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Brighton and Hove

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T: 01273 777 085
F: 01273 777 085
E: brh@majestic.co.uk
Opening Hours
Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
271 Old Shoreham Road
Hove
BN3 7ED
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free local delivery
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Wine Courses
  • Free glass loan
  • Free tasting every day
  • Free parking
Store News(817)

Porta 6Date published: 16/08/17


Porta 6 has been one of our best-selling red wines and for good reason. You’ve tried it and you get it. 

James Martin from Saturday Morning Kitchen is in part to blame for how popular this wine has become. He really did let the cat out of the bag. 

'It is one of the nicest reds I have tasted in 10 years on the show. That is just spectacular,' said Martin after trying Porta 6. The rest was history (and we do mean history!). 

Seriously! We sold out in 3 hours! 

Porta 6 became an instant best-seller. In fact, it sold out in three hours and actually broke our website. 

However, this beauty was no one-hit wine wonder – it continues to be a customer favourite with 95% of your fellow Majestic customers having awarded it our ‘buy it again’ rating. 

Why it’s so good 

Porta 6 is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Castelão and hails from a wine region outside of Lisbon called Lisboa. Touriga Nacional is an unsung hero grape from Portugal that has historically been used in Port wine, but more recently has been used to start producing dry red wines from the country. 

The grape has fantastic ageing potential like Cabernet Sauvignon and is more full-bodied. The other grapes used in the blend help to round out the tannins. The result – a fragrant and juicy red wine that’s supple, approachable, not too tannic and balanced with delicious acidity. A little bit of spice and a little warmth is perfect for anything on the BBQ. 

Grab this favourite and you’re ready to toast summer! 

Avancia Cuvee O Godello 2016Date published: 14/08/17


Less than 500 cases of Spanish rarity – single-varietal, estate-bottle Godello from the pioneering bodega which revived the grape. 

The most easterly region of Galicia, Valdeorras is protected from the ravages of the Atlantic weather by towering mountains. But by the early 1970s, Valdeorras’ vineyards were in steep decline. Godello – much like French Viognier – was all but extinct. 

Rescue was at hand in the form of a small band of viticulturalists who revived this still little-known region – two of them later founding Bodegas Godeval on the ruins of a twelfth century monastery. Godeval produced the first ever single varietal, estate bottled Godello in Spain – single handedly reviving the fortune of this cult grape

Don’t hang about! 

As a lover of aromatic whites, this is one wine you can’t afford to miss. It’s highly unusual to find such a high quality example of Godello – the old vines uniquely preserved in Valdeorras by Bodegas Godeval give a wine of startling intensity and lush texture. But the quantities are very limited! We have less than 500 cases available – so act fast! 

This is a truly rare parcel – hewn from the dizzyingly steep slopes around Godeval’s 12th Century monastery base. At once searingly refreshing and wonderfully plush, it’s packed with flavours of ripe orchard fruit. 

But with less than 500 cases available – equating to a little over 12 bottles per store – it’ll be a race to get your hands on this stunning white. Don’t miss out! 

Avancia Godello, 'Cuveé de O' 2016, Valdeorras 

£16.99 Mix Six £14.99

Attention Spanish red lovers! 10 year old Ribera at a fraction of its normal priceDate published: 15/07/17

10 year matured Ribera DO – at a fraction of its normal price 

In the last 30 years Ribera del Duero has emerged to challenge Rioja’s crown as the best wine producing region in Spain. 

The short, intense growing season and cool nights give stunning raw materials – grapes with opulent, ripe flavours – and piercing acidity. Marrying the very best Tempranillo grapes with careful winemaking, Condado de Oriza have created a wine of exceptional quality. 

Don’t hang about! 

As a lover of quality Spanish reds we had to tell you about this small parcel of premium Ribera – available for a fraction of its normal price. Gnarled 40-year-old vines yield only four bunches per vine – barely enough to fill a bottle. Undergoing the same rigorous ageing restrictions as a Rioja Gran Reserva, it’s a marvel to find such a perfectly mature example for under £20

But there’s more… 

We’re not the only ones to recognise its quality – our buyers worked some serious majestic to secure a parcel which was intended for China. Luckily they succeeded, giving you the chance to snap up this incredible bargain before it sells out. 

But be quick! Wine of this quality at this price won’t be around for long – and you’ll kick yourself if you miss this chance to try such a rare, perfectly mature example. 

Condado De Oriza Ribera Del Duero 2007 Gran Reserva

£15.99 Mix Six £12.99

Finca Carelio - It's back!Date published: 22/06/17

If you remember Finca Carelio you know it's a great wine and really reasonably priced. We know our customers love this style of wine so we’ve gone BIG! The 2014 vintage is a blend of 2 distinct wines from different Castilian wineries: 50% of the wine is from a classic estate in Ribera del Duero, made from 100% Tempranillo and aged for two years in seasoned barriques of American and French oak. The other half of the wine is from a winery in the Northern part of Castile, also 100% Tempranillo, but produced in a more contemporary, fruit-driven style and aged for 12 months in new American oak. The combination of the two wines is a beautiful example of the magic of masterful wine blending, the result being much more than the sum of its parts.

The Castilian Tempranillo adds freshness to the blend, this is classic Ribera – though at a fraction of the region’s normal prices. With aromas of leather, spice and moreish black fruit, this is an absolute steal.

£9.99 single bottle price down to £7.99 when you mix 6 or more but When it's gone it's gone so act fast!

Not all Rosé is sweet!Date published: 19/06/17

With the sun finally out and the lure of outside eating growing ever stronger, thoughts of Rosé come to the fore.Now although a lot of people imagine Rosé to be sweet thanks to White Zinfandel, Rosé D'Anjou and the legendary Mateus, most of what we stock is actually dry. Ranging from the delicate, salmon pink of the Provence wines to the baby sister of New Zealand Ned made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes, there is a great range of styles to try, so I have picked my 3 favourites.

Muga Rioja Rosé is my absolute favourite. Year in, year out this winery delivers superb quality. A beautiful, peachy colour with soft red fruit and floral delicacy this is perfect for sipping on its own or partnering with salmon.

Next comes the delicious Definition Provence Rosé. Dry and crisp with a wonderful aroma of strawberries and peach, yet without their sweetness, this transports you to the South of France in a moment.

Last but by no means least comes L'instant Safran Malbec Rosé a deeper pink than the others this is a fuller flavoured Rosé that is ideal for those barbecue moments. Dry but with plenty of soft summer fruits...delicious!

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Bollinger, Porta 6 and Picpoul Villemarin on specialDate published: 13/06/17

Bollinger, Porta 6 and Picpoul Villemarin on special

Today see's the end of our cracking New Zealand offer but with this we start another...

For 1 week only we've got Bollinger, Porta 6 and Picpoul on very special offers...Don't miss out!

Picpoul Villemarin

Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape. Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish. Drink with fresh oysters, whitebait or grilled sardines.

Only £6.99 mix 6 price, unit price £9.99

Porta 6

As seen on TV.The area around Lisbon is a hive of winemaking activity, making uniquely styled wines primarily from blends of native Portuguese grapes. This wine comes from vineyards in the Alenquer and Cadaval regions, in the mountains to the north of Lisbon. Quintessentially Portuguese red, offering plenty of warm, jammy forest fruit flavours combined with heady aromas of violets and touches of spice. Supple, chewy tannins provide texture and length. Perfect with minted lamb chops.

Currently £6.99 mix 6 price, unit price £8.99

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

Currently £32.99 mix 6 price, unit price £44.99

Don't forget these offers are valid Until Monday 19th of June, and free delivery on all orders on 6 bottles or more...


Hail to the Sale!Date published: 10/06/17

Bargain Hunters, super savers and connoisseurs of cash, this is the time to pay attention!

With anything up to 40% off white, red and sparkling wine, you are sure to find something to love.

Come in and peruse our last chance to buy section, but try not to get distracted by everything else in our store!

My choice.... La Gioiosa Cartizze Prosecco at £11.99 when you mix 6 down from £19.99. This prestigious and extremely rare region of Prosecco, is a treat any fizz lover should not miss! While stocks last only...



  

25% off New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc - 1 week only!Date published: 06/06/17

Starting this week we have 25% off all New Zealand Sauvignon. There are some great deals as well as lots of really different styles of New Zealand SB open to try. Some picks for this upcoming week are:

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc - £6.74 (Mix Six Price)

A great example of Sauvignon Blanc done well. Zesty, clean with some grassy elements. Lighter than some other compatriots which makes it a great summer wine; a steal at this price.

Waimea Sauvignon Blanc - £9.74 (Mix Six Price)

A classic from Nelson in New Zealand. Packed to the brim with gooseberry and lime, sit back and enjoy a glass of this tropical fruit flavoured wine with some nice seafood or salad - happy days.

St Clair Pioneer Block - £14.99 (Mix Six Price)

Think New Zealand Sauvignon is boring? Prepare yourself for a seriously great wine from my favourite New Zealand growers, the Ibbotsons. Think lime, guava and passionfruit combining to make a powerful yet sophisticated wine.


Champagne 25% off* - 1 week onlyDate published: 09/05/17

Champagne 25% off* - 1 week only


Today sees the start of our great 1 week offer - 25% of Champagne*

There are so many bargains to choose from so I've made it easy for you and picked my top 3.

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV Champagne

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

£29.99 mix 6 price, unit price £42.99 ( I've been told this could be the last time we see Veuve at this price )

Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

£33.99 mix 6 price, unit price £44.99

Pol Roger Réserve NV Champagne

Pol Roger's historic underground cellars are 33m deep and average particularly low temperatures. They thus provide an environment uniquely suited to slow fermentation, and are responsible for this Champagne's famously super-fine mousse.

£32.23 mix 6 price, unit price £42.99

Don't forget we offer free delivery on 6 bottles or more and that's any mixture.

Give us a call on 01273 777085, order online at majestic.co.uk or visit us in store

Don't forget this is a short term offer, ends Monday15th of May


Tasting Event - Whites of the WorldDate published: 04/05/17

Would you like to come along to our next tasting event?

With warmer weather on its way we are looking more towards white wine so on Sunday 14th May 15:00-17:00 we will be tasting the variety of whites the world has to offer. From Sauvignon Blanc to Gruner Veltliner, From Australia to Slovenia there is such variety so here is your opportunity to find your favourite.

Tickets cost £10 and in return you receive a £10 voucher

If you would like to attend let us know by email at brh@majestic.co.uk or call us on 01273 777085

Tasting EventsDate published: 18/04/17

Now although I'm sure you all know, and love, our tasting counter, I wonder how many of you know about our other tasting events organised in store? These are run by us throughout the year and come in a few different formats; the common denominator is that they are open to any adult, regardless of  your wine knowledge.

The biggest events are our Seasonal showcase evenings.This is a very informal evening where you get to wander around at your speed and taste a range of wines that we have chosen because they are either new and exciting, old favourites or simply fantastic.We often have one of our suppliers along to chat about their products as well (past visitors have been Laurent Perrier Champagne, Black Cow Vodka and Brighton Gin). The next one is on Friday May 5th; reserve your spot soon as its starting to fill up!

Our other events come under the group title of The Tasting Club. These have a more formal format in as much as we sit round a table and find out a bit more about each wine.These you need to pay either £10 or £20 for, but you receive this back in the form of a voucher on the day. Perhaps the classiest is the Fine Wine Experience (next one April 23rd)where we try a range of wine that demonstrates why it can be worth spending a little bit more per bottle.Or why not try one of the Masterclasses? For this tasting we cover either a grape variety or region, or maybe even a spirit.

If you want to know any more or just join in, contact the team on 01273 777085 or brh@majestic.co.uk

Argentinian Malbec at 25% off..we select the best.Date published: 11/04/17

This week we have a stunning 25% off Argentinian Malbec. With all those juicy, black fruited wines on offer how do you choose whats right for you? I've chosen 3 of my favourites to help you decide.

Hey Malbec 2015 £12.99 down to £9.74 in a mixed 6

I have a real soft spot for this wine, as it was the first Malbec I had tasted that made me want to try more of this wonderful grape. Juicy, rich, black fruits with hints of pepper and soft tannins that lead to a lovely, long finish. Fantastic on it's own or maybe with a sizzling steak. A quick note about it's label...love it or hate it, you've got to admit it's attention grabbing!

San Huberto 2014 £9.99 down to £7.49 in a mixed 6

Made in the foothills of the Andes this wine has flavours of plum, bramble and ripe blueberries, tempered by sweet, spicy oak.A firm favourite that always get great reviews on our website. A perfect partner for all those barbecues!

Definition Malbec 2015 £11.99 down to £8.99 in a mixed 6

If you've not sampled anything from our Definition range then you are missing out. Each wine is an excellent representation of it's chosen style, and the Malbec is no exception. A classic combination of plummy fruits and hints of chocolate this is crying out for some full flavoured, meaty fare.

Top offers...3 of our best!Date published: 08/04/17

With over 700 wines at Majestic it's quite hard to choose where to start.

Don't worry I've picked our 3 top best offers right now and they are all fantastic wines!

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil. A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity. Drink now with fresh summer salads and seafood.

Currently £6.99 mix 6 price (until Monday the 10th) This is our best selling white wine and not one to miss...

Côtes du Rhône 2013 E. Guigal

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley. Founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, his son Marcel is almost single-handedly responsible for the regions resurgence over the last few decades. This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine. Try with any red meat dishes or with rich vegetarian dishes like moussaka.

Currently £8.99 mix 6 price

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV Champagne

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

Currently £31.99 mix 6 price

Don't forget we offer free delivery on 6 bottles of more, just give us a call on 01273 777085

New Arrival - Porta 6 Reserva!Date published: 30/03/17

You all know the Porta 6 by now. Reccomended on Saturday Kitchen, broke our website and now Majestic favourite.

Well now there's Porta 6 Reserva!!!!! (Please don't break our website)

Many people thought it was impossible to improve on the original Porta 6, but we like a challenge so we created Porta 6 Reserva - it has all the hallmarks of the original but is a bit richer, smoother and we think, even more delicious.

Close your eyes and picture a long weekend strolling through the sun dappled narrow streets of old Lisbon with your best friend... Now savour the intense aromas and flavours of this dark ruby red Reserva wine. Wild and black berries mingle with exotic spices and hints of chocolate on the palate. A wine of complexity and character, yet it is also soft and fresh with a persistent and luxuriously smooth finish. Enjoy a taste of Lisbon at home and relax.

Single Bottle Price £11.99

Mix 6 Price just £9.99! 

Fantastic Easter Offers!Date published: 30/03/17

Now the days are longer and spring is truly here, it is a time to start planning Easter. There is nothing better than celebrating Easter with friends and family, enjoying great food, being involved in the egg hunt in a spring sunshine and eating chocolate bunnies. There is even better feeling when you get the delicious wine at the fantastic price! We at Majestic Wine Brighton offer you a price match and free delivery on 6 or more bottles to make your Easter as hassle free as possible. We believe our wine is do delicious that we guarantee no quibble on every purchase.

If you would like to come and visit us, we have got our tasting counter full of great wines. 


Key deals for Easter as part of a mixture of 6 bottles:

- A proven favourite, Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99!

- Guigal Côtes du Rhône - £8.99!

- Minuty Rosé - £9.99!

Laurent Perrier Brut - £24.99!!


Check all our best Easter offers @ www.majestic.co.uk/latest-wine-offers .If there is anything you cannot find or would like to get more information, please do not hesitate to call us. We are here to make sure you find the best possible choice for Easter or not.

We hope to see you in our store this Easter!

Ned Sauvignon Offer - 2 weeks onlyDate published: 28/03/17

For 2 weeks only everyone's favourite Ned Sauvignon Blanc is on offer at £6.99!!


For those that don't know (where have you been?) the Ned Sauvignon is one of our biggest sellers and is classic New Zealand Sauvignon representing excellent value for money! 96% of shoppers who rated this would buy it again!


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.Great for those lovely sunny Springtime lunches, or just an excellent everyday quaffer.


Single bottle price £10.99, Mix 6 price £6.99 - save £4

Or get a case of 6 for just £41.94 saving a whopping £24


Offer must end 10th April

Fine wine of the week - Rioja Gran reserva Faustino 1994Date published: 17/03/17

Fine wine of the week - Rioja Gran reserva Faustino 1994

This weekend we've decided to open the all time great Faustino Gran Reserva 1994

From a 5 star vintage and just now hitting its' peak this fabulous wine has bright berry fruit and a balance of more complex woody and spicy notes. The tannin is now integrated and silky with a remarkably sweet fruity after taste.

Currently part of our 25% off Rioja offer it's only £26.24 mix 6 price, unit price £35.00

Come in and have a try...

25% off Rioja - 1 week onlyDate published: 14/03/17

25% off Rioja - 1 week only

It's one of my favourite weeks when we run this offer, there are so many delicious wines from the Rioja region, too many to name.

I've picked 3 of my favourites to help you out...

Rioja Reserva 2012 Marqués de Riscal

In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja. A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours. This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.

Currently only £12.74 mix 6 price, unit price £16.99

Definition Rioja Reserva 2010

As seen on TV. The Majestic Definition range captures the quintessential qualities of the world's greatest wine styles, with a little help from some of the world's greatest winemakers...Rioja. A region in northern Spain from where a number of the finest Spanish wines originate. Our Rioja Reserva, for which we searched long and hard. Soft flavour of blackcurrant, vanilla, leather and toasted cedar. Our Rioja is a perfect match for roast or grilled lamb but equally good with cheese or cured meats.

Currently £9.74 mix 6 price, unit price £12.99

Faustino 1 Gran Reserva 2004 Rioja

Bodegas Faustino has over 150 years experience making and ageing top of the range wines in the Rioja Alavesa region. The soil and climate in this area is ideal for growing Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuuelo and creates wines of great disctinction. The nose is very complex with red berries, cinnamon, clove and oak notes. The palate has a beautiful balance of tannin and acidity with lingering notes of berry fruit and spice on the finish. This will match perfectly with grilled or roasted lamb, partridge or pheasant.

Currently £16.48 mix 6 price, unit price £21.99

Don't forget this is a 1 week offer so don't miss out. We offer free delivery on 6 bottles or more, you can order on-line, over the phone or come and visit us in store...


New arrival - Gunnamatta earl Grey IPADate published: 07/03/17

New arrival - Gunnamatta earl Grey IPA

We've recently taken on a great new range of craft beers - The Yeastie Boys

This week we have the Gunnamatta IPA open to try...

Boldly floral nose - much like your Granny's bedroom - with stonefruit and citrus flavours and a long dry finnish.

Gunamatta utilises judicious amounts of Earl Grey Blue Flower tea to generate an intoxicating floral and citrus aroma with the quenching dry finish of an ice tea. A truly unique new world India Pale Ale with a decidedly old world twist.

Come in and have a try this week, it's utterly delicious

New Fine Wine arrivalDate published: 04/03/17

I always get excited when something new and fine arrives...This week it's from California

Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Napa Valley

A blend of approximately 80% Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and a small amount of Cabernet Franc, matured in a mixture of new and second-vintage French oak barrels. This wine follows Duckhorn's trademark glossy, smooth and fruit-driven house style. Layers of blackcurrant fruit are interspersed with mocha, cinnamon, tobacco and sweet spice character.

Currently £49.50 mix 6 price, unit price £55.00

We've only got 24 bottles of this one so don't miss out...

HURRY! ONE WEEK ONLY FLASH SALE ON NOW!Date published: 23/02/17

You’ve just one week to SAVE up to 33% on favourites like Rioja Gran Reserva, New Zealand Sauvignon and more!

Rioja Gran Reserva 2008 Lagunilla £11.99 Mix Six £7.99 Gran Reserva at a fraction of the priceThis Gran Reserva spends 2 years in oak casks, followed by 3 years maturing in bottle prior to release. A fine and elegant bouquet, full of trademark aged Rioja. A steal!

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough £9.99Mix Six £6.99 £3 off a classic NZ Sauvignon Blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, this is a classic New Zealand Sauvignon. A rich tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs.

Peter Lehmann ‘Art & Soul’ Shiraz 2015 South Australia £9.99 Mix Six £6.99 SAVE 30% on velvet, rich Aussie Shriaz‘Art & Soul’ is what Australian Shiraz does best – deep red with a powerful bouquet of dark forest fruits with just a hint of chocolate. Rich with a velvety mouthfeel and a long soft finish.

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC £11.99 Mix Six £7.99 SAVE 33% on the Perfect Prosecco Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy’s largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy’s largest Prosecco vineyards.

But hurry – all offers must end Monday midnight.


So, you like Sauvignon?Date published: 18/02/17

These two beauts are open to taste and are right on the button for anyone who loves a drop from the Kiwi isles:


Parcel Series Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough
We source our Parcel Series wines from top quality wineries from around the world and this comes from a winery that has attracted much international acclaim. A very well-rounded Sauvignon, the wine is pale and straw-like in colour, and is bursting with vibrant citrus and lemongrass aromas. The palate is clean and focused, with juicy acidity and good length. This will be stunning with oysters or other shellfish.

£8.99 Mix Six PriceSave £2 

£10.99 per single bottle

Elara Sauvignon Gris Waimea Estate 2016

Waimea have a small experimental planting of Sauvignon Gris and they offered us this incredible wine that has won awards for every vintage. Production is so small that only a few hundred cases have ever been sold and this is the first time it has been seen outside of New Zealand. It's a really great alternative to its big sister, Sauvignon Blanc. 

£9.99 Mix Six Price Save £2 

£11.99 per single bottle

Fine wine of the Week - Peter Barlow RustenbergDate published: 18/02/17

Fine wine of the Week - Peter Barlow Rustenberg

The sun has popped his hat on and we have popped open a delicious Cab/Sauv for the occasion...

This is Rustenberg's top wine, named in honour of Peter Barlow, who founded the winery 1941 and whose family still runs the estate today. 100% Cabernet from the estate's finest vineyard, planted in 1990 on the south-western slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. A deep, multi-layered wine, with a bold and up-front character and velvety texture from 20 months in French oak barriques. Concentrated cassis and black cherry, with subtle herbaceous notes. Drink over the next 5-10 years, after decanting. Best with beef Wellington or similarly hearty red meat dishes.

This is currently open to try over the weekend, what other reason do you need to come and visit us...


New Staff Favourite - if you like Rioja, you'll LOVE this....Date published: 16/02/17

A blend of Tempranillo and Grenache that comes from Cariñena, which lies between Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorat.

 This fabulous wine provides quality similar to its more famous neighbours at a fraction of the price. 

Now drinking at its peak, it has bags of rich dark fruit with hints of spice and leather, and a warming vanilla finish.


It's great news for fizz lovers - 25% off Champagne week!Date published: 09/02/17

It's February and it is feeling a little chilly out there, however if you are like us you can sense that spring is just around the corner ushering the season for Champagne! We have a wonderful promotion in store and online this week for those who love the bubbles - it's 25% off all our Champagnes as part of a mixed case of 6 or more items. Let me give you some highlights:


Laurent Perrier NV - down from £39.99 to £24.99 per bottle

Bollinger Special Cuvee - down from £43.99 to £32.98 per bottle

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV - down from £34.99 to £24.99 per bottle

Ruinart Rose NV - down from £59.99 to £44.97 per bottle


If you are as excited as us, just pop in and say hello or place an order online before the end of Monday 13/2/17 to take advantage of these great deals.  

Early Close on 22/1/17!Date published: 22/01/17

Just a quick note, unfortunately we are closing early on 22/1/17, however fear not, we will be back open as usual from 10AM on Monday 23/1/17. Have a great weekend!

Wine of the week...Pazos de Ulloa RibeiroDate published: 17/01/17

Wine of the week...Pazos de Ulloa Ribeiro

A cracking wine at a cracking price and it's open to try this week...Only £5.99 mix 6 price

The light, fresh and fruity white wines of Galicia in North-West Spain are gaining an increasing reputation for flavour and value.

Aromatic, light and full of refreshing flavours of peach and apple. This crisp wine has a fine mineral finish and is part of our current sale.

We have very little lines left as part of our sale so why not come in store to see what's left...

Tasting This Weekend - Famille Perrin Cotes Du Rhone ReserveDate published: 12/01/17

The name of Famille Perrin may be unfamiliar to many wine drinkers, but their greatest wine is rather more well-known. Chateau de Beaucastel's Chateauneuf de Pape is one of the Rhone's most celebrated wines, and has been a firm favourite with UK drinkers for decades. The estate's second wine, the Coudolet de Beaucastel, is bottled under the Cotes du Rhone appellation and alongside the equally superb wines of E. Guigal is regarded as one of the most consistently excellent examples of the style.


This kind of peerless reputation and quality never comes cheap, of course - so it's a delight to find a wine with this kind of class at a more wallet-friendly price.  Step forward Famille Perrin's Cotes Du Rhone Reserve, a wine with all the pedigree but less of the premium.  Stuffed with rich dark fruit flavours and supported on a structure of silky tannins, Famille Perrin is currently available at the bargain price of just £8.99 (as part of a mix 6) thanks to a generous 25% discount - and at that price, this connoisseur's CDR won't hang around.  Pop instore and try it this weekend - but don't wait too long.

Tasting Event: Introduction to Wine!Date published: 05/01/17

Sunday 22nd January is our first tasting event of the new year and it's the perfect way to start with an introduction to wine.

The Tasting will run through how to taste rather than just drink wine, go through key wine styles of the world and will hopefully help you understand what it is you like/dislike about different wines and help discover your new favourites!

The tasting will run from 1-3pm and tickets are just a £5 donation to charity.

If you would like to come along give us a call on 01273 777085

Closing times tonightDate published: 31/12/16

Dear All

Just so you are aware, we close at 5pm tonight on New years Eve. earlier closing for us tonight...

Still plenty of time to grab some wine

Fantastic Fizz Offers This Week!Date published: 06/12/16

Hi Folks,

Just a quick heads up about our amazing Champagne offer this week - we're doing AT LEAST 25% off everything in the range!


Here's a few of the very best offers in this fantastic promotion:

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV - was £41.99, now £29.99 

It's the cheapest it's been all year, so if you fancy a drop of Bolly this Christmas morn, now is the time to strike.


Taittinger Brut Reserve NV - was £36.99, now £24.99 

Your eyes do not deceive you: a whopping £12 (Yes, TWELVE QUID) off one of the most consistently excellent non-vintage Champagnes ever to grace these shores.  That's practically a third off, so it won't last.


Laurent-Perrier Brut NV - was £39.99, now £24.99 

For those of you that love the lighter, more appley style of fizz, L-P has to be top of the list.  We're offering a frankly ridiculous £15 off this splendid champers, but stocks are limited.


As ever, prices this low can't last, so don't miss out - make sure you pick up your Christmas bubbly at Majestic Brighton & Hove ASAP (or at least before Monday, when the offers finish).


Give us a call on 01273 777085


Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 05/12/16

We're now open even longer throughout the Christmas period to satisfy all your wine, beer and spirits needs!


Monday 5th December - Friday 9th December: 9am-8pm

Saturday 10th December: 9am-7pm

Sunday 11th December: 10am-5pm

Monday 12th December - Friday 16th December: 9am-8pm

Saturday 17th December: 9am-8pm

Sunday 18th December: 10am-5pm

Monday 19th December - Friday 23rd December: 9am-8pm

Christmas Eve: 9am-5pm

Christmas Day: CLOSED

Boxing Day: CLOSED

Tuesday 27th December: 10am-5pm

Wednesday 28th December: 10am-7pm

Thursday 29th December: 10am-8pm

Friday 30th December: 10am-8pm

New Year's Eve: 10am-5pm

New Year's Day: CLOSED

Monday 2nd January: 10am-5pm



Attention British Gas CustomersDate published: 30/11/16

If you were one of the lucky winners of a Rivamonte Prosecco, CONGRATULATIONS and please read on...


You may not be aware but your voucher also entitles you to an additional discount when you shop at Majestic Wine. Spend £50 and get £10 off your total bill. Make your way to the store and claim your vouchers. Remember we offer:


-free delivery
-free tastings
-price match
-money back guarantee
-specialist advice

Christmas Crackers!Date published: 30/11/16

Hurry! 

The year’s best prices on Ned, Champagne, Châteauneuf & more! How’s this for a big splash for December! These are the Majestic Christmas Crackers. They are the tip of the top – the pinnacle of their style or region. Wines that taste so good we couldn’t imagine our range without them. And for a limited time only – they’re all absolute steals too!

Here are a few to crack open...


Ned Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand @ £6.99
Macon Lugny Louis Latour, France @ £8.99
Chateneuf-du-Pape Capouliers, France @ £9.99

AND MORE!!!

Best offers this week...Date published: 22/11/16

25% off New Zealand Sauvignon and Rioja! – Black Friday starts here!
We know you love Rioja so make the most of this fantastic offer. And whilst you’re at it, why
not stock up on some people pleasing New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – with both at 25%
off – there’s never been a better time to treat yourself!
This is a no-holds-barred offer. It’s on the whole lot. Grab yourself some weekday bargains
or pop in a couple of bottles of something really, really special. Add them in with your mix-six
or grab a case of something you love – the savings can be huge.


Planning a party or a very special gift? Now’s the time to get ’em!
It’s always worth digging a little deeper and we want you to discover even more. We’d love it
if you can join us in-store to sample a great selection from both these ranges. Check out
some of the best Rioja offerings below – you’re sure to enjoy.


Oh, and if you find a lower price elsewhere, we’ll match it!
If you find the same wine cheaper elsewhere, we’ll match that price for up to 6 bottles. Simple
as that! Just mention the wine you want to match to one of our Wine Gurus in-store or give
our Customer Happiness Team a call on 0345 605 676.

A Peroni Extravaganza - A case for under £25!Date published: 18/11/16

Peroni is a name synonymous with great quality beer worldwide, and a firm favourite of our customers. I am very pleased to inform you that we have secured a fantastic price on cases of 24x330ml bottles until the end of Monday 28/11/2016 - a mere £24.96! It's a superb product and a useful purchase for the upcoming festive season if you are forward planning. If you aren't too familiar with Peroni, let me tell you a little more...Only ever made and bottled in Italy at breweries in Rome, Bari and Padova, Peroni Nastro Azzurro is brewed using the creativity and flair of Italians; blending the finest hops with two-row spring planted barley and a quarter of Italian maize which produces its uniquely crisp and refreshing taste. At this price, we are really excited! If you are interested please do give us a call, pop in store or shop online.


Porta 6 - a star buy at £6.99!Date published: 16/11/16

The wine that famously broke our website thanks to a certain TV chef! Have you tried this superb wine from Lisboa? Let me tell you a little more...

Porta 6 is a classic Portuguese blend: 50% Tinta Roriz, 40% Castelao and 10% Toriga Nacional. These wonderful grapes combined produce a beautiful wine full of character. Rich and powerful fruit, with a robust punch of booze at 13.5% ABV. Soft and ripe fruit with balanced acidity, and a flavour profile dominated by blackberry, plum and spice.

At £6.99 per bottle down from £8.99 as part of a mixed case of 6 or more items this is one not to miss!

Prosecco - 25% off for 1 week only!Date published: 15/11/16

Prosecco - 25% off for 1 week only!

Continuing our trend of 25% offers, this week it's all about Prosecco! In plenty of time to fill your houses full of bubbles for the big day...

Our top 3 picks...

Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV DOCG, Italy - Only £9.99 mix 6 price

La Marca Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Treviso area of Northern Italy. This wine is made from 100% Prosecco harvested from selected vineyards, made using the Charmat method.

Taste

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

Enjoy

An excellent apéritif, served with light starters or fruit salads.

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV DOCG - Only £9.74 mix 6 price

La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its members own about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain. Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid the continual improvement of wine quality.

Taste

A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples.

Enjoy

Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch.

Prosecco Romeo & Juliet NV Treviso, Pasqua - Only £8.99 mix 6 price

Although located around 100km west of Treviso, the romantically inspiring city of Verona is where Pasqua was founded in 1925, as well as having provided the backdrop for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.

Taste

A pale, lightly aromatic and easy-drinking sparkling wine, with a soft mousse and an off-dry feel. Gentle flavours of pear, clementine and white apple are lifted by soft acidity.

Enjoy

Enjoy on its own at any informal celebration, or as an accompaniment to summery salads and antipasti.

Don't forget this offer is only for 1 week only so don't hesitate, pop in store now...

https://www.majestic.co.uk/prosecco?SearchSource=prosecco

Corona - £1 per bottle!Date published: 12/11/16

Corona Extra was first brewed in 1925 at the Cervecería Modelo in Mexico City, Mexico. Ten years after its launch, Corona became the best-selling beer in Mexico and today, continues to stand for Mexican pride around the world.

Corona’s special maturation process makes its flavour and aroma smooth and very drinkable. Fine malts are used to give Corona its pale straw to golden colour and the yeast used is carefully selected to achieve consistency in the beer’s flavour.

There is no better light flavoured bottled lager for the summer. Well chilled, add a wedge of lime & this is the perfect addition to any sunny barbecue or gathering.

Currently, just £24 a case for 24 bottles, that's just £1 a bottle. Cracking value.

Cheers!

Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 10/11/16

With Christmas on its way we are opening longer our to give you more chance to get your party wines and beers!

NOVEMBER

Monday 28th November:  10am-7pm

Tuesday 29th November: 10am-7pm

Wednesday 30th November: 10am-7pm

DECEMBER

Thursday 1st December: 10am-8pm

Friday 2nd December: 10am-8pm

Saturday 3rd December: 9am-7pm

Sunday 4th December: 10am-5pm

Monday 5th December - Friday 9th December: 9am-8pm

Saturday 10th December: 9am-7pm

Sunday 11th December: 10am-5pm

Monday 12th December - Friday 16th December: 9am-8pm

Saturday 17th December: 9am-8pm

Sunday 18th December: 10am-5pm

Monday 19th December - Friday 23rd December: 9am-8pm

Christmas Eve: 9am-5pm

Christmas Day: CLOSED

Boxing Day: CLOSED

Tuesday 27th December: 10am-5pm

Wednesday 28th December: 10am-7pm

Thursday 29th December: 10am-8pm

Friday 30th December: 10am-8pm

New Year's Eve: 10am-5pm

New Year's Day: CLOSED

Monday 2nd January: 10am-5pm


November Showcase Tasting - Friday 18thDate published: 09/11/16

It's coming to that time of year again. With Winter just around the corner and Christmas on its way now is the time to be choosing your Christmas wines and our November showcase is the perfect opportunity to do so!

Join us on Friday 18th of November for our Winter Showcase.

We will choose some cracking wines for us all to try, there will be the usual cheese and snacks to keep hunger at bay and there's also the great team as always to keep you topped up.

This is always a great night and fun is had by all, not to mention it's completley free, yup free!

Spaces are limited so please sign up as quick as you can. The evening will start around 6pm and end around 9ish.

Please RSVP either by e-mail @ brh@majestic.co.uk or call us direct on 01273 777085

Don't forget every sale on the evening get's 10% off, what's not to like...

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Team Brighton and Hove


25% Off Bordeaux - 1 week only!Date published: 09/11/16

First Time Ever - ALL Bordeaux wines 25% off Majestic customers are a savvy bunch. They know they’ll always find top quality Claret at honest prices with us. But this week, we’re able to go even further –offering 25% off selected wines in our Bordeaux range, for a limited time!

You know the story with Bordeaux. Merchants and producers trading on names and prestige with prices spiralling ever upwards. But there are still steals to be had; wines with a golden combo of value and quality. The Bordeaux Majestic are proud to stock. 

Now we’re going even further. From thoroughly enjoyable classics from £7.99 right up to the top dollar stuff. It’s easier to go up the price scale as we guarantee you’ll be saving. In Bordeaux that extra £ can go a long way – translating into depth, flavour or agreeability. Just pop any Bordeaux under £50 into your case of six and pocket the difference.

You’ll need to be quick though...This is the first time in the history of Majestic we’ve run this promotion on Bordeaux – so make the most of it while you can!


Fine wine of the week - Amarone MasiDate published: 05/11/16

Fine wine of the week - Amarone Masi

This is a belter of a wine! I adore this product, it's just delicious, truly 'Ding Dong'

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. This Amarone is made by drying the grapes on bamboo racks throughout winter, after which the dried berries undergo a very long fermentation period of around 80 days in total, in a mixture of steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels. Immensely full-bodied and complex, with intense and mature dry fruit aromas. Drink with game, mature cheese, or as a digestif.

Currently £30.00 mix 6 price, come in this weekend to have a try yourself..


25% off Champagne for this weekend only...Date published: 04/11/16

25% off Champagne for this weekend only...

Don't miss out on this brilliant opportunity to get some early fizz in.

There's just too many to mention so we thought we'd pick our top 3...

Bollinger Special Cuvee only £31.48 mix 6 price

Pol Roger Nv only £30.73 mix 6 price

Veuve Clicquot NV only £29.99 mix 6 price

Check out the entire range online at https://www.majestic.co.uk/champagne

Don't forget we offer free delivery on 6 or more bottles, visit our website or give us a call on 01273 777085


Know your Bordeaux Vintages...the 2000'sDate published: 21/10/16

2000 Feted as the millennium vintage, described as 'one in a lifetime' and heaped with superlatives, 2000 produced wines of spectacular quality on both banks of the Gironde. Hindsight has not diluted the enthusiasm for the vintage, but the press and trade have lost some of the restraint shown when initially describing the 2000, so almost every subsequent appears to be superior! Wines of power, elegance and concentration abound. Long ageing potential.

2001 A vintage of quality that was under-hyped following the millennium vintage, best described as Classic Bordeaux. Superior to 1999, akin to the 1988 vintage. Elegant and aromatic wines at a fraction of 2000's price. Wines have potential for ageing, most however will never attain sweetness and weight of warmer vintages.

2002 Another year of 'Classic' Bordeaux, with Cabernet based wines on the Left Bank providing many of the highlights. Left Bank wines had potential for extended aging, whereas Right Bank wines provided early drinking highlights. Many wines of interest and quality from this often overlooked vintage. Wines are much lighter than the previous 3 years, more perfumed, providing for medium term ageing (up to about 15 years for most wines).

2003 The only word needed to describe 2003; Hot. Extremely concentrated wines, high alcohol levels and reduced acidity levels prevailed across Bordeaux. Initially thought of as superior to 2000, lack of acidity and over-concentration has led to diminishing interest. Many wines enjoyable after 5 years in bottle, questions abound about long term ageing potential.

2004 A return to a 'Classic' vintage after the over-ripe and somewhat Port-like wines of 2003, 2004 was a somewhat dark vintage of high tannin levels and perfumed Cabernet. The 2004s have somewhat been forgotten compared to its predecessor and successive vintage, but many charming and elegant wines are available. Comparisons to 1988 abound, due to leafy Cabernet Sauvignon aromas and flavours. Great wines have long ageing potential.

2005 Compared to outstanding and legendary vintages such as 1990, 1982 and 1959, the first 'Vintage of the Century' after 2000 and 2003, wines were initially very high in tannin and extract, yet still sweet and elegant on release. Many of the Left Bank wines require prodigious ageing before realising their full potential. Most wines are enjoyable now due to sweetness of fruit and tannin but have further development in bottle over 10+ years.

2006 A very good quality vintage, similar in style yet slightly superior to 2004. Described as another 'Classic' vintage of leafy Cabernet, more approachable and elegant when young than previous 'Classics'. Left bank produced powerful wines, very dark fruit flavours and slightly sour tannins.

