brought out by the wine's laid-back, off-dry demeanour.  Great on its own, as an apéritif, or with sweetly spiced, creamy curries.

Currently buy any 2 wines at 15% off and it's £7.22 a bottle

Australian Tasting WeekDate published: 16/07/14

It is still Australian Tasting Week here at Majestic Wine Winchester so come along to try some great Aussie wines on our tasting counter today.

Facts about AustraliaDate published: 16/07/14

Australia

Australia is the fourth largest wine exporting country in the world, producing some fantastic wines, in a variety of styles. 

Australia has over 60 Wine regions and in South Australia they have some of the oldest vines in the world!

The climate in Australia is mostly warm or hot Mediterranean. Loosely speaking, Australian wine tends to come from two main areas, Western Australia or South Eastern Australia.

In Western Australia, the Margaret River, South of Perth, is particularly famous. Closer to the coast, this region has a moderate to warm maritime climate. The climate can be quite similar to that in Bordeaux, which goes some way to explaining why Semillon-Sauvignon blends from this region are so popular! Additionally, the region produces some excellent Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blends. If you're looking for a New World alternative to left bank Bordeaux, the Margaret River can be an excellent place to explore!

South Australia is well known, particularly for excellent red wines. Barossa Valley and Eden Valley produce some fantastic Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignons. These tend to be quite weighty, often packed with black fruit flavours, with influences from American oak.

In Victoria, you can find some excellent Australian Chardonnays. A good new world alternative to some of the oaky white Burgundies. Aside from Chardonnay, they offer a diverse range of other varieties, including some excellent Pinot Noir from the Mornington Peninsula.

New South Wales produces some excellent wines, with Shiraz and Semillion from Hunter Valley being the stand-out varieties the region is most famous for. The Semillons age well, and can develop honey and toast flavours with time. The Shiraz from Hunter Valley can have enticing red fruit flavours.

Come and explore our range at Majestic Winchester

Fantastic New OffersDate published: 16/07/14

We have some fabulous new offers to get you in the mood for summer.

Mont St Jean Corbieres is incredible value at £4.99.This Southern French red has some character of a Cotes du Rhone, but with the characteristic rustic fruit of this Mediterranean region. Perfect with lamb casserole. 

Prosecco Corte Alta is the best selling Prosecco in Majestic's collection, and at just £6.66 now's the time to stock up for your next celebration. It balances fresh, zesty fruit with just a touch of sweetness for the idea toasting fizz. Cheers!

Picpoul de Pinet Villemarin is now just £5.99 and is a great example of a style that's gathering real momentum. Bright, green apple flavour, with lemon zest and a dry finish make it the ideal seafood wine. Enjoy with Moules Mariniere or Oysters straight from the shell. 

Torre Vinal Sol the definitive Summer Wine, now just £5.99. Light, fresh, with a hint of tropical flavour. The perfect wine to enjoy on a sunny day, while chicken skewers sizzle on the barbecue. 

Oyster Bay Sauvignon!!Date published: 12/07/14

Oyster Bay Sauvignon!!

If you haven't heard yet Majestic are selling Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc for just £7.99 per bottle!! What a bargain

Now is the time to stock up for those Summer BBQ's on one of New Zealand's most famous, recognised and loved white wines!

It's not just staff that think this wines great, just check out some of our Customer reviews on this wine:

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Oyster-Bay-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid37047

Don't forget Majestic also offer a FREE delivery service on a minimum of any 6 bottles of wine, so get your orders in!


Pinot Grigio/Pinot GrisDate published: 12/07/14

Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

With summer upon us, Pinot Grigio becomes a popular wine of choice.  You may not have tried a Pinot Gris before, although if you're a Pinot Grigio fan then you probably have without even knowing, this is because they are the same wine!  The Pinot Gris/Grigio grape is a mutation of Pinot, the mother grape to all Pinot wines such as Pinot Noir.

Pinot Gris/Grigio is normally dry but can vary slightly depending on where it has come from:

Italian Pinot Grigio: Very dry with crisp acidity and almond notes.

French Pinot Gris: Often sweeter with faint notes of honey.

American Pinot Grigio: More exaggerated fruit flavours and less acidity then it's European counterparts.

Pinot Gris from Alsace is an exception to the rule is often much sweeter that Italian and US versions with spicy notes of cinnamon, honey and clove, give this a try if you haven't already, you'll be pleasantly surprised! 

To sum up, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the same, however they may taste completely different depending on the region they were grown in.  So if you enjoy Italian Pinot Grigio and are yet to try a Pinot Gris from New Zealand or Alscace then give it a try!


Champagne GrapesDate published: 12/07/14

Champagne Grapes

Champagne is restricted to being produced from three core grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

The Chardonnay grape provides acidity and a general citrus flavouring for the wine. It can be used individually to produce Champagne, which is known as blanc de blanc (or white of whites) as it is the only white grape used in production of Champagne. 

The other two grapes used are Pinor Noir and Pinot Meunier, both red grapes. However, due to lack of skin contact during fermentation and gentle pressing they produce a white base wine. The Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are used to add length and further backbone of the final product. These two grapes can be used without Chardonnay to produce a white wine, know as Blanc de noir (or white of blacks.) 

The blanc de blanc differs slightly from the blanc de noir with a creamier, lighter style on the palate. Additionally there are rose Champagnes, which taste no different to ordinary Champagne,  they are just light pink in colour which is due to minor contact with the Pinot Noir or Pinor Meunier skins in production of the wine. 



Callia Bella Malbec - The perfect party red wineDate published: 12/07/14

Callia Bella Malbec - The perfect party red wine


If your'e new to Malbec and looking for a classic light style this summer, then try the Callia Bella Malbec, currently on offer at £5.99 on our Summer Selection.

The Bodegas Callia Vineyard lies in the Valle de Tulum. 150 km north of Mendoza, this valley is almost completely surround by the Andes at a cooler climate altitude of 630 metres.

This cooler climate results in a lighter and fruitier style Malbec. This lightness also offers hints of spice and the ‘moorish’ plummy malbec finish that makes you want to keep going back for another mouthful.

This is a perfect party wine that will impress if you are looking for something light but where fruity character is not compromised. Drink on its own, or match with pasta and meatballs in a rich tomato based sauce.

Wine in Focus: 120 CarmenereDate published: 12/07/14

Wine in Focus: Santa Rita 120 Carménère 2013

The wines of Santa Rita have been a Majestic Winchester favourite for a number of years now and they never fail to impress. The fruit is sourced from the haven of Chile's Central valley, arguably the perfect balance between warm summer sun and cooling Pacific winds.

Velvety smooth red and black fruits give way to a surprising amount of spicy black pepper, tobacco leaf and vanilla; think of it as Merlot with a bit of an extra kick! It's probably about as close as you can get to the perfect BBQ wine... if this weather clears up!

“The 120 Carménère is an illustrative variety of Chilean wines, dominated by aromas of black and red fruits and spices. Its silky, deep tannins make it very easy to drink, and very versatile to pair with a broad diversity of foods.” - Carlos Gatica.

£8.99 or £6.74 when matched with any other product on the 25% deal


Current Exciting Offers!Date published: 11/07/14

Current Exciting Offers!

It's price change day again! This month we're seeing a lot of lovely new wines joining our 33% off summer selection, here are just a few highlights, all of which can be found at Majestic Wine in Winchester;

M de Minuty - A lovely Provence Rose £14.99 buy 2 save 33% £9.99

Lindauer Blanc de Blanc, New Zealand - Ever popular fizz £15.99 buy 2 save 33% £10.65

MudHouse Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% £6.66

Portillo Malbec, Argentina - Everyone needs a good Barbecue red for the summer! £10.49 buy 2 save 33% £6.99

There are of course tons more to choose from, do see our personal web listing found here atwww.majestic.co.uk/winchester and don't forget to follow us on twitter for up to the minute exclusive offers! @majesticwin

Happy Sipping!


Minuty Provencial Rosé!Date published: 11/07/14

Marvelous Minuty... back on a fantastic deal!

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.

£14.99 Buy any two save 1/3 = £9.99


Alamos Malbec..Date published: 11/07/14

Alamos Malbec..

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.

A great easy drinker this one... try partnered with rump steak!

Buy any two in the summer collection save 1/3 = £6.66 a bottle. 


Germany VS Argentina! (The final show down...)Date published: 11/07/14

Germany VS Argentina! (The final show down...)

So the world cup is drawing nearer to its final conclusion. After thrashing the hosts Brazil, Germany are looking like the favourites to go all the way...

This got me thinking, why not offer some themed advice ... (on what typical wine/alcoholic beverages we can offer in this area)

Germany...

Long gone are the days of Black Tower and Blue Nun. Majestic stocks some fantastic and often rare German parcels of wine. Whether it be an off dry Riesling or a sweet, honeyed Spatlese wine... really sophisticated stuff!!! - we've got a small but diverse choice to choose from (not forgetting some of the best German beer down our beer aisle)

Argentina...

Now a serious wine maker in the world of wine. Its unique growing conditions (high in mountains) with a relatively low cost base (meaning a great exchange rate)... Malbec is perhaps one of the most synonymous grape varieties in this region. Originally a grape from France (and still used there too), its much more vibrant, bold and full of flavour!...

Don't just take my word for it, pop in to see what else we can offer! 

@majesticwin


Provence RoséDate published: 11/07/14

Provence Rosé

Now we are well into summer I'm sure that many of you have been tucking into a bottle or two of Rosé. Well here is a little bit of knowledge about that star of the show when it comes to producing rosé, the Provence region.

The Provence is a region in the south of France. It is a large area that is broken up by many hills which helps provide a great variety of different site climates and soils. 

The Rosés that are produced are generally pale, often very low in flavour intensity due to the high yields. They are traditionally packaged in a curvy distinctive bottle and continue to sell very well all over the world due to their distinctive dry style.

The main grapes used in the production of Provence Rosé are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre, which provide peppery notes, as well as well balanced, red fruit flavours. As always its the perfect rosé to enjoy the the warm sunshine. Crisp, dry and refreshing.

Today's the first day of our Spotlight on Provence Rosé - pop in this weekend to try a variety of pink wines from the region.

#comeandexplore


NEW - Camden Town BreweryDate published: 11/07/14

NEW - Camden Town Brewery

We have just had some exciting new arrivals in the form of a couple of beers from the Camden Town Brewery. Founded in 2010 by Jasper Cuppaidge, the aim was to brew extremely good lager. This has morphed into a range of beers, and we are delighted to stock the Hells Lager and the Pale Ale.

The Helles Lager is available in cans and blends the crispness of a German Pilsner with the gentle hopping of a Helles. This was International Brewing Awards Champion Keg Lager 2013!

The Pale Ale is available in 330ml bottles and is a pale ale without a gram of MarisOtter. Instead it features Pilsner, Crystal, Wheat and Munich malts and combines them with Columbus, Cascade, Amarillo and Citra hops for a blast of Americana and a hoppy finish. Yum!

Both 6 packs are £13.99 each, but buy any 2 craft beers and you save £6 making them just £10.99 for one of the best beer's you will ever taste!!


New - Freedom BreweryDate published: 11/07/14

New - Freedom Brewery

Founded in 1995, Freedom Brewery has created a range of award winning beers. We are proud to stock the Pilsner and Organic Lager from this pioneering brewery.

The Pilsner has a base of subtly sweet malts with Liberty and Saaz hops providing grassy citrus aromas. Well balanced.

The Organic Lager has a hint of caramel layered under clean and subtle citrus bitterness. Winner of multiple awards!

Both beers come in 6x330ml bottles for £11.99. Buy any 2 packs of Craft Ales and this comes down to just £8.99 (£1.49 per bottle!)


Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 - Gold Medals!Date published: 11/07/14

Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 - Gold Medals!

After many hours of tasting and deliberating by the judges, the results are in and some trusty Majestic favourites went down well enough to secure Gold medals. 

The following wine received the much heralded Decanter Gold medal.

Surani Costarossa - £10.99 buy 2 save 25% - £8.24

Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier - £9.99 buy 2 save 15% - £8.49 

CVNE Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva - £30 buy 2 fine wines save £10 - £25.00

Bollinger Grand Annee 2004 - £66.66

The King's Legacy Chardonnay - £14.99 buy 2 save 33% - £9.99

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir - £23.00 buy 2 save £10 - £18.00

Yalumba Y Series Viognier - £9.39 buy 2 save 15% - £7.99

Vasse Felix Chardonnay - £15.99 buy 2 save 15% - £13.59

Many of these wines are staff favourites as well so if you fancy trying the wines the experts love then pop in store and we can pick these wines out for you.


The King’s Thorn Pinot GrisDate published: 11/07/14

Wine Of The Week

The King’s Thorn Pinot Gris


£14.99 Buy 2 Save 33% - £9.99

Origin

Something of a thorn in the side for some winemakers, Pinot Gris requires a very measured approach in order to achieve a balance of texture, sweetness, acidity and fruit character. This excellent example treads the fine line between the Alsatian and Italian styles.

Taste

Delicately pink, indicating natural sun ripening. The nose is lifted and perfumed with honeysuckle and peach. A lightly unctuous and off-dry palate are lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz.

Enjoy

Delicious on its own but a brilliantly versatile food wine to boot. Try with grilled prawns, white meats or creamy cheeses.



Jackson Estate, NZDate published: 11/07/14

We were lucky enough to have a visit yesterday from Jo and John Stichbury of Jackson Estates in New Zealand. 

We tasted the 'Stich' Sauvignon Blanc (Buy any 2 save 15% = £10.95), named after the Stichburys. The fruit is sourced from vineyards on the central Wairau plain and Waihopai sub regions. Aromas of citrus and stone fruit lead to a zesty palate full of complexity.

