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- Store News(332)
- The Loire Valley - Climate and Geography. 28/08/14
- The August Summer Selection: 120 Sauvignon Blanc 27/08/14
- Wine of the week- Main Divide Riesling 26/08/14
- Sparkling Saturday- Chandon Rosé NV Argentina 23/08/14
- Fine Wine: Chocolate Block 21/08/14
- My Travels- Belgium 20/08/14
- Wine of the week- Matua Sauvignon Blanc 19/08/14
- Beer of the week - Roscoe's Hop House IPA 18/08/14
- How should you store your wine? 18/08/14
- Good Value Wines for Bank Holiday Weekend 17/08/14
- Our Craft Beer Selection 16/08/14
- Sparkling Saturday - L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de Loire 16/08/14
- Alternatives to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 15/08/14
- Discover Australia 15/08/14
- Good Value in Focus - Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de la Concordia 15/08/14
- Spotlight on fine wine- Shaw and Smith's M3 Chardonnay 13/08/14
- Staff Pick of The Summer Selection.... The Whites 12/08/14
- Fabulous short term offers! Ending Monday 25th August. 12/08/14
- Beer of the week- Goose Island IPA 12/08/14
- Wine of the week- Château du Cléray Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2013 Sauvion 12/08/14
- Perfect Party Prosecco's 10/08/14
- Spotlight on fine wine- Chateau La Tour du Pin 2010 07/08/14
- wine of the week: Amalaya de Colomé Malbec Blend 2013 Salta 06/08/14
- Organistrum Albarino 04/08/14
- bring a friend to Majestic. 02/08/14
- Offers ending soon! 01/08/14
- Beer of the week- Camden Town Pale Ale 30/07/14
- Wine of the week- Surani Fiano 2013 30/07/14
- Champagne deals! 29/07/14
- Viogner a great all rounder. 26/07/14
- New Special Offers 22/07/14
- Fine Wine- Château Chantalouette 2003 Pomerol 21/07/14
- Picpoul de Pinet 20/07/14
- Champagne is always the answer 18/07/14
- Beer of the week- Good Old Boy Best Bitter 16/07/14
- South Africa Clay's Experience 16/07/14
- New Special Offers 16/07/14
- Wine of the week- Torres Vina Sol 15/07/14
- Sparkling (and some still!) new offers 15/07/14
- Producer Focus- Edna Valley Vineyards 14/07/14
- My Aussie Favourites Today! 11/07/14
- Aussie tasting week! 10/07/14
- 33% off Veuve 10/07/14
- Fine Wine of the week-Côte-Rôtie Madinière 2010 Cuilleron 05/07/14
- Provence Rose Spotlight Week 04/07/14
- Wine of the week- Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Mendoza 03/07/14
- Fine Wine open to try! 23/06/14
- Wine of the Week- Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence 21/06/14
- Wine of the week- Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millières' 2010 13/06/14
- World cup beers! 11/06/14
- New short term offers. 11/06/14
- Italian Spotlight Tasting Saturday 14th June 10/06/14
- Wine Serving Temperatures 10/06/14
- Champagne deals! 08/06/14
- Wine of the week- Chapel Down Flint Dry 04/06/14
- Wine of the Week- Mud House Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2013 30/05/14
- Wine of the Week - Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Coonawarra 21/05/14
- Fine Wine- Clos Sainte-Anne 2009 Pomerol 13/05/14
- Champagne 12/05/14
- Armagnac and Cognac 12/05/14
- Exploring Pinot Noir- Bourgogne Rouge 2010 Fontaine-Gagnard 12/05/14
- Fine Wine Offers - It'd be rude not to! 12/05/14
- Blended Whisky. 10/05/14
- Sparkling Saturday - Chapel Down Brut NV 10/05/14
- Burgundy classification- the ins and out of the most complicated wine region on the planet... 10/05/14
- Our new fine wine- best of the rest 09/05/14
- Our new fine wine- Bordeaux 09/05/14
- Wine of the week- Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012 09/05/14
- Gin glorious Gin! 08/05/14
- Wine Tour - Mosel 08/05/14
- Baby, toddler, adolescent and super Tuscans! 07/05/14
- A guide to left bank Bordeaux 07/05/14
- The Beers of Berkshire! 06/05/14
- Wine of the Week - Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot 2012 Colchagua Valley 06/05/14
- Fine Wine on offer- Château de Tracy 2012 Pouilly-Fumé 05/05/14
- New in-L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de Loire 05/05/14
- New In- Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence 05/05/14
- New In- Crôzes-Hermitage 'Les Saviaux' 2012 Domaine Michel Poinard 05/05/14
- New In- Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2013 Léon Perdigal 05/05/14
- Chilean tasting - Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 04/05/14
- New In- Killka Chardonnay 2012 Bodegas Salentein 02/05/14
- Chilean Tasting Week 02/05/14
- Wine of the Week - Toledana Gavi 30/04/14
- Introducing the summer collection. 29/04/14
- Fine Wine Friday: Barolo Ciabot Berton 2008 25/04/14
- Miraval Rose 24/04/14
- Wine of the Week - Pennautier Chardonnay 23/04/14
- Rose Magnums Galore! 23/04/14
- Pick'n'Mix- Additional Offers 22/04/14
- Sparkling Saturday - Salatin Prosecco 19/04/14
- Wine of the Week - Primitivo 2013 Natale Verga 18/04/14
- A Wine Tour of New Zealand- Marlborough 14/04/14
- Easter Wines. What to drink with lamb. 14/04/14
- wine of the week: Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. Guigal 13/04/14
- New In- Bouvet Saumur Rose Brut NV 12/04/14
- Easter opening hours. 10/04/14
- Pick'n'Mix- Additional Offers 08/04/14
- Managers fine wine choice: Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2010/2011 Cantina Negrar 07/04/14
- Wine of the Week-Matsu El Recio 2011 Toro 07/04/14
- Pétalos Bierzo 2011 Descendientes de J. Palacios 06/04/14
- Spain's red in the spotlight! More than just Rioja... 04/04/14
- Wine of the Week- Pouilly-Fumé 2011 Jean Vincent 01/04/14
- wine of the week - Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 26/03/14
- Champagne is always the answer 21/03/14
- Exploring New Zealand 18/03/14
- Wine of the Week - Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc 2013 18/03/14
- New Wine Focus: Vinalba 50/50 Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon 17/03/14
- Producer Focus – Bodegas Muga 15/03/14
- A Quick Trip to Sancerre 14/03/14
- Wine of the Week - Graham Beck Anthony's Yard 12/03/14
- Pick'n'Mix-Staff Recommendations 11/03/14
- Special Offers for One Week Only 11/03/14
- Food and Wine Matching-Seafood 08/03/14
- South Africa Tasting Week 07/03/14
- Fine Wine Friday: Kannonkop Cabernet Sauvignon. 07/03/14
- A guide to a wine! Pouilly-Fume 06/03/14
- Wine of the week- Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2009 05/03/14
- Fortified Wine- Sherry 27/02/14
- Wine of the Week - Argento Malbec 2012 Mendoza 26/02/14
- Sparkling Saturday- Graham Beck Brut 22/02/14
- wine of the Week: Langhe Nebbiolo 2012 De Forville 22/02/14
- How much wine are you getting for your money? 17/02/14
- Malbec - A brief introduction 16/02/14
- Wine of the week: Macon Lugny Louis Latour. 13/02/14
- Staff Choice: Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 11/02/14
- Food and Wine Matching 10/02/14
- Wine of the Week - Benegas Malbec 2011 10/02/14
- Sauternes - Pudding in a Glass 09/02/14
- Plan your Party with Majestic 09/02/14
- Argentina Tasting Week 07/02/14
- WSET Knowledge 06/02/14
- Wine of the Week- Santa Rita Medalla Real 2012 06/02/14
- The Pick n Mix is back! 04/02/14
- wine of the week - Araldica Gavi 29/01/14
- Wine of the Week - Viña Eguía Gran Reserva 08/01/14
- Wine of the Week: Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Stellenbosch 04/01/14
- Wine of the Week- Dogajolo 19/12/13
- Wine of the Week - Domaine Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2012 12/12/13
- Sparkling Saturday - Chapel Down Brut NV 07/12/13
- Wine of the Week - Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 04/12/13
- Fine Wine of the week 28/11/13
- Winter Wine Evening: The Whites 12/11/13
- Winter Wine Evening: The Reds 12/11/13
- Wine of the Week: Domaine de L'aigle Pinot Noir 12/11/13
- Wine of the week: Gestos Malbec 06/11/13
- Wine of the Week: Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonay 30/10/13
- Sparkling Saturday- Prosecco Zonin 26/10/13
- Magic of Fine Wine: Amarone Negrar 26/10/13
- Wine of the Week: BVS Shiraz Peter Lehmann 24/10/13
- Staff Choice - Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier 2011 PGI Pays d'Oc 19/10/13
- Late October Offers! 19/10/13
- Magic of Fine Wine: Château Senejac, Cru Bourgeois - Wine of the week 18/10/13
- Wine of the Week: Alamos Malbec 16/10/13
- New Sherry Range 08/10/13
- Serena Pinot Grigio Banfi 05/10/13
- Magic of Fine Wine: Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-Bordet 05/10/13
- South Africa Tasting Week! 04/10/13
- Wine of the week: Meerlust Merlot 03/10/13
- October Offers 01/10/13
- Exploring Syrah/Shiraz. 28/09/13
- The Magic of Fine Wine - St. Clair Pioneer bloc Sauvignon Blanc 27/09/13
- A date for your diaries- Winter Wine Evening 26/09/13
- Producer Focus: Sipsmith 26/09/13
- Staff Choice - Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 25/09/13
- Wine of the week: Matsu El Recio 25/09/13
- Improved Spain offer 24/09/13
- Producer focus: Kanonkop 21/09/13
- Fine Wine open to try! 17/09/13
- South African Improved Special Offer 17/09/13
- Wine of the Week: José Pariente Sauvignon Blanc 2012 16/09/13
- The Magic of Fine Wine- Beaune Premier Cru 14/09/13
- The Two Hands range! 13/09/13
- Producer Focus: Chapel Down 12/09/13
- Spotlight on Spain tastings this weekend! 12/09/13
- Amazing New Short Term Offers! 12/09/13
- Wine of the week: Montes Twins. 08/09/13
- New Arrivals for Autumn 07/09/13
- Fine Wine Saturday: Cloudy Bay Chardonnay. 07/09/13
- Autumn Fine Wines: Jermann Pinot Grigio. 07/09/13
- Party service! 05/09/13
- Lindauer Returns! 04/09/13
- Spotlight on Chardonnay 03/09/13
- New Fine Wine offers! 03/09/13
- Exciting New Offers Starting Today! 03/09/13
- Wine of the week: Jordan Chardonnay 03/09/13
- Summer Offers Ending Soon! 01/09/13
- Wine of the Week: EVC Chardonnay Peter Lehmann 01/09/13
- Staff Choice: Catena Malbec Mendoza. 31/08/13
- Spotlight tastings, what are they all about? 26/08/13
- Wine of the week: Campofiorin 2009 Masi 25/08/13
- 25% off Italien Wines 20/08/13
- Wine of the Week: Soave Classico, Inama 19/08/13
- Staff Choice: St Clair Pioneer Block Pinot Gris. 14/08/13
- Wine of the Week: Barbera d’Alba Villa de Forville 2012 De Forville 13/08/13
- The Majestic Blog 10/08/13
- Wine of the week: Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 09/08/13
- Giesen Sauvignon Blanc only 5.99 01/08/13
- Why not try a desert wine? 31/07/13
- The return of Ned! 30/07/13
- Wine of the week: Umbral Malbec 29/07/13
- Wine of the week: Montenovo Godello 22/07/13
- Wine of The Week: Famille Abeille Rosé 2012 Côtes de Provence 16/07/13
- Montes Purple Angel 12/07/13
- Ashes Improved Offers 09/07/13
- Sparkling Saturday: Beci's Last Day! 05/07/13
- Beci Says Goodbye 05/07/13
- Improved Summer Offers!! 05/07/13
- Wine of the Week: Chateau Laville Bertrou, 2010 04/07/13
- Jane McQuitty's 50 Best Whites For Summer 29/06/13
- Bargain Wine Rack Offer!! 28/06/13
- Rosé from Provence tasting week. 28/06/13
- Wine of the Week: Contesa Pecorino 2012 27/06/13
- Commercial Customer? 22/06/13
- Improved Sparkling Offers 22/06/13
- Fine Wine Friday: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009/2010 Poliziano 21/06/13
- Wine of the Week: Kangarilla Road Chardonnay 19/06/13
- Wine of the Week: Les Hauts de Castelmaure 2010 Corbières 11/06/13
- Wine of the Week: Lime Rock Pinot Noir 2009 Hawkes Bay 07/06/13
- Are you having a party this summer? 02/06/13
- Wine of the Week: Craggy Range Te Kahu 2010 Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay 31/05/13
- A journey to Champagne. 27/05/13
- Thankyou to all those who attended our summer wine evening. 26/05/13
- Bank Holiday Deals! 25/05/13
- Wine of the Week: Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2009 Frescobaldi 24/05/13
- Wine of the Week: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 'La Ciarliana' 2008 19/05/13
- Fine Wine Buy 2 Save £8 (on selected lines) 15/05/13
- Wine of the Week: Chateau Pigoudet 'La Chapelle' Rosé, 2012 Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence 15/05/13
- Sparkling Saturday: Pelorus NV 11/05/13
- Wine Of The Week: Mister Shiraz 2011, Colchagua Valley 09/05/13
- Curious Brew Lager. 07/05/13
- Sneak Peek: Summer Tasting Evening Wines Revealed!! 06/05/13
- Sparkling Saturday: Prosecco Zonin NV DOC 04/05/13
- New Arrivals for summer! 03/05/13
- Wines of the week: Parcel Series South Africa. 29/04/13
- Wine Of The Week: Planalto Douro White Reserva 2011 20/04/13
- Fine Wine Focus: Bordeaux 14/04/13
- Wine Of The Week: 'Wild Yeast' Chardonnay, 2010, Robertson 13/04/13
- The Majestic Fine Wine Plan 05/04/13
- Last Ever Fine Wine Friday : Riscal Gran Reseva 2001 04/04/13
- Wine Of The Week: Verdicchio di Matelica 2012 Poggio alle Rondini 02/04/13
- We are closed on Easter Sunday 28/03/13
- Wine of the Week: Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc, Winegrowers of Ara. 19/03/13
- Sparkling Saturday: Chapel Down English Rose NV. 16/03/13
- Wine Relief 14/03/13
- Wine of the Week: Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. Wine Relief 12/03/13
- Wine of the Week: Sirene de Giscours 2006 Margaux. 08/03/13
- Rioja Parcel 05/03/13
- Pouilly-Fumé 2009/2010 Ladoucette 01/03/13
- Wine of the Week: Plan de Dieu 2010 Domaine Durieu 26/02/13
- Wine of the Week: Waimea Estate Pinot Gris 2011, Nelson 12/02/13
- Fine Wine Friday: Petaluma Coonawarra Red. 01/02/13
- Wine Of The Week: Domaine Tranquillite 2009, Bernard Magrez, Vin de Pays d'Oc 18/01/13
- The Majestic Bargain Hunt 08/01/13
- Wine of the Week: Château Lynch-Moussas 2006 Pauillac 05/01/13
- Wine of the Week: Antinori Cervaro 2008, Umbria 21/12/12
- Wine Of The Week: Chateau Batailley 2004, Pauillac 14/12/12
- Sparkling Saturday: Canard-Duchene Brut NV 08/12/12
- Fine Wine Friday: Montes Purple Angel Carmenere. 07/12/12
- Producer in focus: Cave de Hunawihr, Alsace 05/12/12
- Majestic Windsor's Christmas Extravaganza 03/12/12
- Sparkling Saturday: Chapel Down Brut NV , England £14.99! 01/12/12
- Wine Of The Week: Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Abeille 2007/09, Mont Redon 30/11/12
- Wine Of The Week Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, 'La Maltroie' Fontaine Gagnard 25/11/12
- Wine Of The Week: Saintsbury Rogers Creek Syrah 2007, Sonoma Coast 09/11/12
- Windsor Winter Wine Evening: The Wines! 05/11/12
- Wine of the Week: Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2007 02/11/12
- Wine of the Week: Lacoste Borie Pauillac 2007, £19.99 30/10/12
- Catena Alta Malbec 2009, Mendoza 19/10/12
- Dribbling, Swilling, Gargling and Spitting: A Beginner’s Guide to Tasting Wine 18/10/12
- A beginners guide to Burgundy - Chablis 13/10/12
- Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2007 12/10/12
- Trade Customer?! 05/10/12
- Wine Of The Week: Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel 05/10/12
- Cóte De Beaune-Villages vs. Savigny-Lés-Beaune 03/10/12
- Harry ins Munich mit Paulaner gegangen 18/09/12
- Wine Of The Week: Cune Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva 2001 15/09/12
- Wine Of The Week: Château Fonplégade Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2007, Bordeaux 09/09/12
- Wine of the Week: Craggy Range 'Te Kahu' 2009, Gimblett Gravels, New Zealand 31/08/12
- Wine of the Week: Kangarilla Road Viognier 24/08/12
- Wine of the Week: 'The Cover Drive' Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra/Clare Valley, 2010 Australia 17/08/12
- The Dinner Party: Part III 14/08/12
- The Dinner Party: Part II 06/08/12
- Wine of the Week: Mersault Blagny 04/08/12
- The Dinner Party: Part I 20/07/12
- Sancerre Vacheron £17.99 WOTW 20/07/12
- Wine of the Week: Hacienda Monastero Crianza, Ribera del Duero 2009 14/07/12
- Dessert wines – The legend of Tokaji 10/07/12
- Wine of the Week: Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto, Toscana 2009 05/07/12
- Why Majestic? I'll give you 10 good reasons... 03/07/12
- Harry's favourite: Vignoble Abeille Lirac 2010 16/06/12
- Windsor's wine of the week - Spolverino Toscano 2010 16/05/12
- Variety Focus Cabernet Sauvignon 11/04/12
- Fine Wine Friday - Rioja Gran Reserva, Viña Real 06/04/12
- Easter Treats 13/03/12
- Getting to Grips with Organic Wines 06/03/12
- Fine Wine Friday - Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay 2009 £24 02/03/12
- Why We Should All be Drinking Riesling 27/02/12
- WOTW Rustenberg Syrah 17/02/12
- Planning the perfect Valentines Day 12/02/12
- Fine Wine Friday - Saintsbury Rodgers Creek 03/02/12
- Last Chance Christmas Offers 27/01/12
- Burns Night 2012 13/01/12
- Morellino di Scansano WOTW 10/01/12
- Christmas/New Year Delivery Information 07/12/11
- What We'll be Drinking This Christmas 07/12/11
- Fine Wine Friday Brunello Di Montalcino Banfi 01/12/11
- New WOTW The Chocolate Block 2009 24/11/11
- Christmas Favourites From The Team At Windsor 22/11/11
- WOTW Mt Difficulty Packspur Vineyard Pinot Noir 18/11/11
- WOTW Chateau Lanessan 1998 11/11/11
- Cloudy Bay - The Original and Still The Best 01/11/11
- Autumnal Staff Favourites 07/10/11
- New WOTW Vina Ardanza reserva especial 01/10/11
- Spain's Unsung Heroes 27/09/11
- New WOTW Cune Imperial Reserva 2004 09/09/11
- Focus on: Argentina 31/08/11
- Majestic Windsors Appellation Road Trip: Pt2 - Champagne 27/08/11
- Majestic Windsor's Appellation Road Trip (Pt1) 20/08/11
- New WOTW D'Arenberg Galvo Garage 2007 18/08/11
- "In fair Verona, where we lay our scene" 14/08/11
- New WOTW Rust en Vrede Cabernet 2008 12/08/11
- New WOTW Chateau Gaudou Renaissance Cahors 02/08/11
- The Windsor Guide to Unusual Grapes 29/07/11
- Desert Island Six's 27/07/11
- Drinks for an English Sporting Summer 20/06/11
- Chapel Down Now in Stock 16/06/11
- Bolly Bolly Bolly! 10/06/11
- Our New Assistant Manager 31/05/11
- Rebellion Beers Now In Stock 11/05/11
- The Windsor Knot Royal Wedding Beer 25/04/11
- Majestic Wine Supports Wine Relief 20/02/11
- Windsor and Eton beers 15/01/11
The Loire Valley - Climate and Geography.Date published: 28/08/14
The Loire Valley - Climate and Geography
The Loire river has a significant effect on the mesoclimate of the region, adding the necessary extra few degrees of temperature that allows grapes to grow when the areas to the north and south of the Loire Valley have shown to be unfavorable to viticulture. In addition to finding vineyards along the Loire, several of the river's tributariesare also well planted-including theAllier,Cher,Indre,Loir,Sèvre Nantaise andVienne Rivers. The area has a continental climate that is influenced heavily by the Loire River and the Atlantic ocean at the western edge of the region. The climate can be very cool with spring time frost being a potential hazard for the vines. During the harvest months rain can cause the grapes to be harvested under ripe but can also aid in the development of Botrytis cinerea for the region's dessert wines.
The August Summer Selection: 120 Sauvignon BlancDate published: 27/08/14
120 Sauvignon Blanc: £5.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines
Santa Rita's 120 range places the emphasis firmly on lively, up-front fruit flavours, and great value. Maximum fruit character is obtained by hand-harvesting and cold fermentation of the Sauvignon grapes, and the addition of 2% Semillon helps keep the blend well-rounded.
Crisp and refreshing, this wine offers an abundance of grapefruit and lemon fruit flavours, delivered in a softer, more tropical fruit texture.
Wine of the week- Main Divide RieslingDate published: 26/08/14
Wine of the Week
Main Divide Riesling Pegasus Bay
The Waipara valley is 30 minutes' drive from Christchurch in the Canterbury region, and this wine is named in honour of New Zealand's Southern Alps, known locally as the Main Divide, which lies to the west. Some botrytized grapes were added to provide a honeyed richness.
Slightly off-dry in style, the palate is attacked with wave after wave of honeysuckle, ripe apricot and lime, with a minerally undercurrent and zippy acidity.
Rich and viscous, this wine can be enjoyed by itself but will also harmonise with oysters or chinese duck.
Sparkling Saturday- Chandon Rosé NV ArgentinaDate published: 23/08/14
Chandon Rosé NV Argentina
We've just popped open this lovely pink sparkling wine from Argentina. We are open until 7pm tonight come and taste it before its all gone. A perfect blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Moët & Chandon have created this complex sparkling rosé by combining the fruit of several vineyards of varying altitude, using a traditional method of blending the juice with a controlled portion of Pinot Noir base wines, and 18 months' lees aging in bottle. Rose pink with a sunny, peachy hue. Aromas a predominantly of citrus and stone fruit, accented by hints of cherry and fresh pie crust. The strawberries-and-cream palate is carried by a voluminous mousse. A wonderful aperitif-style rosé for any special occasion.
Get it now while its on our Buy two bottles save 33.% offer £13.98
Fine Wine: Chocolate BlockDate published: 21/08/14
The Chocolate Block 2012, Boekenhoutskloof, Western Cape SOUTHAFRICA
Syrah, Grenache, Cab. Sauvignon, Cinsault, Viognier
An exciting blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker MarcKent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskloof'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 overa backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity.
Enjoy most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.
Definitely worth a try at £22.00 (buy two save £10)
My Travels- BelgiumDate published: 20/08/14
This week, I went to visit some friends and family members living in Brussels. It was my first time there and I love visiting new places so I was very excited. I was in Brussels for two days. On the first day I drunk cava as an aperitif. It was really nice to see people appreciating good sparkling wine. Cava is made using the traditional method so a great alternative for champagne. We've got Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2011 Cava on offer for £11.24. With fine bubbles and persistent beading, this deliciously dry Cava has fresh, light, floral aromas with delicately rounded, well-balanced pear and brioche flavours. Look out for my second article on what I drunk on my second day.
Wine of the week- Matua Sauvignon BlancDate published: 19/08/14
Wine of the Week
Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough
Matua is a Maori word which translates as 'head of the family', and is somewhat appropriate for this winery, which was part of New Zealand's first wave of modern winemakers who began making great Sauvignon Blanc in the mid-1970's.
A great all-round Kiwi Sauvignon, combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours with hints of passion fruit and capsicum, all delivered with an explosion of refreshing acidity.
Chill well and enjoy as a mouthwatering dry aperitif.
Beer of the week - Roscoe's Hop House IPADate published: 18/08/14
Beer of the week
Roscoe's Hop House IPA
Organic 2-Row Barley, Victory Malt, Oregon Jewell Wild Rice
This is an experimental American-style IPA. It's named after Peter Roscoe, Astoria City councilor and advocate of locally grown wild rice. The beer consists of 5% Oregon Jewell Wild Rice.
A dry rusted nut flavour with explosions of citrus and orange hop freshness.
With a bouillabaisse, or spicey chicken wings
Available to taste!
How should you store your wine?Date published: 18/08/14
Not all wines are suitable for ageing, take your typical Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc for example, fresh, zesty and acidic, storing this type of wine will just lead to these desirable characteristics being nullified. Conversely, many of your higher quality red wines from regions such as Bordeaux will benefit and improve as a result of ageing. So, what are the key things to consider when laying down a wine?
1) Temperature - Ideally, when storing wine you need an environment that has a cool and constant temperature, preferably between 10-15 degrees (C). Kitchens and garages are two of the least suitable places to store wine due to the significant fluctuation in temperature.
2) Bottle Position - Wine that is sealed with a cork should be laid on its side, this ensures that the cork remains in contact with the wine. If the cork dries out more air will be allowed in which will cause the wine to oxidise (go bad).
3) Light - Keep wines away from strong light, natural sunshine or artificial light will heat the wine and cause it to become stale. Moreover, artificial light can cause unpleasant flavours to develop in the wine.
In an ideal world, a cellar really is the optimal environment to store wine and if you own any particularly valuable wine it's certainly worth looking in to cellaring. A good alternative is any cupboard that has no windows or radiators, so if you have a cupboard under the stairs, that could be your best bet!
Good Value Wines for Bank Holiday WeekendDate published: 17/08/14
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough £6.99 multi-buy offer
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013 Grifone £4.99 multi-buy offer
Fleurie 2012/2013 Georges Duboeuf £8.81 multi-buy offer
Cava Calamino NV Spain £5.99 multi-buy offer
Codorníu Brut NV Cava £6.66 multi-buy offer
Our Craft Beer SelectionDate published: 16/08/14
We're not just about wines here at Majestic, and our widening range of exciting new craft beers is testament to this.
With an international selection, from London breweries like Meantime and Camden Brewery, to imported beers from the likes of the San Francisco Anchor Steam and Brooklyn Lager, there's something to suit everyone in our selection.
Many of these beers are available in smaller six packs, and our current offer to save £6 across any two six packs bought together, means they're ideal for trying out a couple of different varieties at a time.
Our current craft beer six pack range includes:
Meantime London Pale Ale and London Lager
Camden Pale Ale and Hells Lager
Brewdog Punk IPA
Einstök Pale Ale and White Ale
Flying Dog Underdog Atlantic Lager
Goose Island IPA
Sparkling Saturday - L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de LoireDate published: 16/08/14
We love a spot of sparkling wine at Majestic Windsor and this week we have a real treat for you, the L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de Loire.
A bronze medal winner at the international wine challenge this is the Loire equivalent of blanc de blanc. Made in the traditional method, including 12 months' maturation on lees, this is a fine example of the region's sparkling wines.
A beautiful pale yellow in colour the nose offers up a cacophony of apple, citrus and biscuit notes. The palate is clean, dry and elegant.
Enjoy at any celebration. Will develop for a further 3 years with careful cellaring.
An absolute bargain at £9.99 when purchased with any other summer selection wine.
Alternatives to New Zealand Sauvignon BlancDate published: 15/08/14
There is so much to explore in the world of wine. Always try something different. We usually have more than six wines open to taste on our tasting counter in every Majestic store. We host free wine courses and tasting tutorials. This week we've put together a display of some alternatives to New Zealand Sauvigon Blanc. Come and explore.
Pietrariccia Fiano £7.49 multi-buy
Chapel Down Flint Dry £10.99 multi-buy
Caixas Albarino £7.98 multi-buy
Gruner Vetliner Weingart £8.99 multi-buy
Discover Australia Date published: 15/08/14
McGuigan Handmade Shiraz 2009 Langhorne Creek
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.£25.00 (Buy 2 bottles save £10) £20.00
Good Value in Focus - Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de la ConcordiaDate published: 15/08/14
Here at Majestic Windsor we love a good value wine and the Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de la Concordia is a great example of this.
Marqués de la Concordia brings together the best of both the New and the Old World - New World style and Old World terroir. Using only the very best grapes, they have created a Rioja Reserva of extremely high quality that will improve with further bottle ageing.Taste
This Reserva shows complex aromas of ripe fruit, cedar and spice, which develop into a smooth, velvety palate with powerful dark fruit flavours, hints of coffee and an almost chocolatey richness.Enjoy
Savour now as an accompaniment to slow roasted shoulder of lamb with a balsamic reduction.
£8.66 when purchased with any other summer selection wine.
Spotlight on fine wine- Shaw and Smith's M3 ChardonnayDate published: 13/08/14
Established in 1989 by wine maker Martin Shaw and Master of Wine Michael Hill Smith, Shaw and Smith make exciting and refined wines sourced exclusively from their vineyards in the Adelaide Hills. The M3 Chardonnay aims for elegance, restraint and the ability to age (combining that with the tell-tale Aussie kick!). Stone fruit and citrus notes dominate the nose, continuing onto the palette, where they join grapefruit and a rich, round biscuity note.
This wine tastes great now, but will cellar until 2021. It's ideal when paired with Grilled King George Whiting with a caper and butter sauce.
Staff Pick of The Summer Selection.... The WhitesDate published: 12/08/14
Staff Pick of The Summer Selection.... The Whites
1. Waimea Pinot Gris 2013 WAS £14.99 NOW £9.99
A firm Majestic Favourite, this Pinot Gris has been recommended in the press on several occasions, and with good reason. A fantastic new world take on an Alsace wine.
The grape would be traditionally associated with the wines of Alsace, and the best wines of Alsace are rich, full bodied and often high in alcohol. They have a similar golden colour to Gewurtztraminer but are not as aromatic. The Waimea Pinot Gris is an off-dry wine from Nelson in New Zealand, and has beautiful body and creaminess on the palate. The flavour reminds me of poached pears, with a lovely hint of spiciness and Jasmine. A really classy wine that you could enjoy with Thai or Asian food.
2. Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc WAS £9.99 NOW £6.66
A dry, fruity and zesty sauvignon with bell pepper and grassy notes. The winemaker Sebastian Labbe is and avid surfer so he's made a wine inspired by his passion for the waves, and the Pacific Coast's influence on Chile's terroir. Serve with fish, green salad or goats cheese.
visit www.carwen.com for more info.
3. Marquis de Pennautier Viognier 2013 WAS £9.99 NOW £7.49
A dry, clean and fruity viognier that has been fermented in stainless steel. This ensures that the fresh natural characteristics of the varietal shine through; like peach and honeysuckle. A great producer all round! Crisp acidity makes for a mouthwatering wine.
Fabulous short term offers! Ending Monday 25th August.Date published: 12/08/14
Macon Lungy Louis Latour 2012 £9.99
An old Majestic favourite, this delightfully un-oaked chardonnay is redolent with crisp citrus and green apple. A fantastic price considering the turbulent few years Burgundy have had. Get it while it lasts!
Fleurie Georges Dubeouf £8.81
Looking for a summer red? This is it! Light in body, with bright cherry and candied fruit, this even tastes great from the fridge...
Pinot Grigio Rosé Breganze 2013 £5.99
A delightfully light Pinot blush, the delicate pink colour instilling just a small amount of berry fruit flavour into this ridiculously drinkable rosé wine.
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Grifone 2013 £5.33
A superbly food friendly wine, if you're looking for something to go with your weekday pizza, pasta or lasagne, this is the one.
Rioja 'single vineyard', Roman Bilbao £6.66
This great value Rioja isn't lumped into the usual classification of crianza, reserva or gran reserva, but instead comes from a 'single vineyard' plot. This allows the producer to have more direct control over the quality of the grapes entering the final blend and usually come with a premium price tag.
Cava Calamino £5.99
Cava, of all sparkling wine, represents superb value for money. Made in the same method as champagne, but with native Spanish grapes, this fizz will get any occasion off with a pop!
Codorniu Brut NV £6.66
Another Cava, from the prestigious Codorniu estate, responsible for supplying the Spanish royal family. This has superb delicate aromas of bruised apple and a refreshing citrus mousse.
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 £6.99
2013 was arguably the best viticultural year that New Zealand has ever seen. This, Giesen's flagship sauvignon blanc, has won a decnater bronze award. Gooseberry, citrus and a refreshing zesty acidity make this fantastically drinkable, and un-missable at this price.
Beer of the week- Goose Island IPADate published: 12/08/14
Beer of the week
Goose Island IPA
Centennial, Fuggle,Styrian Goldings, Cascade
Pale ale, Crystal , Munich, Wheat
From Chicago's craft brewery Goose Island, comes this India Pale Ale. It recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey.
The result is a hop lovers dream with a fruity aroma, off set by a dry malt middle and long hop finish.
Also good with curry, but for a bit of a curve ball, try with some aged gouda.
Available to taste!
Wine of the week- Château du Cléray Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2013 SauvionDate published: 12/08/14
Wine of the Week
Château du Cléray Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2013 Sauvion
Melon de Bourgogne
Château du Cléray have 30 hectares of vineyards which stand on the characteristic sandy soils of the commune of Vallet. The estate has been run by the Sauvion family since 1935, and is today run by winemaker Pierre Sauvion, graduate in oenology at Bordeaux University.
Steely and focused, this shows its class from the very first aromas of well defined citrus and stone fruit, flowing seamlessly into notes of wet stone. Dry and incisive on the palate, with great length.
A must with haddock, crusted sardines and other fresh classic fish dishes.
£8.49 multi buy
Perfect Party Prosecco'sDate published: 10/08/14
The Perfect Party Prosecco
Now that the party season is in full swing it's time to stock up on Prosecco. We have some fantastic deals on a variety of Prosecco's in our August summer selection at 33% off. So whether your planning a party, BBQ, wedding or just a fan of fizz then we're sure to have the perfect choice for you.
- Prosecco Zonin Brut NV, DOC £7.99
Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle. Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas.Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish.Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.
- Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry NV,Pasqua £7.99
The classic sparkling wine of northern Italy, made with grapes from the hillside vineyards in the Treviso region, using the Charmat method,whereby the wine is allowed to ferment in a steel autoclave, achieving its spritz while maintaining a youthful fruit profile.A bright straw yellow colour, with faint greenish tinges. The nose is gently floral, with a mixture of peach, pear and tropical fruit notes.Lightly off-dry, for a refreshing, easy-going flavour.Chill well before serving. Try with monkfish served with fresh green vegetables.
Prosecco La Marca Treviso ExtraDry NV, DOC, Italy £8.66
Made from Prosecco grapes grown by a number of growers on the hills and plains around Treviso, close to Venice in northern Italy. Soft pressing is followed by cool fermentation in stainless steel, for delicate and fresh fruit flavours.Pale and elegant, with a subtly perfumed bouquet, and youthful pear,melon and citrus fruit characters. Retains a little hint of sweetness which balances the crisp acidity and persistent fizz. Drink with appetizers and fish dishes, or mix with a dash of peach purée for a refreshing bellini.
- Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV,DOCG, Italy £9.99
La Marca Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Treviso 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. An excellent apéritif, served with light starters or fruit salads.
* All prices correct at the time of printing. Prices stated are for when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case. Minimum purchase 6 bottles (any mix).
