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Andover Road Retail Park
Andover Road
Winchester
SO23 7RY
United Kingdom

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My Picks of the Easter Pick 'n' MixDate published: 19/04/14

We have 33% saving across our Easter Pick 'n' Mix range when you buy any 2 or more bottles as part of your mixed case of 6. Here are my favourites.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenère 2009, Chile - This is a full bodied red with flavours of blueberry, plum and cassis fruit. This is accompanied by coffee and dark chocolate aromas. Will Stand up to steaks and is a great partner to game dishes such as roast duck. £7.99 as part of the pick 'n' mix deal (single bottle £11.99).

Pouilly-Fumé 2011 Jean Vincent - An intensely aromatic wine, with gooseberry fruit enhanced by a smoky, flinty character. This wine would make a great aperitif and would partner well with shellfish dishes. £9.99 as part of the pick 'n' mix deal (single bottle price £14.99).

Lindauer Special Reserve NV New Zealand - This sparkling wine has a slight pibnkness to it with copious beads of small bubbles bursting. Aromas of ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit on the nose are accompanied by a toasty, fruity and clean finish on the palate. £9.99 as part of the pick 'n' mix deal (single bottle price £14.99)

Special occasion? Great reasons to shop with MajesticDate published: 18/04/14

Special occasion? Great reasons to shop with Majestic

At the moment, we are getting a fair few customers coming in inquiring about drinks for weddings and parties.

We do it all at Majestic; I'll even help you draft up a playlist to get down to.

Here are reasons why you should come and say hello

1.) We have a massive selection of wines, spirits & beers to choose from and can cater for most occasions and budgets.

2.) The staff are passionate about wine and have tried most of the range; therefore can give you an honest opinion.

3.) We do FREE delivery you know. You tell us the address and the date, and we WILL be there.

4.) Sale or Return. You can over compensate in-case your friends are feeling especially thirsty and bring back any unharmed bottles.

5.) We have the full range off glassware for hire... and yes, its FREE

6.) We are NOT a generic supermarket and we care about what our customers want. 

7.) We are flexible. If we don't have a product you want, we will try and get it in from another store.

Give us a call to discuss on 01962 868 708

Go on, raise a glass to yourself for getting a great bargain...



Vinalba - Fifty 50 NEW in stockDate published: 18/04/14

Vinalba - Fifty 50 NEW in stock

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

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

A Big Heavy Red wine, at 14.5% its not the evening tipple but its sure to pack some heat paired with a nice slab of steak!

Buy two bottles save £6 turning this in to a £8.99 dream! Single bottle price £11.99


Free Super Fast Delivery!Date published: 18/04/14

While the main Majestic website states that delivery is guaranteed within 7 days, here in Winchester we can often deliver to within 48hrs, and sometimes even on the same day.  

Simply choose 'Winchester' as your local store and the website will show you our current range of wines.  

Specify delivery instructions such as 'leave with porter' or 'delivery entrance on Andover Road' and we'll whisk your wine round pronto!  

Cheers!


250 years of prestige - Ruinart RoséDate published: 18/04/14

According to Ruinart, recently discovered entries in the Maison's account book from March 1764 detail the shipment of 120 bottles of wine marked 'Oeil de Perdrix' - a term used to refer to the coppery colour of the Maison's rosé. 

While The Drinks Business states that it is likely that this rosé champagne was made using colouring from elderberries rather than modern blending methods, Ruinart still assert that this proves they were making and shipping rosé champagne more than 250 years ago! 


Rosé Wine - My ChoiceDate published: 18/04/14

Rosé Wine - My Choice

Today is glorious, and to celebrate the sun and our Easter Pick 'n' Mix promotion, we've got our eyes on one particular bottle of rosé, the Minuty!

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.

£9.99 down from £14.99. Bargain!

P.S - Don't tell anybody but I've heard this amazing wine will be available in magnums very soon! Shhhh!


el Rescatado Albarin '13Date published: 18/04/14

el Rescatado Albarin '13

Albarin is an extremely rare grape.

In fact, only 100 hectares are planted across the world and, astonishingly, 20 of those belong to one person. Professor Pedro Gonzalez Mittelbrun has dedicated his whole life to saving this grape from the edge of extinction and promoting its' unique characteristics to the wider world.

El Rescatado translates as 'the rescued' and the Professor certainly has rescued this grape from obscurity. In 2010 he established a winery- Leyanda del Paramo-to carry on his work.

After tasting it is easy to see why he is so passionate. This wine is extremely fresh and aromatic, with gooseberry, citrus and hints of fresh green herbs. It also has a touch of spice on the palate. The finish is long with a refreshing acidity.

As with many crisp, dry Spanish white wines, it is an excellent partner to seafood and shellfish.

£12.99

Buy 2 save £6 = £9.99 per bottle


Staff Favourite - Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004, Rioja AltaDate published: 18/04/14

Staff Favourite - Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004, Rioja Alta

This is one of the very best Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families.

Grape: Tempranillo, Garnacha

Taste: Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.

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

This wine is part of our fantastic fine wine deal: Buy 2 bottles save £10* = £18.50 per bottle

The 2004 Reserva was nominated 'best value wine in the world' by renowned critic Robert Parker in 2013 - so its not just me who likes it!


Chardonnay: The RenaissanceDate published: 18/04/14

Chardonnay: The Renaissance

It is no secret that the big, oaked New World Chardonnays of the 80's and 90's 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 #comeandexplore


Passimento 2011 PasquaDate published: 18/04/14

Passimento 2011 Pasqua

Grape – Merlot, Corvina, Croatina

Origin

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

Taste

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

Try matching with a steak and Guinness pie. The richness of the pie will be perfectly suited to the sweet aromas of the wine. 


New Arrivals for Spring!Date published: 18/04/14

New Arrivals for Spring

El Patito Feo, Navarra - £6.74

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

Passimento, Pasqua - £8.99

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

El Rescatado Albarin, Tierra De Leon - £9.99

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

Arrowfield Semillon, Hunter Valley - £6.99

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

Yalumba Y-Series Cabernet, South Australia - £7.99

Classic Aussie Cabernet with ripe blackcurrant and leafy, eucalyptus notes. Hard to think of a better Cabernet for under £10.



Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/04/14

This week's wine of the week is the Chateau Simard Bordeaux.


 

This wine would be the perfect match for roast beef over the Easter weekend.

This wine is part of the Easter Pick 'n' Mix deal so you save 33% when you buy at least 2 selected bottles as part of a mixed case.

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

£12.65 when you buy 2 Pick 'n' Mix bottles (single bottle price £18.99)

Sunday Lunch WinesDate published: 15/04/14

What meat are you having for your Sunday lunch today? Whatever the choice, we have a great selection of wines that pair perfectly with any. ALL of which are also on the Easter pick'n'mix this month!

Here are just a few selected favourites in Swansea...

Having Roast Pork or Lamb? Why not try...

Macon Rouge 'Les Roches Rouges', Louis Jadot at £7.99 when you buy 2 or more from the pick'n'mix selection

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

Having Roast Chicken? Why not try... 

Stella Alpina Chardonnay, DOC Alto Adige at £9.33 when you buy 2 or more from the pick'n'mix selection

This is a supremely and harmonious Chardonnay, possessing a fine golden balance between firm acidic backbone and rounded opulence. Bright Golden yellow with hints of tropical fruit. 

Having Roast beef? Why not try...

Rioja Reserva, Vina Eguia at £6.66 when you but 2 or more from the pick'n'mix selection

This is 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. 

Make your Sunday Lunch traditional with the perfect wine to match!


Rapel Appeal - Yali Sauvignon - £5.99Date published: 15/04/14

Rapel Appeal - Yali Sauvignon - £5.99

Fancy a midweek drink that's quality and under £6? We've got a few crackers that could meet the requirement, but I think that this time, there's only one winner. you want something crisp, light, refreshing and all round brilliant; you want Yali Sauvignon! Let's take a look at this?

Yali Wetland Sauvignon Blanc - £8.99 or £5.99 when you buy any 2 Pick'n'Mix wines -Wine that is carefully and gradually fermented in a temperature controlled environment; a sign of quality straight off the bat. Following this, 4 months of rest on it's lees and subjected to batonage, makes the wine rounder and fuller. It has a punch of citrus fruit, peachy aromas and a crisp finish. Good solid acidity that'll ake it ideal with any fish dish.

Come and get some today!


Rhone - Get Your Money's WorthDate published: 15/04/14

Rhone - Get Your Money's Worth

With the popularity of Rhone wines growing, It's becoming hard to really find a wine that is truly outstanding for under £10 - Plenty of good wines but not outstanding! Well, I've found one at Majestic, that is both amazingly well made but is also under that magic £10 mark. Let's take a look and see!

Lirac 2012, Domaines des Garrigues - £9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 or more - A family run winery since 1961, this wine is seriously good. When you consider that no oak has been used in the making of this wine it's hard to believe how ample the tannins are; lush red fruits burst through and a vibrant, youthful colour is apparent. the finish has notes of liquorice and a burst of blackcurrant brings it back in to balance beautifully.

Real quality, really good price! Come and get yours now!


Bargain Fizz - J de TelmontDate published: 15/04/14

Bargain Fizz - J de Telmont

I'm sure that most people love a bit of fizz, whether you're celebrating something or just fancy feeling like a celebrity. Problem is, we don't have the celebrity money to afford such treats all the time; until now that is. We've got a storming price on one of my go to champagnes so let's take a look at this little gem.

J de Telmont Grand Reserve NV - £22.50 or £14.99 when you buy any 2 Pick'N'Mix Wines - In a word, this is fabulous; fabulous flavour, fabulous mouth feel and fabulous value. It s soft, medium bodied and fruity, with a classic yeasty not that makes it a true champagne experience. One of the few remaining family run estates, this champagne supports the small niche of champagne too.

At this price, you may even want to consider it for a party or even a wedding. Pop in to Majestic Swansea and have a chat with us about our services and get all the advice you'll ever need.


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 15/04/14

Our opening times over the Easter weekend are as follows:

Fri 18th April (Good Friday) 10am-8pm

Sat 19th April 9am-7pm

Sun 20th April (Easter Sunday) CLOSED

Mon 21st April (Bank Holiday) 10am-5pm


Burgundy's Forgotten GrapeDate published: 15/04/14

Burgundy's Forgotten Grape

As we all know, the best white wine coming out of Burgundy are Chardonnay based and very expensive.... Not so! We have a good selection of affordable white Burgundy so that was a lie anyway. We've also got some whites that are fantastic, under £10 and not chardonnay! Aligote, the original grape of Burgundy is much different and a nice change from the norm. let's take a look at this grape in action:-

Bourgogne Aligote 2012, Chateau du Cray - £9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 or more - Grown on the sandier soils of Burgundy, this is a juicy and expressive wine with a citrus fruit edge. unoaked but nothing like your typical Chablis, it's more reminiscent of a sauvignon blanc than a chardonnay. It's quite light and perfect for a lovely summer salad or even a bit of smoked salmon. 

Come and give it a try now!  


My weekend wine - La Grange des Combes 2011Date published: 15/04/14

My weekend wine - La Grange des Combes 2011

Wines that really should be drunk and explored further; anything from St-Chinian-Roquebrun! It'll generally be a Rhone blend, good quality and under priced for what you get. There is not a lot going on down in this region, apart from wine making, so there is a real depth of understanding and quality that is pushed in the wine. This particular wine was nominated for several awards and featured in Decanter magazine quite recently. Let's take a look then:-

La Grange des Combes 2011, AOC St-Chinian-Roqueburn - £12.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more - A wine that is fantastic and full of rich ripe red fruit, herbaceous and a hint of smoke. I was shocked to learn that the wine is made using a semi-carbonic maceration, the same process used to make Beaujolais. The semi is very important as the wine is suitably tannic but is supple also; a perfect blend really. Not for the faint-hearted and certainly made for food, I will enjoy this with a chunk of steak tonight.

Join me in the pursuit of the biggest, most powerful wines you'll find at Majestic!


Sunday Lunch Wine Time!Date published: 15/04/14

Sunday Lunch Wine Time! 

Oh yes, It's that time again! Whether you're having the traditional, the less traditional or maybe a BBQ (Mad if you are!); It has to be red wine on a Sunday. I've picked a beauty for you sink your teeth in to today. It's a Bordeaux blend but with New World origins. Let's have a little look!

Jordan Cabernet Merlot 2011 - £9.99 or £8.49 when you buy 2 - It's Sunday so I think it's worth having something a bit special. Modern wineries don't come better than the Jordan estate and you'll see that from the wine. It is big, full bodied, with a jammy black berry fruit. It has lovely soft tannins that make it really approachable and will keep most pallets happy. I'd probably have it with beef myself, but I'm not a meat snob; enjoy it with whatever your having!

Pop in now and pick up a couple of bottles! 


Summer is Coming - New Rose Here Now!Date published: 15/04/14

Summer is Coming - New Rose Here Now!

With all this talk of 3 month heat waves and the possibility of hose pipe bans, I think we've got it spot on at Majestic by getting in our Roses already. Not only have we got a few amazing offers on Rose at the moment. we've even brought in a new one to get stuck in to. Let's have a little look at the new addition.

Valle Des Pins Rose 2013, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence - £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more - Straight off the bat, I love this wine. It's everything Provence, using all the typical grapes i.e.Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. What I like though is the addition of Cabernet. In the process of making this wine, each part is made separately, then expertly blended to produce a magical wine. Strawberry, raspberry, white peach and exotic tropical fruits. Wow! I can smell the sun cream already!

Come in and feel summery with me!  


Cune Rioja Reserva - Get It While You Can Under £10Date published: 15/04/14

Cune Rioja Reserva - Get It While You Can Under £10

It's been on offer for a week and I still can't stop talking about this little beauty. Having been quite non plus about it for such a long time, one sip last Wednesday absolutely changed my perspective of this wine (I'm putting my previous experience down to a bad bottle; just had to be!). I love everything that CUNE do, but I think that this is my favourite when it's this price, easily. Let's find out why.

Rioja Reserva 2009, CUNE - 13.99 or £9.33 when you buy 2 Pick'N'Mix Wines - soft and luxurious with a fantastic amount of leathery and caramel notes to the pallet. It's got bags of fruit and a heck of a lot of personality. It's a dream with meat and I think one of the best drinkers you'll get this summer.

Big praise from me; come and find out for yourself! You can buy this with any Pick'N'mix wine too and get it for the lower price. Absolute Bargain I'm telling you!


PradikatsweinDate published: 15/04/14

Pradikatswein

Pradikatswein indicates quality wine with special attributes. It differs from lower level wines in that the must cannot be enriched. This process is known as chaptilizationwhen the must weight is altered pre fermentation to change the wines characteristics. Which narrows down the areas where the grapes can be harvested making it more prestigious. The different levels are laid out ...

Kabinett: these wines are the most delicate and are usually medium sweet. They have a high acidity and Rieslings in this style have green apple flavours. A sweeter style will have an alcohol level between 8-9% whereas drier styles can reach 12% abv.

Spatlese: literally 'late harvest' typically semi-sweet (but not always). More concentrated than a Kabinett and the green apple has been replaced by citrus aromas. The grapes are harvested 7 days after the harvest which carries the risk of the crops being ruined by the rain. Although it is a 'late harvest wine' it is not a desert wine a term often used with US wines.

Auslese: the highest level of wine that can still be a dry wine, Auslese means 'select harvest'. It is richer than previous levels on the Pradikatswein. Particularly sweet ones can be labelled Goldskpel which indicates the grapes are harvested from particularly ripe bunches of grapes.

Beerenauslese (BA): made from overripe grapes individually selected from bunches and often affected by noble rot. Some varieties have been developed to achieve BA must weights without the aid of botrytis, but the resulting wines never have the complexity and refreshing acidity of a true Riesling Beerenauslese

Eiswein: comes from the frozen vine this requires temperatures below -8ºC. Harvesting often takes place on winter nights often as late as January. The grape musts must reach the same weight as a BA. The most classic eiswein style is not affected by noble rot but because the water in the grape is frozen the remaining juice is super concentrated.

Trokenbeerenauslese (TBA): means grapes that have been dried on the vine the grapes have literally shrivelled to tiny raisins. This wine is only made in exceptional vintages and are only produced in minute quantities. Top quality TBAs are among the world most expensive wines.


Carbonic MacerationDate published: 15/04/14

Carbonic Maceration

Is the process of placing whole bunches of uncrushed grapes in vats that have been filled with carbon dioxide. Due to the lack of oxygen, grapes are forced to get the energy they need by converting glucose into alcohol, carbon dioxide and energy. The grapes consequently burst, and then they are pressed and the juice is separated from the skins. 

This process is generally used by winemakers to extract colour and to give softness, fruit flavours and less tannin to the wine.

Carbonic Maceration is most commonly associated with Beaujolais Nouveau.


Southern FranceDate published: 15/04/14

Southern France

This is a diverse region which is improving year on year, especially its value-for-money wines. The warm mediterranean climate has long sunshine hours with warm summer temperatures, mild winters and low levels of rainfall which makes it a very suitable area for grape growing. However it can often suffer from strong winds which in turn affects grape quality.

The main black grape varieties grown here are: 

Grenache (most widely planted, thriving in the warm and dry conditions)
Syrah (performs better in the more moderate sites)
Carignan (can produce quality wines on old vines)

There are also other significant, yet smaller plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault. Blendings are common, and Cinsault is often used as a partner to Carignan to add fruit and aromatic flavour. Mourvedre plays an important role in blends by adding richness, colour and complexity.  

The main white grape varieties grown here are:

Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc (most widely planted, adapt well to Mediterranean climate)
Viognier (significant increase in plantings)
Muscat (used in production of Vins Doux Naturels (lightly fortified wine, adding sweetness and perfumed aromas)
Grenache Blanc (often blended with other local varieties, adding body)

Other smaller plantings include Picpoul, Mauzac and Maccabeu to name a few. Blending is again common with Marsanne (adding richness and weight) & Rousanne (adding acidity) commonly used. 


Wine Information - NégociantDate published: 15/04/14

A négociant is somebody who assembles the produce of smaller growers and winemakers and sells the result under its own name. Until the early 1980s almost all wine in Bordeaux and Burgundy would be sold through négociants. 

Négociants buy everything right from the grape to the grape must, in most cases the négociant performs almost all the wine making. In some instances though the négociant buys already fermented wine and transports the produce in large containers this is called 'en frac'. The négociant can then decide whether to age the wine further or just sell as it is. The négociant  would still use their name when selling the wine.

Historically the winemakers had no direct access to the buyers. It was usually too expensive for the growers to purchase the wine presses and bottling lines. Hence the need for a négociant.


Why doesn't wine taste likes grapes?Date published: 15/04/14

Why doesn't wine taste like grapes?

It is a little ironic that wine is made entirely from grapes and yet if you have a glass, it rarely tastes like grapes. In fact, it can taste of almost anything, from pineapple to lemon (for white wine), from plum, to leather (in the case of red wine).

Some people even think that small amounts of these fruits are added to wine to change the flavour, but it is in fact the extremely complex process of wine-making which actually changes the chemical compounds found in the grapes so that they resemble those found in other fruits.

Almost every step of the wine-making process can change the flavour and body of the wine, for example the can undergo Malalactic Fermentation, which changes the harsh Malic Acid (acid found in apples, lemons etc) into Lactic Acid (acids found in dairy). New World Chardonnay often undergoes this process to turn an appley, citrusy wine into a creamy, buttery wine.

If you would like to know more about these processes, simply ask a member of staff next time you are in store and they will be happy to go into more detail.


Spanish Wines - Save 25%Date published: 15/04/14

Here's a selection of great Spanish wines that we have on an unbelievable save 25% offer. Perfect for Easter

Rioja Crianza 2010 Marqués de Cáceres - £8.99 down from £11.99

Located in Cenicero, in the heart of Rioja Alta, Cáceres was founded Enrique Forner in the late 1960s. Aided by a fresh microclimate, the Tempranillo grapes attain their expressive best, before the wine is aged for 12 months in oak and up to 14 months in bottle.

Cherry and blackberry aromas accompanied by Mediterranean herb aromatics on the nose, with luscious red cherry and strawberry fruits, cinnamon and silky tannins with a long, silky and spicy finish.

Enjoy over the next three years with grilled vegetables, paella, ham, chorizo and cheese.

Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Cáceres - £11.99 down from £15.99

Located in Cenicero, in the heart of Rioja Alta, Cáceres was founded Enrique Forner in the late 1960s. Produced only in vintages classed as Very Good or Excellent when Tempranillo is at its expressive best, the Reserva is aged for 22 months in oak and 24 months in bottle.

A dense bouquet of toasted aromas, red and black berries, luscious fruits and spices with a rich, layered body of spicy black fruits and succulent red fruits with integrated tannins, fresh acidity.

Enjoy over the next six years, if you can resist it, with roast lamb, venison or game birds

Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de Riscal - £10.99 down from £14.66

In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja

A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.

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

Torres Viña Sol 2013 - £5.99 down from £7.99

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

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

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

El Cometa del Sur Blanco 2013 - £6.74 down from £8.99

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

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

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

Caixas Albariño 2012 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas - £7.49 down from £9.99

Galicia's 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.


Amazing Champagne Deals!Date published: 15/04/14

Amazing Champagne Deals!

With the evenings getting lighter and the days ticking down until Summer, it's about time to start stocking up on Champagne and sparkling wines for the upcoming weddings, parties and picnics. And with lots of our Champagnes currently on our 33.3% off Pick 'n' Mix offer, now is the best time to buy....

Here are a few of my favourites:

Oeil de Perdrix Rose NV - Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic apéritif and great to add a touch of elegance to your summer picnics!

£16.66 when you buy two or more bottles in the Pick and mix (£25 single bottle price)

Ruinart Brut NV - One of the oldest Champagne houses, founded in 1729, Ruinart was the first house to export Champagne. Elegant and subtle; one of the jewels in Champagne's crown.

£36.65 when you buy two or more bottles in the Pick and mix (£55 single bottle price)

Pol Roger Brut NV - 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. As my favourite wine, I'd suggest everyone tries this!

£34.98 when you buy two or more bottles in the Pick and mix (£52.50 single bottle price)

J De Telmont Grande Réserve NV - One of the few remaining, family owned Champagne houses, De Telmont produces this excellent non-vintage in a medium bodied, soft and fruity, classically yeasty style. Fabulous value at only £14.99!

£14.99 when you buy two or more bottles in the Pick and mix (£22.50 single bottle price)


Easter Lunch - An idea!Date published: 15/04/14

Easter Lunch - An idea!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy eating and drinking!


Pick 'n' mix your Six!Date published: 15/04/14

Pick 'n' mix your Six! 

Here at Majestic Wine we do sell a minimum of 6 bottles but these can be mixed however you like with wine, spirits and sparkling. In the past most of our offers have been 'buy 2 or more bottles save £x"  NOW you can get 6 (or more) completely different bottles and get 33% off all of them. So in short you can MIX any bottles on the 33% deal or any bottles on a 25% deal. Our best offers are all together as soon as you enter so there is no hunting around for the best offers....even better! We hope this makes it a more interesting experience for you! Don't forget we can also get Dominic the driver to deliver them home for you.....for FREE, and you can sample wines in store all day, every day!! 


Summer Wine EveningDate published: 15/04/14

Summer Wine Evening:

If you haven't been to one of our Summer Wine Evenings you need to make space in your diary for this years event! On Thursday May 15th from 18:00 onward we have a great evening of wine tasting lined up! A selection of sparkling, red and white wines will be open to taste, showcasing our best offers and new products. We also have nibbles including cheese and meats from a superb Italian Deli!

If you would like to reserve a place, call us on 01962 868 708.


New for the Summer - Pierre Sauvion Sauvignon BlancDate published: 14/04/14

A new wine has been added to our Loire range, the Pierre Sauvion Sauvignon Blanc 2013.

Based at Chateau du Cleray in the outskirts of Nantes, this wine sources grapes from several vineyard sites further inland.

This is a light, easy drinking wine with a citrussy backbone. Notes of nettle and freshly cut grass mingle in on the nose.

This would be perfect with a summery salad, especially tomato and goat's cheese.

Buy 2 bottles save 25% = £7.49 per bottle (*single bottle price £9.99)

April Beer OffersDate published: 14/04/14

We have some great beer deals in store at the moment, continuing until the 28th April.

Peroni Nastro Azzuro 24 pack only £24.00 (£1 per bottle)

Pilsner Urquell 24 pack only £24.00 (£1 per bottle)

Becks 24 pack only £22.80 (92p per bottle)

So why not come in and stock up for those Easter family gatherings

New for the Summer - Bouvet Saumur RoséDate published: 13/04/14

Another new addition to our range is the rose version of the ever popular Bouvet Saumur.

Using the Cabernet Franc grape this sparkling is made in the traditional method (like Champagne).

A delicate salmon pink in colour this is a light rosé with raspberry and peach fruits on the palate joined by slight floral notes.

Buy 2 save 33% on the Easter Pick 'n' Mix offer = £8.99 (single bottle price £13.49)

Super TuscansDate published: 13/04/14

The term Super Tuscan is used to describe the new range of Tuscan wines that have been emerging over the past couple of decades.

At a time when wines in Bordeaux, Australia and California were improving drastically many in Tuscany believed this quality would pass them by and thus began to alter their wines and winemaking, going against tradition.

French barriques replaced old large oak casks and plantings of grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc were made alongside the traditional Sangiovese.

As the DOC regulations stated that these other grape varieties were not to be used in wines classified as DOC these wines were labelled Vino da Tavola. However the quality of these wines was so impressive that they were known as Super-Tuscan Vino da Tavolas.

Guidalberto 2011, Tenuta SanGuido, IGT Toscana is a great example that we have here at Majestic Wine Winchester. At £25 when you buy 2 or more selected fine wines is is certainly worth the money. (Single bottle price £30)

New Rosé - Pizarras de OteroDate published: 12/04/14

From Bodegas Martín Códax comes the new Rosé Pizarras de Otero.

The wine is 100% Mencia from the Bierzo region of North-West Spain. Soils in Bierzo area are composed mainly of slate and clay. Many of the vineyards are terraced up from the river, where cool breezes keep the grapes fresh. Others are steep and high in the mountains.

Bright raspberry in colour this wine displays hints of red fruits and floral aromas. This leads to a full and fruity palate with crisp acidity and a long finish.

A perfect wine for your Summer BBQs.

Buy 2 save £5 = £7.49 per bottle (single bottle price £9.99)

Wine of the Week - Chapel Hill, Bush Vine GrenacheDate published: 12/04/14

Our wine of the week is the haunting Bush Vine Grenache from McLaren Vale stalwarts Chapel Hill:


Award-winning winemaker Michael Fragos is fortunate enough to have access to some of McLaren Vale's oldest plantings of Grenache, including parcels of bush vines planted as far back as 1926, which produce low yields of intensely coloured, concentrated fruit.

Classic old-vine Grenache profile. Intense and fresh raspberry and loganberry fruit backbone, surrounded by notes of white pepper and cardamom and supple yet chewy tannins.

Exhibiting a mouthwatering acidity this wine has potential to age with grace, but can be enjoyed now with mature cheeses.

£17 per bottle when bought as part of a mixed case and in conjunction with our Fine Wine promotion


Staff Favourite - CNDP Clos St. Jean 2009Date published: 12/04/14

Chateauneuf - du - Pape, Clos Saint Jean 2009

The Maurel brothers have a large estate with significant holdings in the famous La Crau vineyard, which forms the backbone of this wine. Produced from 70 year old vines, it has a nose of crushed raspberry, plum and kirsch. This is a dense, layered wine with hints of lavender and cinnamon, ripe tannins and a lush texture. 

The Clos Saint Jean is well worth opening (preferably decanted) at least an hour before consumption as this really opens the wine up and releases a lot more of it potency. Buy this wine on the 'buy two save £10' fine wine deal and it is a very reasonable £25.00. Great with a juicy steak or the complex palate can be enjoyed on its own.


Champagne connoisseur?Date published: 12/04/14

Champagne! A brilliant bubble!

Climate: Cool continental with the average temperature at 16 degrees during the growing season. This can be very challenging for the growers due to winter freeze and spring frosts.

Grapegrowing: The soils in the region are dominated by chalk, with a small about of clayier soils in areas. The chalky soils ensure water always retained.  This style of soils is nutrient poor and requires fertilizers, this is something the producers are trying to reduce. As previously mentioned frost is the biggest problem to minimise this treat the vineyards are planted on slopes, with spur pruning implemented leaving large amounts of old wood improving frost resistance.

Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier

Winemaking: The traditional method

Styles: 

Non Vintage - House style in which the producer aims to maintain, this wine is based on the currant vintage and is blended with reserve vintages when necessary. By law all non vintage champagnes must be aged for a minimum of 15 months of which 12 months must be on the lees. These wines rarely benefit from bottle aging.

Vintage - These wines are only made from the best years and only come from grapes in the stated vintage. A producer can only use a maximum of 80% all that harvest to ensure there is sufficient stock for reserve wines. Vintage Champagnes have to spend a minimum of 3 years on the lees and benefit for further ageing.

Rose - This is the only rose wines in the EU which can be made by blending. The wine does not benefit from extensive ageing. You can get both Vintage and non vintage rose champagnes.

Blanc de Blancs - These wines are 100% white grape (Chardonnay)When youthful they are light bodied with high acidity, with bottle aging a deep rich buttery character will develop. You can get both Vintage and non vintage rose champagnes.

Blanc de Noirs - These wines can only be made from red grape varieties Pinot Noir and Meunier. Therefore the wine has a much more red fruit character. These also come in both Vintage ansd non vintage.

Prestige Cuvee -  A term used for the most premium of wines. Also avaliable in both Vintage and non vintage. They are made in small quantituies and come with a very premium price.


What is the Traditional Method?Date published: 12/04/14

When we talk about Champagne we often mention the traditional method or the Champagne method, these sayings both relate to the same way of making some sparkling wines and Champagnes. The method uses the 10 simple steps listed below:

1. Harvesting - In order to protect the grapes from skin damage or loss of juice the grapes are hand harvested.

2. Pressing - Once picked the grapes are pressed as quickly as possible. Pressing needs to be a gentle procedure, if the grapes are pressed to hard there is risk of extracting undesirable qualities such as tannins from the skins.  Traditionally grapes were pressed in a Coquard press, this is still widely used along with a modern pneumatic press.

3. Primary fermentation - Fermentation takes place in a temperature controlled stainless steel vat or oak barrels. Before fermentation begins the juice is clarified by sedimentation to minimise the development of non fruit flavours. This results in a dry base wine with a neutral flavour, with high acidity and moderate alcohol.

4. Blending - Champagne is especially dependent on blending. Due to the consistently changing climate in Champagne the producers blend wines from different villages, varieties and vintages, this gives a house style which hardly changes from year to year.

5. Secondary fermentation - Once the blend is made a small amount of liqueur de triage is added before bottling. This is a mix of wine sugar, yeast, yeast nutrients and a clarifying agent. The bottle is then closed with a crown cap (similar to those found on beer bottles) with a plastic cup inset. The bottles are then stacked horizontally in the cellars in a temperature between 10-12 degrees. Here secondary fermentation takes 6-8 weeks. Due to the slow fermentation the flavour has chance to develop. During this phase the alcohol raises  1.5-2% abv and the CO2 generated by the yeast dissolves into the wine creating a gentle sparkle.

6. Yeast Autolysis - Once the ferment has compleated the yeast die and a sediment of lees form in the bottle. Over time these dead yeast cells break down releasing proteins and other chemical compounds into the wine. This is called yeast autoloysis. 

7. Riddling - After the period of maturation the the lees the sediment needs to be removed. Riddling moved a bottle very slowly from a horizontal to a vertical position. The yeast sediment slides into the the plastic insert under the crown cap.

8. Disgorgement - The neck of the bottle is then submerged into a very cold brine solution which freezes the neck. The bottle is the placed upright, the crown cap seal is removed and the pressure created by the dissolved CO2 ejects the frozen wine with the sediment in it .

9. Corking - The wine is the topped up by the dosage/ liqueur d'expedition (a mix of wine and cane sugar solution) This solution determines the sweetness of the wine. The wine is then sealed with a cork and a wire cage.

10. Bottle aging - Quality wines will remain to ages to give the dosage change to become well intergrated. A yeasty cgharacter continues to devlop as the wine ages in the bottle.


Vinalba Cuvee Diane 2009, Mendoza, ArgentinaDate published: 11/04/14

Vinalba Cuvee Diane 2009, Mendoza, Argentina

We've just had some of the Cuvée Diane 2009 from Bodegas Viñalba in Mendoza arrive in store! This is a serious New World red, currently at £32 per bottle.  The entry level Vinalba Reservado Malbec is one of our best selling Argentinian reds and we also sell their Malbec-Touriga Nacional blend, a Cabernet-Petit Verdot-Malbec blend and a Gran Reservado Malbec, all very well received.  If you like heavy new world reds this is a must-try, especially if you're having steak or roast beef!

Grapes: Merlot, Malbec.

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


Viva Espana! Date published: 11/04/14

Viva Espana!

Albarino has grown in popularity in the last few years but is still only really grown in the Rias Baixas, Galicia, North-West Spain. It produces wines which are fairly medium bodied, have fresh citrus and stone fruit with a lovely texture normally coming from extended ageing on the lees (dead yeasts). The largest Mussel farm in Europe is just off the coast and as expected the wines are excellent with all sea food/salads and lighter dishes! Great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc or Viognier.

Martin Codax Albarino - £12.99 down to £10.99 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of your mixed case.

A beginners guide - GermanyDate published: 11/04/14

A beginners guide - Germany

Not just the land of amazing beers and even better sausages, Germany is also famed for its wine production. Germany predominantly produces white wine and, almost uniquely in the world of fine wine, its wines are generally light in body and alcohol and have residual sugar.

Its fair to say that, particularly in the UK, Germany had a reputation for creating large quantities of bland, cheap sugary wines. However, its two main export markets, the USA and Scandinavia, recognise that Germany in fact produces some of the finest white wines in the world. The prejudice against German wines in the UK is experiencing a similar shift, with many wine lovers now experimenting with German wine on their tables.

German whites are very good for pairing with food styles that normal prohibit wine, such as dishes containing pork or sweet ingredients like fruit, and can even go toe-to-toe with spicy dishes, even chilli and some Thai food.

We have the Gulf Stream to thank for the fact that grapes will even ripen as far north as Germany. Despite the low average temperatures, the weather in Germany's wine growing regions is favourable for producing very fruity and elegant wine, though they do come with certain challenges which are unknown to further south in more Mediterranean areas. For instance there is a longer and more persistent risk of frost.

German producers favour Riesling, which is a fantastic grape offering long lived wines, with minerally, lemony, limey, almost kerosene-y (in a good way) characters. Alongside this there are a number of hybrids bred to be resistant to the bad weather (Bacchus, Reichensteiner, Muller-Thurgau) which are seen as lower-quality, neutral wine.

So next time you fancy trying something a little different give German wine a try!


A beginners guide - RieslingDate published: 11/04/14

A beginners guide - Riesling

Riesling can be found throughout the world. It is a fruity, aromatic grape variety that retains is acidity. It ripens late, but is very hardy, making it an ideal source for late-harvest wines. Riesling, much like Chardonnay, is a grape that varies with, and reflects its place of origin. 

The climate can also have a profound effect, with cool climates producing wines with fresh grape and apple fruit character, and warmer areas resulting in wines with more citrus and peach. please keep your eye out for some of our amazing New Zealand Riesling's which are not to be missed! 

Riesling's popularity, particularly in the UK, has suffered in the past due to its association with low-quality, sweet German wines but many Riesling fans believe we are on the brink of fashion shift that will see Riesling at the top of everyone's favourite list. Though it should be pointed out that we've apparently been on this brink for many years now...

French ChatDate published: 11/04/14

French Chat

For those of you who speak French, this will all seem a bit élémentaire but for those of you don't, here is a handy cut-out-and-keep* guide to some of the French terms used in the world of vin (wine). 

Barrique: Cask with a capacity of 225 litres. Traditional to Bordeaux but now used throughout the world.

Casse: Unwanted haze in wine caused by instability.

Cave: Cellar (often underground) or winemaking establishment.

Clos: Historically, a walled vineyard, though the walls may no longer exist.

Cote: Hillside.

Demi-Sec: Medium-dry.

Domaine: Estate.

En Primeur: Wines, especially from Bordeaux, that are sold before they bottled.

Mas: Vineyard.



Soil - Crucial Stuff!Date published: 11/04/14

Soil - Crucial Stuff!

The importance that soils play in the ultimate quality of wine is one of the most talked about subjects for those who like to talk about that kind of thing. Soil affects the grapevines physically, through its ability to retain heat and water, and also chemically through the available nutrients and minerals it holds.

In many regions sophisticated irrigation regimes are used to simulate the water-retention characteristics of desirable vineyard sites. But in many ways these irrigation techniques are a mixed blessing. While there is no doubt that water shortages can have a disastrous effect on grapes, in some countries in the EU concerns about excessive yields and loss of 'authenticity' mean that irrigation is banned altogether.

A soil's ability to maintain a consistent temperature is also an important factor. For example the 'pudding stones' or galets, that cover the vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape act as storage heaters and contribute to the high alcohol content that characterises the wine.

It is important to note that a 'perfect' soil for growing, for instance an excessively fertile and well irrigated soil, wouldn't necessarily cause vines produce good grapes. In fact it is generally accepted that vines should be 'stressed', causing them to focus their energy in producing fruit in order that the species can spread to a better environment. This is why many grapes are grown on land that would not support any other crop.


Staff Favourite - Ch. Fourcas-Dupré 2004, Listrac MédocDate published: 11/04/14

Staff Favourite - Château Fourcas-Dupré 2004 Listrac Médoc

£15.99 or £12.99 when you buy two or more

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

Origin: There have been vines planted on the site of Fourcas-Dupré since the early 18th century, but it is only since 1970 that the estate has taken on its modern identity, steadily improving its quality until it was awarded Cru Bourgeois Supérieur status in 2003.

Taste: A rich and abundantly aromatic claret, full of meaty red fruit, accented by hints of truffle, cedar and perfumed spice. Plenty of body and graphite-like tannins.

Enjoy: Drink now or cellar for another 3-5 years. Best served with roast lamb.


Beginners Guide - Wines of ItalyDate published: 11/04/14

Beginners Guide - Wines of Italy

Together with France, Italy is one of the two giants of global wine production. Strange then that we essentially have Greece to thank for wide range of complex and exciting wines coming out of Italy.

Greek settlers introduced the vine to Italy as early as 800 BC and found Italy's soil and climate was perfect for wine production. 

Italian wine terminology and naming, which are a combination of applications, styles, regions and sometimes even towns, can get a little confusing. The three main wine regions to concern a beginner are: Chianti, which lies between Florence and Siena in the central region of Tuscany; Barolo in the region of Piedmont and Valpolicella in the north east. 

Over the last century, Italy's viticultural reputation has suffered somewhat, but today, by combining 3000 years of heritage with modern production techniques, Italy can boast the most impressive range of consistently food-friendly wines in the world. Its wealth of local varieties and seemingly endless supply of intriguing styles mean that there is a wine for every taste from Italy.


Spanish Wine Focus - Petalos Bierzo 2011, Descendiates de J. PalaciosDate published: 11/04/14

Spanish Wine Focus - Petalos Bierzo 2011, Descendiates de J. Palacios

Grape: Mencia

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

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

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


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 11/04/14

Easter opening hours:

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

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

Sunday 20th April - closed

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


Easter Tasting SelectionDate published: 11/04/14

EASTER TASTING SELECTION

Friday 18th April – Thursday 24th April

Are you struggling for inspiration for wines to go with your Easter Lunch?

During the week (18-24th April) we will have a mouthwatering selection of wines open on our tasting counter for you to try, which will be perfect matches for your Easter Lunches.

Whether it be roast lamb, chicken, beef, or something a little different we can provide recommendations of reds and whites.

New Wine for Summer - A Crozes HermitageDate published: 10/04/14

With the new Summery weather come some new wines to Majestic Winchester.

The Crozes Hermitage "Les Saviaux" Domaine Michel Poinard AOP 2012 has just arrived from a small Domaine just outside the village of La Roche de Glun.

The wine is made from grapes from low yielding 30 year old vines meaning intense concentration and expression of a Northern Rhone wine. With black and fruit flavours combining with sweet spices and pepperiness this is a lovely mouthwatering Rhone.

Buy 2 save 25% = £11.99 (single bottle price £15.99)

Wine of the WeekDate published: 08/04/14

This week's wine of the week is the wonderful right bank Bordeaux Vieux Remparts 2011 Lussac St-Emilion


Lussac is one of five villages to the northeast of St-Emilion with the right to add that name to their own. Lussac makes excellent 'satellite' wines, slightly more rustic than its big brother, but rounded and with great charm.


This is a rich, full bodied wine showing great concentration of flavour. With juicy black fruit on the nose and palate backed up by a smoky sandalwood character.


This will make a great accompaniment to hearty meat dishes and strong cheeses. 

Buy 2 save £4 = £8.99 per bottle (single bottle £10.99)

Wine CoursesDate published: 06/04/14

Wine Courses

Throughout the year we run our Wine Course tastings for up to 10 people to learn a little bit more about wine in a relaxed tasting run by one of the team in our store. Here is a little bit of what to expect.

Whites - Learn how to taste wine like a pro and decide not just whether you like it but assess it merits and what foods or occasions it may be suitable for. Compare and contrast wines of different grapes from the same climate and then the same grape from different climates.

Fizz - Sit back and sip a glass of Champagne while we explain how it is made.

Reds - A tour of 3 grape varieties, the differences in the style and the effects the winemaking has.

Dessert wines - Try a bit of the sweet stuff and understand how desserts can be complimented with a sweet wine

Food matching - We will taste the wines again with food, see how the food transforms the tasting experience of the wine....but watch out, we won't just show you the good pairings, we will show you a few bad ones too!

We won't focus heavily on the producers or get bogged down in detail, this is to help bring a little more enjoyment to what you already know. If you would like to sign up check out the events page



Know Your Vintages - RiojaDate published: 06/04/14

Know Your Vintages - Rioja


The difference in a vintage can have a massive effect on the taste of a wine and how well it is enjoyed. Although this tends to be less substantial for more mass produced wines, the difference in Rioja is significant as the wine is aged for a greater time before release and the grapes have to hold the balance, potency and intensity to withstand this ageing process - reflected in the vintage variations from which they were grown.

Here is a guide to the best vintages in the last 20 or so years for Rioja:

1994: Overall good quality, but because of late frosts and an arrid summer, grapes did not flourish as expected and so less wine was produced.

1995: An outstanding vintage for Rioja; masses of grapes of top quality producing some cracking wines.

1998: Despite late frosts, this vintage has seen some great wines from Rioja

2001: Once again, Spring frosts were a potential issue, and despite a lower yield than predicted overall, Rioja produced some superb wines.

2004 & 2005: Both were great vintages, 2005 perhaps marginally better thanks to just about sufficient rainfall.

2008 & 2009: These were both very good years, 2009 saw very hot growing conditions, but, again thanks to some timely rainfall, the vintage thrived. 2009 takes the spoils as the better of these two vintages.

2010: Growing and ripening conditions spot on for optimum fruit growth and ripening. Considered a better vintage than 2009.

2011: This year saw very hot conditions, which heat-stressed the vines. As a result, the fruit provided powerful wines with very concentrated flavours. The wines produced also have lower than usual acidity.

2012: This was a bizzare year in terms of weather in Spain. Due to the very dry conditions, It was the fifth consecutive small vintage. As a result, it is likely that wine produced from this year will be massively concentrated and high in tannin thanks to the smaller berries which were harvested in Rioja. High tannin will mean the wines should have a lengthy potential for ageing.



Cava- champagne but not quite...Date published: 06/04/14

Cava- champagne but not quite...


Cava it has received a bit of a bad name but lets have another look at this super bubbly

The Codorníu Brut NV (£7.33) is composed of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes. It is a dry light bodied Cava displaying green apple, citrus, almond and brioche characters.

The Codorníu Selección Raventós NV ( £7.99) is made from a different variety of grapes, namely Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo, giving a wonderful body and clean citrus flavours. The nose displays peachy and lemon aromas and on drinking the wine presents full bodied, vibrant fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity. This year reviewed by Jancis as her top bubbly under £10!

Either would be a great match for light seafood dishes or canapes, or can just be enjoyed on their own!


Easter Offers!Date published: 06/04/14

Easter Offers!


Our Easter Offers have arrived! Our new 'Pick n Mix' includes Ned Sauvignon Blanc at only £6.99, Vina Eguia Rioja  Reserva only £6.66 and Prosecco La Marca Treviso at only £8.99 to name but a few! Come in to see what we have to offer, and taste a selection of wines at our tasting counter!

Foxen Pinot NoirDate published: 04/04/14

Foxen Pinot Noir


If like me you love a good Californian red (I do mainly as it reminds me of my days travelling in the US) then we have a fantastic fine wine in stock.  

The Foxen Pinot Noir.  Produced by a small Santa Barbara winery, they produce highly individual Pinot Noir wines, quite unlike those you get from Napa and Sonoma.  

It offers aromatic flavours of herb, black cherry and spicy new oak scents with a ripe tannic structure.

£24 a bottle as part of our buy 2 fine wines and save £10.

We will be opening this up on our tasting counter in the coming weeks so keep your eyes open.  I am looking forward to trying this so get in line!


WeddingsDate published: 04/04/14


Weddings

Do you have a wedding coming up in Summer (or any other time)?

Pop into the store and we will explain the services we provide (including glass hire, chiller bins, free delivery to the venue and sale or return) and recommend some wines/fizz for you.

We always have brilliant offers on and we could match the wine to the meal you will be having.

Come in and say hi and we will be happy to help you make your big day even more special!


Free DeliveryDate published: 04/04/14

Free Delivery


Our policy used to be that we did free delivery when you spend over £40. However, we now do free delivery on any 6 bottle case of wine you buy from us, hooray! You can order either in store, online or by phone.

Marques De Riscal Rioja Reserve 2008Date published: 04/04/14

Marques De Riscal Rioja Reserve 2008

£10.99 when you buy two bottles from our Spanish Savings selection

Marques de Riscal make some of the most highly regarded traditional Rioja wines. This Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo, hand-picked from 15 year old vines.

It is full bodied with silky tannins. Vanilla, red fruit and balsamic notes dominate the nose leading to a palate of red and black summer fruit flavours.

A wonderful Easter match for roast lamb, also an ideal partner for Iberico Ham and Manchego


New to Majestic, what do we offer?Date published: 04/04/14

New to Majestic Wine? What do we offer?

As we open our new store in Ilkely we hope to see many existing customers but also plenty of new faces.

Majestic Wine are the largest mixed case retailer of wine in the UK, we always have to sell a minimum of 6 bottles in store, online or for delivery; your 6 bottles can be 6 of the same or a mix of anything you fancy. The great thing about us having to sell 6 bottles minimum means we can offer so much more to our customers:

Knowledgeable, passionate and approachable staff – Every member of staff has either completed or is studying towards achieving their WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Level 3. This means we able to help with the large majority of wine queries, questions and are always happy to taste alongside you at our tasting counter.

Daily wine tasting – every Majestic wine has at least 6 wines to open every day (usually more), this a great opportunity to get inspired to try something new which you may not have tried otherwise.

Free wine tasting events – We offer a number of events throughout the year, including our continuously popular wine course, spotlight tastings and wine evenings (keep your eyes on the website for dates or ask us at the store to send you our dates).

Free delivery of 6 bottles to anywhere in mainland UK

Free glass hire and chilling facilities (refundable deposits needed)

Sale or return

External wine tastings – If you are part of a golf club, PTA, local wine group or just a group of friends, we are happy to come to you to share or products and passion for wine.



The Easter Pick'n'MixDate published: 04/04/14

The Easter Pick'n'Mix

Some eggstraordinary (see what we did there) offers over this Easter period, we continue to offer our amazing 33% off selected wines, with the below being a few of our favourites:

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.99*

Winning best Sauvignon Blanc in the world for under £10 for the past 2 years in a row and our best selling wine by far, what else is there to say? Oodles of green apple, fresh lime and lemon with a wonderfully grassy and steely finish. An absolute steal for under £7!

Domaine la Chautarde Rosé @ £6.66*

Salmon pink in colour this great offering from Provence does exactly what it says on the tin. Delicate, dry, strawberries, peach, apricot and necatrine. A great everyday rosé...especially if everyday you're in the garden

Vinalba Reservado Malbec @ £7.99*

Another Majestic favourite and award winner, the wines from these vineyards in Mendoza all exucuted with finesse and quality. Rich blackcurrant, ripe plum are joined by cocoa and hints of smoke on the palate. Crying out to be joined with by a juicy steak.

Rioja Gran Reserva Vina Eguia 2008 @ £8.99*

A gracefully aged Rioja from ageing in both oak barrels and in bottle, the fruit in the wine is very mature; raisins and prunes are joined by clove, vanilla, caramel and hints of leather. Complexity of this quality for under £10 is a great deal.

*When you buy 2 or more bottles from our selected pick'n'mix wines until 7pm Monday 28th April



External TastingsDate published: 04/04/14

External Tastings

Here at Majestic we love to share our knowledge and passion about the wonderful product that is wine. We have a range of wine tastings in store, however if you have a PTA, wine group, golf club or the like who wishes to hold a wine tasting for your own enjoyment or fund-raising we are always happy to help.

All we ask is the cost of the wine used, we would join you at the tasting to host, present and pour the wines used on the evening.


The Easter Pick 'N' Mix 33% Off!Date published: 04/04/14

The Easter Pick 'N' Mix has started.

Get a whopping 33% off when you buy ANY 2 bottles from the bunch. With so many wines, Champagnes and sparklers you’re spoilt for choice!

Prices are valid until the 28th April.


Looking for a new drinks supplier?Date published: 04/04/14

Are you looking for a new drinks supplier for your business? Bar, club or resturant we supply to everyone!

What we offer:

~ A wide range of commercial only wines 

~ Competative prices

~ Knowegable staff

~ Free and flexible delivery 7 days a week

~ You personal account manager

~ Staff training with food and wine advice

and much much more...


Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and save £10!Date published: 04/04/14

Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and save £10!


Fine Wine shouldn't be limited to extravagant nights out, and it doesn't have to break the bank. Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and save £10.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/fine-wine-offers


There's More to Argentina..Date published: 03/04/14

There's More to Argentina..

Argentina is famous for its smooth juicy Malbecs and its Chardonnays that are full of stone fruits and toasty oak characters but they have some unsung heros waiting to be discovered.

Producers Viñalba have some superb blends which include their Cabernet Malbec Petit Verdot, which blends 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 40% Malbec. A dark and powerful Bordeaux-inspired blend, offering aromas of cassis, spice and mint. A rounded and juicy palate, full of forest fruits, with a long, toasty and spicy finish.

Another Vinalba blend is Viñalba Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado which has both Malbec, Touriga Nacional. Heady violet and mulberry aromas fill the nose, and the rich black fruit from both Malbec and Touriga Nacional combine on the palate to dominate and leave a rich, long finish.

Testimonio Luigi Bosca is another example of a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah-Shiraz, Tannat from Argentina. A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla.

Finca Las Moras is a full-bodied red wine with enticing notes of chocolate, mint and blackberries which are complemented on the palate by spicy oak and hints of vanilla. The grape variety is Tannat

The Benegas-Lynch Meritage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot Meritage is a Bordeaux-inspired blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, from an old vineyard site in Mendoza's Maipo sub-region. The wine has immense depth, and a complex and savoury structure, reminiscent of a cru classé Bordeaux. Drinking now or cellar for 10-15 years.

Alamos Viognier. This unoaked Viognier offers ripe apricot and delicate blossom notes. Light and crisp on the palate, with concentrated peach flavours. The finish is clean and refreshing with excellent natural acidity.

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

Viñalba Selección Torrontés. Bursting with ripeness, the nose is a cascade of tropical fruit and blossom aromas. Lively flavours of white peach, melon, pear and pineapple provide a refreshing and involving palate sensation.


A Great AperitifDate published: 03/04/14

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs, NV New Zealand 

The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months. This Blanc de Blancs NV comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes, which also give Champagne their elegance. Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne.

£12.99 When you buy 2+ bottles (£15.99 single bottle price)


Black Cottage RoséDate published: 03/04/14

Black Cottage Rosé

It's officially Spring and that of course means the appearance of some well loved Rosé wines from around the world. One Rosé in particular that catches peoples attention is the Black Cottage from New Zealand. The Black Cottage range has amassed a good reputation through sales of its Sauvignon Blanc and more recently Pinot Gris. But now it's time for the Rosé to gain a reputation as a perfect alternative to Sancerre or Provence Rosé, giving it a standing as totally different from other New World Rosé's.

The Black Cottage Rosé is currently £9.99 when you buy two (if not more!). £12.49 single bottle price.


PassimentoDate published: 03/04/14

Passimento

The new year has seen the arrival of several new wines at Majestic and the most recent to demand our attention is Italy's seductive Passimento 2011. This delicious red from the Verona region is made from Merlot, Corvina and Croatina; it's name is derived from 'apassimento', the traditional method of partially drying grapes before fermentation to concentrate the juice and intensify flavours.  Therefore if you are amorous for Amarone and  love to revel in Ripasso Valpolicella this is the perfect wine for you. 

This is a deeply coloured, dense red with concentrated red and black fruit and a layered texture. The palate has suggestions of almost -sweet raisined fruit leading to a satisfying length, loaded with leather and spice. We are bowled over by this fantastic addition to the Italian range and envisage it will be very popular! Perfect with a slow-cooked casserole brimming with Italian herbs. What a bargain at £8.99*.

*when buying 2+ as part of a mixed 6.


A Fine New Zealand Red..Date published: 03/04/14

Fine Wine Focus

Our fine wine shelves are full of wines in the Buy 2 Save £10 promotion. This offer now has an extended and ever better range than before so I though I would pick out some of my favorites from the offer. Today  I have chosen the New Zealand Roaring Meg Pinot Noir .

This wine is from Mount Difficulty in 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.

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 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines



5 reasons to love the Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 03/04/14

Five reasons to love The Ned Sauvignon Blanc

1. It is an perfect example of a Marlborough Sav. Blanc

2. It is bursting full of green and tropical fruits

3. It is a really fresh, crisp and drinkable wine that goes beautifully with poultry, summery salads, goats cheese and oily fish dishes.

4. It is made by a legend of a winemaker, Brent Marris.

5. It is only £6.99 until close of play on Monday 28th April!!


Australia is not just hot hot hot!!!Date published: 03/04/14

Australia is not just hot hot hot!!!

I think there is perhaps a common misconception that Australia is a predominately warm/hot climate and therefore produces wines that are high in alcohol, intense and full bodied. But this is not true, there are in fact many regions and sub-regions that experience much cooler climates. Such as Geelong, The Mornington Peninsular, the Yarra Valley and Sudbury, where super elegant, maritime influenced, cool climate wines are made. Wonderful Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and sparkling wines can show great finesse, with a more reasonable level of alcohol. 

Why not treat yourself and try the De Bortoli Yarra Valley Windy Peaks Pinot Noir (£11.99) this weekend with a roast chicken Sunday lunch.



10 reasons to buy Chilean wineDate published: 03/04/14

10 reasons 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, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and so on...

So next time you pop in why not try something a little bit more unusual from Chile and ask one of the team for a recommendation!!



Warmer Weather - Days of Summer is Coming!Date published: 03/04/14

The weather is warmer, Days of Summer is Calling!

Miguel Torres winery founded in 1979 is one of the most reputable and prestigious winery's in Spain. This particular wine is located and sourced in one of Chiles most southern wine regions, Itata Valley.

The Muscat grape variety is renowned for being bright and juicy, and the Days of Summer is exactly that. Expect tastes of succulent white grape, essences of floral and tropical fill the nose, perfectly complimented with a hint of sweetness on the pallet gives it the all round ultimate combination.

All this wine for only £6.99 (£9.99 buy 2 save £6).

Accompany this wine with a chicken salad dish, juicy plum tomatoes finished with a caesar dressing.



5 Special Red Grape VarietiesDate published: 03/04/14

5 Special Red Grape Varieties

5. Primitivo/Zinfandel - From Italy and California respectively, these two grapes are genetically related. They are capable of producing very full bodied, ripe red wine, bursting full of character and depth.

4. Shiraz/Syrah - From the refined, elegant and spicy wines of the Rhone to big, juicy, peppery beasts of the Barossa. This grape is worthy of begin one the greats. It is gown around the world and produces complex and sophisticated wines, with the ability to age.

3. Tempranillo - Two words Port and Rioja. Ok, so other grapes are also used in the production of Port and Rioja, but without the presence of Tempranillo they wouldn't be half as good. Tempranillo is also used to make some of Spain's other great wines, is grown around the world and can be aged for a very long time indeed.

2. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot - I know this is cheating a little, as Cabernet and Merlot are two grape varieties but they are like brother and sister and never show quite as well on their own. The blend of these two grapes is responsible for some of the most expensive wines in the world, mainly from Bordeaux.

1. Pinot Noir - In at No.1 is this blockbuster of a grape. Not only does this cool climate variety produce some of the worlds finest and intriguingly complex wines but has the versatility to make wonderfully fresh and elegant rosé. Furthermore, it has the prodigious title of being one of the grape varieties in white and pink Champagne, as well as renowned international sparkling wines!


Wine of the WeekDate published: 02/04/14

This week's wine of the week is the Pouilly-Fumé by Jean Vincent.


Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are 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.


This elegant example of Sauvignon Blanc would be a great aperitif or with fresh seafood or tomato based foods 

£9.99 (single bottle £14.99)* buy 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines and save 33% 

*Price subject to purchase as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles or more

The Mighty MagnumDate published: 29/03/14

Whether it is for a big party or a night in with friends Magnums (1.5 litre bottles) can lift the mood and atmosphere of any occasion. As well as looking mighty impressive, the wine is said to age more slowly and gracefully due to the larger surface area of wine to trapped oxygen, creating greater complexities over a longer period of time. 

At Majestic we offer a great range of magnums in all colours and styles; including the ever popular AIX rose from Provence in France at £19-99. Perfect summer drinking!        


Did you know?Date published: 29/03/14

Shiraz and Syrah are the same grape. Shiraz traditionally being used in the New World and Syrah in the Old World.

Did you know?Date published: 29/03/14

Sparkling wines labelled as traditional method are produced in the same way as Champagne.

Like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? Of course you do!Date published: 29/03/14

If you like Sauvignon Blanc, why not try....

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

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.

It's on our tasting counter now and on SPECIAL OFFER until 7pm on Monday 31st March.

£6.66 a bottle when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case.


You deserve a treat...Date published: 29/03/14

Dom Pérignon Champagne 2004 

The poshest of the posh! 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.

£126 a bottle when you buy 6 bottles or more... a saving of 10%


Ravenswood Lodi ZinfandelDate published: 29/03/14

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 Lodi County

Using the Zinfandel grape, this wine is 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 know as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

One of my favourite wines, its is a pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck disheslamb or a cheese platter. Enjoy over the next four years.

Special Offer until 7pm Monday 31st March:

£6.66 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case... The cheapest it's been since 2007!


Upcoming Tasting EventsDate published: 29/03/14

We have a number of exciting tasting events being held in store in the coming weeks. If any of the following take your fancy give us a call on 01962 868 708 to book a place.

Thursday 15th May - Summer Tasting

Our biggest event of the year. Navigate several stations offering a selection of old favourites and new delights for the summer. You'll have the opportunity to meet some of our suppliers and sample gourmet cheeses supplied by Vallebona in Wimbledon. Put your name down early as will fill up. Attendance is, as ever, free.

Saturday 5th April 3pm - Spanish Spotlight Tasting 

Pop down at 3pm next Saturday and we will guide you through 6 exciting Spanish wines in just 30 minutes. A great chance to explore beyond Rioja.

Thursday 10th April 6pm - 8pm - The Wine Course 

A 2 hour introduction into how to taste wine and assess quality. We look at whites, champagne and reds, finishing up with a fun food and wine matching session. A thoroughly enjoyable way to spend your Thursday evening.

If you can't make any of these events don't worry we always have a selection of wines open for you to try on our tasting counter.

Come and Explore!!


The History of Majestic WineDate published: 26/03/14

The History of Majestic Wine

Majestic Vintners opened its first Wine Warehouse in Wood Green, North London, in 1980. The manager of this first store was Tony Mason. This store was followed in May 1981 by another in Battersea, and by the end of 1985 there were 13 stores in the Majestic estate.

In January 1986 Tony Mason left Majestic to set up Wizard Wine which was bought in 1987 by frozen food retailer Bejam. When Bejam was purchased by rival Iceland a year later, Chairman John Apthorp, Managing Director Tim How and Trading Director Tony Mason purchased Wizard.

In 1991 Wizard purchased Majestic, and the two operations were merged under the Majestic Wine Warehouses banner in 1992. Since then Majestic has expanded continuously, floating on the Alternative Investment Market in 1996 before opening its hundredth store in Dorchester in 2002.


Producer Spotlight - Maison Louis JadotDate published: 26/03/14

Producer Spotlight - Maison Louis Jadot

Maison Louis Jadot (or Louis Jadot) is a winery that was founded by Louis Henry Denis Jadot in 1859. The first vineyard bought by the Jadot family is theBeaune vineyard, Clos des Ursules, in 1826. The family wine company produces and markets Burgundy wine. It operates both its own vineyards and buys grapes from other growers. It controls 270 hectares (670 acres) of vineyards in Burgundy (including Beaujolais Crus), and produces only Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) wines. Louis Jadot also owns vineyards in the Mâconnais region: Domaine Ferret in Fuissé and in the Beaujolais region in Moulin à Vent: Château des Jacques.


Producer Spotlight - CVNEDate published: 26/03/14

CVNE

The “Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE) is a family winery which was founded in 1879 in Haro, La Rioja, Spain. It belongs to the DOCa Rioja Rioja (wine). Since 1879, CVNE has at all times belonged to the direct descendants of the Real de Asua family. CVNE has always focused in vinegrowing and winemaking in Rioja. Its first exports started in 1880 to Europe and America. 

THE WINES:

• CUNE: The original name for this wine was supposed to have been CVNE, like the company, but an early misspelling decided this wine’s name for good. It was the first wine produced by CVNE in its winery in Haro.

• Imperial: This wine was first made in the 1920s and only made on vintages of exceptional quality. Depending on it, certain vintages undergo cask and bottle ageing to achieve ‘Reserva’ category, while others which are thought to be more suitable for an even longer maturation process are eventually released as ‘Gran Reserva’. All grapes are sourced from CVNE’s own vineyards at Villalba.

• Monopole: First produced in 1915, it is currently the oldest existing fresh white wine in Rioja, and possibly in the whole of Spain.

• Corona: Another rarity that goes back to the dawn of Rioja as a winemaking region, this semi sweet white is the only existing example in Rioja of a partial noble rot wine, in a country where Botrytis cinerea only occurs very seldom. This wine is typically made in minimal amounts, fermented in American oak barrels and obviously made only in those unusual years of high humidity conditions.

• Real de Asúa: A fairly recent addition to the CVNE range, the first vintage of which was 1994. Named after CVNE’s two founders, this wine is made from the same grapes as Imperial but the winemaking and cask ageing processes follow a completely different route, ending up in an entirely different wine.

• Viña Real: The Viña Real wines were first launched in 1920, made from grapes from the Rioja Alavesa area. Since then, these wine have typically been named as ‘Plata’ (Crianza), ‘Oro’ (Reserva), and Gran Reserva. A Viura based Barrel Fermented white is also made.

• Pagos de Viña Real: The first vintage was 2001, at the same time as the start of the building work for Viña Real’s new winery. This wine is made from a selection of Tempranillo grapes hand-picked at Viña Real’s oldest vineyards in Rioja Alavesa. A further selection is carried out later on at the winery followed by winemaking in small wide oak vats and both malolactic fermentation and ageing in oak casks.

• ContinoThis wines are made exclusively from the stocks planted on its 62 hectares located in Laserna, near the town of Laguardia in the Rioja Alavesa wine making region.

THE WINERIES:

CVNE: CVNE is the winery where the company began in 1879. And today it still sits on its original site, in the wine district, Barrio de la Estación, in Haro, Rioja Alta. The Haro winery comprises a collection of structures and cellars, most dating from the 19th century, arranged around a central patio. Above the cellars are the winemaking, bottling, and shipping facilities, conserved to this day.

With the time, a serial number of structures have been built, which reflect the vinicole history of the winery. The Eiffel ‘s Cellar, designed by the architecture practice of the legendary Alexandre – Gustave Eiffel; The Real de Asúa cellar, a winery inside another winery.The Real de Asua cellar is an independent winery inside the original historic quarters of Cune. This cellar allows for a fully traditional winemaking process subject to the strictest quality controls. The greater wines of the Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, namely, Real de Asúa and Imperial, are made in this cellar.

Viña Real: The Viña Real winery is located 10 minutes away from Logroño. It was designed by Philippe Mazieres.. His Majesty the King of Spain Juan Carlos I inaugurated the Viña Real winery in 2004, and was the first winery in Spain to be adapted for the physically handicapped and blind.

Viñedos del Contino: Viñedos del Contino was set up jointly by CVNE and the Contino estate owners in 1973, establishing the first properly speaking “château” in Rioja. Contino is a 62 hectare estate along a meander on the northern bank of the river Ebro, near the village of Laserna (Rioja Alavesa). The estate is sheltered from the north and northeast by the Cerro de La Mesa hill, and from the south by the high cliffs of the southern river bank, making this property one of the sites in Rioja where to find some of the oldest vines of Graciano, one of Rioja’s very rare indigenous varieties, and a very distinctive feature of this estate’s wines. The winery itself is in the 14th century estate’s manor overlooking the entire property.


Free delivery on all orders!Date published: 26/03/14

Free delivery on all orders!

Our outstanding delivery service is second to none because everything is managed here in Bath, from the moment you order until the moment our Majestic van arrives at your door. We'll give you a call to arrange delivery at a convenient time for you, including evenings and weekends.

Now this remarkable service is free for ANY order of six bottles or more on mainland UK. There's no longer a delivery charge for orders under £40. That means you can choose any wines you like, including our most budget friendly wines under £6(http://www.majestic.co.uk/wines-under-six) and benefit from this unbeatable service. 

Isn't it time we delivered to yours?


New Customer to Majestic Wine?Date published: 26/03/14

New customer to Majestic Wine?

The first time you shop with Majestic you be asked if you would like to be added to our customer mailing list, but what is it for?

Essentially it is a tool in place for your benefit - If you've ever had a wine from us and can't remember what it is - we can use your history to find out for you! And don't worry if you bought it from another branch, we can give them a call and get them to check your in-store history there, so we can ALWAYS find out what you've bought, as long as you provide us with your surname and postcode every time you shop.

It also allows us to post you our quarterly magazine Grape to Glass, and any flyers detailing our latest offers, so you'll always be first in the know (you can opt out of this free service if you prefer not to receive the mailing, and you still benefit from our personalised product history service!)

There is also an option to signup for emails detailing EXCLUSIVE online parcels that you can't get anywhere else - not even in store! So if you want to be kept in the know about all the best deals here at Majestic, make sure you go on our mailing list - after all, it's there for you!

We also offer free Tasting Tutorials, Wine Evenings and Wine courses where you can learn about different wines and you also get to taste!


Free Delivery on 6 bottles of WineDate published: 21/03/14

Delivery is now FREE for any order of six bottles or more on mainland UK. 

There's no longer a delivery charge for orders under £40, so get ordering online or over the phone on 01962 868708.

Fine Wine VoteDate published: 21/03/14

Vote for the fine wine you would like to try from our shortlist and the wine with the most votes will be opened for you to try.

Just email us at win@majestic.co.uk or tweet us @majesticwin with your vote, name and a contact number and we will let you know so you can join us when we open it on our tasting counter!

March's Staff Shortlist:

1. Chapel Hill Bush Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale

2. Promis, Gaja, Tuscany

3. Foxen Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, California

4. 1er Cru Chablis Laroche, Fourchaume


Burrow Hill Cider - New!Date published: 18/03/14

Burrow Hill Cider -

Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) ciders in the UK. It features on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants, and on the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Harrods.

All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style.

In the world of increasingly commercial and flavoured ciders of varying quality and heritage – Burrow Hill Farm stands out for flying the flag of quality led, artisan cider and we are very pleased to offer them to our customers. 


Buying for Commercial use?Date published: 18/03/14

Buying for Commercial use?


Here at Majestic we are not satisfied with being an award winning retailer, we supply award winning wines to the trade as well. Whether you’re running a restaurant, hotel, pub, bar or any other venue with drink and catering requirements we can help you. Our wines are exclusive to our trade customers.

If your spend is in excess of £12k we offer dedicated account management who not only put together a competitive package of wines across all price points, they will offer help and guidance throughout the year. This includes our confidence in wine training for your staff to help with sales success. We also offer a bespoke wine list production service.

On top of this, your supply of wines will be carried out by your local Majestic store which gives you both a local and more personalised point of contact. It also means we can get deliveries to you at short notice and and at times and days to suit you. Account facilities are available.

If you would like to find out more contact us in store


Wine Facts: Non-Vintage vs. Vintage ChampagneDate published: 18/03/14

Wine Facts: Non-Vintage vs. Vintage Champagne


Champagne is famous for many reasons, mainly because it is linked to celebrations all over the world, but also because 

it's the only wine region in the world that focuses exclusively on sparkling wine production. There are two main types of champagnes, Vintages and Non-Vintage. 

Non-Vintage (NV):

Non-Vintage champagne is the most commercially important champagne as opposed to Vintage. Every producer has a specific style that is world renowned in some cases. The blends are based on the vintage stated with reserve wines added to make the rest up. By law Non-Vintage champagnes must be aged for a minimum of fifteen months, including a minimum of twelve months on the lees. As opposed to Vintages they rarely benefit from bottle ageing. 

Vintage:

Vintage champagnes are only made during the best years and can only be made from grapes that are from the year stated. The champagnes show similar characteristics as the Non-Vintage, but extra depth is added that can only be found through vintage characteristics. Due to a minimum ageing of three years, vintages tend to have a more yeasty quality.



Jargon Buster!Date published: 18/03/14

Jargon Buster!

Wild Yeast - Without a doubt, modern wine making techniques have improved the quality of wine no end, especially in the process of alcoholic fermentation (how grape juice is turned into wine). The vast majority of producers now use artificially cultivated strains of yeast that react with the sugar in the grape juice and produce alcohol; the reason for this is that certain strains of yeast produce certain flavour compounds and by controlling which yeasts react, the producer can better control the taste of the final product. 

However, some premium producers (and an increasing number of value producers) are returning to the naturally occurring or 'wild' yeast that is found in the waxy skin of the grape, called the bloom. The fancy scientific name for this yeast is Saccharomyces cerevisiaeand, although it more difficult to control the resulting flavour, it is argued that it adds a complexity and depth to the wine. 

Although a wine produced with wild yeast will add a price premium to the bottle, we do have some excellent value offerings in store.

How about the Errazuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir, 2011? Intense floral flavours of violets and spice intertwined with the classic red fruit flavors, brought about by the wild yeast 


Why not Mont Saint Jean 2012 Corbières?Date published: 18/03/14

Mont Saint Jean 2012 Corbières 2012

A stunning wine coming from the beautiful countryside of the upper Corbieres, near Carcassonne with vines covered with small round pebbles. 

A lovely blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan which gives an intense nose of red berries and spice, with ripe rich fruit flavours on the palate.

Perfect with roast and grilled meats, casseroles and sausages.

Special offer

£5.99

#comeandexplore


Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV New ZealandDate published: 18/03/14

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV New Zealand

 An award winning wine crafted solely from Premium Gisborne chardonnay grape. Lindauer Blanc de blancs - a French  wine making term which means a white of the whites - is an elegant bottle fermented sparkling wine with delicious citrus notes and a creamy lingering finish.

This lovely and elegant sparkling wine is just brilliant as an aperatif or good alternative to Champahne.

£9.99

When you buy two or more.

#comeandexplore 

Tasting NotesDate published: 17/03/14

Tasting Notes

Want to explore the world of wine a little further or impress your friends with your tasting skills? 

Well you can do just that with Majestic Winchester. When you buy your wine in store we can provide you with FREE tasting notes!  

Share your knowledge with family and friends - why not put them to the tasting test and see who wins!  


Aix Magnums back in stock!!Date published: 17/03/14

Aix Magnums back in stock!!

We don't have many customers who can resist the temptation to buy a Magnum of Rose, however those that do resist always do so based on the fact that they can't try it, and therefore if they don't like it they have an entire Magnum to get through!

You can expect to be suprised by how delicate the fruit flavours of summer berried are on the palate while balanced by good acidity and a spicy finish. A great wine by any standards all the better for being in a Magnum and sensibly priced at £19.99!

So why not get ready for the Summer and grab yours today.  Stock of these great Magnums don't last so please be quick!!


Alternative to Dog Point NZ Sauvignon Blanc - GreywackeDate published: 17/03/14

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc - Alternative to Dog Point

Named after New Zealand’s prolific bedrock that compose the majority of the mainland alps, making up the backbone of New Zealand. Greywacke is the personal venture of Kevin Judd, one of Marlborough’s pioneer winemakers. The winery was founded in 2009, and is the brainchild of Mr Judd, formally winemaker of Cloudy Bay for 25 years.

The Greywacke style of Sauvignon has a softer finish than most NZ Sauvignon's. This is could be put down to many things; possibly the sourcing prime fruit from mature vineyards within the central Wairau and Southern Valleys, the use of non-laboratory yeast strains, or Kevin's use of low-intervention wine making. The result is the creation of these stunning wines hallmarked by their concentration and individuality.

These wine have aromatics of intense melon, peach and papaya that are accompanied by hints of tomato leaf and capsicum. The palate is crisp but remarkably mouth-filling with slightly flinty, mineral edge reflective of its name. A small portion of the wine has been fermented in old oak barrels, giving a savoury, smoky edge.

The Greywacke is £19.99 or buy 2 bottles save £6 = £16.99 


New to the range - Stella Alpina ChardonnayDate published: 17/03/14

NEW TO THE RANGE

We've made some great new additions to the range this Spring. The Stella Alpina Chardonnay has to be my pick of the bunch. Here's a tasting note to wet your appetite.

Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol, is Italy's northernmost wine region, bordering the Alps and Dolomites. The climate offers superb conditions for ripening top-quality grapes, combining 1800 annual sunshine hours with moderate temperatures due to the high altitude.

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

Perfect with feta-stuffed breast of chicken.

£13.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £9.33


Amarone and AppasimentoDate published: 17/03/14

Amarone and Appasimento

Amarone can be said to be the pinnacle on Italian wine making, along with Barolo and Brunello these three majestic beasts make up the aristocracy of Italian wine.

Amarone is a robust, full bodied wine packed full of flavour; predominantly dried fruits such as raisin and has distinctive richness which is practically unrivalled!

This beautiful wine is made in the Veneto region in North Eastern Italy using a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes. These undergo the 'appasimento' method which concentrates the natural sugars and aromatics in Valpolicella wines. This was originally done by producers who began drying their grapes after harvest to remove water whilst retaining sweetness and flavour. The grapes' high sugar content means a higher potential alcohol, so a complete fermentation results in a strong wine of 15% or 16%. This is then aged in barrels for at least two years before commercial release.

We stock some fabulous Amarones here at Majestic along with some other beautiful wines using the appasimento method.

The Masi Amarone is really in a class of its own and this is reflected in the price, sitting on our fine wine shelf at £30.00.

Possibly my favourite wine in Majestic is the La Cassetta, also using the appasimento method but at a more accesible price of £13.99.

These wines would go fantastically with a rib of beef, or any red meat really, game as well. Please come in and treat yourselves to some of these delights!


Visiting Vasse Felix, Margaret RiverDate published: 15/03/14

I was recently lucky enough to visit one of my favourite suppliers of Majestic, Vasse Felix. Founded in 1967, by Dr. Tom Cullity, they were the first winery to be established in Margaret River. After a French sailor named Thomas Timothee Vasse was washed overboard during an expedition in 1801 the area was unofficially named 'Unlucky Vasse'. Translating from the Latin as 'Lucky Vasse', Dr. Cullity hoped his vineyard site would have a better fate. The winery's logo, a peregrine falcon, is in honour of a bird trained to act as a deterrent to other smaller birds with a penchant for ripe juicy grapes. Alas, on its first flight it made a bid for freedom... never to be seen again.

The renowned restaurant at Vasse Felix is the recipient of a host of awards and high praise from revered critics and national good food guides. This level of commendation is not without merit, the meal I enjoyed there was simply sublime. Beginning with a crayfish dish paired with The Silver Knight, Vasse Felix's traditional method sparkling wine made from equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and a whisper of Pinot Meunier. This delectable treat was followed by a main course of Barramundi, Australia's mighty, meaty fish of choice for gourmet restaurants and takeaway chippies alike. Matched with the newly released 2012 vintage Heytesbury Chardonnay - a gloriously rich and opulent expression of the Burgundian grape that will haunt your dreams. To conclude our decadent lunch on the balcony overlooking the grounds of the state of the art winery we, of course, ordered a cheeseboard, complemented by their luscious cane cut Semillon.

However, the highlight of the whole experience was yet to come. I treated myself to a bottle from their archive list. Opting not for a bottle of the controversially labelled early 90s 'Hermitage' but a 1995 Shiraz. 

All I can see of it is: Try it. If you ever get the chance. Buy it. Don't give it a second thought.

A to Z of Wine - FurmintDate published: 13/03/14

The name of this variety is derived from 'froment', a Hungarian word used to describe the wheat-gold colour of its wines. Whilst it is possible that the grape is indigenous to Hungary, it is likely it was imported during the 13th Century under the reign of King Bela.

The grape ripens late, usually during the second half of October and is commonly inflicted with Botrytis when it will be used as the dominant grape in the production of Tokaji, a dessert wine that can have the potential to age for 100 years or more.

However, on occasion Furmint is used to produce a single-variety dry white wine - and it's certainly no slouch. Displaying rich, honeyed aromas and a mesmerising expression on the palate of juicy stone fruits alongside a bracing gun-flint minerality.

Now that I've whet your appetite why not include a couple of bottles in your next mixed case? They're now on offer at the improved price of £7.99 each when you buy two or more.  

Prosecco Corte Alta - 33% off until 7pm Monday 17th March!Date published: 13/03/14

That's right you read it right, the Prosecco Corte Alta NV is on the Pick'n'Mix for just 1 week!

This prosecco is delicate and aromatic, with a light body and fine bubbles, carrying lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple with a revitalizing finish! Why don't you enjoy it on it's own as an apperitif or as an accompaniment to canapes.

So come on down while the sun is shining and treat yourself to a few bottles of this fine prosecco while the offer lasts!

£9.99 down to £6.66 until 7pm Monday 17th March

Dont miss out! 


Craft Beers at Winchester Majestic WineDate published: 13/03/14

Craft Beer is King

Craft beers are becoming something of a hit over here in the UK and in many other markets all over the world. A good craft beer has it's own taste and identity and is made to a very good quality in minute quantities compared to the big branded larger names.

So if you've 'wined' yourself out over the festive season, why not opt for a cleansing and refreshing ale.

Here are a few of our picks for you to try:

Punk IPA, Brewdog

Heavily hopped (twice) for an intense tropical palate. This beer is a game-changer.

£12.99 for a 6 pack or £9.99 when you buy any 2 packs from our craft beer selection.

Anchor Steam

A deep amber color with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavor.

£12.99 for a 6 pack or £9.99 when you buy any 2 packs from our craft beer selection.

Brooklyn Lager

A amber-gold that lager displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. This is a great food beer.

£12.99 for a 6 pack or £9.99 when you buy any 2 packs from our craft beer selection.



Quick Guide - amazing 33% off deals ending at 7pm Monday 17th March!Date published: 13/03/14

Quick Guide to the amazing 33% off wine deals ending at 7pm on Monday 17th March!


Chateau Meaume down from £9.99 to £6.66

Eguia Reserva '08 Rioja down from £9.99 to £6.99

Eguia Gran Reserva '04 down from £13.49 to £8.99


Gavi Montiero down from £8.99 to £5.99

NED SAUVIGNON BLANC down from £10.49 to £6.99

Villa Maria Cellar Selection down from £12.49 to £8.33


Prosecco Corte Alta down from £9.99 to £6.66


Nicolas Feuillatte down from £25 to £16.66

VEUVE CLICQUOT NV down from £45 to £29.98


BUY ANY 2 BOTTLES AND SAVE 33%

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough £6.99 for one week only!Date published: 13/03/14

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough £6.99 for one week only!

The Ned joins the other Pick & Mix wines for one week only, down from £10.49 to £6.99. Get a whopping 33% off when you buy ANY 2 bottles from the bunch. With so many wines, Champagnes and sparklers you’re spoilt for choice!

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

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with asmoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine asubtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity. Drink now with fresh summer salads and seafood.

Please purchase in-store, online or over the telephone before this short-term deal ends at 7pm on Monday 17th March!!

One Week Only - Veuve Cliquot NV £29.98Date published: 13/03/14

One Week Only - Veuve Cliquot NV £29.98

Veuve Cliquot Non Vintage Champagne joins the pick and mix 33.3%  off offer for one week only down to this fabulous price of £29.98. That's a penny cheaper than when it was on offer this Christmas. 

Veuve Cliquot make around 10 million bottles worth of their NV a year. This Champagne is Pinot Noir dominated and Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the requiredtime, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with richfruit and a mouth-filling mousse.

This is a great champagne to sit back and enjoy with but would marry excellently with a creamy fish or chicken dish.

Remember this deal is for one week only and ends at 7pm on Monday 17th March!!


Wine of the Week - Antony's Yard 2012, Graham Beck, Western CapeDate published: 12/03/14

Antony's Yard 2012, Graham Beck, Western Cape

A juicy Bordeaux blend, produced form Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot.  This wine offers red berry fruit aromas and a happy fruit-forward personality. Lush flavour on the palate, velvety and deep. You can enjoy it beef, lamb, strong cheeses and a good company.

Only £6.99 

When you buy 2 or more bottles.

Come and give it a try on our tasting counter.

#comeandexplore

A new white wine from Spain.Date published: 09/03/14

El Rescatado Albarin 2013

Vino De La Tierra De Castilla Y Leon


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

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

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


Quick Quiz on Argentina!Date published: 08/03/14

Quick quiz on Argentina!

How well do you think you will score?!


Q1) The Salta region is renowned for its Torrontes. Which clone of the variety dominates plantings there? (Majestic Wine stocks a fantastic Torrontes from the Lujan de Cuyo region by Vinalba for £9.99).



Answer: Torrontes Riojano.



Q2) Name the grape, also known as Douce Noir, which is the second most planted variety in Argentina. (An excellent example of this is made La Posta Winery and is available from Majestic for £9.99).



Answer: Bonarda.



Q3) The Tannat grape is noted in particular for its high level of anti-oxidants, making it the ideal red for health buffs. Like Malbec, Tannat is a french export. Which french AC is most commonly associated with this grape? (The Finca Las Moras (£7.99) is available for all those wine lovers looking to raise their life expectancy).



Answer: Madiran.



Q4) The Cafayate region of Salta is home to the highest vineyard land in the world. Which valley in Salta boast this vineyard, situated at 3111m? (The Amalaya de Colome (£9.99) red blend demonstrates the remarkable impact altitude has on wine, with intense perfume and freshness).



Answer: Calchaquies Valley.



5) Several major European wineries have invested in the Argentine industry, notably Chateau Cheval Blanc with the Cheval des Andes and LVMH with their Terrazas de los Andes project. Which European wine company is behind the Septimo Dia Winery, located in Mendoza? (Both the Septimo Malbec and Chardonnay are available for £9.99 a bottle).



Answer: Cordoniu.


March Pick n' Mix - Great DealsDate published: 08/03/14

Picks of the March Pick 'n' Mix

Another month brings another swathe of cracking deals from Majestic wine. With lots of great wines available at fantastic prices, choosing our personal favourites has been tough and a rigorous tasting session has left all of us at Majestic Wine Winchester rather enthralled. It's a tough job, but someone needs to do it! Without further ado, here are some of our favourite wines from the March Pick 'n' Mix:

Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2008 - Was £26.99, Now £17.99

Famous for it's Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay has been expanding its portfolio of wines for some time now, with the Pelorus range of Champagne-style sparkling wines being one of several stalwart additions. Made to the same ageing requirements as vintage champagne and from the same blend of grapes, the 2008 Pelorus is a remarkably effective facsimile for France's most prestigious sparkling wines. Zingy acidity, fresh orchard fruit flavours and a creamy mousse are complimented by a lingering brioche note on the finish. A champagne of similar quality would fetch north of £30, so this is undeniably a real bargain!

Chateau La Vielle Croix 2009, Fronsac - Was £18.99, Now £12.66

Fronsac, the oft overlooked commune on Bordeaux's Right Bank has long been lost in the shadows cast by its more famous neighbours Pomerol and St Emilion. This obscurity has meant that many Fronsac wines represent the best value proposition in Bordeaux. A merlot dominated wine from an outstanding vintage, there is an ample quantity of red fruit, balanced by fruitcake-esque richness and a hint of wild herbs. Close your eyes and you could easily believe you were enjoying a Grand Cru St Emilion at a fraction of the price. Snap it up and enjoy with roast lamb.

Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris 2012, Alsace - Was £9.99, Now £6.66

Made in classic Alsatian off-dry style this is Pinot Gris (aka Pinot Grigio) at it's most open and approachable. Pear and quince fruit flavours and delicate floral finish. A natural partner to soft cheeses, the wine also works well with lightly spiced thai curries.


Lebanon - Chateau MusarDate published: 08/03/14

Wine Region of The Day: Lebanon

A Brief Overview:

Lebanon is among the oldest sites of wine production in the world. The Israelite prophet Hosea (780–725 B.C.) is said to have urged his followers to return to Yahweh so that "they will blossom as the vine, [and] their fragrance will be like the wine of Lebanon". The Phoenicians of its coastal strip were instrumental in spreading wine and viticulture throughout the Mediterranean in ancient times. Despite the many conflicts of the region, the country has an annual production of about 600,000 cases of wine. The number of wineries went from 5 in 1998, to over 30 today.

Our Wines:

The Beqaa Valley is home to Lebanon's famous vineyards. With an average altitude of 1000 m above sea level, the valley's climate is very suitable to vineyards. Abundant winter rain and much sunshine in the summer helps the grapes ripen easily. There are more than a dozen wineries in the Beqaa Valley, producing over six million bottles a year. Château Musar, located at the heart of the picturesque valley, has had to contend with the consequences of wartime volatility, most notably shelling and troop movement.

In Winchester we have four different wines from Château Musar currently on sale:


Château Musar 2001 :Only £24 a bottle.

Château Musar 2005 : Only £19.99 a bottle.

Hochar Père et Fils 2008: Only £11.99 a bottle.

Château Musar 2004 Magnum :Only £45 a bottle.


The Rhone ValleyDate published: 08/03/14

I am quickly becoming fascinated the Rhone valley, here is a quick summary: 

East of glamourous Bordeaux and south of beguiling Burgundy lies one of the world’s greatest wine regions:  The Rhone Valley.  The Rhone Valley is split into two distinct vineyard areas, North and South, both producing some of the most powerful and intense red wines in the world.  Everyday Cotes-du-Rhone represents good value, but some of the best buys are found in village areas such as Gigondas and Cairanne.

 Fast facts:

1) Grapes – Northern Rhone reds tend to be made mainly from Syrah with the South producing blends from key varieties Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.


2) Climate - The strong, dry, chilly mistral wind accelerates through the Rhone Valley, reaching speeds of over 90km/h. The vines are protected by being tied to stakes; and trees are planted to create windbreaks.


3) History - Winemaking died out after the Romans left the region but it was reignited in the 13th century when the Pope was resident at Avignon.


4) Production - There are over 6,000 wine growing properties in the Rhône Valley. 95% of its wines are produced in the South.

Recommendation:

Vacqueryras Domaine Garrigue

1 bottle = £14.99

2+ bottles = £12.99

Customer Preference - Let us help you!Date published: 08/03/14

Customer Preference

We want to help you...

In store we have a special list of customers that we have named our customer preference file!

The aim is to notify you about price changes on the wines you love! 

We can also let you know if we have anything new to our range that might excite you. 

As always, we won't share your details with anyone else and we'll only contact you when we think it'll be of benefit to you.

Let us know if you would like to be added to our list. 

Whether you love New Zealand Sauvignon, crazy about Champagne, mad about Malbec or get excited by one off special parcels of wine  - ask to be added to our Customer Preference File!

For further information or to be added to our preference list please email - win@majestic.co.uk or telephone us on 01962 868 708

Underrated Wine of the Week - The Caracal 2011 Neethlingshof, StellenboschDate published: 08/03/14

Underrated Wine of the Week

The Caracal 2011 Neethlingshof, Stellenbosch

A Bordeaux blend from one of the Cape's oldest estates, this wine has been named after the Caracal, a wild lynx-like cat indigenous to South Africa, which has recently been introduced to the Neethlingshof vineyards as a natural 'Darwinian' form of pest control.

12 months' maturation in new and old French oak barrels has lent this wine lovely toasty and cedary aromas, and smoothed the ample tannins which envelope the core of juicy blackberry and mulberry fruit.

Drink with slow-braised meats such as oxtail or pork belly.

£15.99

Buy 2 bottles save £6

£12.99


Crittenden Estate Chardonnay 2011 Mornington PeninsulaDate published: 08/03/14

Crittenden Estate Chardonnay 2011 Mornington Peninsula

Unit price £22

When you buy any 2 selected fine wines = £17.00 each

Grape

Chardonnay

Origin

Crittenden's first five acres were planted in 1982, a time when Mornington Peninsula had little association with wine, having only around 10 acres of vines. Garry Crittenden and his family have since developed the estate into one of the region's definitive wineries.

Taste

Plush, generous Chardonnay, full of ripe melon and citrus with a rounded, buttery mouth-feel. 10 months in French oak has given this wine remarkable depth, harmony and nutty lees-derived nuances.

Enjoy

Superb with homemade pasta garnished liberally with herb butter and freshly shaved parmigiano. 


Fine Wine Focus - Barolo Natale VergaDate published: 08/03/14

Fine Wine Focus: Barolo Natale Verga

Barolo is one of the most names wines in Italian wine and is made from the delicate grape Nebbiolo (rosewater and tar!), named after the nebbia fog which frequently blankets the hillside vineyards on early October mornings, when the Nebbiolo harvest is in full swing. Barolos used to need up to a generation of aging for their tannins to soften and become approachable. With modern winemaking techniques this has changed, and this Barolo from Natale Verga beautifully demonstrates this modern and approachable style. Made from ripe fruit, and aged in casks of French oak smaller than the traditional botte this wine has a gorgeous garnet colour in the glass with masses of blackberry on the palatte along with subtle rose petals and wood smoke. Of that classic barolo tasting note of tar and roses this wine leans very much more towards the latter. This wine is still very young by Barolo standards and so the fruit flavours and the tannins are large, but paired with rich food it really shines, and is a great showcase for modern Barolo.

1 bottle = £23

2+ bottles = £18 each

(Buy 2 bottles save £10)

Have you tried Ondine Sauvignon Blanc?Date published: 08/03/14

Have you tried.....Ondine Sauvignon Blanc?

Our latest price change has shifted some of the best Sauvignon deals away from the trusted stacks of New Zealand boxes and so there really is no better time than the present to cast the net a little wider and fish for a viable variation.

One such alternative that springs immediately to mind is Ondine Sauvignon from South Africa's Western Cape. The cooler growing conditions in Darling give this wine an oft sought after crispness and delicacy and a complexity which belies its bargain price. Tending towards the herbacious rather than the tropical, Ondine Sauvignon still has enough refreshing fruitiness to satisfy the most ardent of Marlborough fans.

I urge you to give it a try, it may just become your new everyday drinking white.

1 bottle = £8.99

2+ bottles = £5.99 each

Vina Nobile di Montepulciano "La Ciarliana" 2008Date published: 08/03/14

Vina Nobile di Montepulciano "La Ciarliana" 2008

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is made in the hills surrounding the town of Montepulciano (not be to be confused with the grape Montepulciano, which is of no connection). The wine is so named because in the eighteenth and nineteenth century it was a particular favourite both of local noblemen, and those visiting Italy on the grand tour. Vino Nobile is made from Sangiovese, which is the grape that produces the best of Tuscany's traditional wines, used in both Brunello de Montalcino and Chianti. Having been maturing now for six years this wine has a fascinating complexity. Garnet in the glass on the nose it has a raisined and sweet spice character which resembles a top quality old Rioja. These flavour characteristics carry over to the palate where the classic Italian red fruits and acidity combine with savoury and sweet spice elements combine to create a beguiling and enchanting wine that would be perfect with bolognaise.

Buy 2 bottles save £8

1 bottle = £19.99

2+ bottles = £15.99 each

South African Tasting WeekDate published: 07/03/14

South African Tasting Week has started in store today so I thought I would get your mouths watering at the wines that we have open at the moment for you to try.

Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier 2012 Western Cape Slightly perfumed with aromas of ripe juicy plum and black berries, rich and smooth on the palate with rich plum flavours, some spice and floral notesBuy 2 bottles save £4 - £6.99 per bottle

Barista Pinotage 2013, Western Cape 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 - Buy 2 bottles save £5 - £7.49 per bottle

Meerlust Merlot 2010 Stellenbosch 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 - Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 - £17.00

Rachel's Chenin Blanc 2013 Boschendal, Coastal Region Fruity, well-balanced and full bodied wine, distinguishable by its exotic mango and honey aromas. The palate has a core of tropical fruit flavours with hints of nuts and honey - Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% - £5.99

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013 Western Cape Perfumed aromas of peaches, lychees, rose petal and spice are complemented by rich layers of fruit with spicy undertones of white pepper and cinnamon on the palate with a lingering and inviting finish - Buy 2 bottles save £4 - £9.99 per bottle

Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Constantia A light green appearance with ripe tropical aromas of pineapple and passion fruit. The palate is classically Sauvignon with its racy acidity and the finish is clean and refreshing - Buy 2 bottles save £4 - £11.99 per bottle

A to Z of Wine - EikendalDate published: 07/03/14

With it being South African tasting week in store today's A-Z entry has a South African Theme.

Eikendal is a Stellenbosch wine producer which makes elegant and complex wines. These include a Chardonnay, Merlot and occasionally a Reverve Cabernet.

The Eikendal Chardonnay 2012 is currently stocked at Majestic Wines. From both alluvial sand and red granite sites, this wine shows a wide variety of flavours combined with mineral bite and lengthy acidity. It was matured in French oak barrels for 7 months before bottling.

Packed with fresh lemon, vanilla and toasty oak flavours this wine is full and rounded on the palate, with a fresh finish.

This would be a great partner with a fish pie or as I have tried and tested a creamy pasta carbonara.

The Eikendal Chardonnay is currently priced at £9.99 when you buy 2 or more (single bottle £12.49)*

*As part of a mixed case of 6 bottles

Wine of the WeekDate published: 05/03/14

This week's wine of the week is Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013

Hand picked grapes are fermented and aged in one year old French oak with 4% lees contact.

Perfumed aromas of peaches, lychees, rose petal and spice are complemented by rich layers of fruit with spicy undertones of white pepper and cinnamon on the palate with a lingering and inviting finish.

Will partner well with delicately flavoured, creamy seafood and poultry dishes. Enjoy over the next two years.

£9.99 (single bottle £11.99)* buy 2 save £4. 

Come in and help yourself to a taste today.

*As part of a minimum purchase of a mixed case of 6

A to Z of Wine - Delegat Wines of New ZealandDate published: 04/03/14

We have just had a delivery of two Delegat's red wines from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Delegat Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009 Made from the classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot this wine is a New World winner! Bursting with lush black fruits, its vibrancy really shines through. Have this soft and velvety wine with steak or your weekend roast. Buy 2 Save 33% - £6.99 (single bottle £10.49)

Delegat Reserve Merlot 2009 This Merlot is made from the very best fruit in Hawkes Bay. Packed with ripe, juicy, dark fruit flavours and a full bodied richness; this wine is great with tomato pasta dishes and red meats. Buy 2 Save 33% - £6.99 (single bottle £10.49)

We currently have the Cabernet/Merlot blend open for you to try on the tasting counter, so don't miss this opportunity as once these wines are gone they are gone!

A to Z of Wine - ChablisDate published: 01/03/14

Most northernmost wine making region of Burgundy.

Commonly affected by frost or hail.

Made using the Chardonnay grape.

Makes crisp dry white wines with a steely minerality.

The majority have no oak influence but some producers have started to use barrel ageing giving fuller and toastier wines.

Petit Chablis AC should be drunk young.

Chablis AC should usually be drunk at 3-5 years.

A Premier Cru Chablis may take 5 years to fully develop to its full potential.


Here are some of the wide range of Chablis wines we have in Winchester:

Petit Chablis UVC - Buy 2 save £4 - £10.99 (single bottle £12.99)

Chablis Vocoret - £12.99

Premier Cru Chablis Laroche, Fourchaume - Buy 2 fine wines save £10 - £25 (single bottle £30)


(Don't forget our minimum purchase of 6 bottles)

Fine Wine VoteDate published: 01/03/14

Vote for the fine wine you would like to try from our shortlist and the wine with the most votes will be opened for you to try.

Just email us at win@majestic.co.uk or tweet us @majesticwin with your vote, name and a contact number and we will let you know so you can join us when we open it on our tasting counter!

March's Staff Shortlist:

1. Chapel Hill Bush Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale

2. Promis, Gaja, Tuscany

3. Foxen Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, California

4. 1er Cru Chablis Laroche, Fourchaume

5. The Chocolate Block, Franschhoek, South Africa


A to Z of Wine - The Baron of BarossaDate published: 28/02/14

In 1947, at the tender age of 17, Peter Lehmann began working for Yalumba, who now boast being Australia's oldest family owned winery. He also worked as winemaker and manager of Saltram wines from 1960 until 1980. His decision to leave the company hinged on their instruction to him that he must renege on a handshake deal he had made with local growers, as they wished to purchase less grapes. So as not to compromise the growers livelihoods Peter started Masterson Barossa Vineyards, named after legendary gambler Sky Masterson, in recognition of the risk taken by starting the company.

In 1982, the company was renamed Peter Lehmann Wines but retained their Queen of Clubs logo in honour of the gamble taken by one of the industry's most well respected winemakers.

Look out for a special offer on Peter Lehmann's portrait Shiraz starting soon!

A to Z of Wine - ArneisDate published: 28/02/14

A new feature of Majestic Wine Winchester's page is the A to Z of wine. Each day will focus on a letter of the alphabet and our staff will each chose a wine related topic beginning with that letter.

Arneis is an Italian grape most commonly grown in Roero in Piedmont. 

Arneis actually means little rascal in Piemontese.

It produces dry white wines with floral and nutty characteristics.

The fruit flavours can include pears, apricots and apples.

Why not try the Roero Arneis 2012 Marco Porello priced at £8.99 when you buy 2 or more (single bottle £10.99) as part of a mixed case

Argentinian Malbecs Added to the February Pick 'n' MixDate published: 26/02/14

We have just added many of our Argentinian Malbecs to our current Pick 'n' Mix offer that gives you a saving of 33% if you buy any 2 or more wines in this deal.

This is a great opportunity to try some new wines or stock up on your favourites.

If you want to place an order you need to hurry as this offer ends in 6 days on Monday 3rd March.

Some of the wines in this deal are as follows:

Portillo Malbec at £6.66

Argento Malbec at £6.66

For a bit more of a treat why not try the Louigi Bosca Malbec at £10.65 or the Catena Alta Malbec at £18.65.

Check out the link for more options and to order online http://www.majestic.co.uk/latest-malbec-offers

February Pick 'n' Mix and Bargain Bouquet Offers Ending Soon!Date published: 25/02/14

Our current Pick 'n' Mix offer will end on the 3rd March so take advantage of these great deals while you can.

Not only do you save 33% on each wine included but you can mix and match different wines - you don't have to buy 2 bottles of the same wine so. This means you can experiment with wines you may not have tried before.

We also have our Bargain Bouquet wines, all on single bottle prices and all under £6. Why not try a couple of these too?

Here are a couple from each offer that I think are a great steal.

Pick 'n' Mix

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand - £6.66 Pick 'n' Mix price

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa - £8.66 Pick 'n' Mix price

Tournelles Voluptabilis, Buzet, France - £6.66 Pick 'n' Mix price

Rustenberg RM Nicholson, South Africa - £9.33 Pick 'n' Mix price

Bargain Bouquets

Mont St Jean Corbieres, France - £5.99

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc - £5.99

Torres Vina Sol, Spain - £5.99

Grand Heron, France - £5.99

Check out more at www.majestic.co.uk

(Don't forget our minimum purchase of a mixed case of 6 bottles)


Free DeliveryDate published: 25/02/14

We have now introduced free delivery on all orders online and over the phone of 6 bottles of wine or more. So no matter how much or how little you spend we will deliver your wine out for free.

Why not order online now at www.majestic.co.uk

Wine of the WeekDate published: 25/02/14

This week's wine of the week is Bourgogne Chardonnay 2012 by Nicolas Potel.

Made from a blend of grapes grown on mature vines in vineyard sites in the Mâcon, Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte d'Or.

Fermented and matured in stainless steel, no oak is used in production, maintaining the wine's elegance and minerality.

The classically citrus-led nose also offers notes of marzipan and acacia flowers. Nicely rounded on the palate with an almondy complexity on the finish.

This wine is very easy to drink on its own or paired with fresh pasta dishes.

£10.99 (single bottle £12.99)* buy 2 save £4

Grape in Focus - Gruner VeltlinerDate published: 20/02/14

Gruner Veltliner is grown mainly in Austria.

It is a green grape that produces quite light white wine.

It has a variety of flavours: when young - green grapes, salad and white pepper

                                           when older - honey and toast

It is often sold as young un-oaked whites.

Would go well with spicy thai dishes, pork loin or grilled seafood.

One to try:

Grüner Veltliner 2012 Weingärten Weissenkirchen, Wachau - Buy 2 save £2 - £8.99 (single bottle £9.99)

Wine of the WeekDate published: 20/02/14

This weekend our wine of the week is the Château Simard 2004 St-Emilion.

Château Simard is a 40-hectare estate located at the foot of the St-Emilion hill, on the sandy, gravelly soils typical of the area.

Brilliant ruby colour with brick-like hues from years of ageing. Aromas are predominantly of ripe berries, with hints of violets. An elegant, well rounded Bordeaux.

This wine is drinking now, ideal with your Sunday roast beef.


Priced at £13.99* as part of our buy 2 save £10 fine wine deal this wine is a great price.

*As part of a mixed case of 6 wines

New Arrival to our Labegorce FamilyDate published: 18/02/14

We have just received some Chateau Labegorce Magnums, which join the half bottles already here. This Chateau is a historic house in Margaux, with its roots in a 14th-century estate named after noble house of La Bégorce

Chateau Labegorce-Zede 2002, Margeaux, Cru Borgeois, Magnum - £55

Chateau Labegorce 2004, Margeaux, 37.5cl half bottle - £11.99

Bodegas Santa AnaDate published: 17/02/14

Bodegas Santa Ana


Producer in Focus

Bodegas Santa Ana

Bodegas Santa Ana has over 120 years experience in the wine producing trade and was one of the first to be founded in Argentina.

They were founded in 1891 by Luis Tirasso, an Italian immigrant and a pioneer in the development of winemaking in Argentina.

Their vineyards are located in the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and Catamarca; the main winemaking regions of Argentina. The Andes mountain range provides the perfect climate and altitude necessary to produce the great wines of Bodegas Santa Ana.

Majestic Wine Worcester stocks the following wines:

Santa Ana Malbec £5.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles.

Plum and cherry on both nose and palate, medium-bodied with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish

Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc £5.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles.

Fresh, crisp and citrus-led wine. Soft-edged tropical notes and herb nuances linger in the background. 



Healthy wine!Date published: 17/02/14

Healthy wine!

There has recently been a study into the health benefits of wine for your heart and the results show that wines high in Flavanols have a positive effect. Flavanols are present in the skins and pips of grapes with some grape varieties having a higher concentration than others. 25 high street wines were tested and the wine which contained the highest levels was one in our range. It is the Langhe Nebbiolo from the De Forville Estate in Piedmont in Northern Italy on offer at the moment down from £11.99 to £8.99

Its a cracking wine with rich red berry fruit and a touch of spice. It should be enjoyed with creamy cheeses or richer meats and benefits from decanting some time in advance . A wine a good as this and healthy. Can't be bad!

All in moderation of course 



February Pick 'N' MixDate published: 17/02/14

February Pick 'N' Mix


As many of you have received our February flyer advertising our new Pick 'N' Mix offer and with so many to choose from, the question is, which ones to pick? Well, let me help. I've chosen six; 3 white, 3 red from all areas of the world:

White Wines

Paul Mas Chardonnay 2013, Languedoc, France £5.99 when you buy any 2 pick 'n' mix wines  single bottle price £8.99

Paul Mas wines are a favourite in Majestic and this wine is one of them, a Chardonnay with 20% fermented in American oak and the remaining 80% aged in stainless steel to retain a balanced flavour. On the nose are aromas of pineapple and quince. The palate is fruity with flavours of pineapple, lime and light notes of butter. Great on its own or with any seafood, blue cheese and terrines.

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand £6.66 when you buy any 2 pick 'n' mix wines single bottle price £9.99

Another favourite in Majestic are New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs and this Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc is a typical example. Coming from one of New Zealand's most well known wineries, this Sauvignon Blanc is vibrant on the nose with aromas of tropical fruits and gooseberry. The palate is refreshing with balanced acidity and flavours of gooseberry, peach, lime and some grassy notes. Again, great on its own or match with Thai dishes, fresh fish and lemon chicken.

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Western Cape, South Africa £8.66 when you buy any 2 pick 'n' mix wines single bottle price £12.99

This South African Sauvignon Blanc is different to the Kiwi one above, much more subtle and less vibrant on the nose. Made with 95% Sauvignon and 5% Semillon, this Sauvignon has more body and complexity. Made with free run and pressed juice this wine has aromas of asparagus, green pepper and gooseberry on the nose.  There are subtle flavours on the palate of pineapple and passion fruit. A great partner to enjoy with shellfish and lobster or on its own.

Red Wines

Tucumen Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina £7.33 when you buy any 2 pick 'n' mixwines single bottle price £10.99

This Malbec is new to our range and comes from Argentina's main wine producing area, Mendoza. This Malbec is made in a youthful style with very little oak aging to keep the fruity flavours. The nose has aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and cherry. The palate is soft and juicy with flavours aplenty of blackcurrant, plum and cherry.  A great wine to share with friends/family or with a meat topped pizza.

Tournelles Voluptabilis 2010, Buzet, France £6.66 when you buy any 2 pick 'n' mix wines single bottle price £9.99

Another new wine to our range this wine is made with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. This medium bodied wine comes from the AOC area of Buzet in south-western France. Voluptabilis is Latin for voluptuous and it certainly is! Aromas on the nose are of blackcurrant, blackberry and black cherry. The palate is smooth with flavours of blackcurrant and black cherry, with rounded tannins. This wine will drink over the next 2-3 years or partner with duck or lamb.

Vina Mayu Malbec 2012, Elqui Valley, Chile £9.33 when you buy any 2 pick 'n' mix wines single bottle price £13.99

This Malbec from Chile is different to the Argentine one above in that this Malbec is full bodied and weighty. The Malbec grapes for this wine are hand picked and cool fermented to add complexity and flavour. On the nose, there are aromas of blackcurrant, cherry and clove. The palate is full with flavours of blackcurrant, blackberry with a note of leather. The length is good. A perfect match with roast beef.

This set of 6 comes to a total of £44.60, so would come with free delivery if necessary or you may want to come in store and make up your own choice.

Cheers! 



Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 15/02/14

Food and Wine Matching


The world of food and wine matching is incredibly complex. It confuses, baffles and frustrates in equal measure. While any wine can be drunk with any food it will not always leave the most pleasant taste in your mouth. A successful food and wine match will ensure that the wine does not deteriorate in quality. 

The question is, how do you achieve this feat?

Well there are some simple ways to ensure that the wine and food will not create a bad taste in the mouth. A good place to start is with the old myth that you can have 'white wine with fish and red wine with meat'. This is a generalisation that is not necessarily the best way to match your evening meal and will stop you exploring some excellent matches that go against this widely held view. However there is some credence in this statement too. When eating fish it is common to have lemon juice or vinegar, which are highly acidic. This matches well with the acidity found in plenty of white wines and can help create a fuller, more enjoyable wine. However reds which tend to be less acidic can taste metallic and thin.

When it comes to red wines and meat, the tannins can have a softening effect however there are still other obstacles to it being a perfect match. Often meats like a rare steak are seasoned with plenty of black pepper. This can have a detrimental effect on some finer, older wines, ruining the depth of flavour but may improve younger, lighter reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Sangiovese and even make them seem more complex.

Sweet foods are another area that can be difficult to match. Dry wines are a disaster when mixed with them and chocolate especially can coat the mouth and require a strong, full bodied sweet wine to overcome them. Other flavours such as bitterness in wine can be matched with salty foods, while salty foods can also make sweet wines taste even sweeter.

Some classic food and wine matches include smoked salmon with a dry Riesling. Red Bordeaux matches lamb beautifully, while the merits of Gewurtztraminer and thai green curry are becoming very well known. Sparkling wine and champagne can create an elegant match for some fish and chips while Sauternes is a great match for some roquefort cheese.

There are many food and wine matches that classically match however every dish is different as every wine is. While there are recommended ways to match food and wine there is no clear template and the best way to find good matches is to experiment. Sometimes certain flavours in foods may have an unexpected match with wines you wouldn't expect. This is all part of the fun and if a match doesn't work then you can always save the wine to drink on its own after dinner.



Does the way you store wine matter?Date published: 15/02/14

Does the way you store wine matter?


If a wine is stored incorrectly it can affect the flavour or may become faulty. 

For long term storage 

All temperatures should be cool and consistent between 10 and 15 °C

The worst place to store your wine would be in the kitchen due to the high fluctuating temperatures. Also long periods of refrigeration can cause damage to the corks and cause sparkling wine to lose their fizz.

Wines with corks should be stored on their sides to keep the wine inside the bottle in contact with the cork, this will stop the cork from drying out and letting air into the bottle causing the wine to oxidise.  Wines with screw caps can be kept up right. 

Keep wine away from direct sunlight as this will cause the wine to discolour, it will also heat the wine and it will become stale and old before its time. 

Keep wine away from vibrations in order for it to lie undisturbed.  



Know Your Vintages - RiojaDate published: 15/02/14

Know Your Vintages - Rioja

The difference in a vintage can have a massive effect on the taste of a wine and how well it is enjoyed. Although this tends to be less substantial for more mass produced wines, the difference in Rioja is significant as the wine is aged for a greater time before release and the grapes have to hold the balance, potency and intensity to withstand this ageing process - reflected in the vintage variations from which they were grown.

Here is a guide to the best vintages in the last 20 or so years for Rioja:

1994: Overall good quality, but because of late frosts and an arrid summer, grapes did not flourish as expected and so less wine was produced.

1995: An outstanding vintage for Rioja; masses of grapes of top quality producing some cracking wines.

1998: Despite late frosts, this vintage has seen some great wines from Rioja

2001: Once again, Spring frosts were a potential issue, and despite a lower yield than predicted overall, Rioja produced some superb wines.

2004 & 2005: Both were great vintages, 2005 perhaps marginally better thanks to just about sufficient rainfall.

2008 & 2009: These were both very good years, 2009 saw very hot growing conditions, but, again thanks to some timely rainfall, the vintage thrived. 2009 takes the spoils as the better of these two vintages.

2010: Growing and ripening conditions spot on for optimum fruit growth and ripening. Considered a better vintage than 2009.

2011: This year saw very hot conditions, which heat-stressed the vines. As a result, the fruit provided powerful wines with very concentrated flavours. The wines produced also have lower than usual acidity.

2012: This was a bizzare year in terms of weather in Spain. Due to the very dry conditions, It was the fifth consecutive small vintage. As a result, it is likely that wine produced from this year will be massively concentrated and high in tannin thanks to the smaller berries which were harvested in Rioja. High tannin will mean the wines should have a lengthy potential for ageing.



Sparkling Saturday - Codorniu Cristina Vintage 2011Date published: 15/02/14

Today we have on the tasting counter the Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2011.

This Cava is made solely from the black grape Pinot Noir. The juice from the grapes is left in contact with the black skins for a very short amount of time, which prevents it from becoming pink or red in colour.

This Cava was launched in honour of the Regent Queen María Cristina of Austria who in 1897 granted Codorníu with the title of “Official Provider of the Royal House”.

With fine bubbles and persistent beading, this deliciously dry Cava has fresh, light, floral aromas with delicately rounded, well-balanced pear and brioche flavours. I also find that there are hints of red fruit flavours too which gives it a bit more complexity.

Currently priced at £9.99 when you buy 2 or more pick 'n' mix wines as part of your mixed case of 6.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 13/02/14

This weekend our wine of the week is the Château La Vieille Croix 2009 Fronsac, Bordeaux.


One of the top players currently operating in Fronsac, on the North bank of the Dordogne.


This is a beautifully complex Bordeaux with generous raspberry fruit and a noticeable herbal quality.

Its relatively full body and solid tannins make it perfect to accompany red meat dishes.


A delicious wine which would be an excellent partner to your roast beef this Sunday.


Magnificent MalbecsDate published: 10/02/14

Magnificent Malbecs

Magnificent Malbecs

We have some brilliant offers on Malbec this month. Take advantage of the Pick n Mix deal which allows you to mix and match between the entire selection of wines on promotion. Here are just a few Malbecs from the selection:

New World

From Argentina...

Santa Ana Malbec - £5.99 offer price; £8.99 single bottle price

Fantastic value. Plenty of fruity plums and cherries with a smooth texture. Enjoy either on its own or as a partner to a spaghetti bolognese.

From Chile...

Vina Mayu Malbec - £9.33 offer price; £13.99 single bottle price

A special Chilean malbec, which has recently won a Decanter International Trophy award for best Malbec! Intense aromas of violet, blueberry and black fruit on the nose, with layers of black fruit, liquorice and vanilla on the palate. A lingering finish makes this a perfect warmer on a cold night!

Old World

From France...

L'Instant Truffier Malbec - £6.66 offer price; £9.99 single bottle price

An interesting Malbec with black cherry and bramble fruit with hints of anise, prune and pepper. Unusually for a French wine, the grape variety is clearly displayed on the label. One of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free-draining and have great sun exposure, and are perfect for growing Malbec.



Planning a party? Give us a shout!Date published: 10/02/14

Planning a party? Give us a shout!

We know how stressful planning an event can be, whether it be a party, christening, a birthday, a wedding, or just a get-together we are here to help!!

We can advise on which wines to choose to suit your budget and menu, work out how many bottles you will need, and we offer free glass hire and free chiller bin hire.  We can also offer sale or return to ensure wines you have enough for your guests.

We also offer free delivery at a suitable time for yourself, to get all your drinks to you in time to chill before your party!

Easy peasy. 

We're open 7 days a week, so come and see us to discuss your requirements!




Kanonkop Paul SauerDate published: 10/02/14

Kanonkop Paul Sauer


Fine wine of the Month

Kanonkop 'Paul Sauer' 2010

Stellenbosch

Nestled between Stellenbosh and Paarl, Kanonkop is located on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in a ward, more commonly known as the “red wine bowl”. Boasting some of the best red wines coming out of South Africa.

The name Kanonkop was derived from a kopje (hillock), from which a cannon was fired in the 17th Century to alert farmers in outlying areas that sailing ships plying the waters between Europe and the Far East had entered Table Bay for a stopover at Cape Town.

Beautifully balanced, released just about ready to drink, but capable of a decade or more of ageing. Styled as classic left bank Bordeaux, but with a bit more heft, it's full of earthy black fruit, concentrated blackcurrant, cassis, cedar and spice-box complexity with fine-grained tannins.

Hopefully you can find a rib of beef to do it justice.

£25 When you mix any two selected fine wines.


Discovering a New Wine Region. . . Jumilla DODate published: 10/02/14

Discovering a New Wine Region. . . Jumilla DO


What myself and many others in Majestic love about wine is the fact that you never stop learning. New grapes, producers and regions are always just around the corner and the more you immerse yourself in the world of wine the more you discover there is to learn. Last weekend I was wondering around my local independent wine shop and came across a wine from a region I hadn't even heard of. Always a fan of Spanish reds I took a punt and gave it a try.  

Jumilla DO is in the South East of Spain, just inland from the Mediterranean coastline and is one of the oldest DO (Designation of Origin) having gained its statues in 1966. Here the region is split up into two further sub-regions of Murcia and Albacete. The climate variation means that long hot summers lead in to very cold winters with frost being a problem between the months of November and March. However this challenging climate produces the perfect growing conditions for the areas most popular grape variety, Monastrell. Better known in France as Mourvedre, this very hardy grape variety with thick skins needs a lot of sun light and warmth to ripen. 

Tasting Note - 100% Monastrell 15% ABV 2012

A vibrant nose of black cherry and juicy plum fruit with hints of vanilla and cedar. The palate follows the nose with intriguing layers of fruit cake and marzipan, good minerality and subtle tannins. The high alcohol level shows slightly on the finish, however this is not overpowering and is in balance with the wine. Rich and full bodied this is a wine designed to be enjoyed young and would make a perfect match for a hearty beef stew or fruity lamb tagine. 

While sadly only stock a small number of wines from this interesting little region, if wine is about anything, for me its about sharing. Trying wines from lesser known regions is a great way of expanding your palate and broadening your knowledge. Why not move out of your comfort zone and try wines from lesser known Spainsh regions. We have a great selection from Bierzo, Navarra and Moncayo. 


Come and Explore! Try something new!


Region in Focus - ArgentinaDate published: 10/02/14

Region in Focus - Argentina


With a viticultural history stretching back over 450 years, the legacy of Argentinian wine making began in 1557 when cuttings from vines grown in neighbouring Chile were planted and took root. With many different wine growing regions, including the world renowned Mendoza province, the Argentinian wine economy represents fantastic value wines supported by an up and coming demand for high quality Argentinian wines, particularly from the highly popular Malbec grape.

Ranging over 1500Km, the vineyards stretch from the Salta Province in the North to the Rio Negro Province in the South. Due to their close proximity to the equator the heat found in these areas is often too extreme for vines to grow, and so to combat this the winemakers utilise the Andes mountain range, and the altitude variation that these provide. After all, the higher you go, the cooler you get! The vast majority of the vineyards lie at 600m or above sea level, although in the Salta province closest to the equator, vineyards can be found at a staggering 2000m above sea level, the highest in the world!

Due to the climate around these vineyards rain is a rare and valued commodity and they usually get no more than 220mm a year. To counteract the lack of rainfall in these areas the winemakers generally employ irrigation systems in order to use the water from rivers in the mountains or underground reservoirs. The second issue that the winemakers have to contend with is the onslaught of summer hale, which has been estimated as having the ability to destroy 10% of every crop! But those clever chap's have a couple of methods to help, the first being to cover the vines with nets, essentially shielding the vine. And the second being to simply own vineyards in different areas, protecting the investment and also giving the ability to blend from these different areas.

Grapes:

Malbec - Surely becoming Argentina's signature grape, wines from this fruit produce full bodied, spicy, black-fruit focused wines that used to be predominantly blends, but now are much more focused on being 100% Malbec. Lower altitude Malbecs tend to be fuller-bodied with more black fruit, whereas higher altitude wines display more fresh, ready to drink floral aromas.

Bonarda - Second most grown grape in Argentina, not quite got to the cult status of Malbec, but with much recent investment in vineyards, this is definitely and up and comer to keep an eye out for.

Torrontes - Planted in La Rioja, San Juan and Salta province. The best examples of these white wines have intense fruit and floral characteristics, with medium body & acidity.

Provinces to keep an eye out for:

Mendoza - 70% off all wine produced in Argentina comes from this province. Arguably biggest wine region in the world. High altitude and snow-melt water from the mountains make this the main player in Argentinian wine.

San Juan - 2 hours North of Mendoza, 15% of total Argentinian wine production. Well known for Syrah grape as high temperatures (due to proximity to the equator) allow this grape to thrive.

Salta - Most Northerly province and so very high altitudes (highest is 3111m!!!!). Torrontes is the dominant grape here. Due to the extreme and niche conditions, wines from this region can be considered to be some of the most expressive terroir-specific in the world. Many wineries owned by major European companies, so international investment is hugely up and coming. Definitely one to watch!

Wines:

Value - Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc @ 5.99 (as part of Pick'n'Mix Deal) - Bright lemon yellow with the greenish tint of youth, this is a fresh, crisp and citrus-led wine. Soft-edged tropical notes and herb nuances linger in the background.

Mid Price - Ben Marco Malbec @ 11.99 - Deep red, with complex aromas of ripe red fruits. Cherry, currants and blackberries combine with notes of vanilla and coffee. This expressive wine has firm, sweet tannins giving a delightful finish.

Fine - Vinalba Diane @ £32 - A rich and inviting wine that hints at Hervé's Bordeaux background, this blend is full of dark fruit and spice aromas, and has a wonderful palate complexity, offering a plum and damsom backbone bolstered by smooth tannins and spicy oak.


Style in focus . . .Amarone Della ValpolicellaDate published: 10/02/14

Style in focus . . .Amarone Della Valpolicella

Often mistaken as a separate wine region, Amarone is actually a style of wine produced in the Valpolicella region of North West Italy. Since the early 1970s the once relatively unknown style has ballooned into an industry producing around 13 million bottles every year, taking over Italian fine wine Barolo. 

The best Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes from vineyards within the Valpolicella Classico region are selected and picked early to retain their best qualities. These grapes then undergo a process know as ‘appassimento‘ where the grapes are dried on shallow wooden trays in an airy hillside drying loft for up to four months after harvest. This shrivels the grapes and intensifies their flavour leading to a dry yet full bodied, highly alcoholic and fruity wine. 

The best examples promise rich aromas of black cherry and Christmas cake. A deep palate of bittersweet chocolate and cinnamon, with a thick texture and soft silk like tannins. While high in alcohol this should be well integrated into the wine leaving a smooth and spicy finish. 

Value - Valpolicella Classico La Casetta Ripasso - £13.99

Not strictly an Amarone, however this wine has a portion of dried Amarone grapes added to the wine in order to add richness and power to this blend. As a result this wine a is a fantastic combination of powerful black fruit and fresh bright young fruit of a classic Valoplicella. 

Mid Price - Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2010 Cantina Negrar - £18

Brooding, deep, intense aromas of Christmas cake, chocolate, cinnamon, sweet fruits and spice. The concentrated palate offers a thick texture and soft velvety tannins, very rich fruit characteristics.

Fine Wine - Amarone Classico Costasera 2008/2009 Masi - £30

Masi has been run by the Boscaini family for the past six generations, and their wines are rooted in tradition, representing the classic Venetian styles.Immensely full-bodied and complex, with intense and mature dry fruit aromas. Drink with game, mature cheese, or as a digestif.



Stuck for choice?Date published: 08/02/14

Stuck for choice?


With Valentine's day looming I'm sure all you men out there are beginning to panic about how on earth you're are going to impress the lovely ladies in your life...

Here are some options I have compiled for you to wine and dine her with.

On a budget?Undurraga Rose is the sparkling delight made for you!

 At just £6.99 this wine seems to good to be true, and it is! Made from the Pinot Noir grape and grown in Chile's Leyda Valley. Cool temperatures and a maritime climate boast the perfect conditions for producing this delicious sparkling rose of delicate colour and fresh acidity. Subtle hints of cherries, strawberries and flower petals allow this wine to be drunk as an aperitif or along-side something spicy on a hot date!

If you suspect that this one might be a keeper then why not impress her with our Oeil De Perdrix?

Only £22.00 at the moment this Champagne is the perfect example of  mid-priced  Non-Vintage Champagne with flavour and complexity well above it's price tag.  A blend of Pinot Noirand Chardonnay and grown in the the southern-most point of the Champagne region means that Oeil De Perdrix benefits from typically warm and sunny summers. A smooth and subtle flavour makes this an 'all occasion' wine. What better than to celebrate with it on Valentines day?!

And Finally, if you are the guy we have all been looking for then the only option isLaurent- Perrier Cuvee Rose.

£50.00 and the creme de la creme of our Rose Champagnes, this wine is the closest thing to heaven you may ever experience. A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and grown in the north-west Tours-Sur-Marne area of Champagne our L-P Rose is rich, and fruity with unique red-berry flavours, whilst still retaining a certain freshness. If I had to be a Champagne i would choose this one. Drink on its own, (or with the ring in the glass if you are going to pop the question...) or enjoy with a variety of dishes including chicken fricassee and mashed potato. 

Well I hope this article has been of some assistance to you, I know which one I'd go for if I were you...


Getting Married?Date published: 08/02/14

Getting Married?


We have been meeting lots of wedding couples this weekend, so if you have just got hitched and are planning your nuptials we are on hand to help you out. Now is a great time to stock up on our Cracking  Champagne deals!

On our website we have our wee check-list of all aspects to cover in planning your big day from how many glasses can I get from a bottle to planning corkage and glass hire! http://www.majestic.co.uk/services/weddings


All our staff in store 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.



Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 08/02/14

The world of food and wine matching is incredibly complex. It confuses, baffles and frustrates in equal measure. While any wine can be drunk with any food it will not always leave the most pleasant taste in your mouth. A successful food and wine match will ensure that the wine does not deteriorate in quality. 

The question is, how do you achieve this feat?

Well there are some simple ways to ensure that the wine and food will not create a bad taste in the mouth. A good place to start is with the old myth that you can have 'white wine with fish and red wine with meat'. This is a generalisation that is not necessarily the best way to match your evening meal and will stop you exploring some excellent matches that go against this widely held view. However there is some credence in this statement too. When eating fish it is common to have lemon juice or vinegar, which are highly acidic. This matches well with the acidity found in plenty of white wines and can help create a fuller, more enjoyable wine. However reds which tend to be less acidic can taste metallic and thin.

When it comes to red wines and meat, the tannins can have a softening effect however there are still other obstacles to it being a perfect match. Often meats like a rare steak are seasoned with plenty of black pepper. This can have a detrimental effect on some finer, older wines, ruining the depth of flavour but may improve younger, lighter reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Sangiovese and even make them seem more complex.

Sweet foods are another area that can be difficult to match. Dry wines are a disaster when mixed with them and chocolate especially can coat the mouth and require a strong, full bodied sweet wine to overcome them. Other flavours such as bitterness in wine can be matched with salty foods, while salty foods can also make sweet wines taste even sweeter.

Some classic food and wine matches include smoked salmon with a dry Riesling. Red Bordeaux matches lamb beautifully, while the merits of Gewurtztraminer and thai green curry are becoming very well known. Sparkling wine and champagne can create an elegant match for some fish and chips while Sauternes is a great match for some roquefort cheese.

There are many food and wine matches that classically match however every dish is different as every wine is. While there are recommended ways to match food and wine there is no clear template and the best way to find good matches is to experiment. Sometimes certain flavours in foods may have an unexpected match with wines you wouldn't expect. This is all part of the fun and if a match doesn't work then you can always save the wine to drink on its own after dinner.


Does the way you store wine matter?Date published: 08/02/14

Does the way you store wine matter?


If a wine is stored incorrectly it can affect the flavour or may become faulty. 

For long term storage 

All temperatures should be cool and consistent between 10 and 15 °C

The worst place to store your wine would be in the kitchen due to the high fluctuating temperatures. Also long periods of refrigeration can cause damage to the corks and cause sparkling wine to lose their fizz.

Wines with corks should be stored on their sides to keep the wine inside the bottle in contact with the cork, this will stop the cork from drying out and letting air into the bottle causing the wine to oxidise.  Wines with screw caps can be kept up right. 

Keep wine away from direct sunlight as this will cause the wine to discolour, it will also heat the wine and it will become stale and old before its time. 

Keep wine away from vibrations in order for it to lie undisturbed.  



Know Your Vintages - RiojaDate published: 08/02/14

Know Your Vintages - Rioja


The difference in a vintage can have a massive effect on the taste of a wine and how well it is enjoyed. Although this tends to be less substantial for more mass produced wines, the difference in Rioja is significant as the wine is aged for a greater time before release and the grapes have to hold the balance, potency and intensity to withstand this ageing process - reflected in the vintage variations from which they were grown.

Here is a guide to the best vintages in the last 20 or so years for Rioja:

1994: Overall good quality, but because of late frosts and an arrid summer, grapes did not flourish as expected and so less wine was produced.

1995: An outstanding vintage for Rioja; masses of grapes of top quality producing some cracking wines.

1998: Despite late frosts, this vintage has seen some great wines from Rioja

2001: Once again, Spring frosts were a potential issue, and despite a lower yield than predicted overall, Rioja produced some superb wines.

2004 & 2005: Both were great vintages, 2005 perhaps marginally better thanks to just about sufficient rainfall.

2008 & 2009: These were both very good years, 2009 saw very hot growing conditions, but, again thanks to some timely rainfall, the vintage thrived. 2009 takes the spoils as the better of these two vintages.

2010: Growing and ripening conditions spot on for optimum fruit growth and ripening. Considered a better vintage than 2009.

2011: This year saw very hot conditions, which heat-stressed the vines. As a result, the fruit provided powerful wines with very concentrated flavours. The wines produced also have lower than usual acidity.

2012: This was a bizzare year in terms of weather in Spain. Due to the very dry conditions, It was the fifth consecutive small vintage. As a result, it is likely that wine produced from this year will be massively concentrated and high in tannin thanks to the smaller berries which were harvested in Rioja. High tannin will mean the wines should have a lengthy potential for ageing.



Fine Wine of the Week!Date published: 08/02/14

Fine Wine of the Week!


Jadot Beaune 1er Cru  = £20 

One of the hardest grape varieties to grow, as anything that can go wrong usually does for Pinot Noir, the rewards of great Pinot are well worth the effort on behalf of the winemaker. The thin skin of Pinot results in lighter wines than most Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, reflecting the terrior of the region it was grown in and the style of the vintner more than any other variety. The spiritual home of Pinot Noir is in Burgundy, where vintners have been producing wines from ever decreasing vineyard holdings for many centuries. The Louis Jadot estate was built up around the ownership of the Clos de Ursules vineyard in Beaune, which has been in the family since 1826. This was before the Domaine was founded and Maison Louis Jadot started acting as a négociant in 1859. Over time Jadot have built substantial holdings in both the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune.

There are no Grand Cru sites in the 450ha appellation of Beaune, but 28 Premier Cru which account for 322ha. The wine is a blend of grapes grown across many of the Premier Crus sites, combining the more powerful and darker flavours from the northern part of the appellation and the softer, more silky characters from the southern end. The wine making philosophy endeavours to be as simple and true to the region as possible, so that the wines are able to express the terrior of the vineyards. Very little done in the winery as winemaker Jacques Lardière, who has been making the wines since 1970, believes this removes the vineyard's character and shrouds the purity of the fruit.

Red and black cherries, hints of savoury spices and leather, leads to a warm and vibrant body of sweet fruits, and soft tannins.

Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with either roasted game or duck.



What a combo...Champagne and Fish n Chips!!Date published: 08/02/14

What a combo...Champagne and Fish n Chips!!

It's approaching the end of the month which also means pay day! What better way to treat yourself than enjoying some fish n chips and washing it down with some Champagne!

Bollinger would be my Champagne of choice as it (in my opinion) is the best value branded Champagne and tastes stunning!

The interaction of flavours is sublime; the acidity cuts right through the oiliness of the fish, the greasiness of the batter and chips; the apple and pear flavours lift the dense potato; the brioche notes complement the batter flavour, and Bollinger also has a sort of caramel/creme brulee crust flavour which becomes more like salted caramel in this particular food match.


It simply sets the palate alight and is simply incredible. You do have to avoid the vinegar though otherwise you'll completely kill the taste of the Champagne - salt is fine though.

Bollinger Special Cuvee is currently on offer at £30 per bottle but this is only till the 3rd of February (the local supermarkets are selling it for £45 so this represents a real bargain).

Come and see u at Majestic Winchester..and what do ya know-we've got a fish and chip shop next to us aswell!


Try it yourself - you won't be disappointed.


Wine for the weekend-Yali Viognier!Date published: 08/02/14

Wine for the weekend-Yali Viognier!


I snapped up this bargain for a midweek tipple and I was very impressed with the depth of flavour and refreshing aftertaste!

This National Reserva is a pale yellow colour and offers plenty of Tropical notes on the nose with soft delicate floral character. Very smooth and well concentrated in the palate with long and well integrated acidity. Flavours of nectarine and apricot came through for me! Fresh, with nice Viognier tipicity!

Enjoy this with prawn tempura or simply on it's own!

A bargain at £6.99! 


Be my ValentineDate published: 08/02/14

Be my Valentine

Choosing bubbly for the most romantic day of the year can be tricky. Our suggestions for the day would include:

Bouvet Saumur - £8.99

Lindauer Brut - £8.99

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rose - £17.99

Piper Heidsieck Brut NV - £23.32

These fizzes are all in our brilliant Pick n Mix offer so they are all at fantastic prices! 


Bargain Bouquets - wines under £6Date published: 08/02/14

Bargain Bouquets - wines under £6

Cuvee Genevieve Blanc £4.99

Mont Saint Jean Corbieres £5.99

San Marco Frascati £5.99

Bacaro Sangiovese £5.99

Muscadet Jean Sablenay £5.99 *NEW*

Plus many many more.......be sure to visit us in store and take a look at our other bargain bouquet wines, all priced under £6!

#comeandexplore



Getting the Beers in for the 6 nations??Date published: 02/02/14

Getting the Beers in for the 6 nations??

With the 6 nations starting this weekend, I thought it would be prudent to go through some of our special offers.

Doom Bar 8*500ml bottles for £15.60 if you buy 2 or more packs

Paulaner Bavarian Wheat Beer 12*500ml £19.99 if you buy 2 packs

Pilsner Urquell 24*330ml bottles £24


Did you know?Date published: 02/02/14

Did you know?


Northern Beaujolais and the southern Macon region of Burgundy overlap so that a number of producers can call their white wines Macon-Villages and their red wines Beaujolais-Villages.

The Art of TerroirDate published: 02/02/14

The Art of Terroir


'Terroir'. A buzzword in the wine world - but what exactly does it mean? It can't be directly translated into English; there is not one word in the language that does it any justice. Is it to do with the grape varieties that go into a wine? Is it where the grapes are grown? Is it the weather? 

Among many other aspects, it is indeed all of the above.

Terroir is a term that encompasses everything that goes into a wine and makes it unique - almost an identity; the typical characters of a certain place and a certain time that will be reflected in the wine.

Everything from the type of soil to the amount of sunlight a vine receives (its 'aspect') and the proximity to natural landmarks such as rivers and hills, goes into a region's terroir. Slightest nuances in changes of any of the above can have a noticeable impact on a wine. A place where this is highly evident is the Cote d'Or in Burgundy. For example, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault run into each other without a gap in vineyard area. However, the wines are remarkably different. This is largely due to the changes in soil structure and even how deep winemakers can dig their cellars to age the wine. Chablis (also in Burgundy) is another area hugely influenced by terroir: all of its Grand Cru vineyards are situated on one hillside above a river and these highly favoured plots of land are strongly resembled in the resulting wines. 

Burgundy in particular pays utmost respect to terroir but it is seen throughout France and Europe (the Old World) and is growing in influence in New World countries as well.

Please visit us in store if you have any questions regarding terroir - we can even recommend wines that reflect the impact it plays.


Last chance on Christmas offers!Date published: 02/02/14

As of February the 4th our fantastic range of Christmas offers will no longer be available. However we will be replacing them with a whole new range of great deals. Here is a brief reminder of some of the remaining Christmas promotions that you can still get your hands on over the weekend: 

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV, 12% (£45.00 single bottle) £30.00 when you buy 6 or more

Taittinger Brut Reserve NV, 12% (£42.00 single bottle) £27.00 when you buy 2 as part of a mixed case of 6

Veuve  Cliquot Brut NV, 12% (£45.00 single bottle) £29.00 when you buy 2 as part of a mixed case of 6

Undurraga Brut NV, Chile, 12.5% (£10.49 single bottle) £6.99 when you buy 2 or any of the other selected fizz

Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, Vina Eguia, Spain, 13% (£12.99 single bottle) £8.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case

PanAmericana Merlot 2012, Central Valley, 14% NEW (£7.49 single bottle) £5.99 when you buy 2 or another Chilean wine

PanAmericana Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Central Valley, 13% NEW (£7.49 single bottle)£5.99 when you buy 2 or another Chilean wine

Please remember that we sell a minimum of 6 bottles at majestic. 

We look forward to seeing you over the Weekend. 


Cheers to the Beer!Date published: 02/02/14

Another week, another beer!
This week, I'm going to be looking at a beer that is made by one of our favourite English winemakers who have diversified into the beer market and have made a fantastic entry in the colourful craft beer scene in this country!
Chapel Down make some wonderful wines that we currently stock, but they have a range of lagers and ales which bring a welcome freshness to the rather mass-produced beer market that has dominated this country for far too long. The Chapel Down 'Curious Brew' Lager is very special, in that it won the Gold Medal in the International Beer Challenge Awards in 2012, rising above thousands of entries to win the accolade.
They use East Anglian malt, saaz and cascade hops, then re-ferment using Champagne yeast before adding a "dosage" of the rare and fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop, before cold filtering this unpasturised beer into bottle. There isn't many beers out there at the moment who have this attention to detail, but this one certainly does! With anabv of 4.7% per 33cl bottle, it also gives a smoothness and meal-iness to make it a perfect accompaniment to a hearty Steak & Kidney Pie.
For a case of 12, we sell it at a good value price of £17.99, which is a brilliant price for a well crafted product. Drink up and grab a case quick!

Common White Grapes and their Alias NamesDate published: 27/01/14

Here are some common grapes used to make white wines and some other names used for them.

Albarino = Alvarinho

Chenin Blanc = Steen

Furmint = Sipon

Gerwurztraminer = Traminer

Greco = Grechetto

Macabeo = Viura

Palomino = Listan

Pinot Grigio = Grauburgunder = Pinot Gris = Rulander

Sauvignon Blanc = Blanc Fume

Trebbiano = Ugni Blanc

Common Red Grapes and their Alias NamesDate published: 27/01/14

You will probably know many of these common grape varieties and may have seen some of their alias names on the back of bottles but not realised they are the same grapes! Or unlike me you may have never heard of many of their other names!

Grenache = Garnacha = Cannonau

Malbec = Cot

Mourvedre = Mataro

Nebbiolo = Spanna = Chiavennasca

Pinot Noir = Spatburgunder

Syrah = Shiraz

Tempranillo = Ull de Llebre = Cencibel = Tinto Fino = Tinta Roriz = Aragonez

Great Detoxing Menu IdeasDate published: 25/01/14

Christmas and New year are well and truly over it's now time for us to all get back into shape after some slight overindulgence. Here are a few dishes made up of 'super foods', but we still can't forget the wine completely! 

Pan fried chicken breast on a borlotti, chickpea and tomato ragout with fresh baby spinach folded through. Served with Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Pinot Noir £7.99 or buy 2 and save 20% = £6.39

Wild salmon fillet poached in fennel and lemon stock on a bed of walnut, avocado and tomato salad. Served with Argento Chardonnay currently one of our bargain hunt wines, buy 2 and save 33.3% = £6

Smoked mackerel and horseradish fishcakes with a sunflower and pumpkin seed breadcrumb, baked with steamed broccoli and a salsa verdi. Served with Marques de Pennautier Viognier £8.99 or buy 2 and save £4 = £6.99

Enjoy!

Arrowfield Web Exclusive WineDate published: 25/01/14

New Web Exclusive - Arrowfield Estate

Our first web exclusive parcel of 2014 has landed and it's a real beaut!

Arrowfield Estate is one of the best known wineries in the Hunter Valley and known for their restrained style of winemaking. These three perfectly aged examples showcase the qualities the region is rightly famous for: delicious purity, intensity of fruit and huge longevity, particularly in the case of Semillon which develops immense complexity with age. With prices starting at the equivalent of £5.99 you'll be very hard pressed to find a better value Aussie white anywhere else.

Don't miss out! Available exclusively online at majestic.co.uk, you won't find these wines anywhere else in the country. This is a one off parcel which means once it's gone, it's really gone. Buy your case online today!

Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon 6 x 75cl bottles = £41.94 A superb value example of the unique style that is Hunter Valley Semillon, from old, low-cropping vines on the Arrowfield Estate. Delicate yet well-defined aromas of lime and lemon are joined by subtle floral hints and complexity from years of careful bottle ageing.

Arrowfield Unwooded Chardonnay 6 x 75cl bottles = £35.94 A blend of old vine fruit off the Arrowfield vineyard in the Hunter Valley and cool climate fruit from Orange. Unoaked, with the fresh palate of melon, ripe stonefruit and citrus flavours combining with the savoury character of aged Hunter Valley wine.

Arrowfield Show Reserve Chardonnay 6 x 75cl bottles = £47.94 Aromas of melon and ripe stone fruit combine with toasty, spicy oak. The palate has exceptional fruit intensity supported by a long clean finish. This a beautifully balanced wine with irresistible texture, integrated perfectly by it’s time ageing in the bottle.

*Because we're distributing this Web Exclusive to stores specifically to cover web orders, delivery may take a few days longer than normal and in some cases may be outside our normal 7–day guarantee. For collections the wine may not be available for up to 7 days. 


Burrow Hill CiderDate published: 25/01/14

We are offering chilled samples of the Burrow Hill Cider to taste at the moment so I thought I would tell you a bit more about it.

Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) cider in the UK and this particular line is sold exclusively in Majestic stores.

All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style.  

Tastes like Summer in a glass!

Currently priced at £18 per pack of 8 bottles.

Fine Wine Focus - Le Volte dell' Ornellaia 2011Date published: 24/01/14

Le Volte is an approachable, early-drinking 'super-Tuscan' blend, marrying Bordeaux varieties with the local Sangiovese over 10 months in old oak barriques.

With a rich black fruit core surrounded by fine-grained tannins, this lovely wine is very drinkable, especially with food as it is lifted by fresh red fruit acidity.

This wine doesn't have to be enjoyed with fancy food, corned beef hash is a great partner, as Sam will tell you.

Only £18.99* when purchased with one other selected fine wine

single bottle £23.00

* as part of our minimum purchase of a mixed case of 6

Offers Ending Soon!Date published: 23/01/14

All of the current great offers below will be coming to an end on the 3rd February so don't miss out!

Rhone 20% off

California 20% off

New Zealand 20% off

Australia 20% off

Chile 20% off

Order your favourites online at www.majestic.co.uk or call us on 01962 868708. Alternatively you can pop in to the store and speak to our expert team whilst browsing our full range of wines. 

Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 23/01/14

The world of food and wine matching is incredibly complex. It confuses, baffles and frustrates in equal measure. While any wine can be drunk with any food it will not always leave the most pleasant taste in your mouth. A successful food and wine match will ensure that the wine does not deteriorate in quality, and neither does the food. 

The question is, how do you achieve this feat?

Well there are some simple ways to ensure that the wine and food will not create a bad taste in the mouth. A good place to start is with the old myth that you can have 'white wine with fish and red wine with meat'. This is a generalisation that is not necessarily the best way to match your evening meal and will stop you exploring some excellent matches that go against this widely held view. However there is some credence in this statement too. When eating fish it is common to have lemon juice or vinegar, which are highly acidic. This matches well with the acidity found in plenty of white wines and can help create a fuller, more enjoyable wine. However reds which tend to be less acidic can taste metallic and thin.

When it comes to red wines and meat, the tannins can have a softening effect however there are still other obstacles to it being a perfect match. Often meats like a rare steak are seasoned with plenty of black pepper. This can have a detrimental effect on some finer, older wines, ruining the depth of flavour but may improve younger, lighter reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Sangiovese and even make them seem more complex.

Sweet foods are another area that can be difficult to match. Dry wines are a disaster when mixed with them and chocolate especially can coat the mouth and require a strong, full bodied sweet wine to overcome them. Other flavours such as bitterness in wine can be matched with salty foods, while salty foods can also make sweet wines taste even sweeter.

Some classic food and wine matches include smoked salmon with a dry Riesling, such as Hunawihr Riesling from Alsace. Red Bordeaux matches lamb beautifully, while the merits of a Gewurtztraminer, such as the Saint Clair from New Zealand, and thai green curry are becoming very well known. Sparkling wine and champagne can create an elegant match for some fish and chips, why not try the Bouvet from Loire, while Sauternes is a great match for some roquefort cheese.

There are many food and wine matches that classically match however every dish is different as every wine is. While there are recommended ways to match food and wine there is no clear template and the best way to find good matches is to experiment. Sometimes certain flavours in foods may have an unexpected match with wines you wouldn't expect. This is all part of the fun and if a match doesn't work then you can always save the wine to drink on its own after dinner.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/01/14

This weekend it is Southern French tasting weekend and in line with this our wine of the week is the delicious Domain Saint Ferréol Viognier.

Château St Ferréol is based in a medieval priory, where wines are known to have been made since records began in 1146. Today, although they grow several varieties, the jewel in their crown is this barrel-fermented Viognier, modelled on the fine wines of Condrieu.

Intensely aromatic, the wine overflows with ripe nectarine and honeysuckle notes. The palate carries on the stone fruit theme, combining glassy freshness with a mature, dried apricot complexity.

Drink now or keep for 3-5 years. Try with teriyaki-glazed chicken. 

Come in store to try before you buy!

Buy 2 save £3 - £10.99


Our Pick of the Bargain HuntDate published: 17/01/14

The Bargain Hunt is still at large, with selected wines at 33.3% off when you mix and match at least two. Here are a selection of our best bargains.

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc, Argentina - A pale green-tinged lemon yellow, with a nose of melon, lime and mango. Dry and crisp, the palate is awash with ripe grapefruit flavour, providing a long, refreshing finish. Bargain Hunt price £4.66.

Argento Chardonnay, Argentina - A light gold in colour exuding apples, peach and pineapple fruits with enticing hints of vanilla and spice. A bright crisp acidity lends a clean and refreshing finish. Bargain Hunt price £6.00.

Talinay Chardonnay, Chile - This modern, cool-climate Chardonnay has an invitingly fruity character, offering citrus and tropical notes in abundance. A lush, creamy palate, with mouthwatering acidity and forthright minerality. Bargain Hunt price £11.33.

Casabel Vinho Tinto, Portugal - A fragrant and uplifting nose of cherry and raspberry, with violet and pudding spice. The palate is a cascade of forest fruits framed by robust persistent tannins. Bargain Hunt price £5.33.

Marques de Caceras Rioja Crianza Magnum - Cherry and blackberry aromas accompanied by Mediterranean herb aromatics on the nose, with luscious red cherry and strawberry fruits, cinnamon and silky tannins with a long, silky and spicy finish. Bargain Hunt price £16.66.

New to the company....Date published: 14/01/14

Château Le Vivier 2008 Médoc

Made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes this wine is a 50/50 blend. Formerly owned by Lafite Rothschild, in 1990 Le Vivier was acquired by the Charloux family, who set about modernising the estate. This included building the Médoc's largest underground cellars, now known locally as 'The Cathedral', such is their volume and grandeur.
This wine has great balance between firm tannin, intense bramble fruit and soft plum notes, with the influence of old and new oak adding polish and a liquorice spice.

This wine is best suited to flavourful cuts of slow-cooked beef, such as skirt or shin.



Importance of tasting!Date published: 14/01/14

What is the difference between tasting and drinking wine? 

Until I joined Majestic I never appreciated the different aspects of wine, I simply glugged it!!

Tasting is the analysis of 3 key areas, look (Appearence), smell (nose) and taste (palette), drinking is simply If I like or dislike something. 

Appearance to critique the appearence, tilt the glass at 45 degrees against a white background. Clarity.... Is the wine clear? 

Cloudy wine can be because of re-fermentation or bacteria.

 Look at the colour.

Colour changes with age, young Whites are light with a possible green tint, old ones are more golden. Young reds are purple and deep, old reds are paler and tend towards brown.

Look at the legs, legs show alcohol and residual sugar in a wine.