The 'Grey Ghost' Sauvignon Blanc (Buy any 2 marked Fine Wines or Spirits save £10 = £16.50) is a completely different kettle of fish. An expression of a single vineyard site, the grapes are hand-picked and sorted to ensure the highest quality. Half is fermented in old French barriques and half in stainless steel, and the wines are rested on their lees for 8 months to encourage a rich complexity. The barrel fermented portion undergoes a partial malolactic fermentation to soften it out further before being blended with the stainless steel portion. Stone fruits, honeysuckle and a hint of yeastiness complement the minerality and acidity perfectly.

The 'Vintage Widow' Pinot Noir (Buy any 2 save 15% = £16.99) is made from grapes grown in the Waihopai valley. Like the 'Grey Ghost' the fruit is hand picked and sorted. It is fermented with indigenous yeast in small open topped fermenters and hand plunged rather than pumped over. Matured in a mixture of new and old French oak barrels, it undergoes malolactic fermentation to soften it out. Forest fruits and a touch of herbiness with a zingy acidity and soft finish.

We would like to thank Jo and John for allowing us to taste their range of wines, and we wholeheartedly recommend trying them next time you pop in!


Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 10/07/14

Food and Wine Matching

For all you food lovers out there like myself this is a brief summary of some of the rules to follow when trying to come up with the best wine to match your favourite dishes.

1.) Match acidity with acidity

For acidic foods such as fresh tomato salads, fruit salads and any rich tomato sauces it is best to balance the acidity in the food with a wine that is equally high in acidity. Therefore the perfect match for these type of foods would be Sauvignon Blanc whether it is a punchy New Zealand option, something a little bit different from South Africa or the slightly more restrained style found in the Sancerre region.

2) Matching acidity with fat

Acidity in wine can also help to balance a dish that is relatively high in fat. Therefore meat dishes such as pate, pork belly and duck work perfectly with a light red such as a Pinot Noir. Alternatively why not try the classic food combination that this rule follows which is fish and chips with a glass of Champagne.

3) Matching foods with wines of the same region

In many of the traditional wine making regions food and wine have evolved side by side and therefore the wines often work best with the traditional dishes of the region that the wine has been designed to be drunk with. Some of the classic examples of this are as follows:

Olives with dry Sherry

Goats cheese with Sancerre or Pouilly Fume

Smoked salmon with Chablis

Lasagne with Italian reds

Chorizo and other cured meats with Rioja

High protein food such as strong cheeses and rich meat dishes with Claret

4) The perfect match for a dessert

Whether you are having a rich chocolaty dessert or a cheese board at the end of the meal there is a wine option to keep everybody happy. The obvious choice for a chocolate based dessert would be a sweet desert wine where the sweetness of the wine complements perfectly the sweetness in the food so that one flavour does not overpower the other. For those of you however who are not a fan of desert wine why not try chocolate based deserts with a glass of Shiraz? The richness and intensity of the wine will give it a black forest gateaux like effect and still works extremely well.


Wedding Wine AdviceDate published: 08/07/14


Wedding Wine Advice

Choosing the perfect wedding wines isn't as hard as you may think. The most important thing is to choose wines you and your partner both really enjoy and are good value.

It's often worth considering the corkage option when hiring a venue for a wedding – with Majestic's great range and prices you can often improve on the venue's house wines and save money. For example, if a house wine costs £17 a bottle but corkage would be £10 a bottle, you can spend up to £7 a bottle at Majestic – and almost certainly improve the quality of the wine you offer.

The team in your local Majestic are experienced at advising couples on wines to suit their tastes, their menu and their budget. We'd be happy to help point you in the direction of a few different whites, reds and sparkling to choose from.

 Call the Winchester team on 01962 868708

We all love Pinotage!Date published: 08/07/14

We all love Pinotage!

Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault is South Africa's signature grape and Kananonkop is undoubtedly one of South Africa's finest estates. Here at majestic Winchester we have some fantastic examples of Piontage. 

This is a full bodied, robust and very complex wine. Oak flavours, ripe red and black fruits, plum and even a hint of banana and coffee! 

Drinking well now but will benefit from further ageing

Kanonkop Pinotage 2011, Stellenbosch (£20 Buy 2 Save £10 Fine Wine Offer)

Barista Pinotage 2013 Western Cape (£7.49 when you buy 2 or more. Single bottle price £9.99)

What to buy if you have a sweet tooth:Date published: 08/07/14

What to buy if you have a sweet tooth:

Are you having a dinner party this weekend? or have a particularly sweet tooth? If the answer is yes you need a dessert wine here are my top 3:

Royal Tokaji, 5 Puttonyos, 2008 (Hungary) £19.99

This is the best of the best and beautifully luscious. It s full of citrus-peel, marmelade, honesuckle and blossom notes. It will accompany the stickiest of desserts like Treacle tart; but also strong cheeses

Elysium Black Muscat, 2012 (California) Buy 2 or more 15% off wines = £9.99

Unlike most sticky wines, this looks like a red wine in the glass, but serve chilled. It boasts a pallet full of delicate red fruit, underpinned with rose and violet character. This will be nice with Summer-fruit based puds, all chocolatey ones; as well as zingy lemon tart

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling, 2007 (New Zealand) Buy 2 or more 15% off wines = £16.99

Rich and honeyed, this is a bit of a staff favourite. It is very varsatile and will accompany many desserts. Why not try with a tropical Pannacotta or baked pears


Still time for PimmsDate published: 08/07/14

It may be the end of the tennis, strawberries, sunshine... But there is still time to bring out the Pimm's!

Refreshing, beautifully fruity, summery - it really is all you need to enjoy a British summer! 

FACT: The first Pimm's bar opened at the world-famous Wimbledon tennis tournament in 1971, and every year over 80,000 pints of Pimm's with lemonade are sold to spectators!

Here's our recipe for the Perfect Pimm's:

250ml Pimm's,

1L Lemonade,

1/2 chopped cucumber,

1 chopped apple,

1 sliced orange

3 sliced strawberries

A good handful of freshly torn mint leaves

Method: 

Place all in a jug over ice and drink (responsibly, of course)!


Decanter World Wine Awards 2014Date published: 08/07/14

Everyone loves a winner, and wine is no exception!

The annual Decanter Wine Awards winners were announced last week and Majestic have quite a few Gold, Silver and Bronze wines in store.  

To highlight the Gold winners for now these are the wines you need to hunt down and snap up - we are always happy to point you in the right direction!

Surani Costarossa 2012

Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier 2013

CVNE Rioja Gran Reserva imperial 2007

Bollinger Grande Annee 2004

The King's Legacy Chardonnay 2011

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2012

Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2013

Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2012

But don't delay, these are sure to be popular lines, and we wouldn't want you to miss out!


Kings Series Marisco Wines with 33% off!Date published: 08/07/14

The Kings Thorn, Kings Legacy and Kings Favour are three very different wines all with 33% off, which one will be your favourite?

Kings Thorn

This Marlborough Pinot Gris is a great balance of texture, sweetness, acidity and fruit.  It has great aromas of honeysuckle and peach and is slightly off dry on the palate making it a great match for grilled prawns or creamy cheeses. Offer Price: £9.99 (Was £14.99)

Kings Legacy

The grapes for this great chardonnay are sourced from two separate vineyards, one a mature plot in the centre of the Wairau Valley, the other a plot of younger vines in Brancott Valley. This wine is aged in oak which gives it great fresh apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds and a gently spicy complexity. It would go great with seared scallops and black pudding. Offer Price: £9.99 (Was £14.99)

Kings Favour

This great Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has a lively and intense nose with plenty of citrus. It is stony and firm on the palate and has a structure which is somewhat similar to Sancerre, but with a more rounded finish. It goes great with oysters, fresh fish dishes and creamy goats cheese. Offer Price: £9.99 (Was £14.99)


New Wine: Terras Pegoes Vinho Tinto 2013Date published: 03/07/14

Terras Pegoes Vinho Tinto 2013

GRAPE: Castelão

ORIGIN:The Castelão grape is commonly referred to as Periquita in its native Portugal, where it is the most widely-planted red variety. It features in many of the country's archetypal red wines, including Port, and thrives in hot, difficult growing conditions and sandy soils.

TASTE: Jammy red berry fruit surrounded by medium-weighted yet satisfyingly chewy tannins. Subtle scents of cherry, thyme and rose petals lift the nose.

ENJOY: Perfect with spicy Mexican food such as enchiladas or burritos..

£6.99


New Fine Wine - La Sauvageonne Grand Vin 2011,Terasses du LarzacDate published: 03/07/14

La Sauvageonne Grand Vin 2011,Terasses du Larzac

GRAPES: Grenache, Syrah

ORIGIN: Terrasses du Larzac is a modern appellation created in 2005, covering red wines grown within a specific area on the slopes of the Causse du Larzac. Including some of the northern Languedoc's highest vineyards,the area is noted for its hot days and cool nights.

TASTE: A robust, fleshy wine with plenty of fine-grained tannins giving weight,volume and an enduring texture. Heady aromas of garrigue herbs and fruit compote complete the picture.

ENJOY: Drink now or allow to mature for another 3-5 years. Serve with steak or strong cheeses.

£17.00 per bottle (when you buy any two selected Fine Wines or Spirits)

£22.00 Single bottle price

Minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix


New Fine Wine - Château de Villmajou Grand Vin, Corbières Boutenac 2011Date published: 03/07/14

Château de Villemajou Grand Vin 2011, Corbières Boutenac

GRAPES: Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre

ORIGIN: This is the flagship cuvée of one of the finest estates in the Boutenac sub-region. The blend is dominated by some wonderful old-vine. Carignan,and is made with the same care and attention as a fine claret, including up to 12 months' maturation in Bordeaux barriques.

TASTE: This is an immensely deep and powerful wine, boasting an explosive bouquet of forest fruit compote, leather, roasted coffee, clove and toast notes. Firmly structured, muscular and richly flavoured.

ENJOY: Bottled unfined and unfiltered, therefore decant before serving. Pair withrib of beef.

£17.00 per bottle (when you buy any two selected Fine Wines or Spirits)

£22.00 Single bottle price


Aperitif Tips...Date published: 03/07/14

I think we can say that Summer has arrived! Personally, I associate a balmy evening with a refreshing aperitif in the garden.

Here is a little background on the aperitif and some helpful hints to ensure your choice of aperitif is the right one!

An aperitif should be something light and stimulating, fairly dry but not acidic, with a degree of character; Chenin Blanc or Riesling (rather than Chardonnay perhaps).

The conventional aperitif wines are either sparkling (Champagne, Prosecco, Cava etc) or fortified (Sherry, Port, Vermouth.)

Rose has become rather fashionable as an aperitif, especially from areas like Provence.

The food chosen to consume with your aperitif is of great importance too. You should avoid peanuts, they destroy wine flavours. Olives can be troublesome, as they can be 'piquant' for many wines (however perfect with Sherry).

Almonds, pistachios, walnuts, plain crisps, or cheese straws are apparently the perfect accompaniment to your aperitif!

Enjoy:

Robertson's Winery Chenin Blanc : £5.94 (Buy 2 Save 15%)

Hunawihr Riesling : £8.99 (Exclusive single bottle offer)

Prosecco Zonin £7.99 (Buy 2 Save 33.3%)

Codorniu Brut NV : £7.49 (Buy 2 Save 25%)

Domaine Chautarde Varois Rose : £7.49 (Buy 2 Save 25%) 


Wine and Eggs, the eternal dilemma...Date published: 03/07/14

Sunday Mornings call for Eggs in some form. Whether you have yours fried, scrambled, poached or boiled; matching a wine with them is difficult. However, at Majestic, we have it covered! We are always searching for the perfect match with lots of weird and wonderful foods. 

Eggs actually clash and even spoil most wines. The tip with matching eggs with wine is to find the origin of the egg dish; and usually there will be a wine match.

Try Pinot Blanc or a Chardonnay that is not too oaky. If in doubt, Champagne

If Smoked Salmon is part of your Sunday Brunch, fino sherry , Alsace Pinot Gris or aVintage Champagne would work great!

If you have any ideas/ questions; pop in and discuss with us.

Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004 £39.98 (Buy 2 Save 33.3%)

Hunawihr Pinot Blanc 2013 : £8.99 (Exclusive price)

Chablis Boudin 2012 : £12.74 (Buy 2 Save 15%) On our tasting counter to try



Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos, 2008.Date published: 03/07/14

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos, 2008.

Hungary has a rich history of producing wines, particularly the Tokaji region, where botrytised grapes produce wines equally as rich with apricot and orange peel flavours prominent. Gone are the days of the homogeneous wines produced in the communist era and back are the decandent wines we now know and love.

The 5 Puttonyos Royal Tokaji, 2008 is made by one of the top winemakers of the region, Karoly Ats. Traditional methods are combined with modern technology to create award winning wines.

Tokaj is produced by intensely flavoured, shriveled grapes soaked in a high quality grape must. The result is lusciously sweet wines with a refreshing acidity; suited to any kind of dessert and blue cheeses.

The price of £19.99 is well worth it, even if it's just for a special occasion.  


Wine for the weekend - Aix Rosé MagnumsDate published: 03/07/14

Wine of the Week

Aix Rose 2013, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, Magnum


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.

The ultimate sunshine wine!

£19.99  


Rioja 'Single Vineyard' Ramon BilbaoDate published: 03/07/14

Rioja 'Single Vineyard'

Ramon Bilbao

Grape - The grape variety is a blend of Grenache and Tempranillo

Origin - Ramon Bilbao is situated in a pictureseque area in Haro Rioja Alta, where the finest Tempranillo vines are grown. The vines have an average age of 40 years.

Taste - A very soft and supple wine with notes of cherry and blackberry with subtle hints of vanilla.

Enjoy With - This wine carry's a soft but rich body which would be perfectly suited to large red meat stews and hard cheeses.



Wine of the Week: Miraval Rose, Provence, FranceDate published: 03/07/14

Wine of the Week: Miraval Rose, Provence, France

Our Wine of the Week this Week is the Miraval Rose from Provence in the South of France. This is currently £17.99 and we also have the Magnums available at £38.00!

Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Rolle

Origin: The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. With winemaking expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaim.

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


The Times 50 Best White Wines for the SummerDate published: 03/07/14

The Times 50 Best White Wines for the Summer

Majestic Wine with it's award winning range of wines will always feature in someones 'Best' list for top wines and every year we get mulitpple wines listed in The TImes list. Here are some which have been mentioned

2013 Famille Negrel Cotes de Provence Saint Victoire - Down to £9.99

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013, Monte Schiavo - Down to £6.37*

As Caixas Godello 2013, Martin Codax - Down to £6.66*

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013, Western Cape - Down to £9.74

l'Extra par Langlois Brut NV - Down to £8.99*

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - Down to £7.99

Torres Days of Summer 2013, Miguel Torres - Down to £6.49*

If you feel like splashing out the 2011 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons by Domaine Louis Moreau is on at £20 as part of our Fine Wine deal. 

* These offers are until Monday 10th July



Wedding SeasonDate published: 03/07/14

Wedding Season

We know how stressful planning your big day can be, but we're here to help you every step of the way! From matching our wines with your menu to delivering them to the venue (for free!) let us take the stress out of organising everything and get another job ticked off your never ending list!

Here are just some of the services we offer:

- Sale or return; make sure you don't run out on the big day by bringing back any unused wines

-Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (refundable deposit taken) 

- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue

-Expert staff to recommend wines matching your menu and budget and a guide to amounts to buy

- A selection of wines open to taste all day every day

With wines starting at just £4.99, Prosecco starting at £7.99 and Champagne starting at £15.99 you're sure to be able to pick some fantastic little gems, whatever your budget


Syrah and Shiraz - Are they the same?Date published: 03/07/14

Syrah and Shiraz - Are they the same?

In a nutshell - yes.

However, it isn't quite that simple, they are the same grape but a bottle labelled as Syrah will rarely taste the same as one named Shiraz.

In France they tend to use the word Syrah and produce a very elegant wine with a real focus on the spicy and peppery edge of the grape. A fantastic example of this is the Hermitage region in the Rhone valley where there is a pronounced peppery note on the wines.

Conversely in Australia, arguably the home of Shiraz, they produce big beefy wines with much more emphasis on the fruity and meaty aromas of the variety. But in Australia, and in other New World sites, the word Syrah is used to denote a more restrained (French) style of wine.

Keep an eye out for the different styles we have and maybe try a selection next time you pop in!


Bring a Friend to Majestic!Date published: 03/07/14

Bring a Friend to Majestic!

Here at Majestic we love nothing better than sharing our passion for wine. Whether you have drunk it for years, or just getting started, we would love to introduce you to something new and different.

If you have friends who have an interest but are not sure where to start, then bring them along with you next time you shop, and provided they have not shopped with us before, you will both get your 7th bottle absolutely free up to the value of £10 (or £10 off if the wine is valued above £10).

So if you want a little extra of your favourite tipple or would like us to choose something that you will love, then all you have to do is bring a friend to Majestic. And remember, there is always the tasting counter available if you don't know where to start! 



Wimbledon Winners!Date published: 03/07/14

Wimbledon Winners!

My favourite 2 weeks of sport are here and I think that calls for a toast! here is my pick of summer sippers to help us get through the ins and outs, the lets and bys of this years Wimbledon.

We simply have to start with something sophisticated and quintessentially British which means Pimm's and lemonade - complete with compulsory Wimbledon strawberries, mint and orange. And at £11.99 a bottle I think I'll have a second serve! 

Next lets look to the second round, we are getting into our stride at the All England Club with a cool glass of Craft Beer - why not have an All English Curious Brew I.P.A - Brewed with precision and passion to be powerfully hopped yet balanced with a clean, crisp and refreshing finish. £17.99 (12 x 330ml) 

We are into the quarter finals, time to get serious with some seriously good offers! How about a bottle of the modern classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. We have an amazing value parcel of Mud House Sauvignon £6.66 (single bottle £9.99 or as part of our Summer Selection buy and 2 save 33.3% = £6.66) why not take advantage and snap up yours whilst stocks last. 

It's Semi Final time and true to form the heavens have opened, so while they put the roof up and we all remember 'that Cliff Richard year' and grimace slightly why not open a bottle of Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel - its deep, dark full of damson and black cherry and deliciously velvety, however if you are prone to throwing your hands up in excitement this is not a wine to be spilling on a cream carpet! £7.99 (single bottle £11.99 or as part of our Summer Selection buy and 2 save 33.3% = £7.99)

The finals are here - Andy couldn't retain the title, was it too much to hope for?  Anyway, we need a little sparkle to lubricate the celebrations for the new champion.  What's better than Sir Winston Churchill's favourite Pol Roger NV Champagne.  This truly is a fine and delicate yet beautifully complex expression of the French classic.  I can think of no better way to top off two weeks of tip top tennis. Game, set and Match!



Quinta de Azevedo 2013 Vinho VerdeDate published: 03/07/14

Quinta de Azevedo 2013 Vinho Verde

Grape

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.

SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE

£8.99

Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

£5.99


BBQ WinesDate published: 29/06/14

Anyone having a barbecue this weekend? Here are Majestic Crawley's wine recommendations if you are...

Picpoul Villemarin: Velvety soft, delicate. Perfect for cold cuts and salad. Lovely crisp and fruity. 

Natale Verga Primitivo: Italian meaty dishes call for exactly the sort of deep summer berry flavours this gorgeous red is packed with. 

Pasqua Rosé: The Earl Grey of the rosé world. Really on form, this 2013. Refreshing. Very pleasantly surprised!

Don't forget beers!! Pilsner, Peroni, craft ales... we have them all. From £1 a bottle.


Craft beer with the beautiful game!!!Date published: 29/06/14

It's Here - The Craft Beer Revolution!

Gone are the days of boring beer. Walk into any pub, bar or restaurant and you can get so more than just a carling on draught! Micro-breweries are popping up everywhere and why not - there is so much variation with the humble hop and barley that there is ample opportunity to carve a little niche in a rapidly expanding market.

We like to think that, at Majestic, we have spent our time searching, researching and of course, tasting our way around as many craft breweries as possible. We have some great beers and our range is expanding every day. And, whats more, if you buy any two of our craft ales, you save £6!!

Here are just a few beers that you must try this summer.

Einstok Icelandic White Ale - £9.99

From the north of Iceland, this is modelled on the traditional Belgian witbier. Infused with coriander and orange peel, this is a zesty little thing. It maintains a fine balance between full bodied and light and, ultimately, is incredibly refreshing after a long day at work!

Punk IPA - £9.99

The growing empire of Scottish company Brewdog is a testament to their skill and dedication in making fine beer. Punk IPA is a light, golden beer with plenty of tropical fruits and a hit of refreshing citrus.

Brooklyn Summer Ale - £9.99

From the guys at Brooklyn comes a slightly lighter, fresher beer. Light enough for lager lovers and meaty enough for ale lovers, this is the perfect blend! Crisp and clean, this is those who enjoy a flavoursome tipple



My favourite craft beer: Einstok White Ale Date published: 29/06/14

Many of you have been exploring our selection of craft beers over the last few months and the most popular among both staff and customers is the Einstök White Ale.  Coming from northern Iceland this beer is made with the purest spring water with an infusion of coriander and orange peel and modeled on the famous witbier of Belgium such as Hoegaarden, but with a lighter, fresher feel.  This is a truly great beer that competes very favourably to pretty much any other beer we stock and if you have not tried it before you really must give it a go!  Einstök comes in a six pack of 330ml bottles and costs just £9.99 when you buy any two craft beer six packs so you can mix and match if you want.

To quote their very Scandinavian motto, "Drink, conquer, repeat" Love it!


Phylloxera? What's all that then?Date published: 29/06/14

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. Chile, Argentina and South Australia however are almost (if not entirely) phylloxera-free, and have strict quaratine regulations.



Provence Rose Tasting Sat 5th JulyDate published: 29/06/14

FREE Provence Rosé Tasting - 5th July @ 3pm

What an opportunity this will be, I cannot wait!  We will be holding a tutored tasting in store of 6 different Provence rosé wines.  The dry, pale rosés of Provence have grown in popularity steadily over the past 3 years and because you, the customer, seem to LOVE them, what better than to do a comparative tasting in the midst of Summer?

The tasting will be at 15:00 and last half an hour.  Places book up quickly so please RSVP to get a place on this unique tasting on 01962 868 708 or to win@majestic.co.uk.

Summer in a glass, you know it makes sense!


World Cup Wine & Food Match - Shoulder MeatDate published: 29/06/14

Are you entertaining any professional footballers who have a love of shoulder?  Then you'll need some wine to match!  Here are my recommendations:

Shoulder of lamb- Lovely!  Even nicer than shoulder of Italian.  Assuming you have all the trimmings- some garlic and rosemary, the best matches for this are a nice Rioja Reserva or Gran Reserva from Spain or a left-bank Bordeaux claret- a good Médoc, St. Julien or Pauillac would be a treat!

Shoulder of beef- A few options here:  If you desire white, an Austrian Grüner Veltliner or Alsace Pinot Gris would be good (fuller-flavoured whites work best).  In terms of red, splash out on a fancy Northern Rhône Crozes-Hermitage, Australian Shiraz or even Argentinian Malbec (though don't stray too close to the Uruguayans).

Shoulder of pork- If white is desired, a dry Vouvray or other dry Chenin Blanc wines will match.  For reds, Cru Beaujolais (Fleurie or Morgon for example), Côtes-du-Rhône or even a Spanish Bierzo would be just swell.

Shoulder of Chiellini- A particularly aggressive Uruguayan would match best.  Try a tannat or a short but grippy Suarez (requires shipping from Liverpool).


This just in! King's Legacy Chardonnay by MariscoDate published: 29/06/14

I looovvvvveeeee Chardonnay! Everything about it is brilliant. Its versatile (you can make it hugely oaky, toasty and tropical or even unoaked, flinty and zippy) and is easy to grow; a winemakers delight. We've had some crackers come through Majestic and this one is up there with them. Let's take a look and marvel at the beauty of:-

The King's Legacy 2011, Marlborough - Marisco have given us a gem of a wine. A combination of young and old vines, oak barrel fermentation and 10 months on its lees have produced a wine of grace and balance. Fresh apples and nectarines mingle with a toasted, nutty edge that just puts me in a good mood. 

Have this on it own, with any food, just anything. I could be living under a bridge as long as I had a chilled glass of this wine every so often.



Time for TennisDate published: 28/06/14

As we are in the first week of Wimbledon I have come with a perfect Prosecco to go with the Strawberries!

Prosecco Zonin is currently £7.99 (when you buy any 2 save 33.3%) with plenty of stock in store, this wine is 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, it is a versatile wine that will match up with strawberries, a delicate lunch or drink well on its own.



Reasons to Join the Exclusive Majestic Customer ListDate published: 28/06/14

Reasons to Join the Exclusive Majestic Customer List

You may have been into our store recently and heard about our exclusive customer list but decided not to join at the time. Alternatively, you may already be on our customer list but was wondering what else it is useful for. Well below are five top reasons why you should sign up today if you are currently not a member.

Tried a new wine recently that you absolutely loved but cannot the remember the name? No problem! If you are on our customer list we can easily look up your purchase history to find out what you bought. We can then use this information to recommend you new wines to try if you are looking for something a bit different. We can also add you to our private, in-store database if you would like us to contact you about specific stock arrivals and offers.

If you are on our mailing list, you will be the first to know about our exciting new offers. We also advertise online exclusives through email, so ensure you opt-in for this if you would like to know about these deals. The Delegat's Reserve Merlot was a recent example of this, and a fantastic buy.

We also hold regular free wine events, including: wine courses, spotlight tastings, and a few larger wine tasting evenings. Let us know if you would like to be kept informed about these, as these are always popular events.

If you sign up instore, or mention that you signed up via email/phone, we will hand you a voucher to redeem two free Dartington glasses on your second purchase. Already a regular customer with us? Bring along a friend, and if you both buy 6 bottles, you each get a pair of glasses.

Finally, we do free delivery on all orders, with a minimum purchase of 6 bottles.

Let us know by email or phone if your would like to join our exclusive customer list today. Alternatively you can join in-store the next time you shop with us.


Nytimber Offer!Date published: 28/06/14

Offer alert...

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 is only £23.98 When you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed 6!

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

Taste

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


Our New Offers ExplainedDate published: 28/06/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Offers Ending Soon!Date published: 28/06/14

Remember the current set of offers all end this Monday at 7pm so make sure you stock up on your favourites!

The good new is we have a brand new set of offers staring Tuesday so watch this space!

Rosie's Crafty Craft BeersDate published: 28/06/14

Craft Beers!

Here at Majestic Winchester we stock numerous craft beers perfect for those sunny evening with the BBQ:

Anchor Steam 6x355ml Bottles: A deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour.

UnderDog Atlantic Lager, Flying Dog 6x330ml Cans: A light and refreshing lager brewed with rye and wheat.

Punk IPA, BrewDog 6x330ml Cans: Light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose.

The best part of these craft beers is the price at only £9.99 when you buy and 2 or more of the craft beers! single pack price £12.99.


Producer Focus: Martin CodaxDate published: 28/06/14

Producer Focus: Martin Codax

Marin Codax is a brilliant producer based in Spain. We currently stock lines in the Caixas range, Two of there wines which are in some of my favorite wines. 

Caixas Godello 2013 - This wine is made up of the unusual Local grape variety Godello.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. This wine has 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. I recommend this wine with grilled sardines or salt cod. Priced at £7.49 when you buy two or more in the "Buy 2 save 25% range" Single bottle price: £9.99

Caixas Albariño 2013 - Made from the Albariño grape variety. This signature white wine, from the region's most famous producer. Made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes having been picked by Majestic's own staff, as a small number go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest. A light, fresh and youthful wine, with a zesty and well defined citrus backbone, overlayed with subtle hints of stone fruits and nectar. Crisp and refreshing, yet rounded and enduring on the finish. Drink with mussels and other shellfish, or all simple fish dishes such as grilled sardines. Priced at £7.98 when you buy two or more in the "Buy 2 save 15% range" Single bottle price: £9.39


Plato Argued..Date published: 28/06/14

Plato Argued..