2007 The curse of seven struck again, following on from 1987 and 1997 as the lesser vintages of the decade. An early drinking vintage, many 2007’s are at their best now and provide easy drinking medium weight wines.

2008 A vintage that was slated before it was even harvested, both because of a poor spring and early summer, and the onset of the world's financial difficulties. Robert Parker awarded higher scores to the 2008 wines than to many of the 2005s (although these ratings have subsequently softened). Right Bank wines were generally superior to the Left.



Treasury Parcel Round 2!Date published: 12/10/16

Earlier this year we secured a parcel of Australian and Californian wines from one of our suppliers.  We sold through this in record time.  Our buyers have worked their magic again and have secured a further collection of their wines at silly prices.


There are some bargain prices on Aussie wines, from Lindeman's, Wolf Blass and Seppelt ranging from £4.49 to £9.99. These wines are priced way, way below market prices, sometimes more than 50% below, once they’re gone, they’re gone!


Come and take a look at our range!

Fancy Working With Us?Date published: 09/10/16

Majestic Wine are the UK's leading wine retailer. We are looking for an energetic person, to work alongside our highly motivated retail team in store. 


Like any other retailer, customer service is at the heart of what we do and a successful candidate will not only have a great understanding of what that looks like, but examples of how they have demonstrated it. We want someone willing to participate in all activities, be it delivering wine when necessary in our van, helping with serving customers and selling wine, to even taking out the bins and cleaning the store. We are a close knit team who all muck in and get involved. 


Candidates must be at least 20 and have held a full time UK driving Licence for over a year. In essence we are looking for friendly, outgoing people who are prepared to go out of their way to deliver excellence.

Oktoberfest Celebrations!Date published: 08/10/16

Come and celebrate Oktoberfest at your local Majestic store! Over the weekend of the 15th & 16th October, we'll be opening a fantastic range of beers from around the world for you to try. You can even cast your vote for your favourite beer & you could be in with a chance of being invited to Majestic's very own Customer tasting panel! 


Whether you like super hoppy craft IPA or prefer a more classic bitter, there will be many different styles of beer open to taste. 
If you would like to learn more about beer, we'll be running a beer masterclass to coincide with our Oktoberfest celebrations.
For further information regarding our Oktoberfest celebrations or to learn more about the Beer Masterclass, please contact the store team on 01273 777085 or email us at brh@majestic.co.uk


Sam Adams- £1 a bottle! Date published: 30/09/16

Sam Adams is a Boston Lager brewed under licence in the UK by Shepherd Neame. Named in honour of its founder father. A rich style of lager brewed with Hallertau Mittelfrueh & Tettnang Tettnanger Noble hops & select malts.

A lager with a great flavour, and 4.8% abv it's a perfect Sunday afternoon beer to enjoy with friends.

It's currently just £24 a case of 24 bottles- equating to a wallet friendly £1 a bottle!  



November Showcase TastingDate published: 28/09/16

It's coming to that time of year again. With Winter just around the corner and Christmas on its way now is the time to be choosing your Christmas wines and our November showcase is the perfect opportunity to do so!

Join us on Friday 18th of November for our Winter Showcase.

We will choose some cracking wines for us all to try, there will be the usual cheese and snacks to keep hunger at bay and there's also the great team as always to keep you topped up.

This is always a great night and fun is had by all, not to mention it's completley free, yup free!

Spaces are limited so please sign up as quick as you can. The evening will start around 6pm and end around 9ish.

Please RSVP either by e-mail @ brh@majestic.co.uk or call us direct on 01273 777085

Don't forget every sale on the evening get's 10% off, what's not to like...

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Team Brighton and Hove


September Offers Ending Soon!Date published: 22/09/16

It's that time again, our current flyer is coming to an end and with it our September offers! Highlights include:

Veuve Cliquot NV £39.99, £29.99 Mix 6

Rivamonte Prosecco DOC £9.99, £7.99 Mix 6

Beronia Rioja Reserva £14.99, £9.99 Mix 6

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc £9.99, £7.99 Mix 6


Don't miss out!!

Macon Lugny Louis Latour & Cune Reserva - Only £8.99!!!Date published: 14/09/16

It has been a  stunning September so far, and we thought to match it we would give you a treat! I have in store and online two absolute bargains: Macon Lugny Louis Latour and Cune Reserva Rioja are both only £8.99 per bottle as part of a mixed case of 6 or more items. That's £4 per bottle off the Rioja, and £3 per bottle off from the white burgundy. These are two Majestic classics and firm favourites of our lovely customers.


For those yet to encounter these wines let me tell you a little more...Macon Lugny is a wonderful Burgundian appelation famous for producing zesty and rounded Chardonnays with a light-medium oak finish. They are brilliant in your garden enjoying our summer resurgence or with a light fish supper. Cune Rioja Reserva is all about black forrest fruits and Christmas spices. I'm thinking nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. I'm getting thirsty just writing this. If you fancy tasting them do pop in over the next week as we are showcasing them in store. We love these wines, and know you will too.

The Majestic 'No Quibble' guaranteeDate published: 02/09/16

'No Quibble' Guarantee

Here at Majestic, we pride ourselves on recommending great wines to our customers to suit all tastes & budgets. Regular customers will know that we always have a great wines open to taste everyday of the week.


If there is a wine that happens not to be open that we recommend, if you buy it, try it & it is not to your taste, then we have our 'No Quibble' guarantee which means you can buy something a little daring and different in complete confidence knowing that we'll refund you if your wine is not delicious, & help you find another wine that we think you'll love.


No Quibble. No Worries.

No Quibble Guarantee!Date published: 30/08/16

Here at Majestic, we pride ourselves on recommending great wines to our customers to suit all tastes & budgets. Regular customers will know that we always have a great wines open to taste everyday of the week.


If there is a wine that happens not to be open that we recommend, if you buy it, try it & it is not to your taste, then we have our 'No Quibble' guarantee which means you can buy something a little daring and different in complete confidence knowing that we'll refund you if your wine is not delicious, & help you find another wine that we think you'll love.


No Quibble. No Worries.



Brighton Wine FairDate published: 25/08/16

One of the great things that Majestic do is tastings, it's what we all love to do...Taste wine and rink it obviously.

For the third year running we will be at the Brighton Wine fair, along with other local wine merchants and producers from the local area...

Brighton wine merchants and Sussex wine estates under one roof - over 50 wines to taste and buy.

Ridgeview Wine Estate, Bolney Wine Estate, Albourne Estate, Court Garden,  Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Plumpton Estate, WSET, Ten Green Bottles, Twenty One Wines, Seven Cellars, Elwood Wines, Majestic Brighton & Hove, Pacta Connect
Sat 3rd Sept 2016 - 12.30pm to 4pm 
at The Grand Brighton, 97-99 King's Road, Brighton BN1 2FW 

Tickets are £20 each or £30 for a pair

take a look at the website @ www.brightonwinefair.com

Majestic Brighton & Hove - Revamped & Revitalised!Date published: 25/08/16

We are very excited to show off a brand new look for our lovely store on Old Shoreham Road. First and foremost, I would like to thank those of you who have visited in the last couple of days for your patience as we have had some extensive works going on in store - and I am delighted to say we are up and running now to satisfy all your wine needs. And with a great new vibe in store... 


So, what is new I hear you ask?


Good question! We have changed the layout inside dramatically, and created a French-themed central island with some lovely racking to really let our outstanding French collection shine. We have some amazing new sections that haven't officially lanched yet but will be targeting key and exciting wines. Finally, there has been a general make-over and tidy up, so everything looks fresh and will be easier to shop. We hope you will love it, we wanted to make your trips here even easier and improve the atmosphere.


Come and say hello in store, we would love to show you around.


Mike

 

Indian Summer showcase - 10% off on the evening and it's freeDate published: 18/08/16

We have just announced a new Tasting Event.

Join us on Friday 16th of September for our Seasonal Showcase.

We will choose some cracking wines for us all to try, there will be the usual cheese and snacks to keep hunger at bay and there's also the great team as always to keep you topped up.

This is always a great night and fun is had by all, not to mention it's completley free, yup free!

Spaces are limited so please sign up as quick as you can. The evening will start around 6pm and end around 9ish.

Please RSVP either by e-mail @ brh@majestic.co.uk or call us direct on 01273 777085

Don't forget every sale on the evening get's 10% off, what's not to like...

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Team Brighton and Hove


New to the range - Morande Reserva PaisDate published: 18/08/16

New to the range - Morande Reserva Pais

A first a majestic Wines, the highly planted Pais variety from Chile and if your not to sure, we've got it open to try this weekend too.

The Pais grape was brought to Mexico by Hernán Cortes and from there spread throughout the Americas. The variety, once the most planted in Chile and used for table wine, is now enjoying a renaissance as quality driven producers are making light, fresh fruity red wines. Reminiscent of good Beaujolais this wine is light and fruity with red cherry and raspberry flavours followed by an earthy and spicy finish. This will be delicious with charcuterie and ripe cheese.

Only £6.99 mix 6 price, unit price £8.99.

Come on! Pop in this weekend and give it a try.



Manager's Choice - Agenda, Dão 2014Date published: 17/08/16

We have a brand new and exciting wine in our range, selected by our very own store managers nationwide as their favourite of a line up put to them by the buyers. The Agenda hails from Dão in Portugal, and reflects the current boom in interest in the wines of portugal - an era ushered in by the Porta 6 wine that famously broke our website! The Dao is a very mountainous region, with great diurnal range (hot day/cool nights). This is a combination that leads to delicate and perfumed wines with notable elegance.


"..bursting with redcurrant and cherry aromas, it is fresh and full flavoured...Partner with duck or other game dishes." - Alex, Manager of kings Lynn Majestic Wine.


But don't listen to what we think, come in and try over the next week - it's open to taste. Single bottle price is £9.99, but it drops to £8.99 as part of a mixed case of 6 or more items.

 

Beer Of The Week - Curious IPADate published: 14/08/16

A powerful yet hoppy Indian Pale Ale.


Created by Chapel Down, England’s leading wine producer, who have branched out into producing craft beers.


They’ve learned that great wines such as Champagne and Côtes du Rhône use three great grape varieties working in harmony to create better balance and depth.


They have used this idea and their winemaking know-how to combine three types of hops…


1. traditional English Golding; the fresh, sweet, delicate king of English hops


2. Bramling Cross; a forest fruity beauty


3. punchy, spicy, aromatic Chinook


...to produce this balanced yet powerful IPA.


Taste it in-store today!


This beer received 4 out of 5 stars from our own customer’s online reviews.



Take home a case for

£17.99 (£1.49 btl)



Brighton Gin - It's finally here!Date published: 12/08/16

We are very pleased to announce that we are the pioneering Majestic branch to be stocking the fantastic Brighton Gin. It's an exciting product and there has been a lot of demand in the run up to it's launch. The distillery is the only (legal) one in operation in Brighton itself, and is run by the female duo of kathy Caton and Helen Chesshire, who are "..committed to creating the finest quality gin, sourcing locallyand from within Great Britain wherever we can". The gin is handmade with love and care, using 100% British organic wheat grain spirit. Key botanicals are juniper, orangepeel, lime peel and milk thistle.


Pop in store to give it a try, it's the taste of summer on our famous seaside. Single bottle price £45.55, but as part of a mixed case of 6 items it drops to £40.99.

Majestic Presents - Zuccardi Brazos MalbecDate published: 10/08/16

It's an exciting new week on our tasting counter, I have the pleasure of announcing a new Majestic Presents wine, the Zuccardi Brazos Malbec. If you are an Argentine Malbec lover you are in for a treat, this wine is produced by Sebastian Zuccardi who this year won the prstigious title of Aregntinian Winemaker of the Year 2016.


It is a classic Malbec in style, bursting with rich plummy fruitand sweet spice flavours intermingled between a background of blackcurrent and cherry vibes. "Seriously fruit-rich yet elegant new release from Aregntina's 2016 Wine Maker of the Year, Sebastian Zuccardi." Tim Aitkin MW (Argentina Special Report 2016).


If this excites you as much as it does ourselves, do pop in store to try this week. Single bottle price £9.99, mix six £7.99.



Fine Wine Friday - Catena Alta Malbec Date published: 29/07/16

It's Friday, it's time to try some fine wine of the highest calibre. This week our wine of choice is the fantastic Catena Alta Malbec from the very heart of Mendoza. Malbec is a varietal that has won Argentina international acclaim, and for me this wine is a leader of the class. Sourced from particular rows amongst the best vineyards in the Andean vineyards, the Catena Alta is a blend of the best grapes the Catena Zapata family can get their hands on. 


Deep purple in colour, with intense aromas of blackberry with hints of violets, sweet spices, vanilla and tobacco - this is a treat! Full bodied with integrated ripe tannins, black pepper spice and a lingering finish. Pop in store over this weekend and give it a try. The single bottle price is £30.00, but it is discounted to £27.00 as part of a mixed case of 6 or more items.

Bargain Bolli!Date published: 28/07/16

For 1 week only we have Bolli Special Cuvee at just £29.99 Mix 6 Price!

This offer must end 7pm Monday 1st August (3pm online) so get it while you can!

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. Brilliant quality Champagne at a brilliant price!

Don't miss out!

You Ned this Sauvignon Blanc in your life! - A £6.99 stunner this week only!!!Date published: 21/07/16

Are you a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Lover? Chances are, if you are reading this article then you probably have a taste for the grape that has our nation transfixed (we love it too!). Marlborough Sauvignon is synonymous with freshness of flavour, bright acidity and most importantly bold tropical fruits mixed with the aromas of just-cut grass. The Ned encapsulates this spirit of New Zealand in a glass, and transports you from your garden or living room to a glorious sunset in over a vineyard on the northern edge of South Island. A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity.


I have to say at £6.99 per bottle as part of a mixed case of six or more items this is an absolute bargain! A discount of £4 per bottle is exceptional on this product, and we will be celebrating all week in store if you would like to try it. The offer ends on Monday 25/7/16, so if you are interested do pop in and say hello, or place an order online before this cut date.


What A Time To Be Alive - 25% Off Prosecco This Weekend!Date published: 17/07/16

This weekend it's a Prosecco extravaganza! 

We are celebrating in store a fantastic promotion and a chance to really boost your wine rack. We have in store and online 25% off our range of Prosecco - this is ending on Monday the 18th of July. I often feel that there is nothing more summery than a hot day, a picnic and a glass of Prosecco, so this is a fantastic opportunity to get a few bottles in...!  On top of all the savings, we also have the opportunity in store for you to sample many of our range chilled down to perfection.


Open today:


Prosecco Romeo and Juliet - £8.99 per bottle as part of a mixed case of 6 or more items (save £3 per bottle)

Prosecco Rivamonte - £6.99 per bottle as part of a mixed case of 6 or more items (save £3 per bottle)

La Marca Conegliano Valdobbiadene £9.74 per bottle as part of a mixed case of 6 or more items (save £3.25 per bottle)


We are very excited about having such a selection of good value and flavoursome Proseccos open to taste, pop in store to find out more!

ARGENTINIAN MALBEC 25% OFF ALL WEEKENDDate published: 17/06/16

ARGENTINIAN MALBEC 25% OFF ALL WEEKEND

One not to miss out on! The british summer is offically here, it's raining. To keep you going there's 25% off all our Argentinian Mlabec for this weekend only...My 3 star choices has to be...

Ben Marco Malbec 2013 Dominio del Plata, Mendoza

In 1999, as a result of the need to express their love and dedication to viticulture and winemaking, Susana and Pedro of Dominio del Plata, started their own project together. The grapes are handpicked from vineyards in the foothills of the Andes.

Deep red, with complex aromas of ripe red fruits. Cherry, currants and blackberries combine with notes of vanilla and coffee. This expressive wine has firm, sweet tannins giving a delightful finish.

Only £9.98 mix 6 price, unit price £13.32

Marcelo Pelleriti Malbec 2014/2015 Valle De Uco, Mendoza

Marcelo Pelleritti is the first Argentine winemaker to receive a perfect 100 points from Robert Parker (for 2010 Chateau La Violette in Pomerol). He has brought this expertise to produce this exclusive brand for Majestic.

Intensly flavoured with plum, blackcurrant, dried fruit, bramble and spice. Rich yet well balanced with a refreshing acidity that stops the sweet fruit flavour from cloying.

Only £8.99 mix 6 price, unit price £11.99

Hey Malbec! 2014 Matias Riccitelli, Mendoza

Located in the foothills of the Andes in Lujan de Cuyo, the winery has 40ha of vineyards that were planted in the early 21st Century. 30% of the wine is aged in French Oak to add complexity and depth.

A classic flavour of ripe blackcurrant with spicy black pepper and violet notes. The soft tannins in the wine make it an ideal match for many foods but enjoyable on its own.

Only £8.99 mix 6 price, unit price £11.99

Don't forget we deliver any 6 bottles of Wine, Champagne and spirits for free. Give us a call on 01273 777085 or visit our website

https://www.majestic.co.uk/argentinian-malbec





NEW ZEALAND SAUVIGNON BLANC - 25% OFF ALL WEEKENDDate published: 09/06/16

NEW ZEALAND SAUVIGNON BLANC - 25% OFF ALL WEEKEND

This is one not to miss out. The sun is clearly shining down in Brighton and we all need a drop of white to get the weekend started...

My top 3 has to be...

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2015 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.

WOW, this is only £6.99 on our mix 6 price, that's right £6.99 and we've got it open to try in store if your not sure...

Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough

Winemaker David Clouston spent a number of years working at wineries in the USA, France, Spain and Chile before returning to his native Marlborough, and now lives in a black-painted wooden cottage in the Wairau Valley after which the winery is named.

Bright, pale yellow, with lime green tinges. Offers aromas of gooseberries with a hint of lychee and a leafy complexity. Tropical and herbaceous characters continue on the crisply acidic palate.

Only £8.99 on our mix 6 price, a majestic favoruite here, snap this one up before it disappears 

Fairbourne Sauvignon Blanc 2013/2014 Marlborough

This is the flagship Sauvignon Blanc from the Fairbourne Estate, made from grapes grown on elevated sites on the north-facing slopes of the Wairau Valley. Warm days and cool nights provide optimum conditions for ripening which makes for maximum freshness and purity.

Intense yet with a slightly reserved character, this well-balanced Sauvignon possesses an elegance and minerality normally only achieved by the top Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé estates.

Only £12.74 on our mix 6 price and as an extra treat we've got this one open to try in store...

Don't forget we deliver for free on 6 bottles on more and it's so easy, all you need to do is visit our website or give us a call on 01273 777085

Majestic Presents... Pierre Henri Morel Cotes du Rhone BlancDate published: 20/05/16

We bought this for you because:

This wine comes from a partnership between Pierre-Henri Morel and the famous Rhone producer, and Majestic favourite, Michel Chapoutier

The white wines of the Rhone are under the radar and, as in this example, can represent amazing value. It is rare to find a wine with this much flavour and complexity at this price.

This new domaine was created in 2008 when Pierre-Henri Morel in partnership with Michel Chapoutier purchased twenty acres of old vines around ChâteauNeuf du Pape

Weighty and rich with lovely flavours of white peach, apricot, blossom and aniseed lifted by added complexity from lees ageing. This is a full flavoured wine with a long mineral finish.

Majestic Presents... Leon Perdigal Cotes Du Rhone RoséDate published: 19/05/16

We bought this for you because:

We love their red and we love their white, now we love their rosé.

The same care is used to make this rosé as for the more famous reds of the Rhone and it has just as much a sense of place.

It is a great alternative to heavier red wines when matching with grilled meats flavoured with rosemary or thyme.

This pale pink coloured wine has an intensity of red fruit fruit flavours that belies its delicate colouring

Named after a renowned cellar master from the middle of the 19th Century these wines are a tribute to his passionate belief that the wine of the Rhône should reflect their terrior.


Bollinger Special Cuvée NV - A Majestic ChoiceDate published: 14/05/16

The House name of Bollinger has huge cultural resonance through film and contemporary arts. It is symbolic for decadence and luxury, and has a a dedicated set of customers that can't get enough!

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. I adore this Champagne, and it is my go to option every time I need to celebrate. It is on a fantastic deal until the close of business Monday 16/5/16 - down to £29.99 if you mix and match 6 bottles!

Fine wine Friday - Meerlust Merlot #MeerlustDate published: 12/05/16

Fine wine Friday - Meerlust Merlot #Meerlust

As we continue with our Fine Wine Friday theme. This week we've got a beauty from South Africa...

Meerlust Merlot 2013 Stellenbosch

The Meerlust estate has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1757. Made in the 'right-bank' tradition, this wine is a blend of 89% Merlot with 11% Cabernet Franc added for a supple and balanced structure and aromatic complexity.

Deep, youthful purple with a ruby rim. Juicy plum and mulberry fruit abound on the nose, with lifted spiciness, hints of chocolate and a beefy edge. The palate offers silky tannins and good length.

Partner with a rich beef bourguignon or roast goose.

Currently £17.49 mix 6 price, unit price £19.99

This wine is already open to try so please pop by before it's all gone...


Another new craft beer...Darkstar brewery #darkstarDate published: 11/05/16

Another new craft beer...Darkstar brewery #darkstar

Finally, I'm very happy to have finalised this addition to our range, Dark star Breweries and all their delights...

There's quite a few options from Darkstar here but my favourite has to be Revelations.

We've been given a few samples so if your not sure, why not ask us for a taste!

The Majestic Party ServiceDate published: 10/05/16

At Majestic, we’ve been helping our customers plan successful parties for years.

We offer the ultimate party service:

Free Delivery

Free Glass Hire

Ice and Chiller Bin Hire

Sale and Return on all wine and un-split cases of beer or cider

Free tastings

Whether it’s a casual drinks bash or a full scale wedding we will make sure your party is one to remember.

Not sure which wine to choose or how much wine to order? Need help with glasses and chiller bins? We can help! These are questions we help answer every day and our expert staff are here to help.

We really enjoying offering our expertise to help take this weight off of your mind, allowing you to get on with having a great time. With our extensive range of drinks including soft drinks and spirits we can save you time with one point of contact, one delivery and one invoice.

We even offer in store tastings so that you can be sure the drinks you choose will be perfect for your occasion.

Sparkling Saturday - Nyetimber Rose...Yum!Date published: 07/05/16

Sparkling Saturday - Nyetimber Rose...Yum!

It's Saturday , the sun's out and so are the bubbles.

This week we have got the one and only Nyetimber Rose open for everyone to try.

Only £29.90 mix 6 price, unit price £44.99

One of England's oldest Sparkling wine houses, it would be a real shame to miss this one.

Come on in today to give it a try...

New craft beer at Majestic Brighton...Lagunitas Day TimeDate published: 06/05/16

New craft beer at Majestic Brighton...Lagunitas Day Time

We are big fans of craft beers here at majestic Brighton and Hove. Joining the range is another from Lagunitas...'The Day Time'

A lighter take on Lagunitas Pale Ale with less alcohol but retaining plenty of the pungent HOPPY flavour.

Only £10.99 per 6 pack...

with the sun out this week it's a great chance to have a try...

Majestic Brighton Summer Wine Evening Is Coming!!Date published: 06/05/16

Not long to go now!

Our Summer wine evening this year falls on the evening of Thursday 19th May. This is a fantastic evening with lots of new and exciting wines and champagne (including Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Gold Top) open for you to try along with some nibbles and maybe even some of our craft spirits.

Our expert wine gurus will be on hand to tell you all about the wines and help you discover something new! Our event begins at 6.30pm but the wines will be open to taste all evening.

And as if this wasn't enough, there is also an extra 10% off all purchases of 6 or more bottles! 

This is a free event and there are spaces left so if you would like to come, book your place NOW by calling us on 01273 777085, email us at brh@majestic.co.uk or for the tech savvy out there you can even tweet us @majesticbrh

See you there!

Team Brighton and Hove

Majestic Presents... Klein Steenberg RoséDate published: 06/05/16

If you like Provence rosé I am sure you will love this. Made in the same delicate, dry style with lashings of strawberry and redcurrant flavours this is an absolute treat.

Steenberg Farm was the first farm in the cape founded in 1682. The rosé is made in a dry Provencal style from grenache and syrah

This wine is packed full with tons of bright strawberry, raspberry and cranberry fruit flavours that are powerful yet delicate. The finish is long with lovely herbal notes.

Try this with simply cooked shellfish or fish dishes.

Open to taste on our tasting counter this week.

£8.99 or mix 6 price £7.99



Tomorrow is Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 28/04/16

Pop by and give the Dog Point Marlborough Pinot Noir a taste it's open all weekend (until it runs out!!)

Dog Point is a joint venture between James Healy and Ivan Sutherland, respectively former winemaker and vineyard manager at Cloudy Bay, started in 2003. The wines come from selected parcels of old vines, and are made with a minimalist approach, including fermentation by natural yeasts. This Pinot Noir spends 18 months in a mixture of new and old French oak, for a classically elegant, sweet and savoury structure.

£33, or £29.70 when you mix 6 or more!

Competition! Win a Trip to Hush Heath EstateDate published: 23/04/16

Win a trip for two to Hush Heath Estate plus dinner and an overnight stay, with up to £100 given towards travel costs.

Enjoy a guided tour of Hush Heath Estate's vineyards, orchards and winery, followed by a tutored tasting of all their wines and ciders. Spend the night at Hush Heath Estate's very own local pub, restaurant and boutique hotel, The Goudhurst Inn, with a two course dinner, a bottle of Hush Heath wine and breakfast the next day all included.

"How do I win this fabulous prize?" I hear you ask

Simply buy 2 or more bottles of Balfour 1503 sparkling wines in store or online and you'll automatically be entered in to the prize draw. 

Ends 14th May in store and 5th June online. Entrants must be on the Majestic customer list. Mixed cases of Hush Heath still and Sparkling wines will be awarded to two runners up. Winners drawn on 10th June.

Fine Wine of the Week - Masi Amarone CostaseraDate published: 22/04/16

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. This Amarone is made by drying the grapes on bamboo racks throughout winter, after which the dried berries undergo a very long fermentation period of around 80 days in total, in a mixture of steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels. Immensely full-bodied and complex, with intense and mature dry fruit aromas. Drink with game, mature cheese, or as a digestif.

"Some wines can be described as big or powerful - but this wine is an absolute beast! Decant and brace yourself." (Rob - Amersham)

Prosseco - Open to try todayDate published: 22/04/16

Prosseco - Open to try today

To wash away those rainy blues we thought why not have a glass of Prosecco?

So, we've opened Prosecco Romeo & Juliet NV Treviso, Pasqua and it's brilliant and it's only £7.99 mix 6 price...

If you must drink prosecco and want a love-letter label to match, the one to buy is Prosecco Romeo & Juliet, Famiglia Pasqua, a pleasant, floral, appley, 11 percent alcohol fizz with less froth and sugar than most. The label depicts the Romeo and Juliet wall in Verona where 3,000 messages of love are left every day by visitors from all over the world.

Pop in for a try

Majestic Presents.... Diemersdal Gruner VeltlinerDate published: 21/04/16

A pale green colour, inviting aromas of kiwi and lime with sweet melon and ripe pear fruit flavours. A medium bodied wine, with a concentrated palate and a long lingering and mineral finish.

"tuck into the rich, zesty apple spice of an unusual 14 per cent Cape white made from an Austrian grape, the 2015 Diemersdal Grüner Veltliner." (The Times – Jane MacQuitty – 26th March)

Fine Wine of the week - A Lisa 2013 Bodega Noemía de PatagoniaDate published: 14/04/16

Fine Wine of the week - A Lisa 2013 Bodega Noemía de Patagonia

We love the finer things in life here at Majestic Brighton and Hove and this bad boy is open to try right now!

Bodega Noemía was founded by Italian wine producer Countess Noemi Marone Cinzano and Danish winemaker Hans Vinding-Diers, following their discovery of an ancient Malbec vineyard in Argentina's Rio Negro valley. A Lisa is the estate's third wine, made from 90% Malbec.

Taste

A rounded and juicy wine, offering a symphony of plum and blackberry fruit, laced with hints of liquorice, pencil lead and anise. 10 months in 2nd-fill French oak have added polish to the robust tannins.

Enjoy

Drink now or enjoy after 3-4 years' cellarage, with generously peppered steak or roast lamb.

Only £19.80 mix 6 price, unit price £22.00

It be a great shame to miss out on tasting this wine...

Majestic Presents - Capaia Merlot Cab/sauvDate published: 14/04/16

Majestic Presents - Capaia Merlot Cab/sauv

Majestic Presents another cracking value wine! And it's open to try...right now!

The Philadelphia region just outside Durbanville is a relative newcomer to wine production and the Capaia estate was founded on a old fruit farm in 1997 by Count Stephan von Neipperg the owner of the famous St Emilion chateaux Canon La Gaffeliere and La Mondotte. The winery is run on the principles of a French chateau with all the grapes used to make the wines grown on the estate. This wine is a classic blend of Bordeaux varieties with classic flavours of cassis and dark cherry. The structure of the wine will allow it to develop in cellar for up to 10 years.

Only £7.99 mixed 6 price, unit price £9,99

Fancy trying something new, why not pop in...

New Arrival - Peter & Ulrich Dry RieslingDate published: 11/04/16

Peter & Ulrich Griebeler is a small family winery in the Mosel region which began making wine in 2014. Despite being a fairly new winery, both Peter & Ulrich (brothers) have trained in different wineries all over Europe and other parts of the world and are unusual in that they focus purely on dry Mosel Rieslings. In terms of the winemaking process, they combine modern winemaking techniques such as air-bag presses with more traditional fermentation equipment like the ‘Fuder Barrels’ (1000 litre oak casks), to produce wines of great quality.

On the nose ripe apple and stone fruits predominate, with some slight herbal notes. The palate is crisp, fresh and elegant. It is noticeably dry with a good refreshing acidity making it a great match for salads and starters, fish, and light meat dishes.

This is a great addition to our range as Majestic have not stocked a German Dry Riesling (in our core range) for over 8 years.

Germany Buyer Holly Ninnes says: “I think this wine is amazing, really well balanced and elegant. Mineral but with enough fruit to keep it approachable, it took over a year of searching to find a great dry Riesling at this price!”

Majestic Presents - Pazos De Ulloa RibeiroDate published: 09/04/16

Not only was this wine selected by our head buyer Matt Pym, he also helped to blend the wine!

The white wines from Galicia are deservedly gaining a big reputation while still remaining great value. The wine is fresh and crisp with aromatic flavours of white peach and apple and a refreshing minerality on the finish.

In the words of Olly Smith, this wine is "sublime with shellfish"


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 23/03/16

With Easter bank holiday weekend almost upon us our opening hours may change slightly but don't fret, there's still plenty of opportunity to get wine!

We're open as usual Friday 25th (10-8) and Saturday 26th (9-7) 

Closed Easter Sunday 27th 

Back open Easter Monday 10-5

 

Buyer's choice - Yering Station Pinot NoirDate published: 19/03/16

The Ryrie Brothers established the Yering Station back in 1838. Itwas originally founded as both a vineyard and a cattle ranch, with
cattle being the primary concern.

The Yering Station has changed hands many times over the years and was taken over in 1996 by the Rathbone family, who were drawn to the natural beauty of the area.

Yering Station now boasts a landmark restaurant / winery complex, which is a real attraction for tourists.

The wine itself is classic Australian Pinot Noir, with plenty of red, ripe fruit and some vanilla and clove spice. Finding good quality Pinot Noir under £10 is not easy, but Yering Station The Elms Pinot Noir is exactly that!

£11.99 or Majestic Mixed 6 Price = £9.99

Why adjustments are necessary in wine production.Date published: 12/03/16

The characteristics of each wine are heavily influenced by the region and climate in which it is grown and the processes that produce it. Therefore creating deficiencies and excesses that need to be addressed.


For example; in cooler climates insufficient sugars may develop in the grapes. If this is the case a process of enrichment may be required to the ‘must’ or unfermented grape juice, either before or during fermentation. Although must enrichment can enhance a wine it can also be quite damaging if abused. Consequently must enrichment is banned in many parts of the world and strictly controlled where permitted as it can turn a wine hard or thin and lack the fruit flavours needed to balance the levels of alcohol.

Chaptalisation is the process of enriching must from sources other than grape juice. It is named after the comte Chaptal, a Napoleonic minister and chemist who suggested the method to manufacture more alcohol by adding sugars. It is again controversial and heavily regulated.  

It is very difficult to remove excess sugar from must, but alcohol can quite easily be removed after fermentation through distillation or reverse osmosis.


Acidity isn’t too tricky to balance. Removing excess acids, also from varietals in the colder vineyards of the world, can be achieved by adding potassium bicarbonate or more efficiently calcium carbonate and calcium tartrate-malate. This can be done in conjunction with the enrichment process, where permitted.

Increasing acidity can be achieved simply by adding tartaric acid in powdered form. Again strictly controlled in Europe and only permitted in the warmer regions, but more common in the new world.  


Finally tannins, these give a wine structure or backbone and also stabilise it’s colour. If the wine is lacking and in need of more then tannin powder or wooden staves can be added to the vat during fermentation. If the grapes aren’t machine harvested then the stems may be added as long as they are ripe and not too green to increase tannin levels.


Just some of the many adjustments made to produce deliciously well balanced wine across the world and its many climates.



Offers Ending Soon...Date published: 12/03/16

We're coming to the end of the February flyer and that means new offers on different wines. But before then. don't miss out on your favourites from this month! Some of our favourites include:

Chateau De Saint Gemme - £8.99

Aix Rose Magnum - £14.99

Symbiose Piquepoul Sauvignon Blanc - £5.99

Laurent Miquel Albarino - £9.99

Paul Mas Estate Marsanne - £6.99

Borghetti Valpolicella Ripasso - £9.99

Lagunilla Rioja Reserva - £6.99

Rustenberg R M Nicholson - £9.99

Oeil De Perdrix Rose Champagne - £17.99

Taittinger Brut Reserve - £26.99

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut - £24.99

Langlois L'extra Brut and Rose - £8.99

Codorniu Brut and Rose - £6.49

Sam Adams Boston Lager - £24

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc - £7.99

Errazuriz Pinot Noir - £6.99

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon - £8.99

Santa Rita 120 Viognier and Carmenere - £5.99

Beefsteak Club Malbec - £5.99


All prices when you mix any 6 or more bottles.

Offers end7pm Monday 14th March (3pm online)

Buyer's Choice 2 - Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon BlancDate published: 11/03/16

Errazuriz is a fantastic producer from the Aconcagua Valley of Chile. They have been recognised on a number of occasions as one of the top Chilean producers and this quality can be seen from their entry level wines all the way up to their flagship labels. They create wines with complexity and balance that are excellent value for money and this especially applies to these two wines. With pedigree far beyond their price point they are an excellent option for those looking for quality without breaking into premium price points.

This wine comes from a vineyard by the sea, so it's the perfect wine for relaxing in the sunshine with it's vibrant, fruity character. Even if it's not summer- Having a glass of this is like a bit of sunshine on a rainy day!

The single vineyard blend is sourced from a specific block at La Escultura Estate, which was planted in 1992. This site is benefiting from sandy-loam soil and cool sea breezes.

Freshly cut grass aromas complement those of green apple and pineapple, crisp acidity lends freshness to the intense and invigorating palate. The finish is dry and refreshing.

Choose this wine if you are thinking of serving baked trout or salmon.


Improved offers on Argentinian Malbec and NZ Sauvignon!Date published: 10/03/16

One week improved offers!


Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - This wine is all about refreshingly crisp acidity and mouth filling fruit flavours that encourage you to take another sip. It is perfect at any time of year but I like it best on a fine summers day

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.

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 a seafood risotto or paella.

Now only £6.99 mix 6 price!!


Beefsteak Club Malbec - The perfect wine to take to any BBQ fruity and velvety on the palate. All you will need to go with it is some meat to burn and some friends to help you drink it.

This wine is made by Andean Vineyards, under Australian-born winemaker Stephen McEwan, and in true Argentinian tradition it is intentionally beefy! The Malbec grapes are harvested late for ultimate ripeness, fermented over 20 days then aged in oak for 6 months.

Deep and vibrant Malbec with an intense nose of plum, damson and dark chocolate aromas. Lush and layered on the palate, with well-integrated oak and plenty of fine tannins.

Drink with beef in all its guises, from steaks to stews.

Now only £5.99 mix 6 price!!


Offers end 7pm Monday 14th March (3pm online)

Buyer's Choice 1 - Errazuriz Estate Series Pinot Noir Date published: 10/03/16

Errazuriz is a fantastic producer from the Aconcagua Valley of Chile. They have been recognised on a number of occasions as one of the top Chilean producers and this quality can be seen from their entry level wines all the way up to their flagship labels. They create wines with complexity and balance that are excellent value for money and this especially applies to these two wines. With pedigree far beyond their price point they are an excellent option for those looking for quality without breaking into premium price points.

Made by one of Chile’s big name producers, this is a gorgeous take on Pinot Noir. Grown in vineyards in the cooler Aconcagua region in the north, it’s beautifully smooth, with a raspberry and cream character to it. Thanks to a touch of oak ageing, there’s a bit of spice to make it serious without being scary. (Daily Mail – Helen McGinn – 4th February)

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

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

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


Fine Wine of the Week - Blind River Tekau Sauvignon BlancDate published: 05/03/16

Produced in limited quantities, Tekau is the product of fermenting selected Awatere Valley fruit in French oak barriques, using a naturally occurring vineyard yeast, effectively prompting a carefully controlled version of a 'wild ferment'.

Lemon and lime fruit are accompanied by hints of apricot on the nose. The palate offers great depth, combining the citrus fruit with subtle brioche and hazelnut, and has a creamy finish.

Enjoy with soft goat's cheeses. or pair with a grilled seafood dish.

£22.00 or mix 6 price = £19.80

Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Part 2Date published: 05/03/16

If you're having a family get together this weekend we've got the perfect bubbles for you.

Definition Prosecco £9.99, from our very own definition range this is the quintessential style from Valdobbiadene. It has "...freshness, delicacy, touch of minerality and good, dry finish." (Rose Murray Brown, The Scotsman)

Prosecco Romeo and Juliet £8.99 "...great prosecco with an eye-catching label and a rich, foody flavour." (Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail)

Salatin Extra dry Prosecco £8.99 "It’s herbaceous and appley and bright and light. Lovely." (Victoria Moore, The telegraph)

Buyer's Choice - Triplica Greco Di TufoDate published: 04/03/16

Triplica is made entirely from the Greco grape grown near Tufo in Campania, a beautiful region in Southern Italy. The area is famous for its gorgeous beaches and colourful seaside towns, while further inland the rolling vineyards give us wines such as this excellent example of a Greco di Tufo.

This is a wine with soft fruit flavours matched with crisp citrus and an enjoyably mouth watering acidity. Aromas of green apple and pear are followed by apricot, stone fruit and lime on the palate. The finish has a lovely refreshing acidity and a flinty minerality that leaves a tingling on the tongue.

A great wine to enjoy with creamy cheese or a perfect match for paté. We suggest duck paté on toast as it’s perfect partner. The fruit flavour and mouth watering acidity will balance really well with the richness of the paté. Delicious!

