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- Daily Wine Review: Saint Veran 'Les Crais' 2010 - Cordier. 22/12/13
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- Free Saturday Tutorials - Today: Syrah/Shiraz 28/09/13
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- Fine Wine Friday: Promis Gaja 2009 04/01/13
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Summer time with Pimm's...Date published: 17/04/14
Summer time with Pimm's...
We are currently selling Pimm's at a staggering £11.99 a bottle and with summer right on our door steps I think it might be time to pull out pitcher.
A little recipe for you...
1 part Pimm's @ £11.99 a bottle
3 part Fever tree Sicilian Lemonade @ £3.25 a 4 pack
Chop us some Strawberry's, Cucumber, mint and orange
Add some ice
Mix altogether in your pitcher and enjoy!
Majestic Wines Worthing Easter Opening TimesDate published: 16/04/14
The Easter opening hours for Majestic Worthing are:
Good Friday: 10am -8pm
Easter Saturday: 9am -7pm
Easter Sunday: Closed
Easter Monday: 10am-5pmWe have delivery slots available during these operating hours so give us a call on 01903 238225 for free delivery.
Cracking white burgundy at £7.49!Date published: 15/04/14
Montagny Vieilles Vignes Buxy 2010 is now down to just £7.49 when you buy two more!
100% Chardonnay, this offering from the Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is delightfully crisp with lemon and white blossom aromas. Very clean on the finish, this tastes just as good as wines twice the price.
Perfect for parties as an alternative to Italian whites and delicious when served with shellfish or summery salads.
Hurry though, it won't last long at this price!
Pick'n'n Mix for EasterDate published: 14/04/14
Pick'n'n Mix for Easter - 33.3% off you shopping bill!
I have selected my top 6 to enjoy this Easter holidays.
1) Quinta de Azevedo 2013, VinhoVerde @ £5.99 - Literally 'green wine' from the Minho region of Northern Portugal. Complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. A lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced, hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish.
2) Pouilly-Fumé 2011, Jean Vincent @ £9.99 - 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.
3) M de Minuty Rosé 2013, Côtes deProvence @ £9.99 - Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.
4) Côtes-du-Rhône 2012, LéonPerdigal @ £6.66 - The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length.
5) Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012,Mendoza @ £7.99 - This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time.
6) Bouvet Saumur Rosé Brut NV @ £8.99 - A delicate and inviting salmon pink, this is a light and immediately welcoming sparkling rosé, with a raspberry and peach fruit character, a fine mousse and a clean and uplifting floral nose. I am taking one home with me to enjoy and should write about it in my next article.
Must try wines that won't disappoint you!
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE...
Don't miss out on the best deals and online exclusive wines!Date published: 13/04/14
Don't miss out on the best deals and online exclusive wines!
To avoid disappointment and missing our offers and special releases of our online exclusive wines, please provide us with your email address next time you shop with us. You can always call 01903238225. This is strictly for marketing only purposes and we do not share your private information with anyone else.
Online exclusive Rose release Date published: 13/04/14
Online exclusive Rose release.
Over few days sale of Rose wines has risen significantly. Our customers definitely know how to enjoy the sunshine. We have had enquires about the new wines, award winning wineries in Provence and other recommendations.
We have a brand new selection of wonderful Rosé magnums to feast your eyes upon.
Few days ago Majestic Wine sent out emails with a special release of Rose wines. If you haven't received it or perhaps you would like a reminder then please find the link to our short-term selection below:
*To not to miss out on any other future offers and releases of online exclusive wines, please provide us with your email address next time you shop with us. You can always call 01903238225. This is strictly for marketing only purposes and we do not share your private information with anyone else.
Zinfandel grape - get to know me!Date published: 12/04/14
Zinfandel grape - get to know me!
Zinfandel is one of those grape varieties that is loved by everyone. With the growing popularity of Zinfandel, I would like to bring you closer to learn more about it.The grape is genetically the same as the Italian Primitivo variety and the Croatian grape Crljenak KaštelanskiIt produces very full-bodied reds as well as medium-sweet rosé known as White ZinfandelI is grown in about 11% of Californian vineyards with a number of exceptional examples. Many have high alcohol due to uneven ripening of the grapes. This also means some grapes have started to raisin, leading to intense red fruit and sometimes slight residual sugar.
Our Zinfandel range includes:
Ravenswood Lodi, Bonterra and Fetzer White Zinfandel from California
Surani Costarossa 2011, Primitivodi Manduria from Italy
Zinfandel is perfect for BBQ season, so why not to try!
We offer great deals at the moment so why not give them a try.
Peroni, Nastro AzzurroDate published: 11/04/14
The Peroni company was established under the founding family name in the town of Vigevano, Italy (1846). The company was moved to Rome by Giovanni Peroni in 1864, six years prior to Rome becoming the Italian capital in 1870. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the company became one of the most prominent brewing companies in the newly unified Italian nation.
Peroni is the Peroni company's original brand, and according to Assobirra, the second best selling pale lager in Italy. It is 4.7% abv, and is made with barley malt, maize, hop pellets and hop extract. By the 1950s and 1960s, Peroni was the most recognized brand of beer throughout the Italian peninsula. The following decade saw the expansion of Peroni into foreign markets through international distribution, itself spurred by recognition of the increasingly popular advertising for the Peroni brand. Today, market research confirms Peroni as the most recognized and most widely consumed Italian beer.
Planning a BBQ this weekend? Well then you'd better get yourself some Peroni from Majestic Worthing. Don't miss this fantastic offer of £24 per case, that's just £1 per bottle-ever heard anything so ridiculous?
New Wine In! Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013, Côteaux d'Aix en ProvenceDate published: 10/04/14
New Wine In! Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013, Côteaux d'Aix en Provence
The vineyards of Vallée des Pins are located just to the north of Aix en Provence. The wine is made by traditional 'assemblage', in which the constituent grape varieties are vinified separately, before being carefully blended to achieve the desired style.
The blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon make this rather bold with smooth enjoyable finish. Pale and delicate in appearance, this rosé offers remarkable depth of flavour and aroma. The nose is full of strawberries, raspberries, pears and white peaches. On the palate those fruit combine with more exotic guava-like characters.Try with gratinated aubergines or other simple Mediterranean cuisine. I personally would serve it at any BBQ.
Try it for yourself. It is open on the tasting counter.
Was £9.99, now at £7.99 if you buy two or more.
Easter is coming!Date published: 10/04/14
Easter is coming!
Trading hours over the Easter period as follows:
Friday 18th April: 10am - 8pm
Saturday 19th April: 9am - 7pm
Sunday 20th April: We are closed
Monday 21st April: Bank holiday hours 10am - 5pm
We also run full delivery schedule to make sure you get your orders ready for Easter.
It's all about RoseDate published: 09/04/14
Let's will on the Easter weather and talk about rosé!
1) Rosé is usually made from red grapes where the juice has 2-4 weeks contact time with the skins, to extract the pink colour
2) Rosé Champagne is the only exception, where red and white wines can be blended
3) Pinot Grigio Blush is the palest as it comes from 'grey' skinned grapes
4) Provence rosés from the south of France are all the rage, and are pale, crisp and refreshing
5) We stock Magnum sizes of Provence rosé!
6) White Zinfandel is a sweeter style from California
7) Generally, the darker the rosé is in colour, the more red fruit character it will have
8) Sancerre rosé (made from Pinot Noir grapes) from Loire,is very limited in production and can command premium prices
9) Rioja Rosé from Spain is often made from Grenache and is aged for a small amount of time before release
10) Rosés make nice aperitifs and are also the perfect accompaniment to a picnic
My current favourite is the 'Black Cottage' Rosé from New Zealand and also the 'Vinalba' from Argentina (coming soon!) Why not ask other members of staff for their recommendations?
Pouilly-Fumé Jean Vincent: £14.99 £9.99*Date published: 08/04/14
Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12th generations of a wine making 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.
This is an intensely aromatic wine on first sniff, with a famously Loire-esque nose of gooseberry fruit and a flinty, smoky character. A long steely finish continues the mineral theme to bring together a mouthwatering and all round classic aperitif style Pouilly-Fumé at an astounding price.
New Wine of the Week!Date published: 07/04/14
Caixas Albarino, 2012, Spain. £7.49 (when you buy 2x or more)
This week our WOTW has a bit of a personal touch to Majestic. You won't find this anywhere else - it's a company exclusive, and the grapes themselves were picked by Majestic employees!
Albarino is a speciality of North Western Spain, where the grape relishes the Atlantic breezes and plentiful rainfall, creating crisp, refreshing aromatic wines. This one brings a core of citrus to the table wrapped in peaches, apricots and a whiff of white flowers. A great new wine for all fans of fruit-forward aromatic whites!
Cune Imperial Rioja Reserva 2007: £22 £17*Date published: 07/04/14
Cune Imperial Rioja Reserva 2007:
A blend of mainly Tempranillo with some Graciano and Mazuelo, this is a truly excellent Rioja Reserva. The name Imperial is a nod to the British nation as it was originally exported to the UK in imperial pint sized bottles, so perfect for any patriots out there... Only produced in exceptional vintages using grapes from their oldest vineyards, so you can be sure of it's quality!
A fairly smoky nose, with lovely stewed mulberry and blackberry aromas. It's aged in French and American oak barrels which means it's rich and structured, with some warm vanilla flavours on the palate. As with most Rioja this would be perfect with roast lamb, but try to give it a couple of hours in a decanter before drinking to allow it to fully open up.
A quick guide to wine tastingDate published: 06/04/14
Ever wonder what people are actually doing when the swirl wine round, sniff it and look at its legs?! Apart from looking a bit odd, these are all things that could potentially tell you something about a wine before you even know what it is.
Here's a quick guide that's easy to follow for you to impress your friends with.
-Firstly pour yourself some wine, about 50ml in a glass is the perfect amount for tasting. Hold your glass up to the light or on a white background, and look to see how clear the wine is (clarity), most wines are usually clear, and cloudy wines can indicate a fault. Do not be put off by a bit of sediment in a red wine, it is only natural and usually the sign of a full bodied-aged wine.
-Next your looking for intensity and colour (how bold is the colour?) White wine tends to gain colour with age where as red wine loses colour and can fade from a ruby red to a brownish brick colour. Purple/bluish colours often indicate a young wine.
-Legs? Most wines will have legs(or tears), this is when you swirl the wine round the glass and it slowly drips back down. 'Good Legs' can mean that the wine has a high alcohol content and is medium to full bodied.
Swirling wine around the glass helps to get Oxygen into the wine which helps release it's flavours.
-When you first smell a wine, you a mainly checking its 'condition', whether it is faulty or not. Damp cardboard, or a mouldy/musty smell will probably mean the wine is 'corked', this is when a bacteria has infected the cork in production, not when their is cork in the wine. Although SCREW CAPS cannot be 'corked' they can still get bacteria infections in the top of the lid, but this is much more uncommon.
-What flavours can you smell? And how strong are they? During fermentation, 'ethers' (flavours) are created in the wine that can sometimes be exactly the same as those found in fruits. If you can smell fruit, what kind of fruit is it, citrus? Stone? Black/red? If you can smell apples, what type of apple is it? If you can smell vanilla, or spice this is usually a sign that a wine has spent some time in oak barrels.
Now the best bit
-How sweet is the wine? Or how dry is it? Don't be fooled by wines that have tropical fruit flavours, they are still usually dry but can give the impression of sweetness.
-What is the acidity like? You detect acidity down the sides of your tongue-does it make your mouth water? Sometimes wines that have high acidity make me sneeze! Tannins are only found in red wines and are the same thing found in tea and coffee, and what will stain your teapot! Tannins will dry your mouth out and coat your teeth-RED WINE MOUTH ALERT!
-When we talk about the body of a wine we are referring to the weight of it in our mouth. The easiest way to think of it is in terms of milk-skimmed being the lightest and full fat being the heaviest.
- What flavours can you taste? Can you taste the same flavours that you could smell? Or a re they different? How strong and the flavours and how long do they last in your mouth? A wine with many flavours that continue after you've swallowed or change as you drink the wine, can be a sign of the quality of wine-the more flavours the better. In this case you would say the wine had a long 'finish'.
Once you know what signs you're looking for, you could then have a guess at what wine it could be, E.G citrus, grass and grapefruit flavours are typical of a Sauvignon Blanc. Plum and blackberries belong to Merlot.
So they're you go. Sign up to our next FREE wine course on the 17th April to learn more and get some all important practice!
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Wine of the Day: Ioja Reserva Imperial 2008, CVNEDate published: 05/04/14
Grapes: Graciano, Tempranillo, Mazuelo
Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in Haro, Rioja.
Named Imperial because it was originally exported to the UK in imperial pint sized bottles, this is one of the best Rioja Reservas around.
Fine garnet colour with terracotta tinge. Vanilla notes on the nose, with sloes, mulberries and spice. There's even a slight hint of coffee. Stewed currant fruit on the palate, dry and elegant with great richness and a fine long finish.
Drink with slow-cooked lamb. Decant before serving.
Try it for yourself as it's open on our tasting counter. £22 or £17 when you buy 2 or more
Offer alert...Louis Roederer Brut Premier NVDate published: 03/04/14
Offer alert...Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV
From the maker of Cristal, a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes. A long, complex and rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style.
Currently £27.99 when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £42.00
This great offer is valid until the end of April...Call us on 01903 238225 to avoid missing out
Daily Wine Review: Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, CoonawarraDate published: 02/04/14
Daily Wine Review: Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Coonawarra
This Cabernet is a typical example of Coonawarra's famous medium bodied, intensely fruity and fragrant style. It comes from one of Leconfield's three mature vineyard blocks in Coonawarra, first planted in 1974, and has been matured with minimal oak contact.
Made in a deliberately fruit-forward style, offering inky blackcurrant andplum fruit, accented with hints of cedar and fresh leaves. Ripe and elegant, with long, soft tannins.
Enjoy immediately or cellar for 4-6 years to allow greater aromatic maturation.
This wine is part of our great Pick'n'Mix offer. Was £12.99 with 33.3% off you can get it for £8.66.
Why not to try it before you buy it? Come and explore our tasting counter and try Hamilton Block CS today!
New Pick'n'Mix 33.3% off selected winesDate published: 01/04/14
New Pick'n'Mix 33.3% off selected wines
This is yet another month of Pick'n'Mix offers, the highly discounted range of wines specially selected for you. 33.3% off applies when you buy any two selected wines.
First of all, The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is @ £6.99, what a bargain! It has been Majestic's best selling wine for over two years now. It comes from famous Marlborough region. A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate.
Another fantastic offer bargain is Gavi Montiero @ £5.99, an Italian equivalent of every day Chabli like known wine. A Cortese pale golden colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest and grapefruit, along with subtle hints of fresh fennel. Bone dry and with moderate acidity, it offers a clean and refreshing finish.
With regards to red wines, I highlight recommend Eguia Rioja Reserva 2006 @ £6.66 and Eguia Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 @ £8.99. Vineyard is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's wine-making hotspots.
Reserva has a rich ruby colour, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas.The palate has weight yet an elegant profile. Gran Reserva beautifully shows a 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.
We have got plenty more offers in store #comeandexplore 33.3% off TODAY!
Pick'n'Mix Ne Zealand offers £6.66 ENDING TODAYDate published: 31/03/14
Pick'n'Mix Ne Zealand offers ENDING TODAY!
Quick, quick, quick, there is last day of your favourite New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs offers.
33.3% off or 1/3rd off, whatever you like to call it it. Today is the last day of the Pick'n'Mix on this forever popular Kiwi import.
Giesen and Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc only £6.66 if you buy two or more from the selected 'Pick'n'Mix' offer.
This is an incredible buy and you cannot miss it! Pop in to our store in Worthing or alternatively for a quick and convenient shopping call us 01903238225. We also offer a FREE delivery 7/days a week. What not to like about that? Bargain wines deliver straight to your door.
Daily Wine Review: Black Cottage Rosé 2013, MarlboroughDate published: 30/03/14
Daily Wine Review: Black Cottage Rosé 2013, Marlborough
It is officially Spring and that of course means the appearance of some well loved Rosé wines from around the world. One Rosé in particular that catches my attention is the Black Cottage from New Zealand. The Black Cottage range has amassed a good reputation through sales of its Sauvignon Blanc and more recently Pinot Gris. But now it's time for the Rosé to gain a reputation as a perfect alternative to Sancerre or Provence Rosé, giving it a standing as totally different from other New World Rosé's.
Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir compose into a pale salmon pink wine with a gentle and attractive nose of ripe red berries and subtle spice. Light and refreshing, the delicate fruit and crisp acidity fade to a clean, dry finish.
The Black Cottage Rosé is currently £9.99 when you buy two (if not more!). £12.49 single bottle price.
Daily Wine Review: Chablis 'La Collégiale' 2012, LarocheDate published: 29/03/14
Daily Wine Review: Chablis 'La Collégiale' 2012, Laroche
Looking for gift ideas for mother's day? I point you out to this high-quality Chablis made by Domaine Laroche. The soil in Chablis is a mixture of limestone and Kimmeridgian clay, and is said to be responsible for the wines' unmistakable mineral character. Fruit supplied by several partner growers. Pale golden colour and a youthful citrus nose with spring blossom nuances. The palate is fresh and harmonious, with nicely focused fruit and mineral character and a lingering stony texture on the finish.
Enjoy with your dearest mum on her special day this Sunday. It perfectly matches with all fruit de la mer, like freshly prepared sushi, or a salad of prawns and watercress.
It is open on the tasting counter for you to try and decide for yourself.
At £12.99 on multi-buy deal* is a steal. £14.99 single bottle price.
*when you buy two or more as a part of your mixed case.
Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2012Date published: 28/03/14
Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2012
Pinot can carry a slightly elitist air about it. This Central Otago offering is approachable enough for newcomers yet elegant enough to justify its classy reputation.
Cranberry. Summer fruits. Blueberry. Farmy air. Mocha. Soft peppercorn. Punchy acidity. Felt tannins. Warming alcohol.
Always a staff favourite and yours for £17 a bottle when you buy two or more. Ideal for your spring roasts.
Mothers Day SpecialsDate published: 27/03/14
With Mother's Day fast approaching we have added several products to our Pick 'n' Mix deal to help you save a little and still look like a superb son or daughter. Or, you could just buy for yourself.
Ravenswood Zinfandel- Now only £6.66 when you buy more than one, save 33%.
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc- Now only £6.66 when you buy more than one, save 33%.
Prosecco Corte Alta- Now only £6.66 when you buy more than one, save 33%.
Testimonio Luigi Bosca- Now only £8.66 when you buy more than one, save 33%.
These Products are on a WEEK ONLY Price. SO get 'em quick.
Daily Wine Review: Testimonio 2011, Luigi Bosca Date published: 26/03/14
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Tannat from Argentina stands out as a great alternative to a Malbec if you were thinking of trying something different.
Bodegas Luigi Bosca was established in 1901 by Leoncio Arizu, and the Arizu family still own and run the estate today, three generations down the line.
Testimonio is a blend of fruit from selected estate vineyards,designed as a benchmark expression of the 'house style'. A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla.
This would be an absolute treat with some strong firm cheese or a bloody steak.
Come down and try for yourself-it's open on our tasting counter. NOW PART OF OUR PICK 'N' MIX RANGE SAVING 33%- £8.66 WHEN YOU BUY 2 OR MORE FROM THIS RANGE. THIS PRICE IS FOR ONE WEEK ONLY!!!!!
Daily Wine Review: Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon 2008/09, Hunter ValleyDate published: 25/03/14
Daily Wine Review: Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon 2008/09, Hunter Valley
A superb value example of the unique style that is Hunter Valley Semillon, from old, low-cropping vines on the Arrowfield Estate. Made of 100% Semillon in a modern, youthful style, using only stainless steel for fermentation, this wine is nonetheless remarkably age-worthy. Delicate yet well-defined aromas of lime and lemon are joined by subtle floral hints. The palate is soft textured yet lightly crisp, with a long, lemony finish. Enjoy immediately or cellar carefully for up to 5 years to allow the wine to develop a richer, more honeyed profile.
We have opened it on our tasting counter. Based on it's value for money I expect it to be a steal on a deal. I have already made a purchase of six. Great midweek wine to share on warmer days that are ahead of us (I hope at least).
Get it now @ £6.99 if you buy two or more giving you savings of £4 per bottle. £9.99 regular price.
Trade Customers apply withinDate published: 24/03/14
Trade Customers apply within.
If you're shopping for a business please contact us on 01903238225 and we can put you in touch with our dedicated Commercial team.
We offer exclusive wines, free delivery and credit terms. Daily deliveries 7 days/week from your local store and our enthusiastic knowledgeable staff would be happy to help with all your enquires.
Need wine in a hurry? Call us now and to discuss your needs.
Last Chance for March Pick 'n' MixDate published: 24/03/14
Last pickings for this month's "Pick 'n' Mix"!
As the end of March approaches and spring has set upon us (hasn't it??..) I just thought I would send a gentle reminder :) about the pick 'n' mix wines on offer. Don't worry however, there will be plenty more next month to choose from...
In the meantime why not grab yourself some bottles of the fantastic Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 from Chile at only £7-99 (ripe blackcurrent fruits to the fore), or the limited parcel of Delegat's Reserve Merlot 2009 from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand - a snip at £6-99 a bottle! And finally the customer and staff favourite of Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc at just £6.66.
Daily Wine Review: Château Lanessan 1998, Haut- MédocDate published: 23/03/14
Daily Wine Review: Château Lanessan 1998, Haut- Médoc
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.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot blend that has seen quite bit of age with well structured claret. It is a medium-weight, with a dark purple blackcurrant backbone and accented by notes of roasted herbs on the nose. Good fruit concentration and sweetly defined tannins.
Decant and enjoy immediately, or cellar for up to 10 years.
Size does matterDate published: 22/03/14
We have begun to see some summer Rose appearing in store. With this has come some bottles larger than usual. As you know, wine typically comes in 75cl bottles, however if you were under the impression that this is the only size you can buy wine in, then you are very much mistaken. A Magnum (2 bottles) or Jeroboam (4 bottles) will typically not cost too much more than 2 or 4 standard bottles, but extra costs may be incurred if the glass is hand blown. But nothing can replace the drama and excitement at a special occasion when a larger than normal bottles makes an appearance. There are stated names for all the bottles as they increase in size. Below are the used names and a little information about the origin of their names:
2 Bottles = A Magnum (named after the pose used in the film Zoolander)
4 Bottles = A Jeroboam or Double Magnum (Biblical, First king of the northern Israelite Kingdom of Israel.)
8 bottles = A Methuselah (Biblical, Oldest Man)
12 Bottles = A Salmanazar (Biblical, Assyrian King)
16 Bottles = A Balthazar (One of three Wise Men to present a gift to Jesus after his birth)
20 Bottles = A Nebuchadnezzar (Biblical, King of Babylon)
24 bottles = A Melchior (One of three Wise Men to present a gift to Jesus after his birth)
36 bottles = A Primat or A Goliath (Biblical, stoned by David)
40 bottles = A Melchizedek (Biblical, King of Salem)
We currently have plenty of magnums for sale
FREE Wine Courses at Majestic!Date published: 20/03/14
Ever wanted to learn a little more about wine?
If the answer is 'yes' then why not sign up for one of our FREE wine courses in store.
-First of all, it's totally free
-The course is run by one of our friendly and knowledgeable members of staff
-Impress your friends with the fun facts you will learn!
-Wine tasting AND food and wine matching
-A fun, relaxing evening to learn a little more about wine
Book your FREE place by calling us on 019030238225 or email us at email@example.com
We still have spaces left on our next course Thursday the 17th April, 6.30pm
We look forward to welcoming you to the Worthing store.
Online Exclusive: The Laurent Miquel Signature Case 6x75cl BottlesDate published: 20/03/14
Online Exclusive: The Laurent Miquel Signature Case 6x75cl Bottles
An exclusive mixed case of two single vineyard wines from one of the best wine makers in the Languedoc - Laurent Miquel. The Bardou Syrah has an intense, generous bouquet of complex red fruit and spices - superb with grilled meats. The Vérité Viognier is opulent and rich with well integrated oak. It has a lingering finish, pairing well with fine French cuisine such as grilled sea bass. We will be shipping direct from the winery to fulfil confirmed online orders only. The wines will be delivered to us direct from the winery at the beginning of April, so you can expect them to arrive with you mid-April.
Offer alert...Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 MarlboroughDate published: 17/03/14
Offer alert...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.
A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.
Currently £7.98 when you buy 2 or more save 25%, unit price £10.65*
This offer is only valid for a short while. Please feel free to call us on 01903 238225 for free delivery*
Grape Varieties and OriginsDate published: 16/03/14
Did you know, that the only way to reproduce the same grape variety again and again, is to take cuttings of that vine and plant them. A seed planted from a Chardonnay grape would not then grow to be another Chardonnay. For example, when a baby is born, it may be similar to the parents but definitely not the same. It may share similar qualities in looks or personality, but they a re still a completely different person. So instead the seed (or baby!) becomes a completely new variety, even if it is still quite similar.
Creating these new varieties does happen, however it is costly and time consuming with no guaranteed success in the end. One very successful new variety is the South African grape Pinotage, which is a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsault.
The Ned is on offer @ MajesticwinesDate published: 15/03/14
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is just £6.99 until Monday, tell all your friends!
Also down at the bargain price of £4.99 is Grifone Montepluciano, bursting with sour cherries and baking spice.
Last but not least, the Gavi Montiero, a deliciously crisp and spring-like white is now only £5.99.
What's not to like?!
Craft Beers at Majestic WorthingDate published: 14/03/14
Our range of Craft Beers have been selling really well, proving really popular with customers and staff like. They are all currently on a mix and match deal, where you can mix 2 packs for £9.99 a pack instead of £12.99 a pack (All the packs contain either 6 bottles or 6 cans). The beers we stock are:
Einstok Icelandic White Ale
Anchor Steam Beer
Underdog Atlantic Lager
Brew Dog Punk IPAWhy not try some yourself this very weekend!
The Fine Wine PlanDate published: 12/03/14
The Fine Wine Plan.
Ever thought about buying wine Fine Wine En Primeur? Many fine wines are offered "En Primeur" (before they have been bottled by the producer and are still resting in barrel) and "In Bond" (exclusive of duty and VAT).
Majestic's partner company Lay & Wheeler offer a fine wine plan which is a simple and effective way to gradually build your own fine wine collection for as little as £50 per month. Some of the benefits of buying En Primeur with Lay & Wheeler include:
• Storage at Vinotéque, a specialist wine-dedicated bonded warehouse.
• Expert advice from knowledgeable and passionate staff.
• An exciting and ever-evolving range.
• Bordeaux and Burgundy En Primeur and fine wines from Champagne , Rioja, Tuscany and Piedmont in good vintages.
For more information please visit http://www.layandwheeler.com
Daily Wine Review: The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Date published: 12/03/14
The Ned Waihopai River SauvignonBlanc 2013, Marlborough NEW ZEALAND
The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.
A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate.
The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gun flint minerality which delivers extra complexity.
Drink now with fresh summer salads and seafood. Perfect for this sunny Spring weather!
Open on our tasting counter now, at the bargain price of £6.99 when you buy 2 or more from our Pick N mix range as part of your mixed case. Usual price £10.49
THIS OFFER IS FOR ONE WEEK ONLY-GET IT WHILE YOU CAN!
What is Cru?Date published: 09/03/14
The French word cru literally means 'growth' in English but is used in vineyard terms to denote a specific area usually of good or great quality. Premier cru's for example in Burgundy are often tiny plots of land where the terroir gives the wine really noticable, delicious characteristics. Grand cru's are are few and far between and offer some of the best wines in the world; all because the terroir provides the perfect growing environment for the grapes.
Are you throwing a party? Well, you should probably read this then...Date published: 08/03/14
At the moment, we are getting a fair few customers coming in enquiring about drinks for weddings and parties.
We do it all at Majestic; I'll even help you draft up a playlist to get down to.
Here are reasons why you should come and say hello
1.) We have a massive selection of wines, spirits & beers to choose from and can cater for most occasions and budgets.
2.) The staff are passionate about wine and have tried most of the range; therefore can give you an honest opinion.
3.) We do FREE delivery you know. You tell us the address and the date, and we WILL be there.
4.) Sale on Return. You can over compensate in-case your friends are feeling especially thirsty and bring back any unharmed bottles.
5.) We have the full range off glassware for hire... and yes, its FREE
6.) We are NOT a generic supermarket and we care about what our customers want.
7.) We are flexible. If we dont have a product you want, we will try and get it in from anouther store.
8.) Give us a call to discuss on 01903 238225
Enjoy the rest of your day...
The Widow @ 33% offDate published: 07/03/14
Offer alert...Veuve Clicquot 2004
Made only in exceptional years this is a classic expression of the Clicquot style. The strength and body, due to two-thirds of black grapes, is balanced by the finesse and elegance of the remaining third of Chardonnay. An excellent companion to fish or white meat.
This Champagne is currently £33.31 when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £50.00*
This deal is a short term deal only so be quick to make the most of it. Call us direct on 01903 238225 for free delivery*
Daily Wine Review: Falabella Bianco 2012/13, Tenuta Ulisse, Terre di ChietiDate published: 02/03/14
Trebbiano, Cococciola, Pecorino
In the early 1900's, Antonio Ulisse started a small vineyard close to the town of Crecchio in Abruzzo, but it was not until 2006 when his grandsons transformed it into the commercial winery it is today, making wines from the fruit of three family-owned estates. An exciting blend of three of Abruzzo's principal white grapes, combining citrus and tropical stone fruit flavours with a lifted spiciness and a touch of mineral grip.
A versatile partner for food, from semi-mature cheeses to pasta alle frutti di mare.
£9.99 or £8.49 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case.
COME TRY IT NOW!
Daily Wine Review: Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010, StellenboschDate published: 02/03/14
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc - VEGETARIAN
This wine was named in honour of one of the estate's former owners, Reg Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked as winemaker at Rustenberg for 30 years. Small batches of each variety are vinified separately, blended, then aged in oak for 7 months for good integration.
Blackcurrant aroma complemented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins. I really enjoyed this wine, it's something a bit different, and the good level of acidity balances out the tannins for a really enjoyable mouth feel. I'd recommend having some food with this wine, roast lamb would be a good option.
Correctly cellared, this wine will continue to improve, and keep for 8-10 years!
£13.99 Single bottle price or £9.33 When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case- really fantastic value for this quality wine. Come and try it now on our tasting counter.
Is your wine stored correctly? Asia will let you know!Date published: 26/02/14
Correct storage of the wine is as important as deciding on which bottle to go for. Incorrect storage can affect the flavour and quality of wine.If you buy the bottle to be consumed within a short time of space, then storage is not as a big issue. However, for long-term storage, temperature for all wines should be cool and constant and kept ideally between 10-15 degrees centigrade. The variation of the temperatures could cause damage to your favourite bottle of Barolo you wanted to open in 5 years time. Hence, it is important to find a suitable storage, away from direct sunlight (natural or artificial), ideally in a cellar or under the stairs. Try to avoid the kitchen due to the wide fluctuations in temperatures. Another bad choice as a store would be your ordinary fridge. Cooler temperatures can cause corks to harden and lose their elasticity resulting cork failure and oxidation of the wine. To avoid damage to the cork always store wine that is sealed with a cork on it's side. Wine liquid seals the cork, keeping it nice and fresh for much longer. Wines that are sealed with a screw cap can be stored upright without any risk. Wine like peace, so keep it away from any unnecessary vibrations and handle with care. After all, it is the most exciting liquid in the world.
Daily Wine Review: Chateau Simard St Emilion 2004Date published: 25/02/14
The Chateau Simard is brand new to our range. The Chateau is situated in a 40-hectare estate located at the foot of the St-Emilion hill, on the sandy, gravelly soils typical of the area. It is managed by Alain Vauthier, co-owner of the famous properties of Ausone, Moulin-St-Georges and Fonbel.
Brilliant ruby colour with brick-like hues that come with ageing. Aromas are predominantly of ripe berries, with hints of violets and earth. It's elegantly structured on the palate, well-rounded, with medium length. Drinking well now, and would be ideal with roasted rib of beef.
Daily Wine Review: Reuilly Henri BeurdinDate published: 23/02/14
Reuilly is a village in the Loire valley, a close neighbour, and somewhat in the shadow of the rather more famous village of Sancerre. This, however, means that you can get exceptional value for money from Reuilly, getting a bottle that is very similar in style, but without the name on the label.
As with Sancerre, the white grapes that are grown in this village are Sauvignon Blanc. Henri Beurdin produces a classic style, light and zesty on the nose, with that grassy, gooseberry aroma. More citrussy on the palate, it is bone dry and steely. Extremely light and refreshing, this would partner shellfish beautifully.
Come down and try it on our tasting counter this week. It's already been proving rather popular, and is quite a bargain at just £8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles in your mixed case.
Daily Wine Review: Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons, VocoretDate published: 22/02/14
Chablis is a renowned village in Burgundy, that produces all it's white wine from Chardonnay grapes. This example in particular uses high quality fruit from premier cru vineyards. These vineyards have been selected as being 'superior' to the majority, and it can use this on the label.
Citrus fruit dominate the nose. On the palate, it is fruity, yet the minerality that Chablis is known for comes through. It is full flavoured, and would be a fantastic accompaniment to light fish and shellfish.
This wine is £17.99, or just £14.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case.
Daily Wine Review: Brancott Estate Pinot NoirDate published: 20/02/14
Brancott are a large producer from New Zealand, making top quality wines from their vineyards sites. In this case, their recognised Pinot Noir grapes are from Marlborough, at the top of the South Island.
This wine is cherry red, with vibrant red fruit flavours. This is a great wine to welcome in the (hopefully) impending Spring. Drink young, and with light dishes or on it's own.
This is just £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case. What's more, it's currently open to taste on our in-store tasting counter so why not come down and give it a go?
Daily Wine Review: El Parador 2009, NavarraDate published: 19/02/14
The El Parador is a brand new wine to our range. A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon, it is predominantly fruit driven. The Cabernet has been added to give a bit of body and complexity, as well as help it to give some ageing potential, and it certainly doesn't go unnoticed.
Come down and try this on the tasting counter now. At just £7.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles in your mixed case, it really is a bargain. It also just goes to show that not all Spanish wine is Rioja, there's plenty more to try out there!
Daily Wine Review: Paul Mas Estate Marsanne 'La Forge Vineyard' 2013Date published: 18/02/14
Daily Wine Review: Paul Mas Estate Marsanne 'La Forge Vineyard' 2013
If you are looking for wine that will go probably with every type of fish served in pretty much every style, then you have found yourself a little gem. Paul Mas Estate Marsanne 'La Forge Vineyard' 2013 is perfectly suited to fish dishes, from delicate to full-flavoured.
Jean-Claude Mas has created a rich and mellow but well-balanced white from 100% Marsanne grapes, a proportion of which is barrel-aged for extra complexity. It is subtle and elegant with white flower, nectarine and delicious pear with honey flavours following by rather nutty finish.
If you like white wines of Burgundy, this one will definitely be a match for you, and if you prefer lighter styles of wine, this one will surprise you.
Go on and come over to Majestic Worthing to sample this interesting wine.
You can get it on our mulitbuy deal @ £7.99 of you buy two or more or £9.99 for single bottle as a part of your mixed case of six.
FREE Wine Courses at Majestic This Thursday!Date published: 17/02/14
Do you love wine but not know the first thing about it? Or maybe you know the basics and would like to strengthen your knowledge by talking with like minded people. Whatever your level of knowledge, our FREE wine tasting is a fun and casual way to spend a mid week evening.
This Thursday the 20th February we are hosting our 'Introduction To Wine' 90 minute course, kicking off at 6:30pm.
In this sessions we will be tasting 3 whites, 3 reds and a sparkling wine.
The basics will include:
How to taste wine,
wine growing and production,
food matching-good and bad choices,
If this seems like something you'd be interested then please call 01903 238225, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place now.
It's great fun and most importantly FREE!
My Pick 'N' Mix best buysDate published: 16/02/14
Taking advantage of our fantastic Pick 'N' Mix range, here are myb best buys.
Benegas Malbec £18..99
Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc £9.99
Paul Mas Chardonnay £8.99
Lagunilla Reserva £9.99
Truffier Malbec £9.99
Prosecco Zonin £11.99
Normal price would be £69.94 but with our February Pick 'N' Mix range you save a whopping 33 % bring the price down to just £46.61.
Come get your bargains NOW!!
Daily Wine Review: Surani Costarossa 2011, Primitivo di ManduriaDate published: 16/02/14
I'd heard great things about this wine ever since starting at Majestic in October. It seems to be a firm favourite for several of my colleagues, with everyone agreeing that the quality you get from this wine is fantastic when you consider how reasonable the price it- just £8.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. Baring this in mind I specifically picked it to go on the tasting counter to see what all the fuss was about. I have to admit to my knowledge of Italian wines leaves little to be desired, and I was surprised to learn that the Primitivo grape is more commonly known as Zinfindal.
Primitivo is a grape indigenous to Italy and the eastern Mediterranean,now more commonly known as Zinfandel. This wine is made by over ripening the grapes on the vine, then harvesting and fermenting them over a lengthy 20 days, then oak-ageing to create a rich style.
Deep, dense ruby in colour, with a nose of warm prunes, dates and figs,with hints of sweet spice. Full and voluptuous, the mouth-feel is soft andplush, with toasty notes that linger on the finish. It's totally delicious, kinda reminds be of biting into a thick slice of white farmhouse toast with plenty of butter and blackcurrant jam.
Meat eaters suggest having this wine with venison, or pan-fried calves' liver. As a veggie, I'd prefer this either on it's own or with a blackcurrant cheesecake. Mmmmm.
Open on our tasting counter today!
Deliveries to Storrington - RH20Date published: 14/02/14
We are currently monitoring the situation with the roads around Storrington (in particular Thakeham, West Chiltington and Pulborough, and the roadworks at Sullington). Currently we are running deliveries and so please continue to place your orders as normal, however we will keep you updated should the situation change.
February Pick'n'Mix!Date published: 14/02/14
Come and check out the fantastic Pick N Mix that's running in store this month. There's a third off a fantastic selection of products, and there's sure to be something for everyone. Malbec fans - you will be impressed in particular.
Don't miss out, come down to Majestic Worthing this month to check out the range.
Pau Mas, Mourvedre Tasting.Date published: 13/02/14
Mourvedre is a grape we rarely see on it's own. It is mainly used for blending, or adding depth or impact to a wine, so I was excited to try this wine that was 100% of the unusual grape. It needs a hot climate in order to fully ripen which is why it suits Southern France.
Appearance: Clear, deep ruby in colour.
Nose: Clean, medium + intensity with aromas of dried herbs, cedar, brambly black fruits, and a gamey/farmyard edge.
Palate: Dry, with a medium + acidity, tannins, body and alcohol content. I'd say there is a medium flavour intensity, with earthy, farmyard, and vegetal aromas, with just a hint of black fruits coming through. The tannins are bold and slightly over power the aromas , however the length is long and the flavours continue to develop after you've swallowed. (or spat in my case!)
Conclusion: A good quality, mid priced Southern French wine that is suitable to drink now, with not much potential for any further ageing.
Perfect if you like your wine a little unusual and interesting. Come and try it for yourself-it's open on the tasting counted at £7.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case.
February Pick'n'Mix: What's in Tom's wine rack at the moment...?Date published: 13/02/14
Our February Pick'n'Mix promotion is full of fantastic deals on wines from all around the world. My wine rack is currently bursting with some of these great offers. My suggestions this week are:
* Lagunilla Reserva Rioja
This is a great Rioja for everyday drinking. Fruit driven, it has subtle hints of oak by that typical vanilla note. At £6.66 this should be your red wine of choice for the next few weeks!
* Paul Mas Chardonnay
Most people who know me will know that whenever this is on offer, this is all you get if you want a white wine. With minimal oak influence, it is light and fruity. It retains those crisp citrus fruit flavours, but it is complemented by subtle toasty hints. Again, for the next few weeks, this is my white of choice, and if you give it a go you'll see why! Currently, it's just £5.99.
Both these wines are currently available in store. Prices are valid when you buy any 2 wines as part of the February Pick'n'Mix in your mixed case of 6 bottles.
Charlie's Top 5 (tenuously linked) Valentine's Day WinesDate published: 12/02/14
Charlie's Top 5 Valentines Day wines:
Sexy Beast: The no nonsense name for this beauty of an Aussie wine is direct and upfront, just like the Cabernet Sauvignon inside the bottle. A big and robust style of Cabernet, this wine offers a dense fruit driven nose, with touches of smokiness and leafy herbs. Full mouthfeel and tightly structured, this is ready to drink now, but will keep for several years to come. Enjoy with red meat dishes. £23.00, or £18.00 when you buy 2 or more selected fine wines.
Purple Angel: For the Angel in your life, this fantastic wine from Montes is a big rich red wine from Chile. A blend of 92% Carmenère and 8% Petit Verdot. Half of the Carmenere comes from Montes’ La Finca de Apalta estate, bringing sophistication and elegance. The other half comes from their Archangel estate in Marchigüe, adding potency and strength. The grapes are hand-picked early in the morning to ensure that the grapes are cool for crushing. The clusters go through a berry selection, in which only good fruit is allowed into the tank. During the 18 months of barrel aging in new French (50%) and American (50%) oak, the wine is racked 3 times but bottled unfiltered. £32.50 single bottle price.
La Grande Dame: For a real indulgence, why not splash out and treat your significant other to this, Veuve Clicquot's Pretige Cuvée Champagne. At £130, its not the cheapest, but in terms of quality, this is the flagship and pinnacle of Veuve's style and character. The 2004 is a blend of 69% Pinot Noir and 31% Chardonnay from eight grands crus: Aÿ, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy, Verzenay, Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil sur Oger.With it being Pinot heavy, it will have red fruit characteristicsThe reserve wine is kept on the lees, with no filtration and no battonage, in concrete tanks. £130, or £117 when you mix & match 6 bottles of prestige cuvée Champagne.
Arrowfield Chardonnay: The combination of Arrowfield Estate's low-yeilding vines and the Hunter Valley's warm sea-breeze moderated climate produces a rich and intensely flavoured chardonnay. Wild fermentation in oak barriques combined with extended lees contact add a rich complexity. The mouthfeel is bold and lush, with flabvours of apple and pear, with honeyed toast. A great partner to roast poultry & white meat. £9.99, or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.
Grand Faurie La Rose 2009: This wine comes from a small, established château to the north of St. Emilion, which today is under the same ownership as the neighbouring Château Larmande. The area has St. Emilion's trademark sand and limestone soils.A medium-bodied claret, with a pleasantly spicy and mature nose, with hints of leather and clove against a backdrop of bramble and dried prune fruit, framed by fine-grained tannins on the palate. £23.00, or £18.00 when you buy 2 or more selected fine wines.
Back in stock - Limited Supply: Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc just £6.66Date published: 11/02/14
Hurry down to Majestic, whilst stocks last we have Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc at just £6.66 per bottle when you buy 2 or more in your mixed case. There is a seriously limited availability on this wine, so if you're a fan of your New Zealand Sauvignons, or remember this from years gone by, then now is your moment to snap it up whilst it's available!
Call us on 01903 238225 to get yours now.
Pinot Noir, a little history.Date published: 10/02/14
Pinot Noir was originally planted in Burgundy, where it has created a reputation for that region's red wine. It ripens early, and is well suited to the moderate climate there.
It has tight bunches of small berries, which give a very sweet juice. Because of the tightness of the bunches, it is prone to rot, athough due to systematic sprays and improved canopy management this is now much less of a problem.
Young Pinot Noir wine typically displays a fruity perfume of raspberries, strawberries or red cherries, and because the grape is thin skinned it usually has soft, light tannins and is rarely deep in colour.
Pinot Noirs tend to age unpredictably, leading some to claim that they are at their best for a very short period only. This is true if you like your Pinot in one style only, but many can be enjoyed at all stages of their life, without having to battle with harsh tannins or raw acidity. With age, vegetal and farmyard aromas that can be off putting or exciting, depending on what you like. This was exactly true for t Gevrey Chambertin 2002 that I recently enjoyed. I was worried that it would be past it's best but thank fully it was an absolute pleasure. the age had developed elegant and unusual flavours that you just don't get in everyday drinking. Earthy, truffle and animal notes mixed with stewed spiced strawberries made for such an interesting drink.
Pinot Noirs need moderate or cool conditions otherwise the resulting wines have over-ripe jammy flavours.
It's my favourite grape, and is also a key player in the making of Champagne-which could never be a bad thing!
Did You Know...?Date published: 09/02/14
Did you know that Shiraz and Syrah are actually the same thing? Originating from Iran, the French decided to be different from the rest of the world and call it Syrah.
Syrah is thought to be one of the oldest grape varieties, typically very deep in colour with black fruit and spice aromas. It will not ripen in cool climates, but in moderate to warm temperatures, the tannin levels can be high, and you will find blackberry fruit flavours with notes of black pepper and sometimes mint.
Hot climate Syrah/Shiraz is more full bodied, with soft tannins and earthy, leathery flavours and spice notes that are more like liquorish and anise. Syrah wines can age well and is responsible of some of the great red of the Northern Rhone such as Chateauneuf Du Pape.
Shiraz is the most widely planted variety in Australia where it is sometimes blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. It is also becoming increasingly important in South Africa, New Zealand, USA and Chili.
Wines labelled as Syrah generally indicate a more elegant, old world style and those labelled as Shiraz are generally fruitier, fuller-bodied and higher in alcohol.
Why not buy both and try and work out the difference?
Daily Wine Review: Benegas MalbecDate published: 08/02/14
Benegas Malbec 2011, LibertadVineyards, Mendoza
There is a long history of winemaking in the Benegas family. It was the current winemaker's great grandfather who bought the first French vines to Argentina. From the high-quality Libertad Vineyards, fruit is picked at careful intervals according to ripeness levels. Located at the foot of the Andes Mountains in the Uco Valley with high altitude and pure thaw water for irrigation, this is an intensely elegant and well balanced Malbec.
This wine balances the powerful style typical of Mendoza Malbec with the finesse of a European wine. Thick, rich black forest gateau, oakey spice and a long and pure finish.
The complexity, purity and power of this wine deserve a special dish, so drink with fillet steak with pepper sauce, or beef Wellington.
Fantastic value at just £12.66 down from £18.99 when you buy 2 or more from our Pick 'N' Mix range-come try it for yourself on our tasting counter NOW!
Wines of Argentina - to Malbec and beyond!Date published: 08/02/14
Argentina is famed for it's production of Malbec for red and Torrontes for white, two grapes that grow spectacularly in this climate. There is, however, a whole spectrum of wine produced in the country outside of these two varietals. This week, we'll open a few examples on the tasting counter, so if you're a fan of Malbec and beyond, there's no better time to come into Majestic than this week.
Vinalba are a top class producer based in Mendoza, and this week we'll be opening their Chardonnay and Malbec/Touriga Nacional blend. Touriga Nacional is generally used as a blending grape in Portugal, but it also grows well in Argentina, something Vinalba have picked up on.
As well as this, we'll be opening Benegas' Malbec. This wine is currently part of our February pick'n'mix promotion, bringing it from £18.99 down to just £12.66.
Come and see us this week and see if you can find your new favourite wine!
February Pick & Mix!Date published: 06/02/14
So here we are in February, and not only have we just had some great new offers begin, we also have the return of the Pick & Mix. This is a great opportunity to try new wines from a selected range, without the need to buy 2 of the same bottle as part of your selection, and get a wallet friendly 33.3% off whilst you are at it! We've got some fantastic wines such as the Alamos Malbec at just £6.66, a big robust yet very approachable red wine from Argentina, and the Rustenburg Sauvignon Blanc at £8.66. The world is your oyster with the February Pick & Mix deal, so come and buy some wines and explore the amazing world of different wines!! Only for a limited time. Offer ends 3rd March. Six bottle minimum purchase, any mix of sparkling, wine and spirits.
Bargain Bouquet - Mont St Jean CorbieresDate published: 05/02/14
Throughout February, we're running two exciting promotions, one of which is the new 'Bargain Bouquet' range. All wines selected are on a single bottle special offer deal at under £6.
Tonight I'll be trying the Mont St Jean Corbieres from Southern France. Corbieres is the largest recognised wine-producing region in the Languedoc-Rousillon, accounting for 46% of the region's production.
This wine is produced in the typical style, being an inviting purple colour. On the nose, it is full of blackcurrant with a hint of herbs. The palate is easy drinking, making it perfect for casual evening drinking. A little bit of tannin adds structure, but if you were to enjoy this with your meal, that would soon vanish giving pure fruit.
This wine is on special offer at just £5.99 until the 3rd March. Come down and try it on the tasting counter this week, I'm sure you'll be impressed.