Spotlight on fine wine- Chateau La Tour du Pin 2010Date published: 07/08/14
What could be better than a sumptuous, rich, inviting Saint Emilion? A Saint Emilion Grand Cru of course! This one in particular is also rather special...
Any Bordeaux aficionados will (as I did) have read the label and thought, wow! Could this be the new Saint Emilion offering from Pomerol extraordinaire Chateau Le Pin (bottles of which frequently trade for thousands). Unfortunately, this isn't the case. It instead belongs to someone arguably more capable: Cheval Blanc. When it comes to Saint Emilion, they're as close as you can get to a first growth wine, and they purchased the estate in 2006. All that expertise has gone into creating something rather special. Unfortunately, the estate has recently become debunked, but the exciting news is that 2.6 hectares of it have been amalgamated into Cheval Blanc's vineyards themselves! This wine's status on the extinct list make it all the more appealing, and beside it the year (2010 being one of the best Bordeaux has ever seen) and the critics scores (93+ from the infamous Robert Parker) makes this a fine wine that cannot be missed.
Chateau La Tour du Pin Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2010 - £40
wine of the week: Amalaya de Colomé Malbec Blend 2013 SaltaDate published: 06/08/14
Amalaya de Colomé Malbec Blend 2013 Salta
£7.99 when bought with any other summer selection wine
An interesting blend dominated by 70% of Argentina's signature Malbec. Spice and cassis fruit come to the blend with the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and the dark-skinned Tannat. Amalaya de Colomé are one of the oldest producers in Argentina, formed in 1831.Taste
Deep ruby with purple tinges, red cherries and cassis are key components to this wine, as well as the usual dark fruit characteristics of Malbec. Careful use of oak adds vanilla and spice
Enjoy with steak pie, or rich, spicy casseroles. Also a perfect wine with summer barbecues.
Organistrum AlbarinoDate published: 04/08/14
If you like your wines from the lesser known areas of the world why not try this stunning wine from northern Spain. We have stocked Codax wines for a number of years now but this particular wine has a limited production so we never receive a large amounts.
This spectacular Albariño called 'Organistrum' comes from a selected south-west-facing plot, which tends to ripen earlier than the rest of Martin Codax's vineyards. Fermentation begins in stainless steel under temperature control, and is completed with a brief period in French Allier oak. The wine has a medium-intensity nose that is subtle and complex, with notes of stone fruit, vegetal tinges and nuanced with spice. Excellent roundness and enduring acidity provide a firm and characterful palate.
This would be an excellent match for some really fresh fish. I could see it being a fine accompaniment to sashimi.
bring a friend to Majestic.Date published: 02/08/14
Introduce a friend to Majestic
Did you know that if you are on our customer list and bring a friend with you to shop with us, you can both get a free bottle of wine?!
Okay so some terms apply, but that's the gist of it!
The friend must not already be on the customer list and you both must then buy at least 6 bottle each, but still free wine!
Offers ending soon! Date published: 01/08/14
Hurry! Catch these offers before they end:
We will be introducing a whole new selction off great offers next tuesday (5th August), however, that means that we also have some great offers that will be ending. So that you don't miss out, here are a selection of amazing deals that you really shouldn't miss out on -
- Gavi Araldica, 2013 Italy - £6.66
- Vina Eguia Rioja Gran Reserva, 2004 Spain - £8.99
- Veuve Clicquot Brut NV - £29.98
- Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Marlborough £7.99
- Alamos Malbec, 2013 Argentina £6.66
(All prices shown are multi-buy prices)
If you want to get your hands on any of these before the offer runs out, please get in touch by calling 01753 867110 or pop in and see us in-store
Beer of the week- Camden Town Pale AleDate published: 30/07/14
Beer of the week
Camden Town Pale Ale
Cascade, Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe and Citra
Pale ale, Cara, Munich, Wheat
Described by the brewery as 'like the Queen wearing dirty sneakers', this brew melds a traditional english style of ale with huge American hop flavours to make something both easy drinking and excitingly flavoursome.
Bright gold, big hops and white foam, it's packed with citrus and tropical fruit. There's a round body and a drink-me-faster bitterness.
Big hops suit big flavours! Try this with your friday night curry.
Available to taste!
Wine of the week- Surani Fiano 2013Date published: 30/07/14
Wine of the Week
Surani Fiano, 2013
Masseria Surani is an estate dating back to the early 1900's, and is located just 6km from the Ionian coast in Apuglia, Italy's 'heel'. The Fiano grape is found almost exclusively in southern Italy and Sicily, and is thought to have it origins in ancient Greece.
A bright lemon colour with a golden tinge. The nose offers an inviting mixture of citrus and tropical fruit with floral hints. Crisp acidity and good palate texture make for a refreshing, satisfying feel.
Drink with a salad, generously dressed with olive oil, anchovies and pine kernels. Try with glazed pork chops.
£7.49 multi buy
Champagne deals!Date published: 29/07/14
Champagne is a region in North France. The climate in Champagne is cool with chalky soil. Champagne can be made using any of the three grapes; pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay. Bollinger is a fantastic example of a well made Champagne using just Pinot noir and chardonnay. Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.
£30.00 on offer for £25.50 if you buy any two wines from our 15% off collection
Viogner a great all rounder.Date published: 26/07/14
Viognier – great all-rounder in food and wine matching.
Its flavours are unique, with exotic aromatics and a mouth feel of chardonnay it shows peach-skin-scents and floral notes along with balancing richness, creamy texture and high acidity.
Viognier is truly underrated in its ability to pair with food. The difference between French viognier and those from Australia, California or Chile is the ripeness factor, which is much more reliable in the New World than in Europe. This is the reason why viogniers from outside Europe can taste like a fruit basket, with explosive flavours, while those from France show more restraint and subtlety. When young it is packed with stone fruit flavours: ripe apples, pears, apricots. When aged, it can stress flavours of: nuts, marmalade and preserved-fruit notes.
With young, unoaked viognier the choice of food should suggest sweetness, but not really sweet, like Morroccan tagine of chicken, preserved lemons and cinnamon or yogurt marinated Indian style dishes. Also dishes such as braised poultry with garlic or trout stuffed with nuts and raisins. Any preparation which picks up on the fruit flavours and sweet spices of the wine will pair nicely. Other ingredients that work with this grape include rich-textured, slow cooked root vegetables, pasta and risotto and richer fish and white meats. Viognier also goes well with some shellfish, as texture and ripe fruit bring out the basic sweet flavours of quality scallops, crab and lobster. Any butter or cream based sauces can be easily matched with viognier as the texture with its balanced acidity cuts through their richness.
With aged versions, dishes which comprise nuts, dried fruit and white meat rather than seafood work best.
Viognier goes well:
With full-flavoured and rich recipes. It pairs well with thicker sauces and richly textured dishes.
With combination of fruit and sweet spice, including Indian mango chutney, Chinese plum sauce or tangy barbecue sauce.
With almost all cheeses .
With most curries. Whether it is Thai, Indian, Malaysian or Caribbean.
With smoked foods: fish, chicken, duck or cheese.
With caramelized vegetables and starches, such as roasted root vegetables, baked squash, polenta and risotto.
Viognier does not go well with:
With light starters. The wine requires something rich to match up, otherwise it will overpower the food.
With foods that are very tart. Avoid serving viognier with green vegetables, fresh green herbs, olives, capers and other sharp ingredients.
With sharp sauces such as vinaigrettes and acid dressings.
With hot dishes. Being fuller bodied and more alcoholic the wine can come as too hot.
With strong white fish. Any fish that are pungent such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel or sea bass should be avoided.
New Special OffersDate published: 22/07/14
For One week only
The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough - £6.99
Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013 Côteaux d'Aix en Provence - £6.66
'Les Galets' Côtes du Rhône 2011- £5.66
Pouilly-Fumé 2012 Jean Vincent- £9.99
Fine Wine- Château Chantalouette 2003 PomerolDate published: 21/07/14
Château Chantalouette 2003 Pomerol
One of my favourite red wine from Bordeaux. A perfect blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This is the second wine of Château de Sales, and comes from the same vineyard estate. Each vintage, after fermentation is complete, various vats are selected for Chantalouette, which is created as is a softer, earlier-to-mature version of the De Sales blend. A bright and inviting claret, with a nose of ripe black fruit and subtle hints of earth and forest floor. The mouth-feel is round and supple, yet enduring and possessing a pleasing complexity. Enjoy with a selection of firm, full-flavoured cheeses.
£24.00 Buy 2 bottles save £10 £19.00
Picpoul de PinetDate published: 20/07/14
What is Picpoul? Is it like a swimming pool? No. Or pick and mix? Not that... Or even a pool full of pick and mix?! Feint ridiculousness aside, Picpoul is both a village in Southern France and the grape variety after which this wonderful wine is named. Its name incorporates the French word 'pique', loosely translated as 'stinger'. But don't immediately think this is a waspish wine that will attack your tongue, the pique part instead refers to the bracing acidity of the wine- this not only intermingles with its lithe citrus flavours to make it pleasantly refreshing, but also makes it a superb match for salads and light fish.
Good, I'm glad we got that cleared up! Now what on earth is a Pinet..?
Picpoul de Pinet Villemarin currently £5.99 on short term special offer.
Champagne is always the answer Date published: 18/07/14
Taittinger Brut Réserve NV Champagne
Made using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay by the traditional method. From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate, and a beautiful, elegant finish.Enjoy with fish and chips.
£42.00 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £27.98
Beer of the week- Good Old Boy Best BitterDate published: 16/07/14
We all love wine here at Majestic, but secretly, we're also hugely passionate about our locally sourced and craft beer selection, so from now on we're going to shout a bit louder about it! Every week we will be opening a new craft beer, available to taste every day, so do stop by and give them a try.
This week, we begin with:
Good Old Boy, West Berkshire Brewery
From the local West Berkshire Brewery located in Yattendon (near Newbury) this is a fabulous and utterly classic English Best Bitter. Named after that delightful character that inhabits every local pub, the beer has sumptuous rich malt flavours, countenanced by a refreshing hoppy bitterness. Perfect for all seasons.
South Africa Clay's ExperienceDate published: 16/07/14
I visited South Africa last year and it was a fantastic experience. I am in a fortunate situation where my parents own a house near Gordons Bay. Whilst I was there i visited a few vineyards the ones that stuck out for me where Rustenberg, Vergelegen, Ernie ells and also Waterkloof. We had a lovely meal where the wine was paired to little dishes and it was Fabulous! My father is a great fan of Rustenberg Sauviognon blanc and we mange to get through our fair share of that (a great deal for £8.65)! I think it's delicious! I'm also a big fan of Verglegen wines, and was luck enough to try their top cuvees, simply named "the red" and "the white" (£30 and £25 respectively at Majestic). These are both based on top Bordeaux style blends and offer great value for what they are. It's a beautiful country and great for growing fruity delicious wines, and I highly recommend trying a few of the wines above
New Special OffersDate published: 16/07/14
Mont Saint Jean Corbières, £5.87 Buy any 2 save 15% = £4.99
A blend of Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz and Carignan. Winemaker Jérôme Regues blends two different terroirs to make this wine; a typical Corbières red blend. Grapes from Ornaisons provide the rich fruit flavours, while grapes from Durban, around 25km further south, are said to add spicier notes. Showing notes of damsons and blackberries on the nose, with subtle hints of garrigue herbs, which carry through on the palate. Full and fruity, with rounded tannins adding a supporting structure. Perfect with your home-made shepherd's pie or a cheese board.
Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet, £7.04 Buy any 2 save 15% = £5.99
Nestling in amongst the warn and re-biased appellations of the Languedoc, Just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected fin, offering a crisp and zestyb white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape. Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish. Drink with fresh oysters, whitebait or grilled sardines.
Wine of the week- Torres Vina SolDate published: 15/07/14
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.
Sparkling (and some still!) new offersDate published: 15/07/14
We've just had a few new fantastic offers come rolling through our doors, get them while they're hot!
Prosecco Corte Alta £6.66 down from £9.99
An old Majestic favourite. Light, delicate and incredibly easy to drink.
Codorniu Raventos Cava £7.99 down from £11.99
Cava, but not as you know it. Using the champagne grape chardonnay, this is as close as you'll get for 1/3rd of the price!
Codorniu Rosada Cava £6.66 down from £9.99
Lovely rasperry and strawberry pink fizz. Why not chuck some fruit in with it to make the perfect summer beverage?!
Torres Vina Sol £5.99 down from £7.99
An iconic wine at an iconic price. Bring out the sunshine!
Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon £5.99 down from £7.99
Youthful, fruity cabernet suavignon from the Pays dOc. A guaranteed crowd pleaser.
Producer Focus- Edna Valley VineyardsDate published: 14/07/14
Producer Focus- Edna Valley Vineyards
Edna Valley Vineyards hail from the Central Valley of California. Their vineyards can be found south east of San Luis Obispo, north of Santa Barbara. Central Valley in California is unique in the wine world as having the most sunshine hours and least summer rainfall of any wine producing region in the world. Irrigation, all be it controversial, is essential here. Edna Valley Vineyards is located the coastal region of Central Valley allowing them some influence from the pacific. A long growing season allows later harvesting, giving the wine great concentration. With quality continually improving and such a wealthy market on the doorstep for Californian wines, often wines we see in the UK can appear comparatively (and debatably) expensive. We are now stocking Edna Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir and Edna Valley Vineyards Chardonnay for just £8.66* a bottle! A cracking deal in my opinion!
*33.3% off when you buy 2 or more from the same selection.
My Aussie Favourites Today!Date published: 11/07/14
I can't complain really, a week long Aussie wine tasting in store.
Two top picks for me are:
The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2012 Jim Barry, Clare ValleyGrapeSyrah-ShirazOrigin
The first qualified winemaker to move to the Clare Valley, the late Jim Barry's estate now totals over 200 hectares in this superb wine-growing region. The Lodge Hill site was originally meant for Riesling, but instead was chosen to make this premium, reserved Shiraz.Taste
The inky blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit is lifted by violet and menthol notes, with smooth tannins still providing plenty of grip. The finish is long and rich.Enjoy
Drink this wine now, or over the next 5 years to soften the dense fruit, matching it to grilled meats, lasagne and casseroles.and also:
Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2012 Barossa ValleyVGrapeGrenacheOrigin
The Barossa Valley has some of the oldest vines in the world, most of these planted as bush vines in the traditional free-standing style. Yalumba was founded in 1849, long before most 'Old World' wineries.Taste
Spicy dark berried fruits and a savoury, meaty plum fragrance. A juicy core of impressive density on the palate, showing savoury and earthy texture and a long, smooth, fine-grained finish.Enjoy
A good alternative to Châteauneuf-du-Pape and a brilliant partner to spare ribs.
Aussie tasting week!Date published: 10/07/14
Starting tomorrow we will have beautiful assortment of Aussie wines open for you to try. Big reds, beautiful whites and everything in between!
33% off VeuveDate published: 10/07/14
We currently have the Veuve Clicquot N.V, Rose and Vintage with 33% until the end of July, when you buy 2 or more as part of our summer selection.
Veuve Clicquot N.V £45.00 to £29.98
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.
Veuve Clicquot Rose N.V £60.00 to £39.98
A superb, creamy, pink Champagne that makes a perfect romantic gift. A relatively recent addition to the Veuve Clicquot stable, this medium bodied rosé is reminiscent of the power and finesse of the non-vintage label, with a soft red-fruit core. Match with smoked salmon or strawberries and cream for optimum enjoyment.
Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004 £60.00 to £39.98
Displaying all the power and richness of the house style, this fine vintage is long and elegant, a superb gift.
Fine Wine of the week-Côte-Rôtie Madinière 2010 CuilleronDate published: 05/07/14
Côte-Rôtie Madinière 2010 Cuilleron
The vineyards of Cote Rotie are around the town of Ampuis and are the most northerly AC of the Rhone Valley. Cotie Rotie which translates as 'roasted slopes' give some idea of their exposure to the sun. The vines are grown in precipitous narrow terraces in small lateral valleys that offer protection from the wind. Red wines are produced from the syrah grape. The extremely elegant wines are deeply coloured , full bodied, spicy and the best have an aromatic, floral freshness and elegance that distinguishes them from Hermitages.
The Madinière is named after the stream that runs at the foot of these vineyards. The wine is hugely aromatic and has an enjoyable suppleness in its youth, but will open up nicely and develop in complexity over 5-10 years' cellarage.
This wine is shining on our fine wine shelf for just £40
Provence Rose Spotlight WeekDate published: 04/07/14
Mid-summer is rose time , and there's no more popular style at Majestic than the light, delicate roses of Provence. We'll have a range open to taste all week, so call in and give them a try. The traditional grapes used to make Provence roses are Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault and Carignan. The soil type here is known as 'argilo-calcaire', which is a limestone-rich clay. Provence roses are light, dry and fruity, with strawberry, red cherry flavours accompanying more subtle flavours of watermelon and nectarine. Soft acidity and delicate juiciness make for a refreshed palate. Great on their own, or as a refreshing foil for 'pissaladière' (Provençale onion and anchovy tart).
Wine of the week- Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc 2013 MendozaDate published: 03/07/14
Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Mendoza
Award-winning Sauvignon Blanc from one of Argentina's best-known wineries, located in the high-altitude vineyard area of the Mendoza River. Hand-harvested, the grapes are destemmed and crushed before they are fermented at a cool 15ºC for a pure Sauvignon experience.Taste
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.
Fine Wine open to try!Date published: 23/06/14
Brunello di Montalcino 2009, Gianni Brunelli
This wine is made with 100% Sangiovese. The late Gianni Brunelli was one of the most respected small-volume producers of Brunello, and his wife Laura continues his legacy today, in association with winemaker Paolo Vagaggini. This wine is a blend of the fruit of two small plots totalling only 7 hectares, and is an exceptional example of Brunello, combining bright red-fruit Sangiovese character with greater body, tannic texture and aromatic depth.
£30 a bottle as part of a mixed case.
Wine of the Week- Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 21/06/14
Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence
This lovely Provence Rosé is a blend of Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault and Rolle. The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. With winemaking expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaim. A beautifully pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit. Enjoy on its own or with fine seafood. Perfect for a sunny day. Come instore and try it for free.
Wine of the week- Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millières' 2010 Date published: 13/06/14
Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millières' 2009/2010 Cave des Vignerons de Buxy
A Premier Cru from the Montagny appellation in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise. Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is an excellent, quality-conscious producer and, being a co-operative, offers excellent value for money.Taste
A delicious, fresh Chardonnay which has been fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks to preserve the pure peach, pear and acacia aromas. Soft and rich on the palate.
Enjoy with cold cuts of ham, a cheese board or whole salmon.
£12.99 (Buy 2 bottles save 25%) £9.74
World cup beers!Date published: 11/06/14
With the World Cup now just days away make sure you stock up on all the essential supplies. We currently have some unbeatable prices on beer, so whether your celebrating or drowning your sorrows you'll be sure to have a plentiful supply of premium quality liquid refreshment.
- Pilsner Urquell 24 x 330ml bottles - £24 (just £1 per bottle)
- Asahi Super Dry 24 x 330ml bottles - £24 (just £1 per bottle)
- Becks 24 x 275ml bottles £24 (just £1 per bottle)
- Mix and match on all your favourite craft beers including Punk IPA, Brooklyn Lager, Einstock White Ale, Anchor Steam Beer and Brooklyn Summer Ale all just £9.99 when you buy 2 or more packs
- Coopers Pale Ale 12 x 375ml bottles - £15.99 (Just £1.34 per bottle)
Come On England!!!
New short term offers.Date published: 11/06/14
We have a brand new set of extremely short term offers, which include:
Grifone Montepulciano d' Abruzzo - £4.99 when you buy any 2 of our 25% off wines (from £6.65)
Marquis de Belleville Bordeaux Superieur - £5.94 when you buy any 2 of our 15% off wines (from £6.99)
Torres Vina Sol - £5.99 when you buy any 2 of our 25% off wines (from £7.99)Brancott Pinot Noir - £7.99 when you buy any 2 of our 33.3% off wines (from £11.99)
Italian Spotlight Tasting Saturday 14th JuneDate published: 10/06/14
Italian Spotlight Tasting
Timed nicely with the impending World Cup Match with Italy, we have a 30 minute tasting session of the country's great wines. A great opportunuity to really show how diverse one country can be with numourous grape varieties and styles. For those who only think of Pinot Grigio when they think Italain white then this is a must as the most extrodinary wines are the less well-known. Tasting starts at 3pm but if you pop in at any time then you can just grab me to give you a give private talk through the wines.
Not available on Saturday? Not to worry, we have an Italian focus on our tasting counter for the week of the 14th-19th June so come along whenever.
Wine Serving TemperaturesDate published: 10/06/14
Ever wondered what's the best temperature to serve wine at?
Here's a rough guide to make it nice and easy!
Style of wine Example of wine Serving Temperature
Sweet Wines Sauternes 6-8 °C
Sparkling Wine Champagne, Cava, Prosecco 6-10 °C
Light/med bodied white Pinot Grigio, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 7-10 °C
Med/full bodied oaked white White Burgundy, New World Chardonnays 10-13 °C
Light bodied Red Beaujolais 13 °C
Med/Full bodied Red Claret, Rioja, Shiraz, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 15-18°C
Champagne deals!Date published: 08/06/14
Heidseick & Co. Monopole Brut NV - £14.99
Getting a grand marque Champagne for under £15 seemed like a thing of the past, so this deal is really impressive. Heidsieck, founded in 1785, has long been associated with a heavier style of non vintage champagne due to a high proportion of pinot noir in the blend. As such, the fruit, notably russet apples, manages to be both full textured and refreshing.
Taittinger Brut Nv - £25.00
One of Champagne's most recognisable labels, Taittinger has long beguiled drinkers with its poise, elegance and the floral depth to it's fruit. Hints of white fruits and citrus meld seamlessly with and vibrant yet retrained mousse. A slight honeyed quality on the finish adds depth but is subtle enough for the wine to retain its trademark finesse.
Wine of the week- Chapel Down Flint DryDate published: 04/06/14
Wine of the Week
Chapel Down Flint Dry 2013
Bacchus, Huxelrebe, Schönburger
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 dimensional, well balanced wine. Extended lees contact adds body, flavour and complexity to the blend.
Aromas of elderflower, minerals and a slight smokiness. Flint dry, as the name suggests, with gunpowder-like smoky hints. Slightly reminiscent of Pouilly-Fumé.
Wine of the Week- Mud House Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2013Date published: 30/05/14
Central Otago is the central part of New Zealand's south island, and with its free-draining loam and gravel soils and wide diurnal temperature variation, it has become known for superb Pinot Noir. This is a single-vineyard wine from Otago's sub-region of Bendigo.
An intense and powerful Pinot, full of bright red cherry and darker bramble fruit, layered with gentle notes of mocha and spice. Finely balanced tannin and acidity provide great grip and length.
Enjoy with duck or lamb.
Wine of the Week - Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 CoonawarraDate published: 21/05/14
Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Coonawarra
This wine has been named in commemoration of the Penola cricket ground, which used to lie on the very site where Jim Barry now grows this premium Cabernet, which is blended with small parcels from the family's Clare Valley estate, then aged in French and American oak.Taste
The nose is very fragrant, dominated by intense cassis and cedar, with nuances of fennel and damson. A generous palate with succulent tannins framing blackcurrant, liquorice and cherry flavours.Enjoy
Can be enjoyed immediately, but will reward cellaring for 5 years or more.
Fine Wine- Clos Sainte-Anne 2009 PomerolDate published: 13/05/14
Clos Sainte-Anne 2009 Pomerol
The second wine of Château Moulinet, this is a blend of around 60% Merlot with 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. A straightforward and classic Pomerol wine, made by temperature-controlled fermentation followed by 12 months in oak barrels. A rich and succulent Pomerol, with a core of blackcurrant and damson flavour, embellished with hints of wood shavings, graphite and pine needles. Tannins are firm, providing structure and length. Bottled unfiltered, so best to decant before serving, with a hearty beef casserole
£25.00 (Buy 2 bottles save £10) £20.00
ChampagneDate published: 12/05/14
All Champagne comes from the Champagne region in France. Champagne has a cool continental climate. The Soils in Champagne are dominated by chalk, except in the Cotes des Bar, where it its Kimmeridgian clay. The chalk provides a good drainage but it retains a sufficient quantity of water. The three main grape varieties use in making Champagne are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir adn Meunier. Champagne is made using the traditional method which consits of 9 stages: Hand picking and gentle Pressing of the grapes; Primary fermentation; Blending; Secondary fermentation; Yeast Autolysis; Riddling; Disgorgement and Corking; and Bottle ageing.
Champagne is the most exciting drink on earth. If you disagree try Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV. Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes. The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse. Perfect with canapes.
Also on a fantastic offer at £26.65 when you buy two bottles save 33%.
Armagnac and CognacDate published: 12/05/14
Whilst Gascony is not too renowned for its ability to make wine (although there are some crackers out there if you look), its humble grapes are more well known as the ingredients for brandy. As with French wines, the name Cognac or Armagnac is a specific area (or appellation) within the borders of Gascony. Both are brandies and both feature many different sub-regions but both have there own unique interpretation on style and production methods.
The wine used to make Cognac must contain the grape Ugni Blanc (or Trebbiano if you are Italian) as the main variety, although there are several others permitted including colombard and semillion. The resultant wine once fermented tends to be highly acidic and must be distilled at least twice in a copper pot to wear the name Cognac. It is then stored in oak barrels and the length of time it spends resting leads to its grading. These are VS (very special) - 2 years minimum, VSOP (very special old pale) - 4 years minimum and XO (extra old) - 6 years minimum.
The grapes used in the production of Armagnac are broadly similar to those used in Cognac, but includes the addition of the attractively titled Baco 22 grape.Distillation only occurs once with Armagnac, resulting in a brandy with a slightly higher ABV (53% is not uncommon) and must be in a column still, again a point of difference with Cognac. Classification is similar to that in Cognac and the grades have the same names, VS, VSOP and XO but they must be aged for 2, 5 and 6 years as a minimum respectively.
The main differences in taste are that Cognac houses will try to produce a consistency in style from year to year, becoming its trademark or signature, much as the Champagne houses to the north do with their non-vintage styles. Armagnac can vary from year to year and by the producer who makes it. Due to this variation it can be released as a vintage, using the year of harvest from the youngest grapes in the bottle. There is nothing like both to warm your heart though!
Exploring Pinot Noir- Bourgogne Rouge 2010 Fontaine-GagnardDate published: 12/05/14
Bourgogne Rouge 2010 Fontaine-Gagnard
Fontaine Gagnard consistently produces some of the finest red and white wines in Burgundy. 75% of the fruit is sourced in the attractive village of Volnay, in the Côte de Beaune. The wine is fermented in aged in older oak. I had this last night with a chicken roast. It was a match made in . This well balanced wine would also accompany wild mushroom or truffle dishes very well. Notes of fresh red berry fruit with subtle spice and hints of wild mushrooms. It is packed with rich, sweet, juicy strawberry fruit on the palate, supported by subtle spice and hints of fresh herbs.
Fine Wine Offers - It'd be rude not to!Date published: 12/05/14
Currently here at Majestic Windsor we invite you to join us and try some of our fine wines at house wine prices. What's that? I can hear you cry. Essentially for the price of a restaurants house wine you can pick up a bottle of our fine wine for that Friday night treat or to wow and impress friends/families/loved ones.
From our range of selected wines pick up any two bottles and we'll take £10 of the combined price! As an example Louis Latour Gevrey-Chambertain is £30 and Ladoucette Pouilly Fume is £32 each. When bought together those prices drop to £25 and £27 respectively, on a par with the average house wine in a restaurant.
If you wonder what to do with two bottles of fine wine, you can also combine one bottle of wine with a bottle from our selected spirits range instead. What better way to impress than with a gin and tonic as an aperetif before the meal and then a nice bottle of Barolo to go with it?
If you worry that fine wine is just a little too complicated, our friendly staff are more than willing to help guide you through the choices available. We look forward to seeing you soon as you indulge!
Blended Whisky.Date published: 10/05/14
I am a huge fan of Whisky and the varieties available from around the world are quite amazing.
For some people single malt Whiksy can be a bit overpowering especially if it is a big smoky Islay style. Blended Whisky is the product of two or more distilleries. Generally speaking you will see Blended Scotch Whisky in the shops, which is a blend of Grain and Malt Whiskies. The aim when blending like this is to combine the intensity of a Malt Whisky with the lightness of a Grain Whisky. Because the making of Blended Whisky is relaint on the trade of Whiskies between distillers the ingredients can change all the time. Therefore the real art is to produce something that tastes the same every time.
General speaking Blended Whiskies are more modestly priced than their Single Malt counterparts. This is not to say that they are inferior, some of the world top Whiskies are Blended Scotch Whiskies.
Sparkling Saturday - Chapel Down Brut NVDate published: 10/05/14
Chapel Down Brut NV England
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier
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.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-name Champagne.£23.99 Buy 2 bottles save 25% £17.98
Burgundy classification- the ins and out of the most complicated wine region on the planet...Date published: 10/05/14
Burgundy is, without a doubt, the most complex wine region in the world! To become au fait with it's incredibly specific classification system would take a life time, so instead, here's a very basic over-view to get to grips with how everything is structured!
In Burgundy, they are BIG on classification. Really big. Historically, the area has none of the grand roots of Bordeaux (probably because we never ruled it...) and was sub-divided among a number of what were basically peasant farmers. Due to French inheritance law, in which all land and property must be sub-divided between all progeny (rather than being passed to a single heir), many of these already desperate estates become further and further sub-divided.
This multiple sub division have lead to a very interesting and precise classification system, based almost entirely on the French concept of 'terroir'. Although it looks distinctly like the spelling of a small Yorkshire bread dog, this is actually a fantastic catch all word that refers to every climactic condition affecting a vineyard- i.e. soil, aspect, exposure, drainage and many more.
This notion, combined with the minute sub-division, has lead to three basic grades of classification. If we take Chablis as an example, Chablis is the basic name of the AOC (apellation origine controlee) or controlled growing zone that the wine comes from. This brings with it certain quality controls for grape ripeness, planting densities, maximum yields etc. The next step up to this would be Chablis 1er Cru, a higher grade of the same wine. This entails greater controls on quality based on the above criteria, and as Burgundy is such a cool climate, is usually predicated by the vine being on a sheltered south facing slope to maximise ripeness. Beyond this are the grand crus, the top of the top. These exemplify the stated qualities to an even greater degree. Simple? It would be if this was as far as it went... Unfortunately on top of this, every wine is also sorted into a certain 'plot'. This is where the sub-division of land becomes apparent. As well as 'Chablis 1er Crus' you might also seen written on your bottles a word like 'Vaillons' or 'mont de milleu'. These are very specific areas within an area classified as 1er crus, each attesting to its own specific characteristics (for example, vaillons borders on the grand crus, so might be considered very high quality for the money, mont de milleu is a plot with good aspect so much achieve a greater ripeness of fruit etc).
Every single plot in Burgundy is classified in such a fashion, with little or no explanation on the bottle. So unless you know your wines very well (or ask someone that does!) it can be rather pot luck as to what you're getting. This makes Burgundy daunting, but also exceptionally exciting. Combine these tiny production levels (some plots are so small that they can only physically produce a few thousand cases per year), along with a huge amount of vintage variation (the chardonnay and pinot noir grown here is right at the extremities of where it can ripen well, making good years especially desirable for their ripe fruit, and poor years very avoidable as they tend to be flat and acidic) and you end up with, in the upper echelons, the most expensive still dry red and white wine in the world!
Our new fine wine- best of the restDate published: 09/05/14
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru 'les Pucelles' Domain Jomain, 2011
As with every wine in Burgundy, four things are of utmost importance: First is the apellation, or area, that the wine comes from in this case the famed Chardonnay growing area of Puligny Montrachet. Second is the producer, again in this case a small entirely family owned domain. The third, as with any wine, is the vintage- being a marginal climate, a bad year can ruin even the best Burgundian wine (fortunately 2011 was very respectable) and fourth, the individual plot. This is where this particular wine becomes rather magical, as, although it is classed premier crus, it border on the far more prestigious grand crus vineyards (which always cost at least twice the price!) making this absolutely superb value for money.
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru 'Chalmeaux', Meurger, 2011
Another premier crus Puligny from a top producer, this instead comes from the plot 'Chalmeaux', although this time not bordering on the grand crus, Chalmeaux is famous for its exceptionally low yielding vines, which greatly contributes to the intensity of the fruit and exhibits a nice floral-herbal nature.
Tignanello, Antinori, 2010
One of the first wines of the 'Super Tuscan' movement which I waxed lyrical on in a previous article, this superb rendition combines Bordeaux varieties with native Sangiovese to create a superior wine. Classic Bordeaux flavours, but with more vibrant fruit and hint of strawberry from the Sangiovese, this is a stunning wine of second growth quality... But at half the price!
Our new fine wine- BordeauxDate published: 09/05/14
Spring has well and truly sprung, cleaning is being done, new life is upon us... So what better time to stuff our shelves with some great new fine wine! Here is a list of the treats from Bordeaux we've just got in:
Chateau L'Evangile 2007, Pomerol
One of the glittering jewels in the crown of the Rothschilds estate, L'Evangile neighbours both Petrus and Cheval blanc, so despite the hefty £100 price tag, comes out as excellent value! Expect to be treated big, rich exotic fruit flavours and spicy complexity, backed by the voluptuous softness so associated with these premium wines.
Alter ego de Palmer 2008, Margaux
A second wine, but not in the conventional sense. Alter ego employs all the same wine making techniques, superb terroir and vineyard management strategy that makes the grand vin so sublime, they key difference being it is made from the younger vines on the estate. Despite being a classified medoc 3rd growth, Chateau Palmer is part of what was dubbed the 'super seconds' movement, wherein the classed second growths hugely upped their game in order to compete with the 1sts. An incredible bouquet of cedar, spice, black current and Margaux's quintessential perfume are what to expect from this, for me, career affirming wine.
Le Dame de Montrose 2009, St-Estephe
The second wine of Chateau Montrose, the top property in St-Estephe, and from a cracking year. For a second wine, this is a sleeper- but one that will hugely award the patient drinker. Just starting to reveal its pencil lead and black current aromas, the wine also has a dashing mineral edge which keeps it fresh.
Pauillac de Ulysse
Pauillac- one of the most expensive, most prestigious wine communes in the world. It contains three of the five Medoc first growths, which routinely fetch over £1000 per bottle! Fortunately, this one isn't anywhere near that price, but is surprisingly good quality. This 'every day' Pauillac is made by a company that specialises in sourcing excess grapes from top estates, including Chateau Latour! Superbly structured tannins, good but not over-powering fruit inter meshed with typical pencil lead and savoury spice, this is drinking superbly now, but could keep for a good few years.
Wine of the week- Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012Date published: 09/05/14
Wine of the Week
Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012
Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella
Started in 1920 by Francesco Minini, this winery has expanded by involving partner growers across a larger geographical area, and now vinifies in a modern facility in Verolanuova, completed in 2002. This is a ripasso wine, enriched by 10 days on Amarone pressings.
This vibrant ruby red wine has a dense core of bright cherry and bramble fruit and lifted violet aromas. Medium-bodied and harmonious yet muscular and well-structured.
Allow to breathe for an hour or so, then serve with lamb or beef.
Gin glorious Gin!Date published: 08/05/14
Gin, it seems that in the last few years this drink has gone from being something that is drunk only by peoples nans to being something that is very fashionable. Personally I have been a fan of gin for a long time, nothing beats a cold gin and tonic on a warm summers day.
Gin, in its simplest form is s a spirit which derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries. However, anything can be used to add flavour to a Gin as long as juniper is the predominant flavour. At Majestic we sell a range of different gins, from Beefeater at the everyday end to Chase Williams Elegant Crisp Gin if you want a real treat.