£9.99 or Mixed 6 Price = £8.99

Open to taste in store now!!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Part 1Date published: 04/03/16

With Mother's Day this Sunday (6th March) we have the perfect range of gifts for your mum or just for a good ol' family get together! 

Our top gift picks represent as set of classic Mother's Day gift ideas - Flowers, Perfume and Chocolate!

Flowers

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne £24.99, a light and elegant style of Champagne for any classy lady looking for a bit of fizz to her special day 

Or,

Georges Dubeouf Fleurie £8.99, a light red from the beaujolais region of France, this wine comes with bags of light fruit and lively floral aromas.

Perfume

Bellingham Bernard Series Viognier £9.99, Honeysuckle, peach, apricot, lime, lychee, rose petal, cinnamon, white pepper...This wine is packed full of flavour with such complex aromas it's bound to go down well with any palate

Or,

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc £6.69, This New Zealand classic offering is already a customer favourite, need I say more?

Chocolate

Catena Malbec £8.99, This is most definitely a staff favourite here in Brighton, top Argentinean Malbec from a top producer at a bargain price. lots of rich chocolate and vanilla smoothness just help this wine go down so well!

Or,

Domaine Tranquilite £6.99,Who doesn't love a bit of chocolate? This excellent value Southern french offering has an abundance as well as powerful black fruit and spice.

open to try today...Nicholas Feuillate NVDate published: 28/02/16

Open to try today...Nicholas Feuillate NV

So it's the final day of our sparkling shenanigans...Today we have Nicholas Feuillate NV open to try, a French favourite

A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing prior to release.

Why not pop in today to have a try and make the most of our 25% off Champagnes*

Open to try today...Drappier 1er Cru NVDate published: 27/02/16

Open to try today...Drappier 1er Cru NV

So the second Champagne for us to open this weekend is the brilliant Drappier 1er cru

A blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier, only from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards. Firm and intense, offering notes of pear, hazelnut and subtle toasty spice.

This is a proper bargain at only £18.74* come on in and get you Saturday started the right way...

Open to try today...Canard Duchene NVDate published: 26/02/16

Open to try today...Canard Duchene NV

To celebrate our 25% off Champagne we thought we'd spend the weekend drinking fizz. 

To start today we have the Canard Duchene NV

Excellent value for this fabulous and well-respected Champagne. Clean and fruity in style, with baked-bread and bruised-apple notes, fresh and easy drinking.

For this weekend only £16.65 per bottle with our mix 6 discount...You'd be silly to miss out on this cracking offer

Free tasting - buyer's choice this weekend...Date published: 25/02/16

Free tasting - buyer's choice this weekend...


De Bortoli - The Astronomer Range


New into our range for Spring are the De Bortoli Astronomer Chardonnay and Shiraz. DB have always focused on high quality vineyards and modern winemaking and viticulture techniques to produce a wide range of wines and styles. One of the most well known is their Noble One, a complex and balanced dessert wine. De Bortoli are proud to introduce their new Astronomer wines, named after a favourite Australian pastime of star gazing after a glass or two.



DB The Astronomer Chardonnay


  Vanilla Oak Peach

 Straw Chardonnay  Lemon

Apricot Creamy



DB The Astronomer Shiraz


   Blackberry Oak PLUM

 warming spice Shiraz  black cherry

Red Cherry White Pepper





£6.99 or Majestic Mixed 6 Price = £5.99

Flash Deal - Russian Jack Pinot NoirDate published: 20/02/16

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

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

The perfect wine to pair with smoked duck.

Reduced to just £9.99 (when you buy 6+) until Monday 22nd February @ 7pm!

Head to: https://www.majestic.co.uk/flash-wine-offers to order, or call us on 01273 777085

Don't miss out!


Buyer's Choice - Rustenberg R M Nicholson, StellenboschDate published: 19/02/16

Named after the former owner and winemaker at Rustenberg, ‘Reg’ Merriman Nicholson. During his 30 year tenure he created their ‘Dry Red’ blend, a mixture of classic Rhone and Bordeaux varieties in a New World style. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are fermented separately and then blended into this bold but approachable wine.

The RM Nicholson has deep red and black fruit flavours from red cherry to blackberry. There is a slight herbal flavour, along with a warming but fairly subtle black pepper spice. This is a well structured wine which may remind you of Bordeaux, but with riper fruit characteristics than its Old World cousin.

A great wine to match with food. The structure and depth of fruit flavour make it a great pairing for Lancashire hotpot or a slow cooked beef bourguignon.

Special Offer £14.99 £12.99, or Mix 6 £9.99

Open to taste in store this weekend!

Fine Wine of the Week - Chocolate Block, Western CapeDate published: 16/02/16

One famous chocolate maker asks "Why have cotton when you can have silk?" and the Chocolate Block wine is no different! Big, bold flavours are smoothed out by a gorgeous, chocolate- esque texture.

An exciting blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskloof's estate, fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak.

An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity.

Most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.

Champagne open to try!Date published: 13/02/16

It being valentines day and cupids arrow flying wildly through the air, we have decided to open a bottle of Oeil De Perdrix on the counter for all to try! Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic apéritif! 


Don't forget you can now buy single bottles. Oeil De Perdrix is only £19.99. But if you mix six bottles its only £17.99! "a bargain indeed" I hear you cry.  

Fine Wine Friday...Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2013/2014 MartinboroughDate published: 21/01/16

To wash away those January blues we thought we would pop open a fine wine for Friday...

This week I have personally chosen the Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2013/2014 Martinborough

Grown on the Martinborough terrace north of Wellington, by winemakers Debbie Christensen and Emma Easthorpe. The chewy tannins and complex fruit aromas of Martinborough wines shine through in this particularly expressive Pinot Noir.

Ripe cherry, black fruits and smoky, savoury overtones with plum and pomegranate fruits combined with spicy, toasty, complex flavours complemented by integrated chewy tannins and a long, savoury finish.

Good Kiwi Pinot can be enjoyed in its youth, or over five years. An ideal match with venison, game and pasta.

Already open to try and cracking at only £14.99 mixed 6 price...


Buyers choice this week...Bosman Adama Red FairtradeDate published: 21/01/16

This week we have a cracking wine open to try for our Buyer's Choice...Pop in for a try this weekend!

Bosman Adama Red Fairtrade -
Lelienfontein, South Africa

A wine with history...
The Bosman family have been making wines through 
eight generations of the family, settling on the 
Lelienfontein estate in 1798. 
Hermanus Bosman believed in caring for his fellow 
man and a respect for nature. The Adama name 
comes from Adam Appollis who established the 
principle that people who work the land should share 
the profits, which led to the wine becoming Fairtrade.
The Adama wines use a blend of authentic and 
modern techniques to produce interesting wines. 


£12.49 or mix 6 save 20% = £9.99

Sparkling Saturday - Duval Leroy Brut NVDate published: 31/10/15

Created in 1859, Duval­ Leroy is one of the last independent and family ­owned Champagne Houses. Today, the sixth generation carries the 
spirit of tradition in the making of Champagne. Since 1991, Carol Duval ­Leroy leads the House and is currently the most influential woman in Champagne. The Duval­Leroy Winemaker, Sandrine Logette­Jardin, is the only woman that holds the position of Winemaker in Champagne.

Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, this is a fantastic party Champagne. Elegant and refreshing, with fresh citrus and floral notes in abundance, and soft, fine bubbles.

A fantastic value Champagne, without compromising on quality. It’s perfect with smoked salmon canapés.

£24.99 or mix 6 = £15.99

Beer of the Week - Camden Hells LagerDate published: 30/10/15

Inspired by Germany, delivered for London. A classic lager that’s exactly what it should be: easy-drinking, crisp and dry with beautiful bubbles.Clean and refreshing with a dry hop finish. You can taste the great depth of flavour which comes from the long, slow maturation in tank. This is how a great lager should taste

6x330ml - £10.99

Wine of the Week - Yering Station 'The Elms' ChardonnayDate published: 29/10/15

It is true that not all Chardonnay's are created equal, and this is a sheer gem. It is best to serve "The Elms" chilled, but not too cold. A wine to indulge in when you need a bit of me time

Yering Station is Victoria's oldest vineyard (planted in 1838) and is located in the heart of the Yarra Valley just north of Melbourne. The elms refer to an avenue of 330 elm trees planted by the owner in the 1850s to welcome his new bride to the property.

Grapefruit and nectarine aromas are followed by a fresh palate of citrus with a nutty complexity. The texture is creamy and soft with a long refreshing finish.

Try this with roasted chicken, game birds or pork.

£11.99 or Mix Six = £8.99

Wine of the Week - Mas des Montagnes Terroirs d'Altitude Blanc Côtes de RoussillonDate published: 18/10/15

Mas des Montagnes is literally a 'mountain estate', comprising a group of higher-altitude Roussillon vineyards acquired by the Lorgeril family of Château de Pennautier, in the neighbouring Languedoc. Patrick Léon, formerly of Domaines Rothschild, is consultant winemaker.

A notably mineral-tinged wine, reminiscent of its origins on stony schist hillsides, and possessing great texture and length. The citrus fruit backbone is joined by subtle hints of fennel and wild herbs.

The winery recommends pairing with any grilled fish, or baked sea bream with a salt crust.

£9.99 buy 2 save 25% = £7.49

Buyer's Choice - Don Armando MalbecDate published: 17/10/15

The Armando Family built their winery within the city of Mendoza. The winery soon became known as Bodega 
Los Toneles, named after the large oak barrels used by the family to age their wines.

The winery has always strived to balance traditional with the modern. The grapes are all hand harvested from the premium growing areas within Mendoza and there has been great investment to establish a state of the art winery.

Great grapes and quality wine making combine to produce this fantastic little Malbec. Typical of Malbec the wine has flavours of plums, cherries, blackcurrant, violet with just a hint of chocolate on the silky finish.

You can't really look past a good steak to go with this wine.

£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

Fine Wine of the Week - Faustino Gran Reserva 2001Date published: 12/10/15

Bodegas Faustino has over 150 years experience making and ageing top of the range wines in the Rioja Alavesa region. The soil and climate in this area is ideal for growing Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo and creates wines of great distinction.

The nose is very complex with red berries, cinnamon, clove and oak notes. The palate has a beautiful balance of tannin and acidity with lingering notes of berry fruit and spice on the finish.

This will match perfectly with grilled or roasted lamb, partridge or pheasant.

£19.99 buy 2 save £10 = £14.99

Fine Wine of the Week - Chateau La Sauvageonne Grand VinDate published: 04/10/15

The Chateau

The Château la Sauvageonne is a legendary winemaking estate, where optimal sun exposure, perfect location and an exceptional terroir combine to produce wines of distinctive character. This Cuvée Grand Vin is the fruit of the union between an extraordinary terroir, an original selection of grape varieties and the superior skill of our winemakers.

The Terrasses du Larzac appellation is located in the northern reaches of the Hérault département, a region known for its substantial temperature variations: the distance from the sea and proximity of the Causse provide a touch of freshness on summer nights, allowing the grapes to mature slowly and gradually, developing a rich, deep colour.

Harvest and Winemaking

The harvest dates are determined on the basis of regular ripeness tests, with analysis of the polyphenol content of the grape skins and daily tasting of the fruit as the maturing process advances.

All of the grapes are harvested by hand, placed in special bins and transferred to the winery, where they undergo rigorous sorting.

Each variety and each individual plot of vines is dealt with separately. Some of the Syrah grapes are added to the vats in whole bunches, for carbonic maceration. The rest of the Syrah and the Grenache are de-stemmed and vinified in the traditional manner. Once malolactic fermentation is complete the wines are transferred to barrels, with each variety kept separate.

The final blend is determined only after 12 months of ageing in the barrels.

The wine is gently fined before bottling.

Taste

Intense, ruby robe with flashes of tile-red.

Prominent echoes of the scrubland in the nose, with jammy fruit and lively spice. Subtle hints of dark fruit and gingerbread.

Elegant and refined tannins frame the palate, with great balance and vivacity.

Can be enjoyed now, or left to develop for a few more years.


£25 Buy 2 save £10 = £20

Sparkling Saturday - Duval Leroy Champagne NVDate published: 03/10/15

Created in 1859, Duval ­Leroy is one of the last independent and family ­owned Champagne Houses. Today, the sixth generation carries the spirit of tradition in the making of Champagne. Since 1991, Carol Duval ­Leroy leads the House and is currently the most influential woman in Champagne. The Duval ­Leroy Winemaker, Sandrine Logette­ Jardin, is the only woman that holds the position of Winemaker in Champagne.

Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, this is a fantastic party Champagne. Elegant and refreshing, with fresh citrus and floral notes in abundance, and soft, fine bubbles.

A fantastic value Champagne, without compromising on quality. It’s perfect with smoked salmon canapes.

£24.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £15.99

Buyer's Choice - Cup and Rings AlbarinoDate published: 02/10/15

The Cups & Rings is an ancient pre-historic carved stone design commonly found in granite rock outcrops overlooking Albariño vineyards in Rías Baixas and other Celtic regions.

Known as “Pedra Do Criba” the carvings probably represent a worship to the elements. 

This complex wine has aromas of green mango and dried apricot with notes of eucalyptus and spice. The palate is full yet fresh with tropical fruit flavours and a long saline finish. This is a really interesting wine which would go well with South East Asian cuisine or pan fried cod wrapped in bacon with dauphinoise potatoes.

£12.99 buy 2 save 25% = £9.74

New Web Exclusive - Faustino: The Great VintagesDate published: 01/10/15

We have a rare opportunity for you to lay your hands on two of the finest Rioja vintages of all time.

The 1964 vintage was rated as excellent and it shows with this wine still being delicious at 51 years old. Every bit as good as an aged Bordeaux or Burgundy dried fruit flavours especially cherry and rose petal appear on the nose and palate. The long finish is all about spice with anise, pepper and cumin notes. £100 a bottle. https://www.majestic.co.uk/Faustino-1-Gran-Reserva-zid14577x1?tracking=|searchterm:

The 1970 vintage was rated as very good and has produced wines such as this which are still remarkably fresh after 45 years. The fruit has depth of flavour and sweetness accented by complex spices and meatiness. Silky smooth and lingering on the palate this is everything a mature Rioja should be. £70 a  bottle. https://www.majestic.co.uk/Faustino-1-Gran-Reserva-zid14576x1?tracking=|searchterm:

Or buy a mixed case for £510 https://www.majestic.co.uk/Faustino-1-Gran-Reserva-Mixed-Case-zid80686x6?tracking=|searchterm:

The wines are currently at Bodegas Faustino and will be delivered to match orders. We expect customers to see the wines in early November.



Fall for Autumn: New October Flyer OffersDate published: 29/09/15

Summer is coming to a close and we are heading into Autumn. Today marks the start of our October offers and what treats we have for you as the cold nights draw in. Our pick of the bunch include:

Chateau Senejac Haut Medoc £22 £14.66

Macon Roches Blanches and Rouges Jadot £12.99 £8.66

M de Minuty Rosé £14.99 £9.99

Primitivo Natale Verga £8.99 £5.99

Lagunilla Rioja Reserva £8.99 £5.99

Caixas Albarino £9.99 £6.66

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel £11.99 £7.99

Duval-Leroy NV £24.00 £15.99

Ruinart Brut NV £50.00 £33.31

Prosecco Gioiosa £10.49 £6.99

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon £13.49 £8.99

San Huberto Malbec £11.99 £7.99

September Flyer Ending!Date published: 27/09/15

Another month has flown by and that means another flyer ending and your lkast chance to get some of your favourites on spectacular deals! Offers ending close of play Monday 28th include:

Sauvion Loire Sauvignon £9.99 £6.66

Vallée Des Pins Provence Rosé £9.99 £6.66

Passimento Red and White £11.99 £7.99

Vina Eguia Crianza and Reserva £9.99 £6.66

Marques De Riscal Reserva £14.99 £9.99

Quintra De Azevehdo Vinho Verde 8.99 £5.99

Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz and Riesling £14.99 £9.99

Nicolas Feuillate NV  £22.50 £14.99

Heidseick and Monopole Gold Top £30 £19.99

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut £37.50 £24.99

Louis Roederer Brut Premier £45 £29.98

Prosecco La Marca Conegliano £14.99 £9.99

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee £35.99 £23.98

Prosecco Zonin £10.49 £6.99

Villa Maria Marlborough Sauvignon £11.99 £7.99

Errazuriz Merlot £10.49 £6.99


Fine Wine of the Week - Greywacke Wild SauvignonDate published: 26/09/15

Named after New Zealand's prolific bedrock, Greywacke is the label of Kevin Judd, one of Marlborough's pioneer winemakers. Fermented in old oak barrels using naturally occurring 'wild' yeast,  this is an alternative style of Sauvignon Blanc that is both intricate and textural. A succulent combination of yellow peach and brown pears, rolled into rich, short pastry with a sprinkling of a caramelised almonds. The palate is full of lemon curd and vanilla custard with a touch of dried herbs and a lingering finish.

Fine Wine Friday - Marques De Vargas Reserva Date published: 25/09/15

The handpicked grapes used for the Marqués de Vargas Reserva come from the vineyard “Hacienda Pradolagar”. Marqués de Vargas subscribes to the environmentally friendly concept and practice of sustainable winegrowing. Herbicides and pesticides are not used in our vineyards, occasionally only organic fertilizers are employed. The wine is made traditionally according to the old-world methods side by side with the state-of-the-art technology. The wine is bottled without any fining or filtering resulting in an unprocessed and fully natural wine.

Red ruby color. Silky, fresh wine with fine notes of Macedonia with a smooth and spicy touch of truffle, that mingle together with coffee and chocolate nuances. The Reserva 2010 has a good structure. It is round on the palate with sweet and elegant tannins that have been polished during the ageing in oak: American, French and Russian oak barrels. Good balance between alcohol content and acidity, which together with its soft tannins makes it a silky and very nice wine.

Buyer's Choice - Masciarelli Montepulciano D'AbruzzoDate published: 24/09/15

Since its founding in 1978, the successful family-run Masciarelli winery has grown from its original 2.5 hectares in the town of San Martino to a total of 320 hectares today, spread across 14 different towns and villages throughout Abruzzo's provinces.

Bright ruby in colour, with an attractive nose of red cherry, with subtle violet and tobacco notes. The palate frames blackcurrant and damson fruit with taut tannins and notes of liquorice and spice.

Medium weight and a streak of acidity make this a great all-round food wine. Best served with tomato-based pasta dishes.

£11.99 buy 2 save 25% = £8.99

La Font Reserva, What's The Fuss All About??Date published: 19/09/15

La Font Reserva has received a lot of press over the last week and we were wondering why...

Tom Cannavan from 'wine-pages.com' says:

"Is there still a European wine lake? I don't know the answer, but Spain certainly remains the source of vast quantities of inexpensive wine that regularly deliver good bangs per buck, but on its offer price this little Rioja-lookalike from Valencia offers pretty spectacular value. Aged in American and French oak for 12 months, it is creamy and open, coffeeish stuff with sweet berries and spices on the palate. Velvety tannins and the rich fruit give a quite luxurious feel. So much enjoyment for modest cost."

Olly Smith in the Mail on Sunday says:

"For under a fiver this sleek, tangy red is an unbeatable week night sofa-sipper."

Here's what we think:

Being from Valencia it doesn't have a big name such as Rioja to add to the price tag. The hot climate produces exceptional ripe grapes packed full of fruit flavour while the cooling Mediterranean breeze maintains elegance and finesse. Aged in both French and American oak this wine is rich and fruity balanced a bit of toasty spice flavour. A big wine for under £5!

Fine Wine of the Week - Gigondas CarobelleDate published: 19/09/15

Fine Wine of the Week - Gigondas Carobelle

Domaine Carobelle is a family-owned estate in the Southern Rhone with the main focus of their production being in Vacqueyras. However, they have 4.5 hectares of prime land in Gigondas at lofty altitudes. This height affords them a cooler climate which allows for slowly maturing fruit with awesome freshness and complexity which is seldom matched here. 

Preserving the freshness and fruit intensity in their wines is key at Domaine Carobelle. Organic farming, hand harvesting and careful sorting ensure the best possible grapes come into the winery. The Grenache, Syrah & Cinsault are then fermented and aged in steel vats before bottling.

Rich, dark and spicy but never over-bearing, this is classic Southern Rhone. The blackberry and blueberry aromas are made even more complex by the soft cinnamon and pepper spice notes. 


Top 10 Facts about Argentinean WineDate published: 18/09/15

As it's our 'Spotlight on Argentina' week here in store and to celebrate we have 33% off all Argentinean Malbec until Monday We thought we'd share our Top 10 facts about Argentinean wine!

1. Argentina has some of the highest altitude vines found anywhere in the world.

2. Malbec was originally a French grape grown in Bordeaux

3.  The Malbec grape is a thin-skinned grape and needs more sun and heat than either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot to mature.

4. Malbec is also called Auxerrois and Cot in France

5. Argentina is the 5th largest wine producing country in the world

6. Growing conditions in Argentina are quite often almost desert-like

7. Argentina, like Chile, is unique in the wine world for the absence of the phylloxera threat that has devastated vineyards across the globe.

8. Under Argentine wine laws, if a grape name appears on the wine label, at least 80% of the wine must be composed that grape variety

9. By the turn of the 21st century there were over 1,500 wineries in Argentina

10. One of the largest companies in Argentina is Bodegas Esmerelda who own our very own Alamos range of products.

Buyer's Choice - Peter Lehmann "Art 'n' Soul" ChardonnayDate published: 18/09/15

Buyer's Choice - Peter Lehmann "Art 'n' Soul" Chardonnay

The fruit for this wine is sourced from all over the Barossa; from the Valley floor to the cool high Eden Valley. The philosophy is to make delicate, refreshing wine that lets the natural fruit flavours come to the fore.

Delicate pale lemon in colour with a stylish bouquet of white peach. The palate is fruity yet dry with a lingering finish. Delicious now but ageing for 3 to 5 years will add a nutty complexity.

Lightly oaked classic Aussie Chardonnay. Delicious now but will age for 3 - 5 years, which will add a nutty complexity to the wine.

Perfect with a butter roasted chicken

Buyer's Choice - Peter Lehmann "Art 'n' Soul" ShirazDate published: 17/09/15

Buyer's Choice - Peter Lehmann "Art 'n' Soul" Shiraz

Peter Lehmann's winemakers have unrivalled access to a plethora of vineyards allowing them to present shiraz in all it's guises. 'Art & Soul' shows the varieties most appealing and approachable characteristics.

Deep red with a powerful bouquet of dark forest fruits with just a hint of chocolate. The flavours are rich with a velvety mouth feel and a long soft finish.

Try this with a steak, sausages or Cheddar. This is a great wine for the chilly autumnal evenings.

£11.99 buy 2 save 33% = £7.99

Beer of the Week - Mad Goose Pale AleDate published: 08/09/15

Purity’s Mad Goose Pale Ale (4.2%)

A bit of background info...

This is a little beauty from Purity, a Warwickshire based Craft Brewery established in 2005. Their mission is simple; to “brew great beer without prejudice, with a conscience and with a consistency and an attention to detail, which is second to none”. They are committed to 
brewing beer with a conscience and their brewery practices are designed to be environmentally friendly and in some cases environmentally enriching. 

Purity beers have a great following for their aromatic and fresh beers in the Midlands, which will translate 

Mad Goose is a zesty pale ale with a smooth and citrussy finish

Brewed with English Maris Otter, Caragold and Wheat malts, with Hallertau Northern Brewer bittering hops and Cascade and Willamette aroma hops. 

First produced in 2008, this beer immediately won the 
National Champion Bitter award from SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers).

£18 Buy 2 or more cases = £16 per case (£2 per 500ml btl)

Fine Wine of the Week - Jermann Pinot GrigioDate published: 07/09/15

Jermann Pinot Grigio, Italy

Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes atypical of the region. This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, full-bodied feel on the palate. A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes.

£23 buy two save £10 = £18

Rediscover France - Brouilly Tour De La TerriereDate published: 06/09/15

Brouilly Tour De La Terriere

The wine comes from a family owned estate under the shadow of Mont Brouilly in the heart of Beaujolais. The vineyards extend over a rock porphyry hill which add a unique character to the wine.

This wine is all about red fruit; redcurrants, raspberries and red cherry flavours are followed by a delicate mineral finish. Try this slightly chilled.

Match with grilled tuna or charcuterie.

£11.99 buy 2 save 25% = £8.99

Sparkling Saturday - Graham Beck Brut Rosé NVDate published: 05/09/15

Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV, South Africa

A patriarch and mentor to the South African wine trade, Graham Beck died in 2010, but his legacy lives on through his family owned wine making business, who continue in his footsteps. 

To create this wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were hand-picked from Graham Beck's own estate vineyards in Robertson, Franschoek and Stellenbosch. 

The wine has been made in the traditional method used to make Champagne, with sufficient bottle aging to impart a delicate toasty character from the Chardonnay, while the benefits of Pinot Noir are highlighted with lovely crushed berry fruit flavours. It’s pale silvery pink in colour with aromas of raspberry and cherry, with some subtle mineral hints. 

Perfect as a refreshing accompaniment to a summer fruit jelly, or just on it’s own to brighten up a dreary autumn day.

We think it’s lovely, and quite a few others do too... this wine won a Bronze medal at the International Wine Challenge 2015 and received 4.8 out of 5 from our online customer reviews!

£13.99 buy 2 save 25% = £10.49

Manager's Choice - Hunawihr Riesling Vielles Vignes ­ AlsaceDate published: 04/09/15

Buyer's Choice  Manager's Choice!

What is the Managers’ Choice?

During our Managers’ Conference earlier this year, every Manager had the opportunity to taste a range of wines and help decide which one we should add to our range.

The Buyer’s View

Following the decision from our Managers, Suzie Harrison, the Buyer for Alsace said: “This is the first time that we’ve run a staff vote to select a new wine for the range and I’m delighted that the Managers voted for the Riesling Vieilles Vignes Cave de Hunawihr. Our store teams really know their stuff! This old vine Alsatian Riesling is aromatic, with generous notes of lemon, lime and pear, and it really lingers on the finish. At under £10, it’s an absolute bargain!”

Don’t take our word for it, the wine is open for you to taste. Try it, speak to a member of the team and let them know what you think.

£12.99 buy 2 save 25% = £9.74

New Arrival - La La Land TempranilloDate published: 03/09/15

The La La Land winery is based just outside of Mildura in North West Victoria. The climate here is perfect for viticulture and the region has gained a reputation for producing high quality wines at affordable prices.

The wine is smooth and soft yet has all the complexity associated with this famous Spanish grape variety. Black cherry and blackberry flavours intertwine with notes of liquorice and mocha.

This wine is a perfect match for any chargrilled meat or for a plate of smoky chorizo.

Priced at £7.99 as part of our 33% off deal

Introducing: The Definition Range!!Date published: 02/09/15

Introducing our first ever own label range of wines!

“The Majestic Wine Definition range captures the quintessential qualities of the world’s greatest wine styles, with a little help from some of the world’s greatest winemakers.”

What is Definition?

Three years in the making, Definition is our first ever range of own label wines.

What is the idea behind it?

Definition defines what we consider to be the 12 most important wine styles in the world. It shows what these great wines taste like while simultaneously telling a little bit about them. It is designed to be both approachable to seasoned wine drinkers and intriguing to new wine lovers who can interact with Definition and develop both greater understanding and greater confidence. It’s concurrently traditional and modern, so won’t alienate. It’s confident, bold and minimal, a very simple concept treated playfully and seriously at the same time.

What are the wines?

Pinot Grigio

A grape variety of high quality, known by many as Pinot Gris. A speaciality in Italy, where grapes are picked at the perfect moment to produce fresh wines with finesse. Our Pinot Grigio is from Friuli, the spiritual home of Pinot Grigio. Taste lemon, peach and minerality, and a lovely steely finish.

Cotes Du Rhone

A typically easy drinking wine from the Rhone Valley, France. A warm and sunny region where Le Mistral, a strong wind, blows through the vineyards cooling the vines. Our Cotes Du Rhone, a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. Discover perfume, blackcurrant, and pepper.

Provence Rose

A uniquely pale style of rose made upon rolling hills above picturesque Medieval villages in the sunny Provence region of Southern France. Our Provence Rose, a classic Provencal blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. Find flavours of ripe strawberries, with floral and citrus notes.

Chablis

A relatively cool, cloudy town in northern France where Chardonnay is grown and made into a truly unique style of wine. Top chefs love Chablis with food. Our Chablis, a classic example of this famous wine. Find crisp citrus fruits, a hint of white flowers and a touch of oatmeal.

Chardonnay 

Known as a 'blank canvas' for winemakers due to the number of different styles it can produce, Chardonnay is a versatile grape variety grown around the world. Our Chardonnay, from Limoux in the South of France, chosen for its luxurious texture. Flavours of apple pie, toast and ripe peaches.

Sancerre

A beautiful hilltop town in the eastern part of the Loire Valley, farmed for its pioneering Sauvignon Blanc. Wine has been made around the town since Roman times. Our Sancerre, from the superb 2014 vintage. Find zingy blackcurrant leaf freshness with lime and stone fruit flavours. 


Check out the range here... https://www.majestic.co.uk/definition-wine-range

Top Of The Class - New September Flyer!!Date published: 01/09/15

It's time to head back to school as we study up on all things wine.

With school's going back and the Summer sun *ahem* making it's final few appearances, it's time for a new Majestic flyer and that means new offers for you! Top picks this month include...

Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur £10.49 £6.99

Macon Lugny Domaine Des Terres Gentiles £11.99 £7.99

Pierre-Jean Sauvion Sauvignon £9.99 £6.66

Cotes du Rhone Reserve Perrin et Fils 11.99 £7.99

Domaine La Chautarde Rose £9.99 £6.66

Vallee Des Pins Rose £9.99 £6.66

Symbiose Piquepoul Sauvignon £8.99 £5.99

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva Rioja £13.49 £8.99

Quinta De Azevedo Vinho Verde £8.99 £5.99

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV Champagne £37.50 £24.99

Pol Roger Reserve NV Champagne £48.00 £31.98

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene La Marca £14.99 £9.99

Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc £13.49 £8.99

Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc £9.99 £6.66

Santa Rita 120 Carmenere £8.99 £5.99

Vinalba Malbec Reservado £12.99 £8.66



Why Is Wine So Darned Expensive?Date published: 31/08/15

£4-99, £5-99, £7-49, £12-99..... is a wine really worth the money when you buy one? It's a complicated and interesting question to consider. In the UK a bottle of wine is subjected to wine duty and VAT tax, which immediately takes off anything up to £2-60 off the bottle. Once shipping and other considerations are taken into account, a £4-99 bottle of wine equates to 30 pence on actual "wine" in the end! 

Price usually besets quality levels - but not all the time unfortunately. It's all a bit of a game and a run-around to find the best bottle for the best price in my opinion. If I was to give you a couple of tips I would say that buy a wine from a supplier you can trust, "try before you buy" if at all possible, and remember that staff at Majestic are here to find you the best wine for you - not simply sell you something because its the cheapest. 

Also if you think a wine is worth its price-point then it is - and vice-versa. At Majestic we have a no quibble policy so if you buy a wine and don't like it when you pop it open at home - bring it back to the shop and we will refund you in full, no questions asked. Can't get much better than that! 

I would say that the price of a wine is not the important bit - its the quality of the wine that counts.... 


Beer of the Week - Oakham Ales CitraDate published: 30/08/15

A bit of background info...

Citra is named after the American hop used to brew the beer. Originally made as a seasonal beer by Oakham based in Rutland, it proved so popular that it became one of their most successful beers. Citra has won many awards culminating in being awarded the Champion Golden Ale at the CAMRA Great British Beer awards in 2014.

The green man...

The label is based on the green man, with the face being created from hops. The green man has many interpretations in folklore, but is held to be a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of growth each spring.

What does it taste like...?

The beer is light with aromas of grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry. It is refreshing on the palate leading to a dry, bitter finish. A multi­award winning beer demands to be sampled!

How much is it...?
£27 Buy 2 or more cases = £24 per case (£2 per 500ml btl)

Fine Wine of the Week - Cline Ancient Vines ZinfandelDate published: 29/08/15

As the new Assistant Manager here this week's Fine Wine of the Week was my choice and as a huge Californian wines fan I have selected this excellent value for money big, intense classic Zinfandel.

Cline Cellars have created this wine by sourcing grapes from a selection of parcels of old vines in several regions, the majority coming from their oldest and lowest-yielding vines in Oakley, and the remainder from Lodi and Mendocino.

Heady and bold on the nose, which is full of ripe strawberry notes, and hints of coffee bean and cocoa. Wonderfully plump and juicy on the palate, with a satisfying warmth and subtle touches of vanilla.

Great with barbecued steaks, well-seasoned pork chops, or venison.

Just £19.99 £14.99 in the 25% off deal!

Buyer's Choice - Hey Malbec!Date published: 28/08/15

Located in the foothills of the Andes in Lujan de Cuyo, the winery has 40ha of vineyards most of which were planted at the beginning of the 20th century.

A classic flavour of ripe blackcurrant with spicy black pepper and violet notes. The soft tannins in the wine make it an ideal match for many foods but enjoyable on its own.

Why we love it...

It tastes like Black Forest Gâteau in a glass - what more do you need to know?

It is a rich, full wine, made exclusively for Majestic from quality vineyards in Mendoza.

Take it to a BBQ this weekend and you’re bound to impress your friends.

Only £14.99 £9.99 in our 33% off deal!

August Flyer Ending!Date published: 27/08/15

As we come to the end of what's been a pretty wet and miserable August, so too, do we come to the end of our August flyer which means it's your final few days to get some of your favourite wines on their current offers!

Some of our customer favourites leaving the 33% offer include:

Leon Perdigal Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge £9.99 £6.66

Pizarras de Otero Bierzo £9.99 £6.66

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc £13.49 £8.99

Heidsieck Bronze Top NV Champagne £22.50 £14.99

Perrier-Jouet Blason Rose £45 £29.98

Bouvet Saumur Loire Brut £13.49 £8.99

Chapel Down Brut £24.99 £16.65

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £9.99 £6.66

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc £11.99 £7.99

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc £10.49 £6.99

Errazuriz Pinot Noir £10.49 £6.99

Santa Rita 120 Merlot £8.99 £5.99

Argento Malbec £9.99 £6.66

Villa Nueva Malbec £8.99 £5.99

Wine of the week...PEREGRINE PINOT NOIR 2012, CENTRAL OTAGODate published: 16/07/15

PEREGRINE PINOT NOIR 2012, CENTRAL OTAGO

Peregrine Wines have named themselves after the Peregrine Falcon, a rare bird of prey found in very small numbers in Otago where the winery is based. This superb Pinot Noir is hand-harvested, warm-fermented and matured in French oak barrels for 10 months. An expressive nose of cherry, raspberry and mocha leads into a silky and refined palate of ripe black cherry fruit, nuanced with wonderful spice notes.


Currently £20.00 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00,

unit price £25.00

Already open to try so come and say hello



Wine of the week...Château Pavillon Figeac 2006 Saint Emilion Grand CruDate published: 09/07/15

Château Pavillon Figeac 2006 Saint Emilion Grand Cru

This is the second wine of Château La Grave Figeac, and is made from the fruit of the estate's younger vines, which produce a more supple wine for earlier drinking. The vineyards enjoy an enviable location close to the celebrated estates of Cheval Blanc and Figeac.A fine, soft and approachable claret with a well rounded texture and excellent structure. Ripe bramble fruit is accompanied by hints of dates, forest floor and tobacco leaf.Drinking well now. Perfect with any slow-cooked tender red meats.

Currently £20.00 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00,

unit price £25.00


This is now open to try for the weekend but there;s only one bottle so once it's gone it's gone.

Look what we have open... Date published: 19/06/15

This 33% deal means that ALL RIOJA is on it. Even the really really posh stuff!! 


So we cracked open the Riscal Grand Reserva 2005. Normally £33. Down to £21.98. 


It's really interesting to see the step up from the Reserva... Cracking stuff. Come in and have a whirl. 




It's World Gin day! Come and celebrate #gin #brightonDate published: 13/06/15

Well, I must be dreaming or something cause it's world gin day! What a fantastic day! We have in celebration of this great day got some G+T's going on at Majestic Brighton and Hove...You should definitely pop in for one!

James Brookes Fruit Cup...New arrival...Open to tryDate published: 06/06/15

Well the picture says it all...You like Pimm's...Come in and try our Brookes Fruit Cup...Only £9.99 a bottle...Boom!

Double trouble Wine(s) of the Week...Date published: 05/06/15

Nord est Vermentino: (white)

The normally Spanish Vermentino grape in Italian form (well, Sardinian to be precise): fresh and elegant, lemon and almond. From a top status (D.O.C.G) region, with 2014 having been an outstanding vintage, this beautifully refreshing wine is a steal at £7.49 (25% off, down from £9.99). We love it here in Brighton- Perfect for any weekend gathering in the sun!


Aglianico Del Vulture: (red)

The little-known Italian Aglianico grape has been described as 'the Barolo of the South' which is an impressive statement! This wine is rich, structured and powerful hence it would also benefit from further ageing in the bottle.  So come into store to try this little gem. If not you'll regret it next year when everyone's loving Aglianico! This is also £7.49 (25% off, down from £9.99). 


Both of these are BRAND NEW so give us a call, order online or come into store to try before you buy!

#comeandexplore

Lots of wineo love,

Izzy

 



Provence Rose. Sunshine in a glass! Spotlight weekDate published: 15/05/15

Provence is an area is South of France famous for its light, dry rose's. These pale roses have often been known to be low in flavour intensity due to high yields however more dynamic producers and now making much more 'serious' wines. The area of Provence in fact has many different site climates and soils. Cotes de Provence AC is the largest AC in this area where 4/5ths of production is rose! Here is our top 3 picks of provence rose's that reach the UK market before it's guzzled up by the busy Mediterranean holiday resorts:

1. Château Pigoudet ‘La Chapelle’ Rosé 2014 Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence (Known to Izzy as 'Pig') £8.99

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault. Due to its excellent southern position, embedded in a picturesque valley close to the river Durance, Château Pigoudet benefits from sunshine all year round. The wine has been made using the saignée method.

Super-light and the colour of bright pink petals, the nose boasts red apples and ripe cherries and flower petals. Fresh and citrussy, this aromatic rosé lingers on a beautiful mineral finish.

2. Château Barthès Rosé 2014 Bandol £10.99

Grapes: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault. Former fashion model Monique Barthès began winemaking in the late 1960s, following her marriage to the owner of a wine company in Bandol, Provence. She then went on to develop her own award-winning 40-hectare estate.

A classic Provence rosé, exhibiting aromas of fresh red berries, hints of floral perfume and a rustic, gamy streak. Round and supple on the palate, with a subtle hint of liquorice and surprising grip.

OPEN TO TASTE

3. Only available in magnums! But that makes it even more special... AIX Rosé 2014 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 

Grapes: Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault. An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum! Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.

OPEN TO TASTE

So come into store to try some rose's with us- and find your perfect match!



Last chance to come to our #free #wine tasting #Brighton and #HoveDate published: 14/05/15

Hello 

We have 17 wines open. Sherry, whites, rose, reds, fine wines, spirits too. 