Attention wine groups - we can come to you!Date published: 05/02/14
If you're a member of a local wine group, then why not let us come to you and do a tasting? We can bring along the samples, pour (although we may need a hand if there's a lot of you!) and give you a complete walkthrough on the wines in question. Whether you're beginners or more advanced, we can tailor the evening to your needs. We can sort out a theme, be it by country, grape variety or 'interesting' wines.
Our time and passion is completely free, we just ask you to cover the cost of the wine. Why not get in touch and see what we can do for you?
New Wine In! Passimento 2011, PasquaDate published: 02/02/14
New Wine In! Passimento 2011, Pasqua
Absolutely fascinating looking bottle of this new arrival to our Italian range of wines. Price itself is even more inviting @ £8.99 if you buy two or more, saving £3 per bottle, single bottle price is £11.99.
The name of this wine is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour.
Tasting this wine today was a true pleasure, full of flavour and firm tannins. A dense and deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated black and red cherry flavour, and hints of leather and spice. The palate has a layered texture, with muscular tannins providing a long finish.
The label of the bottle is inspired by the Romeo and Juliet's wall, where over 300 new messages are being written a day! If you would like to experience true Rome and Juliets's story, go to Verona for your perfect Valentine's weekend. If you rather stay in UK, then chose this unique wine that has love story behind.
A fine match for osso bucco - Milanese speciality of cross-cut veal shanks braised with vegetables or other slow-cooked red meat dishes.
Open on our tasting counter so come and try for yourself!
To Chardonnay or not to Chardonnay? That is the question.Date published: 01/02/14
More often than not I hear, "I don't like Chardonnay, they're too oakey!" In fact my sister was just saying last night that she couldn't stand Chardonnay because it was always so woody! If this sounds like you then why not give an un-oaked Chardonnay a try? Chablis is one of my favourite white wines, a crisp, elegant wine with excellent acidity and dry apple flavours with a touch of minerality- not even a hint of oak!.
Or why not try our Mâcon-Villages Blanc 'Les Pierres Blanches' 2012, Cave de Lugny.
Situated in the heart of the Mâconnais, Cave de Lugny produces great value white Burgundy from its 1,450 hectares of vineyards and is the third largest producer in Burgundy, producing in excess of 6 million bottles per annum.Pale lemon coloured, with citrus and apple notes, hint of blossom and faint traces of butter. Apple and citrus predominate on the palate along with a hint of pear, finishing on a lovely mineral streak. 100% Chardonnay and not even a mention of oak!
£6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.
So give Chardonnay a chance, and let me know what you think.
Daily Wine Review: Vina Eguia CrianzaDate published: 31/01/14
The Vina Eguia Crianza is a great everyday Rioja. At a price of £6.49 when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case you really get a lot of bang for your buck!
From a bodega run by the Murial group, this wine comes from vineyards in Rioja's Alta and Alavesa sub-regions. The Vina Eguia Crianza has spent 12 months in Oak barrels and a further 12 months in bottle before release; giving the wine vanilla and tobacco tones. Vivid red cherry and balsamic notes are also present; producing a much more well rounded wine than you'd expect from the price tag.
Try this wine with tapas or even roasted red meat.
Daily Wine Review: Château Le Vivier 2008, MédocDate published: 31/01/14
Daily Wine Review: Château Le Vivier 2008, Médoc
Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot.
Formerly owned by Lafite Rothschild, in 1990 Le Vivier was acquired by the Charloux family, who set about modernising the estate. This included building the Médoc's largest underground cellars, now known locally as 'The Cathedral', such is their volume and grandeur. A 50/50 Cabernet/Merlot blend, this wine has great balance between firm tannin, intense bramble fruit and soft plum notes, with the influence of old and new oak adding polish and a liquorice spice.
Enjoy with flavourful cuts of slow-cooked beef, such as skirt or shin.
It is open on the tasting counter for you to make your own judgement.
Get it now for £7.99 giving you a £8 savings. £11.99 single bottle price.
Daily Wine Review: Côtes du Rhône 2010, E. GuigalDate published: 30/01/14
Daily Wine Review: Côtes du Rhône 2010, E. Guigal
Founded in 1946 by Étienne Guigal, the Guigal winery started as a small, family run and unknown. Now however, without a doubt it is now the most recognisable name in the Rhône Valley. Another generation of Guigals, son Marcel is almost single-handedly responsible for the regions resurgence over the last few decades.
This full-bodied wine 49% Grenache, 48% Syrah and 3% Mourvedre offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes. Maturation took place in large French oak casks for about 18 months. Over 3 million bottle were produced and I am are delighted that some ended up with Majestic.
A ruby red colour, robust on the palate, this wine is rather chunky and youthful in style, very similar to the 2009 vintage. This wine scored 88 out of 100.
It is pleasant to drink on its on but also makes a superb food wine. Try with any red meat dishes or with rich vegetarian dishes like moussaka.
Drink now or cellar it up to 5 years.
Try it now in our Worthing store, it is open on the tasting counter.
You can get it now @ £9.59 if you buy two or more of Rhone wines, 20% off deal, that is actually finishing on Monday.
£11.99 single bottle price.
Daily Wine Review: Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, LisboaDate published: 29/01/14
Castelao, Aragonez, Tinta Miuda - VEGETARIAN
A blend of traditional local grape varieties, hand-picked from three estates in the region of Obidos, to the north of Lisbon. The grapes are fully de-stemmed, lightly crushed and following fermentation, the wine is matured for 6-8 months without oak. A fragrant and uplifting nose of cherry and raspberry, with touches of violet and pudding spice. The palate is a cascade of forest fruits framedby robust and persistent tannins.A real hit with herbaceous and well-seasoned and roasted red meats.
An absolute bargain at £5:33 when you buy 2 or more from our Bargain Hunt range. Hurry hurry!
Daily Wine Review: Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2013Date published: 28/01/14
Daily Wine Review: Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2013
From the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, where Goldwater Estates practices sustainable viticulture and strict selection, comes this brilliant Sauvignon Blanc. This particular Sauvignon Blanc is much more on a delicate side of the typical Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region.
Offers masses of elderberry fruit, elderflower and raspberry leaf aromas and exhibits an excellent mineral finish along the lines of Sancerre.
Some lees ageing imparts it with complexity and texture.
Perfect with seafood or salads. My favour pick for this wine are fresh oysters.
Come and try it no it is open on our tasting counter and still at the bargain price of £8.79 if you buy two or more from New Zealand selection, currently at 20% off. Don't delay as this offer is ending soon.
Blind Tasting: RedDate published: 27/01/14
Again, following the WSET's Systematic Approach to Tasting, Asia tested my knowledge of reds.
Appearance: Clear, medium intensity, a rich ruby colour with good legs.
Nose: Clean, medium intensity with bags of strawberries, cherry and a hint of spice. I would say that it was a developing wine.
Palate: Dry, medium acidity, medium tannin, medium alcohol with a medium body. The strawberries that you get on the nose, are not as apparent on the palate, instead black cherries, blackcurrant, liquorish and cloves show up.
Conclusion: Good quality, drink now but has potential for aging.
Now after all this detective work, I guessed Rioja-and I was right! Yippee. It was a Criaza, you can tell it's a young wine as it's far more fruit driven than oak/wood/spice.
Bring on the next!
Blind Tasting: WhiteDate published: 26/01/14
Blind tasting is possibly one of my favourite games. I'll always choose it over Monopoly and even Poker. Luckily, at Majestic I get to play it a lot-plus it's one of the best ways to improve my wine knowledge and memory. Asia poured me a mystery sample of white, and I used the Systematic Approach to Tasting to try and figure out what it was.
Appearance: Clear, golden in colour with some pleasant legs showing.
Nose: Clean. medium + intensity, with aromas of tropical fruits, pear and vanilla. A youthful wine.
Palate: Dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol, medium bodied with a medium + intensity. Stone fruits, banana, pear and toffee were the flavours that I got, with a medium finish.
Conclusion: A good, mid-priced wine that is suitable for drinking now, and not age.
So after all my detective work, I guessed that it was a Chilean Chardonnay-a close guess as it turned out to be Argentinian. I then compared it with a Chilean Chardonnay, and it turns out that Argentinian wines have a higher acidity as they are further north, whereas the Chilean had much more concentrated fruit flavours and honeyed notes.
Come down and compare the 2 yourself as they're both open on the tasting counter.
Argento Chardonnay just £6 in our Bargain Hunt offer.
Bargain Hunt Picks: Argento ChardonnayDate published: 25/01/14
Bargain Hunt Picks: Argento Chardonnay
Argento means silver in Latin and is often used in Argentina to refer to a thing or a person that is quintessentially Argentine, like this Chardonnay.
Produced in the high vineyards of Tupungato and Agrelo, it has enjoyed optimum sunshine and excellent terroir. A light gold in colour, medium body and fruity,exuding apples, peach and pineapple fruits with enticing hints of vanilla and spice, lightly oaked. A bright crisp acidity lends a clean and refreshing finish.
Enjoy chilled on its own or with lightly spiced Mediterranean foods, rich seafood dishes, herbed chicken or creamy pasta.
This wine is leaving our Majestic selection. So why not to grab it while it last at £5.99, if you buy two or more selected Bargain Hunt wines on 33.3% off offer.
£8.99 single bottle price.
OPEN ON THE TASTING COUNTER THIS WEEK
Daily Wine Review: Chablis 2012, Domaine de Chantemerle, BoudinDate published: 24/01/14
Daily Wine Review: Chablis 2012, Domaine de Chantemerle, Boudin
This is a quintessential Chabli from this world-renovated appelation of Burgundy, showing of the natural beauty of the Chardonnay grape. The father and son family own Boudin business is one of very few producers in Chablis, that still harvest by hand and can be proud of some of the oldest vines in the appellation.
The wines are subjected to winemaking a typical in Chablis, resulting in wines that are much richer than typical Chablis. Hints of green apple, lime and citrus as well as warm ripe stone fruits, almost moving into tropical aromas. A weightier palate than usual, with stone fruits, citrus fruits, good minerality and medium levels of acidity. Enjoy as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to seafood, roast chicken and cheeses. Drinking well now but with the potential to cellar for three years.
It is open now on our tasting counter, so come and try it for yourself it is rather a gem @ £12.99* if you buy two or more. £14.99* single bottle price.
*as a part of your mixed case of six.
Daily Wine Review: Paul Mas Estate 'Savignac Vineyard' Mourvèdre 2011Date published: 22/01/14
Daily Wine Review: Paul Mas Estate 'Savignac Vineyard' Mourvèdre 2011
Rarely seen as a single-varietal wine, Mourvèdre is known for its slightly rustic feel and dense, muscular tannin that produces wines with firm structure and good ageing potential. Mourvèdre only has a chance to fully ripen in the hot climate, hence Paul Mas has chosen higher situated vineyards in Laguedoc region in South of France. This late maturing variety enjoys perfect Southern exposure, on the soil made of clay, limestone and pebbles.
This fruitier modern example is aged in American oak for 6 months. Round and generous, this purple-tinged red wine is abundant with blackberry fruit and white pepper on nose and palate. Hints of pudding spices add depth to the ripe fruit, while plentiful tannins provide a grippy finish.
Best served with grilled lamb or richly flavoured Mediterranean dishes.
It is open on our tasting counter.
Get it now @ £8.99 if you buy two or more. £9.99 single bottle price.
Daily Wine Review: Château Guiot 2012, Costières de NîmesDate published: 20/01/14
Grenache, Syrah - VEGETARIAN
Costières de Nîmes has more in common with the Rhône across the river than it does with the wines of Languedoc immediately neighbouring it.Château Guiot lies just outside the city of Nîmes, in the heart of thisappellation.Deep purple hue, a beautifully scented nose with herby aromas, lashings of juicy forest fruits and spicy, rich berry flavours on the palate and a good, smooth finish. Equally good with anything from shepherds pie, meatballs or moussaka style vegetarian dishes.
Open on our tasting counter this week.£6.99 when you buy 2 or more.
Daily Wine Review: Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay 'Terroirs d'Altitude' 2010/11, PGI Pays d'OcDate published: 19/01/14
I blimmin' love oaked Chardonnays, and was excited to try this Southern French gem, when it came on the tasting counter.
The Lorgeril family have been making wine at the historic Château de Pennautier, a National Historic Monument designed by the same architect as the Palace of Versailles, since the Château was founded by the first Marquis de Pennautier in 1620.
Greeny golden in colour with some nice, subtle legs, giving an indication of it's quality. On the nose the first thing that strikes me is a hit of freshly ground nutmeg along with a creamy vanilla that's reminiscent of your mums rice pudding! The fruit characters of peach and passion fruit arrive shortly after, giving this wine a luxurious complexity. On the palate, dried apricots and sweetened cream are my first thoughts, with just a hint of puffed wheat rounding off the experience.
Lovely, and a great alternative to a White Burgundy or Californian Chardonnay.
Bargain at £8.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles.
Daily Review: A new cider!! Burrow Hill CiderDate published: 17/01/14
I've never been a cider lover, it's beer or wine (or Champagne!) for me all the way. But The Burrow Hills write up was too good to not have a taste.
Don't be fooled by the rustic outer pack, this is the nature of buying direct from the farm.
Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) cider in the UK. It features on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants, and on the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Harrods. Owner, Julian Temperley, (who has featured on River Cottage and Rick Stein shows) is an out-spoken traditionalist with no interest in selling his cider through major supermarkets. This is a Majestic exclusive line!
All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style. In the world of increasingly commercial and flavoured ciders of varying quality and heritage – Burrow Hill Farm stands out for flying the flag of quality led, artisan cider.
And what an unusual cider this is, not your typical bursting with crisp apples or sweet pears, but instead far more savoury, complex notes are present such as juicy big green olives and even a hint of blue cheese which really brings out that farm yard feel! Do not be scared though, it is deliciously applely on the palate, with a medium dry, lengthy finish. Definitely a great choice to go with tasty Greek style nibbles.
Come down and try it for yourself, perfect if you want something a little different that will impress your friends.
£18 per case of 8
Southern French tasting weekDate published: 16/01/14
Southern French tasting week
Tomorrow we will be opening on our tasting counter some gems from South of France.
Southern West part of France has been producing wines since the Roman times. Recently, this region it has grown significantly due to demand for affordable French wines. This region can produce pretty much every sort of wine, from easy drinking Sauvignon Blancs to more complex blends or prestigious Pinot Noirs.
Check out our tasting counter for tomorrow:
Picpoul Villemartin - this is very upcoming grape variety gaining its popularity due to its class and easy drinking at very affordable price @ £6.99*
Pennautier Chardonnay - one of the most beautiful estates in Southern France, where you can spend weekend and drink great wine @£8.49*
Vent du Nord Ste Rose - a unique blend of Chardonnay and Roussanne try it @ £6.99*
Guiot Costieres Nimes - has more in common with the Rhône across the river than it does with the wines of Languedoc immediately neighbouring it @ £6.99
Mont Saint Jean Corbieres - fantastic value for money Corbiere, full of blackcurrants and spices @ £5.99
Paul Mas Estate Mourvedre - Rarely seen as a single-varietal wine, Mourvedre is known for its slightlyrustic feel and dense, muscular tannin @ £8.99
Recent press recommendations...Date published: 15/01/14
Recent press recommendations:
The Telegraph – Giles Kime – 12th January
Alamos Malbec 2012
'There are many fitting matches for this week’s roast lamb, ranging from chianti to a spicy Rhone or shiraz. But without a doubt, something that would enormously enhance the experience are the rich, juicy flavours of this classy Argentine malbec.'
Try it for yourself, it is open on our tasting counter. Get it for £9.99, as a part of your mixed case.
'The Telegraph' – Victoria Moore - 11th January
'The Viñalba range from Hervé Fabre is one of the easiest and most solid around, probably my go - to malbec for under a tenner (Majestic has a couple of versions).'
We sell anything from Malbec to Torrontes from this very well know and reputable producer. Staff favourite is Vinalba Malbec Reservado @ £7.99 if you buy two or more.
Lunta Malbec 2011 'I also particularly like the meeting of Argentinian flamboyance and a more complex French oak style in the Lunta Malbec 2011 Argentina made by Mendel.'
Its on multi-buy deal @ £10.99 if you buy two or more.
The Independent – Anthony Rose – 11th January
Turkey Flat Butcher’s Block 2012
'Marsanne Viognier Roussanne Move over southern Rhône and let Australia deliver a rich Rhône-style blend with a refreshing finish.'
Santa Ana Malbec 2013
'…easy sippers such as the moreishly drinkable'
Great party drink at even better price £5.99 if you buy two or more.
Catena Malbec 2011
'The more refined, brighter approach to malbec is evident in wines such as the polished, black-fruited' Available now for £12.99, as a part of your mixed case of 6.
www.timatkin.com – Tim Atkin – 10th January2013 The Ned Sauvignon Blanc Brent Marris
'Well-distributed Sauvignon tends to be on a deal more often than not, but even at its full retail price it delivers in the glass, unfurling flavours of passion fruit, gooseberry and melon. Flavoursome stuff at a fair price. 90 Points.'
Our best selling New Zealand Sav.Blanc @ £7.99 with 20% off offer on all NZ wines, if you buy two or more.
Decanter magazine – Decanter tasting team – February issueChateau du Cleray Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2012'From one of the oldest estates in the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine region, this is wonderfully characterful wine. The nose is blessed with cool orchard fruit and quince jelly, and the palate is textured and mineral, with a saline character complementing the fresh green fruit.'It is on multi-buy deal @ £8.99 if you buy two ore more.Crasto Douro Red 2011'From one of the Douro’s greatest producers and a melange of indigenous varieties, this is dense and herb-infused, with dark fruit and an appealing wild streak. It is lifted on the palate with red fruits making an appearance, bolstered by notes of spice, charcoal and minerals.'It is on multi-buy deal @ £9.49 if you buy two ore more.
Bargain Hunt Picks: Aspen Estate Pinot GrigioDate published: 14/01/14
Pinot Grigio is one of those grapes you either love or you hate. Generally, it's rather light, with a little citrus fruit flavuor, making for exceptionally easy drinking. This offering from the Aspen Estate in South Australia is a little richer, with a slightly richer tropical fruit flavour.
At £4.66, this is fantastic value. Save 1/3rd in the Bargain Hunt and get a perfect party wine, or simply a summery drink for the warmer days that are on their way.
At the time of writing, I have 21 bottles left in stock. It's not going to hang about forever, so pop down and get yours now.
Prices quoted are valid when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of your mixed case of 6 bottles. Free delivery available on orders over £40.
Bargain Hunt picks: Beaujolais-Villages 'Les Esservies' 2012, Domaine des CraisDate published: 14/01/14
Bargain Hunt picks: Beaujolais-Villages 'Les Esservies' 2012, Domaine des Crais
Reduced to clear bin-end line of this good quality Beaujolais-Villages as a part of our Bargain Hunt range.
100% gamay grape, Domain des Crais is a vineyard site in the village of Leynes, close to the cru villages of St Amour and Julienas, in the far north of Beaujolais. 'Les Esservies' is a part of the area whose name is derived from the 'serves', or small pools fed by underground springs.
A bright and perfumed nose of ripe berries with hints of candy and floral notes. The palate has a friendly tannic structure, with a soft, mouth- filling roundness and juicy berry fruit. A natural partner for charcuterie and rustic pâtés.
We have got limited availability of this wine, so be quick and stock up because, once is gone it's gone.
Get it for £7.99 if you buy 2 or more Bargain Hunt wines, giving you savings of 33.3%. Single bottle price £11.99
Bargain Hunt - Extra Lines in-store or by phone only! LAST CHANCE!Date published: 12/01/14
Bargain Hunt - Extra Lines in-store or by phone only! LAST CHANCE! OFFER ENDS MONDAY NIGHT!
Last couple of days of our January Bargain Hunt. We have got limited availability of lines remaining but they are selling very well. In fact, we have sold out on many lines already, but you can still get some amazing bargains on our reduced to clear range.
Our Bargain Hunt doesn't just have the lines you can see by clicking the link above. There's an even greater selection of wines in extremely low stock that don't feature online! They are all available in store, so why not have a look below. If there are any you fancy, pop in to see me or give me a quick call on 01903 238225 to reserve them.
Alcayata Pinot Grigio, Argentina - Was £9.99, now £6.66 - 3 bottles remaining
Rayuela Chardonnay, Chile - Was £7.99, now £5.33 - 1 bottle remaining
Beaujolais Villages des Crais 2011, France - Was £11.99, now £7.99 - 1 bottle remaining
This list is correct at the time of writing and is subject to change. If you are interested in a particular line, we advise you to call us to reserve it to ensure it doesn't get sold in the meantime.
If you are interested in more, some lines are available to order but not guaranteed. Please contact us for more information!
updated @ 15.00 02/02/14
Bargain Hunt Picks: Santa Carolina Reserva Sauvignon BlancDate published: 12/01/14
This Sauvignon Blanc comes from Chile's Leyda Valley, considered possibly the best location in Chile for Sauvignon to grow. Santa Carolina's vineyard sites are just 8km from the Pacfic Ocean, and as such the cooling Homboldt Current takes the heat from the valley floor and carries it out to sea. This helps the grapes to retain their youthful, fruity flavours and their refreshing acidity, something that continues through into the wine.
This is a pale lemon colour, and as light as it is in body, it's beautifully light in flavour too. Citrus and tropical fruits dominate here, with grapefruit, pineapple and lemon jumping out of the glass.
This wine is so light and refreshing, and it makes a great change from the New Zealand Sauvignons. Drink on its own or with a light salad dish.
This wine is now just £5.99 as part of our Bargain Hunt, down from a full price of £8.99. Don't miss out, there's only 17 bottles left in stock at the time of writing!
Prices are valid when you buy 2 or more bottles in your mixed case of 6. Don't forget, minimum purchase is 6 bottles from our fantastic selection of wines, spirits or fizz. Hurry! The Bargain Hunt range won't last long.
Bargain Hunt Picks: Rayuela Chardonnay - ChileDate published: 11/01/14
The Rayuela Chardonnay comes from renowned winery Viu Manent. The winery is in it's third generation of family owners, having been established in 1935 by Catalan winemaker Miguel Viu-Garcia.
This Chardonnay has seen very little oak influence, and as a result retains it's fresh, fruity and light characteristics. Dominated by crisp apple fruit, it is complemented by a round peachy flavour, and balanced by a crisp, refreshing acidity.
Drink this wine now and on it's own. A fantastic bottle, and a great change from a crisp and dry Sauvignon or the oak-dominated Chardonnays. This Chardonnay will please everyone!
Currently, it is just £5.33 as part of our Bargain Hunt range.
Prices valid when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case of 6 or more wines.
Bargain Hunt picks: Marques de Caceres Magnum - PARTY ALERT!Date published: 10/01/14
Many of you may be familiar with Marques de Caceres, a fantastic producer from the Rioja region and staple of the Majestic range.
The Crianza also comes in magnum form, hence the party alert!
Currently, you can pick up this magnum as part of the bargain hunt, for just £16.66 down from a full price of £25.
If you've got an upcoming event, be it a small dinner party or a full blown party, then there's no better time to buy your party wine than now, in the Majestic Bargain Hunt. This magnum is certainly a statement!
Rich, fruity, with that typical Rioja lick of vanilla, this is a nicely balanced and smooth wine.
This is strictly whilst stocks last, so order yours now!
Prices valid when you buy any 2 or more bottles from the bargain hunt range as part of your mixed case of 6 bottles.
Bellini Champagne Cocktail for January BluesDate published: 09/01/14
Bellini Champagne Cocktail for January Blues
The Bellini is a peachy version of a cocktail that consist Prosecco or Champagne. It was created by Giuseppe Cipriani in 1930 or 1940 at Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy. It was named after his favourite artist Giovanni Bellini, originally using puréed white peaches and Italian sparkling wine served in flute glass. Around the world it is often mix with Champagne creating a Champagne Cocktail.
If you would like to try it for yourself but don't fancy messing about with the preparation. We sell Funkin Mixer Bellini sachet @ £0.99. It is 100% Natural in 120g sachet will make up to 5 cocktails!
1 part of Funkin Bellini mix to 3-4 parts of sparkling wine. Stir and serve and enjoy!
Prosecco starts @ £7.99 & Champagne £16.00. We have got a wide range of other sparkling wines on offer like Trilogy @ £6.66.
Come to Majestic Worthing to light up your January blues.
Like a bargain? Look what we've got for you...Date published: 09/01/14
I don't know about you, but after a slightly expensive December, I'm restricting my spending slightly this month. There is some good news though, and that is that you don't have to skimp on the wine thanks to the Majestic Bargain Hunt!
This month, you can enjoy 33.3% off a selected range of products, all bin-ends, in order to make way for some snazzy new additions to our range. Here's a little selection of what's on offer in Worthing....
* Don Pedro de la Vega, Gran Reserva 2003, Valencia - £4.99
* La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2011/12, Mendoza - £4.66
* Welmoed Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Stellenbosch - £4.99
* Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley (Chile) - £4.99
These fantastic wines are all available in store whilst stocks last. To view the majority of our range, go to www.majestic.co.uk/worthing and click on the 'Bargain Hunt' picture.
The prices quoted are valid when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of your mixed case. Minimum purchase 6 bottles of wine, sparkling or spirits, any mix. Free delivery is available on orders of 6 or more over £40!
Bargain Hunt picks: Serena Pinot Grigio RoséDate published: 08/01/14
My pick of the Bargain Hunt range today is the Serena Pinot Grigio Rosé.
Pinot Grigio is a white grape, however the rosé wine is produced by allowing the skin of the grapes to turn this delicate salmon pink colour, and gently pressing the grapes to extract this colour in the winemaking process.
This wine displays those classic flavours of Pinot Grigio rosé. Soft, summer fruit flavours, alongside watermelon and peach notes. It has a refreshing acidity, leaving you wanting more!
At just £5.99 this is the perfect party wine. This will easily keep until summer, so why not buy now so that it's in the house for the spring?
Prices quoted are valid when you buy 2 or more bottles in your mixed case. Minimum purchase 6 bottles of wine, spirits or sparkling, any mix.
Bargain Hunt picks: Brancott's Renwick 'R' Sauvignon GrisDate published: 07/01/14
Sauvignon Gris is an ancient Bordeaux variety that is rarely grown. Brancott were the first to plant Sauvignon Gris in New Zealand.
Despite what may be implied by the use of 'Sauvignon' in it's name, this is very different to a Sauvignon Blanc. Although retaining the dry character, as well as the crisp acidity, it contains a world of different fruit flavours. Dominated by pear and stone fruit flavours, it is balanced by tropical grapefruit flavours.
We only have a limited quantity of this wine left in stock. It is the only Sauvignon Gris that I've ever seen, and so is a must-try if you like to be adventurous with your wine selection!
This wine is just £11.33 when you buy any 2 or more wines from our Bargain Hunt range in your mixed case. Single bottle price £16.99.
Don't forget, our minimum purchase is 6 bottles of wine, any mix, and these can be delivered for free over £40!
Daily Wine Review: Barista, Pinotage, South Africa 2011Date published: 06/01/14
As a massive coffee lover/snob, and having previously been a Barista for the last 10 years, I was immediately drawn to this South African Pinotage, Barista. I have a huge soft spot for any red wines that have coffee/chocolate or nutty notes, so this sounded right up my street. I also don't know a huge amount about Pinotage so was keen to get stuck in.
From the Val de Vie wine estate in the heart of the cape wine lands, where wine production dates back to 1825. This is a deliberately modern offering by winemaker Bertus Fourie, who has concentrated on drawing out the coffee-like aromas of South Africa's signature grape.
Imagine when you first walk in to a coffee shop first thing in the morning, and you're hit with the comforting, roasted bitter-sweet flavours that reassure that your day is going to be just fine, and that's what you get when you first take a good sniff of this wine. Then the chocolate and cherry flavours come though with some meaty, savoury notes. The tannins are ripe, perfectly suiting the round and mouth-filling plum and mulberry fruit. This has a lengthy finish, where the flavours turn unusually to bananas-as if you've just had one cooked in tin foil off the BBQ.
I'd happily drink this on it's own to discover all the hidden flavours, or team it with red meat. Bertus recommends a blue cheese filled brandy snap with chocolate and roasted coffee beans-If you're feeling particularly creative!
Come try it for yourself as it's open on our tasting counter, £7.49 when you buy two or more, £9.49 Single bottle price.
Bargain Hunt picks: Valdivieso Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Central ValleyDate published: 05/01/14
Bargain Hunt picks: Valdivieso Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Central Valley
Valdivieso were formed in 1879 when Alberto Valdivieso became the first winery in South America to make a sparkling wine. Grapes are sourced from cooler areas in the Curico and Maule Valleys and left on lees for around 3 months for added depth.The lovely crisp nose displays lots of gooseberry fruit and hints of freshly cut grass. Steely mineral qualities with zesty lime, lemon and green apple on the palate leave the mouth refreshed afterwards. Enjoy this Sauvignon as a drinks party white, or with smoked salmon or shellfish.
If you are looking for a great party pleaser and don't want to overspend in January, then grab this wine whilst stock last. It is on our Bargain Hunt deal @ £5.33 amazing value for money.
Daily Wine Review: La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2012, MendozaDate published: 04/01/14
The New Year is finally is here and it's time to fight off the January blues with some absolute BARGAINS!
Our annual Bargain Hunt has kicked off with a bang with lot's of fantastic deals on offer, including La Plata Sauvignon Blanc from Argentina on at a fantastic £4.66 when you buy 2 or more bottles from the Bargain Hunt selection. Saving a fantastic 33%.
The cool mountainous climate, lengthy sunshine hours and rocky, well-drained soils of the Andes endow Mendoza with a sound basis for growing vibrant and intensely flavoured whites such as this Sauvignon.
Taste: A pale green-tinged lemon yellow, with a nose of melon, lime and mango. Dry and crisp, the palate is awash with ripe greapefruit, providing a long refreshing finish.
If you're watching the wallet this month but still like to enjoy the finer things in life then this is for you, come down and try it for yourself-it's open on our tasting counter.
Bargain Hunt picks: Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, LisboaDate published: 04/01/14
Bargain Hunt picks: Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisboa
Get your hands on this easy to drink part wine with our Bargain Hunt.
A blend of traditional local grape varieties, Castelao, Aragonez, Tinta Miuda, hand-picked from three estates in the region of Obidos, to the north of Lisbon. The grapes are fully de-stemmed, lightly crushed and following fermentation, the wine is matured for 6-8 months without oak.
Soft purple colour, fragrant and uplifting nose of cherry and raspberry, with touches of violet and pudding spice. The palate is a cascade of forest fruits framed by robust and persistent tannins and legs.
A real hit with herbaceous and well-seasoned and roasted red meats.
Available whilst stock last 33.3% off @ £5.33 if you buy any two or more Bargain Hunt wines. £7.99 single bottle price.
Our Annual Bargain Hunt Begins Today!Date published: 03/01/14
Enjoy 33.3% off when you buy any 2 selected end-of-line wines!
This January we've got a real bargain hunt going on. And the only reason we've reduced these wines is to make room for next season's selection.
With a delicious 33.3% off when you buy any 2 from the range of selected wines, you're bound to find some unbelievable bargains. The perfect way to perk up your January. But hurry - stocks will sell out quickly!
An introduction to Australia. Date published: 03/01/14
Australia has approximately 90 different grape varieties planted commercially over 150000 hectares of vineyards.
For red wines, Shiraz is their classic grape. Hot regions such as the Hunter and Barossa Valleys produce a soft earthy spicy style that develops leather and caramel notes as it ages. A leaner, more peppery style is made in the cooler regions such as Margret River and Western Victoria. These different qualities are often blended to create multi-regional wines. Cabernet Avignon is generally darker, with firmer tannins and higher acidity than Australian Shiraz. It is often blended with Shiraz and Merlot which results in a softer wine.
Chardonnay is one of Australia's most popular white wines. It is made in many different styles with different degrees of oak, lees, and malolactic flavours. Most Australian Chardonnay sees some oak treatment although unoaked chardonnays are becoming more common. It is often blended with Semilon to add crisp acidity and refreshing herbaceous notes. Riesling is used to make some of Australia's finest wines. With typical flavours of bold citrus fruit in youth that develops into toast, honey and petrol notes with age, Riesling's are unoaked and are usually dry or off-dry.
Australia, like many other New World countries, use varietal labeling. This means that rather then labeling a wine by it's region, they use the grape variety. This gives the inexperienced wine drinker a clearer idea of what to expect and in the age of supermarket shopping that we are in, eye catching and clear marketing are key when it comes to selling a product.
Come into store and find your perfect Australian wine.. we have 20% off all Australian wines ready for you to mix and match.
Final ashes test wine.Date published: 03/01/14
This weeks ashes wine is...
Peter Lehmann Riesling 2012, Eden Valley
Grape: Riesling - VEGETARIAN
Origin: Riesling is one of the most fashionable varieties currently being grown in Australia, with many different regional styles. Despite the hot climate, Peter Lehmann has made a crisp and refreshing Riesling from Barossa thanks to a careful wine making approach.
Taste: Delightful citrus and stone fruit notes abound on the palate and the finish is remarkably taut. A mouth-watering acidity and limestone minerality leave the mouth feeling revitalised.
Enjoy: The superbly crisp finish makes this the perfect match for oily fish and shellfish, with the acidity really cutting through.
Daily Wine Review: Rioja Crianza Arienzo 2010, Marqués de RiscalDate published: 29/12/13
Daily Wine Review: Rioja Crianza Arienzo 2010, Marqués de Riscal
Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano blend. Tempranillo is the grape variety that forms the back bone of some of the finest red wines in Spain. Mazuelo better know as Carignan (France) tends to produced full-bodied red wines that can have high acid and alcohol levels adding a bit of refreshing uplift. Great medium intensity, with ruby colour and good legs. Red and black berries fruit aromas with some leather, vanilla and licorice. It has undergone 18 months' cask ageing - relatively long for a crianza wine - plus several more months maturing in bottle before release. Intense yet mellow aromas of ripe raspberry, prune and fig, mingling with subtle vanilla, coconut and spice notes. Supple and soft on the palate, with plenty of youthful vigour to the fruit. Great balance and good acidity.
This traditionally styled crianza comes from Marqués de Riscal's best vineyards in Elciego and Laguardia.
Match with lamb, pork, venison or even spicier food. Try it with with tapas of Iberian ham, Manchego and dressed olives, as recommended by Majestic.
Try it now, it has just been opened on our tasting counter.
Get it for £8.99 if you buy two or more or £10.99 for a single bottle.
New Year Opening HoursDate published: 28/12/13
Our hours are slightly reduced over the new year period, however we're still here throughout the day to get your fizz to you before the big night.
Here's our hours from Saturday 28th December:
Saturday 28/12 - 9am - 7pm
Sunday 29/12 - 10am - 5pm
Monday 30/12 - 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 31/12 - 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 01/01 - CLOSED
Thursday 02/01 - 10am - 8pm
Friday 03/01 onwards - Our hours return to normal!
Outside of these hours, please feel free to leave a message on the answer phone, tweet or email us, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
Fleurie Flower Label 2012, Georges DuboeufDate published: 28/12/13
Fleurie Flower Label 2012, Georges Duboeuf
Fleurie is one of the ten crus of Beaujolais and one of the most sought
after. It is often referred as the Queen of Beaujolais (while Moulin a Vent would be the King), making it one of the most expensive wines of Beaujolais.
Fleurie made from gamey stands for “flowery”, perfectly describing what the wine is: spring flowers, charming , elegant with s silky texture. It is a very fruity wine. Generally, Fleurie should be drunk young, but it can last a few years if the vintage is good.
Fleurie Flower Label 2012, Georges Duboeuf is a classic Fleurie with fresh cherry fruits, strawberries and a fragrant, floral perfume. Medium body wine with concentrated fruit and light tannic presence underline its cru status.
Pair it with soft cheeses, salami, light chicken dishes, quiche lorraine and cheese pies.
It is now on offer @ £9.99 if you guy 2 or more, £11.99 single bottle price.
It is open now on our tasting counter.
Daily Wine Review: Santa Rita 120 Cabernet FrancDate published: 27/12/13
Daily Wine Review: Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc
Fantastic value for money party wine. This French grape variety have found new home in Chile producing fruit driven and easy drinking wines.
A medium body, ruby in colour with plenty of blackcurrants and spiciness on the nose. Nicely balanced on the palate, offering aromas of ripe red berries, wild herbs and tomato leaf and delivering ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, with both fresh acidity and rounded tannin.
Ideal partner with tomato dishes and soft cheeses. This party season match it with "finger-food" and tapas.
Get this wine now on 20% off Chile at £6.39 if you buy two or more.
You can have a little sample in your Majestic store in Worthing, as it is open on our tasting counter.
Bourgogne Rouge 2010, Fontaine-GagnardDate published: 23/12/13
This Pinot Noir is produced by Fontaine Gagnard, who consistently produce some of the finest red and white wines in Burgundy. 75% of the fruit is sourced in the attractive village of Volnay, in the Cote de Beaune.
The wine is fermented and aged in older oak.
Delicious red berry fruit on the nose with subtle spice and hints of wild mushrooms. It is packed with rich, sweet, juicy strawberries on the palate supported by subtle spice and hints of fresh herbs.
I reckon this wine would be perfect for any wild mushroom or truffle dishes. Perhaps the perfect accompaniment for a mushroom Wellington if you're having an alternative Christmas dinner.
I really love this wine and in fact will probably drink it over Christmas...if I can wait that long!
Delivery schedule - 23rd and 24th DecemberDate published: 23/12/13
We still have some slots available for delivery.
BN11 BN12 BN13 BN14 BN16 BN17 BN18
That's Worthing, Goring, Ferring, Durrington, Salvington, Rustington, East Preston, Littlehampton, Climping and Arundel.
BN11, BN12, BN13, BN14, plus others may be possible - please call us on 01903 238225 to discuss.
Opening Hours Over ChristmasDate published: 23/12/13
Our opening hours over the Christmas period are:
- Monday 23 December: 9am - 8pm
- Tuesday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
- Wednesday 25 December: CLOSED
- Thursday 26 December: CLOSED
- Friday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
- Saturday 28 December: 9am - 7pm
- Sunday 29 December: 10am - 5pm
- Monday 30 December: 10am - 7pm
- Tuesday 31 December: 10am - 5pm
- Wednesday 1 January: CLOSED
We're open our normal opening hours from Thursday 2 January onwards.
Daily Wine Review: Saint Veran 'Les Crais' 2010 - Cordier.Date published: 22/12/13
As Christmas fast approaches, our tasting counter is filled with some fantastic Christmas dinner matches. For white, we've gone for the Saint Veran 'Les Crais' from Domaine Cordier. This single vineyard site is situation on a hill near the village of Leynes in Burgundy. Here, very low yields are produced which increases ripeness and concentration of flavour.
This wine displays some fantastic ripe fruit flavours, including apricot and nectarine. On the palate, it is full bodied and creamy. As only 20% of the wine has spent time in oak, it retains a crisp acidity alongside the fruit flavours.
Come and give it a go on the tasting counter whilst we've got some. At £19.99 a bottle, it's a bit of a treat, but it's only Christmas once a year after all!
DELIVERY SLOTS STILL AVAILABLE Date published: 21/12/13
DELIVERY SLOTS STILL AVAILABLE.
If you are stuck indoor because of:
a) The weather,
b) You don't like Christmas mad shopping,
d) All above,
Then please call us 01903 238225 or go to www.majestic.co.uk to order your wine to be delivered before Christmas.
We still have got slots available:
23/12 for BN11, BN12, BN13, BN14, BN16, BN17, BN18
24/12 for BN11, BN12, BN13, BN14
If you are in Sompting, Lancing, Steyning, Shoreham or Storrington and the surrounding villages, please contact us at the store. Collections can be arranged right up until 5pm on Christmas Eve.
Free delivery over £40 and minimum purchase of 6 bottles.
Please do not hesitate to contact your Worthing store for more details 01903 238225.
Happy Christmas shopping!
Come down to Majestic Worthing tomorrow and you're in for a treat...Date published: 20/12/13
...on our tasting counter, we'll be opening a great selection of wines for Christmas! Come and visit us tomorrow if you've not got your Christmas wines sorted yet, and you'll be able to sample:
*Veuve Clicquot NV - our star buy at just £29.99 when you buy 2 or more
*Saint Veran Les Crais - Domaine Cordier - a fantastic White Burgundy, just £19.99 from this esteemed Burgundian producer.
*Angelique de Monbousquet - a great value Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, now just £18 when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines.
Tomorrow is the perfect day to do your Christmas wine shop. What better place to be than Majestic - try before you buy and receive expert advice to match your wine to your meal.
These prices are valid when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles. Minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix of wines, Champagne, sparkling wines or spirits.
Daily Wine: Codorniu Cristina VintageDate published: 20/12/13
Daily Wine: Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2011, Spain
Winner of many medals for its 2010 and 2011 vintage.
Made from 100% Pinot Noir, that comes from old vineyards located in areas with the continental climate, which favours the concentration and provides more body and flavour intensity.
The process of picking grapes and transportation is rapid and happens at night to keep them fresh and avoid spontaneous fermentation. The production involves second fermentations, same as Champagne, followed by a period of 18months aging in contact with the yeast lees
This Cava Brut was launched in honour of the Regent Queen María
Cristina of Austria who in 1897 granted Codorníu with the title of “Official Provider of the Royal House”.
With fine bubbles and persistent beading, this deliciously dry Cava has
fresh, light, floral aromas with delicately rounded, well-balanced pear
and brioche flavours.
Excellent to combine with white fish or as an apéritif, especially now this festive season. It is a fantastic party sparkling wine. Come and try it at Majestic Worthing. It is open on the tasting counter this weekend.
You can get it for £9.99 if you buy any selected fizz.Asia
Christmas Delivery Schedule - Thursday 19th - Tuesday 24th DecemberDate published: 19/12/13
The run up to Christmas is an extremely busy time for deliveries, and so to ensure that we can maximise efficiency and get your wine out to you promptly, we'll be running a set delivery schedule. We are still able to deliver to the full extent of our patch, so please get in touch if you need an order!
Saturday 21st December:
BN11, BN14 only.
Sunday 22nd December:
BN11, BN13, BN14, BN15, RH20 - Last delivery before Christmas for Lancing and Storrington
Monday 23rd December:
BN11, BN12, BN13, BN14, BN16, BN17, BN18 - Last delivery before Christmas for Ferring, Littlehampton, Rustington, East Preston and Arundel.
Tuesday 24th December:
BN11, BN12 (Goring only), BN13 and BN14 - Local deliveries only. Last orders before Christmas. Click and collect closes 5pm Christmas Eve.
If you wish to place an order that falls outside of the above schedule, please contact us at the store directly as we may be able to accommodate you. We are available on 01903 238225.
All orders can be collected from the store if required. Please specify a date so that we can ensure it is ready for you.
This delivery schedule is a guide, and may be altered at any time. It is best to place your order earlier to ensure speedy delivery!
Château l'Hospitalet 2011, Grand Vin, Gérard BertrandDate published: 16/12/13
Gérard Bertrand is the leading expert from the South of France recognized by all wine lovers. As a wine-grower and owner of flagship estates, he has acquired a unique expertise in the terroirs of Languedoc-Roussillon.
His flagship estate is Chateau L'Hospitalet.
“At Château l’Hospitalet there is a constant duel between sea and mountain, between rich shale and poor limestone, and between the naturally occurring water in the subsoil and its inaccessibility to the vines.”
Cédric Lecareux, Gérard Bertrand's Estates DirectorA blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache created from prime vineyard sites on the steep, rocky slopes surrounding La Clape, where the estate stands overlooking its 1000 hectares of vineyards, pine forests and heathland.
This muscular wine displays an intense blend of firm tannins, inky black fruit, floral aromas, and a distinctly peppery finish. Smoothed and integrated by the influence of over a year in French oak barriques. The sort of wine I could happily sit and sniff for an hour without even drinking it. Meaty and robust, this wine will happily be left for another 4-5 years, and would pair well with red meats and game.
Come and try it NOW! It's open on our tasting counter, and currently at the fantastic price of £16.99 if you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case.
Daily Wine Review: Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume 2011, BoudinDate published: 12/12/13
The growers of Chablis have spent many years working for their reputation as a top wine producing region. Vineyards granted Premier Cru status are those judged as superior to the majority of vineyards within the Chablis boundary, and it is from these that this wine originates.
On the nose, it is richer than you may expect, with aromas of stone and tropical fruits. This wine goes through a slightly different process to most Chablis, and this gives it the extra body. On the palate is is again slightly richer, with stone fruits in particular dominating over the typical Chablis minerality.
A fantastic wine, this would be perfect with white meat dishes, and in particular perfect for your Christmas turkey. Why not come down and give it a go on our tasting counter? It's just £19.99 per bottle, and it's worth every penny!
Blind tasting Chateau Mugron 2010Date published: 11/12/13
Blind tasting Chateau Mugron 2010
So here we go. Tom has just served me with a glass of red wine, let's if I can guess what am I actually tasting.
On the nose there is very fresh with black fruit aromas of blackberries, black cherries and plums with the sweatiness of dry fruit like prunes. Quite firm tannins with legs streaming on the walls of the glass showing off its ruby colour.
There is defiantly similarity of black fruit on the palate. Subtle oaky aromas trying to get through.
Very nice balanced wine, easy to drink that would benefit with some aging.
So here we go I have guessed it was a Bordeaux blend. Chateaux Murgon 2010.
You can get it at £6.99 reduced from £8.99 if you buy two or more.
It is on our tasting counter so why not to come and try it for yourself.
Daily Wine Review: Nyetimber Demi Sec NVDate published: 10/12/13
Brand new to our range is a demi-sec sparkling wine from renowned English sparkling wine producer Nyetimber, a vineyard we're pleased to be the local Majestic of! We wasted no time in getting it open on the tasting counter after the delivery arrived, and here's what we thought...
A little bit of staff training was a must with this, as demi-sec Champagne and sparkling wine is not something we open very much of. This wine in particular has a pronounced nose of apple and brioche, however on the palate it is elegant and slightly restrained. The hint of sweetness that makes it the demi-sec style is balanced by a refreshing fruitiness.
The Nyetimber Demi-Sec NV is currently on special offer at Majestic, at the superb price of just £25.99. Why not make this your fizz for Christmas day? It would be perfect with a dessert, or simply as an aperitif to enjoy whilst opening presents!
Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 09/12/13
Christmas is fast approaching. Every year we extend our trading hours to suit the Christmas shopping demand:
Sat 14th Dec: 9AM - 7PM
Sun 15th Dec: 10AM - 5PM
Mon 16th Dec - Sat 21st Dec: 9AM - 8PM
Sun 22nd Dec: 10AM - 5PM
Mon 23rd Dec: 9AM - 8PM
Tue 24th Dec: 9AM - 5PM
Wed 25th Dec - Thu 26th Dec: CLOSED
Fri 27th Dec: 10AM - 8PM
Sat 28th Dec: 9AM - 7PM
Sun 29th Dec: 10AM - 5PM
Mon 30th Dec: 10AM - 7PM
Tue 31st Dec: 10AM - 5PM
Wed 1st Jan: CLOSED
Thu 2nd Jan - Fri 3rd Jan: 10AM - 8PM
Sat 4th Jan 9AM - 7PM
Sun 5th Jan: 10AM - 5PM
Daily Wine Review: Pedro Ximenez 1985, Bodegas Toro Abala, Half bottleDate published: 08/12/13
1985...a great year, Live Aid...Back to The Future...the year I was born (!) and the year this delicious Sherry was produced.
Grape: Pedro Ximenez - VEGETARIAN
Bodegas Toro Abala were the first producer in Montilla to make this dessert-style Pedro Ximenez commercially available in 1970, and have since made a name for themselves as the leading producer of 100%-vintage Pedro Ximenez wines.Luscious and deep in both aroma and flavour, offering an indulgent array of dried date, mocha, sultana and pudding spice characters, with a remarkably clean, drying finish.
This really is Christmas pudding in a bottle. Exceptionally sweet and syrupy, you may not even want to drink it, why not instead pour a dash over some vanilla ice cream? Or savour with some mince pies or radical blue cheese.
Christmas Spotlight Tasting Saturday 7th December!!!Date published: 06/12/13
Wanting some delicious wines to take home and impress the family with this Christmas? Know what you're going to eat but not what wine will match it best? Or maybe you want to buy that special someone a gift they'll enjoy this Christmas rather than the usual socks.
Well look no further. This Saturday we are hosting our Christmas Fine Wine Tasting sessions at 12pm and 3pm where we will be tasting a selection of amazing fine wines and you can find out what exactly does go well with Turkey...or a nut roast in my case!
The best thing about it is that it's completely free!