Plato argued that the minimum drinking age should be 18, and then wine in moderation may be tasted until 31. When a man reaches 40, he may drink as much as he wants to cure the “crabbedness of old age."

The World's oldest bottle of wine..Date published: 28/06/14

The World's oldest bottle of wine..

The world’s oldest bottle of wine dates back to A.D. 325 and was found near the town of Speyer, Germany, inside one of two Roman sarcophagus'. It is on display at the town's Historisches Museum der Pfalz!

It's Here - The Craft Beer Revolution!Date published: 28/06/14

It's Here - The Craft Beer Revolution!

Gone are the days of boring beer. Walk into any pub, bar or restaurant and you can get so more than just a carling on draught! Micro-breweries are popping up everywhere and why not - there is so much variation with the humble hop and barley that there is ample opportunity to carve a little niche in a rapidly expanding market.

We like to think that, at Majestic, we have spent our time searching, researching and of course, tasting our way around as many craft breweries as possible. We have some great beers and our range is expanding every day. And, whats more, if you buy any two of our craft ales, you save £6!!

Here are just a few beers that you must try this summer. Don't ask questions, just trust us!

Einstok Icelandic White Ale - £9.99

From the north of Iceland, this is modelled on the traditional Belgian witbier. Infused with coriander and orange peel, this is a zesty little thing. It maintains a fine balance between full bodied and light and, ultimately, is incredibly refreshing after a long day at work!

Punk IPA - £9.99

The growing empire of Scottish company Brewdog is a testament to their skill and dedication in making fine beer. Punk IPA is a light, golden beer with plenty of tropical fruits and a hit of refreshing citrus.

Brooklyn Summer Ale - £9.99

From the guys who brought you Brooklyn Lager comes a slightly lighter, fresher beer. Light enough for lager lovers and meaty enough for ale lovers, this is the perfect blend! Crisp and clean, this is those who enjoy a flavoursome tipple!



Staff Choice - Commanderie de Peyrassol RoséDate published: 28/06/14

Staff Choice:

Commanderie de Peyrassol rosé

£12.99 or buy any 2 save 25%

=£9.74

Nothing says summer quite like a lovely glass of rosé in the garden. We have just the wine for you this week...a beautiful delicate number from Provence.

This rosé is dry and crisp and so elegant. You'll find strawberry flavours and peachy notes with spicy hints too. Perfect on its own but a great match to food too. Try with blushing tuna steak for a great match!

Dont just take our word for it. Here's what some of our customers had to say...

“This is a great Provence Rose which displays delicate red fruits and melon flavours. I love it with BBQ Salmon.”

“I think this is a winner, if you like trad southern Rhone (or Provençal) grapes in the form of a dry rosé. Not everyone does. But this has fruit, spice and an agreeable acidity. What more do you want in a rosé at this price? (OK - it may be a tad more than some people want to pay for a summer thirst-quencher, but it is much more subtle than that and worth the extra couple of pounds.)”



Grape Variety: Pinot GrisDate published: 28/06/14

Grape Variety: Pinot Gris

Pinot gris is one of my favourite grape varieties I love the richness that is achieved without oak but with longer hang time and being grown in areas with a higher diurnal range (the difference between night-time and day-time temperatures). The style originates in Alsace where the dry continental climate lends itself to making punchy wines that still have great acidity. The style is also frequently found in areas like, Alto Adige, Nelson and Central Otago.  

Pinot gris is richer and has more body than pinot grigio, which is a lighter wine with citrus and green apple notes. On the nose pinot gris is fruity but not too aromatic, honeysuckle, honey and a slightly sweet spice. The wines are well known for having plenty of stone fruit like peach, nectarine and apricot flavours but also ripe apple and pear. Usually there is a little bit of residual sugar left in the wine that lifts the fruit and adds body making it slightly viscus.

The body and acidity coupled with the rich flavours means that it is a great food wine matching with meat shellfish, creamy chicken dishes or duck liver pâte as well as soft cheeses.

Here is a selection of some of my favourite Pinot Gris:

Waimea Estate Pinot Gris 2013 Nelson - £14.99 Buy 2 bottles save 25% £11.24

Pinot Gris Grand Cru Spiegel 2007 Domaines Schlumberger - £19.99 Buy 2 bottles save £10 £14.99

Peregrine Pinot Gris 2013 Central Otago- £17.00 on our Fine Wine deal.

The King's Thorn Pinot Gris 2013 Marlborough - £14.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33% £9.99

Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio 2012 Alto Adige - £11.99 Buy 2 bottles save 25% £8.99

Greywacke Pinot Gris 2012 Marlborough - £25.00


Pimms on offer at £11.99!Date published: 28/06/14

Pimms on offer at £11.99!

Now we finally have some beautiful weather which will entice everyone in to the garden, it is worth remembering to stock up on the quintessential English Summer drink - Pimms! It is on offer at £11.99, an offer we believe too good to refuse!

Summer Party Season!Date published: 28/06/14

Summer Party Season!

With the sunny weather finally coming in and the evenings now much longer, you may well be dusting off the BBQ or thinking about throwing a party.  In which case let me remind you about all of the great party services we offer here at Majestic:

Free* hiring of glasses, ice buckets and chiller bins

Sale or return on unused wines and beers+

Expert knowledge of all our range and party requirements.

Free home delivery at a time to suit you.

So if you are putting on an event this summer, don't hesitate to visit us in store at Andover Road Retail Park, Winchester, SO23 7RY or give us a call on 01962 868 708.

*A £1 deposit is required per glass hired, which is fully refundable when the glasses are returned clean. A £10 deposit is required for the ice bucket and £15 for a chiller bin (these deposits are also refundable)

+The beers must be returned in unsplit cases and all bottles must have undamaged labels and seals.



Staff Choice - Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi 2013Date published: 28/06/14

Staff Choice - Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi 2013

Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi 2013

Monte Schiavo the winemakers are a large cooperative group. The Fruit for this particular wine is sourced over 35 growers. Verdicchio is the most prominent wine from the Marche Region on the Adriatic Coast.

If your fed up of drinking the same old New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc then this is an excellent alternative. With notes of Lemon, Lime, Pineapple and hints of Apricot it's the perfect drink for relaxing in the back garden on a late sunny afternoon. This crowd pleaser would also be the perfect drink for a party and would accompany any light salad well.

£8.99 or buy ANY two 25% off wines making it £6.74 a bottle


Marques de Vargas Reserva Rioja 2009 open to sample in store!Date published: 28/06/14

This weekend we've got the Marques de Vargas Reserva Rioja 2009 open to sample in store.  It is currently £14.99 when buying any 2 selected Fine Wines and Spirits as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.

Marques de Vargas are based in the heart of Rioja near Logrono and the historic estate dates back to the 1840's. This Reserva is a very traditional blend based on Tempranillo with small amounts of Garnacha and Mazuelo added for complexity.  It is then aged in a variety of French, American and Russian oak.  The wine itself has great depth with strawberry, bramble and fig fruit flavours combining with liquorice, vanilla and a savoury richness.  The palate is rich with velvety tannins and incredible length.  A stunning wine!


Italian 25% off - Ends last thing this Monday!Date published: 28/06/14

Italian 25% off - Ends last thing this Monday!

With 25% off most of our Italian wines for June, I thought I would pick out a few of my favourites, highlighting just a few of the many indigenous varieties which makes exploring Italian wine so rewarding.  All the prices shown are the reduced price and run until last thing on Monday 30th June.

The North

With it being summer, 2 perfect summer wine choices from the North of Italy would be theCantina di Custoza Bianco 2013 at £6.74 per bottle, with grapes coming from the vineyards around Verona & Lake Garda. This is an elegant white wine from a blend of 5 varieties, giving lovely citrus and melon fruit with gentle floral hints and a fresh finish – a great aperitif. The Bardolino by Allegrini at £7.49 per bottle, from vineyards to the Southeast of Lake Garda, is a light and vibrant red wine with plenty of fresh red fruit character that could even be served lightly chilled – a perfect red wine to accompany a meaty fish dish.

The Centre

From the Marche on the Adriatic coastline, the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013 by Monte Schiavo at £6.74 per bottle is a fantastic accompaniment to light salads and seafood. Lime, pineapple and apricot fruit dominate the palate balanced by a refreshing acidity. My red choice has to be something from Tuscany, a favourite region of mine.Dogajolo by Carpinetopriced at £8.62 per bottle, is a modern take on a classic Tuscan red and is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Plenty of classic sour cherry, liquorice and floral character are boosted by some dark fruit from the Cabernet Sauvignon. A perfect accompaniment to a meaty pasta dish.

The South

An area often overlooked for quality Italian wine, but there are many great wines made here, often at cracking prices. Surani's Pietrariccia Fiano 2013 at £7.49 per bottle is one of my favourite whites. From the Apuglia region in Italy's 'heel', this wine is dry with lots of citrus and tropical fruit, but with a rich palate texture – beautiful. Copertino 2009 by Masseria Monaci at £6.74 per bottle is a classic example of Southern Italian red and perfect if you are looking for something a little different. Named after the town of Copertino and made from the Negroamaro grape there is lots of plummy fruit flavours, plenty of savouriness and spice box aromas as well as smooth tannins.

Please note, Majestic has a minimum purchase of ANY mix of 6 bottles of wine.


Back In Stock - Domaine OttDate published: 24/06/14

Back In Stock - Domaine Ott

Domaine Ott is perhaps one of the most recognised names in all of Provence. Hailing from the district of Bandol, this wine demonstrates superb balance and purity of flavour.

A blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault, the grapes are hand picked in the vineyard to ensure optimum quality. They are then gently pressed to release the juice without any of the harsh tannins in the red grapes. This is certainly the rosé to tick off of your wine-based bucket list!  Rich buttery rosé that is at the top of its game!


Love Greywacke? We Certainly Do!Date published: 24/06/14

Love Greywacke? We Certainly Do!

If you love Greywacke we have got a treat for you with some great new arrivals. Greywacke is the Marlborough label made by Kevin Judd who was the founding winemaker of Cloudy Bay

Greywacke Pinot Gris 2012 Marlborough £25

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

Greywacke Pinot Noir £30 When you buy any 2 selected Spirits or Fine Wines

Loaded with black plums, boysenberries and redcurrants this is a real treat for any one who loves an intensely  perfumed Pinot Noir. The Palate is full flavored with great length and freshness With a hit of spice on the finish  A perfect match for Charcuterie ot roast game. 

Greywacke Wild Sauvignon £25 When you buy any 2 selected Spirits or Fine Wines

Fermented entirely with naturally occurring yeast – this is an alternative style of Sauvignon Blanc that is both intricate and textural. A succulent combination of yellow peach and brown pears, rolled into rich, short pastry with a sprinkling of a caramelised almonds. The palate is full of lemon curd and vanilla custard with a touch of dried herbs and a lingering finish. If you are a fan of Cloudy Bay's TE KOKO check this wine out.  

Italian 25% off - Ends in less than a week!Date published: 24/06/14

Italian 25% off - Ends in less than a week!

Italy is home to some of the oldest wine producing regions in the world, and Italian wines are know worldwide for their broad variety. Closely followed by France, Italy is the world's largest wine producer by volume. Grapes are grown in almost every region in the country and there are more than one million vineyards under cultivation.  

This month, all our Italian wines have been discounted by at least 25%...early Christmas if you ask me!!  What ever style you like, Italy has something for you.


Bring a Friend to Majestic!Date published: 24/06/14

Bring a Friend to Majestic!

Next time you shop with us, bring along a friend who is new to Majestic and if they also buy 6 bottles, you both get a free bottle chosen specifically for you, up to the value of £10.

It couldn't be simpler - a free £10 bottle with your next purchase when you introduce a friend to Majestic.

Grab a friend and Come and Explore wine together - it's the best way!  

We also have free wine events that we would love you to enjoy with a friend - please ask any member of the team.


Craft BeersDate published: 24/06/14

Craft Beers

'Craft Beers' (small independent brewers trying new and interesting recipes as well as reinstating traditional beers with a modern- usually hoppy- twist) are huge at the moment. Wherever you look there are hundreds of new micro breweries springing up and even pubs that brew their own stuff on-site. 

The Craft Beer industry can be seen as a backlash against the bog-standard lager that is consumed en-masse. They offer so many different styles that you are bound to find one you like. They are inventive, clever, tasty, and not all that expensive for what they are.

We offer beers from a wide range of Craft Breweries such as Brewdog, Brooklyn Brewery, Windsor & Eton Brewery, Flying Dog Brewery, Einstock and Chapel Down Curious Beers. 

Next time you are in store, have a look. You drink good wine, why not drink good beer too?


BBQ EssentialsDate published: 24/06/14

A must have list for any BBQ!

Every barbecue needs some fizz to start things off and I think the wonderfully summery Zonin Prosecco (buy two and save 33% = £7.99) fits the bill perfectly. This is a light and refreshing style of fizz which works equally well as an apperitif or with a light summer salad starter.

A nice crisp white is next on the menu and I think you would be hard pushed to find a better deal than The Mud House Sauvignon (buy two and save 33% = £6.66) packed with citrus fruit and gooseberry with a lovely grassiness this is ideal for an afternoon in the garden!

A barbecue wouldn't be the same without some Rosé, and what better to make a party of it than the bright and fresh M de Minuty Magnum (only £25!).

Vinalba Reservado Malbec is the ideal foil for a nice juicy steak! Packed with dark cherry fruit and supple tannins this is a great deal too (buy two save 33% = £7.99).