Tonight's tasting is going to be a right laugh. Starts at 6:30pm

This is a great (free) way of exploring different wine styles! 

See you later - call us if your coming! Oh and 10% off your shop too.

Cheers

Lewis from the Dales.


Summer Tasting- Spaces Still AvailableDate published: 10/05/15

We have our free Summer tasting coming up on Thursday May 14th. There will be loads of wines open to taste around the store, from everyday drinkers to fine wines. The selection is yet to be finalised, but so far it's looking good to say the least!

What's more; everyone who comes along will receive 10% off everything they buy in store that evening. 

Sounds like fun? Why not give us a call on 01273 777085 and book yourself a place.

The tasting starts at 6.30 in the evening. We hope to see you there.

Beer. £1.Date published: 19/04/15

Beer. £1. 

We have two great beers in, at only £1 a bottle. When you buy a case.

Sam Adams Boston Ale... Malty, slightly hoppy. You can get through a ridiculous amount of these when the suns out. 

Also.

Ashai. Japanese light lager. Dry, fresh, goes well sat on the sofa watching cricket. 

Get them fridges filled!

Cheers

Lewis from the Dales



A Fine Wine To Try.Date published: 18/04/15

A Fine Wine To Try. 

CHÂTEAU MOULINET ­LASSERRE

 2005 Pomerol £30

A serious wine. 2005 was a cracking year.

Vines average 35 years old and are hand ­harvested. 18 months' maturation in new and old oak barrels ensures a classically rounded expression of Pomerol. Try this wine.

New spirits at Majestic Brighton and HoveDate published: 11/04/15

You may remember that we introduced some great craft spirits over the festive period, well we've got a few late comers...

Cotswolds Dry Gin - Only £35 a bottle

This is a delectable blend of 9 carefully-considered botanicals. The expression of the traditional London dry Style comes for the maceration into our pure wheat spirit on juniper,coriander and angelica root which have been left for 24 hours to allow their flavour characteristics to fully infuse. The result is a classic well balanced juniper led gin with crisp citrus and spice

Glen Moray Speyside - £25.00 a bottle

Glen Moray classic is the distillery's entry level single malt, aged for an average of seven years in ex-bourbon casks, of which a high percentage are first fill. easy drinking, honeyed and excellent value



Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 10/04/15

Viña Real is part of CVNE, founded in 1879 and still family owned. The Viña Real winery is relatively new, an imposing structure resembling the top of a wine barrel. A superb Gran Reserva, this is almost entirely made from Tempranillo, with just a dash of Graciano.

Ruby colour. Expressive and elegant on the nose where notes of spiced aromas of oak are mixed with aromatics of ripe fruit. It is a warm wine, round and long with good acidity and tannins. 

A great partner for a lamb and mushroom stew, or with cheeses. Decant before serving.

If you buy 2 selected fine wines save £10 and get this for £17. The single bottle price is £22.

Wine of The Week.Date published: 09/04/15

Caixas Godello - Galicia, Spain

Available to taste!


Exclusive to Majestic…


The Caixas (pronounced ky-shash) Godello is only available at Majestic. The wine was created in partnership with the Martin Codax winery. Based in Galicia in the North West of Spain, Martin Codax is one of our key suppliers who give Majestic Staff the opportunity to experience work on the estate during vendange (harvest).


Once the decision was taken to make a wine exclusively for Majestic, we needed a name for it. Caixas are the plastic trays into which grapes are placed once picked and is one of the first words Majestic staff learn when they work at the winery.


The Godello grape and the wine…


Godello is a grape predominantly found in North West Spain and parts of Portugal. Previously it was only used as a constituent part of blends, but has come to be seen as a quality grape variety in its own right.


Our buyer Matt says: “Godello is a grape that I love and I was delighted when Martin Codax told me they would be thrilled to produce one exclusively for us. The wine has flavours of lemon, pear and melon. It feels full and rich in the mouth and finishes with a lovely refreshing citrusiness”


A great match for grilled fish.


Why buy this wine...


Caixas Godello was one of the top three most popular wines bought and enjoyed by friends and family of Majestic staff over Christmas. You don’t get a better recommendation than that!



£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66



Free tasting events at Majestic Brighton and HoveDate published: 08/04/15

We've got some cracking tasting events coming up at Majestic Brighton and Hove...Here's a little taste of what's going on over the next few months...


Spanish tasting week - 10/04/15 - 16/04/15
We have a huge selection of Spanish wines here at Majestic and over this week we'll have quite a few open. Going from a classic Rioja to a full fruited Grenache this is definitely a tasting week not to be missed.


Argentinian tasting week - 17/04/15 - 23/04/15Argentina have some great wines to offer and not just from the great grape variety of Malbec that we all love so much. Too celebrate Malbec World Day we will be having a spotlight tasting on Thursday the 16th of April at 6:30pm for half an hour, just a brief introduction in to some of the wines that will be open.


English Sparkling Wine day - 23/04/05As it is St.George's Day we'll be celebrating in style. Our range of Sparkling wines from England has grown over the last few years and we'll have quite a few of these open for us all to try, not one to miss.


Wine Course 26/04/15 - 15:00This 90 minute appetiser sheds light on everything from tasting Jargon to how to choose the perfect wine for your meal. RSVP is needed for this as spaces do fill quickly


Summer tasting 14/05/15 - 18:30One of our favourite events here at Majestic. Plenty of wine, cheese, bread and comedy banter. This is another event not to miss so please RSVP as soon as you can as this one fills quickly.


Wine Course 17/05/15 - 15:00This 90 minute appetiser sheds light on everything from tasting Jargon to how to choose the perfect wine for your meal. RSVP is needed for this as spaces do fill quickly


Wine Course 21/06/15 - 15:00This 90 minute appetiser sheds light on everything from tasting Jargon to how to choose the perfect wine for your meal. RSVP is needed for this as spaces do fill quickly

Beer of the Week- Trooper Date published: 08/04/15

Trooper by Iron Maiden is our Beer of the week- and we only have a few cases left in stock! If you fancy it, why not come in and try before you buy? The price for a single case is £24 for 12 bottles or if you buy any 2 ales it's £21 a case.

Real ale fan Bruce Dickinson, Maiden's vocalist, played a major role in developing the unique flavour of the beer, entailing ongoing visits to Robinson’s brewery in Stockport. He says - "I'm a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer. I have to say that I was very nervous: Robinson's are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years. Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavour and texture that is TROOPER. I love it."


New Fine wine arrival...Sarget De Gruaud Larose 1999Date published: 04/04/15

New Fine wine arrival...Sarget De Gruaud Larose 1999

This is one of my favourite second wines and so I'm very happy to see it back on our shelves. Last time we had the 2002 vintage of this so I'm even more excited to see that we're now going back a few years to 1999. So, this is the second wine of the renowed 2eme Cru Classe estate, Gruaud Larose. Sarget de Gruaud Larose shows all the hallmarks of the great St-Julien wine, but with the fruitiness that makes it more approachable when young. Showing fresh cherries and hints of spice on the nose, the palate is well-rounded, with finely structured tannins. Perfect with grilled meats.

Currently £30.00 a bottle and with only 30 bottles in stock I'll expect this one to fly out the door.

Sparkling Saturday...Chandon's Galore...Date published: 04/04/15

Sparkling Saturday...Chandon's Galore...

As it's the Easter weekend we thought we'd treat you all to two bottles of fizz to try. Planning a party tomorrow? Just like drinking fizz pop in to give them a try...

Chandon Brut NV Argentina

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

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

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

Currently £16.56 when you buy two or more save 15%, unit price £19.49.

Chandon Rosé NV Argentina

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

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

A wonderful aperitif-style rosé for any special occasion.

Currently £12.99 when you buy 2 or more save £12.99, unit price £19.49



Lovely drop for the week.... Date published: 24/03/15

On the tasting counter...

Heggies Chardonnay 2012 Eden Valley

One of Australia's highest altitude vineyard sites, Heggies vineyard has cool temperatures and rocky, well-drained soil.

These provide an ideal environment necessary to stress and challenge the Chardonnay vines, resulting in low yields of grapes with intense flavour.

The careful handling of oak means this wine has a subtle toasty character which mingles well with the ripe apple and pear fruits. A creamy roundness completes the finish.

£19.99

or

£14.99 with any other fine wine.

Something Special to Try….Date published: 19/03/15

Something Special to Try….


McGuigan Handmade Shiraz

Langhorne Creek, Australia 2010


This week we have an Australian theme on our tasting counter. And we have decided to give this wine a try.


Coming from Langhorne Creek - a small region situated in the hills of Lake Alexandrina near Adeliade - this wine has got it’s own flair.


The wine is not delicate. It has a lot to say for itself.


Rich, intense; dear I say it, almost meaty on the nose. Think, full dark cherry fruits and bitter chocolate. A perfect wine to bring out last at a dinner party. Or would be great with a cracking burger, brisket or even pulled pork. Hmmmmmmm…..


Go wild.

£25 or £20 each when you buy two.



5 things that I am going to do today...Date published: 15/03/15

1.) Call My Mother

2.) Make roast pork

3.) Find some sort of pudding

4.) Drink a good Pinot Noir

5.) Catch up on Master Chef. 

Wine of the week...Finca Carelio...Come and have a try #wowDate published: 13/03/15

Finca Carelio Tempranillo - Special one-off Parcel

Available to taste!


So tell me about the wine…


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


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



What does it taste like…?


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


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



Why should I buy it...?


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


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



£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

A new wine for all you Rioja fansDate published: 08/03/15

A new wine for all you Rioja fans

The other day I tired a new wine to Majestic and for 6 quid, its pretty good. 

Its called Finca Carelio Tempranillo 2011 Castilla y Leon.

Have a look for yourself on the webiste here. (https://www.majestic.co.uk/Finca-Carelio-Tempranillo-zid14553 tracking=|searchterm:)

Its full bodied, has notes of coffee and dark cherries. Just what you want with a hearty dinner. 

Give it a try yourself! 


Cheers


Lewis P AKA Dales. 

Macon Lugny Louis Latour. Yes pleaseDate published: 01/03/15

Macon Lugny Louis Latour

A great producer, a delicious wine! Currently open to try on the tasting counter and at a fab £8.99 it is a steal!

Made from the versatile Chardonnay grape. The family-run négociant house of Maison Louis Latour has been producing and selling wines since 1797. The limestone-rich soils of the Lugny village produce rich, buttery yet still Burgundian styles of Chardonnay with the typicity and style of the Mâcon. 

Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish. Perfectly scrumptious on its own as an afternoon apéritif or with poultry, pork or fresh seafood.

So come into store to try before you buy :)


Tom's Pick of the WeekDate published: 22/02/15

One of the lesser-known grapes of Piedmont, Dolcetto usually produces soft, fruity and early maturing wines. The best come from around Alba, as does this one from De Forville, a family that has been making wine in Piedmont since the 1860's. In my opinion, De Forville wines offer superb value for money; they're good quality Italian wines that don't break the bank! Similarly, their Nebbiolo from Langhe is worth a mention. This appellation borders and overlaps the more prestigious Barolo and Barbaresco; representing a good wine for a good price.

A clear and bright ruby in colour, with an expressive nose of youthful fruits. Rich, dark cherries and liquorice on the palate and a fresh finish to be enjoyed with cold cuts or cured meats, pizza, or on its own.

This wine is currently £8.99, on the 25% off band. A real bargain.

South African wines in the spotlight!Date published: 21/02/15

Our focus on South Africa continues with lots to try on our tasting counter. South Africa has a wine making history stretching back into the 17th century, making it the oldest 'New World' country. So why not come on in and join in the excitement.

Here are some of the highlights that we have open to taste:

MEERLUST MERLOT 2012, STELLENBOSCH

The Meerlust estate has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1757. Made in the 'right-bank' tradition, this wine is a blend of 89% Merlot with 11% Cabernet Franc added for a supple and balanced structure and aromatic complexity. With its deep, youthful purple colouring with a ruby rim, it provides juicy plum and mulberry fruit abound on the nose, with lifted spiciness, hints of chocolate and a beefy edge. The palate offers silky tannins and good length.

£17.00 reduced from £22.00 when you buy 2 or more bottles you get £10 off

KLEIN CONSTANTIA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013, CONSTANTIA

The Constantia Valley, home to Klein Constantia Estate, is the oldest vineyard region in the Cape, having produced wine since 1689. Klein Constantia is family-owned with a focus on quality rather than quantity. It has a light green appearance with ripe tropical aromas of pineapple and passionfruit. The palate is classically Sauvignon with its racy acidity and the finish is clean and refreshing.

Only £11.24 reduced from £14.99 with 25% off!

NEW WINE(S) OF THE WEEK 18 - 25th Feb. We spoil you! Date published: 19/02/15

NEW WINE(S) OF THE WEEK 18 - 25th Feb. We spoil you! 

So South Africa is about to hit the spotlight in our Majestic stores. We'll have lots of fab SA wines open for you to come in and try. To celebrate this we've got TWO WINES OF THE WEEK! For the white drinkers we have Rustenber Sauvignon blanc and for the red lovers we have new in Pinopasso Pinotage. Go on- come into store to try them both on your taste buds!

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc. Majority Sauvignon Blanc, part Semillon grape. This Sauvignon Blanc has echoes of white Bordeaux, with its 5% Semillon adding a streak of complexity and additional body to the blend. Free-run and gently pressed juice is used to minimise the presence of bitter tannins, and 2 -3 months' lees ageing adds to the texture. Aromas of green peppers, asparagus and gooseberry fill the nose, while the palate displays a riper character, with underlying pineapple and passionfruit notes providing a layered feel. Equally adept as a partner for shellfish or lobster as it is for roasted sea bass.

£8.99 save 33%. Down from £13.49


Bellingham Pinopasso Pinotage 2013, COASTAL REGION

The famous South African Pinotage grape. Taking their inspiration from the 'ripasso' wines of northern Italy, which owe their exceptional richness to the addition of partially dried grapes to the blend, Bellingham have created this quintessentially South African adaption of the style using their signature grape. Dark, fleshy and muscular, this wine offers the smoky and sinuous black cherry profile of classic Pinotage, with added richness and sweet spice notes, and a smooth, voluptuous texture. Will stand up to rich mushroom risotto or osso bucco.

£7.49 save 25%. Down from £9.99

Offer alert...Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 Lodi County only £7.99*Date published: 14/02/15

Offer alert...Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 Lodi County only £7.99*

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

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

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

This is only a very short term offer so don't miss out...


Get rosey for Valentines... Our Top 3 pink fizz's!Date published: 12/02/15

Get rosey for Valentines... Our Top 3 pink fizz's!

Here's a quick selection of our favourite rose sparklers. Have a happy Valentines!

3. CLOUDY BAY PELORUS ROSÉ NV, NEW ZEALAND. An excellent rosé from New Zealand's masters of top quality sparkling wine. Vinified in the traditional method, from 80% Pinot Noir, selected from a number of parcels in the Wairau Valley, blended to create a defined yet delicate style.. Fine bubbles and a pale pink colour. The aromas are of strawberry and cranberry, with subtle pot pourri and flint. The palate is explosive and abundant, with lashings of cherry fruit and sweet spice. Drink with smoked salmon or charcuterie canapés, sashimi or Peking duck. I love a fruit-forward style of fizz, so this ticks all the boxes for me! On an amazing 33% just in time for Valentines. £18.99 down from £28.49!

2. LAURENT-PERRIER ROSÉ NV. Unusually made by the saignée method, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit, full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. A wonderfully refreshing apéritif, it also works well with a variety of dishes.  With very limited stock available for this it is the perfect treat for Valentines. Also on our 33% off offer, LP Rose is £44.97 down from £67.50.  

1. OEIL DE PERDRIX ROSÉ NV. Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic apéritif and always hugely popular. Single bottle price: £25. With our 33% off offer however it is down to a mere £16.66! At that price, this is an absolute steal for Valentines Day! (I'll be drinking it by myself - it's that good!)  

ALL OFFERS ENDING 16TH FEBRUARY SO HURRY ON DOWN/ ONLINE/ TO YOUR PHONE! :)

We hope you have a rosey Valentines! Love, Majestic X


Natale Verga Tasting week: Pinot GrigioDate published: 05/02/15


New! Natale Verga Pinot Grigio from Italy.

Available to taste!


What is important to know about Pinot Grigio?


Pinot Grigio is a very well known grape variety, providing light aromatic wines. As a soft approachable wine it is a real crowd pleaser that is often found on restaurant and pub wine lists.


Why buy the Natale Verga Pinot Grigio?


This organic wine comes from a traditional family producer with 4 generations of experience and an emphasis on quality. Majestic has formed a great relationship with Natale Verga and we already stock a great Barolo and Primitivo from the winery. Our Italian wine buyer Suzie Harrison says:


“The Natale Verga Pinot Grigio offers great quality at a great price, as do all their wines.”


What does it taste like?


The wine is very fresh, with citrus aromas. The citrus comes through on the palate with hints of apple and pear providing a light, satisfying wine.


Great as an aperitif or serve with seafood and fish dishes.



£7.99 buy 2 save 25% = £5.99




Natale Verga Tasting week: PrimitivoDate published: 05/02/15

 Natale Verga Primitivo from Italy - open to taste:


What is important to know about Primitivo?

The southern part of Italy is home to Primitivo, a grape now more commonly known elsewhere as Zinfandel. This example is from vineyards in the provinces of Brindisi and Taranto, in the south-eastern part of Puglia, the 'heel' of Italy's 'boot'.


Why buy the Natale Verga Primitivo?

The Natale Verga is an introduction to some of Italys smooth and approachable wines. At 5.99 this organic wine comes from a traditional family producer with 4 generations of experience and an emphasis on quality.

What does it taste like?

An approachable, medium-bodied wine full of sunny red berry flavour and subtle hints of prune and violet on the nose. Smooth, drying tannins mingle with the rounded, juicy fruit.


Drink with pasta cooked with your favourite tomato-based sauces.

£8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99




Good things come in pairs... Santa Ana deals!Date published: 03/02/15

Good things come in pairs... Santa Ana deals!

SANTA ANA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013, MENDOZA ARGENTINA 

 Award-winning Sauvignon Blanc from one of Argentina's best-known wineries, located in the high-altitude vineyard area of the Mendoza River. Hand-harvested, the grapes are destemmed and crushed before they are fermented at a cool 15ºC for a pure Sauvignon experience. Bright lemon yellow with the greenish tint of youth, this is a fresh, crisp and citrus-led wine. Soft-edged tropical notes and herb nuances linger in the background. Perfect with all light seafood dishes or soft cheeses. 

SANTA ANA MALBEC 2014, MENDOZA ARGENTINA 

Malbec from Bodegas Santa Ana, one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891 By Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso. This is their benchmark Malbec, which offers great value and has previously been the recipient of several IWSC awards. Lively ruby colour with the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum and cherry characters predominate on both nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish. Ideal red for any barbecue, or for pairing with medium-strength firm cheeses.

BOTH ON 33% OFF £5.99 PER BOTTLE DOWN FROM £8.99! 

Exciting New Southern French Red! Come and explore!Date published: 31/01/15

Domaine De Fabregues 2011

Being from Languedoc, it's not a highly regulated region like a lot of France, leading to exciting innovation and styles of wine more common in the New World. 

The wine is a blend of four varieties including Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault. 

Being a full bodied wine it would go perfectly with heart warming food like casseroles, stews, or roasts.

Due to the robust Languedoc grapes this is a rich and spicy wine with bold blackberry and cherry flavours with a smooth pepper and dark chocolate finish.

Even better its on our tasting counter right now, so why not try before you buy and at £8.99 with 25% off you can't go wrong.

Brand New, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc just arrived!Date published: 30/01/15

Wine of the Week

Russian Jack


Grape:

Sauvignon Blanc


Origin

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


Taste

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


Enjoy


£11.99 Single Bottle Price

or

£8.99 when you buy 2 bottles from the 25 % off promotion.


LESS THAN A WEEK TO GO! BOUVET BOUVET BOUVET!!!!Date published: 28/01/15

LESS THAN A WEEK TO GO!

Next Tuesday is price change day! SO hurry down to get your favourites such as Ned Sauvignon and Bouvet Samur  for 33% off!

BOUVET LADUBAY SAUMUR NV, FRANCE: £8.99 down from £13.49

Grape: Chenin Blanc 

Origin: The second oldest sparkling wine producer from Saumur in the Loire, Bouvet Ladubay is made by the traditional method, but from Chenin Blanc grapes, it is of excellent quality. 

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

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


Izzy's Top 3 best-sellers ALL 33% off Date published: 21/01/15

Izzy's Top 3 best-sellers ALL 33% off 

1: Rioja Reserva 2009 Viña Eguía

A staff favourite and an all-round great wine. Currently at £6.66 down from £9.99, this is definately one to stock up on! It has everything you expect from a Rioja from its deep ruby colour to its intense dark fruit and toasted oak aromas. These lovely characteristics from 24 mos oak ageing and 2 years cellar ageing. . The Eguia Reserva is elegant and has a lovely weight on the palate however it is also light enough to be easy drinking and terribly moreish! 

2: The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2014.

 The ultimate New Zealand crowd-pleasing sauvignon, and with a fresh new vintage, wahoo! The Ned is our best-selling sauvignon year on year and we can see why. A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. Alongside these typical Marlborough flavours, the stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity. Only £7.32 down from £10.99!

3: Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 

Well, if anyone knows me at all they'll know I'm a huge fan of this sparkling wine! Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne. I love the nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread and finely pearled mousse which is soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised - no better way to celebrate a special occasion! It is the ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, which I enjoyed immensely at New Years!

New wine of the week - Hamilton Block, Coonawarra Cab- SauvDate published: 21/01/15

New wine of the week - Hamilton Block, Coonawarra Cab- Sauv

Grape:

Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin

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.

Taste

Made in a deliberately fruit-forward style, offering inky blackcurrant and plum fruit, accented with hints of cedar and fresh leaves. Ripe and elegant, with long, soft tannins. YUMMY.

Enjoy

Enjoy immediately or cellar for 4-6 years to allow greater aromatic maturation. For me, I really like fruity reds so I would drink it tonight!

£12.99 Single Bottle Price

or

£8.66 when you buy 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion.


Offer alert...Samuel Adams Boston Lager 24x330ml Bottles only £24.00 #samadamsDate published: 18/01/15

Offer alert...Samuel Adams Boston Lager 24x330ml Bottles only £24.00 #samadams

Recreation of a 19th century American recipe - rich and satisfying.

Currently on a short term offer only £24.00, don't miss out

Read all about it... the press have spoken!Date published: 15/01/15

So here is our weekly update on what the press have recommended as wines of the week combining taste and the best priced.

From Spain...

Finca Resalso Emilio Moro 2013

What we say: Finca Resalso is from the youngest vines in the Emilio Moro estate ranging from 5-15 years. It combines ripe mulberry and cherry with with subtle notes of liquorice and spice.

What the press say: "Scented as Strawberry on heat, this luscious wines seduces with alluring oomph"

                                     (Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith - 11th January)

Importantly: At 25% off its only £8.99

From Loire...

Pierre-Jean Sauvin Sauvignon Blanc 2013

What we say: Made by a fourth generation of family winemakers based at Chateau Du Cleray. A light wine with a citrus fruit backbone and freshly cut grass on the nose.

What the press has to say: "..on its current offer it is decent value, with appealing grapefruit zest.."

                                              (The Telegraph - Susy Atkins - 11th January)

Importantly: At 33% off its only £6.66

Finally from New Zealand...

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2014

What we say: Over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from the winemakers very own woolshed. This combines citrus and tropical fruit, with grapefruit and hints of nettles.

What the press has to say: "Spend a wee bit more at Majestic on its Mud House Sauvignon Blanc....and you'll be rewarded" When it was compared to Aldi's Exquisite Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2014)

                                                (The Times - Damian Barr - 11th January)

Importantly: Only £6.66 with 33% off

So that's what the critic's have said, how about trying them for yourself and letting us know what you think via Facebook or Twitter or do it the old fashioned way and pop in. We would be happy to see you and have a chat.

Offer alert...Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne only £22.49* #LPDate published: 13/01/15

Offer alert...Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne only £22.49* #LP

A lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility.

Currently £22.49* when you buy two or more save 40%, unit price £37.50

Don't miss out on this fantastic short term offer...

Rhone explained by Izzy; a newbie to wine :)Date published: 12/01/15

Rhone explained by Izzy; a newbie(ish) to wine :)

Rhone can be split into Northern Rhone and Southern Rhone. North includes regions such as Cotie-Rotie AC where it is impossible to machine harvest as the vineyards are on such steep slopes (Cotie-Rotie actually translates at 'roasted slope') and Condrieu AC which produces white wines made solely from the Viogner grape. The well known Hermitage AC and Crozes-Hermitage AC are also in the North. Hermitage produces world class red and white wines which sell for premium prices whereas Crozes-Hermitage is the most important appellation in terms of volume of wine produced; with highly variable quality, style and prices.  

Syrah is the only black grape variety permitted in Northern Rhone, though the area is the most Northern limit for the grape to ripen. Viogner is the main white grape variety alongside Marsanne and Roussanne which are perfect blending partners. 

FUN FACT: Taking Rhone as a whole, southern Rhone accounts for 95% of total production!

Southern Rhone opens out south of Valence and vineyards here are planted on much flatter terrain. Within the varied soils, the best sites are stony which helps to ripen grapes as it absorbs the suns heat and warms the vineyard. Unlike N. Rhone and its very select grape growing, S. Rhone wines are often complex blends. The most planted variety is Grenache which dominates most of the red wines as it can tolerate the drought conditions and strong winds. Syrah, Mourverde and Cinsault are also grown and used. White wines however are a minority concern in S. Rhone. 

Famous appellations in the South include Chateauneuf-du-Pape AC which is situated on the east bank of the Rhone and is by far the largest  and oldest of all the crus. Tavel AC and Lirac AC are the only southern crus that are on the West bank, and are most famous for their rose wines made mainly from Cinsault and Grenache. Lirac also produces Chateuneuf style top quality white and reds. 

I found studying Rhone very interesting and informative, especially as I knew very little about it beforehand! I hope this brief overview taught you something too!

Love, Izzy :) 


Tom's Pick of the WeekDate published: 10/01/15

In the new January offers one of the stand out wines for me is the Morellino Di Scansano, Poggioargentiera, 2013. It's on the 33% off deal as well, which brings it down to £8.66 a bottle. 

In Scansano, in the southern part of Tuscany, Morellino is the local name for Sangiovese. In this case blended with 15% Ciliegiolo, another indigenous local grape, this is a slim and youthful style of red, with only a third of the blend spending 6-8 months in new oak.

Ripe cherry and strawberry fruit forms the backbone of this wine, which is medium-bodied and approachable, and fresh in feel. A subtly rustic streak gives a touch of complexity and food friendliness.

Partner with anything from lamb chops to game, either immediately or within the next 5 years.


Offer alert...Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough £7.33*Date published: 10/01/15

Offer alert...Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough £7.33*

Marlborough's long sunny days and cool climate leads to a long ripening season and a unique combination of very ripe fruit alongside fresh acidity. Villa Maria is an acclaimed family owned producer with an unwavering dedication to excellence.


A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.

A fantastic apéritif which will equally match all manner of seafood.

Currently £7.33 when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £10.99

Don't miss out on this fantastic offer only until the end of the month...

The press loves Argentinian Malbec and guess what...so do we!Date published: 08/01/15

Our Argentinian Malbec are as popular as ever and are always quick to fly off the shelves. But with these press mentions from popular wine columnists they are bound to even more, especially as they are at great reduced prices too. Its a win, win!

Alamos Malbec 2013

What we say: Being from Mendoza, the biggest and most important region in Argentina, this Malbec oozes a dried raisiny fruit character with lots of blackberries and is a classic Malbec which is now arguably the speciality of Argentinian wine making. 

What the press say: "Majestic has some great Malbec just now.....Mendoza is mightily fruity and that classic blackberry burst" 

                                     (Sunday Times, Damian Barr - 4th January)

Importantly: With 33% off this is a bargain at £6.66!

Anniello 003 Malbec 2013

What we say: From Patagonia, this is an approachable and delicately fragrant Malbec, characterised by lavender notes that intermingle with ripe black cherry fruit. It is also best enjoyed slightly cool.

What the press say: "is beautifully fresh and open, with sweet blackberry and raspberry fruit. Its just lovely"

   (Sunday Express, Jamie Goode - 4th January)

Importantly: At 25% off, its only £9.74!

So the press has spoken but will you listen?If not to them then why not listen to us as wine is our everyday passion.


Short dated products going cheap...#bargainsDate published: 04/01/15

Short dated products going cheap...#bargains

With Christmas being a distant memory and all of us tightening our belts money wise, I thought you might like to know that we have a couple of short dated products that are going cheap here at Majestic Brighton and Hove.

Pilsner Urquell 24x330ml Bottles

We have 6 cases of this going for £12.00 a case, that's a bargain compared to it's current offer of £24.00

Orange Juice

We have 60 cartons of Sunpride Orange Juice going for only £0.30 a carton, these are normally £1.00 a carton

it may not seem like much but every penny counts at this time of year.

Let us know if you'd like us to put some aside for you...


New wine of the week - The King's Legacy ChardonnayDate published: 17/12/14

THE KING'S LEGACY CHARDONNAY 2011,

MARLBOROUGH

Origin

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

Taste

An easily enjoyable Chardonnay that combines fresh apple, nectarine and

tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds and a

gently spicy complexity.

Enjoy

Try this with seared scallops served with black pudding.

£14.99 Single Bottle Price

or

£9.99 when you buy 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion

Why not come into the store to try before you buy!

BRAND NEW Fine wine at house wine prices: Fine wine of the week!Date published: 12/12/14

CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2009, E. GUIGAL

Grape: Grenache, Syrah

The Guigal name is synonymous with quality wine from the Rhône Valley.Made from 45-year-old vines planted amongst the round 'pudding stone' pebbles and red clay around the Papal Palace's ruins and aged in large oak foudres before release. A classic with potential to age.

A perfumed nose of blackcurrants, spice, black pepper and red fruits.

Restrained yet powerful on the palate, well rounded with warming fruit and spice, integrated tannins and a long finish.

The gorgeous fruit concentration allows for the wine to be enjoyed young,with game and slow-cooked beef, or aged for up to ten years.

OPEN TO TRY TODAY ON THE TASTING COUNTER! (Better get here soon before it's gone!)

£30.00multi-buy price

£35.00 (single bottle price)

Lots of Chrismassy love stuff,

Izzy X


Tasting counter: Explore some warming reds for winter!Date published: 11/12/14

We have some fab reds open on the tasting counter today.

Te Tera Pinot Noir 2013. From the Martinborough Vineyard which is one of the pioneers that put New Zealand Pinot Noir on the map, back in the mid 1980’s. A cool, maritime climate results in a natural low vigour site and ensures high quality, consistent, ripe fruit. The nose displays succulent ripe cherry, berry and plum fruits combined with savoury notes expected of a well-rounded pinot noir. Fine tannins complement the fruit giving further texture and a generous lingering finish. This is an elegant Pinot Noir that is approachable in style and whilst drinking well, will also reward further cellaring. Partner with roast lamb or have a glass by itself next to the fire! £14.99 down from £19.99 (25% off)

The Cline. I'm a big fan of Californian zinfandels, so was super excited to try this slightly more expensive, regal looking bottle of Cline Ancient Vine Zinfandel.  Cline Cellars have created this wine by sourcing grapes from a selection of parcels of old vines in several regions, the majority coming from their oldest and lowest-yeilding vines in Oakley, and the remainder from Lodi and Mendocino. Heady and bold on the nose, and full of ripe strawberry notes which i ADORE. It is wonderfully plump and juicy on the palate, with a satisfying warmth stemming from the white and black pepper highlights. Great with barbecued steaks, well-seasoned pork chops, or venison (although as a veggie I'd be more than happy to guzzle it down without food!). Down from £19.99 to £13.32 (33% off)

Beringer Founders' Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010/12. With its Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Franc grapes sourced mainly from Central California, with a small percentage coming from selected vineyards in the cooler North Coast region, this wine achieves a more elegant and balanced style. Aged in seasoned French and American oak barrels for 8 month, the Beringer is a lush and deeply coloured wine, which is also soft and easy-drinking. It has all the backbone of intense cassis-like fruit which is complemented by notes of baking spice and cedar, held together by polished tannins. Pair with anything from duck breast to barbecued pork ribs. £8.99 down from £11.99.

There's loads more reds to explore, these are just some fresh and juicy highlights! So don't forget to #comeandexplore.

Lots of warming Christmassy red wine love,

Izzy X

Wine of the week!!!!!!!!!!! Picpoul Villemarin at £6.74. Yes Please!Date published: 10/12/14

VILLEMARIN PICPOUL DE PINET 2013/14,

CÔTEAUX DU LANGUEDOC, SOUTH OF FRANCE

Grape: Picpoul

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

Drink with fresh oysters, whitebait or grilled sardines.


£8.99 Single Bottle Price

or

£6.74 when you buy 2 bottles from the 25% off promotion

I've never met someone who doesn't like it!


FINE WINE AT HOUSE WINE PRICES: Château Labégorce 2000, MargauxDate published: 05/12/14

FINE WINE AT HOUSE WINE PRICES

Château Labégorce 2000, Margaux, £27.00

A historic house in Margaux, with its roots in a 14th-century estate named after noble house of La Bégorce. The estate has 30 hectares of vines on a sand, gravel and silt-based vineyard, with an average vine age of around 25 years.

The 2000 is a ripe and fruity claret, with aromas of tobacco, smoke and stewed plum, with soft vanilla influence.

Fully mature and ready to enjoy.

Scrummy!

Thorn in the side! Try our new wine of the week - The King's Thorn Pinot GrisDate published: 03/12/14

THE KING'S THORN PINOT GRIS 2013,

MARLBOROUGH

Origin

Something of a thorn in the side for some winemakers, Pinot Gris requires a very measured approach in order to achieve a balance of texture, sweetness, acidity and fruit character. This excellent example treads the fine line between the Alsatian and Italian styles.

Taste

Delicately pink, indicating natural sun ripening. The nose is lifted and

perfumed with honeysuckle and peach. A lightly unctuous and off-dry palate

are lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz.

Enjoy

Delicious on its own but a brilliantly versatile food wine to boot. Try with grilled prawns, white meats or creamy cheeses.


£14.99 Single Bottle Price

or

£9.99 when you buy 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion


Rioja anyone? Come and get it with 33% off our range.Date published: 29/11/14

This week we have some sweet deals on Rioja wines including some of our very own favourites with a massive 33% off! 

Our favs include:

RIOJA RESERVA 2009, VIÑA EGUÍA

Originating from Bodegas Eguia which is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's wine making hotspots. The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellar age before release. 

It is beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile. 

It would match perfectly with a mature steak, or with a board of chorizo and manchego cheese.

RIOJA RESERVA 2009, MARQUÉS DE RISCAL

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

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

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

We are also spoiling you by offering Marques De Riscal Magnum at the amazing price of £19.99.

RIOJA RESERVA 2010, MUGA

Founded by Isaac Muga Martínez and his wife, Auro Caño in 1932, in Haro, at the Western end of Rioja Alta. After fermentation the wine is aged for 6 months in large traditional vats, before 24 months in small oak barrels, and a further year in bottle before release.

It has an enticing and complex nose of pain grille, pencil lead, and blackberry leads into an elegant wine with layers of flavour, fruit and sweet-spice with ripe and integrated tannins and a lengthy finish.

This wine can age for up to seven years but is eminently drinkable now. Enjoy with roasted meats, Moroccan lamb ot soft cheese.

We hope that you will take advantage of these offers, so don't rush all at once we have plenty on offer and we look forward to seeing you soon!


Fine wine bonanza at Majestic Brighton and Hove...Date published: 27/11/14

Fine wine bonanza at Majestic Brighton and Hove...
With Christmas less than a month away we thought it a great opportunity to start getting some great wines open on our tasting counter. So this weekend we've got not just 1 or 2 but 3 different fine wines open for you all to try...


Saintsbury Chardonnay 2012 Carneros

Chardonnay accepts and reflects the terroir of the Carneros region and the fingerprint of the vintner. Fermented in 25-30% new French oak barrels and aged sur lie for eight months. During the ageing process, the barrels are stirred (batonnage) to increase yeast contact.


Notes of pears, apricots and melon with toasted spicy oak characters are complemented on the palate by stone fruit, vanilla and hazelnuts. Full bodied and creamy, with a balanced and powerful finish.

 

Enjoy over the next three years with chargrilled chicken or light fish dishes.

Currently £17.00* when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £22.00

SCV Freestone Hills Pinot Noir 2011 Sonoma Coast

The 2011 Freestone Hills captures the truest attributes of the 2011 vintage and highlights the purity of Pinot Noir. Cherry and fresh raspberry with elegant spice and earth dominate the aromatics. The palate offers a range of red and black fruits plus pomegranate with just the right amount of tannin acidity to carry the fruit. A long finish is luxurious. The wine will develop much further with time in bottle.


Currently £20.00* a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £25.00


Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2005 La Rioja Alta


One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.


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

 

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

Currently £15.99 when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £24.00


Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to try these great wines...

33.3% off Rioja and N/Z Sauvignon Blanc #bargainsDate published: 26/11/14

33.3% off Rioja and N/Z Sauvignon Blanc #bargains

We are running a fantastic 1 week offer on all Rioja and N/Z S/B...All are 33% off until Monday the 1st of December. Here are two of our favourites just for starters

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

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

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

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

Currently £18.32 when you buy 2 or more save 33.3%, unit price £27.50

Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2005 La Rioja Alta

One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.

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

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

Currently £15.99 when you buy 2 or more save £33.3%, unit price £24.00

Ths Rioja Ardanza is also open to taste from now on, so don't miss out...



Come and spy, try & buy our amazing new spirit range!!!!!!!!!!Date published: 23/11/14

A brief summary of Spirits open to try RIGHT NOW, just for yooooou!

Darnley's View Spiced Gin: Named to celebrate the first sighting of Lord Darnley by Mary Queen of Scots in 1565 at Wemyss Castle, this gin has been created by the Wemyss family, known for its range of hand-crafted spirits. This gin is distilled in small batches with juniper and a unique blend of warming spice botanicals, including nutmeg and cinnamon. The result is a truly remarkable gin.

Sipsmith's Sloe Gin 2012: Every bottle of this limited edition was handcrafted with skill and care. It is first distilled with Sipsmith's award-winning London Dry Gin on their copper still (the first  such still in London since !820!) then left to rest on wild sloe berries, hand-picked in Autumn 2012. The result is a truely handmade sloe gin that is subtle, complex and bursting with flavours.

Roger Groult Reserve (Calvados): This Calvados is 3 years old and made in their traditional methods: double distillation over wood fire and aged inveyr old French oak barrels.

Red Leg Spiced Rum: Infused with Jamaican vanilla, ginger and spices left to rest in oak barrels creating a smooth tasting rum with a hint of sweet spice.

Don Papa Rum: Inspired by Pasa Isio, one of the unsung heroes of the Philippine revolution who joined the independence movement and drove out the conquerors from his beloved land. Distilled from some of the finest sugar cane in the world, it is first aged for over 7 years in American oak barrels before being blended to perfection.