Wine tastingDate published: 14/01/14

The nose!

 Why do wine profesionals swirl and sniff the wine? When swirling the wine glass we are releasing the aromas of the wine. We are also checking if the wine is clean or out of condition. Corked wine is common. It is a bacterial infection as opposed to pieces of cork floating in the wine. You cannot really tell if a wine is corked by smelling the cork. Corked wines smell of damp cardboard and mould. We also are looking at the aroma profile, picking out some general aromas such as fruits or floral notes!


Boschendal CheninDate published: 14/01/14

For all the Boschendal Chenin fans out there.. It is now called 'Rachel's Chenin

The label has changed on this wine and it is now branded as 'Rachel’s Chenin’ after Rachelfontein, a freshwater spring on the Boschendal estate. But rest assured the wine itself remains the same! Enjoy.


food and wine matchingDate published: 14/01/14

Food and wine matching....

A strong, characterful wine is necessary to accompany a powerfully flavoured dish. A spicy Chorizo dish works well with Rioja, the warm spice flavour in the Chorizo complements the warm spice of the wine.

 If you match a delicate dish with a really powerful wine, you risk killing the flavours of the food with those of the wine. For instance, a fish terrine should be accompanied by a dry, light wine, with good acidity, such as Muscadet or Sancerre; and a fish in sauce is best paired with a supple wine with subtle aromas, such as La Grille Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99 a bottle when you buy two or more.

If you would like to learn more, why not come to one of our FREE wine courses!


Basics of wineDate published: 14/01/14

What is the difference between making and red wine and a white wine?

Well both begin with crushing grapes, this splits the skins and allows the juice to escape!

For a white wine the grapes will then be pressed, this removes all the skins from the juice, the juice is then fermented!

For a red wine the fermentation comes first, so the skins are in contact with the juice while it ferments. This adds colour and tannin to the wine. After fermentation a wine is pressed.  Both reds and whites can be matured in either tank or barrel depending on what style the wine maker is trying to achieve. 


What is fermentation?Date published: 14/01/14

What is Fermentation?

This is where grape juice becomes wine! It is the conversion of natural sugars (Fructose and Glucose) into alcohol, under the action of yeasts (tiny microorganisms). Carbon dioxide is also produced during fermentation! A second malolactic fermention that happens later gives wine its softness. 


Wine Terms - QuintaDate published: 14/01/14

This is a Portuguese term for a wine estate.  The actual word translates to 'farm', but it is usually used to describe a wine producing estate or vineyard.  Ports are classified into quinta's. This means a single-quinta port is made from a single year from a single estate in the Douro Valley.

Learning about grapes - CorvinaDate published: 14/01/14

Corvina is an important red grape of Valpolicella and Bardolino in north-east Italy. It is the dominant and best variety here, producing fruity red wines with a sour cherry element on the finish. Wines from the best Valpoicella producers have shown that by reducing yields the grape can produce some pretty full bodied wine. Amarone is a famous wine using Corvina grapes as part of the blend with some being extremely full bodied and high in alcohol.

True or False?!Date published: 14/01/14

White wines don't keep.

This is actually False.  Some of the longest lived wines are white sweet wines.  They are often made with Chenin Blanc, Furmint or Semilllon.  Three elements have to be present. Sugar, Acidity and Alcohol.  This combination using the best quality grapes means some of the wines can last for decades.  Other white wines that can age for a few years are the great Chardonnay's from Burgundy.  The top class Grand Cru wines are so well balance that they can be cellared for 5 years +.


New to the company....Date published: 14/01/14

Striking French Merlot 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc

Known for his tongue-in-cheek references to French stereotypes, Jean-claude Mas has been hard at work behind the picket lines, creating another southern French varietal wine, in this case a full-bodied Merlot from the Côteaux du Limousin.

Deep purplish ruby red, this Merlot is typical of the plush, ripe style of southern France. Rich and smooth on the palate, which is crammed with blackberry and sweet spice. This would be best served with a delicious sausage casserole or a roasted mean joint!


Did you know???Date published: 14/01/14

Tannat, a grape variety from Madiran, has been identified as being particularly effective against some cardiovascular conditions. Tannat has a high concentration of procyanidine, one of the poluphenols with antioxodant properties found in wine. The action of this compound is reinforced by traditional winemaking methods, as these maintain its levels in the wine.

Bargain Hunt - La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2012 MendozaDate published: 14/01/14

If you're looking for a great value party wine for the new year, then look no further than the La Plata Sauvignon Blanc. Also, with the price being only £4.66 when you buy 2+ bottles, it makes for a very affordable wine for the summer...if you can resist it until then.

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

The cool mountainous climate, lengthy sunshine hours and rocky, well-drained soils of the Andes endow Mendoza with a sound basis for growing vibrant and intensely flavoured whites such as this Sauvignon. Flavours are maximised by cool fermentation in steel vats.

Taste

A pale green-tinged lemon yellow, with a nose of melon, lime and mango. Dry and crisp, the palate is awash with ripe grapefruit flavour, providing a long, refreshing finish.

Enjoy

Chill well and enjoy in its youth. Pair with some light salmon fishcakes.

£4.66 when you buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines as 

part of a mixed case

£6.99 single bottle price


Beaujolais-Villages 2011 Domaine des NuguesDate published: 14/01/14

Beaujolais-Villages 2011 Domaine des Nugues

Gamay is always hand harvested, as fermentation of uncrushed grapes begins within the grapes in the absence of oxygen. Domaine des Nuges, founded in 1976, conducts this fermentation in open top vats, resulting in semi carbonic maceration as oxygen slowly gets introduced.

Very bright and vibrantly coloured. Aromas of red berries, red fruit and spice leap from the glass. The intense colour is not matched by the tannins, which are light and soft, with an almost sweet finish.

At its best when drunk young, enjoy this over the next 18 months, with mushrooms or cold meats over lunch, tuna or even steak tartare.

£7.33 when you buy any 2 within the Bargain Hunt wines


Superb NZ Deal! Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013Date published: 14/01/14

Superb NZ Deal! Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Only £6.99 a bottle when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines!

Vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Mouth watering acidity is lathered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of grass with a fresh finish.

A very good New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for 'every day' drinking, parties, to have as an apéritif or with lemon chicken, Thai spices, fresh fish or seafood.

Catch it while you can!


Gin Date published: 09/01/14

All About Gin

Gin is made from almost neutral spirit that has been flavoured with a range of botanicals. The most important is juniper. The origin of the spirit can vary but is commonly either molasses, sugar beet-based or grain spirit.

Botanicals

Juniper is always the dominant flavour followed by coriander. Yet a range of other botanicals are used, including citrus peel, liquorice, orris root, angelica and star anise.

Aside from a few Dutch Gins, the final mix does not see any aging before bottling. Instead it is reduced to bottle strength with demineralised or spring water.

Cold-Compaound Gins

The very low priced gins use cold compounding to flavour the spirit. This involves simply adding flavour using essential oils. The reultant product may be quite pungent at first, however as the flavours are not very well 'fixed' the aromas disappear quickly and the flavours are weak.

Distilled Gins

Gins labelled as London Gin, Distilled Gin or Plymouth Gin use a superior range of distillation techniques to extract the flavours from the botanicals. Either the botanicals are added to the neutral spirit to macerate for a period of time before a further distillation, or the vapour is passed through the botanicals during distillation.


VodkaDate published: 09/01/14

All About Vodka

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

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

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

Eastern-Style Vodkas

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

Western-Style Vodkas

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

Flavoured Vodkas

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



Jim Barry "The Cover Drive" Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 09/01/14

Jim Barry "The Cover Drive" Cabernet Sauvignon

Jim Barry wines have become a favourite of mine and many of our customers over the years. From the Lodge Hill Riesling and Shiraz to the finer McRae Wood Shiraz these wines show real character and finese.

Jim Barry purchased the old Penola Cricket Ground, situated on the famous terra rossa soil in the Coonawarra and planted 30 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. This unique site was the inspiration for "The Cover Drive."  The wine delivers rich aromas of Blueberry, Mocha and Juniper and a palate showing characteristics of blackcurrant, liquorice and cherry.

£14.99 or buy any 2 wines of Australia save 20% = £11.99


Pre-Mixed 12 Bottle CasesDate published: 09/01/14

We still have a little selection of 12 bottle gift boxes for sale - See the website for full details but here is a taster:

The Discovery case: a great mix of old world and new world, red and white.  From Italian Pinot Grigio to Chilean Merlot. £65.68

The Discovery Reds:  as it suggests a red wine only case, perfect for the wintery weather! Four different wines from Australia, France and Chile. £67.08

Festive Favourites: Our most popular case this Christmas. A great selection of 6 reds and 6 whites from around the world. £72.68

The Seasonal selection: 6 red, 6 white.  A great selection including Rioja, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay - something for everyone! £83.88

http://www.majestic.co.uk/mixed-wine-cases

For full details!


Brancott Estate Pinot NoirDate published: 09/01/14

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough.

The fruit in this wine comes mainly from across Marlborough, with small amounts from other regions, creating a consistent benchmark Pinot. A variety of yeast strains, and ageing in a mixture of French and American oak are also used, further enhancing complexity.

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. The aging process, partially stainless steel and partially in oak, ensures that the wine is seasoned, but not too overpoweringly oaky.

£10.61 or buy 2 bottles save 20% = £8.49

Of all the producers who claim to have started the Sauvignon Blanc boom in Marlborough, Brancott are probably the closest fit. Brancott Estate was originally known as Montana, in the US however they renamed to avoid confusion with the state. As the company grew in size the decision was taken to change the whole brand to Brancott Estate.

A huge company, Brancott benefit from focusing on just a few varietals. Their unoaked Chardonnay has a fantastic following and their expertise with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir shines through in their wines, with this being a complex, well balanced example.

This wine is ideal in its youth, with a mushroom risotto or pasta dish.


Some of the English Wines in our RangeDate published: 09/01/14

Chapel Down Flint Dry, 2012     £10.99

Grape: Huxelrebe, Bacchus and Schonburger

Origin: Grown in vineyards in Kent and the chalk downs of Essex, this wine is made with a medley of different grape varieties which makes for a multi-dimentional, well balanced wine. Extended lees contact adds body, flavour and complexity to the blend.

Taste: Aromas of elderflower. minerals and a slight smokiness. Flint dry, as the name suggests, with gunpowder-like smoky hints. Slightly reminiscent of Pouilly-Fume.

Enjoy: An excellent aparitif, this will also go with summery salads. Drink young.


Chapel Down Brut NV £19.99  now   £15.99

Grape: Rivaner, Reichensteiner, Pinot Noir

Origin: Chapel Down are one of the biggest and best producers of wine in southern England. This blend of these 3 grape varieties from their Kent vineyards often gives Grand Marque Champagnes a run for their money.

Taste: Maybe not possessing quite as much yeast character as Champagne, this refreshing, zesty and balanced sparkling wine has fine bubbles that wrap around all corners of the mouth.

Enjoy: The ultimate drinks party sparkling wine, this stunning effort is the next best thing to a big named Champagne.


Chapel Down English Rose NV  £21.99  now  £17.99

Grape: Pinot Noir, Reichensteiner, Rivaner

Origin: This elegant sparkling wine is made using the traditional method, from a blend of grapes that thrive in the cool climates of Kent.

Taste: Slight hints of rose petals and a soft strawberry character, this crisp, medium bodied sparkling wine also has a citrus streak

and fine, persistent bubbles.

Enjoy: Smoked salmon is a fanatastic match to this wine, alnog with crab salad.


The Ned at £6.99 - offer ends 6th JanDate published: 04/01/14

Last weekend for The Ned at £6.99


It's the last weekend that this hugely successful New Zealand wine will be on offer at this price, so make sure you order before close on Monday to take advantage of this great offer. 


A classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc named after the highest peak in the area in which it is made, offers crisp acidity, with gun-flint minerality and generous tropical flavours. 


This wine is popular all year round so it's worth stocking up when the price is this good!

Planning a Wedding?Date published: 04/01/14

Weddings can be stressful to organise. Thankfully, here at Majestic we are vastly experienced in helping you chose the wine and beer for your special days. Whether you want wine to match each course at the wedding dinner, champagne or fizz for the toast or wedding breakfast, or just a great selection of wines to help your parties rock and roll, we are here to guide and advise.

In addition to this we also offer free delivery at a time convenient for the big day itself, free glass and chiller bin hire (refundable deposit required). We even sell bags of ice. Plus with the tasting counter showcasing wines each day you may discover a wine that you had not thought of, and that you really love.

Products are available on a sale or return basis provided they are returned in a saleable condition (managers discretion).

So if you are planning a wedding or any special event for 2014 and need some advice or guidance just pop in, send us an email or call us on 01962 868708


Are you a business looking for a new wine supplier?Date published: 04/01/14

Are you looking for a new drinks supplier for your business? Bar, club or resturant we supply to everyone!

What we offer:

~ A wide range of commercial only wines 

~ Competitive prices

~ Knowegable staff

~ Free and flexible delivery 

~ You personal account manager

~ Staff training with food and wine advice

and much much more...

CALL us on 01962 868708 or EMAIL: win@majestic.co.uk for more information. 

Majestic Wine Bargain HuntDate published: 04/01/14

We currently have a great offer in store and online -  the Majestic Bargain Hunt. It's like our January sale, with a third off selected lines. 

These lines our our 'bin ends' and we have to clear them before the new lines come in for spring. With a third off when you buy any two (or more) of the selected bottles, perk up your January with some of these great wines. 

We love the Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc and the La Plata Sauvignon Blanc, but at these prices we suggest you try them all!  

Stocks are limited so get in quick and make the most of these bargains.


Planning your New Years party?: Party Services here at majestic.Date published: 28/12/13

Planning your New Years party?: Party Services here at majestic.

As well as providing a great range of wines, spirits, champagnes, lagers, ales, soft drinks and waters we offer a number of great party services:

Expert advice on all your party planning needs- quantities, sticking to your budget and what works with you menu.

Free glass hire. 

Free Chiller bin and Ice bucket loan. 

Sale or return on any unopened items. 


Ring in the New YearDate published: 28/12/13

Ring in the New Year

Prepare for New Year celebrations by taking advantage of some improved deals on Champagne and Sparkling Wine:

Perrier Jouet NV £37.50 Now £25

Pol Roger NV £45 Now £30

Cava Calamino £8.99 Buy 2+ selected sparkling wines save 1/3 = £5.99

Lindauer Brut NV £13.99 Now £8.99

Codorniu Raventos £11.99 Now £6.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/new-year-champagne-deals


Festive Suggestiosn for... Poached PearsDate published: 27/12/13

Festive Suggestiosn for... Poached Pears

Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisières 2012 Cuvée de Perruches, Bernard Fouquet £8.99 when you buy 2 or more

A pure, well developed nose of fresh quince and pear. The palate is a swathe of ripe apple fruit, with a honeyed sweetness, balanced by Chenin's characteristic blade-like acidity and mineral grip.

Waimea Estate Pinot Gris 2012 Nelson £10.79 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines

Bursting with aromas of pear, honey, apple, spice and even a hint of cream. Gorgeous with poached pears or with Thai and Asian foods.

Domaine Zind Humbrecht Gewürztraminer 2012 £12.99 when you buy 2 or more

Made by Olivier, the first Frenchman to qualify as a Master of Wine. Perfect with salmon, cheese or thai food.


Fantastic Fizz to bring in the New YearDate published: 27/12/13

New Champagne offers to help you celebrate New Years:

Pol Roger £30.00 - A deep and rich Champagne known for its super-fine mousse.

- Perrier Jouet £25.00 - An elegant style Champagne with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse.

Cava Calamino £5.99 (multibuy price) - Fresh and harmonious, displaying plenty of apple and toast flavours, yet intensely dry and mouth-watering.

Codorniu Selecction Raventos £6.99 - Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity.

Lindauer Brut Cuvee £8.99 - A fresh and ripe fruity bouquet exhibiting subtle aromas of toast and black fruits.

Come and grab your fizz favourite!



New Year Fizz Offers!Date published: 27/12/13

You may still be working your way through the turkey sandwiches but New Year is fast approaching and we have some great fizz offers to help you end 2013 in style.

Lindauer Brut- £8.99
This New Zealand sparkler is perfect for parties. Zingy and fresh with loads of citrus fruit.

Perrier-Jouet NV- £25
One of the most elegant Champagnes with a soft, zesty style that is dangerously easy to drink.

Pol Roger NV- £30
If you prefer your Champagne to pack more of a punch this is the one for you. It was Winston Churchill's favourite and it could very soon be yours too!

All our latest sparkling offers are available to view here:
http://www.majestic.co.uk/new-year-champagne-deals


Caixas Godello 2012 Martín CodaxDate published: 27/12/13

Caixas Godello 2012 Martín Codax

Buy 2 bottles save £4: £7.99

Single Bottle Price= £9.99

The Godello grape has long been used as a constituent in blends, but has recently gained popularity as a single varietal in its own right.

Plenty of fruit flavours on the palate – crisp melon and pear with some subtle floral notes. Refreshing acidity with a zesty citrus twist on the finish.

This wine will pair excellently with any seafood dish, but try matching it with grilled sardines or salt cod for a real treat!


Opening Hours Over ChristmasDate published: 23/12/13

Our opening hours over the Christmas period are:

  • Monday 23 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Tuesday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 25 December: CLOSED
  • Thursday 26 December: CLOSED
  • Friday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday 28 December: 9am - 7pm
  • Sunday 29 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Monday 30 December: 10am - 7pm
  • Tuesday 31 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 1 January: CLOSED

We're open our normal opening hours from Thursday 2 January onwards.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 20/12/13

Perfect for Christmas, the Chateau Barde-Haut 2001, Bordeaux, is our current wine of the week.

A deep ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of sweet mulberry, blackberry, and currant fruit intertwined with scents of licorice, toasty oak, and tobacco leaf. Medium to full-bodied, with moderate tannin as well as an elegant, pure finish. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.

This highly underrated St-Emilion comes in at a brilliant price for a wine that combines class, elegance, structure and power all in equal measure.

The perfect treat for Christmas, £35.00 per bottle, as part of a mixed case of 6.

Chateau Pigoudet La Chapelle Blanc 2012, Aix en ProvenceDate published: 19/12/13

Château Pigoudet La Chapelle Blanc 2012, Aix en Provence

Château Pigoudet is a 16th Century estate in Provence revived by the Schmidth family in 1992 and continue to manage the winery today. These vineyards are located on gravelly, chalky south-facing slopes which provide the perfect environment for growing all of Provence's traditional varieties.

This Provence blend of white grapes is something a little bit different and is a great alternative to the Sauvignon Blanc grape. It's a light and fruity wine which combines both Vermentino and Sauvignon grape varieties. The result is  deliciously ripe with citrus, melon and pear notes culminating in a palate-cleansing acidity that makes for a fresh combination. Drink chilled and enjoy on its own or with grilled chicken dishes or seafood.

Buy 1 bottle at £9.99 

Buy 2 bottles and save £2.00 at £8.99!


Discover the magic of Two Hands Angels' Share ShirazDate published: 19/12/13

Two Hands Angels' Share Shiraz, 2011, McLaren Vale

Wine producer Two Hands was founded in 1999. Their ambition was to produce and showcase wines from all of the growing regions of Australia with a view to underpin the unique characteristics specific to each one.

Since 2000 when the first vintage was produced the reputation of the winery has gone from strength to strength, and today it is renowned for producing beautifully crafted and expressive Shiraz.

This is an aromatic and rich wine, the influence of the Indian Ocean make for a cooler climate and thus the result is an earthy and spicy flavour. Sample this unique Shiraz to discover notes of coffee and coca combined with intense plum and mulberry fruit flavours, all rounded off with soft tannins and spice. The perfect match for a juicy steak.

£23 or buy 2 save £5

£18.00


BrewDog Punk IPADate published: 19/12/13

BrewDog Punk IPA

£9.99 when you buy any two craft beers (£12.99 single pack)

Since its genesis in Aberdeen in 2006, BrewDog has quickly carved out a niche for itself as the UK's most daring and roguish craft beer producer, producing beers in many distinct and oft forgotten styles.

Punk IPA is their best known and most popular beer – a take on the classic style of India Pale Ale. In their own words: “A beer that spent its formative years Blitzkrieg bopping around India and the sub continent. Classic Empire with an anarchic twist”.

Light golden in colour with tropical fruit, caramel and notes of blossom on the nose. The palate is assertive and rich with biscuity malt and tons of ripe tropical fruit. The fruit is balanced by an aggressively dry, bitter finish which lingers on the palate.

This cracking beer is perfect with a burger and is open to taste in store.

Christmas DeliveriesDate published: 18/12/13

We are still delivering to most of our delivery areas in and around Winchester. If you want to order some wine before Christmas why not give us a call to check we can deliver to you.

Christmas Delivery ScheduleDate published: 16/12/13

Please be aware that in the Winchester store we are still managing to deliver out before Christmas to every part of our delivery area.  

Delivery slots before Christmas are disappearing fast so please place your order as soon as order to guarantee a delivery slot.

Christmas Wine Matching- OystersDate published: 15/12/13

Christmas Wine Matching- Oysters


A classic starter or canape around Christmas is the deliciously salty Oyster. Here Majestic Wine Clitheroe recommends 3 possible drinks to go with them.

Chablis 2012 Vocoret- This classic Chablis both matches the body of oysters as well as complementing them with a fascinating minerality. 

Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie- With grape grown by the sea on the mouth of the Loire, With excellent freshness,good body and added complexity as a result of being 'sur lie' meaning the wine has been left on its lees .

Black Velvet- two traditional matches for Oysters, Champagne and Guinness this excellent drink combines both in equal measures for a wonderfully refined match that also has all the balance necessary to tackle this tricky seafood. I would recommend a rich champagne to stand up to Guiness such as Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Chablis-zid04250

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Muscadet-de-Sevre-et-Maine-Sur-Lie-zid05344

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Heidsieck-Monopole-Gold-Top-zid22386 http://www.majestic.co.uk/Draught-Guinness-Cans-zid28770


Christmas Wine Matching- Drinks and NibblesDate published: 15/12/13

Christmas Wine Matching- Drinks and Nibbles

Around Christmas people are always dropping by for a glass of wine and a chat over some nibbles. Unfortantley, a lot of favourite nibbles are notouriously difficult to match with wine. Here majestic offers some solutions to three of the hardest to pair snacks.

Pedro's Fino Sherry- Among the hardest two things to match are salty snacks like olives and almonds. However, there is no finer match then Fino sherry with its racy acidity and curious sourness, there is no finer accompaniment.

Torres Vina Esmeralda- Wine often struggles when confronted with the heat associated with chiles whether it be it stuffed spicy crisps or stuffed jalopenos. To combat the heat wewould choose this off-dry muscat and gerwurztraminer as a little bit of sugar tempers the heat and the exotifc aromas of lychee and asian pear.

Musar White- Another complex balancing act when pair wine and food is getting the bodies to marry well. Homous often presents a unique challenge on this front. However, one of Lebanons other offerings Musar White rises to wth complex almond aromas and a bold mouth feel it is the best thing to match with most dips.  


Christmas Wine Matching- Broccoli and Stilton SoupDate published: 15/12/13

Christmas Wine Matching- Broccoli and Stilton Soup

It is tradition in the Westmoreland family house to have this warming soup during the day on Christmas evening. A soup with big bold flavours and a rich texture it demands a wine that is equally bold.

Striking French Vioginer- Comfort food it maybe but this wine offers a classy and rich addition that adds a nice texture that doesn't jar with the mouth feel of the soup and offers lovely floral notes.

Matua Pinot Noir- As well as ripe fruit this Pinot Noir offers some woodlands aromas that complements the robust earthy soup excellently

Portillo Malbec- Bold Argentinian Malbec may seem like a big wine to be having with soup but it offers a intensity that works surprisingly well with the salty Stilton soup.        




Christmas Day WinesDate published: 15/12/13

Lets get the cheese board out!

Château Batailley 2007 Pauillac, 5ème Cru Classé £35.00 Special Offer £33.00

Grape Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Origin Batailley is the larger sibling of neighbouring Haut-Batailley and was designated as a 5th growth in the 1855 classification. The vineyards today comprise about 60ha with Cabernet Sauvignon the dominant variety, making up 70% of the total.

Taste Deep ruby/purple colour with elegant blackberry and blackcurrant and truffle flavours, notes of cigar box, pepper and spices lead to hints of liquorice and earth on the finish.

Enjoy Drink now with roast tenderloin of pork and all the trimmings.


Sparkling Saturday - Chapel Down BrutDate published: 14/12/13

This weekend we have opened a wonderful English sparkling wine, the Chapel Down Brut, perfect for your Christmas and New Year Celebrations.

Chapel Down are one of the biggest and best producers of wine in southern England. This blend of classic grape varieties from their Kent

vineyards, vinified in the traditional method, is capable of giving Grand Marque Champagnes a run for their money.

With a little less yeast character as Champagne, this is a refreshing, zesty and balanced sparkling wine has fine bubbles that wrap around all corners of the mouth.

The ultimate drinks party sparkling wine, this stunning effort is the next best thing to a big-name Champagne.

SPECIAL OFFER: £15.99 (was £19.99)

A wine from Lebanon!Date published: 12/12/13

A WINE FROM LEBANON?

Think Lebanon and most people will not think first or even last about winemaking. Civil War, conflict with Israel and problems with Syria mean that bullets rather than grapes are probably more likely to spring to mind. But infact Lebanon has an ancient culture of winemaking that dates back to 4500BC. The temples in the Bekaa valley, were where Bacchus, the Roman God of Wine was said to worship, and there are references in the Bible to the areas wines. The area is prime for winemaking due to the proximity of the Mediterranean sea and the influence of 2 parallel mountain ranges and the Bekaa Valley between them.

Chateau Musar was founded in 1930 and has remained in the same family ever since. Red wines are made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan, whilst Whites are made from indigenous varieties of Obaideh and Merwah. Grapes are grown at altitude where they can benefit from cool nights and seasonal temperatures that allow for a long and slow ripening period.

Musar red wines are blended and bottled 3 years following the harvest with the final blend aged 3-4years in the bottle before being released in its 7th year. The White is blended and bottled after a year, but is held in the cellars at Musar for 6 years. Both wines have huge cellaring potential.

Chateau Musar Red has achieved a cult status amongst wine lovers. Each wine is allowed to show the distinction of its vintage and is left unfiltered and unfined. As it ages the wine mellows and develops intriguing spicy notes along with deep mature fruit and cigar box notes. Decanted for a couple of hours before serving, Musar Red is a superb accompaniment to robust roast dinners and stews, or with mature cheeses.

Musar also produce another red which is designed to be a lighter younger style of wine. Made from a single vineyard, the wine retains a complex and concentrated palate full of spicy red fruits and spice. Great with Lamb or Moroccan Cuisine.

So, if it's something unusual, something iconic, and something truly special that you are looking for, maybe wine from Lebanon may become a forethought.


Did you know?Date published: 12/12/13

When tonic was produced a number of years ago it used to be heavily infused with quinine, which is an extract from the South American cinchona tree. This was known as the 'Fever tree' amongst the locals as the bark was used to stop chills. I wonder if this is where a particular brand got the idea for a name from? 

Did you know?Date published: 12/12/13

That the grape variety for Prosecco had its name change from 'Prosecco' to Glera in 2009 it was done to help reduce the possibility of sparkling wines of other origin being labelled as 'Prosecco' by using the grape variety's name.

Our choices for the Christmas breakfast bubbly!Date published: 12/12/13

It is the perfect time of the year to pop open something fizzy and where better to look than Champagne! Here is a list of our favourites...

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV - £45 - Grand Cru Chardonnay has been used to make this Champagne. Citrus, peach and white flower aromas evolve into a fresh and supple palate, ideal when married with oysters and sashimi.

Pol Roger Réserve NV - £34 - 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.

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV - £25 - A lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility.

Veuve Clicquot 2004 - £39.98 - Made only in exceptional years this is a classic expression of the Clicquot style. The strength and body, due to two-thirds of black grapes, is balanced by the finesse and elegance of the remaining third of Chardonnay. An excellent companion to fish or white meat.

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV - £19.99 - Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic apéritif.


Time For Cheese!Date published: 12/12/13

The Christmas Collection – Top Choices For Cheese

Christmas is a perfect occasion to break out the cheese, whether to round off a Turkey dinner or as part of a Boxing Day buffet. Something other-worldly happens when a fantastic cheese meets its perfect wine match. Try these and prepare for pleasure.

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012 Casablanca Valley £7.49 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines

Aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla open the show for a palate with more round, ripe stone fruits and citrus. 3 months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish. Pair with a smooth, creamy blue such as Cambozola.


Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Viña Eguía £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles

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 definite partner for Manchego or Iberico cheeses.


Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV £27.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Perhaps the best known Champagne, the Brut Imperial from Moët embodies their house style: crisp and clean, this classic Champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuity flavours. A classic match for Brie and Camembert, but try it with melted Gruyere on toast for the ultimate Christmas breakfast!


Testimonio 2011 Luigi Bosca £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles

A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla. A good match with a sharp Cheddar.


Château Coufran 2004 Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur £14.99 when you buy 2 bottles

This wine has a soft, fleshy and ample feel, combining soft bramble and ripe plum flavours with smooth tannins. Subtle cedar and leaf aromas complete the picture. Mild semi-hard cheeses such as Jarlsberg or Edam work well here.


Pre-Christmas DeliveriesDate published: 11/12/13

Pre-Christmas Deliveries

Whilst Majestic guarantees delivery within 7 days, we are currently able to get the majority of orders delivered within 2 or 3 days. As Christmas approaches, our delivery schedule is filling up quickly. To ensure you receive your delivery before Christmas, it is advisable to place your orders as soon as possible. We are always happy to get a order ready for you to collect from the store if there isn't a delivery slot to suit. For specific delivery requirements or to place an order for collection, please speak to a member of the team - give us a call on 01962 868 708. 

Christmas Food and Wine Match - GooseDate published: 11/12/13

Christmas Food & Wine Match – Goose

Beringer Founders' Estate Chardonnay 2011/ 2012 £7.99 on offer.

This sun-drenched Calafornia Chardonnay spends only a small amount of time in oak allowing rich mango, lemon, apricot and peach characters to show their ripe quality. Cool nights in the vineyards mean the grapes retain acidity, giving a fresh wine that make a perfect poultry partner.

De Bortoli Windy Peak Pinot Noir 2011 £8.99 on offer.

Plush ripe cherry, cranberry and redcurrant flavours in this pinot noir match perfectly with Goose's delectable fattiness. Alongside an attractive earthiness, it has a beatifully smooth finish.

Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2008 £17.99 on offer.

From the prestigous 2007 vintage, matured for six years, this has biscuit, brioche and vanilla on the nose backed by a fresh, crisp, fruity palate. A sure match for those doing Christmas in style!


Mulled Wine SeasonDate published: 11/12/13

Mulled Wine Season

If you're looking for something to warm you up during these cold and rainy days then look no further than this gorgeous Gourmet Mulling Syrup from the Selsley Herb and Spice Co.  There's no messing about with sugar and spices.  To make the perfect mulled wine, this luxury mulling syrup is all you need...just add red wine! One Bottle mixes with 6 bottles (9 litres) of red wine.But which red wine to use? Here at Majestic we can definitely help you with that! Here are a few of our suggestions...

DMZ Syrah 2011 De Morgenzon, Stellenbosch - an abundance of bright and youthful plum and berry fruit is the main feature, surrounded by touches of cinnamon and vanilla (£10.99) 

Rioja Crianza 2009 Marqués de Cáceres - cherry and blackberry aromas accompanied by Mediterranean herb aromatics on the nose, with luscious red cherry and strawberry fruits, cinnamon and silky tannins with a long, silky, spicy finish (£8.99 multi-buy)

Los Boldos Merlot 2012 Alto Cachapoal - this dense, vivid ruby coloured wine offers intense aromas of ripe plums and blackberries, and subtle hints of herbs and sweet spice (£6.99 multi-buy)



Festive Wine Choices and Food MatchingDate published: 11/12/13

Festive Wine Choices and Food Matching

The festive season, it seems, is well and truly upon us if my trip to my local supermarket is anything to go by. Trolley after trolley filled to the brim with a plethora of decadent treats most people reserve for Christmas time.

It really is a special time of year. A time to celebrate, reflect, enjoy and, for me, drink some lovely wine.

With such a large range here at Majestic, it is hard to pick those few special bottles to enjoy come the 25th, so here are a few suggestions to help you if you are a little short on ideas.

Turkey

One of the most frequently asked questions here during December 'Andy, what should I have with my Turkey?!'.

To which I generally reply 'Burgundy!' Quality wines with enough body to hold up to a roast dinner yet enough interest and body to be interesting on their own.

Yes, it is important to try and match your Christmas dinner wine with Turkey, but year after year, my plate is piled higher and higher with all manner of roasted, boiled and steamed vegetables, let alone sausages, bacon, gravy, bread sauce... I could go on.

Such a selection of different foods makes a true food and wine match for a Christmas dinner very difficult. If in doubt, stick with what you love. If you're unsure, here are my top 3 wines, which should compliment most combinations, and at the very least, are excellent wines in their own right.

Côte de Beaune-Villages 2010 Louis Jadot: This excellent value Red Burgundy uses grapes sourced throughout the Cote de Beaune - from top regions from Savigny right through to Pommard. Aged for, on average, 18 months in oak, this wine has a beautifully smooth texture. Tannins are soft, meaning it will match well with Turkey, but it has enough fruit and body to hold itself against the trimmings. £13.99 a bottle (when you buy at least 2).

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2011 Domaine Jomain: For white lovers, this is a great value White Burgundy. Domain Jomain produces a range of top whites which can fetch upwards of £45 per bottle. This offering is a perfect balance of citrus and mineral character, with notes of vanilla and a buttery texture. A great match for Turkey, it has just enough body to hold itself with your trimmings. A wine of great quality. £12.99


Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007: Champagne is often seen as the great aperitif, but not as many view it as a serious wine for matching with food (other than Fish 'n' Chips). It has all the attributes of a great wine for food, and this vintage offering represents great value. A Pinot Noir dominant blend, this Champagne has a real depth of flavour, and a refreshing acidity, which is great at cutting through all manner of sauces and textures which make up your Christmas dinner. £19.99 (when you buy any 2 selected Sparkling wines).


New Fine Wine ArrivalsDate published: 11/12/13

New Fine Wine Arrivals

Here at majestic Winchester we love receiving great new fine wine Parcels, so here are a few of our new arrivals...


Ten Minutes By Tractor Estate Chardonnay 2011 Mornington Peninsular

Mornington Peninsular is a sub-region of Victoria which, in recent years, has been identified as arguably the best area in Australia for cultivating the classic Burgundian varieties. From the estate's Main Ridge vineyard, this Chardonnay is whole-bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeasts in French oak barriques.
Currently £35.00 a bottle

Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Pinot Noir 2009 Mornington Peninsular

Mornington Peninsular is a sub-region of Victoria which, in recent years, has been identified as arguably the best area in Australia for cultivating the classic Burgundian varieties. Made in small open-topped fermenters with wild yeasts and matured for 11-15 months in French oak, this is an elegant and polished Australian Pinot.

Currently £35.00 a bottle

Château Berliquet 2006 St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé

Located just a few hundred metres from the village of St-Emilion, Berliquet is one of the area's oldest estates. After years in the doldrums, the Château underwent a revival in the mid-1980s gaining it Grand Cru Classé status, and now produces wines of enviable quality.

A classic St-Emilion, offering a dense core of blackberry and cherry fruit, overlaid with notes of earth and underbrush. Grippy minerality and firm tannins provide texture and length.

Currently £19.99 when you buy any of our Pick 'n' Mix wines save 33.3%, unit price £30.00

Château Coufran 2004 Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur

Located in the Haut-Médoc part of Pauillac, Coufran is notable for its unusually high proportion of Merlot, which forms around 85% of the blend. Being a more typical feature of right-bank wines, this has earned Coufran the nickname 'Pomerol of Haut-Médoc'.

This wine has a soft, fleshy and ample feel, combining soft bramble and ripe plum flavours with smooth tannins. Subtle cedar and leaf aromas complete the picture.

Currently £14.99 a bottle when you buy any 2 save £10.00, unit price £19.99

Barolo 'Rocche Dell'Annunziata' 2009 Rocche Costamagna

A single-vineyard Barolo from a 3.45-hectare plot, located in one of the choicest sub-regions of La Morra, noted for its calcareous soils. The wine spends 24 months in cask and a further 12 months in bottle before release. A classically structured Barolo, with enduring tannins surrounding ripe black fruit, and intriguing aromas of roses, tobacco leaf and woodsmoke.
Currently £24.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £29.00

Ramey Chardonnay 2010 Russian River ValleyOwner and winemaker David Ramey has created this stunning Chardonnay from a single vineyard owned by Kent Ritchie. Two-thirds of the wine is aged in new French oak, for a voluptuous, layered texture and huge toasty bouquet, while the acidity is still incisive and freshening. Immense complexity and length. Drink now or over the next 3-5 years.
Currently £30.00 a bottle

Beringer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

"Chocolate, mocha, plums and spices come to life in this fleshy, mid-weight wine. Readers who appreciate a more mineral-inflected style of Cabernet will prefer the Knights Valley bottling, while those who appreciate radiant, fruit-forward Cabernets are likely to prefer the Napa Valley. Both are beautiful. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% each Petit Verdot and Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020". 92 points. Antoni Galloni, The Wine Advocate.

Currently £24.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £29.00

Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Russian River Valley

A superb Chardonnay made using the traditional Burgundian techniques of whole-bunch pressing and native yeast fermentation, and enriched by 20 months' maturation on lees in 55%-new French and Hungarian oak. As such it treads the fine line between power and delicacy, and will reward careful cellaring for up to another 5 years.
Currently £45.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10.00

Torremilanos Crianza 2009 Ribera del Duero

Established in 1903 by the Peñalba Lopéz family, Torremilanos is one of Ribera del Duero's historic wineries. This, their flagship wine is Tempranillo, known locally as Tinto Fino, with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in new and old French oak and bottled unfiltered.

Darkly hued damson in colour, this is an opulent, multi-layered wine. Smoky and savoury, with cedar and vanilla notes, and a striking freshness highlighting the ripe blackcurrant core.

Currently £16.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £21.00


Oyster Bay down to £7.99!Date published: 11/12/13

We are delighted to announce our strongest promotion of Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc now at just £7.99 when you mix with any New Zealand wine @ 20% off. 

Marlborough has been at the heart of a wine making revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the regions most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavor and concentration in the grapes.

On the palate, the Oyster has pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing. Enjoy with seafood.


Christmas Gifts..Date published: 11/12/13

Christmas Gifts..

Looking for some Christmas wine or gifts for a loved one...Here are 6 of my favourite wines on great offers at the moment... There's still time to take advantage of our free delivery* call us 01962 868708 to place an order.


The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

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.


Currently £6.99 when you buy 2 or more N.Z wines save 20%, unit price £8.74

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012 Casablanca Valley

The Casablanca Valley's climate is largely governed by winds that alternate between those from the Pacific and the Andes. These serve to moderate the climate, and promote a sharp drop in night temperatures, aiding the preservation of primary fruit during ripening.


Aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla open the show for a palate with more round, ripe stone fruits and citrus. 3 months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish.

Currently £7.49 when you buy 2 or more Chilean wines save 20%, unit price £9.36


Rioja Reserva 2008 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. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.

Currently £9.99 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £14.99


Viñalba Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado 2010/2011 Mendoza

An intriguing blend of mature-vine Malbec with the traditional Port grape, Touriga Nacional, in a dry and fruit-driven style. Although grown in the Andean foothills, the Douro Valley influence is immediately evident in this blend, with its dark hue and earthy nose.


Heady violet and mulberry aromas fill the nose, and the rich black fruit from both Malbec and Touriga Nacional combine on the palate to dominate and leave a rich, long finish.

Currently £8.99 when you buy 2 ore save £6.00, unit price £11.99

Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2011 Spain

This Cava Brut was launched in honour of the Regent Queen María Cristina of Austria who in 1897 granted Codorníu with the title of “Official Provider of the Royal House”.


With fine bubbles and persistent beading, this deliciously dry Cava has fresh, light, floral aromas with delicately rounded, well-balanced pear and brioche flavours.

Currently £9.99 when you buy 2 or more save 1/3, unit price £14.99

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


Currently £30.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £45.00


Festive Opening HoursDate published: 11/12/13

Now the festive season has well and truely arrived, we will now be open for longer. Our revised festive opening hours are as follows:


Opening Hours Monday 9th  to Friday 13th December 9am - 8pm

Saturday 14th December 9am - 7pm

Sunday 15th December 10am - 5pm

Monday 16th to Saturday 21st December 9am - 8pm

Sunday 22nd December 10am - 5pm

Monday 23rd December 9am - 8pm

Tuesday 24th December 9am - 5pm

Christmas Day & Boxing Day CLOSED

Friday 27th December 10am - 8pm

Saturday 28th December 9am - 7pm

Sunday 29th December 10am - 5pm

Monday 30th December 10am - 7pm

Tuesday 31st December 10am -  5pm

New Year's Day CLOSED

Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd January 2014 10am - 8pm

Saturday 4th January 2014 9am - 7pm

Sunday 5th January 2014 10am - 5pm

If you have any queries regarding our Opening Hours, please do not hesitate to contact the store on 01962 868 708


Offer Alert - Veuve Clicquot Brut NVDate published: 11/12/13

Offer alert...Veuve Clicquot Brut 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.

Currently £29.99 when you buy 2 or more save 1/3, unit price £45.00


Offer Alert - Pilsner UrquellDate published: 11/12/13

Offer alert... Pilsner Urquell

This fantastic beer is a wonderfully refreshing Pils style lager from the Czech Republic. Served well chilled, this will be a sure fire winner at your festive celebrations and parties this year. Currently we have Pilsner Urquell  at just £24 a case, that's just £1 a bottle!! Grab yourself a beer bargain when you pop in for your wine or when you place your order by phone or online!! Limited period only.


Fine Wine Focus - The Chocolate Block 2012Date published: 09/12/13

An exciting blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskoloof's estate, fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak.

An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity.

Most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.

Was £27

Now Only £22


Laurent perrier nv only £25 a bottle!!Date published: 09/12/13

A lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility. Great value!!!!!

Fine WineDate published: 09/12/13

Chateau Grand Faurie La Rose,

St-Emilion Grand Cru

£18

A silky smooth claret from St Emilion.

Richly fruity, reminiscent of Christmas cake with brambles, prunes, figs, cloves and hints of leather and spice.

Serve on Christmas day with your roast beef or lamb.


Christmas EssentialsDate published: 09/12/13

So you have paired you food and wines perfectly but every good Christmas host knows not to forget dessert, this could be make or break for your Christmas dinner party. Well you can't say dessert without thinking Sauternes. The Castelnau de Suduiraut 2009 is an amazing example of a Sauternes dessert wine; elegant, honeyed and delicious would make a great match with poached pears. Only £11.99. 

Merry Xmas! 


Christmas EssentialsDate published: 09/12/13

So you have the sherry and dessert wine box ticked. Now you must have a port to make your Christmas complete. Why not let Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos seduce you with its rich, plummy, voluptuous style? This would also make an excellent present, benefiting from ageing for up to 15 years.  A perfect gift for any port lover and only £28.00. 

Merry Xmas! 


Craft BeersDate published: 09/12/13

Here at Majestic we like to introduce new products that excite us. We will be stocking some great new craft beers for the remainder of the year. Here is the pick of the bunch:

Punk IPA, Brewdog, Aberdeen;

This IPA has been hopped twice during its production which entitles it to a cool complexity. It is sweet with tropical fruit but offers a bitterness to finish. What a fantastic home-grown IPA which will sell really well as it can be matched with food as well as enjoyed alone. 

I would reccomend a spicy snack or street-food style gourmet with this as it helps you wind-down and relax. 

If you have not been, check out their pub just at Kelvingrove in Glasgow's west end. They have plenty of brew to try.

Curious Bew IPA, Kent;

This IPA is the next addition from Curious Brew (who introduced us to their champagne yeast beer).

With a blend of three different hops it is very well balanced and naturally has a good weight and a fruity edge. Chapel Down aim to craft beers that are extremely hard to replicate and have originality. We think that they have nailed this ethos in their first two beers as Majestic customers cannot get enough of them!

An outstanding beer which can be enjoyed on its own or with hearty pub gnosh! 


Explore sherry!!!!Date published: 09/12/13

Read any good wine book and it will tell you about how sherry is undervalued within the world of wine. Perhaps the association with the excruciatingly sweet, dusty old bottle in the back of your grandma's drinks cabinet  puts a lot of customers off. However, certain sherry producers are changing old attitudes and modernising the sherry market. One such example of this is the new to Majestic,  fabulously eye- catching bottles from PEDRO's almacenista selection. 

About Sherry

Sherry is a fortified wine that originates in the Jerez wine of region of Spain. There are three white grapes which are used to produce Sherry, however the most commonly used type of grape is the palomino grape, with the other two types of grapes being mainly used as sweeteners. The most distinctive part of the sherry production process is the solerasystem, a method of fractional blending and ageing. 

Understanding the Pedro's sherry selection 

This selection includes four types of sherry; Fino, Amontillado, Palo Cortado, Oloroso. These are the four main types of sherry. Fino is the driest and palest of the traditional sherries and is aged biologically under a cap of flor yeast to prevent it coming into contact with the air and oxidising. Its ABV is between 15-17%. Next is the Amontillado variety which is first aged under flor then exposed to the air. This sherry is darker than Fino. Oloroso is a variety of sherry that is aged oxidatively producing an darker and richer style of sherry.Palo Cortado is a more unique style in that it combines characteristics of all the other three, a bright mahogany colour delicate like amontillado, rich like oloroso. Its unique style makes it one of the most sought after sherries. It has the highest alcohol content being between 17-22%. 

What to expect

Fino- Pedro's is a wonderful expression of a classic fino, bone dry, almondy, a great apertif. 

Amontillado- full- bodied, hazelnutty. Enjoy with white meats and asian spices. 

Oloroso- Golden, intense, lengthy, toasted walnuts. Enjoy with rich stews or enjoy as an excellent digestif. 

Palo Cortado- rich and soft. Enjoy with red meats, nuts and hard cheeses. 

Verdict

Pedro's almacenista selection really proves why sherry should be bought more often, delicious and perfect for every occasion. 


The Classic Grapes - Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 08/12/13

Perhaps the most famous red grape, planted throughout the world and the main grape of left bank Bordeaux. Cooler climate Cabernet have black current, cherry and hints of mint while warmer climates tend towards black berry and black olives. Full bodied wines lend themselves to oak aging and can develop nicely in bottle due to high tannins and high acidity. Look out Australian Cabernet which can have hints of eucalyptus and menthol.

Recommendations

Penalolen Cabernet, Chile £9.59 when you buy two or more

BVC Peter Lehmann Cabernet Australia £9.99 when you buy two or more

Caronne St Gemme, Haut Medoc £12.99 when you buy two or more


Stella AlpinaDate published: 08/12/13

Stella Alpina 

This week we can proudly present 'stella alpina, pinot grigio'. This wine is by far one of the best pinot grigios around, and at £9.99 it is definately worth it. Forget the 'delicate' 'light bodied' pinots, here we have a wine that packs lots of aromas and flavours into every mouthful. The body scores between medium and full and has a beautiful silky texture. The flavours of peach and lime linger, complimented by a subtle herby characteristic... What do you think? 

This wine has decent acidty, making it perfect for a fresh tomato salad or why not just enjoy a glass on its own. 


Chardonnay a Day, keeps the doctor....Date published: 08/12/13

Meursault 2011 Nicolas Potel

Looking for a creamy white wine with full body and character? 

The commune of Meursault is located in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, on an area of clay and limestone slopes, with a predominantly south-easterly aspect. The appellation is known for making a generous and approachable style of Chardonnay.

Nose: Buttery, hazelnut aromas.

Body: Full and luxurious

Palate: The fruit is not automatically obvious, with much more emphasis on secondary characteristics of nut, as well a hint of baked beans and yeast. 

The acidity is medium to low which makes for a soft edged style of chardonnay


Taittinger for Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerDate published: 08/12/13

A special celebration, birthdays, Christmases all enjoyed with a bottle - or two, if we're feeling daring - of Champagne. But why does many a person only pop open a bottle of fizz once or twice a year? And when it comes to choosing a bottle of something special it rarely costs more than £20 - a bargain in the Champagne world. 

Well, not this Christmas! This Christmas I insist you drink Taittinger. Starting with Taittinger for breakfast - there is nothing more luxurious in the morning than a Champagne breakfast - followed by Taittinger with Christmas lunch and more with the cold leftovers to follow in the eve. So many of us are scared to pair champagne with food, but don't be. It works incredibly well. 

I recommend Taittinger Brut NV at £27.99 when you purchase 2 or more bottles. An elegant palate of citrus freshness and honey, with peach notes on the nose. 

Or for those wanting to spend a little more, try Taittinger Prelude Grands Crus NV down from £45 to £40 per bottle. This Champagne is uses 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir grapes, that expresses lots of honeyed flavou


Q – Quinta de TaylorsDate published: 08/12/13

The 300 year old Port House of Taylor's, based in Oporto on the Atlantic coast, one of the greatest names of Port. Taylors is still family owned and is a perfect accompaniment for your festive cheeseboard. Their Late bottled vintage is a great example of why Taylor's is regarded with such high esteem within the port community. Produced from one vintage, from the same constituent wines as the Vintage, Late Bottled Vintage is aged for 4 - 6 years in cask and released ready to drink.

Dark fruits and beetroot notes with spicy undertones and hints of violets on the nose, with powerful tannins, firm acidity and rich, concentrated red and black fruits. A long finish of spice and fruit. Drinking well now but will be fine with another couple of years' ageing. Partner with cheese or as an after dinner treat.

£14.99 Single Bottle Price


Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 08/12/13

As promised here is a little something to let you know our trading hours over the Christmas period. 

Monday 9th December to Friday 13th - 9am until 8pm

Saturday 14th December - 9am until 7pm

Sunday 15th December - 10am until 5pm

Monday 16th December to Saturday 21st - 9am until 8pm

Sunday 22nd December - 10am until 5pm

Monday 23rd December - 9am until 8pm

Tuesday 24th December (Christmas Eve) - 9am - 5pm

Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th (Christmas Day & Boxing Day) - CLOSED

Friday 27th December - 10am until 8pm

Saturday 28th December - 9am until 7pm

Sunday 29th December - 10am until 5pm

Monday 30th December - 10am until 7pm

Tuesday 31st December (New Year's Eve) - 10am until 5pm

Wednesday 1st January - CLOSED

Thursday 2nd January & Friday 3rd - 10am until 8pm

Saturday 4th January - 9am until 7pm

Sunday 5th January - 10am until 5pm


R is for...Ribera del DueroDate published: 06/12/13

Spanning the upper valley of the river Duero, Ribera del Duero is strongly challenging Rioja as the leading red wine producer in Iberia. Using Tempranillo, widely planted in Rioja, the warmer temperatures of Ribera del Duero lead to a richer, denser wines. (They are some of my  favourites!)

The Majestic Party ServiceDate published: 06/12/13

Throwing a party for friends or family this Christmas or have you been left to organise the office Christmas party?

Let Majestic take the stress out of organising your festive drinks.

- We can help you choose the right wines and guide you on how much to buy.

- We also offer sale or return so you don't have to worry about being left with bottles afterwards

- Not enough glasses? We offer a Free glass loan service. This includes wine, flute glasses, hi-balls and pint glasses

- Worried how to chill your wines? We also loan chiller bins and ice buckets, and can sell you the ice to go in them

- oh, and did we mention we can deliver all your items to your home, business or party venue Free of charge.


Wine of the Week - Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon BlancDate published: 06/12/13

This wine of the week is produced by one of the increasingly popular vineyards in Marlborough, New Zealand. Saint Clair produces full flavoured yet rounded wines in both their Estate and Pioneer Block lines. The Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc brings out the classic gooeberry and passionfruit flavours with a dry, herbacious finish that lasts on the pallet.

ZinfandelDate published: 06/12/13

Zinfandel

Often thought of as America's signature variety, it was brought over by the Austrian government from a Nursery in Vienna in 1797. It is however the exact same variety as Crljenak Kaštelanski in Croatia where it is thought that the Austrians got it from it in the first place. It is also the exact same grape as Primitivo predominantly made in Puglia the heel of Italy. It was first documented in Italy in the 1800's where it probably came over from Croatia; it's long standing home! So there we go often thought of as America's contribution it actually appears that it was originally Croatian!



Something worth knowing a little better...Date published: 06/12/13

Valpolicella is a viticultural zone of the province of Verona, Italy, east of Lake Garda. The hilly agricultural and marble-quarrying region of small holdings north of the Adige is famous for wine production. Valpolicella ranks just after Chianti in total Italian Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) wine production.

The red wine known as Valpolicella is typically made from three grape varietals: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara. A variety of wine styles is produced in the area, including a recioto dessert wineand Amarone, a strong wine made from dried grapes. Most basic Valpolicellas are light, fragrant table wines produced in a nouveaustyle, similar to Beaujolais nouveau and released only a few weeks after harvest. Valpolicella Classico is made from grapes grown in the original Valpolicella production zone. Valpolicella Superiore is aged at least one year and has an alcohol content of at least 12 percent. Valpolicella Ripasso is a form of Valpolicella Superiore made with partially dried grape skins that have been left over from fermentation of Amarone or recioto.

Winemaking in the region has existed since at least the time of the ancient Greeks. The name "Valpolicella" appeared in charters of the mid-12th century, combining two valleys previously thought of independently. Its etymology is unknown; it might derive from a Latin andGreek mixture for "Valley of Cellars." Today Valpolicella's economy is heavily based on wine production. The region, colloquially called the "pearl of Verona", has also been a preferred location for rural vacation villas. Seven comuni compose Valpolicella: Pescantina, San Pietro in Cariano, Negrar, Marano di Valpolicella, Fumane, Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella and Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo. The Valpolicella production zone was enlarged to include regions of the surrounding plains when Valpolicella achieved DOC status in 1968. In December 2009, the production of Amarone and recioto dessert wines within the Valpolicella DOC received their own separate Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) status.



Sweet tooth?Date published: 06/12/13

Pedro Ximenez Triana, Hidalgo

Produced by the Hidalgo Family bodega, established in 1792 in Sanlúcar. This Sherry is made using grapes dried on straw mats, fermented and fortified, then aged under the solaria system. One of the sweetest wines in the world,PX is about as sweet as things can get!

Aromas of raisins, molasses, figs, toffee, caramel, nuts, the palate is incredibly thick, dense, with an oily texture, massive concentration and unsurpassed sweetness and prolonged length.

The ultimate sweet wine! Fantastic when poured over ice-cream.

A bargain at just £12.99. 


Interesting facts about....Date published: 06/12/13

Beaune

Bourgogne / Cote de Beaune

The appellation produces mainly red wines from Pinot Noir grown in an area with a distinctive geological profile – limestone and marls. Beaune wines were once reputed for their light, partridge eye colour and youthful nature. Today they are known for their generosity, body, vigour, spirit and ageing ability. The Premiers Crus from Les Grèves tend to be quite light, those from the Clos des Mouches are fleshier.



Bordeaux Tasting Week HighlightsDate published: 06/12/13

Today marks the start of our Bordeaux Tasting Week (6th - 16th December). And have we picked some treats for you. On the Tasting Counter this weekend we have:

Chateau Meaume 2009 Bordeaux Superieur, £7.99 per bottle, reduced down from £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

Angelique de Monbousquet 2009, £18.00 per bottle, reduced down from £23.00 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines, save £10.

If you're still undecided on a hearty red for Christmas then pop down one of these little gems might just sway your decision!

*minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix, at Majestic Wine Warehouse


Fantastic Fizz OffersDate published: 06/12/13

Nothing beats waking up over the festive period and treating yourself to a glass of fizz. I personally think there is nothing more luxurious than a glass of fizz in the morning (it's not a tradition I get to utilise often, I'll add!). We have some fantastic offers on sparkling wine and champagnes this Christmas, including our "buy any 2 save a third promotion":

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC - £7.99, reduced down from £11.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Prosecco-Zonin-Brut-zid23025

Lindauer Special Reserve - £9.99, reduced down from £14.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Lindauer-Special-Reserve-zid23238

 

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV - £19.99, reduced down from £30.00

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Oeil-de-Perdrix-Rose-zid22218

Taittinger Brut Réserve NV - £27.99 reduced down from £42.00

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Taittinger-Brut-Reserve-zid22269 

*minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix, at Majestic Wine Warehouse


Château Patarabet 2007,St-Emilion. £9.99Date published: 06/12/13

Château Patarabet 2007,St-Emilion. £9.99 when you buy 2 or more in your mixed case. Single bottle price £13.99

+ St Emilion is on the right bank of the River Gironde. Wines from here tend to be Merlot-dominated and hence more approachable and easy-drinking.

+ Small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc add grippy tannins and complexity.

+ An intense nose with blackcurrant, bramble fruit, violet and peony. The palate is full and round, with more dark fruit and hints of herbs and vanilla.

+ Enjoy with the hearty beef casserole you've had in the slow-cooker whilst you've been at work.


Xmas Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 30/11/13

Xmas Food and Wine Matching

Perfect with Turkey...

Blind River Pinot Noir 2012, Marlborough New Zealand

£19.99 Or Buy Two Save 20% = £15.99

Looking for a perfect wine to match with that Christmas dinner Turkey? How about this excellent Blind River Pinot Noir from New Zealand? Turkey and Pinot Noir are a classic Christmas match and compliment each other brilliantly.

The Blind River PN has long been a favourite of mine and I very much enjoyed it with my own Christmas dinner last year. Pinot Noir as a grape often faces criticism for producing wines that can be a bit 'thin', this is not something that can be levelled at this particular wine though. This Pinot Noir packs plenty of weight making it an ideal partner for food. The body is very full and its multi layered in terms of its flavour characteristics. Typical flavours that you can draw from this wine include Blckcurrant, Loganberyy and Spice.

The Blind River is drinking perfectly now but if you have the patience it can be kept for around 7 years and enjoyed for many Christmas times to come!


An Introduction to ChampagneDate published: 30/11/13

Champagne is a sparkling wine which derives from the area of Champagne in North Eastern France, if it's not from Champagne, then it isn't Champagne! The production of the most famous sparkling wine uses three main grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier, which all combine together to give Champagne the characteristics that people all over the world enjoy throughout the year. 

The first grape, the Chardonnay, is the grape that gives the wine its acidity, which is highly important in the production of Champagne. The second grape, Pinot Noir, gives body and structure and finally the third grape, Meunier, gives the wine its fruity flavours and aromas, and provides a ready-to-drinkness which is essential in wines that are designed to be consumed young.

Once the grapes have been harvested a primary fermentation takes place, usually in temperature controlled steel vats but there are also producers who use oak vats and barrels. This results in the production of a base wine that is high in acidity, very dry and a moderate alcohol level, but contains none of the sparkle one would expect of champagne. A secondary fermentation is then performed inside the bottle where a mixture of nutrients and yeast are added, as the yeast is broken down carbon dioxide is released into the wine and creates the signature bubbles found in every Champagne. 

Once this secondary fermentation has occurred, the yeast dies and forms a sediment inside the bottle, which then gives off chemicals which are absorbed into the wine to give the Champagne it's bready, biscuity notes. The next step after the secondary fermentation is the "Riddling" process, where the bottles are slowly turned over from a horizontal position into a vertical, upside down position, causing the sediment to slide to the neck of the bottle and collect. Once the sediment has collected in the neck of the bottle, it is dipped into a frozen bath causing the sediment to freeze. This is then removed and the bottle is ready to be corked.

So there you have it! A brief explanation of Champagne and the process that is used to create it. With a diverse choice in store, why not come in and have a chat with us about your perfect party tipple?

Perfect as an apperitif, and if you want to break away from the established norm, why not try a glass with a nice fish and chips? We think you'll be pleasantly surprised.


Gin - A Very Giddy Love AffairDate published: 30/11/13

If there is one spirit I have gained a love for this year it has to be gin. Before joining Majestic, gin was one of those spirits I could take or leave and most commonly left. However with the summer we’ve had it soon became my tipple of choice!!

A Very Brief History - 

Gin has a very long and at times rowdy history. First produced in the early 17th century in Holland as a medicine, this humble cure soon became a firm favourite by the addition of juniper to make it more palatable. Fast forward to 18th century and londoner’s love of cheap gin had become a huge problem for the British government. This lead Hogarth to produce his famous engraving ‘Gin Lane’ portraying the idleness, vice, misery and madness said to be caused by the cheap bootleg gin. However over the next two centuries gin went from ‘Mother’s Ruin‘ to the stylish G&T we all enjoy today! 

A few of my favourites -

Sipsmiths London Dry Gin - £28

House Full for Sunday Lunch?Date published: 30/11/13

HOUSE FULL FOR SUNDAY LUNCH?

RISCAL RIOJA RESERVA MAGNUM

Special Offer

£22.00

Cook up a storm with some lovely roast lamb, and serve with a glass of the fantastic Riscal Rioja Reserva. Classic summer fruit flavours rounded with toasty oak and silky vanilla, it's a beautiful match for this winter warmer meal.

And the best bit is, with a magnum there's plenty to go round.

All this makes a Riscal Magnum the perfect center piece for your Sunday lunch dinner table. 


Veuve CliquotDate published: 30/11/13

Veuve Cliquot

Veuve Cliquot is one of the most widely recognisable champagnes in the world with it's distinctive yellow label. Founded in 1772 Veuve Cliquot was taken over by Madame Cliquot in 1805 after the death of her husband. At only 27 Madame Cliquot was a young, determined and inspiring young woman who changed the face of champagne with the invention of the riddling table. This allowed champagnes to go from the cloudy wines that had been produced, to the crystal clear styles we know today. She was also the first person to create a vintage champagne, without Madame Cliquot champagne and champagne production today could be very different.

All off this history has lead to the well respected and truly quality wine that is the Veuve Cliquot NV.

We currently running a fantastic 33.3% off deal on a selection wines which includes the Veuve Cliquot NV. This offer ends on the 2nd of December. Why not stock up and add a real touch of elegance to your Christmas festivities

£29.99 when purchased with any other wine from out pick and mix 33.3% selection.

Unit Price £45



Sparkling of the Weekend - Lindauer Special Reserve NVDate published: 30/11/13

Lindauer Special Reserve

Grape Variety - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

This Special Reserve NV comes from 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle. 

Origin - The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months.

Taste - Elegant citrus fruit, ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit with a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne.

Partner with - Brilliant as an apéritif due to its subtle elegance, it's also a superb partner to shellfish.

£9.99 per bottle down from £14.99


Time to celebrate!Date published: 30/11/13

We're coming up to the party season now, which I love because it lets me indulge my love for great sparkling wines!

So here are are a few that no party would be complete without!

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV, £24.99 when you buy any 2 bottles from our Pick 'N' Mix selection and save 33.3%

This is a delicious Non-Vintage Champagne, one of the first I tried on joining Majestic. It's pretty, floral-patterned label make it a beautiful gift and when you open it up you're in for a real treat. A friendly, open style with refreshing ripeness to it's soft appley fruit. A zesty mousse and hints of brioche make this a wonderful bubbly for a party.

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV, £27.99 when you buy any 2 bottles from our Pick 'N' Mix selection and save 33.3%

For a truly opulent, luscious Champagne experience, it has to be the Louis Roederer. A hugely prestige Champagne producer, their house style is overtly fruity with nutty yeasty notes. This is a wonderfully rich Champagne and shows its elegance and class with every sip.


Chocolate Block is Back!Date published: 30/11/13

Chocolate Block is Back!

The truly awesome Chocolate Block has arrived back in Majestic Cardiff Bay!

I'm very excited that this wine has rocked up in time for Christmas - so there's still time to include it in your wishlists for Santa!

It's a properly rich, epic blend this wine. Dominated by around 67% Syrah with the rest made up from Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Viognier. It's a hugely complex wine this, rustic aromas of leather, earth and spices mingle with blackcurrants and ripe raspberries. The palate is harmonious and powerful, with more ripe, dark fruit and a cocoa and pepper complexity. 

It's included in our Fine Wine mix and match deal, so you can pick one up along with anything else that tempts you from a great selection.

£22.00 when you buy any 2 or more selected Fine Wines and save £10. Single bottle price £27.00


Fancy something different?Date published: 30/11/13

Fancy something different?

I'm always on the look out for interesting new wines to share with friends and customers. Here's one we opened up for our Winter Tasting Evening...

Viñalba Sellección Torrontes £7.99 when you buy 2 or more, unit price £9.99

Torrontes is a distant relative of the sweet variety Muscat. It has become Agentina's signature white variety as it produces bright and aromatic wines in the country's sunny but cool high-altitude vineyards.

The nose gives up a cascade of tropical fruits and blossom aromas. The palate is awash with ripe flavours of melon, pear, peach and pineapple. The ripe tropical flavours mean it can stand up to mild spice, so try it with a Thai king prawn curry. For those keen to experiment and explore new wines, this is not one to be missed and you should definitely pop a couple in your mixed case.


Don't Miss out...Date published: 30/11/13

Don't Miss out...

This Monday 2nd December marks the end of our Pick 'N' Mix special offer.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to grab some of these great wines:

+ Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99

+ Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva at £6.66

+ Nicolas Potel Bourgogne Chardonnay at £8.66

+ La Marca Proseeco Conegliano at £9.99

+ Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne at £16.00

And many more!

Remember you can mix and match these wines, champagnes and sparklers however you like in your case and still get all the offer prices.

This is also your last chance to get 24 bottle cases of Peroni and Samuel Adams Boston Lager for just £1 per bottle.

Hurry on down this weekend, or place you order online before 3 pm Monday or by phone before 7 pm on 02920 22 88 06. We offer a FREE DELIVERY service on orders over £40 so order now and we'll deliver to your door.


Fine Wine Focus - Cloudy Bay ChardonnayDate published: 29/11/13

We have opened one of our Cloudy Bay selection just for you to try, their lovely Chardonnay.

Cloudy Bay is a cult wine and, clever marketing aside, there is no denying the quality of this Chardonnay. A cool climate location and lots of sunshine means long, slow ripening - a recipe for success with 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.

Eminently drinkable now but it will reward those with the patience to age the wine for a further 3 to 4 years. Will pair well with creamy pasta dishes or your Christmas roast chicken.

Fine Wine Focus - Escarpment Pinot NoirDate published: 29/11/13

This week we have an award winning New Zealand Pinot Noir open for you to try, the Escarpment Pinot Noir 2010, Martinborough.

Located 5km east of Martinborough village, Escarpment own 24 hectares of alluvial gravel, terraced land that stretches along the banks of the Huangarua River. Plantings are weighted towards Pinot Noir (70%) but also include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling.

A perfumed, delicate Pinot Noir, with elegantly textured tannins and soft and supple fruit. Escarpment's style is one of 'the perfect mix of black, red and green fruit flavours'.

It will cellar gracefully for up to 10 years. An excellent marriage with crispy pork belly but will also pair well with game dishes, especially for Christmas dinner.

Château Grivière 2006/2007 Médoc, Cru BourgeoisDate published: 27/11/13

Château Grivière 2006/2007 Médoc, Cru Bourgeois

£9.99 when you buy two or more bottles!*

GrapeMerlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

Château Grivière breaks the norm in offering this Merlot/ Cabernet Sauvignon blend in an area in which the Cabernet Sauvignon grape usually dominates. The 60% Merlot softens the 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and as a result creates a supple wine

The nose is earthy with hints of orange peel and plenty of cassis aromas. The palate is pleasantly smoky and bursting with jammy black-fruit flavours.

Match with simple stews or traditional French cassoulet.

Chosen by Tom.

*Singe bottle price £11.99.


The Different Levels of Veuve Cliquot!Date published: 27/11/13

The Different Levels of Veuve Cliquot!
Last month I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to a Veuve Cliquot tasting in London, hosted by the Master Winemaker of Veuve Cliquot where we were indulged in the entire Veuve Cliquot range, including the La Grande Dame! To be in the rare situation of being able to compare and contrast vintages and non-vintages together is truly an amazing experience. I could really gauge the difference between the wines and why the vintages command a higher price, which is something that I probably would not appreciate as much if i had tasted them, say a year or so apart. Also to learn the unique history that has made Veuve Cliquot what it is today, just completed what will sadly, probably be a once in a life time experience!

Veuve Cliquot Brut NV:
The classic 'yellow label' is probably one of the best NV champagnes around. Only the best will do for Veuve Cliquot and you can really appreciate the quality of the wine on their entry level champagne. The Brut NV is rich in ripe apple flavours with citrussy notes flowing through, but with a restrained acidity and hints of toasty flavours, this champagne is crisp, refreshing and at a single bottle price of just £32, is fantastic value for money for the immense quality within the bottle.

Veuve Cliquot 2004 Vintage:
With a vintage champagne that commands a higher price than it's non-vinatage counterpart, you expect it to deliver on all fronts and the Veuve Cliquot Vintage definitely exceeds expections!
 

Know Your PortDate published: 26/11/13

Know Your Port

If you don't know your Tawny from an LBV, we have this quick guide to help you choose the right Port for Christmas. Port is a blended and fortified wine which, by law, has to come from designated vineyards in the Douro Valley, Portugal. Stringent laws on grape varieties, production methods and ageing classification ensure that these wines are unique in style and of consistently high quality.

Reserve Ruby Port (Taylors First Estate) A Reserve Ruby Port is made with relatively young wines (3-5 years old) with minimal oak influence, which results in the fruitiest style of Port. They are rich in fruit with jammy sweetness and come fully filtered so there is no need to decant them. Once opened, these will keep for around two weeks without fading.

Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) An LBV starts life as a Reserve Ruby but is aged for between four and six years in oak casks to develop more depth of aroma and flavour. Typically an LBV will have rich fruit backed up with Christmas cake and nutty flavours. These wines are filtered and ready to drink and will not develop further in bottle. Again, these will keep when opened for around two weeks.

Crusted This is an unfiltered Reserve Ruby with an added three years bottle ageing. The powerful fruit and sweet spice flavours are in abundance as well as spicy and earthy depth from the extra ageing. These can age further in bottle. Make sure you decant before drinking as there is sediment.

Reserve Tawny Port The tawny colour of these Ports is a result of extended ageing in small oak casks. Wines of different ages are blended to achieve the desired style and therefore it is the average age that is shown on the bottle. The ageing process develops aromas of sweet spice and marzipan with a sliky smooth palate of toasted almonds and Christmas cake. Put it in the fridge for an hour for a perfect digestif. These are already filtered and can keep for two weeks.

Vintage Vintage Port is the ultimate expression of Port. The wines represent the best wines from either a single estate or a house and are only made in years that produce grapes of exceptional quality. These wines can age for many decades, Ports from the 1880's are still drinking beautifully. Try our Delaforce Quinta Da Corte 1995 if you want to taste a fully mature Port. Taylors top single vineyard Port, Quinta de Terra Feita, is a decade old but still full of fresh fruit and a touch of sweet spice that belies its age. The power and structure shows that it could certainly last a few more decades!


Bordeaux Vintage Guide 2000-2006Date published: 26/11/13

Bordeaux Vintage Guide 2000-2006

2000 Feted as the millennium vintage, described as 'one in a lifetime' and heaped with superlatives, 2000 produced wines of spectacular quality on both banks of the Gironde. Hindsight has not diluted the enthusiasm for the vintage, but the press and trade have lost some of the restraint shown when initially describing the 2000, so almost every subsequent appears to be superior! Wines of power, elegance and concentration abound. Long ageing potential.

2001 A vintage of quality that was under-hyped following the millennium vintage, best described as Classic Bordeaux. Superior to 1999, akin to the 1988 vintage. Elegant and aromatic wines at a fraction of 2000's price. Wines have potential for ageing, most however will never attain sweetness and weight of warmer vintages.

2002 Another year of 'Classic' Bordeaux, with Cabernet based wins on the Left Bank providing many of the highlights. Left Bank wines had potential for extended aging, whereas Right Bank wines provided early drinking highlights. Many wines of interest and quality from this often overlooked vintage. Wines are much lighter than previous 3 years, more perfumed, providing for medium term ageing (up to about 15 years for most wines).

2003 There is only word needed to describe 2003; Hot. Extremely concentrated wines, high alcohol levels and reduced acidity levels prevailed across Bordeaux. Initially thought of as superior to 2000, lack of acidity and over-concentration has led to diminishing interest. Many wines enjoyable after 5 years in bottle, questions abound about long term ageing potential.

2004 A return to a 'Classic' vintage after the over-ripe and somewhat Port-like wines of 2003, 2004 was a somewhat dark vintage of high tannin levels and perfumed Cabernet. The 2004s have somewhat been forgotten compared to its predecessor and successive vintage, but many charming and elegant wines are available. Comparisons to 1988 abound, due to leafy Cabernet Sauvignon aromas and flavours. Great wines have long ageing potential.

2005 Compared to outstanding and legendary vintages such as 1990, 1982 and 1959, the first 'Vintage of the Century' after 2000 and 2003, wines were initially very high in tannin and extract, yet still sweet and elegant on release. Many of the Left Bank wines require prodigious aging before realising their full potential. Most wines are enjoyable now due to sweetness of fruit and tannin but have further development in bottle over 10+ years.

2006 A very good quality vintage, similar in style yet slightly superior to 2004. Described as another 'Classic' vintage of leafy Cabernet, more approachable and elegant when young than previous 'Classics'. Left bank produced powerful wines, very dark fruit flavours and slightly sour tannins.


Now in Stock - Chocolate Block (Absolute Favourite!)Date published: 26/11/13

Now in Stock - Chocolate Block (Absolute Favourite!)

It is that time of year again when we look forward to the arrival of our allocation of the South African beast that is 'The Chocolate Block' - and arrive it most certainly has! The Boukenhoutskloof winery and winemaker Marc Kent have certainly not disappointed with the 2012 vintage - this blend of 5 varietals certainly packs a punch. Predominantly Syrah, it also comprises Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Viognier and Grenache - all in all, a heady mix! 

The grapes all come from special blocks of vines and are aged for up to 18 months in French oak, giving this wine a distinctive yet classic style. On the nose, the rustic earthiness shines through continuing onto the palate where it compliments raspberry and blackcurrant flavours atop nuances of chocolate, coffee, blackberry.........