I really believe that there is a gin to suit any taste or occasion, Hendricks with it's light cucumber edge is the perfect summer drink. Sipsmith with its classic balance of botanicals is perfect for the quintessential G&T.
No G&T would be complete without a good tonic, for this look no further than Fever Tree.
For me gin makes for the perfect pre dinner drink so if you are yet to discover the world of gin start exploring and you will be amazed at quite how diverse they all are.
Wine Tour - MoselDate published: 08/05/14
Running through France and Luxembourg (as the Moselle) before it passes into Germany and onto the Rhine, the Mosel river is one of the most important areas for the production of wines. Split into three distinct regions, Mosel itself, Saar and the Ruhr, much of the grapes grown here find themselves in cheap, sweet German Landwein such as Liebfraumilch and Piesporter, which sadly is here most peoples knowledge of German wine begins and ends. Poke a bit deeper into the area though and you find that much of the Muller-Thurgau that was planted to make these mass produced products have been grubbed up and replaced with Riesling. Although they taste superficially similar, Riesling in the right hands can produce wines of finesse. No matter how sweet a quality German wine is, there will be a backbone to it of acidity that lends weight.
Some of my current favourites that we stock:
'Dr. L.' Riesling, Loosen Brothers - £8.99
An off-dry style of Riesling but with that backbone of acidity that prevents it from being sickly. Perfect chilled on its own, as an aperitif or with chinese cuisine.
Ayler Kupp Riesling Kabinett 2013 Margarethenhof - £10.99
Kabinett is a quality rating reserved for those wines that are considered exceptional and this is one of those. Again, off-dry in style with steely acidity, enjoy chilled in the sun.
Baby, toddler, adolescent and super Tuscans!Date published: 07/05/14
Ignore the slightly over-dramatic title, some of the most exciting wines being produced in Italy are not being made with Italian grapes. Hersey! Blasphemy! Outrage! Are all things that immediately jump to mind (along with, they've already got over 1000 marketable grape varieties... Why are they pinching even more?) But hold fast your prejudices and revel in the dawn of -the super Tuscan-.
Despite the silly name, this is not the title of a new comic strip, and I perhaps over-played the lack of Italian grapes bit as many of these Tuscan thoroughbreds combine Sangiovese (the native grape known best for Brunello and Chianti) with international varieties, most commonly Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet franc, Syrah and Merlot. A fair few things have changed since the introduction of the super Tuscan ideology (they now have their own controlled growing area, or DOC if you will), as they were originally made by maverick estates seeking to create a 'superior wine', not simply something that followed the formal constraints of the day. These wines were labelled as IGT, an incredibly basic classification of table wine, but were made with uncompromising attention to detail and quality.
Unsurprisingly, this gained them a tremendous amount of cult status, which continues to grow today (you may have heard of Ornellaia, Sassicaia, Masseto, Tignanello, Solaia...). These icons wines all tend to fetch upwards of £70 per bottle, but don't let this put you off- there are a good number of 'baby Tuscan' blends, employing the same ideology to make very good every day drinking wine. Here are a couple of our favourites:
Dogajolo, Carpineto- Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Black current, strawberries and a hint of oak. A hugely drinkable concoction of summer berries. £9.76
Le Difese- Made by Tenuta San Guido, the estate behind Sassicaia (perhaps the most celebrated and iconic of the Super Tuscans, you'll never buy it for under £100 a bottle) this wine's name means 'the difference'... And, well, the difference is well over 100 quid- this Sangiovese/Cabernet blend apes the great wine, taking all of its expertise and distilling it into a much more affordable, eminently drinkable package- £16
A guide to left bank Bordeaux Date published: 07/05/14
The left and right banks in Bordeaux are separated by a estuary which runs through the middle of Bordeaux. There are several classified areas within the left bank (AOCs- appellation origine controlé) these are:
Medoc and Haut Medoc
This is the general classification applied to any left bank wine which is grown outside of the great communes. Compared with the soil of the right bank, the Medoc and Haut Medoc at their best have a far higher proportion of gravel. Combined with the somewhat warmer climate, this is perfectly suited to ripening cabernet-sauvignon grape which dominates blends from this side of the estuary.
These wines are rarely capable of great age (however, they can last a lot longer than their right bank cousins). Best drunk relatively young, they exhibit blackcurrant, spice and tobacco.
Saint-Julien represents a middle ground between the power of Paulliac and the elegance of Margaux. Saint-Julien produces some of the most classic bordeaux flavours including pencil, led, cedar and cigar box.
Perhaps the least well known of the great communes as it lacks the gravel concentration of Paulliac, St-Julien and Margaux. You will however find greater affordability and an interesting mineral austerity to these wines.
The "big daddy" of Bordeaux, Paulliac houses 3 of the top "first growth" wineries and creates some of the most long lived still wines in the world. Pauillac is all about power and structure, with very high Cabernet percentages contributing to its longevity.
At its best, Margaux is the most elegant and refined of the great communes; exhibiting beguiling aromas of perfume and violet. At its worst, it can be rather flat and unappealing. Tread with caution and drink selectively, as once you sample true Margaux, there is no going back...
The Beers of Berkshire!Date published: 06/05/14
We love a local brewery here, and we stock some of the best beers that Berkshire has to offer! Below is a breakdown of our local craft ales:
Something light and easy going...
Mr Chubbs lunchtime bitter- West Berkshire Brewery
It's all in the name! Mr Chubbs, named after the co-founders father who was a lock keeper at Whitchurch-on-Thames, is so deliciously easy to drink, you could easily sneak a couple into your lunch-break and return to work just a little bit merrier! Lightly coloured, it has a lovely gentle hoppy flavour, perfect for a summers day...
Knight of the Garter- Windsor & Eton Brewery
A beer so local, we can almost throw a stone at it from the store! (Not that we'd want to...) Knight of the Garter is a crisp, fresh fruity ale brewed with big-flavour new world hops. If you don't fancy the subtlety of Mr Chubbs, then this one is for you!
Classic English Ale
Good Old Boy- West Berkshire Brewery
Named after that friendly chap who inhabits every local tavern, Good Old Boy is West Berks signature ale and is as British as they come! A lovely rich malt character provides the backbone for this amber bitter, whilst a dash of hoppy bitterness brings it back into balance.
Something a bit different
Guardsman- Windsor & Eton
The stalwart Guardsman is a bastion of good flavour and good times. But its name belies its strength! Much like Good Old Boy, Guardsman is brewed using traditional English hops and is styled as a best bitter... But it is also crafted in oak! This addition makes the brew as resilient as any Windsor Guardsman!
Wine of the Week - Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot 2012 Colchagua ValleyDate published: 06/05/14
Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot 2012 Colchagua Valley
A great example of Chile's most celebrated red varietal, mainly from vineyards in Colchagua Valley, with 15% Casablanca Valley fruit added for extra freshness of flavour. Aged for 12 months in 30% new French and American oak barrels. Plush red and black fruit flavours of strawberry, cherry and blackberry form the backbone, overlaid with notes of vanilla and green tobacco leaf. Soft, ripe tannins provide a great sense of volume. Drink with a rich aubergine lasagne.
£10.99 Buy two bottles save 25% £8.24
Fine Wine on offer- Château de Tracy 2012 Pouilly-FuméDate published: 05/05/14
Château de Tracy 2012 Pouilly-Fumé
Wines have been made from the vineyards of this Château since 1396, but the winery owes its current incarnation to the Count and Countess Alain d'Estutt d'Assay, who resurrected it in 1952. Today it is run by their son, Henry d'Assay, and his sisters.Taste
Pale gold with a silvery shimmer. An open and intense nose, offering notes of blackcurrant and citrus fruit, with background vegetal hints. A fresh citrussy attack on the palate and seductive minerality.Enjoy
Drink with pungent goat's or sheep's cheeses, or fine seafood.
£24.00 Buy 2 bottles save £10 £19.00
New in-L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de LoireDate published: 05/05/14
L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de Loire
A blend of chardonnay and chenin. This is the Loire equivalent of a 'blanc de blancs' Champagne, having been made from a blend of only the region's white grapes. Made in the traditional method, including 12 months' maturation on lees, this is a fine example of the region's sparkling wines. Pale lemon yellow with a fine, shimmering mouse. The nose is an invigorating symphony of golden apple, citrus zest and subtle biscuit aromas. Clean, dry and elegant on the tongue. Enjoy at any celebration. Will develop for a further 3 years with careful cellaring. Get it now while its at this fantastic offer.
£14.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £9.99
New In- Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 05/05/14
Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence
I got to try this beautifully made Rosé while i was helping in Majestic Wines Chiswick. Made using Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault and Rolle grapes. I must say i was very impressed. It soft, smooth and with a long finish. The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. With winemaking expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaim. A beautifully pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit. Enjoy on its own or with fine seafood. I think its worth a try for £17.99.
New In- Crôzes-Hermitage 'Les Saviaux' 2012 Domaine Michel PoinardDate published: 05/05/14
Crôzes-Hermitage 'Les Saviaux' 2012 Domaine Michel Poinard
Crôzes-Hermitage is the largest appellation of the northern Rhône, and although dominated by large cooperatives, there are still small independent producers. This wine is made by Yves Cheron, from the fruits of his 9-hectare estate's mature Syrah vines. Muscularity and power typical of Rhône Syrah, combining intense red and black fruit with notes of sweet spice and darker, smokier notes. Middleweight tannins provide good balance and length. A great match for roast guinea fowl.
£15.99 Buy 2 bottles save 25% £11.99
New In- Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2013 Léon PerdigalDate published: 05/05/14
Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2013 Léon Perdigal
A whites Cotees du Rhone, perfect for the summer. This wine is a blend of five traditional white varieties sourced from several vineyard areas across the southern Rhône, including the districts of Vaucluse, Gard, Ardèche and Drôme. Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, and Viognier Grapes. Fermented at low temperatures and matured without oak. An approachable wine with medium intensity and a gently complex nose of pear, white peach and delicate honeysuckle scents. A rounded palate with a pleasing balance between roundness and crisp acidity. A good all-rounder for pairing with food. Ideal with chicken or fish in light sauces.
£9.99 Buy 2 bottles save 25% £7.49
Chilean tasting - Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2011Date published: 04/05/14
Just out on our tasting counter as part of our Chilean tasting week is this lovely Cabernet Sauvignon, Los Vascos.
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Domaines Barons de Rothschild took over the Los Vascos ('The Basques') estate in 1988, and since then have grown it from its original 220ha of vines to 580ha. Many of the original vines are 40-50 years old, with the oldest being up to 70 years old.
Taste: Classic and pure Cabernet, with well-defined notes of cherry, blueberry and plum on the nose, with hints of bay leaf and clove adding subtle depth. Approachably soft yet weighty on the palate.
Enjoy with roast beef or a nice juicy fillet steak.
Only £8.99 a bottle when buying two or more as part of a mixed case!
New In- Killka Chardonnay 2012 Bodegas SalenteinDate published: 02/05/14
Killka Chardonnay 2012 Bodegas Salentein
Bodegas Salentein owns what is considered to be Argentina's single largest 'cool climate' estate, stretching 22km from east to west, and taking in 5 distinct microclimates, enabling them to make a variety of styles, including this lightly-oaked Chardonnay.
Bright greenish yellow, this is a youthful and vibrant wine, displaying a nose of ripe citrus fruit and gentle hints of vanilla and soft tropical notes. Mild-mannered with a round palate feel.
Ideal accompaniment for creamy-textured pasta and chicken dishes.
£11.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £7.99
Chilean Tasting WeekDate published: 02/05/14
Today marks the start of Chilean Tasting Week. Fresh red and white Chilean wines are open and available on our tasting counter for free tasting.
Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay 2013 Central Valley £8.99, or £6.74 x 2
Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2013 Limari Valley £11.99, or £7.99 x 2
Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo Valley £10.99, or £7.32 x 2
Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Domaines Baron de Rothschild £10.58, or £8.99 x 2
Santa Rita 120 Viognier 2013 Central Valley £8.99, or £6.74 x 2
A tasting tutorial is available on Saturday 3rd at 3pm. Call 01753867110 or email: email@example.com to book a place.
Wine of the Week - Toledana GaviDate published: 30/04/14
Gavi is a Piedmontese village where the crisp, slightly mineraly wines have long been held in great affection. So much so they have frequently been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, displaying much of that French wines characteristics, although in a slightly more quirky Italian style.
Wine made from the vineyards closest to the village itself are allowed to call themselves Gavi di Gavi and the Toledana is a perfect example of the style.
Crisp and citrusy, there is a slight honeyed edge that rounds the palate off, followed by a long mineraly finish combined with zingy acidity.
Toledana is a must try wine and we are happy to crown it wine of the week, more so as it is currently available at £7.99 on our current 33% off promotion.
Introducing the summer collection.Date published: 29/04/14
Summer is just around the corner and we have launched our 33.3% off summer collection so I thought I would share a few of my favourites with you.
Nyetimber Classic Cuvée, 2009, England: Nyetimber are located in West Sussex in the heart of England's fast growing and world class sparkling wine industry. A classic Champagne blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier this wine rivals its French cousins and often beats them at blind tastings. A nose of citrus, brioche and shortbread give way to a fine mousse. Perfect for all special occasions. £23.98 (multi-buy)
Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Nelson: We all think we know Kiwi Sauvignon through and through but go outside Marlborough and there are still exciting new wines to discover. This wine while offering up some of those classic New Zealand also presents a hint of bell pepper. A lovely wine for a summers afternoon or with fresh seafood. £8.66 (multi buy)
Callia Bella Malbec, 2013, San Juan: Malbec is fast becoming one of the most popular red wines in the UK. This wine is a lovely deep purple with a really prominent nose of wild berry and hints of spices. Plush tannins on the palate make this wine an excellent match to meat dishes. £5.99 (multi buy)
These are just a few of the wonderful wines on the offer.
Fine Wine Friday: Barolo Ciabot Berton 2008Date published: 25/04/14
Barolo 2008 Ciabot Berton
Beautiful wine amde with 100% Nebbiolo. Ciabot Berton is situated in La Morra, in the heart of the Barolo production zone. This small estate cultivates about 12 ha around the Roggeri vineyard. After a traditionally long period of maceration, their Barolo is then aged for two years in Slavonian oak barrels. Showing a splendid ruby red colour this wine is characteristic of Barolo with its high acidity and fleshy tannins. With classic aromas of rose petals and tar and high levels of plummy fruit. The high acid and tannin make this a definite food wine with rich dishes ideal. Try it with lamb shanks or a hearty pheasant stew.
£28.00 (Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10) £23.00
Open to try
Miraval RoseDate published: 24/04/14
Newly into store is this Provencal rose. The Miraval estate can trace its roots back to the 17th century, but it was purchased in 2009 by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie who then extensively renovated the winery and called in the winemaking expertise of Perrin. The first modern release in 2012 was met with great critical acclaim and praise.
A typical Provencal rose with a beautiful pink colour, there are tastes of redcurrants and strawberries underpinning lighter tones of peach and tangerine.
Miraval Rose is currently available in-store at £17.99 per 75cl bottle or impress your friends with a magnum at £38.00 to create a centre piece for your summer parties.
Wine of the Week - Pennautier Chardonnay Date published: 23/04/14
The Pennautier family have been making wine at their chateau since it was originally built in 1620. Using the accumulation of the knowledge they have built up, Pennautier present the Terrior d'Altitudes Chardonnay. Showing lively aromas of peach, passionfruit and pineapple that mingle with spicy notes such as vanilla and nutmeg. The palate displays hints of dried apricots and a smattering of butter.
This wine is proudly presented as our wine of the week and is currently available at £9.99 when purchased as a pair.
Rose Magnums Galore!Date published: 23/04/14
I know how much you all love a glass of Rose in the summer and what could be better than a glass of Rose out of a super cool looking magnum?
For the last two years we have had the AIX Rose in magnums a steal at £19.99 and now we have added to the family.
Chateau de Berne magnums will set you back £27.50
Minuty Magnums are £25.00
Miraval Rose magnums are £38.00
These are all beautiful wines from Provence and make a rather fantastic centre-piece for any big summer BBQ!
Pick'n'Mix- Additional OffersDate published: 22/04/14
Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough
Marlborough has been at the heart of a winemaking revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.
Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.
Suitable for all occasions, this is anything from classic apéritif wine, to white meat and seafood partner.
£11.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £7.99
Sparkling Saturday - Salatin ProseccoDate published: 19/04/14
For sparkling Saturday we have chosen for you the ever popular Salatin.
Hailing from Cordignano, just north of Conegliano, Salatin is produced exclusively from grapes sourced from the vineyards of Treviso and leads to a typically fruit focussed off-dry style.
A fantastic aperitif wine; there are hints of jasmine to complement the green apple fruit flavours, and a wonderful mousse refreshes the palate, making it suitable for pairing with seafood.
Salatin Prosecco is currently available as part of our Pick 'n' Mix offer - £8.99 for 2 as part of your mixed case
Wine of the Week - Primitivo 2013 Natale VergaDate published: 18/04/14
Primitivo 2013 Natale Verga
The southern part of Italy is home to Primitivo, a grape now more commonly known elsewhere as Zinfandel. This example is from vineyards in the provinces of Brindisi and Taranto, in the south-eastern part of Puglia, the 'heel' of Italy's 'boot'.Taste
An approachable, medium-bodied wine full of sunny red berry flavour and subtle hints of prune and violet on the nose. Smooth, drying tannins mingle with the rounded, juicy fruit.Enjoy
Drink with pasta cooked with your favourite tomato-based sauces.
A Wine Tour of New Zealand- Marlborough Date published: 14/04/14
Marlborough is located at the Northern tip of the South Island. What makes Marlborough a special wine region is its unusual combination of long days, cool nights, bright sunshine, and, in good years, dryish autumns. In such relatively low temperatures grapes might have difficulty ripening wherever autumn rains threatened, but here they can usually be left on the vine to benefit from a particularly long ripening period, building high sugars without, thanks to the cool nights, sacrificing the acidity that delineates New Zealand's wines.
Cloudy Bay vineyards is one of the most famous winery in the world. It is primarily noted for its Sauvignon Blanc. A classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropical fruit. Gooseberries and passion fruits on the medium-full body; the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavour some finish. Superbly refreshing served chilled on a sunny day, also a great match for meat or vegetarian stuffed peppers.
Easter Wines. What to drink with lamb.Date published: 14/04/14
With Easter fast approaching thoughts are turning to roast lamb and getting together with the family, but what should we be drinking with our roast on Easter Sunday?
The classic match to lamb is Rioja, something like the beautifully balanced Vina Eguia reserva £6.66 on the Easter bargain hunt. Or if you are feeling a little more flush the Cune Imperial Reserva a steal at £17 on the fine wine deal.
It isn't just Rioja that will match up well with your roast lamb however, try the beautifully plummy Vinalba Reservado Malbec £7.99 on the bargain hunt. Or try a classic Bordeaux, the Segla Margaux 2007 is a fantastic match to any Sunday roast.
Whatever you are having on Easter Sunday we have something to match perfectly at a price that suits you, just pop in and ask us for some advice.
wine of the week: Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. GuigalDate published: 13/04/14
Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. Guigal
£8.99 (multibuy price)
Grapes: Grenache and Syrah
Founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal, this producer has quickly become one of the most famous in the Rhone valley.
This is a robust, full bodied wine that offers a core of dark fruit backed up with subtle white pepper notes. A superb wine to go with food.
A perfect match to any meat dishes.
New In- Bouvet Saumur Rose Brut NVDate published: 12/04/14
The house of Bouvet-Ladubay was founded in 1851 by Eitenne Bouvet and his wife, Celestine Ladubay, an is now one of the Loire's foremost sparkling wine producers. They source their grapes from several local producers and vinfy using the traditional method. A delicate and inviting salmon pink, this is alight and immediately welcoming sparkling rose, with a raspberry and peach fruit character, a fine mousse and clean and uplifting floral nose. A fine summery aperitif, perfect with gravadlax blinis.
Made with 100% Cabernet Franc £8.99 on the Pick 'N' Mix offer. Definitely worth a try.
Easter opening hours.Date published: 10/04/14
Over Easter our opening hours will be a little different to usual but we will still be around to take care of all your wine needs.
Friday 18th April - usual opening hours 10am - 8pm
Saturday 19th April - usual opening hours 9am - 7pm
Sunday 20th April - all stores are closed
Monday 21st April - Bank holiday hours 10am - 5pm
After that it's back to normal.
Pick'n'Mix- Additional OffersDate published: 08/04/14
Buy 2 Bottles Save 33%
Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot 2012 Colchagua Valley £7.33
Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2013 Casablanca Valley £7.32
Rioja Reserva 2009 CVNE £9.32
Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, Italy £6.66
Managers fine wine choice: Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2010/2011 Cantina NegrarDate published: 07/04/14
I love fine wine so I have decided to share some of my favourites with you.
From the Veneto region of northwestern Italy, Amarone della Valpolicella is a blend of the Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties. Grapes for the wine were dried on straw mats, increasing the sugar concentration, before being fermented and aged in oak barrels.Taste
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.Enjoy
A wine that can age for up to 5 years or be enjoyed right now, particularly with game, rich pasta, tomato flavoured sauces and cheeses.
£23 or £18 if you buy with any other fine wine in the fine wine offer.
Wine of the Week-Matsu El Recio 2011 ToroDate published: 07/04/14
Matsu El Recio 2011 Toro- £12.99 (multi-buy)
El Recio translates as 'the tough guy', and is a more serious, mature wine, made from the product of some of Toro's oldest vines, which are cultivated using advanced biodynamic techniques. 14 months in new French oak provide opulence and polish.
Intense and opaque, this wine is a mass of deep black fruit, chocolate, roasted coffee bean and vanilla pod aromas. Voluptuous and weighty, with a firm structure, held together by silky tannins.
A great steak wine, which longs to be paired with rare asado-style beef fillet or sirloin. Drink now or keep for 2-5 years.
Pétalos Bierzo 2011 Descendientes de J. PalaciosDate published: 06/04/14
The beauty of our in store tasting weeks is the opportunity to explore the wines of various countries further. Spain is the choice this week and there is so much more to it than just Rioja.
Petalos comes from the region of Bierzo nestled in the north west of Spain. The grape variety is one you may well not have heard of, Mencia. This variety is one that was for years forgotten about and generally assumed to be incapable of making complex wines of quality, oh how wrong they were!
There are many plots of old vines on steep slopes with perfect drainage that have been rediscovered by winemakers in recent years. As is the case with this wine, the producer has only 30ha, spread across some 200 tiny, steeply-sloped vineyard sites.
A broad spectrum of aromas gradually emanate from the glass, with blackcurrant and cherry being joined by savoury clove and liquorice notes. Smooth yet muscular tannins and a long, drying finish.
An excellent quality middle weight red and a great match to charcuterie and hard cheeses.
Spain's red in the spotlight! More than just Rioja...Date published: 04/04/14
Spain is an incredibly diverse wine making region, which has predominately gained acclaim for one very famous region- Rioja. This largely tempranillo based red from the north of Spain produces relatively complex and well aged wines which have a lovely smooth quality.
However, Rioja is far from the be all and end all of Spanish wine! Just across the river lies the far less prestigious, but better value region of Navarra. Here Tempranillo is also king, and some great Rioja style clones can be found alongside exciting blends with international grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon.
Another great area to explore if you'd like to open the door on Spanish wine is the more premium Ribera del Duero. Don't let the generally higher price tag put you off (we have some fabulous Ribera's starting at £7.99) as there is loads to explore! Here, as in Navarra, plenty more international grape varieties are used to create Bordeaux style blends. Indeed when invited to dinner with the Spanish ambassador many years ago, Winston Churchill, when asked about the quality of the wine, remarked that he 'wouldn't give a guinea' for any of the Spanish wine that had been put in front of him, but he would take another glass of the excellent Claret that was served with the mains. That 'Claret' was a Ribera del Duero wine named Vega Sicilia. Despite being very rude, this went some way in proving that the Spanish could make excellent wine with poise and elegance, as well as the every day quaffers we enjoy...
Wine of the Week- Pouilly-Fumé 2011 Jean VincentDate published: 01/04/14
Pouilly-Fumé 2011 Jean Vincent
Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12th generations of an illustrious winemaking family, based in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individually to maintain the character of each plot.Taste
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.Enjoy
A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh seafood and tomato based dishes.
wine of the week - Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 Date published: 26/03/14
Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 Lodi County
Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto
Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.
A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes. lamb or a cheese platter. Enjoy over the next four years.
£6.66Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%
Champagne is always the answer Date published: 21/03/14
Champagne is a sparkling wine produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region in France. The three main grapes that can be used to produce Champagne are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. If you see a bottle of Champagne with the words 'Blanc de Blanc' this means 'White from white' Champagne made suing 100% Chardonnay. Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are black grapes that gives the wine body, length and red fruit characters. Chardonnay is a white grape that gives the wine lighter bodied, high acidity, floral ad citrus characters. Champagne is made in nine keys stages using the traditional method:- Hand picking grapes; Gentle pressing; Primary Fermentation; Blending; Secondary fermentation; Yeast Autolysis; Riddling and Disgorgement; Dosage; and Bottle ageing.
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Exploring New Zealand Date published: 18/03/14
New Zealand has a cool to moderate maritime climate and a high diurnal range- meaning that the temperatures during the day differ greatly from those at night. This combination allows grapes in New Zealand to often reach high levels of sugar ripeness while at the same time retaining acidity and fresh but intense aromatic flavours. The main wine producing areas in the North Island are Auckland, Gisbourne, Hawke's Bay ( second to Marlborough in the extent of plantings) and Wairarapa (famous for Pinot Noir that comes from a small town called Martinborough). The main wine producing areas in the South Island are Marlborough (this is the largest area for grape production in New Zealand and also for producing the signature style of New Zealand Sauvingon Blanc), Nelson, Canterbury and Central Otago also contributes in New Zealand wine production with grapes such as Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling.
Wine of the Week - Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Date published: 18/03/14
Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough
Marlborough's long sunny days and cool climate leads to a long ripening season and a unique combination of very ripe fruit alongside fresh acidity. Villa Maria is an acclaimed family owned producer with an unwavering dedication to excellence.Taste
A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.Enjoy
A fantastic apéritif which will equally match all manner of seafood.
Special Offer (Buy 2 selected wines save 25%) £7.98
New Wine Focus: Vinalba 50/50 Malbec-Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 17/03/14
Malbec has quickly become the signature grape of Argentina and now they seem to have got that mastered they are starting to experiment more and more with blending.
This wine is made by renowned Bordeaux winemaker Hervé Fabre. He 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.
As you would expect this wine is intense and vibrant. The wine displays typical juicy damson and blackcurrant on both the nose and the palate. Well rounded tannins and a toasty oak influence add a nice complexity.
A great wine to match with rich meat dishes or those BBQs we will all be having soon.
Producer Focus – Bodegas MugaDate published: 15/03/14
Producer Focus – Bodegas Muga
Bodegas Muga is located in the historical Barrio de La Estación (railway station district) in Haro. The facilities are two centuries old, built mainly of stone and oak. In fact, oak is paramount in the winery. There are 200 oak deposits as well as 14,000 barrels, made out of different types of European oak.
In Bodegas Muga wines you find both tradition and modernity side by side. They are an exact reflection of very specific climatic and geographic features, and that’s why they have a pronounced personality, or as the French would say, “terroir”.
Rioja Blanco 2013 Muga £9.99
Complex and toasted aromas with fresh, vibrant fruits give way to zesty lime, spicy and vanilla toasted oak flavours, fresh acidity, and a refreshing spicy finish.
Rioja Reserva 2009 Muga £14.99
An enticing and complex nose of pain grille, pencil lead, and blackberry leads into an elegant wine with layers of flavour, fruit and sweet-spice with ripe and integrated tannins and a lengthy finish.
A Quick Trip to SancerreDate published: 14/03/14
I had the good fortune to visit the Loire Valley and the first port of call was the town of Sancerre. The achingly pretty town is home to some fine restaurants and the shops of the winegrowers whose vines can be found stretching outward in every direction. The most useful phrase here is 'Je voudrais un degustation de vin, s'il vous plait.' 'I would like to taste some wine.'
If you wish to try the wines in the perfect environment and exactly as the winegrower intended, Sancerre is the place to come. The whites are chilled just right and served in the correct glasses, allowing the rich gooseberry flavours and herbaceous notes to be fully appreciated and the dry minerality to over take the length of the wine. The sommelier will describe in great detail the exact soil conditions each of the wines are grown in and allow you to sample wines made from grapes in different areas of the vineyard. For those who disbelieve the difference that can make will be amazed that it does, adding richness, more flavour, a multitude of subtle nuances.
Once the sampling has finished and the purchases made, it is time to head into one of the many little cafes or bistros that line the square before heading back to the tent, and the campsite by the Loire river itself.
Wine of the Week - Graham Beck Anthony's YardDate published: 12/03/14
Antony’s Yard 2012 Graham Beck, Western Cape
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Bordeaux style, produced from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This is then aged for 12 months in French oak to help integration and impart extra complexities and texture.Taste
Aromas of fruitcake and spice, with red and black fruits on the textured palate and the oak-ageing lending hints of cigar box. A balanced structure and good length.Enjoy
Goes extremely well with beef, lamb and strong cheeses.
Pick'n'Mix-Staff RecommendationsDate published: 11/03/14
I am off for five days this weekend. I am going to be revising for my WSET exam and hosting a dinner party for my friends from University. I hope the weather will be just as nice as the previous weekend. If not i have purchased some beautiful wines to brighten my time off.
Starting with a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte NV at £16.66 a bargain to amuse the palate before the meal. A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing prior to release.
For starters I will be dishing out a summer salad accompanied by a glass of The Ned at £6.99. This is a classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. 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.
Slow-cooked lamb, roast potatoes and gravy is the only main I can cook with confidence. Of course a Rioja will be the perfect match for this dish. So i have bought Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Viña Eguía at £8.99. 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.
I don't do deserts trying to keep my figure :)
Special Offers for One Week Only Date published: 11/03/14
For one week only, we've added the following fantastic offer on the March Pick'n'Mix collection.
Chateau Meaume 2010, Bordeaux Superiur £6.66
Gavi Montiero 2013, Rocca £5.99
Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, Vina Eguia £8.99
Rioja Reserva 2008, Vina Eguia £6.66
Nicolas Feuillatte NV £16.66
Veuve Clicquot Brut NV £29.98
Prosecco Corte Alta NV, DOC, Italy £6.66
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough £8.33
The one not to be missed is THE NED Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough was £10.99 NOW £6.99
All offers are available in store and online. Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%
Food and Wine Matching-SeafoodDate published: 08/03/14
Perfect with Seafood
Light, fresh and simple white wines are great wines with seafood as they complement the delicate nature of fish and shellfish.
We recommend Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough on offer for £6.66 when you buy any two wines from the Pick'N'Mix collection. This wine originates from 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. On the plate it 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. Drinking at its best now as either as an apéritif or with lemon chicken, Thai spices, fresh fish or seafood.
South Africa Tasting WeekDate published: 07/03/14
Wine has been made in South Africa for over 350 years, a wine making tradition as long as some European regions. The variety of altitudes, aspects and soils that is available has resulted in fantastic wines from fantastic grape varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon, is the most widely planted black variety, is used for varietal wines and also blended with Merlot for elegant , Bordeaux -style blends. Syrah is also successfully cultivated, and is used both for rich, dark-berry scented, full-bodied reds that are often high in alcohol. Not to forget Pinotage (across between Pinot Noir and Cinsault) this crossing was developed in South Africa and as it is hardly grown anywhere else in the world it is often held up as the national grape variety. Pinotage from old bush vines may be very full-bodied, with rich, spiced, berry fruit and sometimes rubber. Chenin Blanc remains widely planted variety of either color, when barrel fermented and barrel ageing it can have extra body and toast oak flavours
Our tasting counter is shining with South African wines. Pop in-store for free tasting and discover the wonderful world of wines.
Fine Wine Friday: Kannonkop Cabernet Sauvignon.Date published: 07/03/14
As it's a Friday we thought we would treat you to some fine wine. To go with our South African theme this week we are going for the Kannonkop Cabernet Sauvignon. Kannonkop is one of the top estates in South Africa, situated in Stellenbosch on the slopes of Simonsberg Mountain. The estate enjoys a maratime climate with grapes that have an average age of 26 years.
This wine is a classy number from Kannonkop. A deep, full bodied wine offering up spicy mocha, chocolate and tea leaf flavours. This is backed by a hit of blackcurrant fruit and well balanced tannins with a long dry finish.
A perfect partner to rich meat dishes and cheeses, beautiful now but this wine will continue to improve over the next five years.
A guide to a wine! Pouilly-FumeDate published: 06/03/14
Today, we're going to tackle an old facourite! Pouilly-Fume is an AOC (area appellation controlee) in the Loire Valley area of France. All the wines here are made of Sauvignon Blanc, and Pouilly-Fume produces some of the most expensive and arguably best Sauvignon Blancs in the world.
The soils of this region are exceptionally flinty, which supposedly imparts the 'gun-flint', slightly smokey aroma that the wine had become famous for. At their most basic, the wines from here are light, citrussy and refreshing. At their best, they are incredibly intense, full bodied with remarkable smells like nettles, gooseberries, flint and minerals.
Top tip: Pouilly-fume is, in its essence, a premium wine. Our entry level bottles start at around £10.99, but if this is a bit of a stretch then try some of the neighbouring areas such as Quincy and Reuilly. These exhibit similar characteristics, but at more reasonable prices!
Wine of the week- Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2009Date published: 05/03/14
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Vergelegen, and outspoken winemaker Andre Van Rensburg, are widely recognised for producing some of South Africa’s finest wines. The Stellenbosch region produces excellent wines due to the Mediterranean climate and soils from at the foothills of the Cape Fold mountains.Taste
Aromas of ripe berries and plums beautifully enhanced by silky chocolate and coffee, with finely grained tannins, berry flavours and a complex spicy finish.Enjoy
Ideal served with pasta, pizza or stews
Fortified Wine- SherryDate published: 27/02/14
Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes in the town of Jerez in Spain. Sherry has a warm Mediterranean and very sunny climate.There are three distinctive soil types in Sherry. The albariza which has been the most important to Sherry production. As fewer vines remain planted on other soils. The other two soils are barros, which is a clay soil and arenas, which is a sandy soil. There are three grape varieties permitted in Jerez. Palomino accounts for 95% of the planting in Jerez. It thrives on albariza soils, producing wines that are low in acid and lack strong aromas. Pedro Ximenez is grown in montilla-moriles and Muscat of Alexandria grows best in arenas soil both grapes are used to make sweet wines. The five main sherry styles are Fino, Oloroso, Amontillado and Palo Cortado all of which are available instore on great offers.
Wine of the Week - Argento Malbec 2012 MendozaDate published: 26/02/14
Malbec is Argentina's signature grape variety. This is an excellent example made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes, one of the most favoured areas for cultivating grapes in Argentina.Taste
Ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on the richly textured palate, with hints of vanilla oak and balanced acidity on the finish.Enjoy
Ideal with grilled red meats or spicy pasta dishes.
£9.99 (Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%) £6.66
Sparkling Saturday- Graham Beck BrutDate published: 22/02/14
Graham Beck Brut.
This wine is made in the traditional method used to produce champagne, secondary fermentation in the bottle with 15-18 months lees ageing. It is made using a blend of new and reserve wines sourced from Robertson and Stellenbosch.
An inviting nose full of lightly yeasty aromas. The palate offers fresh, gentle lime fruit delivered with a fine mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish. A perfect wine to toast any celebration.
Graham Beck recommend pairing this with warm butternut and gorgonzola bruschetta.
wine of the Week: Langhe Nebbiolo 2012 De ForvilleDate published: 22/02/14
The De Forville domaine covers ten hectares over two Piedmont villages and their production is now almost entirely bottled on the estate. Nebbiolo is the grape used in the better known and vastly more expensive wines of Barolo. This wine gives you some of those characteristics for a more everyday price.