Rumbullion (Rum): Assembled from a blend of Carribean  Rums with the addition of sugars, fine spices, the very best orange peel, and thick and juicy vanilla pods from the exotic climes of Madagascar. The finest distillation process provides a thoroughly superlative drinking experience.

The Hive (Malt whiskey): Hand-crafted, brought to you by the Wemyss family (pronounced 'Weems'). The Hive is the result of this family's long-standing passion for whiskey where each cask is rigorously selected and blended together to create a malt whisky noted for its honeyed flavours.

If none of these take your fancy, (not sure why they wouldn't- they are all as delicious as they sound!) there are also many many more interesting and amazing spirits in our range...

See you in store very soon! :) 

MALBEC, MALBEC AND MORE MALBEC!Date published: 21/11/14

Well isn't this an exciting weekend for us all? All Argentinian malbecs are 33% off!!!!!

A quick round up of the best deals:

£6.66 for Portillo malbec. This is a multi-award winning malbec from Bodegas Salentein which sits at 1700m above sea-level. WHat an amazing price- definitely one to stock up for Christmas intense purple-red colour with lashings of ripe, fresh black fruit from plum to bramble.  

£6.66 for Alamos malbec. From Mendoza, the biggest and most important region in Argentina. This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins: Simply perfect with roast meats.

£6.66 for BeefSteak malbec. Also from Mendoza, this wine is made by Andean Vineyards under Australian born winemaker Stephen McEwan. In true Argentinian tradition and as the name suggests, it is intentionally beefy! The Malbec grapes are harvested late for ultimate ripeness, fermented over 20 days and then aged for 6 months in oak.

£8.88 for Aniello 003 Malbec. The '003' in the name signifies the vineyard from which the grapes are sourced in Mainque. BRAND NEW to our already amazing range, this is an approachable and delicately fragrant Malbec characterised by interesting lavenda notes that intermingle with black cherry fruit. Medium-bodied and best enjoyed slightly cool either on its own or with a range of red or white meats.

£8.66 for Vinalba Reservado Malbec 2012. This wine from the Vinalba estate in Mendoza has previously won decanter awards for its quality.  This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its dark, ripe plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. This full-bodied wine is best enjoyed with food such as peppered steak or lamb.

£11.32 for Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec, 2011. This fine Malbec comes from Mendoza's Lujan de Cuyo region and is the flagship wine in Vinalba's range. A nose of generous warm plum-pudding-like-fruit, lifted by soft vanilla and flower petal notes. The muscular yet smooth and voluptuous tannins provide a blockbusting mouthfeel and long finish. ENjoy with steak or venison.

So come into store today, call 01273777085 or head over to our website to grab your favourite Malbecs at fantastic prices!


Beer of the Week- Einstok White AleDate published: 20/11/14

Einstok's quest was to make the best ever White ale! They are very proud of this beer with flavours including orange peel and coriander; all brewed with pure Icelandic water and just a touch of oats that give this beer a real smoothness that is bursting with flavour.

This beer is on our craft beer deal; at just £10.99 for a pack of 6 when you buy at least any 2 on this deal. That works out at £1.84 a bottle- a bargain for a beer of this quality.

New fine wine at house prices on offer from Friday!Date published: 20/11/14

New fine wine at house prices on offer from Friday!

CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2010, CLOS DEL’ORATOIRE DES PAPES

This fine wine will be open from Friday so why not come in and awaken your senses to the delights of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape vineyard.

Origin

In the ocean of vines surrounding the ruins of the Papal palace, rising up from the Galets stones, lie the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The 'Clos de L'Oratoire' is a place of prayer built in the 18th century, now an improving wine estate.

Taste

An intense, perfumed and enticing array of sweet spices, brooding black fruits and sweet red cherries. Earthy, fruity, spicy and complex layers of flavour a marshalled by firm tannins into a long finish.

Secret this away for ten years or drink now as the youthful fruits and juicy sweetness with roast veal or filets mignons.

£30.00 Single bottle price

£25.00 when you buy two or more bottles of fine wine  


Exciting new product just in!Date published: 19/11/14

The Aniello 003 Malbec 2013 from the southern part of Argentina in Patagoni is brand new to our store. 

The '003' in the name signifies the vineyard from which the grapes are sourced, one of two sites owned by Bodega Aniello. 003 is located in Mainque, on an area of heavy red clay soils on the hillsides overlooking the Rio Negro river. It is a approachable and delicately fragrant Malbec, characterised by gentle lavender notes that intermingle with the ripe black cherry fruit. Being Medium bodied,with soft tannins and a juicy mouth-feel. It is best enjoyed slightly cool, either on its own or with a range of red or white meats.

So why not come in and be one of the first to try it!

'Tis the season for Champagne...Date published: 16/11/14

So this is the last HOUR AND A HALF to get ALL NV CHAMPAGNES at an amazing 33%... Many will stay on very strong offers however therefore I am taking the time now to write a little bit about some of the big guns in the Champagne world.

Bollinger: Good ol' Bolly! Anyone who has ever watched the comedy series 'Absolutely Fabulous' will identify with this brand name. Bolly is infamous for more reason than Patsy however: Even their non-vintage champagne is aged for 5 whole years! A yeasty, bold bubbly that is many peoples favourite drink ever... £33.31 down from £50.

Perriet-Jouet: A much more flirty, femine champagne with soft moussey bubbles and a moreish-ness that is unstoppable! £24.99 down from £37.50

Pol Roger: The deepest cellars in all of Champagne = the finest bubbles which create a delectable and delicious mousse heaven in the mouth! PS Lewis' (the managers) absolute favourite! £29.98 down form £45.

Mumm: Well, it's that glittery bottle whose contents fizz all over Formula 1 champions. An emblem for luxury- why not? £19.99 down from £30. 

Veuve Cliquot: THE brand name in champagne. Yeasty, bubbly & infinitely popular. £29.98 down from £45

Nicolas Feuillatte: The most bought and most loved by the French people who live  in France. Now that's a sign... £14.99 down from £22.50.

Laurent-Perrier: It's got a jacket on- need we say more? £24.99 down from £37.50.

Sooooo that concludes my brief Champagne summary. Come into store/ order on-line/ give us a call if you fancy buying some fantastic Champagnes at brilliant prices! Don't forget to give me your opinion on your favourite ones!

1 week offers...Managers choice...Château Méaume 2010 Bordeaux SupérieurDate published: 15/11/14

1 week offers...Managers choice...Château Méaume 2010 Bordeaux Supérieur

I had the great opportunity to visit this Chateau a few years back. Alan and Sue are two of the nicest people you will meet in the wine trade. This to me is just classic old school Claret. This blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot is classic for the right bank.

Currently £7.49 when you buy 2 or more save 25%, unit price £9.99

A small British-owned estate close to St-Emilion and Pomerol, Château Méaume has been a Majestic favourite for many years, gaining a reputation for excellent value.

A nose of fruitcake, spice and ripe, plummy fruit. Soft and rich on the palate, with blackcurrants, plum, and smoky cedarwood.

Ready to drink immediately, yet has the body and structure to cellar well for several more years.

Don't miss out on this great offer, it's only this price until close of play Monday 17th of November...


Offer alert...Mumm Cordon Rouge NV Champagne only £19.99*Date published: 14/11/14

Offer alert...Mumm Cordon Rouge NV Champagne only £19.99*

Every year, 77 different crus from the best areas of Champagne are used to create this benchmark cuvée. Many of the wines originate from Grands and Premiers Crus. 45% Pinot Noir adds structure, 25% Pinot Meunier adds fruit and 30% Chardonnay provides elegance and finesse.

Great to see this Champagne back in stock and only on a short term offer...Don't miss out.

Champagne That Doesn't Break The Bank!Date published: 14/11/14

We have fantastic Champagne offers on this weekend including some of the top brands like Laurent

Perrier Rose at £44.97, NV at £24.99 and Moet and Chandon Imperial at £28.98 with a great discount of 33% when you buy 2 or more on the same offer as part of your mixed case.

Laurent Perrier Rose is unusually made by the saignée method, with plenty of stylish strawberry

fruit, full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. A wonderfully refreshing apéritif, it also works well with a variety of dishes.With the Laurent Perrier NV being a lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine

good food compatibility. Of course Moet and Chandon Imperial is perhaps the best known Champagne, the Brut Imperial from Moët embodies their house style: crisp and clean, this classic Champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuity flavours. An excellent apéritif.

The offer is also lucky to include Lanson Black Label which has a brilliant straw colour, with hints of amber, Lanson has a fine stream of persistent bubbles. The nose is vibrant with hints of toast and flowers leading onto a palate of citrus and ripe fruits. In addition an old favourite in Taittinger NV which is from Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate, and a beautiful, elegant finish.

So why not pop in and you could be popping open a bottle of delicious Champagne before you know it?


Take a trip to the Chilean Bio Bio Valley with the Con Amigos Malbec 2013Date published: 13/11/14

The Con Amigos Malbec 2013 originates from the Bio Bio valley which is making a name for itself as one of Chile's premium wine regions. With its southern location, it has a cooler, wetter, more marginal climate than much of Chile, reflecting the typical conditions of France's northern wine regions. 

With its vivid purple tinges, this is a youthful and fruity wine, with inviting aromas of ripe plums and perfumed blueberry notes. The tannins are ripe and well weighted, making for a plush mouth feel. 

It is a perfect wine for a winter's evening paired with a delicious char-grilled steak. So why not come in and have a free taste on our infamous tasting counter and even treat yourself to a bottle or two for just £6.66, a 33% discount! 

Offer alert...Côtes-du-Rhône 2013 Léon Perdigal only £6.66*Date published: 12/11/14

Offer alert...Côtes-du-Rhône 2013 Léon Perdigal only £6.66*

This is a classic blend sourced from several sites in the southern Rhône. It has been named in honour of Léon Perdigal, the first cellarmaster at Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length.

Enjoy with all spiced Mediterranean lamb dishes or barbecued meats such as pork.

Only £6.66 when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £9.99


Fine Wine of the Week - Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvèdre 2012Date published: 30/10/14

Fine Wine of the Week

Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvèdre 2012 South Eastern Australia Origin

Created in 1960, Bin 2 is a classic Penfolds blend based on Rhône varieties, made from fruit grown in Barossa, McLaren Vale and Padthaway, matured in French and American oak. Mourvedre makes up around 10% of the blend, lending body and structure.

A backbone of ripe blackcurrant, cherry and quince, overlaid with notes of liquorice, winter pudding and dark chocolate. Plush tannins provide an expansive mouth-feel.

Enjoy immediately or cellar for 3-5 years. Best with roasts.

Wine of the Week - Montes Twins 2012, Colchagua Valley Date published: 29/10/14

Origin

Aurelio Montes is widely regarded as a superb maker of Chilean wines, and the Montes Twins is a classic example of his expertise. 110 miles south of Santiago, Colchagua Valley is one of Chile's foremost regions for wine production. It predominantly has a mediterranean climate despite lying relatively close to the equator due to the influence of the Pacific ocean on the valley.

Taste

The wine is named 'Montes Twins' because it is a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, and this is crucial to its unique flavour. The Malbec provides a soft, velvety texture with notes of raisins, yet the Cabernet Sauvignon brings a deep richness with flavours of bramble fruit and binds it all together with a firm structure.

Enjoy

Montes Twins lends itself incredibly well to a rare sirloin steak, but we advise to decant it for at least half an hour beforehand!


£11.99 Single Bottle Price

or

£7.99 Multi-Buy Price - 33% Off


Offer alert...The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc Only £7.33* #nedDate published: 28/10/14

Offer alert...The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc Only £7.33* #ned

Back in the game...The Ned's back on a very strong offer and part of our 33.3% wines.

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

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


FINE WINE AT HOUSE WINE PRICES - Mt Difficulty Pinot Gris 2013 Central OtagoDate published: 24/10/14

FINE WINE AT HOUSE WINE PRICES

Mt Difficulty Pinot Gris 2013 Central Otago

Mount Difficulty own some of the oldest vineyards in Central Otago. This respected producer ferment their Pinot Gris at cool temperatures to preserve fresh fruit flavours and the 4 months' lees ageing add complexity and body.

Rich and viscous, this tropical Pinot Gris is distinctly New Zealand in character. With a dry finish and pear and peach notes, real complexity is confirmed by the mineral creaminess that coats the mouth.

Enjoy with langoustines or mussels, the fresh acidity and mineral qualities complementing shellfish with aplomb.

£21 Single bottle price

£16 when you buy two or more bottles of fine wine

Open To Taste in store!!!!

New wines to Majestic: Alicante head-to-headDate published: 21/10/14

So today's article will consist of a breakdown of two new Majestic wines that have come into stores in the last couple of months... Making up our head-to-head is the Mo Monastrell made up of  Monastrell (never would have guessed), Cabernet Sauvignon and Alicante grapes vs Plage Du Sud made up of Alicante and Syrah grapes. 

The Mo originates from the Sierra Salinas winery which was founded in 2000 in Villena. This winery is located in the DO of Alicante and makes modern wines mainly from traditional indigenous grapes. The Mo is hand-harvested from mature vines and the grapes are cool fermented before a brief maturation in French oak. The Plage Du Sud is also made up of Alicante Bouchet (to give it its full French name) which is notable for being one of the few red grapes that has red flesh as well as red skin. This grape variety produces richly coloured yet soft wines. In contrast to the Mo, the Plage Du Sud has been blended with Syrah for added complexity and structure.

Colour and taste: The Mo is deep violet-tinged crimson, which offers a pleasing balance between youthful vigour and polished maturity. The Plage du Sud is an altogether different deep, dense cherry red. The Mo boasts bramble and cherry  fruits on the palate alongside lightly savoury spice and balsamic flavours; A great match for rustic Mediterranean stews. Alternatively, the Plage offers ripe red berry flavours with subtle aromas of violets, vanilla and pepper; a great partner for pizza and roasted vegetables.

Opinion: During a Spanish wine tasting in the Worthing store, the Mo was served to a number of Spanish wine lovers alongside many other  fantastic wines. I can confidently tell you that the Mo was the best selling/ most requested wine of the whole evening! It impressed our staff members too, especially as it would go perfectly with any Spanish dish! Having said this, I was personally very impressed with the Plage Du Sud's well-rounded flavours and texture. I think it is an easy-drinking everyday wine and I love the secondary aromas of vanilla and violets!

Conclusion: With both wines at an amazing £6.66 per bottle (33% off) I think anyone would be hard pushed to name a winner! You will simply have to try them both and decide for yourself!!  


Fine wine Friday...La Sauvageonne Grand Vin 2011 Terasses du Larzac #fwfDate published: 17/10/14

Fine wine Friday...La Sauvageonne Grand Vin 2011 Terasses du Larzac #fwf

Its that time of the week again...My favourite part of the weekend...Fine Wine Friday! I love to try new and exciting things and this week we have opened another classic Southern French blend from Gerard Bertrand...

Terrasses du Larzac is a modern appellation created in 2005, covering red wines grown within a specific area on the slopes of the Causse du Larzac. Including some of the northern Languedoc's highest vineyards, the area is noted for its hot days and cool nights.

A robust, fleshy wine with plenty of fine-grained tannins giving weight, volume and an enduring texture. Heady aromas of garrigue herbs and fruit compote complete the picture.

Drink now or allow to mature for another 3-5 years. Serve with steak or strong cheeses.

Currently £20.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £25.00

This is already open for our customers (and team) to try, so why not pop in over the weekend for a taste. Don't forget there is only one bottle so once it's gone it's gone...


FINE WINE AT HOUSE WINE PRICES: Meet IsabelDate published: 17/10/14

The Isabel is a lovely Pinot Noir from Marlborough's Wairu Valley (New Zealand). The Isabel estate started out as a contract grower for other leading wine producers before starting on its own in 1994, making top quality wines only from estate-grown grapes.

This Pinot is bright and fresh with pronounced aromas of cherries alongside delectable hints of cedar and cinnamon. In addition to this, ripe plum fruit is strong on the palate with hints of white pepper spice. 

It's enjoyable immediately but as a fine wine you will also be rewarded from careful cellaring of up to 10 years. For me, it's perfect on its own but for those meat eaters out there it would be fabulous with pate or duck. A perfect Christmas treat! Come into store/ buy on-line/ over the phone today. They are going fast!


An introduction to Lodi Ravenswood Old Vine ZinfandelDate published: 16/10/14

The majority of our customers rarely stop at our 'California' section in the store. I'm not sure why, but they are missing out! A little - or not so little as the bottle is large, heavy and solid- secret gem birthed by the California Central Valley growers  is Lodi Ravenswood. It is made up of old vine zinfandel grapes. 'But zinfandel is for rose!' you say- well that's what I thought. But the Northern part of central valley is known as the Zinfandel  Capital of the World. This pure zinfandel red wine is AMAZING. I have literally never witnessed someone try it and not fall in love... including myself.

Ravenswood have been producing Zinfandels of exceptional quality and soul for 35 years and this Lodi is bursting with luscious flavours of blackberry, black cherry and everyone's favourites chocolate, vanilla and spice. Sound too much? Well it has perfectly balanced acidity which leads to insatiable moreish-ness.A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes, lamb or a cheese platter.

This wine is strong, complex and a solid favourite of mine. It is a perfect example of Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.


PS. it has a super-cool Game of Thrones style logo (see photo), which makes it all the more amazing!

P.P.S. It's only £8.99 when you buy 2 as part of a mixed case. Down from £11.99 (25% discount!)


The A-Z of Wine: ZDate published: 14/10/14

Zinfandel- This red grape is widely grown in California and produces a big, robust red, although the majority of grapes go to producea semi-sweet rose called White Zinfandel, which sells six times much as the red in the States. Zinfandel grapes have a very high sugar content and can be fermented to an abv of up to 15%! Raspberry flavours dominate the wines grown in cool areas, whereas in a hot climate, the wine can take on the flavours of cloves, anise and blackberry. This is a cracking (quacking...?) match with duck!

The A-Z of Wine: YDate published: 14/10/14

Yeast- Yeast is the most important part of turning grape juice into wine – it converts the sugar from the grapes into alcohol and carbon dioxide through the process of fermentation.  The higher the sugar content of the grapes, the higher the alcohol content a wine can potentially reach, if the yeast is allowed to continue until most of the sugar is gone and the wine is totally dry. Sometimes winemakers stop fermentation early to produce a sweeter wine from the residual sugar that has not been fermented.  Grapes have naturally occurring yeast present on their skins, but extra yeast is added to give the winemaker control and to quicken the process. Anything that makes wine AND bread has got to be pretty magic stuff!

The A-Z of Wine: XDate published: 13/10/14

Xarel-lo- This is a white grape variety from Spain, grown in Catalonia. Along with Macabeu and Parellada, it is one of the 3 traditional grapes used to grow the popular sparkling wine, Cava. By law, it must be made using the “traditional method” as in the Champagne region, but is no longer allowed to be called “Spanish Champagne”. Codorniu, the world’s largest producer of bottle-fermented sparkling wine, sells an incredible 60 million bottles each year. Our favourite here at Majestic Brighton is the Codorniu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs, on offer at just £9.99. light and floral aromas, with delicate pear and brioche flavours making it the perfect aperitif!

Premium Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand #NZSBDate published: 13/10/14

Premium Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand #NZSB

Here at Majestic wine we love the finer things in life. If your a Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc fan and feel like treating yourself, have a quick look at the finer things that the kiwi's produce...

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

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

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

Currently £20.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, Unit price £25.00

Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Made using the finest Sauvignon grapes from New Zealand’s famous Wairau Valley, this is a classic Marlborough Sauvignon, sourced from two vineyard sites. Fermented with selected yeasts in 100% stainless steel at cool temperatures for maximum varietal impact.

Displaying subtle fragrances of honeysuckle, powerful passion fruit and gooseberry flavours on the nose, which develop into blackcurrant leaf, lime and ripe nettles on the palate. Full, rich and firm.

Currently £20.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, Unit price £25.00

Blind River Tekau Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Awatere Valley

Produced in limited quantities, Tekau is the product of fermenting selected Awatere Valley fruit in French oak barriques, using a naturally occurring vineyard yeast, effectively prompting a carefully controlled version of a 'wild ferment'.

Lemon and lime fruit are accompanied by hints of apricot on the nose. The palate offers great depth, combining the citrus fruit with subtle brioche and hazelnut, and has a creamy finish.

Currently £20.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, Unit price £25.00

Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Hawke's Bay ( My favourite )

A wonderfully bold departure from intense single-varietal unoaked Sauvignons, Te Mata barrel-ferment their Cape Crest with the addition of small amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris, for a more interesting texture and complex aromatics.

Straddling the divide between typical New Zealand Sauvignon and classic white Bordeaux, this wine is creamy, with blossom and toast notes embellishing the backdrop of citrus and guava-like fruit.

Currently £23.00

Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2011 Marlborough

An iconic wine from New Zealand's most iconic winery. Atypical for Kiwi Sauvignon, the Te Koko is fermented using indigenous 'wild' yeasts, and subjected to batonnage as it ages in oak. Released as a three year old wine, this is unlike anything else from New Zealand!

Lychees and almonds with classic gooseberry notes and a hint of wood smoke. A full bodied palate of citrus fruits with the richer flavours of caramel and nougat, leading to a crisp yet spicy finish.

Currently £30.00 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £35.00


Don't forget at Majestic wine we sell by a minimum of 6 bottles but any mixture. We will happily deliver those for free for you too...




The A-Z of Wine: WDate published: 13/10/14

Wood-  Wood, specifically oak. Certain types of wine react really well to contact with oak, giving a lovely rich flavour. Mass produced oaked wines are made me adding oak chips or sticks of wood to huge tanks of wine, a quick and relatively cheap way of adding flavour to a wine. More expensive varieties are aged in specially made oak barrels, but this is incredibly expensive and almost impossible to do for enormous quantities. Phenols within the wood react with the wine to produce flavours such as vanilla, caramel, coconut or smoke! The amount of time spent in oak depends on the grape; new world Pinot Noir stays in for well under a year, whereas high end Rioja can be left for around ten years to get a herbal, earthy character. American and French oak are the two most commonly used types, with the former giving a more intensely flavoured result.  There is far more to oaked wines than just big, buttery Chardonnays, so pop in and ask us! Current favourite: Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir, £13.59 when you buy two or more  wines from our 25% off selection.

The A-Z of Wine: VDate published: 12/10/14

Vieilles Vignes- Literally translated as ‘old vines’ in French, this is s term used to describe a wine that is made on well established and notably old vines. However, it doesn’t have any legal of even generally agreed upon definition. Vines have a lifespan of up to around 120 years, but after just 20, they start to produce less of a yield, and more intense, concentrated wines. The problem is that each wine producing country has a different idea about what constitutes “old” – in new world wines it can be as little as 20, in France, 35-40 is commonplace. The world’s oldest producing vineyard which still grows grapes is thought to be from the Turkey Flat estate in the Barossa Valley, but Slovenia has vines that date back to the 17th century. So how do we tell if it means something? Generally, the more reputable the producer, the more likely that spotting “vieilles vignes” is a sign of higher quality.

The A-Z of Wine: UDate published: 12/10/14

Unctuous – Well why not, it’s a great word. In wine terms, if a wine is described as unctuous, it is usually a positive thing; a mellow wine that takes on a rich and complex character from the residual sugar left over after the fermentation process. However, it can also be used in a negative way to describe a wine that is a bit heavy, flabby or even oily – far too heavy and cloying, without the acidity to give it structure.  #wordoftheday

Offer alert...Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2013 M.Chapoutier only £7.99*Date published: 12/10/14

Offer alert...Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2013 M.Chapoutier only £7.99*

The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Michel Chapoutier, currently in charge, has combined tradition with a dynamic, creative approach and makes some of the best wines of the region.

A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish.

This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years and will superbly partner most rich meat dishes especially roasted leg of lamb.

Currently £7.99* when you buy 2 or more, unit price £10.65

This is only a short term offer, so don't miss out.


The A-Z of Wine: TDate published: 11/10/14

Tannins- Tannins are the mouth drying part of a wine which is usually young and has not yet had time to soften up.  They come from he skins, stalks and seeds of a grape and are what give the wine it’s structure, like a skeleton holding up a body. They aren’t just present in wine – if you’ve ever had a cup of tea that has just made you thirstier – those are the tannins doing their thing! They can be softened with food; try big, tannic Bordeaux with some strong, hard cheese – magic.

Position open!Date published: 11/10/14

We have driver position available for our busy Christmas trading period! We need someone to work 24 hours per week for the eight weeks running up to Christmas, ending on the 24th December. 

As a Driver, the job primarily involves making deliveries to our private and business customers in our company vans and in-store customer service and merchandising. You must be 20 or over (for insurance purposes) and have held a driving licence for over a year. You should be aware the role involves a lot of manual handling, lifting cases of wine in and out of the van. Benefits include a staff discount and paid holiday based on the period of time worked.

If you or anyone you know may be interested in these jobs please contact the store at Brighton for further information.

01273 777085

or brh @majestic.co.uk

The A-Z of Wine: SDate published: 11/10/14

Sediment- Sediment is the solid material which settles at the bottom of the bottle and is the remnants of yeast cells, grape skin and pulp that has slipped through the fermentation process. Nowadays, this is quite rare and is usually a sign that the wine is already quite old. Winemakers are keen to eliminate this from modern wines, to try and avoid it being mistaken for a fault, but for those that don’t mind, wines that are intended for a large ageing period will contain some trace of sediment that can be dealt with by using a decanter.

The Craft Beer InvasionDate published: 10/10/14

The Craft Beer Invasion

Craft beer is massive at the moment, and here at Majestic Brighton we are joining in with the revolution.

The craft brewing culture is most established in the USA where, in 1978, a law was passed to deregulate the brewing industry and allow easier start ups of new, smaller breweries.

At Majestic Brighton we stock a wide range of craft beers, many from the USA, as part of our mix and match craft beer deal.

Goose Island IPA from Chicago, Illinois. Fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, to ensure a long hop finish

Anchor Steam from San Francisco, California. Deep amber color, thick, creamy head, and rich, distinctive flavor

Brooklyn Lager from New York, New York State. Dry-hopped, fresh, flowery, firm and flavourful

Lagunitas IPA from Petaluma, California. Big on aroma with a hoppy-sweet finish

Einstok Icelandic White Ale from Iceland. Made with pure spring water and infused with coriander and orange peel, it's full textured yet light on the palate, with a refreshing citrus zing.

Einstok Icelandic Pale Ale from Iceland. Robust hoppiness meets smooth malty undertones.

Punk IPA from Ellon, Aberdeenshire. Hoppy and powerful ale in the American style

Dead Pony Club from Ellon, Aberdeenshire. Hoppy Californian-style pale ale

New Spanish Wine @ £4.99Date published: 10/10/14

New Spanish Wine @ £4.99

The southerly location of Valdepeñas gives it a very warm, arid continental climate, which particularly suits robust red grape varieties that benefit from the abundant sunshine and lengthy ripening season that this affords.

Cool fermented for a youthful, fruit driven style, this is a soft and plummy Merlot with supple tannins and a juicy palate full of ripe cherry and berry flavours.

Enjoy with barbecued ribs or sausage casserole.

New Chilean Wine @ £4.99!Date published: 10/10/14

New Chilean Wine @ £4.99!

New into our ever expanding wine range hailing from the South American country of Chile, are the amazingly priced Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon and Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc at only £4.99 a bottle! So here's a rundown of what you expect to find from each of the new wines:

Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Central Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape in Chile, and was among the first of the noble varieties to have been brought over from Europe in the mid-1800's. This example is made by one of the Central Valley's major wineries, based in Cachapoal. A medium-bodied, fruit-driven style of Cabernet that offers rounded, ripe red berry fruit with a plummy and easy-going feel. Hints of green pepper and subtle oak notes on the nose. A versatile pairing for many foods, from spicy kebabs to roasted veg.

Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Central Valley

Chile's Central Valley is the very hub of the country's wine production. Extending southwards from the capital Santiago, between the Andes and the Coastal Range of mountains, it is the home of many of the first vineyards to have been planted by the European's. Invitingly fruity, offering a juicy citrus and gooseberry backbone overlaid with notes of lime zest and fresh green apples. Crisp acidity provides maximum refreshment. Chill well and enjoy on its own or with simply fresh pasta dishes.

Gavi AraldicaDate published: 10/10/14

Gavi Araldica 2013

If you enjoy crisp, fresh fruity whites then this Gavi is absolutely worth a try!

The town of Gavi lies in the Italian region of 'Piedmont' and despite the area being better known for its powerful reds such as Barolo and Barberesco, Gavi is starting to develop its own strong following. Made exclusively from the Cortese grape, it gives a classically steely finish which has led to Gavi often being described as “the Chablis of Italy”.

Intense citrus aromas with notes of lime zest and nettles, it has a natural acidity that gives a long and very crisp finish.

In terms of food matches, it's quite versatile, working excellently with both fresh seafood or light Italian pasta dishes.

Single bottle price £8.99

or

£5.99

(when you buy any two 33% off wines)

*New Beer* St Austell Proper Job Cornish IPA - 5.5%Date published: 10/10/14

*New Beer*

St Austell Proper Job Cornish IPA - 5.5%

Currently £27 per case, buy 2 cases save £6 = £24 per case.

Bottled conditioned, this is a powerfully authentic IPA with a modern twist. Proper Job is brewed with a blend of imported hops - Cascade, Chinook and Willamette for a punch of citrus, pine resin and a hint of spice for a classic IPA. Stylistically I would put this somewhere between a traditional English IPA, and the new wave American IPAs. Voted Champion Bottled Beer by CAMRA in 2011 and second place in 2013.

Samples available, please pop in and ask for a taste!


Paulaner OktoberfestDate published: 10/10/14

Paulaner Oktoberfest

Couldn't make it over to Munich this year for Oktoberfest? No need to worry, you don't have to leave Brighton to get in on the act. We have a good stock of Paulaner's seasonal favourite, the Oktoberfest.

The Munich based brewery is one of six brewers to supply the world famous Beer Festival and commerate this by producing a beer especially for this time of year. Deep amber in colour, aromas and flavours of caramal, bread and toasty malts. This is accompanied with a lovely strong spicy hops character.

So why not bring Bavaria to Brighton.

Paulaner Oktoberfest is £40 a case while stocks last!

The A-Z of Wine: RDate published: 10/10/14

Riesling – This aromatic grape has quite a following at Majestic, but to a lot of people it is outdated and conjures up images of dodgy 80’s wine – but no more! Riesling is back (well it never really went away....) – rarely oaked, these wines are highly influences by their “terroir”. Riesling is the most grown variety in Germany and also Alsace.  Many are best to drink young, whilst they still hold plenty of fruit  peach, honey, gooseberry, even cut grass! However their naturally high acidity make them suitable for ageing – especially is off-dry. Aged Rieslings can take on petrol aromas, which, whilst unusual, can actually be quite pleasant! Try the Yalumba Y Series Viognier (£9.99) – perfectly dry, this has gorgeous pear flavours with a crisp acidic finish. Enjoy with creamy seafood dishes.

A-Z of wine and winemaking - QDate published: 10/10/14

Quinta- A Quinta is a wine producing estate, found in the Douro region of Portugal, where grapes are grown for Port. They take their classification system pretty seriously – it is similar to Champagne classification. In order to avoid too much poor quality wine, Quintas high up the classification list are allowed to harvest more grapes. There are about 15 catergories that each Quinta is marked on – from the age of the vines to the altitude of vines.  One of the most expensive bottles of Port in the world was sold at Christie’s for over £5000 and was a 1931 vintage from the Quinta do Noval Nacional – Let’s hope they had some good cheese on the go!

Fine Wine Friday...Pesquera Reserva Especiál 2003 Ribera del Duero #FWFDate published: 10/10/14

Fine Wine Friday...Pesquera Reserva Especiál 2003 Ribera del Duero #FWF

As this weekend we are spotlighting some of our Spanish wines, We thought why not show you the classic Pesquera Reserva. This is a huge staff favourite and you can see why...

This is a 'limited edition' reserva made from grapes specially selected from the 2003 vintage. The wine has undergone a total of 30 months in American oak barriques, and is now showing extremely well following the last few years of bottle-age. A serious, well structured wine, with a smoothly polished feel and layers of black fruit and spice. Drink now - 2016.

Currently £28.00 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £33.00

This is now open on our tasting counter but there's only one bottle open to try...

The A-Z of Wine: PDate published: 09/10/14

P is for... Phylloxera! These little aphid-like insects are the arch-nemesis of winemakers the world over. In the 19th Century, they destroyed most of Europe’s vineyards, hitting France particularly hard.  Native to North America, grape plants there are resistant, but European varieties are highly susceptible.  A very small amount of Pinot Noir escaped it – these are now used to make some pretty expensive Champagne – Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises. Good drainage is the best way to combat it, but winemakers today will go to any lengths to stop this little pest surviving!

The A-Z of Wine: ODate published: 09/10/14

Organic – Organic wine is wine which has been made in line with the principles of organic farming, which typically disallows the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. The demand for organic wine is on the rise, but lower yields often mean higher prices. Here at Majestic – we stock a fair few, including the L'etoile de Begude Chardonnay (£ 13.49 when you buy any two wines from our 25% off range) – packed with vanilla and toasty hazelnuts. Or the Montecastrillo 2012 Ribera del Duero (£7.86 when you buy two or more from our 25% off wines) - 100% Tempranillo, this is a deep ruby colour medium tannins and a core of ripe blackcurrent and raspberry flavours. Ask us in store to recommend you some more!

The A-Z of Wine: NDate published: 08/10/14

Noble rot- This is the fungus, latin name Botrytis Cinerea, that infects grapes when they are damp and in moist conditions. Grapes that are picked during a certain point of infestation can produce a delicious, concentrated sweet wine. Famous examples of this are Sauternes, from Bordeaux and Tokaji from Hungary. In fact the world’s most expensive bottle of white wine was recently sold in London: a bottle of vintage sauternes from the year 1787 went for £55,000!

The A-Z of Wine: MDate published: 08/10/14

Mousse – No, not chocolate. A fancier mousse- the bubbles in Champagne! Mousse is the technical term for the sparkling effervescence in wine. Generally speaking, the better quality a sparkling wine, the smaller the bubbles will be. In Champagne, carbon dioxide is formed as a bi-product of fermentation and is then absorbed into the wine, being released upon the cork popping.  The mini bubbles float to the surface and pick up flavour and aroma which then burst as they reach the surface – making a tasty and refreshing champagne!

Offer alert...Prosecco Rivamonte NV Only £6.66* Date published: 08/10/14

Offer alert...Prosecco Rivamonte NV Only £6.66* 

The immense popularity of Prosecco is due in no small part to the great value it offers, but also to the style of the wine, which is much fruitier, fresher and more floral than many other traditional sparkling wines, making it ideal for parties and informal celebrations.

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

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

On a short term offer down to £6.66* when you buy 2 or more save 33.3%, unit price £9.99



The A-Z of Wine: LDate published: 07/10/14

Lees –  Lees refers to the residual dead yeast and other particles left over at the bottom of the vat after a wine has been fermented and fined to make sure it has been filtered. Brilliantly, in beer this is called trub! I’m very easily pleased. Anyway, normally wine is transferred to another contained, and this sediment is then left behind. However for a lovely toasty flavour, the wine is left for time to age “On its lees” (sur lie). Whilst lees are often used when we talk about big, butty chardonnays, they are also important in Italian wine for Ripasso (from the Italian verb ‘ripassare’ meaning ‘to pass by again’), where the left-over lees from expensive Amarone are used to give more flavour and colour to Valpolicella. Our favourite is the Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2010 Ripasso La Casetta (£13.49 when you buy any two or more wines at 25% off). Full bodied and velvety smooth, this has luscious cherry and warm spice flavours

Veuve Cliquot Brut NV £29.98Date published: 07/10/14

Veuve Cliquot Brut NV - £29.98 when you buy any 2 wines from our 33% Off pick 'n' mix range.

This classic champagne is a as good as its reputation suggests. The only thing that doesn't quite match up is the amazingly low price.

Stop into our Brighton Branch on Old Shoreham Road or order online at majestic.co.uk or order over the phone on 01273 777085 to get yours.

*minimum purchase 6 bottles any mix*

#comeandexplore

The A-Z of Wine: KDate published: 07/10/14

Kerner – I’m not going to lie, K was tricky. I’ve learnt something myself, having never head of the grape Kerner before! It’s an aromatic grape, the 6th most planted in Germany and covers a whopping 9890 acres of vineyard surface! It produces wines with a pronounced fruity aroma – plenty or mango, apple and grapefruit going on here. On a water to cream scale the body of this wine is probably verging on semi skimmed and has a milder acidity than most German varieties. Well they do say that you learn something every day....

The A-Z of Wine: JDate published: 06/10/14

Jeroboam –  J is for Jeroboam, the fancy name for an absolutely huge bottle of wine! Well, one of them. Bottles go from normal, 750cl standard bottles, to magnums at twice the size, Jeroboams at twice that! Some of the sizes differ slightly between the French regions of Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy though. Why keep it simple when you can confuse people eh?! Or for an even more special occasion, how about the Methuselah, 8 bottles in 1? Or a Nebuchadnezzar which contains 20? The biggest available is a Melchizedek, which holds a whopping 40 bottles, or 30l of champagne. That’s  240 glasses! Or one hell of a good party! 

The A-Z of Wine: IDate published: 06/10/14

Intensity – Ever wondered what people mean when they talk about the ‘intensity’ of a wine? It’s a term loosely used to describe the power and strength of a wine’s arome and flavour. A wine can be described as low, medium or high intensity, and this depends largely on the grape variety. Highly aromatic wines such as Sauvignon Blanc or Gewurtztraminer have a powerful arome when you sniff them, an intensity that slaps you in the face! 

Their potency diminishes with time, so it is recommended that you drink these wines within a year of purchasing. An easy way to tell how intense a wine is is position the glass by your chest, and slowly bring up up, swirling and sniffing as you go. If you can smell the wine below your chin, the wine has high intensity. If you have to stick your nose right into the glass to get the aroma, the wine is low intensity. 

The taste usually follows suit, but not always! Try the Domaine Saint Ferreol Viognier (£10.99) for an intensely aromatic nose full of ripe nectarine and honeysuckle.  Perfect with marinated chicken straight off the bbq.


The A-Z of Wine: HDate published: 05/10/14

Health! – It seems that every week a new statistic about wine being good/bad for the health appears in the news  - so how do we know what is true?  The main consensus seems to be that red wine can indeed help protect from heart disease.  It also contains anti-oxidants such as quercetin and resveratrol, which may help protect the liver. Wine is also not a bad choice calorie wise, as it contains far less sugar than cocktails and beer, ml for ml. So everything in moderation, including moderation!

The A-Z of Wine: GDate published: 05/10/14

Glass – It makes a fairly subtle difference, but using the right wine glass can change the taste of a wine, the theory being that the different shapes cause the wine to hit certain points of the mouth, thereby allowing us to detect different sensations from a wine. Bordeaux glasses are tall with a broad bowl, which direct wine to the back of the mouth, whereas Burgundy glasses are broader, with a bigger bowl, that pour the wine right onto the tip of the tongue. White wines which are served best slightly oxidised need wide-mouthed glasses to let the wine breathe, but for lighter, fresher styles, a smaller glass is preferable. Champagne need flutes to keep the bubbles sparkling for longer – and will go flat if there is any residue of dust or grease in the glass, so give them a good clean first!