The final barbecue staple has to be a nice big Shiraz and Mister Shiraz from Chile fits the bill! (buy two and save 33% = £6.66). Lashings of spicy bramble fruit and hints of black pepper make this a great companion to a nice juicy burger! 

Enjoy!



Just in... Brooklyn Summer AleDate published: 24/06/14

Just in... Brooklyn Summer Ale

A modern take on light dinner ales which were brewed here in the UK from the 1800's until the 1940's, Brooklyn Summer Ale is light, flavorsome and refreshing. The Ale is brewed from Premium English barley malt, which gives it fresh bread flavours and the use of German and American hops add floral and citrus aromas. 

The perfect beer for a sunny summers afternoon. 

Only £9.99 for a case of 6 x 355ml bottles when you buy 2 or more cases of Craft Beer!


Rose of the Week - Commanderie de PeyrassolDate published: 24/06/14

Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

Grape

GrenacheSyrah-ShirazCinsault

Origin

Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded in 1308 by the Knights Templar. In addition to 80ha of vines, it also shelters 2500 olive trees, 200 oak truffles trees and a private hunting area with deer, hinds, mouflons and wild pigs.

Taste

This dry rosé has a spicy warmth to the fruit, lifted by refreshing acidity and a peachy edge. Notes of strawberry predominate, with background notes of white pepper.

Enjoy

Equally at home with charcuterie and other cold meats, olives, soft cheese, or fish dishes.

£12.99

Buy 2 save 25%

£9.74



Try Something New This Summer..Date published: 24/06/14

Fancy something a bit different for this summer sun well why not try a muscadet.

Muscadet wines are often light bodied and almost always dry with very little, if any residual sugar. Left over carbon dioxide from the bottling process can leave the wines with a slight "prickly" sensation. Master of Wine Mary Ewing-Mulligan describes Muscadets as fresh and crisp, at their peak drinking ability from release up to three of years of age. Muscadet that have been aged sur lie can have very subtle "yeasty" aromas. The acidity keeps the wines light and refreshing. Some examples can have a slight "saltiness" about them.

Food pairing - Muscadet has been described by at least one wine critic as the "perfect oyster wine"

The classic food and wine pairings in the Pays Nantais region is of Muscadet with the local seafood - particularly oysters. Other seafood dishes with which Muscadet pairs well include lobster, shrimp and mullet. San Francisco Chronicle wine editor Jon Bonné called Muscadet "the perfect oyster wine". The moderate alcohol levels of Muscadet (usually under 12%) allows them to complement many types of dishes without overwhelming them. The light, crisp acidity can "cut through" (meaning it stands out against) rich, creamy dishes which can be a refreshing change of pace for the palate.

We offer three different Muscadets but my favourite is the Château du Cléray Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2013. Stunningly good and a bargain at £8.49

Fine Wine FocusDate published: 24/06/14

VIÑA ARDANZA 2005 

£19 when you buy 2 or more selected fine wine bottles as part of your 6+ bottle selection.  

Here's what La Rioja Alta have to say about it.....

THE HARVEST

The 2005 harvest was excellent, which enabled us to select only the best grapes to make Viña Ardanza 2005. Our vineyards benefited from very generous weather conditions and the grapes ripened perfectly as a result. Moderate and well-timed rainfall ensured a very good budding. The Tempranillo grape bunches were of average size, whereas the Garnacha vines yielded very loose bunches with small-sized berries,which resulted in highly concentrated grapes. Grape picking started in early October, with mild daytime weather and cold temperatures at night. This temperature drop assisted in both balancing the sugars and achieving phenolic ripeness, which is crucial in producing quality wines.Grapes showed optimal health conditions and very good analytic alparameters, which augured well for an extraordinary vintage. 2005 was officially awarded as “Excellent”.

BLENDING AND SOURCING

The 2005 vintage of Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. The Tempranillo grapes come from our 30-year-old plots ‘La Cuesta’ and ‘Montecillo’, located in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The Garnacha grapes come from ancient vines planted at a 600 meter altitude in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), on plots adjoining our ‘Finca La Pedriza’.

WINEMAKING AND AGEING

The grapes were selected in the vineyard and taken to the winery in refrigerated trucks. Once fermented, the wines were transferred to American oak barrels in May 2006. The Tempranillo was barrel-aged for 36 months in four and a half year-old casks. The Garnacha was aged for 30 months in two and three year-old casks. The wines were manually racked six times. It was bottled in July 2009.

TASTING NOTES

Dark ruby red with an orange tint on the rim. Intense and lively on the nose, with spicy and balsamic aromas, scents of vanilla, coconut shells and black pepper with undertones of blackberries. Well-structured on the palate, perfectly balanced in acidity and alcohol content, with soft and silky tannins. The long aftertaste displays flavours of fresh blackberries along with spicy woody notes. The Ideal partner for roasted and grilled meats, barbecues, poultry and game, Iberian ham and sausages, as well as semi-cured cheeses.


Wine in Focus: Waimea GewurtraminerDate published: 24/06/14

Waimea Gewurztraminer

£14.99, buy 2 save 25%, £11.24

Nelson experiences long sunny days which are perfect for growing vines. Waimea Estate are long-established and produce some of the best wines from this region.

Tasting notes

Off-dry, with intense peach, lychee and floral flavours. Sweet spice – ginger and cinnamon on the finish.

Match with

Perfect match for cajun chicken, spicy lamb burgers or any lightly spicy thai dishes.



Short Term Offer - Heidsiek Monopole Brut Cuvee PrestigeDate published: 22/06/14

£27.00  Special Offer £22.49

Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

£14.98

33.3% 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.


We aren't just a wine shopDate published: 22/06/14

We aren't just a wine shop.

In fact, as part of our Buy 2 Save £10 Offer you can now mix and match Spirits with Fine Wine. So why not treat yourself with some of our personal favourites?

Havana Club Anejo 3 Anos (£18.00)

Undoubtedly the perfect Mojito rum! With a mere 3 years of barrel ageing, its straw colour carries soft characters of coconut, vanilla and a bright finish. Muddle with lime, sugar syrup, and mint for the perfect summer cocktail. 

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey (£22.50)
Tennessee Whiskey is filtered through maple charcoal, so often carries a honeyed flavour. Here, the honey is the star of the show, creating a luxuriously sweet drink. Mix it with Fever Tree Ginger Beer and a squeeze of lime for a sweeter variant on the Dark and Stormy cocktail. 


Provence Rosé Spotlight Tasting WeekDate published: 21/06/14

Our next free tasting week is based on Provence Rosé.

When: 4th July - 10th July

What: A range of our delicate Provence Rosé wines will be open on our tasting counter during the week for you to come and try

Saturday Spotlight Tasting: At 3pm on Saturday 5th July we will have a tasting session where our expert staff will talk you through various Provence Rosés while you taste them.

In Focus - ProseccoDate published: 21/06/14

As its popularity is increasing I thought I would let you know a bit more about Prosecco. 

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

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

I am particularly a fan of the Prosecco Zonin which we currently have on offer at £7.99. With a slightly off-dry finish it is very gluggable indeed!  

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

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



Wine of the Week - Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de VargasDate published: 21/06/14

This week we have the gorgeous Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Vargas as our wine of the week.

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 or a lovely roast beef.

£14.99 when you buy 2 selected fine wines (single bottle price £19.99)

New - Brooklyn Summer AleDate published: 21/06/14

NEW - Perfect for the Summer - BROOKLYN SUMMER ALE

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

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

Wine of the WeekDate published: 14/06/14

To celebrate Italian Tasting Week our wine of the week is the Super Tuscan Le Difese 2011 Tenuta San Guido


"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. 

£16.00 when you buy 2 selected fine wines (single bottle price £21.00)

World Cup OffersDate published: 12/06/14

Don't Forget our massive range of rare and popular beers as well. At the moment we have 2 really great brands available at a very competitive price.  Pilsner Urquell is available for £1 a bottle if you buy a pack of 24, and we've also added a favourite to the mix and brought Asahi down to the same price.

Whatever you need, we can help.


M de Minuty Provence Rosé is back!Date published: 12/06/14

It's one of our (and your) favourite Provence Rosés, and it's back by popular demand!  Stocks deplete very quickly, so call now or pop in to get yours before it all goes again.  We also have it in fantastic-looking MAGNUM bottles!

Short Term Offers- 2 weeks onlyDate published: 12/06/14

New offers - for the next two weeks!

And we have yet more offers, these ones last until the 23rd of June, but are just as good!

Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 PGI Pays d'Oc
£7.99 Buy 2 save 25%= £5.99

Members of the same family have owned the historic Château de Pennautier since 1620. Since the 1980s it has become one of the most significant producers in the Carcassonne area, making wines both from Languedoc grapes, and Bordeaux varieties such as this Cabernet. Cool fermented and matured only in stainless steel, this is a youthful and fruit-focused Cabernet, emphasising its ripe bramble fruit with lively acidity and supple tannins.

Codorníu Brut NV
£8.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

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.

Raboso Rosato Corte Alta NV
£9.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

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.


Short term offers - 1 week only!Date published: 12/06/14

New offers - for one week only!

Starting today we've got some new offers that will last until next Monday 16th June, so get in there quick!

Marquis de Belleville 2012 Bordeaux Supérieur
 £6.99 buy 2 save 15% £5.94

Bordeaux Supérieur can be made anywhere within the AOC Bordeaux appellation, but must be matured for at least 12 months prior to release. The blend was made by negociant house Sovex-Woltner, who sourced the grapes from several Petits Châteaux. A middleweight claret with a good balance of ripe plum and berry flavours, with plenty of concentration. Tannins are fine-grained and provide a smooth yet ample feel.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012/2013 Grifone 
£6.65 Buy 2 save 25% = £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.

Torres Viña Sol 2013 Catalunya
 £7.99 Buy 2 save 25% = £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.


Italian Spotlight Tasting WeekDate published: 11/06/14

Starting Friday for one week we have our Italian Tasting week. We will have a selection of red and white Italian wines open on the tasting counter for you to come in and try at your leisure.

We also have a FREE Italian spotlight tasting on Saturday 14th at 3pm where one of our team will talk to you about a selection of wines that you can try. You can learn while you  taste! Booking is required for this so give us a call on 01962 868708.

New Arrival - King's Legacy ChardonnayDate published: 11/06/14

New Arrival - King's Legacy!

This is a brand new arrival into the Majestic range and is the third offering in Marisco Vineyard's King's Series. We've had their King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc and King's Thorn Pinot Gris for a while so this is an exciting new addition!

Grape

Chardonnay

Origin

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.

Taste

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

Enjoy

Try this with seared scallops served with black pudding.

Wine Serving TemperatureDate published: 11/06/14

Ever wondered what's the best temperature to serve wine at? 

Here's a rough guide to make it nice and easy!

Style of wine                                     Example of wine                                                      Serving Temperature

Sweet Wines                                     Sauternes                                                                     6-8 °C

Sparkling Wine                                  Champagne, Cava, Prosecco                                     6-10 °C

Light/med bodied white                     Pinot Grigio, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc                7-10 °C

Med/full bodied oaked white              White Burgundy, New World Chardonnays                 10-13 °C

Light bodied Red                               Beaujolais                                                                     13 °C

Med/Full bodied Red                         Claret, Rioja, Shiraz, Chateauneuf-du-Pape                15-18°C

New Short Term Offers in the Summer SelectionDate published: 11/06/14

We have a few new additions to our Summer Selection - 33% off - and here they are ...

Corte Alta, Prosecco - £6.66 (33% off when you buy 2 or more from our Summer Selection - £9.99 single bottle) Ending Monday 16th June

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.

Calamino, Cava - £5.66 (33% off when you buy 2 or more from our Summer Selection - £8.99 single bottle) Ending Monday 23rd June

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

Codorniu, Brut - £6.66 (33% off when you buy 2 or more from our Summer Selection - £9.99 single bottle) Ending Monday 23rd June

A dry light bodied Cava displaying green apple, citrus, almond and brioche characters.

Corte Alta, Rabosa Rosato - £6.66 (33% off when you buy 2 or more from our Summer Selection - £9.99 single bottle) Ending Monday 23rd June

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.

Brancott Estate, Pinot Noir - £7.99 (33% off when you buy 2 or more from our Summer Selection - £11.99 single bottle) Ending Monday 23rd June

Bright red cherries and summer berries characterise the fruit, highlighted by aromas of dried herbs. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by firm tannins and a streak of taut acidity.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 10/06/14

Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough


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.

Price £7 .49 when you buy at least 2 bottles.


New Fine Wine - Domaine Chante-Perdrix Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011Date published: 08/06/14

Another new Fine Wine arrival to Majestic Reading, The Wine Advocate had this to say about it...

"A blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, [10% Mourvèdre] and the balance other permitted varieties, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape offers up perfumed, forward notes of mulled cherries, blackberry, spice-box and dried garrigue with a medium-bodied, low acid and voluptuously textured profile on the palate. Delicious, easy and a fun drink, it should be on a fast evolutionary track. Drink now-2018". Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate.

Currently priced at £22 as part of the Fine Wine and Spirits offer (buy 2+ selected Fine Wines and Spirits and save £10) - single bottle price £27.


Pimm's O'Clock!Date published: 08/06/14

Summer refreshment: Pimm's just £11.99

Now we finally have some beautiful weather which will entice everyone in to the garden, it is worth remembering to stock up on the quintessential English Summer drink - Pimms! It is on offer at £11.99, an offer too good to refuse!

  Don't forget that Lemonade!


Make Dad's Day With One Of TheseDate published: 08/06/14

Treat your dad to a bottle or two of these fabulous new arrivals this Father's day, June 15.