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Daily Wine Review: Château Coufran 2004, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois SupérieurDate published: 06/12/13
£14:99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case. Single bottle price of £19:99
I'm a huge fan of French wines and in particular, red Bordeaux. So I was very excited to hear about the Bordeaux tasting this week. Thankfully the Chateau Coufran did not disappoint, in fact I was quite surprised.
Located in the Haut-Médoc part of Pauillac, Coufran is notable for its unusually high proportion of Merlot, which forms around 85% of the blend. Being a more typical feature of right-bank wines, this has earned Coufran the nickname 'Pomerol of Haut-Médoc'.
This wine has a soft, fleshy and ample feel, combining soft bramble and ripe plum flavours with smooth tannins. Subtle cedar and leaf aromas complete the picture. But for me it was the liquorish/anise flavours that made it stand out from the usual crowd.
Being a 2004 vintage, it would be perfect to drink this Christmas with a tasty cheese selection.
Daily Wine Review: Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc 2012Date published: 05/12/13
Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc2012, Central Valley
120 range is one of Majestic Wine's best selling range from Chile. We have been stocking their wines for over 2 years now. Have you heard the story behind it's name though? According to legend, 120 patriots, exhausted after a long, hard battle during the fight for Chile's independence, reached the lands belonging to Santa Rita. On the fateful night in 1914, these forces of liberty found the refuge in the estate cellars. Today, within these cellars, the 120 award wining wines are being crafted to honor their heroic character.
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.
You can now get it for great value of £6.39 if you buy any two or more Chilean wines, saving you 20%. Single bottle price is £7.99.
It is also open on our tasting counter, so why not to #comeandexplore
Daily Wine Review: De Bortoli Noble OneDate published: 03/12/13
De Bortoli's 'Noble One' is a wine that I have seen sat on our dessert wine shelf for many years, and finally this week the opportunity came to try it. What a wine! Made from 100% Semillon grapes that have been left to rot on the vines.
The wine displays rich fruit aromas, alongside sweet honey flavours and aromas. It has good acidity that complements the sweetness, which leaves you wanting more.
This is perfect for your Christmas table, and is the perfect partner to a cheese board for those blue cheeses.
Currently this wine is on special offer at £20. I can confirm that it is 100% worth it, and you're sure not to be disappointed! Come and try it on the tasting counter this week to see for yourself!
Daily Wine Review: Roaring Meg 2012. Pinot Noir Lovers Alert!Date published: 01/12/13
Daily Wine Review: Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2012 Mt Difficulty, Central Otago
Pinot Noir Lovers Alert!
Mount Difficulty is a boutique winery located in Bannockburn in Central Otago. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognized as one of the few places in the world where the petulant Pinot Noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy.
Named after a local stream rich in character and history, roaring Meg wines are all about the attitude of Central Ontago.
Only selected grapes have been used managing 9 months of oak fermentation ad traditional winemaking techniques.
This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice. These characters are balanced by soft tannins, balanced acidity and a fruit-driven finish.
This is a cracking, complex wine to be enjoyed over the next five years. Enjoy with pork loin and peach chutney or rabbit casserole.
It is on 20% off New Zealand offer, get it now for £17.59.
Saint Clair Pioneer Block Grüner Veltliner 2012, MarlboroughDate published: 29/11/13
20% OFF NEW ZEALAND WINES!!!!!!!
Grape: Grüner Veltliner - VEGETARIAN
First released in 2011, this is an exciting Kiwi take on a classic variety of Austria and central Europe. From a single vineyard in Marlborough's Omaka Valley, the hand-picked grapes are whole-bunched pressed,partially fermented in old oak and matured on its lees. Restrained on the nose, with delicate citrus blossom and peach notes and an underlying white pepper tinge. A delicate pinapple aroma develops on then third good sniff, making this wine interesting and showing off it's complexity.
Remarkably mouth-filling texture,with ripe, peachy fruit that you can almost feel in your mouth, but still with a dry finish. A superb all-round food wine. Great with all manner of fish dishes, or with firm, nutty cheeses. Yum.
Fantastic value at £13.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles. (£17.49 single bottle value)
Asia's favourite picks from DownunderDate published: 28/11/13
Tasting Week: New Zealand & Australia - Asia's favourite picks from Downunder
Tomorrow we will be hosting Australia & New Zealand and more specifically we will be opening to taste some nice wines from those countries.
On the cards so far from Australia:
whites: Oxford Landing Estates Chardonnay2013, Yalumba, South Australia, De Bortoli Windy PeakChardonnay 2012, Victoria,
reds: Peter Lehman Shiraz 2011,Barossa Valley, Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2012, Barossa Valley, Oxford Landing Cab/Shiraz 2012, Yalumba, South Australia,
whites: The Ned Sauvgnion Blanc Waihopai River 2013, Marlborough, and Asia's favourite white wine pick, St Clair Pioneer Block Grüner Veltliner 2012, Marlborough
red: Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2012, MtDifficulty, Central Otago - Asia's favourite red wine pick
Get ready and come to Majestic Worthing to taste some good quality wines from Downunder.
Winter Wine Tasting - We had fun!Date published: 25/11/13
Winter Wine Tasting - We had fun!
Our seasonal wine tasting took place last Wednesday evening. We opened our doors at 6.30PM and welcomed over 80 people.
We started off with Nyetimber Classic Cuvee as a welcoming drink. Then our guests moved on to three different stations situated around the store.
We had help from Ferg with Lebanese wines: Cheateau Musar and Hochar Pere & Fils and Spanish white Vina Sol and Taylor's Port LBV.
Chichester's store Manager Becky kindly helped us too presenting whites finest Meursault Narvaux Jadot, Australian Turkey Flat Butchers White, French Dom'De L'Aigle Pinot Noir and Crozen Hermitage Domain Mercurol.
Asia and Verity had a stand with New Zealand Matua Sauvignon Blanc, Italian Serena Pinot Grigio, Chilean Santa Rita Medal Real Cab Sav, and red finest Bordeaux Sarget Gruaud Larose 2008 and Bordeaux desert wine La Rame Tradition.
Our own Manager Tom and Assistant Manager from Horsham store made sure everybody was served and entertained. We had delicious cheese board and French baguettes to match our beautiful wines.
We hope you all enjoyed yourselves in our friendly Worthing store. We would like to see you all on our next seasonal tasting sometime next Spring.
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Your dedicated Majestic Wine Worthing team.
Daily Wine Review: Louis Jadot Pernard-Vergelesses 2008Date published: 24/11/13
Pernand-Vergelesses is a small appellation in the Beaune area of Burgundy. Some of the best wines of Burgundy come from a small part of this region, including the renowned Corton-Charlemagne. This wine is a fantastic example of a premium white Burgundy, with a fabulous nose of butterscotch alongside tropical and citrus fruits.
This wine has had gentle oak influence, giving a nutty complexity to complement the creaminess and fruit.
This wine is one of the few styles of white that can be aged in bottle for a little longer. Alternatively, if it won't last, just enjoy it with a rich poultry roast or creamy fish or chicken.
Currently this wine is on the buy-any-2-Fine-Wines-save-£10 deal bringing it down to just £18 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines. That's fine wines, for house wine prices.
Come and enjoy it on the tasting counter in store today.
Win one of 200 bottles of Nyetimber this weekend!Date published: 23/11/13
To celebrate the opening of our 200th store this week, we're giving away one bottle of Nyetimber at each store! To be in with a chance to win the bottle we're giving away in Worthing, just pop down and do your top-up today or tomorrow, and we'll pop you into our box! We look forward to seeing yuou this weekend!
Not only that, for each bottle of Champagne sold this weekend, we're giving £1 to our charity of the year, Children with Cancer UK. If you need some bubbly, why not pop down this weekend?
Wine of the Week: Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 18/11/13
This week our wine of the week is the fantastic value Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Rita's Medalla Real range. This is a full bodied and rich wine, which is fruit dominated. Bright red in colour, it has a nose of ripe blackcurrants and black berries. On the palate, again it is rich and concentrated but extremely approachable.
Come down and give this wine a go on the tasting counter. It will be open all week AND at our winter tasting on Wednesday night.
Currently it's just £8.99 when you buy any 2 or more Chilean wines as part of your mixed case of 6 bottles.
Craft Beers at MajesticDate published: 17/11/13
We're really enjoying our new and improved beer range at Majestic. Check out the photo on our Facebook page of some of the craft beers.
You can currently buy any two packs of 6 bottles/cans from the following range and save £3 per pack!
*Underdog Atlantic Lager, 6x355ml cans
*Brewdog Punk IPA, 6x330ml cans
*Anchor Steam 6x355ml bottles
*Brooklyn Lager 6x255ml bottles
*Einstok Icelandic White Ale 6x330ml bottles
These are all £12.99 per pack or just £9.99 each when you buy any 2 packs of 6!
As well as this, why not try a more local offering in the form of Chapel Down's Curious Brew Lager or Curious IPA? Currently these are just £17.99 per case of 12x330ml bottles.
We've got some of them available to taste on our tasting counter, so why not pop down and give them a go?
Daily Wine Review: Leyda Reserva RieslingDate published: 16/11/13
This is a fantastic value Riesling from Chile. It displays the slightly kerosine nose, alongside vibrant green apple fruit. On the palate, it has acidity, and is a little richer than you expect meaning it could stand up to a wide range of foods.
Come and give this a go on the tasting counter while stocks last. Beware though, I've only got 3 bottles left since I opened it yesterday, it's that good! (And it's only £7.99 when you buy any 2 or more Chilean wines)
Christmas Delivery InformationDate published: 15/11/13
The run up to Christmas is an extremely busy time for deliveries, and so to ensure that we can maximise efficiency and get your wine out to you promptly, we'll be running a set delivery schedule. We are still able to deliver to the full extent of our patch, so please get in touch if you need an order!
Thursday 19th December:
BN11, BN14 only.
Friday 20th December:
BN11, BN12, BN13, BN14, BN16, BN17
Saturday 21st December:
BN11, BN14 only.
Sunday 22nd December:
BN11, BN13, BN14, BN15, RH20 - Last delivery before Christmas for Lancing and Storrington
Monday 23rd December:
BN11, BN12, BN13, BN14, BN16, BN17, BN18 - Last delivery before Christmas for Ferring, Littlehampton, Rustington, East Preston and Arundel.
Tuesday 24th December:
BN11, BN12 (Goring only), BN13 and BN14 - Local deliveries only. Last orders before Christmas. Click and collect closes 5pm Christmas Eve.
If you wish to place an order that falls outside of the above schedule, please contact us at the store directly as we may be able to accommodate you. We are available on 01903 238225.
All orders can be collected from the store if required. Please specify a date so that we can ensure it is ready for you.
This delivery schedule is a guide, and may be altered at any time. It is best to place your order earlier to ensure speedy delivery!
Daily Wine Review: Duc de Belmont Coteaux BourguignonsDate published: 14/11/13
This red Burgundy is brand new to our range, and at the fantastic price of just £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles, we had to give it a go on our tasting counter.
This wine is made from 100% Gamay, making it far more reminiscent of a classic Beaujolais, and it is likely that Jean Loron sources his grapes from around here. Grapes that go into a Coteaux Bourguignons wine can come from anywhere from Chablis to Beaujolais.
This wine is light and fruity, bursting with red fruit flavours. To balance, it has some soft tannins, that make this wine perfect for light meats.
Come and give it a go on our in-store tasting counter now.
McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2011Date published: 11/11/13
The McManis family had been growing grapes for 4 generations when they finally deciding to make the move into winemaking in 1990, building their own state-of-the-art facility in Lodi. They now operate over 2500 acres of vineyards, and support several other small growers.Taste
A middle weight Zin with a purple colour, offering an abundance of raspberry and strawberry on the nose, and dark fruit on the palate. Round and smooth, with hints of caramel and vanilla on the finish.Tasty! And perfect to warm you up on a cold rainy day with a hearty lamb shank. Currently open on our tasting counter.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT OUR WINTER TASTING EVENING ON THE 20TH NOVEMBER, WE STILL HAVE SPACE AVAILABLE. YOU'LL GET TO TRY SOME OF OUR FAVOURITES AND CHRISTMAS CLASSICS THAT PAIR WELL WITH A NICE BIG TURKEY! CALL US NOW ON 01903238225 TO BOOK YOUR SPACE.
Striking French! ViognerDate published: 11/11/13
A new wine to Majestic, that we currently have open on our tasting counter, so come down and check it out.
This Viognier comes from a vineyard in the Côteaux du Limousin, and has been partially oak-fermented for a rich style. It is the brainchild of Jean-Claude Mas, one who is never too shy to make a wryly humourous observation on French culture.
I'm a big fan of Rhone Viogner's and this did not disappoint. Pale gold in colour with subtle tropical notes on the nose and packed with stone fruit flavours, peach and apricot that jump out at you. A complexity that lasts as the fruit fades and the creamy toast flavours take over.
A perfect match for mild spicy chicken or Oriental food.
Californian WinesDate published: 10/11/13
Nearly three-quarters the size of France, California accounts for about 90 percent of American wine production. The production in California alone is one third larger than that of Australia. If California were a separate country, it would be the world's fourth-largest wine producer.The state's viticultural history dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first vineyards to produce wine for Mass.
California is a very geologically diverse region and is equally varied in the range of climates and terroirs that can be found. Most of the state's wine regions are found between the Pacific coast and the Central Valley. The Pacific Ocean and large bays, like San Francisco Bay serve as tempering influences to the wine regions nearby providing cool winds and fog that balance the heat and sunshine. While drought can be a viticultural hazard, most areas of California receive sufficient amounts of rainfall with the annual rainfall of wine regions north of San Francisco between 24-45 inches (615–1150 mm) and the more southern regions receiving 13-20 inches. Winters are mild with little threat of frost damage though springtime frost can be a hazard. To curb the threat of frost, vineyard owners will often employ the use of wind machines, sprinklers and smudge pots to protect the vines.
Saintsbury ChardonnayDate published: 08/11/13
A fantastic offer for our wine of the week, the Californian Saintsbury Chardonnay at £13.32 if you buy more than one bottle, down from £19.99.
Chardonnays can often have a bad reputation but when done well it is often one of my favourite whites, as stated on the bottle "Mozart is played everywhere but that doesn't make him any less of a genius."
Chardonnay accepts and reflects the terrior of the Carneros region and the fingerprint of the vintner. Fermented in 25-30% new French oak barrels and aged 'sur lie' for eight months. During the ageing process, the barrels are stirred (batonnage) to increase yeast contact.
Notes of pears, apricots and melon with toasted spicy oak characters are complemented on the palate by stone fruit, vanilla and hazelnuts. A big, bold Chardonnay, with plenty of fruit and a smooth buttery texture. Full bodied and creamy, with a balanced and powerful finish.
A wine that could be kept for 3 years or enjoyed right away with some chargrilled chicken or light fish dishes. I could quite happily enjoy this wine on it's own...or with a simple fruit salad and chantilly cream if I'm feeling indulgent!
New wine in! Striking French Viognier Date published: 08/11/13
New Wine in! Striking French Viognier.
With so many new wines in here are a few bits and pieces about each.
this wine is made by Jean Claude Mas, a producer that we stock a range of wines from. This wine comes from the Limousin region in the south west of France famed for its oak forests and some of the best beef in France. The grape Viognier is one of may favorites, it can be so diverse from a big and rich wine to a soft citrus wine and used to add to an array of reds. This wine is very fruity on the nose, full of apricot and peach but with a creaminess setting it off. the palate continues with plenty of apricot and peach with a toasty hint from the oak.
I think this is a great example of a French Viognier. I would give it a go on our tasting counter this weekend!
Daily Wine Review: The Scribbler YalumbaDate published: 06/11/13
Daily Wine Review: The Scribbler Yalumba
Named as an alternative to its own 'Signature' blend, The Scribbler is Yalumba's more youthful take on Australia's classic Cabernet-Shiraz combination, made with a view to early enjoyment.
A big bold wine in colour as well as aromas with an intense initial impact on the nose. Dense and vibrant purple, with plenty of concentrated dark fruits, liquorice, chocolate and black olive. The palate is lush and full, with a generous sweetness of fruit and plump, rounded tannins.
This wine is open on our tasting counter all week, so come in and see what you think.
Personally I would have to have some food with this wine, Yalumba recommends serving with a game pie with a truffled parmesan and parsnip mash. I reckon a spicey nut roast would do the job for me.
Daily Wine Review: Ravens Wood Lodi Zinfandel Date published: 02/11/13
Daily Wine Review: Ravens Wood Lodi Zinfandel .
Before starting at Majestic when I thought of Zinfandel I only thought of the sweet white Zinfandel of California. Little did I now the diversity of Zinfandel. This Californian reed is a fantastic wine for the money. Exploding on the nose with plenty of sweet blueberry, ripe plums and a hint of spice. On the palate the vibrancy of the wine continues. Bright and fruity with soft tannins and and a balanced acidity. further complexity is added with hints of vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.
A great wine at the price and warming enough for the current weather. Taste it on our tasting counter today!
Daily Wine Review: Rioja Crianza ArienzoDate published: 30/10/13
Daily Wine Review: Rioja Crianza Arienzo
Another beauty from Marqués de Riscal vineyards. This crianza has spent 18 months in oak which is relatively long for a crianza but I think you will agree that this extended maturation has given the wine a real roundness and lovely integrated flavours of oak. Made with Tempranillo blended with a couple of other Spanish varieties, this wine has a lot of red fruit character. Intense yet mellow, flavours of sweet vanilla and coconut give this dry wine a hint of sweetness that make it an attractive one to try for those who are new to red wine. Silky tannins make it soft on the palate, with plenty of youthful fruit notes giving the wine some added freshness. This is a great wine to enjoy on its own or match with a range of Spanish tapas and dressed olives.
This wine is available to try on the tasting counter so if you like your fruitier, younger Riojas then this is one to try.
This wine is now £8.99 (when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case or £10.99 single bottle price)
Daily wine review: Vina Pomal 1994Date published: 27/10/13
Daily Wine Review: Vina Pomal 1994
From one of the best acclaimed vintages this is a great price for a Rioja of this age. The wine is made by the famous Bodegas Bilbainas from 100% Tempranillo.
This wine displays all the hallmarks of graceful bottle ageing, with its mahogany tint, dried prune and raisin fruit, and earthy aromatics. As smooth as a wine gets and remarkably fresh the finish.
Enjoy this wine now before its too late.
Sherry Tasting Time!!Date published: 26/10/13
Sherry Tasting Time
It's time for some sherry-loving on the tasting counter for the next week as we have the whole Pedro sherry range available to try. A great opportunity to explore for those who have had little exposure to these Spanish specialties or for sherry lovers interested in new brands and styles. The line up is as follows:
Fino: light in colour, full in body with lots of yeasty aromas from its biological ageing under flor.
Amontillado: Yeasty character of a Fino with the deep oxidative aromas from an Oloroso. It is essential a fully matured Fino which has been re-fortified to a higher alcohol to kill the flor and then allowed to age oxidatively. The colour is a dark golden due to the ageing and the aromas are more of coffee and caramel overlaying the toasty yeast notes. Serve at 14ºC with nuts and dried fruits, white meats,artichokes and spicy Asian dishes.
Oloroso: This sherry has none of the flor character as it has spent its whole ageing process with exposure to oxygen giving a deeper colour and more aromas of dried fruit, caramel and hazelnuts. Warm and rounded in style. Full-bodied, with a nutty complexity;expansive on the palate. Excellent with rich foods such as game dishes, casseroles or red meat stews.
Palo Cortado: Very rare style of sherry as it is essentially a "failed" Fino as it has been unable to develop the flor required for the biological ageing despite the base wine being produced to make a Fino style. This style falls between the elegance of an Amontillado and the richness and complexity of an Oloroso. A very interesting sherry to experience.
Prices range from £8.99 per bottle so join us this week to taste your way through this brilliant range!
Autumn Magic of Fine Wine: Amarone NegrarDate published: 26/10/13
Autumn Magic of Fine Wine: Amarone Negrar
This week we present to you the Amarone Negrar, an absolute beauty from Italy and definitely one to have in your wine rack over the festive season. An Italian speciality, the blend of the Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara varieties. These grapes are laid out on straw beds after harvest to allow them to raisin and concentrate their flavours and impart a richness to the wine. A very well-structured red with good acidity and soft tannin. Aromas of dried fruit and sweet spice with a rich palate and tasty finish.
A brilliant wine for flavoursome food so go on and pair with your rich red-meat dishes and your blue cheeses or simply savor on its own.
This wine is part of of our fine wine mix and match where you save £10 when buying 2 bottles of selected fine wine. This means that this bottle can be enjoyed for a mere £18 (when you buy 2 selected fine wine as part of a mixed case, or £23 single bottle price)
Daily Wine Review: Welmoed Cabernet Sauvignon Date published: 24/10/13
Daily Wine Review: Welmoed Cabernet Sauvignon
We nearly coming to an end of our current South African wine offer so I thought I would try a great value wine without blowing the budget. From selected sites in the renowned area of Stellenbosch this wine is a bargain.
On the nose rich and fruity with plenty of cassis and warming spice. The oak influence is only subtle allowing for a fresh and easy drinking Cabernet. It retains plenty of the fruit with a soft tannin base. This wine would be great with food such as roasted veg and a variety of meats.
Daily Wine Review: Torres Vina SolDate published: 22/10/13
Torres is a household name not just in Spain, but over here in the UK as well. Producing great value wines that both represent their origin as well as providing great value for money, their Vina Sol is no exception.
This wine is light, dry and fruity. Bursting with tropical flavours and a touch of a floral character, this is the perfect wine to enjoy in the evening.
Currently, this wine is just £5.99 when you buy any 2 or more Spanish wines. Hurry, though, the offer ends on Monday night!
P.S. it currently comes with a free wine bottle chiller!
Daily Wine Review: Panamericana Sauvignon BlancDate published: 21/10/13
Daily Wine Review: Panamericana Sauvignon Blanc
From the cool-climate vineyards in the Central Valley region of Chile, this wine's bouquet is bursting with ripe, tropical notes with an emphasis of passion fruit. Easy-drinking with a real crisp acidity which almost gives a sligh spritz on the finish. The winemaker ensures that the wine produced comes across as fresh and youthful with a focus on the purity of the fruit. A great food wine for seafood and light pasta dishes or a well-chilled glass on its own will be sure to go down well.
This wine is currently available to try on our tasting counter. A brilliant wine for everyday drinking at just £5.99 (when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case or £7.49 single bottle price)
Daily Wine Review: Mas Des Mas Pinot Blanc Date published: 20/10/13
Daily Wine Review: Mas Des Mas Pinot Blanc
An interesting style of wine. If your looking for something a bit different, a little less mainstream this would be a great option. Rarely seen outside Germany or Alsace this Languedoc take is quite different. Dryer and more focused this wine exhibits plenty of citrus and tropical fruits on the nose along with a slight hint of mineral notes. Rich and crisp on the palate with plenty of minerality and freshness.
This wine would be great with seafood. Think of it like a Muscadet scallops or simply cooked white fish.
Try it today on our tasting counter.
Autumn Magic of Fine Wine: Chateau Senejac 2010Date published: 19/10/13
Chateau Senejac is based in the Haut-Medoc on the left back of the Gironde river in Bordeaux. Chateau Senejac was given Cru Bourgeois status in the 1933 classification, and this prestige pushed it under the radar of the owners of the acclaimed Chateau Talbot estate, who now own it. Cabernet dominated, this has a perfumed nose of black fruit and sweet spice, alongside cigar box aromas. This is a great wine, robust and well balanced, from the outstanding 2010 vintage. For £18.00 per bottle when you buy 2 or more, I can't recommend it enough. It definitely deserves a place on your Sunday dinner table this Autumn!
Daily Wine Review: Chateau Guiot Costieres de Nimes Date published: 18/10/13
This is one of my go to wines for good quality at approachable price. Deriving from the Costieres de Nimes this wine is a typical Rhone style blend. Neighboring the Languedoc region in the south of France you can get excellent value for money.
Deep almost purple in colour this wine is a treat on the nose. Its full of forest fruits and herbs. these continue on the palate with plenty of rich berries and a spicy kick brought together with a smooth finish.
This wine is a great food wine. equally good with meaty dishes such as meatballs or shepherds pie as it is with vegetarian dishes
Try it on our tasting counter today!
Daily Wine Review: Montequinto RiojaDate published: 17/10/13
Daily Wine Review: Montequinto Rioja
This is a perfect example of excellent value for money with good quality. This Spanish red comes from the famous Rioja region and is made predominantly from Tempranillo, a variety that expresses fresh red-fruit character and provides an easy drinking wine. This wine is no exception to the norm. It is made in an early-drinking style with soft tannins and a nicely rounded body. Aromas of red cherries with a layer of fresh raspberries and hints of sweet spice. A well balanced wine that would suit red meats and many Mediterranean dishes. An enjoyable all-rounder!
This wine is available to taste on our tasting counter at only £5.59 (when you buy 2 or more Spanish wines as part of a mixed case or £6.99 single bottle price)
Daily Wine Review: Cousiño-Macul Anitguas Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 16/10/13
Daily Wine Review : Cousiño-Macul Anitguas Cabernet Sauvignon
A new Chilean wine on the scene in terms of Majestic so I figured it only makes sense to give it a taste.
From the famous Maipo Valley sub-region, the vines here have descended from some of Chile's earliest plantings of the Bordeaux-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon vines. This wine is made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and it expresses its true varietal aromas of black fruit especially of dark plum and blackberry.
On the palate there is a desirable amount of acidity balanced well with the rather high alcohol. The flavours from the maturation in French oak come through more prominent on the palate as well as some slight bell pepper notes which are reminiscent of the Bordeaux style.
A good wine to decanter, not due to sediment, but to allow sufficient aeration to really release it's bouquet of aromas. It is very easy-drinking as it has no astringency and would be a superb partner with red meats.
This wine is available to try on the tasting counter and retails at just £7.99 ( when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case or £9.99 single bottle price). I personally find it very enjoyable for a single variety Cabernet Sauvignon wine and am impressed by how approachable it is at such a young age.
Let us know what you think!
A bit of work experience. Date published: 14/10/13
Being thirsty to learn more I took the opportunity to help out at the local vineyard of Highdown. It was a great way to see the vines up close and get stuck in with the practical side of the harvest. Those of you in the area would know what the weather conditions were like, to put it mildly, it was a very wet. The day started off with coffee and pastries before the braving the weather to pick the grapes. This years harvest has been a bumper crop with such a large number on the vines. We managed to pick a fair bit before retiring for a warming late lunch. It was great fun and I learnt more about the vines close up. Next time I do a wine course I can definitely talk about the harvest in more detail if anyone asks and appreciate the work involved.
This year is turning out to be a great year all round for the English Wine Industry harvest. I look forward to our range of Chapel Down and Nyetimber wines when they are released.
Daily Wine Review: Leon Perdigal Cotes du RhoneDate published: 13/10/13
This another wine that is new to our range. An attractive cherry red, this is light and fruity. As the colour suggests, cherries dominate the nose and palate, although this is complemented by a hint of pepper, typical of the Syrah grape that is used in this blend.
Drink this now with a traditional French meal, or with roast lamb.
This wine is currently open on our in-store tasting counter, and is down from £9.99 to just £6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of your mixed case of 6.
Harvesting at Chapel Down VineyardDate published: 13/10/13
For those of you who are big fans of English Sparkling Wine, Chapel Down may be one that you know well. Tom and Jasmine were lucky enough to be amongst a small team of Majestic staff to get the opportunity to help out with this years harvest, and on Friday we went down kitted out in our wellies and rain coats to get picking.
An early start saw us arrive at Chapel Down bright and early, and after a demonstration we were let loose on the vines. We were given a field of premium Bacchus grapes to pick, that go into their Bacchus Reserve wine. A photo of the field (and the rather grim weather) is below. The rain didn't dampen the mood, however, as we managed to pick a hefty amount of grapes before heading for a fantastic lunch and a tour of the winery and a chat with one of their winemakers. Bacchus is one of the few grapes that actually tastes like the end wine. The juice usually changes so much during the fermentation process that it is unrecognisable from the grape that created it, however for Bacchus this is not the case.
A massive thank you to the guys at Chapel Down for the experience, and look out for the Bacchus 2013, a few (definitely a minority judging by the speed of our picking) of the grapes will have been picked by our skilled hands!
We currently have in stock a selection of Chapel Down's sparkling wines, as well as a variety of still wines that are either in stock or available upon request.
+ English Rose Sparkling - £19.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles
+ Brut NV Sparkling - £17.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles
+ Pinot Reserve 2006 Sparkling - £21.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles
+ Rosé Brut NV Sparkling - £22.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles
+ English Rosé Still 2011 - £10.99
+ Bacchus Still 2011 - £10.99
+ Flint Dry Still 2012 - £10.49
+ Union Red 2011 - £11.99
+ Kits Coty Chardonnay 2011 - £13.99 (If you like Chardonnay, snap this up!)
Autumn Magic of Fine Wine: Angels' Share Shiraz, Two HandsDate published: 12/10/13
Two Hands is a young, dynamic winery, having been founded in 1999. This wine is no exception to their ethos of producing wines that express the region from which they come. This is from the McLaren Vale which is known for producing wines that are dominated by a spicy pepperiness, as well as an abundance of black fruit. The wine is named in honour of the small amount of wine that disappears during evaporation, the 'angels' share'.
This wine has the typical nose of dark fruit and pepper. Extremely intense and well balanced, this is a real treat for fans of Australian wines, in particular Shiraz. Drink it with a big rich steak.
Ruinart: Magnums in stockDate published: 11/10/13
Ruinart Magnums in stock: We have just got some Ruinart magnums in stock. So for those who want to know what to bring to a party and want to push the boat out a little. This is my recommendation.
A pale yellow in colour with plenty of persistent bubbles. This champagne has a complex nose of white fleshed fruits such as pear and apricot along with hazelnuts, biscuit and brioche adding complexity. On the palate it is extremely well balanced with plenty of fresh ripe fruit.
This champagne would be great not only on its own as a aperitif or toast but also with creamy dishes or cheeses.
£90.00 a bottle. The size of two regular bottles ! Now that will make a party impression.
Daily Wine Review: La Posta BonardaDate published: 11/10/13
Today I am trying this wine for the first time. most people I have spoke to haven't heard of the grape Bonarda before. it derives from Italy but has started to make quite a reputation in Argentina.
This wine is just as good as its well known Malbec sister. Just as deep and crimson in colour, it has plenty of rich savory aromas. Cedar, spice box and cigars spring to mind whilst still retaining plenty of blackberry fruit. On the palate it is smooth, rounded and ripe, medium bodied with hints of pepper and and chocolate.
Going back to its roots this wine would be great with plenty of Italian food. Think rich pasta, cured meats and olives.
Why not try it on our tasting counter today?
Daily Wine Review: Barista Pinotage Date published: 10/10/13
Daily Wine Review: Barista Pinotage: From the heart of the capes wine-lands this is a excellent example of the signature grape of South Africa. If you love coffee you should love this wine. Made to concentrate on the coffee like aromas of the grape.
On the nose, yes you have guessed it, coffee! Along with chocolate, cherry and a meaty array of savoury flavours. The palate fills the mouth with plum and mulberry fruit with a earthy, mocha like approach. The tannin's are soft and well integrated creating a smooth food friendly wine.
Would go really well with loads of red meat dishes and the occasional coffee and chocolate based desert.
Fortified Wine 1: Sherry - It's a rather classy drop.Date published: 09/10/13
Sherry is currently suffering something of an identity crisis, however an effort over the past few years to realign the image of sherry as a fashionable product seems to be bearing some fruit, with the arrival of sherry and tapas bars.
There are a variety of styles of sherry, from the bone dry right the way through to the lusciously sweet. The are a couple of key differences, however. Why not have a little read below to learn a little about the varied world of Sherry.
Fino: A Fino is pale in colour, and is light and dry on the palate. They should be consumed young, soon after bottling and once you've opened the bottle, ideally within a couple of weeks. The Fino Sherry develops its style by growing a film to protect it as it ages, and this is known as the 'flor'. Each year's liquid is blended through a system known as the solera system. As this contains a blend that over the course of numerous years remains consistent, a 'house' style can be achieved.
Try: Pedro's Almacenista Selection Fino - £8.99
Manzanilla: A Manzanilla sherry is essentially a Fino that has been aged in the seaside town of Sanlucar di Barrameda. These Sherries have a distinctly salty tang, which, contrary to popular belief, is not due to their ageing by the sea but due to the fact that the flor remains active all year round in the cooler conditions, thus protecting the sherry underneath.
Try: Hidalgo's La Gitana Manzanilla - £9.99
or: Hidalgo's Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana - £11.99
Amontillado: This is an aged Fino that has lost its flor over the course of ageing, and thus loses its protection from the air. This causes oxygen to interact with the wine causing the Sherry to develop nutty characters as well as turning a slight orange/brown colour. some cheaper Amontillados have a touch of Fino added and are sweetened slightly to an off-dry level.
Try: Pedro's Almacenista Selection Amontillado - £9.99
Palo Cortado: This wine was initially intended to become a Fino, however for a number of reasons, the flor that protects it has either died away or failed to grow. The resulting oxidative ageing therefore causes the wine to take on flavours that are reminiscent of an Amontillado, but with the body of an Oloroso.
Try: Pedro's Almacenista Selection Palo Cortado - £14.99
or: Gonzalez Byass' Apostoles 30 year old Palo Cortado - £17.99
Oloroso: This wine was always intended to become an Oloroso. As such, it was fortified to a level higher than that of a Fino that prevents a flor from ever growing. This means that the wine only ever has oxidative ageing. The flavours are incredibly intense and nutty, with toffee and caramel aromas. It is deep in colour.
Try: Pedro's Almacenista Selection Oloroso - £11.99
or: Gonzalez Byass' Matusalem 30 year old Oloroso - £17.99
Cream: Some Oloroso's are sweetened with an element of PX, and these are even deeper in colour. These are called Cream sherries. These take on characters of raisins and other dried fruit.
Pedro Ximenez (PX): This is a dessert wine that takes it's name from the grape from which it is produced. These grapes are dried in the sun, and produced concentrated flavours of fig, prune and raisin. This sherry is perfect poured over vanilla ice cream!
Try: Hidalgo's Triana PX - £12.99
Pale Cream: This is a new style of sherry, and is light in colour. This is a Fino that has been sweetened with concentrated grape juice.
Daily Wine Review: Rustenberg ChardonnayDate published: 09/10/13
As you may have noticed, I am a massive fan of Rustenberg's efforts when it comes to winemaking. This Chardonnay is no exception.
As soon as you say 'Chardonnay', a lot of people get a bit worried that they're going to be hit with a wine that screams 'oak'. Rustenberg's winemakers have managed, however, to integrate the wine in such a fashion that it simply complements the fruit that already exists.
Bursting with tropical and stone fruit flavours, this is a classy Chardonnay. Full bodied, with a creamy richness, it's perfect for a winter night if you don't fancy a red.
Drink now with creamy chicken dishes.
This wine is currently open to taste on our in-store tasting counter. Until 28th October it is just £11.99 when you buy any 2 or more South African wines as part of your mixed case of 6 bottles. Why not come down and give it a go?
Daily Wine Review: Rustenberg Straw WineDate published: 08/10/13
Dessert wine is something that we rarely open in-store unless it's Christmas, but we thought that the South African promotion was a great time to display Rustenberg's Straw Wine.
Straw wine is a style of wine traditionally produced in warm climates by laying harvested grapes on straw mats in the sun in order to concentrate their sugars as they dry. These grapes are dried for around 4 weeks, evaporating the water content in the grapes leaving the concentrated sugars.
This wine is made from Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Crouchen. It has intense aromas of orange peel, marmalade and honey. The palate is sweet, yet it is not sickly or cloying. The aromas follow through to the palate and make it a fantastic tipple for a fruity pud.
At just £8.99 when you buy any 2 South African wines, this is a steal, and a dinner party must-have.
Delivery is free for orders of 6 bottles or more over £40, so why not pop one into your next mixed case?
The Rustenberg Straw Wine is open to taste on our tasting counter, so why not pop down and give it a go?
Great deals round one - 1 week remaining!Date published: 08/10/13
Don't miss out on round one of our fantastic October short-term deals. With one week to go, I've still got a good amount of stock waiting for you. Free home delivery is available on orders of 6 bottles or more over £40! Here's what's on offer...
Louis Jadot Macon Villages - £7.99
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages - £5.99
Serena Pinot Grigio - £5.99
Louis Roederer Brut NV - £28
Nicolas Feuillate NV - £16.67
Prosecco Corte Alta - £6.99
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - £20
Portillo Malbec - £6.99
All prices are valid when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.
Get in touch with us at the store for more information on these and the other fantastic deals currently running around the store.
Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 06/10/13
Last night, I joined forces with team Chichester and together we tasted a fantastic range of Sparkling wines and Champagne from our range. Here's a round up of the top few with our verdict on them:
Canard Duchene Charles VII
The blend used for the Charles VII has remained unchanged for more than a century. Made from 60% black grapes, this is a complex Champagne that oozes elegance. If you're a fan of the Canard Duchene Brut NV then as a treat, this is a must-try.
£25.00 when you buy 2 or more bottles
Moet & Chandon 2002 Vintage
Moet are famed for their NV Imperial Brut, although to me, this is the true star of the show. Elegant and well structured, this Champagne has well fruit that is balanced by a subtle toastiness. Not as rich as many vintage Champagnes, it's still a little restrained which I think makes it the perfect aperitif.
£50.00 when you buy 2 or more bottles
Chapel Down English Rose
This was an unknown contender when we popped the cork. Although familiar with the rest of the Chapel Down range, none of us had ever tried the English Rose. A subtle blush rosé, this is light and fruity, with red berries on the palate. It's crisp and dry and a worthy rival to similarly-priced rosé Champagnes.
£19.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee
Most of us know of Nyetimber by now, the award winning winery that's just up the road from us in West Chiltington. If you've not tried it, I'd definitely suggest considering this for a special occasion. A rich wine, it displays citrus fruits alongside brioche notes. If you've not had it before, I can't recommend it enough!
£29.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles
Bouvet Saumur Brut
A superb budget alternative to the above, this is a firm Majestic staff favourite, and rightly so! Relatively light, it has aromas of apple and citrus fruit. It is a fantastic match for fish and chips (and was all ready to go with ours last night, until we found out the chip shop shut at 8). We improvised however, and the Bouvet still wowed us. At it's current special offer price of £8.99, it is a bargain that you shouldn't miss!
£8.99 Special Offer!
All of these wines are available at the time of writing. If you're interested in the Canard Duchene Charles VII, orders can be taken for delivery or collection as soon as it arrives in store.
I'll pop a photo up of the line-up on our store Facebook page, so make sure you have a little look!
Daily Wine Review: Medalla Real ChardonnayDate published: 05/10/13
Daily Wine Review: Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay £8.99 ( when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case or £11.99 single bottle price.
The Medalla Real is an oaked Chardonnay from the Leyda Valley in the northern area of Chile. Even though the vineyards are in close proximity to the equator, the cooling Pacific ocean and mountains create significantly cooler conditions and so allow flavours to develop more intensely.
The time spent in French oak and the regular lees stirring have given this wine a rich and creamy texture with flavours of sweet vanilla and toasty undertones. A dry style with juicy aromas of apple and peach with a soft acidity. A very easy drinking wine. It will pair very nicely with a range of white meats from pork belly to chicken.
This wine is now available to taste on our tasting counter. A great one to try if you like your bigger, creamier Chardonnays!
Autumn Magic of Fine Wine: Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-BordetDate published: 04/10/13
Continuing our Autumn 'Magic of Fine Wine' theme, this weekend we've opened the Premier Cru Chablis from Seguinot-Bordet. Premier Cru vineyards are those which have been specially highlighted as being slightly more prestigious than regular Chablis vineyards, and therefore produce a better quality wine, a rule that this wine is no exception to.
With a delicate, steely nose with subtle hints of green apple and citrus fruits, this is complemented by a subtle smoky, oaky note. On the palate, the wine is equally as light and delicate, with the citrus fruits being complemented by some tropical flavours.
Give this a go with salads or seafood. Alternatively, enjoy on it's own as a nice treat.
This Chablis is part of our 'Fine Wines at House Wine Prices' promotion. Buy this alongside any other selected fine wine, and you can save a fantastic £10. £24, or just £19.00 when you buy any other selected fine wine.
Drop in and see us this weekend for a sample. Don't leave it too late though, you don't want it to run out!
Daily Wine Review: Mâcon Rouge 'Les Roches RougesDate published: 03/10/13
Daily Wine Review: Mâcon Rouge 'Les Roches Rouges', Louis Jadot
One in the line-up of our free wine course tonight. A wine to represent a light, low-tannin red. You can't go wrong with a classic red Burgundy. This wine encompasses the two Burgundian red varieties of Gamay and Pinot Noir to give a soft, light red that could easily go with your Sunday Chicken roast.
This wine comes from the Macconnais region in the south of Burgundy where they focus on making fresh and fruity wines which are to be enjoyed in their youth. You still have an element of nutty, savoury character shining through from the Pinot Noir but the Gamay adds great notes of red fruit which makes for quite an interesting blend.
A great choice for those of you who enjoy red wine but don't like the tannic harshness of the bolder styles. A superb pairing to white meat dishes or perhaps some pâté and crostini?!
This wine will be available to try on our tasting counter at £9.99 (when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case or £11.99 single bottle price)
Daily Wine Review: Kangarilla Road Shiraz Date published: 02/10/13
Daily Wine Review: Kangarilla Road Shiraz
Today's wine review is one of Jasmines all time favorites. This wine is made by the vineyard Kangarilla road, a relatively small and boutique in the up and coming Mclaren Vale region.
This wine is what I quite simply call a big wine. on the nose it is full there is the typical spiciness of Australian shiraz. it is full of concentrated berry fruits dark berry fruits. it has subtle savoury peppery and smoke notes . It is a well balanced wine not too fruity and not too oaky, this is mainly created by aging in a variety of new and aged oak barrels. this is a super classic ausie shiraz with fench restraint.
Try it on our tasting counter today.
Daily Wine Review: Gerard Bertrand MontpeyrouxDate published: 01/10/13
After being such a success at our Syrah/Shiraz spotlight here is a quick look at the Gerard Bertrand Montpeyroux.
This wine is made from a now famous wine producer. Gerard Bertrand also well know for his part in french rugby, now owns and produces excellent wine with a hotel to match. The name of this wine Montepeyroux derives from the name of the location, it is situated between the Larzao mountains and the Mediterranean sea. With rocky mountains on one side and sea on the other the area is well known for its chalky soils and unspoiled landscape.
So on the palate. With only a percentage of the wine aged in oak and the rest stored in concrete vats this wine still retains a big fruity punch. There is a real concentration of fruit both on the nose and the palate, and yet still a little spicy peppery note adding a little complexity. This is a well made wine smooth and easy drinking. If you like a full fruity flavour this is the wine for you.
like most southern french reds this goes well with the kind of food you would find in the region, red meats, roasted poultry and cheeses. This wine definitely has my thumbs up.
Try it on our tasting counter.
Daily wine review: Wirra Wirra Scrubby rise Date published: 30/09/13
A recently new addition to our range I thought I would do a article on the Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise. The Wirra Wirra vineyards were constructed by Robert Wigley made famous for playing cricket for south Australia. the name comes from an aboriginal expression meaning 'amongst the gums' .
So down to the wine itself. The colour is a bright crimson with almost a purple touch. It portrays an enormous amount of concentrated fruit on the nose, with youthful aromas of raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruits. The palate continues with the with these flavours lifted with hints of violet and spicy oak.
A real fruit driven wine, well made and a great accompniment for red meat.
Daily Wine Review: E Guigal Cotes du Rhone 2010Date published: 29/09/13
This is a fantastic example of a premium Cotes du Rhone. Fruity, yet with a good lick of vanilla from oak ageing, this bottle demonstrates what an extra couple of pounds can get you in the Rhone Valley.
This wine is currently open to taste on our tasting counter, so why not come and give it a go?
Currently just £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.
Syrah & Shiraz - the verdict!Date published: 28/09/13
So we've had a run-through of the six wines with our customers this afternoon, and I thought I'd let you know what the verdict was! All are in stock at the time of writing, so if your Majestic website is set to 'Worthing', you should be able to track them down!
There were none that were unanimously disliked - everyone's tastes differ - but there were a couple that came out on top by an absolute mile, and here's the top three for you:
3. Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2011, McLaren Vale, Australia. £11.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.
This is a rich, full bodied style of Shiraz, made in the typical Australian way. You're immediately hit by the sheer fruitiness of the wine, which is complemented by a hint of pepper. The customers gave this a unanimous 8 out of 10 and suggested that it would be great with a barbecue, something I definitely agree with!
2. Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Syrah 2012, Central Valley, Chile. £5.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.
Lighter in body than the Kangarilla Road, this is a great value for money bottle. Made to be easy drinking and drunk young, this is great if you just like the odd glass of an evening. It is reminiscent of the Rhone style, and note that it is referred to in the same way - as 'Syrah'. The customers at the tutorial gave this another unanimous 8 out of 10.
1. Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Montpeyroux 2011, Southern France. £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.
This was the stand out winner, with an average score of 9.5 out of 10. A gem of a wine that is produced by former French rugby player Gerard Bertrand. Only a third of the wine is aged in oak, which results in a wine that remains fresh and fruity to express the 'terroir' - the concept that the topography and a vineyard's microclimate is the main influence on a finished wine - whilst being balanced by a hint of vanilla and earthiness. This is a real bargain at £7.99, and it's open to taste for the next few days.
Why not come down and give these wines a go? We'll be happy to run through them for you again!
Free Saturday Tutorials - Today: Syrah/ShirazDate published: 28/09/13
Come down to see us at midday today if you fancy learning a little more about the Shiraz (or Syrah) in it's various guises around the world. We've got a great select of wines open to taste, and what's more, it's completely free. Give us a quick call on 01903 238225 to book your spot. I look forward to seeing you later!
Wine of the week: Viña Eguía, Rioja Gran Reserva 2004Date published: 25/09/13
Wine of the week:
Viña Eguía, Rioja Gran Reserva 2004
To coincide with the further reduced offer of Spanish wines, now with 25% off, we thought it would only be fair to have Spain reprsent our wine of the week.
Viña Eguía produce the full spectrum of Rioja styles and we have gone straight in with their smoky gran reserva style. This is one for all you fans of the more mature style of Spanish red.
Bodegas Eguía are located in the Rioja Alavesa subregion where they grow their Tempranillo grapes on mature vines. This wine is made purely from Tempranillo and spends 30 months ageing in barrel before aging another 3 years in bottle before release.
The result?!....A medium bodied, smooth tannin red with aromas of raisin, prune and caramel with those appealing mature aromas of leather and vanilla. Slightly lighter than your typical gran reserva but this just gives you more of a softer, velvety texture.
A lovely, warming red for these autumn evenings and a great accompniment to slow-cooked lamb dishes and nutty cheeses.
Give it a go and let us know what you think!
When you buy two or more Spanish wines as part of a mixed case.
Single bottle price of £11.24
Daily Wine Review: Matua Sauvignon BlancDate published: 22/09/13
This Sauvignon Blanc is brand new to Majestic, and so we've opened it as part of our Sauvignon Blanc tasting week to see what it's all about.
On the nose, you're immediately hit by the intense gooseberry notes, alongside grass and green pepper. These flavours continue through onto the palate, and are balanced by a racy acidity that leaves you wanting more!
This would partner well to salads and other light dishes, or alternatively drink it as a refreshing aperitif on it's own in the sun.
Currently, this is just £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles, which makes it a bit of a bargain! Why not come down and give it a go on the tasting counter this week?
Wedding wines at MajesticDate published: 22/09/13
If you're getting married, then why not pop in and see what wine we can offer for your big day.
All our staff are trained to select the best wine to match your meal & big day
- Wines are available for all budgets, from £4.99 upwards.
- Bubbly starting from £6.66
- Tasting counter to try before you buy
- Free delivery to the venue
Call 01903 238225
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Daily Wine Review: Jose Pariente Sauvignon BlancDate published: 21/09/13
When you think of Sauvignon Blanc where do you usually think of? New Zealand, Loire valley maybe Chile? one place that does some excellent examples is Spain, and I have to say this is the best I have tried so far!
A pale lemon with a slight green tinge to the color with plenty of citrus, exotic fruits and herb notes on the nose. The palate is clean and fresh exhibiting, sweet tropical fruits and vegetal notes with a creamy acidity from a little lees aging. Powerful yet really well balanced.
Try it on our tasting counter today!
Wine of the week: Rustenberg Sauvignon BlancDate published: 20/09/13
Wine of the week: Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc
This weeks wine of the week is a classic South African Sauvignon. The Rustenberg farm has been making wine for centuries with a large stock of old vines. The site of the farm is under the Simmonsberg Mountain making it an ideal location for wine production.