The A-Z of Wine: FDate published: 04/10/14

Fortifictation – Port, Sherry, Madeira.....the list goes on. All these wines have been fortified by adding alcohol to a base wine, which brings the average alcohol content up to 17-20%. To produce a sweet fortified wine, the grape spirits are added during fermentation, then the additional alcohol deactivates the yeast and the remaining sugar stays in the wine, giving sweetness. To produce a dry wine, the alcohol spirit isn’t added until after fermentation, when most of the sugar has already been consumed, so a dry, crisp flavour is left. Fortified wines make excellent aperitifs. Try port with cheeses or dessert, or dry sherry with salty nuts or tapas – Tio Pepe Fino NV Sherry (£11.99) is a staff favourite!

The A-Z of Wine: EDate published: 04/10/14

En Primeur – ‘En Primeur’ is a French term used to describe wine that is bought before it is bottled, then matured in barrels before being delivered, usually years later. The benefit is that although slightly risky, the price can increase if the wine turns out far better than predicted, so if done in bulk, this can be an excellent alternative pension-scheme! On the other hand – money which could be earning interest elsewhere is tied up in wine which may end up bland and not even worth as much as the buyer paid for it! The largest region offering en primeur sales is Bordeaux, with the best vintages commanding sky-high prices. Consider it the stock-market of wine!

Visit www.cellarcircle.co.uk for more information of what we can offer you. 

Fine wine on the weekend... #finewineDate published: 04/10/14

Fine wine on the weekend... #finewine

From now until January we have decided to open to a different bottle of fine wine for you all to try...This will be open from Friday evening until all is gone...Keep an eye out here to see what we're opening, I promise there will be some delights to try between now and January and something for everyone. This week we're opening a mighty CNDP...

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011 Domaine Durieu

Domaine Durieu was established in 1976 by Paul Durieu and remains family-owned, now run by Paul's sons, Vincent and Francois. Unusually, Durieu de-stem their grapes to aid fruitiness, relying on fruit from low-yielding vines to provide firm tannic structure.

With typical Chateuneuf power, the wine delivers a fresh and spicy nose of red cherry embellished with notes of sage and wild thyme. The palate is equally powerful, with sinuous tannins and huge length.

Currently £20.00 when you buy two or more, unit price £25.00


A-Z of wine: DDate published: 03/10/14

Dryness – The dry/sweet factor of wine is caused by a few things: residual sugar, alcohol, acids and tannins all contribute to the sweet or dry feeling that hits your tongue when you taste a wine. Stopping the fermentation of a wine before the sugar is used up produces a sweeter wine.  Most still wines stocked at Majestic are fairly dry, but the Alsace and German selection offer lovely off-dry and sweet wines that go perfectly with spicy foods! Try the Schlumberger 'Les Princes Abbes' Gewurtztraminer, (£13.49), a fresh but acidic white with apricot and rose flavours, delicious with spicy oriental cuisine. On the other end of the scale – a Bordeaux red is one of the driest wines you can get – try Chateau Greysac 2007 (£13.99 when  you buy two) – a slightly smoky, black pepper flavour works brilliantly with strong cheeses, as the tannins that give that dry-mouth feeling will be softened by the protein and salt in the cheese – delicious.

Wine A-Z: CDate published: 03/10/14

Corked – The word ‘corked’ is often used to just mean “dodgy” when describing wine – whether it’s been left open for too long and tastes of vinegar, or whether there are pieces of cork floating in it, we’ve heard them all! A corked wine is one that has become contaminated by cork taint – a chemical compound called TCA. TCA is formed when natural fungi found in cork come into contact with certain chlorides found in products used to sanitize wine. It’s difficult to describe the taste; the best way to describe it is like drinking a wine that tastes of soggy cardboard or general dampness! Not pleasant. New world winemakers have embraced screw caps for many reasons, but the absence of cork taint ruining batches of wine is just one advantage!

Wine A-Z: BDate published: 02/10/14

Blend – Let’s talk blends! There are two main types – 1) blends of different grapes, and 2) blends of vintages.  The latter is mainly used for Champagnes and ports to produce a house style and retain consistency year to year. The former is used in a whole number of regions across the world to produce some of the best wines, using different ratios depending on which grapes have down well that year.  The most famous of these has to be Bordeaux; every grape has a personality and gives the wine a different flavour, texture and colour. Typical top-notch Chateaux blends are 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot. 

Less common but often excellent are the white Bordeaux blends – the most popular being 80% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, which makes some of the world’s most expensive dessert wines – Sauternes.  Other examples include South African reds – the Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier (£7.64 when you buy two 15%-off wines) is a fashionable blend at the moment, with spicy plum notes combining with floral, perfumed aromas to produce a red with a difference! Or how about the Planalto Douro White Reserva (£6.79) – a blend of four Portuguese grapes that come together through cold-fermentation to create a fresh, citrus-lead white that goes remarkably well with herby dishes.

Wine A-Z: ADate published: 02/10/14

Alcohol content – Alcohol by Volume (or ABV) is the abbreviation used to show the alcohol content on each wine bottle. This is a legal requirement in the EU and is often the first thing we look at when choosing a wine! Alcohol is produced when the yeast turns sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide during fermentation, and winemakers can control how strong their wine ends up. 

Majestic sells a fair range – our personal favourite is the Ayler Kupp Riseling Kabinett 2007, £8.99 when you buy two bottles. This slightly-sweet German white is just 10% so would suit a light lunch when you can’t afford to be sleepy in the afternoon! In the middle the Oxford Landing Estates Sauvignon Blanc, (£7.99) is just 11% so one to bear in mind for a light, easy drinking white!  

On the other end of the scale...come the big boys.  Some of the staff favourites here at Brighton tend to be on the heavy side...no idea why that might be! Italian, Argentinian and Rhone reds tend to be the main culprits for 14-16% bottles; The Amarone Classico Costasera 2008 Masi (£30) is 15% ABV, but the rich, dry fruit aromas give this enough complexity to cope with the strength, so if served with strong cheese or game, this wine will really come into its own and the alcohol will only improve the flavour!

The September Pick 'n' Mix: Marqués de RiscalDate published: 29/09/14

Marqués de Riscal: £9.99 when you Pick 'n' Mix at least two 33% off wines

In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja. A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.

The September Pick 'n' Mix: Chinon Clos de DanzayDate published: 28/09/14

Chinon Clos de Danzay: £8.65 when you Pick 'n' Mix at least two 33% off wines

The Clos de Danzay vineyard is acknowledged as being one of the finest and most well-established plots in Chinon, with both young vines and others aged over 100 years. Pierrre Jacques Druet's wine is matured for 18-24 months in barrel. Superb quality mature Chinon. This wine has heady aromas of blueberry, vanilla and tobacco leaf, a dense core of blackberry and black cherry fruit, and ripe, fine textured tannins.


The September Pick 'n' Mix: Gavi MontieroDate published: 27/09/14

Gavi Montiero: £5.99 £6.66 when you Pick 'n' Mix at least two 33% off wines

The town of Gavi lies in the far south of Piedmont, by the border with Liguria, and is home to some of the earliest plantings of the Cortese grape. The success of Cortese in this area is no doubt due to its natural affinity with the fresh seafood of the Ligurian coast. A pale golden colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest and grapefruit, along with subtle hints of fresh fennel. Bone dry and with moderate acidity, it offers a clean and refreshing finish.


The September Pick 'n' Mix: Macon Lugy Domaine des Terres GentillesDate published: 26/09/14

Domaine des Terres Gentilles: £6.66 when you Pick 'n' Mix at least two 33% off wines

A gem of a find, this great quality white shows that there are still producers in Burgundy who offer superb value, even with small-volume production. This impressive wine comes from a family-owned domaine of only 50ha. Nicely balanced, with crisp citrus fruit providing the backbone, and softer notes of green apples and aromas of white flowers adding welcoming delicacy and complexity.


Sparkling Saturday...Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV DOCG #sparklingsaturdayDate published: 25/09/14

Sparkling Saturday...Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV DOCG #sparklingsaturday

To mark our cracking offers on Prosecco this weekend, we thought to ourselves why not open one for everyone to try...

La Marca Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Treviso area of Northern Italy. This wine is made from 100% Prosecco harvested from selected vineyards, made using the Charmat method.

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

An excellent apéritif, served with light starters or fruit salads.

Currently on offer at £9.99* when you buy 2 or more save 33.3%, unit price £14.99

Why not pop in for a try...Don't leave it too late though we only have the one bottle...


The September Pick 'n' Mix: Caixas GodelloDate published: 25/09/14

Caixas Godello: £.66 when you Pick 'n' Mix at least two 33% off wines

Grown throughout the north-west of Spain, in the past Godello has most often been used as a constituent for blends, but has gained increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. It still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas. A delicate yet multi-faceted nose of lemon, crunchy pear, melon and subtle floral notes marries with a palate of remarkable texture and a lengthy, citrus zest finish.

Wine of the Week...Riscal Reserva 2009Date published: 25/09/14

Wine Of The Week

Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Riscal Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

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

£14.99 Single Bottle Price

or

£9.99 Multi-Buy Price - 33% Off

The September Pick 'n' Mix: Lady SauvignonDate published: 24/09/14

Lady Sauvignon: £6.66 when you Pick 'n' Mix at least two 33% off wines

Casablanca Valley is thought of as Chile's first cool-climate wine region. Its first vineyards were planted in the mid-1980s and quickly established a reputation for producing crisp, focused white wines, owing to the cooling effects of maritime fog and sea breezes. Lithe and lively Sauvignon Blanc that showcases Casablanca's trademark style. Invigorating tropical fruit aromas and herbaceous notes are set against a backdrop of tangy, refreshing citrus.


Offer alert...Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne only £33.31* #BollingerDate published: 23/09/14

Offer alert...Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne only £33.31* #Bollinger

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

Don't miss out on this short term offer...

New to the Range: San Huberto MalbecDate published: 23/09/14

San Huberto Malbec: £7.99 when you Mix 'n' Match any 2 33% off wines

I'm particularly interested to try the bottle we just got in! It promises to marry up Argentinian and Spanish style in a single wine. This wine has been made in a 'reserva' style, having undergone 12 months' ageing in oak barrels. The fruit comes from the Valle de Aminga in Argentina's aptly named La Rioja province, which has deep, sandy soils and a semi-arid climate. An inky, almost opaque wine with a blackish-purple hue. The flavours are of plum, bramble and ripe blueberries, delivered with a forward, vigourous manner tempered by sweet, spicy oak.


Wine of the Week...Date published: 23/09/14

Wine Of The Week

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel £8.99 - 25% off, down from £11.99

Classic full bodied American wine from the Zinfandel hot spot, Lodi! The same grape genetically as Italian Primitivo. This wine is a classic match for decadant game or rich Tomato based pasta or Pizza dishes.

It is currently open to taste in store!

#comeandexplore!

New to the Range: Trebuchet RedDate published: 22/09/14

Trebuchet Red: £6.66 when you Mix 'n' Match any 2 33% off wines

This Bordeaux blend comes from the Gabb family's vineyards, and has been named to commemorate the installation of a working Shropshire-built trebuchet at the estate, to serve as a showpiece and as the centre of fundraising activities for local causes. Deep garnet-purple colour, offering flavours of ripe blackberries and plums, accompanied by earthy undertones. Firm tannins provide ample weight and structure, smoothed by gentle oak.


New to the Range: Trebuchet ChardonnayDate published: 21/09/14

Trebuchet Chardonnay: £6.66 when you Mix 'n' Match any 2 33% wines

This Chardonnay is may by Journey's End winery, a small vineyard estate renovated, expanded and extensively replanted under the ownership of wine impresario Roger Gabb. In 2013, a 60ft working medieval trebuchet was erected on the estate as a focal point for events. A pale lemon yellow with youthfully green flashes, this wine has characteristic aromas of lime and tropical fruits. Gently crisp on the palate, providing plenty of refreshment.


Back in stock...Ridge Lytton Springs 2011 Dry Creek Valley #ridgeestateDate published: 21/09/14

Back in stock...Ridge Lytton Springs 2011 Dry Creek Valley #ridgeestate

Lytton Springs follows Ridge's traditional 'field blend' approach, whereby whereby the blend is a product of Zinfandel vines having been interspersed with other varieties, in this case around 20% Petite Sirah and 5% Carignan. These components endow the wine with a remarkably firm and age-worthy structure, and a savoury muscularity to complement the backbone of cassis and blueberry fruit. Will reward cellaring of 5-10 years.

Currently £32.00

We only have 12 of these in stock as it's quite a rare parcel so don't miss out on these great wines...

New to the Range: Fish HoekDate published: 20/09/14

Fish Hoek Malbec: £5.99 when you Mix 'n' Match at least 2 33% off wines

The Fish Hoek range of wines was the brainchild of Bruce Jack, founder of Flagstone Winery, which is famously housed in an old dynamite factory on the outskirts of Cape Town. This wine is a blend of Malbec with 10% Pinotage.

A dark ruby colour with purple flashes, this is a deeply fruit-driven wine that offers an abundance of ripe bramble, plum and black cherry fruit, with hints of smoky spice.


Cuvée Diane 2009 Viñalba, Mendoza...Only £23.32* #CuveeDianeDate published: 20/09/14

Cuvée Diane 2009 Viñalba, Mendoza...Only £23.32* #CuveeDiane

To all you Malbec fans out there, especially Vinalba Malbec Reservado...

If you enjoy our Vinalba Malbec you must try the Cuvee Diane from Vinalba. This is one of their top wines and it's quite a steal at £23.32 when you buy 2 or more, save 33%. Unit price £35.00. This offer is until close of play on Monday the 22nd of September so don't miss out. call us on 01273 777085 or pop in to see us...

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


Flash Sales! 33% off Argentina this weekend!Date published: 19/09/14

Until Monday the 22nd Argentinian Wines are all coming down by a third. It's taken us here by surprise and we're all keen to stock up on our absolute favourites. To give you some idea of this weekend's winners, here's a little blurb on a few of my favourites!

Catena Malbec: £8.66

Nicolás and Laura Catena have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza. Their Malbec uses this work and combines grapes from various altitudes to create a unique profile of aromas.

Elegantly structured, and showing ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, subtle vanilla and plenty of peppery spice. Balanced by firm tannins and crisp, refreshing acidity on the finish.


Catena Alta Malbec: £18.66

Catena's more premium offering, this bottle is one of my all time top fine wines.

In 1994 Catena Alta became one of the fist premium Malbecs to be exported from Argentina. From the best rows of vines, rigorously sorted and aged in French oak, 70% of which is new. Quintessential Malbec, displaying the power and ageing potential of Argentina.

Deep purple in colour, with intense aromas of blackberry with hints of violets, sweet spices, vanilla and tobacco. Full bodied with integrated ripe tannins, black pepper spice and a lingering finish.


Benegas Malbec: £12.66

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. Fruit is picked at careful intervals according to ripeness levels.

This wine balances the powerful style typical of Mendoza Malbec with the finesse of a European wine. Lots of dark cherry, blackberry and oaky spice, with a long and pure finish.


Can you tell we enjoy Malbec here?

New to the Range: Soffio ProseccoDate published: 19/09/14

Soffio No. 3 Prosecco: £6.66 when you pick and mix at least 2 33% off wines

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

Apple and pear flavours predominate, which subtle notes of freshly cut flowers lift the nose. Soft mousse and gently ripe fruit makes for an easy-drinking style. Enjoy on its own or with anything from seafood to simple chicken dishes.


Offer Alert...Ben Marco Malbec 2012 Dominio del Plata, MendozaDate published: 19/09/14

Offer Alert...Ben Marco Malbec 2012 Dominio del Plata, Mendoza

In 1999, as a result of the need to express their love and dedication to viticulture and winemaking, Susana and Pedro of Dominio del Plata, started their own project together. The grapes are handpicked from vineyards in the foothills of the Andes.

Deep red, with complex aromas of ripe red fruits. Cherry, currants and blackberries combine with notes of vanilla and coffee. This expressive wine has firm, sweet tannins giving a delightful finish.

This rich full bodied wine would be a great accompaniment to lots of red meats, such as wild boar, rib-eye steak or cassoulet.

Currently £11.32 when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit £16.99


Introducing The #CellarCircleDate published: 19/09/14

Introducing The #CellarCircle

If you love the idea of building a cellar full of diverse and exciting wines, or if a 10% discount here at Majestic would be invaluable, we have the answer for you!


Majestic and Lay & Wheeler, our fine wine partner, are very proud to launch Cellar Circle, giving you all the support and advice you need to realise the cellar of your dreams. You decide the level of guidance that you require, and your own personal adviser will always be on hand to answer any queries. Membership starts from £100 a month, all of which will go towards your wines. Exclusive benefits and rewards include:

10% discount at Majestic Wine

Free delivery to any Majestic Wine store, for collection at your convenience

One year’s free professional wine storage for customers new to Lay & Wheeler

A free case on the first anniversary of your membership, as a thank you from the Cellar Circle team.

For more information and to sign up visit www.cellarcircle.com. You can also give the team at Lay & Wheeler a call on 01473 313300, or to find out more, pop in and have a chat with us in store.


Back in stock...Pinot Gris Grand Cru Spiegel 2007 Domaines SchlumbergerDate published: 18/09/14

Back in stock...Pinot Gris Grand Cru Spiegel 2007 Domaines Schlumberger

Spiegel is known as one of the best sites in Alsace for Pinot Gris, and lies on an east-facing slope of sandy clay. Winemaking is subject to Schlumberger's legendary attention to detail, including hand-selection of the grapes, whole-bunch pressing and careful lees ageing.

A wine of great texture and depth of flavour, this Pinot Gris is at once youthfully vibrant, harmonious and mature. The palate is full of ripe white fruit, with finely balanced sweetness and acidity.

We only have 18 bottles of this wine so don't miss out, call us now on 01273 777085

Offer alert...Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Riscal only £9.99*Date published: 18/09/14

Offer alert...Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Riscal only £9.99*

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

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

Currently £9.99* when you buy 2 or more as part of our 33.3% offer, unit price £14.99

Call us on 01273 777085 for free delivery*


Selected spirits currently 33.3% off #spirits...#2Date published: 14/09/14

Selected spirits currently 33.3% off #spirits...#2

Check out our great display for our fantastic spirits offers...

Selected spirits currently 33.3% off #spirits...Date published: 14/09/14

Selected spirits currently 33.3% off #spirits...

We are currently bin ending some of our spirits range to make way for some new and exciting things (watch this space) 

Here is a little List of what were getting rid of at silly prices...

Havana Club Especial only £14.66*

Bundaberg Rum only £15.99*

Gosling Black Seal Rum only £16.66*

Pink Pigeon Rum  only £18.66*

Gordon's Eldeflower Gin  only £13.32*

Plymouth Gin only £18.33*

U'luvka Polish Vodka only £19.99*

Ciroc Vodka only £23.32*

Jim Beam only £14.99*

Jack Daniels Honey only £19.99*

Maker's Mark only £21.66

These are all part of our 33.3% off deal and you can mix and match to get the discounter price. Don't miss out on these complete bargains. Pop in store or call us on 01273 777085.


Customer favourites on the tasting counter...#freetastingDate published: 13/09/14

Customer favourites on the tasting counter...#freetasting

The beauty of shopping with us at Majestic wine is you get to try some great wines on our tasting counter. This weeks favourites has to be the following...

Jordan Chardonnay 2013 Stellenbosch

Grown on the cooler south and east-facing slopes of Stellenbosch, this Chardonnay is fermented in Burgundy-style French oak barriques, around 50% new oak. After 9 months' maturation, it is blended with a small amount of unoaked wine for added citrus character.

A rich and powerful wine, brimming with glossy, honeyed apple and lemon fruit, with hints of hazelnut. The deft use of oak ageing has added aromas of buttered toast, and a roundness to the palate.

Currently £11.99 when you buy 2 or more save 25%, unit price £15.99

Montes Reserva Malbec 2012 Colchagua Valley

This wine comes from some of Chile's oldest plantings of the Malbec grape, some of which are around 100 years old, in Colchagua Valley. It has been matured for just 6 months in French oak barrels, to add complexity and softness while maintaining the fruit character.

A dark and intense ruby red, this wine brims with blueberry and raspberry fruit, with a subtle layer of vanilla, butterscotch and pudding spice aromas. Smooth and lightly savoury.

Currently £6.66 when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £9.99

Why not pop in yourself and give them a go...Mind you there's not much left of them...




New Prosecco!Date published: 13/09/14

We have a great prosecco range at Majestic and here is the latest addition!

Soffio No.3 Prosecco DOC NV is brand new to our sparkling wine section and currently 33% off at just £6.66 a bottle. Made using the Charmat method, where the wine is bottled already fizzy, this tastes like apples, pears and is ever so slightly floral on the nose.

The bottles are pretty funky too!


Wine of the week...Date published: 12/09/14

Wine of the week...

Langhe Nebbiolo 2013 De Forville

The De Forville domaine covers ten hectares over two Piedmont villages and their production is now almost entirely bottled on the estate. Nebbiolo is a Piedmont stalwart and most famous for its role in Barolo.

A Nebbiolo with striking ruby colour and a nose that displays bright red fruits with hints of spice. This complexity is carried onto the palate with racy acidity and oak bringing freshness and structure.

The soft tannins make this wine a viable option to open now. Give it time in the decanter and serve with fatty meats or creamy cheese.

Currently £8.99 when you buy 2 or more save 25%, unit price £11.99

Come in and have a try with us this weekend...

Offer alert...Moet & Chandon Brut NV only £28.98*Date published: 09/09/14

Offer alert...Moet & Chandon Brut NV only £28.98*

Perhaps the best known Champagne, the Brut Imperial from Moët embodies their house style: crisp and clean, this classic Champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuity flavours. An excellent apéritif.

This is a short term offer so don't miss out...


France vs England.Date published: 04/09/14

As a country we are somewhat insecure about our perceived knowledge of wines, but there is a somewhat interesting new study, showing that it is the French who's knowledge has changed:

A survey conducted by the French wine magazine Terre de Vins found that only 3 per cent of Gallic respondees considered themselves expert in vinous matters; 26 per cent felt they knew enough to get by; 43 per cent – imagine it, from this country of forbidding sommeliers and dismissive shrugs – admitted to knowing nothing about wine at all. Nothing!

But before getting to smug about this, a recent study of Britons showed that 58% of us think Chablis is a grape - its actually a region in France. So if you are one of those Britains, why not ask one of our staff about Chablis, and lets remember that statistics are often not quite what they seem. I imagine that its less the french lacking in knowledge but the sample of those studied and the French becoming more  relaxed about what they may or may not do.

The August Summer Selection: Rustenberg SauvignonDate published: 01/09/14

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc: £9.32 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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

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


The August Summer Selection: Amalaya Malbec BlendDate published: 31/08/14

Amalaya: £7.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

An interesting blend dominated by 70% of Argentina's signature Malbec. Spice and cassis fruit come to the blend with the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and the dark-skinned Tannat. Amalaya de Colomé are one of the oldest producers in Argentina, formed in 1831.

Deep ruby with purple tinges, red cherries and cassis are key components to this wine, as well as the usual dark fruit characteristics of Malbec. Careful use of oak adds vanilla and spice.


The August Summer Selection: First Class Pinot NoirDate published: 30/08/14

First Class Pinot Noir: £5.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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

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


SilkyDate published: 30/08/14

Vinalaba Reservado Malbec is open to taste today - it's great value for money at £8.99. Sweet tannins combine with plum, chocolate and mocha flavours to create a smooth and silky malbec.

Come and give it a go!

New to the Range: Civetta Montepulciano D'AbruzzoDate published: 29/08/14

Poggio Civetta: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

This wine comes from several vineyards owned by the Rossetti family, located just a few kilometres from Abruzzo's Adriatic coast close to the ancient town of Chieti, which local legend claims was founded by Achilles in 1181 BC.

A ripe and approachable, medium-bodied and distinctly Italian red. Ripe blackcurrant and cherry flavours are infused with subtle hints of clove and forest earth, framed by fine tannins.


New to the Range: Finca Resalso, Emilio MoroDate published: 28/08/14

Finca Resalso: £8.99 when you buy any 2 25% off wines

Finca Resalso is a collection of vineyards ranging from 5 - 15 years of age; the youngest vines in the Emilio Moro estate. The wine is a lighter alternative to their signature wine, still of 100% 'Tinto Fino', having undergone less extraction and oak ageing.

Dominated by primary fruit character, combining ripe mulberry and cherry with forest fruit characters. Subtle notes of liquorice and spice add a hint of savoury depth.


New to the Range: Graham Beck Sauvignon BlancDate published: 27/08/14

Graham Beck Suavignon Blanc: £5.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Self-proclaimed Sauvignon fanatic Erika Obermeyer joined Graham Beck's winery in 2005, and went on to become one of South Africa's top female winemakers. This wine is sourced from 8 different vineyards, selected for their naturally cool characteristics.

Full of intense gooseberry and passionfruit flavour, offset by subtle notes of ripe figs, lemongrass and capsicum. Crisp, lively acidity and an enduring, stony finish.


The Chocolate Block 2012 Boekenhoutskloof, Western Cape #chocolateblockDate published: 27/08/14

The Chocolate Block 2012 Boekenhoutskloof, Western Cape #chocolateblock

An exciting blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskloof's estate, fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak.

An earthy, rustic nose of leather and sweet spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa complexity and soft tannins.

Most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.

Currently £22.00 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £27.00

And we also have 3 magnums up for grabs only £44.00

We only receive Chocolate block in very small parcels so don't miss out on this great parcel. Call us now on 01273 777085 to reserve yours...


New to the Range: Grechetto!Date published: 26/08/14

Barbi Grechetto: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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

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


Italian greats at house wine prices - Piedmont at its best!Date published: 21/08/14

Italian greats at house wine prices - Piedmont at its best!

Toledana Gavi di Gavi £7.99

Gavi di Gavi is notoriously expensive, being taken from a tiny area within the commune of Gavi. It is made from the Cortese grape which at its best exhibits notes of peach, aromatic spices and floral hints. It is a great match for fish or poultry. At £7.99 this wine offers incredible value for money. 

Babera d'Alba Sucule £7.99

Barbera offers similar features found in good quality nebbiolo, which is why it is referred to as mini-Barolo. It is a classic Italian red with high acidity with notes of Damson and sour cherry. In other words, a perfect food wine. It is less chunky and aggressive than Barbaresco and slightly more full bodied that its kin from Asti. At £7.99 this is a steal, furthermore it is open to taste on our tasting counter.

#Italianwine

#Comeandexplore

The August Summer Selection: 120 Sauvignon BlancDate published: 20/08/14

120 Sauvignon Blanc: £5.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Santa Rita's 120 range places the emphasis firmly on lively, up-front fruit flavours, and great value. Maximum fruit character is obtained by hand-harvesting and cold fermentation of the Sauvignon grapes, and the addition of 2% Semillon helps keep the blend well-rounded.

Crisp and refreshing, this wine offers an abundance of grapefruit and lemon fruit flavours, delivered in a softer, more tropical fruit texture.


Our best offers ending this Monday...Date published: 20/08/14

Make sure you don't miss out on these great offers, ending on Monday:

Mâcon-Lugny 2012, Louis Latour - £9.99  

Pinot Grigio Rosé 2013, Breganze - £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles save 33.3% 

 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013, Grifone -£4.99 when you buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

 Rioja 'Single Vineyard' 2012, Ramón Bilbao - £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

 Cava Calamino NV, Spain - £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

 Codorníu Brut NV, Spain - £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

 Raboso Rosato Corte Alta NV, Italy - £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough - £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

Call us now on 01273 777085 or visit the website on www.majestic.co.uk to place your orders.

The August Summer Selection: Brancott Pinot NoirDate published: 19/08/14

Brancott Pinot Noir: £7.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

The fruit in this wine comes mainly from across Marlborough, with small amounts from other regions, creating a consistent benchmark Pinot. A variety of yeast strains, and ageing in a mixture of French and American oak are also used, further enhancing complexity. 

Bright red cherries and summer berries characterise the fruit, highlighted by aromas of dried herbs. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by firm tannins and a streak of taut acidity.


New Wine!Date published: 19/08/14

We have new wines arriving all the time at the moment - but don't worry, we will take one for the team and try them for you!

Today we have opened a new Italian white; Barbi Grechetto which is £6.66 on this month's pick 'n mix deal!

It's verrrry crisp and has some pretty zingy citrus and grass flavours. Perfect for summer drinking. 

Pop in to try it today!


The August Summer Selection: Lindauer Special ReserveDate published: 18/08/14

Lindauer Special Reserve: £10.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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

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

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


The August Summer Selection: Lindauer Brut CuveeDate published: 17/08/14

Lindauer Brut Cuvee: £9.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Originally released in 1981, Lindauer Brut has gone on to become a benchmark for New World sparkling wine. Produced from grapes grown on Hawkes Bay and Gisborne's silt and clay soils, it undergoes primary fermentation in tank and secondary fermentation in bottle.

A fresh and ripe fruity bouquet exhibiting subtle aromas of toast and black fruits. A fresh and vibrant palate with zingy acidity, crisp citrus fruit characters and a mineral finish. The perfect apéritif, enjoy chilled.


The August Summer Selection: BouvetDate published: 16/08/14

Bouvet: £8.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

The second oldest sparkling wine producer from Saumur in the Loire, Bouvet Ladubay is made by the traditional method, but from Chenin Blanc grapes, it is of excellent quality.

Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant. A surprisingly good match for fish and chips, this also makes a great apéritif.


The August Summer Selection: Lagunilla ReservaDate published: 15/08/14

Lagunilla Reserva: £7.33 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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

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


The August Summer Selection: Cune ReservaDate published: 14/08/14

Cune Reserva: £9.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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.


The August Summer Selection: Pizarras de OteroDate published: 13/08/14

Pizarras de Otero: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

This wine comes from an 18th century estate which lay dormant for many years before being bought and revived by Bodegas Martín Códax in 2003. 'Pizarra' is the Spanish for slate, and here refers to the slate that characterises the rocky, mineral-rich soils of Bierzo.

A deep cherry red with violet reflections. Lively on the nose, with aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry, and subtle floral lift. The fruit-filled palate has elegant and restrained tannins.


Offer Alert...Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough only £6.99* #GiesenDate published: 13/08/14

Offer Alert...Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough only £6.99* #Giesen

Currently on a very short term offer The Giesen Sauvignon Blanc is £6.99*...

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.

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.


Call us now to avoid missing this cracking offer, 01273 777085 we still have plenty of free* delivery slots for the week...


The August Summer Selection: Serena Pinot GrigioDate published: 12/08/14

Serena Pinot Grigio: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

From one of Italy's greatest producers comes this Pinot Grigio, grown in the hills around Montalcino, and made in the unmistakabe delicate Italian style. Using only free-run juice means minimal skin contact for delicate colour and lightness of body.

The warm Tuscan climate gives the delicate Pinot Grigio grape the ripeness and softness that really brings out the pear, melon and banana aromas, and softens the acidity on the palate.


The August Summer Selection: ZoccolaioDate published: 11/08/14

Zoccolaio: £7.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

The Piedmont region of Northern Italy, surrounded by the Alps, is home to Italy's third most planted grape variety. Alba is one of the few areas in which Barbera is planted on the best sites and producing wines capable of challenging Barolo and Barabaresco's crown.

Intense and concentrated nose of black cherries, plums, spice and liquor cherry. A palate with high acidity, exhibiting flavours of brooding dark fruits, liquor spices and firm tannins with a long finish.


The August Summer Selection: Toledana GaviDate published: 10/08/14

Toledana Gavi: £7.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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

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


Offer alert...Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV only £19.99* #oeildeperdrixDate published: 10/08/14

Offer alert...Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV only £19.99* #oeildeperdrix

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

Currently part of our Pick'n'Mix 33% off range until the 1st of September. Call us on 01273 777085 for free delivery* or visit our website www.majestic.co.uk

The August Summer Selection: Domaine du Montval SyrahDate published: 09/08/14

Domaine du Montval Syrah: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

The Pays du Gard is an area to the southern end of the Rhône Valley, nestling between Côtes du Rhône and the Languedoc, a location reflected in its wine styles. This wine is therefore a supple, Mediterranean-influenced take on the classic Rhône red.

A softly textured, ripe, plush Syrah full of blackcurrant and cherry fruit. Bolstered by hints of pepper and dark cocoa, the wine is nicely balanced, with a subtly saline finish.


The August Summer Selection: Leon PerdigalDate published: 08/08/14

Leon Perdigal: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines

This is a classic blend sourced from several sites in the southern Rhône. It has been named in honour of Léon Perdigal, the first cellarmaster at Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length.


The August Summer Selection: Sauvion Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/08/14

Sauvion Sauvignon Blanc: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Pierre-Jean Sauvion is the fourth generation of a family of winemakers based at Château du Cleray. Located in the outskirts of Nantes, the estate is most famous for its Muscadet, but also makes this Sauvignon Blanc sourced from several vineyard sites further inland.

A light, straightforward wine, with a citrus fruit backbone and gentle accents of nettles and freshly cut grass on the nose. Crisp acidity provides a refreshing finish.


The August Summer Selection: Les Roches BlancheDate published: 06/08/14

Les Roches Blanches: £8.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy.

Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish.


Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc £7.99Date published: 05/08/14

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc £7.99

The Ned may have gone back up in price, but the exceptionally good Villa Maria has come in to taker its place @£7.99.

#Comeandexplore our brilliant offer on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Peroni is now £1 per bottle!!!Date published: 05/08/14

Offer Alert!!!

Peroni is now £24 per case. Yep, £1 a bottle. Steal!!!!

#Comeandexplore

The August Summer Selection: Les Roches RougesDate published: 05/08/14

Les Roches Rouges: £8.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

The gentle, rolling hills of the Mâconnais region in the south of Burgundy makes fresh and fruity wines accessible in their youth. This wine is sourced from several vineyard sites to create a light and supple blend of around 80% Gamay and 20% Pinot Noir.

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


The August Summer Selection has landed!Date published: 04/08/14

Fantastic news everybody! The August Summer Selection has landed!

In addition to old favourites staying on offer such as Mud House at £6.66, we've got a vast selection carefully plucked from each country and style available to us in the hopes of providing a great variety at great value! Every day this month I'll be offering write-ups for many of the chosen bottles, so watch this space!

The July Summer Selection: Edna Valley Pinot NoirDate published: 03/08/14

Edna Valley Pinot Noir: £8.65 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Edna Valley is one of the few valleys in California to enjoy an east-west orientation. This allows Pacific mists to drift inland and cover the whole length of the valley, cooling the vineyards, thereby creating a longer ripening season ideal for temperamental Pinot Noir.

Aromatically complex, offering subtle notes of rose petal, cola and earth against a backdrop of bright cherry fruit. Fine yet ample tannins provide a mouth-filling texture and plenty of length.


Craft Beers at Majestic #craftbeer #2Date published: 03/08/14

Craft Beers at Majestic #craftbeer #2

Enjoying the latest craze on craft beers? Have a look at the selection in the photo this is the other half of what we do...

www.majestic.co.uk


Craft Beers at Majestic #craftbeerDate published: 03/08/14

Craft Beers at Majestic #craftbeer

Enjoying the latest craze on craft beers? Have a look at the selection in the photo this is just half of what we do...

www.majestic.co.uk

The July Summer Selection: 120 ChardonnayDate published: 02/08/14

120 Chardonnay: £5.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Santa Rita have extensive vineyards throughout Chile's Central Valley, spanning a wide variety of locations and terrain. This Chardonnay benefits from both the fresh acidity of the coastal vineyard fruit, and the more tropical flavours found in vineyards nearer the Andes.

A youthfully green-tinged lemon yellow wine, with an inviting nose of yellow apple, tangerine zest and ripe melon. Refreshing and zippy on the palate, with a soft, clean finish.

Want to save £10?Date published: 02/08/14

Loads of our spirits and fine wines are buy 2 save £10! 

Our favourite wines are....

Corimbo, Ribera Del Duero £20 down from £25 - crammed with black fruit and spice, this is beefy and absolutely delicious.

Crittenden Estate Chardonnay £17 down from £22 - ten months of french oak has given this a gorgeous nutty flavour. An instant classic.

For the spirits we have...

Tanqueray Gin, £22.50 down from £27.50 - A London Dry Gin, this has botanicals added at the second distillation and has coriander, juniper and liquorice flavours! enjoy with Fever Tree tonic.

Sipsmith Barley Vodka, £27.50 down from £32.50 - Distilled in copper for purity, this vodka is incredibly smooth and needs nothing more than ice and lemon with a splash of soda water. 

Come and see what else is on the offer!

We have Fine wine open to try...Date published: 02/08/14

We have Fine wine open to try...

Hardy's HRB Chardonnay 2011, Pemberton & Yarra Valley

This Chardonnay is a continuation of Thomas Hardy's philosophy of blending between regions, in order to create wines with a broader spectrum of flavours and enhanced balance. It displays the typically vibrant characters of Pemberton combined with wonderfully zesty, citrus flavours from the Yarra Valley to produce a fully flavoured yet restrained and elegant cool climate Chardonnay

Currently on offer at £20 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10, unit price £25.00.

Why not pop in for a try this weekend

The July Summer Selection: Tucumen MalbecDate published: 01/08/14

Tucumen Malbec: £7.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature. Winemaker is Juan Manuel Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries.

An approachable wine of medium intensity. delivering its cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins and well-balanced acidity and fruit sweetness.


Craft Beers at Majestic...Roscoes Amber Ale open to tryDate published: 01/08/14

Craft beers seem to be the big thing at the moment and we've got quite a few of them in at the moment. To help you with some of your decision making on which one to buy, we will be opening one a week for you to try...

This week we have the great Roscoe's Amber ale

Medium-bodied with a complex malt character that is balanced by a subdued hops flavour. Produced with three different types of hops: Simcoe, Cascade and Magnum that offer a slight citrus/grapefruit aroma, this Amber Ale is appealing to craft beer drinkers and those wanting a step-up from lighter flavour beers. The unusual addition of a small amount of honey to the brew adds complexity to the nose and makes for a rich finish. This balanced ale is brewed using traditional methods for a unique flavour profile.

Currently £12.00 for a case of 12 this is an absolute bargain but come in and have a try for yourself...


Last few days for...Date published: 31/07/14

... our favourite wines from this month's Pick 'n Mix selection!

Here are our top three...

- King's Thorn Pinot Gris, £9.99 down from £14.99

Notoriously difficult to master, we think that Pinot Gris is one of the most exciting varieties being grown in New Zealand. This is every so slightly pink in colour, with a natural spritz and is off-fry in style. A gorgeous perfumed nose of honeysuckle and white peach make this the perfect wine to go with any sort of spice.

- Perrier-Jouet NV, £26.65 down from £40.00

Fresh, zesty, yeasty... appley... the list does on. This Champagne is one of our best value brands this month and is still worth the money at £30. Absolutely delicious. 

- Eguia Gran Reserva. £8.99 down from £13.49

After 30 months in barrel and 3 years bottle ageing, this 100% tempranillo Rioja is an absolute steal. This is a mature style, with plenty of raisin and vanilla flavours. The ideal red for BBQ'd lamb!  