Mud House Pinot Noir - This single vineyard wine, from the Bendigo sub region of Central Otago, displays cherry, spice and mocha aromas. Black cherry and bramble flavours are complemented by hints of dried herbs and oak. £9.99

Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc - Made by winemaker Sebastian Labbe, the Wave Series was inspired by both his passion for surfing and the Pacific Coast's influence on Chilie's terroir. Its clean and crisp with intense aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and refreshing lime. £6.66

The King's Legacy Chardonnay - Aged in oak on light lees to build weight and structure, this offers aromas of citrus, fig, melon and toasted almonds. On the rich sand creamy palate, grapefruit and lemon zest are balanced by some riper flavours of nectarine, melon and fig. £9.99

Berlucchi Cuvee Imperiale Franciacorta NV - A blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, this is a traditional Italian sparkling wine to rival those of Champagne. Crisp yet rich, it releases generous apple, pear and citrus characters in a full-bodied style that would be perfect for a summer wedding! £14.99

Remember we do FREE delivery if you would like to send bottles as a gift! (minimum purchase of 6 bottles applies)


Chardonnay - A New Beginning!Date published: 08/06/14

Now, ask anyone that knows me, and they will tell you that I LOVE Chardonnay. I love it in all it's glorious forms - buttery, oaky, steely, fresh, crisp, creamy. But, sometimes, I feel I'm in the minority with people telling me they can't stand the stuff - and I think it might be the oak influence putting them off. I like to think that there's at least one type of Chardonnay out there that everyone will like, so please join me in my Chardonnay discovery!

It is no secret that the big, oaked New World Chardonnays of the 80s and 90s have, in some quarters, permanently tainted some consumers views towards the great Burgundian white grape. Emphasis on power rather than elegance and oak over fruit, created wines that were unpleasant to many. By contrast, lighter and more fruit driven white varieties, such as Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc have enjoyed a rise in popularity and have since dominated the UK market.

However, slowly but surely those on the ABC bandwagon are being won over by a more modern and thoughtful approach to winemaking. Cool climate and high altitude vineyards are leading this revival, with oak being used to contribute to the textural and aromatic complexity rather than being the wine's defining characteristic. The resulting wines possess more poise and elegance than their predecessors and are thus more palatable and appealing to UK consumers.

Styles range from unoaked wines with clean and crisp citrus and green fruit characteristics to a subtle use of oak giving vanilla and tropical fruit notes. These more restrained Chardonnays can be found from a multitude of New world regions such as Chile, Argentina, California, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. The latter is currently experiencing healthy growth, with Hardys up 14% in value in the last 12 months (Accolade, 2013) and Chardonnay is the fastest growing Australian grape variety.

At Majestic we stock a wide range of new world Chardonnay and would encourage you to #tasteandexplore!


Italian Spotlight Tasting - Saturday 14th JuneDate published: 08/06/14

For a more in-depth exploration of Italian wines, join us for a FREE 30-minute tutored Spotlight Tasting. It's just a few hours before England play Italy in the World Cup, but football colours are welcome!

6 Italiann wines will be open and we'll guide you through them presenting some fascinating facts about each.

This is on Saturday 14th June at 3pm, please RSVP to win@majestic.co.uk or call us on 01962 868 708 to book your places.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/06/14

This week's wine of the week is the International Wine Challenge Silver medal winning King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough


Winemaker Brent Marris is descended from the noble De Marisco family, and is also the maker of the ever popular Ned range of wines.


A lively and intense 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.


Lovely on its own or with fresh oysters, delicate white fish dishes, or soft and creamy goat's cheeses.

£9.99 when you buy 2 Summer Selection wines (single bottle price £14.99)

Looking at New Zealand beyond Marlborough: Central OtagoDate published: 05/06/14

Marlborough is often seen as the quintessential New Zealand region and this is generally down to the stunning Sauvignon Blanc's you get from there. You've all tried The Ned,Oyster Bay and Brancott Estate, but Sauvignon Blanc is not the only thing the Kiwi's do well. Don't forget the Pinot Noir's from this country are top-class too and certainly rival those of Burgundy with the quintessential New Zealand Pinot Noir growing region being Central Otago (or "Central" as the locals call it).

One of the more picturesque wine growing regions of the world as evidenced by it's leading role in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogy's as Middle Earth. All those fantastic shots of epic Mountains with slumbering Dragons or Balrogs lurking underneath, those were Central Otago and it's these mountains which help produce the cracking Pinot Noir. The high solar radiation due to the altitude has the effect of supplying the grapes with excellent sunlight firstly, but that same altitude keeps the grapes reliably cool at night also making it one of the few places in the world where the usually light and low-alcohol Pinot grape pushes above 14% ABV, with dazzlingly bright fruit flavours still very much retained.

The pick of the bunch in our store is undoubedtly the Quartz Reef, 2012 at £22 single bottle price and £17 when you buy another fine wine or bottle of spirits, but there's also the Majestic Peak's at the more reasonable price of £10.99. They're both cracking for their respective prices.

So those who want something a little bit different and not as wimpy as some Pinot Noir's can be get yourself a Central Otago Pinot Noir. It's also good with duck, turkey and orc.


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Vina Ardanza 2005Date published: 05/06/14

Location

This particular Rioja Reserva is a 2005 vintage which, as a year, was officially awarded as 'excellent'. The ideal weather conditions of timely rainfall, cool night time temperatures and mild autumnal days allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly. The harvest began in early October  when the drop in temperature helps balance the sugars and phenolic ripeness (the subsequent effects of which are present of the nose and palate).

Grapes and Ageing

The wine is a lovely blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha with the Tempranillo cultivated on 30 year old plots near Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The Garnacha, however, grows on ancient vines found in Rioja Baja.

After both the grapes had been fermented the wines were transferred to American oak barrels in May 2006. The Tempranillo was left to age for 36 months in four and half year old barrels while the Garnacha is aged for 30 months in younger casks. The wine also underwent manual racking and was finally bottled in July 2009.

Tasting Notes

This wine has a beautiful garnet colour but is not dark or opaque as you might imagine but in fact rather light in intensity. The nose is pronounced with clearly defined aromas coming through such as jammy red fruits, earthiness, spice and subtle hints of vanilla. It is a very well balanced, well structured wine as you would expect from such quality. The acidity, alcohol and soft tannins blend together harmoniously with a long finish of woody and red fruit flavours.

Roast lamb would be a brilliant partner for this particular wine. The acidity would cut through the fattiness in the meat which means it would also go with other roasts such as pork and crackling if lamb isn't your bag! 

Price

£24.00 or buy 2 bottles or more at £19.00


A free bottle for you, and one for your friend!Date published: 04/06/14

Yes, it's true! Don't miss the chance for both yourself and a friend to receive a free both worth up to £10. All you have to do is bring them with you on your next shop, add them onto the customer list and as long as you each get 6 bottles you get a free bottle of your choice, or with our guidance.  

Gold Medal Winning Wines.Date published: 04/06/14

Recently the results of the IWC were announced. The competition is now in its 31st year and attracts around 14,000 entries. These are tasted by a line up of Masters of Wine, Wine tasters, critics and buyers. After being judged the top wines are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals.

Majestic Wine entered wine that the company stock into the competition. Below are some of the award winning wines that Majestic entered, that we have in stock at the moment here in Majestic Winchester:

Gold medal winners include:

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones. Back in stock soon!

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.

Barolo 2009 Natale Verga

An inviting garnet colour, this wine offers a blackberry bouquet, accented with persistent notes of rose petal and subtle wood smoke. A warming palate with undertones of spice and graphite.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 England

A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised. The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions.



Marques de Riscal Reserva - £9.99!Date published: 04/06/14

Rioja Reserva 2008 Marques de Riscal

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

A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.

Enjoy

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

£14.99

£9.99

(Buy any 2 save 33.3%)


Heidsieck & Co. Brut - £14.99!Date published: 04/06/14

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV

This wonderful Champagne has found its way onto our Pick N' Mix selection. You can enjoy this beauty for just £14.99

This wine is Pinot dominated which leads to a rich, yet very approachable house style. 

Expect crisp golden fruits, brioche flavours, and a satisfying mousse like texture that will fizz in the glass for as long as you allow it to stay in there!


Pilsner UrquellDate published: 04/06/14

Pilsner Urquell 24x330ml Bottles

This fantastic beer is on an amazing offer at just £24 a case, that's just £1 per bottle!!

An excellent lager from the Czech Republic at an impressive price!

An ideal partner to watching the World Cup


Dessert Wines at MajesticDate published: 04/06/14

In my opinion there is no better way to round off a meal, by opening up a bottle of desert wine, either on its own or to accompany a pudding. Picking the right wine can be tricky, so which wines should accompany which deserts?

Elysium Black Muscat 2012 Half Bottle 

Origin

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.

Taste

Virtually black in colour, with a rose-like aroma, very intense on the palate and full of fantastic rich velvety fruit.

Enjoy

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!

£11.75 £9.99 *buy 2 save 15%

Brown Brothers Orange Muscat and Flora

Origin

From Brown Brothers Mystic Park Vineyard in Victoria this is an exciting blend of late-harvested Orange Muscat along with the little known Flora. A cross between Semillon and Gewürztraminer, Flora lends a distinct fragrance to the wine.

Taste

Aromas of orange blossom, fresh citrus and spice, with a textured and rich palate, a crisp acidity balances the sweetness of the palate and leads on in a zesty finish

Enjoy

A rich and rewarding dessert accompaniment

£8.99 £6.74 *buy 2 save 25%

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2008 Hungary 50cl Bottle

Origin

Acknowledged as one of the region’s top winemakers, Karoly Ats combines traditional techniques with modern technology to create the award-winning Royal Tokaji range. Tokaji is produced by blending hand-picked shrivelled or 'aszu' berries with top quality base wines.

Taste

A medium amber colour with a nose of orange peel, figs and cinnamon. The sugar on the palate is well-balanced by the fine acidity, leading to a clean, refreshing finish.

Enjoy

Will continue to improve over several years but drink now, slightly chilled, with blue cheeses or fruit desserts.

£19.99


Is it Syrah or Shiraz?Date published: 04/06/14

In a nutshell - they're the same.

However, it isn't quite that simple, they are the same grape but a bottle labelled as Syrah will rarely taste the same as one named Shiraz.

In France they tend to use the word Syrah and produce a very elegant wine with a real focus on the spicy and peppery edge of the grape. A fantastic example of this is the Hermitage region in the Rhone valley where there is a pronounced peppery note on the wines.

Conversely in Australia, arguably the home of Shiraz, they produce big beefy wines with much more emphasis on the fruity and meaty aromas of the variety. But in Australia, and in other New World sites, the word Syrah is used to denote a more restrained (French) style of wine.

Keep an eye out for the different styles we have and maybe try a selection next time you pop in!



Having a Summer Party?Date published: 04/06/14

Having a Party?

At Majestic we offer the complete party service. Pick up one of our Party Planners for full details.

Free Delivery

Free Glass Loan*

Free Chiller Bin Loan**

Ice

Advice on how much to buy

Sale or Return Arrangements

* £1 deposit per glass. Fully refundable when returned clean and undamaged.

** £10 deposit for ice bucket, £15 deposit for chiller bin. Fully refundable when returned clean and undamaged. 



New Portugese WinesDate published: 04/06/14

We've recently taken delivery of 2 new, great-value Portuguese wines!

Terras de Pegoes Vinho Branco - Portugal is the source of some great value, straightforward yet uniquely-styled whites, many of which are made from grape varieties seldom found outside of the country. This example comes from the Setúbal Peninsula, a coastal region immediately to the south of Lisbon. A light-bodied and easy-drinking white wine with moderate acidity providing a gentle texture. Subtly floral on the nose, combining hints of blossom with a core of ripe citrus fruit. A great match for chicken tagine with dried apricots and mild aromatic spices. Priced at £6.99 per bottle.

Terras de Pegoes Vinho Tinto - The Castelão grape is commonly referred to as Periquita in its native Portugal, where it is the most widely-planted red variety. It features in many of the country's archetypal red wines, including Port, and thrives in hot, difficult growing conditions and sandy soils. Jammy red berry fruit surrounded by medium-weighted yet satisfyingly chewy tannins. Subtle scents of cherry, thyme and rose petals lift the nose. Perfect with spicy Mexican food such as enchiladas or burritos. Priced at £6.99per bottle.


Cheese & WineDate published: 02/06/14

Cheese & wine

Cheese and Wine have always been put together as a great food and wine match. But did you know different types of cheese match better to different wines? Here are a few of my favourite pairings!

Mature Cheddar and Bordeaux. This is a great match, which shows off both the food and wine to their full extent. As with all food and wine matches, the idea is to find things which complement each other and show each component at its best. The protein in the cheese softens the tannin in the Bordeaux, making it melt in your mouth and release all the rich fruit and savoury characters within.

Goats Cheese and Sauvignon Blanc. It may seem unusual to have cheese with a white wine, but the creaminess and strong flavour of goats cheese balances perfectly with the crisp acidity and aromatics of a sauvignon, especially something from the Loire Valley.

Blue cheese and desert wine. Again, not something many of us would instinctively reach for, but a sticky sweet wine, such as a Sauternes matches the saltiness of a blue cheese. And with both having a similar intensity of flavour, its a great match. Throw in some Pate as well for a real treat!

We're always thinking about food and wine here, so if you ever want some recommendations for a particular dish or style of food, just ask!


New Wine - Just Arrived - Wave Series Sauvignon BlancDate published: 02/06/14

New Wine - Just Arrived - Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc

We have a brand new addition to our already fantastic range in Chile, Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc! 

Winemaker Sebastian Labbe grew up in Chile and went on to home both his winemaking and surfing skills in New Zealand. The wave series was inspired both by this passion for the waves, and the Pacific Coats's influence on Chile's terroir.

The vineyards are located within the Leyda Valley which is located within the San Antonio region of Chile. Located right on the coastline of the Pacific Ocean, the cooling air from the ocean combined with the long sunny days makes conditions ideal for growing the Sauvignon Blanc grape! 

On the palate a clean crisp Sauvignon typical of Chile, offering aromas of grapefruit, goosebury and refreshing lime! Light in weight yet persistent and concentrated in flavour.

Would match well with King Prawns, green salads and oysters!