Excellent with roast beef, but also a great wine for winter evenings next to a roaring fire...!

£22.00 when you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case (£27.00 single bottle price)

HURRY - Very limited stocks available (only 1735 barrels made in total)


Can you really say no?Date published: 26/11/13

We have Veuve Cliquot Brut NV on offer at just £29.99 a bottle right now, yes, that's just £29.99 a bottle. Why not stock up for Christmas or as many people have admitted to doing, intend to stock up for Christmas but then find that actually those stocks have disappeared well before....

It's a fantastic deal for a great Champagne that would be a perfect aperitif or even matched to a sophisticated seafood dish. Elegant bubbles with plenty of rich, creamy toasty notes on the palate....one of our favourites!


Striking French Viognier 2012 £7.99Date published: 26/11/13

We love having new products arrive in-store and this fantastic Viognier has just landed! This Southern French white comes from a vineyard in the Coteaux du Limousin and has been partially oak-fermented to give it a rich and complex flavour.

Do not let the pale gold colour of this Viognier mislead you, this wine is intense and complex, full of those luscious peach and apricot flavours that we all associate with the Viognier grape. With heady notes of vanilla and warm toast also on the palate, this would ideally match with mildly spiced chicken dishes or simply grilled fish such as seabass.

Absolutely worth giving a try, it's one of our new staff favourites!


Macon Lugny Louis LatourDate published: 26/11/13

Macon Lugny, Louis Latour

£11.99

£8.99

Located high in the south of Macon, the village of Lugny has earned a reputation for making some truly great white Burgundy.

The secret to this success is the village's warm climate and limestone soil that produces rich and buttery styles of Chardonnay.

The family run Louis Latour has been established in Burgundy since 1797 and are widely respected as producers of high quality red and white wines.

Macon Lugny has an invigorating nose of fresh apples and lemon curd, buttery and peachy on the palate, that is balanced with the acidity of green apples. The finish is both long and warming.

This wine perfectly matches prawns and crayfish. Roast turkey is also an ideal food pairing! 


SauternesDate published: 26/11/13

If anyone has a 'sweet tooth' then read on and gain some knowledge on beautiful wines that can be enjoyed best with chocolate pudding, cheesecake or apple crumble - not got you salavating yet?! Although in France also matched with Foie gras.

The Bordeaux region is renowned for its claret but in the southern area there is an alrternative style that is almost kept secret. Using the a blend of Sauvignon, Semillion and Muscadelle grapes you will be gifted with a 'Sauternes'. The grapes are kept on the vine and left to dry out, almost like a raisin, in a process called 'Botrytis' or 'noble rot'. 

Typically the wine is viscous and obtains lots of stone fruit flavours like apricot and peach with sweetness of honey and  round nutty notes. It can start out as a light golden colour but darken with age to a copper brown, and naturally get better with age.

Most Sauternes are sold in half bottles at 375ml and best served chilled. 

A perfect start or finish to a great meal and also worth trying if having friends for dinner!


Lower abv wines campainDate published: 26/11/13

For the next 4 weeks we will have a selection of the following wines open to try in order to encourage us all to think about lower alcohol alternatives from the usual wines that we buy. These are the wines we will be opening:

Dr L Riesling 8.5%

Ayler Kuppp Riesling 9%

Saint clair pioneer riesling 9%

Brown brothers late harvest muscat 10%

Brown brothers orange and flora muscat 10%

Villa sandi prosecco 10%

Why not come along and try them?


Craft BeersDate published: 26/11/13

Here at Majestic we like to introduce new products that excite us. We will be stocking some great new craft beers for the remainder of the year. Here is the pick of the bunch:

Punk IPA, Brewdog, Aberdeen;

This IPA has been hopped twice during its production which entitles it to a cool complexity. It is sweet with tropical fruit but offers a bitterness to finish. What a fantastic home-grown IPA which will sell really well as it can be matched with food as well as enjoyed alone. 

I would reccomend a spicy snack or street-food style gourmet with this as it helps you wind-down and relax. 

If you have not been, check out their pub just at Kelvingrove in Glasgow's west end. They have plenty of brew to try.

Curious Bew IPA, Kent;

This IPA is the next addition from Curious Brew (who introduced us to their champagne yeast beer).

With a blend of three different hops it is very well balanced and naturally has a good weight and a fruity edge. Chapel Down aim to craft beers that are extremely hard to replicate and have originality. We think that they have nailed this ethos in their first two beers as Majestic customers cannot get enough of them!

An outstanding beer which can be enjoyed on its own or with hearty pub gnosh! 



Vieux Remparts 2011 Lussac St-EmilionDate published: 26/11/13

Bordeaux in the spotlight: Vieux Remparts 2011 Lussac St-Emilion. 

In 1970, the French banned new plantings of Merlot, meaning ‘little blackbird’ because of the devastating rot and frost of the previous 2 decades. Lussac is one of 4 St Emillion satellites, where rustic merlot is made in a very traditional St Emillion style. These wines offer superb value for money.Quite rustic handling, the wine-making process is simply turning the juice to wine, very few tricks involved. As such it’s an intense show of terroir. It’s light in body, which allows grippy, lively tannins to show well. Cherry and blackcurrant on the fruit side, with a little clove and pencil lead complexity.


New Sherries in store...Date published: 26/11/13

We have an exciting new range of sherries this year. They come from small, boutique, family-owned cellars (called Almacenista's in Jerez) and carry a greater degree of weight and complexity than you will find in more mainstream sherry at similar prices.

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Fino £8.99

This Fino is a bone dry wine, which is aged under flor (a layer of yeast) to protect itself from oxidation. Yeasty complemented by almond and fresh apple notes, It is an excellent match for all types of tapas, especially olives, nuts, and smoked hams.

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Amontillado £9.99

This Amontillado is one of the true wines of Jerez. Subtle and delicate bouquet, suggests notes of hazelnut on the nose, yet with light reminders of yeast but smooth on the palate. This is an excellent match for soups and consommés.

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Olorosso £11.99

Oloroso is the traditionally aged sherry that is most popular amongst Jerezanos. This is warm, with rounded aromas and full of complexity. Exquisite, intense aromas of toasted walnuts and autumn leaves. An excellent match for red meats or game.

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Palo Cortado £14.99

Palo Cortado is a very rare style of Sherry which falls between Amontillado and Oloroso. Pungent on the nose, yet soft and round on the finish. This Palo Cortado is an excellent match for hard cheeses.

Interesting fact: The labels are a selection of vintage posters from the September Jerez festival, taken from the 50's and 60's


New Bollinger DealDate published: 26/11/13

We now have Bollinger NV at an amazing £30.00 per bottle when you buy 6, that's a saving of £90 to spend on the turkey or crackers!!

Festive Favourites Reds: 12x75cl Bottles Mixed CaseDate published: 26/11/13

An easy drinking quality red case carefully selected for those who enjoy red wine for all occasions. Popular choices from Spain, France and Australia complete this must-have case - a perfect choice to have in the cupboard or on your wine rack for impromptu get-togethers. This would also make the perfect gift for any red wine lover, but don't forget to select a stylish gift carton for just £6.

3 x Marquis de Belleville 2011 Bordeaux Supérieur: 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.

3 x Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012 Grifone: This perfect example is a fresh and fruity wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins. The perfect party wine or for drinking with light pork dishes, venison or goose.

3 x Rioja Crianza 2009 Viña Eguía: An elegant wine with aromas that show off the wine's oak ageing, with vanilla, coconut and balsamic notes coming to the fore. Enjoy with lamb.

3 x Oxford Landing Estates Cabernet Shiraz 2011 Yalumba, South Australia: Easy drinking, with spicy dark-fruit aromas and lashings of plum and blackberry fruit with hints of cedar on the palate, leading on to a smooth finish. Perfect for Sunday roasts or a summer barbecue.

Only £73.08


Fine Wine FocusDate published: 22/11/13

Fine Wine Focus

This week we have not one but two gems open for you to taste. They are both part of the buy 2 save £10 fine wine deal so you can buy one of each or mix either with another of our selected fine wines.

Puligny-Montrachet 2011 Jean-Louis Chavy

Blended from 8 different parcels across the appellation, this wine gives an excellent representation of the ‘terroir’ of Puligny-Montrachet.

Neither overtly fruity nor over-oaked, Jean-Louis Chavy’s wines are extremely well balanced, emphasising the classic minerality of Puligny-Montrachet.


Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009, Clos de L'Oratoire des Papes

The 'Clos de L'Oratoire' is a place of prayer built in the 18th century, now an improving wine estate.

An intense, perfumed and enticing array of sweet spices, brooding black fruits and sweet red cherries form a beautifully long finish.

New Sherries in store...Date published: 21/11/13

We have an exciting new range of sherries this year. They come from small, boutique, family-owned cellars (called Almacenista's in Jerez) and carry a greater degree of weight and complexity than you will find in more mainstream sherry at similar prices.

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Fino £8.99

This Fino is a bone dry wine, which is aged under flor (a layer of yeast) to protect itself from oxidation. Yeasty complemented by almond and fresh apple notes, It is an excellent match for all types of tapas, especially olives, nuts, and smoked hams.

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Amontillado £9.99

This Amontillado is one of the true wines of Jerez. Subtle and delicate bouquet, suggests notes of hazelnut on the nose, yet with light reminders of yeast but smooth on the palate. This is an excellent match for soups and consommés.

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Olorosso £11.99

Oloroso is the traditionally aged sherry that is most popular amongst Jerezanos. This is warm, with rounded aromas and full of complexity. Exquisite, intense aromas of toasted walnuts and autumn leaves. An excellent match for red meats or game.

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Palo Cortado £14.99

Palo Cortado is a very rare style of Sherry which falls between Amontillado and Oloroso. Pungent on the nose, yet soft and round on the finish. This Palo Cortado is an excellent match for hard cheeses.

Interesting fact: The labels are a selection of vintage posters from the September Jerez festival, taken from the 50's and 60's


Craft beer bonanza.Date published: 21/11/13

You like good wine. You're a Majestic customer so you're obviously a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to wine. But what about your beers?

For the past couple of months we've been introducing an exciting range of craft beers and now that they're on a great deal in time for Christmas it's time to try them!

We've got Underdog Atlantic Lager, Brewdog Punk IPA, Brooklyn Lager, Anchor Steam Beer and Einstok White Ale all available in 6-packs for £12.99. But by any two and they go down to just £9.99 a pack! They're all cracking and well worth a try, or treat the beer lover in your life!


Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva MerlotDate published: 21/11/13

Rounding off our Chilean tasting week I have picked this fine example of Merlot done well. It has become a regular saying in the our shop that Chilean red is hard to beat on the quality for the price. Merlot does have a reputation of being bland but fruity but the Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot is a prime example what can be produced in the right hands.

This wine demonstrates plush red and black fruit flavours of strawberry, cherry and blackberry fruits but has been aged in French and American oak for 12 months to add the flavours of vanilla and green tobacco leaf with soft, ripe tannins.

Ideal wine for savouring on a cold, wintry evening or for enjoying with a rich lasagne.

£9.99 bottle, or just £7.48 when you buy 2+ bottles.


FetzerDate published: 21/11/13

Globally recognised as pioneers of environmentally-sound winemaking, Fetzer's winery is powered by renewable energy, including a solar-powered bottling plant and recycling of waste water from vineyard irrigation. Wishing summer was still here? Then Fetzer should take you back to summer months, with their fresh fruity white Zinfandel.

Bright coral in colour, with a delicious hint of sweetness, offset by a tangy acidity. The intense cherry and raspberry fruit burst enthusiastically onto the palate, with a fine natural spritz. Superb summertime drinking, but a cunning match with creamy curries or spiced fish dishes.

£9.99 Single Bottle Price


LindauerDate published: 21/11/13

Produced and owned by Montana, and released in 1981, Lindauer holds the title of New Zealand's most exported wine. Produced from grapes grown on Hawkes Bay and Gisborne's silt and clay soils, it undergoes primary fermentation in tank and secondary fermentation in bottle. The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months. Their Blanc de Blancs NV comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes, which also give Champagne their elegance.

Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne. Brilliant as an apéritif due to its subtle elegance, it's also a superb partner to shellfish.

£14.99 Single Bottle Price or £12.99 when you buy 2+ bottles


Grape of the Day - TerretDate published: 21/11/13

Terret is one of the Languedoc's oldest vine varieties and, like Pinot, has had plenty of time to mutate into different shades of grape, which may even be found on the same plant.  Indeed, Galet claims to have seen different-coloured grapes in the same bunch.  Terret Gris was once by far the most planted white wine variety in the Languedoc, even if it was concentrated in the Hérault département, where there were 2600ha of Terret Blanc still growing in 2000.  Either grape can be made into a relatively full-bodied but naturally crisp varietal white, but as a name Terret lacks the magic of international varieties.

Wine Words - TintoDate published: 21/11/13

Tinto - Spanish and Portugese for red, so that vino tinto is red wine.  Tinto, like Tinta,  is also the first word of many Spanish and Portugese names and synonyms for black grape varieties.  Tempranillo, for example, is known as Tinto Fino in Ribero del Duero.

Gift vouchersDate published: 17/11/13

Treat your friends or family to the ultimate gift. At Majestic we do gift vouchers that come in £10, £20 and £50 denominations. They can be redeemed at any Majestic store throughout the UK. Our minimum purchase of 6 bottles, mixed by any style or price, applies to all purchases using vouchers. Get the perfect gift from your local Majestic store.

Brunello di Montalcino 2008 BanfiDate published: 17/11/13

Castello Banfi is a family owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. The grapes for this Brunello are sourced from hillside sites with calcareous sandy topsoil and rounded stones.

A full bodied wine with hints of liquorice and chocolate complements the concentrated, velvety cherry fruits on the palate. Very well integrated tannins and long finish. Enjoy over the next 5 to 10 years.

Ideal partner to a roast garlic and thyme seasoned lamb with braised red cabbage and red wine sauce.

Just £19.99 when you buy any 2 bottles from our November Pick 'n' Mix deal (£30 normal bottle price)


Pouilly- Fume, Jean Vincent 2010Date published: 17/11/13

This 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.

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

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

Enjoy with a King Prawn salad or other shellfish dishes 

Currently  £9.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case of 6 (Single bottle £11.99)

Curious Brew Lager,Chapel DownDate published: 17/11/13

Beers in the Spotlight: Curious Brew Lager,Chapel Down

Region: Kent

Tasting Note: Vivid gold in the glass, the nose is packed with floral andstone fruit aromas. Like any good Champagne this wine hascitrus and biscuit flavours that are enhanced by arefreshing bitterness.

ABV: 4.7%

Hops: Casacde, Saaz and Nelson Sauvin

Origin: From Chapel down winery in Kent this is an awardwinning beer. The product of two fermentations, this beerreceives not only a "dosage" of Champagne yeast in itssecond fermentation but a shot of Nelson Sauvin hops,famed for their intense aromas.

Enjoy: Cold on a hot sunny day with barbecued meats and fish.


Beers in the Spotlight: Anchor SteamDate published: 17/11/13

Beers in the Spotlight: Anchor Steam

Region: California

Tasting Notes: A wonderful amber colour in the glass, a rich caramel malt flavour dominates this beer. This is then rounded off by subtle citrus flavours that are the result of careful use of hops.

ABV: 4.8%

Hops: Northern Brewery

Origin: A classic hybrid beer. Lager yeasts are used in a brewing process that is traditionally associated with the production of English bitter. This is a unique style of brewing that originated in the gold rush era of the Westcoast of America

.Enjoy: Chilled with Mexican food or it is equally at home with good company.


New Arrivals: Panamericana Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Central ValleyDate published: 17/11/13

New Arrivals: Panamericana Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Central Valley. 

Origin: This wine is an intriguing parcel we bought for a very low price. It’s made by one of our most fa-mous Chilean wineries and rep-resents astonishing value. The Central Valley wine region is home to a lot of quality levels, but it’s the cooler, wind swept plains at the foot of the Andes where the best wines are made.Once fermented this wine is left on its lees for three months. Unusually each batch is split into small barrels, so as much wine as possible has lees contact.

Tasting Note: Lemon and lime and grass on the nose, it’s meant to be tangy and food friendly….it doesn't dis-appoint with great acidity and typical Sauvignon flare.


Lebanon and their fantastic historyDate published: 16/11/13

Lebanon is not the first place I would ever think of for wine-making but viticultural roots in Lebanon go back over 6000 years. The most famous Lebanese producer is the Hochar family, with the patriarch Serge Hochar as the family's master winemaker. Their second wine, Hochar Pere et Fils, is a lighter, more easy-going style. However the first wine, Château Musar is a uniquely different wine from the Bekaa Valley.

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. Château Musar will last for decades and can be enjoyed with everything from French-style roast lamb, to North-African cuisine.

£19.99 Single Bottle Price


Top five party wines to get you ready for christmasDate published: 16/11/13

As that time of year has come round once again where we dig out our best party dress and evening suit, do our hair, decorate our homes and throw open our doors to celebrate Christmas and New Years, I though I would give you my run down of the top 5 Party wines. 

The challenge is always trying to keep everyone happy, while getting wines that are purse and wallet friendly. But never fear I have the answer to your problems. Here are my top 5 party wines to see you through. 

5. Cuvee Richard Rouge, 2012, Southern France. This smooth, easy going red had lots of blackberry and plum characteristic without being overly tannic. £5.49 on a single bottle offer. 

4. Santa Rita 120, Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Chile. You can't go wrong with a Sauvignon Blanc and this Chilean example has lots of the tropical fruit flavours you would expect without being too over powering. Slips down at treat at £6.39 on offer (20% off when you buy 2 or more Chilean wines, normally £7.99 a bottle). 

3. Santa Rita 120, Merlot, 2012, Chile. From the same producer as the Sauvignon Blanc, this wonderfully smooth Merlot will go down just a treat on its own or with food. Lashings of fruit with vanilla and tobacco hints makes this more interesting than your average Merlot. £6.39 on offer (20% off when you buy 2 or more Chilean wines, normally £7.99 a bottle). 

2. Serena Pinot Grigio, 2012, Italy. An ideal fruity wine, with lots of pear and melon flavours, this Pinot Grigio is more flavoursome than most at this price point. £6.66 on offer (save a 3rd on selected pick and mix wines, £9.99 for a single bottle). 

1. Prosecco Zonin, Italy. This list wouldn't be complete without a Sparkling wine. This is one of my favourite Prosecco's right now, with lots of crisp Apples and hints of pear drop. Great for welcome drink £7.99 on offer (save a 3rd on selected pick and mix wines, £11.99 for a single bottle). 

So why not come and get your party wines now. 


Chapel Down WineryDate published: 16/11/13

We've been a long time supporter of our friends at Chapel Down winery, so after a rather difficult 2012 harvest, where many producers didn't even make any wine, we wanted to know what the 2013 harvest had brought us. Its with relief, that I give you the report straight from the mouth of the managing director of Chapel Down themselves! So here it is...

"I can certainly tell you that we're all exhausted. This has been the most challenging harvest we've had in my twelve years. With fruit coming to us later than ever, it has been a long period for the winery and vineyard teams, with the winery in particular operating 24 hours a day. The weather became increasingly unpredictable as October developed, so the fruit arrived in bigger loads, from more vineyards on the same day as growers were forced to pick on the increasingly few good days.


So has it been worth it? In short, Yes!

We’ve broken our record for processing grapes – 60 tonnes (or around 200 bins) in one night. That’s enough fruit to make around 60,000 bottles of wine. So it’s a good job we had our new press to help, or we’d never have coped. We have three presses. Euro, Kong and the new baby (our biggest) called Zilla. When they were bought Kong and Zilla were the largest presses of their type in England, and so have been affectionately named after comic book monsters. Our smallest and oldest press is slightly temperamental, works occasionally but needs long breaks between sessions, is high maintenance, getting on a bit and - whilst capable of greatness - is difficult to work with. It’s not bust yet, but it makes us nervous. The instruction manual is in 14 languages, and is bigger than the Bible. Can’t think why we call it Euro. (Although the manufacturer is called Europress). 
The winery and vineyard teams have done a magnificent job. The fruit we have received has been clean and full of flavour. The fruit hasn’t had the degree of sugars we’ve had in previous years, so the wines will be lower in alcohol, but they will be excellent wines, packed with English flavour and freshness.."

Especially good is the news that we have all of their sparkling wines on offer at the moment!

Chapel Down Brut NV £15.99 a bottleChapel Down English Rose Sparkling £17.99 a bottle

Chapel Down Pinot Reserve 2006 £19.99 a bottle
Chapel Down Rosé Brut £20.99 a bottle

So come down and grab a bargain English fizz!


Grape in focus - Ugni BlancDate published: 16/11/13

Ugni Blanc

Ugni Blanc is mostly found in the southern French regions of Provence and Midi, or in Italy under the name of Trebbiano. It is known for being a neutral variety often used to make white table wine. Its fresh acidity lends itself well to the making of brandy and cognac's. 

When used for making white wine it is often found as a blend, generally with Colombard in France. The growing of Ugni Blanc is in decline but it can still be found in the Majestic range.

Cuvee de Richard Blanc and Cuvee Genvieve Blanc are both examples of a Colombard, Ugni Blanc blend. They are light in style with fresh acidity. Italian San Marco Frascati is a fine example of Trebbiano which is more floral in style with that classic snappy acidity still present. 


Chapel Down Curious BrewDate published: 16/11/13

Chapel Down Curious Brew

Chapel Down as a winery has became very popular in the past decade. With multiple awards to their name, and lots of excellent press coverage this flourishing business it set to be the future of English wine.

There are many difficulties a British wine firm has to take into account when it comes to creating a wine worthy of the current market. The major issue being of course, weather. Lack of heat and too much rain can completely ruin a crop. However, with cultivating a greater area of land to vine, one can hope the excess grape juice can be stored in stainless steel tanks for many years to come.

With it being slap bang in the middle of Craft Beer Tasting week at Majestic, I thought I would write a little something about one of my favourite beers we currently have in our extensive range. Chapel Down Curious Brew. What is unique about this beer is that they ferment it with Champagne yeast which adds a distinct flavour I have tasted in no other. With the Curious Brew winning a gold medal award at the International Beer Festival, this distinct flavour is clearly desirable. We have it open for tasting all week so please come down and ask a member of staff for a little taster and see what the hype is about......


Lay and Wheeler Fine Wine PlanDate published: 16/11/13

Lay and Wheeler Fine Wine Plan

I have recently joined the Fine Wine Plan after many many months of contemplation. If you're looking to invest in some great wines for the future or to drink over the next year or two this is definately the way to go.

You pay on a monthly basis of which all goes towards your chosen wines, the wines are stored in bond until you wish to take them out. The expert staff at Lay & Wheeler can advise you on which wines are suited to you. In my short experience I have been extremely impressed with their knowledge.

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

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

- Free Joining case will be added to your collection.

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

- Exclusive offers on a quarterly basis.

If you have any more questions regarding The Fine Wine Plan pop in and see myself or Andy or give us a call on 01962 868 708


Alamos Malbec with Steak and Creamy Butter BeansDate published: 16/11/13

Alamos Malbec with Steak and Creamy Butter Beans

Why does this food and wine match work?

Malbec and steak is a typical wine match, Malbec and has the weight and tannin to match this delicious warming dish - perfect as the nights draw in! 

To serve 4 you will need:

1 small bunch fresh thyme, leaves picked

4  leeks, trimmed and finely sliced

2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped 

1 small glass white wine

500 g good-quality tinned butter beans, drained and rinsed

1 small handful freshly picked parsley leaves, finely chopped

1 tablespoon fat-free natural yoghurt 

good-quality peppery extra virgin olive oil 

sea salt 

freshly ground black pepper

4 x 200 g well-marbled quality fillet steaks, 2.5-4cm thick

1  lemon

What to do:

Sweat the leeks, thyme and garlic with a splash of olive oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan on a low heat for 20 minutes until they are soft and sweet. Turn up the heat and add the white wine. Let the wine come to the boil, then add the beans and a splash of water, to almost cover the beans. Allow to simmer gently for 5 to 10 minutes until the beans are creamy. Add the parsley, yoghurt and a good lug of the extra virgin olive oil and taste for seasoning.

Heat a griddle pan until white-hot, season your steaks and pat with olive oil. 2 to 3 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Remove from the grill on to a dish and rest for 5 minutes. Squeeze over some lemon juice and drizzle over some extra virgin olive oil.Carve the steaks into thick slices. Divide the creamy beans between your plates and place the steak on top, drizzling over some of the resting juices.

Serve with a generous glass of Malbec. 


Food Match - Pairing Wine with Asian CuisineDate published: 16/11/13

Food Match - Pairing Wine with Asian Cuisine

There are 3 main things to bear in mind when pairing wine with Chinese food. 

First, 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. 

Second, 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 reds with ingredients that have an intense savoury 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 your wanting to splash out on some Champers or go for a cheaper and fruitier alternative we have a great selection to cover your needs. Come and Explore!


Pick n' Mix - 2 weeks to go!Date published: 16/11/13

Pick n' Mix - 2 weeks to go!

There are now only two weeks remaining of our massively popular 33% off Pick'n'mix offers. There's something available for every taste and pocket. Whether you're searching for good quality everyday drinking, classic French, a splash out bottle for Christmas or festive fizz there's something for you.

My personal favourites on the offer include:

LFE Malbec at £5.99

Serena Pinot Grigio at £6.66

Ravenswood Zinfandel at £7.33

Nicolas Potel Bourgogne Chardonnay at £8.66

Ch Berliquet St Emilion GC at £19.99

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee at £23.98

Louis Roederer NV at £27.99

You can browse the full range on-line at http://www.majestic.co.uk/latest-wine-offers or pop in and have a chat and we're happy to advise.


Offers Ending Soon!Date published: 15/11/13

We have some short term offers in store that are ending at the end of the day on Monday 18th (online offers end 3pm).

Cotes du Rhone Guigal - £7.99

Vieux Remparts 2011 Lussac St Emilion - £6.99

Prosecco Corte Alta - £6.99

Pinot Grigio Breganze - £5.99

Bourgogne Chardonnay Les Chenaudieres - £6.99

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta - £6.99

Hurry, don't miss out!

Perfect for Sunday Roast BeefDate published: 12/11/13

The Chateau Le Vivier 2008 Medoc has to be one of the best Bordeaux wines around the £8 mark that I have tried recently. It is on the Pick 'n' Mix deal at the moment too so you save 33.3% from its usual price.

Formerly owned by Lafite Rothschild, in 1990 Le Vivier was acquired by the Charloux family, who set about modernising the estate. This included building the Médoc's largest underground cellars, now known locally as 'The Cathedral', such is their volume and grandeur.

A 50/50 Cabernet/Merlot blend, this wine has great balance between firm tannin, intense bramble fruit and soft plum notes, with the influence of old and new oak adding polish and a liquorice spice.

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NVDate published: 09/11/13

Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV

Description

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial is a balanced assemblage of the three wine varieties disclosing a succession of elegant and harmonious sensations; afresh maturity; supple and refined lines; inspiring well being and an emotion which is appreciated and shared.They are harmonious champagnes.The characteristics of the different grape varieties complement each other and blend together well, so that none dominates the others. Nose and palate are in perfect harmony. To achieve this harmonious taste, Moët &Chandon’s oenologists work to produce well-balanced assemblages combining the three champagne grape varieties and utilising the richness and diversity of the Champagne “terroir”to express their essence.

The Vineyard

Moët & Chandon own the largest estate in Champagne, with 1000 hectares of the finest & most varied terroir comprising 16 of the 17 grands crus. Moët’s wine making philosophy respects the art of champagne, by understanding the harmony between grape varieties and a lengthy ageing process. Moët prides itself on quality and innovation, constantly reinventing itself to ensure tradition & modernity work hand in hand.

Vinification and Maturation. 

The grapes are hand picked and pressed gently so that the skin does not colour the must. After pressing, the must stays for 15 to 24 hours in the vats to let particles in suspension settle slowly to the bottom.The clarified musts are then transferred to the vat rooms in Epernay, where they undergo systematic analysis and organoleptic testing before yeasts are added to start the first fermentation.During the first fermentation, which lasts between 8 and 10 days, the sugars in the must are completely converted into alcohol and this produces the still wines. The first fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at a regulated temperature to preserve the aromatic potential of the wines. These base wines are then blind tasted for the first time by the oenologists in October. Moët & Chandon systematically carries out malolactic fermentation, which is not compulsory in the champagne method, but which helps to reduce the wine's acidity.These still wines are then blended and bottled before undergoing the second fermentation in the cellars. The wine is then aged for a minimum of three yearsin the cellars before being given a final dosage of around 10 grammes/litre. Moet


Kings Favour Sauvignon BlancDate published: 09/11/13

Kings 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 a ripe, rounded edge.

£9.32 a bottle as part of your Pick and Mix

Chile WeatherDate published: 09/11/13

Chile Weather

Looking across the store whilst having my lunch I can't help but be struck by the sheer amount and diversity of great value Chilean wine we have in store. Spared from the ravages of phylloxera in the 19th Century, given ample supplies of water through snow-melt from the Andes and with a warm enough climate to consistently bring large amounts of grapes to full ripeness, Chile has many natural advantages that other countries are justly jealous of. What they are trying to do now, following the collapse of their dictatorship some twenty years ago is further exploit their vast range of terroirs to come up with increasingly diverse styles of wine. From the cool climate of sub-region Casablanca to the warmer regions in the Maipo and Rapel Valleys the country has so much to offer the wider wine world, and fortunately we have a beautiful selection of these offerings in store! From crisp Sauvignon Blanc and beautifully balanced Chardonnay to elegant Cabernet and Carmenere (a varietal claimed by Chile as their own) there really is something for every palate.

So, personal top picks. Well, the Purple Angel Carmenere would be my absolute favourite, but it comes with a pretty hefty price tag! Sticking to the more affordable reds, my choice would be the Koyle Carmenere. A blend of 85% Carmenere and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah this really shows the potential that this fantastic grape can achieve in the right hands. Careful winemaking techniques achieve a marriage of youthful fruit and oak-encouraged notes of earth and spice. This was the wine that really introduced me to Carmenere and I have never looked back!

White-wise, tough pick.  There are some fantastic Chardonnays knocking about, notably Los Boldos and the LFE Gran Reserva, and Chilean Viogniers are doing a lot to bring me round to the varietal, but I'd personally have to go for the Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. This brilliant offering from one of Chile's best producers makes a rude gesture in the direction of Marlborough with its crisp, clean acidity accompanied by enticing aromas and tastes of greenery and tropical fruits.

Of course the beauty of our selection is that your own favourites will almost certainly be two completely different wines, and I look forward to discussing the subject with you! In the meantime, why not make your way over to the store and explore what this fantastic South American Nation has for you today.


Get the Turkey early this Christmas! Date published: 07/11/13

Seeing that we have some new deals at the moment, I couldn't help but to be drawn to the 20% off deals we have on Australian wines. Australia is renowned  for producing some big, bold and powerful reds and also some beautifully elegant whites. However, one that has always stood out to me has always been the Turkey Flat Butchers Block.

The Turkey Flat vineyards are so named because they stand on area of flatland, on the bank of Tanunda Creek, that were once home to a proliferation of wild turkeys. The first Shiraz vines were planted in this area by Silesians settler Johann Fiedler in 1847. Since then Turkey Flat vineyard have carried on producing high quality Shiraz and also red and white blends. The Turkey flat red bled of Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvedre is a beautiful wine with lots of bold fruity flavours and also holding distinctive smokey, meaty undertones.

Now at only £11.99 when you buy two, its the perfect drink for Christmas.  

Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/11/13

This week our wine of the week is the big red Zinfandel from Ravenswood, Lodi County.

It's Part of our Pick 'n' Mix deal so you save 33.3% when you buy any 2 or more from the selected range.

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

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

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


Fine Wine Pick 'n' MixDate published: 04/11/13

Not only do we have the lower/medium priced wines on the Pick 'N' Mix deal at Majestic but there are also a few fine wines included, producing a great discount when you save 33.3%. They would be a great treat for Christmas or a celebration. Read on to find out more...

Saintsbury Chardonnay - £13.32 in the Pick 'n' Mix (normal price £19.99). Pears, apricots, melon and vanilla. Full bodied and creamy, a great Californian Chardonnay, would go well with roast chicken.

Brunello di Montalcino, Banfi - £19.99 in the Pick 'n' Mix (normal price £30.00). Liquorice, chocolate and cherry make this smooth full bodied red great with roast lamb.

Chateau Berliquet 2008, St Emilion Grand Cru Classe - £19.99 in the Pick 'n' Mix (normal price £30.00). Blackberry and cherry with earthy notes and grippy minerality, great with roast beef.


November Pick 'N' MixDate published: 29/10/13

We have a great offer this month at Majestic, The November Pick 'N' Mix. 

For those of you that buy by the box you will love this offer as you can save 33.3%.

For those of you wanting to try some of our wines you can pick and mix any single bottles included in the selected products and save 33.3% on each bottle*

Come in to the store to explore this new offer, valid until the 2nd December 2013.

*as part of a mixed case of 6

Sparkling Saturday! Prosecco Conegliano di Valdobbiadene! Date published: 26/10/13

For this Saturday only we're treating you to a Sparkling one! It's one of our all time favourties, the Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene; one the best we stock at a fantastic price! So if you're planning a party, having friends around, or just love a good sparkling, we think this is the right wine for you!

La Marca is locarted in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. It's members own about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plains. Great quality Prosecco is grown in this region, and combined with the advanced technologies used in the winery, La Marca has surely struck gold with this Prosecco

A pale straw colour with a fine mousse is obvious on first sight. The palate is matched with this elegance; typically stonefruit and green fruit matched with a lemon sherbet tang . Crisp acidity, a great length and a refreshing body makes this wine perfect for tonight!

Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch.

Come in, have a sample! 


Fine Wine Focus - Amarone Negrar, 2010Date published: 25/10/13

Here's the last of our Autumn Fine Wine Focus (shame, I know!). It's a great wine; a beautifully crafted Amarone. Here's what our Fine Wine Manager, Hansi Baumann, had to say about it:


"Amarone is one of the iconic red wines from Italy, from the Veneto region in the

north-west. It is a blend of three grape varieties, Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. The grapes are

harvested and dried for around 120 days on straw mats, where they lose around one third of their

weight due to evaporation, concentrating the flavours. The wine's name was used to distinguish

between the sweeter Recitio styled wines from the same region, and translates as the great bitter.

Cantina Negrar is a co-operative based in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region which

was formed in 1933 when a group of 6 winemakers banded together to fight off speculators who

wished to buy up land and make Valpolicella using imported grapes. The group realised that by

joining forces they were able to afford new facilities and therefore produce better wines.

TASTE: Very rich, with aromas of Christmas cake, cooking spices and sweet fruits, leading to a

thickly textured wine with soft tannin and a powerful fruit driven finish.

FOOD MATCH: Slow cooked lamb or beef casserole, as well as blue cheese."


Open to try, all weekend! Lovely. 


Mister ShirazDate published: 22/10/13

Mister Shiraz was created by Nic Bizzarri.  He Studied wine making in Australia at Adelaide University.  He loved the Aussie style of Shiraz and decided to create his own, with the twist being he made it in Chile.  The wine is an Aussie style Shiraz but at a Chilean price.  Big, bold, rich and peppery.  Like the best Shiraz should be!

The label really stands out.  It appears as though there is a piece of modern art attached to the bottle.  The story behind this wild looking label is that after drinking a bottle of Mister Shiraz together, Nic asked his artist nephew, Marco, to come up with an expression of the fine art of wine making.  The label is the result, titled "Mister Shiraz".  

I'm not sure if the label is an expression of the art of wine making or an expression of how one feels after finishing a bottle of wine. Either way the label is unique and really stands out.

Mister Shiraz is created exclusively for Majestic wine and is currently priced at £7.99 when you buy 2+ bottles


Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 20/10/13

Ever wanted to learn how to match your wine with food and vice versa to get the best out of both? Here are a few tips on what to look out for in order to do so.

Acidity - With foods with high acidity, such as tomatoes, always aim to choose a wine with equal or higher acidity. White wines usually match better with acidic foods, but Italian reds with high acidity such as Sangiovese and Nebbiolo also pair well.

Saltiness - Salty dishes should be paired with wines with crisp acidity and/ or some residual sweetness. The acidity refreshes the palate and sweetness will contrast with the salt. In terms of red wines, salt amplifies tannins and oak, so be careful.

Sweetness -  Sweet dishes need a wine with equal sweetness or possibly rich ripe fruit flavours. 

Bitterness - Ingredients such as aubergine and cooking methods like char-grilling come with a bitterness. This can be compolimented by the bitter tannins found in red wine, so go for something such as Cab Sav. 

Spice - Spicy food clashes with oak, tannins and alcohol. Avoid full-bodied reds and go for crisp, off dry whites, like Gewürztraminer.


Short Term OffersDate published: 19/10/13

We currently have some great short term offers available both in store and online.

If you like your Australian wines the Wakefield Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are all £8.99 (down from £11.99) when you buy 2 or more.

We also have the dark and fruity Belleruche Cotes du Rhone at £7.99 when you buy 2 or more (down from £9.99) and a light floral and fruity white, the Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde from Portugal at £5.99.

We also have some great champagne offers, £15 for J de Telmont and £28 for Louis Roederer.

These offers end Monday 28th October so grab them while you can.

Nearing the end of our Autumn deals..... Only 10 days leftDate published: 18/10/13

Nearing the end of our Autumn deals..... Only 10 days left

Just a quick reminder that it's the end of our Autumn deals on Monday 28th October - so if you're a fan of Spanish wines or South African wines don't leave it too long as the 20% off will end.

We've also got a fantastic offer on our 'House' Champagne - De Telmont, stocked by Majestic for about 25 years, it's at a crazy price of £15 a bottle - we've not seen it this cheap for quite some time!  Definitely worth buying for any parties that might be coming up in the next month or two, or for a treat for yourself!


Fine Wine Focus - Chateau Sénéjac 2010, Haut-MédocDate published: 18/10/13

We've opened up the Chateau Sénéjac for the weekend to tease your tastebuds and to show you why we think Fine Wine is great! It's open to try for free, so we hope to see you in-store soon! Here's what Hansi Baumann, our Fine Wine Inventory Manager had to say about this great, five star vintage claret:

"Great Claret should be more than just a good drink, but should reflect and represent the flavours and style of the appellation from which the wine comes, and the vintage characteristics. The wines from the Médoc, on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon based, with Cabernet Franc and Merlot in lesser quantities, giving the wines a perfume and structure. The 2010 was an ideal vintage; the wines have ripe fruit and soft tannins for immediate enjoyment along with intensity and concentration for prolonged ageing.

FACTS: Senejac was granted 'Cru Bourgeois' status in the 1933 classification. Since the acquisition of the estate by the family who own the 4th Growth St. Julien Château Talbot, and the wine making team of Pontet Canet began making the wines, Château Senejac's quality has improved year on year. The Château dates to 1860 and is situated in a large woodland in the commune of Le Pain Médoc, where only 39 of the 150 hectares are dedicated to vines.

TASTING NOTE:

Perfumed black currant, cigar box, blueberry and plum skin aromas, medium bodied with vibrant dark fruit flavours, a rich texture and long finish.

FOOT MATCH:

Roast lamb with rosemary and mint sauce."


White Wines of ArgentinaDate published: 14/10/13

We have some great white wines on the tasting counter for Argentinian tasting week.

Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc - A juicy little number full of fruits like goosberry and grapefruit. A bargain at £5.99.

Septimo Dia Chardonnay - Vanilla, toastiness, tropical fruits, all that an oaky chardonnay should be!

Catena Alta Chardonnay - A perfect Chardonnay, the best balance of vanilla, banana, pineapple. Beautifully mouthwatering and part of our buy 2 save £10 fine wine deal, well wort the extra few pounds.

Red Wines of ArgentinaDate published: 12/10/13

This week is Argentinian tasting week and we have some great wines to taste at the moment.

Portillo Malbec 2012 - Grown at 1050m above sea level this wine is multi-award-winning and recently won Decanter's Best Argentinian Malbec under £10. Full of fresh black fruit and subtle tannins and will go well with a spicy lamb tagine. £6.99 each when you buy 2 or more.

Amalaya de Colome Malbec Blend 2011 - An interesting blend of 70% Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat and Syrah. Dark cherry, cassis, vanilla and spice, this would go perfectly with a steak. £8.99 each when you buy 2 or more.

Catena Malbec 2011 - From the great Catena vineyard this elegant Malbec combines Black and red fruits with sweet spice to produce a well rounded wine with balanced tannins. Great with a stew and will also age for another few years. £9.99 each when you buy 2 or more.


Fine Wine FocusDate published: 11/10/13

We currently have a great Aussie Shiraz open on the tasting counter for you to try, the 'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2012 Two Hands, McLaren Vale.

The distinction between Shiraz and Syrah is not just in name, but in style, as instead of the Northern Rhône's white pepper and rose petals characteristics, the

Australian style is typified by black pepper spices with black fruit and berry aromas and flavours, resulting in a more fruity style.

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.

Peppery nose of cassis, plums and hints of leather, leading to a full, rich and concentrated body of ripe black fruits, soft tannins and spice.

The obvious match for this wine would be steak, although a great partner to any red meat dish.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 09/10/13

It is currently South African tasting week and in line with this our wine of the week is the Rustenburg Sauvignon Blanc from the Western Cape.

Interestingly and unlike many Sauvignons, this wine has spent 2-3 months on its lees, which gives it a slightly creamier flavour and thicker texture.

It has echoes of white Bordeaux, with its 5% Semillon adding a streak of complexity and additional body to the blend.   

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

Enjoy on its own or as a partner for shellfish, lobster or roasted sea bass.

If you like Malbecs then you don't want to miss this oneDate published: 08/10/13

Malbec has really made a name for it's self over the past 2 decades, finding a home away from Bordeaux and the south of France, it has flourished being grown at Bodegas Salentein being one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy.

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

£9.99

But 2 Save £6

£6.99


October Deals to make the month go a little easier.Date published: 08/10/13

Some of the fantastic offers that we are currently offering you,

Macon Blanc Roches Blanch £11.99 £7.99

Duboeuf Beaujolais Village £8.99 £5.99

Serena Pinot Grigio £9.99 £5.99

Portillo Malbec £9.99 £6.99

Corte Alta Prosecco £9.99 £6.99

Nicolas Feuillatte NV £25 £16.66

Moet NV £42 £27.99

Louis Roederer £42 £27.99

Offers end 7pm Monday 14th October


Grape in focus - GewürztraminerDate published: 08/10/13

Those of you who are really into your wine will probably heard of the Gewürztraminer grape, however I certainly hadn't before I worked at Majestic so here is a bit of info about it. 

It started its life as a green grape which has slowly over many years evolved into a pinky/red grape.

It needs to be picked at just the right time to achieve the best level of sweetness and acidity.

It produces white wine that is often slightly sweet due to natural sugars and has flavours of pear, honey, apricot and lychees.

It is the second most planted grape in France, growing best in Alsace, but it is also grown all over the world.

The sweetness matches well with Asian foods.

Definitely worth a try!

Macon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2012 Louis JadotDate published: 05/10/13

Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2012 Louis Jadot

From the well known producer and negociant, 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 there is a lovely creaminess to this wine, and a minerally finish.

A nice apéritif, this will also partner shellfish dishes well.

Part of our 2 week limited offers £11.99, buy 2+ save £8 = £7.99!


They're Back - It's the Lindauer Range!Date published: 05/10/13

They're Back - It's the Lindauer Range!

After a 6 months absence we now have the ever popular Lindauer sparkling wines from New Zealand back on our shelves.

Brut Cuvee: Produced and owned by Montana, and released in 1981, Lindauer holds the title of New Zealand's most exported wine. Produced from grapes grown on Hawkes Bay and Gisborne's silt and clay soils, it undergoes primary fermentation in tank and secondary fermentation in bottle. A fresh and ripe fruity bouquet exhibiting subtle aromas of toast and black fruits. A fresh and vibrant palate with zingy acidity, crisp citrus fruit characters and a mineral finish. The perfect apéritif, enjoy chilled. £13.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £11.99

Rose NV: Produced and owned by Montana, and first released in 1981, Lindauer holds the title of New Zealand's most exported wine. Produced from grapes grown on Hawkes Bay and Gisborne's silt and clay soils, it undergoes primary and secondary fermentation in tank prior to bottling. Vibrant pink in colour, with a large number of beads of fast rising bubbles and aromas of red fruits, spice, currants and peach. A full bodied and refreshing wine with ripe red fruit and citrus flavours. Enjoy chilled on its own or with lightly spiced mediterranean foods and seafood. £13.99 or buy 2 save 1/3 off = £9.33

Blanc de Blanc Special Reserve: The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months. This Blanc de Blancs NV comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes, which also give Champagne their elegance.Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne. Brilliant as an apéritif due to its subtle elegance, it's also a superb partner to shellfish. £14.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £12.99

Special Reserve NV (blush): Released in 1996, Special Reserve was created to reflect the style and elegance of New Zealand winemaking. This premium cuvée of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle. A subtle pink colour with copious beads of small bubbles bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit. Very creamy on the palate, a toasty, fruity and clean finish. Enjoy chilled as an apéritif or with seafood, fish or pork and chicken. £14.99 or buy any 2 selected fizz save 1/3  = £9.99


Coney Pizzicato Pinot NoirDate published: 04/10/13

Coney Pizzicato Martinborough Pinot Noir

£18 when you buy any two Selected Fine Wines (£23 single bottle price)

The latest round of our Autumn Magic of Fine Wine tastings – we have decided to re-familiarise ourselves with a Majestic classic in the form of the Coney Pinot Noir from Martinborough New Zealand.

Martinborough is the oldest New Zealand wine region for Pinot Noir, with vineyards planted in the 1970's – the Pinot's here have more structure and subtle earthy undertones than the fruit driven styles of Malborough and Central Otago. With the Coney specifically, on the nose there is an aroma of black cherry, sweet spice and a slight smokiness which leads to vibrant, juicy fruit on the palate with a soft tannic structure.

Pinot Noir is great at this time of year when we start to see more game in our butchers – our Italian food enthusiast Kerri recommends pairing this with venison and wild boar tagliatelle.. 


Fine Wine FocusDate published: 04/10/13

This week we have a great Chablis on the tasting counter for you to try, Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume Seguinot-Bordet.

The Chablis style of Chardonnay is characterised by vibrant green apple acidity, flinty and mineral aromas with floral undertones.

The family Domaine of Seguinot-Bordet wine making philosophy is exemplified by the work in the vineyard, by harvesting and selecting the best quality fruit to allow the terrior to express itself. The vines aged between 45 and 60 years old. The wine is fermented and aged in temperature controlled tanks to maintain freshness and vibrancy.

Powerful aromas of white florals, wet river stones, gun flint, and green apple leads to a body of fresh and racy vibrancy, minerality and ripe citrus fruits.

Oysters in the half shell, seared scallops or king prawns in a chili sauce. 


Wine of the WeekDate published: 03/10/13

This week's wine of the week is the Pouilly-Fumé 2012 Domaine des Rabichattes, Grebet Père et Fils from Loire.

Alain Grebet owns a 14 hectare estate in Pouilly, and this firm traditionalist attributes his quality wine to the calcareous soil, minimum 15-year-old vines and modern vinification techniques.

Aromas of gunflint and freshly cut grass mingle with a fruity undercurrent of gooseberries culminating in a crisp balanced finish.

The complex yet refreshing finish is beautiful to appreciate without food, yet equally capable of being matched to seared fish.

Syrah/Viognier blendsDate published: 28/09/13

Syrah with a little Viognier added is a classic Rhone style blend which has been adopted in a number of other wine producing regions of the world. 

The Paul Mas Nicole Vineyard Syrah Viognier is made only 3 miles from the Thau Basin, which is famous for Oyster farming and its huge population of flamingos. The 5% Viognier is pressed separately and added to the Syrah for fermentation. This wine has slightly stewed fruit characters with a very smooth palate making it very easy drinking and at £6.99 when you buy 2 or more is great value for money.

The Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier is grown in vineyards patrolled by hundreds of porcupines, which are useful for keeping pests away. The Viognier grapes are kept on the vines until they are over ripe, concentrating the flavours. It can therefore stand up against the smoky characteristics of South African Cape Syrah. Full of chocolate and black fruits the viognier adds a slight floral flavour. Another bargain at £6.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case. 

Gerard Bertrand Syrah BlendsDate published: 28/09/13

This week is Syrah tasting week and is great time to learn about one of France's great winemakers, Gerard Bertrand.

Gerard used to juggle working in and learning about the family winemaking business with and international rugby career. He is a great believer of Art de Vivre (The Art of Living) which really shows in his wines.

The Domaine de Villemajou Corbieres-Boutenac is handpicked and hand-sorted twice, meaning great care is taken with the grapes. The clean, fruity nose is rich and complex and leads to concentrated stewed fruit on the palate.  At £11.99 when you buy 2 or more it is well worth the money.

Only a third on the wine of the Grand Terroir Montpeyroux 2011 is aged in oak, which really focuses the wine on the characteristics of the terroir, hence the name. A great little gem that tastes just like ribena!

Iconic RhoneDate published: 28/09/13

We have two great value Cotes du Rhone wines open at the moment.

The Cotes du Rhone Belleruche is aged in 625 litre vats as opposed to the smaller barriques. This means that the wine softens and takes on slightly more tannin while retaining its freshness. With lots of red fruit and white pepper on the nose and rich subtle tannins on the palate. £8.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case.

The Cotes du Rhone E. Guigal 2010 is from a great year in the Rhone region. Some of its vines are over 50 years old, meaning concentrated fruit flavours in the wine. They take great pride in their wines, battling and ageing them in the winery. The deep red colour leads to cherry and blackcurrant on the nose and a sweet leathery character on the palate. £9.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case.

Fine Wine FocusDate published: 28/09/13

This week we have a great New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the tasting counter, Saint Clair Pioneer Block.

Saint Clair began growing grapes in 1978 to supply local wine companies before establishing their own winery in 1994. Over time they produced th Pioneer Block series; wines that represent the individual terrior of the many vineyards owned and managed around Marlborough.

Incredibly intense and powerful aromas of limes, gooseberries, capsicums and a hint of green herbs. Very vibrant, fresh and invigorating, the citrus flavours are augmented by hints of Tropicana, with a very long, zesty finish.

Drink with seafood or spicy Asian cuisine.


Serving wine at the correct temperatureDate published: 27/09/13

Serving wine at the correct temperature

Different wines are best served at different temperatures depending on their style:

Medium/ full-bodied oaked white wines, such as a White Burgundy or Fume Blanc, are best served lightly chilled around 12°C.

Light/ medium-bodied white wines are at their best chilled around 10°C. For example a Muscadet, Pinot Grigio, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a Fino Sherry.

Sweet wines, including Sauternes or sweet Muscats are best served well chilled between 6-8°C.

The same temperature of 6-8°C applies to sparkling wines such as Cava, Champaige and Asti.

When serving light-bodied red wines, they are best drank lightly chilled around 12°C.

Meduim/ full bodied red wines however should ideally be served at room temperature between 17 and 18 °C. Examples include Clarets, red Burgundy, Rioja's, Australian Shiraz, Barolo and vintage Ports.

When chilling wines using an ice bucket, it should be filled up to three-quarters full with a mixture of ice and water to ensure the bottle is fully submerged.


Spanish Regions - CatalunyaDate published: 27/09/13

Catalunya

Traditionally known as the heartland of Cava production, Catalunya is widely planted with grapes producing the 'big three' Cava varieties of Parellada, Xarel-lo and Macabeo. These grapes are also important for still as well as sparkling wines.

The region has three distinct climate zones. The hottest is on the coastal plain which produces mainly full-bodied red wines made from Garnacha and Monastrell. Inland, where the climate is more temperate, supplies much of the grapes used for white wines and Cava. Finally, in the hills the climate is cooler and grapes such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir are grown.

Historically, the white wines produced were made up of the local trio of Parrellada, Xarel-lo and Macabeo. Recent influence from the Torres company has led to the planting of more international grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.

Traditionally, powerful oak-aged wines from Garnacha and Monastrell grapes dominated the red wine production. Now there are also important plantings of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Noir.

The broad welcome for French as well as Spanish varieties has enabled the local growers to improve the quality of their wine and enhance the reputation of the region.



Les Derniers Cepages - The Last to RipenDate published: 27/09/13

On the tasting counter this week is 'Les Derniers Cepages' or 'The Last to Ripen' from Domaine Sainte Rose.

It consists of two big, powerful reds most often seen as smaller parts of blends: Petit Verdotand Mourvedre.

As the name implies, these grapes ripen towards the end of the season, which gives the resulting wines the body and structure that are so important in finishing off a blend. Petit Verdot, for example, is used as an addition to Bordeaux blends, while Mourvedre is seen as a constituent in classic Southern Rhone blends.

In the instance of the two making up one wine, as in this case, it makes for an unusual yet very satisfying drink, with plenty of fruit supported by herbs and liquorice characteristics.

Come and give it a try! Currently £7.99 when you buy 2 or more.


Wine of the Week - Vinas del Vero Gewurztraminer 2012, SomontanoDate published: 27/09/13

Wine of the Week

Vinas del Vero Gewurztraminer 2012, Somontano

The Samontano lies at the foot of the Pyrenees, and Vinas del Vero produce 40% of the wine in this region. The grapes are grown in single, low yield vineyards, and are harvested in the cool of the night to ensure maximum freshness.

This wine has intense, lifted floral notes, with rose, honeysuckle and a burst of tropical fruit. Key characteristics include lychee and peaches, with a hint of sweetness.

It provides the perfect combination for seafood dishes, such as paella, and should be served at 10-12°C.

£7.49 per bottle, when you buy two bottles.

£9.99 when bought individually*

25% off all Spanish wines this week**

*Minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix

**Excludes wines under £5


Stressed out vines!Date published: 27/09/13

Stressed out Vines!

If a vine were left to its own devices, it would focus all its energy into growing as big and leafy as it could - its tendrils wrapping round trees and any other structure it could grab hold of! This would mean the vine does not need to produce much fruit as it is achieving its natural growing desires perfectly well without the grapes. This is particularly easier on fertile soils with plenty of water and sufficient nutrients.

This is why quality wines are mostly a result of a degree of 'water stress' - making the vine's roots dig deeper for that all-important water and picking up nutrients along the way. The type of soil and its drainage is therefore extremely influential on the outcome of the vine's fruit. The soil needs to hold just enough water to keep the vine nourished but the vine needs to work for it! 

This, combined with vineyard processes to reduce the leaf density, ensures the vine focuses its energy on producing its attractive, watery, flavoursome, amazing fruit - it is crying out for someone, animals mainly, to eat the fruit and spread the pips to make sure it can reproduce.

This water stress is vital to a healthy, fruit-filled vine that produces grapes capable of making the liquid we all love - but the allotment fans among you already knew this!


Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/09/13

This week we have a great deal on Spanish wines – 25% off when you buy two or more, so what better that a Spanish wine of the week, the Arienzo Crianza 2010, Marques de Riscal.

This traditionally styled crianza comes from Marqués de Riscal's best vineyards in Elciego and Laguardia. It has undergone 18 months' cask ageing - relatively long for a crianza wine - plus several more months maturing in bottle before release.

Intense yet mellow aromas of ripe raspberry and fig, mingling with subtle vanilla, coconut and spice notes. Supple and soft on the palate, with plenty of youthful vigour to the fruit.

Drink with tapas of Iberian ham, Manchego and dressed olives.


Spain at an Incredible 25% Off for 1 Week!Date published: 24/09/13

Spain at an Incredible 25% Off for 1 Week!

Starting today and running until Monday September 30th we have a phenomenal offer of 25% off Spanish wines! 

Check out some of these highlights:

Torres Vina Sol - £7.49 Buy Any 2 Spanish Save 25% = £5.61

Lagunilla Reserva Rioja - £8.74 Buy Any 2 Spanish Save 25% = £6.55

Marques Riscal Reserva Rioja - £13.74 Buy Any 2 Spanish Save 25% = £10.30

Martin Codax Albarino - £12.99 - Buy Any 2 Spanish Save 25% = £9.74

These are just a selection of the great value deals we have available, so why not pop in a have a browse of our fantastic range! 


Wine of the WeekDate published: 22/09/13

This week we have a real treat open on the tasting counter, the Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2011 Martinborough.

This wine's label tells a story; the treble clef logo on the label (and the names of all the wines Coney produce) heralds from the Coney's love of music and harks back to Tim Coney's days gigging with a band. The wine has little intervention in order for the fruit and terroir to express as much character as possible.

Martinborough wines have a distinct style; more structure and subtle earthy undertones than the fruit driven styles of Marlborough and Central Otago.

A fruity aroma of predominantly black cherries, with sweet spice, vanilla and a hint of savoury, leads to a vibrant body of juicy sweet fruits, soft tannins and vibrancy

A great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with either roasted game or duck, or wild mushroom risotto. 

This wine is part of our current fine wine deal - buy 2 selected fine wines and save £10

Waimea's Winning WinesDate published: 22/09/13

Waimea's Winning Wines

Waimea is one of my favourite producers in New Zealand and has won 12 awards this year for its 2013 whites and 2012 reds out of 13 entries! This isn't only great news for Waimea but the region of Nelson Valley. They have now had 9 different varietals winning a gold medal in recent years and for a region that is sometimes overshadowed by the stature of world renowned Marlboro wines is quite an achievement. 

Their most recent gold came from the grape variety called Sauvignon Gris. This a variety in its own right and not just a hybrid of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. Its home is in Bordeaux and isn't widely planted around the world. This varietal has a definite pinkish hue to its skin, similar levels of acidity to Sauvignon Blanc but generally produces fruit with higher levels of sugar, greater aromatics and a rich round feel on the palate. 

Hopefully in the near future, we will be stocking this interesting wine but in the mean time, our selection of Waimea wines is still vast and all well worth trying. 


SauternesDate published: 21/09/13

If anyone has a 'sweet tooth' then read on and gain some knowledge on beautiful wines that can be enjoyed best with chocolate pudding, cheesecake or apple crumble - not got you salavating yet?! Although in France also matched with Foie gras.

The Bordeaux region is renowned for its claret but in the southern area there is an alrternative style that is almost kept secret. Using the a blend of Sauvignon, Semillion and Muscadelle grapes you will be gifted with a 'Sauternes'. The grapes are kept on the vine and left to dry out, almost like a raisin, in a process called 'Botrytis' or 'noble rot'.

Typically the wine is viscous and obtains lots of stone fruit flavours like apricot and peach with sweetness of honey and  round nutty notes. It can start out as a light golden colour but darken with age to a copper brown, and naturally get better with age.

Most Sauternes are sold in half bottles at 375ml and best served chilled. 

A perfect start or finish to a great meal and also worth trying if having friends for dinner!


Orchard Pig RevellerDate published: 21/09/13

Say hello to our newest cider, Reveller, from Orchard Pig. This cider is made in the heart of Somerset and is full of concentrated West Country apples.

This is a medium cider, bursting with fruitiness that has a fizz that seems to last an age. It is well balanced and is truly an experience to try and I haven't even mentioned the most amazing thing about it...

It is on special offer at the moment of only £1.00 per bottle! That's almost half price (usual price of 1.80 per bottle).

Don't delay as this amazing offer won't be on forever.

So be a pig, trotter down to us, and try some of this oink-ingly refreshing cider!


Two new additions to our range!Date published: 21/09/13

We have recently added two new wines to our range. They are from the Auvergne region in the Loire Valley which sits at the very heart of France.#

Le Grand Turluron Pinot Noir 2011 IGP Puy de Dôme
£11.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £8.99


Named after the the large volcanic dome that is the local landmark, this wine is very fruity, giving flavours of ripe redcurrant, raspberry and cherry.

St Roch De Chadeleuf Chardonnay 2011 IGP Puy de Dome 
£11.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £8.99


This is a unoaked chardonnay, displaying soft-edged acidity and a citrus fruit character with an interesting nutty complexity. This wine would go perfect with any white fish dish.

Tucumen Malbec 2012, Mendoza, ArgentinaDate published: 21/09/13

Tucumen Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina

This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature. Winemaker is Juan Manuel Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries.

An approachable wine of medium intensity, delivering its cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins and well-balanced acidity.

Best enjoyed in its youth. Ideal on its own or with a meat-topped pizza.

Look out for it in store - You can't miss its garish label!

£10.99 a bottle or £7.99 each if you buy 2 or more - Buy 2 Save £6.


Coney Pizzicato Pinot NoirDate published: 21/09/13

Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir £23 Buy 2 save £10 = £18

Of all grape varieties, Pinot Noir tells the most stories; the story of the vineyard and the terrior in which the grapes were grown, the story of the vintage and the signature of the vintner. The label and name of Coney's Pinot Noir also tells a story; the treble clef logo on the label (and the names of all the wines Coney produce) heralds from the Coney's love of music and harks back to Tim Coney's days gigging with a band, whilst his wife Margaret danced and helped carry all the gear after the event. The wine making philosophy is one of minimal intervention, in order for the fruit and terroir to express as much character as possible.

FACTS: Martinborough was formally a service town for the sheep farms in the Wairarapa before the 'Martinborough Terrace' was identified by studies in the 1970's as ideal for quality grape growing. This lead to wineries becoming established in the town and people such as Tim Coney, the elder brother of former New Zealand cricket Captain Jeremy Coney, making the hour long drive from Wellington over a treacherous and narrow mountain road. The Tararua mountain range shelters Martinborough from the winds and weather that buffets nearby Wellington; on days where the rain is horizontal in Wellington it is often balmy and sunny in Martinborough. Although young in comparison with France, Martinborough boasts the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the country and due to this vine age, Martinborough wines have a distinct style; more structure and subtle earthy undertones than the fruit driven styles of Marlborough and Central Otago.

TASTING NOTE: A fruity aroma of predominantly black cherries, with sweet spice, vanilla and a hint of savoury, leads to a vibrant body of juicy sweet fruits, soft tannins and vibrancy

FOOD MATCH: Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with either roasted game or duck, or wild mushroom risotto. 


Love The Ned Sauvignon?Date published: 20/09/13

The Ned Sauvignon is without a doubt our most popular Sauvignon, and for good reason too! Crisp, dry, fruity and full of 'electrifying' characteristics you can see why it's so popular! But sitting at £9.99 we ask whether there are any other Sauvignon's that can match this? Obviously it's very personal and subjective but we can help with our Spotlight Tasting this weekend!

Sauvignon Blanc Spotlight Tasting: Free Tasting! 

Saturday 21st September

We'll be showcasing loads of Sauvignons and great alternatives as well, and all for free!! If you have no plans this weekend, make this tasting your apart of them! 

Courses run from 12pm and 3pm. 


Give us a call in-store, send an email or a tweet if you wish to attend! 

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012, MalboroughDate published: 19/09/13

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Made from a selection of the best grapes grown throughout Marlborough. During vinification the wine was left on its lees for a brief spell which has given it excellent concentration and added depth.

Displays pronounced aromas of gooseberry and passion fruit on the nose. It is fresh and beautifully crisp on the palate while being vibrantly fruity, ending in a long zingy finish.

Enjoy on its own or with crab or poached salmon salad

Buy two and save £6 = £9.49 a bottle!

Single bottle price = £12.49

Beer, Glorious Beer!!Date published: 18/09/13

Beer, Glorious Beer!

Top 5 Beer Offers Right Now!

1: Pilsner Urquell for £27.84 (£1.16 a bottle)

2: Peroni 12 pack for £13.99 (£1.17 a bottle)

3: Buy 4 packs of 6 of either Anchor Steam, Brooklyn Lager or Underdog Atlantic Larger, or any mix of for just £9.99 per pack (£12.99 for a single pack)

4: Asahi Super Dry Larger  for £26.88 (£1.12 a bottle)

5: Curious Brew, Chapel Down for £17.99 (£1.50 a bottle)

 

Yes that's right, 25% off South Africa!Date published: 18/09/13

Rustenberg

Vergelegen

Boschendal

Porcupine Ridge

Robertson's Winery 

DMZ

Barista 

AND MANY MORE

Grab a case or two, or mix and match! However you do it, take advantage of our 25% off South Africa short-term deal!* You could be drinking top notch wines at a great price! 

*When you buy any two or more bottles from South Africa

Spaces Available for our Sauvignon Blanc Spotlight Tasting!Date published: 17/09/13

We still have a few spaces left to fill our Sauvignon Blanc Spotlight Tasting tomorrow. If you want to taste loads of Sauvignons, from all over the world then give us a call, email or Tweet and we'll be happy to sign you up! It's COMPLETELY FREE as well, and worth the wait!

Saturday 21st September

12pm: Spaces Available

3pm: Spaces Available 


Comparing RiberaDate published: 16/09/13

The Ribera del Duero is one of the less well known wine producing regions of Spain. It is located on the River Duero, quite high above sea level but is very flat and rocky.

The hot summers combine with the wind big fruity reds.

The Lamatum Crianza 2009 is grown from old vines, up to 70 years old, making it very concentrated and complex. Lots of red and black fruit, vanilla and sweet spice, this would go well with roast beef.

The Montecastrillo 2011 is produced by a small winery who put all their focus on a small number of wines, making them very good indeed. It is macerated on its must for 9 days to impart as much colour and flavour from the skins as possible. With flavours of black cherry and blackberry it is great value for money.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 16/09/13

This week our wine of the week is the Jose Pariente Sauvignon Blanc 2012 from Rueda, Spain.


In the early 1980's, wineries in Rueda began to grow Sauvignon Blanc as an experimental alternative to their traditional local grape, Verdejo. This wine comes from some of the earliest plantings, now firmly established as the region's chosen international variety.


Pale lemon yellow with greenish tints, with an expressive nose of exotic fruits and vegetal, cut grass and herb notes. Fresh and clean on the palate, with a tight structure.


Superb with all kinds of shellfish, from oysters to crab and lobster.

Comparing RiojaDate published: 14/09/13

Rioja is Spain's best known wine producing area and today in store we have compared two of our popular Rioja wines, the Lagunilla Reserva and the Muriel Reserva. They are both from the 2008 vintage and as they are both Reservas the comparison reflects the different winery practices quite well. 

The Muriel is from a slightly warmer area in Rioja and is fuller and has a great acidity that would pair it well with roast lamb. It is racked of its lees 4 times which keeps the fruit flavours of blackcurrant and plum very fresh and this is accompanied with a great vanilla creaminess.

The Lagunilla is slightly lighter in body and is very smooth with little tannin making it very easy to drink on its own. The nose is dominated by red fruits such as cranberry which are accompanied by a slight pepperiness on the palate.

Both are great value wines and great expressions of the region and well worth a try.

Sparkling Saturday! Prosecco Zonin Date published: 14/09/13

Come on down to Winchester today to shop in style! We're opening a bottle of Prosecco Zonin Brut; a great, easy going Prosecco that has lovely citrus and floral flavours! It's a great way to start your shop at Majestic and we'll even hand you a glass on reception. We know how to look after you this weekend! 

Prosecco Zonin is £6.66 when you buy two or more bottles - BARGAIN!


The Magic of Fine WineDate published: 13/09/13

The Magic of Fine Wine

Here at Majestic we would like to show you some of the excellent wines available in our current fine wine offer (buy ANY 2 selected bottles and save £10). The bonus is they all cost around the same price as a bottle of house wine in a restaurant!

The first wine we have to show is Jermann Pinot Grigio from Friuli in Northern Italy. It is £23 for one bottle or £18 when buying ANY 2 selected wines.

Friuli is Italy's most North Eastern region bordering Austria and Slovenia. The northern half of the region is too cold and mountainous for vineyards,but the southern half is planted with a mixture of 'indigenous', Central European and international varieties. Jermann have been producing wines in this region since the 1880's.

This isn't like any Italian Pinot Grigio you will have tried before. There is much greater intensity of flavour on the nose and palate, with the palate being richer and more full bodied too. It is a perfect match to a creamy seafood pasta dish.


Focus on Vintages - Argentinian MalbecsDate published: 13/09/13

Focus on Vintages - Argentinian Malbecs

Greetings,

Heres your pocket sized guide to Argentinian Malbec, remember, there are exceptions to the rule but this is a good generalisation...

2008 A classic year, wines good for drinking between 2013-2017

2009 A vintage which produced big, opulent reds for winter drinking! Good between 2013-2020

2010 A cold vintage which offers crisp, floral Malbec, especially at high altitude

2011 A vintage which produced lower yields meaning the wines offer great concentration and depth

2012 Concentrated and powerful, very vibrant and full of body. Drinking well up until 2020

2013 A vintage which will produce very pure expressions of the Malbec grape and would be ideal for the cellar, will last until 2025.

I hope you find this information useful


How to Match Food with WineDate published: 13/09/13

How to Match Food with Wine

For all you food lovers out there 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.

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.

It may not sound like a match made in heaven to everybody, but for those of you who enjoy the combination of sweet and savoury together, rich blue cheeses can also work fantastically with a glass of sweet desert wine. For me personally I think this combination is divine so why not give it a go and see what you think?

Equally blue cheese works very well with the classic match of Port or other rich reds such as a Shiraz and makes a very enjoyable end to a meal.

For more food and wine matching ideas feel free to come in and ask our expert staff or sign up to one of our free wine tasting tutorials held in store by calling and booking your place today


Spaces Available for our Spanish Spotlight Tasting!Date published: 13/09/13

We still have a few spaces left to fill our Spanish Spotlight Tasting tomorrow. If you want to learn about Spanish wines, including wines froms Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra, then give us a call, email or Tweet and we'll be happy to sign you up! It's COMPLETELY FREE as well, and worth the wait!

Saturday 14th September

12pm: Spaces Available

3pm: Spaces Available 


Who Discovered Wine?Date published: 13/09/13

Who discovered wine?

If you were to type ‘who discovered wine?’ into Google (as I have just done) you would discover that there are many who lay claim to first producing wine. On one hand you have biblical accounts of Noah and his sons making wine at the base Mount Ararat and Jesus playing all sorts of tricks with blood and wine to slate the thirst of his friends. . . and at times enemies.

On the other hand, Persian legend suggests that wine was discovered by accident after King Jamshid banished one of his many ladies from his court. Feeling unhappy and somewhat put out she took to the kings warehouse and drank from a bottle named ‘poison’. However, what she had actually drank was a jar containing grapes which had spoiled and fermented and by all accounts she had a delightful evening top off by a quick snog and kebab! Ok, so maybe not the last bit, but the king was so happy with her discovery that he welcomed her back with open arms and ordered that all grapes grown in Persepolis would be used to create wine!

While the Persian legend has an whiff of truth, in a so much as wine was probably discovered by accident, it is now believed that a fermented fruit based drink has been consumed from around 10,000 - 8,000 BC. Early man probably collected fruits, wild grains and barley, added water and left these to ferment in the sun, producing an intoxicating drink. However, with the discovery of what is believed to be the earliest winery in the mountains of the Black and Caspian sea, modern day Kurdistan and Eastern Turkey dated around 4100 BC, its clear that in a relatively short period the art of viticulture and vilification had made significant advances. It was the ancient Egyptians who made

the next important leap with wine . . . .


James' Top Picks for this WeekendDate published: 12/09/13

Here's a little selection of what I'm tasting this weekend! I'll be brief and use only three words to explain my choice! 


1) Matua Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough - £7.99 when you buy two, £9.99 single. (Bright, Electric, Tropical) 

2) Septimo Chardonnay, Mendoza - £7.99 when you buy two, £9.99 single. (Rich, Golden, Buttery) 

3) Paul Mas Chardonnay, PGI Pays d'Oc - £5.99 when you buy two, £7.99 single (Toast, Pineapple, Hazelnut)

4) Lindauer Special Reserve - £9.99 when you buy two, £14.99 single (Toasted, Nectarine, Salmon-Colour) 

5) Waimea Pinot Noir, Nelson - £11.99 when you buy two, £14.99 single (Ripe, Juicy, Subtle) 


I hope you all agree on my choices, would love to hear some opinions! Send me a Tweet if you like! 

Food and Wine MatchDate published: 11/09/13

Many people have never heard of let alone tried a wine made from the Gerwurztraminer grape. We have a great value Spanish offering, the Vinas del Vero Gerwurztraminer.

This wine has lots of floral and tropical fruit flavours of honeysuckle, lychee and peach.

It goes great with a Moroccan chicken stew that is also quick and easy to make. Chop up an onion, 2 chicken breasts, a red pepper and fry until soft. Add some Moroccan spice mix, dried apricots, garlic, a tin of chickpeas and 1/2 pint of chicken stock and simmer for 5 minutes.

The fruity flavours of the wine match well with the apricots and the wine's slight sweetness compliments the slight spiciness of the dish.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 10/09/13

Our wine of the week today is Chateau de Sainte Gemme, a classic, well-structured Haut-Médoc that is gorgeous for the generous price tag!

Until 1962 the Chateau was effectively apart of Lachesnaye, but it was bought by the eminent Jean Boutellier who began to bottle the estates wines as his own brand. It is a small 13ha estate on the border of St-Julien, close to Gruaud-Larose and Lachesnaye.

A classy wine that shows great structure all around. It is medium bodied with a ruby core of ripe red berry fruit, accented with plenty of black pepper spice, toast and notes of vanilla caused by oak aging. A good complexity and sturdy length. Definitely pair this with red meat!

At £9.99 when yo buy two, this is a steal!
Single bottle £13.99

Our new New Zealand Wines - MatuaDate published: 06/09/13

Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2012 - £9.99 each or £7.99 for 2+ bottles

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 Suavignon 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.


Matua Pinot Noir 2012 - £12.49 each or £8.99 for 2+ bottles

Matua was started by brothers Bill and Ross Spence in 1974. Beginning as a very small shed-based operation near Auckland, they branched out into Marlborough and other regions, and have become one of New Zealand's most renowned international wine brands.

An elegantly structured yet satisfyingly concentrated Pinot Noir, full of ripe redcurrant fruit, delivered with juicy, lipsmacking acidity and subtle hints of wild thyme.

Enjoy on its own or with food. Best served with lamb steaks.

The Summer is Coming to an End!!Date published: 31/08/13

The Summer is Coming to an End!

The weather outside is still beaming sunshine and perfect temperatures; however do not let that fool you, our summer in Majestic is ending Monday at 7pm (19:00). 