On the nose it has plenty of greenery. Asparagus, cut grass and lime. The palate continues with lime and lemon flavours with a slight creaminess due to lees ageing. It is still fresh and zingy however with a savory and complex character. This would be great as a lunchtime white, not too heavy but still holding an array of flavours.
Try it on our tasting counter!
FREE Wine Courses at Majestic!Date published: 18/09/13
Fancy learning a little more about wine? Why not come along to one of our free wine courses? They're completely informal, and are a great way to try a variety of wine styles and learn a little more at the same time!
We'll try a selection of wines from around the world and then match them with a bit of food to see how wine can change (sometimes for the better, and others for the worse!) when partnered with food.
The session lasts about 90 minutes, is completely free and great fun. Whether there's just yourself or a few of you, we're happy to accomodate, and we're also happy to run a private course for a group of you!
Get in touch with us at the store, via email on email@example.com, phone on 01903 238225, or tweet us @majesticwrh for information or to book a spot. Upcoming dates are published on our website, but we can often run additional dates on request.
Improved offer! 25% off South AfricaDate published: 18/09/13
From today until 7pm Monday 23rd September, you can save an extra 5% off the price of South African wines, bringing the total savings to the fantastic 25%!
Some fantastic deals include:
- Welmoed range, now just £4.68
- Robertson Winery Sauvignon Blanc at just £5.24
- Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc for just £8.43
- Meerlust Merlot - £21.00 down to just £15.74!
We've opened the Rustenberg in store for you to taste. Why not come down and give it a go? These prices are valid when you buy any 2 or more South African wines, including rosé and Fine Wine, as part of a mixed case of at least 6 bottles.
Free delivery is available on orders of 6 bottles or more over £40.
What are you waiting for? Why not come and explore today!
Fine Wine at House Wine Prices - buy any selected 2 and save £10!Date published: 17/09/13
Fancy exploring the world of wine a little deeper? Or do you simply fancy treating yourself? Currently at Majestic you can save £10 when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines. That's fine wine at house wine prices!
Each weekend, throughout September and October we'll have one of our chosen bottles open for you to try. We'll publish an article before hand to let you know what's going to be open. This week, on Friday and Saturday we'll have the Coney Pinot Noir open. This is a great red from New Zealand, which just goes to show what a Pinot Noir can be.
If you've got any questions about fine wine, what better time to pop in than this weekend?
On Twitter? @majesticwrh
Daily Wine Review: Real Compania VerdejoDate published: 17/09/13
Verdejo is a delicate white grape variety, producing light, easy drinking wines. This one in particular oozes tropical fruit flavours on the nose. On the palate it is nicely rounded, with the fruit well balanced with a herbaceous character.
If you're a fan of Viognier, I reckon you'll enjoy Verdejo. Why not come down to Majestic and give it a go on the tasting counter this week?
Currently, it's just £5.59 when you buy any 2 or more Spanish wines. What better reason to come and explore..?
Daily Wine Review: Lamatum Crianza 2009Date published: 16/09/13
Daily Wine Review: Lamatum Crianza 2009 £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more spanish wines or £9.99 single bottle price)
Part of our focus on Spanish wines this week is to show you that Spain does more than just Rioja. This wine comes from the continental region of Ribera del Duero where some of Spain's most finest wines are made. The Lamatum is made purely of Tempranillo so the wine is bursting with red fruit character. This is a crianza which means that the wine has spent 15 months in French oak so you get a smooth, easy-drinking red with the vanilla notes of oak but still preserving the fruitiness of the wine.
A beautifully fragrant wine with well-integrated tannins and a good finish. It's the kind of wine you could simply enjoy on an autumn evening or paired with some delicious lamb.
We now have this wine open on the tasting counter and with 20% off Spanish wine you can mix and match and still save.
1/3 off selected Champagne & Sparkling Wine*!!Date published: 16/09/13
1/3 off selected Champagne & Sparkling Wine*!!
Yes that's right, when you buy 2 bottles of selected Champagne and Sparkling Wine you will receive a massive 1/3 off the price.
With big names such as Tattinger and Nicolas Feuillatte representing the selected Champagne, and Cloudy Bay Pelorus and Codorniu representing the selected sparkling wines, this is an offer not to be missed.
Sparkles for any occasion and any palate whether it be a biscuity Champagne to toast a celebration or some fun fizz to go with your fish & chips take-out. And with the reduced prices starting down at just £6.99, we have the selection for every budget.
Pop in store or browse online to view the range available with this offer and see how much you can save on these fabulous bubbly!
*when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case
Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Week 2: Beaune Premier Cru - Louis JadotDate published: 14/09/13
Today in store we've opened Louis Jadot's Beaune Premier Cru, a fantastic example of what a red Burgundy can be when you treat yourself! Why not come down and give it a go?
It's currently just £20 when you buy any 2 selected bottles of Fine Wine.
Fine Wine at House Wine Prices - why not treat yourself this weekend?
Daily Wine Review:Paul Mas Estate Viognier 'Nicole VineyardDate published: 13/09/13
Daily Wine Review:Paul Mas Estate Viognier 'NicoleVineyard' £6.99 ( when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case or £8.99 single bottle price)
Just opened this fruity number on the tasting counter today and it is certainly one to try for those looking for a softer, fruitier wine with no harsh acidity.
The wine is made 100% from the Viognier grape with it's characteristic peachy, floral aromas taking centre stage on the nose and palate.
The Paul Mas vineyards are located on the sunny Mediterranean coast of the south of France. It's location and climate allow the grapes to ripen very easily which almost gives a sweetness to the wine even though this is a dry wine. Paul Mas only allow 15% of their grapes to be fermented in oak so that there is still a good roundness to the wine but the main focus is on freshness.
I believe that this wine makes a great aperitif and would pair nicely with light spicy dishes and milder blue cheeses. It is a very versatile wine so get creative and let us know of any interesting pairings you discover.
Daily Wine Review: Los Boldos ChardonnayDate published: 11/09/13
Daily Wine Review: Los Boldos Chardonnay £6.99 ( when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case or £ 9.99 single bottle price)
This is definitely one to try if you believe yourself to be a Chardonnay-hater as this wine has not seen any oak so you are left with a very fruity wine with a nice amount of refreshing acidity.
This is a Chilean wine and the warm climate can be detected on the palate with tropical fruit flavours. There is however a slight green-fruit character to it. The aim of Chateau Los Boldos was to make quality wines by applying French wine making techniques to the Chilean grapes grown at higher altitude. I believe that they have succeeded with this well-balanced white and it is excellent value for money.
A delicious pairing to creamy fish dishes but I quite fancy it just on its own.
We have the Los Boldos Chardonnay available to try on our tasting counter so come and give it a go. We also have other Chardonnays open so you can compare and contrast this grape in many different styles.
Autumn Magic of Fine Wine - Week 1Date published: 06/09/13
September sees the start of our brand new 'Magic of Fine Wine' tastings in store. Each weekend throughout September and October we'll be opening a different fine wine for you to sample on our in-store tasting counter.
This week, we'll be kicking off the tastings with the fantastic Pinot Grigio from Jermann. This is a much richer, bolder and more complex style of Pinot Grigio. It is full-bodied and round on the palate, and would make the perfect accompaniment to mushrooms or chicken, as well as creamy pasta dishes.
Come down and visit us this weekend to give it a go. It is currently £18 when you buy any two of our selected 'Fine Wines at House Wine Prices' offer, or £23 on it's own. A real bargain!
Daily Wine Review: Matsu El PicaroDate published: 04/09/13
Daily Wine Review: Matsu 'El Picaro'
Deep almost purple in the glass this is a fantastic wine. An abundance of blueberry's and and blackberry's on the nose. This is the youngest of the Matsu range spending six weeks in new french oak.
the palate continues with dark fruits and a good body, it bold and yet smooth and supple, the age of the vines starts to give a liquorish hint adding further complexity.
A suburb food wine. I would ideally serve it with the Spanish classics. A mixture of tapas or a rich meaty dish.
With the offer currently on Spain it is well worth the price.
Try it now on our tasting counter!
End of offers!Date published: 02/09/13
Pop in before 7pm tonight, or give me a call at the store on 01903 238225 to take advantage of the 20% off our Australian, Chilean, New Zealand and Beaujolais ranges, plus 25% off our Italian range. These deals end at 7pm tonight, so hurry!
Majestic Worthing is 2!Date published: 31/08/13
Pop down and visit us this weekend for a drop of the Nyetimber Classic Cuvee! We've opened it in celebration of the store's second birthday.
What better reason to come and explore our fantastic range. If you've never been in before, now's the perfect excuse!
Daily Wine Review: Torre Di Monte Pinot GrigioDate published: 30/08/13
Daily Wine Review: Torre Di Monte Pinot Grigio
A well known wine variety this is a classic example of Italian Pinot Grigio
A real pale colour in the glass, plenty of citrus and floral notes on the nose.
The palate is smooth and gentle with a follow through of citrus. It is full of pears and the good old floral elderflower. Clean crisp and easy going. this wine would make a great party wine, none offending and easily pleasing.
Try it on our tasting counter today.
Daily Wine Review: Chianti Classico San LeoninoDate published: 29/08/13
So this is a Chianti, a wine that you most likely allready know, especially if you have ever gone into a Italian restaurant. Chianti is the name of the region in and around the place of the same name in Tuscany. This one is a classic example of the traditional style.
Rich and deep in color in the glass.
On the nose it has plenty of dark red cherry forest fruits.
The palate follows through with the same cherries and violets. These are reinforced with sweet spices and smooth silky tannins. The acidity is rather high. This is to be expected of a Chianti, it's what helps make it one of the best wines to match with Italian cuisine.
This wine would be great now with pizza's and meaty pasta dishes.
Try it now on our tasting counter!
Daily Wine Review:Santa Rita 120 Merlot Date published: 28/08/13
Daily Wine Review: Santa Rita 120 Merlot
This is part of a range that I think is super value for money.
With a plummy red color this wine has plenty of red fruits on the nose complimented by floral, vanilla and tobacco notes.
The wine feels your mouth with fantastic body, with plenty of red and dark forest fruits accompanied by super soft integrated tannins.
This wine is a great party wine, will please most people and accompany a diverse range of foods.
Try it on our tasting counter today.
£7.99 single bottle price or £6.39 when you buy two or more Chilean wines as part of your mixed case. Such good value.
Saturday Tutorials are back!Date published: 27/08/13
Spotlight Tastings - 6 wines in 30 minutes
Our popular Saturday tutorials are returning in September. Over 4 consecutive weeks, we'll be giving you a crash course in wine tasting, focusing on a different grape or region every Saturday at 12noon & 3pm.
Saturday 7th September : Chardonnay: Its influence on international styles
Saturday 14th September: Spain: Rioja & beyond
Saturday 21st September: Sauvignon Blanc & interesting alternatives
Saturday 28th September: Syrah/Shiraz: Its influence on international styles
If you'd like to join us for any or all of the Spotlight Tastings, please use the RSVP link on the store events or give us a call on 01903 238225.
Daily Wine Review:Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010, La CasettaDate published: 23/08/13Daily Wine Review:Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010, La Casetta
This classic style of Italian wine is definitely one of my favorites. The raised character of an Amarone combined with the fruitiness of a Valpolicella. It comes from the beautiful hillsides east of Lake Garda. A powerful yet smooth and classy wine with well structured acidity and tannins. On the nose you can detect that hint of oak which then follows on to a explosion of vanilla of the palate. A lot of dark, dried fruit from the Corvina, Corvinone and the Rondinella varieties. Delicious on its own or will pair very well with meaty dishes and full-flavoured cheeses.
Now at a price of £12.74 ( when you but 2 or more italian wines as part of a mixed case or £16.99 single bottle price)
We also have this wine available to try on our tasting counter so why not come on down and give it a go!
Last Chance Saloon: Neblina Sauvignon Blanc - £3.99!Date published: 23/08/13
If you're on the lookout for a bargain, then look no further than the Neblina Sauvignon Blanc. At just £3.99 per bottle it represents fantastic value for money. Light and fruity, it displays flavours of green pepper and grassy notes, alongside green gooseberry fruits.
This is strictly whilst stocks last, and at the time of writing there are 59 bottles remaining in stock. I'd be surprised if these last the weekend, so why not give me a call to reserve yours now?
Minimum purchase 6 bottles of wine, spirits or sparkling wine, any mix. Free delivery available for orders of £40 or more.
Daily Wine Review: Albinoni Pinot Grigio/GarganegaDate published: 22/08/13The Albinoni has been a core product of Majestic for longer than I've worked for the company, yet strangely, I think it is one of the few wines that I've never tried! As it's open on our tasting counter as part of our improved Italian deal (now a fantastic 25% off!), it's time to give it a go.
The Albinoni has a light and floral nose of pear and citrus. On the palate, it is fruity and easy drinking. Light and refreshing, this would make a fantastic party wine or the perfect wine if you just want something light and fresh after a hard day at work.
At just £5.15*, this is a fantastic buy. The offer runs until the 2nd September, so hurry down to get yours now!
*When you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case. Minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix.
Broadwater Bridge Roadworks: September - NovemberDate published: 22/08/13
As you may be aware, from the 2nd September the Broadwater Bridge that leads traffic into Worthing will be undergoing major roadworks. We will be remaining open throughout the duration. Access to our car park will be through the same route as normal, by turning off Newland Road. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to give me a call at the store on 01903 238225.
If you don't fancy braving Worthing, why not ask us to come to you? We offer a completely free delivery service on all orders of 6 bottles or more over £40.
Jasmine's Italian White of ChoiceDate published: 21/08/13My Italian white of choice would have to be the Pietrariccia Fiano (£6.56 when you buy 2 or more bottles of Italian wine as part of a mixed case, £8.74 single bottle price). This was the wine that made me view Italian wine in a more positive light. Made 100% from the Fiano grape, the bouquet is bursting full of citrus and tropical notes. It's refreshingly dry with a crisp acidity and a fruity finish. This southern-Italian wine is the ideal partner to salads with lashings of olive oil and I find that it can be enjoyed on its own too.
Daily Wine Review:Montecastrillo 2011Date published: 20/08/13Daily Wine Review:Montecastrillo 2011 £7.99 ( when you buy 2 bottles or more as part of a mixed case or £9.99, single bottle price)
A new face amongst our Spanish range, the Montecastrillo is made from Tempranillo and comes from the country's Ribera del Deuro region. A young Spanish red with a vibrant purple colour. The nose is youthful with aromas of ripe balckcurrant and lashings of raspberry with hints of cocoa. The six months in barrique have given the wine a real softness allowing it to be an easy-drinking red on its own. A great food match would be to pair it with some barbequed chops as the fruity element of this wine will show off against the tanginess of the meat.
An enjoyable and interesting red, from the wine region that grows ever more in popularity.
We now have this wine available to try on our tasting counter so if you fancy exporing Spanish wine then come down and grab yourself a sample.
John's Italian White of Choice: Date published: 20/08/13
My Italian white of choice is the Gavi Toledana. It is made from the cortese grape in the village area of Gavi within the Piedmont region. Gavi has been dubbed the Chablis of Italy due to their fresh minerality. This one has citrus fruits, pears and ripe peaches on the nose. The palate follows with the same profile along with a slight honeyed hint and steely minerality and acidity to round the wine of perfectly. I usually recommend this wine as a alternative for those who like sauvignon but want to try something a little different. It makes a great acompliment to most foods. Get it at £7.49 (25% off £9.99 single bottle price) when you buy two or more Italian wines as part of your mixed case. I will be!
Daily Wine Review: Montescastrillo 2011, Ribera del DueroDate published: 19/08/13
When I arrived back in store yesterday, the first thing I noticed was the massive selection of new Spanish reds. One that caught my eye was this Vino Joven (young wine) from the Ribera del Duero, a valley that is formed on part of the Duero river that runs from Porto on the Portuguese coast (under the name of the Douro river) through Spain and Ribera del Duero, up to Duruelo de la Sierra.
Ribera del Duero are famed for their rather punchy red wines, and so when I saw this Vino Joven I decided to put it straight onto the tasting counter. And here it is! Purple in colour, it is deep and inviting. It has aromas of dark fruits, sultanas and cinnamon. On the palate, it is rich with some tannin, but this is balanced by the fruit and vanilla flavours.
Come down and give this wine a go on the tasting counter now. It's just £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of your mixed case of 6.
Daily Wine Review: Chateau Guiot RoséDate published: 18/08/13
I'm a big fan of light and dry French rosé, so today I thought I'd turn to a rosé just slightly fuller in body and flavour. Here's what I thought...
Chateau Guiot have been a firm favourite of Majestic staff for many years, providing us with traditional reds and whites from the heart of the Costieres de Nimes just south of the Rhone.
Their rosé is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, grapes that you may be familiar with from not just the Rhone, but also from many of the rosés of Provence. Slightly deeper than those from Provence, due to the increased contact with the skins at fermentation, this has a slightly deeper raspberry colour to it. It has a perfumed nose of violets alongside the juicy red fruit. On the palate, this has bolder fruit, yet despite the colour, remains relatively light and refreshing.
Enjoy this young, preferably outdoors in the sun, with some light pasta dishes or to accompany a salad. Also perfect as an aperitif.
Currently the Chateau Guiot rosé is open to taste. Why not come down and give it a go? It's currently just £6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case of 6!
Daily Wine Review:Villa Maria Cellar Selection ChardonnayDate published: 17/08/13Daily Wine Review:Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay £9.99 (when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines as part of a mixed case, £12.49 single bottle price)
Marlborough, a region that brings us outstanding Sauvignons but also produces some superb Chardonnay. Villa Maria use just the free-run and lightly pressed juice in their wines so you get the purist of flavours without any bitterness from the skins and seeds. Variations in fermentation techniques allow their wine to be complex and interesting. This wine then spends 10 months in barrel on its lees to add even more flavour and a real roundness to the wine.
The bouquet is full of those oaky notes of vanilla and spice with hints of apricot. On the palate the wine is dry and creamy yet it has a refreshing amount of acidity. A very harmonious wine, with lots of flavour and a smooth finish.
Gorgeous on its own or ideal with white meats and seafood.
We now have this wine available to try on our tasting counter and we hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do!
Daily Wine Review:Pizarras de OteroDate published: 15/08/13Daily Wine Review:Pizarras de Otero £6.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case or £8.99 single bottle price).
We are off to the north-west of Spain with this little gem. Its grape, Mencia, thrives on the slate, mineral-rich soils in the Bierzo region. Mencia was once used to produce pale, fragrant reds for early consumption but over the years winemakers have managed to produce wines of brilliant concentration and complexity.
Vibrant purple in colour with fresh aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry with some slight hints of herbs. The palate presents a fresh acidity with well-integrated tannins and a fruity finish.
A superb match for a lamb and thyme dish or perhaps grilled duck or pork. I find it highly enjoyable on its own aswell.
We now have this Spanish red on our tasting counter to taste so pop on in and let us know what you think!
Our current selection of magnums!Date published: 12/08/13
Our current selection of magnums!
When your to a dinner party a good way to impress is with a magnum of wine (two bottles in one). They do look good but that's not the their only benefit. With a smaller oxygen to wine ratio, they age slower and therefore cellar longer (depending on your drinking of course). I like to say it helps sticking to the only one bottle a day rule, but please drink responsible.
Here is a list of the current wines in magnum sizes that Worthing has in stock and their prices on the date of this article being published. These are also the prices of each magnum as part of you mixed case. These bottles will count as two of the six bottle minimum purchase.
Nicolas Feuilatte NV, Brut at £40.00
Laurent-Perrier NV, Brut at £55.00
Veuve Cliquot NV, Brut at £80.00
Nyetimber, 2005, Classic Cuvee at £49.00
Vinalba Reservado 2009/2010 Malbec at £18.99
Conde De Valdemar, Rioja, Gran Reserva at £19.99
Riscal Rioja Reserva 2007 at £30.00
Chateau Musar 2003 at £40.00
Clos De L'orattoire Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010 at £46.00
Aix Provence Rose 2012 at £19.00
Daily Wine Review: Neblina Sauvignon BlancDate published: 12/08/13
Daily Wine Review: Neblina Sauvignon Blanc
Having a party? Want a easy drinking white for larger numbers of people, this wine is the wine for you.
The nose is really fresh and lively, with aromas of limestone, tropical juice, citrus and cut grass.
On the palate it is uplifting with fresh fruity and zesty characters and has a mineral acidity to round the wine off.
This wine would go brilliantly with with sea food canapes, an chilled aperitif or just with good company. An ideal party wine.
Daily Wine Review:Georges Dubeuf Julienas Date published: 11/08/13
Daily wine review: Georges Dubeuf Julienas
Julienas is one of the oldest areas of vineyards in Beaujolais known for making wine with good complexity and consistant quality.
This wine has plenty of fruit on the nose with aromas of blueberrys and blackcurrents with a slight hint of perfumed flower petals.
On the palate it is really juicy and easy drinking. Blueberry and blackcurrent once again fills the mouth and soft friendly tannins creat a pleasant finish.
A great wine on a hot summers day with a light lunch.
Daily Wine Review: Gavi MontieroDate published: 10/08/13
Daily Wine Review: Gavi Montiero:
Gavi is a relatively well know town and wine of Italy, I think it is a great choice, if you like your Sauvignon Blanc but want to try something new you should try this.
To the nose it has plenty of citrus fruits both the juice and the richness of lime zest. It has a slight herbaceous note with fennel bringing the aromas together.
On the palate these flavours follow through. The wine is as dry as it gets but a balcanced acidity making it a superb food wine.
This wine would be great with fresh white fish simply cooked without too much fuss.
Daily Wine Review: Hardy's Signature Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 09/08/13
Today our wine of choice is Hardy's Signature Cabernet Sauvignon. Hardy's is a name that will ring bells with most people, being a name that has been associated with Australian wine for decades (in fact, they started producing wine in 1853!).
This Cabernet has an abundance of blackcurrants and dark fruits on the palate, accompanied by a subtle hint of vanilla which comes from a little oak ageing.
Enjoy this on it's own or with meat dishes.
Currently this wine is just £6.99 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines. It is currently open to taste on our in-store tasting counter. Why not come down and give it a go, or try it alongside some of the other wines that we've currently got open.
Daily Wine Review: Vinha Do MonteDate published: 08/08/13
Daily Wine Review: Vinha Do Monte
When I think of Portuguese wines I mostly think of ports so its great to try this red table wine. It's from a really hot and almost arid area, made with a traditional Portuguese grape blend.
There is a slightly floral nose to it with plenty of plum and mulberry fruit, extremely fruit driven. On the palate the fruit flavors follow through with in a ripe, warming appeal. There is a touch of white pepper and soft jasmine tea like flavors to finish.
This wine would go really well with a mix of spicy meats.
Try it now on our tasting counter. £7.49 when you buy two or more (£8.99 single bottle price) as part of a mixed case.
Daily Wine Review: Peyrassol RoséDate published: 07/08/13
Daily Wine Review: Peyrassol Rose 2012, Cote de Provence
It's that time of year, the time for inviting friends round, celebrating, eating and drinking. This rose is for such occasions.
The wine is in a typical dry Provence style, pale in colour, plenty of strawberry character with subtle hints of white pepper. It is has a refreshing acidity with a soft peachy balance.
This wine is great for drinking on its own but will be extremely versatile with food. I would enjoy it with charcuterie, olives, soft cheeses and an array of fish dishes.
Like the sound of it? Enjoy it on our tasting counter today.
Daily Wine Review: LFE Gran Reserva MerlotDate published: 06/08/13Daily wine review: Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva (£7.99 if you buy two or more chilean wines as part of a mixed case, £9.99 single bottle price)
For my first daily wine review I have chosen a wine that I think is superb value for money.
It's full of both red and black fruit flavours, strawberry, cherry and blackberry and a slight green tabacco leaf overlaid. Having spent 12 months in in new french and American barrels it has a rich vanilla character and soft ripe tannins. This would be a perfect match for rich tomato sauces and an array of meats.
It comes from Colchagua Valley, one of the most famous wine growing areas of Central Valley. If you like Chilean Merlot this is a must.
Get is whilst the chilean offer lasts!
Daily Wine Review: Montagny Vielles VignesDate published: 05/08/13
I am writing this after drinking a cup of strong tea, so my palate may not quite be up to scratch. However, we'll give it a try anyway!
Today I've selected the Montagny Vielles Vignes to review. This is a fantastic value white Burgundy, displaying the typical buttery notes alongside citrus and tropical fruits on the nose.
The fruits continue onto the palate where it is complimented by a lingering acidity and dryness.
Drink this chilled alongside white fish and salads. At just £8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles, this really is a bargain not to be missed.
The Montagny is currently open for you to taste on our in-store tasting counter, so why not come and explore, and give it a go?
Peroni - £1 a bottle!Date published: 05/08/13
Don't miss out on this fantastic deal. Currently we have cases of 24 Peroni for £24 - a bargain not to be missed! If you're having a party or just need to stock up on beer, then come and explore our range.
Daily Wine Review: Giesen Sauvignon BlancDate published: 03/08/13Daily Wine Review: Giesen Sauvignon Blanc only £5.99 for a limited time (when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case, £7.49 single bottle price).
A bold fruity Sauvignon Blanc from the famous Marlborough region in New Zealand. Prounouced aromas of tropical fruit lure you in and you then discover the bouquet of lime, lemongrass and green herbs.
Once you take your first sip, you're met with this highly refreshing, zesty acidity with beautiful flavours of citrus and gooesberry.
Fabulous on its own or a superb match to a seafood risotto or a paella.
We now have the Giesen available to try on our tasting counter so even if you are not sure about it yet, a taste will certainly tempt you.
This unmissable offer runs until Monday 12th August so come in and get yours now!
Daily Wine Review: Rioja Rosado, Marqués de CáceresDate published: 02/08/13Daily Wine Review: Rioja Rosado, Marqués de Cáceres £9.99
Your superb blend of Tempranillo and Grenache expressed in a vibrant pink rosé. Beautiful aromas of strawberries and raspberries accompanied with hints of floral. A dry rosé which is fresh and lively on the palate and bursting with fruit flavours.
A fabulous match for all your Mediterranean cuisine so be sure to crack out a bottle with that paella!
We now have this wine available to try on our tasting counter so if you're in the need of some spanish flair then look no further.
FLASH SALE - Giesen Sauvignon £5.99!Date published: 01/08/13
Hurry down to Majestic, as for a few days only we have the Giesen Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough in New Zealand at the cracking price of just £5.99! I've got a fair chunk in stock at the moment, but at £5.99 it's not likely to hang around for long! Give us a call if you would rather we delivered some - it's free for orders of 6 bottles or more over £40!
Daily Wine Review: Kangarilla Road Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 29/07/13
Kangarilla Road are a favourite producer of Majestic staff. Producing full-flavoured and well-balanced red and white wines, they offer fantastic value money. A small boutique producer, quality is the main priority and is evident in every glassful.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. Deep red in colour, it displays an inviting nose of black fruits with a touch of menthol. On the palate it is full flavoured with the dark fruits following through.
Drink it with rich red meats, it will be perfect with a joint of beef.
The Kangarilla Road Cabernet is currently open to taste on our in-store tasting counter. Why not pop down and give it a go?
Currently just £11.99 when you buy any 2 or more Australian wines.
Minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix of wines, spirits and Champagne, both in-store and online. Free delivery is available for orders of 6 bottles or more over £40.
Daily Wine Review: Claudius Morand Fleurie 2010Date published: 28/07/13
In celebration of our Beaujolais and Loire tasting week, here's a fantastic offering from probably the best regarded village in Beaujolais. Beaujolais has 10 villages, or 'cru's that have the right to specify on the label if they adhere to certain standards. Fleurie is exactly one of those, and all wines specifying 'Fleurie' on the label must be produced from grapes grown within certain boundaries and that meet certain standards.
Claudius Morand has produced a Fleurie that has that typical Beaujolais nose of red fruit and confected strawberry as well as a slight pepperiness. On the palate, it is light and fruity, but with supple tannins that give it a bit of oomph.
This is a fantastic offering, and even at the slightly more premium end of our Beaujolais range, is great value for money at just £9.99 when you buy any 2 or more Beaujolais wines.
Pop down to try this on our tasting counter alongside some other fantastic wines.
Beaujolais and Loire Tasting WeekDate published: 27/07/13
If you're a fan of the light reds of Beaujolais and the fruity whites of the Loire, why not come and see us this week? We've got a great selection from our range open to try in-store.
Both make for perfect summer drinking. We've also chosen a fantastic fine wine in the form of the Pouilly Fume Ladoucette.
What better reason to come and see us...?!
Daily Wine Review - Chateau La Gravette Minervois RoséDate published: 22/07/13
Minervois is a wine-producing region in the Languedoc-Roussillon area of Southern France, close to Carcassonne. Grapes were introduced to the region by Roman legionaries, and thus winemaking is embedded into the soul of the region. Although generally known for their reds, this rosé demonstrates one style of wine that is quite often overlooked.
Chateau La Gravette is run by the Orosquette family, who have been growing vines for generations. They have produced this rosé, which is off-dry, with only a very slight tinge of sweetness. It has an abundance of strawberry flavours of the nose, complimented by floral notes.
Chilled down, this is a beautifully light and fruity wine, and just the ticket for a refreshing summer drop! Currently just £6.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of your mixed case, it's a bargain to boot.
The Chateau La Gravette Minervois rosé is open to taste on our tasting counter, so why not pop down and give it a go?
9 HOURS LEFT - Mid summer offers!Date published: 22/07/13
Call me by 7pm tonight to make sure you take advantage of the last few hours of our fantastic mid-summer deals!
If any of the following selection are a favourite tipple of yours, then give me a call at the store today to take advantage of the current offer!
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99 today. Pre-order only, 2013 vintage due August.
Bollinger Special Cuvee NV - £30 today (when you buy 6), £32 for 1 to 5 bottles
Marques de Riscal Reserva - £10.99 today (when you buy 2 or more)
Serena Pinot Grigio - £6.39 today (when you buy 2 or more Italian wines)
Porcupine Ridge Merlot - £6.99 today (when you buy 2 or more)
Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV - £25 today
Prosecco La Marca Conegliano - £9.99 today
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee NV Magnum - £49.99 today
Plus a few more. Don't worry though, there are plenty of other fantastic deals taking their place tomorrow.
To order any of the above, call me at the store on 01903 238225 by 7pm today to secure yours at their current offer price. Offers available in-store only!
Free delivery is available tomorrow and Wednesday for orders of 6 bottles or more over £40.
Daily Wine Review - Beaujolais - Domaine de la MotteDate published: 21/07/13
Perhaps you're on the beach, maybe you're in your garden. Either way, the sun's shining, it's hot and you're enjoying a well earned break! You probably wouldn't reach for a red wine in this weather, however this Beaujolais is perfect for summer drinking.
This wine comes from a small family-owned winery, and the winemaking team is comprised of husband and wife. They employ organic fertilisers, the classic French notion of 'terroir' - the argument that soil and climatic elements of the landscape influence a wine's style - and integrate both of these with modern and advanced winemaking techniques.
Light and fruity, it displays all the hallmarks of a good Beaujolais. Bursting with cherry and raspberry flavours, it is easy drinking and slightly perfumed. Drink it outside just lightly chilled, and if you want some summer nibbles, some cold continental meats would work perfectly.
This Beaujolais is currently open to taste on our tasting counter, and currently it's just £6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of your mixed case. What's more, it's also available online. Free delivery is available on orders of 6 bottles or more over £40.
Wine of the Week: Domaine Wachau Gruner Veltliner 2012Date published: 20/07/13
The Wachau region of Austria comprises of a 33 kilometer long gorge overlooking the Danube river. Produced from vines grown around the Weissenkirchen parish including the hamlets of Joching and Wösendorf. Grüner Veltliner is an aromatic variety primarily from Austria.
The colour of fresh straw, an alluring nose of gooseberries with a hint of green apple and flowers. Well balanced acidity and citrus fruits leading to a spicy, lively wine of minerality and elegance.
Drinkable at any time over the next six years. An excellent accompaniment to Prosciutto, seared scallops or bisques.
This bottle is open to taste in-store, and is currently just £8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case.
Minimum purchase in-store and online 6 bottles, any mix. Single bottle price £9.99
Daily Wine Review - Errazuriz Wild Ferment ChardonnayDate published: 18/07/13
Daily Wine Review - Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay £10.39(When you buy two): Majestic Worthing are not subtle when it comes to admitting our love of chardonnay, we sing it loud and proud. Wines like this one, are a perfect example of why we love this grape so much. From the Casablanca valley in Chile this wine benefits from cooling Pacific breezes, which enables a high level of freshness to be maintained in the grapes. However this wine is unusual as instead of using cultivated yeasts, it uses its own natural yeasts, which when combined with ten percent of this wine being oak aged, gives this wine an intensity and power of flavour to partner its freshness. The nose has subtle stone fruit and spice aromas with the palate being dominated by citrus and apricot flavours with a hint of butter. This is a style of chardonnay I could drink all day, and a bottle is always put in the fridge whenever I am roasting a chicken. For food nirvana, I recommend you do the same! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Jim Barry Lodge Hill RieslingDate published: 17/07/13
Daily Wine Review - Jim Barry Lodge Hill Riesling £9.99(When you buy two or more) When people are asked what their favourite Australian wine is, shiraz is usually the answer, with a few favouring chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. However for me there is one undoubted winner in this context, Clare Valley riesling. A more austere style of riesling, it is full of intense minerailty, citrus fruit and mouth tingling acidity. Wow, is the only word for it! This Jim Barry does not disappoint at all in this regard. Packed with citrus and tropical fruit and with a long finish, this is a flavourful wine. This is all finished off with mouth watering acidity. Chill this wine down and enjoy in the garden, for a truly invigorating wine experience. I would also recommend partnering with Oysters for a great food and wine match. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Terroir Hunter Pinot NoirDate published: 16/07/13
Daily Wine Review - Terroir Hunter Pinot Noir £12.79(When you buy two or more) Trying to find great value pinot noir is a tricky business. With pinot noir being such a fragile grape, it is very hard for wine makers to produce a good wine at a low cost. I am pleased to declare, however, that your hunt for a great value pinot noir is at end! This offering from Chile is made from Dijon clones, which enable a very Burgundian style of wine to be produced. The consistent sunlight and cooling Pacific breezes the vineyard recieves mean that this wine is packed with fresh red fruit flavours as well as skin tingling acidity. However it is more complex than this, with herb and earthy notes being apparent. I have not had such a well balanced at complex pinot noir at this price, ever! It can be enjoyed on its own, but try with game terrine and rustic paté annd you are in for a treat. This wine is open anad available to taste on our tasting counter
Fine Wine Fun!Date published: 15/07/13
Every now and again the staff of Majestic like to get together and try(drink) some fine wine. It is always great fun but it is a really good way to explore some of the amazing and pricier bottles in the store. This previous Saturday one of these Fine Wine evenings was held with the staff of Majestic Worthing, Majestic Chichester and Majestic Havant. With the weather set at hot, we all decamped to the garden and got tasting to discover some of these wonderful wines. Here are our thoughts on what we had!
Taittinger Vintage 2004 (£40 when you buy two or more): This was an exceptional way to start the evening. Coming from a top vintage this was everything you could want in a vintage Champagne. An intoxicating nose of brioche and biscuit was accompanied by a wonderfully full bodied palate. A great start to the evening!
Oeil De Perdrix(£24 when you buy two or more): The bubbles did not stop then, with this exceptional rosé Champagne coming next. Summer berries and a subtle creaminess meant this felt a perfect summer evening wine. Good levels of fresh acidity meant it complimented our BBQ food brilliantly.
Sancerre Mellot Edmond(£32 a bottle):From a top biodynamic producer in the Loire, this was a stunning wine. Having been left to age on its lees for 14 months,this was Sancerre but with depth.
Pouilly Fuissé Cordier "Vers Pouilly"(£26 a bottle): We love Chardonnay in Majestic and this expression from a low yielding vineyard in the heart of Macon was exceptional. It had an unctuous nose, with rich butter and coconut aromas. The palate was suberbly balanced, with excellent acidity cutting through the rich flavours.
Corimbo Ribera Del Duero(£20 when you buy two or more): This was my favourite wine of the night. Made by the famous Rioja bodegas, Roda, this was a classy and powerful expression of Ribera Del Duero. As well as lashings of black fruit, there were wonderful toasty notes and a subtle floral aroma. Quite simply, a show stealer!
McGuigan Handmade Shiraz(£20 when you buy two or more): A really interesting Australian Shiraz. With a few years on it already some wonderful gamey notes were starting to develop in the wine. This is definitely one to buy and cellar, as with a few more years a wonderful smokey and spicy Shiraz will be the result.
Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel(£30 when you buy two or more): If you love great wine, then you love Ridge. I have yet to have a bottle of their wine I did not enjoy and this did not disappoint. For a Californian wine this was very balanced, with subtle tannins and good acidity matching the big flavours. Blueberry, Loganberry and sweet spice flavours were in this wine in spades. It was the perfect wine to finish the night on!
So there you go, that was our evening! We discovered some wonderful new fine wines(among other things,for example Majestic staff are partial to a bit of dancing post wine) and cannot wait to share these wines and our knowledge with you. Whether you are after a gift or just a bottle of fine wine to treat yourself with, why not pop in to the store and we will share with you the delights of enjoying a bottle of fine wine!
Chilean Tasting Week starting now!Date published: 12/07/13
Come down and see us this weekend to sample a great range of Chilean wines. We've got a range of price points and styles covered, red white and rosé.
The wines that we've got open are viewable on our online tasting counter at www.majestic.co.uk/worthing. It's updated daily!
Spotlight on...Curious BrewDate published: 10/07/13
Summer now appears to be in full swing(touch wood) and with this in mind I have decided to draw attention to a product that is the perfect accompaniment to this hot weather. It is the Curious Brew lager by Chapel Down Winery. This is a beer with serious pedigree and is a delight to drink if you are a connoisseur or just someone after something refreshing and cold on a hot day! The beer is made using three different hops. The first hop they use is Cascade hops(typically used in IPA) which gives the beer a wonderful citrus flavour, grapefruit in particular can be tasted. They also use Saaz hops(typically used in Pilsner) this gives the beer a refreshing bitterness as well a subtle floral elements. Finally they add Nelson Sauvin hops. Nelson Sauvin is a rare hop from New Zealand which gives the beer an intense nose of tropical fruit. When combined these three hops create a beer that is refreshingly bitter but full of fruit and floral flavours. Quite simply, this is a beer unlike anything you will have had before. Chill down and enjoy your garden to see this beer at its best, but it will partner your BBQ or serve as an aperitif brilliantly. So why not let curiosity get the better of you and try a case of this brilliant beer? This beer is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
£17.99 for a case of 12 bottles
Daily Wine Review - Spolverino ToscanoDate published: 09/07/13
Daily Wine Review - Spolverino Toscano £9.99(When you buy at least two) This wine is a Chianti in all but name. Made predominantly from sangiovese this wine contains all the hall marks of a Chianti Classico. The nose is intense, with red berry and subtle spice aromas mixing. On the palate the trade mark sour cherry flavour dominates, but is joined by flavours of violet and tobacco. These flavours are coupled with refreshing acidity, making this a brilliant food wine. This will match any dish with a heavy tomato sauce brilliantly but for me this would be an ideal drink to have with some cured Italian meats. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Wine of the Week: Clos Du Bois ChardonnayDate published: 06/07/13
We at Majestic Worthing have a real soft spot for the wines of California. With their big flavour and surprising complexity they prove great value for money. This Clos Du Bois chardonnay, from the rugged hills of Sonoma county, proves this perfectly.
This is a balanced chardonnay. A third of the wine has been aged in oak which gives it a wonderful toasty complexity. This is coupled with flavours of ripe apple and lemon. Quite simply, this is sunshine in a glass!
With this hot weather this is a great wine to add to a sunny afternoon. However, for me, this is best paired with a barbecued Lobster covered in garlic butter. Enjoy!
(When you buy at least two bottles)
£12.49 single bottle price
This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Gavi ToledanaDate published: 05/07/13
Daily Wine Review - Gavi Toledana £7.99(When you buy at least two bottles) When thinking of wine to drink in the garden, getting beyond Gavi is difficult. This northern Italian wine, made from the cortese grape,is typically refreshing and full of minerality, perfect for supping whilst pondering the mysteries of the universe whilst in a deck chair in the garden. This, however, is a Gavi with a difference as the grapes have been late harvested. This means that there is an extra depth of flavour to the wine. The usual refreashing minerality is joined by rich stone fruit flavours and a subtle honey character. This is perfect with your fish course or summer salad but I prefer it partnered with a deck chair and a sunny afternoon! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Ned Sauvignon Blanc - just £6.99!Date published: 03/07/13
If you're a fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc then chances are that you've tried the Ned Sauvignon Blanc. If you haven't, then now's a great time to do so!
Currently just £6.99 (down from a full pre-offer price of £9.99) when you buy 2 or more, this is a fantastic value white. Dry and intensely fruity, with gooseberry and herbaceous notes, it is balanced by a flinty minerality.
This is perfect as your house white, or at this price, even great for a party. We're currently on the 2012 vintage, and there's not much left! Call us to order yours now!
Daily Wine Review - Eguia CrianzaDate published: 02/07/13
Daily Wine Review - Eguia Crianza £5.99(When you buy at least two) Here in Worthing we love Rioja and we love a bargain. This wine is both! From the ever impressive Eguia stable, this wine is made from 100% tempranillo and spends 12 months in oak barrels before spending 12 months aging in the bottle before release. This means we receive a nicely balanced and mature style of wine. The wine is packed full of red fruit on both the nose and the palate. However it is more complex than this, the 12 months of oak aging mean it has developed subtle notes of vanilla and cinnamon. This wine really is pure pleasure in a glass, complex enough for your roast lamb but delightful on its own. At £5.99 a bottle this is a wine not to be missed! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Morgon Jean E Descombes 2010Date published: 01/07/13
If you're a fan of Beaujolais but fancy something slightly richer, then look no further than the wines of Morgon. Morgon is a village, or cru, in the Beaujolais region, south of Burgundy.
This is a fruity wine, displaying notes of raspberry and blackcurrant. Richer than your regular Beaujolais-Villages, it has supple tannins that will leave you wanting more!
This is perfect for your barbecue. Light enough to drink on it's own outside, yet still full-bodied enough to stand up to a wide array of food.
Open in-store for the next few days, why not come down and give it a go?
This Morgon is £9.99 when you buy any 2 or more wines from Beaujolais as part of a mixed case.
Daily Wine Review - Aix Provence Rosé - Magnum!Date published: 29/06/13
Daily Wine Review: Aix Provence Rosé-Magnum £19.99
An award-winning wine from one of the largest and most prestigious wineries in Provence. A very crisp and fruity wine with flavours of cherries and lashings of summer fruits. It can be enjoyed on its own in the sun or will go excellently with canapes and seafood. Served in the party-sized magnum, it will add the extra "wow" factor to any of your summer social events. An elegant yet playful wine which shows off Provence rosé at its very best.
The Aix magnum is now available on our tasting counter to try so pop on down, maybe bring some friends along, as there is certainly plenty to go around.
New Fine Wine of the Week: Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2011Date published: 26/06/13
What better reason is there to pop down and visit us this weekend, than the opportunity to sample a fantastic, top quality Chianti? We've opened the Fonterutoli Chianti Classico, a great example of the difference that an extra few pounds can make when purchasing this fantastic style of wine.
Owned by the Mazzei family since 1435, Fonterutoli is a tiny village to the south of Castellina, and is little changed from its original form. The soils here are so rocky that Fonterutolis wines have earned the nickname 'vino dei sassi', or 'wine from the rocks'.
This is a top quality, well proportioned wine with an elegant body of dark berry fruit and aromas of fresh spice. The intense raspberry and bitter cherry fruit are lifted by taut acidity and lithe tannins.
Partner with pork tenderloin and Mediterranean style roasted vegetables.
Just £14.99 when you buy any 2 or more Italian wines.
Individual bottle price £19.99.
Minimum purchase 6 bottles of wine, spirits or Champagne, any mix.
Mike's Guide to BBQ Drinks - MeatDate published: 25/06/13
This has taken me longer to compose than I had intended, however this is due to the large amount of options I have to choose from. Depending on the meats you are serving, and the level of spice in any marinade or sauce, it is important to match your wine carefully. Sticky ribs will over power Pinot Noir, however grilled chicken will be a perfect match for the Pinot Noir. We these things in mind I am going to recommend three wines that should cover all of your meat options when you come to BBQ!
Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel:£7.99 When you buy at least two bottles: I am going to be controversial and not recommend an Australian shiraz but put forward the case for this wine instead! This is a big wine, bursting with sweet fruit and spice. This intensity of flavour means it is an excellent match for any powerfully flavoured meats on your BBQ. Heavily marinated ribs, venison burgers and spicy sausages will all compliment this wine wonderfully. The Americans know a thing or two about the BBQ, and they also know how to make a wine to compliment the food it makes!
Martinborough Te Tera Pinot Noir:£13.99 When you buy at least two bottles: From Matinborugh this is a complex Pinot Noir that will make an excellent match for any chicken or pork you might be cooking. Benefiting from a cool maritime climate this is an elegant wine full of fresh red fruit, good acidity and a lingering finish. This is the ideal partner to any pork or chicken kebabs you might have on your BBQ. It is also delicious on its own.
CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 2004: £20.00 When you buy at least two bottles: If you like Rioja, it does not get much better than this. Made from twenty year old vines and matured in both French and American oak this wine is packed full of dried fruit, cedar and subtle tobacco aromas. This is a high class wine and will be an excellent match to your steak or any lamb dishes that might be on the BBQ. Why buy Malbec for your steak when you can have a glass of this instead?
I hope my recommendations for wines to match with meat, however they are just suggestions so ultimately drink whatever you like with your meats! In my final installment I will be looking at dessert wines and digestifs. Happy reading!
Daily Wine Review- Domaine Jomain Chardonnay, BurgundyDate published: 24/06/13
Daily Wine Review- Domaine Jomain Chardonnay, Burgundy £11.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case)
Nestled along the border of the appellation of Puligny-Montrachet is a parcel of vines belonging to the respected Domaine Jomain from which this elegant Chardonnay is made. It has a beautiful nose of toasty oak, citrus and a hint of minerality. A skillful use of oak has given this wine the smoothest palate of creamy vanilla with a long, complex finish. It can be enjoyed on its own or it will make an excellent partner for scallops. This Chardonnay tastes fabulous now but it will certainly reward you should you allow it to develop further.
The Domain Jomain Chardonnay is now available to try on our tasting counter.
Daily Wine Review- Schlumberger Riesling, AlsaceDate published: 23/06/13
Daily Wine Review- Schlumberger Riesling, Alsace £11.99 ( when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case)
A beautifully dry Riesling from the north-eastern region of France, the Schlumberger is a wine of true quality. Domaines Schlumberger is one of the largest and most respected wineries of Alsace, making wines only from estate-grown fruit. It has a delicate nose of lime zest and grapefruit as well as a refreshing and bracing acidity on the palate. The crisp acidity and citrus fruit profile works perfectly with oysters, clams, crab and other seafood. We now have this classy Riesling available to try on our tasting counter so if you like your Riesling or have never tried a this grape before then you will not be disappointed by the Schlumberger.
Daily Wine Review-Falanghina, TerredoraDate published: 22/06/13
Daily Wine Review-Falanghina, Terredora £8.79 (when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case)
From Italy's Campania region, Terredora brings to you a refreshing white made purely from the Falanghina grape. One of Italy's great unsung white wines. The wine boasts an array of citrus notes intertwined with tropical aromas of pineapple and melon. It has crisp, refreshing acidity which makes it a beautiful accompniment to seafood and pasta dishes.So if seafood Linguine is on the menu tonight then get a bottle in the fridge and you are ready to go. Don't let me restrict your descions though, Falanghina is a brillant all-rounder so will go down very nicely with your vegetarian and poultry dishes. A fabulous summer wine. Even with unfavourable weather outside, a bottle or two of the Falanghina will certainly brighten up your day. We currently have the Falanghina open on our tasting counter so pop on down and give it a try!