A Nebbiolo with striking ruby colour and a nose that displays bright red fruits with hints of spice. This complexity is carried onto the palate with racy acidity and oak bringing freshness and structure.
A wine that would benefit from being decanted and served with hearty meat dishes.
How much wine are you getting for your money?Date published: 17/02/14
When do you buy a bottle of wine, what's your first consideration? Region, grape variety, style? No doubt these all factor in, bu the greatest over-riding issue is almost always cost. But what are you really getting from your bottle of wine? Below are the average values of the actual wine in the bottle you are purchasing:
£4.99 bottle- 16p
£6.99 bottle- £1.27
£9.99 bottle- £2.93
£14.99 bottle- £5.59
£19.99 bottle- £8.36
£30 bottle- £13.80
Malbec - A brief introductionDate published: 16/02/14
So fashionable at the moment that it hurts, malbec as a grape is now proudly strutting it's stuff on the world stage as a wonderfully rich and spicey South American varietal. It's origins though are a little more humble.
For centuries malbec has been used as a blending grape, particularly in the south-west of France, used to pep up or give body to wines that were a little on the thin side. In this environment it wears a different name tag; Cot or Auxerrois and is known for wines that are of medium body. Only in the Cahors region was it used as the principle variety in a wine and the wines it produces are notably gamey in style, like a heavier style of Beaujolais.
Fast forward a century or two and emigres from that region settle down in Argentina and Chile bringing with them cuttings of the vines from home. Cot changes overnight into malbec and in the terroirs there produces deep velvety wines, packed with dark berry flavours and a subtle hint of spice. Argentinean styles tend to be slightly heavier than those of Chile but all are cut from the same cloth flavour wise.
Here at Majestic Windsor some of our current favourite malbecs are:
Alamos Malbec - £6.66 on our pick 'n' mix (made by Catena wines and a steal at the price!)
Tucumen Malbec - £7.33 on our pick 'n' mix (ticks all the boxes for a good malbec)
Mayu Malbec - £9.33 on our pick 'n' mix (Typically Chillean version; slightly more perfumed and less full bodied)
Wine of the week: Macon Lugny Louis Latour.Date published: 13/02/14
White Burgundy has long been an area associated with producing some of the worlds finest (and most expensive wines). Look around though and you can find some real value.
Louis Latour have been producing wine since 1797 and this rich experience shows through in what they produce.
On the nose this wine offers aromas of apple, lemon curd and toasted citrus. The palate shows buttery and peach notes backed up by a crisp acidity, with a long, warming finish.
A beautiful aperitif or an excellent accompaniment to pork, fresh fish or poultry dishes.
£8.99 when you buy two or more as part of your mixed case.
Staff Choice: Catena Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 11/02/14
Catena have long been at the forefront of wine production in Argentina. They have pushed the boundaries of quality through meticulous research into the various micro climates found at the different altitudes grapes are grown at.
This wine comes from Catena’s Agrelo vineyards, well known for producing Cabernet Sauvignon of exceptional quality. The nose offers up scents of rich, dark fruits with a hint of sweet spice. The palate is full bodied, with rich, dark, supremely concentrated cassis-scented black fruit and a warm, spicy finish.
As with many of Argentinas top reds this wine is the perfect partner to roasted red meats or a rare, juicy steak!
Food and Wine Matching Date published: 10/02/14
Perfect with Beef
Just as wine can bring out the flavour in foods, so can food add depth and new qualities to a wine. One is not complete without the other.A full bodied red wine with lots of tannins, like Malbec, is great with beef as the fattiness softens the tannins and intensifies the fruitiness of the wine. We recommend Tucumen Malbec 2012 from Mendoza open this week for free tasting and on offer for £7.33 as part of the February Pick'N'Mix collection. This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature. Winemaker is Juan Manuel Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries.An approachable wine of medium intensity. delivering its cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins and well-balanced acidity and fruit sweetness.
Wine of the Week - Benegas Malbec 2011Date published: 10/02/14
This week's Wine of the Week is the Benegas Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina.
The great-grandfather of the current winemaker brought the first French vines to Argentina and since then the Benegas have continued their history of quality wine making.
Exhibiting the intensity of dark fruit typical to Mendoza with a touch of European finesse and spicy, oaky flavours. This wine also has great body and fine tannins.
A great match for fillet steak with pepper sauce or beef wellington.
£12.65 when you buy 2 or more Pick 'N' Mix wines
Sauternes - Pudding in a GlassDate published: 09/02/14
Many people's idea of dessert wines is coloured by memories of cheap sweet German wines. But to ignore the craftsmanship and effort that goes into them on the basis of trying mass produced vino is to discount a real gem of the wine world.
Sauternes is one of the great regions of France that really must be tried. A good Sauternes has a big mouthfeel but is never unctuous, sweet but not cloying. Sugar is not added to create the taste, a fungal infection called Botrytis removes the liquid from each grape, leaving large amounts of natural sugar contained within each one. When these grapes are picked and fermented the wine that is produced is sweet and fairly high in alcohol, usually in the region of 14%.
Sauternes is located in the south eastern part of the Graves in Bordeaux and boasts the only sweet wine recognised in the premier cru Bordeaux classe in the shape of Chateau d'Yquem. It is effectively two regions comprised of Barsac and Sauternes, but only those of the former can call themselves either name, Sauternes must come from Sauternes alone.
We stock in store the following Sauternes for you to try:
Castelnau de Suduiraut - £11.99 for 50cl
Clos l'Abeilly - £10.49 for 50cl
Chateau La Rame - £11.99 for 50cl
Plan your Party with MajesticDate published: 09/02/14
At Majestic, we've been helping our customers plan successful parties for years. Whether it's a casual drinks bash or a full-scale wedding.
We sell wine, sparkling wine, champagnes, beers, ciders, soft drinks, water, spirits and ice. The Majestic Free Glass Loan service includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-ball tumblers and pint glasses. All we ask for is a £1-a-glass fully refundable deposit, payable in advance, and that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready for re-use. We also hire chiller bins for £15 fully refundable deposit and ice buckets for £10 fully refundable deposit.
Majestic offer FREE home delivery, 7 days a week, arranged at a convenient time with your local store.
It's always difficult to know exactly how much to provide for a party or event and you certainly don't want to run out. Our staff will be happy to offer advice on quantities but to put your mind at ease we also provide a sale-or-return policy.
All we ask is that you arrange sale-or-return in advance when you are placing your order and that everything comes back in a saleable condition
Plan your party online - http://www.majestic.co.uk/services/parties
Phone - 01753867110
Or pop instore
Argentina Tasting WeekDate published: 07/02/14
Wines of Argentina
Currently, Argentina is the fifth largest wine-producing country in the world, with a very strong domestic market, combined with a growing international market. The province of Mendoza dominates winemaking in Argentina and accounts for over 70 per cent of all wine produced in the country. The vineyards cover 160 000 hectares, making it arguably the largest winemaking region in the world. Snow-melt water from the mountains and high altitude contribute to the production of high quality grapes. For marketing purpose Argentina promotes three particular grapes.
Malbec used for full-bodied, ripe black fruit, spicy red wines.
Torrontes used for lively flavours of white peach, melon, pear and pineapple.
This week we have several Argentinian Wines open for free tasting and tuturiols. Come and explore.
WSET Knowledge Date published: 06/02/14
Red Wine Making
The process of turning grapes into wine is called vinification. The key to red wine making is successful extraction of tannin and colour from the skins of black grapes., which is achieved by disturbing and agitating the skins during fermentation. It is important that black grapes are picked when the tannins are ripe and that they are not affected by rot. Unripe tannins can lead to unpleasant herbaceous aromas and rot reduces a wine's colour and taints the taste of the wine.
Pop in-store for free tasting of the Alamos Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins. Perfect example of a well made new world red wine.
Wine of the Week- Santa Rita Medalla Real 2012 Date published: 06/02/14
Sourced mainly from the Limarí Valley, the northernmost vineyard district in Chile. Although closer to the equator, the valley is efficiently cooled by sea breezes, due to its east-west orientation. This Chardonnay is barrel fermented and undergoes regular lees stirring.Taste
Bright golden in colour, with a faint green tint. The nose offers good ripeness, with citrus aromas turning to a softer, more apple and stone fruit character. Weighty and creamy on the palate.Enjoy
Balances well with oily fish such as baked sea bass, barbecued pork belly or roasted poultry.Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £7.99
The Pick n Mix is back!Date published: 04/02/14
Yes folks, after a popular debut in November the pick n mix is back and better than ever. I am going to pick out a few of my highlights here.
Heidsieck Gold Top 2007 £19.99 an incredible value Champagne, it is rare to get a vintage Champagne for this money. The yeasty richness really shows through as you would expect of a vintage champagne. Perfect for a celebration, or even with your fish and chips.
Alamos Malbec £6.66 Catena's entry level malbec, but there is nothing basic about this wine. Bursting with fruit accented by rounded tannins, this wine is the perfect match to a juicy steak.
Brancott Sauvignon Blanc £6.66 a classic kiwi sauvignon from a producer who produces top notch wines year on year. Drink on its own or match to fish or light salads.
I could go on forever but I suggest you come in and see for yourself all the great wines included in the pick n mix!
wine of the week - Araldica GaviDate published: 29/01/14
Wine Of The Week
Araldica Gavi, Italy
Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Ligurian coast.
Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.
Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.
Represents cracking value.
Wine of the Week - Viña Eguía Gran ReservaDate published: 08/01/14
Wine of the Week - Viña Eguía Gran Reserva
The Bodegas Eguía is located in the Rioja Alavesa region and consists of 50 hectares along with several partner growers. The vines used average 40 years old and the wine itself is aged for 30 months in barrel and three years before release. As a result of the ageing the fruits in the wine are more mature raisin and prune flavours which combine well with the vanilla and leather flavours typical of Rioja wines. Medium bodied and silky smooth, this is a great value Gran Reserva style.
Goes very well with slow cooked lamb and nutty cheeses
£8.99 when you buy 2 or more
Wine of the Week: Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 StellenboschDate published: 04/01/14
The Fruit for this intense and bold wine is all sourced from Vergelegen's premium vineyard sites in the North and Northeast.
The wine has been aged in in 225 litre barrels for two years giving it a complex and balanced structure.
Intensely aromatic spicy blackcurrants and ripe plums with vanilla. A fine and well-structured palate bursts with juicy blackberry characters and hints of soft vanilla, ripe tannins and a balanced finish.
Decant this wine before serving and enjoy it with meats, casseroles and mature cheeses.
This wine should continue to age for two years.
Wine of the Week- DogajoloDate published: 19/12/13
Dogajolo Carpineto 2012
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese
In the innovative style of the Super-Tuscans, but at a fraction of their price, this is a 'Baby-Tuscan'. Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with a majority of the native Sangiovese to create a wine superior to its IGT classification.
Nose and Palate
Soft and intensely fruity, this wine combines the elegance and complexity given by oak-ageing with the fragrant, fresh fruit of a young wine. Soft on the palate with a smooth finish.
A great all-rounder, this wine will complement a rich Tuscan stew, as well as cold cut meats or even just with pizza.
£8.99 multi buy
Wine of the Week - Domaine Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2012Date published: 12/12/13
This week's Wine of the Week is the Domaine Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2012. This wine is produced by a team in Alsace run by father and son Léonard and Olivier Humbrecht, who holds the honour of being the first Frenchman to qualify as a Master of Wine. The vineyard practices used are impeccable and they are one of the top producers in Alsace.
The wine is just off dry, with enough sweetness to bring out the tropical fruit and gingery spices without overpowering it. The wine also has plenty of acidity giving the wine a refreshing feel. A great match for smoked salmon, cream cheeses or Thai food.At £12.99 per bottle when you buy two or more this represents a great quality Alsace Gewurztraminer for a surprisingly good value.
Sparkling Saturday - Chapel Down Brut NVDate published: 07/12/13
This week's Sparkling Saturday is the Chapel Down Brut NV which is one of England's finest wine producers. Based in Tenterden, Kent, Chapel Down use classic grape varieties in the production of this excellent sparkling wine. Combined with the traditional Champagne production method this creates a wine that makes a great alternative to the more expensive Champagne Houses.
Zesty and fresh, with less of the yeasty flavours typical of Champagne, the Chapel Down Brut has delightfully fine bubbles that wrap around the mouth. This is the perfect sparkling for a drinks party or as an aperitif. It is a great alternative to big name Champagnes.
The Chapel Down Brut NV is currently available at £15.99 (reduced from £19.99), making it a bargain for an excellent wine, and is open to try today!
Wine of the Week - Yalumba Bush Vine GrenacheDate published: 04/12/13
This week's Wine of the Week is the Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache which is a great example of an Australian Grenache.
Yalumba was founded in 1849, well before most Old World wineries and the vines of the Barossa Valley are some of the oldest in the world planted in the traditional bush style. It is from these vines that the wine takes its name.
A meaty plum aroma supported by dark berries and spices. On the palate the wine has an earthy texture with a fuller body and fine grained tannins with a long finish.
A perfect match for spare ribs, this wine is a great alternative to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
£10.99 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines
Fine Wine of the weekDate published: 28/11/13
Fine Wine of the Week
McGuigan Handmade Shiraz 2009, Langhorne Creek
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.
Nose and Palate
Deep crimson with purple tinges, intense ripe berry characters with a vanilla lift exude on the nose. Concentrated rich, black fruit flavours on the palate follow to a balanced and velvety finish.
Will benefit from another couple of years ageing and then partner with lamb ragu pasta or braised oxtail stew.
£20 when you buy in conjunction with another 'buy two save £10' fine wine
Winter Wine Evening: The WhitesDate published: 12/11/13
Continuing from our last tantalising list, here are the whites that will be appearing in our Winter Wine Evening:
Party Wine: Santa Rita 120 Viognier
The perfect partner to your party read, we've picked the same producer for parity. But enough with the 'Ps', this is another fantastic easy drinker from Santa rita, Viognier's soft flavours of peach make it an ideal party aperitif and a great crowd pleaser. £6.39 multi buy
An intriguing change of pace: Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc
We've also bought you both of our premium Martinborough range products, not because we wanted parity for a very ritzy party (although if you wanted to splash out these would make superb party choices!) but because of the fantastic quality of the producer and region. This, as the title suggests, offers something a little different to your average Sauvignon Blanc by being 25% oak aged. Complimenting those classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc flavours with vanilla and a lovely full body. £13.99 multi buy
The Turkey treat: Puligny Montrachet Jean-Louis Chavy
Have you accidentally over-slept on Christmas day and left the Turkey in the oven? Does the prospect of this dry Turkey fill you with dread? Do you just like decent wine? If the answer to any of these is yes, then this is the perfect Christmas day tipple for you! A perfectly balanced, rich creamy Puligny, this will pair perfectly with your well cooked bird, or disguise a slightly dry one! £27.00 multi buy
Winter Wine Evening: The RedsDate published: 12/11/13
Excitingly, we have just decided which wines to have open to taste on our Winter Wine Evening! If you're around on the 21st of November from 6:30 onwards, go give us a call or drop an email to get the full involved. Here is a sneak preview to get your juices flowing!
The Party Wine: Santa Rita 120 Merlot
Having a festive bash, but undecided on which red is going to put you and your guests in that festive spirit? This very approachable, smooth, fruity Chilean Merlot is the ideal easy drinker to satisfy a thirsty crowd. £6.39 multi buy.
The Winter Warmer: Carpineto Spolverino
This is one of our great little secrets. A fantastic wine made in the heart of the Chianti region using all the same grapes and processes to a very demanding standard of quality... Bottled with a screw cap! Due to the exacting laws of the Chianti region, wine bottled without a cork cannot bear its prestigious name, so Carpineto have decided to make a joke out of it by putting a black rooster (the symbol of the region) on the front label, brushing away some corks! A fantastic winter treat, as good as a great Chianti, but without the price tag. £9.99 multi buy
The Festive Treats:
Martinborough Pinot Noir- Move over Burgundy, there's a new kid on the block and he's brandishing a screw cap and a humble attitude. This absolutely superb example of Pinot Noir is from New Zealand's very up and coming Martinborough region, famed for its premium example of the Pinot Noir grape. This very impressive example is as rich, gamey and interesting as any Burgundian equivalent, but at a very affordable price. Bright fruit and balancing acidity make this the perfect red for the Christmas Turkey. £24.00 multi-buy
Chateau Grand Faurie Larose- Packing one of the best labels in the business, but do not mistake this St-Emilion Grand Cru for being style over substance! Grown on the classic sand and limestone soils of the area, this is a prime example of a medium-bodied claret, with a pleasantly spicy and mature nose, hints of leather and clove against a backdrop of bramble and dried prune fruit, framed by fine-grained tannins on the palate.
Wine of the Week: Domaine de L'aigle Pinot NoirDate published: 12/11/13
Although notorious for boasting the hot climate necessary for growing much fuller bodied reds, this Languedoc Pinot Noir retains a fantastic balancing acidity due to the vineyards altitude. As one of the highest spots in the region, The 'Domain of the Eagle' has a far cooler micro climate than the surrounding Languedoc region, necessary for producing good Pinot Noir. This one has a distinctive nose of wild strawberries, cinnamon and clove. The palate displays similar characteristics, but with a long mineral finish.
Fantastic value when considered next to its Burgundian rivals: £9.99 multi buy.
Wine of the week: Gestos MalbecDate published: 06/11/13
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.
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, why not try at the end of a meal with a chocolate filled pudding.
Wine of the Week: Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva ChardonayDate published: 30/10/13
This week's Wine of the Week is the Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012 from the Casablanca Valley. Coming from the popular producer Luis Felipe Edwards this Chardonnay was made in the Casablanca Valley, an area with a moderate climate with contrasting winds from the Pacific and the Andes. This helps protect the ripening fruit, leading to a better harvest.
The wine has a surprising and pleasant complexity with aromas of peach, apricot, apples and vanilla on the nose which develop into ripe stone fruits and citrus on the palate. On the palate it is medium bodied with a slight creamy feel from the time in oak.
A fantastic match for turkey or salmon.As Chile is currently on a 20% national deal it is a great time to buy this really good wine and it comes in at just £7.99 when you buy two. It is open to try on the tasting counter too so come give it a try!
Sparkling Saturday- Prosecco Zonin Date published: 26/10/13
Today we have opened the Prosecco Zonin for Sparkling Saturday!
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.
Light and refreshing in style with flavours of fresh pear and apple, floral notes and subtle hints of almond. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish.
Great as an aperitif or can be enjoyed with fish courses or light fruit desserts.
Magic of Fine Wine: Amarone Negrar Date published: 26/10/13
As part of the magic of fine wine, today we have opened the Amarone Negrar!
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.
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.
A great match with slow cooked lamb or beef casserole, as well as blue cheese.
£18 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines.
Wine of the Week: BVS Shiraz Peter LehmannDate published: 24/10/13
This week's Wine of the Week is the BVS Shiraz 2010 by Peter Lehmann. This wine comes from the Barossa Valley, an area famous for the amount of quality Shiraz wines produced there. This one is produced by Peter Lehmann Wines from grapes grown by 140 small growers within the Barossa Valley area.
The BVS Shiraz has all of the flavours and characteristics one might expect from an Australian Shiraz with a core of plum and bramble fruit flavours complemented by typical Shiraz spice coming from pepper and dark chocolate.
The BVS is a fantastic match for spicy beef stir fry or barbequed chorizo.
The BVS Shiraz comes in at £10.99 when you buy two or more, or £12.49 singly and is well worth a try.
Staff Choice - Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier 2011 PGI Pays d'OcDate published: 19/10/13
This week's Staff Choice wine is the Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier 2011 PGI Pays d'Oc. This is a very interesting wine from the south of France that is made in the style of the great Viognier wines of Condrieu in the Rhône Valley. The wine is produced at Château St Ferréol, which is located in a Medieval Priory which has produced wine since 1146. Over the years Château St Ferréol has produced many types of wines from different varieties of grape, but this is their greatest product currently being made.
The wine is intensely aromatic with nectarine and honeysuckle aromas on the nose. On the palate the wine is delightfully full of body and displays apricot flavours and is wonderfully fresh as well. This wine is perfect for drinking straight away but could be kept for a few years and goes perfectly with teriyaki-glazed chicken and other Asian cuisine.
The Domaine St Ferréol Viognier is £10.99 when you buy two or more and gives a great look at what a top quality Viognier, such as the Condrieu style it is based on, can be like but for a far more affordable cost. If this wine sounds enticing to you then come along and try it on the tasting counter.
Late October Offers! Date published: 19/10/13
We have some great short term deals here at Majestic. These latest offers are:
Chapoutier CDR Belleruche- £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more)
Quinta De Azevedo Vinho Verde - £5.99 (when you buy 2 or more)
Wakefield Estate Shiraz - £8.99 (Buy any 2 Wakefield wines and save £6)
Wakefield Estate Cabernet - £8.99 (Buy any 2 Wakefield wines and save £6)
Wakefield Estate Chardonnay - £8.99 (Buy any 2 Wakefield wines and save £6)
Wakefield Estate Merlot - £8.99 (Buy any 2 Wakefield wines and save £6)
De Telmont Grande Reserve Brut Champagne - £15 (When you buy 2 or more)
Louis Roederer Brut premier Champagne - £27.99 (When you buy 2 or more)
Laurent Perrier Rose - £50
Prosecco Zonin- £6.99 (when you buy 2 or more)
Offer ends Monday 28th October so don't miss out! Pop in store or give us a call on 01753867110 to place an order!
Magic of Fine Wine: Château Senejac, Cru Bourgeois - Wine of the week Date published: 18/10/13
Open this week as part of the magic of fine wine is Château Senejac, Cru Bourgeois. This is our new wine of the week!
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.
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.
Perfumed black currant, cigar box, blueberry and plum skin aromas, medium bodied with vibrant dark fruit flavours, a rich texture and long finish.
A great match with roast lamb with rosemary and mint sauce.
£18 when you buy any two selected fine wines!
Wine of the Week: Alamos MalbecDate published: 16/10/13
Our new Wine of the Week is the Alamos Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. This is a truly great value wine coming in at just £6.99 when you buy two or more!
A typical Argentine Malbec full of blackberry flavour with dried raisins to accompany it. The Alamos also has a full body and ripe tannins.
The wine is perfect for drinking now and goes perfectly with roast meats.
This is one of our most popular Malbecs so if you have not tired it before you should come down and give it a go!
New Sherry RangeDate published: 08/10/13
At Majestic we have recently started selling a new range of Sherry called Pedro's Almacenista Selection which features several types of Sherry including a Fino, an Amontillado, an Oloroso and a Palo Cortado. This widening of the range should be welcome to all Sherry lovers out there as well as those who only indulge around Christmas time. These Sherries are great value and provide a great look at the different styles of Sherry that are made. One look at the labels should be enough to remind you that Sherry is not just a Christmas drink and is made to be enjoyed all year round.
If you have not tried Sherry before, or are interested in giving these Sherries a go they are currently available from £8.99 for the Fino up to £14.99 for the Palo Cortado and over the next few weeks will be open to try on the tasting counter to help you take the plunge into the fascinating world of Sherry!
Serena Pinot Grigio BanfiDate published: 05/10/13
One of the wines in our first October special offer is the Serena Pinot Grigio and is currently open to try on the tasting counter. It is well worth a look at, both for those who normally drink Pinot Grigio and those who do not.
This wine is produced by Banfi, one of the most famous producers in Tuscany. The grapes are grown in the hills around Montalcino and the wine is produced using only free run juice, giving it that typical delicate and light Italian feel.
The warmer Tuscan climate allows the pear, melon and banana aromas to really develop to create a more intense flavour, while at the same time softening the acidity and feel of the wine. The wine is good on its own or with fish and poultry dishes.
With our current special offer the Serena is a steal at just £5.99 when you buy two (down from £9.99)
Magic of Fine Wine: Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-BordetDate published: 05/10/13
Magic of Fine Wine: Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-Bordet
All over the New World wines have been made and labelled as Chablis, but very few ever come close to the original. The concept of Terrior, or specific attributes of geography, topography soil and climate have a significant impact on the character and style of the wines of Chablis. After Champagne and Alsace, Chablis is the most northerly wine making region in France, the cooler temperatures results in fresher and lighter bodied wines than the regions further south. The cooler climate and Kimmeridge clay soils and chalk sub-soils extend through Chablis and the Loire Valley to the White Cliffs of Dover results in a unique expression of Chardonnay. The Romans introduced vines to the region in the first century AD, but the fame and desirability of Chablis stems from the 15th and 16th Century; the proximity to Paris and ease of transporting barrels via the Yonne River led to sales of Chablis flourishing. Amongst the longest lived of White Burgundies, Chablis can age for decades in the case of the Grand Cru wines. The Chablis style of Chardonnay is characterised by vibrant green apple acidity, flinty and mineral aromas with floral undertones.
The family Domaine of Seguinot-Bordet can be traced to the 1590's from the Maligny commune on the outskirts of Chablis. The wine making philosophy is exemplified by the work in the vineyard, with a rigorous program of de-budding, pruning, harvesting and selecting the best quality fruit in order to allow the terrior to express itself. The vines are very densely planted, with the vines aged between 45 and 60 years old (in contrast to 'old' vines in New Zealand, where many have not even made it to 30 years old). The wine is fermented and aged in temperature controlled tanks to maintain freshness and vibrancy.
Powerful aromas of white florals, wet river stones, gun flint, and green apple leads to a body of fresh and racy vibrancy, minerality and ripe citrus fruits.
A great match with oysters in the half shell, seared scallops or king prawns in a chili sauce.
South Africa Tasting Week!Date published: 04/10/13
We love a good tasting week here at Majestic Windsor and this week it is the turn of South Africa.
Wine has been produced in South Africa for much longer than most people realise early vineyards were planted in Constantia as early as 1685, producing one of the worlds great desert wines. Many of the vineyards in South Africa are in areas that have an almost perfect Mediterranean climate, making them great places to grow vines. Thanks to currents from Antarctica the climate is cooler than one might expect.
The wines produced in South Africa tend to be big and rich from gutsy Cabernets to creamy Chardonnays. While South Africa produces brilliant wines using these well known international varieties they are perhaps best known for their Pinotage. A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault this grape often gets a bad press. In recent years however, lower yields from older bush vines are producing wines of a very high quality.
There is far more to the wines of South Africa than some might think and there is only one way to find out for yourself so come and join us for a taste.
Wine of the week: Meerlust Merlot Date published: 03/10/13
Wine of the week: Meerlust Merlot, Stellenbosch
The Meerlust estate was founded in 1757 and has been run by the Myburgh family ever since. This wine is a blend of 89% merlot and 11% cabernet franc, inspired by the right bank Bordeaux wines. The cabernet franc in the blend adds aromatic complexity as well as balance and structure.
A youthful purple colour with rich flavours of plum and mulberry fruit, combined with spice and hints of chocolate. On the palate it provides silky tannins and a long finish.
A great match with a rich beef bourguignon.
£16.79 when you buy 2 or more South African wines
October OffersDate published: 01/10/13
Our new October offers come on today with many selected products all receiving great new deals. For the first two weeks of October we will have fantastic deals for the following products:
Macon-Village Les Roches Blanches £7.99 Multibuy (£11.99 single bottle)
Beaujolais-Village Duboeuf £5.99 Multibuy (£8.99 single bottle)
Serena Pinot Grigio Banfi £5.99 Multibuy (£9.99 single bottle)
Louis Roederer Brut Premier £27.99 Multibuy (£42.00 single bottle)
Moet & Chandon Brut £27.99 Multibuy (£42.00 single bottle)
Nicolas Feuillatte £16.66 Multibuy (£25.00 single bottle)
Prosecco Corte Alta £6.99 Multibuy (£10.49 single bottle)
Portillo Malbec £6.99 Multibuy (£9.99 single bottle)
These products come from across the range and give you great value entry points to different regions if they are something you have not tried before. Come in and give them a go, but remember the offer ends on the 14th October so do not wait around!
Exploring Syrah/Shiraz.Date published: 28/09/13
This week in our spotlight tasting we are exploring Syrah and Shiraz. One of the most popular grape varieties available in Britain Syrah or Shriaz as it is known in much of the new world can be a very different beast depending on where it is grown.
Syrah as it is known in France has its spiritual home in the Northern Rhone Valley. Here it traditionally makes dark long lived wines such as Hermitage or Cote-Rotie (traditionally with a little Viogner added). More recently it has been planted over much of Southern France where it is usually added to blends. Syrah from cooler climates is often dark, with good tannins and a noteable black pepper spice. Another place that produces good cool climate syrah is New Zealand.
The Shiraz of Australia, while the same variety is a different beast all together. These wines are big, rich and potent. Areas such as the Barossa Valley produce very fruity wines with a hint of chocolate, most of the black pepper spice is lost to the warmer climate but these wines are excellent with grilled meats.
Syrah/Shiraz is a relatively easy to grow variety and more and more people are planting it all over the world.
The Magic of Fine Wine - St. Clair Pioneer bloc Sauvignon BlancDate published: 27/09/13
This week we have the Saint Clair Pinoeer Block Sauvignon Blanc open for you to try on our tasting counter as the latest in our line of The Magic of Fine Wine series.
The Saint Clair Family Estate only started producing win in 1994 however it has quickly gained a reputation for producing outstanding wines. The Parcel Series of wines, of which this is one, has the grapes sourced from exceptional parcels to produce the best wines each year.
This Sauvignon Blanc has all the gooseberry and passionfruit aromas one might expect from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but comes with an intensity rarely matched. The wine also has herbaceous characters and is steely and dry with a minerality underlying the character of the wine. The flavours linger on the palate too with a lovely, long finish. This wine goes perfectly with Asian cuisine as it matches the lemongrass and coriander flavours often used in these dishes.
The Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc is available at £15.99 if you buy two or more, a reduction from £19.99 and is well worth trying if you like this style of wine.
A date for your diaries- Winter Wine Evening Date published: 26/09/13
Our winter wine evening this year will be Thursday 21st November from around 6.30pm. We will have a selection of at least 12 wines open for you to try including some Christmas classics and wines that go well with turkey. This is a great opportunity to explore wines you might not have tried before and to find the perfect wines for Christmas.
Contact us in store to book a place!
Producer Focus: Sipsmith Date published: 26/09/13
Producer Focus: Sipsmith
Sipsmith is an independent distillery in London and was founded in 2008 by Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall. It is home to Prudence, the first copper distill to launch in London for nearly 200 years!
A team of master distillers produce small batch spirits, about 500 bottles a time, that are all skillfully hand crafted using fresh botanicals and the finest of ingredients.
The fantastic range of quality spirits that Sipsmith produce are available here at Majestic. They are:
Barley Vodka - £30.00
London Dry Gin - £26.00 (Special offer)
Damson Vodka - £26.00
Sloe Gin- £23.00 (Special offer)
So with Christmas fast approaching why not pop in and stock up with some of these great spirits!
Staff Choice - Invivo Sauvignon BlancDate published: 25/09/13
The Invivo Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Awatere Valley in New Zealand and in unmistakably New Zealand in style.
This dry Savignon is very bold and intensely tropical with an interesting bouquet of guava, passionfruit and lime. The wine is very crisp on the palate with a zingy, citrus finish and is mouth watering and moreish. The Invivo is a fantastic match for noodles or a vegetable stir fry.
This wine is a great choice if you like New Zealand Sauvignon and at £9.99 (multibuy, down from £12.49) provides great value too.
Wine of the week: Matsu El Recio Date published: 25/09/13
Wine of the week: Matsu El Recio, Toro
El Recio translates to 'The Tough Guy'. The wine is made from some of the oldest vines in Toro and is a more mature wine. It is aged in new French oak for 14 months.
Intense and complex with deep black fruit flavours, combined with notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Full bodied on the palate with a firm structure and silky tannins.
A great match for beef fillet or sirloin.
A fantastic wine to drink now or can be kept for 2-5 years.
£11.99 when you buy 2 or more spanish wines
Improved Spain offerDate published: 24/09/13
Last week saw a special 25% off offer for our South African wines and this week sees Spain take its turn at this fantastic rate. As of today our range of Spanish wines will be 25% off if you buy two or more bottles. To help you broaden your range of selection for Spanish wines we will have several on the tasting counter for you to try including the fantastic Matsu El Recio. This wine is made of incredibly old vines and is suitably intense and rich and a great deal at £11.98 (down from £15.99 when you buy two bottles of Spanish wine).
Do not wait too long before visiting us to take advantage of this offer as it does end Monday!
Producer focus: Kanonkop Date published: 21/09/13
Producer focus: Kanonkop
Situated in Stellenbosch on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg mountain the estate spans 125 hectares. The area benefits from cool sea breezes and long sunny days which make it a perfect area for grape growing.
Kanonkop is a fourth generation family run estate. Originally bought by JW Sauer a former parliamentary cabinet member the estate has been passed down four generations of family members.
The name of the estate has historical roots. In the 17th century cannons were fired off a hill called Kopje to alert the the farmers that ships from Europe and the Far East had entered table bay. The farmers would then make their way to Cape Town where they would sell their produce to the sailors and travelers. Hence the name Kanonkop.
With the short term offer of 25% off South African wines now on, this is the perfect opportunity to try some of Kanonkops wines.
Here at Majestic we stock the following Kanonkop wines:
Kanonkop Kadette £8.99 (When you buy 2 or more South African Wines)
Kanonkop 'Paul Sauer' £22.48 (When you buy 2 or more South African Wines)
Kanonkop Pinotage £18.74 (When you buy 2 or more South African Wines)
Kanonkop Cabernet £20.24 (When you buy 2 or more South African Wines)
But hurry offer ends Monday 23rd September!
Fine Wine open to try!Date published: 17/09/13
On Friday 20th September we will be opening up one of our Fine Wines for you to try on the tasting counter. The wine you can come and try is the 2011 Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand. This delicious Pinot Noir has lovely, chewy tannins and complex fruit aromas of cherry, plum and pomegranate as well as spicy and toasty flavours to go with them. This is a very interesting wine and can be enjoyed straight away with venison, game and pasta or aged for up to five years. This wine is well worth a look and at £18 if you buy two selected Fine Wines (£23 on its own) also represents good value.
South African Improved Special OfferDate published: 17/09/13
For all you South Africa lovers, or those interested in giving it a try, there is going to be an improved special offer on our South African wine range. From Wednesday 18th September until Monday 23rd South African wines will be 25% off when you buy two or more, giving you some truly great deals. We will have some South African wines on the tasting counter for you to try as well to help you get into trying and exploring wines from South Africa. Come down and give us a visit and find your perfect match from South Africa.
Wine of the Week: José Pariente Sauvignon Blanc 2012Date published: 16/09/13
José Pariente Sauvignon Blanc 2012
This wine comes from the early Sauvignon Blanc plantings in Rueda which was an experiment in the 1980s to provide and alternative to the local Verdejo. The experiment was so successful that Sauvignon Blanc is now a popular grape choice for producers across the region.
The wine has an expressive nose of cut grass, exotic fruits and herbal notes. Pale lemon in colour, this wine is fresh on the palate and dry.
A fantastic match for all shellfish.
£9.99 when you buy 2 or more
The Magic of Fine Wine- Beaune Premier Cru Date published: 14/09/13
This week we have the Beaune Premier Cru open to taste. This fantastic quality Pinot Noir is made from a blend of wines from a range of premier cru vineyards across Beaune. The wine is matured in French oak barriques for 16 months. A soft but well structured pinot noir, it displays flavours of redcurrant fruit combined with savory notes and hints of violets on the nose.
This wine is fantastic now or can be cellared for 5 years or more.
Priced at £20 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines, this is a great value fine wine, so why not pop down and give it a taste?
The Two Hands range!Date published: 13/09/13
Earlier this week I was lucky enough to attend a tasting with Two Hands. The Two Hands winery was founded in 1999 by two friends and all the wines are handmade, hence the name: Two Hands. Their view was to showcase the best Shiraz Australia has to offer, and they source grapes from different regions to showcase the diversity and regional characteristics.