To make sure that you make the most of the summer sun and offers like 25% off Italian wines then you need to come into store this weekend!!

Our other spectacular deals include 20% off New Zealand, Austalia, Chile and Beaujolais wines. We also have a superb fine wine offer saving £8 when you buy 2 or more selcted wines, and with our range, this deal cannot be beaten for shere quality such as Jermann Pinot Grigio 2011, the Meursault Vielles Vignes 2010, the Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2011 or the Chataeuneuf du Pape Vignoble Abeille 2009 for example.

Lets celebrate the end of this magnificent summer together over some amazing wine at great prices!!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 31/08/13

This week our Wine of the Week is the Vieux Remparts from St-Emilion.

Lussac is one of five villages to the northeast of St-Emilion with the right to add that name to their own. Lussac makes excellent 'satellite' wines, slightly more rustic than its big brother, but rounded and with great charm.

This is a rich, full bodied wine showing great concentration of flavour. With juicy black fruit on the nose and palate backed up by a smoky sandalwood character.

This will make a great accompaniment to hearty meat dishes and strong cheeses.

FREE Wine CourseDate published: 29/08/13

Here at Majestic Wine Winchester we want you to learn all about wine and impress your friends and family with your knowledge. We hold free wine courses throughout the year in which a member of our team will talk you through the differences between wines and what makes them that way, and of course you get to try each of the selected wines!

We also teach you how to match food and wine together to get the most out of both the food and the wine. You will also try some pairings that don't go together so well and see why this is!

The courses last for approximately 90 minutes, are quite informal and are a great time out for you and your friends.

We have a wine course on Wednesday 9th October at 5pm and Sunday 17th November at 3pm. Booking is essential so if you would like to attend call us on 01962 868708 or send us an email at win@majestic.co.uk

Understanding DecantingDate published: 27/08/13

Understanding Decanting

Who actually decants wine any more? Well a lot more people than you think. Decanting wine was traditionally a ritual carried out in prestigious homes amongst the company of others high up in society. But nowadays being particular about wines is down the similar line of home barista, and coffee fanatics which has become quite popular in recent years.

What does the act of decanting wine actually do? Firstly as wine ages and develops in the bottle over years a sediment can often be produced in red wines, which can often be unpleasant if it makes its way into a glass. By decanting the wine carefully you can exchange the wine into a different container without allowing the sediment to follow.

This is not necessarily to say that you should only need to decant old wines, young wines can also benefit from decanting. More so in that the wine can react with the large surface area and aerates the wine allowing it to soften and breathe in the decanter half an hour or so before serving. This is the similar concept to serving different styles of wines in different shaped glasses – but thats for a whole other day!

The act of decanting wine has its benefits to the consumer in improving the experience when drinking the bottle, rather than an unneccessary ritual of status amongst peers. Someone who decants their wine merely understands and appreciates the difference it has on improving their wine.

So if you're new to this decanting malarkey why not pick yourself up a decanter, they don't have to be expensive, and give it a try, after a few goes you'll really start to notice the difference.

Old SpanishDate published: 27/08/13

All worth trying!If you love Riojas and have a preference on the style you would usually look out for then here is a little guide of oak and bottle ageing.

If you love Spanish reds that are vibrant, full of plum fruit flavours and have a hint of vanilla then a Crianza is the one for you.

The minimum time in oak is anything between 6-12 months and in bottle it's another 12 months giving it a grand total of 24 months of ageing before it's released.

Reservas are great as they have a bit of both worlds (Crianza and Gran Reserva) as you still get the youthful fruit flavours, but you will get a slightly more oaky flavour also. This is because Reservas minimum in oak is 12-18 months with an extra 24 months in bottle.

Gran Reservas are for the Rioja lovers who enjoy heavily oaked, dried fruit characters with the more softer approach on the finished product. Gran Reserva will have a minimum of 18+ months in oak and an extra 3 and a half years in bottle.

Now it's time to venture out to your closest Majestic and pick up a couple of bottles of different aged Riojas to choose your favourite.

We have - 

The Eguia Crianza @ £5.99 when you buy 2 or more

The Eguia Reserva @ £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

The Eguia Gran Reserva @ £9.99 when you buy 2 or more

Guide to Buying Fine WineDate published: 27/08/13

Guide to Buying Fine Wine

For many people, the world of Fine Wine and investing in wine can be a daunting place. We've compiled a list of ten top tips designed to help you get the most out of the market. 

1: Focus on buying from the best estates in the Old World. 
The regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italy, Rhone and Champagne provide the best returns. For long term appreciation, it is advised to focus primarily on the best wines and vintages from Bordeaux, and to diversify your investment portfolio with a selection from the other top wine makign regions from the Old World.

2: Invest in wines with a medium-long term view.
The historical performance of fine wine has shown that it is capable of providing investors capital protection, low volatility and solid returns. Fine Wine Investment has produced positive absolute return in every single 5-year holding period since the first period record of Dec '99 - Dec '04.

3: Provenance and storing your wines in bond are key.
When buying a precious asset like fine wine, having it stored profesionally and in in the right conditions is key. Doing so will help to guarantee the future value of the wine and a good return when you decide to sell.The easiest way to ensure this is to store your wines in bond in a bonded warehouse (See end of article for futher information on this).

4: Understand the risks and benefits when buying 'En Primeur'.
En primeur, or 'wine futures' as it is commonly referred to as, is the process of buying wine whilst it is still in the barrell. Bottling and physical delivery occur 2-3 years after the vintage is released. Traditionally believed to be the best way to buy for investors as it allows wine to be purchased by investors at it's lowest market price, it does come with some risks. The main risk being that as the wines are sold before the final blend and oak aging is complete, the actual bottled product may be better or worse than samples suggested. 

5: Use as a diversification tool.
One of fine wine's most attractive features for investors is that it makes a great diversification tool in your investment portfolio!

6: Buy Wines with a high Parker Score
Robert Parker Jr (for those unfamiliar with the name) is the single most influential critic in the world of wine. The scores he awards to any given wine directly effect price and market demand. So, when it comes to investment, it's wise to follow Parker's scores. 

7: Speak to a tax advisor.
Although fine wine investment is often adervtised as being a 'tax free' investment due to it being exempt from capital gains tax, it is always advisable to seek the advice of a tax advisor as legislation within this area is not always black and white. This should also ensure you are making the most of fine wine as an asset. 

8: Always check prices.
Prices for investment grade wines can vary by as much as 20% when buying from one source or another and therefore it's always crucial to shop around. One of the best ways of doing doing this is using .

9: Manage your portfolio online.
One of the best 21st century advances in the wine market, is the ability to monitor your portfolio online using a tool such as Liv-ex's 'Cellar Watch' - which allows you to upload your portfolio and value it's holdings against recent market activity and price data. 

10: Invest in wines that offer value and growth potential.
The best way to do this is to compare prices across a range of vintages for a particular estate and also cross-compare these with Robert Parker scores, Vintage quality scores and availability. 

Want to find out more?
Lay & Wheeler is the fine wine specialist of Majestic Wine and have been offering en primeur, in bond and fine wine sales since 1854. Head over to for more information and to start your investment portfolio!

Why So Curious?!Date published: 27/08/13

Why So Curious?!

Chapel Down Curious Brew

Chapel Down as a winery has became very popular in the past decade. With multiple awards to their name, and lots of excellent press coverage this flourishing business it set to be the future of English wine.

There are many difficulties a British wine firm has to take into account when it comes to creating a wine worthy of the current market. The major issue being of course, weather. Lack of heat and too much rain can completely ruin a crop. However, with cultivating a greater area of land to vine, one can hope the excess grape juice can be stored in stainless steel tanks for many years to come.

I thought I would write a little something about one of my favourite beers we currently have in our extensive range. Chapel Down Curious Brew. What is unique about this beer is that they ferment it with Champagne yeast which adds a distinct flavour I have tasted in no other. With the Curious Brew winning a gold medal award at the International Beer Festival, this distinct flavour is clearly desirable.

Make the Most of the Rosé!Date published: 27/08/13

Make the Most of the Rosé!

As the weather this bank holiday has shown, the summer is far from over. Enjoy those late summer evenings with a glass or two of rosé. We have a rosé to suit everyone and some great offers.


Breganze Pinot Grigio Rosé £6.55 (when you buy two or more Italian wines)

An easy drinking party rosé. Light in colour, refreshing fruity and floral flavours.


AIX Rosé Magnum £19.99

A provence rosé in a party-ready magnum. A good balance of crisp acidity and soft summer fruits. Great with grilled prawns.


Alamso Rosé £6.99 (when you buy two or more)

A slightly darker rosé, the Alamos is packed with raspberry and blackcurrant flavours.

5 Things You Did Not Know About Champagne!Date published: 27/08/13

5 Things You Did Not Know About Champagne!

1)  The link between Champagne, royalty and luxury comes from the fact Kings of France were anointed in Reims, right by the Champagne-growing vineyards, so it was always a feature at the royal after-party!

2)  Contrary to popular belief, Champagne wasn't actually discovered by Dom Perignon – instead, we owe the modern method of twice fermenting to British scientist Christopher Merret, who wrote a paper about the addition of sugar to already fermented and bottled wine, before Dom Perignon was born!

3)  Champagne was one of the only things that French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau managed to negotiate into the treaty of Versailles. France didn't get it's way about extending its territory, or getting all its damages paid by Germany, but it did ensure that only certain appellations could call their sparkling wine 'Champagne', resulting in the rarity, demand and high price tag of modern Champagne. So at least they focused on the important things in life!

4)  Winston Churchill was such a fan of Pol Roger's Fizz that they named one of their wines after him, and made bottles that were imperial pint-sized (apparently that's how much he enjoyed it!)

5)  The largest bottle Champagne is sold in is the Melchizedek which is big enough to hold 30 litres of wine, or 40 regular-sized bottles!

The Ned Pinot Grigio!Date published: 27/08/13

The Ned Pinot Grigio!

With The Ned Sauvignon Blanc being our biggest selling wine do you know that they make a delicious Pinot Grigio too? The production method it goes under gives the wines a slightly pink tinge which gives the wine a more distinctive taste then normal Pinot Grigio.  We are anticipating delivery of this wine in the next two weeks so if you wish to place an order then please contact us directly instore as it usually sells out quickly! Phone on 01962 868708 to make sure you don't miss out.

Last Of The Summer Offers!Date published: 27/08/13

Champagne Offer!Date published: 27/08/13

Champagne Offer!

Until Monday 2nd September, Moet and Chandon NV Brut has been further reduced from £42.00 to £27.50. So if you have any celebrations to plan, maybe this offer will help!

While stocks last.

Start of a new career.Date published: 25/08/13

Hi everyone! I'm Tom, new trainee manager of the Majestic Store in Winchester. I've just completed my first week working for the company and i'm loving it! Still got a lot to learn, so if you want to know more about the wines that you are buying ask one of my collegues; but I'm good at lifting, so I can get the boxes to your car with a smile! I'm keen and excited to learn more about wine, broaden my knowledge about grape varieties and wine regions.

Fine Wine Pick of the WeekDate published: 25/08/13

This weekend we have opened the Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2004.

This is a lovely example of a Rioja, with red and black fruits mixed with sweet spices. Tastes of Christmas and cherry pie!

This wine is also part of our Fine Wine deal - buy any 2 selected fine wines and save £8 making it £18 (£22 single bottle price)*

*when purchased as part of a mixed case of 6

Food and Wine MatchDate published: 23/08/13

The Cournon Lafleur Malbec 2012 from Limoux in the South of France is a new addition to the Majestic range. It has not had any contact with oak so the focus of the wine is on the primary flavours from the grape.

It is a very fruit forward wine full of cherry and violet with slight hints fo chocolate that is typical of the Malbec grape.

This wine goes perfectly with red meat so is a great choice for a Bank Holiday weekend BBQ.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 22/08/13

We have a great refreshing wine of the week for you this Bank Holiday weekend, the Gavi La Toledana from Italy.

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.

Made from the Cortese grape this wine is full of 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 or partner with a refreshing salad.

What is more, our Italian wines are currently 25% off when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 16/08/13

Our current wine of the week is the Peter Lehman Shiraz from the Barossa Valley region of Australia.

Peter Lehman is known as the 'Baron of Barossa' and rightly so as his wines are of great quality. This classic Shiraz is selected from some of the best vineyards in the area and is aged in both American and French oak for 12 months before bottling.

Concentrated blackcurrant and bramble fruit combine with hints of mocha and dark chocolate to produce a concentrated classic Aussie Shiraz.

Will go great with rich meaty dishes or a nice Sunday roast of beef.

Tasting WineDate published: 15/08/13

Tasting Wine

Open mouth, insert liquid, swallow, enjoy. Right? Not entirely.

There's a big difference between drinking wine, and tasting it objectively. When we drink wine, we certainly enjoy it, but we're not really considering the full qualities of the wine or analysing why we are enjoying it; it tastes nice, we might swirl it around the mouth a bit, but we're more interested in the next sip and the next glass than we are about deconstructing the experience.

Wine tasting brings its own pleasure, and also helps us work out why it is we like certain wines more than others. This understanding can then be applied to our decision-making when picking out other wines to titillate our tongues and tease our tonsils. By considering the wine objectively, we can recognise that some wines are fabulous quality, but not to our personal preference; other wines are very simple, but we enjoy them for that, or not, as the case may be.

Next time you crack open a bottle to enjoy, rather than pouring a full glass right away, pour a small (50ml-ish) measure in to the glass and follow these steps to evaluate the wine before you get stuck in to the enjoying:

Appearance: How does it look? It should be 'clear' (not cloudy), and if it has a colour change between the core and the rim this can help indicate that the wine is developing with age. White wines 'gain colour', and red wines 'lose' colour with age; both become more orange/brown over time.

Smell: Swirl the liquid so it coats the inside of the glass, increasing surface area. Pop your nose in and smell! It shouldn't smell like cardboard (this is usually a fault), but think about the aromas. Is it fruity? What kind? Is it nutty? Woody? How intense are the aromas? Do they jump right out or do you really have to get your nose right in?

Taste: Open mouth, insert, then swirl it all around. Suck some air through to oxygenate it and release the flavours. It is sweet, or dry? Does it feel light or full? If it's red, does it dry out your gums? That's the tannins. Now, how fruity is it, and what kind of fruits? What other flavours are there? Vanilla and cedar? Gooseberry and elderflower? How intense are the flavours? Does it make your mouth water, or your lips pucker? That's the acidity - very important to ensuring that a wine is refreshing, but it's also one of the trickiest things to balance well.

Swallow/Spit: Some see spitting as anathema. It isn't! On longer tasting sessions it's crucial or you'll end up drunk and unable to taste as well. After one of the two, how long do the flavours hang around in your mouth? That's the finish. Did it feel 'hot' or leave a light burning sensation? That's the alcohol.

Evaluate: Finally, think about all the different elements you experienced. A good wine should be nicely balanced, so the alcohol shouldn't feel prominent - the flavours and body of the wine should match it, and the tannins should feel 'right' for the wine. For example, if it's really tannic and really fruity, it's probably too young, but it might come alive when you pair it with food. This is the stage where your judgements can help you decide it it's a really good quality wine (that you either like or don't!), just nice 'drinking' wine, or so badly made that you wouldn't inflict it even on your bolognaise.

After this, you can pour yourself a proper glass and get with the drinking! Believe it or not, taking a few moments to think about the wine really does enhance the experience, and and helps enjoy good wine even more. Thinking about why you enjoyed a wine means you'll be better informed about what you like in a wine for next time you're shopping for it, and makes trying new wines even more exciting.

Next time you're in-store, ask one of the Winchester team to talk you through tasting one of the wines on the tasting counter; we'll be happy to guide you through and show you how it's done. If you want to find out even more about wine, you can sign up to the next in-store Wine Course, a 90 minute introduction to tasting wine, food matching, and wine regions of the world; best of all - it's free!

Prosecco or Champagne?!Date published: 15/08/13

Prosecco is basically champagne from Italy, right? I mean, it has bubbles in it, just like champagne, so it's the same thing, right?

Not so much!  Bubbles and hefty bottles to cope with the extra pressure are about the only thing the two wines share.  Both taste very different, and are made in very different ways.

Champagne is produced by fermenting a low alcohol base wine from three different grape varieties; Pinot Noir, Meunier, and Chardonnay, grown in the Champagne region of France.  These three still base wines are then blended together to the desired recipe and flavour by the chef de cave, before being bottled with an addition of yeast and sugar for it to feed on and closed with a crown cap.  Over an extended period, the yeast ferments all the residual sugars into alcohol, and carbon dioxide which is dissolved into the liquid.  The yeasts die off, becoming what we call the lees, and sink to the bottom of the bottle.  The dead yeasts continue to interact in a process called yeast autolysis, which helps impart that famously rich, biscuit-and-brioche character to champagne.  When the wine has spend the desired time on its lees (minimum 2 years for non-vintage and 3 for vintage), it is then turned slowly so that the lees are all in the neck and cap, which is frozen in brine and ejected, the bottle being topped up with a dosage of still wine and sugar solution to the desired sweetness, and closed with the classic cork.  This process requires a lot of storage space, time, and effort, all of which add to the cost of the wine.

Prosecco, on the other hand, is a much lighter, fruitier style of wine; yeast fermentation in bottle followed by lees aging would add a richness it doesn't want, and mute those fresh fruit characters.  Instead, the still base wine is made from a single grape variety, the artist formerly known as Prosecco, now called Glera, and this base wine undergoes secondary fermentation in a large stainless-steel tank.  This method gives it far less contact with yeast, allowing the fruit to shine through; this is known as the 'Charmat' (or Tank) Method.  This process is far less costly than the Champagne Method used elsewhere, and is the main reason why prosecco is a much less expensive way to enjoy your fizz than champagne.

Like champagne, the majority of prosecco is non-vintage (a blend of wines from the present vintage as well as reserve wines to ensure continuity of style), but whereas a good champagne can develop over a few years and gain complexity, prosecco would lose much of the fruitiness that makes it so appealing with extended aging, and so is best consumed in the short-term.

Tasting Counter at Majestic Wine WinchesterDate published: 15/08/13

Tasting Counter at Majestic Wine Winchester

Another great reason to shop with us in-store is our Tasting counter. We know that many of our customers like to know about a wine before purchasing, and so we always have a selection of wines available to taste. We endeavour to cover a range of styles and price points to please all our customers, and if you taste something you like, our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help make recommendations for alternative or additional wines you may like. You can browse the wines we have to try before you come in, just click on the tasting counter tab. We also have a series of themed spotlight tastings coming up, see our events page for more details.

See you at the tasting counter!

Food and Wine MatchDate published: 15/08/13

Before I tried the Septimo Dia Chardonnay (Argentina) with food it was my favourite Chardonnay under £10 by a mile. Then I drank it to accompany Spaghetti Carbonara - beautiful!

Working long hours this dish is great as you can get a pretty nice sauce in a jar and add chicken, peppers, onion and a bit of aubergene if you fancy and it takes very little time.

The Septimo Chardonnay went from having loads of tropical fruits to tasting really nutty and creamy. Definitely worth a try.

Gin! Date published: 13/08/13

Let me tell you about my favourite spirit - gin!

After all, what better way is there to coax out the sunshine than sipping a gin and tonic?

Gin starts it's life as a neutral base spirit with a minimum strength of 96% abv. It is typically made from grain but other materials may be used such as molasses or sugar beet. Most major distilleries, however, prefer to use grain as it gives their gin a clean, crisp texture.

Each distillery has their own secret recipe for flavouring the base spirit but by law juniper must be the dominant flavour. Other key botanicals may include coriander, citrus peel, angelica, orris root, liquorice and star anise. Some distilleries are becoming more experimental with their botanicals, like Hendrick's for example, whose gin has a distinctive aroma of rose petals and cucumber.

There are two main ways of imparting these flavours into the base spirit. The cheapest is called cold compounding which involves adding essential oils or artificial flavours directly to the base spirit. This produces a gin that initially has a pungent nose but which loses these aromas quickly, resulting in a spirit with an artificial taste.

Distilled gins use a more expensive method to extract the flavours. They must be produced by re-distilling the neutral spirit in a pot still. In order to add flavour to the spirit distilleries may macerate the botanicals, releasing essential oils that are carried across the 'swan's neck' of the pot still along with the vapours. The intensity of the flavour very much depends on the length of time that these botanicals are macerated for.

More delicately flavoured gins are made with Carterhead stils where the chosen botanicals are placed in a basket in the head of a pot still. This way the flavour extraction occurs when the vapours pass through the basket.

Once the flavours have been imparted into the base spirit, the gin is reduced to bottling strength by adding either demineralised or spring water.

My tipple of choice would be Martin Miller's (£29.00) which uses Icelandic spring water giving it a pure, clean finish - a perfect match with Fever-Tree tonic water (£2.59 when you buy any 6 Fever-Tree packs)

If it's cocktails you are after, I recommend this:

THE SAN FRANCISCO

Ingredients:

50ml Martin Miller's Gin

15ml Lemon Juice

15 ml Simple Syrup

12 Blueberries

6 Tarragon leaves

Method:

Shake and strain into an ice filled tumbler glass and garnish with blueberries and tarragon leaves.

Different wines for different occasionsDate published: 13/08/13

Different wines for different occasions

Luckily we don't all like the same wine. I've chosen my favourites for different occasions (and different budgets).

Summer Rose: the summer months are upon us (even if the weather has not quite caught up). I would choose Cotes de Provence Sainte Victoire 2012, Famille Negrel just £8.99 (when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case). A traditional blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, it has the gorgeous pale pink of a typical Provence rose with the same fresh style. It also has a richer palate of blossom and summer fruits. Perfect for enjoying on it's own or summer salads. (stay posted for my next article on my educational visit to Provence)

Spoil Yourself Red: A wine when you feel like treating yourself on pay day or your looking forward to a quiet evening in. This is one of my all time favourite wines and the 2004 vintage is just as good as the previous 2001. Rioja Reserva 2004, Vina Ardanza £18 (when you buy to or more selected fine wines). A blend of Grenache and Tempranillo. A complex and beautifully smooth Rioja, with undertones of earth and spice. The tannin levels are just right for accompanying rich, braised lamb shanks.

Mid-week White: the wine that is kept in the fridge and you don't feel guilty for opening it on a Wednesday evening. L'instant Passion Sauvignon Blanc 2012, PGI Cotes de Gascogne £6.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles). I love French Sauvignon's as I find them just a little fresher than the gooseberry dominated New Zealand ones (however, if you're after a NZ one the Giesen is a bargain at £6.99). It's dominated by grapefruit and lime flavours, with very well balanced acidity. It is elegant and crisp and so easy to drink. Perfect before dinner or light seafood dishes.

Celebration Fizz: when a moment occurs when a proper Champagne needs to be opended this is the perfect wine, Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle La Cuvee NZ £75 (usually £100). This is LP's non-vintage Deluxe Cuvee and is a blend of different vintages to get the best end wine. It is elegant and fresh with a slight creaminess. Tiny bubbles fill the glass and the nuttiness gives it that extra lift. Perfect on it's own. A truly stunning Champagne. 

When Only a Sparkling Wine Will Do: unfortunately budgets don't always streatch to a fine bottle of Champagne but you just want something fizzy and decadent. The Codorniu Seleccion Raventos NV, Cava at £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more selected sparkling wines) ticks all the right boxes. Traditional cava grapes of Macabeo and Xarel-lo are blended with Chardonnay to give a pale lemon coloured wine with streams of fine bubbles. Full bodied with flavours of peach and lemon it could easily pass for a more expensive fizz. 

Enjoy! and keep an eye out for more favourites to be updated soon.

Fine Wine PlanDate published: 13/08/13

Fine Wine Plan

If you enjoy shopping at Majestic Wine and also enjoy the finer things in life why not sign up to the Lay & Wheeler Fine Wine plan.
Your personal consultant will offer guidance on purchases, recommending the best wines to suit your objectives, tastes and budget. Whether it is fine Bordeaux for drinking in fifteen years, or White Burgundy for drinking next summer, they will be able to suggest the right wines for you. No purchases will be made without consultation or consent, unless that is what you prefer. Your consultant will also be able to advise you on when your wines are ready to drink and should be delivered to you. We are proud to offer this enjoyable way for wine enthusiasts the world over to create a wine collection of distinction, with all-encompassing advice, purchase, storage, re-sale and delivery expertise.
From just £50 per month, the Fine Wine Plan builds a personally-tailored fine wine collection. Subscribe to the Fine Wine Plan and leave everything else to us, guaranteeing a growing collection of quality wines.

Subscribe £100 or more 10% Discount at Majestic Wine* Exclusive offers Free case of wine worth over £150* 
Currently: 2009 La Croix de Beaucaillou, St-Julien (6 bottles)

McGuigan Handmade Shiraz, 2008, Langhorne CreekDate published: 13/08/13

McGuigan Handmade Shiraz, 2008, Langhorne Creek

Grape Shiraz

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

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

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

£20.00 when you buy 2 or more bottles

£25.00 single bottle price

Food and Wine MatchDate published: 13/08/13

Here is a perfect Summer recipe for those English Summer days that aren't as warm as we would like!

Warm chicken salad - season chicken breast in cumin, tarragon and paprika and fry. Mix with salad leaves, chopped avocado, olives and parmasan cheese.

Wine match - Martin Codax Albarino, Spain. The slight off-dry style and relatively low alcohol content of this wine compliment the slight spiciness of the chicken perfectly.

New Team MemberDate published: 13/08/13

Today we have a new member of the team starting as a trainee manager. Come in store and welcome Tom to the Winchester store and share wine experiences with him.

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc = Deal Must End!Date published: 12/08/13

Giesen Sauviugnon Blanc is currently at a whopping £5.99 when you buy two or more bottles. That's great value for a decent Sauvignon! The deal must end though by the end of the day. Get in touch if you want to take advantage of free delivery as well!



Great Value Super Tuscans!Date published: 10/08/13


Great Value Super Tuscans

Would you like fine wine for house wine prices? And how about wines from two of the most iconic Italian producers?

Super Tuscans:

Back in the 1970s the reputation of Tuscany's most famous wine Chianti was in a downward spiral, and producers were restricted by DOC regulations that meant their wines must comprise at least 70% of local grape Sangiovese. Those who wanted to improve the quality of their wines with a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot had to de-classify their wines and label them 'vino da tavola' rather than Chianti. Despite abandoning the reassurance of quality the DOC regulations embody these Super-Tuscans, led by Tiganello from Piero Antinori, began to command higher prices than Tuscany's top Chianti Classicos, and 'Super Tuscan' has become a quality wine brand of its own.

Tenuto San Guido:

Tenuto San Guido started producing Sassicaia from Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the 1940s, purely for consumption within the family. The 1968 vintage was the first to be released to the public, and it was an immediate hit. In the decades to follow Sassicaia won many awards and accolades, and became a truly iconic wine. In a nod to its obvious quality, the DOC regulations have slowly elevated the position of Sassicaia, eventually giving it its own DOC in 1994. 

Tenuto San Guido's second wine 'Guidalberto' is little brother to Sassicaia. It is more approachable in its youth and has fantastic dark fruit flavour and sweet spice. 

£30 or £26 if you buy another selected fine wine

Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia:

Tenuto Dell'Ornellaia is right next door to San Guido and was built as a competitive answer to Sassicaia. Ornellaia is their top wine, and a 9 litre bottle of the 2005 was sold at Christie's for US$33,600!

'Le Volte' was first released in 1991 and is a classic Super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot. Similar to the Guidalberto in style, this wine is more approachable at a young age and has lovely concentrated dark fruit, with great structure and freshness to balance.

£22 or £18 if you buy another selected fine wine

And if you fancy something a bit more every-day drinking a great option is our 'Dogajolo' from Carpineto. Nicknamed a 'baby-Tuscan', this wine is predominantely Sangiovese with a bit of Cabernet. It is soft and fruity with a bit of complexity from oak ageing.

£10.99 or £8.79 if you buy 2

Legends of Wine - Peter LehmannDate published: 10/08/13

Legends of Wine - Peter Lehmann

I was sad to hear recently of the death of a true South Australian wine pioneer - Peter Lehmann. His name is now famous on the labels of thousands of bottles of quality Australian wine all around the world, but a look at the early history of his wine career is a heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty in the early years of the modern corporate Australian wine industry we know today.

From the 1960s a structure was established in the Barossa valley, where many small grape growers supplied large-scale wineries. In years where grape and wine supply outstripped demand, those large wineries could renege on their contracts with those small growers. In 1978 Peter Lehmann was winemaker at a winery owned by English company Dalgety, who advised Peter to ignore his handshake deals with local grape growers. He quit and formed his own company, loyally buying all the grapes he had promised. In an ironic twist, Dalgety realised they needed to make wine that year after all, and they became Lehmann’s second biggest customer. By 1982 Lehmann started to bottle himself and put his name on the label, and his wines remain popular to this day.

Focus on CavaDate published: 10/08/13

Sparkling Wines - Cava

Cava is Spains answer to Champagne, and is mainly produced in Catalunya. The methods used in Cava production are the same as traditional Champagne, however, the grapes used are different.  The grapes are Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo and a small amount of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This gives Cava its refreshingly clean, crisp flavours as well as notes of rich brioche and almond.

There are several Cava products to try:

Codorníu Brut NV - £6.99 when but 2 or more bottles (£8.99 single bottle)
This is light in body with green apple, cirtus and has persistant bubbles. Very easy drinking making it the perfect aperitif!

Codorníu Seleccion Raventos NV - £7.49 a bottle
This Cava has incorporated Chardonnay into the blend. This gives a more aromatic style of wine with peach and lemon characteristics, it has more body than the Codorníu Brut NV which makes it ideal for light food dishes such as white fish and salads.

Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs - £9.99 a bottle
Made in honour of the Regent Queen María Cristina. Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes gives it fine and persistant bubbles with fresh, light, floral aromas and is perfectly balanced with fruit and brioche flavours. Excellent with fish, chicken, as an aperitif or on its own (especially if the sun is shining!).

Spotlight: Gestos Malbec 2012 Finca Flichman, MendozaDate published: 10/08/13

Gestos Malbec 2012 Finca Flichman, Mendoza

£6.99 when buy 2 or more bottles (£9.99 for one bottle)

Grape

Malbec

Origin

One of Flichman's top wines, combining the unique characteristics of two terroirs in a single grape variety. Tupungato at 1,100m altitude gives freshness and structure while Barrancas, at 700m, adds colour and density. Aged for over 6 months in American and French oak.

Taste

An intense red colour leads to aromas of plums combined with delicate oak, spices and chocolate. Red berry fruit continues on the palate where it is met with a hint of herbal spice.

A complex wine and a perfect match with steak or rich sausages. Alternatively, at the end of a meal with a chocolate filled pudding!

A Night With Majestic SalisburyDate published: 10/08/13

Occasionally we like to hang out with colleagues across the region to share good wine, stories and experiences of the working life at Majestic! Tonight I'll be fortunate to spend some time with Majestic Salisbury which includes the likes of my previous manager and trainee managers! Very exciting! We'll be trying Cordier wines and Jackson Estate to name a few. I'll be creating a write up of the evening tomorrow so keep your eyes peeles for updates! I'll remember to drink responsibly as well! ;]

Italian VintageDate published: 09/08/13

ITALIAN VINTAGE

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

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

2008: A wet summer was salvaged by a warm
harvest season. Many wines tend towards elegance
rather than body or power.

2007: Some hail problems, but overall a warm
vintage, producing powerful reds in both Tuscany
and Piedmont.

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

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

Which to plump for - you decide!

Chilean Wines - Our picks!Date published: 09/08/13

Chilean Wines - Our picks!

Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2012 £8.74 buy 2 Chilean save 20% £6.99 a new wine to the huge range here at Majestic, this Sauvignon offers a restrained yet intense flavour and all for a very good price.

Terrior Hunter Riesling 2011, Lo Abarca, Undurraga £11.99 buy 2 Chilean save 20% £9.59 another new wine to our range, this is a youthful, dry Riesling abundant with refreshing stone fruit flavours with delicate kerosene notes which add complexity.

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012, Casblanca Valley £8.74 buy 2 Chilean save 20% £6.99. Delicatly oaked this is lighter style of Chardonnay with flavours of Peach, Apricot and subtle vanilla, perfect for creamy dishes.

Luis Felipe Edwards seleccion especial Malbec 2012, Colchagua Valley £7.99 buy 2 Chilean save 20% £6.39 Best known for its Argentinian success, Malbec is growing in popularity and this Chilean example offers an alternative at an excellent price point.

Montes Alpha Merlot 2010, Colchagua Valley £12.49 buy 2 Chilean save 20% £9.99 A Chilean wine with French influence, aged for 12 months in French oak this wine offers tobacco notes mixed in with Black fruits and plums so reminiscent of Bordeaux.

Sancerre!Date published: 08/08/13

The appellation of Sancerre is hailed as the spiritual home of the Sauvignon Blanc variety, and with good reason.  On these clay and limestone hills Sauvignon can deliver a wine of greater complexity and finesse than anywhere else in the world.  A total of 14 villages and 3 hamlets have the right to produce Sancerre (both white and red).

The majority of Sancerre reaches its peak within a year or two of bottling, but some experimentation with clones of cuttings from pre-1950s vines may one day deliver wines with greater potential for ageing.

Sancerre is one of the ultimate food-match wines pairing very well with nearly all fish and seafood (crab and lobster in particular), it is also delicious in combination with asparagus, and Sancerre & goat Cheese is a match as enjoyable as rose & sunshine.

Sancerre 2011, Chateau de Sancerre. £16.99, or buy 2 and save £2 = £15.99 per bottle.

Owned and operated by Marnier-Lapostolle (the owners of Grand Marnier) this is a property with a legacy of producing top-notch Sancerre.  Herbaceous, chalky, leafy with an abundance of citrus fruits this would match well with asparagus, shellfish and dishes flavoured by sweet caramelised onions.

Sancerre Chavignol 2012, Paul Thomas.  £13.99, or buy 2 and save £2 = £12.99 per bottle.

The hill of Chavignol is deemed to be one of the best areas within Sancerre for producing high quality Sauvignon Blanc.  This example is elegant with great purity of fruit flavour, enhanced by a steely minerality making this one to savour as well as enjoy.  Good with all the classic Sancerre-friendly foods and particularly good alongside a plate of deepfried fish - whitebait is my favorite but a nice big helping of fish & chips would also be welcome.

Sancerre Vieilles Vignes 2012, Domaine Paul Cherrier et Fils. £13.99, or buy 2 and save £2 = £12.99 per bottle.

A family run domaine set around the area of Chaudoux-Verdigny.  The old vines harvested to make this wine deliver smaller yields of much higher quality fruit.  Bracing acidity, a long finish and the classic palate of gooseberry, passionfruit and an underlying minerality - well balanced on the palate.  This is one for shellfish and seafood.

Wines of the LoireDate published: 08/08/13

The Loire is often left in the shadow of some of France's better know regions. However, this slightly under appreciated region probably offers more diversity in style than any others, and is equally good in quality. From light sparkling wines to deep reds, super sweet wines to ultra crisp, there is something for everyone. The main grape varieties used in this region are Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir, but others make an appearance too! There are some great sparkling wines from Saumur as well as very elegant Sauvignon from the two famous villages of Pouilly Fume and Sancerre.

So with it being Loire tasting week why not pop down and try some of our free samples we have open, representing the range this beautiful region has to offers!

The Marqués de Caceres WinesDate published: 08/08/13

Marqués de Caceres

Some Facts

Located in Cernicero, in the heart of the Rioja Alta.

Grapes are grown on the slopes of this mountainous region – this fresh micro-climate ensures grapes reach their expressive best.

Has a cellar of over 10 million bottles.

This means in poor vintages they can avoid producing any wine if quality is not assured.

The Wines

We stock several wines that Caceres produce. On the red side their Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are all of excellent quality. Their top red, the Gaudium, can be found in our Fine Wine bin and is an exquisite, powerful beast of a red.

The Caceres Blanco is also delicious. Intense and fresh, as well as excellent value. The Deusa Nai Albariño has an intriguing streak of orange aromas and flavours which make it stand out. While there Rosé is delightfully packed with juicy summer fruits and has a wonderful mineral finish.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 07/08/13

Our current wine of the week is the Contesa Pecorino 2012 IGT Colline Pescaresi from the South of Italy.

Pecorino is an early ripening, thin-skinned grape, native to central parts of Italy. The bunches tend to be very triangular in shape, reminiscent of a sheep's head, said to be the reason for the grape's name. This great example is 30% oak fermented.

An elegant nose of citrus fruits and pear leads on to a complex palate of citrus and slight buttery hints, making it a great match for creamy cheese dishes.

£7.99 per bottle when you buy 2 or more Italian wines (9.99 single bottle) as part of a mixed case of 6.

Understanding Bordeaux Date published: 06/08/13

Understanding Bordeaux

Bordeaux can be an overwhelming, confusing and unapproachable region given its grandeur and history. It can also be overlooked in contemporary circles, with new world wines now taking centre stage. This guide will break down the region and show that Bordeaux still has a significant amount to offer.

The Grapes:

Cabernet Sauvignon

Merlot

Cabernet Franc

Malbec

Petit Verdot

Climate:

Continental – The effect of the gulf stream on the Atlantic coast provides lengthy, hot summers and mild, wet winters.

'The Left Bank' (Of the river Gironde)

Dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The wines have more tannin and have fantastic potential for ageing. Think Medoc and Haut-Medoc. Or if you're feeling a bit more flush, Margaux, Pauillac and St. Julien.

'The Right Bank' (Of the river Gironde)

Usually made up of Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes, these are smoother, less tannic and more approachable. Saint-Emillon and Pomerol are classic examples of these.

We have a fantastic range here at Majestic Winchester for you to choose from. Ranging from those everyday clarets to match your roast meat, or something a little special to lay down in the cellar.

José Pizarro Recommends! Date published: 03/08/13

José Pizarro has been a busy chap lately as he cooks his world famous dishes with Codorniu! We have a few recommendations up our sleeves, but he has given us a step by step guide on how to prepare his dishes and match them with the infamous Cava. Fancy the sound of Beef and Pimenton Yorkshire Mini Puds with a bottle of Codorniu Rosado? Then check out this leaflet. Available to pick up for free in-store.

Favourite wines that Team Winchester are drinking at the moment!Date published: 02/08/13

Favourite wines that Team Winchester are drinking at the moment!

Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio -

This is a benchmark Pinot Grigio made from a selection of the best grapes in the Alto Adige. With a fresh, full palate layered with zesty citrus and white blossom.

Great with chicken and pancetta salad.

Testimonio by Luigi Bosca -

A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla.

Perfect with strong, firm cheeses, or rare sirloin steak.

Domaine de Villemajou -

Aromatically rich and complex, with jammy blackcurrant fruit and hints of roasted coffee bean, leather and soft spice notes. Round and soft on the palate, with supple, well-weighted tannins.

Ideal with Mediterranean cuisine. Make sure you decant this baby!

Trilogy Cuvee Rose -

A lively and aromatic nose of fresh strawberry and raspberry, with a yeasty, biscuity lift. The palate is awash with ripe yet delicate fruit flavour, held together by a creamy texture.

Enjoy with salmon and horseradish blinis.

Majestic Winchester Fine Wine EveningDate published: 02/08/13

Majestic Winchester Fine Wine Evening

Last week we all chipped in and had a lovely evening of food and fine wine, we thought it only polite to share some of the delights we tasted.

We began the evening Taitinger 2005, a Champagne none of us had has the pleasure of tasting before...even with Dan's blocked nose he was able to get a good sniff of this delightful Champagne. Much richer than it's Non-Vintage counterpart, the 2005 had plenty of yeasty, bready character with plenty of white fruit and a wonderfully elegant finish. This was accompanied by a meze of dishes, included home made hummus, as we devoured all the delicious small dishes we tasted through the rest of the evenings wine.

Taitinger 2005 = £40.00 (When you buy 2 or more Selected Champagnes)

Firstly we tasted the Meursault Vielles Vignes, Le Meurger, 2010 on the richer side of white Burgundies the nose on the wine jumps out of the glass. Plenty of vanilla, honey and toast alongside golden apples and hints of peach. A winner all round, particularly good for the price.

Meursault Vielles Vignes, Le Meurger, 2010 = £20.00 down from £24.00 (When you buy 2 or more selected Fine Wines, save £8)

Moving on to the weightier reds to accompany the pork shoulder and chorizo stew...Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Abeille 2009 Rich red and black fruits are joined by herbal spice and oaky character, the finish went on and on, a great producer and example of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Our last red was Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Banfi an entirely different beast. Smooth and velvety cherry fruit are predominant with hints of liquorice and chocolate. The tannins are full but well integrated and fantastic with the meaty stew.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape = £22.00 (When you buy 2 or more Selected Fine Wines, save £8)

Brunello di Montalcino = £26.00 (When you buy 2 or more Selected Fine Wines, save £8)

We ended the evening with a generous cheese board, including some 'crawling across the board' Gorgonzola which matched beautifully with Royal Tokaji Gold Label 6 Puttonyos, 2006 orange peel, marmalade, honey, candied apricots...an utter delight!

Tokaji Gold Label = £28.00 (Two Third Bottle)

Top 5 Fizz offers!Date published: 02/08/13


Top 5 Fizz Offers!

I am a fan of anything with bubbles, whether it's a celebration or even just a Friday I love trying, tasting and enjoying all kinds of fizz. Here are my pick of our top 5 Sparkling wine and champagne offers of the moment:

Codorniu Raventos £9.99 Single Bottle =  £7.49

Codorniu have been producing Cava for over 100 years, so they certainly know what they're doing. Green Apple and citrus fruit are predominant with a lovely undertone of biscuit and almonds. Great for any occasion!

Prosecco Zonin £10.99  Single Bottle = £7.99

A wonderfully light Prosecco, slightly off dry with plenty of stone fruit character. Peach, Pineapple and white flowers accompany this delicate Prosecco. Great for in the garden with a dash of Cassis.

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV £21.99 Single Bottle = £15.99

From a Chardonnay-dominant blend of selected vintages, this is a fresh, apéritif style of sparkling wine. Crisp apple flavours are backed up by a nutty, yeasty complexity from its time on lees.

Oeil de Perdrix Rose Champagne £29.00 Single Bottle = £19.00

Salmon-pink in colour this delicate Champagne exhumes strawberry, cherry and raspberries with subtle hints of croissant, a perfect aperitif..

Pol Roger Reserve NV £42.00  Single Bottle = £32.00

One of my favourite Non-Vintage Champagnes, with a fantastically delicate and fine mousse the flavour characteristics jump out of the glass on first pour. Fruits, such as bruised apple and lemon are joined by bready and nutty flavours on the finish. If it's good enough for Wills and Kate, it's good enough for me!

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc = Amazing short-term deal!Date published: 02/08/13

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc has been reduced to £5.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines. Call us on 01962 868 708 or email us on win@majestic.co.uk to purchase before the offer ends!

Provence - 20 years of quality roséDate published: 02/08/13

Provence - 20 years of quality rosé

Provence is a geographical region down near the coast of south-east France, famous for its production of rosés which are light in colour and easy to drink. Provence is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world, and was the first to experience mass plantings in France when the Greeks came up through Spain and into France over 2600 years ago. When the Romans arrived in 125BC they banned the practice of growing grapes as they were a threat to the profitable trade in exporting Italian wines. Despite this long history Provence rosé has had its critics, some accusing them of being dull and flabby. However Provence has started to up its game and now provide an excellent selection of quality, easy drinking and affordable wines.

This move towards better quality wines was kickstarted over the last 20 years. In 1999, the finest wineries in Provence joined forces to create the "Centre de Recherche et d'Expérimentation sur le vin Rosé" (The Rosé Wine Experimentation and Research Center). The centre performs scientific research and experimentation on rosé wines. The results are published for professionals so that they can gain a better understanding of the region's different terroirs and better master the techniques for making rosé wines.

Provence rosés can be made from a variety of grapes, however the two which are most common are grenache and cinsault. These two grapes are best grown in warm climates and in the summer there are few places warmer than Provence. A vine preferably needs at least 1500 hours of sunshine in one growing season and in Provence the vines receive an average of 3000 hours.

It is easy to spot which of our rosés are from Provence as they are historically bottled in over the top distinctive bottles, made to attract holidaymakers along the local rivieras. There is no question that Provence gives off a glamorous image, this might be why Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently purchased a winery there.

Italian Wine - RedsDate published: 02/08/13

Italy has a vast heritage of different grape varieties. Often described as a Jurassic wilderness of ancient grapes - which in recent years have grown to prominance. Here's a couple of reds which are fantastic examples of ancient grapes, brought into the modern day with some inovative wine making from Italy's fresh crop of skilled vintners - all available at Majestic wine. Currently on offer with 20% off our whole range and ready for you to mix and match!

Reds

Primitivo

Primitivo is a grape indigenous to Italy and the eastern Mediterranean, now more commonly known as Zinfandel. Rich ripe fruit flavours with a nice bit of spice to the wines, they tend to be a bit less brash and full bodied than their American cousins. Generally grown at the southern tip of Italy, and gaining more and more recognition as a realy stand 'Old World' grape. Try the Costarosso Primitivo for a real bargain at £7.99

Negroamaro

A thick skinned grape which produces luscious, full reds that ripen incredibly well in the intense heat of Southern Italy. The result is a really intrigueing wine ; plummy fruits and hints of almonds and spice box. Well balanced and soft on the palate. Generally these are of excellent value and the Copertino at £6.79 is an ideal example

Italian Wine - WhitesDate published: 02/08/13

What makes Italian wine so good? There's been a great resurgence in the Italian wine industry, and with very good reason. Big investment in new wine making techniques has helped to bring out the very best from this region. The real joy of Italian wine is in the variety of different grapes the country boasts – as well as the vast multitude of different landscapes that are ideally suited to grow them. Here's a couple to look out for that perhaps you haven't come across before which are enjoying something of a renaissance in recent years. All currently with 20% when you mix and match with any other Italian wine!

Whites

Cortese

A white grape harvested predominantly in and around Gavi (dubbed the Chablis of Italy). Cortese creates wines of steely minerality, fresh acidity and notes of ripe peach and pear. These fantastic wines demand a high reputation internationally – and with good reason! Look out for the Gavi La Toledana for a really fantastic example of this grape, currently at only £7.99.

Fiano

A grape with a really ancient pedigree. Originally thought to be of Greek origin, this grape has had thousands of years to adapt to the south of Italy, doing particularly well here and in Sicily. This grape produces a wine of ripe green apple flavours, with a slightly fuller body and a slight almond undertone. Check out the Surani Fiano at only £7.59 to see how an ancient grape can be brought bang up to date!

Greco

Another Greek immigrant (as the name suggests). This grape is also being brought into the 21st century by some clever winemaking techniques, helping to create a vibrant, fresh wine. Though pale in colour and delicate in aroma, this wine has a full texture, dense with apricot and peach flavour, and heady honeysuckle notes on the nose, and a long mineral finish. Try the Fremondo Greco, a new wine into Majestic, at only £7.99

Grape in Focus - ChardonnayDate published: 01/08/13

Chardonnay can make many different styles of wine, ranging from cirtussy, minerally Chablis to tropical, oaky Assie Chardonnay.

It is one of the grapes used to make Champagne.

Blanc de Blanc Champagne is made using only Chardonnay grapes.

It tolerates many climates and soils which is why it is grown in many of the wine producing areas of the world.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 31/07/13

Our current wine of the week is a great Bordeaux wine - Château Saint Georges 2007 St-Georges-St-Emilion

Located just to the north of St-Emilion, the satellite appellation around the hamlet of St-Georges produces wines in a similar style. This château is the leading local producer, with a 50-hectare estate on the area's south-facing slopes.

This wine's pedigree is immediately apparent on the nose, which offers up ripe blackberry, cigar box and graphite aromas in abundance. The palate is satisfyingly dense and well structured.

A great partner for roast beef or French style casseroles such as coq au vin.

Vegetarian/Vegan WineDate published: 31/07/13

Have you ever seen a wine advertised as being vegetarian or vegan and wondered how not all wines are vegetarian or vegan?

In order to remove very tiny particles from wine that are sometimes undesired in the final product the liquid is fined. A specific substance known as a fining agent is added to the vat to bind to these particles so they can deposit at the bottom of the vat and be removed from the wine.

Non-vegetarian and or vegan fining agents include egg whites, isinglass (fish bladders), gelatine and milk, meaning wines processed using these are not suitable for vegetarians and/or vegans. 


Grape in Focus - Pinot GrisDate published: 27/07/13

Grape in Focus - Pinot

A grape variety that causes much confusion, here are a few facts for you:

-Pinot Gris is a white grape. It is often seen as a mutant clone of the Pinot Noir grape. The Italian style, Pinot Grigio will be a lot more familiar to most.

-It originated in Burgundy before spreading across Europe to Switzerland and Germany.

-The word 'Pinot' comes from the French word for 'pine cone'. It is suggested that it got this name due to the small pine cone-shaped clusters that it grows in.

-In terms of taste, wines made from the Pinot Gris grape vary greatly depending on the region and country they are from. For example, in California, the Pinot Gris are more light bodied with a crisp, refreshing taste with some pepper and arugula notes. The Pinot Grigio style of Italy is a light-bodied, often lean wine that is light in color with sometimes spritzy flavors that can be crisp and acidic.

Read it? Try it!

Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris, Alsace

A straightforward wine offering fresh pair, apricot fruit and a lifted smokiness.

£8.49 when you buy 2+ bottles

King's Thorn Pinto Gris, New Zealand

Honeysuckle and peach aromas. A lightly unctuous and off-dry palate lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz. Try with grilled prawns, white meats or creamy cheeses

£9.99 when you buy 2+ NZ wines

St Clair Pioneer Block Pinot Gris, New Zealand

Aromas of ripe pears, almonds and fresh bread. A mouth-filling palate, with a rich, oily texture and layers of ripe melon flavours. Brilliant with lightly spiced Oriental dishes.

£13.99 when you buy 2+ NZ Wines

Food and Wine MatchDate published: 26/07/13

Dinner last night was pork and honey sausages and roasted veg and with it went the Jordan Cabernet Merlot from Stellenbosch, South Africa.

A great concentration of jammy berries and chocolate was a perfect partner to the slight sweet tastes from the sausages. The tannins were well balanced by the meat and I will definitely be buying more of this wine in the future to go with any big red meat dishes. Would also be a great BBQ red.

A few Notes on South African Wine..Date published: 26/07/13

A few Notes on South African Wine..

Wine growing in South Africa is nothing new- the country has been producing wine for over 350 years! Despite this however, South Africa has faced many political and economic challenges, which have meant the country's wines are sometimes still trying to achieve widespread recognition across the world.

In the 1990's, 80% of South Africa's wine production was white wine, however in recent years it has fallen to 56%, partially due to the increase in popularity of some of South Africa's reds. While South Africa produces some excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz, on the red side it's perhaps best known for its Pinotage (a crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsault). There can be a lot of variation in style of Pinotage, ranging from some of the lighter bodied styles with red fruit characters, to more rich, spicy full bodied styles from some of the older bush vines. Stellenbosch in particular has a reputation for producing some excellent Bordeaux style blends.

With the whites, South Africa is well known for its Chenin Blanc (known locally as Steen), the same grape used in Vouvray from the French Loire region. By no means is Chenin the only South African white however, they also have significant plantings of Colombard, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and even Muscat (known locally as Hanepoot).

The majority of South African wine comes from the Western Cape. The climate is warm-hot mediterranean, but more maritime towards the coasts. The country as a whole is continually developing and improving its winemaking- work is continually being done to find the best locations for each grape variety, and there has been increasing investment in equipment and techniques.

Ninth year in a row that Majestic have won High Street Chain of the Year!Date published: 26/07/13

Ninth year in a row that Majestic have won High Street Chain of the Year!

I thought you would be interested in hearing about our success, and we do occasionally like to give ourselves a good pat on the back;

At the International Wine Challenge Awards yesterday, Majestic picked up
High Street Chain of the Year and Wine Educator of the Year.

This is the ninth year in a row that we have won High Street Chain of the
Year! The judges said 'Majestic Wine continues to pull off the great double
achievement of making money while providing great training for its staff'
and said they were 'particularly impressed by how its staff are involved in
direct communication with customers through social media'.

Regarding the Wine Educator of the Year award, which encompassed both staff
and customer education, the judges said 'Majestic Wine continues to be
motivated by passion in its execution and dedication to education. Single
minded and continuous in its strategy to inform the consumer to drink
better wine.  Its in-store wine courses have been a great success'.

Champagne Deals!Date published: 26/07/13

Champagne Deals!

Here at Majestic Winchester, we are always looking for reasons to open a bottle of bubbly - be it the warm sunshine, British sporting success or indeed a new national arrival! #royalbaby

Here are some of the best deals in the champagne world at the moment ...

Louis Roederer at £29 - Easily my personal favourite, and a taste that literally stays with you for the rest of the day (or night!). Creamy, rich, and mouthfilling, if you haven't tried this, now is the time!

Veuve Clicquot at £30 - Famous, snazzy, orange - just some of the words used to describe one of the diamonds of the French sparkling wines! This Brut is guaranteed to cause your tastebuds to tickle themselves.

And lastly, who can forget the Bollinger Grand Annee at £60 - their 2004 vintage is absolutely fantastic, and is a keeper if ever I saw one!

Come into store to see some more of our great range, or visit our website at www.majestic.co.uk/winchester!

Customer Service with a Touch of the TelepathicDate published: 24/07/13

Customer Service with a Touch of the Telepathic

Do you ever feel like you're missing out? Are you keen to be on the cutting edge of developments, always sure that nothing escapes you're attention?

Here at Majestic Wine Winchester, we are devoted to offering our customers the ideal wines to keep them happy, and we're always looking for ways to improve what we do.

To marry these two factors, and take shopping with Majestic to the next level, we'd like to offer our customers the opportunity to allow us to pass on exciting developments in the world of wine!

Simply let us know you're particular likes and dislikes, you're preferences for special offers or parcels, you're favourite regions, grapes or wine styles and we will do the rest.

We've developed an efficient and organised system which gives us the opportunity to call up preferences when offers change or stocks are replenished, and pass on this information in a succinct and non-invasive way. It's quick and easy to deal with at your end, with a simple email or voice mail message telling you what's what.

Let us know next time you're in if you want to be part of the revolution in wine buying, and we'll talk you through it.

If you're thinking of placing an online order, simply put a short note in the comments section telling us you'd like to be included and we will do the rest.

Happy shopping!

Question Time..Date published: 24/07/13

Question Time..

Working around wine is a constant education. A day doesn't go past without some new gem revealing itself.

Customers can always be relied upon to keep you in touch with learning as well, as a seemingly simple question often leads to a complex an in depth investigation lasting half a day.

So how about creating some sort of forum where these questions can be asked without fear of looking like you don't know your Beaujolais from your Barolo?

No problem, I'm on it.

Over the next couple of weeks I'll be compiling some of the most frequently asked questions. I'll then search high and low, quiz Majestic's brightest minds, and bring you some of the most convincing responses.

They will be displayed in store, and I'll post some of the choicest on line for all to see.

If you have anything you've always wondered about, no matter how simple it may seem, then tweet us @majesticwin or give us an old fashioned phone call on 01962 868 708.

Food and Wine Match!Date published: 24/07/13

Food and Wine Match!

Last night I sat down to a rich creamy Pasta Carbonara, one of my favourite dishes - but I was overjoyed that it was complemented by such a great wine. I was drinking a few glasses of the Louis Jadot Les Roches Blanches, which has a level of acidity to cut through the thick creaminess of the sauce perfectly to create a balance that I previously had not experienced! The Roches Blanches is a youthful and refreshingly citrusy wine, which I must say is currently at a fantastic price for the quality: highly recommended!

£10.99 reduced to £8.99 per bottle for 2+ bottles as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.

New Deals!Date published: 24/07/13

New Deals!

Our late Summer flyer came into effect yesterday, with some cracking deals across the range. My top 3 are:

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc @ £7.99 (for 2 or more)

Callia Bella Malbec @ £5.99 (for 2 or more)

Laurent Perrier Brut @ £25

Call us on 01962 868 708 or email win@majestic.co.uk to stock up whilst the going is good!

Prosecco Zonin NV, DOC, Magnum!Date published: 24/07/13

Prosecco Zonin NV, DOC, Magnum!

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

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

A wonderfully versatile wine that can be served as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts. 

Squeeze the last bit out of summer and enjoy a magnum of this with friends - opening a magnum of Prosecco Zonin always makes me popular at a party!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 24/07/13

Our current wine of the week is a great little gem from Burgundy - the Saint Vran 'Les Crais' 2012 Domaine Des Crais.

Domaine des Crais is a 9.5ha estate owned by Jean-Luc and Martine Tissier, with 40-year old vines grown on characteristically stony, limestone and clay soils. Located in the village of Leynes, it straddles the border between Mâconnais and Beaujolais.

This tank-fermented Burgundy is clean, crisp and shows good concentration of citrus and apple fruit. 9 weeks' lees ageing has added a lovely depth, refinement, and mineral touches on the long finish.

A great partner for roast chicken or turkey, or if you're being a bit more adventurous why not try with moules marinières

Luis Felipe EdwardsDate published: 23/07/13

LFE are a family based wine producer in Chile and after attending a recent wine tasting of a selection of their wines I have a new appreciation of the great value for money they offer.

Of their entry level wines the carmenere was my particular favourite. It's young fresh fruits are mixed with slight spices that give it extra complexity.

The grapes for their Reserva selection wines are around 80% hand picked and include a great Malbec, slightly fresher fruits and less tannin than Argentinian Malbec making it easier to drink on its own.

For me the best wine and at great value was their Gran Reserva Merlot (the only single variety Merlot I will drink!). The grapes for these are 100% hand picked making sure there is no damage and the wine can get as much flavour and complexity as possible. Vanilla and jammy blackcurrent, delicious!

Talinay Chardonnay... Lush, tropical and creamyDate published: 20/07/13

The grapes for this wine are grown just 12km from the coast. The unique weather conditions help to extend the ripenning time, creating real depth and character to this wine. Lush tropical fruits witha slight creaminess. Good with BBQ'd chicken this weekend #whilstthesunlasts

Special offer £12.99 (when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case)

Our Summer Front Counter Date published: 13/07/13

Check it out! We're on the Pimms and LP!

How about a picnic? (chilled reds for a sunny day)Date published: 13/07/13

Summer is here and no-one wants to be sat indoors so grab a rug, wizz up some sandwiches, snap up some strawberries and finally free the wine that's sat in your fridge eagerly awaiting picnic time!

For those of you who prefer red wine whatever the weather, here are some reds that are amazing chilled:

Bardolino "Naiano", Allegrini, £6.99
A beautifully light Italian red with ripe cherry flavours.

Fleurie, Georges DuBoeuf £8.99
A Majestic favourite, you can't go wrong with this delicate yet fruity Beaujolais.

Bourgeuil Les Cent Boisselees 2003 £9.99
2003 was a very hot year so the Cabernet Franc grapes got lovely and ripe.  The tannins have softened down fantastically with age while the ripe fruit flavours are still there.  This is one for some tasty cured meats!

Producer of the Month: CVNEDate published: 13/07/13

Founded in 1879 by Raimundo & Eusebio Real De Asua, CVNE has long been at the forefront of wine production in the Rioja region. Still family owned, the company employs traditional methods that have been passed down through the generations whilst pioneering new advancements in both the winery and the vineyard.

Still based on the original site, the winery at Haro retains many original features including a pillar-less cellar designed by the Architectural firm of Alexandre-Gustav Eiffel (he of the Tower). Two of CVNE's top wine brands are produced here:

Cune - The original name for this wine was supposed to have been CVNE, like the company, but an early misspelling decided this wine’s name for good. It was the first wine produced by CVNE.

Imperial - This wine was first made in the 1920s and only made on vintages of exceptional quality. So named for the pint-sized (aka Imperial) bottles in which it was traditionally shipped to Britain.

Situated at Cerro de la Mesa, the Viña Real winery produces a range wines which aim to truly reflect the Rioja Alavesa landscape from which the grapes are sourced. A Crianza called 'Plata' (Silver), a Reserva, 'Oro' and a Gran Reserva are currently produced.

Our next wine course - Thursday 18th JulyDate published: 11/07/13

Our next wine course - Thursday 18th July


Our next wine course is on Thursday 18th July.  The course is an informal introduction to wine and includes food and wine matching and is a guaranteed fun experience!  The course starts at 6pm and is free but please call us to reserve a place on 01962 868 708.

Chilean Tasting WeekDate published: 11/07/13

Chilean Tasting Week

Please come in and try a selection of our Chilean wines which we will be focusing on from tomorrow (Friday 12th July) until closing on Thursday 18th July! 

Manzanilla La GitanaDate published: 11/07/13

Manzanilla La Gitana

£7.99

Grape Variety

Palomino

Origin

This sherry is made using the Palomino grape, which is one of only three used in sherry (post phyloxera) and it is grown in “albariza” soil which according to the French concept of “terroir” means that the vines receive a lot of warmth and benefit from the sandy earth. This style of Sherry is very far removed from the sweetened styles that you used to be able to buy on tap from the off license. The Manzanilla style is well known for being sharper and crisper than its siblings, this comes from being produced in the coastal region of Sanlucar de Barrameda which provides more humidity and moisture allowing the yeasty cap in the barrel to be much thicker and prevent any oxidation.

Taste
Incredibly fresh, with a savory tangy character. A complex, nutty palate and crisp, palate-cleansing finish.

Enjoy
Treat like a white wine and serve chilled in a normal wine glass. A must-have with tapas, but can be enjoyed with seafood or just as a refreshing drink on a hot summer evening.

Summer Inspired RecommendationsDate published: 11/07/13

With the great British summer finally here and some great weather forecast for the up and coming weekend it feels the perfect time to be getting prepared for a BBQ in the sun. And what better way to enjoy the good food and weather than with some equally fantastic wines to be shared amongst good company? Therefore I would like to share with you a selection of my favourite wines to go with some classic BBQ foods...

As a refreshing apertif:

Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisières 2012 Cuvée de Perruches, Bernard Fouquet

£9.99 or buy 2 save £4 £7.99

This off dry style wine offers intense aromas of bakes apples, peach and an underlying honey character. The residual sugar and racy acidity make it perfect for a pre dinner tipple.

For lighter fish dishes such as king prawn skewers or tuna steaks:

M de Minuty Rosé 2012 Côtes de Provence

£12.99 or buy 2 save £6 £9.99

This fantastic rose is extremely elegant in style and offers delicate floral notes of rose petal combined with subtle strawberry and citrus fruit. It is fantastic with a large array of delicate fish dishes or as simply as an afternoon drink to enjoy in the sun.


Gavi 2011/2012 La Toledana

£9.99 or buy 2 Italian wines save 20% £7.99

This Italian white is clean, crisp and exceptionally well balanced. It combines citrus fruits with lighter notes of pear, peach and a slightly honeyed edge.



For pork chops and sausages:

Anakena Single Vineyard 'Tama' Pinot Noir 2011 Leyda Valley

£8.74 or buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% £6.99

This fantastic value wine offers a large array of fresh fruit flavours such as blueberry, raspberries and cranberry. This intesnse fruit combined with the high acidity in a Pinot Noir make it perfect to balance out the flavour of any fattier meats.



For red meats such as beef or venison steaks:

Viñalba Malbec Reservado 2011 Mendoza

£11.99 or buy 2 save £6 £8.99

This full bodied Argentinian red has intense flavours of bramble fruits, stewed plumbs and subtle mocha hints. The intensity of this wine make it able to stand up to any extremely rich red meat dishes.


For BBQ lamb chops of game dishes:


Rioja Reserva 2007/2008 Lagunilla

£10.99 or buy 2 save £8 £6.99

This reserva style Rioja displays a combination of red and dark fruits as well as subtle hints of sweet spice and lashings of creamy vanilla.

Planning a Wedding?Date published: 11/07/13

At Majestic Wine Winchester we are experts at helping you plan your big day. Come in and talk to one of us about reds, whites, rosé and sparkling and quantities of each.

We can pick out the best wines for your budget and you can always take advantage of our tasting counter if you're unsure.

And with free delivery, glass hire and chiller bins*, all you'll need to worry about is the weather!

We deliver to a large portion of the surrounding area, so for the majority of lovely venues across the region, we will have those wines waiting for you on your special day!

Happy planning!

New Sancere Rose - Roger NeveuDate published: 09/07/13

Yes that's right! We've just recieved a small selection of Roger Neveu's Sancerre Rose - definitely worth a try!

£12.99 single bottle


Fantastic Fine Wine at Everyday Prices!Date published: 09/07/13

Ever fancied a bottle or two of fine wine but feel it is too expensive for you? We currently have a great fine wine offer at Majestic wine. Buy two bottles of selected fine wine and save £8 and you can even mix and match between different wines. Below are a few examples of the wines on this offer.

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz, Barrossa Valley (£18 on the fine wine offer). This Aussie Shiraz is made from grapes from old 'gnarled' vines giving it great concentration of fruit flavours accompanied with hints of toffee and chocolate.

Le Voltre dell' Ornellaia, Italy (£18 on the fine wine offer). This Super Tuscan is a blend of Sangiovese with Bordeaux varieties Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Full of intense black fruit this is very approachable wine with fine grained tannins.


Look what's back! Date published: 08/07/13

Ridge Wines. They're superb. Lytton Springs and Geyserville.

Party Services and Ice - Don't Miss Out!Date published: 08/07/13

As you may all be aware the sun is shining and the temperatures are soaring! With this in mind it is the perfect time to hold a party with friends and family. We don't blame you! We're here to help cater for those special moments in the sun.

However we are predicting a VERY busy few months (especially when the sun is out) so if you require any of our services we advise that you reserve your orders as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Here's a list of our services:
- Glass Hire
- Chiller Bin Hire
- Ice Bucket Hire
- Ice


Chapel Down English Sparkling WineDate published: 06/07/13

Chapel Down English Sparkling Wine

Champagne, CAVA, Prosecco ... are all familiar choices to when choosing something sparkling. They all have unique attributes... but have you every considered English Sparkling?

The terriors in England (the chalky lime rich soil in the South East) and the cool climate means in many ways similar to Champagne. The Chapel Down is from Kent. We have three of their wines on offer in store...

Chapel Down Brut NV- Classic Champagne Blend with the addition of Pinot Blanc. A lighter style with fine bubbles and refreshing zestiness £17.99

Chapel Down English Rose NV (not Rosé!!!)- With the addition of Reichensteiner and Rivaner- Grapes which thrive in the cool climate of Kent- a more distinct red fruit character £17.99

Chapel Down Pinot Reserve 2006- A strict selection of only the finest grapes- a rival to Champagne. Brioche elements and soft apples, and a lush rounded mousse. £19.99 

Come and have a look in store @majesticwin #comeandexplore #chapel down

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne- £24.99 today!!!Date published: 05/07/13

Champagne Deals

One of the most consistent house Champagne styles. Using only the finest grapes, crisp green apple and citrus notes. This Champagne gets its elegance from the Chardonnay grapes in its blend.

A cracking deal at the moment- £24.99 (Normally retailing at £38)- a lighter elegant style of Champagne- therefore easier to match with food. Would be excellent with smoked salmon or any kind of finger buffet!

Plenty more (varying styles) on offer @majesticwin... #comeandexplore... #champagnedeals ... please feel free to ask us any questions in store or tweet us back!!!

Summer Fruity Reds @majesticwinDate published: 03/07/13

So the weather forecast is hot and sunny for upcoming weekend (fingers and toes crossed!)

Thinking about having a garden party, BBQ or social gathering?

Here is a selection of reds that could fit that bill...

Guiot Costieres Nimes- made using Grenache and Syrah grapes- this wine has more in common with Rhone than the reds of the South of France. Slight notes of pepper and red berries- easy drinking- £6.99 each when you buy at least two.

Fleurie Flower Label- George Duboeuf- from one of the most famous Beajolais Cru- characteristic fresh cherries and slight perfumes- £8.99 when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.

Fitou Les Hauts de Montluzy- Mont Taut- from Fitou in the South of Fance- a bigger wine than the previous two mentioned. More of a French Shiraz- lush red fruits mingle with savoury black fruits. Good with BBQ'd steak. Only £6.49 when you buy at least two...

As ever we have plenty more choice in store. Why not pop in today @majesticwin ...

Wine of the Week - Pouilly Fuissé, Cordier Date published: 01/07/13

In good July spirit we've decided to open up one of the most respected wines in the store. This Pouilly-Fuissé is made by one of top producers of Burgundy and is a real show of character, expression and place.

This modern, sumptuous wine is a great example of full-on Pouilly-Fuissé: 15% new oak is used to create complex flavors of vanilla, almond and toast. A rich aroma and tinned peach and stone fruit is matched well with the oaking.

A real gem that deserves food: a creamy dish like stragnoff is a must!

In good July spirit we've decided to open up one of the most respected wines in the store. This Pouilly-Fuissé is made by one of top producers of Burgundy and is a real show of character, expression and place.


This modern, sumptuous wine is a great example of full-on Pouilly-Fuissé: 15% new oak is used to create complex flavors of vanilla, almond and toast. A rich aroma and tinned peach and stone fruit is matched well with the oaking.


A real gem that deserves food: a creamy dish like stragnoff is a must!

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage...Date published: 29/06/13

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage...

Having a celebration? Looking for the right kind of fizz? ... then this one is worth serious consideration. 

Cloudy Bay is better know for their Sauvignon Blanc- the trademark for Marlborough SB... but they are make a sparkling

The Cloudy Bay Pelorus is currently on a cracking deal- down from £23.99 to £17.99 ... this sparkler is made exactly the same way as Champagne, with flavours of baked apple and biscuity notes. This is a cracking alternative to a vintage Champagne. Why not add a bottle to a your mixed case? #comeandexplore #fizz

Non-vintage and Rose also available

Great Summer Wine @ Majestic Wine WinchesterDate published: 28/06/13

Here at Majestic Wine our tasting counter has a selection of wines that would go well this weekend with the warmer settled weather.

For the Red we have the Beajolais Village Domaine des Nugues. Made using the Gamay grape- typical of this region- also undergoes semi-carbonic maceration. This means the wines retain a light fruity character with low subtle tannin. Drink with a lightly seasoned steak. Only £8.79 a bottle when you at least two as part of your mixed case.

In the White wine we have Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc from Malborough New Zelaland. One of the regions most dynamic wineries- cool fermentation allows 100% of the varietal character to come through in the wine. Zesty, fully of gooseberries and tropical fruits. Would go perfectly with fresh sea food or a tomato and goats cheese salad. Only £8.79 a bottle when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.

For the Rose we have the M de Minuty from Provence. With the winery located near St Tropez, using a mix of Grenache, Cinsault and Tibouren- Pale Honeysuckle colour in the glass- this wine has a floral slightly off dry finish... just £9.99 when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.

All these wines are available to try at our tasting counter today (while it lasts!) #comeandexplore today @majesticwin


Planning a Summer Party? ... Majestic Wine can helpDate published: 28/06/13

So the British Summer is with us- sometimes! Thinking of holding a summer party/BBQ? Then Majestic can offer solutions for planning your party. Obviously we have wine- but we also offer the following...

1. A wide selection of local bottled bitters such as Upham Brewery, along with a wide range of European and World Beers.

2. Sale or Return offered. Worried about not ordering enough? We can advise what quantities you might be needing

3. Free Glass hire with your purchase of wine. We only ask for a refundable £1 deposit per glass- we have wine, flutes, hi-ball and pint glasses + chiller bins, ice buckets and large bags of ice (4kg).

Better still we offer free delivery on wine orders over £40. So why not take the stress out of planning your party and pop in @majesticwin today #comeandexplore


Mâcon Villages Blanc 'Les Roches Blanches'- Improved offer £7.99Date published: 27/06/13

This Macon Village is made by Louis Jadot- one of the best known names in Burgundy. Sourcing the majority of the grapes from the vineyards around Loche- this wine offers brilliant value for money. Better still its available for a limited time at the improved price of £7.99. Displaying classic green apple and pears flavours with a flourish of minerality... #comeandexplore @majesticwin

My pick of Provence Rose winesDate published: 26/06/13

With Provence Rose week starting on the 28th June and running until the 4th July here are a couple of my favourite wines from this great French region.

M de Minuty 2012 - Made from the 3 grapes Grenache, Cinsault and Tibouren this is a lovely mix of fruit and floral notes and is very slightly off-dry. Great on its own or with a refreshing tomato and mozerella salad. Single bottle £12.99 or buy 2 save £6 at £9.99 each*.

Château Sainte Marguerite Organic Rosé 2012 - This Cru Classe wine shows the complexity of flavours that is known in Provence. Fresh berries and floral notes make it a great partner for fresh fruit desserts. Single bottle £12.99 or buy 2 save £2 at £11.99 each*.

We also have a couple of tasting tutorials on Saturday 29th June so if you would like to book onto one of these or want any more infromation give us a call or drop us an email.
 

*When purchased as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles


Champagne of the moment... Perrier-Jouët Grand BrutDate published: 26/06/13

Cracking Champagne Deal...Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut

Normally selling for £38 a bottle- at Majestic our buyers have managed to secure a limited quantity at £25 a bottle. This Champagne is elegant- displaying soft apple and a sweet creamy nutty character. Fantastic value- with all the hallmarks of finer Champagne. Proving very popular here @majesticwin ... plenty more Champagne deals in store... #comeandexplore or ask a member of staff for any advice.

A Classic White Burgundy... St-Véran 2011 Domaine Thibert Père et FilsDate published: 25/06/13

Classic White Burgundy available to taste @ majesticwin

Grapes harvested from a small plot in St-Veran with vines dating back 85 years. The grapes have minimal handling and are hand harvested to select the best bunches. This wine is also non-filtered to retain the old world character of this White Burgundy. This wine is elegantly oaked (giving the wine a subtle creamy character) with hints of citrus fruit, pineapple and peach. A perfect match with Chicken in a cream and tarragon sauce. Only £12.99 each when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.

Available to taste @majesticwin today- much more choice in store. For any help ask a member of staff for advice

Refreshing Summer Sweet WinesDate published: 25/06/13

Refreshing Summer Sweet Wines

Here at Majestic Winchester we have a fantastic selection of Sweet Wines.

Firstly there is the Vouvray Melleux (Half bottle) from Loire. A lighter sweet wine made using Chenin Blanc grapes. Served chilled with Fois Gras on a crisp Melba Toast.£9.99 when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.