Daily Wine Review - Jim Barry Cover DriveDate published: 19/06/13
Daily Wine Review - Jim Barry Cover Drive £10.99(when you buy at least two) This is a wine that will hit you for six! Coming from Coonawarra, the home of Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia, this is a dense and powerful wine. It is a dense ruby in the glass and the nose is a mixture of black fruits and pungent spice. The palate is robust, with blackcurrant, tobacco and liquorice featuring heavily. The tannins are well integrated and the finish is as long as the Australian tail! This is a great summer wine, and will stand up to any red meats. Enjoy with a BBQ or as I intend on doing, watching England(hopefully!) retain the Ashes. Bonza! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Date published: 18/06/13
Daily Wine Review - Montenovo Godello £9.99(when you buy at least two) At the moment I am a little bit in love with the white wines of north west Spain. Whether it is Albarino or Godello I cannot get enough of this stuff and this Montenovo Godello is an excellent illustration of why. It is a pale lemon in the glass with a delicate nose of lemon and green fruit. The palate is lively and refreshing. Lemon zest dominates with hints of white peach and subtle floral elements. When I think of what to partner with my seafood this summer, there is nothing else I would rather have. Partner with grilled mackerel to see this wine at its best. Enjoy! This wine is open anad available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Vasse Felix ChardonnayDate published: 17/06/13
Daily Wine Review - Vasse Felix Chardonnay £11.99(When you buy at least two) This Australian Chardonnay is a refined and elegant offering. Coming from Margaret River in Western Australia, the effect of the cool sea breezes are very much felt in the wine. It has a toasty nose which also has a subtle nuttiness due to partial fermentation in French oak. However the palate is light and refrshing, with lively acidity and citrus flavours combining. It is in this that we see the positive effect of the sea breeze. I can say we confidence that this is my favourite Australian Chardonnay and that it is a wine that can be enjoyed with or withour food. For me though, partner this wine with dressed Crab and enjoy a truly great food and wine combination. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - CVNE Reserva RiojaDate published: 16/06/13
Daily Wine Review - CVNE Reserva Rioja £9.99(when you buy at least two bottles) If you were to look up the definition of Rioja up in the dictionary, chances are you would find a picture of this wine! Made by the historic CVNE winery, founded in 1879, this is a blend of Tempranillo and Grenache. It is a wonderful garnet in the glass and there are aromas of dried fruit, leather and coffee on the nose. The palate is rounded, with flavours of ripe strawberry, vanilla and tobacco lingering. This is a sumptuous and comforting wine. Try matching it with roast leg of lamb, cooked with rosemary and garlic and you will not be disapointed. However this wine is still a delight on its own, and is proof of the great value,quality and sense of history that Rioja provides! This wine is open and available to tast on our tasting counter
Mike's Guide to BBQ Drinks - FishDate published: 14/06/13
A good BBQ contains a wide variety of food and a key part of it is fish. From spiced Tuna steaks to grilled king Prawns there are a variety of different styles of fish that need matching with different style of wine. With this in mind I am going to recommend a variety of wines that should compliment your fish no matter how complex or simple it is!
Caixas Godello: £7.99(When you buy at least two bottles)
Used to being partnered with the fish tapas dishes of north west Spain this is a great wine for your BBQ. It is full of citrus and green fruits, but has a substantive body which allows it to match up to the char grilled nature of the fish. This wine is a great all rounder and will match aromatic meals as well as simple ones. Grilled sardines would be my ideal match for this wine.
Sancerre Clemence Pinard: £16.99(When you buy at least two bottles)
For me Sancerre is my Sauvignon Blanc of choice. With its lively goosberry flavours, minerality and rapier like acidity it is a great food wine. If you are looking to cook salmon or trout on your BBQ then this is the perfect wine to go with it. The acidity of the Sancerre will cut through the oily fish perfectly. Also, if you are grilling mushrooms stuffed with goats cheese this wine will truly elevate this dish.
Waimea Pinot Gris: £9.99(When you buy at least two bottles)
If you are cooking more aromatic or spicy fish then this wine is the perfect accompaniment. With just a hint of residual sugar and an oily, mouth filling texture it is matched by good acidity and lots of stone fruit. I can think of nothing better than matching this wine with some sweet chili king prawns or catfish in a Cajun glaze.
Tomorrow, I will be tackling meat!
Daily Wine Review - Conde de Valdemar 1986Date published: 12/06/13
If you are a fan of aged Rioja, this will definitely be right up your street. This wine is part of a parcel of various vintages we had instore from Bodegas Valdemar, and there are only a few bottles remaining.
The 1986 vintage is a particularly fantastic example of a superbly aged Rioja. It is a Gran Reserva, so has had the obligatory aging in both oak vat and bottle, but at 27 years, this wine is almost as old as me!
It boasts a fantastic ruby colour in the glass, and has wonderful aromas of red fruit combined with complex secondary characteristics such as vanilla and sweet spices, and even tertiary levels of tobacco and leather like earthiness. The wine has a medium body and Its tannins are so smooth and the finish is good too. The classic accompaniment to roast lamb dishes, this wine is an absolute winner. Priced at just £13.99 this is a one- off deal and it is incredible value for money. We only have four bottles left in stock, and when its gone, its gone, so Come and get a fantastic wine at an unbelieveably good price while its still available. You wont be disappointed!!
Mike's Guide To BBQ Drinks - AperitifsDate published: 10/06/13
The sun has decided to make an entrance and with this people up and down the country are beginning to dust off their BBQs and start grilling! However this raises an important question, what drinks to serve during the BBQ? It is my intention over a series articles to give you some ideas of what I think are great drinks that will keep you and your guests very happy. Each article will tackle a different stage of the BBQ, from aperitif to night cap! Today, aperitifs are in the spotlight!
In my opinion, aperitifs are the most important drinks of the BBQ. One wants their guests occupied and happy whilst you're waiting for the charcoal to catch light, and whilst the food itself is being cooked. A good aperitif will mean this time flies by, a bad one and everyone ends up staring at the flames waiting for the food to cook. With this in mind I have three great different drinks that should keep any guest of yours happy during this time!
Laurent Perrier Brut NV - £25.00 a bottle
Nothing gets a party going quite so well as a cold glass of Champagne! This offering from Laurent Perrier is particularly suited to summer BBQs. A light style of Champagne, it is full of green apple and citrus, with just a hint of spice. This freshness makes it a great aperitif on a hot sunny day. Serve your guests a glass of this and I can guarantee smiles all round!
Pimms No1 Cup - £13.50 a bottle(When you buy at least two bottles)
It may be an obvious suggestion but it always makes for a refreshing and enjoyable aperitif. Make sure you have plenty of fruit and ice to serve with it. In my opinion fresh mint is the key addition and adds real zip to this drink. If you are considering jazzing up the standard Pimms cocktail(Pimms and Lemonade) then I suggest a shot of gin and a slug of Prosecco in the jug. It will make Pimms as you know it, but with more oomph!
Curious Brew Lager - £17.99(For a case of twelve)
Whilst I enjoy many aperitifs, a cold beer is the best start to a BBQ. This beer from Chapel Down is the pinnacle of lager at the moment. Made from Cascade, Saaz and Nelson Sauvin hops this is a beer that is crisp and refreshing but has a wonderfully aromatic nose. The use of Champagne yeasts also gives this beer an extra dimension. If you catch me at any BBQs this summer, there is a very good chance you will find me enjoying a cold bottle of Curious Brew!
Tomorrow my focus will be on the wines to partner fish!
Daily Wine Review - Caixas AlbarinoDate published: 07/06/13
Daily Wine Review - Caixas Albarino £6.99(When you buy at least two as part of a mixed case)The wines of north west Spain are fast becoming some of my favourite wines. Crisp godello, perfumed mencia and of course, floral albarino. This Caixas albarino illustrates brilliantly both the value to be had and the great quality of these wines. The nose is fresh and contains lots of citrus and stone fruit with a subtle floral note. The palate refreshing, yet rounded and is full of lime and nectarine flavours. This is a perfect summer wine and will partner simple seafood dishes excellently. Steamed mussels or grilled prawns will be the dishes I match with this wine! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Fine Wine of the Week - Domaines Ott Chateau Romassan Rose 2012Date published: 07/06/13
Domaines Ott,Chateau Romassan Rosé, Bandol, 2012
Bandol has a reputation for making serious red wines, however Domaine Ott have taken these red grapes to produce a stunning rosé.
Founded in 1896, Domaines Ott focuses on producing wines using traditional methods. As a result, this wine is made with hand picked grapes and subjected to hand sorting to ensure only the best grapes make it into the wine.
The wine is made from grenache, cinsault and mourvédre and the grapes are pressed lightly so that only the best quality juice goes into the wine. This is very apparent when tasting the wine. On the nose there is a waft of summer berries. The palate is infused with wild strawberry,raspberry and a subtle spice. The flavours are wonderfully fresh and last for a long time in the mouth.
This is ideal for summer drinking. It will make a classy aperitif or match charcuterie brilliantly. Enjoy!
A bottleThis wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Jackson Estate "Stich" Sauvignon BlancDate published: 06/06/13
Daily Wine Review - Jackson Estate "Stich" Sauvignon Blanc £9.99(When you buy at least two) This is a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that is big on flavour. Named in honour of John Stichbury, the founder of Jackson Estate, this wine is designed to be the entry level wine of the vineyard. A pale lemon green in the glass, do not let this deceive you as the nose is a full on affair! Passionfruit, lime and elderflower are all apparent. The palate has refreshing levels of acidity as well as citrus fruits and minerality.This is an intoxicating Sauvignon Blanc and perfect when drunk chilled in this balmy weather. Enjoy with marinated Tuna steaks! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Parcel Series MerlotDate published: 05/06/13Daily Wine Review - Parcel Series Merlot (£7.99 or £5.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case). The 'Parcel Series' range we have here are arguably the best value for money wine we stock. This particular wine is from Stellenbosch, part of the Western Cape in South Africa, sourced from a highly respected winery.
In the glass, there is a vibrant purple hue with an inviting nose of classic aromas that you associate with Merlot, that is oodles of plumminess and red fruit goodness. The wine has a zippy acidity which is certainly not unpleasant, and subtle underlying tannins, but overall has a pleasing amount of fruit on the palate.
If you are looking for a non-complicated, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Merlot, then you won't go far wrong with this wine. Even better, now that summer has officially arrived, it would be a great red party wine to take along to any BBQ.
This wine is open and available to try on our tasting counter.
Comte de Lamotte Champagne - £12!Date published: 05/06/13
If you like a bargain, make sure you pop down and see us this week. Currently reduced to clear, we have the Comte de Lamotte NV Champagne down to a spectacular £12 per bottle (from a full price of £20). This is strictly whilst stocks last, so why not give us a call at the store to reserve yours now..?!
Daily Wine Review - Villa Maria RoséDate published: 03/06/13
Daily Wine Review -Villa Maria Rosé (£9.99, or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.) Dare I say summer has now finally arrived? If so, it's high time to crack the rosé, and this little offering from Villa Maria is a lovely drop. Produced from Malbec and Merlot grapes expanding the North Island, mainly from Gisbourne and Hawkes Bay, this rosé is medium bodied, with fantastic aroma characteristics of wild strawberry and forest fruit, which are instantly recognisable on the palate too.
If the weather stays as is is, I'm going to declare it rosé time, and as such it is worth popping down to get a couple of bottles of this wine. Excellent as an aperatif, or would go brilliantly well accompanying a BBQ. This wine is open and available to try on our tasting counter.
Daily Wine Review - St Clair Wairau ReserveDate published: 02/06/13
Daily Wine Review - St Clair Wairau Reserve £19.99(When you buy at least two) If you want a Sauvignon Blanc with bucket loads of flavour then look no further than this. A premium offering from Saint Clair, this wine is made from grapes sourced from their two best vineyards. It has been matured in stainless steel at a cool temperature to ensure that a pure and expressive wine is made. The nose has powerful floral and goosberry aromas. The palate is rich, with flavours of nettle, capsicum and lime intermingling. The flavour lasts for a long time in the mouth and there is striking acidity. Match with goats cheese and red pepper bruschetta to see this wine at its very best. Even thinking about this combination is causing my mouth to water. Enjoy! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Oyster Bay MerlotDate published: 01/06/13
Daily Wine Review - Oyster Bay Merlot £8.79(When you buy at least two) Merlot is the ultimate all round red grape for me. It matches food well but is also a delight to drink on its own. It is perfect for whatever the occasion and this Oyster Bay Merlot lives up to this expectation. From the Hawke's bay region of New Zealand this wine highlights the potential for Merlot in this part of New Zealand. A vibrant ruby in the glass, the nose contains rich plum fruit and toasty elements. The palate is packed with dark berry and subtle mocha elements. It also has a substantive mouthfeel and rounded tannins. This is a great wine for your roast Beef or your BBQ. However this wine is at its best when partnered with a crime drama and a friend! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Wither Hills ChardonnayDate published: 31/05/13
Daily Wine Review - Wither Hills Chardonnay £7.99(When you buy at least two bottles) For me New Zealand chardonnay is one of the great unheralded wines in the world. It is often overshadowed by sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and to an extent pinot gris, but ignore it at your peril. This Wither Hills chardonnay is a perfect example of what great chardonnay New Zealand can produce. Due to the long hours of sunshine and cool nights a refined and elegant style of wine can be made. It is a vibrant lemon in the glass and the nose is packed full of citrus and tropical fruit. The palate is more complex, with nutty elements, spice and minerality combining with fruit flavours. The finish is persistent and there is refreshing acidity. This wine is an ideal partner to flavourful fish dishes or roasted vegetables. It is a great alternative summer wine! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Wine of the Week: Coney Pizzicato Pinot NoirDate published: 31/05/13
Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir, Martinborough
Hailing from the heartland of New Zealand Pinot Noir, Martinborough, this is a complex and intense expression of the grape.
A nose of smoke and spice dominates, with subtle red fruit appearing as well. The palate has substantive cherry and raspberry flavours, as well as a savoury quality. Chewy tannins and some toasty flavours are also present.
This wine is ready to drink now but will age for the next 5 years brilliantly. This is best enjoyed with substantive game meats such as Venison.
When you buy at least two
Single bottle price
This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Vernaccia di San GimignanoDate published: 30/05/13
Daily Wine Review - Vernaccia di San Gimignano - £9.59(When you buy at least two bottles) Wines like this are why I love Italian wine, as a grape you have never heard of can produce something that truly makes you sit up and take note! This is the case with this Vernaccia. It is a pale lemon in the glass, however do not let this deceive you, as both the nose and the palate are full of pronounced flavours. Both have an intoxicating amount of citrus and green fruit. On the palate there is also a subtle nuttiness which compliments the fruit brilliantly. The lively levels of acidity also make this an excellent wine to partner with food. Grilled fish would be my ideal match. However for me, this would be the perfect aperitif on a hot summers evening. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - BVS Shiraz Peter LehmannDate published: 29/05/13
Daily Wine Review - BVS Shiraz Peter Lehmann £9.99(When you buy at least two) For sports fans Australia will play a big part of this summer. Whether it is watching the Lions tour or the Ashes, Australia are the team we want to beat! With this in mind my daily wine review focuses on an Australian wine that will either help us celebrate a glorious victory, or comfort us in defeat. The BVS Shiraz is the perfect example of Barossa Shiraz. A dense ruby in the glass, it is full of cracked black pepper and black cherry on the nose. The palate is rounded due to 12 months in oak, and bursting in flavour. Ripe plum and mocha are the dominant flavours. This is an intense wine that willl be the perfect match for a BBQ or any sporting occasion this summer. If all goes well, I will be toasting an Ashes and Lions win with this BVS shiraz. Here's to a bonza summer of sport! This wine is open anad available to taste
Daily Wine Review - LFE Seleccion Especial MerlotDate published: 28/05/13Daily Wine Review - LFE Seleccion Especial Merlot (£7.99, or £6.39 when you buy two as part of a mixed case)
If you are looking for a great value for money red wine, look no further than this offering from LFE. A great depth of ruby intensity in the glass, abundant with fresh black and red fruit driven notes, awash with supple tannin and a good finish. This is a superb party wine, or if you want to save your fine wine for the weekend then this is a fantastic alternative to pour a mid-week glass that doesn't break the bank.
Being a Chilean Merlot, this wine is pretty dense and full bodied, and so would match a plethora of red meat dishes, but it is not too heavy to enjoy on its own too.
This wine is open and available to try on our tasting counter.
Daily Wine Review - Inama Soave ClassicoDate published: 20/05/13
Daily Wine Review - Inama Soave Classico £11.99(When you buy at least two) Soave(made from the Garganega grape) is not a wine I have drunk a lot of, however after sampling this example it is a wine I will be drinking a lot more of! The grapes are hand harvested from 30 year old vines. This helps give the wine a real concentration of flavour. On top of this it is subjected to Malolactic fermentation, which gives the wine a wonderful creamy texture on the palate, as well as some subtle spice. When combined with the stone fruit and floral flavours of the Garganega grape this provides for a winning combination. This is an intense and classy wine, for my mind it is similar to a good white Burgundy in terms of coplexity and flavour. This wine was made to partner risotto with chicken and wild mushrooms. This wine is open and available to taste.
Daily Wine Review - Campofiorin MasiDate published: 19/05/13Daily Wine Review - Campofiorin Masi £9.99(When you buy at least two) Drinking Amarone is one of life's pleasures. It is a rich, satisfying red that leave you wanting more. Sadly it comes at a price, meaning this pleasure is usually only enjoyed on special occasions. However in this article I am pleased to announce that the pleasure derived from Amarone can be found in this Campofiorin Masi! This wine is also re-fermented with dried grapes which helps give it that wonderful density of flavour and body. The colour in the glass is a dense ruby and the nose contains black cherry and a hint of cinammon. On the palate there are flavours of dark fruit and sweet spice, which persist for a long time. Like most Italian wines this is a perfect match for local cuisine. Parma ham or a Venison Ragu would work brilliantly with it. So if you fancy a full bodied wine, with a lot of flavour then this is the wine for you! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter.
Spotlight on...PiemonteDate published: 18/05/13
My whistle-stop tour of Italy continues with this wine producing region, nestled in the extreme North West of the country. As mentioned with my previous article, Italy has no less than 20 different regions, which all produce wine in one form or another. It is probably a good time to highlight the fact that there are over 1000 different varieties of Vitis vinifera grown in Italy, but more importantly, the majority of these are native to Italy, and these ae not found anywhere else in the world.
Piemonte, literally mean 'at the foot of the mountains', and rather unsurprisingly, this is where the region is- the Alps lie to the north & west , with the Apennies to the south. There are two main areas where vineyards are located in Piemonte, to the North -East of Turin, towards Lake Maggiore, and to the South-East, in the Langhe and Monferrato hills. These are both DOC zones, and the towns of Asti and Alba are both located here.
As one would expect, the winters here are harsh and long, however, the ripening season is long and extends well into autumn. Piemonte has the largest area under vines in Italy in terms of DOC and DOCG wines, stretching some 40 appellations. Indeed, many noteworthy white wines are produced in this region, but there is a core of red wines produced here on which the reputation of the region is based.
Four of these wines have DOCG status (essentially a wine law under which the wine must been produced and bottled in the area subject to an approval in quality by a member of the Ministry of Agriculture), where the two most important wines are the Barolo and the Barbaresco. It is important to highlight that as the IGT law isnt recognised in this region, many wines come under the umbrella of Piemonte DOC.
Both Barolo and Barbaresco are produced from the Nebbiolo grape, the former wine is widely considered to be the finest of all Italian wines, and as a result have the prices to match! Barolo is aged for a minium two years in oak, followed by a further year's ageing in bottle. These wines have huge concentration in fruit and flavour (more so the Barolo) providing such aromas as floral notes to strawberry fruit and earthy notes of leather and mushroom.
Barbaresco is considered the younger sister to Barolo, whereby it has lesser ageing requirements and usually has a lesser intensity to it. Having said this, prices are similar, and are some of the most highly sought after wines in the world.
Nebbiolo is renowned for being the king of black grapes within this region, if not Italy itself, but there are rising stars which are becoming ever more popular. One of these is Barbera, which generally have a good acidity to them, and as a result, wines produced from this grape are produced in two styles; they can be made to be drunk early, thus exhibiting the youthful sour cherry flavours, but also can be aged in oak to give the wine some extra tannin, as well as some toastiness to give an extra dimension to the wine.
In terms of white wine, Piemonte produces wines made from the Moscato grape, which can be slightly prickly, and Asti, which is fully sparkling. These wines are highly perfumed, sweet and grapey, which are designed to be drunk young. Even more famous, the still white white produced from the Cortese grape variety is produced in Gavi DOCG, and the wine bears is namesake too. This wine is very dry, with a steeliness which is usually uncommon in Italian wines.
We have our Italian tasting week running all week this week until 23rd May, so why not come down and give some of these Italian wines a try?
Spotlight on TuscanyDate published: 16/05/13
When it comes to Italian wines and regions, it is quite frankly a minefield to attempt to write a concise 'spotlight on' article about this country as not only regions but also grape varieties are so expansive, as well as geology and soil types and climatic conditions; I'd need to write a thesis to get all the relevant information down. Therefore, I have decided to focus on specific regions of Italy, to coincide with our Italian tastings next week and tutorials.
Tuscany is a region in central- western Italy, which is bordered by the the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west, and the Emilia-Romagna region to the north-east, and Umbria to the east.
It is in Tuscany that both viticulture and viniculture is at the forefront in Italy.There are no less than 6 of the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) areas within Tuscany, which is a law stating that the wines produced must all meet the requirements of Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) but in addition to this, the wine must be bottled in the region in which it was produced, subject to a Ministry of Agriculture tasting, and being a seal of approval. As well as this it of course is home to the so called 'Super Tuscans' -previously classified as Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) but as vinification laws are changing, so are the classifications- in an attempt to continually improve and ensure the utmost quality of the wines being produced, even if they are not produced in a traditional method or style.
In Tuscany, there are 4 key grapes which are grown. The most predominant is Sangiovese, which is grown and used in the production of wines such as Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and vino Nobile di Montepulciano, as well as many Toscana IGT's. In the latter wines, Canbernet Sauvignon and Merlot is also grown and used. As far as white wine is concerned, the soul key grape used is Vernaccia, which produces the Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG wines. This is to the west of the Chianti Classico zone, and the wine produced is medium bodied, and is made to drink young.
Sangiovese is a grape which produces high tannic and high acidity wines. The grape gives a flavour remeniscent of sour cherry and also has a slighty earthy characteristic. These areall traits of a traditional Chianti.
Wines from Chianti undergo a traditional method of production, whereby a slight secondary fermentation is induced. Known as governo, the process is achieved by adding the must of semi-dried grapes to the cask. Ageing is still a topic of debate: As such, two styles of Chianti are produced, a basic one to drink early, and one that can be aged in oak cask for two years and further bottle ageing, known as riserva.
Beginning on the 17th May, we have a 'Wines of Italy' tasting week for a selection of these on our tasting counter. On Saturday we also have an Italian tutorial session instore that is free to come along to if you are interested in learning about and maybe more importantly trying a selection of Italian wines!!
Daily Wine Review - Caixas GodelloDate published: 16/05/13
Daily Wine Review - Caixas Godello £7.99(When you buy at least two) This is a grape we will be seeing a lot more of over the coming years. Originating in Galicia, north west Spain, this is a grape that has something for everyone. It is refreshing and crisp, yet has a surprisingly full body and a lot of length. This wine has all of these features in spade. It has a nose packed full of lemon zest and green apple. However on the palate these aromas are joined by hints of stone fruit and some floral characters. The body is substantive yet the wine retains a refreshing and light character. It is a great wine to drink on its own, but it is an ideal match for seafood tapas dishes. As far as I am concerned this is my white wine of the summer! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Gnarly Dudes 2011Date published: 14/05/13Daily Wine Review - Gnarly Dudes 2011 (£22, or £18 when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case). If you are a fan of big bold gutsy red wine, look no further than this offering from the Two Hands winery, based in the Barossa. Indeed, this winery specialises in Shiraz, but they do produce other varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon.
The name comes from the the old gnarled vines from which the grapes grow, and older vines produce more intensely flavoured grapes. The resultant wine is an inky purple colour with a fantastic complexity of aromas such as classic black fruits, slight pepper, and a multitude of of other aromas such as lavender, cocoa and a nuttiness.
This wine is very full bodied and has a complexity to match, Simply put, this is a huge wine.
Ideal for cellaring for a further 5 years, but can also be drunk straight away, this wine is a great food match with classic red meat dishes or a great accompanimrnt to a whole array of barbequed meats- providing our summer hasn't already been and gone!!
Daily Wine Review - Lacroix Bordeaux SuperieurDate published: 12/05/13
Brand new to our range comes this Bordeaux Superior from Lacroix. With the grapes mainly sourced from in and around Saint Emilion's Grand Cru vineyard sites, this is an exceptionally high quality and equally great value parcel. Merlot dominated, it is fruity, yet robust tannins produce a rounded palate.
Snap this up whilst you can. At just £5.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of your mixed case, it's definitely worth a consideration.
Daily Wine Review - Vinalba TorrontesDate published: 11/05/13If you fancy a change from your usual wine, reaching for a bottle of Torrontes is a great place to start. This varietal has become Argentina's signature white grape, and displays an elegant, floral nose.
If you're stuck for a white to have with a lightly spiced dish, why not give this a go? The intensely aromatic flavours in the wine which match those of your curry.
Currently this wine is open to taste on our in-store tasting counter. At just £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles, it's a bargain.
Wine of the Week - Lime Kota Pinot NoirDate published: 10/05/13
Lime Rock Pinot Noir 2008
A small, select vineyard on the north-facing slopes of Waipawa, Hawkes Bay that contains a range of soil types, elevation and microclimates allowing the cultivation of several varieties. Lime Rock have been certified by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand for the use of natural pest control.
Forest floor and savoury characters give undertones to the plum, cherry, black berry-fruit and wild thyme notes. A balance of fruit-sweetness, mellow acidity and silky tannins linger in the mouth.
Best served with filet mignon and porcini mushrooms.
when you buy any 2 or more New Zealand wines
Single bottle price £19.99
Why not treat yourself? Pop a bottle in with your Sauvignon!
Fine Wine at house wine prices.
Spotlight on...AlsaceDate published: 08/05/13
The region of Alsace is nestled in the North east extreme of France, between the Vosges mountains to the west and the eastern most boundary is the River Rhine.
In terms of wine, the appellation system is very simple: There are only two AC's for still wine produced here. Having said this, it causes issues
as producers find it hard to distinguish between different qualities of wine that they produce. It is therefore not unusual to find labels stating Reserve Personnelle or Cuvee Speciale on them to distinguish higher quality products.
25 million years ago, the Alsace plain collapsed and the resultant feature of the land was a large rift valley, through which the River Rhine now flows. Due to this rift valley, the geology of the area varies greatly, and sub-surface substances can include clay loams, limestones, sandstones and even brecciated volcanic deposits. These different subsoils can have a influence of the final styles of wine produced in the area depending on the grapes grown.
Climate wise, despite Alsace having a regular continental climate, thanks to the shelter that the Vosges mountains provide from the prevailing rain-laiden westerly winds & clouds, the summers are long and hot, and autumns are long and dry- a recipe for nigh-on perfect grape growing and wine production.
One key feature that differs in Alsace compared to that of other wine producing regions in France is that it is the grape variety used in the making of the wine that is the prominent feature of the label, rather than the specific Appellation that the wine comes from. If the grape is named on the label, then no less than 100% of that grape must be used in that bottle.
In Alsace, there are 7 main grape varieties grown. These are Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Muscat, Pinot Blanc Sylvaner and Pinot Noir. The majority of the wine produced comes from the former 5 of these grape varieties. Pinot Noir is used to satisfy the 'thirst' for sparkling wine, rose and red wines, whereas Sylvaner, where it once was hugely popular and vastly grown in the region, it has taken a step out of the limelight and is now in a decline in production that less than 0.08% of the sum area of the entire region is planted with this grape variety.
The belief in Alsace is that the more simple the process to produce the wine, the better the wine will be. That is to say, the grapes should be pressed, and left to ferment in large oak casks. These however are covered on the inside with a tartrate deposit, which prevents any of the oak flavours being imparted into the wine. Modern methods now simply use stainless steel tanks in order to overcome this in any case.
Malolactic fermentation is not usually allowed to take place, as the wines produced in Alsace are essentially fruit driven, and this would mask the pure fruit flavours and aromas in the final product. As with most things however, there is an exception to the rule- Pinot Blanc is the only wine in which malolactic fermentation is allowed to happen.
Alsatian wines are made to drink young, and with that, they are bottled in the spring after the vintage. They would be perfectly fine to drink at this stage, however some wines are capable of further bottle ageing
Daily Wine Review - Poggioargentiera RosatoDate published: 08/05/13
Daily Wine Review - Poggioargentiera Rosato £7.99(When you buy at least two) The Rose season is upon us and in light of this I thought what better than reviewing one of our interesting new additions to the range. Coming from the south of Tuscany this is a Rose made from Sangiovese(the Chianti grape) and Caberent Franc. It is a light bodied rose that has a wonderfully smooth body. A delicate pink in the glass the nose contains aromas of wild strawberry and Rose hip. The palate is bursting with red cherry and a very subtle spice character. A refreshing acidity is balanced nicely with a medium body. What impresses me most about this wine is its versatility. It would make an excellent aperitif, however it has enough body to go well Italian cured meats for example(my preferred match!). I cannot wait for the weather to truly heat up, so I can chill a bottle of this down, close my eyes and pretend I am holidaying in a Tuscan castle! This wine is open anad available to taste on our tasting counter.
Daily Wine Review - Bellero BarberaDate published: 07/05/13
Daily Wine Review - Bellero Barbera £6.99(When you buy at least two) Summer is about more than just the BBQ when it comes to food. A bit of al fresco dining is great whatever you are eating, and for me a nice summery pasta dish is a real favourite. I am thinking of a spicy sausage Ragu or a chicken Arrabiata, both of which involve rich tomato sauces. These dishes match perfectly with the wine we have chosen for our daily wine review, the Bellero Barbera. Originating from Piedmont in Italy, this wine is the definition of ruby in colour. It has an intense nose of sour cherries and raspberry. The palate has lively acidity, making it a great food match, as well as a touch of spice and lashings of red fruit. If you are looking for a mid-weight red wine packed full of fruit then this wine is exactly what you are looking for. Partner with tomato dominated pasta sauces to see this wine at its very best. I can assure you that I will be whipping up large batches of Ragu this summer to enjoy on my decking in the sun and a glass of Bellero Barbera will never be far away! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Spotlight on...Beaujolais!Date published: 07/05/13
Beajolais lies to the south of the Macon, in Burgundy. The first thing to acknowledge about Beujolais is that it focusses on pretty much entirely red wine production from the Gamay grape, with only 1% of wine produced here being white, from the Chardonnay. Gamay produces red wine that is light and fragrant, bursting with red fruit flavours such as cherry and raspberry. The lightness of the wine is also usually complemented with very light tannins. In addition to this, the vinification process of Carbonic Maceration is adopted within the production of Beajolais wine. Carbonic Maceration is a process whereby complete bunches of uncrushed grapes are placed in a vat under a blanket of carbon dioxide and are allowed to begin fermentation by the grapes own enzymes both in the absence of yeast and anaerobically. The result is that eventually the skins of the grapes burst and then a second stage of normal ferementation begins. The result of this is giving the wine aromas and flavours such as kirsch, banana and bubblegum. The area of Beaujolais is split into two key regions- Beajolais and Beajolais Noveau. The former is to the south and east, where vines are trained along wires in the alluvial soils of the River Saone. Once very fashionable to drink in Britain, Beajolais Nouveau is speciffically made for drinking young and accounts for up to 50% of the wine produced in Beajolais annually. Beaujolais Villages comprises of some 39 villages which have the right to so- call their wine 'Beaujolais Villages'. Ten villages have the right to be identified as 'Beaujolais Cru' that is to say, they produce wine of distinction and an identifiable character. From north to south, these are: Saint-Amour AC, Julienas AC, Chenas AC, Moulin a Vent AC, Chiroubles AC, Fleurie AC, Morgon AC, Regnie AC, Cote de Brouilly AC and Brouilly AC. Of these, the latter is the most widely available as it has the largest production, and the wines from Moulin a Vent and Morgon are deemed to be the more complex, fuller bodied style of the Beajolais crus, and will improve in the bottle. These wines are vinified in a traditional style and many will receive some ageing in oak, usually in large vats rather than smaller casks.
Daily Wine review - Fremondo Greco Date published: 06/05/13Daily Wine review - Fremondo Greco (£9.99, or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case). This is a fab wine thats new instore here at Majestic. The Greco grape is thought to have originated from Greece, hence its name. This wine is a wine of 2 halves. The colour is light and aroma is delicate with subtle stone fruit flavours such as peach and apricot, but in the mouth, the body is more weighty than you'd expect, but the lovely stone fruit flavours really come through on the palate nicely. It is a very well balanced wine and has a nice crispness and mineral streak on the finish. It is a wine that bridges the gap somewhere between an Albarino and a Viognier. At this price too, and with the weather as sunny as it is today, this wine is definitely worth a try!! It is open and available to try on our tasting counter now.
Daily Wine Review - Mr Shiraz 2011Date published: 05/05/13Daily Wine Review - Mr Shiraz 2011 (£8.74, or £6.99 when you buy 2 as part of a mixed case) Here we have a rather pyschadellic label on the bottle. It screams brash Aussie, and thats where you'd (or I'd) head to if I wanted a rich shiraz from the Barossa from our range of Australian reds. However instead, this is a brilliantly affordable contribution from Chile. Despite its rather unimaginative does-what-it-says-on-the-tin name, it does however tick all the boxes. It has all the classic hallmarks of shiraz, rich black fruits with a nice, but not too over-the-top spiciness and a hint of licorice on the palate. It is unassuming, and it is a great wine which requires little thought and doesnt challange you to think about it too much as you drink it. This wine would pair excellently with rich red meat dishes or equally good on the table with a barbeque. Definitely worth a punt if like your flavours big, rich a bold. This wine is open and available to taste this weekend!
Daily Wine Review - Domaine St Ferreol ViognierDate published: 04/05/13
Daily Wine Review - Domaine St Ferreol Viognier £9.99(When you buy at least two as part of a mixed case) I have a confession to make. I do not like Viognier. I realise that it might be unfair to pass judgement on an entire grape, but I cannot avoid it. However I am very pleased to announce that after tasting this wine, I am have been forced to re evaluate my feelings towards this grape. As simply put, I was amazed by how brilliant this wine is! Produced in the south of France it is made in the style of a Condrieu. It has seen oak aging so the wonderful stone fruit aromas are joined by sweet spice aromas. It is a vivid lemon in the glass and has a nose that is dominated by apricot and honeysuckle. The palate is weighty, but there is enough acidity in the wine to stop it being cloying. Flavours of stone fruit, elderflower and honey just keep on going, and going! This is a luxurious wine that could be enjoyed very well on its own, but it will match full flavoured poulty and fish dishes brilliantly. Having been converted to the grape Viognier I can see myself evangelising about the merits of the wine for quite some time. So readers, I urge you all to treat yourself to a bottle of this excellent wine! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Clos du Bois MerlotDate published: 03/05/13
Daily Wine Review - Clos du Bois Merlot £14.99(when you buy at least two as part of a mixed case) This offering from Sonoma County in California is everything you could ask for from a new world red wine. Made from vines which come from the Alexander Valley, a prime location in Sonoma County, and matured for 18 months in old and new oak barrels this is a rich and voluptuous red wine. A dense ruby colour in the glass, the nose is a symphony of plum and blackcurrant. On the palate the oak aging really shows. With dark fruit flavours being accompanied by tobacco and cedar notes. The tannins are robust and the finish is as long as a Californian summer! Entering BBQ season this is a great wine to accompany any red meats you might be cooking, however I would recommend it on its own, with a good book on a warm summers evening. That is how I shall be drinking my bottle! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter.
Beer of the Week - Krombacher PilsnerDate published: 03/05/13
The sign may say Wine of the Week, but do not let it fool you!This week we are choosing a beer as our Wine of the Week, to show off the quality that can be achieved in brewing. This is a Pilsner from Germany and if you are looking for a crisp, refreshing lager full of flavour, then look no further.
Pilsner is a style of beer which originates from the Czech Republic. However its popularity has spread far and wide. It is bottom fermented like a lager, but what singles it out as a style is the use of Saaz hops. These hops give the beer a wonderful floral and cut grass smell which is quite distinctive to this style of beer,
This example from Krombacher does not disappoint. It is a vibrant gold in the glass and the nose is full of grassy notes, with subtle hints of lavender. On the palate there is a whack of refreshing bitterness. This is the perfect BBQ beer, great on its own but with enough flavour to match anything you might be grilling!
When you buy two cases
£23.99 for one case
This beer is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Matsu 'El Recio' 2010Date published: 28/04/13
Daily Wine Review Matsu 'El Recio' 2010 (£15.99, or £12.79 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case)This is big gutsy red from the Toro region in Spain, which lies approximately 350 km South West of Rioja. Matsu produce a series of 3 wines in the same vein, of which 'El Recio' is the middle wine in terms of seriousness and maturity. However, there is certainly nothing middle-of-the-road about this wine whatsoever. It is intense and opaque, and has wonderful complexity comprising of black fruits like bramble and black cherry, with added flavours of cocoa and sweet spice. It has a richness, is weighty and has smooth tannins, and these all combine to give the wine fabulous structure. An ideal wine to pair with rare fillet steak. Why not pop in or order some now, and make use of the 20% off of Spanish wine deal which ends tomorrow at 7pm!!
2 days remaining - 20% off Spain & South AfricaDate published: 27/04/13
I know what I'm doing tonight, and that's stocking up on some Spanish wine! 7pm Monday night is the last chance to get 20% off the range. If you're a fan of Rioja, Ribera del Duero or Albarino, or fancy a South African Chenin or Pinotage (amongst others), then make sure you don't miss out! We've got a great range open to taste at the moment, including the great new Deusa Nai Albarino from Marques de Caceres, up to the Kanonkop Paul Sauer, a great fine wine at £23.99 (from £30 when you buy any 2 SA wines). If you're after an easy drinking red, then the Berberana Reserva at £5.99 shouldn't be missed. Don't miss out - come and explore our range this weekend.
Daily wine review - Marques de la Concordia Crianza 2007Date published: 27/04/13Daily wine review - Marques de la Concordia Crianza 2007 (£9.36 or £7.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case) This is an outstanding rioja for the price. It is a Crianza, so is driven by plenty of red fruit flavours including strawberry. As well as this however, this Crianza is oak aged in new French and American barrels, so the wine has taken on slightly more of the oaky characteristics such as sweet spices like vanilla that you may find usually in a Crianza style rioja. This wine has a great depth of flavour and a good level of complexity for its price. An absolute classic match with roast lamb, this rioja is very moreish and a great addition to the dining table to pair with food. It is open and available to sample or our tasting counter now!
Daily wine review - Pouilly Fume 2010 Jean VincentDate published: 26/04/13Daily wine review - Pouilly Fume 2010 Jean Vincent (£11.99, or £9.99 when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case) This is a great entry level Pouilly Fume from the Loire. The wine has an abundant of the classic Sauvignon flavours: gooseberry, hint of refreshing lime and a lovely mineral streak and finish. This is a relatively uncomplicated wine which doesnt require a huge amount of thought to drink. It is perfect for chilling down on a Summers' day, and enjoying in the garden whiling an afternoon away, or would also go fantastically with grilled langoustines, straight from the barbeque. This wine is on our tasting counter and open to try right now!!
Daily Wine Review - Los Vascos Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 25/04/13
Daily Wine Review - Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon £8.99(When you buy at least two) Do you enjoy Bordeaux? Do you sometimes wish it was a bit more full bodied and powerful? If so, then you will love this wine. Using the classic Bordeaux grape, Caberenet Sauvignon, this is a powerful red wine that is just at home with your roast beef as it is on its own in front of the TV! A bright ruby in the glass, the nose is a powerful combination of cassis and spice. On the palate there is lots of dark fruit and a hint of tobacco. The tannins are rounded and there is a very long finsh. This is a great value wine and is something that will please fans of Brodeaux and those who prefer something a bit more full bodied and rounded. Try partnering with a Beef Wellington and an episode of your favourite TV show(Game of Thrones for me). I promise, this combination will not disappoint!
Daily Wine Review - Deusa Nai AlbarinoDate published: 24/04/13
Sauvignon Blanc is the white grape of the moment, but at some point its reign must end. What will replace it, is a hot topic of conversation and Albarino is one of the favourites! With examples like this though, it is easy to see why. The pale lemon colour in the glass is accompanied by an nose that is dominated by stone fruit. The palate however is fresh, with crisp acidity and flavours of apricot and lemon. This is a wine that combines elegance and opulence. For me this is the perfect wine for seafood tapas dishes, prefferably served on a baking hot summers day! However it will drink brilliantly on its own as a more full bodied style of aperitif.
Daily Wine Review - Crasto Duoro RedDate published: 23/04/13
Daily Wine Review - Crasto Duoro Red £8.49 (When you buy two or more)
The red wines of Portugal may not be as famous as their Spanish cousins, but if they continue to produce wines of this quality this will soon change! This wine is made from the four main Portugese grape varieties. Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barrocca, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional. These grapes are also used in the making of Port and this shows in the wine. It has a dense purple colour in the glass and there is a heady aroma of dark fruit on the nose. Blackcurrant and Raspberry dominate on the palate, backed up with subtle spice and msucular tannin.
If you want a wine to break out in BBQ season then look no further. This was a wine made to partner grilled red meat and meats that have been marinated in full flavoured sauces. Alternatively this would couple hard cheese very well at the end of the meal.
This is an excellent value wine and I urge you to take advantage of this price whilst Portugal is still on offer as this is an incredibly rewarding wine.
This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Quinta de Azevedo 2011, Vinho VerdeDate published: 22/04/13
Daily Wine Review - Quinta de Azevedo 2011, Vinho Verde (£7.99, or £6.49 when you buy 2 or more wines from Portugal)
Hailing from the Minho region in Northern Portugual, this wine is literally translated as 'green wine'. Thanks to the malolactic fermaentation in the vat, this wine retains a light effervescence in the bottle.
The wine is a delicate and gentle example of a Portuguese dry white wine, boastling subtle floral and tropical fruits. This wine is well balanced, and has some nice acidity to it too. It is a great match chilled down very cold to have with traditional Portuguese food such as grilled sardines.
This wine is open and available to try on our tasting counter now!
Daily wine review- Kanonkop Pinotage 2010Date published: 21/04/13
Daily wine review- Kanonkop Pinotage 2010 (£25, or £19.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case)
I was fortunate to recently go to South Africa on holiday recently, and although I attempted to get to this top winery whilst in Stellenbosch, alas it was closed the day I tried. However, it didnt stop me from trying it in several restaurants I ate at!!
This is a classy Pinotage from the classy Kanonkop Estate. Indeed, it is one to the best examples of a Pinotage from South Africa. It is big and gutsy, so if you like your red wine to be big and bold (like I do) then this is definitely worth a punt.
The wine has fantastic flavours of red and black berry fruits, plumminess and a hint of banana. These flavours work well together and combine with an oaky spiciness on the palate. It is an intriguing taste and aroma as there is also a smokiness which permeates from the wine as well.
For something slightly alternative, why not give this fab example of South African Pinotage a try? It would go very well with char-grilled red meats or hearty stews.
Daily Wine Review -Clos Du Bois ChardonnayDate published: 19/04/13
Daily Wine Review -Clos Du Bois Chardonnay (£12.49, or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case)
This is a wonderfully restrained example of a Californian chardonnay, mixing elegance and power. Along with the Pinot Noir, as well as our newly expanded Californian range of wines, the team here at worthing store were eager to try them, so we had to put them on our tasting counter!!
There is a fantastic balance of apple flavours coupled with a slight toasty oakiness, providing some tastes of vanilla aswell, thanks to the ageing process.
If you like to enjoy trying out different styles of chardonnay, this is a great example of a balance of fruity & oakiness.
The Clos du Bois is open to try on our tasting counter this weekend. Come and give it go!!
Wine of the Week: DMZ Chardonnay Date published: 19/04/13
DMZ Chardonnay 2011
Brace yourself, as this is a South African Chardonnay that is absolutely bursting with flavour! Bordeaux blends and Chenin Blanc may normally grab the headlines in Stellenbosch, but if they continue to make Chardonnay like this, then that could all change!
Made exclusively from free run juice, this is a wine that is packed full of fruit flavours. The palate contains flavours of pineapple,banana and mango. These aromas are enhanced by the use of oak and lees aging. It has been partially fermented in new French oak and has been aged on its lees for ten months. This gives the wine a subtle spiciness which compliments the fruit brilliantly.
Partner this food with rich seafood, such as Salmon en croute, and you will not be disappointed. It would also work brilliantly with your Roast Chicken on a Sunday.
£8.79 - When you buy at least two £10.99 single bottle price
This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Clos du Bois Pinot NoirDate published: 18/04/13
This Pinot Noir is brand new to our range, with me only having put it on the shelf a few days ago! As an avid fan of Pinot, I've wasted no time in getting it open on the counter and seeing what it's all about!
This is extremely fruit driven, as can be expected from a Californian Pinot. It has plenty of strawberry and cherry flavours alongside that subtle spice.
Perfect with pork or lamb, or even drink it on it's own. And, as a Pinot Noir fan, I recommend it!
Currently, this is £12.49 or just £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles as part of your mixed case of 6.
Malbec World Day - Wednesday 17th April 2013Date published: 17/04/13
Today is Malbec World Day, a celebration of what has arguably become Argentina's signature red grape. Originating in France, Malbec has been grown in Argentina for over a hundred years, and is at home in the mountainous region of Mendoza, high in the Andes.
Today we've opened the Malbec Reservado 2011 from Vinalba. This is one of my personal favourites, and at just £7.99 when you buy 2 or more (down from a full price of £10.99), it also represents fantastic value money. Come and give it a go, it's has a rich, powerful palate and dark, fruity and brambly nose. It's even available in magnum form, with the 2009 vintage coming in at 17.99.
There's others available, with the Gestos and Alamos at the fantastic price of £5.99, up to the stunning Catena Alta Malbec at £29.00
Daily Wine Review - Danie de Wet Sauvignon Blanc 2011Date published: 15/04/13
As part of our South African tasting week, we've opened the Danie de Wet Sauvignon from the Robertson region of South Africa. Here, the soils are rich in lime, and this coupled with the cool ocean breezes create a climate perfect for late ripening grapes, giving wines with a lovely refreshing acidity.
This Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and dry, with a nose of gooseberries. After a little sip, the gooseberries continue, but are complemented by slightly grassier notes. The acidity is refreshing, and is sure to be a winner for those of you who prefer a nice, dry Sauvignon and fancy a change from New Zealand.
Come down and give it a go on our tasting counter. At just £6.99 when you buy 2 or more South African wines, you're bound to be impressed!
Daily Wine Review - Meerlust MerlotDate published: 14/04/13
Daily Wine Review - Meerlust Merlot £15.99(When you buy at least two South African Wines)
This is a refined wine with a lot of history behind it. The Meerlust estate has been owned by the same family since 1757, and this history and sense of tradition shows through in the style of wine they make. Whilst it is labelled a Merlot, a small amount of Cabernet Franc has been blended into the wine. This gives structure and perfume to the roundness and body given by the Merlot. This wine has been made with a very deliberate nod in the direction of the wine of St Emilion and it shows!
A wonderful ruby in the glass the nose is full of plum, red cherry and a slight smokiness. On the palate there is a hit of wild strawberry,plum and vanilla. Whilst it is a very substantional 15% abv, this is very well hidden, which is testament to what a well made wine this is. I would also recommend decanting this wine, as whilst it is fine straight from bottle, I think a couple of hours in the decanter will allow it to open up wonderfully.
If you are looking for a slgithly alternative bottle of Red to go with your roast beef on a Sunday then this is perfect!
This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
South African Tasting WeekDate published: 12/04/13
From now until next Thursday we'll have a fantastic selection of South African wines open for you to sample in-store. Why not come down and give them a go? We've got your Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, but we've also gone for a couple of South African examples of some classic international varietals. Here's a snippet of what's open...:
*Welmoed Pinotage - £5.99
*Boschendal Rose - £6.79
*Meerlust Merlot - £15.99
*Duiker White - £7.99
Plus plenty more! See our online tasting counter on our store webpage for what's open each day!
*All prices quotes are multibuy prices and valid when you buy any 2 South African wines before 29th April.
Spotlight on... BordeauxDate published: 10/04/13
The region of Bordeaux lies at 45 º latitude, and as a result there is a temperate climate, which can have an effect on each vintage of wine. During the ripening season, the days are long and hot, providing a good environment for optimum grape flavour. Due to the proximity to the sea, and combined with the closeness of two main rivers, humdity can be an issue, as this can lead to the onset of both noble and grey rot in the grapes.
Bordeaux wines are normally produced from a blend of grapes (in all red wines, and the majority of whites). This, amongst other reasons, is because of the unpredictablity of weather and climate patterns in the region, and so specific grape varieties respond to these conditions, some more favourably than others. As a result, a blend is produced to ensure the quality of a wine is of a certain standard.