Here are a few of the Two Hands wines that are available here at Majestic.
Gnarly Dudes Shiraz, Barossa Valley:
Sourced from mature gnarly shiraz vines in the Barossa valley. The wines is aged in mixture of old and new french oak hogsheads for 12 months.
Full bodied and intense. Complex with black fruit flavors combined with notes of toffee, burnt chestnut and subtle hints of lavender. Well structured with a long finish, this wine is fantastic now but will continue to develop for up to five years.
£18.00 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines.
Angels Share Shiraz, McLaren Vale:
This wine comes from the McLaren Vale, a slightly cooler region than Barossa. It is very rich and aromatic, displaying coffee notes and flavors of plum fruit. With its intense flavors it is deliciously mouth coating with soft rounded tannins. Enjoy now or cellar for up to ten years.
£18.00 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines.
Sexy Beast Cabernet, McLaren Vale:
Sourced from sites across the McLaren Vale, the wine is then matured for 14 months in french oak hogsheads. Deep in colour this wine displays an inviting nose of rich fruit combined with notes of violet, smoke and herbs. The wine is elegantly full bodied and well structured with smooth tannins.
Can be drunk now or cellared for up to ten years.
£18.00 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines.
Producer Focus: Chapel DownDate published: 12/09/13
I am always one for championing some of our top end British producers so I may aswell start with one of the best.
We may not produce huge amounts of wine in this country but what we do produce is often of a high quality. Chapel Down, located in the beautiful Kent countryside are one of the leading producers of English Sparkling Wines. They have won numerous awards at international tastings. My personal favourite is the Chapel Down Brut Rose an incredibly elegant drink packed with strawberry notes and perfectly balanced acidity on the palate.
It doesn't stop at the sparkly stuff though, Chapel Down also produce a number of still wines including the exceptional Bacchus, a lovely light, refreshing wine perfect for a relaxing pre-dinner drink. Notes of apple and lychee abound giving a complex wine with notes of white pepper.
If that wasn't enough to get your taste buds tingling they also produce some superb beers! The Curious Brew Lager is not your typical drink, made with champagne yeasts this beer really lives up to its title. Refreshing but with bags of flavour this beer was a real revelation for me.
So, next time your in why not give Chapel Down a try, you will love it!
Spotlight on Spain tastings this weekend! Date published: 12/09/13
Spain is one of the largest wine producing countries and with over 1 million hectares of vineyards it has the most land under vine.Two of the main wine producing areas of Spain are Rioja and Robero Del Duero, both known for the production of tempranillo.
Rioja is situated in the north of spain. It has around 14,000 vineyards and 150 wineries. The region mainly produces red wines, however there are a small number of white rioja wines that are gaining popularity. Rioja is divided into three sub regions, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja. Sheltered from the harsh northern winds by the Sierra de Cantabria the region beifits from a continetal climate.
Ribera del Duero is also situated in the north of Spain. The region has a flat rocky terrain and is exposed to extreme climatic conditions such as extremely hot summers and freezing winters. Like Rioja production in Ribera del Duero is mainly of red wines. The region is home to serveral world renowned producers such as Emillio Moro, Vega Sicillia and Tinto Pesquera.
This Friday 13th September sees the start of our Spanish tasting week, where we shall have a selection of red and white wines open for you to try. On Saturday 14th September we have 2 spotlight tastings at 12pm and 3pm, these will be half hour guided tastings of six different wines from Spain. If you would like to book onto one of these spotlight tastings speak to us in store or call us on 01753867110.
Amazing New Short Term Offers!Date published: 12/09/13
Because we love you guys so much we have some exciting new short term offers on until September 23rd!Grifone Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Buy any 2 selected wines save 33% = £4.99
Piper Heidsieck Brut Buy any 2 selected wines save 33% = £19.99
Heidsieck Gold Top Vintage Buy any 2 selected wines save 33% = £17.99
Nicolas Feuillatte NV Buy any 2 selected wines save 33% = £15.99
Prosecco Zonin Buy any 2 selected wines save 33% = £6.66
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc Buy any 2 selected wines save 33% = £5.99
I know where my pay packet will be going!
Wine of the week: Montes Twins.Date published: 08/09/13Montes Twins, Colchagua Valley
A blend of 50% Malbec and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is matured over 10 months, with 60% of the blend spending this time in new french oak.
The Nose and Palate
The Malbec in this blend provides a smooth texture and notes of raisin, while the Cabernet Sauvignon contributes a firm structure and intense black fruits and minty notes.
Decant 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy with a rare sirloin steak.
£11.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 or more
New Arrivals for AutumnDate published: 07/09/13With some great new Autumn deals we have a few new wines which we are excited about.
Arienzo Rioja Crianza, Marques de Riscal £8.99 Multi buy
Made by Marques de Riscal. The wine is a blend of Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, and spends 18 months in American Oak. 2010 has been designated as a 5 star outstanding vintage in Rioja by the Consejo Regulador; a hot and dry vintage producing wines with great fruit structure and power.
Matua Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zeland £7.99 Multibuy
Already flying off the shelves this is a typical Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry Flavours with a lovely zing of acidity. Matua is a Moari word which translates as 'head of the family' this wine comes from a pioneering and modern winery. A must try for all you SB fans.
Heidsieck Monople Brut NV £17 Multibuy.
A great new value champagne which offers a rich but approachable style with crisp golden fruit and some satisfying brioche notes. Great for a party or just if you fancy a little treat.
Fine Wine Saturday: Cloudy Bay Chardonnay.Date published: 07/09/13
Not one but TWO fine wines this weekend, first the Jermann Pinot Grigio, now the Cloudy Bay Chardonnay, we are good to you.
Known primarily for its Sauvignon Blanc production, Cloudy Bay produce some of New Zealands top Chardonnay. The wine comes from a cool climate location with lots of sunshine that allows for a long slow ripening process.
This wine has a rich and complex structure on the nose, figs, lemon butter, fresh hay and hints of butterscotch. The palate is lush and full with a well rouded feel. Toasty complexitiy backs up the other elements to produce a well balanced and complex finish.
Drink now or age or up to four years. Drink with roast chicken and all the trimmings.
Autumn Fine Wines: Jermann Pinot Grigio.Date published: 07/09/13Over the course of the coming weeks we are going to give you the chance to taste some beautiful wines that are part of our fine wines for house wine prices offer. Think of it as a way of brightening up those autumn evenings as they draw in.
This first wine is Jermann Pinot Grigio from Friuli, founded in 1881 this estate is still going strong. Do not be put off by the fact that this wine is Pinot Grigio, it is a world away from the bland mass produced types you may otherwise know.
This wine is un-oaked, with an intense and powerful nose of peaches, cream and hints of spice leading to a weighty, yet vibrant body with fruit flavours and a rich texture.
Drink this wine with some beautiful grilled fish, wild mushrooms or creamy pasta dishes.
Party service!Date published: 05/09/13
Planning a party doesn't have to be stressful! Here at Majestic we are happy to help when it comes to buying the drinks for your perfect event weather it be a casual summer BBQ or a wedding.
Firstly it is important to note how many guests will be attending your party and what your budget is.
When it comes to wine we suggest allowing half a bottle per head and add a margin, just to be sure you dont run out. A standard size bottle of wine will provide 6 small glasses. If you are unsure what wine to buy we are always happy to give a recommendation and theres always wine open on our tasting counter so you can try before you buy!
Looking for Champagne or sparkling? A standard size bottle of champagne will provide 6 flutes and for a wedding reception or toast we suggest you will need 2-3 glasses per person.
We also sell cases of beer and cider, bottles of spirits as well as soft drinks so you can cater for all your guests needs.
It can be difficult to know exactly how much drink you will need, so its worth remembering that Majestic offer a sale-or-return option.
Glass hire, Ice and Chiller bins
Here at Majestic we offer a free glass loan service, for wines glasses, flutes and hi-ball tumblers. All we require is a £1 deposit per glass which is refunded in full when the glasses are returned to us clean.
We also have large chiller bins and smaller ice buckets. The large chillers bins hold 18-24 bottles of wine or 2-3 cases of bee. These are available on a £15-a-bin deposit basis, which again is refunded in full on return. The smaller table top ice buckets require a £10 deposit and hold 4-5 bottles of wine.
We also sell 4kg bags of ice for £3.99 and we suggest you will need 1 bag of ice per ice bucket and 3-4 bags of ice for the chiller bins.
Majestic offer free delivery 7 days a week arranged at a convient time.
For more details contact us in store or visit the party section on our website!
Lindauer Returns!Date published: 04/09/13
The Lindauer returns! We now have the Brut Cuvee, the Rose and the Special Reserve back in stock at Windsor so why not head down and reacquaint yourself with this fabulous selection of New Zealand sparkling wines.
If you have not tried Lindauer before they are definitely worth a try as they are all absolutely delicious and truly great value! The incredibly popular Special Reserve for example is currently just £9.99, reduced from £14.99 if you buy two bottles or more of selected sparkling wines.
Lindauer Brut Cuvee NV - £11.99 (multibuy) or £13.99 for one
A fresh and fruity bouquet with aromas of toast and black fruits. A vibrant palate of crisp citrus and a zingy acidity.
Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV - £12.99 (multibuy) or £14.99 for one
Slightly creamy with elegant citrus fruit and fine, soft bubbles. This wine is very well balanced and a brilliant, slightly lighter and great value alternative to Champagne.
Lindauer Rose NV - £9.33 (multibuy) or £13.99 for one
Full bodied with large numbers of fast rising bubbles, this refreshing wine has aromas of red fruits, spice, currants and peach.
Lindauer Special Reserve NV - £9.99 (multibuy) or £14.99 for one
Subtly pink in colour with lots of small bubbles. This wine is bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine and hints of black fruit. Very creamy with flavours of toast and fruit on the palate and a clean finish.
Spotlight on ChardonnayDate published: 03/09/13The first of our Spotlight tastings, where you try six wines in 30 minutes, is on the famous Chardonnay grape. Although originating in a village in Burgundy the grape has spread to become a key part of the international wine industry with plantings across the globe. The six wines you will be trying will show you that even wines made from the same grape can have entirely different flavours and characteristics.
The climate of where a grape is grown is so important in the flavours of a wine, for example in the colder regions of Burgundy Chardonnay typically has flavours of apple and pear, higher acidity and less body. However if we look at warmer climates such as Australia the wines produced can exhibit flavours of banana and mango, while simultaneously reducing the acidity and increasing the amount of body.
Chardonnay is a grape that takes to oaking very well and this further diversifies the types of wines produced. If we return to Burgundy we see two great examples of this with Chablis and Mersault. Chablis is produced with no oaking which leaves a very steely wine with more minerality. However Mersault wines are produced with plenty of oaking and this reults in wines which are much creamier in feel, as well as introducing other flavours such as toast and nuts.
If you are interested in attending this session then you can book your place in store or over the phone. We look forward to seeing you then!
New Fine Wine offers!Date published: 03/09/13
Fine wine doesnt have to break the bank. Here at Majestic we have a selection of fine wines at house wine prices, which is perfect if you fancy a treat! Buy any 2 selected fine wines and save £10!
Some of our favourites on this offer are:
McGuigan Handmade Shiraz, Langhorne Creek £20 (when you buy any 2 selected fine wines)
From Langhorne Creek, a premium wine growing area in Southern Australia. This wine has intense ripe berry flavours with hints of vanillla. Rich and well balanced on the palate with a long velvety finish. This wine can be cellared for up to five years.
Peregrine Pinot Noir, Central Otago £20 (when you buy any 2 selected fine wines)
A fantastic Pinot Noir which has been hand-harvested, warm-fermented and matured in French oak barrels for 10 months. Aromas of cherry, raspberry and hints of mocha. On the palate it has ripe black cherry fruit and spicey notes.
Puligny- Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Perrieres', Domaine Jomain £35 (when you buy and 2 selected fine wines)
Refined and well structured this wine displays aromas of honey and flowers. This wine can be enjoyed over the next 5-8 years and is a great match with poached fish dishes.
Exciting New Offers Starting Today!Date published: 03/09/13
I know it still feels like the summer but our autumn offers are now on. As ever there are sopme real highlights here are just a few of my top picks:
Bollinger: £30 when you buy six
Ruinart Rose: £45
20% off Spain and South Africa
Buy two save £10 on selected fine wines.
And many many more for a full listvisit our website www.majestic.co.uk
Wine of the week: Jordan Chardonnay Date published: 03/09/13
Jordan Chardonnay, Stellenbosch
The Chardonnay grapes used in this wine are grown on the south and east facing slopes of Stellebosch where it is slightly cooler. The wine is fermented in Burgundy style French oak barriques which are around 50% new oak. The wine is matured for around 9 months before being blended with a small amount of unoaked wine to add citrus character.
Rich and powerful with flavours of honeyed apple, lemon and hints of hazelnut. The use of oak adds aromas of buttered toast as well as a roundness to the palate.
Enjoy with roast poultry dishes.
£14.99 or £11.98 when you buy 2 or more South African wines.
Summer Offers Ending Soon!Date published: 01/09/13
Yes it's that time of year again the schools are about to go back and our summer offers are coming to an end, you have until 7pm tomorrow evening to get your orders in. Here are a few you don't want to miss out on:
25% off Italy
Ned Sauvignon Blanc: £9.99 down to £7.99
Veuve Clicquot: £30
Peroni 24 x 330ml £24
Minuty Rose: £12.99 down to £9.99
This is just a taste of what is on offer, for a full list visit the Majestic websitehttp://www.majestic.co.uk/
Wine of the Week: EVC Chardonnay Peter LehmannDate published: 01/09/13
This Wine of the Week comes from the popular Peter Lehmann brand of Australia. The wine is made in French oak hogsheads with the natural yeasts from the grapes initiating the fermentation and then being stirred for eight months.
This Chardonnay is more delicate than the big, buttery style Australia is more famous for producing and has lovely balanced flavours of green apple and citrus fruits. This wine is capable of ageing for up to five years, gaining more complexity as it does so.
This wine is well worth a look at £9.99 when you buy two or more, or £12.49 individually.
Staff Choice: Catena Malbec Mendoza. Date published: 31/08/13
The Catena family have been at the forefront of winemaking innovation in Argentina for many years. Nicolás and Laura Catena have spent a long time working to identify the various micro climates in the high altitude vineyards of Mendoza. The result is this malbec which combines grapes from various altitudes for a superb result.
The wine has a beautiful structure, showing ripe black fruits on the nose with a subtle vanilla and a slight peppery spice. On the palate these flavours generously fill the mouth and are balanced nicely by firm tannins and a refreshing acidity.
The wine will happily age for another five years.
Drink it with a rare slab of top quality steak.
Spotlight tastings, what are they all about?Date published: 26/08/13
We love a good tasting session at Majestic wine, you may have noticed on our events page we have listed some "spotlight tastings". You may be wondering what these are? Well wonder no more, the format is simple, six wines in thirty minutes.
The idea is to really get to know a region or grape variety with us and hopefully enjoy yourself at the same time! At 12 or 3 pm on selected Saturdays you can come and join us around the tasting counter to taste a great selection of wines. We will teach you a bit about the chosen area or grape variety and try to answer any questions you may have.
It really is as simple as that, half an hour, six wines and a bit of fun!
If you want to join us just check out the events page and give us a call on 01753 867110 or pop in to store to book your place.
Wine of the week: Campofiorin 2009 MasiDate published: 25/08/13
One of Veneto's most well established producers, the Boscaini family have owned and run Masi for six generations. The wine is fermented with fresh grapes and refermented with partially dried grapes for a complex flavour.
A complex nose, aromas are predominantly of ripe cherries, with nuances of vanilla and cinnamon.
A rich and superbly balanced palate with soft tanninsand a smooth savoury finish.
Enjoy with mature cheeses.
£9.36 when you buy 2 or more Italian wines
25% off Italien WinesDate published: 20/08/13Do not miss out on this great improved offer. For a short period wines of Italy are now 25% off From bright, fresh Pinot Grigio to the deep reds of Barolo, Italy has something for everyone, especially given our great range of wines.
Pop in and see what a great range we have with a great selection on our tasting counter!
Wine of the Week: Soave Classico, Inama Date published: 19/08/13
Soave Classico, Inama, 2012
Founded in 1960 the Inama estate is home to 30 year old vines which are hand harvested. This classico is made from Garganega grapes which are grown on 17 hectares of basaltic lava. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and is matured for up to 8 months before bottling.
This wine exhibits and array of flavours, apricots, honey, almonds and floral notes. On the palate is has a rich texture, generous acidity and a long elegant finish.
A great match with fish pie.
£11.99 when you buy 2 or more (Was £14.99)
Staff Choice: St Clair Pioneer Block Pinot Gris.Date published: 14/08/13
St clair are always a popular producer amongst majestic staff and this perfectly demonstrates why. The wine comes from the Omaka Valley in Marlborough. The climate here allows for a long ripening period which is perfect for this expressive grape variety.
The wine is very fragrant exploding with aromas of pears, almonds and fresh bread. The rich texture of this wine fills your mouth with layers of ripe melons and pears.
A perfect match to lightly spiced oriental dishes or ripe soft cheeses.
Wine of the Week: Barbera d’Alba Villa de Forville 2012 De ForvilleDate published: 13/08/13
This wine is made by the excellent De Forville family using fruit from vines over 40 years old. Barbera is a grape variety grown in Piedmont, especially around Alba and Asti.
A nose of concentrated dark fruits, with well integrated spices.
The palate demonstrates dark cherry, hints of chocolates, cloves and vanilla. The wine is well integrated with a smooth finish.
Enjoy with meat dishes.
£10.99 when you buy 2 or more Italian wines
The Majestic BlogDate published: 10/08/13If you want to find out what is happening in the busy worldof Majestic wine why not check out the Majestic Blog. Packed full of interesting articles, wine trips and videos to explore, why not discover something new today.
You can check it out at http://blog.majestic.co.uk
Wine of the week: Cline Ancient Vines ZinfandelDate published: 09/08/13Origin
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.
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc only 5.99Date published: 01/08/13
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc
Now just £5.99 a bottle.
Don't miss out on this fantastic New Zealand Sauvignon.
Produced by the Giesen Brothers who moved from Germany in the 1980's to begin making wine in the Wairau Valley.
The wine is brimming with gooseberry, grapefruit and citrus flavours.
There are subtle nuances of tomato leaf and crushed herbs with a powerful backbone of zesty acidity.
lemongrass and lime notes lead to a lingering finish.
Enjoy with seafood, paella or simply as an aperitif.With the weather set to be great make sure you do not miss out.
Why not try a desert wine?Date published: 31/07/13
We often get orders for dinner parties at Majestic and yet very few people think to add a dessert wine to go at the end of the meal. This very under-appreciated type of wines has some real gems and some fantastic wines available. You can get different levels of sweetness to suit anything from a fruit cake to treacle tart.
For those unsure about whether they would like dessert wines why not try the Vistamar Moscatel which at just £4.99 (multibuy) provides a really good value and accessible example of what a desert wine can give you. Delisciously sweet with apricot and peach flavours this wine is also very tasty!
So what are you wating for? Next time you are having a dinner party, having a special occasion, or just feel like trying something completely different why not give it a go? It might surprise you!
The return of Ned!Date published: 30/07/13
Hi everyone. For all you lovers of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc out there the ever popular, and much missed, Ned Sauvignon Blanc is back in store! We have had so many requests for this wine while it was out of stock we are really pleased to see it back in. So come on down and pick up an old favourite, or if you have not yet tried it give it a go as it is a really good example of the style with plenty of gooseberry, herbal and grassy aromas and a steal at £7.99 (multibuy)!
Wine of the week: Umbral Malbec Date published: 29/07/13Umbral de Los Tiempos Malbec, 2010, Familia Alonso, Mendoza
The Cruz de Piedra estate was founded by Sigifredo Alonso in 1973 and is now in its second generation of family ownership. The mature vines situated 1000m above sea level produce excellent quality fruit.
Aromas of brambles and red fruits with delicate hints of oak and spice. On the palate it is full and juicy with fine grained-tannins.
A fantastic match for rare beef or lamb steaks with garlic and rosemary.
£10.99 when you buy 2 or more
Wine of the week: Montenovo Godello Date published: 22/07/13
Montenovo Godello, 2012, Valdesil, Valdeorras
This wine is from Valdeorras, a small appellation in Northern Spain, which is becoming renowned for quality Godellos. The areas moderate maritime climate and rocky slate soils provide excellent conditions for this grape to thrive.
Youthful and fresh with a clean nose, herbaceous hints and fruity pear and pineapple flavours. Light in weight yet has a palate-coating texture.
An excellent pairing for Spanish fish tapas dishes such as grilled sardines.
£9.99 when you buy 2 or more (Was £10.99)
Wine of The Week: Famille Abeille Rosé 2012 Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 16/07/13
This wine comes from the heart of Provence in the commune of Cannet des Maures an is produced in a family-owned estate which is part of Château Riotor. The vines enjoy a warm, maritime, Mistral-influenced climate and is just 30 km from the Mediterranean.
A delicate nose with aromas of peach, clementine and raspberry.
Very refreshing and crisp on the palate in the classic Provence style ith hints of pear
Enjoy with pink fish.
£9.99 when you buy 2 or more
Montes Purple AngelDate published: 12/07/13
This wine is fresh on the tasting counter and is one of the flagship wines of the Montes brand, from our Fine Wine range. This is a big, full bodied wine with good tannins to it and lovely, intense flavours of dark cherries and cinnamon. This wine would go perfectly with a steak or barbeque where the tannins would complement the proteins perfectly. This wine can be drunk now but will get even better with ageing for up to ten years which will give the wine a softer feel and more developed flavours and characteristics.This is on a great deal at £25.99 on multibuy.
Ashes Improved OffersDate published: 09/07/13
With the Ashes due to start we have some great offers to help aid your enjoyment whatever your alleigance.
Cooper's Sparkling Ale £15.00
Marston's Pedigree £15.00 When you but 2 cases of bottled ale.
Or if you need to toast that England white wash or a Cook double century we have Nyetimber Classic Cuvee at £23
Sparkling Saturday: Beci's Last Day!Date published: 05/07/13
Yep this Sparkling Saturday, not only have we got a bargain champers on tasting for you, but it's also Beci's last day!
This week we will be opening Veuve Clicquot Brut NV!
£37.00 NOW £30.00!!
Please pop in and join us for a glass to celebrate Beci's last day and this fabulous weather!
Beci Says GoodbyeDate published: 05/07/13
The time has come where I am at the end of my year long placement with Majestic. 52 weeks... Completed.
I found out about Majestics Retail Management scheme through a careeers fair at my univeristy in Brighton, and applied online straight away. The interview process was really easy to follow and even before I'd joined the company, I had met a number of key members of staff from head office.
I joined Majestic in July last year, as a Trainee Manager placement student. My degree in Retail Management was perfectly suited to the job, and it was lovely to meet lots of other people who had such a variety of degrees... Almost every trainee at Majestic starts as a graduate!
My first store was Wokingham, Berks. I was part of a 3 man team, which was a great way to get used to the processes and different ways in which Majestic trade. I had a chance to taste the wines on our tasting counter and got lots of help from the other managers (Rich and Chris). I quickluy built up a loveof Loire wines and our regular Sparkling Saturdays introduced me to lots of champagne and sparkling wine... I blame them for this being my preference now! I also got to help out with the major re-fit they had going on in store, which was a great experience and again, I met loads of new people!
After 3 months, I moved to the Maidenhead store. This was a completely different store, with a different customer base and a lot more commercial accounts.This was a 4 man team, as in this store we also had a driver. Like before, my managers (Matt and Stuart) helped me with my wine tasting and general wine knowledge. At Majestic, trainees are given the opportuity to complete their WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Level 3, so getting help from your managers when you're learning about it all is vital... After all, they've already done it! I also had the chance to go away to Kings Lynn in Norfolk, to help with a new store opening. This was a great experiene, where I got to see a store built up from bare walls and empty pallets. Definitely a must if you get the opportunity!
In December 2012, Majestic Maidenhead closed down, and I was transferred over to the Windsor store, where I have happily stayed until my very last day. This is a bigger, busier store, with a 5 man team (including driver Clay from Maidenhead). Windsor has taken over a lot of Maidenheads business, including its commercial accounts. It is nice to keep the business relationship going with all of these accounts. In my time at the Windsor I have again visited other stores, helping out with the Poole closedown, refit and store opening. This gave me a great insight into how much a refit can change a store, and will definitely give me something to write about in my dissertation!
I've seen Harry leave (now manager in Belgravia), and have been lucky enough to get Matt back, who was my manager at Maidenhead. We've had some massive laughs in Windsor, including a Fine Wine and BBQ Night at Matts house. And my iPod combined with Petes dancing is a guaranteed laugh, whatever the weather or time of day! I've made amazing friends from other stores all over the country and can't wait to see where they are all at with their careers when I come back next year.
Yes, I am planning to come back to Majestic... Why wouldn't I?! You haven't got rid of me that easily!
Come into store tomorrow (Saturday 6th July) and join me for a glass of bubbly, to celebrate my last day!
(see our Sparkling Saturday news article to find out what champers it's going to be)
Improved Summer Offers!!Date published: 05/07/13
IMPROVED SUMMER OFFERS!!
There are some amazing new deals on selected summer treats for you... Only released today!
Veuve Clicquot Brut NV - £37.00 NOW £30.00!
Laurent Perrier Brut NV - £38.00 NOW £24.99!
Southern French Red
Mlle Jones Fitou 2011, Domaine Jones - £14.99 £11.99 (Buy 2 save £6)!
Paul Mas Merlot 2012, PGI Pays d'Oc - £8.99 £7.99 £5.99 (Buy 2 save £4)!
Call now to reserve your stock of these fabulous offers... Our number is 01753 867 110
Remember we deliver for free (on orders over £40)!
Wine of the Week: Chateau Laville Bertrou, 2010Date published: 04/07/13
La Liviniére, in the north-west of Minervois, occupies around 200 hectares. It was only recognised as an Appellation Controlée in 1998, but the region has been a centre of wine production since Roman times; its name comes from the latin “cella vinaria”, or wine cellar.
A combination of black fruits and pepper, balanced boldly with wafts of heathland shrubs.
A rich and intensely robust and concentrated wine. A mass of red and black fruits, with muscular tannins. This provides weight and length to this already full bodied red.
Enjoy with rustic flavours of merguez sausages or strong cheese.
£11.99 when you buy 2 or more
Jane McQuitty's 50 Best Whites For SummerDate published: 29/06/13
Yes, it is that time of year again where everyone wants to know what white wines they should be enjoying in their garden. Sometimes the sun even makes an appearence!
Jane Mcquitty has just released what she has found to be the best summer wines. Below are a number of the wines she recommended from Majestic!
2012 Grand Héron, Southern France, £7.99 £5.99 when you buy 2 or more
2012 Domaine des Aubuiséres Vouvray, Loire Valley France, £9.99 £7.99 when you buy 2 or more
2012 Puilly-Fumé Les Cascadelles, Loire Valley France, £11.99 £9.99 when you buy 2 or more
2012 YaliWetland Merlot Rosé, Chile, £7.49 £5.99 when you buy 2 or more
2012 Muga Rioja Rosé, Spain, £10.99 £8.99 when you buy 2 or more
Pop into store now to find these summer treats, and ask us what our favourites are!
Cant get into store? Call us on 01753 867 110, or email us on email@example.com
Bargain Wine Rack Offer!!Date published: 28/06/13
Yes, that's right, we have a sleek and stylish wine rack on a fabulous offer just for you!
Sorrells are expert makers of wine racks and wine storage systems. Manufactured directly next to their offices to ensure everything is as specified, Sorrells view their finishing and quality as their key to success.
Finished with black wood and silver connectors, this large wine rack is the perfect piece to finish off any room in the house.
19 holes (height) 185cm
5 holes (width) 51cm
2 bottles (depth) 54cm
Originally on sale at £237.50, we are now offering this to you at £60!!!
We can offer you delivery (it's free), or if you are passing by, feel free to pick it up.
Call us now on 01753 867 110 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Or if you'd like to have a peak before you decide it's the rack for you, pop into store now and one of our lovely members of staff will be happy to show you the wine rack in all its glory.
Rosé from Provence tasting week.Date published: 28/06/13
Now the sun isn't shining today but we are still getting started on a week of tasting Rosés.
In recent years Rosé has seen a real renaissance in the UK and this has been lead largely by Provence. Gone are the days of cheap and sickly sweet Rosés and in come the dry and sophisticated type.
Situated in the south of France, Provence has created some of the finest Rosés available anywhere.
Rosé from Provence offers up summer in a glass. The fruits you would expect, strawberry and raspberry to name a few but this is enhanced by a beautiful dry backbone.
So come in, try a glass and try to imagine yourself sat on a sunny veranda.
Wine of the Week: Contesa Pecorino 2012Date published: 27/06/13
'Great Value. Long and creamy finish'
The Grape - Pecorino
Origin - Pecorino is an early ripening, thin-skinned grape, native to central parts of Italy. The bunches tend tobe 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 cheesenamesake, or with simple cod dishes.
Body - Medium, dry.
Commercial Customer?Date published: 22/06/13Do you own or manage your own business? Are you looking to change supplier? Do you want more flxibility?
If the answer is YES then you might want to consider a Majestic Wine account facility.
Majestic Wine opened 3 years ago in Windsor and we are looking for independent restaurants, hotels, pubs & bars in the surrounding areas. Majestic have years of experience looking after our business customers and understand meeting their needs is paramount.
Unrivaled expertise and competitive pricing
An extensive range
Exclusive lables for the on-trade
Food and wine matching advice
Wine list production service
Flexible delivery 7 days a week
Friendly and helpful staff
Are you interested or need more information?
Or pop into our branch and a member of the team will be happy to help
Improved Sparkling OffersDate published: 22/06/13Here at Majestic Windosr we have some great improved sparkling offers for you. If you have a party or an impromptu BBQ we have the perfect solution for you.
Trilogy Brut £9.99 down to £8.99
Trilogy Rosé £9.99 down to £8.99
Oyster Bay Brut £13.99 down to £9.99
Oyster Bay Rose Brut £13.99 Down to £9.99
Pop in and see wHat other great summer offers we have
Fine Wine Friday: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009/2010 Poliziano Date published: 21/06/13
We couldnt resist it, as its a royal weekend of Horse Racing in these parts we just had to open some fine wine!The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is Poliziano's flagship wine, using a clone of Sangiovese called Prugnoloe Gentilo to produce one of Tuscany's most celebrated wines.
A full bodied wine, with ripe plum fruit backed by blackberry and black cherry with dried herbs and vanilla.
Well integrated oak means the firm tannins are balanced with the rich fruit characteristics of the wine.
This wine is drinking well now and will go perfectly with meat dishes, stews or rich pasta sauces.
Wine of the Week: Kangarilla Road Chardonnay Date published: 19/06/13
Wine of the Week
Kangarilla Road Chardonnay 2012 McLaren Vale
This wine comes from a small winery in the up and coming McLaren Vale region of Australia. This area has a climate similar to Bordeaux except, in the words of one winemaker, it never rains and it's never frosty.
A complex nose diaplaying both rich tropical and stone fruit flavours backed by fresh citrus notes.
A rich and superbly balanced palate of peach and citrus fruits backed by a refreshing acidity. This wine has an excellent length of flavour.
Enjoy with creamy chicken dishes.
£10.99 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines
Wine of the Week: Les Hauts de Castelmaure 2010 Corbières Date published: 11/06/13
This wine comes from the tiny village of Embres-et-Castelmaure just south of Corbiéres. The village's local cooperative makes this wine from grapes hand-picked from 760 local plots, with vines aged up to 80 years old.
An expressive open nose of jammy damson fruits and casis notes. With a subtle hint of thyme and wild heather.
The palate is beautifully rounded with all the aromas from the nose backed up by soft tannins. The body of this wine makes it ideal for drinking with food or on its own.
Ideal with a caserole or any tender red meat.
£9.99 when you buy 2 or more.
Wine of the Week: Lime Rock Pinot Noir 2009 Hawkes BayDate published: 07/06/13Wine of the week - Lime Rock Pinot Noir 2009 Hawkes Bay
Are you having a party this summer?Date published: 02/06/13
Here at Majestic Windsor we love nothing more than to help you organise a party. Whether it's a wedding, a birthday or just a party for the sake of it we are here to help.
Our party service covers everything you need for your party to go off without a hitch. We can advise you on what wines to get, match them to your menu or just recommend one of our wines perfect for sipping. So that you don't end up with too much or too little we will use our extensive experience to advise you on how much to buy.
It's not just wine, we also have a wide range of soft drinks, beers and spirits.
It doesn't end there. We can offer free delivery at a time to suit you, free glass hire, free chiller bin hire and we also sell the all important ice.
If you are having a party just pop in and see us or give us a call on 01753 867110 and we will do our best to help.
Wine of the Week: Craggy Range Te Kahu 2010 Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's BayDate published: 31/05/13
This blend of 58% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec is a modern and unique take on a classic Bordeaux blend. This wine hails from the Gimblett Gravels one of the warmest vineyard locations in New Zealand.
On the nose this wine presents lots of brambley fruits with a dark cherry backbone. This is complimented by sweet spice and vanilla notes.
The palate follows the nose nicely, structured around ripe tannins.
A great match to a good roast dinner with the potential for up to eight years ageing.
A journey to Champagne.Date published: 27/05/13
It's a tough job but someone has to do it, and thats why I took myself on an educational trip to Champagne. So often reserved for special occasions in the UK Champagne is drunk far more often in France, and why not I say!
My brief visit took me to Ruinart and Veuve Clicquot, representing the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir dominated styles respectively. The real revelation of the trip for me was finding out how well Champagne can match to food. Far more than just the match to fish that we all know, a vintage rose Champagne can stand up to even a fillet steak.
Tasting through a range of different wines was a real treat and as it turns out good Champagne ages extremely well, developing characteristics of a good white burgundy. I could talk about my trip all day but I dont have room in this short article, all I will say is drink more Champagne, it's not just for special occasions.
Thankyou to all those who attended our summer wine evening.Date published: 26/05/13
On Thursday 23rd May we held our annual summer wine evening and I am pleased to say it was as enjoyable as ever. Judging from how much was left the cheeses from Vallebona were hugely popular!
We tried to open a wide range of wines and we got some varying opinions on what the best was but thats the joy of these evenings, finding out what everybody likes.
The Fremondo Greco was a big hit on the white front (and a personal favourite of mine). With the reds, people loved the Angels Share Shiraz, a big smooth, classy aussie shiraz, perfect with thr BBQ. Equally the Errazuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir was popular.
Thanks to Vinalba, once again their wines were showcased and enjoyed by all.
Thankyou to everybody who came and made it such an enjoyable evening. Alas we now have to wait until the winter to do it all over again, but I am already looking forward to it!
Bank Holiday Deals!Date published: 25/05/13
With the bank holiday fast approaching we've got some great deals to see you through the weekend. In fact it could be the perfect time to stock up! We offer free delivery on a minimum of 6 bottles over £40 and can help with all your needs if you're having a party. See below for the great deals, running till the 3rd June, so get in quick!
Mâcon-Lugny 2011, Louis Latour £10.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6* = £7.99
Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2011, M.Chapoutier £9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4* = £7.99
Beaujolais-Villages 2011, Georges Duboeuf £7.49 20% off Beaujolais Wines* = £5.99
Taittinger Brut Réserve NV £40.00 CHAMPAGNE SPECIAL OFFER* = £25.00
Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV, New Zealand £14.99 SPECIAL OFFER* = £8.99
Prosecco Corte Alta NV, DOC, Italy £9.99 SPECIAL OFFER* = £6.99
Trilogy Cuvée Brut NV £14.99 SPECIAL OFFER = £9.99
Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough £9.99 20% off New Zealand Wines* = £7.99
Pimm’s No 1 Cup £18.00 SPIRITS SPECIAL OFFER* = £13.00
Wine of the Week: Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2009 Frescobaldi Date published: 24/05/13
Wine of the Week
Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2009 Frescobaldi
This wine comes from an estate located in the Rufina sub-region, around 30km north-east of Florence. This riserva wine is aged in oak barriques for a total of 24 months, giving the wine a real depth.