Not long to go!

Team Brighton

Offer alert...Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne only £25.49*Date published: 30/07/14

Offer alert...Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne only £25.49*

This is a one week only offer, valid until Monday 4th of August. I cannot believe the price of this great Champagne so don't miss out on this great price...

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

This is selling fast so call us now on 01273 777085 or visit our website to order @ www.majestic.co.uk


Offers...Offers...Offers!!!Date published: 16/07/14

Offers...Offers...Offers!!!

Wow, this is certainly a great time to be buying wine from Majestic...Yesterday we saw the beginning of some great offers and now we have added two more for you all...

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2013 Côteaux du Languedoc

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

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

Currently £5.99 when you buy 2 or more save 15%, unit price £7.04

Mont Saint Jean 2012 Corbières

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

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

Currently £4.99 when you buy 2 or more save 15%, unit price £5.87


Fine wines back in stock...#cloudybay #vinaardanzaDate published: 16/07/14

Fine wines back in stock...#cloudybay #vinaardanza

We've just had a fresh delivery of two of our favorite fine wines...Cloudy bay Sauvignon Blanc and Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

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

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

Currently £22.50 a bottle when you buy two or more save £10.00, unit price £27.50

Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2005 La Rioja Alta

One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.

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

Currently £19.00 a bottle when you buy two or more save £10.00, unit price £24.00

Call us now to place your order...We still have deliveries for this weekend...01273 777085


Check out our fantastic offers...Date published: 15/07/14

Check out our fantastic offers...

These have just come alive today! Some fantastic short term offers for you r summer madness. We do still have delivery slots free for the weekend so why not pop in or call us now on 01273 777085...

Offer alert...Torres Viña Sol 2013 Catalunya...Only £5.99*Date published: 15/07/14

Offer alert...Torres Viña Sol 2013 Catalunya...Only £5.99*

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

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

This is a short term offer so don't miss out, call us now on 01273 777085 for free delivery*

Offer alert...Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, Italy...£6.66*Date published: 15/07/14

Offer alert...Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, Italy...£6.66*

Prosecco is really driving the sparkling wine market at present and this value example really shows why. A fresh, frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of accessible pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy or alcoholic.

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

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

This is a short term offer so don't miss out, call us now on 01273 777085 for free delivery...


The July Summer Selection: Oyster Bay SauvignonDate published: 14/07/14

Oyster Bay Sauvignon: £7.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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

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


The July Summer Selection: Gavi AraldicaDate published: 13/07/14

Gavi Araldica: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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

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


Back in stock...Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2011 South AustraliaDate published: 11/07/14

Back in stock...Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2011 South Australia

Bin 28 offers a showcase of warm-climate Australian Shiraz – ripe, robust and generously flavoured. First made in 1959, Bin 28 is named after the famous Barossa Valley Kalimna Vineyard purchased by Penfolds in 1945 and from which the wine was originally sourced. Today, Bin 28 is a multi-region, multi-vineyard blend, with the Barossa Valley always well represented. Drink now - 2025.

Currently £22.00 a bottle

We have just received 12 bottles of this wine, if you would like to purchase some don't hesitate to call us on 01273 777085 or order online.


Wine of the Week...The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2010 d'Arenberg, McLaren ValeDate published: 11/07/14

Wine of the Week...The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2010 d'Arenberg, McLaren Vale

Origin

The Laughing Magpie is so named because of the blend of black and white grapes, much like the colours of a magpie. The blend is 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier which are co-fermented to achieve a soft perfumed edge to a concentrated dark fruit wine. This is a classic Cote Rotie blend originating in Northern Rhone. However, the Aussies have managed to put their own stamp on this brilliant wine. It is full bodied and powerful, but has a beuatiful floral note given by the viognier.

Taste

The wine has a backbone of dark cherry fruit, firm tannins and peppery spice, with a slight twist of vanilla and jasmine courtesy of the Viognier.

Enjoy

This is a rich and powerful wine, a modern take on the classic Côte Rôtie style, so be sure to match with a dark meat dish like goulash.

Come in this weekend for a try...

Offer alert...Laurent-Perrier Rosé NV Champagne...Only £43.30*Date published: 11/07/14

Offer alert...Laurent-Perrier Rosé NV Champagne...Only £43.30*

Unusually made by the saignée method, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit, full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. A wonderfully refreshing apéritif, it also works well with a variety of dishes.

This is a fantastic offer and cheaper than supermarkets like Waitrose...Stocks are low so please call us direct on 01273 777085 to reserve yours now

Offer alert...Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV ChampagneDate published: 06/07/14

Offer alert...Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne

Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes. The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse. Perfect with canapes.

Currently on offer at £26.65 a bottle* and part of our 33.33% summer collection offers. Don't miss out on this great bargain, call us now on 01273 777085

Best of the Bubbly!Date published: 05/07/14

Whilst you really don't need any excuse to enjoy a glass or two of Champagne, the warmer weather really does set the mood!

Here are our best offers at the moment!

- Veuve Clicquot NV, £29.98  - Everyone's favourite brand, the classic yellow label always stands out. This is one of the most consistent Champagne's out there - and makes a fabulous present.

- Louis Roederer Nv £29.98 - From the makers of Cristal comes the splendidly fine-bubbles Roederer. It's a bit of a favourite here at Brighton Majestic!

- Bollinger Grand Année, £66.66 - I couldn't write an article about good value without mentioning our current stand-out deal, one of Bollinger's top wines, it is made only in exceptional years from Grand Cru rated grapes. We're currently on the 2004 vintage; it is rich, biscuity and absolutely sensational. 

Cheers!

Offer alert...Rioja Reserva 2009 Viña Eguía only £6.99*Date published: 04/07/14

Offer alert...Rioja Reserva 2009 Viña Eguía only £6.99*

Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's winemaking hotspots. The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release.

Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.

Currently part of our summer collection 33% off @ £6.99*

Come and pop in to make the most of this deal, for 1 month only...Tidy!





Offer alert...Rioja Reserva 2009 Viña Eguía only £6.99*Date published: 04/07/14

Offer alert...Rioja Reserva 2009 Viña Eguía only £6.99*

Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's winemaking hotspots. The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release.

Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.

Currently part of our summer collection 33% off @ £6.99*

Come and pop in to make the most of this deal, for 1 month only...Tidy!





Let the weekend begin!Date published: 03/07/14

So it's only Thursday night... that at least means it's time to get the wines chilled in time for the weekend. 

We have two of my favourite wines open this weekend!

King's Legacy Chardonnay, £9.99 - In Lewis' words it is "banging". 'Nuff said!

Minuty Rosé, £9.99 - This wine made me realise that I like rosé. Really, REALLY easy to drink!

Pop in and try!

The July Summer Selection: Rustenberg RM NicholsonDate published: 03/07/14

Rustenberg RM Nicholson: £9.33 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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.


The July Summer Selection: Rustenberg Sauvignon BlancDate published: 02/07/14

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc: £8.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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

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


Offer alert...M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 02/07/14

Offer alert...M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

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

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

Currently £9.99 when you buy any 2 ore more from our 33.3% off summer selection*, unit price £14.99

The sun is out and we still have spaces for our free delivery service* this weekend, call us direct on 01273 777085 or order online.



Wine of the Week...Date published: 01/07/14

Wine of the Week

Marques de la Concordia

Rioja Reserva 2008

A very full style of Rioja.

Think complex dark fruits with heavy savoury notes like coffee and liqueorce. This wine is best drunk with substanial dishes - like a good steak or bangers 'n' mash.

If you can resist its charm at this price, we think it has 5 years cellaring potentail but can be drunk now.

£12.99 Single Bottle Price

£8.25 33.3% off Mulittibuy price


The July Summer Selection: Beronia ReservaDate published: 01/07/14

Beronia Reserva: £9.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Bodegas Beronia is named after the Berones, a Celtic tribe who lived during the 3rd Century BC, in the area now known as Rioja Alta where the winery is based. Dos Maderas means 'two woods': the barrels used by the winery are made from both American and French oak.

Deep ruby-maroon in colour, with plenty of density. The complex nose is dominated by cinnamon and clove notes, with hints of toasted bread. Plenty of warm fruit, sweet tannins, and a velvet texture.


The June Summer Selection: The King's LegacyDate published: 30/06/14

The King's Legacy: £9.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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

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


The June Summer Selection: Truffier RoséDate published: 29/06/14

Truffer Rosé: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines

Winemaker Brent Marris is descended from the noble De Marisco family, whose members variously fell in and out of favour with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. As Marlborough's favourite grape, Sauvignon Blanc here represents a time of the King's favour.

A lively and intense, yet focused nose, with fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note. Stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge.


The June Summer Selection: The King's FavourDate published: 28/06/14

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc: £9.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines

Winemaker Brent Marris is descended from the noble De Marisco family, whose members variously fell in and out of favour with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. As Marlborough's favourite grape, Sauvignon Blanc here represents a time of the King's favour.

A lively and intense, yet focused nose, with fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note. Stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge.


Get the Bouvet Rose out. Date published: 28/06/14

Its Saturday - untill it lasts - we have the Bouvet Rose sparkling wine from the Loire Valley, France open....


Its only £8.99 till Monday, which is quite amazing. 

Majestic say "The house of Bouvet-Ladubay was founded in 1851 by Etienne Bouvetand his wife, Celestine Ladubay, and is now one of the Loire's foremost sparkling wine producers. They source their grapes from several local producers and vinfy using the traditional method. A delicate and inviting salmon pink, this is a light and immediately welcoming sparkling rosé, with a raspberry and peach fruit character, a fine mousse and a clean and uplifting floral nose. A fine summery aperitif, perfect with gravadlax blinis.~

Cheers.


Lewis from the Dales. 



Oh My Days.... Look what just came in.Date published: 27/06/14

Look at this beauty. 

A magnum of Ormarine Pricpoul de Pinet 2013. (A White from little application in the south of France) These wines go with most foods, but are best shared with other people in the sunshine.

This has to be done if you have friends round this weekend. 

And will also make a lovely vase once you finished the contents. It even has a little sea horse on the front.

Yours for £19.99.


Cheers. 

Lewis from the Dales.

Fine wine Friday:Château Haut-Bages Averous 2006 Pauillac #fwfDate published: 26/06/14

Fine wine Friday:Château Haut-Bages Averous 2006 Pauillac #fwf

Nothing to do this weekend? Come and make the most of our current offers before they end and while your here why not try our fine wine of the week...

This Château in Pauillac is located near to Château Lynch-Bages and since 1978 has been used as their second label. Haut-Bages Averous ‘blooms’ earlier than it’s older sibling which allows drinking enjoyment earlier.

Its style is typical of a Pauillac, with fabulous structure and soft, ripe fruit notes with hints of pepper and cassis. A long and silky finish with undertones of fresh herbs.

Open and enjoy over the next 3-4 years with a saddle of lamb or fillet of beef.

Currently £30.00 a bottle*

See you soon


Offer alert...Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV Champagne...Only £14.99*Date published: 26/06/14

Offer alert...Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV Champagne...Only £14.99*

Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house style, this cuvée offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse.

There are only 4 days left on this offer as it is only valid until Monday 30th of June. We've just had fresh stocks of it in, only 50 bottles left to go...Call us direct on 01273 777085 for free delivery*

Offer alert...Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 England only £23.98*Date published: 26/06/14

Offer alert...Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 England only £23.98*

This offer has started earlier than planned...Ready for the weekend...

Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne.

Taste

A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.

Call us direct on 01273 777085 we still have spaces for delivery this weekend

Bit of Provenance for this Wine of the Week. Read on....Date published: 25/06/14

Wine of the Week

Its so good, we opened a fresh bottle for a 2nd week running.

Commanderie de Peyrassol Rose 2013 Cote de Provance

Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah

Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded in 1308 by the Knights Templar. In addition to 80ha of vines, it also shelters 2500 olive trees, 200 oak truffles trees and a private hunting area with deer, hinds, mouflons and wild pigs.

This dry rosé has a spicy warmth to the fruit, lifted by refreshing acidity and a peachy edge. Notes of strawberry, with background notes of white pepper.

£12.99 Single Bottle

£9.74

25% off MultiBuy 


Only 6 days left on our current offers...Date published: 25/06/14

Only 6 days left on our current offers...

Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Riscal

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

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

Currently £9.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more*

Don't miss out on this great offer, call us direct on 01273 777085 


The Unknown RhoneDate published: 22/06/14

The Unknown Rhone...

We all know of the famous Rhone appellations, especially Cheateauneuf du Pape (CNDP). This is a great appellation, with a vast history. It was the first region to be given AOC status. However, because of this rich history and reputation there is a high premium on wines carrying the name, and unfortunately the price doesn't always match the quality. Here is where Majestic come in, there are some brilliant appellations with little renown that offer incredible quality without breaking the bank, and they can all be found at your local store.

Southern Rhone (Same grapes and style as CNDP)

Gigondas:

This was part of the cotes du Rhone villages until the quality of its wine was recognised as being good enough to merit it to be sold in its own right. Therefore in 1971 the appellation left the other Côtes du Rhône-Villages behind, and became an appellation in its own right. It is made up of a maximum 80% Grenache, a minimum 15% Syrah and/or Mourvedre, and a maximum 10% from the other Rhône varietals, not including Carignan. This is brilliant appellation that combines power and finesse and unbelievable value for money.

Gigondas Pallieres £13.59 Multi-buy price.

Vacqueryras:

The story of this appellation is very similar to Gigondas, it was part of the Cotes du Rhone Villages until the 80's when it was recognised in its own right. It is located only a few kilometers south of Gigondas, Vacqueyras shares much of the same terroir with vineyards located in 100–400 metres (330–1,310 ft) altitude. The best vineyards are found on Plateau de Garrigues. Vacqueyras is, like Gigondas, known for its power. The backbone of the wine is Grenache, however producers of Vacqueyras use more Syrah than is normally used in Gigondas.

Vacqueryras Domaine Garrigue £12.74 Multi-buy Price

Lirac:

Lirac is one of the 13 crus of the Rhône valley family. On the opposite river bank is the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard. Red wines are made from Grenache (minimum 40%), Syrah and Mourvèdre (minimum of 25% together), Cinsault, and Carignan (maximum 10%). The minimum alcohol is decreed at 11.5%. The style of red Lirac often resembles a soft Côtes du Rhône-Villages, but the more ambitious wines are often similar to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Lirac Garrigues £8.49 Multi-buy Price 

Lirac Vignobles Abeille £12.48 Multi-buy Price 

So next time you are looking for great quality Rhone blends, don't just grab the nearest Cotes du Rhone, or CNDP, try some of the lesser known appellations. They offer incredible value for money and some unbeatable flavour.

#comeandexplorerhone!

The June Summer Selection: Mister ShirazDate published: 21/06/14

Mister Shiraz: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

An exclusive bottling for Majestic, this wine represents a deliberate departure from the ultra-modern, fruit-centric Chilean style of Shiraz, and showcases Chile's ability to produce a more traditional, robust, spicy, yet unmistakably New World style.

Deep crimson colour with hints of violet. The nose is a complex mixture of plum and strawberry, with vanilla and cedar scents from French and American oak. A voluminous, muscular palate with great length.


Wine of the Week...Date published: 21/06/14

Our wine of the week this week is the Poggioargentiera Morellino di Scansano, £8.99. Morelino is the local name for Sangiovese, the grape which makes up 85% of this blend (the other 15% is another locally grown variety called Ciliegiolo). Made in the south of Tuscany, this is a fruity, youthful red full of cherry and lightly oaked, that still has plenty of proper Italian backbone. 

Enjoy it with bbq'd lamb or traditional Italian food.

Come in to taste it today!

Whites open this weekend...Date published: 21/06/14

Whites open this weekend...

Need some White' or Rose' for the weekend heat? I hear it's going to be a hot one...Here's our range of whites open to try this weekend...

Fine wine Bonanza...Date published: 21/06/14

Fine wine Bonanza...

This weekend we've decided to go fine wine mad and have two great treats open for you to try...Having a BBQ later or fancy something nice to watch the football with...Pop in a give these a try with us...

Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Vargas

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

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

Currently £14.99 a bottle when you buy two or more save £10.00, unit price £19.99

Brunello di Montalcino 2009 Gianni Brunelli

The late Gianni Brunelli was one of the most respected small-volume producers of Brunello, and his wife Laura continues his legacy today, in association with winemaker Paolo Vagaggini. This wine is a blend of the fruit of two small plots totalling only 7 hectares, and is an exceptional example of Brunello, combining bright red-fruit Sangiovese character with greater body, tannic texture and aromatic depth.

Currently £30.00 a bottle

See you soon...

The June Summer Selection: Marque de RiscalDate published: 20/06/14

Marque de Riscal Reserva: £9.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines

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

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


Ruinart range...Special offers #RuinartDate published: 20/06/14

Ruinart range...Special offers #Ruinart

Have a quick look at the great offers we have on Ruinart at the moment...Don't miss out on these they are literally a steal!

The June Summer Selection: Cune ReservaDate published: 19/06/14

Cune Reserva: £9.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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.


Offer alert...Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV ChampagneDate published: 19/06/14

Offer alert...Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV Champagne

Grand Cru Chardonnay has been used to make this Champagne. Citrus, peach and white flower aromas evolve into a fresh and supple palate, ideal when married with oysters and sashimi.

Currently £41.66 an absolute stunning bargain...You'd be a fool to miss out on this...

Call us on 01273 777085 to place an order.

A different Wine of the week... Date published: 18/06/14

Here at Majestic Brighton we thought we would crack open somthing a bit diffrent.

If you are in the area, please come in a try it. 

Morellino Di Scansano, Poggioargentiera, 2013

DOCG, Tuscany, Italy.

In Scansano, in the southern part of Tuscany, Morellino is the local name

for Sangiovese. In this case blended with 15% Ciliegiolo, another

indigenous local grape, this is a slim and youthful style of red, with only

a third of the blend spending 6-8 months in new oak.


Its £11.99 single bottle 


£8.99 25% multibuy price. 




The June Summer Selection: Gavi MontieroDate published: 18/06/14

Gavi Montiero: £5.99 when you buy any 2 summer selection wines

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

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


Sipsmiths samples on our tasting counter...#sipsmithDate published: 18/06/14

If your like me and enjoy the finer things in life then try Sipsmith'. Sipsmiths is a very small team of passionate spirit lovers, Their distillery ( shed) was the first to open in London for 200 years, bringing the art and craft of distillation back to the capital...

I am a huge fan of these products and their gin is my favorite by far...

Sipsmith Summer Cup 50cl Bottle

Sipsmith’s interpretation of the quintessentially English ‘cups’ from the 1800’s, is based on Sipsmith’s award winning London Dry Gin, blended with a host of carefully selected summery ingredients including infusions of Earl Grey tea, Lemon Verbena and Cucumber.

Currently £15.00 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £20.00

Sipsmith London Dry Gin 70cl Bottle

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.

Currently £27.50 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £32.50

Sipsmith Barley Vodka 70cl Bottle

To craft this Barley Vodka, Sipsmith distil English barley spirit and carefully blend it with the exceptionally pure water of Lydwell Spring, one of the sources of the River Thames. The result is a smooth, buttery spirit with a light, nutty finish.

Currently £27.50 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £32.50

Sipsmith Damson Vodka 50cl Bottle

Sipsmith Limited Edition Damson Vodka is made by steeping our Barley Vodka with fresh English damsons. The warm plummy notes of the fruit combine beautifully with the soft mouth-feel of the vodka, for an extraordinarily full-bodied, rich and balanced flavour.

Currently £22.50 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £27.50

Sipsmith Vintage Sloe Gin 50cl Bottle

This authentic, handmade, wonderfully balanced sloe gin is subtle, complex and bursting with sweet cassis flavours, offset by a delicate tartness.

Currently £22.50 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £27.50

Don't forget if your having top gin you need top tonic as well. We also sell Fever Tree tonic @ £2.59 per 4 pack...Go on treat yourself this summer

Sipsmiths samples on our tasting counter...#sipsmithDate published: 18/06/14

If your like me and enjoy the finer things in life then try Sipsmith'. Sipsmiths is a very small team of passionate spirit lovers, Their distillery ( shed) was the first to open in London for 200 years, bringing the art and craft of distillation back to the capital...

I am a huge fan of these products and their gin is my favorite by far...

Sipsmith Summer Cup 50cl Bottle

Sipsmith’s interpretation of the quintessentially English ‘cups’ from the 1800’s, is based on Sipsmith’s award winning London Dry Gin, blended with a host of carefully selected summery ingredients including infusions of Earl Grey tea, Lemon Verbena and Cucumber.

Currently £15.00 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £20.00

Sipsmith London Dry Gin 70cl Bottle

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.

Currently £27.50 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £32.50

Sipsmith Barley Vodka 70cl Bottle

To craft this Barley Vodka, Sipsmith distil English barley spirit and carefully blend it with the exceptionally pure water of Lydwell Spring, one of the sources of the River Thames. The result is a smooth, buttery spirit with a light, nutty finish.

Currently £27.50 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £32.50

Sipsmith Damson Vodka 50cl Bottle

Sipsmith Limited Edition Damson Vodka is made by steeping our Barley Vodka with fresh English damsons. The warm plummy notes of the fruit combine beautifully with the soft mouth-feel of the vodka, for an extraordinarily full-bodied, rich and balanced flavour.

Currently £22.50 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £27.50

Sipsmith Vintage Sloe Gin 50cl Bottle

This authentic, handmade, wonderfully balanced sloe gin is subtle, complex and bursting with sweet cassis flavours, offset by a delicate tartness.

Currently £22.50 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £27.50

Don't forget if your having top gin you need top tonic as well. We also sell Fever Tree tonic @ £2.59 per 4 pack...Go on treat yourself this summer

The June Summer Selection: Argento MalbecDate published: 17/06/14

Argento Malbec: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Malbec is Argentina's signature grape variety. This is an excellent example made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes, one of the most favoured areas for cultivating grapes in Argentina.

Ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on the richly textured palate, with hints of vanilla oak and balanced acidity on the finish.


Sipsmiths are back in. Date published: 17/06/14

We have stocked up our Sipsmith's range. If you don't know, Sipsmith's are an artisan distillery based in London. And are responsible for this new wave of independent spirits. All of there products are at a high quality and should be tried. 


We have the following. 

London Dry Gin £32.50

London Barley Vodka £32.50

Sole Gin £27.50

Damson Vodka £27.50

And,

Their Summer Cup (better version of pimms) £20.00


The best thing about them is the discount. You get £5.00 off when you mix and match it per bottle. So that would make the gin £27.50 and the Summer cup - which is awesome -  to £15.00 a bottle. 


Chin Chin.... 

Lewis P 

The June Summer Selection: 120 ViognierDate published: 16/06/14

Santa Rita 120 Viognier: £5.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Sourced from a number of vineyard sites across Chile's Central Valley. Free-run juice and light pressings have been used to maintain a light and crisp feel to the wine, with a long 3-week fermentation period followed by 2 weeks on lees for softness of texture.

Lively and crisp, avoiding the big, oily texture of many a Viognier, and focusing instead on the flavours of apricot and pineapple, and delicate floral aromas. Soft in mouthfeel, with a refreshing finish.


Craft Beers at Majestic Brighton and Hove...Date published: 15/06/14

Craft Beers at Majestic Brighton and Hove...

Did you know that here at Majestic wine we also do a little more than great wine. We have an ever increasing range of craft beers in stock, need something for the football or the summer sun? Come and have a look, here's a few from our range of beers at the moment just to give you a taste...

Brooklyn Lager 6x355ml Bottles

A amber-gold that lager displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. This American original uses the British technique of Dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food.

Anchor Steam 6x355ml Bottles

A deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour.

Punk IPA, BrewDog 6x330ml Cans

Light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose.

Brooklyn Summer Ale 6x355ml Bottles

A modern rendition of the "Light Dinner Ales" brewed in England throughout the 1800's right up until the 1940's: refreshing and flavourful without being too heavy. We brew our Brooklyn Summer Ale from premium English barley malt, which gives this light-bodied golden beer a fresh bready flavour. German and American hops lend a light crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma, resulting in a beer with a very sunny disposition.

Einstök White Ale 6x330ml Bottles

A craft beer from the north of Iceland modelled on the traditional Belgian witbier. Made with pure spring water and infused with coriander and orange peel, it's full textured yet light on the palate, with a refreshing citrus zing.

These are all currently on a multibuy discount down to £9.99 when you buy any 2 or more, unit price for all is £12.99.

Pop in to explore...

The June Summer Selection: The King's Thorn Pinot GrisDate published: 14/06/14

The King's Thorn: £9.99 bwhen you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Something of a thorn in the side for some winemakers, Pinot Gris requires a very measured approach in order to achieve a balance of texture, sweetness, acidity and fruit character. This excellent example treads the fine line between the Alsatian and Italian styles.

Delicately pink, indicating natural sun ripening. The nose is lifted and perfumed with honeysuckle and peach. A lightly unctuous and off-dry palate are lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz.


Open to try today...Two treats!Date published: 14/06/14

Open to try today...Two treats!

Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV Franciacorta DOCG

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

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

Currently £14.98 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save 33.3%, unit price £22.49

Le Difese 2011 Tenuta San Guido

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

Currently £16.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £21.00

We have opened both these wines today as treat for you and for us, pop in for a try before the Football starts this evening...Plenty of time

Offer alert...Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV Champagne...Only £14.99*Date published: 13/06/14

Offer alert...Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV Champagne...Only £14.99*

Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house style, this cuvée offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse.

Currently £14.99 when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £22.49

This offer is very short term so don't miss out. Call us direct on 01273 777085 for free delivery*

Offer alert...Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV Champagne...Only £14.99*Date published: 13/06/14

Offer alert...Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV Champagne...Only £14.99*

Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house style, this cuvée offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse.

Currently £14.99 when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £22.49

This offer is very short term so don't miss out. Call us direct on 01273 777085 for free delivery*

The June Summer Selection: Berberana RiojaDate published: 13/06/14

Berberana Rioja: £6.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Founded in 1877 by Don Miguel Martínez Berberana, this is now one of the best selling Riojas. The Reserva is matured for a minimum 2 years in American oak cask and only released when it is ready to drink.

Deep ruby red, with delicious vanilla overtones backed up by juicy soft strawberry and morello cherry flavours. Round and full, well balanced, long and elegant.


Offer alert...Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, Italy...£6.66*Date published: 12/06/14

Offer alert...Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, Italy...£6.66*

Prosecco is really driving the sparkling wine market at present and this value example really shows why. A fresh, frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of accessible pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy or alcoholic.

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

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

Once again this cracking offer has come to play...Make the most of it while it lasts. 

Call us direct on 01273 777085 for free delivery*

The June Summer Selection: P15 MalbecDate published: 12/06/14

P15 Malbec: £7.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

'Picada 15' is the name of the old highway that runs alongside the vineyards of San Patricio del Chañar, Neuquén province, where this wine is made from the fruit of relatively young vines. At 39º latitude, Neuquén is Argentina's southernmost wine region.

A fresh and youthful Malbec, with a focus on ripe cherry and plum flavours. The nose is lifted and expressive, with heady violet and subtle vanilla. Middleweight tannins give harmony and structure.


The June Summer Selection: Con Amigos Chilean MalbecDate published: 11/06/14

Con Amigos Malbec: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

The Bio Bio Valley is making a name for itself as one of Chile's premium wine regions. With its southern location, it has a cooler, wetter, more marginal climate than much of Chile, reflecting the typical conditions of France's northern wine regions.

With its vivid purple tinges, this is a youthful and fruity wine, with inviting aromas of ripe plums and perfumed blueberry notes. The tannins are ripe and well weighted, making for a plush mouthfeel.


The June Summer Selection: Truffier Malbec Date published: 10/06/14

Truffier Malbec: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

One of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free-draining and have great sun exposure, and are perfect for growing Malbec.

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


The June Summer Selection: Safran Malbec RoséDate published: 09/06/14

Safran Malbec Rosé: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Made by Rigal, one of the cornerstones of the wine industry of Cahors and the wider Lot Valley, spiritual home of the Malbec grape, this is a modern-style rosé from 100% Malbec. This wine has been named in honour of one of the region's other famous crops, saffron.

Vivid in colour, this rosé is equally vivid in flavour, offering a luscious palate of soft summer berries, accented with hints of spice, while remaining clean and crisp.


Bring a friend to Majestic wine and you each get a bottle free*Date published: 09/06/14

A free bottle for you, and one for your friend!

Yes, it's true! Don't miss the chance for both yourself and a friend to receive a free bottle of wine worth up to £10. All you have to do is bring them with you on your next shop, add them onto the customer list and as long as you each get 6 bottles you get a free bottle of your choice.


The June Summer Selection: Côtes-du-Rhône Saint-EspritDate published: 08/06/14

Côtes-du-Rhône Saint-Esprit: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

The cuvée "Saint-Esprit" comes from a small valley which nestles in the northern part of the Ardèche. The vineyards are planted on granite, south-facing slopes near the villages of Saint-Julien and Saint-Alban.

Possesses an impressive purity in its black fruit, which is embellished with hints of spice on both nose and palate; the Syrah in the blend really showing its peppery influence.


The June Summer Selection: Sauvion SauvignonDate published: 07/06/14

Pierre-Jean Sauvion Sauvignon Blanc: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Pierre-Jean Sauvion is the fourth generation of a family of winemakers based at Château du Cleray. Located in the outskirts of Nantes, the estate is most famous for its Muscadet, but also makes this Sauvignon Blanc sourced from several vineyard sites further inland.

A light, straightforward wine, with a citrus fruit backbone and gentle accents of nettles and freshly cut grass on the nose. Crisp acidity provides a refreshing finish.


Ardanza News!!!Date published: 07/06/14

We have the new Ardanza vintage open to taste this week here in sunny (?) Brighton. Following on from the marvellous 2004 offering, the '05 has been officially awarded the title "excellent", so it must be good!

Weather conditions were perfect 9 years ago; well-times rainfall resulted in great budding and the grapes ripened perfectly. 80% of the Ardanza is made of tempranillo, with the other 20% Garnacha. After fermentation, the wines were transferred to American oak barrels in May 2006, aged for 36 months and 30 months respectively, racked six times, before finally being bottled in July 2009. 

This wine is every bit as good as the famous 2004, some are saying it's better and all of us agree that it'd be fabulous with the world's biggest cheese board! It's pretty lively on the nose, with aromas of balsamic vinegar, vanilla and blackberries. It is well structured and velvety all at the same time, with black fruit and warm baking spice flavours bursting out on the tongue. 

Was £24, now just £19 when you mix it with any of the other fine wines or spirits from a mighty good selection (gin anyone?!)

Pop into to try it now!

Last Week Lewis (from the dales) was in Provence... Date published: 07/06/14

Its raining hard :(

This time last week I was happy on a sun-lounger by the pool, drinking rose. What... has happened! :(  

Anyway, I had a fabulous time. Managed to play a bit of golf, ate some great food and fitted a visit to Chateauneuf du Pape. 

I thought to celebrate the trip Id open up a bottle of Sainte Victoire Provence Rose (£9.99)..

Come and have a glass with me. 


Lewis Piper 


The June Summer Selection: Pouilly-Fume Jean VincentDate published: 06/06/14

Jean Vincent: £9.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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

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


Offer alert...Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de RiscalDate published: 06/06/14

Offer alert...Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Riscal

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


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

Currently £9.99 when you buy two or more, unit price £14.99

Why not pop in this weekend, this offer is valid until the 30th of June so don't miss out.


New Zealand Tasting Week. Read onDate published: 06/06/14

This week we have a range of treats open to try. 

From our new star player, the Mud House Sav Blanc, to a mega Pinot Noir from Craggy Range folks.

Come in store and have a try. 

And because of the sunshine, Iv got my fav Provence rose open to try too...


Cheers.


Lewis Piper 



The June Summer Selection: Les Roche BlanchesDate published: 05/06/14

Les Roches Blances: £8.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy.

Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish.


The June Summer Selection: Les Roches RougesDate published: 04/06/14

Les Roches Rouges: £8.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

The gentle, rolling hills of the Mâconnais region in the south of Burgundy makes fresh and fruity wines accessible in their youth. This wine is sourced from several vineyard sites to create a light and supple blend of around 80% Gamay and 20% Pinot Noir.

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


The June Summer Selection: Chateau Tour du Haut MoulinDate published: 03/06/14

Château Tour du Haut Moulin 2007: £11.24 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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

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


The Summer Selection: Oyster Bay SauvignonDate published: 02/06/14

Oyster Bay Sauvignon: £7.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Today is the last day of the Summer Selection as we know it today! As of tomorrow a whole series of new wines will be coming on offer and a whole series will be coming off. With that in mind I'd like to finish by looking at the most popular wine of this offer, Oyster Bay Sauvignon.

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

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


The Summer Selection: Prosecco ZoninDate published: 01/06/14

Prosecco Zonin: £7.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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

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


The Summer Selection: Conegliano ProseccoDate published: 31/05/14

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene: £9.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its members own about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain. Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid the continual improvement of wine quality.

A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples.

The Summer Selection: First Class Pinot NoirDate published: 30/05/14

First Class Pinot Noir: £5.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

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

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

The Summer Selection: Errazuriz CarmenereDate published: 29/05/14

Errazuriz Carmenere: £6.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Sourced from our vineyards in the Valle de Aconcagua. This region features a Mediterranean climate. From hand picked grapes, fermented in stainless steel and aged in French and American oak barrels.

On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is structured by big, mouth-filling tannins. Spicy notes linger on the palate, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee, through the long, pleasant finish.

The Summer Selection: 120 Cabernet FrancDate published: 28/05/14

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc: £5.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

As well as being a constituent of many Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Franc is the classic red variety of much of the Loire region, particularly Saumur and Chinon. This Chilean example offers a rare glimpse of Cabernet Franc a single varietal wine from outside of France.

A medium-bodied, ruby red wine, offering aromas of ripe red berries, wild herbs and tomato leaf. The palate delivers ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, with both fresh acidity and rounded tannin.

The Summer Selection: 120 Sauvignon BlancDate published: 27/05/14

Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc: £5.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Santa Rita's 120 range places the emphasis firmly on lively, up-front fruit flavours, and great value. Maximum fruit character is obtained by hand-harvesting and cold fermentation of the Sauvignon grapes, and the addition of 2% Semillon helps keep the blend well-rounded.

Crisp and refreshing, this wine offers an abundance of grapefruit and lemon fruit flavours, delivered in a softer, more tropical fruit texture.

The Summer Selection: Serena Pinot GrigioDate published: 26/05/14

Serena Pinot Grigio: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines

From one of Italy's greatest producers comes this Pinot Grigio, grown in the hills around Montalcino, and made in the unmistakabe delicate Italian style. Using only free-run juice means minimal skin contact for delicate colour and lightness of body.

The warm Tuscan climate gives the delicate Pinot Grigio grape the ripeness and softness that really brings out the pear, melon and banana aromas, and softens the acidity on the palate.

The Summer Selection: Saint Clair Pioneer Block SauvignonDate published: 25/05/14

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon: £13.32 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines

Saint Clair Family Estate is rapidly becoming one of the most reputed wineries in Marlborough, despite producing their first wines as recently as 1994. The Pioneer Block wines are sourced from outstanding parcels of fruit, identified by chief winemaker Matt Thomson.

An almost otherworldly intensity of fruit, with pungent aromas of gooseberry and passionfruit, with a steely dryness, herbaceous characters, underlying minerality and a long, lingering finish.

Last chance...Date published: 24/05/14

For all our cracking May Pick 'n Mix Offers! Fans of the Gavi Toledana, Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc and Portillo Malbec have until the end of the month to stock up!

If you miss out - not to worry. Next month's offers are pretty flipping good too. But we didn't tell you that. 

The Summer Selection: Montes TwinsDate published: 24/05/14

Montes Twins: £7.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines

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

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

The Summer Selection: Ondine Sauvignon BlackDate published: 23/05/14

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc: £5.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection

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

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

Are you throwing a party? Well, you should probs read this then...Date published: 22/05/14

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 and dirty too.

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 me 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.


The Summer Selection: Caixas GodelloDate published: 22/05/14

Caixas Godello: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines

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

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

Banfi Montalcino FTW. Read on....Date published: 22/05/14

Last week I was spoiled rotten. Lamb cutlets, with a tomaotey aubergine parmesan bake... Proper Italian, feel-good food.

So it was time to get the Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Banfi out. And what a fabulous wine it is.

Heavy, structured and perfectly seductive.

Castello Banfi is a family owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. 100% Sangiovese. This is proper old school Italian wine, aged in styleish oak casks.

Flavours of dark cherries, chocloate, nutmeg... way more complex than i can describe. I urge any wine lover to pick it up.

£25.00 a bottle on the Fine wine deal (£30 normally) 

Lewis P


The Summer Tasting Review: Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisières Date published: 21/05/14

Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisières : £9.98 when you buy any 2 15% off wines

Bernard Fouquet has around 30ha of Chenin vines, planted across a range of soils, from limestone to flint. Each parcel is hand-picked and vinified separately, with fermentation taking place partly in oak barrels and partly in old glass-lined vats cut into the rock.

A pure, well developed nose of fresh quince and pear. The palate is a swathe of ripe apple fruit, with a honeyed sweetness, balanced by Chenin's characteristic blade-like acidity and mineral grip.

Looking for a sparkling wine to try? We've got a new one in store from Lombardy, Italy, and it's delicious! Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale Franciacorta D.O.C.G. Brut Franciacorta was first produced in Italy in 1961 at Palazzo Lana Berluchi and this wine is Date published: 21/05/14

Looking for a sparkling wine to try? We've got a new one in store from Lombardy, Italy, and it's delicious! 

 Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale Franciacorta D.O.C.G. Brut

Franciacorta was first produced in Italy in 1961 at Palazzo Lana Berluchi and this wine is from the same house that first created this style. The Franciacorta region is in the heart of Lombardy. This wine is a classic blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, made in the “Champagne” style, with all grapes being hand-picked, aged on the lees for a minimum of 18 months with the addition of 10% reserve wines from previous vintages. This wine will give many more expensive Champagnes a real run for their money! 

£14.99 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of our Pick & Mix offer

We are planning on opening this sparkling over the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled for updates via twitter, Majestic Sevenoaks webpage and in-store.


International Wine Challenge 2014 - Majestic Winners!Date published: 21/05/14

Last week, the results of the International Wine Challenge were announced. The competition, now in its 31st year, attracts around 14,000 entries, which are tasted by a line-up of Masters of Wine, sommeliers, critics and buyers. 

After vigorous rounds of judging, the top wines are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.Majestic entered a number of wines into the competition, as did some of our suppliers.

Below are some of our stand out Gold awards:

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - Also awarded ‘Great Value White between £7 - £12’ Trophy

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 - Also awarded ‘English Sparkling’ Trophy

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Natale Verga Barolo 2009 & 2010 (both vintages won Gold!)

Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2012 

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Oloroso NV

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Palo Cortado NV

Pop in store and grab yourself some of these award winning wines!

The Summer Tasting Review: Black Cottage Pinot GrisDate published: 20/05/14

Black Cottage Pinot Gris: £9.98 when you buy any 2 15% off wines

Winemake David Clouston sources this Pinot Gris from several selected plots in Marlborough's Wairau and Awatere Valleys. The grapes are night-harvested to preserve acidity and purity of fruit characters, further supported by a long, cool fermentation.