Under the AC laws of Bordeaux, 14 grape varieties can be grown, however, in practice, only 5 black and 3 white are used.
The black grapes consist of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot , Canbernet Franc Malbec and Petit Verdot, where the white varieties consist of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.
The principle areas of Bordeaux can be divided into three broad areas. West and South of the Gironde lie the districts of Medoc, Graves and Sauternes. Most of the area between the Dordogne and the Garonne is covered by the Entre-Deux-Mers AC; and the principal districts to the north and east of the Gironde and Dordogne are Saint-Emillion and Pomerol. There is an AC hierarchy in Bordeaux which consists of 3 levels: Generic Apellations, District Apellations and commune apellations.
All ACs to the south of the Gironde and Garonne produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Bordeaux, Graves, Barsac and Sauternes all in addition grow Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
In the North and east of the Gironde and Dordogne, all of the ACs produce Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with Blaye and Bourg producing Malbec aswell.
Styles and quality vary hugely within the region, and many key factors are the reason for this; From climate and topography to viniculture and viticulture practices all have an effect on the quality of wine produced.
Next time you come in, why not pop a cou-le of bottles of Bordeaux in the trolley to give them a try for yourself?
Daily Wine Review - Vina Pomal Reserva 1994Date published: 09/04/13
Daily Wine Review - Vina Pomal Reserva 1994 £9.99(When you buy at least two as part of a mixed case)
This aged offering from Vina Pomal is a wonderful example of the value for money you can get in aged Riojas. The 1994 was a top vintage for Rioja and as a result of this the wine has lost none of its character or flavour. It is a wonderful garnet colour in the glass. There are aromas of clove, leather and dried fruit on the nose. The palate has rounded tannins, but still has plenty of substance. The palate contains flavours of strawberry, tobacco and vanilla.
This wine is a refreshing change of pace and will partner roasted meats and meat based tapas dishes perfectly. It is one of many aged Riojas we stock in Majestic and is one of the best in my opinion. It is very easy to see why Winston Churchill thought so highly of the wines of Vina Pomal when they make wines of this quality!
This wine is open and availiable to taste on our tasting counter
Wine of the Week: Villa Maria Cellar Selection ChardonnayDate published: 09/04/13
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay 2010
We often associate New Zealand with its vibrant Sauvignon Blancs, however for me its star white wines are its Chardonnays. They combine wonderful flavours with great value. This offering from Villa Maria is no exception.
The cooler climate of New Zealand allows a more restrained and elegant style of Chardonnay to be produced. This is highlighted by the racing acidity present within the wine. This is matched by citrus and tropical fruits on the palate. The wine has also been aged on its lees for ten months, which adds spice and body to the wine.
This wine is a great all rounder that can either be enjoyed on its own or with seafood dishes. For something a bit different why not try it with a Veal chop in cream sauce.
£8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles Single bottle price £10.99
Daily Wine Review - Hunawihr GewurtztraminerDate published: 07/04/13
Daily Wine Review - Hunawihr Gewurtztraminer (£9.99, or £7.99 when you buy 2 as part of a mixed case). Before I write this review, I must confess that I am not wholley knowledgeable about Alsatian wines, this job is certainly a steep learning curve finding out and "reasearching" new wines which thus far I've not tried.
If you have a bit more of a sweet-tooth than most and enjoy a glass of white wine, then you cant go far wrong with this Gewurtztraminer from Cave de Hunawihr.
In the glass it is a pale straw colour, but dont let this put you off. The body is light and delicate. Being a Gewurtztraminer, this wine has fantastic aromatics of stone fruits such as peach and apricot, with some yellow plumminess thrown in for good measure.
On the palate, it is possible to taste those aromas of stone fruits, but it is not overly sweet (I hasten to use the 'S' word, as it isn't really sweet) but in fact, given than this wine is classed as off-dry verging on medium, the wine offers a nice firm acidity as it is swilled around the mouth, and then you get a nice dryness to the finish.
A great all round wine that can be drunk on its own, but would also pair with spicy thai food fantastically well.
Spotlight on...RhoneDate published: 06/04/13
The Rhone region is situated in the South East of France, bisected by the river Rhone. In terms of the Rhone as a wine producing region, there are two main areas. Northern Rhone, and Southern Rhone.
Each area has varying differences in terms or grapes grown, viticulture and viniculture; even the climate is different within the two areas. The Northern Rhone has a southern continental climate, where the summers are long and hot. In contrast, the Southern Rhone is cooler and has more of a mediterranean climate, with milder winters and hotter summers.
The wind phenomenon known as 'Le Mistral' also plays a role in the grape growing process. This is a frequent localised wind which blows and has a cooling effect on the land. The result is that the grapes grown are smaller, but have a much more concentrated flavour, an excellent commodity for the final product!! With regard to quantity, it is estimated that the Northern Rhone accounts for only ~5% of all the wine produced in the Rhone Valley. There are 6 key appelations which form the Northern Rhone; these are the Cote-Rotie, Condrieu, Saint Joseph, Crozes-Hermitages, Hermitage and Cornas. With the exception of Condrieu, where solely Viognier is grown, the other appelations all grow Syrah.
In addition to this, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage all grown Rousanne and Marsanne grape varieties aswell.
In comparison, the Southern Rhone as discussed earlier, has a slightly different cklimate and this favours different grape varieties to be grown. Here, in terms of red wine, Grenache leads the way, but this can, and usually is, blended with anything up to a dozen or more combinations of grape variety to produce a quality blended wine. Typically, Grenache is blended with Syrah, Cinsault, and Mourvedre.
In the Southern Rhone region, with regard to white grape varieties, Clairette, Grenache Blanc Bourboulenc are grown in addition to the Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane that are grown in the Northern Rhone.
Key appelations in the Southern Rhone are Cotes-du-Rhone, Cotes-du-Rhone Villages, Vacqueyras, Gigondas, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Lirac, Tavel. Other satellite appelations also exsist which produce the Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grape varieities.
There are a huge variety of Rhone wines in stock, so next time you pop instore, be sure to grab a couple of Rhone wines that you haven't tried before and give them a go!!
Daily Wine review- Chateauneuf du Pape Vignoble Abeille 2009Date published: 06/04/13
Daily Wine review- Chateauneuf du Pape Vignoble Abeille 2009 (£25, or £20 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case)
This is a wine that oozes refinement from one of, if not the most instantly recognisable regions in the Southern Rhone. A classic blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourverdre grapes give this wine oodles of structure, in a very pleasant way. It is easy to see why Chateauneuf du Pape is a very popular Rhone wine, for those who enjoy a traditional bottle of French Red.
There is a deep ruby intensity in the glass, and the classic notes of black fruits can be identified in the aroma characteristics. In the mouth, the wine is very well structured too; the body is medium, and the dark fruit flavours play on the tongue with intrigue. The tannins are present and fairly grippy, so this would definitely be a wine to pair with food. The finish is good, and ever so moreish, tempting you to pour another glass!!
For a real treat, this wine would be be a fabulous addition to the dining table, especially paired with a traditional rare roast beef joint with all the trimmings. This wine is open and available to try on our tasting counter now!!
Daily Wine Review - Petaluma Coonawarra Red 2008Date published: 05/04/13
As an Easter treat, I decided to crack this beauty of a Coonawarra blend with my family, and it delivers with aplomb, The Petaluma Coonawarra has a deep, intense rich ruby colour in the glass. On the nose there is a complexity of aromas, providing red and black fruits initially, but the depth is such that there is a subtle but nevertheless present whiff of cedar on the nose. On the palate, there is a predominance of red cherry, but the other aromas translate to the palate equally. There is a lovely length to to this wine, and the supple tannins make this wine very moreish!!
As mentioned, this wine is a blend, predominantly consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with smaller proportions of Shiraz and Petit Verdot. The former two of these grape varities gives the main structure to this wine- the fruit driven flavour coming from them, where the Shiraz adds a warming subtle undercurrant of spice along with the Petit Verdot, which also gives the wine a bit more va-va-voom. Given its style, this is an ideal match for traditional lamb dishes.
It is a great wine from the Coonawarra region in South Australia, but at £25 this wine is one to buy and keep for special occasions and celebrations!!
Daily Wine Review - Vina SolDate published: 04/04/13
Daily Wine Review - Vina Sol (£7.49, or ££5.99 when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case).
Apart from the lemon colour that hits you when poured into the glass, the aromatics of this wine are fabulous. Fresh, light apple-like aromas permeate from the glass, combined with a slightly sweeter note of tropical pineapple which are instantly recognisable on the nose. There is a slight zestiness aswell about the aroma of this Spanish stalwart.
There is an instant zingy crispness to the wine, and has a continuing taste of apple on the palate following not a clean dry finish. This is a cracking value wine and a great choice to chill down for something a little different to take to a summertime barbeque. This wine would be equally at home paired with poultry or seafood, and at only 11.5% abv, it is a great wine to drink any time.
It is open to sample on our tasting counter right now, and with 20% off Spanish wine at the moment, its definitely worth a try- you might just like it!!
Daily Wine Review - Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes du RhoneDate published: 03/04/13
Daily Wine Review - Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes Du Rhone £7.99(When you buy at least two as part of a mixed case)
The wines of the Rhone valley are prized for their excellent value and this wine does not disapoint. It is made by the great producer Chapoutier, who tells people to judge him on the quality of his wine, not by drinking his top Hermitages and Condirieus but by drinking this. Well Mr Chapoutier, you get a big thumbs up from me and the Worthing team!
Lots of brambly fruit is matched by subtle black pepper on the palate. There is a full body and substantive tannins, which makes this wine ideal for red meats and hard cheeses. Try matching it with a beef wellington and I gurantee you will not be let down!
This wine is open and availiable to taste on our tasting counter
Wine of the Week: Santa Rita 120 Cabernet FrancDate published: 03/04/13
Wine of the Week: Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc £5.99(When you buy at least two as part of a mixed case)
Seeing Cabernet Franc out of France is rare. Normally it is associated with the wines of Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. In Bordeaux Cabernet Franc tends to be used in blends, to add perfume and fruit to a wine. In the Loire the grape tends to be used on its own to produce light bodied, elegant wines.
This wine has been made in a style of its own, with Chile's warm climate enabling Santa Rita to produce a medium bodied wine. Aromas of red fruit and subtle spice are present on the nose. The palate has refreshing levels of acidity which is coupled with Raspberry and wild strawberry.
Enjoy on its own or with soft cheeses. This would also make an excellent party wine.
This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Paul Mas Cabernet de CabernetDate published: 02/04/13
Daily Wine Review - Paul Mas Cabernet de Cabernet £6.49(When you buy at least two as part of a mixed case)
This wine combines two of my favourite grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Being made in southern France this is a full bodied style of red. The Cabernet Sauvignon gives a big flavour of blackcurrant and a full body on the palate. The Cabernet Franc gives red fruit and perfume. This is a brilliantly balanced wine, that is ideal for drinking on its own or with grilled meats.
If you are a fan of Bordeux then I cannot recommend this wine enough. Combining some of the elegance and flavours expected from a good Bordeaux this offers great value for money when compared!
This wine is open and availiable to taste on our tasting counter
Our New Opening HoursDate published: 02/04/13
Majestic have decided to update their opening hours and as a result we will now be open for the following hours:
Monday-Wednesday: 10am - 7pm
Thursday-Friday: 10am - 8pm
Saturday: 9am - 7pm
Bank Holidays and Sunday: 10pm - 5pm
If you have any questions with regard to the change in opening hours then do not hesitate to get in contact with us in store. We can be contacted on 01903 238 225.
Daily Wine ReviewDate published: 01/04/13
Paul Mas Marsanne
£6.99 when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case
f you're a fan of trying new grapes and styles, then why not give this a go? Marsanne is a lesser-produced varietal, however here Paul Mas produces a fantastic example. A small amount of this wine has seen a little barrel-ageing, which gives a little extra depth of flavour. Full-bodied with white peach and floral characters, it is complemented by nutty notes. Give it a little chill, sit down, and then enjoy it tonight. It'll go nicely with some light fish or chicken dishes.
Come down and visit us, it's currently open for sampling on the counter.
Daily Wine Review - Easter Sunday - Conde de ValdemarDate published: 31/03/13
What better to enjoy on Easter Sunday than one of our aged Rioja's from Conde de Valdemar. We have a wide variety of vintages available, from 1985 up to 1995, and both 1996 and 1998 in magnum format.
There's no better match for lamb than Rioja, so snap it up now whilst it's available.
Prices vary from £9.99 up to £19.99 when you buy any 2 Spanish wines as part of your mixed case of 6 bottles.
Call us now to find out what's in stock!
Daily Wine Review - Parcel Series Semillon/SauvignonDate published: 30/03/13
This is a fantastic budget wine if you fancy something slightly different from your standard Sauvignon Blanc. With hints of tropical fruits, the Semillon helps to give an extra dimension to the wine. Light and easy drinking, this is fantastic value at just £5.99.
You can drink this on it's own, or it will compliment white meat and fish dishes.
Why not give it a try on the tasting counter? It's open in store now.
Sparkling Saturday: Nicolas Feuillate NVDate published: 30/03/13
In-store today we've got the Nicolas Feuillate NV Champagne open to taste! This is a fantastic buy, currently at just £16 per bottle. Light, dry and fruity, it's a great bottle for the money.
If you've got a party coming up, why not come down and give it a taste?
Daily Wine Review - Vinalba Malbec ReservadoDate published: 28/03/13
This is a fantastic red wine, great for every occasion. It's easy to see why it's an award winner, with it's intense fruity palate, smooth tannins and full, rich body. Dark fruits are plentiful, and are complimented by flavours of vanilla and chocolate.
If you've recently tried the Alamos or Portillo, then why next time you mix your case, why not pop a couple of these in? At just £1 more than the Portillo, it's a great step up. Come down and see for yourself - it's open on the tasting counter today.
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.
Daily Wine Review - Villa Maria Wairau Reserva Sauvignon BlancDate published: 25/03/13
This wine is produced from a selection of grapes from just four vineyard plots in the heart of the famed Wairau Valley. This is left to rest on it's yeasts after fermenting to add body and complexity to the wine.
It has the typical gooseberry palate, interspersed by herbaceous notes similar to yesterday's Select Blocks.
The gooseberry continues onto the intense palate, but is complimented by citrus fruits.
Drink on it's own if you're after the perfect refreshing wine. Alternatively partner with fish and seafood dishes.
Wine of the Week: Select Blocks Sauvignon BlancDate published: 25/03/13
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's single-estate source is evident in its purity of fruit, with defined gooseberry and grapefruit flavours delivered with vigour and ripeness, and a refined, dry finish.
Enjoy on its own or with fresh haddock or monkfish.
This wine is currently open to taste in store. Why not come down and give it a go?
Just £8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles. £11.99 for just one bottle
Minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix of spirits, wine or Champagne.
Private Wine Tastings!Date published: 25/03/13
Tonight Mike will be running a tasting for a local wine group showcasing a variety of wines and giving a little presentation about each one. If you have a group or association and would like us to come along to one of your meetings to give a themed talk on a selection of wines, please get in touch. You don't have to be a wine group!
Call us on 01903 238225 for more information on our external tastings.
Daily Wine Review - Select Blocks Sauvignon BlancDate published: 24/03/13
This Sauvignon Blanc is brand new to our range, from a select group of winegrowers in the Ara region of Marlborough. It displays bags of gooseberry and elderflower on the nose which is complimented by green apple, grapefruit and a bit of a herbaceous character on the palate.
This is spring in a glass!
Come down and give it a go, it's a great step up from The Ned, Brancott and Giesen, so why not come and sample it on the tasting counter today?
Just £8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles!
Having a party?Date published: 23/03/13
If you're having a party, wedding or any large gathering where drinks are required, then you must check out our fantastic range!
Our wines start from under £5, with bubbly starting from £5.99. There's always a fantastic selection of wine open to taste in store as well, which is displayed on our online tasting counter to the left. We also provide:
Sale or return
Chiller bins & ice
So what are you waiting for? Come and visit us at the store and we'll help pick out some fantastic wines that are sure to make your party a success.
Daily Wine Review - Peter Lehman ShirazDate published: 23/03/13
This is a fabulous classic Aussie Shiraz for an absolute bargain £7.99 when you buy two or more.
We at Majestic love this wine! Produced by the most famous winemaker of Barossa Valley, Peter Lehmann, who has been making great quality wines since '70. This Shiraz has been blended with a small amount of Viognier grapes to lift its body and produce more everyday drinking wine. It still got plenty of flesh and spice on the palate, with concentrated blackcurrant amd bramble fruit as well as hints of mocha and dark chocolate.
It is perfect paired with hearthy meaty dishes and peppery steaks. For maximum pleasure best consumed within next couple of years. Why not to try it today? It's open on a tasting counter. So cheers to that!
Daily Wine Review - Chateau de Sours Bordeaux RoséDate published: 22/03/13
I'm trying in vain to get in the spirit of summer**, so what better to brighten up this rainy March afternoon with it's warm, sunny vibes, than Chateau de Sours' fantastic rosé?!
The Chateau de Sours estate is situated near to Pomerol. Although Pomerol is famed for it's reds, Chateau de Sours are really leading the way in Bordeaux rosés.
This example is a bright yet relatively deep pink, giving plenty of fruity flavours. On the nose it displays plenty of strawberry flavours, which follow through to the palate and are complimented by plum. This rosé is dry, and certainly rich enough to stand up to some cold meat dishes. If you're having a garden party this spring, then look no further than this rosé.
Why not come down and give it a go on our in-store tasting counter? This wine is part of our 'Easter Offers' tasting week, which runs from today until next Thursday.
Chateau de Sours Bordeaux rosé - £9.99 or just £6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.
**I am writing this whilst it's raining cats and dogs outside. 'Trying' is the key word!
Do you own a bar, pub or restaurant?Date published: 21/03/13
Did you know that Majestic also have a dedicated commercial department? If you run a bar, gastropub or restaurant yourself then why not get in touch and see if we can help supply your wines! We offer:
Commercial exclusive wines
Credit account facility
Dedicated account manager
Plus lots more.
As well as Worthing, we cover Littlehampton, Pulborough, Storrington, Steyning and Lancing plus all the smaller surrounding towns and villages. Not in this area? Don't worry as our neighbouring stores in Brighton, Chichester and Horsham will be happy to help!
Give us a call on 01903 238225 for more information and to discuss your needs with the team!
Daily Wine Review - Churchill Estate DouroDate published: 21/03/13
I thought today I'd choose something slightly different and perhaps quirky to review, and so I settled on Churchill Estates blend from the Douro valley.
Made from three indigenous grapes, this is an intensely aromatic wine, bursting with cherry, strawberry and vanilla. On the palate it has a long finish, leaving you wanting more.
The tannins are sure to be balanced by some big and bold meals. Why not give it a go with a stew, or some authentic Portuguese cuisine?
This wine is open to taste in store. Why not come down and give it a go?
See www.majestic.co.uk/worthing for all the news!
Daily Wine Review - Hunawihr Pinot BlancDate published: 20/03/13
Daily Wine Review - Hunawihr Pinot Blanc £7.99(When you buy at least two as part of a mixed case)
In my opinion the wines of Alsace are the most underrated wines in the world, alongside German Riesling. The charms of Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris are often lost on people, and what little discussion does take place on the wines of Alsace often ignores one of its hidden gems, Pinot Blanc. Whilst it is not as floral and aromatic as most Alsaitian grapes, it is full of bright green and citrus fruits. It is an incredibly refreshing aperitif.
This Hunawihr illustrates my point brilliantly. It is a light, refreshing style of wine. The nose has aromas of stone fruit and lemon zest. On the palate flavours of white peach and apricot are joined by lemon. If chilled, this is an aperitif most wines wish they were! So why not try a couple of bottles? I assure you, you will not be disappointed.
This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter.
Daily Wine Review - Finca Las Moras ViognierDate published: 19/03/13
Daily Wine Review - Finca Las Moras Viognier £5.99(When you buy at least two as part of a mixed case)
Viognier is a fashionable grape at the moment. The wine drinking public are being seduced by its full body and its wonderfully aromatic nose of stone fruit. This wine encompasses all of these elements. A bright lemon colour in the glass, the nose has strong peach and apricot aromas. The palate is dry, with quite low acidity,which gives for an easy drinking sensation. There is a good finish, with stone fruit dominating.
This is a great wine to enjoy on its own. It is pure summer in a glass! So even if the weather stays cold and the rain does not stop. Open up a bottle of this and you cannot help but develop a sunny disposition.
This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter.
Wine of the Week: Pizarras de OteroDate published: 19/03/13
Pizarras De Otero, Bierzo
£6.99(When you buy at least two as part of a mixed case)
Hailing from the Bierzo region in North West Spain,this is a fascinating wine. The cooler weather in this region of Spain means that a much more fragrant style of red wine can be produced. Think a Spanish Cabernet Franc?
The grape used in this region,Mencia, is also unusual. The grape is only from this small area and produces aromas full of red fruit and sweet spice. These flavours are apparent in this wine.along with a little blackcurrant, and at £6.99 it is excellent value.
The lighter more fragrant style, means this is a great wine for Spring. It would be perfect with hearty Mediterranean salads, or with grilled lamb steaks.
This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Louis Roederer Date published: 18/03/13
Daily Wine Review - Louis Roederer Brut £35(when you buy at least two as part of a mixed case)
Everyone has a favourite Champage, whether you are a Bolly Girl or a disciple of the widow Cliquot people like to pin their Champage colours to a mast. For me, Louis Roederer is the bottle I seek out when celebrating lifes special occasions. Louis Roederer is a wonderful rich style of Champage. The nose is hedonistic, with brioche and toffe apple being dominant flavours. The mousse(the bubbles) is delicate and the palate has wonderful citrus elements.
This is a wine made for celebrating special events but is also one that will stand up to the challenges posed by food. This Champagne would work just as well with Lobster thermidor as it would with fish and chips. This last match is one I shall be engaging in this coming Friday, as I can think of no better treat than a bottle of Louis Roederer!
Daily Wine Review - Les Galets Cotes Du RhoneDate published: 17/03/13
Daily Wine Review - Les Galets Cotes Du Rhone £5.99(When you buy at least two bottles as part of a mixed case)
If you like blockbuster wines then this is a wine for you! It certainly packs a punch,(it is 14.5%abv) but as the expression goes, this iron fist is certainly concealed in a velvet glove. Lots of warm, silky tannins mingle with the weight of the alcohol making this a very easy drinking style of Cotes du Rhone. There are lots of brambly fruits on the palate and just a hint of sweet spice.
If you are wondering what to serve at your BBQs this summer then I would advise you to look no further than this red. It will match excellently with an array of grilled meats, but will also go down brilliantly on its own. If you cannot wait that long, then try with your next joint of roast beef. Having done this myself, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed!
This wine is open andavailiable to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Bellingham Mocha Java MerlotDate published: 16/03/13
Daily Wine Review - Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot £6.79(When you buy at least two bottles as part of a mixed case)
This wine is the perfect comfort wine. If you have had a long day and are looking to unwind, then this Merlot is just what you are after. It is wonderfully full bodied and smooth. Lots of rich fruit flavours of stewed plum and strawberry are on the palate, backed up with subtle sweet spice. There are minimal tannnins so this is a great red wine to drink on its own, and is a crowd favourite as a result of this.
If you are looking to pair this wine with food then it is a good match for most red meats. I will be enjoying this wine tonight with some homemade beef burgers. Comfort food to go with comfort wine! After the days Rugby result, I think this is deserved!
This wine is open and availiable to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Vina Eguia Gran Reserva 2003Date published: 14/03/13
This is a fantastic, mature and easily affordable Gran Reserva. With plenty of dark and raisin fruit flavours, it is balanced with that typical Rioja style of vanilla and light spice. If you've tried the Reserva before, why not trade up a pound or so and give this a go?
This is the perfect accompaniment to all manner of traditional lamb dishes. Currently £12.99 or just £8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.
The Eguia Gran Reserva is currently open to taste on our tasting counter. Come and explore!
Conde de Valdemar: Mature Rioja Parcel AvailibilityDate published: 14/03/13
Following the release of a fully mature parcel of Rioja from Conde de Valdemar, from vintages 1980 - 1998, there is a small amount of surplus stock available.
We currently have magnums of 1996 and 1998 available. This is the Vendimia Seleccionada, which is a 50/50 blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, giving it a full and rich style which has enabled it to keep structure and fruit even now, 15 years on.
We also have a selection of Gran Reserva wines in standard 75cl bottle size, from vintages 1985, 1986, 1987, 1992 and 1995.
All of these are strictly limited so if you fancy some, give us a quick call at the store on 01903 238225.
Daily Wine Review - Ponte Del Diavolo Pinot BiancoDate published: 13/03/13
Daily Wine Review - Ponte Del Diavolo Pinot Bianco £7.49(When you buy two as part of a mixed case)
This is an Italian wine with an Alsaitian twist. Pinot Bianco(or as it is know in Alsace, Pinot Blanc) is a fantastic grape and one I wish more people would experiment with. This example highlights all of the wonderful attributes associated with the grape. A wonderful pale straw colour in the glass the nose has persistent stone fruit and floral aromas. On the palate this wine is elegance personified, with a medium body and good acidity. Flavours of green apple, elderflower and grape(yes, this is one of the few grapes that actually tastes of itself!) mingle.
I could spend a long time rhapsodising about this interesting and underated grape and the wines it produces. However with the evenings getting longer and the mercurey rising I will be chilling down plenty of this wine to enjoy. If you are thinking food matches, then seared scallops and pancetta would work brilliantly!
This wine is open and availiable to taste on our tasting counter.
Daily Wine Review - Paul Mas ChardonnayDate published: 12/03/13
Daily Wine Review - Paul Mas Chardonnay £5.99(When you at least two as part of a mixed case)
When we think of Chardonnay places such as Burgundy, Australia and California come to mind. However as far as I am concerned Chardonnay is finding an excellent home for itself in the South of France. This is highlighted wonderfully by this Paul Mas Chardonnay. Lots of citrus and ripe tropical fruit great you on the nose. However on the palate the body is only medium and there is a good hit of acidity that brings a wonderful freshness to the wine.
This wine manages to combine some of the elegance of Burgundy with the brash full flavours of new world Chardonnay's. It really is a wine for all occasions, be it on its own on a summers evening or with a plate of shellfish! If you are after a great value Chardonnay then I would recommend you look no further than the south of France.
This wine is open and availiable to taste on our tasting counter.
Wine of the Week: Poulliy Vinzelles Paradis Louis LatourDate published: 12/03/13
Wine of the Week: Pouilly Vinzelles Paradis Louis Latour - £12.99
This wine is a great Macon wine from Louis Latour. It shows great citrus and stone fruit aromas which are combined with an interesting honey note. Whilst Pouilly Vinzelles may not be the most exalted of regions in Burgundy, it does mean that their wines offer exceptional value for money. This quality is very apparent in this wine.
Great on its own, but this wine will partner poultry dishes exceptionally well. Why not try with roast chicken,seasoned with lemon and thyme?
If you needed further encouragement to try this wine, then 10% of the value of this bottle will donated to Comic Relief by Majestic, with every bottle you buy. As if you needed another excuse!
This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Vinalba Malbec TourigaDate published: 11/03/13
Daily Wine Review - Vinalba Malbec Touriga £8.99(When you buy two bottles or more)
I was going to review a white wine, but given the sudden dramatic, deluge of snow I decided that you would all be better served by me throwing a full bodied red at you! With this in mind I have chosen something quite different from the Argentinian producer, Vinalba. We are used to big blockbuster Malbecs from Argentina, however this particular Malbec comes with a Portugese twist. They have blended Touriga Nacional into the wine, which is the principal Port grape. This adds an interesting complexity to the wine in my opinion. The wine contains the trademark smoothness and dark fruit of Malbec, however Touriga Nacional adds a slight floral dimension to the wine. It also adds some of that wonderful sweet fruit you associate with Port.
All in all this is a wine that is perfect for your cheese course or for enjoying on its own. I throughly enjoyed this interesting blend from Vinalba and I hope it is the first of many. I look forward to seeing what they produce next!
This wine is open and aviliable to taste on our tasting counter.
Daily Wine Review - Errazuriz Merlot Max Reserva 2010Date published: 10/03/13
Daily Wine Review - Errazuriz Merlot Max Reserva 2010 (£12.99, or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case.)
This is a powerful Merlot from Chile. Thanks to the mediterranean climate, the grapes are grown to a perfect ripeness, produced a very fruity wine. The most appropriate adjective for this wine is intense. In the glass, the colour is immensely ruby, with wonderful black and red fruit aromas such as black cherry and strawberry with an added complexity of oakiness and sweet spice. Similar flavours can be identified on the palate, and there is a fantastically well- balanced appearance of this wine
The wine is weighty in the mouth, and at 14% alcohol, this wine does pack a punch. there flavours linger nicely, and there is a good finish on this wine. The tannins are firm, but not overpowering, so this would be an ideal wine to have with food, especially roast beef or a rib-eye steak.
It is open to try on our tasting counter, so why not give this powerful New World wine a sample next time you pop in.
Spotlight on....South AfricaDate published: 09/03/13
Despite its label for being a 'New World' wine producing country, South Africa infact has been growing grapes and producing wine for some 350 years. Historically, the grapes produced were used in the production of brandy as well as in fortified wine.
There are 2 key grape growing regions in South Africa. These are the Coastal Region, which incorportates areas such as Franschoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl; and the other predominant wine growing region is the Breede River Valley Region, where wineries such as Robertson are located.
South Africa boasts a mediterranean climate, and thanks to the Benguela ocean current, a prevailing cool onshore wind cools the area far inland.
Originally, South Africa was dominated by white grape varieties, but more recently, many red grape varieties have been planted. The main white whites produced in South Africa are Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay; the latter 2 are produced both in the Coastal Region and the Breede River Valley Region.Chenin Blanc is exclusively grown and produced in the Coastal Region, which is a tell tale of its crisp zippy acidity.
As for red wine varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz & Pinor Noir are produced in the Coastal Region. A South African stalwart- Pinotage is also produced in the Coastal Region. This is in itself a blend of Pinot Noir and Cinsault grapes, producing a wine that has a range of styles.
South Africa produces some great wines at very affordable prices, so next time you pop in, be sure to mix it up a bit and give some South African wines a try!!
Daily wine Review - Château Guiot Costières de Nimes 2011Date published: 09/03/13
Daily wine Review - Château Guiot Costières de Nimes 2011 ( £7.99, or £6.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case)
This wine hails from the South of France, but more specifically, it is a coastal 'satellite' appelation on the boundary of the Rhône Valley. It therefore has more incommon with Rhône wines than the neighbouring Laguedoc area.
This red wine has a superb dense purple colour in the glass, and given that it is made from a blend of Grenache and Syrah grape varieties, there is a fabulous aroma of black 'forest' type fruits, and herby scents. On the palate, there is a lovely rich complex and structured spicy backbone from the syrah, and the grenache give the wine some lovely berry flavours. It is velvety in the mouth and produces a smooth lingering finish.
Being a refined Southern French red wine, it is has a great structured and is well balanced. This wine would be fantastic with a whole matter of red meat dishes such as a hearty beef stew or a comforting shepherds pie.
For the price, this is an amazing value wine, and from the wines Ive tried instore so far, it is well up in my top ten sub £10 wines!! Give it a go next time you pop in!!
Spotlight on....Chile!Date published: 08/03/13
The modern wine trade began in Chile in the mid- 19th Century as a a result of two key factors: The exploitation of the countries' mineral rersources and it key geographical position as a supply centre for boats furnishing the Gold rush in California.
Many things from France were very desirable, and as a result, the new found wealth in Chile was invested into the construction of Bordeaux- style châteaux and vineyards, producing 4 key grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for red wines, and Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc for white.
The climate in Chile is near perfect for growing grapes. There is a long growing season and the prevailing wind blows onshore from the Pacific. Despite the lack of rainfall, there is an almost continual supply of meltwater from the Andes mountain range, which is channelld down through a complex irrigation system.
With regard to wine production, the Chilean domestic mnarket is small, so there is a focus on more internationally demanded varities, so Bordeaux blend wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot are produced. For white wines, Chardonnay is a key grape which thrives in Chile, providing wine with a great acidity and citrus flavours prevailing in the finished product.
The classification of the vineyard regions is based on a 4 tier system, which is region, sub-region, zones and areas. The producer may state that their wine comes from any of these four areas.
Chile has 3 key wine producing regions. The Aconcagua region produce the best white wines- Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and the best Chilean Pinot Noirs are considered to be produced in this region, in the Casablanca Valley.
The second region is also considered to be the most important region for wine production in Chile. This is the Central Valley Region, where the climate and prefvailing winds provide an enviroment with temperatures akin to Napa in California and Bordeaux. Over 90% of the wine produced in this region is exported. Within the Central Valley Region lies the Maipo Valley, which produces fine red wines, and many old Cabernet Sauvignon vines are found here. The Rapel Valley also produces Bordeaux style wines and blends.
Finally, there is always a search for up and coming areas to grow grapes and produce wine in Chile. The Southern Valley Region has been identified and more hillside vineyards and vineyards closer to the sea are now evoloving. As these are cooler regions, there is much less of a need for irrigation, and these areas are ideal for oproducing aromatic white whites such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer.
Daily Wine Review - Reales Viñedos Vendimia Seleccionada 2006Date published: 08/03/13
Daily Wine Review - Reales Viñedos Vendimia Seleccionada 2006 (£6.49, or £5.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a minimum 6 bottle case)
This wine is produced from the classic Tempranillo grape from the Castilla region in Spain. the wine is a young style, simliar to that of the 'Rioja Joven' and therefore is best drunk early.
The wine is ruby colour, but has the mereist hint of an orange hue, with a combined fusion of red fruit such as strawberry and cranberry as well as a hint of blueberry. Sweet spices such as vanilla provide a well rounded and balanced aroma to this wine.
These aromas translate onto the palate nicely, with a dominance of the red fruit and sweet spices. The wine has a good body to it, and has a good finish leaving you wanting more!
This wine would be a great accompaniment to meat tapas such as albondigas or serrano ham and manchego. As a fresh and fruity style, this wine is cracking value too.
It is open and available to sample on our tasting counter, so next time you pop in, make sure to give it a try!!
Daily Wine Review - LFE Seleccion Especial MalbecDate published: 07/03/13
Daily Wine Review - LFE Seleccion Especial Malbec £5.99(When you buy at least two as part of a mixed case)
I have a confession to make. I am not a big fan of Malbec. I understand why people love it as a grape, there are great dark fruit flavours and smooth tannins, but it is a grape that has left me cold over the years. This LFE wine however, might just have changed my mind!
Hailing from Chile this is a more restrained and structured Malbec. It is still a dense purple in the glass and there are wonderful aromas of Damson and vanilla on the nose. There is a mouth filling body and wonderful dark fruit and mocha flavours on the palate. This however is coupled with tannin and good acidity, giving the full body some poise. If you are a Malbec fan then this is a great wine to try, if you have not enjoyed Malbec in this past, then maybe like me, this wine will change your mind!
This wine is open and availiable to taste on our tasting counter.
Wine of the Week: Quinta de Azevedo Vinho VerdeDate published: 05/03/13
Literally 'green wine' from the Minho region of Northern Portugal. Historically fermented in open stone lagares before being run off into cask and undergoing malolactic fermentation. Fermentation now occurs in vat, retaining the classic spritz or CO2 bubble in the wine.
Complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. A lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced, hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish.
At its best now, as a partner to seafood, green salads and pasta.
Just £6.49 when you buy any 2 or more Portuguese wines. Single bottle price £7.99
Currently open to taste on our in-store tasting counter.
Daily Wine Review - Alamos ChardonnayDate published: 05/03/13
If you want great expressive wines at fantastic prices, look no further than the Alamos range.
The Alamos Chardonnay displays plenty of fruit characters, plus a slight buttery and toasty richness that comes from a short time in oak. This wine is an award winner, winning bronze at Decanter's World Wine Awards and silver at the International Wine Challenge, and so for just £6.99 when you buy 2 or more, it really represents a great buy.
If you're having a fish or chicken dish, or simply fancy a great aperitif, then why not come down and see what all the hype is about for yourself? It's open to taste on the counter now as part of our Wines of Chile & Argentina tasting week.
Daily Wine Review - Chateauneuf du Pape 'SerebalDate published: 04/03/13
There is a bit of a trend currently for the classic French wines such as the infamous wines from Chateauneuf du Pape to be produced and drunk early, without the need to lay them down. The 'Serebal' is a great example of this. Although this is realtively inexpensive wine from this region, dont let it fool you. It is a great wine for its money. The classic Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourverdre grapes is an instant winner with me. It is soft but has a wonderful ruby red colour, and aromas of black fruits such as cassis hit the nose combined with a hint of spice from the syrah.
On the palate, the black fruit flavours and slight spiciness prevail with a meduim body and which finishes with a satisfying and moreish complexity in the mouth.There are obvious but gentle tannins in this wine, which would be why this wine is ideal for a food match of red meats.
This wine is designed to be drunk young, but can be left to develop for a few years.
It is great value at £17.99 or £12.99 a bottle when you buy 6 bottles as part of a mixed case; and it is open to try on our tasting counter now!!
Daily Wine Review - Raats Chenin BlancDate published: 03/03/13
Daily Wine Review - Raats Chenin Blanc £7.99(When you buy at least two bottles as part of a mixed case)
When looking for a light, refreshing white wine on a sunny afternoon sometimes I like to drink something a bit different and that usually means I reach for a bottle of Chenin Blanc. This Raats Chenin Blanc is unoaked and sits somewhere between a Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. It has a wonderful lemon colour and the nose displays excellent green fruit and slight floral elements. The palate could not contain much more green apple if it tried and there is almost a slight spritz to it.
It would match grilled Dover Sole brilliantly but I love the idea of enjoying this wine on a sunny afternoon in the garden. Hopefully I would be in a deck chair and reading an improving book!
This wine is open and availiable to taste on our tasting counter.
Daily Wine Review - Angelique du MonbousquetDate published: 02/03/13
The English have a love affair with Clarets, and with a bottle like this it's easy to see why. In the glass it's a wonderful ruby colour, which is complemented by hints of cedar and plum on the nose. The palate is full bodied and the tannins are well rounded.
As the second wine from this Chateau, it's a fantastic match for red meats, and even better when you find out that it's on a multibuy currently at just £17.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles. Snap it up now and lay it down, although it's so good, it probably won't hang about.
This wine is open to taste on the tasting counter now
Daily Wine Review - Bourgogne Chardonnay Bouchard Date published: 28/02/13
Daily Wine review - Bourgogne Chardonnay Bouchard £7.99(when you buy at least two as part of a mixed case)
This wine is from just west of Auxerre so we are very close to Chablis country and how it shows in the wine. A wonderful lemon colour in the glass it has wonderful citrus aromas on the nose. This is an unoaked chardonnay so there is a real focus on producing an elegant style of wine. The palate is medium bodied and there are flavours of lemon zest and elderflower. This is all complimented by rapier like acidity.
This really is Chablis in all but name. With the days getting longer and warmer this is a wine that I will definitely be keeping close at hand over the coming months. I am already beginning to plan some fish dishes around it. Moules Mariniere and Salmon fillet with cracked black pepper and lemon are first on the list!
This wine is open and availiable to taste on our tasting counter
Spotlight on....Rioja!Date published: 28/02/13
Rioja is Spain's most prominent wine region. It is known for its smooth and spicy red wines which make up 75% of the wine made in this Rioja. The remaining 25% is split between Rose production (15%) and White production (10%). Whilst Rioja should never be thought of as a region that only produces Red wines they are the main focus of both producers in Spain and the author of this article! Under the DOCa of Rioja there are four grape varieties that producers may use to make red Rioja. These are Tempranillo, Garnacha (More commonly known as Grenache), Mazuelo(More commonly known as Carignan) and Graciano. Each grape adds a different element to the wine. Tempranillo is the most widely used grape and provides the majority of grapes used in a Rioja blend. Tempranillo gives Rioja its trademark strawberry and plum flavours. Garnacha helps give Rioja body and alcohol. Whilst Graciano is used to add aroma and structure.
The grapes used in Rioja vary depending on where abouts they are from in Rioja, as broadly speaking there are three main production areas in Rioja which each produce a slightly different style of wine. All three are centred on the River Ebro and are known as Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. The wines of Rioja Alavesa are from north of the Ebro and are from vines planted up to 800m above sea level. The wines of the Rioja Alavesa are the most fragrant and elegant of Riojas. The wines of Rioja Alta are similar to that of Alavesa, however they tend to be a bit more full bodied. Finally the wines of the Rioja Baja are from the hottest vineyards in Rioja. This enables both Garnacha and Graciano to ripen fully which means they play a much larger role in Rioja blends. This means the wines of Rioja Baja are a lot more full bodied and robust than those of Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta.
There is one major thing I have not discussed yet which is crucial to understanding Rioja. Whilst the location of the vineyard is important, the flavour of Rioja changes dramatically depending on whether it is a Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva. These terms are a reflection of a style of wine and all refer to how long the wine has been aged in oak barrels. This point is crucial firstly as oak adds the trademark flavours of vanilla and clove to Rioja. The longer they spend in oak the more these flavours appear. However it is also important as usually only the better years tend to become Reservas and Gran Reservas. Crianza and Reserva both have to spend a minimum of 12 months aged in oak and Gran Reservas have to spend a minimum of 24 months in oak. They must then undergo further aging in the bottle before release. This attention to detail and quality is what produces the classic flavours of Rioja but is also what makes these wines exceptional value for money.
The wines of Rioja are truly great wines. I hope this article has been able to convey some of the wonderful aspects that contribute towards making wines of such quality. I have only scratched the surface in this article but I hope it has given you something to think over. If it has sparked your curiosity then why not come down to the store and explore our Spanish section? Especially as tomorrow we shall be opening the Muga Reserva Seleccion Especial(£20 when you buy two as part of a mixed case) a truly great example of a Rioja!
Daily Wine Review - Beaujolais Villages DubouefDate published: 27/02/13
Beaujolais Villages Dubouef - £5.99 (when you buy at least two as part of a mixed case)
Beaujolais often seems to have a negative reputation among people. This is a real shame as I believe the wines of Beaujolais offer great value as well as brilliant light, refreshing styles of red wine. Perfect for the in theory, impending spring weather! A pale purple in the glass this wine gives a wonderfully delicate aroma of red cherry and subtle spice. On the palate there is more refreshing red fruit as well as soft tannins. This means this is a wonderful wine to drink on its own. However it would also work excellently with Ham or cured meats. If you want to try something a bit different you could even give this wine half an hour in the fridge before drinking. This will give you an excellent glass of wine to enjoy on a warm spring evening!
This wine is open and availiable to taste on our tasting counter.
Wine of the Week: Domaine DurieuDate published: 27/02/13
Domaine Durieu Plan de Dieu 2011
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.
Drink now or within the next 3-5 years, with rustic French or English cuisine.
£8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles (Single bottle price £10.99)
Daily Wine Review - Duiker Shiraz Cinsault Date published: 25/02/13
This wine is produced in the Swartland district, a wine growing region located North of Cape Town. The wine produced at this vineyard comes purely from grapes grown on old vines, which in turn give the end produced a more intense fruit flaour compared to younger vines.
This wine has a fabulous purple colour and the aromas of black fruit prevail. There are 4 key grape varieties which make up this wine, which are Shiraz, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Viognier. On the palate, the driving force behind this wine is the shiraz, providing a peppery backbone, whilst the other grapes in the blend of this wine provide a lovely combination of floral and aromatic notes which softens the wines flavour down nicely. It has deep smooth tannins, and with a rounded finish, it would be an ideal match for food.
This wine would be great with roast lamb, or barbequed pork ribs. It is open and available to try on our tasting counter, and at £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles (as part of a mixed case) its a great wine at a great price.
Daily Wine Review - Esprit Soleil Sauvignon BlancDate published: 23/02/13
Daily Wine Review - Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc £4.99
This is a bargain at £4.99! Fresh and full of gooseberries this is a perfect aperitif and partner for any white fish dishes. At £4.99 this will be a great wine for any parties you might be hosting in the near future. This wine really is proof you do not need to spend a lot of money to get a great quality wine!
This wine is open and availiable to taste.
Wine of the Week: Tuella Tinto Douro 2009Date published: 22/02/13
Tuella is produced in the Duoro valley in Portugal. It is made from a blend of native grape varieties from this region.
Medium and dense purple in colour, with a fairly intense nose of black fruit including warm prunes, dates & figs. It also boasts herbs & spices, as well as a certain earthiness. Full and voluptuous, the mouth-feel is soft and plush, with over-riding black cherry notes and smooth tannins that linger on the finish.
Enjoy this wine with grilled red meats.
Currently just £6.49 when you buy any 2 or more Portuguese wines. Single bottle price £7.99
Daily Wine Review - Valpolicella La Casetta 2010Date published: 22/02/13
Most of you may have heard of Valpolicella. It is Italy's second most important red wine by volume, after the equally well known Chianti.
Valpolicella is made in a similar style to the well known powerful red Amarone. This example in particular, as a 'Ripasso', takes some of the grapes from Amarone production, adding them to a Valpolicella to make a powerful and rich bottle, with great fruit flavours.
This is a bright purple in colour, and just as powerful in colour as it is on the nose and palate. Displaying some fantastic cherry flavours, this is a great bottle if you're a fan of rich and powerful Italian wines. Why not give it a try? It's open on the tasting counter, and is a great buy; consider it a 'baby Amarone' at a multibuy price of just £12.99.
Daily Wine Review - Finca Alcayata Pinot Grigio 2012Date published: 21/02/13
This is a typical style of pinot grigio, with a twist from Argentina. Produced in the Mendoza region, the vineyard is owned by the famous Lurton family from Bordeaux. It is a lovely lemon green colour with a meduim intensity on the nose. Harvesting the grapes at night and cold fermenting the grape juice ensures this wine has plenty of fruit characteristics It smells youthful, which it indeed is, as aromas of fruit such as pear, and citrus fruit hit the nose with a bang.
The aromas transform into wonderful fruit flavours on the palate, and you pick up the same fruits as on the nose. There is a wonderful balanced acidity in the mouth providing a clean, refreshing character to this wine. There is a good finish to this Argentinian Pinot Grigio, and is a fabulous easy drinknig, not too complicated wine.
Perfect with any light poultry such as a chicken based salad, or light seafood dishes such as cerviche. This wine is open now to try on out tasting counter, so come in and give it a try.
Daily Wine Review - Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012Date published: 20/02/13
Cloudy Bay has one of the most recognisable and prestigious names in when it comes to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Located in the Wairau Valley in Marlbourough, at the northern end of the southern island, it has a big reputation to fill, and does so with aplomb.
The pale lemon colour is a delicate and refined. The nose has aromas of exotic tropical fruit such as guava and hints of passionfruit. there is also a lovely hint of elderflower and gooseberry on the nose, quintesstential to this style of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
these aromas follow onto the palate, and the body of the wine is fairly weighty for a Sauvignon Blanc. There is a fantastic crispness to this wine, which has a palate cleansing quality, and the finish is lovely and lingering.
Suitable for chilling in the fridge to enjoy in the garden on warm summers' day, but even better, this wine would be a fantastic match with quality seafood such as pan- seared scallops or moules mariniere.
The Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is open to sample on our tasting counter, so why not come down try it for yourself?
Daily Wine Review - Rayuela Chardonnay Viu ManentDate published: 19/02/13
A lovely lemon colour hits the glass as this bottle is poured. The aromas of citrus fruit and green apple greet the nose, with a slightly more intense flavour of melon which drives the wine on the palate.
There is a very subtle hint of oak too, but this is in no way overpowering. The wine is nicely dry with medium body; zippy and zesty with its acidity, which provides a cleasing effect on the palate with a lovely dry finish.
If you arent familiar, this is an ideal introduction to New World Chardonnay, as it isnt too powerful or complex- in fact, it is at the more delicate end of the spectrum.
It is a great wine to throw in the fridge and chill down on a summers day, to be drunk on its own as an aperatif or a great white wine to drink at a barbeque with friends. It is open now to try on our tasting counter, so why not get in the mood for summer right away ?
Daily Wine Review - Paul Mas MourverdreDate published: 18/02/13
Daily Wine Review - Paul Mas Mourverdre (£6.99 when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case)
It is unusual to see Mourverdre on its own, usually it is part of a blend that makes Chateau Neuf Du Pape for example, but my life feels more complete having tasted this wine! This is a big rustic style of wine. A dense purple colour appears in the glass and this is accompanied by a big whiff of blackcurrant. Having been aged for 6 months in American oak it has muscular tannin which is framed by pungent spice and brambly fruits.