A vibrant nose of blackcurrant, raspberry, blueberry and black cherry, mix with an intense cinamon spice and a hint of leather.
The palate follows through really nicely from the nose, with all the fruit and spice backed up by firm tannins.
Perfect with smoky barbecued meats, or a mature smoked cheese.
£14.99 when you buy 2 or more Italin wines
Wine of the Week: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 'La Ciarliana' 2008Date published: 19/05/13
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 'La Ciarliana' 2008
This wine has been made for three generations by the Frangiosa family, in the hills surrounding Motepulciano, Tuscany. It is made exclusively from Sangiovese and is aged for at least two years.
A complex contrast of spicey aromas with notes of raspberries and violets, this wine has benfitted greatly from its ageing.
With a fine tannic structure and fresh acidity, you would not expect the powerful fruit driven palate of this wine. Reflecting the nose, this wine finishes with a punch of savoury spice.
Decanting several hours prior to drinking is advised.
Enjoy with roast meat, or a flavourful Italian dish.
£14.99 when you buy 2 or more Italin wines
Fine Wine Buy 2 Save £8 (on selected lines)Date published: 15/05/13
Here at Majestic we like to make fine wine as affordable as possible. Bearing this in mind we have recently launced a fantastic new deal on a selected range of our Fine wines. During this summer when buying any two you will save £8! Wines in the offer include the following:
Chateau Guillot Pomerol (new)
CNDP Vignoble Abeille
Banfi Brunello di Montalcino
Jermann Pinot Grigio
Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume Séguinot-Bordet
Angel Share Shiraz
Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon
Meursault Vielles Vignes, Le Meurger (new)
And many more.....Come in and check out our fantastic range in store.
Wine of the Week: Chateau Pigoudet 'La Chapelle' Rosé, 2012 Coteaux d'Aix-en-ProvenceDate published: 15/05/13
This wine benefits from its excellent southern position in Chateau Pigoudet, placed in the picturesque valley close to the river Durance.
A balanced complexity, with hints of rose petals, reflecting the beautiful and delicate colour. This wine boasts red apples and ripe cherries.
With a lengthly finish, the fresh and elegant rosé is everything you expect from a such a pale wine. With a slightly confected edge, the palate mirrors the nose perfectly.
Enjoy with a fresh salad, sprinkled with goats chese and avocado slices
£8.99 when you buy 2 or more (Was £9.99)
Sparkling Saturday: Pelorus NVDate published: 11/05/13
Wine Of The Week: Mister Shiraz 2011, Colchagua ValleyDate published: 09/05/13
This wine is bottled exclusively for Majestic. Made using a recipe developed by Nic Bizzarri whilst he studied winemaking at Adelaide University, it uses only ripe black Shiraz grapes, grown in Chile's best vineyard sites.
A complex combination of strawberry and plum, with vanilla and cedar undertones. Hints of sweet oak come from its time in French and American oak.
This deep crimson wine is a Shiraz in all respects. It's big, bold, rich and peppery with a voluminous and lengthly finish.
Enjoy with a steak – rare and well-seasoned!
£6.99 when you buy 2 or more (Was £8.74
Curious Brew Lager.Date published: 07/05/13
Generally speaking I shy away from lager and head straight towards the ale, for me lager can so often be bland fizz. I am pleased to say however that Chapel Down Curious Brew has changed my opinion for the better. Made by one of Englands leading sparkling wine producers it is a cut above the generic brands out there. Created as a winemakers beer it is made using pale malt, saaz and cascade hops. The beer like a champgne is given a 'dosage' of rare Nelson Sauvin hop. The beer offers up an aromatic nose and follows through with a crisp and refreshing palate. Well worth a try for any beer lovers out there.
Sneak Peek: Summer Tasting Evening Wines Revealed!!Date published: 06/05/13
Have you heard... It's our Summer Tasting Evening on the 23rd May!
From 6:30pm onwards, we will have a wide selection of wines available for you to taste in store, as well as some yummy nibbles too.
In addition, we will be joined by Vinalba, a relatively new Argentinian winery who are quickly becoming renowned for their multi-award winning Malbecs. They will have a selection of their wines open for your tasting enjoyment!
Here in Windsor, we have spent time carefully selecting a range of wines. Here is a sneak preview, to wet your appetite...
Champagne and Spakling
Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV (Champagne, France)
Chapel Down Brut (Kent, England)
The Parcel Series, Semillion-Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 (Margaret River, South Africa)
Fremondo, Greco, 2012 (Campania, Italy)
Quincy, JC Borgnat, 2010 (Loire, France)
King's Thorn, Pinot Gris, 2011 (Marlborough, New Zealand)
Commanderie de Peyrassol, 2012 (Provence, France)
Chateau de Pennautier, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 (Carcassone, France)
Julienas, George Dubeouf, 2009 (Beaujolais, France)
Errazuriz Wild Ferment, Pinot Noir, 2011 (Casablanca, Chile)
Two Hands Angels' Share, Shiraz, 2011 (McLaren Vale, Australia)
Sparkling Saturday: Prosecco Zonin NV DOCDate published: 04/05/13
Sparkling Saturday 04/05/13
To Celebrate our new arrivals this summer we are opening up a bottle of the Prosecco Zonin here in Windsor.
Join us for a glass in-store today and celebrate the bank-holiday in style.
Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle. Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish. Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.
New Arrivals for summer!Date published: 03/05/13
Whether you're planning a garden party, having friends around for dinner or just a quiet summer evening in; Majestic have you covered with our extensive range of new arrivals.
It is this time of year, when the weather becomes more inviting, that Rosé becomes the wine of choice for many of us. With this in mind, Majestic have introduced some new and exciting Rosé wines. My pick for the summer would be the L'Instant Safran Malbec Rosé 2012, PGI Cotês Du Lot. This wine has a vivid nose and palate which will take you back to those warm continental summer evenings and is best enjoyed with meat and cheese nibbles.
However, if you prefer your white wine Majestic has plenty on offer to be excited about. If you are bored of the New Zealand Sauvignons then how about the Chateau Pigoudet La Chappelle from Provence or the Santa Ema from Chile. Both of these wines exhibit the classic characteristics of Sauvignon blanc but with a herbaciousness and complexity that will mimic the summer sun on your platate.
All these wines are open and available to taste on our in-store tasting counter, however for futher information and an extemsive list of all of our new arrivals please visit our website on
Neil – Majestic Windsor
Wines of the week: Parcel Series South Africa.Date published: 29/04/13
The Parcel Series
Both £5.99 (multibuy)
This special parcel is bottled especially for Majestic. Made in a well established Stellenbosch winery, these wines represent excellent value.
The Shiraz boasts a nose of plum and raspberry fruit, with a smooth palate bursting with berry flavours.
On the other hand, the Merlot gives a mulberry nose with lots of rich fruit on the palate and muscular tannins.
Both will compliment meaty dishes, whether it be your Sunday roast or a Summer BBQ!
Wine Of The Week: Planalto Douro White Reserva 2011Date published: 20/04/13
Wine Of the Week: Planalto Douro White Reserva 2011
'It is wines like this that make our promotional tasting weeks worthwhile. Portuguese wines dont get the credit they deserve and are often overlooked, however, this one is a real gem and an absolute bargain at £6.49''
Grape Malvasia Fina, Viosinho, Gouveio, Codega
Origin A blend of white grape varieties indigenous to the Douro area. At once traditional and modern, the wine is vinified very much in a contemporary style, with de-stalking and cold fermentation helping to preserve freshness of fruit and maximum aromatic impact.
Taste Dry and delicate, but possessing an interesting aromatic intensity and complexity, with overtones of blossom. The fruit is predominantly citrus, with soft pear and melon flavours completing the picture.
Enjoy Great with seafood or herbaceous pasta and rice dishes.
Fine Wine Focus: BordeauxDate published: 14/04/13
Working at Majestic I have the pleasure of being able to try fine wines that I may not otherwise have the opportunity to taste. When it comes to explaining a little more about some of our fine wines Bordeaux seems the logical place to start.
Straddling thr Gironde Bordeaux is arguably the finest wine region in the world, producing exceptional reds, dry whites and superb desert wine. The thing I really picked up on when I visited was the sheer passion the winemakers have for what they are doing, and this shows in their wines.
The finest of Bordeauxs wines come from a select few areas and depending on who you speak to a certain side of the river. On the left the Cabernet dominated blends from areas such as St-Estephe, Margaux, Pauillac and Haut-Medoc are some fo the best loved wines in the world. Opposite lie the smoother merlot blends of St-Emilion and Pomerol which are loved in equal measure.
The desert wine of Sauternes is arguably the finest in the world made from those perfect Botrytis affected grapes.
Here at Majestic we love our Bordeaux and here are some of my top picks:
Chateau Batailley Grand Crus Classe Pauilac 2007 £30, Chateau Rouget Pomerol 1999 £33, Croix De Beaucaillou 2007, Saint-Julien £32, Chateau Fonplegarde Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2007 £28.
Wine Of The Week: 'Wild Yeast' Chardonnay, 2010, RobertsonDate published: 13/04/13
Wine of the Week: 'Wild Yeast' Chardonnay, 2010, Robertson
This wine is 'Smooth, Sophisticated and Yeasty'
Using the Chardonnay grape, this wine shows real finesse in the production through to the feel on the palate. This is an unoaked Chardonnay, made in the time-honoured method of wild yeast fermentation. This allows the natural yeasts present on the grapes to bring about fermentation, which takes a lengthy 60 days, but promotes greater richness and complexity of flavour.
It Immensely complex aromas of pineapple and pear mingling with nutty, yeasty notes from extended lees ageing. The palate structure is firm, crisp and grippy.
Probably best enjoyed with roasted or barbecued sea bass, trout or tuna.
The Majestic Fine Wine PlanDate published: 05/04/13
The Majestic Fine Wine Plan:
In Partnership with Lay & Wheeler, our en primeur specialist, Majestic offer an industry leading and attractive Fine Wine plan for those who aspire to build up their Fine Wine collection or just enjoy drinking the best wine.
From as little as £50 per month you can begin to grow your collection while benefitting from a dedicated team of industry experts who will help manage your collection and account every step of th way.
Aside from these benefits, the Majestic Fine Wine plan offers a multitude of other benefits making this Fine Wine plan the best around!
A free 6-bottle case of wine worth £150 when you sign up to a direct debit of at least £100 per month.
An exclusive 10% off at Majestic in-store or online!! (for subscribers of £100 per month or more)
Ability to advance funds up to the value of 3 months subscription to ensure you never miss out on any great offers.
The lowest storage costs per 12 bottle case in our industry leading vinotheque.
£25 of Majestic vouchers at the end of your first year
Ability to change your monthly rate and access your collection online.
Free UK delivery
Last Ever Fine Wine Friday : Riscal Gran Reseva 2001Date published: 04/04/13
Join us in-store tomorrow for the last ever fine wine friday. We will have this great bottle open all day for you to try, so why not come and explore and join us for a glass.
Origin Made from grapes of over 30-years-old in the heart of the Rioja Alta region. Only produced in outstanding vintages, and selected from the best grapes, the wine is aged for between 30 and 36 months in American oak, with a further 36 months bottle ageing prior to release.
Taste Complex aromas of fresh red berries and developed aromas of leather, earth and and fermented tobacco leaf. A rounded, warming palate of subtle fruits, oak and spice with gentle tannins and a long finish.
Enjoy Drinking very well at the moment but will develop beautifully with a couple of years ageing. Enjoy with lamb, venison and pork.
Wine Of The Week: Verdicchio di Matelica 2012 Poggio alle RondiniDate published: 02/04/13
Grape Verdicchio Origin
Today, the cooperative who makes this wine is the largest producer of Verdicchio in Matelica, a small commune in Italy's Marche region. Located inland of Jesi, its more famous neighbour, Matelica lies at higher altitudes yet experiences a warmer climate. Taste
The pale lemon colour of this wine suggests it is light and youthful. The nose offers hints of acacia honey against a backdrop of citrus fruit. Dry and crisp, with a persistent finish. Enjoy
A refreshing tipple to accompany seafood, especially lightly spiced fish dishes! Body Tyically Italian (1)
We are closed on Easter SundayDate published: 28/03/13
Please note that we will be closed on Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013. We are open our normal Friday hours on Good Friday and our bank holiday hours on Easter Monday.
Wine of the Week: Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc, Winegrowers of Ara.Date published: 19/03/13
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular wines in the UK today and with this example it is easy to see why.
Ara's head winemaker Jeff Clarke was among the first wave of producers in Marlborough, establishing an early understanding of the local terroir alongside the Marlborough Research Institute. He has twice been named International White Winemaker of the Year.
This wine is a classic New Zealand Sauvignon but with something extra. A real purity of fruit, traditional grapefruit and gooseberry are rounded by an elegant dry finish.
Enjoy with meaty fish such as haddock or monkfish.
Sparkling Saturday: Chapel Down English Rose NV.Date published: 16/03/13
As England are headed for a famous victory in Cardiff (hopefully) we thought this week Sparkling Saturday had to be English. Chapel Down English Rose is fits the bill perfectly.
Based in Kent Chapel Down are producing some of the best sparkling wines England has to offer.
A blend of Pinot Noir, Reichensteiner and Rivaner offers up slight hints of rose petals and a strawberry character. This is offset by a citrus streak adding a freshness to this medium bodied sparkling wine.
Smoked salmon is the perfect match to this wine.
£19.99 when you buy two or more.
Wine ReliefDate published: 14/03/13
Its the last few days of this years Wine Relief so come down and show your support!
Wine Relief, set up by Jancis Robinson and her husband Nick Lander, is part of Comic Relief and takes place every two years. Since its launch in 1999, over £4 million has been raised – this money helps change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.
Majestic will be supporting the campaign with twelve Wine Relief wines. Between Tuesday 5th February and Monday 18th March, Majestic will donate 10% of the retail price of each bottle sold to Comic Relief.
Pop in and see the Wine Relief Range at Majestic Windsor.
Wine of the Week: Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. Wine ReliefDate published: 12/03/13
Wine Relief, set up by Jancis Robinson and her husband Nick Lander, is part of Comic Relief and takes place every two years. Since its launch in 1999, over £4 million has been raised – this money helps change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.
Majestic will be supporting the campaign with twelve Wine Relief wines. Between Tuesday 5th February and Monday 18th March, Majestic will donate 10% of the retail price of each bottle sold to Comic Relief.
Margaret River in Western Australia is on of the countries best regions. The climate in the area is a cool maratime one, this makes Margaret River wines out from their hotter Australian counterparts.
More restrained than many Aussie reds, this wine offers blackcurrant and cherry aromas. Partnered by liquorice, cedar and well integrated tannins.
Drink with red meats.
Wine of the Week: Sirene de Giscours 2006 Margaux.Date published: 08/03/13
Margaux is one of my favourite areas in the world when it comes to wine, sitting on the left bank of the Gironde the area produces reds fit for the finest foods.
Sirene de Giscours is the second wine of Château Giscours made using the estates younger vines. Generally these vines are aged 5-15 years. This produces a more supple wine that is more approachable at an earlier age.
A classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with the emphasis being on the former.
A beautifully fruity wine backed up by those classic Bordeaux notes of spice and smoke. The 2006 vintage is drinking superbly now but will continue to age for a further 5-10 years.
Perfect with Roast Beef!
Rioja ParcelDate published: 05/03/13
Five generations of the Martinez Bujanda family have made wine since the foundation of their first winery in 1889. Conde de Valdemar is their flagship Rioja brand They've a reputation for innovation, pioneering the modern style of Rioja in the 1980s that we love today.
This is a one off chance to buy mature vintages at everyday prices. Spanning 18 years from 1980 to 1998, the wines have been stored in perfect conditions at the winery since their production. This impeccable provenance is reflected in their fantastic condition.
Choose between traditional style Gran Reserva, the more robust 'Vendimia Seleccionada' 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo, large bottles for special occasions and a host of different vintages. Don't miss out!
Pouilly-Fumé 2009/2010 Ladoucette Date published: 01/03/13
A real treat for you this week, a classic Pouilly-Fumé straight out the the Loire. Following family tradition Baron Ladoucette has produced a stunning example of this iconic style of wine.
Pouilly-Fumé is one of the areas where Sauvignon Blanc is at it's best. The soils having a high proportion of clay-flint, drain well and produce the classic fresh style of Sauvignon.
Offering up pungent elder-tinged fruit and a smoky, steely finish this wine would make an excellent aperitiff, or a fantastic match to sea food.
Wine of the Week: Plan de Dieu 2010 Domaine DurieuDate published: 26/02/13
Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan
Plan de Dieu is a small appellation in the centre of the southern Rhône, between Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas, originally cultivated in the middle ages. Domaine Durieu was created in 1976, owning vineyards established in the early 1900's, and more recent plantings.
The wine's 70% Grenache provides a backbone of warm, bright red, jammy fruit, while the addition of other traditional varieties gives a firm tannic structure and a spicy uplift. Has a smooth, velvety and long finish. Enjoy
A real classic Rhone wine. Drink now or within the next 3-5 years, with rustic French or English cuisine.
Wine of the Week: Waimea Estate Pinot Gris 2011, NelsonDate published: 12/02/13
Grape Pinot Grigio
Origin Grown in Nelson, to the west of Marlborough, on stoney 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.
Taste Bursting with aromas of pear, honey, apple, spice and even a hint of cream. Hints of sweetness partner the pure fruit flavours and are complemented by clean acidity, good length and soft texture.
Enjoy Gorgeous on its own as a fuller bodied apéritif or with Thai and Asian foods. At its best when enjoyed over the next eighteen months.
Body Slightly sweet (2)
Fine Wine Friday: Petaluma Coonawarra Red.Date published: 01/02/13
Coonawarra is a part of Australian land quite apart from the rest. A climate that is almost mediterranean and a thin topsoil giving way to free draining limestone, perfect fruit growing country.
Petaluma are producing some of the top wines in this area that was once dominated by Shiraz. Now, however Cabernet Sauvignon is being grown in larger quantities.
This wine is mainly a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a little Shiraz and Petit Verdot. A fine example of the quality available from this region.
A complex, fruit driven wine, with a spicy undercurrent.
Enjoy with peppered lamb steaks.
Wine Of The Week: Domaine Tranquillite 2009, Bernard Magrez, Vin de Pays d'OcDate published: 18/01/13
Cabernet Sauvingon, Carignan, Grenache, Merlot, Syrah
An amazing value limited parcel from acclaimed Bordeaux winemaker Bernard Magrez, this combines Bordeaux and Languedoc styles. Part of the blend has seen ageing in French oak barrels for 6 months which, with some bottle age, has softened the once powerful tannins.
This is a powerful black fruit and spice-driven red, with layers of leafy, herbaceous complexity. Hints of Bordeaux but more fruit driven.
This is a great value wine and probably best enjoyed with food. Snap up this wine while you can and marvel at the unbelievably low price over a rich beef stew.
The Majestic Bargain HuntDate published: 08/01/13
Great value selected wines at knock down prices (up to 33% off!) available for in-store customers only! Limited availability.
Wine of the Week: Château Lynch-Moussas 2006 PauillacDate published: 05/01/13
"A classic Pauillac”, this is an obvious major improvement from the proprietors, the Casteja family who in recent decades have had a major overhaul of its production facilities in an effort to improve the quality of their wine.
On the nose there is sweet vanilla, tobacco leaf and camphor. On the palate the rich blackcurrent and licqourice flavours really come through.
Chateau Lynch-Moussas is a moderately tannic wine, which is still under the radar and fairly priced.
This wine is easily drinkable and can be enjoyed in its current state with an anticipated maturity between now and 2015.
89 points. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.
Wine of the Week: Antinori Cervaro 2008, UmbriaDate published: 21/12/12
Antinori is one of the finest producers in Italy with a long and glorious history stretching back to the Renaissance and beyond. His greatest work undoubtedly takes place in Tuscany, and this white is arguably his signature.
A unique blend of native Grechetto and barrel fermented Chardonnay, this is Antinori's truly Italian alternative to a top Puligny.
A vibrant and bold fruit character is complemented by honeysuckle, blossom and sweet spice culminating in a long and seductive finish
Capable of ageing for anything up to a decade in bottle, this wine is glorious on its own but best when served with poultry. This makes it a superb Christmas dinner wine.
“Don't be a stranger to this wine.” Albert Camus (2012)
Wine Of The Week: Chateau Batailley 2004, PauillacDate published: 14/12/12
One of the oldest buildings in Pauillac, Chateau Batailley is the larger sibiling of Haut-Batailley. The vineyard is about 60ha mainly comprising Cabernet Sauvignon, about 70% of the total.
A deep ruby colour with hints of blackberry, blackcurrant and truffle notes. Backed up by elements of cigar box, spice and liquorice.
A beautiful wine for Christmas, this will drink now or keep for years to come.
Drink with classic roast beef or roast tenderloin of pork with all the trimmings.
Sparkling Saturday: Canard-Duchene Brut NVDate published: 08/12/12
With Christmas fast approaching I can think of no better reason to open some Champagne.
This one certainly doesn't disappoint. From a well respected house this will get any Christmas celbration off to a flying start.
A fresh, fruity style with notes of baked bread and apples.
Perfect for a party or even as a match to some fresh fish.
Fine Wine Friday: Montes Purple Angel Carmenere.Date published: 07/12/12
A full on wine from one of the best producers in Chile. After years of trial and error the producers at Montes settled on a blend of 92% Carmenere and 8% Petit Verdot.
The grapes are sourced from two of the top vineyards in the Montes estate. All the grapes are hand picked in the early morning to ensure a cold temperature for crushing the grapes. The grapes go through a further sorting to ensure only the best are allowed in to the tank.
The wine is aged for 18 months in new oak, 50% French and 50% American. It is racked three times to remove the lees and bottled unfiltered.
This wine is the perfect match to a rich meaty dish, or simply a rare slab of steak.
Producer in focus: Cave de Hunawihr, AlsaceDate published: 05/12/12
Cave de Hunawihr is a cooperative comprising 110 members covering just 200ha of vines. La Revue du Vin de France have ranked them as the best cooperative in Alsace and the third best in all France. They describe themselves as "a human size company" with an unswerving focus on quality. They make wines only from their own grapes using responsible, sustainable methods.
We're welcoming four classic Alsace varieties from them, all of which demonstrate lovely varietal purity, interest and concentration.
Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Blanc 2011
One of the more delicate expressions of Alsatian winemaking, this Pinot Blanc is a restrained and subtle mix of apricot and yellow plum fruit, with a hint of citrus and floral notes.
Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris 2011
An open, generous and straightforward wine, offering fresh pear and apricot fruit and a lifted smokiness. Gently off-dry, emphasising the soft, ripe fruit- the palate has a pleasing length.
Kuhlmann-Platz Riesling 2011
A pale straw yellow, thie wine is a classic Alsace Riesling, showing ripe pear and peach fruit, braced by a steely acidity. Clean and pure on the palate, finishing with a citrussy freshness.
Kuhlmann-Platz Gewurtztraminer 2011
Fresh and open, with a pale straw colour and light body. Aromas of apricot and yellow plum, with hints of white rose. A gently sweet palate with firm acidity that dries and lengthens the finish.
All 4 new products are priced at only £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more) or £9.99 for a single bottle as part of your mixed case.
Majestic Windsor's Christmas ExtravaganzaDate published: 03/12/12
From now until Christmas, every Friday will be a 'Fine Wine' Friday and every Saturday will 'Sparkle'!
Each week we'll open up something special for you to try in-store as you shop. On the Friday it'll be one of our favourite wines, and on the Saturday it'll be a Champagne or sparkling wine.
Looking forward to seeing you this Christmas.
Sparkling Saturday: Chapel Down Brut NV , England £14.99!Date published: 01/12/12
Hailing from the downs of Kent, this is a real corker of a sparkling wine. Chapel Down are one of the biggest and best producers in Southern England.
A bland of classic Champagne grapes and vinified in the traditional method, this wine is a real crowd pleaser.
A very well balanced wine. A refreshing toastiness and fine bubbles combine for a wonderful mouth feel.
A perfect celebration wine, or even a partner to fish.
Wine Of The Week: Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Abeille 2007/09, Mont RedonDate published: 30/11/12
The words Chateauneuf-du-Pape immediatley conjure up images of rich warming reds perfect for these cold winter evenings.
This wine is no exception. Hailing from the famous Mont-redon estate, the vineyard of 100 hectares occupies a prime position. Sat on a plateau with excellent sun exposure and surrounded by heat retaining pebbles.
A classic, Chateauneuf displaying youthful fruit backed by a complex oaky backbone. Cinamon and clove combine well with dense bramble fruit.
Drinking well now, but will improve with a few years in the cellar. Drink with red meats or a rich game casserole.
Wine Of The Week Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, 'La Maltroie' Fontaine Gagnard Date published: 25/11/12
Nestled close to the village of Chassagne, 'La Maltroie' is the site of an excellent 1er cru vineyard.
The eastward facing slopes catch the morning sun, gently ripening the grapes for a well developed fruit character. Using 20-25% new oak and aged for 16-18 months leads to a wine of great distinction. A pure finish on the palate follows, hints of cream, citrus and vanilla. A subtle toasty character adds even greater depth to this beautiful wine.
Excellent to drink now but will continue to develop for the next five years. Drink with poultry or sea food dishes.
Wine Of The Week: Saintsbury Rogers Creek Syrah 2007, Sonoma CoastDate published: 09/11/12
From the high altitude of the Sonoma Valley, California, comes the Saintsbury Rogers Creek Syrah. The cool climate, influenced by the fresh air blowing in from the pacific ocean, produces wines similar to the style of Northern Rhône rather than the Aussie Shiraz.
On the nose this wine presents hints of black pepper and spice, with a great meaty undertone that makes it really intriguing. When it comes to the pallet, this wine offers an interesting well balanced gamey flavour, rather than the expected jammy fruitiness which is it's classic characteristic.
This wine will be rewarded by aging a few years but can still be enjoyed now. It would be the perfect accompaniment to a good quality venison steak or filet mignon.
Windsor Winter Wine Evening: The Wines!Date published: 05/11/12
Starting at 6.30 pm on Thursday the 15th November we'll be trying en-masse a selection of our new wines (as well as some old favourites), including:
Nyetimber Classic Cuvée, England, 2004
Jackson Estate 'Stich' Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ, 2011 Cape Mentelle Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, Australia, 2011 Louis Jadot Meursault 'Narvaux' 2009
Jackson Estate 'Vintage Widow' Pinot Noir, Marlborough, NZ 2011 Jim Barry 'Cover Drive' Cabernet, Coonwarra, Australia, 2010 Yann Chave Crozes Hermitage 2010 Segla, Margaux 2007
Taylors 'Quinta de Terra Feita', Porto, 1999 Bodegas Toro Abala, Pedro Ximenez, Jerez, 1985
Vinalba will also be showcasing their entire range of wines from Mendoza, Argentina, and there will be 2 Mystery wines!
We look forward to seeing you in-store on the 15th!
Wine of the Week: Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2007Date published: 02/11/12
From the shores of Lago di Garda comes Amarone, as big and beefy a wine as you'll find anywhere in the world. Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes are hand-picked and laid out to dry on bamboo mats, concentrating sugar and flavour and softening tannins. The resulting wine is unbelievably soft and round yet rich and powerful.
Stewed plums, cherries, blackcurrants, coffee, chocolate, smoke, spice, liquorice and just about anything else you'd care to mention characterise this immensely complex wine.
Too heavy and complex to truly be matched with food, Amarone is best drunk on its own or with strong cheeses or chocolate.
Wine of the Week: Lacoste Borie Pauillac 2007, £19.99Date published: 30/10/12
From the heart of Pauillac, this is the second wine of the classified growth Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste. 2007 is a 'drinkers vintage' meaning wines are easily appreciated now as opposed to having to lay them down for centuries!
Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape here which shows through in its usual form of deep black fruits, bum fluff, charcoal and an inky hue. This wine has spent 18 months in French oak, lending it a toasty edge with underlying notes of vanilla and spice.
With such a long and smooth finish you can see that this wine is ready to drink now. Best enjoyed with meat dishes or fine cheeses.
Catena Alta Malbec 2009, MendozaDate published: 19/10/12
With Argentina's rising popularity in wine production, the high altitude of the Mendoza region provides an optimum condition to produce well flavoured, deeply coloured grapes for red wine.
This full-bodied Cantena Alta Malbec is a blend of historic rows from the Andean vineyards, producing a young wine with a high tannin content. On the nose this wine presents fruitiness with a hint of smokiness, which is confirmed through the taste of plums and blackberries. The after notes provide a delightfully long smokey finish, which would be enjoyed alongside your favourite red meat dish.
This well balanced wine can be enjoyed now or aged between five and ten years for those who can wait!
Dribbling, Swilling, Gargling and Spitting: A Beginner’s Guide to Tasting WineDate published: 18/10/12
There are many reasons why I don’t get invited to parties. One is a perception that ‘wine experts’ (and I am qualified to use those inverted commas) have strange habits, able to discern nuances unnoticeable to mere mortals by making disgusting noises while drinking. Consulted like oracles at the dinner table, these black-toothed, purple lipped sages revel in the simple fact that knowledge gives them power. I’ll let you in on a secret though – wine tasting is actually pretty straightforward. There are a few key principles which you can use to gauge a few features of a wine, and determine not just whether you like it or not, but why you do. Step 1: The dribble test. Wine is acidic, when left open too long it turns to vinegar. This characteristic is important; it makes the wine crisp and clean. But some people like wines to be softer. When drinking a wine you enjoy, try the dribble test. Take a sip of wine, swirl it round your mouth and swallow. Then lean over forward so you are looking down and open your mouth. The more acidic the wine, the more you will salivate. If you don’t want to ruin your tablecloth you can complete the test with a closed mouth and go by feel alone, but it just isn’t as scientific. Step 2: Dip and Lick Test. Another key component of a wine is sweetness. This can be confusing sometimes, as a ‘lack of dryness’ (low acidity) can be interpreted as sweetness. However, when we talk about the sweetness of a wine, we literally meant its residual sugar content. This affects the sweetness of the wine but also its body and mouthfeel as well. This can be measured using the super-sensitive tip of your tongue. Simply stick your tongue out as far as it will go and dip the end in the wine. If you get a tingling sensation then there is sugar present in the wine. Step 3: Swilling and Gargling. You’ve seen and heard it before. The waiter heads straight for the most obnoxious person at the table presents him with the bottle like a wise man bearing Frankincense. The waiter pours him a sample which he swirls furiously around the glass before upending into his mouth, making a horrendous slurping noise, before declaring that the wine is good. Believe it or not there is a purpose to all this (although the waiter wants him to check that the wine is not corked which can be checked simply with a sniff, so the guy is still an idiot…). Bringing the wine into contact with the air evaporates a tiny portion of the alcohol which draws out flavours and aromas with it. Analysing the flavours can be difficult and pretentious, but a good place to start is to divide the aromas into ‘fruit’ and ‘anything else’. From there you can try and figure out what fruits you can smell, as well as anything funkier.
None of these highly scientific wine tasting techniques should be tried in front of your friends, as while you may increase your enjoyment of a wine, you will significantly decrease the amount of people who are willing to enjoy it with you… Here I speak from experience!
A beginners guide to Burgundy - ChablisDate published: 13/10/12
Ask anyone what the most prestigious wine region in the world is and you will most likely get one of two answers – Bordeaux or Burgundy.
To someone with even a little knowledge, a good Bordeaux stands out from the rest like a Micropig in Battersea Dogs Home. Relatively speaking, it is fairly straightforward to pick out a good bottle of claret.
Burgundy is another matter. The Bourgeoisie of the Bourgogne decided on a wholly pure method of determining the quality status of its wines, based entirely on the piece of land upon which the fruit grew. At last count there were 22 Grand Cru appellations, 539 Premier Cru appellations and too many other sites to even consider counting.
All this is incredibly frustrating for a novice buyer - a seemingly endless tangle of vineyards envelope the hills of the Bourgogne. In my mission to unravel Burgundy, we will start quite literally at the top with Chablis – an anti-social region fifty mile to the North of conventional Burgundy.
The wines in Chablis are certainly austere – the temperature is usually cooler here all year round than the rest of the region, rendering the winemaking quite special.
But in consumer language, 'unique' can often be read as 'expensive' or 'overpriced'. So how do I go about getting the most for my money? Do I go with a popular producer and buy a lesser wine, or go for a Premier or even Grand Cru from a less well-known winemaker?
Fortunately, the Vocoret family of Chablis produces excellent wines across the board that get high marks for both quality and value for money. From the affordable AC Chablis to the prestigious Grand Cru, listed are a few favourites at different levels:
Chablis Vocoret, 2011 – This entry level Chablis comes in at around £10 and offers classic steely acidity, minerality, citrus and green fruit flavours and a slight creaminess which makes this fantastically accessible. Designed to be drunk young, you don't miss out if you don't have a cellar.
Chablis Vocoret Vielles Vignes 1er Cru 'Vaillons', 2010 – Wines from this AC tend to be slightly riper than others because the grapes are grown on a South-East facing hillside, bathing the fruit in milky morning sunlight. The wines have more complexity and riper flavours such as pineapple alongside the strong citrus backbone. This is even smoother and better balanced than the regular Chablis and an amazing value at £14.99.
Premier Cru wines like this are designed to stand the test of time and will improve over 5 years or so (especially in the case of good years such as 2009), but just as equally – they are 'ready to drink' after one year of bottling.
Chablis Vocoret 'Blanchot' Grand Cru 2009 – Believe it or not, this is a Grand Cru Burgundy priced at £25 – almost unheard of. Alas, the catch here is that this wine isn't really ready to drink. In its youth, this wine is breathtakingly well balanced and smooth, but the flavours are muted, seemingly hidden away. This is designed to be drunk between 5 to 15 years old. A drink worth waiting, because it will develop sensationally. If you have cellaring capabilities, £25 is an amazing price. However, if you think you'll drink it straight away, you'll probably get better value for money with a good Premier Cru.
Different wines for different times. For a party next week, bring a nice bottle of AC Chablis – a general crowd pleaser. Whether you want to impress your girlfriend on her birthday or your family during Christmas, you can’t go wrong with a Premier Cru. But if you are up to the challenge and can wait 10 years, you will not find a better value than a Chablis Grand Cru!
All wines mentioned are available from your local Majestic. Price and vintage correct at time of writing.
Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2007Date published: 12/10/12
Kanonkop's flagship wine is a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It is made in the classic unfiltered style from 23 year old vines.
On the nose, signature Cabernet notes of cassis and black fruits with a smoky undertone. The palate offers huge concentration of flavour, firm tannins and an excellent length. This wine is meant for some hearty meat dishes and is worth decanting before serving.
Enjoy now or over the next 5-10 years.
Trade Customer?!Date published: 05/10/12
If you are a trade customer in the Windsor area we have a wide range of trade only products to serve all your business needs. Please call us on 01753 867 110 and we shall put you in touch with a member of our dedicated commercial team.
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Wine Of The Week: Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel Date published: 05/10/12
Welcome to California; the land of Zin. Nobody does it better than Ridge so you're in for a treat. This blend of 70% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah and 7% Carignane is their expression of America's native grape variety in all its glory.
The nose draws you in with a blast of dark fruits, a great plummy streak and a hint of licourice. The palate is as concentrated as you can get and the 14 months spent in barrel comes through with a nice long, toasty finish. Enjoy this wine now but with a bit of patience it will last 10-15 years.