This new and exciting addition is also great value, currently only £6.66 on our summer selection.


Producer Spotlight - VinalbaDate published: 02/06/14

Producer Spotlight - Vinalba

Vinalba's eclectic range of wines showcase the depth and elegance that Argentina offers. Launched in 2008, Viñalba has already won 117 medals, including 11 trophies in the industry's top competitions, e.g. International Wines and Spirits Quality Award 2010. Made by one of Argentina's most respected winemakers, Bordeaux born Hervé J. Fabre, Viñalba offers a range of beautifully crafted wines, combining Argentina's purity of fruitand clear varietal expression with the elegance and complexity that expresses the local terroir.

Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012 Lujan de Cuyo £8.24

The aromatic Torrontes grape is Argentina's signature white variety, as it produces bright and perfumed white wines. Bursting with ripeness, the nose is a cascade of tropical fruit and blossom aromas. Lively flavours of white peachmelon, pear and pineappleprovide a refreshing and involving palate sensation.

Viñalba Fifty 50 2012 Uco Valley £7.99

Hervé made his name from Malbec, having been the first to make a single-varietal Malbec in Argentina, but his Bordeaux roots have influenced this wine with the addition of the Bordeaux-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon. Full-bodied, intense and vibrant with a juicydamson and blackcurrant backbone characterising both the nose and palate. The toasty oak influence adds complexity. A perfect match for a juicy stake or hearty casserole.

Viñalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2011 Mendoza £13.59

The flagship wine in the Viñalba range, with a plethora of awards recognising its excellence. Hand-picked grapes from old vines ensure stunning quality. A generous nose of warm plum-pudding-like fruit, lifted by soft vanilla and flower petal notes. The tannins are muscular, yet smooth and voluptuous, providing a blockbusting mouthfeel and long finish.

New in Stock: Edna Valley WinesDate published: 02/06/14

New in Stock: Edna Valley Wines

This time of year always marks the introduction of several exciting new wines in to the Majestic range, including two wines from California's Edna Valley Winery.

Edna Valley Pinot Noir 2012 - £8.66

Pinot Noir enjoys more moderate climates and much of Californian vineyard land is simply too hot to produce balanced examples. The Edna Valley runs East/West, opening out in to the Pacific. The facilitates the inflow of cooler ocean air, moderating the climate and facilitating the production of elegant wines. Full and supple, this Pinot displays ripe cherry fruit and floral hints.

Edna Valley Chardonnay 2012 - £8.66

Another Burgundian variety benefiting from the moderate mesoclimate of the Edna Valley, we have a Chardonnay that combines the richness typical of Napa Valley examples with a precise acidity that helps keep the wine fresh. Enjoy its butterscotch and apple pie notes with Sunday Roast Chicken!


New in stock: Cheateau Chantalouette 2003Date published: 02/06/14

New in Stock: Chateau Chantalouette 2003

An exciting new addition to our fine wine range, Chateau Chantaloutte is the second wine of Chateau de Sales, the largest producer in Pomerol on Bordeaux's Right Bank. Having previously stocked the 2007 vintage, which was exceptionally well received, we've delved deeper in to the producer's cellar to bring you the 2003.

2003 was a summer of extreme heat, bringing about wines with exceptional richness and opulence. The 2003 compares favourably with the 2007, with a fleshier texture, ripe dark berry notes and dense, juicy tannins. Now square in it's drinking window, signs of maturity are manifesting in the form of earthy hints on the mid palate and a smooth, rich finish. Perfect with Sunday roast lamb and if there's any left afterwards, crack out the mature hard cheeses to polish of the bottle!

£19.00


Add your email!Date published: 02/06/14

Add your Email!

You may already be on our private customer list (anybody can join!).

However, did you know that you can now add your email address to in order to keep up to date with the latest news, offers and exclusive parcels available for our customers contacted via email!

Let us know your email address at win@majestic.co.uk or phone 01962 868 708


Are you a Pub or Restaurant Manager/Owner?Date published: 02/06/14

Are you a Pub or Rrestaurant Manager/Owner?

Majestic were recently named House Wine Merchant of the Year at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2014, in recognition of the great value and wide range of wines we offer to our Commercial customers:

"And with by far the lowest average price of any submitter in this year’s competition, and national distribution, it suggests Majestic ought to be on the radar of anyone looking to change their House Wine offering.”

Choose Majestic Commercial and you get so much more than a wine supplier. Yes we will bring you a range of wines to rival any in the industry. But more than that, you can look forward to an array of services designed to help you maximise sales and help achieve the individual goals you have set for your business.

It all starts with a member of the Commercial sales team, a single point of contact, who is on hand to offer the support, guidance and information you need, when you need it. We can boast extensive commercial experience and the infrastructure to be incredibly flexible regarding deliveries. We are all qualified to a minimum of Level 3 Advanced Certificate in the internationally renowned Wine and Spirit Education Trust award. Some have gone on to hone their knowledge and passion even further by completing the Level 4 Diploma.

So Why Choose Majestic Wines?

•  We have an ever expanding and evolving list of Commercial Exclusives- wines only available to our on-trade customers

 • We can help you produce your own wine list, complete with prices and detailed tasting notes, quickly and professionally. 

• We provide staff training through our Confidence in Wine course, which explores grape varieties and the winemaking process, whilst our Perfect Partners course specifically tackles food matching.

 • On-trade accounts are serviced from a local Majestic store, with your orders personally picked, processed and delivered by our knowledgeable staff. Stores are open seven days a week, so deliveries can be made swiftly at a time that suits you – even at weekends.



With these Rosé offers it will feel like the Sun shines all the time!Date published: 02/06/14

With these Rosé offers it will feel like the Sun shines all the time!

Rose magnums and larger

This Summer we have gone one step bigger and introduced magnums of Rose from Provence in to our range. Over the past few years we have sold the AIX rose, also from Provence, only in magnums and it has proven a huge hit with customers, so we have expanded and now can offer you Chateau de Berne and M de Minuty to help you with those parties and family get togethers.

Ch de Berne Rose 2013, Cotes de Provence is made from the Grenache and Cinsault grapes. An attractive and delicate honeysuckle pink wine with a lifted nose of summer fruits and tropical hints of mango. Intense, crisp, well balanced and refreshing on the palate. 

M de Minuty Rose 2013, Cotes de Provence is made from Grenache, Cinsault and Tibouren. With vineyards nestled on the St Tropez Peninsular this wine offers a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.  

AIX Rose 2013, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence is made from Grenache, Cinsault and Shiraz. This award winning wine, from Domaine de la Grande Seouve, is unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruits. This wine is now also available in double magnums. That's 3lts worth. Is your fridge big enough?!



Making a National Impression..Date published: 02/06/14

Making a National Impression..

Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Vinas del Vero Gewurztraminer 2013

£8.49 – On the 15% off deal

Summery wine that’s as scented and uplifting as strawberries on a trampoline.

(Olly’s Pick of the Bunch)

Saturday Kitchen- Susie Barrie

Paul Mas Estate Vermentino

£7.64 – On 15% off deal

Very bright gold with youthful green tints. The nose is predominantly citrus, with berry and slightly smoky notes.

The Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Lirac Domain des Garrigues 2012

£8.49 – On the 15% off deal

Made entirely without oak, this wine is vibrant and youthful in both colour and aroma, with great freshness to the dense red fruit

Peter Lehmann Riesling 2013

£8.91 – On the 15% off deal

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.



Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012Date published: 02/06/14

Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012

Started in 1920 by Francesco Minini, this winery has expanded by involving partner growers across a larger geographical area, and now vinifies in a modern facility in Verolanuova, completed in 2002. This is a ripasso wine, enriched by 10 days on Amarone pressings.

This is the process whereby grapes are dried out and become a little bit raisined, this adds extra depth and concenrtation to the blend. Dominated by Corvina and helped in parts by the very acidic Molinara, and very tannic Rondinella to add balance and complexity.  

It is a vibrant ruby red wine that has a dense core of bright cherry and bramble fruit and lifted violet aromas. Medium-bodied and harmonious yet muscular and well-structured. For lovers of Italian wine or big flavoursome reds from around the world. This could well become a staff favourite, and develops in complexity the longer it is left open.


25% wine of the DayDate published: 01/06/14

25% wine of the Day

Let's kick off the week with a well known grape variety from a more unexpected location. The grape variety in question is Merlot, favourite of most people, always a house wine choice and one of the noble grapes of Bordeaux. But where does this wine from? Well, it's actually from New Zealand, home of fantastic Sauvignon Blanc and amazing Pinot Noir; so what are their Merlots like?

Giesen Merlot 2013 - £10.49 or £8.92 when you buy any 2 25% wines - So what's this Merlot like then? Very very nice indeed; it's soft and fruity and is everything you want in a Merlot. Full bodied, good tannin and an amazing finish, you'll just have to let it breath for an hour to really get the best out of it; but you will see how great the Kiwis are at other grape varieties. 


Pinotage - Just Give It a Chance!Date published: 01/06/14

Pinotage - Just Give It a Chance!

I have never really understood Pinotage, Cinsault and Pinot Noir put together to make South Africa's unique wine. Generally, it is a big, very smokey affair, but with little finesse. So I've finally discovered an example that is actually fantastic. let's take a look!

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Bush Vine Pinotage 2012 - £14.99 or £12.74 when you buy any 2 15% wines - This wine has benefited from having 18 months in French oak. Deep plum colors are inviting and the smokey, meaty, truffle notes are balanced with a massive shot of fruit. Perfect BBQ wine!


Spanish Red? Not Rioja? Calima GarnachaDate published: 01/06/14

I love Spanish Garnacha, unlike the Grenache of France (Same Grape) which is used in the alchemy of Rhone blend, it is a much simpler fair, lovely fruits and just perfect for a summer's day. We've got an interesting new edition to the Majestic range which should tick all the boxes. Let's have a little look.

Calima Garnacha Tinto, 2013 0 £7.99 or £5.99 when you buy any 2 25% wines - This is brought to you by a CAVA house, Marques de Monistrol, 40km South West Of Barcelona. It is a fascinating wine, as it hasn't bent to the will of a screw top and is under cork. Fresh and ripe with lightly sweetened fruit and chewy tannins, this will be the perfect wine for those summer BBQs. 

Ultra Fantastico! 


New Arrival - Mud House Sauvignon Blanc.Date published: 01/06/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc

£6.66

when you buy any 2 or more selected 33.3% off wines.

Unit price £9.99

With sunny weather, comes the desire to make sure the fridge has a full complement of chilled white wine! With our fantastic new arrival the Mud House Sauvignon from New Zealand, we can certainly help you with this.

This exciting new wine is a great example of why New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has seen such success. A winner of the coveted International Wine Challenge Gold Award, it's not just us that think this is one not to miss.

Filled with citrus and tropical fruit flavours, this is a crisp and vibrant wine. A great match with light summer salads, or fresh seafood.


5 Bargains ending Monday not to be missed!Date published: 01/06/14

5 Bargains ending Monday not to be missed!

Our May 33.3% off offers end this Monday, so here are 5 wines that are not to be missed!!

Prices stated are when you buy any 2 from the Summer collection 33.3% off.

Alamos Malbec £6.66

Oxford Landing Cabernet Shiraz £5.33

Gavi di Gavi Toledana £7.99

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc £7.99

Serena Pinot Grigio £6.66


Upcoming Events at Majestic Wine WinchesterDate published: 31/05/14

Here is a round up of all our upcoming and FREE events that you are welcome to come along to:

6th-12th June: New Zealand Spotlight Week

13th-19th June: Italy Spotlight Week

14th June 3pm: Italy Spotlight Tasting (booking required)

If you would like to come along to any of the above, please don't hesitate to contact us by phone (01962 868708), email (win@majestic.co.uk) or simply pop into the store at any time!

Why not try Gavi Araldica?Date published: 30/05/14

Gavi Araldica

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.

£6.66 when you buy any 2 bottles in the 33% deal 

(£9.99 single bottle price)


New Arrival - Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012Date published: 29/05/14

Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012

Grapes - Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella

Started in 1920 by Francesco Minini, this winery has expanded by involving partner growers across a larger geographical area, and now vinifies in a modern facility in Verolanuova, completed in 2002. This is a ripasso wine, enriched by 10 days on Amarone pressings.

This vibrant ruby red wine has a dense core of bright cherry and bramble fruit and lifted violet aromas. Medium-bodied and harmonious yet muscular and well-structured.

Price £9.74 (when purchased with any other wine at 25% off)

Nicolas Potel - A fine producerDate published: 29/05/14

Nicolas Potel - A fine producer

Nicolas Potel decided to set up his own wine négociant business after the death of his father in 1996 and the subsequent sale of Domaine Pousse d`Or, which his father had been managing. 

The Nicolas Potel label became an excellent source of predominantly red wines, from Bourgogne Rouge to the Grands Crus of the Cote de Nuits. His hallmark has been to make wines which respect both their vineyard provenance and the style of the vintage while remaining attractively priced. Since 2004 Nicolas the Cottin brothers of Labouré-Roi have owned the brand, with Potel running the business until 2009. 

We currently have a great deal on 'Bourgogne Chardonnay 2012 Nicolas Potel' which is priced at £8.66 when you buy any two or more Summer Selection Wines. 

The style of chardonnay is un-oaked, using stainless steel to ferment and mature the wine. Predominately citrus fruits on the nose which follows onto the palate with a touch of creaminess on the finish.  Great for simple summery dishes like quiche and salad. A very enjoyable wine. 

Offers Ending Soon!Date published: 29/05/14

Many of our Summer Selection offers are ending on the 2nd June.

These include Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc at £7.99 and M de Minuty Rosé at £9.99.

Don't miss out on saving 33% on the selection of wines on offer.