This wine could be enjoyed with a hearty cassoulet or an assortment of grilled meats on your bbq. I am heading to this part of France this year on holiday and I will definitely be keeping my eye out for Mourverdre. Vive le difference!
This wine is open and availiable to taste on our tasting counter.
Daily Wine Review- TorreAldea Gran Reserva 2005Date published: 17/02/13
This is a quintessential example of a great Gran Reserva style wine from Rioja. To be classed as a Gran Reserva, the wine must be aged in oak for at least 3 years, and then bottle aged for a further 2 years minimum before being relaesed to sell.
The TorreAldea delivers a fantastic blend of dark fruits such as black cherry and blackcurrant as well as an oaked, toasty vanilla like aroma, with a medium intensity. These aromas follow onto the palate, with a decent body but not too over the top. The taste lingers in the mouth for a while, but not for a huge amount of time. At 14% alcohol, it does pack a bit of a punch, and could easily stand up to fairly hearty dishes, and is definitely a wine that should be drunk with food.This Rioja would be a perfect accompaniment to a whole array of quality red meat dishes and lamb stews. It is a great wine for the price at £11.99 a bottle, or £8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed 6 bottle case.
It is open on our tasting counter for you to try, so why not pop in and see one of the team today?
Daily Wine Review - Lamatum Crianza Ribera Del DueroDate published: 16/02/13
Daily Wine Review - Lamatum Ciranza Ribera Del Duero - £6.99 (When you buy two or more as part of a mixed case)
I do enjoy a good Rioja, however I love a good Ribera Del Duero. The punch and acidity of wines from Riber Del Duero add an extra dimension to the Tempranillo grape. This wine showcases it brilliantly. A deep ruby colour is apparent with notes of clove and black fruit dominating the nose. Having spent 15 months in oak this wine has good grippy tannins but they do not dominate the palate, where some wonderful blackcurrant and strawberry fruit is complimented by vanilla. This is all topped off with the trade mark zippy acidity you get with a wine from RIbera.
I am planning a Lamb stew at the moment and I cannot think of anything better to go with it. Also, the idea of matching this with a platter of Iberico ham and Chorizo is something that I am very keen to try!
This wine is open and availiable to taste on our tasting counter.
Daily Wine Review - Villa Maria Pinot Grigio Date published: 15/02/13
Pinot Grigio is ronowned for being a classic dry white Italian wine. For something a little different, why not try Villa Maria's Pinot Grigio? It is a slightly off-the-wall white, as New Zeland is more well known for its Sauvignon Blancs and Rielsings.
The wine is a bright lemon colour, and the wine's aroma attacks the nose with its fresh zesty aroma of green apple and a hint of pear fruit, with a medium intensity. These fruit flavours persist on the palate, with a medium acidity, which is pleasantly refreshing.
This Pinot Grigio is off dry in style, and would be equally at home accompanying white fish in a creamy sauce or a chicken ceasar salad on a warm summers' day.
This wine is open and available to sample on our tasting counter right now, so why not come in and give it try?
Daily Wine Review - Waimea Pinot GrisDate published: 14/02/13
Daily Wine Review - Waimea Pinot Gris £9.99 (When you buy at least two as part of a mixed case)
This wine is an excellent example of the wonderful aromatic whites that New Zealand are producing at the moment. You are greeted by a bright lemon colour and the nose is packed full of pear and apricot. On the palate there is a full body and a touch of sweetness which accentuates the stone fruit characters of this wine. It could be a great partner to a curry or you could be more traditional and pair it with some Munster cheese. Alsaitian cheese for an Alsaitian style wine!
This wine is open and availiable to tast on our tasting counter.
Daily Wine Review - Quartz Reef Pinot NoirDate published: 13/02/13
Quartz Reef Pinot Noir - £15.99 (When you buy at least two bottles as part of a mixed case)
This wine is a real personal favourite of mine! Hailing from Central Otago in New Zealand this is a seductive and smooth Pinot Noir. A vivid purple colour in the glass is accompanied by red cherry, perfume and a subtle toastiness on the nose. Wonderfully integrated tannins are coupled with red fruit and spice on the palate. It also has great acidity which gives this wine a crunchiness as well. The acidity also means that this wine is a great food wine, pan fried Duck breast would be a perfect match. There really are a lot of great things to say about this wine, thankfully my wine rack contains a couple of bottles already!
This wine is open and availiable to taste on our tasting counter.
Daily Wine Review - Villa Maria Merlot/Cab Hawkes Bay 2010 Private BinDate published: 12/02/13
This vineyard produces some fabulous whites such as thier Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, but for something slightly different, try this wine, and this is why.
Pinot Noir is normally associated as a staple New Zealand red wine, but this is a fantastic New World Bordeaux blend alternative which offers classic black fruits such as black cherry and brambly notes on the nose with its ruby hue. These aromas follow through onto the palate, with a medium intensity body, as well as smooth tannins. This wine lingers nicely in the mouth which in turn will lead you to wanting more and pouring another glass!! This New World take on a classic Bordeaux style would be a great accompanying roast lamb or pretty much any red meats.
A little bit about ChampagneDate published: 11/02/13
The region of Champagne lies in the North-East of France, less than 100 miles from Paris. The region experinces a climate similar to that of the UK, and as a result, the mean temperature during growing season is 16 degrees celsius.
Champagne is produced from three key grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and the slightly lesser well-known Pinot Meunier. Varying blends of Chardonnay and either Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier can be used to produced champagne. There are exceptions to the rule, however. Champagne made from purely Chardonnay grapes can be termed 'Blanc de Blancs' (literally white from white [grapes]) as well as Champagne produced from entirely black grapes can be termed 'Blanc de Noirs' (i.e white from black [grapes]).
Strict laws set in place govern both the viticultural and vinification practices which allow Champagne to be so-called; only hand-picking of grapes is permitted, as well as specific rules for vine pruning and specific regulations when the grapes are pressed must be adhered to.
Champagnes vary on their style and characteristics. Vintage champagnes should have a fuller body, with more intense fruit flavours, as well as a more pronounced yeasty flavour, which is produced by a longer period of bottle fermentation.
These, along with the sheer prestige, all have an impact on the quality and essentially the price on the finished bottle of Champagne that we drink.
Next time you pop in, why not buy a bottle of the Canard Duchene Charles VII NV. It is a Prestige Brut, blended from 60% Pinot Noir and 40%Chardonnay. The end result is a fine balance of maturuty and freshness. Essentially a top quality champagne which is currently on offer at £30 when two or more bottles are purchased as part of a 6 bottle minimum mixed case.
Daily Wine Review - Paul Mas Marsanne 2011Date published: 11/02/13
Paul Mas Marsanne 2011 - £6.99 (When you buy at least two as part of a mixed case)
If you're a fan of trying new grapes and styles, then why not give this a go? Marsanne is a lesser-produced varietal, however here Paul Mas produces a fantastic example. A small amount of this wine has seen a little barrel-ageing, which gives a little extra depth of flavour. Full and fruity, it is complemented by nutty notes. Give it a little chill, sit down, and then enjoy it tonight. It'll go nicely with some light fish or chicken dishes.
Come down and visit us, it's currently open for sampling on the counter.
Daily Wine Review - Costarossa PrimitivoDate published: 10/02/13
Costarossa Primitivo - £7.99 (When you buy at least two bottles as part of a mixed case)
This is a blockbuster wine from the south of Italy. Primitivo(or Zinfandel as it is called in the USA) is know for producing full bodied, fruity wines and this does not disapoint. The wine is an intense and deep purple colour with notes of prune and spice on the nose. Extended oak aging has given this wine a real roundness of body and this is complimented by flavours of blueberry and dark cherry. The smoothness and fruit of the wine mean this is perfect for drinking on its own with a good DVD. However I shall be storing away a couple of bottles, as this wine will make an excellent partner to a BBQ. Bring on summer!
This wine is open and availiable to taste in store
Daily Wine Review - Muriel Reserva 2007Date published: 09/02/13
Muriel Reserva 2007 - £6.99 (When you buy at least two as part of a mixed case)
This wine displays all the hallmarks of great Rioja. From Muriel this is a wine that is both great quality and excellent value. The wine is a wonderful garnet colour and displays wonderful notes of stawberry and vanilla on the nose. The wine is full bodied and contains flavours of dried fruit and clove on the palate. The full bodied nature of this wine means it is a great match with foods such as roast leg of Lamb or cured meats. However, I think the amount of fruit flavours in this wine and the smoothness of the tannins mean this is a wine that can be enjoyed on its own. Ideally in front of the fire with a rewarding book!
This wine is open and availiable to taste on our tasting counter. Why not pop in?
Welcome to our new American Craft Beer!Date published: 08/02/13
Majestic have always been about selling the best quality products, whether they are wine, spirits, soft drinks or beer! The addition of Anchor Steam Beer(£12.99 for a case of six, £9.99 when you buy four) from San Francisco and Brooklyn Lager (£12.99 for a case of six, £9.99 when you buy four) from New York are a great example of this. Craft beer is something that is close to my heart and it is wonderful to be able to sell these flavourful beers.
Anchor Steam Beer - £12.99 for a case of six, £9.99 when you buy four cases
This beer is the perfect example of everytjhing that is great about craft breweing. It is a steam beer which is an old American style of beer. It was developed during the gold rush and produces an amber colour beer that is full of flavour. It is top fermented(like a bitter) and this is what enables it to develop a more full bodied flavour. Halfway between a bitter and a lager it has slight citrus flavours and a hint of toffee. Great on its own or with battered fish.
Brooklyn Lager - £12.99 for a case of six, £9.99 when you buy four cases
This is a Vienna style lager. Which means it is a deep drown colour. This colour is due to the level of roasting the malt is subjected to before fermentation. As a result of this a robust and full bodied style of lager is produced. Notes of coffee are complimented by a suprising hoppy bitterness given the colour of the beer. This is a beer that would partner a cheese course brilliantly, but chilled down it would make a wonderful aperitif.
Why not pop down and try these excellent beers. Though I would hurry as they are selling fast!
Wine of the Week: Cune Reserva Rioja 2008Date published: 05/02/13
Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in and is still family owned. Their wines are made in the original Haro winery and hail back to the first wines produced here, then sold as 'Cuné Clairette'- a Bordeaux lookalike.
A soft luxurious wine, mid garnet in colour with a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. Nuances of warm leather, caramel and coffee over rich autumn fruit. Excellent balance and a lingering finish.
Try served with grilled lamb, duck and most rich meats.
Get it for just £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles Single bottle price £13.99
Fine Wine Friday: Sarget Gruaud Larose 2002 Saint JulienDate published: 01/02/13
The first Friday of every month at Majestic is Fine Wine Friday, so this month we've selected the fantastic Sarget from Saint Julien. Why not have a little read about it below, and then nip down to us on Chapel Road for a sample?
Sarget de Gruaud Larose was introduced in 1979 as the second wine of the famous St-Julien second growth Gruaud Larose. About 16,000 cases are produced every year.
With a developing nose of pencil shavings, blackberry and plum, this is a fine example of St-Julien. The palate is generous with a silky texture, food-friendly structure, great length and complexity.
Drink now or over the next couple of years as a partner to lamb chops with provençale vegetables.
Just £25. Minimum purchase 6 bottles of wine, spirits or Champagne, any mix.
Fine Wine Friday - Muga Reserva Selccion EspecialDate published: 01/02/13
Fine Wine Friday - Muga Reserva Seleccion Especial £20(When you buy at least two as part of a mixed case)
This is a top wine from a top producer. Everything about this wine screams quality and at £20 when you buy two or more bottles this is an opportunity to get a top wine which is great value.
The wine is a blend of the four permitted Rioja red grape varieties and is from the Rioja Alta, which is know for its balanced and fragrant wines. It is 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo and 3% Graciano. The blend of grapes gives this wine real depth and complexity.
The wine is matured in oak barrels for 28 months which are hand picked from the cooperage by Muga. After this the wine is then matured by Muga in the bottle for a further 12 months. This aging process allows the development of wonderful tertiary aromas of smoke and spice in the wine, as well as softening the tannins.
The wine displays characteristics of red berries and dried fruit. This is complimented with black pepper and vanilla pod. This is a fascinating wine that is packed full of interesting flavours. It is drinking well now but will reward further aging.
Being a classic style of Rioja this will partner excellently with roast Lamb and cured meats. Personally I cannot think of a better way to spend an afternoon than with a bottle of this, some good company and a selection of Tapas!
This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Bargain Hunt Wine of the Week: Catalpa ChardonnayDate published: 30/01/13
If you're after a bargain, then look no further than the Majestic Bargain Hunt. All these wines have at least 33% off until 4th February!
This week, our wine of the week spot has been dedicated to one of these bargain wines, and we have selected the Catalpa Chardonnay.
This wine has been named after the Catalpa tree which grows in the Atamisque estate. The grapes here are hand-harvested and the juice fermented in new French oak barrels. 30% of the wine is allowed to age in the oak for 10 months before reblending with the remainder.
Delicate aromas of white apples and pineapple, with the oak ageing exerting a faint honey and vanilla influence. Smooth on the palate, with a fine balance between fresh citrus fruit and woody toast. Enjoy with oily fish such as trout and mackerel, or alternatively pair with white meats such as turkey or chicken.
Just £8.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles (£12.99 for 1) until 8pm in-store on Monday 4th February.
Bargain Hunt UpdateDate published: 24/01/13
With 10 days remaining of the 2013 Bargain Hunt, I thought I'd take a moment to inform you of our current stock levels of the remaining lines. They're all proving very popular and are selling fast. I've opened a few on the tasting counter, too, so what better excuse is there to pop down and try some different wines today?
Chateau de Targé Saumur - £7.24 when you buy 2+ - 6 remaining - open to taste
Cres Ricards Marsanne - Rousanne - £6.66 when you buy 2+ - 1 remaining
Te Mata Chardonnay - £10.99 when you buy 2+ - 6 remaining
Catalpa Chardonnay - £8.49 when you buy 2+ - 1 remaining - open to taste
Stock availability is subject to change, and with these lines selling fast there is no guarantee that they'll be around for long. Give us a call at the store for more information, or pop down and visit us in Worthing. We have a car park at the back of the store if you've not been before!
Bargain Hunt UpdateDate published: 19/01/13
We're now almost half way through 2013's Bargain Hunt, and we're starting to sell out of some of the products. With this in mind, we thought we'd put together our favourite three wines from the remaining bunch for you:
3rd Place: Mount Pleasant 'Elizabeth' Semillon - Australia -
£12.49, now £9.99 or just £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles
A great wine displaying fine citrus and stone fruit aromas. Rich and full bodied this would be a fantastic accompaniment to fish and poultry. Just 4 bottles remaining - open to sample in store.
2nd Place: Composite Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough, New Zealand -
£9.99, now £7.49 or just £5.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles
A fruit driven and zesty bottle, this is a fantastic wine for it's humble price tag. A real crowd pleaser, this would be fantastic for a party, but also a great partner to salads or, like the Semillon, lighter fish dishes. Also great as an aperitif!
And the winner is....
1st Place: Finca Emperatriz - Rioja, Spain - £16.99, or the bargain-basement £10.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles!
This is a fantastic example of a premium Rioja, without the premium price tag to match. It's a well balanced, refined bottle, with a full flavoured fruit driven palate, complimented by oaky vanilla undertones. I've bought mine, and I'd recommend snapping the last bottles up before they're gone! Just 2 bottles remaining!
As with all of our Bargain Hunt wines, once they're gone, they're gone. The full range is available in store, so give us a call or pop down and visit for more information!
Snow and Deliveries - update 19/01/13Date published: 19/01/13
We will be running our van today and attempting deliveries to addresses situated on main roads. We will be assessing the state of the roads as we go and will contact anyone who we feel it is unsafe for us to get to. If this is the case then we apologise for the inconvenience caused however we will endeavour to get to you as soon as possible over the remainder of the weekend. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to get in contact with us at the store. If you would like to notify us in advance if your address is currently unreachable, please contact us at the store on 01903 238225.
The store is open from 9am until 7pm today and our car park is clear and easily accessible so if you need a stock up, we're here and happy to help! :)
Snow and DeliveriesDate published: 18/01/13
The snow in Worthing is currently rather heavy and as such we have taken the decision not to run deliveries outside of the immediate town centre area. If you need a top up and you're outside of this area, please call us to discuss the options. We will keep you informed of our our plans with regard to deliveries via our Twitter feed, you can find us by following @majesticwrh.
We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused however we hope to get to you as soon as possible this weekend.
Bargain Hunt Wine of the Week: Mount Pleasant 'Elizabeth' SemillonDate published: 17/01/13
If you're after a bargain, then look no further than the Majestic Bargain Hunt. All these wines have at least 33% off until 4th February!
This week, our wine of the week spot has been dedicated to one of these bargain wines, and we have selected the Mount Pleasant 'Elizabeth' Semillon.
One of the founders of winemaking in Hunter Valley, McWilliams are integral to the region and a specialist in the local unoaked Semillon. Winemaker Phil Ryan has made this wine since 1978, and is only the third McWilliams estate winemaker since its founding in 1921.
Sherbety lemon, lime, passionfruit and hints of straw on the nose compliment a distinctive Riesling-style kerosene aroma. Citrus-led on the palate too, with the classic honeysuckle note and waxy texture, adding roundness and body.
Enjoy in its citrussy youth, or cellar for a couple of years to allow mellow, honeyed notes to develop. Drink alongside a rich & creamy white meat dish, or alternatively fish.
£7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles Single bottle price £9.99. Was £12.49
See http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-19986/ for 3 very favourable press reviews!
Bargain Hunt 2013: Staff PicksDate published: 15/01/13
With Majestic's 2013 Bargain Hunt in full swing, we thought we'd select a few wines that we think are true crackers!
1 - Catalpa Pinot Noir 2011 - A light and fruity number from an ex-winemaker of renowned Champagne house Moet & Chandon. Perfect with game or lighter meats & cheeses. Currently £12.99 or just £8.49 when you buy 2 or more as part of the bargain hunt. Snap it up whilst you can!
2 - Mount Pleasant 'Elizabeth' Semillon 2005 - From a founding house of Hunter-Valley winemaking comes this unoaked Semillon. Citrus flavours lead complemented by honeysuckle. Enjoy with smoked salmon. Was £12.49, now £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more! See http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/category-is-Wine/product-is-19986/ for some fabulous press reviews! Limited supply - available in-store only so call 01903 238225 for information.
3 - St Michelle Gaillac Rouge 2009 - This is a medium bodied red in a traditional French style, and it's perfect with simple French cuisine. Lots of red fruits complement a structured palate. Try it today for just £5.24 when you buy 2 or more bottles. That's what you call a bargain!
These three wines are open to taste on our in-store tasting counter. Why not come down and give them a go? They're around strictly whilst stocks last, and once they're gone, they're gone!
Dont Cry For Me ArgentinaDate published: 12/01/13
Probably better known for its passion for football and beef, Argentina also has a third passion- wine. Here is a brief synopsis about the viticulture and oenology of this relatively little- known country in wine terms.
Argentina's vineyards predominantly nestle the Andes, and as a result, the vineyards lie upward of 600 metres above sea level. Some can be as much as 3000m over datum, which allows a cool growing climate, fairly close to the equator.
There are four main regions for wine production in Argentina. The largest of which (by production volume) is Mendoza, followed by San Juan, Salta in the North West as well as Rio Negro and Neuquen to the South of the country. Mendoza accounts for some 75% of wine production in the whole of Argentina. The region of Salta boasts the the highest vineyards in the world, which lie between 1700 metres and 3000 metres, which gives intense colour and aromatics to the wines, but also help retain a natural acidity in the grapes.
Argentina promotes two key grape varieties in its wine production, Malbec, which is used to produce rich, full bodied, dark fruit and bramble- driven red wine and Torrontes, to produce full bodied, Muscat-like frangrant dry white wines.The Torrontes grape is indigenous to the South American country.
These are not however, the only two grapes grown in Argentina. The climate of the valleys in San Juan is hotter and more arid than Mendoza, so grape varieties such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat along with Malbec flourish in this region. With regard to white grape varieties, Viognier excels here, but with careful and applied skill, varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay can be grown in the region at a commercial level. There is also production in Rio Negro and Neuquen in the south of the country. These are a juxtaposition of old verus new, where the latter is, commercially speaking only 10 years old. Lying directly to the east of this, Rio Negro, on the other hand, is a century old, and is renowned for its old vine fruit, producing top quality Pinot Noir and Malbec grapes.
We have the Catalpa (2011) open on our tasting counter for you to try a cracking example of an Argentinian Pinot Noir from the Mendoza region, boasting a jammy nose and red fruit on the palate. Why not come down and have a sample?
Bargain Hunt Wine of the Week: Catalpa Pinot NoirDate published: 10/01/13
If you're after a bargain, then look no further than the Majestic Bargain Hunt. All these wines have at least 33% off until 4th February!
This week, our wine of the week spot has been dedicated to one of these bargain wines, and we have selected the Catalpa Pinot Noir.
This bottle comes from a picturesque estate lined with fruit trees, cacti and the local Atamisque shrub. It is now owned and run by French couple John and Chantal Du Monceau, along with winemaker Philippe Caraguel, formerly of Moët & Chandon.
Aromas of raspberries and currant jam, with a touch of caramel from brief ageing in new French oak. Elegant on the palate, with more red fruit and well-judged tannins.
This Pinot Noir is excellent alongside rabbit, game or cured meats. Alternatively, it's a great evening drink if you fancy a not-too-heavy red!
The Majestic Bargain Hunt - it's back!Date published: 08/01/13
Remember last year when selected products had even better than normal offers on (is that even possible?!)...well it proved so popular with our customers that it's back for a second year! Come down and visit us to see what great wines have up to 33% off this year. A completely different line up, there's something for everyone.
Here's my picks from the bunch:
- Composite Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough. £5.99 when you buy 2!
- Te Mata Chardonnay 2010, Hawkes Bay, NZ. Was £16.99, now £10.99 when you buy 2!
- Domaine Tranquillité, Bernard Magrez, Southern France. Now just £5.24 when you buy 2!
There's 36 products in total so plenty more to choose from! Get in touch with us on 01903 238225 or come and explore the full range in the store whilst stocks are still available. Once they're gone, they're gone!
A little bit about CaliforniaDate published: 06/01/13
California... The Golden State. Not just for a laid back beach lifestyle. From North to South, California stretches some 1100 km, with vineyards pretty much throught its length. Grape varieties grown in Califonia are incredibly diverse, with growers producing alomost every wine grape most people could think of.
The 'Golden State' boasts 6 main grape producing regions: The North Coast; Central Valley; Sierra Foothills; North central Coast; South Central Coast; and Southern California. One of the key areas for Californian Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs is Carneros AVA. These wines are used mainly for sparkiling wines, but many remain as still wine.
Currently on our tasting counter, we have a 2010 Founders estate Beringer Chardonnay, which expresses green apple and pear flavours, integated with subtle vanilla-like oakiness. Why not come down to the store for a sample?
A little bit about RiojaDate published: 06/01/13
Rioja is one of the most well known wine producing regions in Spain. It lies South-West of the Pyrenees Mountains, and is located on the Upper River Ebro. The name Rioja is derived from a tributatry of the Ebro, called the Rio Oja. In this region, there are 7 main grape varieties grown. These are Tempranillo, Garnacha, Manzulo, Graciano,Viura, Malvasia & Garnacha Blanca.
Red wines from rioja are sub-catagorised depending on their ageing in oak casks. A crianza is aged for at least two years, and at least 12 months of this in the oak cask; a reserva is ages for three years, with at least 12 months in oak; and finally a gran reserva which has been aged in oak for two years, with a further three years of maturation in the bottle.
We have a bottle of Vina Eguia Gran Reserva 2003 open to sample. Why not come down and try it!!!
Fine Wine Friday: Promis Gaja 2009Date published: 04/01/13
This modern Tuscan blend is from one of the legends of Italian winemaking. Although making a name for himself in the Piedmont region with his stunning Barberescos and Barolos, this is Decanter Man of the Year 1998's take on a Tuscan IGT, unconstrained by normal DOC laws.
Providing an array of aromas on the nose, the palate is dominated by dark plum fruits and cassis, with structure added by soft, supple tannins and a spicy, lingering finish.
This will really reward drinkers over the next five years, and will harmonise with spicy pork or pasta dishes.
Just £22 when you buy 2 or more bottles £25 for just one bottle.
Minimum purchase 6 bottles of wine, spirits and Champagne, any mix.
Delivery ScheduleDate published: 03/01/13
We would like to inform all customers that our delivery schedule has returned to normal. We will once again endeavour to get all orders out from the store within 48 hours of being placed, where stock and staff levels permit.
Please contact us at the store for more information.
Domaine Tranquillité wine of the week Date published: 03/01/13
An amazing value limited parcel from acclaimed Bordeaux winemaker Bernard Magrez, this combines both the Bordeaux and Languedoc styles. Part of the blend has been aged in French oak barrels, combining this with the bottle aged, has softened the powerful tannins which characterize these grape varieties.
Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Grenache, Merlot and syrah.
This is a powerful black fruit and spice driven red, with layers of leafy, herbaceous complexity.
Snap up this wine while you can and enjoy the unbelievable low price over a rich beef stew.
SPECIAL OFFER! £7.99 or just £6.99 when you buy two or more as part of your mixed case!
New Year SparklersDate published: 30/12/12
If you're struggling for inspiration for which wines to buy for your New Year's Eve party, then we've got it covered. Have a little look at some of our suggestions, put together from some firm staff favourites!
For the white, why not try the Poacher's Blend from St Hallett? A blend of Sauvignon, Riesling and Semillon, it is full yet easy drinking, with plenty of fruit flavours! Just £4.99 when you buy 2 or more, it's open to taste in store!
For the red, we've got two great bottles: Firstly, the Oxford Landing Cabernet/Shiraz makes for the perfect easy-drinking red, again with plenty of fruit flavours. If you're looking to spend a little more, why not go for the Hochar, Chateau Musar's second wine. It's a little more robust, but is perfect if you want to offer something a little more unique!
And so the all important bubbles for midnight? Why not go for the Lindauer Blanc de Blancs NV. This is a fruity bottle, bursting with citrus notes. It's made in the traditional method, so you're getting a great bottle for your money!
If you need beer, we've got a great selection of those as well. We've even got some of the more unique ones open. Pop down and sample the Quilmes from Argentina, Germany's Krombacher Pils, the Oxfordshire Ales (it's a mixed case so there's something for everyone!) or even some of Henney's cider!
All the wines and beers listed above are currently open to taste, so if you're stuck for ideas, come down for a little inspiration and we'll help to find you the perfect wines for your party. We can even deliver to your door before new year! Just order before midday on 31st December.
Sparkling Saturday: Lindauer Blanc de BlancsDate published: 29/12/12
The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months. This Blanc de Blancs NV comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes, which also give Champagne their elegance.
Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne. Brilliant as an apéritif due to its subtle elegance, it's also a superb partner to shellfish.
Join us in store to taste it today!
Special offer! Just £8.99 (Down from £11.99)
Sparkling Saturday: Louis Roederer Brut Premier NVDate published: 15/12/12
Louis Roederer is famed for his 'Cristal' Champagne, and this is a great alternative at a fraction of the cost.
This is a deliciously rich style of Non Vintage Champagne, with fruity, nutty and yeasty notes. It has a long, complex finish.
This is the perfect bottle to welcome your guests over Christmas, or for that all important bubbly accompaniment to the big meal.
Special offer! Just £30 (Down from £40)
Wine of the Week: Chateau Musar 2005Date published: 15/12/12
Lebanese wine might seem obscure, but viticultural roots in Lebanon go back over 6000 years. Château Musar is a uniquely different wine from in the Bekaa Valley, produced by master winemaker Serge Hochar.
Concentrated plum and blackberry fruit, hints of fig, prune, distinct liquorice and spice. Firm but fine tannins, good acidity and body, vibrant and fresh with streaks of cedar and cinnamon. It has an excellent, long finish.
Château Musar will last for decades and can be enjoyed with everything from French-style roast lamb, to North-African cuisine.
Just £17.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles. Single bottle price £18.99
Minimum purchase 6 bottles of wine, spirits and Champagne, any mix.
Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 09/12/12
From Monday 10th December, our opening hours will be extending for the Christmas period. Please see below for the hours:
Monday 10th - Friday 14th December - 9am-8pm
Saturday 15th - 9am-7pm
Sunday 16th - 10am-5pm
Monday 17th-Saturday 22nd - 9am-8pm
Sunday 23rd - 10am-5pm
Monday 24th - 9am-5pm
Tuesday 25th-Thursday 27th - Closed
Friday 28th - 10am-8pm
Saturday 29th 9am-7pm
Sunday 30th - Monday 31st - 10am-5pm
Tuesday 1st January 2013 - Closed
Wednesday 2nd - Friday 4th - 10am-8pm
Saturday 5th - 9am-7pm
Sunday 6th - 10am-3.30pm
Monday 7th - And we're back to normal!
If you have any queries, please get in contact with us. Outside of these hours, web orders can still be placed and we will contact you on our return to the store and deliver to you as soon as possible.
Fine Wine Exclusive, Two Fine Wines on our tasting counter!Date published: 08/12/12
La Reserve de Leoville Barton 2006
From the gravelly dunes of Léoville-Barton's vineyards, leading down to the bank of the Gironde, La Réserve is the second wine of this famous property. As an earlier drinking version of the grand vin, this is real value for money.
With a classic 'left bank' nose of smoky blackberry fruit and pencil lead, the palate is rich and rounded with assertive tannins, ample fruit and well integrated oak.
Serve with shoulder of lamb braised in wine. Drinking well at the moment, but will keep for another 5 or so years.
SPECIAL OFFER! Was £25.00, now just £20.00!
Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2010
Santa Barbara County is in the warmer southern part of California, which can make for Chardonnays that are extremely ripe and powerful. Winemaker Jim Clendenen has harnessed this power and focused it into an intense, yet well defined and tightly structured style.
An immensely complex nose of ripe apple, orange zest, toast and roasted hazelnut. The palate offers bright fruit and a lush feel, with an enduring nuttiness that provides a long and involving finish.
Drink with roast poultry – perfect for your Christmas turkey!
£22.00 or £18.00 when you buy 2+ bottles
Need gift ideas? Check our great Christmas mixed cases out!Date published: 05/12/12
If you're stuck for gift ideas then check out our great mixed gift boxes! Each bottle within the case has been personally selected by staff in-store. There are currently two cases available, each with 1 of each bottle listed:
Selection 1 - £55.94
Hochar Pere et Fils
Parcel Series Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc
Serena Pinot Grigio
Taylor's LBV Port 2007
Brown Brother's Orange & Flora Muscat
Selection 2 - £98.55
Perrier Jouet NV
Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay
Santa Rita Medalle Real Carmenere
Serena Pinot Grigio
Delaforce Quinta da Corte
They each come presented in a stylish gift box. They're not currently available online, but if you like the sound of them, then contact us at the store on 01903 238225 and we can deliver them to you or your frienda and family completely free of charge!
Christmas Delivery InformationDate published: 03/12/12
The run up to Christmas is an extremely busy time for deliveries. Our van is currently running at full capacity and therefore deliveries to the furthest reaches of our patch are increasingly difficult to accomodate. We do however still have some slots available, so please see below for the current schedule and turnaround times within the final pre-Christmas week:
Sunday 23rd & Monday 24th - reduced service - only serving BN11 and BN14. (Local vicinity only unless agreed otherwise)
If you wish to place an order that falls outside of the above schedule, please contact us at the store directly as we may be able to accomodate you. We are available on 01903 238225.
All orders can be collected from the store if required. Please specify a date so that we can ensure it is ready for you.
Finally, a very Merry Christmas from everyone at Majestic in Worthing!
Sparkling Saturday: Perrier Jouët Grand Brut NVDate published: 01/12/12
A fabulous example of a non vintage Champagne. It's a light, elegant style, displaying notes of apples and citrus fruits.
Well balanced, this is a great, easy drinking style to welcome your guests over Christmas, or even for that all important bubbly accompaniment to your starter for the big meal.
Special offer! Currently, just £25.
Hurry! Offer ends Monday (increases to £30 each from 8pm 3rd December)
A little bit about New ZealandDate published: 29/11/12
The new world country of New Zealand has gained much fame for it's Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The Sauvignon expressing flavours and aromas of green fruits and the Pinot Noirs being jammy red and black fruits. Sauvignon Blanc typically comes from Marlborough and Pinot Noir is often found in 'Central Otago' on the south island.
For a great example of each, why not try the 'Te Tera' from Martinborough Vineyard or for a white the 'Fairbourne' Sauvignon Blanc, both are open on our tasting counter now.
For an up to date copy of what is on our tasting counter, have a look at our website www.majestic.co.uk/worthing
6 days remaining of our cracking November deals!Date published: 27/11/12
Hurry! There's just 6 days remaining of our November deals. If you're getting ready for Christmas, be it the drinks for the big day, gifts to friends and family, or corporate gifts for your customers or colleagues, we've got something for everyone this winter. Check out the following great deals that must end at 8pm (3pm online) on Monday 3rd December:
Veuve Clicquot NV - just £30!
Perrier Jouet NV - just £25!
Nicolas Feuillate NV - just £15
Bitburger German beer - £11.99 (case of 12)
Barolo Milani - just £9.99
and, the great Mont Milan Corbieres comes off it's current offer price of just £4.99.
Call us at the store on 01903 238225 for more information, or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
These prices are valid online until 3pm on Monday 3rd December, and by phone or in-store until 8pm Monday 3rd December.
Wine of the Week: Louis Latour Gevrey ChambertinDate published: 24/11/12
This is from the renowned Burgundian village of Gevrey Chambertin. With slopes of sparse, limestone-rich soils, it is a viticultural hotspot producing Pinot Noir with great body and power.
This is a great Pinot Noir with a good amount of age. It is deep red with dark fruits and smoky characters. Supple tannins produce an elegant wine with a long finish.
Perfect with game, or on your dinner table on Christmas day to be enjoyed with all the family!
Call us on 01903 238225 for more information. Just £23 as part of your mixed case of 6 bottles, any mix of wine, spirits or Champagne.
A little bit about SherryDate published: 20/11/12
Part two of my WSET revision concerned Sherry, so here, in a nutshell, is Sherry:
Sherry is made from two main grapes; 'Palomino', the dominant grape with about 90% of the regions plantings creating a dry sherry, and 'Pedro Ximenez' creating a sweet wine. You could call the regions climate a hot Mediterranean climate with average winter temperatures. There's high rainfall during October and May and problems with drought in the dry summer period. Sherry is famous for its system of maturation known as the 'Solera system'. This is simply barrels of sherry stacked on top of each other, each holding wines of different ages. These are then linked up to allow the multitude of ages to mix with each other in order to create a brand standard and consistency. There are many types of sherry with traditionally, nutty, orange and salty flavoring. Fino being the finest from the first press and therefore the usually the most expensive. Overall however sherry is of exceptional value for money considering the work and length of the production process.
Sparkling Saturday: Undurraga RoséDate published: 17/11/12
As part of our Chilean tasting week, we've opened the Undurraga Sparkling Rosé!
The grapes for this wine are grown in Undurraga's Codigua Estate. Situated along the Maipo river, behind the Leyda Valley. Cool temperatures here create an ideal environment for producing Pinot Noir of delicate colour and fresh acidity, perfect for sparkling rosé. Delicate watermelon pink, and with subtle aromas of cherries, strawberries and flower petals. Persistent, uniform bubbles and zesty acidity provide an uplifting palate. This is great for parties, as an apéritif, or with lightly spicy chicken skewers. If you've got a party to plan for, then why not come down and give it a go. At £7.99 you won't be disappointed!
A little bit about AlsaceDate published: 15/11/12
Alsace is a region on the western fronter of France ending at the Rhine, and is a fantastic wine producing region. For France, it is made up of reletivley small vineyards averaging under 3 hectares, producing some great wines. The noble grape varieties are Reisling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat and Pinot Gris. Unlike many other regions if Alsace puts the grape on the bottle it will be made 100% from that grape. A well know phrase of the Alsace region is "the minimum treatment, the best wine". Generally white wines are produced with the occasional Pinot Noir red. The wine can vary from dry to sweet covering the entire spectrum.
If you fancy a try we have the Domaines Schlumberger Riesling open today on our tasting counter. At just £10.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles), it really is a fantastic buy! Copy and paste the link below into your address bar for more information:
Wine of the Week: Los Vascos Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 14/11/12
Renowned French producer Barons de Rothschild purchased this estate in 1988, and since then have grown the production. Many of the vine are aged between 40-50 years old, with the oldest being up to and over 70 years.
This is a classic Cabernet, with dark berry fruits alongside cherry and plum flavours. It is soft but full bodied, and would make the perfect match for beef.
Pop down and give it a go on our tasting counter today. At just £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more Chilean wines) it really is a bit of a bargain.
Minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix. Free delivery over £40.
Wines of Chile Tasting WeekDate published: 13/11/12
Our Californian tasting weekend has come to an end, which has made way for some spectactular wines from Chile! Pop down and visit us in store to sample some of the great examples of the range. This includes
LFE Selecion Especial Merlot
Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon
Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
LFE Signature Series Viognier
The full list of which wines are open is available to see on our store webpage.
Wine of the Week: Saintsbury Chardonnay 2009Date published: 09/11/12
Saintsbury Chardonnay 2009
This Chardonnay reflects the terrior of the Carneros region and the fingerprint of the vintner. Fermented in 25-30% new French oak barrels and aged sur lie for eight months. During the ageing process, the barrels are stirred to increase yeast contact.
Notes of pears, apricots and melon with toasted spicy oak characters are complemented on the palate by stone fruit, vanilla and hazelnuts. Full bodied and creamy, with a balanced and powerful finish. Enjoy over the next three years with chargrilled chicken or light fish dishes.
when you buy any 2 or more Californian wines. Also includes the Chateau Saint Michelle Merlot from Washington State.
£17.49 for one bottle
Minimum purchase 6 bottles of wine, spirits and Champagne, any mix.
Californian Tasting WeekendDate published: 09/11/12
Join us in store to sample some of the wines from our Californian range. We've got some long-standing favourites as well as some new additions to our range. As well as that, we've got a range of grapes to show off the diversity that California offers. Currently, there's a 20% off blanket deal across the California section, so there couldn't be a better time to pop down and check out the newly expanded range! For a full list of what's open on our tasting counter each day, check out our store webpage. It's updated daily!
Twitter - @majesticwrh
Fine Wine Friday & Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 03/11/12
Today in Worthing we've got some of our Fine Wine Friday left to sample - the big and bold Masi Amarone. Currently on sale for £27 (when you buy 2 or more bottles), it is a great wine which is the perfect winter warmer on these cold evenings. Pop down and give it a try.
Also, we've opened the new 'Trilogy' Brut NV from Jacob's Creek. Their flagship range, this is a great alternative to Champagnes. At the introductory price of just £9.99 (down from £14.99) it won't break the bank either!
Give us a call or pop down for more information.
01903 238225 - @majesticwrh - email@example.com
New Arrivals Tasting weekDate published: 03/11/12
In store until Thursday 8th November we have our 'new arrivals for Winter' tasting week. Join us as we sample a few of the many new products to our range. We've gone for a broad selection, including:
- McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel (California)
- Surani Pietrariccia Fiano (Italy)
- Vina Pomal Reserva 1994 (Rioja, Spain)
Plus many more! See our online tasting counter for the list of what's open each day.
End of Autumn OffersDate published: 25/10/12
Don't forget that this coming Monday (29th) sees the end of our spectacular Autumn deals. This includes the blanket 20% off deal across our Spanish and South African ranges, the Buy-2-save-£3 on Portuguese wines, plus many more individual offers.
Call us at the store for more information, or place your order online to take advantage of the great prices on products such as
Torres Vina Sol - £4.99*
Berberana Reserva - £5.99*
Barista Pinotage - £6.99**
Plus some great deals on Champagne. Need to stock up for Christmas? Don't miss out on Jacquart Brut NV at just £15 and Bollinger at £30 when you buy 6 bottles!!
Call us on 01903 238225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information! Free delivery available (on orders over £40 and covering our minimum 6 bottle purchase).
*When you buy any 2 or more Spanish wines
**When you buy any 2 or more South African wines
Wines of South Africa - Tasting Week ends today!Date published: 18/10/12
Why not pop down today to make the most of the South African wines that we have chosen to open on the tasting counter? The 20% off promotion runs until the 29th October, so although we will still have a few open to taste before then, now is the perfect opportunity to sample a wide selection from the whole range.
The chosen wines (amongst a few others!) are listed on our online tasting counter on our store webpage.
(Don't forget, we still have a little bit of The Chocolate Block from Boekenhoutskloof in stock. The 20% off South African wines also applies to this gem of a wine....why not contact us for more info? 01903 238225, email@example.com, @majesticwrh on Twitter)
On the tasting counter today!Date published: 13/10/12
Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2009 Stellenbosch
Origin This is Kanonkop's flagship wine - a Bordeaux blend comprising a majority Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In the best Bordeaux tradition this wine is unfiltered.
Taste Deep, ruby red colour - concentration of blackcurrant, cassis and tea leaf aromas. Good body with combination of power and elegance. Silky sweet tannin that leads to dry finish.
Enjoy Capable of at least a decade of bottle maturation and needs decanting.
Trade Customer?Date published: 06/10/12
If you're shopping for a business please contact us on 01903238225 and we can put you in touch with our dedicated Commercial team. We offer exclusive wines, free delivery and credit terms.
Need wine in a hurry? Call us now and to discuss your needs.
Fine Wine Friday - The Chocolate Block 2011, Western Cape, BoukenhoutskloofDate published: 05/10/12
This is an exciting blend of 5 different grape varieties (Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Viognier). While being predominantly Syrah each variety adds its personality to the wine. On the nose there are fresh berry flavours and a fine white pepperiness which lead seamlessly into an elegant palate that displays cassis, blackberry, coffee and chocolate to name but a few! A wonderfully rich and complex wine with soft approachable tannins and a long finish.
Wine WalksDate published: 30/09/12
Our Wine Walks will be returning to store this October to bring you a great opportunity to sample some new and interesting wines on a set theme. This autumn, we will be taking a tour of Spain.
We will have stands set up around the store, and we will give you a little bit of an introduction to each of the wines available, plus some serving suggestions and some little facts. We will offer a few nibbles with each wine to highlight a great food and wine match.
For more information, or to book your spot, give us a call at the store on 01903 238225, direct message us on Twitter @majesticwrh or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget - they're completely free. The dates are available under the 'events' tab.
Exploring Sauvignon Blanc Tasting WeekDate published: 15/09/12
Open on our tasting counter for you to try right now is a great selection of Sauvignon Blancs. There are a range of styles from around the world. If you would like to learn a little about what makes the varying styles, pop down and visit us on Saturday 22nd, where we will be running a couple of informal (and free!) tutorials showcasing the full selection.
The tutorials will run at 11am and 3pm, and if you wish to join us please give us a call at the store on 01903 238225 to book your place.
Pouilly Fume Ladoucette open to taste!Date published: 13/09/12
Why not pop down to the store today to give the Pouilly Fume Ladoucette a go? This 2008 Sauvignon from the Loire valley is drinking now, giving aromas of green fruits, with vegetal undertones and a crisp, clean finish.
Try it alongside a glass of bubbly, as we've also opened the Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne. With a rich palate, this is a great alternative to Champagne.
Call Tom at the store for more info on 01903 238225 or email email@example.com
[The Ladoucette is £25.00 per bottle, and the Cremant de Bourgogne is £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles of selected sparkling wines. Individual price £11.99]
Delivery Information - 16th-22nd SeptDate published: 13/09/12
Deliveries for the week above will be limited slightly. The days we are able to offer a full delivery service are detailed below:
Sunday 16th, Monday 17th, Thursday 20th, Friday 21st will have a full delivery service. If you require a delivery outside of these days, please contact us at the store directly to discuss the delivery. We will endeavour to meet all requirements however deliveries on days not listed cannot be guaranteed. All orders will be delivered as soon as possible and we be within our 7 day delivery guarantee.
For more information, please contact us at the store on 01903 238225.
Delivery Information - 9th-15th SeptDate published: 09/09/12
Deliveries for the week above will be limited slightly. The days we are able to offer a full delivery service are detailed below:
Sunday 9th, Tuesday 11th, and Friday 14th will have a full delivery service. If you require a delivery outside of these days, please contact us at the store directly to discuss the delivery. We will endeavour to meet all requirements however deliveries on days not listed cannot be guaranteed. All orders will be delivered as soon as possible and we be within our 7 day delivery guarantee.
For more information, please contact us at the store on 01903 238225.
Fine Wine Friday - Kanankop Paul Sauer 2009, StellenboschDate published: 07/09/12
It's Fine Wine Friday again!!
This month we've opened a real beauty from South Africa (which coincides nicely with our shiny new 20% off deal!). It's Kanonkop's flagship wine - a Bordeaux blend comprising a majority Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In the best Bordeaux tradition this wine is unfiltered.
Deep, ruby red colour - with a pure concentration of blackcurrant, cassis and tea leaf aromas. Good body with a combination of both power and elegance. Some of the silkiest and most beautifully sweet tannin that leads to immensely pleasant dry finish.
Capable of at least a decade of bottle ageing or beautiful now after decanting.
A bargain at £24 when you buy 2 or more South African wines.
Wine of the Week - Cune Crianza 2008Date published: 05/09/12
Open for you to try this week is the Cune Crianza 2008. This is a lively and fruity wine, bursting with cherry fruits and red berries. It has had one year in oak to give it the typical Rioja vanilla-like dimension alongside the fruit.
Cvne are an innovative producer, founded in 1879 and remaining in family hands ever since. Still producing estate bottled wines, they are wines of high quality, and with the Crianza at £6.99 when you buy 2 as part of the Spanish 20% off deal, they won't break the bank either!
Ask a member of staff for more information. We are always happy to help, just call us on 01903 238225 or direct message us on Twitter @majesticwrh
New Wine Of the Week! Montagny Vieilles Vignes, 2009 Cuvée Speciale BuxyDate published: 16/08/12
For our wine of the week we've gone white with a superb value Burgundy Chardonnay from Buxy; the perfect accompaniment to the beautiful weather we're having.
The Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is the result of collective enterprise and the work of 120 wine-growers and 40 employees. It was founded in 1931 with the collective aim of finding a solution to their problems relating to making, storing and selling wines. It seems they've found a beautiful solution to those problems if this wine is anything to go by.
The Montagny appellation from which this wine originates offers a healthy production of value-for-money white Burgundy. This Chardonnay offers ripe and expressive lemons on the palate, with an elegant, steely dry finish more representative of Burgundys more expensive whites.
If you drink it now; partner it with salad or shellfish. But this wines superb structure also means it would benefit with up to 5 years of cellar time.
Only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case.
New Wine Of the Week! Rosso Piceno Conte Saladino, 2010, TuscanyDate published: 09/08/12
It's time for a new wine of the week, and this week i've gone for the beautiful Tuscan Rosso Piceno 2010. A blend of italian favourites Sangiovese and Montepulciano, this is a beautifully structured and elegant red.
From the first Italian estate to be certified as entirely organic (in 1994), this is an 80%-Sangiovese blend made from grapes grown on the estate of Count Saladini Pilastri in the hills of the Marche reagion, overlooking the Adriatic.
A ripe and youthful nose of slightly confected cherries and sloes, with hints of tobacco leaf and spice which follows through on the pallet. Accompanied by a relatively gentle body with firm yet not overpowering tannins (unlike many over grippy Italian wines). These characteristics make this wine incredibly food friendly.
Drink now, or in a few years, but get it before our offers on Italian wines end soon!!
Only £6.99 when you buy 2 or more still italian wines as part of your mixed case!
Fine Wine Friday - Petaluma Tiers Chardonnay, 2008 Piccadilly ValleyDate published: 02/08/12
It's that time of the month again where we open something special! Our fine wine for this friday is the beautiful Petaluma Tiers Chardonnay from the Piccadilly Valley in South Australia.
From one of Petalumas excellent single-vineyard sites in the coolest of South Australia's vineyard areas comes this powerful and full-textured chardonnay. The 'Tiers' vineyard was planted in 1979 on a relatively warm and low-lying part of the valley, well-suited to making superbly balanced chardonnay.
A big and rounded Chardonnay with a lush, ripe backbone of white apple, peach and nectarine fruit, enhanced with delicate touches of toast and a focused acidity. This elegance and finesse screams a Burgundian quality that belies this wines origin and is a real compliment to what is some truly excellent 'new world' wine making.
Match this with classics such as roast turkey or chicken, or go a little further and honey roast some pork with apricot and sage stuffing for a truly beautiful food match.
Well worth the £27 price tag, but as always come in and try it this friday to see for yourself!!