Secondly we have the Royal Tokaji (5 Puttonyos)- deliciously sweet with crisp notes of orange peel and honey. Again serve chilled with any rich blue cheese. £19.99 a bottle (a bargain for one of the worlds finest sweet wines- Queen Victoria's favourite treat!)

Thirdly ... if neither of the above are your thing- we have plenty more to choose from- we are always happy to advise.

@majesticwin

Pouilly-Fumé 2010 Jean Vincent - Fantastic Value Loire available today... Date published: 12/06/13

Fantastic value Loire @majesticwine ... and so much more...

Father and son team Jean and Vincent are the 11th and 12th generation of their illustrious winemaking family. This particular wine is fantastic value- at £9.99 (when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case). A perfect wine for the summer weather (when it returns)... great partnered with grilled fish. Don't take my word for it, pop in and try it at our tasting counter today or come and explore the other great Loire wines we have on offer

Veuve Clicquot VisitDate published: 31/05/13

Veuve Clicquot Visit

After a visit to the maison and cellars of Ruinart, we were treated to a tour of the Veuve Clicquot cellars the next day.  The Veuve cellars sprawl for miles and miles whereas the Ruinart cellars are much deeper and go down for 40 metres!  

We tried a range of the base wines that make Champagne the finished product.  They are still and quite acidic so not as pleasant as the end result!  This was followed by a glass of Veuve Clicquot NV from a magnum - I have vowed to try and drink Champagne from magnums as much as possible because it tastes much better than a normal bottle - and as a special treat we tried some 1990 Veuve! It tasted like butterscotch  - just delicious!

After that lovely tasting we headed over to Veuve Clicquot's Hotel du Marc for lunch matched to a range of Veuve Champagnes.  This was an amazing experience as the Chateau itself has recently been renovated inside and is just beautiful.  I haven't matched Champagne to food before and it's not something you often consider as a food match but it works wonders with certain foods.

So after a quick tour of the beautiful Chateau we headed back to Paris to catch the Eurostar back to the UK.  How we are going to live a normal life without Champagne with our dinner I don't know!

Ruinart VisitDate published: 31/05/13

Ruinart Visit

I was lucky enough to go on an educational trip to the Champagne region with Veuve Clicquot and Ruinart a week ago.  A group of us took the Eurostar across to Paris and then the train eastward to Reims, the Champagne region! 

We enjoyed a tour of Ruinart's cellars and a tasting of lots of different Ruinart Champagnes. A very interesting experience as it's not often you get to try a range of Champagnes next to one another at the same time.  It was fascinating to try the NV, Blanc de Blanc and Dom Ruinart to compare the flavours of differing blends and different lengths of age and how these factors affect the flavour of the wine.  We then enjoyed a dinner where the food was matched to the Champagne and included sampling the Ruinart Rose 1996 and 1998.  Delicious!


Wines of New Zealand TastingDate published: 31/05/13

Wines of New Zealand Tasting

This weekend we have a cracking selection of wines open to taste from New Zealand.  We have a Sauvignon Blanc tasting tutorial tomorrow so there are plenty of those to be opened for a nice comparison along with a couple of other grape varieties.  Also there are some interesting reds open including my favourite from Martinborough the Te Tera Pinot Noir from the small boutique Martinborough vineyard just over the hill from Wellington on the North island.

So pop in and try these exciting wines with us in store!

International Wine Challenge & Decanter World Wine Awards 2013Date published: 25/05/13

International Wine Challenge & Decanter World Wine Awards 2013

This week the IWC and DWWA results were announced.

These competitions each attract around 14,000 entries, which are tasted by a line-up of masters of wine, sommeliers, critics and buyers over several weeks.  After vigorous rounds of judging the top wines are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals.  Majestic entered a number of wines in to the competitions, as did some of our suppliers.

My pick of our wines awarded Gold medals is shown below:

IWC

Pizarras de Otero Bierzo 2012 - £6.99

Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2012 - Also awarded "Eden Valley Viognier Trophy" - £7.99

Villa Maria Private Bin Syrah 2010 - £9.99

Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2010 - Also awarded "Martinborough Pinot Noir Trophy" - £17.59

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012 - £9.99

Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2012 - £9.99

DWWA

Commanderie de Payrassol Rosé 2012 - £9.99

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV - £37

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2011 - £27.98

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012 - £8.99

Ara Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc 2012 - £9.59

Leyda Reserva Syrah 2011 - £7.99


All prices shown are 2+ bottle price.



Staff Recommendation: Elysium Black Muscat 2010/2011 Andrew Quady 375ml Half-bottleDate published: 25/05/13

Staff Recommendation: Elysium Black Muscat 2010/2011 Andrew Quady 375ml Half-bottle

Grape: Black Muscat

Black Muscat, an under-appreciated Muscat variety, one of the very few black-skinned Muscats. Elysium is Greek for Heaven, a fitting association for this excellent wine made by Andrew Quady.

Virtually black in colour, with a rose-like aroma, very intense on the palate and full of fantastic rich velvety fruit.

One of the few wines that can stand up to chocolate puddings. Or try it poured over ice cream for the ultimate after-dinner treat!

I recommend to have it with chocolate and raspberry brownie.

If it's good enough for the president of the United States then you will love it!

£9.99 2+ bottles (Single bottle price - £12.49)

Star Buy - Prosecco Zonin NV DOCDate published: 25/05/13

Star Buy: Prosecco Zonin NV DOC

Grape: Prosecco

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finihs. Wonderfully versatile.

Serve: As an aperitif, a partner for fish courses or even with light fruit desserts.

ONLY £7.99

Carbonic Maceration - For fresh fruity redsDate published: 25/05/13

Carbonic Maceration

Carbonic maceration is a widely used process, producing a wine that is ready for drinking in a matter of weeks rather than months or years. It produces the style of wine that is popular, a wine that is of good purple colour, fresh and fruity on the nose, soft and eminently quaffable and ready to drink.

The two important factors necessary to the success of this process are the use of whole bunches of undamaged grapes and a fermentation vessel that can be filled with carbon dioxide.

Any vat can be used for carbonic maceration, provided it can be closed at the top to prevent the ingress of air. The fermentation takes place in two distinct stages, the first in a specially prepared closed vat at an elevated temperature, the second in an ordinary vat at normal temperature.

The first stage, takes place without the involvement of yeast. The alcohol that is produced during this phase is formed by intracellular fermentation inside the grape where the grape's own enzymes attack the sugars, breaking them down to alcohol. This process is allowed to continue for between five to fifteen days at about 35 degrees, during which time about 3% of the alcohol is produced.

During the second phase, the vat is drained and juices are seperated. The skins are pressed as usual and the press juice is added to the free-run juice. The combined juices are cooled to about 20 degrees, transferred to an ordinary vat and extracellular fermentation takes place, using the yeasts from the skins of the grapes.

Beaujolais uses carbonic maceration to produce all their wines. It is ready to drink within two months of the fermentation and should be consumed within six months.

We have a Juliénas (Beaujolais Cru) open on our tasting counter.

Sancerre Clement Pinard 2012Date published: 25/05/13

Sancerre Clement Pinard 2012

Origin: Sancerre
is one of the Loire Valley's most easterly appelations and arguably its most prestigious. Once a name associated with light-bodied red wines, since the mid-20th century Sancerre has been world famous for Sauvignon Blanc made in a crisp, herbaceous style with marked minerality. It still produces red and rose wines, exclusively from Pinot Noir, but these represent only about one-fifth of its annual production.

Taste:  Elegant on the nose; hints of green apples, peaches and floral notes. The palate: is the real treat. Bursting with green apples, refreshing racy acidity and a never ending salty finish.

Enjoy: Perfectly acceptable on its own as an afternoon apéritif or with light salads or with fresh seafood.

£19.99 buy 2 bottles or more £16.99

Two Hands WinesDate published: 25/05/13

Two Hands wine was founded in 1999 to showcase the best of Australia's Shiraz production. The grapes are selected from six of Australia's premium Shiraz growing regions. The main aim of the winery is to produce quality Shiraz which will have the fruit flavour of the grape as it's primary influence and uses oak in a supporting role.

Today we have the Angel's Share Shiraz open for tasting. This is from the picture series of wines and the the Angels Share refers to the small amount of wine that evaporates from the oak barrels. Winemakers use to believe that Angels watched over the wines and took there share.

This wine exhibits the exceptional fruit characteristics of a true Australian Shiraz with notes of coffee amongst the mulberry and plum flavours. Together with soft, rounded tannins this wine is drinking very well now but could be laid down for the next ten years.

This wine is available for £18 when you buy two or more as part of our buy 2 save £8 fine wine promotion!   

Codorníu Selección Raventós, Brut NVDate published: 25/05/13

For years Codorníu Selección Raventós was chosen for the private enjoyment of the Raventós family – the fruit of a winemaking tradition of 18 generations. On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the first bottle of sparkling wine to be produced by Josep Raventós in 1872, the product was made available commercially.

Selección Raventós is sourced from select vineyards located in two different grape-growing areas and is a blend of local (Xarel·Lo and Macabeo) and international (Chardonnay) varieties.

A brut with a brilliant straw yellow colour and fine, delicate and persistent bubbles, it has aromas of pineapple and stone fruit, together with more classic aromas such as citrus and apple from the traditional varieties. Also prominent are aromas from ageing on yeast lees (dried fruit, honey, toast, etc).  On the palate, Selección Raventós has a creamy texture and good body, with a refreshing and persistent mouthfeel.

£7.99 (down from £9.99 if you buy 2 or more)

Pimm's Special Edition Blackberry and ElderflowerDate published: 25/05/13

A limited edition tipple, made from a blend honouring the Pimm's tradition, mixed with Blackberry and Elderflower. 

A hit amongst the staff here!

Getting married? Let our Majestic Party Planner sort the drinks!Date published: 18/05/13

Getting Married? Let our Majestic Party Planner sort the drinks!

Here at Majestic Wines in Winchester we are used to dealing with large parties and weddings so let us help you organise everything drink related!

There are a few things we need to think about first, how many guests will you be having? What will you be eating? Will you be having a toast? Will you be supplying drinks all day or just the evening? Even just for a meal? So many questions, but these are the main pieces of info that will help us to reccomend a suitable quanitity.

When it comes to bubbles we have lots of options! Sparkling wine starts from £5.99, Champagne from £16, Prosecco from £6.99.

Champagne is a good choice to get the party started, sparkling wine is an option if you would like to serve bubbles all day and Prosecco is lovely and refreshing on a hot Summers day.

A bottle provides 7 glasses so....

for 100 guests you'll need at least 100 x 2 = 200 flutes or 30 bottles.

If you are not sure don't panic, don't forget we offer a sale or return service so any unused bottles can be returned! When it comes to wine, our prices start from £4.99 a bottle so we have a wide choice for all budgets.  A bottle provides 6 small glasses of wine and 5 medium glasses. Normally we suggest 1/2 a bottle a head. This does not sound a lot but when you consider drivers and some people are bigger drinkers than others it seems to balance out well! If you are worried about runnning out possibly think about adding a buffer.

The type of wine is a big decision, however, we have tried all our wines so can reccomend the perfect wines for you and your guests. We always have a selction of wines open to taste all day, every day to further help your decision.

Here at Majestic Wine we also do a wide selection of Lagers, Ales and Ciders. A lot of these are sold in boxes of 12's and can also be returned in un-open boxes if not used.

We also offer a selection of water and soft drinks including the very popular Belvoir Presses...perect for a refreshing alternative!

If you are holding your wedding at a venue that doesn't provede glasses we offer a FREE glass hire service. There is just a deposit of £1 a glass that is fully refundable when they are brought back clean. Then to complete your order we offer free delivery to your chosen venue, if the wedding isn't for a while we can store the wine here then deliver nearer the time....so let us carry all the boes for you!

For more information please don't hesitate to give us a call on 01962 868 708 or pop in to store at any time.

Most of our products are on www.majestic.co.uk but we have a large selection of beers and soft drink in-store that won't be on the website.

Sherry - Time for a revival!Date published: 18/05/13

Sherry - Time for a revival!

In my opinion, Sherry is one of the most undervalued and unique wine products! The quality you get for the money you pay is amazing. Over the past couple of decades sherry has got itself a pretty bad rep, because of the sweet style our grandparents may enjoy that stay open for many Christmas 's. But within the past couple of years, the upstart of stylish Tapas bars and trendy sherry bars has started to bring sherry back into popularity with younger generations.

It is actually one of the hardest products to make and get right, and there are a few products that are made in a similar way in different countries (like Portuguese Moscatel) but the Spaniards have nailed it with Sherry. The name comes from the Spanish town of Jerez in the south of the country in the province of Cadiz in Andalucia.

The most common style you will see in the supermarkets is “cream” which is a sweetened form of Olorosso sherry. You will then most likely see La Gitana on the shelves which is a Manzanilla. But if you branch out and try other styles like Fino, Pedro Ximenez and Amontillado you enter another world of flavours like nothing else!

You should enjoy it chilled; and on a hot day, sitting in the sun, there isn't much you can do to top it. I think today's society should distance themselves from the idea that it is only to drink at Christmas. At the very least, people should enjoy having some unctuous, velvety smooth Pedro Ximenez poured over some vanilla ice cream!

Within Majestic, we stock Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado and PX from a few different producers. For more info, pop in store or give us a ring!

Adiós!!

What would you like to see on our store webpage?Date published: 18/05/13

What would you like to see on our store webpage?

Here at Majestic Winchester we want to make sure we are keeping you informed about all things wine, but are there any articles that would people would like to see more/less of? Maybe more food and wine matching or perhaps just information on our special offers? Or what about our specialty beers? What ever your views just to let us know, email us at win@majestic.co.uk

If you like...Date published: 11/05/13

If you like ….........fragrant Thai green curry.

Why not try St Clair Pioneers Pinot Gris £13.99 when you buy 2+ bottles.

Pinot Gris is the same grape variety Pinot Grigio, however, they are two very different styles. Where Pinot Grigio is distinctive in it's light subtle flavours a good Pinot Gris like the St Clair is rich, full, and fragrant , with a more oily texture on the palate. Melon, and pear flavours mix with a fullness that comes from the almond notes. The hint sweetness in this wine matches beautifully with the fragrant flavours of this Thai dish.

If you like...Date published: 11/05/13

If you like .......Penalolen Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile.

Why not try the Quinta de Bacaloha from Portugal. £11.99 when you buy 2+ bottles.

Many reds from Portugal are a blend of some of the grape varieties used in Port production, this wine however is a varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. If it's classic Cabernet characteristics you're after you will not be disappointed. Dark bramble fruit is balanced out with well structured tannin's, add to this the spice that has been imparted from spending 11 months in new oak and this wine has a lovely rich feel to it. This is a bold wine and would stand up perfectly to big red meat dishes or strong flavored hard cheeses.

A new fine wine!Date published: 11/05/13

A new fine wine!

Every so often we hear of particular Fine Wines which have been praised by our Fine Wine inventory manager. As he gets to see it all (and I imagine taste one or two on occassion) I like to pass these on to you, our customers, to give you a little heads up on potential pearls.

Ladoucette Pouilly Fume is produced by Baron de Ladoucette, matured in tank and is one of the best wines from this region. Layers of smokey, flinty, citrus notes with just a hint of tropical fruit. Full bodied as far as French Sauvignon goes, the flavour of this wine just goes on and on.

At £25, I'm more than tempted, aren't you?

We are very proud of our champagne!Date published: 11/05/13

We are very proud of our champagne!

We are so proud of our Champagne selection at Winchester Majestic Wine that we have decided to brag about it! As well as having some of the old favorites, such as Oeil de Perdrix Rose and Nicolas Feuillatte NV, we have an excellent selection of Champagnes for when you REALLY want to celebrate. Krug NV, Pol Roger Winston Churchill, Louis Roederer Cristal and Taittanger Comtes, to name but a few. See anything you like? Want to know if there is something else we can get? Come in and visit us and see what we can do for you!

Aix magnums and even double magnums are back in stock!!Date published: 11/05/13

Aix magnums and even double magnums are back in stock!

Many of you will remember and love this wine from previous summers where it has proven very popular. As we start to think about a time where it is not threatening to snow or freeze, the relevant products are starting to arrive. If you want to make sure you get your share of this lovely Provence Rose then visit us now and have you summer drinking ready and waiting (for the sunshine). An absolute bargain whether you like Rose wine or magnum bottles, just £20! The double magnum comes in at £50! Who feels warmer already?

In addition to your wines we can also give you a place to put them!Date published: 11/05/13

In addition to your wines we can also give you a place to put them!

Are you tired of rooting round your house for all the loose wine bottles you have deposited under the stairs, in the garage or in the corner next to the spices? If you are looking to tidy up your wine stash, or even building up a cellar, we have just the thing. We do an assortment of sturdy, metal and pine wood wine racks which come in a variety of sizes. We keep them on display in our store, or you are welcome to contact us with your specific needs and we will help in whatever way we can. If you want to know more, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Once you have the rack, all you need to do is fill it...

Ravenswood Lodi ZinfandelDate published: 11/05/13

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel

Yesterday evening I decided to open up the bottle of Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel I'd recently bought. This is wine is not for the faint-hearted, it is big and bold! Coming from California's central valley, winemaker Joel Peterson specialises in these powerful wines. It is 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. This would be perfect with steak but I brought it to Britain and matched it with a lamb hot-pot. (£8.99 2+ bottles as part of your mixed case)

Bitte Ein BitDate published: 11/05/13

Bitte Ein Bit

Bitte ein bit is the company logo of Bitburger, a German premium lager and one of the biggest brewers in the whole of Germany. I was lucky enough to be one of seven Majestic members of staff invited to visit their home in Bitburg last week. The phrase means "a bit please" and its utterance will guarantee a delicious frosty badboy will be sitting in front of you in double quick time, therefore, it was an essential part of our vocabulary whilst in Germany.

The whole experience began how it ended, with tired eyes and a sore head as I arrived at Stansted airport at 5am on Wednesday morning for our early flight out to Frankfurt. There we met up with Chris from Adnams who was to be our guide for the tour. After a quick coffee to pick us up we set off on our short flight.

Our first port of call on our trip was the brewery in Bitburg. On our drive over we even had a bottle of Bitburger to get us into the swing of things. The highlight was sampling the Bitburger and Cola blend which is particularly popular in Germany. Interesting...but I don't think I'm a convert just yet. We also had a traditional three course German meal in a small restaurant opposite the brewery which gave us a much needed boost of energy.

Next stop was Trier, an historic city about an hour's drive from Bitburg complete with Roman gates highlighting its imperial past. Here we had a little snooze in our hotel before heading back out for a meal with the Bitburger rep. I went for the traditional combination of German sausage and, of course, several stein's of Bitburger. It was superb as expected. What followed is a slightly hazy night of table football, Bitburger, more Bitburger, and then a little more Bitburger!

Next day we had to check out of our hotel at 11am which was surprisingly difficult after our previous night's entertainment. However we were ushered away for an early lunch in a classy restaurant in the centre of Trier. The food was fantastic. My choice of German-style roast dinner was interesting to say the least. I must say I still prefer the good old English roast but it was a great alternative.

After lunch we met with a tour guide for a whistle-stop history lesson about Trier's past including seeing the impressive cathedral and also the birthplace of Karl Marx. Even better, we had the chance to do a short tasting of some Mosel Riesling's in a local bar where we sampled probably the most corked bottle of wine I've ever come across, but also some lovely Riesling's in a range of styles and price points.

All that was left at this point was to have some more food and Bitburger before we headed off home. The richness of all the meals up to that point had finally taken its toll and I opted for the Chicken Cesar Salad.

After an absolute whirlwind 36 hours we travelled back to Frankfurt airport and left all the beer behind. It was a great experience and one that I was extremely thankful to Bitburger for organising the trip for us. If I can take anything educational from my time in Germany it would have to be my new found competence at ordering beer in the native tongue. "Bitte ein bit" is all it takes!

Spotlight on Barolo 2007, Ciabot BertonDate published: 11/05/13

Spotlight on Barolo 2007, Ciabot Berton

Barolo is the name given to Red DOCG wines produced in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. Barolo is made form the Nebbiolo grape, a variety that rarely succeeds anywhere other than in the Calcerous-clay soils of this region. Historically Barolo was a very tannic wine that would often take many years to soften and become palateable to the masses. Modern Barolo's have adapted for the international consumer and are slightly less tannic with fruitier flavours. Producers achieve this modern Barolo through shorter fermentation times and a shorter aging process (predominantly in New French oak 'Barrique' barrells). This has caused some controversy amongst those producing more traditional Barolo and there is quite a heated debate amongst wine makers as to whether these modern examples should even use the Barolo name! Barolo wines typically have a very recogniseable scent of Roses and Tar and make a great accompaniment to rich red meat dishes.

On the Tasting Counter, from our Fine Wine shelves...

Barolo 2007, Ciabot Berton A little bit of background... The Ciabot Berton vineyards and winery are owned by the Oberto family, who bottled their first wine in 1961 and have continued to produce excellent Italian Reds ever since! Situated in La Morra in the Northern region of Piedmont, the vineyards enjoy a well exposed south facing view on the picturesque hillsides.

The taste test: Made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes from a selection of the Oberto family vineyards, this Barolo is a beautiful Ruby red in colour. Upon first sniff this wine is instantly recogniseable with it's classic Barolo scent of rose petals. I found it to live up to it's reputation with prominent tannins and plummy fruit flavours that are benefitted by a hint of pepper and spices. Perfect with roast beef!

This wine is on offer at just £23 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of your mixed case of 6.

(£26 Single bottle price)

Spotlight on Cloudy BayDate published: 11/05/13

Spotlight on Cloudy Bay

Cloudy Bay is the the name given to the area in New Zealand where the famous Wairau River meets the coast. Here, the river is at it's widest point, measuring over 14km across. The original Cloudy Bay vineyard was established on barren Sheep & Cattle farming land in 1986 and is based on the famous Jacksons Road in the heart of Marlborough at the Northern end of New Zealands South Island. Cloudy Bay now own and use grapes from a collection of vineyards (including the original Jacksons Road site) throughout Marlborough, boasting that the diversity in soil type and micro-climates is what gives their wines such complexity in both flavours and aromas.

The classic Marlborough Sauvignon flavour is attributed to the regions cool climate, which allowed for extended development of flavour & aroma during the growing season.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 This wine is a classic Marlbrough Sauvignon with some added finesse. On the nose you'll find scents of tropical fruits complimented with a slight herbaceousness. On first taste the classic Gooseberry flavours hit your taste-buds instantly and passionfruit also features quite prominently. This wine has a long finish and is crisp and refreshing throughout. Definitely a wine to be savoured on it's own or accompanied by a traditional mediteranean mezze on a bright sunny day!

Why not try for yourself in-store now and see if it lives up to its reputation?

This wine is currently reduced by 20% to £21.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles. (£27.50 single bottle price.)

Bouvet Ladubay SaumurDate published: 08/05/13

Bouvet Ladubay Saumur - £11.99

The second oldest sparkling wine producer from Saumur in the Loire, Bouvet Ladubay is owned by Champagne house Taittinger. Made by the traditional method, but from Chenin Blanc grapes, it is of excellent quality.

Fruity aromas on the nose with fine but persistant bubbles. It has predominantly berry fruits with hints of sweet apple on the palate with an edge of creaminess which rounds it off very nicely, also it has a delicate body making it light in style so ideal for summer.

This sparkling is in my opinion better than most Champagnes and at the price you cannot be disappointed!!! Perfect as an aperitif or with fruit salads. I shall be keeping a few bottles for strawberries and cream when Wimbledon starts.

Majestic Winchester's New Arrivals PicksDate published: 04/05/13

Majestic Winchester's New Arrivals Picks

Each member of the Majestic Winchester team has chosen their favourite new arrival to our range;

Andy:

Clos duBois Pinot Noir – California - £12.49 buy 2 save £5 = £9.99

The grapes for this Californian Pinot Noir are grown in the coastal regions where the cooling breeze from the Pacific Ocean helps to produce a well integrated wine with an abundance of bramble fruit combining with sweet spice and vanilla on the finish. A steal at £9.99!!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-bois/product-is-18073

Lizzie:

Masi Masianco – Italy - £12.49, 20% off 2+ Italian Wines = £9.99

A blend of Pinot Grigio and Verduzzo gives this the extra WOW factor – characteristics of peach, pineapple and pear give this wine a refreshing, clean and summery finish. Ideal with seafood tapas in the sunshine!!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-masi/product-is-13394

Jezza:

Mister Shiraz – Chile - £8.74, 20% off 2+ Chilean Wines = £6.99

An exclusive bottling for Majestic sees the producer move towards a more traditional style of Shiraz; Muscular red fruit and plum notes with hints of vanilla – YUM!! This will be my BBQ wine this summer.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-mister/product-is-39319

Meerlust Merlot 2009 - Stellenbosch - South Africa.Date published: 04/05/13

Meerlust Merlot 2009 - Stellenbosch - South Africa.

Merlot, Cabernet Franc.

The Meerlust estate has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1757.

Made in the 'right-bank' tradition, this wine is a blend of 89% Merlot with

11% Cabernet Franc added for a supple and balanced structure and

aromatic complexity.

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. I think you'll have to agree after

tasting it, it is a wine well worth savouring....

Partner with a rich beef bourguignon. This went down a treat when we partnered it with Coq au Vin just last week

ONLY

£15.99

PER BOTTLE

WHEN YOU BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVING YOU £8*

SINGLE BOTTLE £19.99

*£8 saving applies when you

buy any 2 selected fine wines.

Amarone ValpolicelloDate published: 04/05/13

This week we're treating you to an Amarone Valpolicello situated near the beautiful Lake Garda and of course Venice. Years of experience go into making these wines in the traditional home of quality.

The Amorone Valpolicello is made by first drying the grapes in straw huts to bring out the raisin flavours then they are pressed as normal resulting in a unique traditional blend of characteristics.

Brooding, deep, intense aromas of Christmas cake, chocolate, cinnamon, sweet fruits and spice. The concentrated palate offers a thick texture and soft velvety tannins, very rich fruit characteristics. Can age for up to 5 years or enjoy now with wild game, rich tomato pasta or various cheeses.


Best left open with the cork in overnight to really bring out the depth of flavours this certainly is a big wine at a small price!`


Buy 2 bottles save £8 only £18

Tea and wine - and "tea wineDate published: 27/04/13

I am a massive fan of wine but there is another beverage that my life would be very dull without; the very British cup of tea! Sometimes I get cravings for an Earl grey and a Semillon at the same time. What to do? I have discovered a recipe for "tea wine" that has quite a cult following. You can have it white and chilled in the summer or red & mulled in the winter. It involves fermenting grape juice, or 'must' rather, with sugar, yeast, nutrients and tea leaves. I think I've found myself a summer project. Watch this space...

How to know it all - Wine in RestaurantsDate published: 27/04/13

Firstly a disclaimer - This is just a guide, it will never replace experience so get out there and try out our advice for yourself!

Restaurants can be intimidating places, especially those that are equipped with a sommelier or two. Many of us can panic when faced with an encyclopaedic wine list and just head for the safe waters of the house red. But if you want to make the next step, below are a few tips for you.

1. If you don't feel like splashing out, try and pick a wine a step up from the house. Generally house wines have the highest mark ups.

2. If the restaurant has a sommelier, ask him for a couple of recommendations in your price range based on the food you have ordered. If there is no sommelier stick to the general rules of white wine with fish and white meats, and red wine with red meats.

3. Some restaurants with a good list of high end wines keep their margins on the top stuff minimal or have a fixed mark up above a certain price point.. So if you have the budget for it go for some higher end wines and pay little more than you might on the high street.

4. There are many phone apps available that allow you to pick a style of wine based on your food, and also apps that can give you the high street value of a particular wine. Use these to your advantage.

5. Research your vintages - Particularly with Bordeaux and Burgundy, lighter  vintages will provide good value for drinking now. Think 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004 for Bordeaux, for example. There is little point splashing out on a 2005 that won't reach its peak for another 5 years at least.

6. Unless it is a by-the-glass bottle, every bottle of wine ordered will be opened and tasted by the sommelier. Yes, they are helping themselves to your wine, but it is in order to check for faults. Consider it a tip for them being so helpful!

Last Chance - 20% off South Africa and Spain!Date published: 27/04/13

At close of play (7pm) on Monday 29th April we will be ending our Spanish and South African current offers (save 20%!)  Please pop in to our store or place an internet order to take advantage of these deals before the offers end!  Remember we can showcase the perfect Rioja to partner your Spring lamb!

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Deals not to be missed!Date published: 22/04/13

Cracking Champagne Deal...

Down at Majestic Winchester at the moment we have Nicholas Feuillatte NV Champagne on at £16 a bottle (Down from £25). A classic house style Champagne- light citrus and green apple flavours mingle with fine bubbles.

If you fancy something in a slightly rounder style with biscuity undertones- the Nicolas Feuillatte Vintage 2006 is a great deal at only £20 (Normally £30)

These deals end on the 29th April... too good to miss!

Alternative to a Malbec?Date published: 21/04/13

Alternative to a Malbec?

So everyone is talking about 'Mighty Malbecs'... this week is also Portuguese wine tasting. We have the Churchill Estates red on tasting @majesticwin.

Since the purchase of new vineyards in 1999, Churchill Estates have been developing and mastering dry wines. Made using native Duoro grape varieties this wine is fermented in stainless steel before being aged for 8 months in new and old French oak.

Ripe cherry and strawberry aromas combine with subtle vanilla oak on the nose and follow through to the rich, velvety palate. Elegant, well-integrated tannins lead to a long well-balanced finish.

This wine would go lovely with a meaty BBQ this weekend- the sun is shining!

A Classy alternative to a Malbec... £9.99 each when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.

A New Rosé For A New Batch of Summer Sun!Date published: 20/04/13

A New Rosé For A New Batch of Summer Sun!

The rosé, new to the tasting counter this morning is the Berne Grande Récolte Rosé 2012. Cotes de Provence. This is a prime of example of a quality French rosé that will be perfect as an aperitif, or to accompany a barbeque in this fine weather!

At just £8.49 a bottle when you buy two or more, the Berne grande Récolte is a bargain price for the product you get to enjoy. The Chateau de Berne is a winery that has around 110 hectares specialising in rosé wines and has been producing these outstanding products since 1750. The experience gained from such a colourful history runs through every drop of this wine and you can really appreciate this in every sip.

This cool-fermented rosé has a vibrant rosy colour, and a nose of spring flowers, raspberry and strawberry. Juicy and fresh in the mouth, with a hint of peachy exotic fruit.

So come in store, try it for yourself and enjoy this lovely rosé with all those barbeques that you'll be having tonight!

Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 20/04/13

Sparkling Saturday!

Today we have decided to treat you! We are opening a bottle of Champagne for you!

The lovely deal of the moment is the delightful Nicholas Feuillatte at just £16 - a bargain!

Pop in and try it with us on this lovely sunny Saturday..

Desert Island Drinks!Date published: 18/04/13

Desert Island Drinks!

Our castaway this week is...me! Andy the manager manager of Majestic Wine Winchester.

If I were castaway on a desert island, as on a popular radio programme, I'd have to swap the discs for drinks!

It's a great thing to share a bottle of wine with friends and family. Revisiting a wine can bring those beautiful memories flooding back, so here's my pick of 6 wines I'd like to be washed up with to remind me of those great times.

My love of wine started when I spent a year in the Languedoc, so I'd have to have a bottle of Domaine Haut-Lirou (£7.99 when you buy 2), to remind me of those days. It comes from the slopes of Pic Saint-Loup which overlooks the region and is home to some of their greatest wines.

Next up I'd have to go for the Ned Sauvignon Blanc (£6.99 when you buy 2) a fantastic party wine that would remind me of all my friends back home.

To remind me of my Mum's superb Sunday Roast Lamb, I'd have to treat myself to the Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva (£17.99 when you buy 2), one of my favourite wines with it's beautiful lingering flavours of red fruit and spice.

I'm mad about Gewurztraminer so I'd take a bottle of Domaine Zind Humbrecht (£11.99 when you buy 2) to remind me of some fantastic spicy meals cooked by my girlfriend. I'd try and wrestle up a prawn curry with some of the island's coconuts and natural ingredients.

There would be lots of fish to eat on my desert island so I'd take a bottle of Domaine de la Tourmaline Muscadet Sur Lie (£6.99 when you buy 2) to help make some new memories enjoying BBQ grilled fish at sunset.

Finally I'd have to take a bottle of Champagne to celebrate being rescued so I'd go with the crisp and refreshing Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV (only £33 for 2+!) to share with my rescue party!

And that luxury item would have to be a good old corkscrew (also available at Majestic for £3.49)

New Wine - Verdicchio de MatelicaDate published: 18/04/13

New Wine - Verdicchio de Matelica

If you like Sauvignon Blanc - why not give this one a go!

This Italian white is made from the grape Verdicchio and made in Matelica. Like Sauvignon it's dominated by citrus flavours and has high acidity making it crisp and refreshing. I suggest trying it with a fish, prawn and spinach pie topped with sliced potatoes. The acidity slices through the oiliness of the fish and the flavours work harmoniously together to create a perfect match.

Poggio alle Rondini, Verdicchio di Matelica is on offer at £6.99 when you buy 2 single bottle price £8.99

This wine is also available to taste over the weekend starting Friday 19th April!

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de BlancDate published: 18/04/13

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blanc- £8.99 a bottle

The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months. This Blanc de Blancs NV comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes, which also give Champagne their elegance.

This sparkling wine has a slight creaminess with citrus characteristics, which are mainly lemon with hints of lime. This is more fruity and a slightly lighter alternative to Champagne which makes it the perfect aperitif. Or can be enjoyed with seafood and chicken dishes.

Villa Sandi Prosecco Frizzante NV- Dont be fooled by the screw-capDate published: 17/04/13

Sparkling wines

Villa Sandi Prosecco Frizzante NV- Dont be fooled by the screw-cap

(£6.99 when buy 2 or more bottles).

Prosecco takes its name from the grape that is used to make it. The home of this wine is the Veneto region of Northeast Italy. Frizzante indicates that this wine is only lightly sparkling.

This gently spakling wine has aromas of honeydew melon with more citrus and apple notes on the palate. It is very light and clean, with small bubbles which makes this elegant wine perfect for the summer and parties. This delicate wine can be served as an aperitif or enjoyed with light oriental foods and salads.

It's Malbec World Day!Date published: 17/04/13

It's Malbec World Day!

Today is a day to celebrate the wonderful Malbec grape! Malbec World Day is celebrated across the world every year on the 17th April; the same day Domingo Faustino Sarmiento vowed to transform Argentina’s wine industry in 1853. To find out more visit the Majestic blog here... http://blog.majestic.co.uk/what-you-need-to-know-about-malbec-world-day-2013/

 

We've opened a lovely bottle of Joffre Malbec for you to try today in celebration of Argentina's most prestigious grape variety! Enjoy!

Wines of South Africa Tasting Date published: 11/04/13

Wines of South Africa Tasting

In store from tomorrow (Friday 12th April) we will be opening lots of lovely bottles of wine from our South African range which is currently on a 20% off deal.  There are lots of lovely wines to try out at some bargain prices so come in and join us on the tasting counter!!

The Rioja of the Month!Date published: 06/04/13

The Rioja of the Month!

The Martinez Bujanda family have been producing wine since 1889, and the experience that this family has gained over the centuries screams out in every drop of this wine; the Rioja Gran Reserva 1989 Conde de Valdemar is quite simply a beautiful drink. Conde de Valdemar is their flagship Rioja brand and is the benchmark for the top wines of the region.

As a 24 year old, the Conde de Valdemar has an unexpected youthful edge to it, a quality rarely seen in such an aged product. Slightly peppery with notes of cedary oak and bursting with red fruity flavours, this rioja goes exceptionally well with Lamb dishes.

As the wine is fully mature, the colour, aroma and fill level of the wine may differ from that of its younger counterparts. However, it has been properly stored and for just £13.99 when you buy two or more bottles, is tremendous value for this elegant bottle of rioja, so why wait?!

Fine Wine FridayDate published: 05/04/13

FINE WINE FRIDAY- Guidalberto 2010, Tenuta San Guido, IGT Toscana.

£25 (when buy at least 2 bottles, £30 single bottle price)

Grape Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and 10% Sangiovese

Origin The little brother to the winery's celebrated Sassicaia, from three vineyard sites surrounding Bolgheri. The varieties are vinified seperatley before blending and maturation in French and American oak.

Taste Intense violet colour with red cherry and brambly blackberries on the palate with hints of sweet spice giving it a perfectly long finish. A very close second to the Sassicaia!!

Enjoy Can be enjoyed now or over the next 3-4 years. Perfect with steak and other rich meats.

A Malbec Rosé for this Wintery April WeatherDate published: 05/04/13

A Malbec Rosé for this Wintery April Weather

Just because it has been a poor start to April, weather wise, does not mean that we cannot enjoy an extremely good rosé this weekend! Right now we have the delicious Alamos Malbec Rosé on our tasting counter so come down to store today and try it for yourself.

This generous rosé is made purely from Malbec grapes and has a great balance of acidity that mouthwateringly refreshing. A vibrant wine that boast of rasberries and blackcurrent fruits with a hint of quince like notes is a perfect accompianment to sweetly spiced seafood dishes or delectable on its own.

So for this weekend come and buy some of this rosé and dream of summer days!

Catena Alta ChardonnayDate published: 03/04/13

Catena Alta Chardonnay

This Argentinian Chardonnay is Fantastic!! This Chardonnay hails from the Adrianna vineyard, located 1,500 metres above sea level, with shallow sandy, rocky soils.

Taste

This Chardonnay is really creamy and buttery with hints of tropical fruits such as mango and subtle pear. Also with sweet spice to enhance the flavours and gives a lovely long finish. You can really see where your money goes!!  (multi-buy deal at £17.00 when buy 2 or more). If you love Chardonnay and want to treat yourself this is the wine for you!!

Sunny Weather... time to pop in for some Rosé Date published: 02/04/13

Sunny Weather... time to pop in for some Rose?

Finally spring is on the horizon... why not browse our Rosé section here @majesticwin ?

One that stands out is the pale pink, elegantly shaped bottled Château de Minuty. The winery 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 a an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel. Just £9.99 each when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.

We've got plenty more in store to choose from... why not ask one of us to help you choose?

NEW OPENING HOURSDate published: 02/04/13

We have new opening hours here at Majestic Winchester. They are:-

Monday: 10am- 7pm

Tuesday: 10am- 7pm

Wednesday:  10am- 7pm

Thursday: 10am- 8pm

Friday: 10am- 8pm

Saturday: 9am- 7pm

Sunday (& Bank Holidays): 10am- 5pm

A Fine Red Burgundy... Aloxe CortonDate published: 02/04/13

A Fine Red Burgundy... Aloxe Corton

Looking for the classic old world interpretation of Pinot Noir. Look no further than the Aloxe Corton. From the very home of Maison Louis Latour. The grapes are grown in the estates own vineyards close to the original Louis Latour winery.

Classic Burgundian pinot nose of ripe cherry with subtle liquorice and oaky notes. Smooth and well balanced on the palate with elegantly shaped tannins and and enduring savoury meaty finish.

Try with roast duck or lamb shank. A fantastic wine. £28 a bottle (as part of your minimum mixed case of 6)

Have you ever tried...Vinho Verde?Date published: 01/04/13

Have you ever tried...Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2011?

Scanning the store this bank holiday Monday looking for different wines to try, I thought a mention of Vinho Verde shouldn't go amiss!

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, try with oily fish such as sardines. Only £6.49 when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.

Champagne versus English Sparkling WineDate published: 30/03/13

Champagne versus English Sparkling Wine

Recently I was able to taste both the Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV and the English sparkling wine, the Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004 Vintage. As both are similarly priced right now, and at under £30 a bottle each it was a great opportunity to see how English sparkling wine compares to its French counterpart. Both of these wines are good value for money  for the quality they boast, however I would have to lean towards the Louis Roederer being my choice of bubbly for this Easter weekend. The Nyetimber has good aromas and is fruity on the palate, whereas the Roederer has more of the classic nutty/yeasty character associated with a quality Champagne. I do concede that the Roederer is normally £10 more than the Nyetimber, which is noticable in the tasting, proving that this is an extrememly strong offer! However don't discount the value of the Nyetimber as it is an extremely good example of the fruitier styles of sparkling wine that many people prefer. So if you are someone who prefers fruitier notes over the classic yeasty tastes of champagne then the Nyetimber is a fantastic buy!

Easter Wines...Date published: 29/03/13

Easter Wines...

The long bank holiday weekend is upon us. No better time to pop into Majestic Winchester explore the wines on offer. Here are some of the of highlights...

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc (As featured on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen)

This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim. A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity. Great value, would partner a Goat Cheese Tartlet with Cherry Tomatoes. Only £6.99 each when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.

Alamos Malbec (Great Value Malbec from Argentina)

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. Perfectly Matched to a roasted Sirloin of Beef this Easter Sunday. Only £5.99 each when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.

Pouilly-Fumé 'Les Cascadelles' (Loire Wine at a Cracking Price)

From a high-quality cooperative this classy Pouilly-Fumé provides a benchmark performance, with plenty of mineral characters and a crisp gooseberry zestiness. Smoky gunflint characters define wines from this prestigious appellation. Amazing with Poached Salmon with a lemon and parsley butter. £9.99 each when you at least two as part of your mixed case

Theres plenty more to choose in store. Come and explore- we're always happy to help @majesticwin

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

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

Champagne Deals... Date published: 26/03/13

Champagne Deals...

We've got a medley of cracking Champagne deals here at Majestic Winchester...

Nicolas Feuillatte NV... easy going, lighter style of Champagne. Characteristics of Lemon, Green Apples and fine bubbles NOW £16

Taittinger Brut (NV).. slightly more complex peach and honey characteristics-one of Champagnes oldest houses SPECIAL OFFER £26

Louis Roederer (NV)... most known for their Cristal Champagne... the Brut is rich, Biscuity notes, Taste of Stewed Apples NOW £29

We have many more Champagne deals ... pop in for a browse or for any advice @majesticwin

 

Two alternatives to Champagne... plus many moreDate published: 25/03/13

Like Champagne but looking for a couple of alternatives?

Firstly there is the Prosecco di Conegliano

La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its members own about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain. Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid the continual improvement of wine quality. A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples. SPECIAL OFFER £8.99

Secondly we have the Lindauer Special Reserve range, spending 24 months on its lees. The Blanc de Blancs NV comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes, which also give Champagne their elegance. Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne. SPECIAL OFFER £8.99

We have plenty of other choices of Sparkling Wine, Cava and Prosecco. We can offer you plenty of guidance through the choices here @ Majestic Winchester ... pop in for a browse.

Beer!Date published: 24/03/13

This Easter why not buy some beer for the bank holiday weekend?!

We have four superb beers on offer for just £1 a bottle:

Peroni (both 12 and 24 packs, £12 and £24 respectively);

12 pack of Tiger Beer for £12;

24 pack of Pilsner Urquell for £24;

and last but not least a 24 pack of Sam Adams for just £24, BARGAIN! With such variation for such value, it is hard to resist these beers at this undeniably good price.

So for this long weekend why don't you pop down to the store and pick up some delicious beer at incredible prices.

A special New Zealand wine well worth a try... Cape CrestDate published: 24/03/13

Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2010/2011 Hawke's Bay

Looking for something a bit different from your usual Cloudy Bay Sauvignon or Dog Point.

It is a bold departure from intense single-varietal unoaked Sauvignons, Te Mata barrel-ferment their Cape Crest with the addition of small amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris, for a more interesting texture and complex aromatics.

Straddling the divide between typical New Zealand Sauvignon and classic white Bordeaux, this wine is creamy, with blossom and toast notes embellishing the backdrop of citrus and guava-like fruit.

If you've ever tried Cloudy Bay Te Koko.. then you should try this, or if your a fan of oaked Chardonnay... this delicately oaked Sauvignon Blanc/Gris. We have a limited supply here @majesticwin. Pair with Oysters or Scallops... £19.99 a bottle (as part of your mixed case)

Eguía Gran Reserva ... a deal not to be missedDate published: 23/03/13

Eguía Gran Reserva ... a deal not to be missed

You may already be a fan of the Eguía Reserva. Now we have their Gran Reserva on a fantastic deal.

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

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

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

Available to taste on our tasting counter today. Just £7.99 each when you at least two as part of your mixed case

Beer, beer & more beer....Date published: 21/03/13

Beer, beer & more beer...

We have some serious deals on our beers at the moment...the best are as follows..

Sam Adams Boston Lager - £1 a bottle, £24 a case

Peroni - £1 a bottle, £12 or £24 a case

Pilsner Urquell - £1 a bottle, £24 a case

Tiger - £1 a bottle, £12 a case

Pop in and grab them while they last - stock up for summer!!

Great new Fizz Deals!Date published: 21/03/13

Great New Fizz Deals!

WIth Easter on the horizon we've dropped the prices on some of our best fizzy wines! Most notably the ever popular, light fruity Prosecco di Conegliano is down to just £8.99.  Lindaeur's poshest offer the Special Reserve Blanc de Blanc is a steal at just £8.99 too. And then in the Champagne department we have the Nicholas Feuillatte at just £16 and Canard Duchene at £18! My favourite Champers - Louis Roederer is the ultimate bargain at £29....mmmm so many choices!

Pop in and ask us what we think - we'll help you find the best bargain fizz for your occasion!

Great Fine Wine Deals!Date published: 19/03/13

I thought that it would only be right to tell you about two of our current, and best fine wine deals.

We currently have Vina Ardanza Reserva from the great Rioja vintage of '04 reduced from £22.50 to £17.99.

A blend of the grenache and temperanillo grapes grown exclusively on the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families.  Remaining under family ownership, this is one 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 fruit.

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

 

We also have Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc '12, Marlborough on offer from £25 to £20 per bottle.

Cloudy Bay Vineyards was esablished in 1985 in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island.

Possibly the most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc in the world, Cloudy Bay always lives up to its fine reputation.  A wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layres of ripe guava and tropical fruit.  Gooseberry and passionfruits on the medium-full body; the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish.

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

Exciting new Easter offers!Date published: 18/03/13

Exciting new Easter offers!

Tomorrow morning from 10am sees the start of our exciting Easter promotions, which are mostly improvements on what there is at the moment - because we like any excuse to have a party and Easter feels like a good enough one!

The highlights:

  • Louis Roederer Champagne (my favourite!) down from £40 to £29 !!!! Wow now that is a deal.
  • All of Spain is on 20% off which means great deals, plus you can buy one of each of everything in Spain, you don't have to buy two.  So, perfect excuse to have a Spanish wine tasting fiesta!!
  • Some great deals in Rosé....come on sunshine...we're really really ready for you now!
  • Nicholas Feuillatte Champagne down to just £16 - everyone's favourite bargain Champers..
  • Great deals in Sparkling Wine including Prosecco, New Zealand and Australian sparklers and much more.....
  • Amazing beer offers including another of my favourites - Sam Adams Boston Lager at just £1 a bottle...!!!! This is a yummy craft beer made in Boston - this is the perfect chance to give it a whirl!

    So...pop in anytime from tomorrow onward to see what we have to offer.  We'll happily advise you on the best options.

     

  • Mâcon Rouges 'Les Roches Rouges' 2011... easy drinking red Date published: 17/03/13

    Mâcon Rouges 'Les Roches Rouges' 2011... easy drinking red

    Looking for an easy drinking red for your mid week meal? Why not try this Macon Rouge...

    The gentle, rolling hills of the Mâconnais region in the south of Burgundy makes fresh and fruity wines accessible in their youth. This wine is sourced from several vineyard sites to create a light and supple blend of around 80% Gamay and 20% Pinot Noir. The greater use of Gamay makes this wine softer and more approachable. An enticing nose showing subtle hints of redcurrant and raspberry, with a fruity, well-balanced palate and a fresh finish.

    This is a popular wine with restuarant goers in Paris and Lyon. Best consumed while fresh and young, making the perfect red for white meat.

    £8.99 each when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.

    What I shall be Drinking This Evening...Date published: 16/03/13

    What I Shall Be Drinking This Evening...

    Tonight I'll be opening a bottle of Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2012 from Marlborough, New Zealand.

    This wine is from a family run winery, which originally started out as a new venture for retired marine engineer Barry Feickert. The winemaking is now managed by his two daughters and their wines are now receiving almost universal acclaim.

    What makes this sauvignon blanc different to many others from the Marlborough region is that it is partially barrel fermented, so along with its passion fruit, guava and citrus fruit characteristics you will find an unusual richness on the palate.

    The Blind River Sauvignon is currently on a buy 2 save £5 deal at Majestic. Buy 2 or more bottles at £9.99 each (single bottle price is £12.49)*

    Not only that, it is currently open on our tasting counter so feel free to pop in to our store and see what you think.

    *When you buy as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles

    Posh ProseccoDate published: 16/03/13

    Posh Prosecco

    Have you ever thought of treating yourself to a slightly more upmarket Prosecco for a change? We often make the assumption that Prosecco is just the cheap party fizz option, but that is not the case! There are different levels of sophistication within Prosecco ranging up to near the £20 mark from those cheaper options at the £6.99 end.

    Though I love our Proseccos such as the Treviso and Pasqua in the middle price bracket, sometimes I like to treat myself to a slightly more upmarket bottle of the Italian fizz...

    Our La Marca Cuvee NV, DOCG £13.99 buy 2 save £4 £11.99 is a great example of a more sumptuous style of Prosecco.  It is still a delicate, light fruity fizz, great for parties and aperitifs, but this one is more elegant and medium bodied.  It has a distinctively velvety, soft well-balanced feel and lush aromas of apple and apricot.  This is a must if you would like to expand your Prosecco horizons!

    The next step and our most sophisticated Prosecco is the vintage version of  the La Marca Superiore 2011, DOCG Valdobbiadne £16.99 buy 2 bottles save £4 £14.99.  This one comes from the very centre of classic Prosecco-making territory, the vineyards in the hills surrounding the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, and is thus one of an elite club permitted to call themselves 'superiore'.  It has a fresh bouquet of blossom and ripe desert apple and pear fruit. This Prosecco has a fine effervescence and a dry finish.  Perfect with seafood.

    So if you fancy a posher fizz without jumping up to Champagne prices then why not give these beauties a whirl!

    Rosé season is on the way..what are the options?Date published: 16/03/13

    Rosé season is on the way...what are the options?

    Are you a Rosé person or are you scared of it...? If you're not keen you need to give it another chance!  Sometimes Rosé can develop a bad reputation for being too pink and sweet and sickly.  Though there are many Rosés out there of that style, there are also many delicious, dry, pale Rosés that can be the ultimate food match for certain meals. 

    The pale, dry Rosés of Provence and parts of the Languedoc region of the South of France can be very subtle and almost dry enough to be mistaken for a white wine on occasion.  These are the perfect accompaniment for meaty salads with chicken or fish; delicious with Salmon and other light meats and fish; I find that surprisingly these light Rosés go very well with spicy curries too as the slight sweetness balances the spice just right.  I can't wait for the first day of the year when we can start to think about taking a bottle of Provencal Rosé to a picnic in the sunshine! Perfect!

    My favourite is the Ch. Peyrassol, one of the oldest vineyards around dating back to 300AD. It is just the right balance of sweetness and can be enjoyed on its own or as a partner to those lovely summer dinners. Its down to £9.99 when you buy more than one as part of your case of six.

    If you prefer something a little bit sweeter we have some great options such as the Cune (£6.99) and Muga (£8.99) Rioja Rosés which have a little more of a sweet edge to them but still aren't too overpowering.  A new one to us is the exciting Alamos Malbec Rosé which is surprisingly sophisticated and quite light despite being made from the usually very full bodied Malbec grape.  We all had a taster of it on the first of sunshine a week or so ago and really enjoyed it, so there's another one to stock up on for those long summer nights! It's only £6.99 too.  Bargain for such a yummy wine.

    And of course the sweetest of the sweet is the old classic White Zinfandel from California.  We have the Fetzer in stock which is all organic and eco-friendly as a bonus! This is the sweetest style of Rosé that we stock and a stand up example of one at that! Its at £8.99 at the moment.

    Everybody's ultimate all-time favourite bottle of Rosé of course is the Aix Magnum! A magnum of Rosé?!?! I hear you say? Indeed it is the perfect party piece/present/BBQ accessory etc and at £19.99 for some the best Provencal Rosé around it's a must for the summer!

    So...if you're starting to think about getting that summer time feeling, come and let us know and we'll try and match a Rosé to your taste! Don't be afraid of a bottle of Rosé it won't bite!

    St Patrick's Day..are you stocked up for the weekend?!Date published: 15/03/13

    St Patrick's Day..are you stocked up for the weekend?!

    It's St Patrick's day this weekend so I expect lots of you will partying away on Saturday night or Sunday!! We have a bit of Guinness left, along with many other delicious ales and lagers and craft beers. And of course lots and lots of wine!! Shaun has suggested putting some green food colouring in your glass to get into the spirit of things...! He'll be giving it a go on Sunday!

    Come and ask us if you're not sure what to get! How will you be partying this weekend?

    A Southern French Chardonnay you should try...Date published: 13/03/13

    Paul Mas Chardonnay 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc... a Southern French Chardonnay you should try.

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

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

    A great all-rounder, partnering anything from fish and seafood, to light blue cheeses and rich terrines. A wine thats fantastic quality and value for money... only £5.99 a bottle when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case (Normally £8.49) Try on our tasting counter today.

    FREE Wine Course! 26th MarchDate published: 13/03/13

    FREE Wine Course! 26th March

    Our next fun filled FREE wine course is coming up on 26th March. 

    It is a relaxed hour or so introduction to wine tasting and food and wine matching - a great oppurtunity to try some lovely wines. 

    Bring your friends along for a fun and educational evening with tasty wine!

    Let us know via phone, email or twitter if you would like to book a place.

    Interesting grape variety - PecorinoDate published: 13/03/13

    Interesting grape variety - Pecorino

    Contesa Pecorino 2012 Colline Pescaresi IGT  £9.99 Buy 2 save £4 £7.99

    We like this wine in store as a nice alternative to your everyday Sauvignons and Chardonnays. It comes with a nice anecdote too about the sheep cheese name sake... And a cute label too!

    Origin Pecorino is an early ripening, thin-skinned grape, native to central parts of Italy. The bunches tend to be very triangular in shape, reminiscent of a sheep's head, said to be the reason for the grape's name. This great example is 30% oak fermented.

    Taste Pale yellow, with a remarkably intense nose of citrus fruits, hints of hawthorn and orange blossom. Soft, clean, but persistent palate texture, with a pleasing mineral complexity.

    Enjoy Try with nutty cheeses, such as the wine's sheep's milk cheese namesake, or with simple cod dishes.

    We have a bottle open on the tasting counter this week so come and give it a try with us in store!

    Koyle Reserva Carmenere 2011, Alto ColchaguaDate published: 08/03/13

    This full bodied Chilean red is a fantastic account of Carmenere that is ready for consumption now or over the next five years! It has wonderful notes of red peppers and blackberries, with hints of spice to finish. The Koyle Reserva is a smooth and rich red that combines both fruitful and savoury tastes. They have brought together the Carmenere grapes with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah to create a quality product which is incredible value at only £7.99 a bottle when you buy two or more. You can match this wine to a variety of foods, but I would have to say a beautifully cooked steak with this wine makes for a near perfect meal!

    Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc... a Must TryDate published: 08/03/13

     

    Are you a fan of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc? Then you must give this one a try if you haven't already.

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

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

    With a clean mineral streak, this wine would be a fantastic partner with oysters and scallops. You can try it at our tasting counter today (while it lasts). £8.99 each when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.

    Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011/2010 Serabel... perfect partner for lamb cutletsDate published: 06/03/13

    Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011/2010 Serabel... perfect partner for lamb cutlets

    Was just contemplating which wine at our tasting counter would compliment my lamb cutlets for dinner- I think I've found it...

    A cracking entry-level Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this wine blends Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Syrah to produce an early-drinking wine at a superb price. This most prestigious of Southern Rhône villages really comes into its own when matched with spicy dishes.

    This wine's medium acidity and soft, precocious style, make it an unusually early-drinking Châteauneuf-du-Pape. An intriguing palate of smoke, coffee, olives, dark fruits, and spicy herbs.The medium acidity will cut through the richness of the lamb cutlets and seasoned correctly with salt this should be a sublime match.

    Just £12.99 each when you buy at least two as part of a mixed case (usually £17.99). Pop in and try today or tomorrow whilst it lasts @majesticwin

    Wines of South America Tasting WeekDate published: 05/03/13

    Wines of South America Tasting Week

    From today until next Monday we have lots of exciting South American wines open to taste on the tasting counter for you! Lots of tasty Malbecs from Argentina and Cameneres from Chile - yummy.  Today we have even opened a new Argentinian Malbec Rosé as it's so sunny! Its the first time we've tried it and its proving to be rather delicious.  If you like Alamos' Malbec and you're partial to a bit of Rosé in the sunshine then this is the one for you! It's only £6.99 at the moment too.

    At the weekend we will have the widest selection of South American tasters open and Andy will be running an informal tutorial of the wines - so if you fancy coming to that just drop us an email or give us a call and we'll put your name down.

    Look forward to seeing you at the tasting counter to decide who wins - Malbec or Camenere!

    My New Favourite Country for Chardonnay - South Africa!Date published: 05/03/13

    My New Favourite Country for Chardonnay - South Africa!

    The other day I thought I would take advantage of our 20% South Africa deal and try one Chardonnay I've had my eye on for a long while - the Rustenberg. I also picked up a bottle of a new Chardonnay - Jordon Lemon Grove Chardonnay.  Both proved to be an absolute delight!  My favourite was the Jordon - it tastes almost like a Meursault- just delicious! I will definitely be buying that one again.  Don't be afraid of South African wines - they can be very elegant and delicious as these two show us.

    Jordan Chardonnay 2011 Stellenbosch

    Price £14.99 Buy 2 South African wines save 20% £11.99 Grape

    Chardonnay

    Origin Grown on the cooler south and east-facing slopes of Stellenbosch, this Chardonnay is fermented in Burgundy-style French oak barriques, around 50% new oak. After 9 months' maturation, it is blended with a small amount of unoaked wine for added citrus character.

    Taste A rich and powerful wine, brimming with glossy, honeyed apple and lemon fruit, with hints of hazelnut. The deft use of oak ageing has added aromas of buttered toast, and a roundess to the palate.

    Enjoy Best enjoyed with roast poultry.

    Rustenberg Chardonnay 2011 Stellenbosch

    £13.99 Special Offer £13.74 Buy 2 South African wines save 20% £10.99 Grape

    Chardonnay

    Origin Rustenberg has a wine-growing history dating back to 1682, when Roelof Pasman from Meurs, near the Rhine, recognised its wine-growing potential. Warm daytime temperatures give ripe, tropical flavours and 40% of the wine spends 12 months in new French oak.

    Taste A beautifully balanced Chardonnay with rich fruit flavours enhanced by minerality and well integrated oak. The palate shows apricot and orange peel aromas with ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours.

    Enjoy Lots of ripe, rich fruit and well-integrated oak make this a good match for rich, creamy poultry and fowl dishes. Can age for 5 years.

     

    Chablis Vocoret 2011 VS Begude Chardonnay 2010Date published: 28/02/13

    We have two fabulous wine on our tasting counter today,

    Chablis 2011 Vocoret & L'Etoile de Begude 2010 Chardonnay

    After some thorough tasting I can conclude that my favourite of these two is the Begude. I prefer the stone fruit flavours that come from the wine. I can taste plum and apricot whereas the Chablis has more citrus fruit flavours.

    I highly recommend both of these lovely wines but considering the value for money I have to go with the Begude It has a whopping discount from £17.99 down to £11.99 when you buy two bottles this is an absolute bargain that can't be missed.  

    Great value wines from South Africa...Date published: 28/02/13

    Great Value wines from South Africa...

    Here at Majestic wine we have 20% off  South African wines*

    Let me introduce a Merlot and a Sauvignon Blanc from Robertsons Winery.

    The Merlot is classic in style. Rich, dark red in colour with juicy ripe plum flavours on the palate combined with sweet black cherry notes.

    The Sauvignon Blanc has a fresh aromatic nose, this is a crisp, dry wine with plenty of zesty gooseberry and green apple flavours.

    Both are approachable, everyday wines- a good spring board into trying other South African wines. There is much more variety to try...

    Better still both are £4.99 each when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.

    Fine Wine FridayDate published: 27/02/13

    Fine Wine Friday

    Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Marlborough  £25 Now £22.00

    Pop in on Friday or Saturday to try this extra special wine with us on the tasting counter - we're rather excited to have it open at the weekend!

    Made using the finest Sauvignon grapes from New Zealand's famous Wairau Valley, this is a classic Marlborough Sauvignon, sourced from two vineyard sites.  Fermented with selected yeasts in 100% stainless steel at cool temperatures for maximum varietal impact.

    Displaying subtle fragrances of honeysuckle, powerful passion fruit and gooseberry flavours on the nose, which develop into blackcurrant leaf, lime and ripe nettles on the palate.  Full, rich and firm.

    An ideal partner for sophisticated seafood dishes such as salmon or seared scallops.

    Mother's Day Treats!Date published: 27/02/13

    Don't forget Mother's Day! It's Sunday 10th March and we've got some great deals to help you celebrate!

    Why not cook the Sunday Roast and treat her, if you're cooking;

    Roast Lamb - go with the classic Muriel Gran Reserva 2004 Rioja £9.99 (multi buy price)

    Roast Beef - got to be Bordeaux - Chateau St Georges, St Georges St Emilion £12.99 (multi buy Price)

    Roast Chicken -try the Argentinian Vinalba Chardonnay - unoaked with fresh tropical fruit flavours £8.99 (multi buy price)

    Roast Pork - try a New World Pinot Noir for fresh fruit and oaky flavours - Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir £10.99 (multi buy price)

    Go on, make your Mother's Day Majestic, she's worth it.

    Free Wine Courses in storeDate published: 27/02/13

    Free Wine Courses in store

    Ever fancy a free evening course? We run free wine courses every month here in store and in March there are 2! We have one on 7th March and another on 26th March.

    The course is a very relaxed and informal hour and a bit course about the basics of wine tasting and food and wine matching. We try quite a few lovely wines and have some snacks to match them to. 

    They start at 6.30 here in store - just get in touch on email, twitter or phone to get signed up. Bring your friends!

    Looking for an alternative to S.Blanc? Try Grüner VeltlinerDate published: 27/02/13

    Looking for something different to your regular S.Blanc? Grüner Veltliner is a grape variety gaining ever more popularity.

    This wine is from the Wachau region of Austria which comprises of a 33 kilometer long gorge overlooking the Danube river. Produced from vines grown around the Weissenkirchen parish including the hamlets of Joching and Wösendorf. Grüner Veltliner is an aromatic variety primarily from Austria (Though becomming trendy in some of the new world)

    The colour of fresh straw, an alluring nose of gooseberries with a hint of green apple and flowers. Well balanced acidity and citrus fruits leading to a spicy, lively wine of minerality and elegance.

    Drinkable at any time over the next six years. Partner with some fresh seafood such as Lobster or Scallops for a simply divine treat. Just £8.99 when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.

    Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2009/2010 Ripasso La Casetta... a lush wine you should tryDate published: 25/02/13

    A real treat on the tasting counter this week at Majestic Winchester.

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

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

    Have with a Cheese Board or by itself. A divine wine only £12.99 each when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.

    My favourite everyday Shiraz- Peter LehmanDate published: 25/02/13

    I'm partial to Shiraz and this particular Peter Lehman Shiraz is excellent vaue for more everyday drinking.

    Peter Lehmann, known as the 'Baron of Barossa,' selects this classic Shiraz from some of the best vineyards in the region, some of which remain ungrafted due to an absence of phylloxera. Ageing in French and American oak for 12 months occurs before bottling.

    Plenty of flesh and spice on the palate, with concentrated blackcurrant and bramble fruit as well as hints of mocha and dark chocolate. Full bodied and rich, a classic Aussie Shiraz.  

    It would partner a medium rare steak or a anti-pasti meat platter with friends. Just £8.49 when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.

    Exciting New Chilean Arrivals!Date published: 23/02/13

    Exciting New Chilean Arrivals!

    This week we had a delivery of some new Chilean wines that we haven't seen before that are very exciting! We've popped them on the tasting counter and they are lovely! If you like a lush mouth-watering Chardonnay then this new Talinay Chardonnay from the Limari Valley in Chile is the one for you!

    The Chardonnay comes from a small valley within Limari.  Located just 12km from the Pacific, the maximum average summer temperature here never exceeds 23.5 degrees C, allowing a long, moderate ripening season, endowing the wines with well-developed flavours.  This makes for a modern cool-climate Chardonnay with an inviting fruity character, offering citrus and tropical notes in abundance.  A lush, creamy palate with mouthwatering acidity and a forthright minerality.  This is a great accompaniment for linguine with mushrooms in a creamy sauce.

    We also have a Pinot Noir from the same producers which comes from a small pocket within the Limari Valley, a coastal area of Chile identified as one of the New World's best cool climate terroirs.  The region's long sunshine hours are tempered by Pacific breezes and the 'Camanchaca,' or cool autumn mists.  A lithe, supple and fruit-focused Pinot, with enough minerality and earthy characters to lend it a more savoury, food-friendly aspect.  Fine tannins provide persistence and gravitas.  This wine would be delightful with roast duck!

    Pop in over the weekend to try these two new wines on the tasting counter with us.  Both are reduced to £12.99 from £16.99 when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.

    Tiger Beer Deal! Date published: 20/02/13

    Tiger Beer Deal!

    Today we have dropped the price of Tiger Beer down to just £11.99 - that's £1 a bottle !! Come in and grab a bargain!

    Brewed since 1932, Tiger Beer is now available in more than 60 countries, winning over drinkers in major cities around the world. A lot goes into every bottle of Tiger. The finest malt, hops and yeast. Taste-testing over 10 samples of water every day. Over 200 quality checks. All part of a strict brewing process that takes over 500 hours. Little wonder that Tiger has garnered over 40 international awards to date.  

    My favourite wine on our tasting counter Date published: 19/02/13

    After tasting all the wines on our tasting counter my favourite is Muriel and its only £6.99

     

    Why not come in and see what you think of it???

     

    Rioja Reserva Vendimia Seleccionada 2006/2007 Muriel

    Origin

    The name Muriel is a combination of the winemakers' family name of Murua, and Elciego, the name of the village where the winery is located, in the chalky soils of the Rioja-Alavesa. The wine spends 2 years in French and American oak, and 2 years in bottle before release.

    Taste

    A beautiful dark ruby red, with the classic Reserva characters of firm body and smoothly polished tannins, with subtle Mediterranean herb notes accompanying the typical wood and leather Rioja traits.

    Enjoy

    Great with wintery stews or hotpot, or minted lamb chops.

    Valentine's Day IdeasDate published: 14/02/13

    Valentine's Day Ideas

    Whether you'll be spending this evening alone or in the company of someone special make sure you use it as an excuse to drink some extra special vino!

    We have the delightful Rosé Champagne, Oeil de Perdrix  (just £15) - with both a beautiful label and a beautiful delicate taste it is the perfect drink to enjoy this evening.

    If pink and fizzy aren't your thing why not go for a special bottle of red? Maybe a luscious full bodied Malbec like the Lunta (£9.99 when you buy 2 or more) or a sultry Californian Pinot Noir like the ABC Pinot Noir (£20 when you buy 2 or more).

    We have lots of lovely options depending on your tastebuds so pop in and pick our brains about great Valentine's day drinks.

    New Zealand Tasting WeekDate published: 12/02/13

    New Zealand Tasting Week

    Today see the start of our New Zealand Tasting week here in store.  We've just cracked open a few exciting bottles of wine including the Blind River Sauvignon Blanc and the Quartz Reef Pinot Noir...mmmmm very tasty! I'm looking forward to giving them a try a little bit later on today!

    If you love the new world offerings of the South Pacific why not come and join us for a tasting session in store this week?!

    Ever heard of Bonarda...?Date published: 09/02/13

    Ever heard of Bonarda...?

    Are you tired of always drinking the same old grape varieties? Looking for something a bit different to tickle your tastebuds..?  Why not give the Bonarda grape a try? It originated in Italy and is still made over there a little, but the La Posta family in Mendoza, Argentina have really conquered it.  The Armando vineyard has come a long way since curent owner Estela Armando's grandfather began making wine there in the 1880s,transporting it over the mountains by mule, and selling it to workers on the Trans-Andean railroad.

    Deep crimson in colour, the wine has fragrances of cedar, spice box and red and black berries.  Round and ripe in texture, with medium body and hints of pepper and chocolate.

    Showing its Italian roots, this Bonarda will go well with rich pasta, olives and cured meats.

    Come in and give it a whirl on the tasting counter with us - we love it as an Argentinian alternative to Malbec.

    The Ultimate Valentine's Treat!Date published: 09/02/13

    The Ultimate Valentine's Treat!

    Oeil de Perdrix Champagne Rosé - reduced just to £15!

    Want to make a good impression on Valentine's Day next week? Or ... just looking for an excuse to treat yourself to a lovely bottle of fizz..?  Well one of our most exciting deals this 'Spring' is this extra special pink Champagne - it's just divine. 

    Named as it's light, delicate colour matches that of the eye of the Partridge, this is a subtly delicious Champagne from Devaux.  Coming from the Cotes des Bars in the south of the region, the red Pinot Noir grapes develop an unusual level of ripeness, lending the wine its hue despite a gentle pressing.  Although certainly delicate in style, there is a perfect weight of fruit, developing fine biscuity characteristics as the wine matures.

    Come in and grab it while it lasts!!

    Spring DealsDate published: 08/02/13

    Spring Deals

    I'm glad to announce the introduction of our new spring offers in store this week. A highlight for me would be the Lagunilla Rioja Reserva for just £5.99 per bottle. A light red that has been aged in oak casks for 2 years - giving the wine an enjoyable smoothness and mellow, spicy aromatics. A perfect accompaniment for lamb dishes.

    We are also selling Pilsner Urquell at just £24 a case during spring, thats just £1 per bottle, unbelievable value for such a fantastically crisp and refreshing lager!

    Fine Wine FridayDate published: 01/02/13

    Fine Wine Friday

    Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010, Martinborough

    £23.99 when you buy with any other NZ wine, or £30 for one as part of a mixed case

    An enticingly fresh and invogorating wine produced from ripe Martinborough fruit and vinified using traditional Burgundian methods.  The Martinborough vineyard quickly rose into the spotlight as a world-class Pinot producer successfully creating a richly intense and complex wine. Abundant vanilla and spice characters enhance the palate with wonderful smooth tannins finishing long.

    This is a special bottle of wine and a nice one to wish in the Spring as its a lighter style of red, yet still with a good level of body and complexity to it.

    Pop in over the weekend to try it with us!

    Select Blocks Pinot Noir- new in ... a must try!Date published: 30/01/13

    We have a new Pinot Noir to try here @majesticwin ... available to taste on our tasting counter today!

    Origin

    The Ara estate is located at the elevated end of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, an area providing a unique combination of altitude, free-draining alluvial soils, immense sun exposure, and the cooling influences of the region's proximity to the ocean.

    Taste

    A fruit-driven, lively and supple Pinot, majoring on juicy boysenberry and plum flavours. Good ripeness and fruit purity from cool fermentation, enhanced by subtle toasted oak influence.

    Enjoy

    Ara recommends serving with pork in a hoisin glaze... We recommend good ole sausage and sweet potato mash with a whole grain mustard gravy... divine! Only £11.24 when you buy at least two as part of your minimum mixed case of six

     

    Christmas Deals Coming to an End!Date published: 28/01/13

    Christmas Deals Coming to an End!

    As the days start to get a tiny weeny little bit longer, we are all looking forward to the Spring (the sooner the better!!) and in store we are preparing for a new price list and a new set of deals!

    So if you are fanatic about New Zealand or Chilean or Rhone Valley or Californian wines then now is the time to pop in and snap up the remaining 20% off deals! They last until the 4th February so you have a few days left until our exciting new Spring deals start.  There are also a few fantastic Champagnes bargains to be had - the Christmas prices are often favourable to Champers!!

    We'll let you know what new and exciting deals crop up on 4th Feb! Keep your eyes peeled.

    A couple of new grape varieties to try!Date published: 26/01/13

    It can be really easy to stick with what you know and like especially at this time of the year with the wind and rain (and snow!!) lashing outside the window.

    Why not add a bit of variety into your wine with these lesser known grapes which all offer something a little different.

    1) Vermentino

    This white variety is grown throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon area of the south of France and Northern Italy. It can come in a variety of styles with several modern producers attempting to make full rich examples. Why not try Paul Mas Vermentino 2011 @ £5.24. This great value wine is featured in our Bargain Hunt and offers rich in green fruit flavour whilst remaining fresh and clean on the finish.

    2) Torrontes

    An unusual variety which displays some of the aromatic grape and floral flavours associated with Muscat. It has become something of a signature variety in Argentina and can be a great food wine. Why not try Vinalba Seleción Torrontés @ £7.99 when you buy 2 or more. This is textbook torrontes, Beguilingly aromatic and yet still light enough to drink on its own.

    Enjoy!

    Cork or Screwcap?Date published: 26/01/13

    One of the major ongoing debates in the wine world concerns what to use to seal bottles of wine - cork or screwcap. Many people have a strong preference in favour of one or the other, but as yet not that much is known about the choice of closure affects the wines's evolution.

    The main functions of a closure are to 1) protect the wine and 2) allow the wine to mature, if this is desired. Producers essentially have 3 options available to them: corks, synthetic corks or screwcaps. all have some advantages and disadvantages.

    Corks are the traditional form of closure and are still the most widely used, especially for premium wines. They allow a small amount of oxygen to enter the wine, which aids maturation. The main disadvantages of corks are cork-taint and cork failure. We say that a wine is 'corked' when the wine reacts with a chemical that is present in some corks. This results in mouldy, wet cardboard aromas. Thanks to research and investment, the incidence of cork-taint is declining. It is important to note that cork-taint is very different to cork failure. Cork failure occurs when the cork does not seal adequately, with the result that too much air enters the bottle leading the wine to oxidise. Many consumers and producers, especially in the Old World, prefer wines with corks.