Cóte De Beaune-Villages vs. Savigny-Lés-BeauneDate published: 03/10/12
As we have just had a Pinot Noir tasting week I thought I'd focus on its spiritual home in the Cote d'Or, specifically the Cote de Beaune. We have two wines from this region open to taste at the moment; one is Louis Jadot's Cote de Beaune Villages and the other is his Savigny-Lés-Beaune.
The difference between these two wines is where they are from within the region. As Louis Jadot is a large négociant, it is common for wines to be bought in barrel from all over the Cóte de Beaune and blended together to achieve marketable quantities of a standard quality. This is the Villages wine which offers an easy drinking introduction to Burgundy and encapsulates what the region has to offer. The Savigny on the other hand is a blend of grapes from only premier cru vineyards in the Savigny-Lés-Beaune appellation. This wine is a much truer expression of terroir and offers a more complex and interesting take on Burgundy.
Harry ins Munich mit Paulaner gegangenDate published: 18/09/12
Last week I went on an 'educational visit' to Munich as a guest of the Paulaner brewery. Our host Markus met us at our hotel and announced that the first thing on the agenda was dinner. We were treated to some slap up Bavarian fare, namely every animal under the sun served on a platter with potatoes, knudel, sauerkraut and veggies alongside Paulaner's Oktoberfest beer. This is a limited edition beer released every year for the fest. As one of only six breweries within the Munich city limits, Paulaner has a tent at the fest every year. At 6% abv it really packs a punch, but is incredibly smooth. The added alcohol simply enhances the flavour and gives the beer a great texture. After lining my stomach with what amounted to roughly a farmyard's worth of meat I was able to drink the super-strength lager to my heart's content and still maintain a modicum of dignity (albeit without the top button of my trousers fastened). The following day we were treated to a brewery tour, seeing the well delving 250m deep into an ancient underground water source used for the beer as well as all the machinery used throughout the fermentation process. A typically monstrous lunch followed, washed down with yet more Oktoberfest beer (it is incredily moreish...). We then took a tour of the city including the BMW factory and the Oktoberfest site which was just applying the finishing touches to its preparations. Well and truly stuffed, we headed home after an interesting couple of days and a newfound appreciation for the art of beermaking.
Wine Of The Week: Cune Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva 2001Date published: 15/09/12
CVNE, or Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) has a total of seven different brands produced within their three wineries situated in Rioja; Cvne Haro, Viña Real, and Contino. They all have one thing in common though; the wines produced are consistently high quality and, like most Rioja, great value.
This particular wine is only produced in exceptional vintages and the Tempranillo grapes used to make it are hand picked in the oldest vineyards. It is aged for a minimum of 24 months in French and American oak casks and for a further 3 years in bottle before release which helps to create a wine with great finesse.
This particular bottle is one of the finest examples of a Gran Reserva from a truly outstanding year. Glorious garnet in colour with a nose of autumn berries, raisins and a spicy cinnamon edge. On the palate this wine displays dried fruit, plums and damsons with a toasty vanilla undertone.
This wine will happily evolve in the bottle over the next few years but is also easily enjoyed now with roast meats and game.
Wine Of The Week: Château Fonplégade Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2007, Bordeaux Date published: 09/09/12
Perched on the right bank of the Gironde, Saint-Emilion has achieved worldwide recognition for its Merlot based red wines. 'Grand Cru' denotes a wine from one of the finest vineyards, and this offering from Château Fonplégade is no exception.
2007 was euphemistically described as a 'drinkers vintage' by the experts, meaning that there was very little potential for investment. While this may seem like damning with faint praise, the result is that the wines are early maturing and much better value for money than is often the case in Bordeaux.
Brimming with soft ripe berry fruits, this wine is richly textured with a soft silky finish. It was even awarded 90 Parker points – not bad for a duff year!
Wine of the Week: Craggy Range 'Te Kahu' 2009, Gimblett Gravels, New Zealand Date published: 31/08/12
Gimblett Gravels is quickly gathering worldwide acclaim for its wines, particularly its Bordeaux blends. A highly prized 'micro-terroire' of Hawkes Bay, it lays claim to be the warmest vine growing region in New Zealand.
Te Kahu is the Maori name for 'the cloak' a mist which envelops the surrounding valley, moderating temperature in a very similar way to the Gironde in the Medoc.
Craggy Range are one of the most prestigious producers on this island, and needless to say they have undertaken significant research in identifying the best vineyard sites in the local area.
Classic rich dark fruits abound on the nose along with sweet spice and an earthy edge. Powerful ripe tannins and well balanced acidity mark this out as a serious wine, capable of long ageing, but accessible even in youth. Replace Gimblett Gravels with Pauillac and you'd happy to pay double the price...
Wine of the Week: Kangarilla Road ViognierDate published: 24/08/12
Kangarilla Road is the road running past the vineyard towards the small village of Kangarilla, the name a derivation of the Australian Aboriginal language and refers to the abundance of resources locally. This positioning of the 30 acres encourages slower ripening of the fruit which helps to produce wines with finesse and elegance, yet with plenty of flavour.
The nose has notes of orange peel and floral hints. This wine itself is a massively rich, complex amalgamation of citrus zest, a touch of honeysuckle and a slight stone-fruity edge; all held together with tight acidity and a lengthy finish. The barrel fermentation in new French barriques gives it great weight which allows it to be partnered with pork loin but also shellfish dishes.
Wine of the Week: 'The Cover Drive' Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra/Clare Valley, 2010 AustraliaDate published: 17/08/12
This wine takes its name from the Penola cricket ground which used to lie on the site that now hosts Jim Barry's premium Cabernet vines. It is also blended with small parcels from the Barry family's Clare Valley estate before being matured in a combination of French and American oak.
The nose has great intensity with fragrant cassis and cedar notes coupled with fennel and damson. A mouth-filling wine with juicy, ripe tannins supporting blackcurrant fruit, cherry and liquorice.
This wine can be enjoyed now, but will benefit from 5-8 years cellaring. Enjoy alongside venison Wellington, peppered fillet steak or rich casseroles.
The Dinner Party: Part IIIDate published: 14/08/12
To conclude our delectable dinner, a baked raspberry and almond tart was brought out. This tart was slightly larger than a certain 'Mr Kipling' we may remember from our childhood days. Imagine, if you will, a medium sized pizza. As you can imagine we were fairly full after consuming a starter and main (and inevitably inhaling the smoke course added to our full tummies) and a fair few bottles of wine. The chef and one of his more refined guests were more than happy to cut a tiny sliver of the tart, just to sample it's sweetness and pair it with the unbelievable wine we had (unveiling soon) but the other guest had a different idea entirely...
He took the knife in his hand and cut deep into the tart; that's nice, we thought, he's helping serve. His next slice was approximately one third of the tart along. The chef and his other guest exchanged confused looks; maybe he was going to split that enormous slice in three they thought? The next slice proved them ever so wrong and the tart was divided into equal thirds and put onto our plates, we didn't know how we were going to cope but luckily we had some aid in the form of the Royal Tokaji 5 puttonyos. (If you've not heard of this dessert wine look at one of our previous articles).
It's luscious golden colour, it's sweet scent of orange peel and cinnamon and it's glorious mouth filling taste of honey and almonds went amazingly well with our desert. Each bite followed each mouthful and each mouthful followed each bite seamlessly. We could have gone on for days and we were now thinking why isn't there more tart?! A highly recommended combo if you ever get the chance.
Well we hope you have enjoyed this trilogy of taste titillation and we suggest you try out some of our recommendations. Keep looking out for more hilarious yet informative articles from Majestic Windsor.
The Dinner Party: Part IIDate published: 06/08/12
The main course was kicked off with an unexpected, yet totally enjoyable, smoke course. The guests had no idea they were attending such an experimental dinner and were about to experience some Heston-esque cuisine. Smells of red wine, rosemary, garlic and thyme were flooding the room and appetites were teased. Little did they know the room filling aromas were actually from the jus that was slowly burning in the kitchen. Luckily the expert chef was able to mask this mistake and quickly knock up a new jus to go with the main course of pan-fried vennison, potato boulangere and some green beans sautéed in garlic and red onion.
There was only one place in the world that was being talked about when thinking about the choice of wine for this course and that was the daddy of them all; Bordeaux. We opened the Tourelles de Longueville and tucked in. At first the blackcurranty notes fill your nose then comes cedar and hints of tobacco, then comes the first sip; a mouthwatering concoction of immense concentration and lengthy finish gave us all we needed to wash down our sumptuous supper.
Now, this food made us very thirsty, and one bottle of wine seemed not to suffice and for a split second we were left with half of our dinner left and no lubrication?! Outrage I hear you cry! Quite fortunately one of the more prepared guests came to the rescue and supplied us with a bottle of “La Tortuga Gritando”, a Ribera del Duero Tempranillo straight from Spain. This noisy wine was slow to get going but once in full swing was full of passionate and intense dark fruit. A real jaw-dropper.
This concludes part II, stay tuned you lucky people for the third and final installment coming soon...
Wine of the Week: Mersault BlagnyDate published: 04/08/12
Given the nutty typicity of Meursault we dismissed the conventional corkscrew in favour of a nut-cracker.
After cracking open the bottle, the first thing to notice is the pistachio-green tinge to it's colour.
You are drawn into the glass by a hazelnut aroma but the palate is somewhat surprising, more reminiscent of the hazelnut's creamy cousin, the macadamia, concurrent with the mouth-filling texture of a Brazil nut.
Accompaning this mixed bag of nuts is a zesty burst of citrus fruits and a somewhat surprising minerality.
“Don't be a stranger to this wine.”
Albert Camus (2012)
The Dinner Party: Part IDate published: 20/07/12
We began with an aperitif of Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc which went very well with itself but would have happily been at home with some seafood or white meats. This wine, unlike most Kiwi Sauvignon, has been barrel fermented; giving it a slightly oaky edge. With the addition of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris; this made for a very interesting white and was a refreshing change to the familiar taste of traditional New Zealand Sauvignon.
Out comes the food.... A starter of pan seared scallops and crispy pancetta on a bed of rocket surrounded by a dash of balsamic dressing. I know what you're thinking, what could possibly compete with such a gastronomic masterpiece?! We'd like to introduce Hildegard from our friends in California at Au Bon Climat. Made from the lesser known Burgundian varietals of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Aligoté; it has aromas of apple, almond and freshly baked cake notes. It gave itself to the dish and added to it greatly, wrapping itself round the sweet and salty delights. With it's crisp beginning, luscious middle of forgotten fruits and its gorgeous creamy finish; this wine impressed us massively.
Stay tuned for the main course in Part II coming soon...
Sancerre Vacheron £17.99 WOTW Date published: 20/07/12
Sancerre Vacheron £17.99
In contrast to our previous Wine of the Week,
this a bottle of pure purity and innocence.
From a long history of winemaking, Domaine Vacheron has nurtured this young Sancerre in exactly the right way.
If you were planning on spending your summer holidays on a pebble beach with a fresh Atlantic breeze, then don't bother, because this has that exact same aroma you were looking for.
Everything in this Sauvignon Blanc is balanced in perfect harmony. The crisp fresh fruit goes toe-to-toe with the racy acidity.
The finish is long, so long, in fact, I couldn't tell you how long because I had to experience another sip before the finish had dissipated. Extraordinary length.
Wine of the Week: Hacienda Monastero Crianza, Ribera del Duero 2009Date published: 14/07/12
This temptress was born in Spain, initially intense and passionate on the nose. She arouses your darkest of dark berry fantasies.
However, she is more than just a first glance from across a room, she develops on the palate with elegance and style, refined through 15 months of French Oak. A sweet vanilla character and a satin dressed soft touch will melt your soul.
Then she disappears into the night, into a cloud of hazelnut smoke.
Her memory remains, and only we know where you can find her...
On our tasting counter. Adore her.
Dessert wines – The legend of TokajiDate published: 10/07/12
People talk about old wine making techniques all the time. A wine that has a long history of artisan wine makers slaving over every detail to produce something truly exquisite tends to stir up emotions that younger wines cannot. Some New World producers are starting to have an exciting history dating back almost a century and of course viticultural techniques in the likes of Bordeaux have been around for longer still.
All these pale in insignificance however when compared to the sweet wines of Tokaji with records of the wines consumption dating back around 400 years. It is the complexity, careful planning and risky gamble that goes into making this wine that make them so interesting.
Tokaji sits amongst the Zemplen mountain range between the rivers Bodrog and Tisza. It is this precise terroir that allows the warm summer winds and misty mornings to promote botrytis; a key ingredient in the production of this wine. The grapes used inTokaji are Furmint, Harsvelelu and a bit of Muscadelle Blanc a Petits Grains, the first of which is very susceptible to botrytis or “noble rot” as it is sometimes called. It is this effect which gives the wine its depth of flavour by causing the grapes to shrivel thus concentrating the sugars, acid and subsequently the flavour.
A two stage process happens at harvest time; the botrytis grapes and unaffected grapes are picked at the same time but kept apart. The latter are pressed and fermeneted to create regular wine whilst the former are stored seperately to produce a nectar so concentrated it is the regions greatest treasure. The base wine is then blended with the juice of the shrivelled grapes; the more of the juice used, the more intense the flavour and the more expensive the bottle!
Sounding delicious? Why not try some of these fabulous wines and let us know what you think
Wine of the Week: Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto, Toscana 2009Date published: 05/07/12
The heart and soul of Italy surely lies in its Central region; the historic city of Rome, the iconic countryside of Chianti and the gorgeous Tuscan Coast. This area is steeped in tradition, especially when it comes to viticulture, however not too long ago a few creative wine makers forced the story to take an unexpected twist.
They began growing non-native grapes - mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and made some truly inspired wines without DOC status. These wines very quickly became popular in cult circles and eventually worldwide, donning the name; Super-Tuscans. From the Bolgheri region, which has now been granted DOC status, the most famous name is Sassicaia and our wine is it's 'little brother' so to speak.
From the Tenuta San Guido, just outside Bolgheri, this Super-Tuscan is a blend of Cab-Merlot with about 10% Sangiovese. Each of these varities is vinified seperately before belnding and maturation in French and American oak. With an intense violet colour and a soft fruit profile of black cherrys, hints of spice and a delightfully long finish, this wine can most certainly be enjoyed now but will also drink well over the next 4 years.
Why Majestic? I'll give you 10 good reasons...Date published: 03/07/12
1) The Staff! - Educated and enthusiastic, every member of our team studies for the WSET Advanced within the first 6 months of working for Majestic using the tasting counter as a palate developing tool. Often senior staff will be educated to Diploma level, a unique privilege normally reserved for buyers, directors and board members of other companies.
2) The Wines - Majestic has won many awards for its range of wines, and we have plenty more variety than the average supermarket. From Albarino to Zinfandel, we keep ahead of the latest trends in the world of wine, meaning we'll always have wines you know you like as well as some you hadn't realised you loved.
3) Tasting Counter - We always have a range of wines open on our tasting counter that are available to try for free, often having themed tasting weeks to show off the best a country or region has to offer. As well as our best deals, we'll always have interesting wines to try, things you might not pick up yourself.
4) Free tastings - Our award winning and immensely educational wine course, fun and friendly wine walks and not to be missed wine evenings. All completely free and fun. Need we say more?
5) Our store webpage - Each store has an individual web page that we manage from our own shop. This allows us to keep you aware of any upcoming tasting events, what's on the tasting counter, and is also a source for our creative output/wine related ramblings.
6) Twitter and facebook - Each store tweets and personally maintains its facebook page.. Another way for us to personally connect with you and keep you up-to-date with whats going on.
7) Free delivery on 6 bottles (new) and free glass hire - Although some supermarkets offer the same, have they perfected the professionalism in which we offer this service? We guarantee delivery within 7 days, but quite often we can bring it round for you within hours!
8) Fine Wines - The majority of our shops are now fine wine equipped but we also have a fine wine centre in St. Johns Wood. Ask us for advice about what wine you're interested in and if we don't have any in stock we'll be happy to pop over to our Fine Wine centre to pick it up. We also have 'Fine Wine Friday' the first Friday of every month, which means we'll open a fine wine on our tasting counter.
9) Customer List - Forgotten what you had last time but liked it? Had a corked bottle but lost the receipt? By being added to our customer list we have a record of your previous transactions so there is no problem when returning wine to our store. Or making use of our Sale or Return policy if you have over ordered for a party!
10) The Staff – I think I already mentioned how great we are, but its probably worth saying again...
Harry's favourite: Vignoble Abeille Lirac 2010Date published: 16/06/12
Having Lirac on a label can be confusing as there are 2 distinct types. Most is a light and fruity Côtes du Rhône, but more recently some of the top Châteauneuf-du-Pape oenologists have been investigating the potential of the region just across the river from their own.
Vignoble Abeille are one such forward thinking producer, and here they have created a fantastic value 'baby chateauneuf' without the fancy name on the label and the associated extra cost.
Lively, spicy, full-bodied and fruit driven, this wine punches well above its weight and has been a huge hit with many of our regular customers, as well as myself!
Windsor's wine of the week - Spolverino Toscano 2010Date published: 16/05/12
One from our Italian friends, this tuscan red likes to break the rules! Saying ciao to old methods; this wine is donning a screw cap instead of cork! Shock! Horror! I know but we like this wine a lot and are getting behind it's new-school ways. Spolverino actually means 'feather duster' and is a cheeky reference to the Black Rooster; the emblem of the region and Chianti. So what's it like? Well this wine is brimming with red cherry on the nose and palate, interwoven with notes of tobacco and violet. Medium-full bodied, with a juicy richness and youthful acidity. Try it with barbecued pork or some prosciutto.
Variety Focus Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 11/04/12
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most widely planted varieties in the world. From it's power base in Bordeaux where it is the dominant variety in wines such as Lafite and Latour, Cabernet has been taken to and thrived all over the world. Perhaps the reason for this success is that although Cabernet always expresses it's terroir it always produces wines that are quintessentially Cabernet. Typical flavours are Blackcurrant, Tobacco, cederwood and mint(especially in New World areas). Cabernet also produces wines capable of extended ageing.
Around the World in 6 Cabernet's
Chateau Lanessan 1998 Bordeaux
A fantastic fully mature Claret. Here Cabernet is blended with Merlot to produce a wine with blackcurrant fruits and background notes of roasted herbs. Perfect with Roasted spring Lamb.
Quinta da Bacalhoa 2008 Portugal
A Portuguese take on Claret so once again Merlot comes in to compliment the Cabernet. A lovely fresh wine with notes of bramble fruit and sandalwood. A great match with beef or hard cheese.
Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 South Africa
From one of the most beautiful wine estates in the world comes this highly aromatic Cabernet. Rich dark fruits mixed with vanilla and mint dominate the palate. Perfect with a rare fillet steak.
Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Chile
An intensely fruit driven wine with lashings of blackcurrant and subtler notes of menthol and vanilla. Ideal with spicy beef stews or roasted venison.
Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Argentina
Argentina's high altitude vineyards add a real finesse to the Cabernet grape and this wine is no exception. Concentrated dark fruits lead into an elegant palate with fine tannins and a warm spicy finish. A great match to a Lasagne.
The Coppermine Road 2007 d'Arenberg Australia
A really fine wine. Dark and brooding on the nose the wine opens up in the mouth with flavours of dark cherries, bell pepper and ceder. Drinking well now but capable of improving over the next decade. Enjoy with a large rib-roast of beef and all the trimmings.
Fine Wine Friday - Rioja Gran Reserva, Viña Real Date published: 06/04/12
Founded in 1879, Viña Real is part of CVNE, and is today still family owned. The Viña Real winery is relatively new, and is an imposing structure that resembles the top of a wine barrel. This wine is a superb Gran Reserva and is almost entirely made from Tempranillo, with just a dash of Graciano.
Rioja keeps its self in a top rank position with its internal variety, its traditions and its adaptability. Few great wine regions span so many difficult terrains and unite them with such recognisable character.
The Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Real is ruby in colour. Spiced aromas of oak are mixed with aromatics of ripe fruit to give an expressive and elegant wine. It is a warm wine, round and long with good acidity and tannins.
Enjoy this wine as a great partner for a lamb and mushroom stew, or with cheeses.
Easter TreatsDate published: 13/03/12
Rioja Reserva Vendimia Seleccionada 2006, Muriel
This Rioja Reserva is a beautiful dark ruby red in colour and, on the palate, this wine offers subtle Mediterranean herb notes accompanying the typical wood and leather Rioja traits. This wine is best enjoyed with stews, hotpots or minted lamb chops.
Vinalba Reserva Malbec 2010, Mendoza
The Vinalba Reserva Malbec is a wine that literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth. The wine is jam packed full of flavour with its ripe dark plum fruits, dark chocolate and mocha. To enjoy this wine to its full, it is best enjoyed with food, for example, peppered steak or lamb.
Château Bel Air 2007, Pomerol, France
Château Bel Air comes from a 13-hectare vineyard with vines averaging 35 years of age. On the palate this wine offers succulent forest fruits and ripe plum flavours along with hints of vanilla and toasted oak, which are typical characteristics of a Pomerol. This wine is a sensational match for a rich beef bourguignon.
Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand
This Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region is produced by Goldwater Estates, who practice sustainable viticulture and strict selection. Masses of elderberry fruit and raspberry leaf aromas make up the palate of this wine. This wine is the perfect match with seafood or salads, making tomato and fennel salad with barbecued fish the perfect partner.
Château de Sours Rosé 2010, Bordeaux, France
Château de Sours has been producing wine for over 200 years and at the moment Château de Sours is leading the renewed interest in Bordeaux rosé. The wine is a deep, bright-coloured rosé with rich strawberry and plum fruit flavours and a long lingering finish. This wine is the perfect match for cold meats and pâtés.
Paul Mas Estate Marsanne “La Forge Vineyard” 2010/11, France
Here, Jean-Claude Mas has created a rich and mellow but well-balanced white from 100% Marsanne grapes. White flower and hazelnut aromas followed by delicious pear and honey flavours make this an elegant wine. This wine is perfectly suited to fish dishes, from delicate to full-flavoured.
Getting to Grips with Organic WinesDate published: 06/03/12
There has been a lot of press attention recently regarding organic and natural wines. This attention joins in with the ever increasing popularity of organic food which is driven by a desire for more sustainable farming and better flavour. However the world of organic wines can be very confusing with labels such as “organically grown grapes”, “bio-dynamic” etc. This is largely down to the fact that unlike most organic products such as carrots producing wine is a complex multi-stage process involving a lot of opportunity for man-made interventions. However there are 3 main terms that are used for organic wines.
Wine Made with Organically Grown Grapes:
This is the only acceptable definition allowed in the E.U. As the name suggests, wine made this way will have grapes from an organically managed vineyard. This basically means that no man made chemicals such as pesticides or fertilizers can be used. However chemicals in there natural form such as elemental sulfur can be used. Once the grapes reach the winery the winemaker is generally left to there own devices however the levels of sulfur dioxide in the final wine are generally around 30% lower than non-organic.
This is an extreme and controversial form of organic viticulture. It is based on the theories of Austrian-Hungarian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). Bio-Dynamics sees each vineyard as a living organism with a natural balance that must be maintained by enclosing its cycles of nutrients within the same farm and minimizing the outside elements that enter the system. In other words, human intervention should not alter the farm’s natural biological balance but rather conserve its existing balance. The earth is also seen as a living organism with diurnal and seasonal cycles which are receptive to cosmic cycles. There are 9 preparations which are applied to the land in-time with these cycles to boost the health of the vineyard. Currently less than 1% of the worlds vineyards are Bio-Dynamic due mainly to cost and the lack of any scientific justification for the methods. That being said some of the wines produced are outstanding.
This is the area that is probably getting the most coverage at the moment. There are no accreditations at the moment defining Natural winemaking. It is basically a philosophy that dictates minimal intervention in the vineyard but unlike the two terms above in the winery as well. Natural winemakers do not use cultivated yeasts to ferment the grapes and do not use any techniques to remove dilution from wet vintages. The main advantages to natural wines is the lack of additives and that in theory they are a truer reflection of the terroir and vintage. However they have received a lot of criticism due to a dramatic increase in faults.
Overall the terms above have no bearing on the quality of the wine itself. As with all things there are good and bad examples of organic wines. It should also be said that the levels of chemicals such as sulfur are very tightly controlled and the levels allowed are drastically lower than they were a few years ago.
We do not carry any natural wine at Majestic but a very good wine made from Organically grown grapes is the Adobe Merlot from Chile £6.99 for 2 or more. A rich fruity red that is a very good match to lamb or pork. For a Bio-Dynamic wine the costs rise due to the extra vineyard work needed. The Paul Croizier 2009 Gevery-Chambertain at £25 is a lovely Bio-Dynamic wine that lends itself perfectly to game.
Fine Wine Friday - Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay 2009 £24Date published: 02/03/12
Established in 1989 when cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW decided to realise their dream of making wine together. Their aim was to make exciting and refined wines. They specilise in Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and syrah.
M3 is there oaked Chardonnay. The grapes from 3 different cultivars are hand picked and whole bunch pressed. They are then barrel fermented using predominantly wild yeasts. The flavours are enhanced still further by maturation in oak and partial malolactic fermentation which adds richness but maintains freshness.
A rich but very elegant wine with a lush, ripe backbone of peach, lemon and white apple. The oak influence is subtle and very well integrated adding a touch of vanilla and butter and ensuring a soft mouth filling texture. The finish is long with a wonderfully fresh lemony note.
Enjoy over the next few years with salmon en croute or roast pork.
“This beautiful Chardonnay gets better with each vintage. It's a gorgeously subtle white wine with a core of lemony fruit and just a hint of very smart, powdery oak” Mark Allen, The Weekend Australian
Why We Should All be Drinking RieslingDate published: 27/02/12
(Before I begin this article I should state the caveat that Riesling is my favourite white grape variety so I am biased, however hopefully by the end you will see why.)
Riesling is a much maligned variety largely due to its association with the cheap, sugary and nasty Liebfraumilch (these were normally blends with very little Riesling in them) which flooded the market in the late seventies, early eighties. However Riesling is a wonderfully diverse variety producing a wide range of wine styles a lot of them bone dry. Despite this range of styles all Riesling wines share two very important characteristics. Firstly they all have a wonderfully fresh clean acidity which is so desired by modern palates. Secondly they are low in alcohol typically no more than 12%.
Another problem with Riesling is that because it is grown all over the world and creates so many different styles of wine, it can be difficult for consumers to know what sort of Riesling they are buying and what it will go with. So below is a brief guide to Riesling and the main countries in which it is grown, with some personal favourites.
Germany: This is the country where the grape originates and it produces some stunning examples. Riesling from the cooler regions such as the Mosel tend to have a fresh grape and apple character and a subtle mineral edge. They are usually off dry to take the edge of the acidity and very low alcohol 6-8%. Superb desert wines can also be made by leaving the grapes to ripen longer. Warmer regions such as the Rhieingau produce fuller bodied styles which are often dry with more peach fruit flavours coming in.
My German Choice: DR L Riesling 2010 Mosel £7.49 (8.5%abv): This delicious off dry wine is a great aperitif but will also suit delicate oriental cookery.
Alsace: Nipping across the border to the much warmer and dryer Alsace and the Rieslings are very different wines. Much richer and fuller bodied and typically very dry (however excellent desert wines are also made with the variety). Typical flavours are citrus fruits, quince and green apple with the better examples bringing in nice mineral and herbal notes.
My Alsatian Choice: Domaines Schlumberger 'Les Princes Abbes' 2009 £13.99 or buy 2 at £10.99 (12.5%abv): Bone dry with a crisp minerally finish this is a great wine for scallops and clams.
Austria: The Rieslings from Austria are, I always think, a cross in style between the delicate off-dry German styles and the fuller bodied Alsace wines. They normally have a nice peach character and a typical Riesling minerality. They also tend to be very high quality especially from the Wachau region.
My Austrian Choice:Riesling Zöbinger Heilingenstein Alte Reben 2008 Weingut Bründlmayer £35.00 (12%abv): Floral and elegant on the nose, with a touch of spice. On the palate, this has a taut structure, with grapefruit and pineapple characters to the fore, as well as soft, mouth-filling and attractive peach. Perfect with lightly spiced Thai food.
Australia: The Riesling grape here always has a very distinctive Lime character and often a petrolly note which is not enjoyed by all but, I personally really like it. The Clare and Eden valleys are the main centres for Riesling though cooler regions such as Tasmania are starting to make superb examples.
My Australian Choice: The Shortlist Riesling 2005 McGuigan Eden Valley £14.99: Very dry and mouthwateringly fresh with classic lime notes. Works wonderfully with oily fish or honey-glazed pork.
There are also some excellent examples grown in Chile and New Zealand and the plantings are increasing in these two countries.
As you can see Riesling is grape that can match with a wide variety of foods and work equally well on it's own and best of all because its low in alcohol one can enjoy a second glass with no guilt. No need to guess what I shall be drinking with dinner this evening.
WOTW Rustenberg SyrahDate published: 17/02/12
Rustenberg Syrah 2009 Stellenbosch
or buy any two South African wines and save 20%!!
The majority of South African winemaking is centered around Stellenbosch, a leafy university town surrounded by Arcadian countryside. The vineyards of Stellenbosch vary greatly with the best wines coming from estates around the town, which are open to southerly ocean breezes from False Bay, or high enough in the hills for altitude and cooling winds to slow down the ripening process.
The Rustenberg Syrah comes from one of the top wineries in South Africa, where it spends 20 months in oak, leading to a Syrah that has real structure and more potential for cellaring.
On the nose, this wine has pronounced savoury aromas and concentrated dark fruit. On the palate the Rustenberg Syrah is dominated by a mix of cloves, cinnamon and violets.
Rustenberg Syrah is the best wine match for dishes that are richer in style. Over the next 6 to 8 years this intense wine will soften and mellow.
Planning the perfect Valentines DayDate published: 12/02/12
Valentines Day. For some, a great excuse to treat their significant other to an evening of unbridled romance and pampering. For others, it is the epitome of the 'Hallmark Holiday' created for restaurants and retailers to make money. But whether you are a hopeless romantic or an embittered scrooge here are some ways to ensure an enjoyable February 14th.
Going the whole hog
If you're going to do something, do it properly. I've fallen into this camp a few times and I think it's hugely rewarding to go to the effort of creating a special evening. So why not plan out a delicious candlelit meal for two. Start with a bottle of Champagne, if there is ever an occasion to drink rosé fizz its Valentines day. Then you'll need some fine wine tailored to your food (we are always happy to provide food & wine matching recommendations), my rule is to take the amount of money you would pay on a restaurant wine list and buy a bottle at that price, you will be blown away by the quality.
The Lazy Option
Sometimes, you only need minimal effort to have a great time. And food & wine matching needn't be an intricate process, my two favourite matches are simple yet effective. So pick up the phone, order in some food, stick a romcom on the telly, get in a posh takeaway and you'd rather be nowhere else.
Fish & Chips with Champagne - These two are a better couple than Kate & William, a match made in heaven. The crisp acidity of bubbly cuts through the oil and grease of the fish & chips and cleanses the palate, whilst the flavours of the food will not overpower the subtle delicacy of Champers. Best buy at the moment is Taittinger NV at £25
Thai and Sancerre/Cloudy Bay - I've picked Thai but most cuisine of an Oriental persuasion goes wonderfully with Sauvignon Blanc, the pungent gooseberry flavours will stand up to lightly spiced dishes and the oil/acid palate cleansing effect is in action here too. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is on offer from £25 down to £20 when you buy two, and the Sancerre Vacheron is superb at £17.99.
The Single Mans Feb 14th
Just because you wont be romancing doesn't mean you can't treat yourself, and as such this is a carbon copy of my plan for Tuesday evening. Three simple ingredients are all you need. Con Air (I'll also accept Face/Off or True Lies), an enormous steak and an equally enormous wine. I'll be having the Catena Alta Malbec £21, although the Masi Amarone £26 and Two Hands Shiraz £24 were close.
Fine Wine Friday - Saintsbury Rodgers CreekDate published: 03/02/12
The Saintsbury Rodgers Creek is a cool climate Syrah, grown high up in the Sonoma Valley, influenced by the cool marine air blowing in from the Pacific. The growing conditions here produce wines similar in style to the wines of Northern Rhône.
Southern Sonoma and Carneros is where the first attempt at fine wine began in California, around the former mission and garrison town of Mission San Francisco de Solano. It was here that the Franciscan monks planted their last and most northerly vineyard, introducing the vine to one of its friendliest environments on earth.
This wine is of real class with a slightly restrained, elegant finish displaying the wild gamey side of Syrah rather than generous, jammy fruit.
The Saintsbury Rodgers Creek will reward cellaring but even now it is an interesting wine with plenty of personality. This wine will partner well with fillet mignon or venison stew.
This wine is on special offer at £23.
Last Chance Christmas OffersDate published: 27/01/12
Grab them quick before the Christmas offers end on Jan 30th!
Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Nelson
The Waimea terroir and typical high sunshine have been captured in the production of this wine resulting in a ripe, concentrated style balanced by a clean mineral structure. An elegant crisp palate of citrus and gooseberry fruit with delicate floral notes and a zingy refreshing finish. A marvelous match for spicy foods such as Thai curry.
Côtes-du-Rhône Belleruche 2009/2010 M.Chapoutier
The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since 1808. A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish. This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years and will superbly partner most rich meat dishes.
Anakena Indo Merlot 2010 Cachapoal Valley
A supremely easy-drinking, soft-tannined Merlot, with small amounts of Syrah and Carmenere added for a slightly meatier structure. The nose and palate are reminiscent of a big bowl of red fruits. Enjoy with white meat dishes, pork sausages or a vegetarian lasagne.
Mâcon Villages Blanc "Les Roches Blanches" 2010 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. This wine displays a fantastic purity of fruit with subtle hints of pear and green apple on the nose and a crisp minerally finish. A nice apéritif but this wine will also partner well with white fish dishes.
Rioja Reserva 2005/2006 Viña Eguia
Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. Match this wine with a mature steak or with a board of chorizo and manchego cheese.
Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay 2009 Sonoma Coast
Flavours of melon, pineapple and lime leap forward on the palate joined by a nutty, spicy, lightly oaky profile that is sure to please those who love Chardonnay. A great compliment to poultry, shellfish and vegetables and an ideal match to goat's cheese.
Burns Night 2012Date published: 13/01/12
With Burns' night fast approaching here are a couple of wines that will go fantastically with Hagis and for a more authentic experience a couple of whiskys (uisge beatha) which are sure to make a fantastic evening.
Chateau Aigues Vives 2007 Corbieres
£9.99 buy 2 save £6
A classically structured southern French red, offering an array of red and black fruit aromas, nuanced with notes of cocoa, rose petal and savory pepper. A robust tannic backbone provides a long finish.
Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Berberana
£13.99 buy 2 save £12
Ruby red colour with tawny hues. Subtle aromas of ripe dark cherries and strawberries. Smooth and full-bodied palate, with luscious fruit laced with vanilla, cloves and dried fruits.
Highland Park 12yr Old
Highland Park was recently named 'Best spirit in the world' by USA whisky expert Paul Pacult in his 2005, Spirit Journal, listing of the world's best 100 distilled spirits. Highland Park's award-winning quality has its roots in the whisky's Orkney home and the obsession of the people who craft it. Established in 1798 Highland Park 12yo remains one of the gold standard malts for other distillery bottlings to aspire to. With a delicious sweetness (heather-honey is their preferred description) and a warming, silky mouthfeel, this is a whisky that never lets you down.
Abelour 10yr Old
The Aberlour Distillery is at the heart of Speyside, the country's premier whisky-making region. No fewer than half of Scotland's malt distilleries are located in Speyside, which is renowned for producing whiskies of subtle depth and elegance. Aberlour 10yo is a great entry-level malt, ideal for beginners, with a fine sherried spiciness. Pound for pound, this is one of the best that Speyside has to offer.