Beaujolais & Loire Tasting WeekDate published: 24/07/12
In store until Thursday 26th we've got a wide selection of wines open from the Loire & Beaujolais regions. Why not pop down to give them a go? Something to suit all budgets, ranging from George Duboeuf's wonderfully fruity, summery red Beaujolais Villages, up to Chateau de Sancerre's elegant and green Sancerre.
Our Wine of the Week this week is Domaine des Nugues' Fleurie 2010. Currently on offer at £10.39 when you buy 2 or more wines from Beaujolais (£12.99 individually) it's a great summery red.
Fine Wine Friday - Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2001Date published: 05/07/12
Our Fine Wine this Friday is a truly special Rioja from the famous Rioja Alta region of Spain. The Viña Ardanza Reserva 2001 owes its intensely structured taste and complexity to a truly incredible growth cycle in what is one of the regions most sought after areas and respected estates. An absolutely ideal set of growing conditions meant that the wines blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha grapes were as high a quality as they could possibly be. Picked at an ideal time and under perfect September blue skies, these grapes were perfectly ripe, disease and pest free, with all the hallmarks of excellent Rioja potential.
With such excellent hardware to work with, the winemakers at the family owned Ardanza bodegas made no mistake with a faultless production method which saw the wine have a period in American Oak casks for 36 Months before being bottled in 2004.
From this work comes a complex and perfumed wine with secondary aromas of spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour which have to be tasted to be believed. Rewarded with 94 points by wine expert Robert Parker, this wine carries richness and power infamous with some of the worlds best Riojas. Pair with equally big casseroles, rich red meat and game dishes.
2001 was a great year for Rioja, and this is a prime example of how perfect growing conditions and excellent production can result in a beautiful and complex wine of the highest quality. A steal at only £18 when you buy two, or £22 on its own.
New Wine Of the Week!Date published: 28/06/12
Wine of the Week
Fleurie Flower Label 2010, Georges Duboeuf
Single Bottle Price £9.99
Buy any 2 Beaujolais wines and save 20%! £7.99
Fleurie is one of the ten crus of Beaujolais and one of the most sought after. Georges Duboeuf is one of the best known winemakers in this region to the south of Burgundy, and has been nicknamed the King of Beaujolais.
Classic Fleurie with fresh cherry fruits and a fragrant, floral perfume. Concentrated fruit and light tannic presence are testament to the cru status of this wine. An attractive wine with a silky texture.
This is a refreshing companion to a light summer lunch.
Rob's luxury desert island caseDate published: 19/06/12
If I had a budget of £200 and I was stranded on a desert island, these would be the 6 bottles that i would get Majestic to deliver for FREE!
1. Ruinart NV Champagne, £50 buy 2 £40
Ruinart is the oldest Champagne house, a little known fact! This beautiful Champagne displays crisp apple and pear with hints of vanilla and toast. If I could drink this forever I would!
2. Stag's Leap, Karia Chardonnay, Napa valley, 2008, £25
This fantastic Chardonnay from across the pond has the quality to rival top white Burgundy! A big claim, I know, but it is justified! The use of new French oak has been done brilliantly with this wine displaying aromas of white flowers and peach. On the palate it is rich, with tropical fruit with a real nuttiness and toasty characters with hints of vanilla.
3. Chateau Musar White, Lebanon, 2004
This unusual wine from Lebanon is fantastic and is definitely worth a try. It is a rich golden colour and also has the potential to age for decades if you can resist it for that long! On the nose it is intense with almond, baked apples and vanilla. Roasted stone fruits, butter and honeyed notes on the palate make it a great match to rich seafood or perfect for quaffing of an evening!
4. Duckhorn Decoy Zinfandel, Sonoma County, 2009, £19.99
Another American Beauty to make up my 6 bottle case! This Zinfandel from California displays a nose of fresh blueberry, cherry and loganberry. On the palate the well integrated oak character shines though with lovely toasty notes and vanilla. A fine example of why American wines should not be written off!
5. Penfold's St Henri Shiraz, 2007, £40
This Shiraz from top Ozzie producer, Penfolds, is rich, juicy and refined. Fresh cherry, notes of menthol and vanilla and spice from the oak maturation make this a deeply complex wine to be savored and enjoyed.
6. Matusalem 30 yr old Oloroso, £15.99
My 6 bottles would not be complete without a drop of sherry! this 30 yr old sweet Oloroso is simply amazing. It is rich and viscous, with flavours of dates, figs, plums, dried raisins, vanilla, cinnamon, almonds, hazlenut and walnut. This complex sherry, simply put, is Christmas in a glass! The finish is so long that you will probably stille be able to taste it the following Christmas!
With these 6 bottles, I am not sure that I would want to be rescued!
Rob's budget desert island caseDate published: 19/06/12
If I were to be stranded on a desert island with £50, these would be the 6 bottles that I would get Majestic to deliver for FREE!
1. La Serrana Macabeo, 2011, £4.89
This light, fresh and fruity white is wonderfully easy drinking. Perfect on a hot day for some desert island drinking!
2. Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay, 2010, £10.99 buy 2 £8.79
This big, oakey Chardonnay is a great example of how oak is being used well in the New World. This inviting wine is full of tropical fruit with hints of butter and vanilla. A fantastic wine to sip whilst enjoying a sunset!
3. Leyda Reserva Riesling, 2010 £9.99 buy 2 £7.99
My white selection would not be complete a Riesling. This versatile and intriguing grape should not be missed, and this wine demonstrates why. Light and fresh with lots of stone fruit, this wine is complimented by delicate hints of kerosene which make it the ideal partner to my seafood suppers on the island!
4. Avignonesi Rosso, Toscana, 2009 £9.99 buy 2 £7.99
This rich and juicy Italian is sure to please big red lovers. it is full bodied with bags of fresh cherry and blackcurrant fruit with spicy notes coming through.
5. Chateau Aigues Vives, Corbiers, 2007, £9.99 buy 2 £7.49
From renowned producer Gerard Bertrand, this wine really shows that you can get some serious 'bang for your buck'! Dark in colour and intense on the nose. This wine is full of rich blackcurrant and spice with hints of vanilla. You don't have to spend a lot to get a lot!
6. Chateau Mont Milan, 2010, Corbiers £5.99 buy 2 £4.99
If you are after value then look no further! this intensely dark wine is packed full of fresh blackcurrant and bramble fruit with hints of spice. A perfect red for drinking all year-round.
New Wine Of the Week!Date published: 18/06/12
Wine of the Week
Viognier Réserve Spéciale 2011 Gérard Bertrand, Vin de Pays d'Oc
Buy 2 bottles save £3 £7.49
At the end of his rugby career, Gérard Bertrand decided to produce the best wines in the Languedoc and set up a winery in 1992. He has had great success with unusual grape varieties such as the rare Viognier, hailing from the northern Rhône.
Pale yellow in colour, with intense aromas of white flowers. The palate is rich and lush with tropical fruits, dried apricots, hazelnuts and honey.
Enjoy as an apéritif or with seafood.
Camilla's Luxury Paradise Desert Island Six!Date published: 17/06/12
So If I had under two hundred pounds to spend on six bottles of wine to enjoy on my luxury desert island resort these are the following six I would get majestic to deliver, sometimes its about quality not quantity!!
1. Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne £32 buy six £30!
The famous house of Mme Lily Bollinger produces a mighty, full-bodied Champagne of great class. Densely packed apple and pear fruits give way to a noticeably creamy, caramel-like finish.
2. La Planeta Chardonnay 2008/2009 £25
This is a wonderfully rich, creamy Chardonnay with delicate aromatics and plenty of ripe varietal fruit. With elegant structure and excellent length this is a wine of great quality
3. Sipsmith London Dry Gin NV 70cl Bottle £26
Floral summer meadow notes followed by mellow rounded juniper and zesty, citrus freshness. The gentle mouthfeel combines with a lemon tart and orange marmalade flavours, ahead of a spicy juniper finish. And you can't forget the fever tree tonic only £3!
4. Rioja Prado Enea 2004 Muga £30
An elegant, perfumed and complex nose with violet, wood-smoke, vanilla and red berry aromas. A rich, rounded palate of sweet red berries, wood spices and fresh acidity and a long and complex finish.
5. Amarone Classico Costasera 2007 Masi £30
Masi has been run by the Boscaini family for the past six generations, and their wines are rooted in tradition, representing the classic Venetian styles.
6. Vin de Constance 2005 Klein Constantia, Constantia 50cl Bottle £30!
Richly viscous in the glass, with a burnt orange-gold hue, this wine exhibits youthfully fresh, floral muscat aromas, and exotically spicy confectionary flavours on the unctuously textured palate.
I don't think I would ever want to be rescued from this Island!!
Camilla's Budget Desert Island SixDate published: 17/06/12
So if I was stuck on a desert Island with only £50 I would get majestic to deliver me the following six bottles of wine:
1. Santa Rita 120 Carmenère 2011 Rapel Valley £7.49 buy 2 £5.99
A lively and juicy representation of this variety, with a soft and supple texture, bright brambly fruit and subtle notes of spice and tobacco leaf, and a hint of vanilla from 6 months' in French oak.
2. Surani Costarossa 2010 Primitivo di Manduria £9.99 buy 2 £7.99
Deep, dense ruby in colour, with a nose of warm prunes, dates and figs, with hints of sweet spice. Full and voluptuous, the mouth-feel is soft and plush, with toasty notes that linger on the finish. Try with venison, or pan-fried calves' liver.
3. Señorio del Aguila Gran Reserva 2001 Cariñena £7.49 buy 2 £5.99
The bouquet offers a complex mixture of roasted chestnuts, vanilla and savoury balsamic notes. Refined and smooth on the palate, with woody notes on the finish.
4. Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2010/2011 Casablanca Valley £8.74 buy 2 £6.99
Aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla open the show for a palate with more round, ripe stone fruits and citrus. 3 months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish.
5. Fairleigh Estate Riesling 2011 Marlborough £8.74 buy 2 £6.99
Rich and fruity with apple and pear fruit and a mineral, petrolly edge. Very slightly off dry this is a fantastic summer drinking wine or will go well with spicy fish dishes.
6. Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV New Zealand £8.99
This delicate Blanc de Blancs displays aromas of biscuit intermingled with grapefruit and creamy complex yeast characters. I would definatly choose this one for any celebration, I would save it for when I get rescued from the Island!!
Tom's Budget Desert Island 6 Date published: 14/06/12
Our amazing new free 6 bottle delivery got us thinking here at Worthing; so we've each come up with our own fantasy and budget 6 bottle mixed cases that we would have by our side if we were lucky enough to get stranded on a desert island! Of course we wouldn't be entirely stranded, as in order to get these bottles a wonderful Majestic van would turn up to deliver them (absolutely free of charge)!
Amazing Value Budget 6
Vermentino 2011, Poggioargentiera £7.99 when you buy 2, £9.99 single bottle price.
My budget 6 kicks off with a classy Italian white. Based in the southernmost part of Tuscany where Italy's native Vermentino thrives in the heat of the Mediterranean climate, this is a generously fruity, fresh and immensely clean example of classic Italian wine making. Full of peach and Citrus aromas; with a palate offering soft pear and stone fruit with a cheeky and refreshing limey streak underlining this wines fresh character. A real summer beauty ideal with light fish dishes and tomato based salads.
Rioja Reserva 2006, Viña Eguia £5.99 when you buy 2, £9.99 single bottle price.
From one of Rioja's winemaking hotspots in Elciego comes this traditional reserva style effort achieved through 24 months in French and American oak and the first red on my desert island list. Deep ruby in colour, this wine shows its oak and cellar ageing with a bouquet of intense dark fruit and toasted oak and clove. The palate is weighty yet elegant; paying homage to the winemakers intelligent combo of perfect oak and cellar time. Cheeses, chorizo or older red meats match this wine beautifully.
Lindauer Rosé, New Zealand £7.99
The fizz on my budget desert island 6 is sourced from the grapes grown in silt and clay soils in Hawkes Bay and Gisbourne. Lindauer's Rosé undergoes primary and secondary fermentation in tank prior to bottling. An interesting mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinotage provides a vibrant pink colour. with fast rising bubbles and an intensely fruity nose. A relatively full body (for fizz) yet refreshing ripe red fruit and citrus flavours underline this wines quality. Very pleasant drinking when chilled on its own; or with lightly spiced seafood if pairing with dinner.
Fairhall Cliffs Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Malborough £6.99 when you buy 2, £8.74 single bottle price
Where would an intelligent 6 bottle mixed case be without a good New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and i've chosen an absolute textbook example. Classic zesty fruit and grassy aromas follow through on the pallet with a persistent nettly hearbaceousness. A refreshing and dry finish caps off what is an astonishingly balanced wine; at home as a summer party wine or equally on the dinner table with seafood or chicken.
Erraziruz Carmenére 2011, Aconcagua Valley £6.99 when you buy 2, £8.74 single bottle price
Easily the best bang for your buck; as a grape Carmenere represents fantastic value for heavier red wine drinkers like myself. Aged in steel, French and American oak this wine displays excellent complexity and depth. Large, mouth-hugging tannins compliment lingering spicy notes, dark chocolate and coffee on a long and meaty palate. Perfect with a grilled rib eye steak.
Joffré Malbec 2010, Mendoza £7.99 when you buy 2, £8.99 single bottle price
My list wouldn't be complete without a malbec. This full bodied yet elegant wine is a great example of the value and complexity produced by many wineries in Mendoza, without the brutish and bullish tannin and over-extraction many malbecs from this region emerge with. Expressive aromas of plum, cherry, vanilla and chocolate fully display this wines elegance and richness without being overpowering. Drink now or in the next 3 years....and be brave and pair with lighter meats such as poultry.
Thats my budget 6! My fantasy, money-no-object 6 will follow soon as well as the rest of the teams mixed cases!
6 Bottle DeliveryDate published: 14/06/12
We now offer free delivery for just six bottles of wine!!! Minimum spend is forty pounds for free delivery however if you want to spend under this then there is a £5 delivery charge. Sp what are you waiting for get online www.majestic.co.uk or give us a call 01903 238225 to place your six bottle order now!! We have loads of delivery slots free and at a time that is convinent with you.
New Wine Of the Week!Date published: 05/06/12
Wine Of the Week
Errazuriz Merlot 2010,
This wine is sourced from a range of sites across the Aconcagua Valley, famous for its Mediterranean climate and cold nights which helps encourage great fruit purity. Only 50% of this wine has been aged in French oak to add complexity whilst not losing a real fruity character.
A youthful wine, with a bright crimson colour and vibrant fruit nose. A helping hand of 15% Carmenere gives this Merlot a darker edge of bramble and mellow plum to work with light vanilla and spice from the oak. A great value wine with real character; easy to drink on its own or great to wash down tomato based pasta dishes or grilled red meats this weekend!
Now Only £6.99
When you buy 2 Chilean wines!!
Fine Wine Friday - St Clair wairau Reserve SBDate published: 30/05/12
Saint Clair are a family owned winery in Marlborough, New Zealand. Neal and Judy Ibbotson have over 30 years experience in viticulture and wine making. They used to sell their grapes to other wineries, but in 1994 they decided to start producing their own wine, and so the Saint Clair Estate was established.
The Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2011 is a superb example of a great Kiwi Sauvignon. It has aromas of intensely concentrated grapefruit and passion fruit with hints of green pepper. On the palate those fresh fruit characters follow through with an underlying minerality and a long, lingering finish.
This wine is drinking beautifully now and will continue to do so over the next 2 years. It is the perfect partner to oysters, scallops, salmon or pan-fried white fish. It has been fermented in 100% stainless steel vats in order to retain fruit flavour and freshness.
As part of the 20% off New Zealand wines this fantastic wine drops from £25 a bottle to just £19.99! A fantastic deal for a fantastic wine!
New Wine Of the Week!Date published: 30/05/12
Wine Of the Week
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Malborough
The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980's and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. The wine is blended from 32 separate parcels and vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.
A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus with a zesty acidity.
Drink with barbecued king prawn skewers this bank holiday weekend!
Now Only £5.99
When you buy 2 New Zealand wines!!
A Hitchhiker's Guide to Fizz!!Date published: 29/05/12
It can be hard deciding which fizz is best, so in preparation for the Jubilee celebrations this weekend, here is your guide to sparkling wine!
There is a sparkling wine to suit all tastes and budgets depending on the style of wine that you enjoy drinking. It doesn't matter if you like light and fruity or rich and biscuity, we have a fizz for everyone!
Let's start with Champagne as it's a wine that we all know and love, if only we had the budget! Well, there is some good news as we have some fantastic deals on Champagne specially for the Jubilee weekend. Nicolas Feuillatte NV is on a corking deal at only £15 a bottle! This is a great light style of Champagne. It is crisp and delicate with aromas of apple and citrus on the nose. Hints of apple, pear and citrus follow onto the palate making this a fantastic light, fruity Champagne, perfect for any celebrations.
If you like a richer and more biscuity style then look no further than the Heidsieck Goldtop 2005, a mere snip at £18 a bottle! This great value vintage Champagne offers a much richer character. It still has a core of citrus and apple but it also displays distinct notes of vanilla and almond. For those wanting to splash out the the Pol Roger NV at £30 a bottle is a the perfect choice. This wine is rich, biscuity and doughy with a fresh citrus core, balanced by hints of vanilla. Pol Roger was Winston Churchill's favorite tipple, so why not enjoy a glass or two of this fantastic Champagne to celebrate the Jubilee.
For those of you that are Champagne lovers without the Champagne budget, do not fret! We have great wines that offer that Champagne style, produced using the same traditional method, but without the price tag (in the words of Jessie J!). The Lindauer Special Reserve from New Zealand fits the bill brilliantly. At only £8.99 a bottle this wine is superb. It is fresh and fruity with subtle hints of toasty aromas with lovely peach notes on the palate.
At £6.99 a bottle we have another traditional method sparkling wine which will tickle the taste buds! The Extra de Codorniu is a fantastic Cava. It is light bodied with crisp fresh green apple and notes of brioche.
Last but by no means least, for those that love a light, fresh and fruity style then we have just the answer! Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene NV and £9.99 a bottle is a wonderfully light and fresh style of sparkling with fruit characters of apple and pineapple with hints of white peach. This is perfect for light summer lunches and is also ideal as an aperitif.
If you fancy some great value pink, the Unduragga Rosé from Chile at only £5.99 is a great choice. It is light and fresh with nice cherry, strawberry and watermelon flavours. Perfect for those summer parties!
I hope this helps when next deciding what fizz to go for, whether it's for a party, a special occasion or if you just fancy a bit of bubbly!
Jubilee Opening HoursDate published: 28/05/12
Our Opening hours for the Jubilee Weekend are:
Friday 1st June 10am - 8pm
Saturday 2nd June 9am - 7pm
Sunday 3rd June 10am-5pm
Monday 4th June 10am-5pm
Tuesday 5th June 10am-5pm
Wednesday 6th June 10am-8pm
New Wine Of the Week!Date published: 25/05/12
Wine Of the Week
Villa Maria Private Bin Rose 2011, East Coast
The wines delicate colour is achieved by allowing only half the wine to rest on the grape skins for around 24 hours. The main grape varieties are merlot and malbec.
Pale and delicate yet nicely defined the wine offers aromas of wild strawberries and ripe forest fruits. Mediums bodied for a rose with a fine balance between lush fruit and refreshing acidity.
Serve with seafood in the sunshine this weekend!
Buy any 2 New Zealand
New Saturday Staff Choice!Date published: 19/05/12
Turkey Flat 'Butcher's Block' Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre 2010, Barossa
Turkey flat vineyards are so named because they stand on an area of flatlands, on the banks of Tanunda Creek, that were once home to a proliferation of wild turkeys. The first shiraz vines were planted in 1847.
With a nose of dark fruits such as plum, cherry and blackcurrant and floral hints of five spice and smoky undertones. A generous fruit driven palate with a firm structure.
Perfect with some with a nice game pie this weekend, this is a great warming comfort wine at its best!
Buy 2 Australia £11.99!
New Wine Of the Week!Date published: 16/05/12
The Ned Black Label Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough
Special Offer £8.11
Buy 2 still New Zealand wines save 20%
The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.
A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gun flint minerality which delivers extra complexity.
Drink now with fresh summer salads and seafood.
New Wine of the Week!Date published: 11/05/12
La Casetta Ripasso
Ripasso wines have had a portion of the fermented, dried skins from Amarone added to them. Valpolicella rispasso therefore combines the power and class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella.
This wine is made from the Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella.
A beautiful deep ruby hue and confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complimented by vanilla hints.
Fine and rounded a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense complex flavours.
The perfect companion to steak and chips this weekend!
Buy 2 Italian Wines
Fine Wine Friday is here!Date published: 04/05/12
Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2008 Malborough
Cloudy Bay is a cult wine and clever marketing aside there is no denying the quality of this chardonnay. A cool climate location and lots of sunshine means long, slow ripening – a recipe for success with Chardonnay.
A complex nose ranging from figs and lemon butter to more savory elements of fresh hay with hints of butterscotch. The palate is substantial and rounded with a toasty complexity and long finish.
Very drinkable now however could benefit from 3-4 years aging to soften the acidity- those that wait will be rewarded!
£25 Buy any 2 New Zealand
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Bank Holiday Staff Choice!!Date published: 04/05/12
Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Nelson
Grown in Nelson, to the west of Malborough, on stony loam soils with high sunshine hours and moderating maritime influence. The winemaking philosophy blends old world techniques with pioneering methods that are more common in the new world.
With amazing aromas of ripe gooseberry and tropical fruit, delicate floral aromas and mineral characteristics. An elegant, crisp palate of citrus and gooseberry with a zingy hit of acidity making a refreshing finish.
This wine will bring some summer sunshine to your wet and miserable bank holiday weekend!
£9.99 Buy 2 £7.99
Hurry offer lasts until June 11th!
New Wine Of the Week!Date published: 02/05/12
La Grille Pinot Noir, Jacques Vigier, VDQS St. Pourcain
Made by Jacques Vigier, director of the celebrated local Cave, this Pinot Noir comes from the stony foothills of the Massif Central. From the small VDQS St-Pourçain in the Allier départment.
The intensity of fresh redcurrant and spice flavours show just what good value and quality the Pinot Noir grape is capable of when grown in the Loire.
Ideally served slightly chilled, it is delicious on it's own or with white meat dishes, salads and fresh pasta.
Buy 2 save £2
My Lebanese Adventure...Date published: 24/04/12
"I hate the M25; get me out of England!" Were my first thoughts as I sat stuck in a massive traffic jam attempting to get to Heathrow airport on time to catch my flight to Beirut. Once I finally got to the airport and checked in, I met up with nine other members of Majestic staff that were lucky enough to be starting their Lebanese adventure with me! After a five hour flight we arrived at Beirut; a cosmopolitan city full of skyscrapers, crazy drivers and hooting horns. We started our trip in one of only five restaurants in Beirut not serving alcohol so after a few colas and a mistranslated garlic yoghurt drink we headed to our hotel for an early night.
Bright and early the next morning we drove to The Ch Musar winery. We had a tour of the winery with Gaston Hochar and then got down to the important stuff, tasting! Tarrick, Ch Musar's winemaker joined us for the tasting which started with several of Ch Musar's Jeune wines. These are of a lighter style to the Ch Musar Wines and are aimed more at the local and commercial markets. Following this we tried some wine from the tank which was interesting but not quite ready for drinking! Serge then joined us and told us we should try some real wines, he is not a big fan of Tarrick's Jeune range. So we obliged and tasted some current vintages of their whites and reds. We then looked round their cobwebbed cellar and charmed Serge into opening some of his older vintages, we compared the 1989 with the 1979. We also tried an interesting single varietal of Cinsault which they haven't quiet decided what to do with yet, but it was stunning and tasted of apricot jam.
A lunch of delicious mezze and fresh fish followed the tasting at a restaurant by the harbour in Bibalos. Serge treated us to some 1986 Ch Musar white (the year I was born!) it was so interesting. Serge taught us that every sip of wine, especially Musar, will always taste different and this was no exception. Their whites are served at room temperature and have toasted nut, dry sherry and toffee characteristics which are all accentuated with the aging. Serge taught us how to eat the fresh fish, which included eating the fishes head and tail! After a massive meal we walked it off with a trip round the ancient city of Bibalos which dated back to hundreds of years before christ. We then found a local bar and tried the local digestive, Arrack, which Ch Musar also make. I'm not sure if I could be tempted with trying it again.... the fish heads went down slightly better!
The next day we rose early and traveled two hours by coach to Balbeck, another ancient city which was fascinating. After another amazing mezze lunch including some raw lamb this time, we headed to the Chateau Musar vineyards. Situated on the border of Syria it is possible to see stone rubble that was previously used as military defense walls during the war in Lebanon. Only two vintages of Ch Musar couldn't be made because of the war which is an incredible achievement. The vineyards soil was a bright copper colour because of the high clay content. Traditional Bordeaux grape varieties had been planted in the majority of the land. However Tarrick explained that he is currently experimenting with the Rousanne grape; I can't wait to try this hope it gets released!
Our last day in Lebanon was spent visiting breathtaking caves and the city of Beirut. Our last meal was with Serge, his son Gaston and brother Ronald who are all larger than life characters and so passionate about wine. In particular their wine. Their personalities complement the philosophy of Ch Musar perfectly: they make each wine to be different and not to fit the market- the market can fit around them! This is something that not many company's can boast of but it wouldn't work any other way. The meal was in a beautiful restaurant in the marina> I was lucky to spend the whole night chatting to Serge who wouldn't let us go home hungry or thirsty for that matter! An unreleased vintage of Ch Musar ,1974, was tried on the night and this is now coming into its own. Smokey, burnt sugar, dried figs and raisins were amongst the ever changing flavour characteristics of this wine.
The following day we said goodbye to an amazing country, a few pounds heavier and sun burnt. Having learnt some valuable lessons in wine I will always admire and appreciate Ch Musar and their incredible wines.
New Wine Of the Week! Date published: 20/04/12
Chateau Du Cleray Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2011
New in store this week, pop in and have a taste!
Chateau de Cleray 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 today run by winemaker Pierre Sauvion, graduate in oenology at Bordeaux University.
Made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape this wine is steely and focused. It 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 and other classic seafood dishes!
£8.99 Buy 2 save £2 £7.99
A little bit about Portugal, and a few recomendationsDate published: 10/04/12
Known throughout the world for some of the finest golf courses on the planet in the Algarve and Port. Portugals reputation for producing quality table wine is growing quickly.
In 2003 The Monitor group was commissioned to provide a plan for the future of Portugals wine industry. in short the strategy was to restructure the huge number of small vineyards into quintas and estates large enough to produce sustainable quantities of quality affordable wines.
The climate in Portugal is diverse with the Atlantic ocean acting as the greatest influence. Much of the country has a maritime climate with warm summers and cool wet winters. However some of the inland vineyards have a continental climate hot and dry. The famous Douro region has a continental climate but is influenced by the river Douro. The large diversity in rainfall and temperature account for the diversity of wine styles.
Black grape varieties include Touriga Nacional the finest black variety traditionally used in productio of Port.Tinto Roriz same as Tempranillo. Castelao , Baga and Trincadeira.
White grapes include Arinto, loureiro,Trajadura and Alvarinho (Albarino in Spain).
Regions of northern Portugal are Vinho Verde DOC where the wines are pale lemon coloured and high in acidity and low in alcohol. these wines also have a slight sparkling sensation that reinforces the flavours.
Also in the north is Douro DOC this is where the vineyards are planted on the steep hillside terraces known as `Patameres`. it is also the region where the iconic Portugese wine, barca Velha is produced. Naturally port production from this region overshadows the table wines but quality has improved over the last decade with wines showing good fruit intensity combined with fineswse in their structure.
Why not try a few of our range of Portugese wines here are a few examples...
Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2010
This high quality single estate wine with complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers.
Tuella Douro Tinto 2008/2009
A deep plummy red with ripe black fruit characteristics, herbs and spices with unmistakable aromas of fresh earth - typical of good wines from the Douro valley.
Fine Wine Friday is here!Date published: 06/04/12
Rioja Gran Reserva 1989, Vina Muriel
This wine is made from grapes selected from vineyards ranging from 30 to 70 years of age. The mature vines provide small yields of intensely flavoured fruit, providing a solid basis for the extended aging this style requires, totaling 7 years maturation before release.
The grape varieties include tempranillo, garnacha, graciano, and mazuelo.
A mellow ruby colour tinged with caramel, the nose has wonderful complexity combining subtle herb and spice notes with leathery dried fig. Silky on the palate with an enduring finish.
Enjoy with slow roasted lamb this easter!
£25 buy 2 save £15!
Easter Opening HoursDate published: 28/03/12
This easter we will be open the same hours as normal apart from Easter Monday which is bank holiday hours.
Our opening hours are:
Monday 2nd April to Good Friday 6th April 10am - 8pm
Saturday the 7th April - 9am - 7pm
Easter Sunday the 8th of April 10am-5pm
Easter Monday the 9th of April 10am-5pm
Open every day so there is no excuse not to enjoy some decent wine this bank holiday!
Mothers DayDate published: 15/03/12
Mothers Day....because I am a good son
It happens once a year and if your mum is anything like mine, it probably doesn't happen enough. After 22 years of doing my washing, and 22 years of not complaining about it, I may have to treat her to a little more this year.
What better way to make your mother feel special than surprising her with a celebratory glass of fizz? With my mother being a big fan of champagne, it is hard for me to overlook the Nicholas Feuillate Rose champagne at a bargain price of £20 a bottle, and acts as the perfect appetif. I happen to be a big lover of champagne as well so my cunning plan is to chill the bottle down nicely so it is ready for drinking, so when I give it to her she will be obliged to open it.......It might be cheeky, but you cant deny its effective!
Nicholas Feuillate Rose, £20 (down from £30)
The Family Meal
Putting my Gordan Ramsey skills to the test is something of a rarity in our family but giving my mum a night off on Sunday is a must. Although my roast dinner cannot compete with the lady of the day's, I will be partnering it with some well matched wines to ensure the night is not a complete failure, unless ofcourse they are all corked...
-One of my mums favorites and nice and easy to make,
*Sancerre, Les Baudrieres (Loire)
£9.99 when you buy 2 or more. (down from £10.99)
(a delicous, herby, citrus wine that will compliment the prawn dish to a tea.)
Roast dinner, with roast lamb, mash potato and roasted vegetables.
*Chateau la Renaissance 2001 (Bordeaux)
£14.99 when you buy 2 or more (down from £19.99)
(A rich merlot driven claret, with an extremley elegant and rich body. Will partner lamb delightfully and could be the savior of my meal if the cooking is not up to scratch. Brilliant wine!)
We all love chocolate. We all love cheesecake. Can't go wrong can it?
*Rustenberg Straw desert wine (South Africa)
£9.99 when you buy any other South African wine. (down from £12.49)
(This is just such a delicious way to end a meal. A bargain at under a tenner and a perfect match to this desert. Very confident about this meal! -Especially as it involves no cooking!!)
I hope this guide to mothers day helps anyone out there that is struggling for ideas. It is a very important occasion and one that a lot of you deserve. I just hope Karen (my mum) enjoys. And the effort should secure me an extra years worth of washing and feeding.....I hope.
Mid-Week Mood BusterDate published: 14/03/12
Mid week mood buster this week has to be the Cune Crianza, a fabulous Rioja and 20% off at the moment in store (Just £7.99 when you buy 2 or more)! Filled full of summer fruits and oak aged to infuse vanilla and spice notes, this is certainly a wine that lives up to its hype. I shall be taking a couple home with me this evening, and pairing it with a parma ham salad.
For a white alternative, try the Vina Sol; fresh, crisp and full of apple, pineapple and citrus flavours that will suit the increasingly bright evenings rather well. A steal at £4.99, Pair with a light fish supper or just have it solo!
I hope that you find at least one of these wines worth trying, they'll be open on our tasting counter waiting for your approval!
A Real BargainDate published: 07/03/12
We've just opened the Aspen Estate Shiraz on our Tasting counter today, and I would highly reccommend it as an every day drinker or even as a good quality party wine.
Originating from South Eastern Australia, the Aspen range takes its name from the 'Aspen tree'. Their grapes are sourced from a number of growers in the area, and is made in steel vats to preserve its youthful fruit flavours.
Priced at £4.99 a bottle, it is well balanced, showing typical Aussie characteristics; there are distinct ripe red fruit and succulent red berry flavours blended with some natural earth notes on the nose.
Softer and less peppery than many others of its kind, this will suit most palates, and most pockets! A steal at £4.99
Mid-Week Mood BusterDate published: 28/02/12
My reccommendation for this weeks mood buster has to be the Quinta De Azevedo Vinho Verde 2010, from Portugal priced at £5.99 when you buy 2 or more. Made using the Loureiro grape, this white wine is certainly something different to try if you find yourself growing bored of the same old grape varieties time and time again.
Meaning 'Green Wine', Vinho Verde is historically fermented in open stone vats before being transfered to cask for further fermenting. Its taste brings complex aromas of white and tropical fruits together with citrus and floral notes for a lively combination, and is well balanced with just a hint of spritz and bubble.
This is an excellent example of a good portugese wine, and as they are so often overlooked, I think that this one deserves 100% of your concentration!
For a rounded experience pair with seafood, green salads, or even a pasta dish. Enjoy!
Weekend WinesDate published: 25/02/12
As part of my WSET revision, i must try as many different wines as possible; of course this is purely academic, but i cannot deny that it is a definite perk of the job. Having just tried a couple open on our wine tasting counter, i thought i would share my views with the general public as inspiration.
There are two that have stood out for me today, both seeming to suit the weather and general weekend feeling! The New Zeland Sauvignion Blanc in question is the 2009 Composite, full of grapefruit, stone fruit and a mildly herbaceous undertone; Guaranteed to refresh the palate without the high acidity that can be associated with many NZ Sauvignion's.
The second wine, a bright South African Porcupine Ridge Syrah/Viognier blend, is fully bodied and full flavoured without becoming too heavy a red. Its red cherry, blackcurrant and plum fruit flavours are married together perfectly with violet and honeysuckle to produce an exceptional spring wine.
Enjoy your weekend, whatever you end up drinking!!
Mid Week Mood BusterDate published: 22/02/12
Macon-Villages 2010 Domaines des Terres Gentilles
Domaine des Terres Gentilles has been owned and run by the same family since 1921. Now totaling 50 hectares of vines the estate makes a range of good value Burgundies. The chardonnay grape dominates in the burgundy region this is a very clean and fruity example of the grape variety. With delicate white flowers and citrus fruit aromas this wine has a lively palate with more crisp citrus notes and a long, dry finish.
This wine is very versatile and will go with almost all seafood or chicken dishes for your mid week meal!
£9.99 Buy 2 save £4 £7.99
Mid-Week Mood BusterDate published: 15/02/12
Why not try our wine of the week open to taste today to help you through this boring week in Feb or a stressful half term with the kids!
Morellino di Scansano 2010, Poggioargentiera
In Scansano in the Southern part of Tuscany, Morellino is the local name for Sangiovese. This wine is blended with 15% Ciliegiolo another local grape, this is a slim and youthful style of red, with only a third of the blend spending time in oak.
Ripe cherry and strawberry fruit forms the backbone of this wine, creating a medium bodied, approachable and fresh feel. A subtly rustic streak gives a touch of complexity and food friendliness.
Perfect with lamb or game now or over the next 5 years.
£11.99 buy 2 save £6 £8.99
Going going gone... Date published: 14/02/12
Our bargain hunt wines have been selling sell here instore, we now only have the following wines left:
Ch Roche de Broue 2009 at £5.32
Ch Guyon La Roseraie 2006 at £4.66
Dourthe Sauvignon Blanc 2010 at £5.32 hurry one left!
Morgon Les Charmes Latour 2009 at £6.66 hurry one left!
Clos D'Yvigne Le Prince 2008 at £6.66
Domaine Py Merlot 2009 £4.66
Cuvee Elise Demi Sec £3.66
Domaine Pellehaut Chardonnay 2009 £6.66
Bonnterra Viogner 2008 £7.32 only 3 left!
Cono Sur Pinot Noir 2010 £4.99 only 2 left!
Yarra Hills Chardonnay 2008 £4.99
Treat your Valentine....Date published: 09/02/12
Stuck for a romantic gesture this valentines day? Well we have the perfect presents for your other half this valentines. Lindeaur Rose NV @ £7.99, Oeil de Perdrix Rose Champagne NV @ £18 and a classic Taittinger NV @ £25, There are no excuses not to celebrate! Call into the store on Saturday to try our Extra de Codorniu Rosado at only £6.49 its a must!
Fine Wine Friday and Saturday!Date published: 04/02/12
Today we have open the Petaluma Coonawarra 2008, this amazing Aussie red is a bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Shiraz. This wone is lovely and complex, fruit driven with an abundance of dark fruit flavours and a typically spicy undercurrent. Enjoy it with a peppered steak to warm up this chilly weekend!
Mid-Week Mood BusterDate published: 01/02/12
Wednesday is RUBBISH... no end in sight and the weekend seems so far away! Luckily, the Yarra Hills Chardonnay is on offer at just £4.99 a bottle. This wine is such an easy drink, but would accompany a cheeky takeaway just as well. It's open to taste on our counter as well, so come and snatch up a bargain this evening and Transform your Wednesday! (dramatic, i know, but i believe!!)
Tasting Evening's for GroupsDate published: 01/02/12
Besides all the instore tasting events that we hold we are also very keen to get out and visit groups to do some tasting evenings. You name the date and how many people would like to participate and we'll see what we can do! Please contact the store by phone 01903 238225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a memorable wine event.
Majestic Wine Worthing's Bargain Hunt!Date published: 01/02/12
Our new spring promotion is the perfect time for a bit of a clear-out to make way for 2012's exciting new wines, so we have just knocked a third off the price of loads of bin ends in the first ever Majestic Bargain Hunt!
The selection is available in-store now - if you can't visit us in person to hunt out your bargain, please call us or email for more details of what's available.
Some of our staff fav's included in the hunt are:
Yarra Hills Chardonnay £4.99
Domaine PY Merlot £4.66
Cuvee Armandiers Rose £3.99
Domaine Pellehaut Chardonnay £6.66
Montes Cabernet/Carmenere £6.66
Winemaker's lot Syrah £6.66
Costero Sauvignon Blanc £6.32
Plus many more...
So come and grab yourself a bargain today while stocks last!
Tel: 01903 323149
New Year Delivery InformationDate published: 07/12/11
Happy New Year! We are now operating a normal delivery service apart from New Years Day when we will be closed. We Re-open on Monday the 2nd 10am - 5pm.
New Year Opening HoursDate published: 05/12/11
Sunday 1st January
Monday 2nd January
10am - 5pm
Sunday 8th January
Monday 9th January
1pm - 8pm
FINE WINE FRIDAY ZINFANDEL STYLIE!!Date published: 30/11/11
This friday we will have the Duckhorn Decoy Zinfandel open to try so if you like big bold full on new world reds then this should def be on your Christmas list!
A French Extract... White BurgundyDate published: 16/11/11
Today I shall be writing about White Burgundy, a wine that is popular amongst many Majestic Employees. The vineyards of Burgundy are built upon limestone and chalk soil, mineral qualities that often follow through into the wines to create such a unique flavour.
The majority of white burgundies are made using chardonnay grapes, however it is not uncommon to see the addition of Aligote grape varieties in certain product regions. The use of such a limited range of grapes enables the producers of white Burgundy to create a distinctive and hopefully consistent produce representative of its origins.
Chablis, a popular white Burgundy, is made from 100% chardonnay grapes found within the Chablis region to the North of the Cote d'Or. The chardonnay grape does so well in this continental climate as it is an extremely hardy grape that fares well in the harsh winters.
Other types of white Burgundy include macon village and those from Cote Chalonnaise, each one unique depending on how it is pressed, fermented and whether they consist of any oak aging, or are bottled at a fairly young age.
A French Extract... Red BurgundyDate published: 15/11/11
Todays topic is all about red Burgundy, its origins and typical style. Being a French wine reigon, Burgundy has a high rate of AOC (Appelation Control) in order to preserve the quality and to ensure their produce is regulated.
There are four main areas that are well known for the production of Burgundy; Beajoulais, Chablis, Cote Chalonnaise and Macon, each of which has its own distinctive characteristics. Pinot Noir is the main grape variety found in red Burgundy, however gamay varietals may be included in certain types. Pinot Noir has an extremely light and fruity finish, and is often very pale in colour for a red which can make it a popular summer wine. The gamay and Pinot Noir grapes have extremely thin skins, which minimizes the amount of tannins produced and creates the characteristic light coulour.
Within Burgundy there are several stages of quality defined by the labeling of either a regional, a village, a premier Cru (or 1er Cru) and a Grand Cru. The last is the highest quality, and are produced using grapes from the Cote d'Or, as this is seen as the location for the best vineyards in the Burgundy region due to its continental climate and hilly tourraine; the harsh winters and warm summers create an ideal environment for optimum grape growth. These Grand Cru wines are typically aged for 7 years, however the best examples can be kept for up to 15!
Being the worlds least varied wine, there are a surprisingly diverse selection of styles to choose from, ranging from the lightest red to the richest full bodied Pinot Noir. Try one this evening.
A French extract....RhoneDate published: 14/11/11
Being relatively new to the world of wine, I have been asked to research different styles and areas of French wines this week to expand my knowledge and understanding! As a result I have decided to create a blog documenting my findings! Todays topic is all things Rhone, and as its at 20% off this month I thought it a fitting start to the week.
Rhone is situated in south east France and contains one of the highest areas of Appellation control wines in the country, even more than Bordeaux! Over 95% of all wines produced are red, with syrah being the most common grape to be used inside the region.
Rhone is divided into Northern and Southern vineyards, a distinction that is necessary due to the extreme difference in climates producing very different styles of grape.
The main varieties of grapes used to produce a Rhone wine are GSM grapes, that is Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre; this classic blend of grapes can be found around the world, however they are most commonly associated with Rhone wines, and produce a characteristic flavour.
CDR (Cotes du Rhone) is perhaps the most well known style of wine, and is produced in the Southern part of Rhone; CDR wines are typically light and fruity in style.
Another well known Rhone wine is Chateauneuf du Pape, or CNDP for all you fanatics; produced in Southern Rhone, the style is dominated by Grenache, although Viognier and Carignan and GSM blends may be present.
Come back tomorrow when i'll be delving into the mysteries of Burgundy!
Pedro Ximenex a sweet treat chocy fans will love!Date published: 14/10/11
If you have a sweet tooth like me then you will love the Pedro Ximenez Triana, made by the infamous Bodegas Hidalgo this is the sweetest sherry we sell and is dark and rich with dried plum and raisin flavours. I think that the best way of serving this sherry is poured over your favorite icecream, chocolate would be my fav - perfect!
Chocolate Week IV - Return of the Dairy Milk...Date published: 13/10/11
Milk chocolate doesn't just have to go with sweet dessert wines, why not try it with Peter Lehmann's Dry Riesling (£7.99 each when you buy 2). This crisp and refreshing wine with citrus flavours has a gentle acidity that contrasts perfectly with the texture of Dairy Milk, or even better try it with a Galaxy Ripple!
Chocolate Week Part III - The Milky Bar Kid...Date published: 12/10/11
I've always been a huge fan of white chocolate, from Milky Bars to white Magnum ice-creams. If you're looking for a great wine match for white chocolate then sherry is a surprising and tasty choice. Our Single Vineyard Pastrana Manzanilla sherry (£11.99) has a hint of orange with a subtle nuttiness that really complements the creamy taste of white chocolate. Give it a whirl, I guarantee you'll be pleased!
Chocolate week - Day 2 Date published: 11/10/11
Day two of chocolate week and we're hopefully all making the most of it. Today I thought we'd move away from the intense dark flavours of yesterday and focus instead on the sweet and aromatic. So, drum roll please, todays recommendation is a bottle of the 2008 Essensia Orange Muscat (£9.99) teamed with a bar of dairy milk whole nut. The classic flavour combination of milk chocolate and orange has always been popular, and I am confident that this rather adult adaptation will go down a treat. Who said Tueasday evenings had to be dull!
It's Chocolate week!!!Date published: 10/10/11
We all look forward to a relaxing night in front of the television with a nice glass of wine, and at Majestic wine we're no different! Any excuse is a good excuse as far as we're concerned, and since it's chocolate week we've decided that its the perfect time to discover some new flavour combinations. For todays match, we decided to team up our fantastic Mocha Java merlot with an indulgent bar of green and Blacks 85% cocoa; the coffee bean aromas from the merlot compliment the bitter tones of the cocoa and the fruit helps to soften the rich textures. Try it tonight, you wont be dissappointed!
Baysridge Malborough Sauvignon Blanc Sold Out!Date published: 06/10/11
A Malborough Sauvignon Blanc at a bargin £4.99, has got to be to good to be true and it has all gone - I did warn you all it was selling fast!
Fine Wine Friday without the Fine Wine Price Tag!Date published: 06/10/11
This Friday the 7th of October we will be opening the Chateau Renaissance Pomeral 2001, £19.99 buy 2 bottles save £10 - £14.99! This rare and amazing value pomeral should be drinking really well now and would be a perfect gift for someone (cases of twelve come in a traditional wooden box). I am really looking forward to trying this wine, I will keep you posted on twitter with some tasting notes!
Baysridge Malborough Sauvignon Blanc selling fast!Date published: 05/10/11
This special one off parcel is going down a storm here at Majestic Wine Worthing, if your a fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc's then you'll love this! It is only being sold online in unsplit cases of twelve but is working out at £4.99 a bottle - amazing value! Go to Majestic's Homepage now to place your order before its too late!
Group TastingsDate published: 22/09/11
Do you run an organisation, business or social group? Are you stuck for things to do? We can offer free wine tastings at a venue of your choice. Contact the store now if your interested in organising an event.
New Saturday Staff Choice!Date published: 17/09/11
Today we have Gerard Bertrand's Domaine L'Aigle Chardonnay open to try, named after the two eagles that live on the vineyard this wine is a stunning example of the value for money that you can get from wines in the south of france. This wine could easily stand up to a white burgundy of twice the price. With a nose of ripe tropical fruits, subtle vanilla, lemon and a hint of hazelnut. On the palet a creamy complexity of buttery nuttyness, with a lovely long length. This wine literaly made us do a we love chardonnay dance! Its a real steal at £8.49 when you buy two.
Saturday's Staff ChoiceDate published: 10/09/11
Today we have the Muga Reserva 2007 open on the tasting counter, with deep forest fruit and predominatly blackberry flavours, a hint of underlying spice and a long lingering finish. This wine is delicous with the cured meats on the tasting counter this weekend.
New Wine Of the Week!Date published: 06/09/11
Today we have chosen the Quinta De Azevedo Vinho Verde 2010 as our Wine Of The Week, pop into the store to try some of this light, zesty and refreshing wine. Only £5.99 when you buy 2 portugese wines - Bargain!
- Store Events(1)
Free Wine Course
11 May 2014 (15:00 - 16:30)
Join the team on our informal sit-down introduction to wine. 90 min appetiser sheds light on everything from tasting jargon to how to choose the perfect wine for your meal. We shall be serving some nice sparkling followed by 3 whites and reds accompanied with some nibbles. Call 01903238225 to sign up. Limited availability.
- Store Tasting(7)
What we're tasting today...
Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013 Côteaux d'Aix en Provence£9.99Buy 2 bottles save £4£7.99
Meet the team...
Asia Assistant ManagerHello, this is my third store at Majestic and the first as an Assistant Manager. I have learned so much in my 12 months Majestic career. I love wine (obviously) and my palate changes with the seasons. I enjoy Champagne, velvety reds and Burgundian whites. In October, I received WSET level 3 Award. I absolutely love what I do and I also love sharing my wine passion with everyone. So come and explore our amazing store here in Worthing and tell me what you like. I would love to learn something from you too.
George ManagerHello Worthing! This is my sixth store during my Majestic career and I am delighted to be here. My tipple is Champagne. I adore Bollinger, Pol Roger and a drop of the old Dom Perigonon when times are good! I look forward to meeting you all in store and hopefully doing some internal wine tastings for you soon! (by the way, our car park is at the back of the shop)!
Simon Sales AssistantGive Simon a wave as he drives past in the Berlingo, making sure people don't run out of wine!
Verity Trainee ManagerWell hello! I am Worthing's newest Trainee Manager, and completely new to Majestic. Previous to Majestic I was an Assistant Manager for a French restaurant group where I developed my passion for wine and became Wine Trainer for the company. Looking forward to furthering my knowledge and getting to know all you lovely regulars. I'm a sucker for a rich, oaked Malbec or a delicate red Burgundy with plenty of smokey spice, and just like Asia-I'd drink Champagne every day if I could!