    Synthetic corks are mostly made from plastic and are totally inert. While this may be suitable for wines that are not intended to age, they can cause reductive aromas when used for longer ageing. The closures also sometimes affect the flavour of the wine.

    Screwcaps are used extensively in the New World and are ideal for wines where the key attraction is fresh, fruity flavours, for example New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Screwcaps are impermeable and do not taint the wine. They also offer convenience. A lot of research is being done into screwcaps and some have been developed specifically to allow a small amount of oxygen to transfer in to assist ageing.

    Whilst the issue of closures is an interesting one, ultimately, the type of closure used for a wine is less important than how the grapes have been grown and how the wine has been made. It is also no longer a reliable indicator of quality. In choosing wines it should thus not be a major consideration.

    Brilliant Bolognese! Date published: 26/01/13

    Recipe of the Week - Bolognaise

    Ingredients

    400g Minced Beef 1 tin of passata 3 large red onions handful of chestnut mushrooms 2 beef stock cubes Fresh Chilli to taste 2 bell peppers bottle of your favourite red Splosh of Lea and Perrins Splosh of Balsamic Vinegar Salt and Pepper

    Method

    The key to is a good bolognaise is quality wine, quality beef and to cook it low and slow. 5 hours should do the job just so it is blipping away ever so slightly. It develops a lovely deep richness of flavour by cooking it this way.

    # Start by softening the onions in a deep pan # Add the beef to the pan and brown well. I like to do this in a very hot pan so you get little bits of crispy caramelised beef. # Add wine – maybe save a glass for drinking. This will deglaze the pan and get all tasty bits that will be stuck on the bottom. # Cook on a a high heat for 10mins, to cook off the alcohol and intensify the flavour. # Turn down the heat and add passata, seasonings, stockcubes, chilli and condiments. # 30 mins from the end of cooking add the veg.

    Now its time to relax, put your feet up, maybe do a little internet browsing at Majestic.co.uk, and forget about it for 5 hours. My perfect match is with a bottle of Lebanese 'Hochar' from Chateau Musar only £10.49.   

    Bon Appetite!

    Giesen NZ Sauvignon Blanc - £6.79 (2+ bottles)Date published: 26/01/13

    From a family-owned winery, started in 1981 by the Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel, this lively Sauvignon Blanc hails from the acclaimed Wairau Valley in Marlborough.

    This wine is the result of a complex blend from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.

    The nose is richly tropical, dominated by zesty aromas of lime, gooseberry, and green herbs.

    The palate is fruitier, pleasantly dry with citrus flavours, and the gooseberry continues to shine through.

    Excellent value at £6.79, enjoy this wine on its own or with a seafood risotto or paella!

    End of Christmas/Winter Offers - 4th February!Date published: 26/01/13

    Don't forget Monday the 4th of Feb is the end of our current offers! 20% off N.Z., Australia, Chile, Rhone and California!

    Paul Mas Sauvignon... an interesting alternative to a NZ SBDate published: 24/01/13

    Paul Mas is a reknowned producer of Southern French Wines.

    This S.Blanc has gained additional flavour characters from partial ageing in oak barrels. The vineyard lies in the Limoux area at the foothills of the Pyrenees, at an altitude of about 200m above sea level.

    A fresh, herbaceous, smoky white with rich tropical fruit characters and carefully balanced acidity.

    A bit more restrained than a NZ Sauvignon ...

    A perfect partner to seafood and white fish dishes but would also be fantastic with soft cheeses and fruit desserts.

    Try for yourself on our tasting counter today. Just £6.99 when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case

    New Rioja Arrival - total bargain!Date published: 21/01/13

    New Rioja Arrival - total bargain!

    Rioja Reserva Casa del Comendador 2077, Lagunilla - £10.99 buy 2 bottles save £10 £5.99 !!

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

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

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

    A total bargain - all of us at Majestic Winchester are grabbing a few of these!

    Catalpa Chardonnay - Bargain Hunt Star!Date published: 21/01/13

    Catalpa Chardonnay - Bargain Hunt Star!

    This wine has been named after the Catalpa Tree which grows in the Atamisque estate.  The grapes are hand-harvested and the juice fermented in new French barrels.  30% of the wine is allowed to age in the oak for 10 months before reblending with the remainder.

    Delicate aromas of white apples and pineapple, with the oak ageing exerting a faint honey and vanilla influence.  Smooth on the palate, with a fine balance between fresh citrus fruit and woody toast.

    Enjoy at home with turkey or trout.

    YUM! A class act of a Chardonnay - we love it in store. Come and grab the last few if you love Chardonnays! Just £8.49 (when you buy 2 as part of a mixed case of 6) down from £12.99.

    We are open normal hours todayDate published: 19/01/13

    We are open normal hours today

    As the weather isn't too adverse today we have made it in and should be here till 7 today!

    Closing at 5pm todayDate published: 18/01/13

    Closing at 5pm today

    Due to the adverse weather conditions we will be closing up the store at 5pm today so that we can get home safely tonight. We should be open at the usual time tomorrow morning if you miss us today!

    We are open in the snow!Date published: 18/01/13

    We are open in the snow!

    If you need any last minute wines for your snow days we are here to serve! Be careful out there!

    Wines of the South of France WeekendDate published: 16/01/13

    Wines of the South of France Weekend

    Over the weekend we will have a variety of wines open from the delightful South of France where you will find lots of quality and value.  There are a variety of grapes and styles available from this lovely part of France, often at much more affordable prices than some other more prestigous regions.

    Pop in and a taste with us!

    Catalpa Pinot Noir 2010/2011 AtamisqueDate published: 15/01/13

    Catalpa Pinot Noir 2010/2011 Atamisque

    I have got friends for supper on Saturday night and we are eating a game pie. I have been looking around for a suitable wine to have with game and then the Catapla Pinot Noir came onto the tasting counter in store. I now know I have found the perfect wine for the meal.

    The price is also very attractive as it has been put onto the "Majestic Bargain Hunt" deal reducing the price from £12.99 down to £8.49 (when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case)

    Why not come in store and taste this great wine.

     

    Grape

    Pinot Noir

    Origin

    A picturesque estate lined with fruit trees, cacti and the local Atamisque shrub. Now owned and run by French couple John and Chantal Du Monceau, along with winemaker Philippe Caraguel, formerly of Moët & Chandon.

    Taste

    Aromas of raspberries and currant jam, with a touch of caramel from brief ageing in new French oak. Elegant on the palate, with more red fruit and well-judged tannins.

    Enjoy

    Excellent with rabbit, game birds or cured meats.

    Bargain Hunt Wine of the dayDate published: 14/01/13

    Bargain hunt wine of the day

    Valençay Le Clos du Château 2010/2011 Claude Lafond £5.99 down from £8.99

    This wine is an unusual one as it blends Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc which is a rarity.

    Origin Valençay is a tiny 130 hectare cru in the heart of the Loire where the vines are planted on the sand and flint slopes to the south of the Cher River. The wine was matured on its lees to add depth of flavour.

    Taste Crisp, fresh and attractively complex with white fruits and floral aromas, finishing on a light spritz.

    Enjoy This is great on its own or with fresh lobster, sushi or fine Chinese cuisine.

    Pop in and the last of them while they're still here!

    Great Value Fizz for January...Date published: 10/01/13

    Christmas and New year have been and gone, but there may be the odd celebration on the horizon. Whether it be a new job, a reunion or party we have some excellent value sparkling wines.

    From Chile we have the Undurraga Brut, made using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes- same as Champagne! Dry, light and fresh with lime, grapefruit and stone fruit flavours and elegant bubbles. A great apéritif or sparkling wine for toasting- SPECIAL PRICE £5.99

    From New Zealand we have the Lindauer Blanc de Blanc. Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne. Brilliant as an apéritif due to its subtle elegance, it's also a superb partner to shellfish- SPECIAL PRICE £8.99

    Finally from Italy La Marca Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Trevisio area of Northern Italy. This wine is made from 100% Prosecco harvested from selected vineyards, made using the Charmat method. Delicate and elegant with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. Medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced- SPECIAL PRICE £9.99

    Go on treat yourself... cheer yourself up from all the January doom and gloom @majesticwin

    Fine Wine picks..Date published: 10/01/13

    Fine Wine picks..

    Our fine wine manager has shared his current favourite fine wine with us this month, so here we are sharing it with you!

    Sarget Gruaud Larose 2002 (£25)

    This is an often overlooked vintage - not a blockbuster style, due in part to the vintage conditions. This is a typical St. Julien wine, exhibiting perfumed plum and berry fruits, tobacco, spice and earthy aromas, leading to an elegant, soft and supple palate.

    Treat yourself post-Christmas to a lovely bottle to match a delicious dinner!

    A good red for Lasagne...Date published: 09/01/13

    This is one of my favourite wines to accompany my home cooked mid-week lasagne.

    Since its founding in 1978, the successful family-run Masciarelli winery has grown from its original 2.5 hectares in the town of San Martino to a total of 320 hectares today, spread across 14 different towns and villages throughout Abruzzo's provinces.

    Bright ruby in colour, with an attractive nose of red cherry, with subtle violet and tobacco notes. The palate frames blackcurrant and damson fruit with taught tannins and notes of liquorice and spice.

    Medium weight and a streak of acidity make this a great all-round food wine. £8.99 per bottle when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.  

    Best Bargain Buys!Date published: 09/01/13

    Best Bargain Buys!

    Amongst our exciting bargain hunt wines I have sniffed out the most entincing deals for you so here they are!

    Catalpa Chardonnay, Argentina £8.49 - a lovely rich new world Chardonnay usually £12.99!

    Catalpa Pinot Noir, Argentina £8.49 - a great example a new world pinot noir with lots of red fruit and a good amount of body, again originally £12.99!

    Mas de Mas Corbieres £6.66 - a lovely red blend from the Southern French region of Corbieres with a good body to it - was £9.99

    Vistasur Sauvignon Blanc - £4.99 - a fresh, fruity Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, a perfect party wine and originally £6.24!

    What's left in store is all that we have left so come in and grab these bargains while they last!!

    Secrets of Southern FranceDate published: 08/01/13

    Secrets of Southern France

    The South of France (namely Languedoc-Rousillon) is a classic region often overlooked by wine buyers in favour of the more famous areas such as Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Loire valley.  Without the tradition and stigma of these names attached to the wines, the pricing is always much lower compared to the prestigous old classics yet with often a similar level of quality.

    I love the Rhones-esque red blends and the amazing Burgundian style Chardonnays and Chardonnay blends found in this region.  There are also some more adventurous wines such as Marsanne-Rousanne blends, Vermentino and some fairly unheard of grape blends too which always make for interesting tasting compared to the old favourites. My most recent discovery is a lovely rich Rousanne almost reminiscent of a Meursault (though a different grape) that you'd pay double the price or more for from Burgundy!

    So if you're feeling adventurous or fancy some January bargains pop in and I'll be happy to point you in the right direction of some recent finds of mine! There are a few of these wines in our Bargain Hunt too so avoid disappointment and come in sooner rather than later to catch those bargains!

    January Bargain HuntDate published: 08/01/13

    January Bargain Hunt

    To keep up with the January sales tradition we have put some of wines down to bargain prices as part of our 'Bargain Hunt'! There are lots of attractive deals in store including some corkers from the South of France, Loire Valley and a couple of special buys in New Zealand and Australia. 

    Don't miss out they won't last long as there is limited supply of them all!

    Are you all stocked up for the big week to come?!Date published: 19/12/12

    Are you all stocked up for the big week to come?!

    Only 5 sleeps to Christmas now..!! How exciting, I'm sure everyone is looking forward to some well deserved rest and over indulgence! Make sure you're not caught short by popping in to see us over the next 5 days.  We are on hand to help you decide which wines to have with your Turkey, your Christmas pudding, which bubbly to pop open on the big day etc etc!

    We are open till 8pm this Saturday (22nd) and 9-5 on Christmas eve for those real last minute purchases!!

    Update on Delivery ScheduleDate published: 18/12/12

    There are still delivery slots available for every part of our delivery area before Christmas.  I would encourage you to get your wine ordered as soon as possible so that you don't miss out!

    Sparkly Champagne Saturday!Date published: 15/12/12

    Sparkly Champagne Saturday!

    As we are creeping ever closer to Christmas we have opened a nice bottle of Rosé Champagne for you to taste! A great chance to help you choose your Christmas Champers!!

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

    Come in and try it with us!

    Observer Food & Wine MatchingDate published: 09/12/12

    Observer Food & Wine Matching

    We've bought the Observer today to check out the Wine Matching Masterclass which highlights some of lovely wines!

    These include Torres Floralis Moscatel (£7.49 when you 2) a lush dessert wine for Christmas day!  Beaujolais Chateau de Pizay (£7.99 when you buy 2) fabulous for duck or chicken dishes.  Riesling 'Les Princes Abbes' Schlumberger (£10.99 when you buy 2) fab with seafood.  Barbera D'Alba Sucule (£7.99 when you buy 2) Fabulous with duck or goose dishes.  Macon Terroir De Charnay, Domaine Cordier (£9.99 when you buy 2 Cordier wines) The perfect Turkey or salmon wine mmmm nice and creamy!  Waimea Estate Pinot Gris (£8.99 when you buy 2 NZ wines) Lush with spicy dishes...left over turkey curry anyone..?

    We have a copy in store if you fancy taking a look!

    Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2010Date published: 08/12/12

    Having visited Codorníu (alas underage) I was excited to try this offering from Spain's largest cava producer.  It was launched in honour of the Regent Queen María Cristina of Austria who, in 1897 granted Codorníu with the title of 'Official Provider of the Royal House'.  Time to give it a go..!

    The aromas are floral with green fruit and pear.  On tasting, the fruit is revealed to be pear; it is accompanied by a citrussy acidity and a hint of brioche.  The Cristina (as we've come to call it) is brilliantly rounded and I consider it to be a true alternative to Champagne.  This potential becomes increasingly appealing on hearing the price...  At a mere £9.99, the Cristina is significantly cheaper than a comparable Champagne - tempted yet?

    With its fresh, fruity style, the Cristina would be a perfect apéritif but would also deliciously complement white fish or chicken.

    Enjoy!

    Sparkly Saturday!Date published: 07/12/12

    We'll be opening some Sparkling wine on Saturday to get everyone in a Christmassy mood so if you're still stuck for Christmas party sparklers pop in and try some!

    Fine Wine Friday - Waiting to be sampled!Date published: 07/12/12

    Fine Wine Friday - waiting here to be sampled!

    Our Fine Wine Friday Choice is open to try in store now! We have chosen the Chateau Fonplegade St Emilion Grand Cru Classe at £28.

    The grapes in this St Emilion blend are Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This wine is "Performing much better from the bottle than it did from barrel, this is a sleeper of the vintage from the American proprietor who has done such a great job resurrecting this once moribund estate.  A dark ruby/ purple hue is followed by notes of blueberries, raspberries and spring flowers, medium body, a soft silky texture, lush ripe fruit and a heady finish.  Drink over the next decade"

    90 points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.

    Pop in and try this treat with us today!

    Bordeaux Tasting Week starts Today!Date published: 07/12/12

    Bordeaux Tasting Week starts Today!

    Today sees the start of our Bordeaux tasting week and we have some treats open on the tasting counter today! We also have our Fine Wine Friday choice a Bordeaux St Emilion Grand Cru Chateau Fonplegade so come in and taste all these goodies over the weekend with us! These could be your Christmas day wines!!

    Christmas Delivery Information, updated 19/12Date published: 03/12/12

    December is a very busy time for deliveries, and we will be keeping this page updated on a daily basis with our current turnaround times and schedule.

    As of Wednesday 19th December we are now only able to guarantee delivery before Christmas to addresses local to Winchester.  Please call us to double check whether you are eligable for a delivery, otherwise just pop in and see us to collect your wines!

    Champagne Saturday! Louis Roederer open in store now!Date published: 01/12/12

    Champagne Saturday! Louis Roederer open in store today

    As its the first day of December we're celebrating in store with a bottle of Roederer NV which is down to just £30 at the moment! Come in and give it a try - it could be your perfect Christmas day wine!

    Chateauneuf-du-Pape down to just £9.99 from £17.49!!Date published: 01/12/12

    Chateauneuf-du-Pape down to just £9.99 from £17.49!!

    One of our top Chateaneufs, Cuvee de Antiques is down to just £9.99 for the festive period and is our wine of the week so pop in and try ot on the tasting counter - it'd be great for Christmas!

    Wine of the Week - Coney Pizzicato Pintot NoirDate published: 26/11/12

    Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2010 Martinborough Wine of the Week

    £19.99 Buy 2 N.Z wines save 20% £15.99

    A stunning example of a new world Pinot Noir from one of the premium boutique wineries found in the tiny district of Martinborough just over the mountains East of Wellington.  All these little boutique vineyards produce smaller amounts than much of the rest of New Zealand so lots of care is taken of the wines produced, always resulting in something quite special! We all love this wine to pieces here at Winchester! And what a great time to buy it with 20% off!  

    Grape Pinot Noir Origin Grown on the Martinborough terrace north of Wellington, by winemakers Debbie Christensen and Emma Easthorpe. The chewy tannins and complex fruit aromas of Martinborough wines shire through in this particularly expressive Pinot Noir. Taste Ripe cherry, black fruits and smoky, savoury overtones with plumb and pomegranate fruits combined with spicy, toasty, complex flavours complemented by integrated chewy tannins and a long, savoury finish. Enjoy Good Kiwi Pinot can be enjoyed in its youth, or over five years. An ideal match with venison, game and pasta.

    The ultimate week for shopping at Majestic!Date published: 26/11/12

    The ultimate week for shopping at Majestic!

    Starting this Tuesday (27th) our Christmas flyer begins, but our early Winter flyer continues for that week so you can pick and choose the best offers around!  So this coming week is the time to do your Christmas wine shopping!!

    We have Bollinger going down to £32 per bottle or £30 if you buy 6, as well as a top Chateauneuf-du-Pape coming right down to under £10 at just £9.99!  Everyone's favourite Majestic Sauvignon Blanc, Fairleigh Estate is plummeting down to just £5.99 too!

    These are offers not to be missed so make sure to come in and see us in Winchester!

    Thanksgiving!Date published: 22/11/12

    Happy Thanksgiving y'all!

    Today is the big American holiday Thanksgiving so we're in a festive mood here in store at Winchester.  We've even opened the extra special Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon (Down to £17 from £22 when you buy 2 bottles) to celebrate.  Pop in and try it with us - its an epic wine, one of those almost entirely perfect wines!

    Are you celebrating thanksgiving at all today?

    Rhone & Burgundy Tasting WeekDate published: 22/11/12

    Our wines of Rhone and Burgundy tasting week is in full swing so why not pop in and join us for a try of what Christmassy wines we have to offer this season?!  White Burgundian wines are the ultimate Turkey dinner wines, while the sumptuous reds of Rhone are great with red meats.  If you are a big red fan and refuse to have the classic Chardonnay - Turkey match then go for a red Burgundy, a light Pinot Red that won't over power the light white meat.

    Come and start the Christmas reasearch with us this week in store!

    Its Beaujolais Nouveau Day!Date published: 15/11/12

    Its that time of year again! Our Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived and we have a few boxes spare so if you fancy some pop down and grab it while it lasts!

    Wines of Chile!Date published: 13/11/12

    Today sees the start of our Wines of Chile tasting week so pop in and have a look at what we have open - lots of treats! We still have some nice Californian wines open there too!

    Wine of the WeekDate published: 10/11/12

    Wine of Week

    Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2010

    £19.99 £18.74 20% off Californian Wines £14.99  

    Grape Zinfandel

    Origin 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.

    Taste Heady and bold on the nose, which is full of ripe strawberry notes, and hints of coffee bean and cocoa. Wonderfully plump and juicy on the palate, with a satisfying warmth and subtle touches of vanilla.

    Enjoy Great with barbecued steaks, well-seasoned pork chops, or venison.

    We all love this wine - so come and tell what you think!

    California Dreaming..Date published: 07/11/12

    California Dreaming..

    This Friday sees the start of our Wines of California Tasting in store.  Though our Californian section is small, they are all corkers!   We have had quite a few new arrivals of late too so it'll be a nice chance to try some of those with us. 

    I love wines from the states so this is a very exciting tasting for me!  And it coincides perfectly with President Obama's re-election celebrations!

    So whether you love them, have never tried them, or don't think much of them, pop in and try the great wines from the sunny state that we have to offer!

    End of New Arrivals TastingDate published: 07/11/12

    End of New Arrivals Tasting

    We still have a few bottles open on the tasting counter for our tasting week - new arrivals.  Pop in and give them a go before the next tasting comes along!!

    Champagne, Champagne, Champagne...!Date published: 04/11/12

    Champagne, Champagne, Champagne...!

    Its that time of year again - any excuse to crack open a bottle of fizz! I'm already eyeing up the Bollinger Grad Annee 2002 (down to just £60!) for Christmas Day..! 

    We have some other great bargains on the more affordable Champagnes starting with the Nicholas Feuillatte at just £15.  IF you like a toasty, more full bodied style then the Roederer and Pol Roger are the ones for you both down to just £30! It doesn't get much better than that! So if you are feeling like stocking for the festive season pop in and grab some fantastic fizz !!

    New Arrivals Tasting!Date published: 02/11/12

    New Arrivals Tasting!

    We have lots of new arrivals for the Christmas period so we've opened lots of them for you all to try this week! Come in and have a taste and let us know what you think!

    Wine of the Week - USA Viogner!!Date published: 02/11/12

    Wine of the Week - USA Viogner!!

    We are excited about our new arrival from the McManis Family Vineyards.  Rarely do we see a Viogner from the USA but this one is a corker!

    The majority of the fruit for this wine comes from McManis's own estate vineyard at River Junction, south of Lodi where the winery is based.  Nestled between the Stanislaus and San Joaquin rivers the area benefits from cooler temperatures than the surrounding farmlands.

    Immensely ripe and aromatic, presenting the classic peach, apricot and honeysuckle character of Viogner in abundance. The wine has a real weight and viscosity that keeps the finish lingering.

    Best served with roasted pork belly glazed with honey and ginger.

     

    20% off Californian Wines so this is down to £8.79 from £10.99

    Fine Wine FridayDate published: 02/11/12

    FINE WINE FRIDAY

    La Sirene de Giscours 2006, Margaux

    £22.00

    The second wine of Chateau Giscours, Sirene is made from the fruits of the estate's younger vines, those from 5-15 years of age.

    A more supple, early drinking expression of the estate's style, the Sirene offers a fleshy core of fruit accented with notes of smoke, spice and creosote. The excellent 2006 vintage is drinking superbly now, and will continue to develop for another 5-10 years.

    Job Opportunity!Date published: 01/11/12

    Are you or somebody that you know looking for full-time work from now until the end of the year?

    We are looking for a sales assistant who is interested in learning about wine and working in a team of focused and professional wine enthusiasts!

    We can offer an enjoyable, fast-paced environment to challenge and reward the successful candidate.

    If you are interested please call 01962 868 708 and ask to speak to Andy or Virginia.

    Exciting Spanish ParcelDate published: 28/10/12

    We still have a few bottles left from the exciting Spanish parcel we've had in from a special Spanish cellar recently.  There are some real bargains available so make sure you come in and have a look before they all go out of stock forever more! They'll be great for Christmas day!

    2 Days left on Autumn Deals..!Date published: 28/10/12

    All the Autumn deals will be coming to an end on Monday evening so make sure you stock up on the things you have had your eye on! Spain and South Africa are the deals finishing so come and grab them before Tuesday if these are your favourite countries!

    120 Chilean WinesDate published: 25/10/12

    One of our best sellers here in Winchester is the Chilean Santa Rita 120 range of Sauvignon Blanc, Viogner Merlot and Carmenere. Exciting news - we have just had a shipment of the brand new Chardonnay!! So if you're a fan of these great value, delicious wines come in and try the new stuff! Rumour has it  another red variety is on its way too... so keep your eyes peeled!

    Spanish ParcelDate published: 25/10/12

    Spanish Parcel

    Fan of Spanish wines, especially aged Riojas..? Well you're in for a treat of you come in and see us here in Winchester.  We still have a few of each of our exclusive Spanish parcel wines left, ranging from 1978 to 2001. Some of the greatest vintages in Rioja have been stored in perfect conditions in a Spanish cellar just waiting for us to come along and buy them up for you!

    Marques de Riscal is one of our most popular Riojas, our current vintage is 2007, but we also have some 2001 and 1994 in stock at the moment.  Very exciting!  Vina Ardanza is another all time favourite Majestic Rioja, and we have the 1995 in as part of this parcel as well as the 2001 we usually stock.

    All of the wines have been very fairly priced as a bundle so range from just £9.99 to £25 with many around the £15 mark.  So if this is your thing pop in and get them while they last! A great Christmas present/Christmas day wine!

    End of Autumn Deals!Date published: 25/10/12

    End of Autumn Deals!

    Our Autumn offers are coming to end at the end of the month so if you love your Spanish and South African wines come and stock up before the end of the month! At the moment we have 20% off on both countries so there are some great deals to be had! We also have a few great deals on fizz, such as the Proseco Corte Alta at £6.66 and the Lindeaur Blanc de Blanc at £8.99.

    If these are the things that float your boat pop in and grab them while they last!

     

    Jacquart Brut Mosaique NV Date published: 19/10/12

    Jacquart Brut Mosaique Champagne is down to just £15 for a short time only! A lovely Champagne and a bargain at £15 down from £25. A fresh style of Champagne, but with that lovely hint of toasty yeastiness that comes with all good Champagne..mmmmmm. I'm thinking it might be clever to start stocking up for Christmas already...!

    Villa Maria down to just £6.99!!!Date published: 19/10/12

    Love New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs?? Well you're in luck because we have the all time Majestic favourite Villa Maria down to the bargain price of just £6.99! Come in and stock up while it lasts!

    Wines of Argentina TastingDate published: 19/10/12

    Today sees the beginning of our wines of Argentina tasting which we are all rather pleased about!! We have some nice bottles open - especially in the reds as it is definitely turning into the time of year for big warming reds!! A Malbec from Argentina will surely do the trick on these longer cooler nights that are approaching us! Great with a nice steak too!

    Pop in and have a taste in store with us!

    New Winter Warmers In Stock!Date published: 18/10/12

    Pop in and try our new stock of reds for these colder evenings!

    We have some new Bordeaux wines in and a couple of new Australian Reds too which are just right for these chilly evenings! We have lots on the tsating counter for you to try! Pop in!

    Fizz Offers Ending Monday!!Date published: 12/10/12

    Fizz Offers Ending Monday!!

    Our amazing deal on Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne at just £15 is coming to an end on Monday 15th and we still have lots in stock so come in and stock up for all those parties/weekends/celebrations that are coming up towards Christmas!

    We also have the Lindauer Blanc de Blancs at £8.99 until Monday too if Champagne isn't your thing!

    Come and get em!!

    Wine of the WeekDate published: 12/10/12

    Wine of the Week

    Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine 'Clos du Four' 2010/2011 Christophe Cordier - was £11.99, buy 2 save £2 £10.99

    Grape Chardonnay

    Origin Milly-Lamartine is a small commune in the Mâcon-Villages entitled to put it's name on the label due to a higher quality reputation. This wine has previously topped Decanter blind tasting polls and has a superbly refreshing style.

    Taste Plenty of zesty lime and orange here but with elements of pineapple and mineral too. Medium bodied with a rounded finish, this is Mâcon wine at its' best.

    Enjoy The refreshing balance of fruit and a medium-weight make this wine the perfect accompaniment to seafood in mild-medium sauces.

    This wine is an all time favourite here at Majestic Winchester so if you don't know it come in and give it a go on the tasting counter!!  

    Trade Customer?Date published: 08/10/12

    If you're shopping for a business please contact us on 01962 868 708 and we can
    put you in touch with our dedicated Commercial team. We offer exclusive
    wines, free delivery and credit terms.

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

    Fine Wine Friday - South AfricaDate published: 05/10/12

    Fine Wine Friday - South Africa

    Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Stellenbosch

    £26.00  20% off South Africa  £20.79!

    Thelema Mountain Vineyards are just that, the estate lies on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountatin, at high altitudes near Stellenbosch. The altitude combined with the maritime climate gives a uniquely long ripening period and excellent wines.

    Aromas of blackcurrant fruit with mocha and hints of vanilla, very concentrated dark fruits on the palate along with mint and eucalyptus. A full-bodied wine with a smooth texture and great length.

    Drinking well now but will benefit from several years of ageing. Great with fillet steak.

    With South Africa being on a 20% off offer this is a great chance to add a special fine wine to your shopping! Come in and have a tste today!

    Wine of the Week - Composite Pinot NoirDate published: 29/09/12

    Wine of the week - Composite Pinot Noir

    The big reduction on this New Zealand Pinot Noir is definitely a treat to be snapped up!! A delicious premium Pinot Noir at a bargain price - come and grab them while they last!

    Origin
    Composite have adapted their viticultural techniques to the physical environment. High vine densities and low yields - comparable to prestigious Old World viticultural regions - are a notable feature of their approach.

    Taste
    The Composite Pinot Noir exhibits raspberry and cherry aromas with hints of toasted oak and rounded off with long, fine grained tannins.

    Enjoy
    It can be enjoyed with a wide range of cuisine, from simple summer salads to lighter meats. A great choice with roast duck breast.

    Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 29/09/12

    Sparkling Saturday

    Today we are opening a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte while its on such an incredible deal! At just £15 you can't go wrong! So pop in today for a sip of some chilled Champagne - what a good way to start a sunny Saturday afternoon!

    Pinot Noir Tasting this weekendDate published: 28/09/12

    We have some exciting Pinot Noirs open this week which will continue over into the weekend.  If Pinot Noir is your thing then this is right up your street! We have bottles from different parts of the world, all very different in style so it is a lovely chance to try these side by side to compare the difference.

    On Saturday at 11 and then at 3 we will do a group tasting in store with a member of staff so if you'd like to have your name put down for one of these then please let us know in store.

    My favourite so far (and always!) is the Saintsbury Pinot Noir at £14.99 at the moment - I would describe it as just perfect!!

    New deals for AutumnDate published: 26/09/12

    New deals for Autumn

    Today sees the arrival of some exciting new deals for the Autumn period, to lift spirits in this awful weather!!

    • The all time Majestic favourite Louis Latour Macon Lugny is down to a bargain price of £7.99 and we have stacks of it!
    • Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne is down from £25 to £15 - thats a saving of a whole £10! Come and grab them while they last!
    • Another favourite at Majestic - the Cotes du Rhone Bellaruche is down to £6.99 again - you can't get a great Cotes du Rhone at a better price than that!
    • Serena Pinot Grigio - down to just £5.99 - one of the tastiest Pinot Grigios we do here at Majestic. Very refreshing!
    • Laurent Perrier Rosé - down to a bargain price of just £45 from £62 - I think its time to start stocking up for Christmas with these kinds of deals!
    • Green Point NV Australian Sparkling Wine - down from £16.99 to just £8.99! It doesn't get much better than that! I will be stocking up for Christmas and New Year with this delicious fizz that is made just like Champagne, but in Australia!

    So pop in and grab these fabulous bargains while they last! This awful weather is a great incentive to start stocking up for the cold months of Winter and Christmas coming up!

     

    Wine of the Week - Saintsbury Pinot NoirDate published: 26/09/12

    Wine of the Week - Saintsbury Pinot Noir

     

    Origin
    The ethos of producing wine that maintains the hallmark of the vineyard rather than simply the mark of the producer dominates the winemaking philosophy for the Carneros Pinot Noir. Gentleness and restraint are critical in the selection of the grapes and in the élevage.

    Taste
    Ripe red-fruit aromas with bitter black cherry, spice, cigar tobacco, mocha and vanilla. A ripe and textured palate of integrated tannins, red-fruit and spice with a fresh, weighty finish.

    Enjoy
    Drinking well over the next four years, partner with duck, lamb and game.

     

    This wine is a big favourite at Majestic Winchester - we are all big fans!! Come in and give it a try!

    Exciting new Italian fine wine!Date published: 25/09/12

    Exciting new Italian fine wine!

    A fine wine - Guidalberto 2009, Tenuta San Guido, IGT Toscana - arrived with us today from Tuscany - the little brother of the winery's celebrated 'Sassicaia', from the three wineries surrounding Bolgheri.  This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and 10 % Sangiovese.  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.

    Sounds delicious to me!!

    This wine is on a great deal down to £25 when you buy two rather than £30 when you buy just the one.

    A great NZ Sauvignon Blanc at an amazing £5.99! Date published: 21/09/12

    Ragged Point Sauvignion Blanc, Marlborough NZ

    Grape
    Sauvignon Blanc

    Origin
    A wine from Morton Estate, a multi-award-winning winery established in 1978 in the coastal town of Katikati, where their winemaking operation is still based today. This Sauvignon is made by Nick Millichip and Johnson Scutt, who between them have made wine in 12 countries. This wine is fresh off the ship from New Zealand!

    Taste
    Typical Marlborough characters of gooseberry, nettle and hints of tomato leaf on the nose. Palate fruit is predominantly green apple and citrus with suggestions of melon, framed by tense acidity.

    Enjoy
    Enjoy on its own or with fresh fruits de mer.

    Dessert Wine - Quality OfferingsDate published: 18/09/12

    There is more to sweet wines than the tepid cream Sherry auntie Betty used to sip after Christmas lunch. A broad range of styles to suit all tastes and fit for every occassion. It's time to get excited by the sticky stuff!

    Here is a list of 3 sweet wines, with some history, a food match and an ideal scenario in which to enjoy them...

    1. Sauternes - Arguably the queen of French dessert wine, it was initially produced to satisfy the demands of 17th century Dutch traders who missed their beloved German sweet vino. Matched with mushroom pate and enjoyed whilst relaxing in a Chesterfield armchair, it is tough to beat. Try Castelnau de Suduiraut 2009 at £11.99

    2. Tokaji - The pride of Hungary! Like Sauternes, it is produced with grapes affected by the friendly mould known as 'Noble Rot'. This dries the grapes out and concentrates the natural sugars making an elegant sticky bursting with ripe apricot fruit! Drink this with some creamy cheese on a balmy afternoon in late summer, delightlful! Try Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2007 at £19.99.

    3. Bonnezeaux - Less well known than Sauternes, this Loire valley wine is generally lighter and more delicate than it's Bordeaux-based-big-brother and often has aromas of pear drops and peach fuzz. Serve with a light, citrus sorbet whilst sitting on a rug, in a sunny field and searching the sky for clouds that look like bears. Try Chateau de Fesles 2001 at £14.99.

    Also, always remember to chill your dessert wines and it's important to bear in mind that most stickies will evolve and develop with age, the top wines can still be alive and kicking after half a century or more!

    Sauvignon Blanc Tasting WeekDate published: 17/09/12

    Tomorrow sees the beginning of our Sauvignon Blanc tasting week - so make sure to pop in and try the samples we will be opening.  On Saturday we will be giving some tutorials on tasting them too so give us a call if you'd like your name down for one of those.

    I'm mostly looking forward to trying the Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc (£10.99) from the all time Majestic favourite winery of Saint Clair in New Zealand!

    Come and join us for a taste!

    Aix Rosé DOUBLE MAGNUMS!!Date published: 17/09/12

    Yesterday we had an extra special delivery of some double magnums ( 3 litres) of the delicious Provence Rosé from Aix.  What a perfect way to see the summer off on these last few sunny days! At £50 these will make all your guests super impressed, so pop down and grab one for the last BBQ of the year!! Only 3 left.....!

    Codorniu Brut - Great Value Quality Cava!Date published: 15/09/12

    A chance for us to introduce you to Codorniu's new flagship wine, Codorniu Brut.

    This wine is replacing the Extra de Codorniu (a favourite here in Winchester!)

    Codorniu was established in 1551 and is a family owned winery in the Penendes region near Barcelona. In 1872 Codorniu was the first Spanish company to make sparkling wine using the traditional method (as used in Champagne) - later known as Cava.

    Codorniu Brut is a traditional blend of local Spanish grapes, Macabeo, Xarel.lo and Parellada and remains true to the original style of Cava.

    It's fresh, crisp and elegant, with flavours of citrus and apple.

    Perfect as an aperitif or as a partner for tapas and fish dishes.

    New Ales in Majestic Winchester!Date published: 15/09/12

    Here at Majestic we stock a lot more than just wine. We also stock a great range of beers and ales and these three new additions to our range highlight Majestic's determination to stock quality beer as well as quality wine.

    Abbot Ale - £19.20(When you buy two cases)

    From the Greene King brewery in Bury St Edmund s, Abbot Ale is the quintessential English ale. Brewed to have a smooth and full flavour it has overriding malty flavours that have been balanced out by subtle use of hops. These produce flavours of caramel,toffee and citrus. This is a perfect restorative after a bracing afternoon's walk.

    Old Golden Hen - £19.20 (When you buy two)

    This is another offering from East Anglia but is very different in character to the Abbot. This is a wine that is dominated by its fine hoppy character. The use of rare Galaxy hops gives this beer a pale gold appearance and plenty of citrus fruit aroma. As well as being excellent on its own this is a great food beer. It will be very at home with a curry or any spicy food.

    Oxfordshire Ales Mixed Case - £19.20(When you buy two cases)

    Our final offering is from the Oxfordshire Ales brewery which is a new and upcoming brewery. Using spring water from the local “Stump well”, barley from Hampshire and a variety of hops they have produced a selection of quality ales . This mixed case contains three different types of ales that should satisfy your every mood.

    Pick of the best new offers!Date published: 10/09/12

    The new Autumnal season brings the Summer deals to an end but sees the start of some new offers and prices for the on set of the cold weather!

    My favourite deals are the sumptuous Chardonnays from Argentina - a lovely warm white for the on-set of cosy nights in! The Catena Barrel fermented Chardonnay is a winner for me - down to £9.99 when you buy two! Simply divine!

    For the last of those warm evenings (if there are any left!) we have the Prosecco Conegliano down to just £9.99.

    Portugal is on a countrywide deal and the Vinho Verde Quinta de Azevedo is down to an absolute bargain price of just £4.99 - a steal!

    There are lots of lovely South African reds all on 20% off - all great Autumnal wines.  Spain is on 20% off too with lots of special aged Riojas in at the moment thanks to a special parcel we received recently. Come in and see what takes your fancy!

    Fine Wine Friday - Spanish Parcel 1987!!Date published: 07/09/12

    This month our fine Wine Friday coincides with the arrival of an exciting Spanish parcel from the cellars of some of our finest producers.

    Out of these treats we have chosen to open the Vina Tondonia Reserva 1987, R.Lopez de Heredia at £25.00 when you buy 2 or more.

    1987 was a very good vintage in Rioja, particularly in the later-ripening Rioja Alta, where the Vina Tondonia vineyards are located. This winery creates a robust and slightlyrustic style of wine, using unusually long periods of barrel ageing for reserva, sometimes up to 6 years in older oak casks. A great example of mature reserva, to enjoy now.

    Mmmm sounds delicious! We are looking forward to tasting in an hour or so! Come and join us!

    Wine of the Week - Chardonnay weekDate published: 07/09/12

    During our Chardonnay week we have come to the conclusion that the best tried yet is the Catena Barrel Fermented Chardonnay at £9.99 when you buy two.

     

    Origin
    A blend of grapes from three high altitude vineyard sites, La Pirámide, Domingo and Adrianna, creating a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity.

    Taste
    Showing notes of mango, banana and apple, with a hint of sweet spice and wet stone minerality. Full yet clean on the palate, with pear and fig fruit flavours rounded off with fresh, crisp acidity.

    Enjoy
    Excellent with roast chicken or gammon dishes.

    Open for another couple of days so come in and give it a go in store!

    Free Tasting TutorialsDate published: 01/09/12

    Throughout September, we are running four different tasting tutorials in-store.

    So if you want to discover more about wine, then come and explore with us at one of our free 30 minute tasting sessions.

    Spaces are limited so book your place today! Contact the store on 01962 868 708

    Chardonnay Tutorial
    Saturday 8th September
    11am and 3pm

    Spanish Tutorial
    Saturday 15th September
    11 am and 3pm

    Sauvignon Blanc Tutorial
    Saturday 22nd September
    11am and 3pm

    Pinot Noir Tutorial
    Saturday 28th September
    11am and 3pm

    Our Top Three New World Pinot NoirsDate published: 18/08/12

    If you were to ask any group of wine enthusiasts which grape is their favourite, I would bet that a large number would opt for Pinot Noir. A sense of romance and mysticism surrounds famously delicate and tempramental grape. It's thin skin means it can only thrive in the most marginal of conditions and must be handle with extreme care by winemakers. Burgundy is the spiritual home of Pinot Noir and is where the very best wines are still produced. These Pinot's express terrior in a profound sense which other grape varieties in other regions cannot achieve. However, these wines do not come cheap, nor are the easy to source. Luckily, Pinot Noir has found a second home in New Zealand, whilst good winemakers from other new world regions are now understanding what it takes to produce excellent Pinot Noir outside of Burgundy. Here are my top three:

    1. Errazuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley, Chile. £13.49, or by 2 bottles and save 20%, £10.79

    Naturally occuring yeast on the grape skins are used to begin the fermentation of this wine. A cooling sea breeze moderates the heat of the Casablanca region, giving the wine a balanced structure rather than an overripe, jammy quality often seen in Pinot Noir from warmer climates. This wine is highly aromatic with the perfume of violets and subtle spice, whilst the palate is concentrated with wild strawberry flavours. A great match for roasted lamb.

    2. Quartz Reef Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand. £18.74, or buy 2 bottles and save 20%, £14.99

    From the most southerly wine producing region in the world, this Pinot is classically Burgundian in style. Many people consider the best Pinot Noir outside of Burgundy to come from Central Otago and this wine does nothing to harm that statement. The nose is heady with red berry aromas a wild earthiness found in classic red Burgundy. The palete is vibrant and rich, witha fresh acidity giving great balance. Drinking well now, but with the potential to develop for at least 5 years, this is best enjoyed roasted game dishes.

    3. Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand. £30.00, or buy 2 bottles and save 20%, 23.99

    This acclaimed producer consistently delivers some of the best Pinot Noir in New Zealand and is one of the pioneers that put New Zealand Pinot on the map in the 1980's. In the best Burgundian tradition this wine is produced as a representation of the terroir of Martinborough, aided by a cool, maritime climate that is perfect for growing the grape. The depth and complexity of this wine means it has characteristics to please all tastes. Aromas of red cherry, earth and tobacco leap from the glass and follow through onto into the palate, giving a long, layered finish. The balance, intensity and structure of this wine means it will improve over the next ten years, although all the elements are there for it to be enjoyed equally now. This wine would sit perfectly alongside any number of game and red meat dishes, however I enjoy it most simply alongside a wedge a good quality brie.

    The History of Spanish Wine-makingDate published: 18/08/12

    Vines have been cultivated on the Iberian peninsular since 4000 BC but the industry only began flourishing under the Romans, as Emperor Augustus pacified the peninsular in the second century BC. Evidence of amphorae from Baetuca and Terraconensis show that imports of Spanish wine into Italy were exceptionally high and its popularity reached across the empire into the Loire Valley, Brittany, Normandy and England and was supplied to troops defending the Roman frontier with Germany. Written evidence such as Ovid's Ars amatoria 3. suggests that most of these wines were low in quality and suitable for 'getting the porter of one's mistress drunk' although Pliny in his Natural History praises the wines of Terraconensis.

    Following the downfall of the Roman empire, there is little evidence of how viticulture fared under Barbarian invasions. However, under Moorish rule in the 8th century AD viticulture continued, as the Islamic conquerors made the sale of wine illegal whilst simultaneously subjecting it to excise. By the mid 13th century, Spain was largely under Christian rule and England was importing considerable quantities of wine from Bilbao into Bristol, Southampton and London. Spanish wines were particularly popular as the hot climate produced wines of higher alcohol, which kept better than the weaker wines of France or Germany. These lower quality but high alcohol wines were often used to adulterate more expensive, weaker wines to produce a longer-lasting and tastier final product.

    In 1492 Spain emerged as a unified Christian country under a single crown; in the same year Christopher Columbus discovered the West Indies and opened up the New World to Spanish trade opportunities. Sherry, also called Sack, was particularly important and was exported in especially large quantities for drinking in the English court. Relations and trade links between England and Spain remained healthy until Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon in 1533, as a result business in Jerez moved away from the wine trade and into the new pursuit of biscuit production to supply Philip II's Armada. Trade links recovered with England in the reign of James I, when Sack again became a popular drink at the Royal court. However, these links remained sporadic from the mid 17th century through to the early 19th century as a series of wars with the English repeatedly broke of good relations.

    Throughout the rest of Spain, wine production had advanced little beyond that of the Roman era, with ancient techniques still producing low quality wines for table drinking. Change was forced on the wine industry in the mid 19th century when Powdery Mildew and Phylloxera damaged vines across Spain. Whilst the damaged vines were largely replanted by the beginning of the 20th century, many of the more localised varieties were not replaced and have since become extinct. Further to this replanting was the establishment of sparkling wine production after Jose Raventos introduced the Traditional Method to the Codorniu family firm in 1872 and instigated what is now a successful industry in the production of Cava.

    The wine industry suffered further setbacks in the 20th century as it was neglected under the political upheaval of civil war and the economic fall out of the the Second World War. By the 1950s the wine industry began to revive, with large co-operative wineries producing inexpensive bulk wine for branded export. The post-war history of the Spanish wine trade is overshadowed by the Rumasa conglomerate, established by Jose Maria Ruiz-Mateos, which took the monopoly on wine and sherry production as well as hotels, banks, construction firms, department stores, factories and shipyards. Despite modernising the wine industry, the government returned much of Ruiz-Mateos' empire to private ownership in the 1980s, allowing other producers a chance to compete on the market. Whilst the 1960s sherry boom has been followed with decades of decline. The international 'discovery' of Rioja around the same time has been a more sustained success. A greater economic freedom has led to an urban middle class interest in wine worldwide and EU finance has been used to update production and produce high-quality wine for this new global interest.

    Viva Espania!Date published: 18/08/12

    A large country with a varied geography and climate, the Spanish claim to have up to 600 grape varieties. Since the arrival of phylloxera farmers have favoured varieties that are adapted to local climates and have been cultivating grapes from as early as 6000 BC. Spanish wine-makers combine ancient techniques with more recent technology to produce a varied and complex repertoire of wines, which have been increasing in quality and popularity since their international 'discovery' in the 1960s.

    To survive the summer drought farmers have adopted a system called marco real which leaves a space of 2.5m between each vine in all directions. This prevents too much competition for water., whilst maintaining enough stress on each vine to encourage high flavour intensity in the grapes. Traditionally vines are free standing and bush trained to help shadow grapes from the searing sunlight. To preserve the quality of the grapes in such a hot climate, strict regulations are being put in place by wine-makers at harvest time to ensure the quality of their wines; many now harvest their grapes at night time to prevent fermentation beginning during transportation.

    Improvements in wine-making itself such as the use of stainless steel vats and temperature controlled fermentation helps retain primary fruit characters, adding extra layers of complexity to the final product. Spain continues to foster the long-established tradition of ageing red wines in oak which adds secondary characteristics such as leather, tobacco and vanilla to their wines. In the second half of the 19th century the French introduced the 225l barrique to Rioja and its popularity has spread throughout the country, although now most wine makers use American oak, which gives a stronger flavour to the wine. These advancements in modern wine-making have led to an improvement in quality and reputation for Spanish wines, of which many are now considered amongst the best in the world.

    The key wine-making regions of Spain produce excellent red, white, rose and sparkling wines. Rioja is one of the best known regions, situated in north eastern Spain it is protected from rain-bearing Atlantic winds by the Sierra de Cantabria and maintains a relatively consistent climate. Of the seven grape varieties which qualify for Rioja's Denominacion de Origen the most widely planted is Tempranillo which ripens well on the clay and limestone slopes. Most Riojas blend small quantities of other varieties to add body to the Tempranillo base.

    The wines of Rioja are characterised by barrel maturation. Wines labeled Crianza and Reserva must spend at least a year in oak, whilst a Gran Reserva must spend at least 2 years. New American oak barrels give the soft vanilla flavour that has become expected of Rioja. Crianza then spends another year in tank or bottle and Reserva another 2 years ageing. Gran Reservas, usually specially selected from the best vintages, must spend 3 years in bottle before release. Wines with a higher percentage of Tempranillo are selected for prolonged ageing in cask. The ageing on these wines produces qualities that evolve from youthful ripe fruits through to the more raisened leathery characteristics of the older wines.

    Other important grapes in the region include Garnacha which produces a hefty alcoholic wine on its own, or fruity dry Rose and Rioja's chief white variety, Malvasia which produces rich alcoholic dry white wines well suited to oak ageing. Viura (known elsewhere in Spain as Macabeo) is now the most planted white variety and produces light, fresh wines.

    Rias Baixas, a region in the north west corner of Spain produces wines on a smaller scale. The thick-skinned Albarino grape dominates to produce wines that are delicate, lively and aromatic and match perfectly with shellfish. The local terroir of granite based soils, together with the maritime climate keep the wines fresh and fragrant. Two other varieties, Treizadura and Loureira, are sometimes blended with Albarino to add perfume.

    The Ribera del Duero is home to Spain's most prestigious and expensive red wine – Vega Sicilia.
    Situated in central northern Spain in the valley of the River Duero the region produces concentrated red wines of intense colour, fruit and savoury characteristics.
    The Vega Sicilia estate was planted in imitation of the estates of Bordeaux in the 1860s. The Bordeaux grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec were introduced to add a cosmopolitan glamour to Tempranillo (known locally as Tinto Fino or Tinto del Pais). Vega Sicilia's Unico, the highest quality wine, is made only in the best vintages and is aged in oak for 10 years, it is described as restrained yet complex and is able to age in bottle for decades. The younger, 5 year old wine is called Valbuena and is a less intense version of the Unico.

    Navarra in the north is dedicated chiefly to the cultivation of Garnacha and the many old vines found here produce intense deep reds. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay are increasingly important and French oak is used in the ageing process for the majority of Navarra's red wines. Navarra is regarded as a producer of some of the most reliable and best value wines Spain has to offer.

    Catalunya in north east is the chief producer of Spain's sparkling wine Cava. The white grape Macabeo dominates for this reason, although Xarel-lo and Parellada are also important to add complexity of flavour and added crispness. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are also permitted and are increasingly popular as they add flavour and weight to the final product. Catalunya is also home to large producers such as Torres who produce dependable but unexciting wines in bulk. Vina Sol (who use the Parellada grape) was one of Spain's first cool fermented wines, this method of production has become more prevalent in the last decade as crisp unoaked white wine has become fashionable. The hottest and lowest vineyards of the region produce the super ripe Moscatel and Malvasia grapes for dessert wines.

    Priorat is a tiny region on north east coast of the country but despite its size it produces some of Spains' most exciting and expensive wines. The unusual soil type in the region, known as llicorella, is dark brown slate which adds a mineral essence to the otherwise intense and concentrated red wines. This soil also retains enough water to make irrigation unnecessary which keeps grape yields are low and flavour intensity in the grapes is increased. Carinena (Carignan) is the most widely planted variety, although ancient Garnacha provides the backbone for most Priorat. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot are added to the blend and new oak is used in the ageing process to add further layers of complexity.

    The Majestic Customer ListDate published: 17/08/12

    Have you ever wondered what the customer list at Majestic is for?

    Firstly it is not so we can bombard you with emails and pass your details onto third parties!

    Essentially it is a tool in place for your benefit - If you've ever had a wine from us and can't remember what it is - we can use your history to find out for you! And don't worry if you bought it from another branch, we can give them a call and get them to check your in-store history there, so we can ALWAYS find out what you've bought, as long as you provide us with your surname and postcode every time you shop.

    It also allows us to post you our quarterly magazine Grape to Glass, and any flyers detailing our latest offers, so you'll always be first in the know (you can opt out of this free service if you prefer not to receive the mailing, and you still benefit from our personalised product history service!)

    There is also an option to signup for emails detailing EXCLUSIVE online parcels that you can't get anywhere else - not even in store! So if you want to be kept in the know about all the best deals here at Majestic, make sure you go on our mailing list - after all, it's there for you!

    Alsacian Wines - Must Be Tried!Date published: 17/08/12

    A wine-region that I find is frequently overlooked in-store is Alsace, which is a real shame as it has so much to offer. With its continental climate it boasts practically perfect conditions for wine-production and has the stunning backdrops of both the river Rhine, and the Vosges Mountains, which provide the vineyards with a protective rain shadow.

    Owing to the sloped topography of the vineyards the grapes are frequently hand-picked, which bestows upon the wines a greater sense of tradition and intrinsic quality. It has changed hands between the Germans and the French several times, and this collusion of cultures is represented strongly in the ultimate wine styles. German wine is frequently cast in a negative light, being seen as overly sweet and mass-produced. Originally the Alsatian focus was also on quantity rather than quality, however, it is perhaps the French influence that has elevated the status of these unusual wines, which are now made
    predominantly from noble grape varieties and largely sourced from their 51 Grand Cru sites. Yields are strictly controlled to increase
    the overall quality, and the fact that it is compulsory for these wines to be presented in flute bottles contributes further to their prestige, status, and formidable nature!

    This orchestra of opulent varieties includes Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir. Riesling is a delightfully expressive variety which can vary enormously depending on where it is grown – the Alsatian take on this classic variety results in an extremely balanced wine dominated by citrus, lime and stone fruits, with an elite minerality, honeyed complexity, and then the signature petrol aromas we've come to expect in the more developed examples.
    Gewurztraminer is an outstanding variety for a relative unknown, and the name derives from the German word for spice (Gewurz), a quality which is inherent in the taste of these wines, along with a subtle blush colour caused by maceration with the pink grape skins. The spice dances alongside richly perfumed rose petal and Turkish delight flavours, making it ideal with aromatic Thai food, or indeed those hotter dishes.

    My first encounter with Alsatian wine was in a BYO Indian restaurant in Cheltenham, and one of the wines we had was the Philippe Zinck Grand Cru Eichberg Gewurztraminer, which looks like more of a mystical
    potion than a bottle of wine. I had never heard of this style of wine before, and couldn't even pronounce it! My piquant palate detected the Turkish delight (Lychee) flavour almost instantly and when I remarked that the unusual flavours were what I liked about the wine, my Manager at the time said I should like it because it was a perfect match to the food we were having. I've never been told why I should like a wine before, but it certainly stuck with me, and so has the wine. I've laid one down as it is drinking over the next five to seven years, and will get more honeyed notes as it ages. This wine also has something of a fairytale
    factor as the label is reminiscent of Rapunzel's golden hair cascading down the side of her infamous tower. Totally magical!

    Since my love affair with Gewurztraminer began I've also recognised my taste for other styles with a spicy, prickly, yet off-dry edge to them, which includes the Argentinian Torrontes, Loire Vouvray, and various expressions of Riesling and Pinot Gris, all equally up to the challenge of standing up to and complementing those more fiery foods.

    Another Alsatian variety that benefits from extra ripening is Pinot Gris. This may sound like a distant cousin of Pinot Grigio but it is actually the same variety, just harvested slightly later. The exotic elixir that derives from these grapes however does taste somewhat far removed from the more delicate, floral Italian Pinot Grigios we all know and love. More New World in style, Pinot Gris' are richer in tropical fruit flavours, particularly stone fruits, which are all knitted together with a nutty honeyed complexity that positively sings when paired with spicy food. Examples of this wine range from dry to medium dry and the blush grape skins infuse the wines with a tactile
    prickly character which practically pirouettes on the palate.

    It is no surprise then to learn that the native Alsatian cuisine is rich, hearty, simple food; sausages, casseroles and game are among the favourites, all richly seasoned and of course well-spiced. And in case you have room for something sweet, Alsace also produce two types of dessert-wine: Vendange-Tardive where grapes are literally late harvested, resulting in shrivelled grapes with very concentrated sugar levels, and Grains Nobles which requires the use of grapes that have been affected by botrytis cinerea (noble rot). The best dessert wines are the latter, and the perfect conditions for noble rot are where the vine sits alongside a body of water, in a relatively warm climate. This creates misty mornings and an effectively magical maritime micro-climate. A symphony of sweet fruit flavours and that trademark spicy scent result in wines that are nothing short of God's nectar!

    In contrast, the reds of Alsace represent the softer side of wine-making. As they are made using Pinot Noir they can be drunk slightly chilled on their own, or with light salads, boasting a crescendo of crisp cherry, red berry and raspberry flavours. Dry yet fresh this take on a classic is authentically Alsatian yet perfectly Pinot Noir. It seems that as game frequents their cuisine, it's not a feature they've encouraged in the flavour of their red wine, which remains fruity, refreshing, and downright irresistible!

    There's always more to say about Alsace, and we're gradually adding new, exciting producers to our range - Zind Humbrecht being the most recent and stunning. Hopefully even with this brief look at my favourite Alsatian grape varieties it is easy to see why this region should be explored and adored rather than ignored, and that it simply has so much to offer that one can't help but be seduced by the choir of Alsatian flutes.

    The Majestic Wine Fine Wine PlanDate published: 17/08/12

    The world of Fine Wine can often appear intimidating from the outside. Many of our customers appreciate drinking great wine and would love to build up a fine wine collection, however, it can difficult knowing where to start.
    Luckily, through our partnership with Lay and Wheeler, we have created the Majestic Wine Fine Wine Plan. Not only is this plan the most affordable way to build up your own cellar (min. monthly direct debit £50), but you'll be guided through every part of the process, from choosing the perfect wine to storing your bottles.

    The main benefits of the plan are:

    * A free 6 bottle case of Croix de Beaucaillou 2009 worth £150 when you suscribe to a monthly direct debit of £100 or more
    * Dedicated team of Fine Wine specialists to help you build up a great collection to drink in the future
    * Fine Wine Plan Advance-purchase wine up to the value of 3 months suscription in addition to any funds that you have available in the plan

    Furthermore, you'll also receive regular offers exclusive to members of the fine wine plan, plus free delivery when you withdraw a case of wine to drink. By paying £50 a month into the plan you'll receive £25 in Majestic vouchers at the end of the first year, you also have the flexibility to increase your monthly payments as and when you wish. All members of the Fine Wine plan have complete online access to their accounts, additionally members have access to one of the lowest rates available for professional storage. If you wish to take advantage of our bonded cellar facility, Vinotheque, it costs just £8.40 per 12 bottle case per year.

    Please contact us today if you would like to discuss our Fine Wine Plan further.

    Bollinger - Hard To Resist!Date published: 17/08/12

    If ever there was a Champagne house to be adored, Bollinger is it! As we are well in to the summer months I'm definitely craving bubbles and Bollinger have some great ones to choose from.

    Bollinger produce fantastic quality wines based predominantly on Pinot Noir grapes. The house sits in Ay near Reims and was founded in 1829 by Jacques Joseph Placide Bollinger, Amiral Comte Athanase Louis Emmanuel de Villermont and Paul Joseph Renaudin. Back then the joint venture was known as “Champagne Renaudin, Bollinger & Cie”. In 1865 they started shipping low dosage Champagne over to Britain. As most Champagne being imported was actually sweet this was rather unusual at the time.

    Elizabeth Law 'Lily' Bollinger (1899-1977) was the widow of Jacques Bollinger's nephew (also named Jacques) and she was left in charge of the family business. She oversaw the family vineyards on foot and bicycle for over 40 years. She also endured the 1944 German bombardment of Ay while sleeping in the Bollinger cellars. During her tenure, Lily took the vineyard holdings to 70% of production needs, which is particularly high, contributing largeley to the quality and consistency of their sublime wines. Lily believed that nothing should change the traditional Bollinger style which is achieved with a backbone of Pinot Noir from the Ay vineyards and a degree of barrel fermentation which is highly unusual for sparkling wine. This distinctive style is also achieved via tirage in bottles stoppered, unusually, with corks instead of crown caps, often for a decade or more.

    “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 I drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it, unless I'm thirsty.”
    Madame Lily Bollinger

    The style of Bollinger which is proving very popular at the moment is their RD or 'Recently Disgorged' Champagne – this is essentially Grande Année aged for a minimum of 8 years, showing marked autolysis and yeasty flavours as a result.

    The rarest wine in Bollinger's portfolio is the Vieilles Vignes Françaises which is a Blanc de Noirs (white wine from black grapes) made exclusively from grapes grown on ungrafted Pinot Noir vines situated behind Bollinger headquarters. These vines have never suffered from phylloxera hence why they are ungrafted.

    Bollinger's style is uniquely that of a family house which has, since 1829, preserved its independence whilst developing some of the finest vineyard holdings in Champagne. This has enabled Bollinger to maintain the unique blending method which is the basis of an inimitable identity. This philosophy was reinforced in 1992 by the publication of the Bollinger Charter of Ethics and Quality which is a permanent guarantee of its commitments to quality and consistency.

    Jancis Robinson suggests buying Grande Année as opposed to RD and ageing it yourself, as she prefers a lower degree of yeast contact.

    Now for some tasting notes! When I first tried the Bollinger NV Special Cuvée I was rather taken aback by how heavy, yeasty, bready and altogether austere this Champagne was. However in hindsight I tried this at the end of a full day's tasting, and thus the fruitier, gentler Prosecco that I tried alongside it was bound to be much more favourable.

    Having revisited this classic style I now find it surprisingly gentle, particularly as my taste in Champagne has developed towards the richer styles. The Special Cuvée is lightly infused with subtle flavours of pears and brioche, which is in keeping with the Bollinger tradition of wines with delicacy, body and elegance. Should you find the Special Cuvée too abrasive, try it in magnums which are always fruitier.

    Bollinger Grande Année for me has been consistently outstanding (having tried the 2000 vintage twice and the 2002 vintage once) and demonstrates a much richer and developed side of the Bollinger spectrum. I first tried it last Christmas and was blown away by it's deep stewed apple and pastry notes – essentially apple strudel in dry sparkling form – to die for! (and not just because James Bond famously drinks it!).

    Finally Bollinger NV Rosé – wow! More of a terracotta colour than actually pink this sumptuous rosé tastes like rhubarb compote, tart green and red apples with subtle pear and croissant notes. My favourite rose Champagne (if not my favourite Champagne altogether!) Bollinger is the first thing I reach for come every special occasion or celebration and is the absolute benchmark for quality Champagne.

    Bollinger also have a majority stake in the Saumur house Langlois Chateau, and more recently acquired a minority stake of Delamain of Cognac. They also own Chanson of Burgundy/Beaujolais, and own 40% of Petaluma in South Australia. The two have a joint venture in Tapanappa, Wrattonbully in South Australia. They have also bought the neighbouring house of Ayala.

    Bollinger is truly a house par excellence and delivers consistently outstanding wines with true hallmarks of quality. Next on my list are Bollinger RD (recently disgorged), and Grande Année Rosé. In the meantime I'll keep looking for excuses to crack open the bubbly! Search for Bollinger on the Majestic website or pop into store to see the current offers. For now – Santé!

    Let Majestic Wine in Winchester help you with your wedding requirementsDate published: 17/08/12

    Here at Majestic we have a lot of experience in organising wedding drinks. Our experienced staff can offer advice on everything from quantities to food matching, all tailored to your budget and tastes.

    We can provide everything from welcome drinks, bubbles for the toast, wines for your meal and beers and spirits for your evening bar.

    We also offer a wealth of services to ensure that your special day goes without a hitch. We can provide glasses, chiller bins and ice, plus our convenient, free delivery service means that you have one less thing to worry about. We even offer sale or return, meaning that you can bring back what you don't use, it's just another little thing that makes your life so much easier.

    If you would like to talk to us about your specific requirements, please feel free to drop by the shop, call us on 01962 868 708 or email win@majestic.co.uk

    Majestic Wine - Commercial OfferingDate published: 17/08/12

    Majestic Wine may be predominantly known as a retailer, however did you know that we also have a commercial department offering a full and comprehensive service to on trade businesses?

    We believe in the personal touch and so every business that we work with has their own personal account manager to ensure that everything runs smoothly. We also have a list of over 40 wines that are exclusively available to our commercial customers, thus ensuring there is no overlap with our retail side.

    Additionally, with our specialist expertise we can help you to draw up a professional list of quality wines. We can also offer full staff training to all of our on trade clients in order to build confidence and strengthen your wine offering.

    This is in addition to all of the services that we are renowned for, most notably our free 7 day a week delivery (often at short notice), our wide choice of wines, beers and spirits and our outstanding customer service.

    If you would like to discuss our commercial offering in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact us here at the store on 01962 868 708 or by email win@majestic.co.uk

    Nyetimber - An English Sparkling Wine Not To Be Missed!Date published: 17/08/12

    Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2003

    England's largest vineyard estate, Nyetimber occupies a cluster of sites which share similar chalk-based geology with much of the Champagne region, and which benefit from superb shelter and sun exposure, giving them a rare suitability for growing classic varieties. Golden colour with delicate bubbles. Classic Chardonnay aromas of peach and citrus, along with floral notes and an almond pastry character, followed by citrus flavours filling the palate.
    Drink on all special occasions, or as an indulgent foil for fine seafood or delicate freshwater fish.

    £34.99


    Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004

    Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne.
    A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.
    The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions.

    £24.99


    Nyetimber Rosé 2007

    With an aroma of redcurrant and cherries, intermingled with notes of brioche, the result of ageing on lees. The complex flavours are echoed on the palate, which has great texture. A definite Staff Favourite!

    £34.99

    Summer BBQ IdeaDate published: 17/08/12

    Planning a party for this summer of celebration? Thinking of throwing a BBQ in this glorious sunshine but looking for some ideas? Well, look no further this delicious recipe for the BBQ is one of my favourites:

    Pork sausages with pineapple salsa and rocket salad

    Ingredients:

    For the Sausages and Salsa:

    * 8 pork sausages
    * 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
    * 300g/10½oz fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into ½cm/¼in dice
    * ½ red chilli, finely diced
    * 1 tbsp sambal oelek (Indonesian chili sauce)
    * 1 lime, juice only
    * 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander
    * salt, to taste

    For the rocket salad with lemon vinaigrette

    * 1 lemon, juice only
    * 4 tbsp olive oil
    * 2 bunches rocket


    Preparation:

    1. Preheat the oven to 180C/375F/Gas 5.
    2. Place the pork sausages in a baking tray and roast for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through.
    3. Meanwhile, place a frying pan onto a medium heat and add the sugar. As soon as the sugar starts to melt and is nearly caramelised, add the diced pineapple.
    4. Cook the pineapple, stirring every minute for 4-5 minutes, or until lightly caramelised.
    5. Tip the pineapple into a medium bowl and add the chilli, sambal oelek, lime juice and coriander. Mix together and add salt, to taste.
    6. To serve, whisk together the lemon and olive oil in a small bowl and tip the rocket into a salad bowl. Dress the salad with the lemon and olive oil and serve it with the sausages and the salsa.

    WINE MATCH:

    Try this dish alongside:

    Château Aigues Vives Cuvée Exception 2007 Corbières

    Grape

    Syrah or Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan

    Origin
    The name of this estate is derived from 'Agua Viva', the Roman thermal baths that once stood on this site, whose underground water supply today quenches the otherwise arid soils. The modern winery was developed by Phillipe Dourthe but is now owned by Gérard Bertrand.

    Taste
    A classically structured southern French red, offering an array of red and black fruit aromas, nuanced with notes of cocoa, rose petal and savoury pepper. A robust tannic backbone provides a long finish.

    PRICE £9.99 OR BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £5 = £7.49

    The laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier, D'arenberg Mclaren vale 2008Date published: 16/08/12

    I had bought this wine about a year ago but only just tried it for the first time a week ago and was incredibly impressed with it. Being a Cote Rotie blend I thought it would be good and it did not disappoint. The story behind the name is good for a start, the name laughing magpie comes from a unique native bird to Australia the Kookaburra, which live in the bushland surrounding the winery, the birds have a distinctive laughing call so the family named there two Kookaburras laughing magpies, even though the two birds have no resemblance to one another. The family thought it would be a good name for the first Shiraz/ Viognier blend coming from the Mclaren Vale as the bird is black and white much like the wine which is 90% Shiraz and 10% Viognier.

    The Mclaren Vale is located in the South Australia State and start near to Adelaide and extend south to Morphett Vale and is notorious for producing rich, velvety reds which are powerful and often high alcohol wines which wine makers say is due to waiting for flavour development to be at a peak and this can increase alcohol due to harvesting later, but its something I personally do not mind due to array of flavours and depth and richness that is produced.

    The wine produced is sumptuous, its dark purple in colour with a variety of aromas and flavours of blackberries, currants, cranberry, and spiced fruit but also a more delicate side of floral notes, peachiness and jasmine. A combination of the two grape varieties becomes really apparent the more you try of this beauty of a wine the more you find and decanting the wine for a good period will really benefit the flavour spectrum. I couldn't wait anymore to try mine but the wine has all the makings of one for great longevity and I would imagine it will get even better over the next 5 years or so but not much longer as the acidity might not hold up but I would happily drink it now.

    Its included in the Australia 20% deal so worth buying while on offer for just £13.58 when you buy any two from Oz!!

    Try the grape variety "Cortese" this summerDate published: 16/08/12

    The Piedmonte region, in Northern Italy by the Alps, is home to some of Italy's most famous and prestigious grapes, including Barolo and Barbaresco. It is also here the white grape 'Cortese' comes from, producing very dry white wines, with 'crisp Alpine acidity'. It also gives some steeliness not found in many other Italian wines. In the town of Gavi, southern Piedmonte it is considered to be one of the oldest plantings found, and is complemented best by the fresh seafood from the coastal regions

    Recommendation

    Gavi Montiero, Rocca. £6.99 when bought with any other Italian wine, saving 20%

    A champagne deal not to be missed!Date published: 16/08/12

    Ruinart is one of the oldest Champagne houses, founded in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart. They have always promoted a culture of excellence and you can taste the quality in every sip. the entire range is stunning and is lead by its fabulous Blanc de Blanc Champagne. The non Vintage is currently on a fantastic offer at £30, down from £50. With this being said, it is a deal that is too tempting to miss.

    One of the jewels in Champagnes never-ending crown.

    Guidalberto, Tenuta San Guido, 2009Date published: 16/08/12

    You may have heard of an Italian wine called Sassicaia. The first vintage released was 1968 and it caused a sensation – Cabernet Sauvignon grown on gravel, but in Italy? It was something new and exotic yet was stylistically similar to the wines coming out of the Graves area of Bordeaux. Ever since it has held it's place as one of the world's best examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and helped to pave the way for the rise of the 'SuperTuscan'.

    The Guidalberto is the little brother of Sassicaia. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with up to 10% Sangiovese. It has a lovely ripe juicy quality backed up by layers of savoury and spice and fine tannins.

    One of my go-to reference books, the Gambero Rosso Italian Wines gives the 2008 vintage of the Guidalberto 3 glasses, a great achievment for something retailing at £25.00 when you buy 2 or more.

    Try it – you won't be disappointed!

    Quiche wine match!Date published: 16/08/12

    Quiche and Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay

    With these lovely warm evenings we've been having I decided it was time for some al-fresco dining.

    Sometimes I really enjoy cooking, but when it is warm, spending time in a hot kitchen is not much fun. With that in mind I bought a Quiche Lorraine from a well-known supermarket. Just 25 minutes in the oven, which gives the perfect amount of time to boil some new potatoes and produce a dressing to go with a mixed green leaf and tomato salad.

    Sitting out in my garden with a friend of mine I decided the best wine to match the balmy evening and the food would be the Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay. Unlike many new world Chardonnays, it has been delicately oaked. The wine has plenty of body to match the pastry and the apple and pear notes still come through. In my opinion this wine will match well with virtually any type of Quiche!

    At £8.99 on the New Zealand 20% offer I think this is a great wine that demonstrates New World Chardonnays are not always dominated by oak characteristics.

    Medal Winning Wines - Making a name for themselves!Date published: 16/08/12

    Wines win medals too! So here are some of our most highly awarded wines!

    Jim Barry the Lodge Hill Shiraz (£9.99) - Quadrouple GOLD the chapion of them all!

    The Ned Sauvignon Blanc (£6.99) won a GOLD and is Decanter's best NZ Sauvignon under £10 - a champion wine!

    Vinalba Malbec (£8.99) won GOLD - an Argentine hero!

    Vinalba Malbec Gran Reserva (£12.99) won GOLD - another hero of South America

    Vinalba Torrontes (£7.99) won GOLD- Making a hatric of the Argentine triumphs!

    Chateau de Gaudou - (£6.99) won GOLD - A hero of the Southern French blended reds!

    Castelmaure Corbieres (£9.99) - BRONZE - A beautiful blend!

    Well what a selection of awarded wines! You'll have to come in and take your pick!

    Summer in full-swing!Date published: 16/08/12

    With the sun now shining , it is time to clean off that BBQ and get into the summer spirit. The team here have come up with our very own perfect summer BBQ.

    Every BBQ needs a bit of fizz to kick it off with style and with some great deals on at the moment, there is plenty to choose from. We have chosen the Lindauer Special Reserve,a slightly pink tinged fizz, this delightful New Zealand sparkling wine is fruity yet toasty undertones, that will suit an array of tastes and at only £8.99, it won't break the bank.

    Everyone loves something a bit different so why not go large with a magnum of Vinalba Malbec Reserva, just £17.99, it is perfect for those juicy steaks and sizzling sausages.

    For those who don't love meat, why not match your summery salads with a super-light and elegant Provence rose, a particular staff favourite here is the Chateau Pigoudet at £8.99 which is full of flavours of apples and cherries that lingers on a beautiful finish.

    No BBQ would be complete without a jug of Pimms, but we have decided to go for something different. Sipsmith's Summer Cup (£18) is a great luxury alternative, with flavours of mint, iced tea and cucumber, it really is the perfect companion to a hot summers day.

    We're not all about wine here in Winchester, so let's not forget the Beers and Ciders. San Miguel Fresca is great for a hot summers day as it is light yet flavoursome, or how about some Rekorderlig for those sweeter toothed cider lovers, with lashing of strawberry, it is summer in a glass.

    Why not tell us what makes your perfect BBQ on facebook at facebook.com/majesticwine!