Order online or over the phone for free delivery or pop into Majestic Wine Winchester to explore our full range of wines.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 27/05/14

This week's wine of the week is the Parcel Series Cabernet Merlot Reserve 2012 Western Cape


This is a new and exclusive special parcel of wine obtained at a remarkably low price from a well-known, multi-award-winning organically farmed estate in South Africa. Hand-harvested, fermented in traditional open tanks, and matured for 18 months in French and American oak.

An attractive ruby-garnet colour, this wine shows its class with a nose of rich cassis and red charry fruit with forest-floor undertones. Smooth tannins, rich palate fruit and a hint of minerality.

Enjoy with slow-cooked beef, or lamb served with mint.

£6.66 when you buy 2 Summer Selection wines (single bottle price £9.99)


Decanting wine...Date published: 26/05/14

Decanting wine...

The first thing i'll start with is why one may need to decant wine. There have been infinite experiments trying to see whether wine really is improved from being decanted and thus allowed greater exposure to oxygen before serving. Of course the conclusions that have been drawn are contradictory, but hey, the mystery of wine forms a large part of it's enjoyment. 

Anyway, there are some advocates that say letting a wine breathe sufficiently can develop the aromas and soften the tannins of a wine. Some, however, say that this can lose aromas and the drinker will be missing out on the wine developing in the glass and those stages of development the wine undergoes as we make our way through a glass. If we are to gain any practical insight from my ramblings i would say if it's a young tannic wine open it a couple of hours or so before drinking. If it is lighter and less tannic and maybe older and more mature, i would drop this to an hour, or maybe less if it is particularly old and fragile. I do believe in decanting myself but what I would say is results vary wine to wine and some it does improve and some maybe less so, but have a go and see what works for you and your own palate.

Something which isn't up for debate is that decanting is essential in removing sediment (colour matter and tannin) from a wine that is older and has perhaps thrown a sediment (more likely in darker wines such a Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon based wines for instance) or wines that have had little fining and filtration in their production. So finally how do we go about decanting a wine to avoid sediment (which gives the wine bitterness and extra tannin). Well the process should start 24 hours before drinking. Take the desired bottle and leave it standing upright for 24 hours to let the sediment settle. Pull off the foil capsule of the wine in it's entirety so you can see through the neck of the bottle. Before you begin pouring the wine into the decanter either put a sheet of white paper underneath and pour near a light source from above, or get a light source below where you are pouring. Pour in one steady movement into the decanter, constantly looking through the neck. When you see sediment coming with the wine stop pouring (hopefully at this stage the vast majority of wine will now be in the decanter) and discard the rest of the bottle. Voila, sediment free wine!


Gran Reserva explainedDate published: 26/05/14

Gran Reserva is a labelling term for a Spanish wine that has satisfied certain minimum requirements for ageing in cask and bottle.  For wines produced in other countries (such as Chile) this term has less stringent  or no legal meaning.  Red gran reserva wines are aged for a minimum of 60 months, whites and roses for a minimum of 48 months.

For example, Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, Vina Eguia at just £8.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles (£12.99 single bottle price).  This delicious wine is ruby red in colour with medium density and a brick-like rim.  The fruit is very mature, with prune, raisin and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather.  Delicious with slow-cooked lamb dishes or nutty-tasting cheese!

The other labelling terms are Joven (no time in the cask and wine is bottled the year following the vintage for immediate release); Crianza (red wines are aged for 24 months minimum); and Reserva (red wines are aged for 36 months minimum).


Roman influenceDate published: 26/05/14

What did the Romans every do for us.., 

...apart from the irrigation, civil planning, aqueducts, roads and concrete?

Well it also turns out they were the first people to realize the vine growing potential of the Bordeaux region, and from great vines you can make great wines

A quick guide for the beginner out there are Medoc, Haut-Medoc and within those regions are the sub regions of: St- Estephe, Pauillac, St-Julian and Marguax. These regions hold many a famous name such as Château Mouton Rothschild. Chateau Lafite or Latour.

From the right bank the areas of most note are Saint Emillion and Pomerol. With Pomerol boasting arguably the most famous and expensive claret there is, Petrus.

The Colour of WineDate published: 26/05/14

Almost all wines grapes produce clear juice. Red wines get their colour from the skins, which are included in the mix when a red wine is fermented. White wines usually are fermented only from juice, so they are much lighter in colour. Pink wines typically are made from starting a fermentation with red wine juice and skins, then removing the partially fermented wines from the skins after a short period.

Wine and CheeseDate published: 26/05/14

Cheese and wine is always hailed as a classic combination. However, finding that 'match made in heaven' is much harder than one might think, particularly if you are serving a variety of cheeses and trying to pick a single wine to match with them all. The advice I would give to any host is to pick a single cheese and wine combination that works well and then stick with that – if you have a varied cheeseboard and only pick one wine then the chances are that it will clash with something on the plate.

That said, there are some wines that will work nicely with a range of cheeses without clashing too much with any of them: New World Merlots and Cabernets can cope with a range of flavours, as do mature, oak-matured Spanish reds such as Riojas and 'Riberas', a decent white Burgundy will always be a pleasure to drink and will not clash dramatically with cheese; or if you are a traditionalist then pick a tawny port (Taylor's 10 year old Tawny Port is my go-to option).

After that bit of sweeping generalisations here are some more specific bits of advice on specific types of cheese.

Mild Hard Cheeses: E.g. Caerphilly, mild cheddar or Wensleydale. Pair well with dry, fruity whites like Sauvignon Blanc or Godello.

Intense Hard Cheeses: E.g. mature cheddar, Red Leicester or Double Gloucester. Work very nicely with mature French and Spanish reds but also with richer Italian wines like Ripasso Valpolicella.

Soft White Rind Cheeses: E.g. Camembert and Brie. Personally I have never found a red wine that does not highlight the ammonia flavours of these cheeses, so I would recommend a rich white burgundy like a Meursault or St. Aubin (preferably one with a few years age on it). If you want to stick to red wine then a fruity merlot or pinot noir will be the safest bet.

Goat's Cheese: No need to think about this one – French Sauvignon Blanc every time! Sancerre cuts through the gluey texture of the cheese. A more mature/intense style of Goat's cheese would call for a more intense type of wine – pungent New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is perfectly at home in this setting. If you have never tried the combination you really should, it is one of those 'match made in heaven' partnerships.

Pungent and Smoked Cheeses: E.g. Munster, or any cheese from Alsace. Pick a Gewürztraminer or an off-dry Pinot Gris, the richness of the wines and their distinctive flavours partner well with the distinctive flavours of many regional cheeses (but smoked cheese in particular).

Blue Cheese: E.g. Stilton, Roquefort or Gorgonzola. I would pick a sweet wine like a Sauternes every single time (but I do have one devil of a sweet-tooth). The honeyed richness of a Sauternes (see also Tokaji and New World imitations like Noble Semillon or Noble Sauvignon Blanc) are a delicious counter to the salty nature of the cheeses. For red wine something rich and powerful is a great choice – port is a classic with Stilton and Amarone can stand up alongside any of them.

At the end of the day, this is only guidance. If you find a combination that you enjoy then that is the right one to choose.

Enjoy.



TuscanyDate published: 26/05/14

Tuscany

The region of Tuscany covers 7 of the coastal islands and is the 5th biggest region. It is a rather hilly area, and it used this to its advantage for plantings at altitude and in areas where the sun gets trapped for maximum exposure. Here the Sangiovese grape comes into its own and performs at its best.

Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape. Tuscany has 33 Denominazioni di origine controllata (DOC) and 9 Denominazioni di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG). Tuscany has five sub-categories of IGT wines today.

Although white wines are produced from this area, it is famed for its reds (80% of production) and in particular the super tuscans that are produced emphasing the regions quality over quantity approach when it comes to production.

We have a good range of Tuscan wines but my 3 picks are:

Dogajolo @ £9.76

Chianti Rufina Nipozzano @ £14.23

Le Volte Dell'Ornellaia @ 18.00

The prices shown are for when you purchase two or more bottles.




WachauDate published: 26/05/14

Wachau

Wachau is a wine growing region in Austria, which is notable for having a variety of northern and southern climates, as well as a variety of different soil types, minerality and an abundance of hills. The Wachau valley began the wine growing tradition in Austria around the 1200's-1300's for the nobles. It soon became the wine trading capital of Austria, but has only recently gained international recognition as a noteworthy wine producer. 

Known for it's production of apricots and grapes, the Wachau valley was perfectly equipped for the production of white wines, in which the region specialises in creating exceptionally pure dry Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners. Wine growers in the Wachau region have to sign a "code of honour" in which they agree not to import fruits, using only local goods but also a agreement to produce the purest and most expressive wines they can. This results in exceptional quality Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners that can be compared to that produced in Alsace. 

The heat retained in the water and the stony slopes that form the hills of the domain, mixed in with the cold nights are perfect for growing premium quality grapes. Therefore by only using these grapes and not importing other grapes, the wines produced contain sophisticated and complex flavours that are not lost through being transported or stored before being produced into wine.

Notable wine we have on offer: 

Grüner Veltliner 2013, Weingarten Weissenkirchen, Wachau. £8.99 Code: 12485 This wine balances acidity and flavour in harmony to create a dry, but very refreshing wine. With hints of spice and gooseberry this wine can be enjoyed whatever the occasion. A personal favourite of mine.  



Samuel Adams Boston Lager now £24 per caseDate published: 26/05/14

Samuel Adams Boston Lager now £24 per case


This month's Beer of the Month comes from the biggest producer of Craft beer in the world, Sam Adams. A recreation of a 19th century American recipe , this beer is rich and satisfying and packs a hoppy punch! A couple of years ago the brewers got together to decide how they could make a better version for the U.K market, and so decided to spend a number of months at the Famous Shepard Neame brewery in Kent. This allows the brewers to get Boston Lager to us in the perfect condition, which was always a problem when the beer previously had to spend time traveling from the American brewery. 

Fresh and in perfect condition Sam Adams is now enjoyed in the manner in which it should be for us beer lovers in the U.K. 

Currently just £1 per bottle!!

£24 for a case of 24 - Can't say fairer than that!!

Cheers to the Summer!! 


New arrival - Mud House Pinot NoirDate published: 26/05/14

NEW IN

Mud House, Pinot Noir.

£9.99

when two or more purchased as part of a mixed case.

Hailing from Central Otago a superb Pinot Noir producing region, this magnificent example does not disappoint.

This Pinot Noir is an intense and powerful little number displaying layers of ripe red dark cherry, with bramble fruits underlying. These fresh fruit characteristics are then backed up by subtle notes of mocha and spice. Finely balanced tannin and good acidity give the wine a good grip and satisfying length.



The Majestic Fine Wine PlanDate published: 26/05/14

The Majestic Fine Wine Plan.

Ever thought about buying wine Fine Wine En Primeur?  Many fine wines are offered "En Primeur" (before they have been bottled by the producer and are still resting in barrel) and "In Bond" (exclusive of duty and VAT). 

Majestic's partner company Lay & Wheeler offer a fine wine plan which is a simple and effective way to gradually build your own fine wine collection for as little as £50 per month.  Some of the benefits of buying En Primeur with Lay & Wheeler include:

•  Storage at Vinotéque, a specialist wine-dedicated bonded warehouse.

•  Expert advice from knowledgeable and passionate staff.

•  An exciting and ever-evolving range.

•  Bordeaux and Burgundy En Primeur and fine wines from Champagne , Rioja, Tuscany and Piedmont in good vintages.

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

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


P.S  Invest enough each month and you also get 10% discount off your order in all Majestic stores.



BollingerDate published: 26/05/14

Bollinger is a Negociant-Manipulant (meaning they can make, store and sell Champagne) Champagne House in Ay-Champagne in the Valle de la Marne.  Today the house produces some 200,000 cases of Champagne and is aiming to expand production to 250,000 cases by the end of the current decade.  In April 2013 winemaker Mathieu Kauffmann left the House and his responsibilities fell to Giles Descotes (who is also the technical director and cellar master for Bollinger).

Founded in 1892 by German businessman Jacques Bollinger (and a handful of friends/associates).  During the 20th Century the force behind the champagne was Lily Bollinger who ran the house for 30 years following the death of her husband.

Bollinger retains its traditional use of old oak barrels for primary fermentation of all vintage and reserve wines, as well as proportion of those wines destined for the Bollinger Special Cuvee (the Non-Vintage).  The highly oxidative impact of the use of old oak, plus the 6-7 month barrel-ageing time, accounts for Bollinger's slightly earthy, bruised-apple, deliberately oxidised style.

In the last few years the Bollinger House has achieved a controlled pace of growth, supported by the House's 160 hectares of vineyard holdings that help ensure a consistent supply of quality grapes for their wines.

The house style is for Pinot dominated blends with great potential for longevity and complexity.  The style tends towards toast rather than biscuit aromas (this is due to their use of oak rather than the character of the Chardonnay in the blend).

Bollinger Special Cuvee: On offer at Majestic for just £33.31 from June 3rd (when bought as part of our Summer Selection promotion)

The classic. Non-vintaged, made using the traditional method from an assemblage of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier.  At least half the wines for the Special Cuvee are cask fermented, making this one of the most complex non-vintage champagnes on the market.


Did you know...Date published: 26/05/14

...Jim Barry's The Armagh is about as big as Australian Shiraz can get - and that's pretty big! American oak is part of the secret. 

Chilean Wine RegionsDate published: 26/05/14

Stretching 900 km from north to south, Chilean wine regions have a unique geography characterized by 4 natural boundaries. The Atacama Desert to the north, the Andes Mountains to the east, the Patagonian ice fields to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Together they help maintain healthy conditions and protect vineyards against pests and diseases.

In general, Chile has a warm Mediterranea climate, with warm dry summers and cold, rainy winters but it gets cooler and wetter in the south. During El Ninho years, a cyclical weather phenomenon, rainfall levels increase dramatically.

North of Santiago, the two ranges of mountains merge, while south of the capital there is a large depression, the Central Valley.

Chiles's climate is highly influenced by the Pacific Ocean and the Humboldt Current, that flows from the icy waters of Antartica.