Morellino di Scansano WOTWDate published: 10/01/12
In Scansano, in the southern part of Tuscany, Morellino is the local name for Sangiovese. Within this wine Sangiovese is blended with 15% Ciliegiolo to produce a youthful style of red, with only a third of the blend spending 6-8 months in new oak. Morellino di Scansano comes from one of the top wineries in Tuscany's Maremma, where the wine is hugely popular for its vibrant, sunny character.
Morellino di Scansano is an incredibly fresh and approachable wine with ripe cherry and strawberry fruit forming the backbone of the wine. A touch of complexity is added by the rustic streak that this wine has to offer.
Morellino di Scansano is the ideal wine to drink with good food and good company, partnering well with anything from lamb chops to game. Drink immediately or within the next 5 years.
Christmas/New Year Delivery InformationDate published: 07/12/11
Christmas is fast approaching and delivery slots are fast filling up, although we are still able to offer a largely normal service. We recommend ordering as early as possible to guarantee your preferred delivery slot and secure stock.
We have delivery slots free on the 21st 22nd and 23rd of december.
What We'll be Drinking This ChristmasDate published: 07/12/11
As you know, we Majestic folk love our wine, so what drink on Christmas day is a very important topic and always causes much debate. After a lot of discussion and strenuous tasting here is our list.
James: Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a bit of sparkle so I shall be tucking into Canard Duchene NV. Made in a delightfully delicate style this is the perfect aperitif champagne and at only £15 its as kind to your wallet as it is to your palate.
Rich: In our household the starter is always a healthy portion of smoked salmon, with the exception of my vegetarian sister who has to make do with a wedge of melon. The perfect foil to any oily fish is a wine high in acidity to cleanse and refresh the palate. The Marisco Vineyards Kings Favour Sauvignon Blanc delivers that crisp acidity to counter the oiliness. Backed up with a real intensity of fruit that will compliment beautifully the strongly flavoured smoked salmon. As an added bonus the Kings Favour comes in at £9.99 with our NZ offer. Making it a very affordable Christmas treat.
Chris: I've decided to push the boat out this year and opt for Goose over turkey. Given the richer flavours of goose I needed a richer fuller wine. So what better match than the fully mature Chateauneuf Du Pape Clos de L'Oratoire 2005. A real winter warmer of a wine with lots of cherry fruits intermixed with Christmas spices and a perfect partner to goose and at £22 a bottle it's still within reach.
Laura: There is nothing like a sherry trifle at Christmas, especially as this retro dessert is coming right back into fashion. Struggling to decide on which dessert wine to match with this sophisticated and glorious dessert, well do not worry as I have the perfect match, Royal Tokaji Late Harvest 2009. Exotic fruit flavours and a long clean finish make this the perfect treat to enjoy with your trifle and also very reasonable at £9.99.
Fine Wine Friday Brunello Di Montalcino BanfiDate published: 01/12/11
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 a long finish. Enjoy over the next 5 to 10 years.
This wine is the ideal partner to a roast garlic and thyme seasoned lamb with braised red cabbage and red wine sauce.
“This wine has a wonderful deep garnet colour. Aromas of Black Forest gateaux leap from the glass, with hints of licorice, tobacco and sweet forest fruits. There is much more of the same on the palate! Despite its youth, the wine is very soft and approachable with fine and beautifully integrated tannins. This wine delivers on all fronts!” Clayton Smith, Majestics Fine Wine Manager
"Has fabulous aromas of blackberry, black cherry and raspberry. Full-bodied, with wonderfully integrated tannins, fresh mushrooms and milk chocolate. Chewy in the end. We will see if this is better than the 2001 with age. Best after 2010." Robert Parker , Wine Spectator
New WOTW The Chocolate Block 2009Date published: 24/11/11
The Chocolate Block is produced by Boekenhoutskloof in the Franschhoek Valley of South Africa. This valley is enclosed on three sides by mountains and gets much of its recognition from its scenery and restaurants, as opposed, to its wine. However, the Franschhoek Valley does produce a handful of top performers, including Boekenhoutskloof, the producers of the Chocolate Block.
The Chocolate Block is a complex blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon along with a hint of Viognier. This wine is dominated by around 67% Syrah and is fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak.
The aromas of the Chocolate Block comprise of blackcurrant and raspberries along with more earthy notes of leather, earth and spice. Super-fine tannins lead to a luscious and powerful palate with notes of peppery spice and, of course, chocolate as the name of the wine suggests.
This wine is the perfect choice for spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef and game dishes.
Christmas Favourites From The Team At WindsorDate published: 22/11/11
Green Point Brut NV, Australia
Green Point is owned by Möet et Chandon and is situated in the perfect location for the production of sparkling wines. On the palate stone fruit flavours are complimented by fresh floral aromas and savoury spices. Excellent for toasting those special occasions.
Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc, 2010/11, Marlborough, New Zealand
Wither Hills is blended from a range of parcels, providing a snapshot of the Marlborough region as a whole. Aromas of gooseberry, guava and passionfruit with a palate of grapefruit flavours. Superb with goat's cheese, as well as fresh oysters.
Clos de Los Siete, 2008, Mendoza, Argentina
Part-owned by celebrated French wine consultant, Michel Rolland, this Bordeaux blend is packed with red fruits leading to a full-bodied and rich wine. Try it alongside some braised lamb shanks with crushed potatoes.
Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay, 2010, Casablanca Valley, Chile
Packed with aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla, this wine leads to a palate of ripe stone fruits and citrus with a touch of creaminess on the finish. Best served with poached salmon, cod or Dover sole, or mussels in a creamy sauce.
Rioja Gran Reserva, 2003/04, Berberana, Spain
This wine exhibits aromas of ripe dark cherries and strawberries leading to a smooth full-bodied palate of luscious fruit with vanilla and cloves. Enjoy with roast meats, pastas, tomato dishes, barbecues and game.
Côtes-du-Rhône Belleruche, 2009/10, France
Rich blackberry and cherry fruits with a hint of liquorice lead to a wine which is soft and smooth on the palate with a substantial finish. The wine can be superbly matched with most rich meat dishes.
WOTW Mt Difficulty Packspur Vineyard Pinot NoirDate published: 18/11/11
Our wine of the week this time round is a belter, and a great opportunity to get 20% off a fine wine. Also, being the thoughtful souls that we are, it is a perfect match with Christmas turkey for those of you planning in advance.
The Packspur Vineyard in New Zealand was planted in 1993 by Anne and Laurie McAuley on a well-sheltered, north-facing slope. Thus exposing the vines to longer hours of sunshine. Packspur is a small vineyard and only produces very limited quantities of wine. Fermentation is carried out using yeasts to truly express the character and terroir of the vineyard.
A superbly rich and concentrated Pinot, yet finely structured and intriguingly complex, with a long finish on the palate.
This wine is perfect to be drunk now, light enough to complement your Christmas turkey, yet with enough berry fruit flavour to stand up to a strong gravy and root veg.
WOTW Chateau Lanessan 1998Date published: 11/11/11
1998 produced left bank wines which were very classical in style and as such were tanic and rather closed off in there youth. This meant that they were rather overlooked. This is good news as it means that the prices are very reasonable and the wines have really opened up and are drinking beautifully at the moment.
Château Lanessan was owned by the Boutelier family for eight successive generations since the 18th century, coming under new management in 2009. The 45-hectare vineyard is located on a gravel ridge in Cussac-Fort-Médoc, close to the border with St-Julien.
A medium-weight, well structured claret, with a dark purple blackcurrant backbone, accented by notes of roasted herbs on the nose. Good fruit concentration and sweetly defined tannins.
Decant and enjoy immediately with roast lamb, or cellar for up to 10 years.
Cloudy Bay - The Original and Still The BestDate published: 01/11/11
Cloudy Bay is a winery located in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. The debut release of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc in 1985 on export markets created a reputation for Marlborough Sauvignon and a cult following for Cloudy Bay almost overnight, even though initially the grapes were bought in and the wine made under contract at another winery.
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc has a succulent and crisp palate of gooseberries and passionfruits 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.
Cloudy Bay 'Te Koko' Sauvignon Blanc 2007/2008 Marlborough
The palate of the Cloudy Bay 'Te Koko' Sauvignon Blanc comprises citrus fruits with the richer flavours of caramel and nougat. This wine is released as a three year old wine and is unlike anything else from New Zealand! This wine is an ideal partner to tuna, oysters and poached fish.
Cloudy Bay Riesling 2007 Marlborough
The Cloudy Bay Riesling is Cloudy Bay's stunning and exclusive take on the classic grape delivering a lush and delicate palate of tropical and citrus fruits. Drink with mild curries, roasted vegetables or smoked salmon.
Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2009 Marlborough
The Cloudy Bay Estate have surpassed themselves in the production of this innovative Pinot Noir. A palate of dark cherries and strawberries are complemented by toasty characters. Try this with slow-cooked pork belly or a wild mushroom risotto.
Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2008 Marlborough
A cool climate location and lots of sunshine means long, slow ripening - a recipe for success with Chardonnay. The complex nose of the Cloudy Bay Chardonnay ranges from figs and lemon butter to more savoury notes of butterscotch. This wine will reward those with the patience to age the wine for a further 3 to 4 years.
Autumnal Staff FavouritesDate published: 07/10/11
With the nights starting to draw in and the weather turning a touch fresher (thats a kind way of saying cold) we thought we would put together a selection of delicious wines on great offers that are perfect for this time of year.
Pinot Gris Reserve Zindnd Humbrecht 2009 £11.99*
A special parcel of superb Pinot Gris from one of Alsace's finest producers. A very subtle delicate wine with flavours of melon, almonds, honey and toast. Perfect with rich terrine's or capable of aging for several years.
Catena Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2009/10 £9.99*
A long standing Majestic favorite for good reason. Year after year it shows how good subtly oaked chardonnay can be. Rich tropical fruit combines with vanilla and mineral notes on a seamless palate. Perfect with roast chicken.
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2009 £11.99*
This excellent value pinot noir comes from some of the best vineyards in Marlborough. It's a medium bodied wine with both red and black fruit flavours aswell as subtle spice and well integrated oak. The fine tannins and fresh acidity make it a perfect match with duck.
Rioja Imperial Reserva 2004 CVNE £15.99*
Imperial is one of CVNE's flagship wines and represents a more structured style of Rioja. 2004 was a great year in Rioja and this wine really reflects that, garnet in colour with notes of vanilla and mulberries. These flavours continue on the palate and lead to a long and graceful finish. A really finewine that is perfect with lamb.
Vinalba Reserva Cabernet/Malbec 2010 £9.99*
An Argentinian take on Bordeaux from one of the countries most celebrated winemakers. A rich powerful wine with flavours of forest fruits, mint and toast with a spicy finish. The perfect steak wine.
Vin de Constance 2005 Klein Constantia £23.99*
Harking back to the famous Constantia wines. First made on the cape in the 1660's, this is a rich and opulent desert wine. On tasting, it is easy to see why it made such an impression on the likes of Dickens and Napoleon. Stone fruits, nuts and honey dominate the palate with secondary flavours of vanilla and wood spices coming through on the long finish. Ageable for 20years plus but perfect now with brulee.
*when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case.
New WOTW Vina Ardanza reserva especialDate published: 01/10/11
94 Parker points for £17.59, your eyes aren't deceiving you. Only 3 vintages in the history of Vina Ardanza have been granted reserva especial status. 1964, 1973 and 2001. One word - Bargain!
Spain's Unsung HeroesDate published: 27/09/11
Everyone has heard of Rioja, however there are many other wine producing regions in Spain that have become slightly overshadowed by Rioja. Here is our guide to the less well know wine regions of Spain, offering fantastic value, and great if you are looking for something different:
The vineyards of Navarra lie on the southern slopes of the Pyrenees as they descend into the basin of the river Ebro. Tempranillo is the regions most planted grape with Garnacha coming in second place and Cabernet Sauvignon as the regions third most planted grape.
Why not try the Vega Sindoa Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon - £6.39
RIBERA DEL DUERO
Ribera del Duero is the modern red wine miracle of northern Spain and now rivals Rioja as Spain's foremost red wine region. The wines produced in this region are concentrated of remarkably intense colour, fruit and taste, quite different in style from the typical produce of Rioja less than 60 miles to the northeast.
Our favourite wine of Ribera del Duero is the Pesquera Crianza - £15.99
The altitude in Toro is key to the quality of the wines because at 1,970-2,460 feet above sea level the region's growers can depend on cool nights to sustain the colour and flavour in the grapes ripened during the torrid summers on these red clays and sandy soils.
Castillo del Rio, 2006. - £9.19
A good 90% of all Spanish vineyards lie at altitudes higher than any major French wine region including most of La Mancha. The climate comprises of long hot summers and cold winters ranging from extremes of -15°C in the winter to 45°C in the summer. These wines are fantastic value alternatives to Rioja
Our pick from La Mancha is the Castillo Establés Gran Reserva - £5.99
The vineyards here stretch from the hot Mediterranean coast to altitudes where cold is a useful quality factor. They produce a wider range of wine styles than any comparable tract of Spain – from the finest fizz to the richest of syrups.
Torres Sangre de Toro - £5.99
New WOTW Cune Imperial Reserva 2004Date published: 09/09/11
CVNE, or Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) has a total of seven different brands produced within their three wineries situated in Rioja; Cvne Haro, Viña Real, and Contino. They all have one thing in common though; the wines produced are consistently high quality and, like most Rioja, great value.
This particular wine is only produced in exceptional vintages and the Tempranillo grapes used to make it are hand picked in the oldest vineyards. It is aged for a minimum of 12 months in French and American oak casks and for a further period in bottle before release which helps to create a wine with great finesse.
On appearance, this wine has a fine garnet colour with a faintly terracotta rim. It has an exemplary vanilla nose and also shows aromas of sloe and mulberries backed up by a pleasantly sweet spice. On the palate the wine is dry and elegant and displays well cooked curranty fruit with great fruitcake richness. The finish is long, rounded and complex.
Drink this fantastic wine in the next five to ten years with roasted lamb for a delicious food and wine match.
Focus on: ArgentinaDate published: 31/08/11
With so many fantastic offers throughout our Argentinian section its as good a time as any to learn a bit more about Argentina's viticultural side, and to give you a run down of our favourite wines.
Vines were first brought to Argentina by immigrants from Spain and Italy in the mid 19th century. But despite the near perfect conditions, no wine was exported from Argentina until the mid 1990's. Since then however, production and quality have gone through the roof, and Argentina is now the worlds 5th biggest wine producer.
The reason for Argentina's success lies in its topography, its high, very high. With the average vineyard elevation being some 900m above sea level, the highest, in the northern province of Salta is 3,000m high! This extreme altitude is necessary, as Argentina's vineyards are also closer to the equator than their European counterparts. The cooling effect of altitude prevents the grapes from becoming overripe and producing flabby wines.
The Signature grape of Argentina is Malbec, and it is on this that it stakes its reputation. The best coming from Mendoza, arguably the finest region in Argentina. The best examples are big powerful wines, packed with fruit and with velvety smooth tannins, an Ideal foil for that other Argentine stalwart... Steak!
As a man who eats a lot of red meat, I always look forwards to our Argentinian offers. Here are my picks from our extensive selection
BENMARCO MALBEC 2007, MENDOZA
I'm not sure if you can get any better for the price, a long time favourite of mine. The Benmarco is a big, robust wine that deserves a hearty meal, grab yourself a ribeye from the butchers and tuck in!
A LISA 2009, PATAGONIA
An 18th century Bordeaux blend, as Bordeaux used to be Malbec dominated back then. 90% Malbec, blended with Merlot and Petit Verdot, grown in the southern region of Patagonia and aged in French oak. This is a serious wine, try with roast lamb.
BENEGAS DON TIBURCIO 2008, MENDOZA
Another blend, with Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot and Petit Verdot added to the mix. Named after Federico Benegas' great-grandfather Tiburcio. Wonderfully complex and smooth and a steal at £9.99.
VINALBA RESERVA MALBEC 2009, MENDOZA
Consistently good, the Vinalba has long been a linchpin of our Argentinian range, and with good reason! For under a tenner its hard to beat, classic flavours of dark plum and berry fruits, with a lingering finish of dark chocolate.
CATENA ALTA CHARDONNAY, MENDOZA
The only white on the table, but its a belter. A constant feature in my rack, with a near perfect balance of fruit and minerality. Arguably Majestic's best value top end white, a must try!!
CATENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MENDOZA
Another from the Catena stable, this is a fantastic example of Argentinian Cabernet, for those of you wanting a change from Malbec. Full bodied, with firm tannins, partner with a roast beef dinner.
Majestic Windsors Appellation Road Trip: Pt2 - ChampagneDate published: 27/08/11
Champagne! Arguably the most famous of all wine producing regions, a drink of opulence, elegance and decadence. The nectar of the rich and famous and a must have for any special occasion. But where did this all come from, how did fizzy wine originate, and how did it begin its meteoric rise up the wine worlds ladder of prestige? Lets find out!
First, the basics. The Champagne region is located in northeast France, 90 miles east of Paris. The vineyards of Champagne focus around the two towns of Epernay and Reims. It is in these towns where the main houses of Champagne have set up shop, notable examples in Reims are; Taittinger, Veuve Cliquot, Krug, Lanson and Louis Roederer. In Epernay; Pol Roger, Perrier Jouet and Moet & Chandon. By law Champagne can only be made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in varying proportions. Different Houses use different blends depending on the desired style.
Wine was first made in Champagne by the Romans, cultivating vineyards from as early as the 5th century. The early wine of the Champagne region was a pale, pinkish wine made from Pinot Noir. The northerly climate of the region gave the Champenois a unique set of challenges in making wine. Being so far from the equator, the cold winters prematurely halted fermentation in the cellars, leaving dormant yeast cells that would awaken in the warmth of spring and start fermenting again. One of the byproducts of fermentation is the release of carbon dioxide gas, which, if the wine is bottled, is trapped inside the wine, causing intense pressure. The pressure inside the weak, early French wine bottles often caused them to explode, creating havoc in the cellars. If the bottle survived, the wine was found to contain bubbles, something that the early Champenois were horrified to see, considering it a fault. As late as the 17th century, Champenois wine makers were still trying to rid their wines of the bubbles.
It is at this point, in the mid 17th Century, that the British came to the rescue! Still Champagne wine was imported to England in wooden barrels before being bottled for sale. The English bottles were far stronger than their French counterparts, and did not break under the pressure of this accidental secondary fermentation. Not only that but the British found this sparkling version to be particularly palatable, duly demanded more and so Sparkling Champagne was born.
Champagne's relationship with the social elite is almost as old as the wine itself, upon hearing of this peculiar bubbly wine many of Europe's kings and queens demanded to feature it on their banquet tables. A trend that has continued to this day, with Pol Roger being drunk at the Royal Wedding this year.
A personal favourite of mine is Champagne Taittinger, and a house I was lucky enough to visit last year. Still family owned and operated, Taittinger use a high proportion of Chardonnay in their blend, which give a champagne of great delicacy and finesse. Their classic Brut NV always goes down well, but for truly exceptional value the Prelude Grands Crus is hard to beat. Made only from grapes grown in the grand cru vineyards (those with a 100% rating) and from the free run juice. This is the best non vintage Champagne I have ever tasted, and won a gold medal in last years Decanter World Wine Awards. At only £35 it is a real bargain too.
At the opposite end of the style spectrum is Bollinger. By using more Pinot Noir in their blend, and aging the wine for longer they create a richer, more complex style. A style famously enjoyed by a certain James Bond. Their Grand Anneé is my pick, packed with yeasty complexity and richness. This is a serious Champagne, and at £60 a great value alternative to the likes of Dom Perignon.
Next up we will travel south to discover more about Chablis AC.
Majestic Windsor's Appellation Road Trip (Pt1)Date published: 20/08/11
I'm sure you've seen it on TV countless times, a comedian and a wine critic jump in a quirky motor and do a drinks based road trip. Well that is the inspiration for this series of news articles, starting today!
As Chris has his WSET Diploma I'll assign him the role of wine critic, which I guess means I'm the comedian, I hope you like knock knock jokes.
Departing from Windsor, naturally, we will be taking in the best of the British drinks industry before crossing the channel for the serious business of demystifying the world of the Appellation Controllée system and its laws. First stop is right across the road at the Windsor and Eton Brewery.
These guys started up in April 2010, 79 years after the closure of the last brewery in Windsor. Here at Majestic we stock two of their fantastic ales. The Guardsman, a copper coloured 4.2% bitter, smoothened by oak conditioning and with a fresh hoppy finish. The Knight of the Garter, (named after the ancient order of chivalry, whose initiation ceremonies are held in Windsor Castle) is a golden ale, perfect for a sunny afternoon on the Long Walk. Those of you wanting to learn more about the brewery can go on a tour, just give them a call.
Next stop is The Sipsmith distillery in Hammersmith, London. Another small, independent drinks producer. Set up by the 'Sipsmiths', Fairfax, Jared and Sam in June 2009. They were the first copper distillery to open in London for almost 200 years. Using their glorious pot still 'prudence', they produce a tremendous London Gin and a Barley Vodka. By taking only a very selective 'heart' cut of the spirit they do not need to filter, and therefore retain more of the spirits desirable characteristics. A real personal favourite of mine, cut half and half with Fever Tree tonic or bitter lemon. Samples of the Gin, Vodka and Sloe Gin are available on the tasting counter here in Windsor for you to try.
From London we head south east to the Kent countryside, and English wine territory. In wine circles English sparkling wine has been known as rivaling champagne for some time, however it is now beginning to get the press and international recognition it deserves. The vineyards in Kent lay on the same chalk bedrock that gives us the white cliffs of dover, and extend under the Channel to France and the Champagne region. This similarity in rock and soil composition lends southeast England to the growth of 'Champagne grapes' Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. For those of you wanting to dabble in your first English wine experience (and I highly recommend you do) we stock the Chapel Down wines. Their sparkling wines are Champagne rivaling, especially the 2004 Pinot Reserve, and after the fantastic summer of 2009, their still red wines from that year are excellent too.
Next time we will head across to France and learn about the Champagne region.
See you then
New WOTW D'Arenberg Galvo Garage 2007Date published: 18/08/11
This is a very Australian take on a Bordeaux blend. The name stems from the term ‘garagists’, used to describe the producers in Bordeaux making great wines in their garage outside of the ‘Appellation Controlée’ system. The d’Arenberg wines are all made in a small-batch processing, very hands-on way (or feet, as the reds are all foot-trod) as the ‘garagists’ do. The reds are all made in an old galvanised garage/shed/winery, hence ‘Galvo’.
The wine’s appearance is noticeably deep and dark, suggesting a complex full-bodied, oak matured wine. The aromas are classic Cabernet with notes of dark plums, mulberry, blackcurrants, fragrant cassis and an underlying mix of dark chocolate, cherries and spiced violets. Fine-toasted, French oak and cedar notes come through as the wine opens.
The palate is dense and ripe, with a great complexity of fruit and oak. Extremely juicy fruit initially dominates before giving way to a wonderfully structured backbone of mineral acidity and fine lacy tannins.
A perfect choice for this unpredictable weather, if its sunny, fire up the BBQ for a great Australian match. Or on a damp and overcast day this wine is equally at home with a nice hearty roast.
"In fair Verona, where we lay our scene"Date published: 14/08/11
Six of the Best from the Veronese Region
Amarone Classico 2006 Masi
From one of the regions finest producers this block buster is everything Amarone should be dark, powerful and oh so rich. Ideal for a decadent BBQ or even better with mature cheese.
Amarone Classico 2008 Cantina Negrar
Fantastic Amarone at an affordable price. With classic flavours of Christmas cake, chocolate and sweet dark fruits this wine is a real bargain and perfect with game or rich pasta dishes.
Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2005 Bussola
Since 1983 Tommaso Bussola has been bringing a new level of quality to Valpolicella. While the wine possesses similar flavours to Amarone it has more grace and poise. Perfect with a cheese board.
Valpolicella Classico Ripasso 2008 Righetti
Made by fermenting the Valpolicella wine on the dried skins from Amarone to add power and depth to the finished wine. Bursting with cherry and plum fruits this is a wonderfully drinkable wine that goes with almost everything.
Corvina Rosso 2008 Ca'del Pipa
Corvina is the principal grape variety used in both Valpolicella and Amarone. This is a rare example of it used as a varietal but with lots of ripe berry fruit and soft tannins it is a fabulous wine. Ideal on its own or with rich red meats.
Soave Classico 2009 Inama
Inama is one of Soaves best producers along with Pieropan. Made using only the superior Garganega grape this rich white has flavours of apricots, honey and flowers. This combined with crisp acidity and a generous texture make it an ideal match to a creamy fish pie.
New WOTW Rust en Vrede Cabernet 2008Date published: 12/08/11
This estate is located in the heart of the beautiful Stellenbosch region near Cape Town in South Africa. It has been producing wines since 1700. However it was when the current winery was built in 1978 that it really started to fly. It is now owned by a former Springbok Jean Engelbrecht and the winery has featured in the list of 100 best wines in the world for 4 consecutive years.
This big hearty Cab is a dense purple colour with a ruby rim. The nose and palate are packed with ripe sweet black fruit and backed up with notes of aniseed, cocoa and ceder. The finish is incredible with a long length and plenty of liquorish and tobacco.
Like all top Cabernet's this will happily improve in the cellar for 10yrs or more. However that core of fruit and the quality of the tannin makes it highly enjoyable now, especially when partnered with a good bit of beef fillet.
New WOTW Chateau Gaudou Renaissance CahorsDate published: 02/08/11
Cahors is located in South Western France. It produces exclusively red wines and these wines are always based on the Auxerrois grape (A.K.A Malbec). The river Lot which runs through the region provided an ideal trading route and the wines have been well regarded for hundreds of years. There are records of Cahors being sold in London in the 1300's. Today the wines are muscular deeply coloured and full bodied.
Chateau Gaudou covers 86 acres and the grapes for this top cuvee are harvested from 25 year old vines. They are then fermented in oak for 18 months to produce a wonderfully deep and concentrated wine. On the nose it is very aromatic and black cherries dominate the palate which finishes on a spicy note.
Like all malbecs this is best partnered to a hearty steak. However the extra complexity and structure compared with it's Argentine competition means that it will also pair more subtle dishes such as slow roasted lamb shank in red jus.
The Windsor Guide to Unusual GrapesDate published: 29/07/11
Here is a brief introduction to 5 unusual grape varieties which pack a real punch in terms of quality and flavour but are soft and gentle in the value stakes.
- Fiano: Hailing from the Campania region of Italy, Fiano makes a rich full bodied wine. With flavours of citrus, flowers and ginger coupled with a cleansing acidity it's a great summer white. The Fiano 'Fremendo' on offer at £6.99 would be my pick.
- Marsanne: Originally from the Northern Rhone it is now widely planted across southern France. Aromatic in style with flavours of pear, honey and honeysuckle it produces a medium bodied white that modern wine making techniques have really benefited. An excellent example is the Paul Mas Marsanne 'La Forge Vineyard' at £8.99
- Albarino: This Spanish variety from the province of Galicia on the Northwestern coast is able to make wines of exceptional quality. Combining the fine structure of Chardonnay with the honeyed and stone fruit flavours of Viognier. The Albarino by Martin Codax on offer at £9.99 is a top example.
- Carignan:This widely planted French grape is more commonly used in blends due to its deep colour and full body. However when it is grown in the best sites it can produce a lovely single varietal red. It will always be full bodied and gutsy but the flavours of blackberries, cocoa and herbs match the rustic structure very well. Paul Mas make a cracking example from the 'Savignac Vineyard' on offer at £6.99.
- Negroamaro: This ancient variety was brought to Italy by the Greeks in the 8th century Bc. Now widely planted in the Puglia region the wines from the up and coming Salice Salentino DOC are creating a real buzz in the wine world. Very distinctive in style with smoky, plummy flavours underpinned by warming earthy notes. The 'I Satiri' Riserva 2006 from Candido is a steal at £6.99 and the 5 years of age has really made the wine sing.
All the above are currently in stock at Majestic Wines Windsor. Prices are correct at the time of publishing.
Desert Island Six'sDate published: 27/07/11
Imagine the scene, you are happily browsing around your local Majestic when, out of nowhere, some unknown horror sweeps you away to be stranded on a desert island. A horrifying and as yet unheard of scenario. In this hypothetical wine shop based disaster however, there is a silver lining, before you are whisked away you have just enough time to gather together a mixed half case. But what would you choose...?
It's a question we have often pondered over here at Majestic Windsor. As a result here are our Desert Island Six's.
1. The wine I would choose for my first night would be the Zind Humbrecht Gewurz, it always puts a smile on my face with the lush tropical fruit and gingery spice.
2. Once I'd set up my camp a nice provence rose would be my next choice. The Chateau Pigoudet La Chapelle would be the perfect accompaniment to a tropical sunset.
3. Given all my food would need to be cooked on an open fire, a big aussie shiraz seems an essential choice. The Two Hands Lilly's Garden from the McClaren vale is my personal favourite. An unbelieveable wine that is sure to improve any meal.
4. To stop me feeling homesick my fourth wine would be a taste of home. The Chapel Down Pinot reserve 2004 is a champagne rivaling fizz of the highest class.
5. My fifth choice is selected purely because I love it. Capo Martino is a beautiful Italian white from the North East of Italy. Made using a blend of local varieties and aged in Slovenian oak . It is a delicate and subtle wine but with wonderfully complex flavours. Pure indulgence.
6. Finally my rescue wine. I have never been one to hold with tradition and I believe the perfect wine for a celebration is your favourite wine. With that in mind I have picked the Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 1998 from Bordeaux to celebrate my rescue. A classic left bank Bordeaux that is drinking perfectly at the moment.
1. My first choice would have to be something comforting and warming for my first lonely night on the Island, a nice speyside Whisky would do the trick. With The Balvenie Double Wood being a personal favourite.
2. I would like to think that after a few days my mood would brighten, and I am also imagining this Island to be pretty hot, so a nicely chilled Sauvignon Blanc would hit the spot on a sunny island afternoon. A long time favourite The Jackson Estate 'Stich' Sauvignon would go particularly well with my freshly caught fish. (I also have excellent hypothetical survival skills)
3. For the winning combo of taste and sentimental reasons my third choice would be the Valpolicella Classico Ripasso, from La Casetta di Ettore Righetti. A wine I remember from before I started working for Majestic. I would drive my grandad to the Warrington branch for his monthly shop, and instead of petrol money he would buy me a case of this. With this wine I would sit, sip and think of home.
4. After my sentimental evening with the Ripasso I will probably need cheering up, so my fourth choice would be my (so far) favourite fine red wine, the Allegrini Amarone. Big, robust. warming and ooozing complexity. I could enjoy this with a wild boar I beat to death with an empty Jackson estate bottle a few nights ago.
5. My favourite everyday white is another for an afternoon sunbathing in my handmade hammock, The Vasse Felix Chardonnay. this wine reminds me of my first summer working for majestic, and when I began to realize how wonderfully diverse the chardonnay grape can be.
6. Finally, for my eventual rescue, it has to be a champagne. I will personally always hold a soft spot for Taittinger after spending a few days in their vineyards, and their vintage from 2004 is particularly yummy.
Drinks for an English Sporting SummerDate published: 20/06/11
If, like me, you are a tennis nut, then the coming fortnight will be one of the highlights of the sporting calendar. It's Wimbledon! Nothing typifies an English summer for me like the pristine grass, panama hats and strawberries and cream of the All England Club.
And, as with any sporting event in this country, you have to get your drinks right! Here at Majestic Windsor we have the perfect selection of all English tipples for a patriotic summer picnic with the tennis. (if rowing is more your bag then these will all go down swimmingly at Henley regatta too!)
The Classic – Mix 1 part Pimm's No1 cup with 3 parts lemonade, add a sprig of mint and a couple of slices of orange for the archetypal No1 Cup. I recommend a dash of ginger ale and a shot of gin on top.
Pimm's Royale – A measure of Pimm's No1 in the bottom of a flute glass, top with sparkling wine. (try Chapel Down for an all English version) To finish, plop in a juicy Strawberry!
Pimm's Deuce – For a fruity twist on the Classic Mix 1 part Pimm's No1 with 1.5 parts orange juice and 1.5 parts cranberry juice. Finish by adding a slice of orange and a strawberry.
Pimm's No1 - £12 when you buy 2 (down from £15)
Chapel Down Brut NV -
Chapel Down English Sparkling Rosé -
£22.99now only £16.99
Chapel Down English Rosé - £9.99
Chapel Down Now in StockDate published: 16/06/11
We are now stocking three of the English wines from Chapel Down. The still Rose at £9.99, the Brut at £14.99 and the excellent English Rose Blanc de Noir at £16.99.
Bolly Bolly Bolly!Date published: 10/06/11
It must be the most well known and used quote in the wine trade, but it echoes our sentiments here at Majestic Windsor so I'll throw it in.
"I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it... unless I’m thirsty" - Madame Lilly Bollinger
To be fair, Lilly Bollinger probably didn't have to worry about the expense of champagne while consuming it seemingly every hour of the day (the perks of owning a champagne house). But with our current offer of Bollinger NV for only £30.39 its never been more affordable to live like Lilly.
And with the likes of Royal Ascot, Henley Regatta and Wimbledon just around the corner (for all of which I believe a bottle of fizz in hand is compulsory to gain admission) there is no better time to stock up.
Our New Assistant ManagerDate published: 31/05/11
We are delighted to welcome Richard as our new assistant manager. Feel free to come down and say hello.
Rebellion Beers Now In StockDate published: 11/05/11
We are delighted to announce that we have just taken delivery of our first order of the excellent Rebellion ales brewed nearby in Marlow. We have both the Red and the Blonde ales.
The Windsor Knot Royal Wedding BeerDate published: 25/04/11
We have just taken delivery of a new beer called The Windsor Knot, which has been specially produced by the Windsor and Eton Brewery to coincide with the Royal Wedding.
Majestic Wine Supports Wine ReliefDate published: 20/02/11
Majestic is participating again in Wine Relief this year between the 3rd of February and 18th of March. Wine Relief is part of the Red Nose Day fundraising campaign set up by Master of Wine Jancis Robinson and her husband in 1999. Proceeds to date towards Wine Relief top £3.8 million, and we are very proud to be donating more money towards helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa.
This year, 10% of the price of every bottle from a selection of 12 varied and interesting wines will be donated to this cause. For more information, pop in and see us in-store and help us raise as much money as possible!
Windsor and Eton beersDate published: 15/01/11
We are delighted to announce that we have just started stock the excellent beers from the Windsor and Eton brewery.
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Adam Trainee ManagerAfter 5 years of stacking toilet rolls I've joined the team here at Majestic Windsor to return to my first choice of retailing; wine. More than happy to chat about our selection of wines, slightly obscure alternatives are my specialty - there is always a wine to match your preference!
Clay DriverWindsor's compact and windswept delivery force. I'll be on your doorstep before you know it! My favourite biscuits are ginger nuts...
Jack Assistant ManagerI love wine. Can't get enough of it. Seriously, it's becoming a borderline problem... Fortunately, I'm able to deal with this by working in a wine shop! My main passions include Super Tuscan reds, Champagne waterfalls and Chardonnay so buttery you could pour it on your toast...
Jonaisy Trainee ManagerI've spent the full 7 months of my Majestic career at our Camberley store, so I'm very excited by the change of scenery and pace! I'm currently learning for my wine exams, so please ask me as many questions as possible. My favourite tipples include Malbec, Champagne and big new world Chardonnay!
Pete ManagerTwo years in at Majestic and I still love learning about wines from around the world, it feels like I never stop learning! As far as my wine likes go it's pretty classic, left bank Bordeaux or a big buttery Chardonnay. That's not to say I dont love wines from all corners of the globe from South America to Oz, trying new wines is one of the highlights of the job.