    Bottle SizeDate published: 16/08/12

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

    For Champagne:

    Regular (75cl)

    Magnum (2 btls)

    Jeroboam (4 btls)

    Rehoboam (6 btls)

    Methuselah (8 btls)

    Salmanaza (12btls)

    Bathaza (16 bts)

    Nebuchadnezza (20 btls)

     

    For Bordeaux and other still wines:

    Regular (75cl)

    Magnum (2 btls)

    Marie-Jean (3 btls)

    Double Magnum (4 Btls)

    Jeroboam (5 ltrs)

    Imperial (8 btls)

    'Bang' goes... the Kanonkop Kadette again........ it's back!Date published: 16/08/12

    Back in stock..... the most long awaited wine returns to Majestic Winchester much to all of our pleasure!

    We can't tell you enough about how much we love this wine.

    It's always one that impresses people when he passes it as gifts. He labels it as a wine that will go down well for all red lovers, especially Bordeaux fans, and those fond of earthy characterised wines.

    It's almost to good to let it go, but that's what wine is for surely?

    To enjoy among friends, good company, great food, to make the day even more memorable.... (or to keep to yourself? no!

    For your pleasure, allow us to highlight more about this wine more specifically. Enjoy!!

     

    Geographical Location :


    Kanonkop Estate is situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Region of the Cape. It is between Stellenbosch and Paarl and falls in a ward called Simonsberg, more commonly known as the “red wine bowl” of South Africa. It has earned a reputation both at home and abroad as an area producing the best wines in the country.
    The Estate is situated on 125 hectares, of which 100 hectares are planted to vine.


    Kadette – 2010
    (£10.99 WHEN YOU BUY 2 BOTTLES)


    Winemaker:
    Abrie Beeslaar

    Varieties:
    Pinotage 46 %
    Cabernet Sauvignon 30 %,
    Merlot 18 %
    Cabernet Franc 6 %

    Origin:
    Stellenbosch

    Age of Vines:
    5 to 30 Years

    Description:
    The wine has a deep ruby, red colour. It shows ripe raspberries, blackcurrent and mocca flavours on the nose and has dark chocolate and blackberry fruit on the palate.

    This wine has good length with a dry finish and will certainly be one that you will always remember from the moment it passes your lips!
     

    Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2001Date published: 15/08/12

    From one of the most sought after vineyards in the prestigious D.O.C region of Rioja in northern Spain comes this complex and intriguing wine which is named after one of the regions founding fathers.

    The Rioja Alta lies west of the city of Logroño and just south of the River Ebro. The predominant red grape variety here is Tempranillo which lends itself well to the distinctive, iron rich reddish tinted clay soils. With only superior quality grapes being sourced, Reservas must spend a minimum of three years in cask and bottle, at least one of which must be in oak. The 2001 vintage ranks up there as one of the very best in recent years. This pedigree shines through in a wine that is complex and elegant with an abundance of multi-layered flavours.

    Fresh red fruits greet the palate which then develop seamlessly into more complex and perfumed secondary notes of earthy spices and vanilla. Silky smooth tannins help endow this wine with an elegant structure and an impressive length.

    Food Match: Whilst lamb is often the classic match for a Rioja, try pairing this with roasted duck for an indulgent and luxurious treat.

    The Majestic Winchester Customer Preference FolderDate published: 15/08/12

    Do you want to know when your favourite wines, regions or producers are on offer?

    Do you want to know when wines are back in stock after we've run out?

    Do you want to know what we will be opening on Fine wine Friday?

    If you answered yes to one or all of these questions then join the Majestic Winchester Customer Preference File today to be the first to know when your favourite wines, regions or producers are coming on offer, or just about to go off offer so you can stock up at their best offer prices.

    Ask a member of staff to join today

    www.majestic.co.uk/winchester
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    'The Original Marlbrough Sauvignon Blanc' Futher reduced to £5.99!Date published: 15/08/12

    'The Original Marlbrough Sauvignon Blanc' Futher reduced to £5.99!

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

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

    This is a steal at £5.99 and is available to taste in store now.
     

    Crazy Champagne Offers!Date published: 07/08/12

    This week we've dropped the prices on two of our most popular Champagne brands: Nicolas Feuillate and Ruinart.

    Nicolas Feuillate NV is the perfect party champagne, light, frsh and fruity with fine bubbles and an appley citrus flavour gained through 4 years ageing before release. An absolute steal at £15 and incredibly popular for weddings and other celebrations.

    We are offering two fantastic Ruinart wines at only £40! Famously the oldest champagne house in the world the Blanc de Blancs is made with Grand Cru Chardonnay where citrus, peach and white flower aromas are fantastic with oysters. The Rose is Blanc de Blancs with 15% Pinot. A delicious golden pink with a hint of cherry and red berry leading to a lovely fleshy yet smooth finish.

    Both of these wines are at fantastic prices for one week only or until we run out of stock, whichever happens sooner so get here fast!

    May the Best Matsu Win!Date published: 07/08/12

    The Matsu wines are from three generations:

    The young guy (El Picaro)- £7.99 when you buy two or more

    The tough guy (El Recio)- £12.99 when you buy two or more

    The old guy  (El Viejo)- £20.00 when you buy two or more

     

    Experience a festival of flavour characteristics, from youthful ripe fruits to powerful yet silky tannins finishing with smoky cigar box nuances.

    Matsu is Japanese for 'wait' and good things come to those who wait. Give each of these wines a try and decide if youth is ideal or if age more than just a number...may the best Matsu win!

    Mix your 6 and get FREE delivery*Date published: 06/08/12

    Always looking for ways to innovate, did you know the following?:

    Majestic's minimum purchase is now just 6 bottles, which can be any mix of wine, Champagne and spirits.

    *If you're spending £40 or more, delivery on mainland UK is free. For orders under £40 there is a £5 delivery charge.

    You can add cases of beer, water and soft drinks to your wine order, and when you get to the checkout you can take advantage of our free glass loan, chiller bin loan and order cubed ice (although we can't deliver orders for just these products).

    So come and explore either online, over the phone or in-store!

    Deciphering White BurgundyDate published: 05/08/12

    Burgundy is a region famous for their Chardonnay wines. Split into several districts, the most northern being Chablis and as you move South you find the Cote d'Or and Maconais. If you travel further south you have the Macon region if you are looking for a more fuller bodied, ripe fruit flavoured Chardonnay.

    The Chardonnay grape completely dominates as the grape used to make white wines in Burgundy and produces rich, ripe, creamy-buttery wines. Chardonnay is a very versatile grape and the way it is fermented and matured dramatically changes the style of the wine.

    Some picks of the best are:

    Chablis, Jean Bouginon-£9.99- a lively and fresh wine. It is crisp, fruity and steely dry on the palate and would be a perfect accompaniment with meaty, white fish.

    Chateau de Mercey Hautes, Cotes de Beaune, Domaine Rodet- £8.99 – a very good value Cote d'Or. This wine is beautifully gold in colour and has aromas of honey. This is a wine full of exotic flavours and warm and well rounded on the palate

    Macon-Lugny, Louis Latour-£8.99- A great showcase of a Macon wine, an aroma of fresh apples, lemon and toasted citrus fruits topped with a palate of green apples and buttery note. Great as an aperitif or with fresh seafood and pork.

    If you want to come and explore the wonders that White Burgundy can produce these are three brilliant examples that showcase the region incredibly well without blowing the bank account!

    Best 5 Wines Under £20Date published: 05/08/12

    Earlier we had a customer come in store and say "you have so much to choose from". We hear this quite a lot and so we thought we would have an attempt at our 10 best wines under £20.

    What do you define as 'best' you ask? Well using wine algorithms, and coefficients of value-for-money against all around quality and yummyness we have come up with the following list (in no particular order):

    1) Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay 2009- £9.99 when you buy two or more- An absolute stunner of a white wine which displays vividly the best that California has to offer! Big on the nose and amazing on the palate!

    2) Main Divide Riesling 2010- £9.99 when you buy two or more- One of the best that New Zealand has to offer. The off-dry Riesling with it's wonderful notes of honeysuckle and apricot is enough to transport you to the banks of the Rhine!

    3) AIX Rose Magnum- £19.99 per bottle- Not just a novelty but also a fabolous rose with its crispness, berries and hint of spice. How could we not include this on our list!?

    4) Chateau Musar 2004- £17.99 when you buy two or more- This infamous winery has been producing fine Lebanese wines for over 50 years now. They are big, tasty,full bodied and always a real treat or lovely gift idea!

    5) La Casetta Valpolicella- £12.79 when you buy two or more- An absolutely glorious Italian wine which is a superlative alternative to a Chianti Classico or Rosso Piceno. Words do not do justice to how good this really is!

    As you can see there is a fab collection of wines to choose from. You could either purchase them for yourself as a reward for your hard work and endeavours. Or alternatively these would make an amazing gift! So 'come and explore'!

    Victorious Viognier!Date published: 03/08/12

    Today, on Fine Wine Friday we had open Condrieu La Petite Cote. 2011 Yves Cuilleron! At £30 a bottle it is magnificent and won over a lot of our customers with its complexity, crispness and minerality.

     

    And it really got us thinking here at Majestic Winchester that Viognier really is an underestimated grape but a terrific variety!

     

    From the Australian Y Series Yalumba Viognier (£7.59 when you buy two or more!) to the French Bertrand Viognier (£7.49 when you buy two or more!) you really cannot go wrong with Viognier!

     

    So if you like Chenin Blanc or want to try something different from Sauvignon Blanc then give Viognier a go! One might say, "come and explore"!

     

    Fine Wine Friday 3rd August - Condrieu La Petite Cote 2011, Yves CuilleronDate published: 01/08/12

    On Friday 3rd August we are delighted to announce that we will be opening the Condrieu La Petite Cote 2011 by the producer Yves Cuilleron!

     

    In the space of a decade, Yves Cuilleron has established himself as one of the leading lights of France's Northern Rhone Region.  He's a modernist, but not overly so: his wines neatly straddle the divide between traditionalists and the new wave.

     

    La Petite Cote is a complex wine full of peach, apricot and spring flowers.  It has a wonderful fresh, crisp minerally cutting edge which brings balance to this ripe and voluptuous wine.  Cuilleron's wines are amongst the best Viognier on the planet, but please come in and put this to the test.

    Price: A very respectable £35 per bottle.  Hurry, whilst stocks last.

     

     

     

    Winchester's Wine of the Week!Date published: 24/07/12

    Wine of the Week,

    Peter Lehmann Eden Valley Shiraz , 2010

    This stunning Shiraz is one of our all time favourites
    Aromas of Cloves, Nutmeg, Eucalyptus, Tar and baked fruit
    jump out of the glass.

    On the palate dense flavours of brambles
    and blackcurrant's are predominant with silky smooth
    tannins and beautifully balanced acidity with a long finish.

    This is perfect with a herb crusted rack of Lamb!

    £9.99 per bottle (when you buy 2 + OZ wines)
     

    What We Are Drinking This Week: Majestic WinchesterDate published: 21/07/12

    Here at Majestic Winchester we often have customers asking questions such as: "What do you think to this wine?", "Have you had this wine?", "What have you been having recently?", etc. Whilst we fully advocate Drinking Responsibly, in order to provide the most extensive expertise to our customers, we often taste various different wines, spirits and beers.

    This week our team is drinking:

    Andy (Manager)- Cuileron Condrieu (currently £45 per bottle)- "An extra special Viognier"

    Rob (Senior Assistant Manager)-Peroni Nastro Azzuri 660ml (currently £2.75 per bottle)- "We sell premium lager as well as wine!"

    Emma (Trainee Manager)- Martin Codax Albarino (currently £9.99!)- To pair up with her Spanish Summer holiday!

    Sam (Trainee Manager)- Chateau La Gravette Rose (currently £6.49!)- "Can't beat chilled rosé....when the sun is shining!"

    Dom (Delivery driver)- Chateau Mont Milan Corbieres (currently £4.99!)- "Young, fresh, fruity and good for a fiver!"

    So there we have it. There is our picks of the week!

    Sunday Brunch: Bucks Fizz!Date published: 15/07/12

    This time of year is a time of celebration! Whilst the weather may not be up to much the wedding breakfasts, the Summer village street parties and the romantic anniversary breakfast in bed must continue! Hence, the Bucks Fizz will continue to flow.

    Whilst the majority will know that Bucks Fizz is half a flute of orange juice and half a flute of sparkling wine, often people struggle to know what sparkling wine to use.

    Well here are a few suggestions:

     

    - True English Bucks Fizz- Half freshly squeezed orange juice

                                                  Half Chapel Down Brut (currently £14.99)

     

    - Big Party Bucks Fizz- Half Sunpride Orange Juice (currently £1 per carton!)

                                         - Half Cava Calamino (currently £6.49 per bottle when you buy two bottles or more!)

     

    - Extravagant Bucks Fizz- Half Freshly squeezed orange juice

                                              - Half Lanson Demi Sec NV (currently £25!)

     

    So when you are having smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and want something crisp, refreshing and brightening to pair with it try Bucks Fizz! With all the required ingredients here at Majestic (apart from the salmon and eggs!) why not pop in today!?

    Champagne explained: Vintage vs Non-VintageDate published: 13/07/12

    Whilst the weather may not be up to much, tis' the season for the beautiful, sparkly stuff. With weddings, parties and sporting occasions galore one may be excused for hunting around for the best Champagne offers! The good news is that Majestic stock a wonderful array of Champagne at fantastic prices!

    However, as well as price, one quite rightly seeks quality. You may hear terms such as 'vintage' and 'non-vintage' bounding around. Here at Majestic we like to keep things simple for our customers and so the afforementioned are explained as thus:

    Vintage= Generally made from grapes from a single year (hence the year that will be displayed on the label of the bottle) and also must be matured for a longer minimum time than non-vintage Champagne

    Non-vintage= Often made from grapes from multiple years which have then been mixed together.

    The fact that a Champagne is a non-vintage (abbreviated 'NV') does not mean it is of lesser quality but the majority of the time they will be cheaper than vintage Champagne.

    So our best Champagnes from their respective category?....well there are so many to choose from! But here are my two personal favourites:

    Non-vintage- J de Telmont Grande Reserve NV- NOW £16!

    Vintage- Moet and Chandon Grande Vintage 2002- NOW £40 (down from £50)!

    So why not pop in today and speak to one of our expert staff about your sparkle of choice!

     

    Wines of Chile Tasting Week! COMING SOONDate published: 01/07/12

    Think of New World wine countries and few will name Chile first! However, there is currently a marvellous abundance of wonderful wine emanating from the West side of South America. With fantastic growing conditions and the spine of the Andes running through the country, both red and white Chileans are amazing!

     

    White wines predominantly come in the guise of Chardonnays and Viogniers. Of the latter the Anakena Single Vineyard (£7.99 when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case) is a must try. In terms of reds, one can choose from ravenous Carmenere, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot (such as the superb Santa Rita 120 Merlot at £5.99 when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case). For those who really wish to treat themselves the Purple Angel Carmenere (£23.99 when you buy two or more) is out of this world!

     

    So with Wines of Chile week on the Tasting counter from Friday 6th July to Thursday 12th July and with all Chilean wines currently 20% off there has never been a better time to try this stunning South American country's hidden vino treasures!

    Wine of the Week: Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent 2009Date published: 29/06/12

    A light red for Summer drinking...

    Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent, £14.99 buy 2 bottles save £6 = £11.99

    A new wine to the range from one of the 10 Beaujolais cru villages. Moulin-a-Vent has distinct manganese-rich soils that help to give a more full bodied, muscular wine – certainly when comapred to the sandy soils found in Fleuire and the lighter styles that village produces.

    100% Gamay, fermented using traditional Pinot Noir methods – instead of the normal carbonic maceration used in Beaujolais, the wine has a 20-30 day fermentation followed by some partial aging in French oak.

    What this translates to in the wine is ripe red fruit and forest fruits and hints of spice. It has a surprising depth on the palate. There are gentle tannins in the wine and it would partner lamb very well indeed. Well worth a look whilst it is on the current 20% off any 2 or more Beaujolais offer.

    Football Supplies!Date published: 10/06/12

    The football season has now begun!  This must mean its time to stock up on refreshments to watch the games with.

    Why not support England by trying some of the great wine we produce here? We have the best Sparkling wines in the country - Nyetimber (£24.99) and Chapel Down's range (£14.99 for the Brut NV). We also have a couple of refreshing, crisp white wines from nearby Kent produced by Chapel Down and a Pinot Noir for those Red lovers!  And if the weather picks up we have a delicious English Rose too.  Watch the footie in style!!

    We also have a wide range of British beers in store from Northern delights such as Black Sheep to local brews from Upham just down the road.   We have a great choice of lagers too if thats what floats your boat!

    Come in and see our great range for yourself.  Ask us what we'll be enjoying the football with!

    Wines of Australia!Date published: 09/06/12

    This week we are opening lots of lovely wondrous Australian wines on the tasting counter - come in and sample some Ozzy delights with us!

    Fine Wine FridayDate published: 01/06/12

    Today we have opened a bottle of Cordier Pouilly-Fuisse 'Vers Cras' 2010 for our Fine Wine Friday of the month. 

    This wine is one of Domaine cordier's top single-vineyard offerings, with some of lowest yields in Burgundy at 20 hectolitres per hectare.  30% new oak barriques are used to give the wine richness and roundness, whilst the low yields supply ripe fruit.

    With a Puligny-esque clarity and the ripe fruit kept in check with linear acidity, this wine fills the mouth but has an elegance and mineral quality matched by few in Burgundy.

    Enjoy with seared scallops, fresh salmon or lobster. Should improve over the next 5+ years when the oak will further integrate.

    Come in and try it while it lasts!!!

    Summer Wines!Date published: 26/05/12

    With all this stunning sunshine we have a great excuse to move from full bodied reds to light, fruity and sparkly wines! Our store favourite is the Aix Magnums of dry Provence Rose - the perfect party piece!  We also have lots of other Roses in normal sized bottles!

    With New Zealand on offer to 20% off all bottles there are plenty of refreshing dry white wines to choose from including The Ned Sauvignon Blanc which is at just £5.99 for a limited period! It has just won the award for the best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc under £10 from the LIWF- get it while it lasts!!

    Another summer staple is fruity sparkling wines such as Prosecco - the Treviso is down to £8.99 at the moment and the Corte Alta just £6.66!!

    So make sure to come in and stock up for this super hot summery spell!!

    Wines of New Zealand TastingDate published: 26/05/12

    We've got a nice selection of New Zealand wines open this weekend to celebrate the great diversity the country has to offer! Come in and explore!

    New World Wonders- New Zealand Sauvignon BlancDate published: 18/05/12

    Gone are the days that the Old World wines ruled the roost! Whilst there are some brilliant Burgundies and some scintallating Sancerres, now they are rivalled by some stunning Sauvignons Blancs of the New World; and it is here that New Zealand takes the lead!

    The Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc is imperious. From the ever-popular Ned to the delicious Blind River and the tangy Te Koko Cloudy Bay, there really is a marvellous range of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs catering for all price ranges. A misconception exists that all of these whites are tropical fruit dominated. In fact, the structure can be very complex and diverse, dependent on the growing conditions. Some are more citrus and have a wonderful, lenghty finish. One must taste the range in order to sample its veracious versatility.

    Therefore, it seems appropriate that starting from Friday 25th May the Winchester store shall be holding a Wines of New Zealand Week on the tasting counter. Drop in and sample these wonderful wines here at Majestic!

    Sunny Weekend WinesDate published: 12/05/12

    Its a corker of a weekend! At last the sun is showing its face again, so its time to get out in the sunshine, get the BBQ on and enjoy the weather.  We have a great selection of wines to complement the weekend perfectly.

    Heading out for a picnic? A nice, dry, light Rose is ideal for lunchtime/ early evening drinking and goes beautifully with salads and puddings!  We have bottles from Italy, France, New Zealand, Spain and the USA.  We have a couple open over the weekend too so come in and find out which one takes your fancy!

    To match up to the BBQs we have some new Ozzy Shiraz's in including the Two Hands Angels Share which we are all very excited about trying.  A big Malbec from Argentina also goes down a storm with steaks and other BBQ delights.

    And finally for those relaxed evenings in the sun we have a great selection of Proseccos, Cavas, English Sparkling wines and Champagnes on great deals. Come in and explore!

    Wines of Italy Tasting!Date published: 11/05/12

    Today sees the start of our wines of Italy tasting. We have a fantastic selection of reds, whites and roses from the great wine making nation of Italy open for you try for the next week.  Check out what we have on the tasting counter (on this page!) each day, and ask us in store for our favourites.

    Come and explore with us!

    Summer Wine Evening - Weds May 23rdDate published: 10/05/12

    Please either call the store on 01962 868 708 or send us an email at win@majestic.co.uk with the number of places that you would like to reserve at our Summer Wine Evening.

    The evening is an informal occasion where we showcase around twenty wines, with Vallebona charcuterie, mixed fruit and nut, and Artisan cheese to match. 

    Always a highlight of the year, this May we look forward to welcoming you, advising you and tasting with you, during our Summer Wine Evening.  Although we like to keep our choice of wines under wraps I can disclose that we will be tasting some of the excellent St Clair range from New Zealand, in addition to some Vina Pomal Rioja. 

    A Fizzy Spring...Date published: 09/05/12

    With plenty of celebrations to look forward to this Spring and Summer, we have a great excuse to stock up on some fantastic Champagne and Sparkling Wine Deals!

    I tried the new addition to our English range of sparkling wines the other day - Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004 (£24.99).  I am a big fan of the Chapel Down Range so was very excited to try this wine, and I was very impressed at the first sip!  The flavours are more intense than a lot of sparkling wines with vibrant flavours citrus and stone fruits such as peach.  Nyetimber is the largest vineyard estate in the UK with 438 acres under vine.  The key to the great quality of English Sparkling wine is the similarities the South Coast (especially Kent) has geologically to the Champagne region, thus making an English sparkling wine an equal rival to any Champagne!

    For something a little lighter and very fruity we have some lovely Proseccos in on great deals such as the La Marco Prosecco Treviso down to £8.99 from £11.99 - a great bargain!  Prosecco is a great summer drink as it's light, fresh and fruity so a must for special picnics!!

    We also have some bargains in our Champagne section including Veuve Clicquot down to £30, Nicolas Feuillette down to £18 and Pol Roger down to £30.  We have two new Champagne arrivals too - Montaudon at £17.00 and Comte de Lamotte at just £15!!

    Come in and see us for some top tips!!

    Winestate's New Zealand winery of the year 2011 – St Clair!Date published: 07/05/12

    Most of you will already be very familiar with Winestate's New Zealand winery of the year 2011 – St Clair. But for those of you that are not, then now is the time to get introduced – especially as we have a fantastic 20% off our New Zealand wines right through until 3rd September 2012. Perfect medal winning wines for what will hopefully be a medal winning summer for the UK.

    Plantings of the aromatic varieties are on the increase in New Zealand and we are lucky enough to stock the Pioneers Block Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris – all of which come down to £13.59 on the current promotion. The Pinot Gris is the newest addition to this portfolio and has a great honeyed depth with lots of ripe pear and melon fruit. A perfect wine to accompany light blue cheese or any mildly spicy foods. I quite like it on its own, however!

    The ubiquitous Sauvignon Blanc and the characterful Pinot Noir are both brilliant wines as well. These will have a special feature at our big summer in-store tasting on the 23th May so you can come down and taste them for yourselves. We very much look forward to hearing your feedback!

    Come and explore the rest of the range and don't forget you can mix and match your New Zealand wines on this 20% off promotion. Why not try one of the Pinot Gris and one of the Chardonnay's to start off with?

    Andy's Australian Wine Tasting Trip 2012Date published: 24/04/12

    This April I took the long flight to Australia to find out more about regional diversity within the country.

    I left a rainy Heathrow on the morning of Saturday 7th April and arrived in Sydney on Sunday evening.  The temperature on arrival was 23c and things were looking up!

    After settling in to the Sydney scene, visiting the Sydney Opera House and taking a cruise in the harbour on Monday I took a plane to Adelaide.  In Adelaide I visited the Nepenthe vineyards and winery and tasted its range of wines.  The Nepenthe Shiraz demonstrated great cool climate characteristics such as more subtle complexity and softer fruit.

    During the afternoon I drove to the Barossa Valley and had dinner at the restaurant 1918,  with a range of Nepenthe wines partnered perfectly with the courses of excellent food.

    On Wednesday I visited Yaldara.  The tour of the vineyards, winery, cellars and lab was an experience never to be forgotten!  The passion and expertise at crafting the wines in their respective range's was excellent. 

    I flew back to Sydney on Wednesday night and started out early on Thursday for the two hour drive to the Hunter Valley.  On arrival at the McGuigan cellar door I met Neil McGuigan, the inspirational head of McGuigan.  Future plans of McGuigan and the Australian wine industry is to try and change customers love of less complex New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on to the more complex and regionally diverse Semillon grape variety.  I tasted McGuigan Semillon's from different ranges within their portfolio including different price-points and regions.  The difference between most of the Semillion's was outstanding.  You get the fresher, slight Sauvignon Blanc style for two years, during a two year lull in the wine the second style of a more complex richer wine develops and changes with age. 

    I also had a barrel tasting session at McGuigan, with the developing Gewurtztraminer and Cabernet wines showing excellent potential. Dinner at The Steakhouse in Pokolbin was matched perfectly with the McGuigan Handmade Shiraz - available from Majestic at £20!! (2+ bottles).  The experimental Montepulciano wine in barrel and the sparkling Petit Verdot were very interesting and good quality wines. 

    On Friday I visited Tempus Two.  After posing for pictures with a 27 litre bottle of Tempus Two Shiraz I tasted the range of wines and was impressed by both the Tempus Two dry and sweet Semillon.  Lunch at Oihii Thai Restaurant in the Tempus Two Cellar Door complex was matched with an impressive Tempus Two Gewurtztraminer.

    In the evening I drove back to Sydney where I would spend the next week seeing the sights, visiting such attractions as Taronga Zoo, Manly and Bondi beaches, Bill Granger's restaurant called Bill's, and the Sydney Sealife Centre.  I drank plenty of wine and had an even more relaxing week before returning to 3c Heathrow!

    I found the cellar door of wine producers in Australia to be very welcoming, with passionate and knowledgeable teams wanting to help at every opportunity; I look forward to returning to Australia as soon as possible!

    Last Weekend of Spring Deals, Including £30 Bollinger!Date published: 20/04/12

    That's right, there's just a few more days left of all our wonderful Spring offers, so be sure that you don't miss out. These offers come to an end at 8pm on Monday, meaning you have one last weekend to make the most of, not just 20% off Spanish and South African wines, but all these great offers too:

    Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne Price: £30.00 When you buy 6 bottles or more

    The famous house of Mme Lily Bollinger produces a mighty, full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightfully pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. Densely packed apple and pear fruits give way to a noticeably creamy, caramel-like finish. An 'Absolutely Fabulous' Champagne!

    Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV Italy Price: £8.99

    La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its members own about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain. Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid the continual improvement of wine quality.

    A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples. Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch.

    Rioja Reserva 2006 Marqués de Riscal Price: £10.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more

    In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja.

    A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.

    Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010/2011 Montana, Marlborough Price: £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more

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

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

    Summer's nearly upon us...Date published: 17/04/12

    It may not feel like it, but summer's just around the corner, here at Majestic.

    That's because there's just one week left of our wonderful Spring offers! That's right, all the fantastic deals in our current Grape to Glass magazine and flyers must come to an end by 8pm on Monday 23rd April! That means it's your last chance to grab such fantastic deals as:

    Viñalba Malbec Reserva 2009/2010 Mendoza Price: £7.99 When you buy 2 bottles or more

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

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

    Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010/2011 Montana, Marlborough Price: £5.99 When you buy 2 bottles or more

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

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

    Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne Price: £30.00 When you buy 6 bottles or more

    The famous house of Mme Lily Bollinger produces a mighty, full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightfully pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. Densely packed apple and pear fruits give way to a noticeably creamy, caramel-like finish. An 'Absolutely Fabulous' Champagne!

     

    Our new, Summer issue of Grape to Glass, should be landing on your doormats next week!

    Wines in the Press! - Saturday 14th AprilDate published: 14/04/12

    Here are the lastest glowing reviews of majestic wines in the national press:

    Independent- Anthony Rose - 14th April 2012

    2010 Camins del Priorat, Alvaro Palacios
    This delicious blend of cariñena and garnacha mixed with cabernet and syrah
    is delicately smoky with herby undertones behind a spicy, damson-rich
    juiciness. £17.49, buy 2 = £13.99, Majestic


    Guardian - Fiona Beckett - 14th April 2012

    Poggioargentiera's Morellino di Scansano 2010
    ...a wine you can currently pick up from Majestic for £8.99 if you buy two
    or more bottles. It's another graceful, fresh-tasting red that would drink
    well with springtime grills (morellino is the local name for sangiovese in
    that part of Tuscany).

    New Wines for the Summer!Date published: 13/04/12

    We've had some recent additions to the range come into the shop which we are all very excitied about!

    We will be opening them in turn on our tasting counter to try over the coming weeks, some of the highlights so far include:

    Chablis 'La Collegiale' 2011, Laroche - £11.99

    Chateau de Cleray Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2011 - £7.99

    Chateau Barthes Rose 2011, Bandol - £9.99

    Les Hauts de Castelmaure 2009, Corbieres - £9.99

    So pop in to the shop and try some of these great new wines with us!

    Look forward to seeing you soon,

    Team Winchester!

     

     

     

     

    Malbec, Malbec, Malbec!!!Date published: 11/04/12

    Tuesday 17th is Malbec World Day, so here at Majestic we will be opening up lots of examples from the country that does it best - Argentina, over the weekend starting Friday.  Malbec is now the flagship variety of Argentina and it is an outstanding grape variety with full round flavours and deep rich colours.  Argentina is home to some of the highest vineyards in the world as well as lots of sunshine to help enhance ripe fruit characters on the vine.  These fantastic conditions have brought Malbec to the forefeont of high quality wine production.  Some of our Malbecs have been blended with other varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Bonarda to create wines with even more depth.  We will open a few of these blends too to add some variety to the tasting.

    So your Friday night this week is sorted! Come in and grab your favourite Malbec, buy a steak to go with it (the perfect food match) and settle in for a fantastic night in!

    Fine Wine Friday!! Date published: 04/04/12

    Its that time again - we will be opening a lovely bottle of Italian fine wine - Ciabot Berton Barolo 2005 £23.00 £25.00 (Buy 2 save £4).

     

    Ciabot Berton is situated in La morra, in the heart of Barolo country.  Their Barolo is aged for two years in Slovonian oak barrels after going through a traditionally long period of maceration.  The wine itself has classic Barolo aromas of rose petals and tar with high levels of plummy fruit.  The high acid and tannin in the wine make this a great food wine with rich dishes. Fantastic with lamb and hearty stews.

     

    Come in over the weekend to have a try!

    Rob's Trip to Reims!Date published: 27/03/12

    What a couple of days! Having just arrived home from a whirlwind visit to the Champagne region of France I can safely say I am more of a Champagne lover than ever.

    Day one was spent in the cellars of Ruinart, the oldest Champagne house established in 1729. Our host promised on the opening of two old wooden doors we would be ‘transported into another world’ and how right she was. The drop in temperature as we descended into the world of Ruinart was striking. The temperature underground is perfect for the Champagne process. If too warm or too cold the second fermentation won’t occur (and this is vital for the bubbles!). It is also necessary for the light to be as low as possible, bottles of Blanc de Blancs especially, are delicate and direct UV light will alter the complex flavours and overall quality of the wine. Once our eyes adjusted we were able to examine the chalk caves of Ruinart, excavated unsuspectingly in the distinctive shape of the Ruinart bottle. The size of the cellars was incredible, Ruinart age Dom Ruinart for between 9 and 10 years whilst Ruinart brut is left for 3 years. Bottles and bottles of Champagne sit on racks waiting for their release.

    Tasting of course was on the agenda. We were talked through the entire range by the winemaker who was passionate about the Champagne. Chardonnay is the heart and soul of Ruinart. They try uses as little Pinot Meunier as possible as they believe it ages in such a different way to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir it doesn’t suit with their style.

    Ruinart brut – 40% Chardonnay, 50-55% Pinot Noir and 5-10% Pinot Meunier, pears and almonds tease the palate, whilst brioche and French pastries add body and richness.

    Ruinart Blanc de Blanc – 100% Chardonnay, fresh, citrus fruit with a lick of ginger adding another element of complexity. A perfect aperitif – or with sushi!

    Ruinart Rose – A stunning Champagne, bursting with red cherry and a little spice. Perfect food match with strawberry and raspberry tart (preferably after a delicious meal served in Ruinart…but we can’t all be so lucky!).

    Dom Ruinart 2002 – Grand Cru Chardonnay, rich and honeyed. 2002 was an outstanding vintage across Champagne. Ruinart is no exception, as their Dom Ruinart proves. Think Burgundy and Dom Ruinart is a tribute! This Champagne which just keeps going, its elegance and style stand up to meaty fish such as prawns; fantastique!

    Dom Ruinart Rose 1998 – Served in a Burgundy style glass each rich full bodied mouthful is melt in the mouth. Made, as the House desire, with majority Chardonnay, the citrus, honey and brioche notes are joined by red fruits and a smoky quality extracted from the Pinot Noir.

    Of course this was just the first day, day two was a visit to a completely different Champagne house; Moet & Chandon. Compared to Ruinart, this house is massive with a wide range of loyal followers across the world. Its reputation speaks for itself, when you open a bottle of Moet brut you know you are getting the Moet quality. Moet, located on the famous Champagne Avenue, is stunning, a perfect balance of history, tradition and the 21st century. We got to meet their Michelin stared chef who, instead of matching the Champagnes to his food, matches his food to their Champagnes. The result of this was a delicious 4 course meal complementing the outstanding prestige bubbles!

    Moet Vintage 2002 with lobster and mussel soup. The 2002 was, as suggested above, an outstanding vintage. Its richness calls for a meatier fish or white meat.

    Moet Rose with red mullet - delicate on the palate but rich enough to hold its own against this meaty fish.

    Moet Vintage with French cheese followed by toffee mousse and finger snaps. The brioche, nutty richness was a beautiful companion to the last two dishes.

    I would recommend a stop in Champagne to anyone who wants top learn more, taste more and see more of this traditional, prestigious world.

    Wines in the Press! - Sunday 18th MarchDate published: 18/03/12

    As ever Majestic's great range is making waves in the press, check out which wines have been singled out this week:

    Saturday Times - Jane MacQuitty:

    2011 Santa Rita 120, Merlot, Central Valley, Chile - On offer at £5.99
    "Santa Rita’s best red 120 duo yet includes this smashing, fat, spicy, plum and blackcurrant-laden, meaty pizza and pasta-loving merlot."

    Independent - Anthony Rose – Saturday 17th March 2012

    2010 Pizarras de Otero, Bierzo - On offer at £6.99
    "The new Spanish wave is exciting for wines from hitherto obscure grapes such as mencia which here infuses this inky red from  Bierzo with blackberryish fruit and damson-fresh bite."

    2008 Ulysse Cazabonne, Pauillac - On offer at £17.99
    "Bordeaux 2008 is starting to look almost good value, and if you are looking for a super-delicious and high-class claret as a treat, the 2008 Ulysse Cazabonne, Pauillac, is a chip off the old block of a Pauillac first-growth château. We're not allowed to tell you which one, but let's just say it starts with an 'L'. And it has the pedigree of the great château itself, a stylish red whose cassis core of dark fruit is polished by toasty oak and suave-textured tannins."

    2010 Bourgogne Blanc, Gérard Thomas
    "…complex, mineral and appetisingly bone-dry."

    Mothers Day Gift Idea'sDate published: 17/03/12

    This Mothers Day why not treat your Mother to a special bottle of champagne?

    We have Nicolas Feuillatte Rosè nv down from £30 to £20!

    A delicate salmon pink rosè, made in Feuillatte's soft, welcoming style.

    The mousse is fine and the nose is one of intense blueberry and raspberry notes. 

    The secret to success is to keep your Mother happy!

    Focus On: RieslingDate published: 15/03/12

    Riesling, pronounced Reece-ling, has to be one of the best white grape varieties in the world. From dry to sweet and every level in between Riesling can offer variety not found in any other grape.

    Riesling is a variety most often associated with Germany and DNA profiling in 1998 links it to a variety called Gouais Blanc, a parent of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, no less. It is in the cool vinyards of Germany in which Riesling flourishes with vigour and produces wines of finesse.

    A long, slow ripening is what Rielsing requires in order to maintain its varietal characteristics and racing acidity; it's this high acidity which allows Riesling to develop in bottle for decades.

    Usually Riesling will go through three stages as it ages in bottle:

    The first stage is very clean and refreshing with a racing acidity and flavours of lime, green apple and plenty of minerality to boot.

    Stage two occurs after a few years of aging and brings with it aromas of petrol and bees wax. This is due to a chemical found in extremely high concentraions within Riesling. This may not sound like a wine which exudes excellence, but the flavours found within the glass are spectacular. Still with oodles of citrus flavours, but now showing tropical fruits, especially in the sweeter examples.

    The final stage is when the wine changes in character yet again. The petrol aromas will have likely all but disappeared and will now be replaced by a honeyed character to match the most likely deep coloured wine. Still retaining its acidty, even after decades, flavours of tropical fruit are more prominent than ever before.

    Here is a selection of Rieslings, all from different countries and all with their own unique style:

    1. Ayler Kupp, Kabinett, 2011. A German reisling from the Margarethenhof family producers who keep their yields low to maintain high quality wines with great levels of flavour concentration. Petrol aromas followed by ripe apricot and lime flavours, the acidity expertly balancing the medium sweet sugar levels. £8.99 or £7.99 on offer.*


    2. Les Princes Abbes, 2009, Domaines Schlumberger. From Alsace, grown on the slopes of the Vosges mountains. One of the largest and most respected producers in Alsace, who only use estate-grown fruit. A nose of grapefruit and lime, dry on the palate with minerally undertones. £13.99 or £10.99 on offer.*


    3. Paulett's, 2010, Polish Hill River. Set in the beautiful sub-region of the Clare Valley, this Australian wine comes from vines over 25 years old and planted 480-510m above sea level. The cooler climate bestows lashings of lime, lemon and grapefruit aromas, whilst the palate picks up honeysuckle and floral notes, a wonderful crisp, dry example. £12.49 or £10.49 on offer.*


    4. Villa Maria, 2011, Marlborough. Whilst mostly known for their Sauvignon blancs, New Zealand are starting to do rather a nice line in Riesling. This Villa Maria effort is certainly one of those, the usual citrus burst remains present, but is joined by apple and passion fruit. Off-dry but exceptionally zingy, £9.49.

    *Offer prices are applicable on purchases of 2 or more bottles of a product as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.

    Rob's Trip to Louis LatourDate published: 23/02/12

    Having just arrived back in store from a tasting trip to Louis Latour in Burgundy and Vidal Fleury in the northen Rhone Valley, I thought I'd share some of my experiences with you on our webpage!

    Flying into a snow covered Lyon was a bit of a shock after leaving a relatively mild British winter but it is this continental climate that benefits the Bugundians in making some truely fantastic wines. I first visited Vidal Fluery in their Cote-Rotie HQ for a rusticly raw steak accompanied by a great selection of their northern and southern Rhone collection. Particular hightlights of the 2010 vintage were the Cornas AOC and the Majestic stocked St. Joseph!

    The following day came the visit to Louis Latour and a fablous dinner in Beaune with the great man himself!  After a tasting of the all time Majestic favouites 'Grand Ardeche'  and 'Macon-Lugny' we turned to the stellar Corton Grancey 1993 which was a brilliant match (we sell the 2002 vintage in store) with my roasted snails - (when in Rome!) and matured goats cheese!

    It was a great trip and a fantastic opportunity reaquaint myself with the great wines of Burgundy and the Louis Latour range, and thus help recommend some of the best in store to our customers!

     

    Getting Married This Year? Let Majestic Sort it Out!Date published: 19/02/12

    If you are getting married this year then Majestic is the perfect place to come. We have fantastic offers on wine, champagne, beer and much more.

    Take advantage of:

     - Free delivery nationwide,

     - Free glass, chiller bin and Ice bucket hire

     - Sale or return on orders

     - Free tasting counter to try before you buy!

     - Regular discounts on major wine and fizz categories.

    We offer expert advice on matching food and wine, quantities you'll require and the best quality wine to fit inside your budget.

    Simply give us a call or pop in for an informal chat.


     

    New Wine of the Week - Paul Mas Estate Malbec, 2010Date published: 18/02/12

    From the fantastic Paul Mas estate comes this modern Malbec that echoes both the Old World rusticity of Cahors, and the fruitiness found in the Malbecs of Argentina and the rest of the New World.

    This Malbec keeps its bright, ripe plum and blackberry fruit at the centre of the frame, with the edges softened by restrained use of new oak, and subtle herbaceous notes from the blend's 10% Cabernet Franc.

    Perfect with pasta, barbecued meats, or a selection of strong cheeses. Enjoy!

    £6.99
    when you buy 2 bottles saving £4

    (£8.99, single bottle price)

    Spotlight On: Margaret River, Western AustraliaDate published: 12/02/12

    "Why are all wine regions against a backdrop of mother nature in her finest clothes?" To this end, Margaret River , Western Australia is no exception.

    Once you finish your long drive from Perth, at the end of the Busselton Highway, you enter a world of stunning vineyards where modern and classic mingle effortlessly through the landscape.

    Vasse Felix, one of the pioneers of Margaret River is first to catch your eye. Nestled by the picturesque Wilyabrup Brook lies the cellar door, surrounded by vine and lakes. Inside the offering to the nose and pallet is an equal to promises of the beautiful exterior. Whether its the Bordeaux blend or the Chardonnay, both available in Majestic, you must try them all before moving into the restaurant; pan roasted Barramundi a must try.

    Continuing through Cowaramup, towards the river you see Howard Park, Xanadu and Cape Mentelle before you. The Cape Mentelle Semillon-Sauvignon is a particular favourite from the Majestic range.

    You arrive in the small surfing town of Margaret River. Wandering up the strip, collecting your souvenirs, before continuing south into the forest of Karri trees. These giant naked trunks climb skyward, like giants they tower over all with mighty elegance. Stopping at 'Kodak' corner for a photo is almost essential to admire the beauty of these awesome trees. You can continue down to Albany and the Great Southern, better saving it for another trip though.

    Margaret River's vineyards have captured the new wave of Australian winemaking. Subtle oak and fruit now encapsulate the dry styling of these modern wines. A long way from the fat, over toasted Chardonnays we remember the Australian of the past for.

    Staff Choices - South African wines 20% off!Date published: 10/02/12

    With 20% off when you but any 2 or more South African wines what better time to try something new.

    We all love South African wines here thanks to the diverse range in styles to be had from this wonderful southern hemisphere country, from complex Bordeaux blends and pinotages to rich Chenin blancs there is something for everyone!!.

    Rob's Recomendation: La Motte Shiraz

    £8.79 when you buy 2 or more South African wines

    It is no secret, if you come into the store and ask me, that I'm a big fan of La Motte's wines. In particular the Shiraz and this is a wine you'll find in my wine rack at home most of the year round!
    The wines, I find, are consistently good and also great value for money on the current South African promotion. Add to this the awards the wines win - be it the prestigious International Wine Challenge medals or more regional competitions. La Motte also practice organic viticulture in selected vineyard blocks and have won yet more awards locally for the environmentally friendly approach they take.
    La Motte's shiraz is made from grapes sourced from a number of different regions all adding their unique characteristics to the overall style of this wine.
    Regarded as one of South Africa's most exciting red grape varieties, this classic shiraz encompassses old-world-traditions with new-world intensity. Aromas of spice , aniseed and clove typical of this variety lead to a palate of blackcurrant fruit and sweet liquorice. Full-bodied with well integrated tannin and a long finish pleasurable finish.
    Perfect with game or your humble roasts, if you haven't had this wine before then why not experiment and try some today.

    Andy's recomendation: De Morgezon Chenin Blanc, 2009

    £13.59 when you buy 2 or more South African wines

    If like me your a fan of toasty, creamy Chardonnay's then you'll love this rich Chenin Blanc.

    Situated on slopes 200-400m above sea level, on the cape of good hope, the named 'morning sun vineyards' are the first to receive the sun's light each day in the Stellenbosch valley.

    Produced from low-yielding 38 year old vines, which allows the complex flavours of this wonderful grape to evolve. After a vigorous selection the best grapes are hand picked and fermented with natural wild vineyard yeasts in French oak barrels and left on the lees for added complexity.

    The result is a beautifully balanced, rich concentrated wine that punches flavours into every corner of your mouth from start to finish, this wine has so much to offer.

    Toasty vanilla oak is followed by honey and floral flavours that lead into masses of tropical fruit. This wine really needs food and what better match than honey-glazed pork.

    Matt's Recomendation:  Eikendal Chardonnay, 2011

    Usually £11.99 a bottle but as part of the South Africa promotion, buy at least two and get them for £9.59 each – a great chardonnay for under a tenner!.

    Stellenbosch is the second oldest wine region in South Africa, second only to Constantia. Although the area is well known for its production of excellent red wines, the lesser known fact is that the region produces some fantastic Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blanc's and this Eikendal example is no exception.

    The Chardonnay grape is South Africa's most improved varietal and the Stellenbosch area is now producing some brilliant examples.

    This wine is a classic, well balanced Chardonnay, which is fresh and fruity on the nose with citrus lemon aromas and the seven months in French oak barrels has given it lovely toasted, nutty notes with a hint of vanilla. The aromas continue onto the palate with a fresh fruity start with the toasted and vanilla notes giving it a good finish. Beautifully full and rounded on the palate.

    This wine can be enjoyed now or stored away for a couple of years which will add even more to the character. Enjoy this wine with a good fish pie or eggs benedict.

    Kirsty's Recomendation:  Kanonkop 'Paul Sauer' 2008

    I really enjoyed drinking this high quality wine and with 20% off any 2 or more South African wines this definately worth the £23.99 price tag!

    Stellenbosch is traditionally home to South Africa's finest reds. The mild Mediterranean climate with a cool coastal breeze and high level of rainfall in this area creates slow grape ripening which enhances its complex flavours.

    This red has the classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc and Merlot. A full bodied, well balanced wine with complexities of fruits such as blackcurrant and cherry along with a lovely oakey, woody smell and smooth rich taste; a perfect match with red meats.

    Valentine suggestions...Date published: 05/02/12

    It is that time of year once again. The time where you treat your loved ones to a special little gift in honour of Valentine's Day.

    The traditional Valentine gift, when it comes to the world of wine, is a bottle of Champagne and we have a couple of perfect suggestions. They come in the form of Oeil de Perdrix rose and Perrier Jouet N/V.

    You may have spotted these 2 sparklers in our new Grape to Glass magazine, in an article written by Lionel in Cobham. Until 12th March you can snap up the delicate Oeil de Perdrix rose champagne for only £18 a bottle. Even the label makes it look like a great Valentine gift!

    The classy and highly regarded Perrier Jouet comes in at £25 a bottle. This champagne is fuller and yeastier than the Oeil de Perdrix and as highlighted by Lionel - would be the perfect match to smoked salmon on rye bread. A great start to a romantic night in!

    But, it doesn't have to be all about the fizz... A fancy dinner for 2 needs a fancy wine, so how about treating yourself or your loved one to a bottle of classic white Burgundy? We have the steely, minerally Chablis 1er cru Milieu Pinson in stock for £19.99 a bottle. The ideal accompaniment to oysters. For your main course, why not have a look at the full bodied and richly textured Fronsac 2005 La Vielle Croix at £14.99, paired with roast beef?

    Just a few suggestions as an alternative to a box of choccies :-)

    Wines in the Press - Sunday 5th FebDate published: 05/02/12

    Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith - 5th February 2012

    Lindauer Special Reserve NV - £8.99


    A splendid choice for pink-fizz fans, made via the same traditional method
    used for French Champagne. It has a very subtle hue to it and delivers
    lashings of fruity flavour without breaking the bank.

    The Majestic Bargain HuntDate published: 31/01/12

    Our new spring promotion is the perfect time for a bit of a clear out to make way for 2012's exciting new lines , so we have just knocked a third off the price of loads of bin ends in the first ever Majestic Bargain Hunt!

    The selection is available in store now, if you can't visit us in person to hunt out your bargain , please call us or email for more details of whats available.

    The Top Wines in the Winchester's Bargain Hunt are:

    DOMAINE LES YEUSES MUSCAT ET PETIT GRAINS - £5.32

    CONO SUR GEWURZTRAMINER - £4.99
    COSTERO SAUVIGNON BLANC - £6.32

    EQ SAUVIGNON BLANC - £7.32

    LITTORAI PINOT NOIR -£22.66 (DOWN FROM £34!!)

    DOURTHE SAUVIGNON BLANC - £5.32

    Email: win @majestic.co.uk
    Tel: 01962 868708
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    Last Weekend of 20% Off New Zealand & Australia!Date published: 28/01/12

    Monday 30th is the last day of our Winter price list, which includes great savings on New Zealand, Australia and Rhone wines! Order on or before this date and we can delivery out for free when you wish, to make the most of the great prices! Examples include Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc for on £5.99 a bottle and Oyster Bay Sauvignon for £7.99.

    So pop into store this weekend!

    Looking forward to seeing you,

    Majestic Winchester.

    Wine Of The Week! - Vasse Felix Cabernet/Merlot (Open to Taste!)Date published: 22/01/12

    Vasse Felix produces a wide variety of wines, but is best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends.

    Cardiologist Dr. Tom Cullity planted the first Margaret River vines on the eight acres of land that he had bought for $75 an acre on Harman’s Road south, in 1967. (In 2011 this road was renamed 'Tom Cullity Drive'). Dr Cullity named his property “Vasse Felix”, a name the much-extended vineyard still bears today. The area known as Vasse was named after a French sailor named Thomas Timothee Vasse who was lost overboard off the coast in the area from the “Naturaliste” in 1801. And “Felix” is Latin for “happy”, or "fortunate".

    This wine is perfumed and has leafy aromas with generous black fruits and berry fruit aromas. A palate rounded by oak, intergrated and ripe tannins and warming layers of dark fruits. An intergrated complex finish

    The fantastic Bordeaux blend is to be enjoyed over the next ten years with roasted meats and game.

    Very good value at £12.49 for one or £9.99 when you buy two or more.

    Hurry whilst stocks last to get this beautiful wine.

    Change To Opening Hours 8-9th JanuaryDate published: 05/01/12

    On Sunday 8th January we will be closing at 4pm.

    The following day on Monday 9th January we will be opening at 1pm.

    Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

     

    Wine Courses in The New YearDate published: 05/01/12

    This February will see the return of our very popular wine courses! They consist of a tutored guide (with tastings along the way!) of the main wine regions and grape varieties - and we will even throw in a £10 discount voucher to spend on the night.  We host the courses in store on weekday evenings and they are free to attend. However, they are best enjoyed in small groups so we do ask that you call or email us in advance if you wish to attend and we will notify you of the next available course.

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

    The Majestic Winchester Team.

    Christmas/New Year Delivery InformationDate published: 07/12/11

    We still have a few delivery slots available before Christmas, please ring the store on 01962 868 708 before placing an internet order for delivery before Christmas.

    Kind regards

    Majestic Wine Winchester

    Christmas Opening TimesDate published: 05/12/11

    Christmas Opening Hours

    5th - 11th December
    Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm
    Saturday 9am - 7pm
    Sunday 10am - 5pm

    12th - 18th December
    Monday - Saturday 9am - 8pm
    Sunday 10am - 5pm

    19th - 23rd December
    Mon - Fri 9am - 8pm

    Saturday 24th December
    9am - 5pm

    25th - 27th December
    CLOSED

    28th - 30th December
    10am - 8pm

    Saturday 31st December
    9am - 5pm

    Sunday 1st January
    CLOSED

    Monday 2nd January
    10am - 5pm
     

    Kind regards

    Andy

    Majestic Wine Winchester

    Winter Tasting Evening!Date published: 18/11/11

    Our winter tasting this year is going to be a serious extravaganza! Not only do we have the fantastic Chateau Musar winery here showcasing their wines, but we have loads of wines from all countries and price points around the store! Spaces are now limited and arrivals are now being taken for 7.30pm. It is taking place on Wednesday 23rd November. Call or email to book on!

    Last Weekend of Autumn Offers!Date published: 27/10/11

    Our great offers for the Autumn season are coming to an end on Monday 31st October.

    These include the 20% off deals from our Spanish and South African selection - feature the popular Berberana Rioja's and Robertson winery ranges amoungst many others!

    Also some great Champagne deals are coming to an end on Taittinger NV (£25) Laurent Perrier NV (£25) and Bollinger NV (£30)

    So come in this weekend or place an order online to make sure you dont miss out!

     

    Breaking News: Wines In The Press!Date published: 16/10/11

    Ok, so its not quite News 24, but this week lots of Majestic wines have recieved great reviews in the national press so we're excitied to share these with you below (also open to taste instore over the next couple of days!):

    Prestige Parcels Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, New Zealand (£8.99 on offer)

    "A very attractive white wine, full of elderflower, gooseberry & grassy flavours. Its is dry and crisp, without the intense pungency & sweetness of some kiwi Sauvignons." - Observer, David Williams.

    Castro 2009, Duro, Portugal (£8.49 on offer)

    "Imagine the structure of a claret, dripping with juice and loaded with thick layers of liquorce, spice and berries. Made in the Duro Valley from a blend of port grapes." - Telegraph, Victoria Moore.

    Petalos 2009, Bierzo, Spain (£12.79 on offer)

    "What a great price for a stunning wine that dishes out the whole 9 yards; structure, complexity, harmony, long lasting dark flavours and a uniquely subtle savoury thrill." - Mail On Sunday, Olly Smith.

    New Staff Reviews Online!Date published: 09/10/11

    One of the things which our customers often praise us for at Majestic is our knowledge and enthusiasm for the wine that we sell. For us, having a chance of being able to share our passion about such a great product with any of our customers is one of the highlights of the job. Whether it's choosing a great value wine for a party or function or finding that perfect match for your Sunday Lunch we're keen to share our expertise and assist in any way we can.

    Regular visitors to the Majestic website may have a noticed a fabulous new feature whilst browsing our comprehensive range online. In addition to the existing customer reviews there is now a Staff Review feature which lets us express our thoughts on any given wine directly onto the homepage. Since we're always trying new wines here in store it's a great new way for us to immediately share our thoughts on a particular wine.

    As ever, here at Majestic Winchester, we like to be at the forefront of new innovations and ways of communicating with customers. Some of the wines we've left our tasting notes on thus far include:

    Kanonkop Kadette 2009/2010 Stellenbosch £10.99, buy 2 save 20%, £8.79 per bottle
    "Displaying a lovely ruby colour in the glass, a vibrant nose shows plenty of ripe raspberries, black currant and mocha flavours with dark chocolate and blackberry fruit on the palate. Good length with a dry finish. Make the most of the dying days of our British summer and enjoy this with some barbequed lamb studded with garlic and rosemary."

    'El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' Old Vine Garnacha 2008 Navarra £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more Spanish wines
    "An alluring purple in the glass, this wine displays rich blackberry and rasperries on the nose – some say even a hint if Turkish delight. The palate display a greater prominence of red fruits while the structure of the tannins give the wine a smoothly agreeable composition."

    Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2010 £9.99 or save £4 when you buy 2 bottles - £7.99 each
    "Intense grassy and tropical aromas on the nose are coupled with zesty citrus fruit on the palate. Refreshing acidity and a fantastic length make this a great alternative to the en vogue New Zealand Sauvignon."

    Of course, we'll continue to update our own store page regularly too, keeping you up top date with all the latest and best offers and upcoming events.

    Country in the Limelight: Argentina - Major Deals On This Month!Date published: 01/10/11

    "It would be a real crime to overlook the treasures of South America's second largest wine-producing country" - Rachel Walne

    There's far more to Argentina than Melbec to discover, with a range in store that covers Cabenet Sauvignon to Viognier and a lot more besides...

    Here's a few of the staff favourites from our current listing and will be available to taste in store over the Argentina tasting week which runs from 7th - 13th October:

    Andy - Catalpa Pinot Noir (£9.99 when you buy 2) Im a sucker for crunchy herbal infused red cherries, and this has that in spades. Also spicy vanilla and fine grained tannins make this a great partner to duck or lamb.

    Rob - Catena Chardonnay  (£9.99 when you buy 2) Silky Mango and peachy fruit abounds inside a malaise of cremey, buttery character, a fantastic food match with any poultry dish!

    Kirsty - La Posta Bonarda (£7.99 when you buy 2) Velvety smooth ripe black cherry witha touch a herby earthiness on the palate, best consumed with a barbecued lamb or a simple plate of charcuterie

    Just pop into store for more recommendations, or have a sample form the tasting counter for extra inspiration!

     

     

     

     

    Producer in the Limelight: Louis LatourDate published: 08/09/11

    The family- run company of Louis Latour is one of the most renowned and highly respected in Burgundy.

    The Latour family has been based in Aloxe- Corton in Burgundy since 1768 and the business has been passed from father to son through the generations. The seventh generation Louis Fabrice Latour is currently running the company and the little vineyard in Burgundy has spread to Ardeche, Beaujolais and Chablis.

    Maison Louis Latour now owns more than 50 hectares of grand cru, premier cru and communal vineyards all across Burgundy,all producing superb wines on a reasonable budget.

    The Latour red wines are produced at Chateau Corton Grancey using the traditional techniques and almost entirely by hand, whereas the white wine vinification takes place at Clos Chameroy, with the Chardonnay grapes are pressed with their stems intact, fermented in steel tasks before being transferred to oak barrels for ageing.

    With such a superb range of wines to choose from, here are a few recommendations

    Every Day Drinking

    Louis Latour - Macon Lugny 2009 - £8.99

    Pale gold in colour with an inviting aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd and toasted citrus fruits combining with a palate of buttery and peachy fruit with a crisp green apple acidity. Perfect for an afternoon drink

    Friday Night In

    Louis Latour - Marsannay Blanc- £11.99

    A nose of white flowers and lime blossom. A beautifully well-balanced wine, vinified without oak for a fresher character,  well-rounded in the mouth with a lovely minerality finish. It is a subtle wine with finesse and good length.

    Something Special

    Gevrey-Chambertin - £23

    Complex aromas of black fruit and liquorice with slight smokey undertones that are well balanced with the soft and subtle tannins. Definately an elegant wine with a long finish and even better, it is open to try on our tasting counter today!

    So why not pop down and have a try?

    Our Wine Of The WeekDate published: 06/09/11

    Our wine of the week this week is an Argentian Malbec - Umbral de Los Tiempos 2008. As a new wine to the Majestic Collection , we all were to eager to try it.

    Sharon

    "A great range of contrasting flavours that are perfectly balanced with the subtle tannins and delicate oak"

    Rob

    "Best Malbec of  the vintage, purity of the fruit is stunning."

    Kirsty

    " As the newest trainee and a White Burgundy girl at heart, I was pleasantly surprised with this Malbec, soft and smooth tannins that complement the abundance fruit flavours and soft subtle oak that leads to a long, elegant finish. Definately a Malbec to try as your first!

    Something for the Weekend!Date published: 06/09/11

    To go with our new for Autumn range, all the recommended wines are new this season, so we all got a little treat to try them aswell!

    Everyday Drinking

    Pinot Grigio 'Naino' 2010 Allegrini - £6.99

    As a lover of all things Italian, I was personally excited to try this new Pinot Grigio. Coming from Italy's most famous wine variety, this is a top quality version with a great balance of contrasting flavours of fruity and savoury notes with a refreshing acidity. A perfect light wine for the slightly warm evening we are hoping to have or with a nice seafood dish.

    Friday Night In

    Kanokop Kadette 2009, Stellenbosch - £8.79

    This is a lighter version of Kanokop's top blends, with a Pinotage/ Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot/ Cabernet Franc blend it will satisfy a number of palates, with an array of fruit flavours ranging from banana to cherries, and a hint of coffee and chocolate. It is a perfect accompaniment to a night in, leaving the cold miserable weather outside, or if you want to match it with food, then its goes great with meatier dishes and if the sun does pop out , then barbequed lamb.

    A Special Occassion

    Rustenberg Straw Wine 20120, Coastal Region £9.99

    This got the team here at Winchester talking in anticipation. A Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Crouchen blend dried on straw to concentrate the sugar and then fermented and matured, from one of South Africa's most prestigous vineyards. With the taste of honey, apricots, orange peel and marmalade, it is lusciously sweet but still keeps the fruity flavours that are often lost in dessert wines. A perfect way to end a dinner and goes great with fruit puddings. A must for any special occassion!

    New Arrivals for Autumn tasting weekDate published: 03/09/11

    Come in and try an array of wines that are brand new to us for the Autumn promotion with a focus on South African and Spanish wines. Both of which have started on a 20% off deal, hurray!

    END OF SUMMER OFFERS!Date published: 28/08/11

    Monday is the very last day of our Summer pricelist! Stock up on New Zealand, Chilean, Italian and Oz wines to make the most of these cheap prices. Even if we are out of stock in store we can still source the wines for you at the lower prices after this date if you place your order by Monday ;)

    Fine Wine NightDate published: 14/08/11

    A perennial problem that presents itself to staff at majestic or any great fine wine lover is that we enjoy building up a great collection of fine wines for future comsumption, but when it actually comes to popping the corks, the friends or family we are drinking them with rarely show the same excitment as us about the fine claret or blockbusting Aussie shiraz we are about to drink.

    That's why a staff only fine wine evening is great opportunity to for us not only to discover new favourites but rave about them in good company as well!

    Luckily such an event is happening this evening and I have been given the duty of presenting the Cloudy Bay Riesling to the group. Riesling is not a grape variety the mind automatically associates with Cloudy Bay, unlike their iconic Sauvignon Blanc, it is a limited release from a small harvest. 

    After completing a very enjoyable due diligence on the wine I'm delighted to report it surpassed my expectations and delivers a lucious off-dry palate of tropical and citrus fruits and I'm also sure it will be a firm favourite. We will be tasting 8 other fine wines over the course of the evening and I've been showing great self-restraint by not asking what these wines will be. Thus hopefully I will have a nice surprise when the tasting starts, but I will endeavour to write some brief tasting notes on each one and post the results in our news section later on in the week!   

    Fine Wine PlanDate published: 05/08/11

    At Majestic Wine , we understand that not everyone has the time and ability to carefully research the world of wine.

    From just £50 a month, you can start your own Fine Wine Collection simply by joining our Fine Wine Plan with our en primeur specialists, Lay and Wheeler. The simplest and most affordable way to begin building your very own fine wine cellar.

    This plan not only allows you to save with a view of starting your own wine cellar but also comes with an array of benefits aswell including:

    - A FREE 6 bottle case of Croix de Beaucaillou 2009 worth £150 added to your fine wine cellar when you subscribe to a monthly direct debit of £100 or more.

    - Access to the expertise and in depth knowledge of our fine wine specialists, who can help you to build your own personal cellar

    - Great offers that are exclusive to our Fine Wine Plan Members

    - FREE delivery when you want to withdraw a case from your cellar

    - Recieve £25 in Majestic Wine Vouchers at the end of the first year when you pay £50 or more a month

    PLUS today only, if you sign up to the Fine Wine Plan in store , then you will recieve a FREE bottle of  2009 Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny Montrachet to take home with you today.

    In addition to all the other benefits, its an opportunity not to be missed. So why not pop down and have a chat with a member of staff about it and you could be walking away with an excellent example of White Burgundy at its best!




     

    Fine Wine Friday: Puligny-Montrachet!Date published: 03/08/11

    Due to the ever linear natural of time, the first Friday of the month brings with it Fine Wine Friday! This is where we are priviledged to open up a very special bottle for our customers to try in the store. This Friday, the chosen wine is a beautiful Puligny-Montrachet (or an oaked Chardonnay from Burgundy to those who have not yet attended our in store wine course!) from the widely admired Jean-Louis Chavy. So come down to the store in Winchester to have a sample, we'd love to see you!

    Brush up on your Burgundy with our grape to glass article: http://blog.majestic.co.uk/2011/07/25/brilliant-burgundy/ 

    Elegantly EnglishDate published: 29/07/11

    Feeling patriotic after the cricket, tennis and talk of the olympics? Then why not pop down to Majestic Wine Winchester and try our range of Chapel Down English Wine, arguably one of England's finest wine producers.  Grown in vineyards in Kent and the chalk downs of Essex, its a taste closer to home.On the tasting counter today we have the Chapel Down Pinot Noir and the Chapel Down Flint Dry which is perfect for summery salads.

    To end the week, tommorow we will be opening the Chapel Down Pinot Reserve 2004, a definate rival to Champagne with a more balanced and reserved style.... much like us.

    Sparkling Saturdays!Date published: 20/07/11

    Come and try some of our fantastic range of delicious fizz, top quality Cava, Prosecco or Champagne every Saturday, a definate highlight of the week!

    Italian Sparkling in Majestic Winchester!Date published: 15/07/11

    Italian sparkling wine production has seen huge growth in recent years. Both light and refreshing, it's easy to see why this has become the party wine of choice.

    Prosecco is by far the most popular type of Italian sparkling wine and makes a fantastic aperitif. The Prosecco we'll be tasting in store this Saturday will be the Prosecco Lam Marca Cuvee NV which is described as "Delicate and elegant with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. Medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced. An excellent aperitif."  It is the top of the range at the moment and truely shows off why Prosecco is such a popular choice right now amoungst our customers, so pop in to the winchester store for a great range and expert advice, we will be delighted to see you!

    The Winchester Team.

    Last Weekend for The Ned & Fairleigh Estate @ £5.99! Date published: 14/07/11

    Next Monday (the 18th July) will be the last day of the offers from the current flyer so get in and grab the bargins whilst they are still in stock!

    - The Ned Sauvignon Blanc £5.99

    - Fairliegh Estate Sauvignon £5.99

    - De Telmont NV Champagne £15.00

    - Ruinart NV Champagne £45.00

    -Vina Eguia Reserva £5.99

    Also make sure to follow us on twitter to keep up with all the latest news from your local majestic store!

    Jane Macquitty's top recommendations from the Majestic range! Date published: 02/07/11

    In this Saturday's Times Jane has recommended loads of top summer drinking reds and we're thrilled to have lots of our own range included in the list. Here's the details of the wines and which we currently have in stock and their multi buy prices:

    - Domaine Tranquilite (£7.99 down to £5.99)

    - Gaillard Syrah (£7.99 down to £5.99)

    - La Rose Chatain Pomerol (£9.99 down to £7.99)

    - Chateau Aigues Vives, Corbiers, Gerard Bertrand (£9.99 down to £6.99)

    - Duckhorn Decoy, Zinfandel, California (£19.99)

    - BEST CLARET! Reserve de la Comtesse, Pauliac (£27 down to £25)

    Jane's recommendations always sell out fast, place your order soon to make sure you dont miss out!

     

     

     

     

     

    My First Month at MajesticDate published: 25/06/11

    Hi I am Kirsty and I am one of the new trainee managers here at Winchester.

    I have only been here a short time but have learnt so much about the array of wines we have to offer here at Majestic. Before I started I wasn't a fan of many red wines but that has definately changed thanks in part to the Chilean tasting week which has taken place in store this week (ending 30th June) which has introduced me to a number of wines including the Vina Mayu Syrah, which was a great full bodied red! Although by the time the Loire and Beaujolais tasting week comes around on the 8th July, I am sure I will have discovered a new favourite.Also the Champagne tastings most Saturdays are definately a highlight of the week!

    Look forward to meeting you all in store at the tasting counter! If you are spoilt for choice the rest of the team have some great recommendations for you, so don't be afraid to ask!

    Provence rose is the order of the day!Date published: 18/06/11

    This weekend in Majestic Winchester we have 5 provence roses open for tasting, so make the most of the sunshine (its back out now!) and head into the store for a sample today or tomorrow! Also we are tasting a bottle Veuve Cliquot Champagne(today only) whilst the price is still £29 before it goes up on monday!

    Australian Tasting all week !!Date published: 11/06/11

    Come down to Majestic Winchester between the 10th and 16th of June to join us at the tasting counter to try samples of some of the very best red and white Australia has to offer!

    The Sun is shining and the Rose is on IceDate published: 03/06/11

    Come down to Majestic Wine Winchester to stock up on your Rose for the Weekend, today on taste we have 4 that's right 4 Rose wines open!!

    The Highlight being Domaine Ott Rose, one of our three fine wine's open today. Rich and complex with red fruits and summer berries its amazing.

     

    Samples are whilst stocks last so get in to try them now, it'll leave you wanting more, also on our TC we have the great Parcel Series Shiraz, perfect with a bbq burger this weekend!

    Dave and Andy at LIWFDate published: 28/05/11

    Last Thursday we were lucky enough to attend the London International Wine Fair at London's Excel centre, where a host of producers and suppliers showcased some amazing wines.

    We started with a little champagne and then went on to enjoy new vintages of Cave de Lugny Macon Village followed by the CNDP Serabel, a great classic early drinking Rhone at a snip currently on offer at £12.99*

    We were very impressed with McGuigan's Shortlist range EXCLUSIVE TO MAJESTIC with the Cab Sauv being the real winner for us; rich blackcurrant, cassis and choc mint flavours and a delightful spice influence from the oak. Grab it whilst its on offer!!

    Then came the highlight of the day, we visited the Ch Musar stand, where Ralph Hochar treated us in a vertical tasting including the great 2003 vintage we have in store and the outstanding 1974 showing Musar's amazing aging potential, and its not just the Red that ages well, We got to taste the white 1991 which bowled us over with its complexity aroma and length, we're both laying down the current vintage the challenge is just trying to keep our hands off as its so good in youth too.

    All in all a great day out, we cannot wait until next year!

     

    * offer when buying 2+, offers end 29th August whilst stocks last.

    Italian Tasting week starts in Winchester!Date published: 19/05/11

    Pop in to the store to taste a selection of the best Italian reds and whites the majestic range has to offer! This tasting week will run from the 20th to 27th May. We look forward to seeing you in store soon!

    Team Winchester

    Have you seen The Times?Date published: 24/04/11

    In The Saturday Times Jane MacQuitty reviewed the 30 best sparkling wines.

    Majestic made up almost half of them, with 14 entries!!

    so we thought how should we celebrate? By slashing prices

    • Dom Perignon - was £110 now £90
    • Bollinger Grande Annee - was £65 now £60
    • LP Rose - was £55 now £39.99
    • G. Brenner - was £16 now £13.99

    To name just a few.  Pop down or order online not to miss out.

    These deals must end 2nd May, you don't have long left!

    Exciting new Champagne Arrival!!!Date published: 24/04/11

    What's better than a new Champagne arrival?

    A reason to open it!!!

    Well we see yet another Bank Holiday weekend as just that.

     

    Come down to Majestic Wine Winchester on Saturday 30th April to try Jacquart L'Oenotheque 2000

     

    We're big fans of Jacquart in Winchester, and very excited to see how this wine stands up, with an awesome vintage, great ageing and at a silly price of just £20 a bottle, we're struggling to keep our hands off of it until Saturday.

     

    Arrive early to avoid dissapointment, we're open from 9-7 but can't imagine we'll have much left by then.

     

    Also use your visit to get the best of the current special offers, From 2nd May Spain and South Africa will no longer be on their 20% off deals.

     

    Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir, 2007 available to taste Friday 15/04/11 Date published: 13/04/11

    In Winchester its fine wine Friday....every Friday! So why not pop down to the store and try the ripe cherry flavours of our delicious Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir. This wine was £24 but is now on special offer at the bargain price of £16, its simply too good to be missed. I look forward to seeing you on Friday!

    A new fine wine every Friday will be revealed online by one of the team. Be sure to check back to see what next weeks will be!

    Marlbrough Hills Sauvignon Blanc is sold out, but we've got plenty else to try!Date published: 04/04/11

    If your planning a trip to our store over the next week it may be useful to know that we have sold out of the Malborough Hills Sauvignon Blanc. However, we have several alternatives in stock: the Robertson Winery Sauvignon is still £4.79, The Ned is down to £6.49 and the Brancott Estate Sauvignon is £5.99 (when you but 2 or more on all these wines).

    Store Events(3)

    Free Wine Course

    15 June 2014 (15:00 - 16:30)

    Please call us on 01962 868 708 if you would like to attend our free wine course - an introduction to wine. We try some food and wine matching as well as trying at least six wines during the ninety minute informal course. Why not bring a friend?

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    Free Seasonal Tasting

    15 May 2014 (18:00 - 20:00)

    Please call us on 01962 868 708 or email win@majestic.co.uk to reserve a place. We will showcase a selection of our new and favourite wines ready for your essential summer drinking!

    RSVP

    Easter Tasting Selection

    18 April 2014 - 24 April 2014

    If you are struggling for inspiration for which wine to choose to accompany your Easter lunch then come along during the week to try some great options on our tasting counter.

    Open to all

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    Meet the team...

    • Andy Senior Manager

      I started working for Majestic in 2005 and have enjoyed time working in the Chichester, Poole, and Horsham stores amongst others. This role has taken me on trips to Lebanon, Champagne and Australia! My passion is for sparkling wine, especially those of Champagne. Krug is a must at Christmas!
    • Carl Trainee Manager

      May I take this opportunity to introduce myself as the trainee of Majestic Winchester. I'm Carl and I have worked in Majestic Alton for the past five months and am really looking forward to meeting all of the Winchester customers. Particular favorites of mine at the moment include mature Reserva Rioja and crisp well balanced Sancerre.
    • Dan Senior Assistant Manager

      I'm excited to join the team in Winchester and as a seasoned purveyor of all things wine I look forward to imparting my wisdom and recommending some of my personal favourites to you. I'm currently enjoying the haunting whispers of Ciabot Berton's 2005 vintage Barolo, but my heart lies with Aussie Shiraz - the wine that started a now decade long love affair.
    • Dom Driver

      Longest standing member of the team. Father Majestic, nobody can recall exactly when he started with us!
    • Georgi Trainee Manager

      Majestic Winchester is my second store and im loving it. I'm currently studying for my WSET exams so if you see yourself as a bit of a wine expert, come and quiz me! I love anything full bodied - Argentinian Malbec and Aussie Shiraz.
    • Sam Assistant Manager

      My Majestic career began in the Horsham store before moving here to Winchester in June. I am a big fan of matching food and wine and getting the best out of the pairings. My favourite wines are old riojas and big Italian red wines.

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