This rich and succulent Pinot Gris is filled with vibrant aromas of roses, pear and exotic spices. The palate is awash with flavours of stone fruit, ginger and retains a hint of natural sweetness.

New to the Range: The King's Legacy ChardonnayDate published: 19/05/14

The King's Legacy Chardonnay: £12.74 when you buy any 2 15% off wines

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

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

Offer Alert* Mud House Pinot NoirDate published: 18/05/14

Offer Alert* Mud House Pinot Noir. £9.99 when you buy any 2 Pick n mix wines in the 33.3% off band!


This is a brand new offering at Majestic Wine, and it offers unbelievable value for money. Central Otago is considered one of the finest regions in the world to make high quality Pinot Noir, it has heralded some of New Zealand's best Pinot, from the likes of Mount Difficulty, Peregrine, Quartz reef and Roaring Meg. At £9.99 the Mud House is a very cheap alternative, and from this brilliant region it is definitely worth a try. I know my colleagues and I are very excited for its arrival.

Come in and see us to get your hands on this bargain, or call us on 01273 777085 or email us at brh@majestic.co.uk.

#comeandexplore

#newzealandpinot

#centralotago

The Summer Tasting Review: Dog Point Sauvignon BlancDate published: 18/05/14

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc: £16.99 when you buy any 2 15% off wines

Dog Point is Marlborough's Wairau Valley on the south island. Grapes enjoy a long, cool growing season with little rainfall, enabling the development of vibrant fruit flavours.

An enticing bouquet of ripe citrus and tropical fruits underlined by a steely minerality. The palate is fresh, concentrated and full bodied with an excellent balance between fruit and acidity.

The Summer Tasting Review: Chateau de Berne RoseDate published: 17/05/14

Chateau de Berne: £12.74 when you buy any 2 15% off wines

A stunning property and landmark of Provence, Château de Berne is a luxurious hotel and spa resort, located on an 18th-century wine estate and its historic cellars. This is their 'prestige cuvée' rosé in its iconic square bottle.

An attractive and delicate honeysuckle pink wine with a lifted nose of summer fruits and tropical suggestions of mango. Intense, crisp, well balanced and refreshing on the palate.

New fine wine arrival...Date published: 17/05/14

New fine wine arrival...

If your like me and excited about fine wines, then I imagine you'd be as happy as me to see this new arrival in to our fine wine section...

Reserve de la Comtesse de Lalande 2006 Pauillac

"[T]he 2006 Reserve de Comtesse, is a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Petit Verdot. This beautiful, velvety, seductive effort offers sweet black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with notions of forest floor and roasted herbs. Luscious, fruity, savory, and long, it will provide enjoyment over the next 10-15 years". 89 points. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.

This wine is currently £37 a bottle and we only have 12 in stock...Feel like treating yourself call us on 01273 777085 or visit our website @ www.majestic.co.uk

Happy drinking

Sparkling Saturday...Chandon Brut NV ArgentinaDate published: 16/05/14

Sparkling Saturday...Chandon Brut NV Argentina

As it's the weekend we thought we would open one of our new arrivals...Chandon Brut NV Argentina

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

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

This is looking like it could be quite the gem, why not come and make your own mind up...

Currently £12.98 when you buy 2 or more save 33.%, unit price £19.49



The Summer Tasting Review: Bouvet Saumur Rosé BrutDate published: 16/05/14

Bouvet Saumur Rosé Brut: £8.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Last night was our illustrious summer tasting event where a whole host of exciting wines were opened for us all to taste. Over the next few days I'm planning to look at each one in a little more detail, to offer you some extra info if we had the pleasure of your company on Thursday, or if you couldn't make it to clue you in on some of the things you may have missed!

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

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

New to the Range: Wave Series SauvignonDate published: 16/05/14

Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer selection wines

An avid surfer since childhood, winemaker Sebastian Labbe grew up in Chile and went on to hone both his winemaking and surfing skills in New Zealand. The Wave Series was inspired both by this passion for the waves, and the Pacific Coast's influence on Chile's terroir.

A clean, crisp Sauvignon typical of Chile, offering intense aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and refreshing lime. Light in weight yet persistent and concentrated in flavour.

One of the favorites from last night...Date published: 16/05/14

One of the favorites from last night...

Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisières 2013 Cuvée de Perruches, Bernard Fouquet

Bernard Fouquet has around 30ha of Chenin vines, planted across a range of soils, from limestone to flint. Each parcel is hand-picked and vinified separately, with fermentation taking place partly in oak barrels and partly in old glass-lined vats cut into the rock.

A pure, well developed nose of fresh quince and pear. The palate is a swathe of ripe apple fruit, with a honeyed sweetness, balanced by Chenin's characteristic blade-like acidity and mineral grip.

A superb aperitif wine which will also partner the delicate flavours of salmon or cold cured meats. Try with poached pears.

This is currently one of my favorite wines and certainly was last night at our summer tasting, we still have some left on our tasting counter, with the sun shining today why not pop in for a try


The Summer Selection: Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 15/05/14

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Nelson: £8.65 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines

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

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

Offer alert...Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, Italy...£6.66*Date published: 15/05/14

Offer alert...Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, Italy...£6.66*

Prosecco is really driving the sparkling wine market at present and this value example really shows why. A fresh, frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of accessible pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy or alcoholic.

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

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

Currently on a very short term offer down to £6.66, unit price £9.99.

To make the most of this offer please call us on 01273 77085 for free delivery*

The Summer Selection: Toledana GaviDate published: 14/05/14

Toledana Gavi: £7.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines

Today we're looking at a particular favourite of mine, and one that I've definitely stocked up on since it came on the offer! The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes.

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

Exciting New Product..... Read On.Date published: 13/05/14

Fresh off the boat. Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough - New Zealand.

We have this open as of today. And we think it could be THE new favorite for Majestic Brighton and Hove customers. Come in, have a try and tell us what you think. 


At £6.66 a bottle, its hard to dislike.


Cheers. 


Lewis P 

The Summer Selection: Nicolas Potel Pinot NoirDate published: 13/05/14

Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2012 Nicolas Potel: £8.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

From grapes sourced across the Burgundy region, primarily from old Cote d'Or vines. Maison Nicolas Potel is a respected name in Burgundy, the Potel family having previously owned the prestigious Domaine de la Pousse d'Or in Volnay.

A restrained nose of berry fruit, principally strawberry and blackcurrant, is followed by a soft-edged palate with lithe and supple tannins.


The Summer Selection: Chateau Le VivierDate published: 12/05/14

Château Le Vivier: £7.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines

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.


The Summer Selection: Pizarras de Otero RoseDate published: 11/05/14

Pizarras de Otero Rosé: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines

Bierzo is a small wine region of northern Spain, nestling between the coastal climate of Galicia to the north, and the hotter, more arid Castile to the south. The Mencía grape is found almost exclusively in Bierzo region, where it is more commonly used for red wines.

A vivid, deeply coloured rosé, with an intense raspberry and redcurrant character and leafy undertones. Firmly structured, with well-balanced acidity, good grip and a crisp finish.


Coming soon...Date published: 11/05/14

Check back here tomorrow for news of our two new New Zealand wines!

Fans of The Ned, Oyster Bay or Giesen Sauvignon Blancs have a new white to tempt them! The Mud House wines (a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Noir) are new to Majestic and from early reviews, are looking promising!

From this week: Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, £6.66 & Mud House Pinot Noir £9.99, both on our Pick 'N Mix deal.



The Summer Selection: M de Minuty RoseDate published: 10/05/14

M de Minuty Rosé: £9.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Although we had it on our previous set of offers, with summer coming on in such strength now it would be almost criminal not to include such a fine rose as Minuty. Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.


Back in stock...Domaines Ott Château Romassan Rosé 2013 BandolDate published: 09/05/14

Back in stock...Domaines Ott Château Romassan Rosé 2013 Bandol

Bandol makes some of the most serious wines of Provence, and this is the case for rosé as well as red. Founded in 1896, Domaines Ott uses hand-picking, careful sorting and delicate pressing to make the superb Château Romassan Rosé.

An extremely subtle, balanced and complex rosé showing fresh berry aromas and hints of spice.

Currently £27.00 a bottle and only 24 bottles in stock, call us on 01273 777085 so you don't miss out.


Lewis.D (From the Valleys)


New to the Range: Pied Tanque RougeDate published: 09/05/14

PIed Tanque Rouge: £5.49

This easy-drinking red comes from vineyards in and around the Hérault Valley departement of the Languedoc, and is typical of the fruity, approachable reds that are so integral to the food culture of southern France. The name of the wine comes from the french for feet (pied) and anchor (tanque), a stance that allows players to play to the height of their game.

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


Check out the lineup for tonights "summer" tasting...Date published: 08/05/14

Check out the lineup for tonights "summer" tasting...

Tonight we are hosting a summer tasting - we have quite a few bottles open.. 

There's about 5 spaces left, its sure to be good fun. And the best thing about it our customers pay nothing for the privilege.

If you cant come tonight, then why not some to our FREE Wine Course on the 18th May.. 


http://www.majestic.co.uk/brighton-and-hove

01273 777085


Cheers.


Lewis Piper

New to the Range: Pied Tanque BlancDate published: 08/05/14

Pied Tanqué Blanc: £5.49

This wine is sourced from several vineyards throughout south-west France and the Languedoc, and is made from a blend of three traditional grape varieties that are rarely seen as single-varietal wines, but which commonly feature in the typical whites of southern France.

An easy-going, lightweight white wine with moderate alcohol and a pleasing mixture of citrus and white fruit character, and soft-edged acidity.


New to the Range: Verdicchio dei CastelliDate published: 07/05/14

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi: £6.99 when you buy 2

With it's distinctive bottle shape this is a hard bottle to miss! Monte Schiavo are a large cooperative group. The fruit is sourced from over 35 growers, and the quality is usually superb. Verdicchio is the signature wine from the Marche region on the Adriatic coast, and is one of the prime examples of a fresh, summery Italian white.

An invigorating wine with great diversity of fruit, including lemon, pineapple and lime along with ripe apricot notes. The finish has an interesting bitter almond streak.


New arrival @ Majestic Wine Brighton and HoveDate published: 07/05/14

New arrival @ Majestic Wine Brighton and Hove

Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ca' del Laito 2010 Tommaso Bussola

An immensely concentrated, full-bodied and voluptuous wine made in the 'ripasso' style, in which the blend is enriched during fermentation using partially dried grape skins from Bussola's Amarone, after which the wine spends up to 18 months in wood. The result is an immensely rich, complex palate of dark berries intermingling with liquorice, graphite, treacle and pudding spice flavours. Drink now or over the next 5 years.

Currently on offer for £17.00 when you buy 2 or more save £10, unit price £22.00

Call us direct on 01273 777085 for free delivery*

New to the Range: Le DifeseDate published: 06/05/14

Le Difese 2011 Tenuta San Guido: £16.00 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines

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

Offer alert...Alamos Malbec only £6.66*Date published: 06/05/14

Offer alert...Alamos Malbec only £6.66*

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

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

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

Currently on offer until the end of this month, don't miss out on this great wine and call us today on 01273 777085 for free delivery*


New to the Range: P15 MalbecDate published: 05/05/14

P15 Malbec: £11.99

'Picada 15' is the name of the old highway that runs alongside the vineyards of San Patricio del Chañar, Neuquén province, where this wine is made from the fruit of relatively young vines. At 39º latitude, Neuquén is Argentina's southernmost wine region.

A fresh and youthful Malbec, with a focus on ripe cherry and plum flavours. The nose is lifted and expressive, with heady violet and subtle vanilla. Middleweight tannins give harmony and structure.


Sam Adams £1 a bottle!Date published: 04/05/14

We have an amazing deal on Sam Adams Boston Lager at the moment. Just £24 for a case of 24.

So any of you who are hoping to spend this bank holiday weekend in the garden... 

...why not do it with a nice, cold, £1 beer in hand?

P.S Mr Sam Adams says cheers! 

New to the Range: Killka ChardonnayDate published: 04/05/14

Killka Chardonnay: £7.99 when you buy 2

From the same producer that brings us Portillo Malbec, a consistent favourite amongst malbec lovers. Bodegas Salentein owns what is considered to be Argentina's single largest 'cool climate' estate, stretching 22km from east to west, and taking in 5 distinct microclimates, enabling them to make a variety of styles, including this lightly-oaked Chardonnay.

Bright greenish yellow, this is a youthful and vibrant wine, displaying a nose of ripe citrus fruit and gentle hints of vanilla and soft tropical notes. Mild-mannered with a round palate feel.

Offer alert...Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 England only £23.98*Date published: 04/05/14

Offer alert...Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 England only £23.98*

Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne.

A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.

The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions.

Currently on offer until the end of the month. £23.98 when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £35.99

Don't miss out on this fantastic offer call us direct on 01273 777085 or visit our website for free delivery*


A bit of info on Chile.... Read On....Date published: 03/05/14

Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

Chile has a long viticultural history for a New World wine region dating back to the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines with them as they colonized the region.

In the mid-19th century, French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc were introduced. In the early 1980s, a renaissance began with the introduction of stainless steel fermentation tanks and the use of oak barrels for aging. Wine exports grew very quickly as quality wine production increased. 

The number of wineries has grown from 12 in 1995 to over 70 in 2005. Chile is now the fifth largest exporter of wines in the world, and the ninth largest producer. The climate has been described as midway between that of California and France. The most common grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère. 

It's the start of Chilean Tastign week and we have some brilliant examples of the wines they produce open to taste! 

Why not pop down this weekend and try something new!

Cheers! 

Have a look on our website to see what we have open. (http://www.majestic.co.uk/brighton-and-hove)



Two greats on our tasting counter...Date published: 03/05/14

Two greats on our tasting counter...

The sun is certainly out today and we've got two greats open to try along with others...Don't feel like paying for the food festival this weekend come and join us instead.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2013 Leyda Valley

Sourced mainly from the Limarí Valley, the northernmost vineyard district in Chile. Although closer to the equator, the valley is efficiently cooled by sea breezes, due to its east-west orientation. This Chardonnay is barrel fermented and undergoes regular lees stirring.

Bright golden in colour, with a faint green tint. The nose offers good ripeness, with citrus aromas turning to a softer, more apple and stone fruit character. Weighty and creamy on the palate.

Currently £7.99 when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £11.99

Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Domaines Baron de Rothschild, Colchagua

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

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

Currently £8.99 when you buy 2 or more save 15%, unit price £10.58

This weekend we have a great Chilean tasting this weekend. Come and join us at 3pm for a little chat to explore this great wine region.



Ch ch ch Changes.... at Majestic Wine... READ ON!Date published: 30/04/14

Ch ch ch Changes.... at Majestic Wine... READ ON!


Our pricing system at Majestic has just undergone a huge renovation. 

The benefit for you is that you no longer need to buy 2 or more of the same bottle to get the great deals, you can now mix and match within the ranges!

We have 3 different ranges:

 Orange price tags 33.3% off,

 Turquoise 25% off 

 Purple 15%. 

This means you can taste and explore new wines more easily and confidently with bags more to choose from. 

Our summer selection is made up of fabulous wines that suit the season perfectly, so come and see what we have for your summer party, bbq, or warm evenings in the garden. With our new price system and great selection you really can't go wrong. 

Personal Favorites from the us....

Lewis P - Toledana Gavi at 7.99 is an absolute steal. Its fruity, fresh and really really good. So easy drinking, perfect when/if its hot...

Morgan - Loves the Potel Chardonnay £8.66. Rich, Lemony and is great value for money.. 

Peter - Thinks the New P15 Malbec from Argentina is really quite special at £7.99.

Come in and have a look for yourself - and be sure to taste our selection.


Cheers!

Lewis Piper 

01273 77085

http://www.majestic.co.uk/brighton-and-hove

  



Yummy Beers made in Tenterden #ilovebeerDate published: 27/04/14

Curious Brew is a range of beers that are a fusion of brewing and wine-making techniques.

Drawing on Frazer's extensive beer know how and the wine-making expertise from the team at Chapel Down, this range of beer offers the discerning beer drinker a unique experience. We don't know if they are the best beers in the World, but they are certainly beers that no-one else could create.

Curious Brew Lager - is available in 33cl long neck bottles. They use East Anglian malt, saaz and cascade hops, then re-ferment using Champagne yeast before adding a "dosage" of the rare and fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop, before cold filtering this unpasturised beer into bottle.abv 4.7% 33cl bottle. 

This beer is a gold medal winner at the international beer challenge 2012!!

Definitely worth a shout, at £17.99 for 12 

Cheers.

LewisP

Last Mintute Deals. #LastChanceForABargain. Read on. Date published: 27/04/14

Monday 28th April sees the following great deals ending at 7pm...

Peroni Nastro Azzuro £1 a bottle

Vinalba Malbec Reservado £7.99 

Santa Rita 120 Merlot £5.99

Louis Roederer NV £27.99

Bollinger £33.31

Ned £6.99 

We offer FREE delivery on ANY 6 bottles or more so call 01273 777085 if you would like to place an order.

Hope to see you very soon.

Lewis P



Summer would be no fun without a rosé magnum. Read On...Date published: 26/04/14

Summer would be no fun without a rosé magnum.

Summer is kind of around the corner and we have the perfect ingredient for those long, lazy, late summer afternoons.

It's a fact. Wine does taste better from a magnum.  I'm not sure of the exact science but I can tell you it does. Let's just leave it at that.

We have not one or two or three, BUT FOUR MAGNUMS of fresh, fruity, dry 2013 Provence Rosé to choose from. 

Aix - £19.99

Minuty - £25.00

Chateau de Berne (My favourite) - £27.50

Miraval (aka Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie's wine, which is actually rather good) £38.00


You would be mad not to join in the fun.

Cheers.

Lewis Piper


Wine of the Week...Date published: 25/04/14

Wine of the Week...

Muscadet Sur Lie - Wine of the Week. #FreeWine #comeandexploreDate published: 25/04/14

Its Friday and most of us have had a LONG 4 day week. 

I have just the thing to brighten the senses, our Domaine Tourmaline Muscadet Sur Lie is a right treat. 

This is a limey, nutty delight and has an indulging, lip-smacking acidity. This would work incredibly well with fresh seafood, or even just a prawn mayo sandwich. 

£7.99 Single bottle price

£6.99 When you buy two or more

Its on the tasting counter so come in and have a whirl. 

Cheers.


Lewis P



Wine + Spicy food matches!Date published: 24/04/14

Spicy food is a British staple, but notoriously difficult to match with wine, as the spice can overwhelm flavours and everything just goes a bit odd. Here are a few that work really well!

Black Cottage Pinot Gris (£9.99 when you buy two or more) - Roses, pear, ginger, apples burst from this New Zealand Pinot Gris. There is sumptuous sweetness to balance well with spice - this would go well with a hot prawn curry!

Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012 - (£7.99 when you buy any two or more) - This wine is dry, but its incredibly aromatic peach and green apple nose works just as well with anything Thai.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro  - (£24 for a case of 24) - If off-piste wines aren't for you - why not stick to a British classic - curry and beer?! The crisp, ice cold lager has a nice flavour but doesn't overwhelm food. 

Dog point Sauvignon Blanc...Back in stockDate published: 24/04/14

Dog point Sauvignon Blanc...Back in stock

Dog Point is Marlborough's Wairau Valley on the south island. Grapes enjoy a long, cool growing season with little rainfall, enabling the development of vibrant fruit flavours.

An enticing bouquet of ripe citrus and tropical fruits underlined by a steely minerality. The palate is fresh, concentrated and full bodied with an excellent balance between fruit and acidity.

Currently on offer at £16.99 when you buy 2 or more save £6.00, unit price $19.99

Only 36 in stock at the moment so don't miss out if your a fan. Call us direct on 01273 777085 to reserve yours

BeerDate published: 23/04/14

Among the massive selection of wines, spirits and champagnes we stock is a pretty great range of popular beers.

Here are our best offers!

Peroni Nastro Azzurro NRB - Now just £1 a bottle for our 24pk. Originally founded in Lombardy, Italy, this lager is now one of the best selling beers in the world. 

Pilsner Urquell - Also just £1 a bottle, this is a great old fashioned style of beer from the Czech Republic. 

Perfect for parties!

Final week of Lindauer Special Reserve NV New Zealand @ £9.99Date published: 23/04/14

Final week of Lindauer Special Reserve NV New Zealand @ £9.99

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

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

Currently on offer at £9.99 only until Monday the 28th of April...Don't miss out on this great offer.

Call us direct on 01273 777085 for free delivery

Offer alert....Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough...£7.99*Date published: 22/04/14

Offer alert....Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough Currently £7.99*

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

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

This is a great new offer that started today...Currently £7.99 when you buy 2 or more save 33%

Call us now on 01273 777085 for free delivery*

Sparkling Saturday - Bouvet RoséDate published: 19/04/14

We thought we'd treat you to a little fizz on Easter Saturday! We have chosen brand new arrival, Bouvet Saumur Loire Rosé!

From one of the oldest sparkling wine producers in the Loire valley, this is the pink sister of our best-selling Bouvet. 

Made with 100% Cabernet Franc grapes, this is a delicate salmon pink colour and tastes like peach melba - full of crushed raspberries and peaches. The perfect summery aperitif, it's open to try today on the tasting counter!

Pop in to try it before it's all gone!

Was £13.49, now 33% at £8.99 on our Pick 'n Mix deal.

Viña Pomal Reserva 2009Date published: 18/04/14

Viña Pomal Reserva 2009

Coming from the second of two consecutively solid Rioja vintages, the Viña Pomal Reserva 2009 is a 14%, full-bodied stonker. Enjoy it this Easter but only after letting it breath in some oxygen. 

Dark fruit - black cherries, plums, cassis - roams alongside more typical tones of vanilla and some raisined qualities. There's definite lace of violets too. 

This will partner a leg of lamb and a dollop of mustard mash beautifully.

Yours this weekend for £9.74

Everyone's favourite Rhône now comes in white!Date published: 18/04/14

Fresh from the success of Leon Perdigal Rouge, we now stock the white blend. It has been named in honour of Léon Perdigal, the first cellarmaster at Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Grapes: Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Viognier

Fermented at low temperatures and matured completely without oak, this is an approachable blend with a delicious nose of honeysuckle, pear and white peach. 

This is an all-rounder and is great with chicken and fish. A great party wine!

Rosé SeasonDate published: 18/04/14

Rosé Season

The weather is lovely, and hopefully it remains so. This is perfect Rosé weather and here at Majestic we have a plethora of different types of rose to satisfy even the most discerning rosé fan.

Interestingly, there are 3 ways of making rose:

Blending - This is blending red grapes and white grapes to make a rose. This is illegal in Europe, except for in one very famous appellation, Champagne, where Pinot Noir, Meunier (red grapes) and Chardonnay (a white grape) are blended to make vintage and non vintage champagne and rosé champagne.

Saignée (bleeding) - This is where red wine is being made, and to make a more potent wine after about a day in contact with the skins a large portion of the wine is siphoned off and it is a salmon pink and is then bottled as Rosé.

Gentle press - This is when red grapes are very gently pressed with the skin still on to extract a slight colour from the skin. This is also how Pinot Grigio Blush is made, as the skin of Pinot Grigio has a slight pink tinge.

At Majestic we have examples of all 3 methods:

Champagne like Ruinart Rosé, and Laurent Perrier Rosé use gentle press and blending. 

Black cottage Rosé from New Zealand uses blending - £9.99

Provence Rosé typically comes from bleeding (saignée) and we have a great many to chose from, Chautarde @ £6.66, Minuty @ £9.99 and Chateau Berne @ £11.99 to name a few.

Come in and see us on Old Shoreham road to top up for a ros fueled Easter weekend.

Gin timeDate published: 16/04/14

We're all big fans of gin here at Majestic Brighton, so if you fancy a nice glass of something different this Easter weekend, here are some ideas to try!

A classic G&T...

Hendricks Gin (£30 on our spirits multi-buy offer) is so delicately flavoured with juniper, cucumber and rose that all it really needs is a good tonic and a load of ice! We like Fever Tree Tonic.

Gin Fizz

Mix 3 parts Plymouth Gin (£22.50), 1 part sugar syrup, 2 parts fresh lemon juice and 3 parts soda water, stir and pour over ice. 

Martini

Yes, the only ingredients are alcohol. But for a slow-drinking cocktail on a hot day, a gin martini is fairly unbeatable. Mix 11 parts Tanqueray (£25) with 3 parts dry vermouth, serve in a chilled cocktail glass with a green olive! Stunning.


Summer time with Pimm's...Date published: 16/04/14

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! 

Cracking white burgundy at £7.49? Tell me more!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!

Offer alert...Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, ItalyDate published: 15/04/14

Offer alert...Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, Italy

Prosecco is really driving the sparkling wine market at present and this value example really shows why. A fresh, frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of accessible pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy or alcoholic.


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

Currently £6.66 when you buy 2 or more, unit price £9.99


The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is selling out fast at £6.99...Date published: 14/04/14

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is selling out fast at £6.99...

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

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

The Ned is currently on offer @ £6.99* but we are selling out fast...Please call us on 01273 777085 to place your order to avoid disappointment... 


Three Reasons Why We Are Better Than Waitrose (and other supermarket chains)! Read On ----Date published: 13/04/14

There is a new Waitrose opened in Hove. Its massive, but rather busy. And I thought I would just remind everyone why we are better than our competitor. 


1.) Our Handsome staff. 

We care about what we sell, and like to talk to everyone about wine. And we don't pretend either - we are trained with the WSET qualification, some of us have even got a degree in the subject. We are a sociable bunch and can recommend the best wines for the right event. You shouldn't get a bad bottle.


2.) Our massive range. 

We have wines from all over the place - from Bordeaux to Mendoza to Sussex - and are all at great prices. From £4.99 to 100+ a bottle. Our six bottle policy allows us to get our wines slightly more cheaper than others. And if there is something you REALLY want , we have 200 + other stores nationwide we can get stock from. 


3.) Extras. 

We don't just sell wine. We have beers, soft drinks and spirits too. And can offer FREE home delivery and FREE glass hire. So if you have a party coming up, we can do pretty much everything drinks related for you. 


Need I say more? 


Lewis P




Easter Opening Times Date published: 13/04/14

At Majestic wine, we are open pretty much everyday for all your wine related needs.

However, we are allowed to take one day off aren't we? Therefor we will be shutting our doors on Easter Sunday and hitting the pub. 

The official opening hours are as follows:-

Friday 18th April - 10am - 8pm

Saturday 19th April -  9am - 7pm

Sunday 20th April - CLOSED

Monday 21st April - 10am - 5pm


Cheers.


Lewis P

There are two spaces free for tomorrows FREE wine course at 3 p.mDate published: 12/04/14

There are two spaces free for tomorrows FREE wine course at 3pm.


It will be a good laff, taste some fab wines and match with some food - give me a call if you would like to attend.l


Cheers.


Lewis P

This Easter: Be Magnuminous!Date published: 12/04/14

This Easter: Be Magnuminous!

Families are gathering, dining rooms are being extended with camping fold-outs, roasts are crammed in the oven. 

This calls for a suitable response in the wine department, to leave no glass unfilled. Here are some of our best offers on Magnums (1.5L) this Easter...

Aix Rosé Magnum from Aix en Provence, Southern France... £19.99

Marqués de Riscal 2009 Magnum from Rioja, Spain... £22

Three Magnum Matsu range: El Picaro Magnum 2012, El Recio Magnum 2010, El Viejo Magnum 2009 from Toro, Spain... £80 for the three

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Magnum from Champagne, France... £70

These are some of my favourite wines in the store and (rarely for Magnums) represent 

Joseph

Provence Rosé Web Exclusive - Brangelina InculdedDate published: 11/04/14

Provence Rosé Web Exclusive!

Well Spring is here and what better way to celebrate than with a special one off parcel of fantastic Provence Roses-including 2 Majestic in magnum and the hotly anticipated 2nd vintage from 'Brangelina'!

Miraval Rosé 2013 aka Brandelina– Available in unsplit 6 packs of 75cl bottles (£107.94) or unsplit 6 packs of magnums (£228) The second ever vintage of this wine since Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt acquired and renovated the Château in 2009. Winemaking expertise is provided by the renowned Perrin family (of Château de Beaucastel fame). The inaugural 2012 vintage was the first rosé ever to make the Wine Spectator Top 100 wines, and this follow up doesn’t disappoint. Complex with layers of raspberry and strawberry fruits, wild herbs, citrus and wet stone and refreshing acidity. 

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 – Available in unsplit 3 packs of magnums (£75) Already available in the Majestic range, this is the latest vintage – now available in magnum. The magnums are the same shape as the 75cl bottles and look gorgeous – my favourite of the parcel! 

Château de Berne Rosé 2013 – Available in unsplit 3 packs of magnums (£82.50) Already available at Majestic in standard size bottles, this is the new vintage in magnums. 

Click through via the 'Store Tasting' tab, above.

Remember, these are only available online and once they're gone, they're gone. 


Majestic Brighton staff picks: RoséDate published: 10/04/14

The weather is picking up and there's only one thing for it! Here are our favourite rosés to drink in the sun...

Christian - Aix magnums £19.99: A classic provence rosé in a lovely big magnum bottle, this is a great party wine. Perfect with pigeon salad!

Katie - Black Cottage Rosé £9.99 when you buy two or more: Made with pinot gris and pinot noir grapes, this is a seriously good bottle. Has turned a chardonnay obsessive onto pink!

Pete - Berne Grand Récolte - £8.99 when you buy any two or more: Another provence offering, this is extremely decent for the money and tastes like a twelve pounb bottle. Fruity and dry. 

Lewis P - Chateau La Gravette - £5.99: This is currently open on the tasting counter and full of red berries. Best value rosé for parties!

New to the Pick 'n MixDate published: 09/04/14

Just when you thought that the April Pick 'n Mix couldn't get any more exciting, they go and add a load of Majestic staff favourites to the selection!

- Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2013 Casablanca Valley, £7.33*

Peaches and cream in a bottle! This has had just three months' oak ageing so is perfect for fans of Chardonnay that has a bit of body, but still retains that fresh fruit character. Enjoy with roast chicken and crispy potatoes!

- Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenère 2009 Leyda Valley, £7.99*

Beautifully full-bodied, this wine has seen more oak than the rest of the Santa Rita range. It's bursting with cassis, blueberry and a hint of smoky chocolate. Excellent with duck breast. 

- Rioja Reserva 2009 CVNE, £9.32*

Cune have been making wine for over 130 years, and their wines are classic Spanish reds. Mid-garnet in colour with hints of toffee and bramble fruits, this was made to partner Spanish tapas meats. 

* All our Pick 'n Mix wine prices are when you buy any two or more from the selection, as part of a 6 bottle mixed case. 

The Magic of MenciaDate published: 06/04/14

The Magic of Mencia

The region of bierzo is in the north-western corner of Spain, near Galicia. This region was little known until huge investment in the 90's led to a surge in quality and demand. 

The region received its DO (Denominación Origen) in 1989. It has approximately 60 wineries, the majority of which have very small parcels of land from which to take their crop.

Mencía is the region’s most planted varietal accounting for nearly two-thirds of the area under vine. It tends to ripen early, and suits its maritime climate with high Autumn rainfall.

Mencía produces a plethora of different styles of wine, across the spectrum, from lighter examples showing strawberry and raspberry flavours, to those showing olive, blackberry and dark cherry with robust tannins and savoury, earthy notes with hints of minerality taken from the mineral laden terroir. 

The most noted producer in Bierzo is Descendientes De J Pelacios. The co-founder of this estate was partly responsible for putting Priorat wines on the map and getting it DOCQ status, the only other region to hold such status other than Rioja. With this kind of producer at the helm it seems like Bierzo's meteoric rise is set to continue at pace.

At Majestic we stock 2 Bierzo Mencias at different ends of the spectrum:

Pizarras de Otero 2012 £6.66 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines - This wine shows hints of strawberry and sour cherry with an edgy minerality on the finish.

The Petalos by Descendientes De J Pelacios 2010 £15.99 Multi-buy price - This wine is much more robust with hints of black olive, blackberry and dark cherry. It has firm but smooth tannins and some savoury earthy notes.


Both examples of Mencia are different from most spanish wines and offer a change from the norm, both are also currently open to taste on our counter so ~ #comeandexplore




Spanish Spotlight tasting...This afternoonDate published: 05/04/14

Spanish Spotlight tasting...This afternoon

This afternoon, we are holding one of our great spotlight tastings. Concentrating on a Spanish theme.

Today we will try 3 pairs of wines, a bit of a compare and contrast...

The first two to go head to head are...

The Torres Esmeralda v's The Vinas del Vero Gewurztraminer

Two very peculiar wines from Spain.

The second two are...

El Parador Crianza v's the Moncastrillo

Two very similar style wines from different regions in Spain.

The last two in to the ring are...

Pizarras de otero v's Petalos Bierzo

Two fantastic wines from the Bierzo region

We have one more session @ 3pm today so if your looking for something to do, please pop in...

Oooo AGAIN... Look at our Spanish selection...Date published: 05/04/14

Oooo AGAIN... Look at our Spanish selection...

Look at our Spanish selection...Date published: 05/04/14

Look at our Spanish selection... 



The April Pick 'n' Mix: Marqués de Riscal 2008 ReservDate published: 05/04/14

Marqués de Riscal: £10.99 when you buy any 2 pick 'n' mix wines (guest review by Morgan from Majestic East Grinstead)

April marks the beginning of a brand new set of offers! Hopefully you're all recieving little leaflets in the post detailing this months bag of tricks, and I'm keen to get reviewing the many different bottles we have on our best offers! In fact, I'm very excited about Marqués de Riscal at £10.99, as it's always been one of my favourite mid priced Riojas, very much one to stock up on whenever it comes on an offer that suits you. Particularly as if you're so inclined it's a bottle that will develop really well over the next few years.

It's a classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours. A solid balance between those intense fruit flavours and the more leathery oaky flavours you expect from your Rioja.

In terms of food matching, as a classic Rioja it begs a classic match. Lamb or spicy casseroles will bring out the best in it, as it will for them.

Cheers!


Offer alert...Bollinger Special Cuvée NVDate published: 04/04/14

Offer alert...Bollinger Special Cuvée NV

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

Currently £33.31 when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £55.00

This offer runs out on April the 28th make sure you don't miss out...Call us on 01273 777085

*CAUTION* Fine Wine Alert. Read On...Date published: 04/04/14

To get us in the mood for the Spanish tasting this week we have opened up a right stonker of a wine. 


Rioja Gran Reserva 2005/08,

Marqués de Cáceres

SPAIN

£17.00*

*when you buy two or more 'Fine Wines'

Made from 85% Tempranillo and a 15% mix of Graciano and Garnacha.


This wine is only made in "excellent" vintages. It undergoes nearly two-and-a-half years ageing in highest quality oak barrels, followed by further ageing in bottle before release.

Showing great complexity with notes of roasted coffee, spice, plum and strawberry. 

Powerful in the mouth with fleshy fruit and nuances of toasty, well-integrated oak leading to a long, balanced finish.

Can be drunk now with grilled meats or game, or cellared successfully for the next 10 years.


Come in and have a try !!

Cheers.


Lewis P

News Alert: Spanish spotlight tasting this Saturday!Date published: 03/04/14

Come down to the Brighton and Hove store this Saturday where we will be holding a Spanish Spotlight tasting at 12pm and 3pm.


We will have a fantastic selection of Spanish wines open to taste along with some nibbles.

Call us on 01273 777085 or email to book your place. These slots are first come first serve so don't delay book today!!!!!

Offer alert...Louis Roederer Brut Premier NVDate published: 02/04/14

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 01273 777085 to avoid missing out

Offer alert...Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NVDate published: 02/04/14

Offer alert...Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV

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

Currently £16.66 when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £25.00

This is a cracking offer only valid until the end of April...Call us now on 01273 777085

Trade Customers apply within...Date published: 29/03/14

Trade Customers apply within...

If you're shopping for a business please contact us on 01273 777085 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.  


Vioginer - A life changing grape variety.Date published: 29/03/14

A grape variety that many have heard of, many may not have heard of, and that many may struggle to pronounce:

- Pronounced vee-ohn-yay - and is the only white grape permitted in the making of the very famous Condrieu from Rhone.

- Legend has it that Emperor Probus brought it to the Rhone region in 281AD

- Once very common, plantations dwindled until 1965, when there was only 8 acres producing around 2000 litres of wine a year. Since then the popularity has increased.

- In terms of taste, wines made from the Viognier grape vary greatly depending on the region and country they are from. Natually low in acidity, with floral scented, apricot, peach and honeysuckle notes. 

Try it!

Condrieu 2011 E. Guigal - £34.00

Delicately dry, full flavoured, sweet peaches and pineapples with lashings of vanilla and spice on the finish! Yum!

McManis Viognier, California - £10.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Rich, fruit driven, perfect with roast chicken!

Santa Rita 120 Viognier, Chile - £6.99 when you buy 2+

Lively, crisp, notes of pineapple and apricot!


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.

Joseph

Week Specials.. Read On... Date published: 26/03/14

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. 


Cheers! 

Lewis P

Offer alert...Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 Lodi CountyDate published: 26/03/14

Offer alert...Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 Lodi County

This wine is currently £6.66 when you buy any 2 pick 'n' mix wines, unit price £9.99

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

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

Only on offer until Monday 31st of March...Call us direct on 01273 777085 to place an order.


Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel - £6.66 for one week only.... Date published: 25/03/14

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel - £6.66 for one week only.... *

I know now is not the time to think about BBQ's. But I cant help myself when this wine is down at £6.66 a bottle.

Ravenswood are one are the biggest producers in California and we have there flag ship wine - Lodi Zinfandel.. The grape variety may be more familiar to some in its Italian name - Primitivo. 

In Lodi, California alot of the vines used are very very old - this adds complexity and structure to the wines.

Tasting note :- Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finis. Enjoy over the next four years.


I would think about stocking up for those impromptu BBQS.


*Offer when you buy 2 or more in the pick 'n' mix. 

Cheers.


Lewis P

Producer Focus – Bodegas MugaDate published: 22/03/14

Producer Focus – Bodegas Muga


Producer Information

Bodegas Muga is located in the historical Barrio de La Estación (railway station district) in Haro. The facilities are two centuries old, built mainly of stone and oak. In fact, oak is paramount in the winery. There are 200 oak deposits as well as 14,000 barrels, made out of different types of European oak. They even employ at team of coopers who are sent to select the finest oaks for barreling.

In Bodegas Muga wines you find both tradition and modernity side by side. They are an exact reflection of very specific climatic and geographic features, and that’s why they have a pronounced personality, or as the French would say, “terroir”.


Rioja Blanco 2013 Muga £9.99

Complex and toasted aromas with fresh, vibrant fruits give way to zesty lime, spicy and vanilla toasted oak flavours, fresh acidity, and a refreshing spicy finish.


Rioja Reserva 2009 Muga £14.99

An enticing and complex nose of pain grille, pencil lead, and blackberry leads into an elegant wine with layers of flavour, fruit and sweet-spice with ripe and integrated tannins and a lengthy finish.


Prada Enea 2005 Muga £30

The attack on the palate is powerful and unctuous, and in just a few seconds we have an intense, lasting feeling of plenitude. However, neither of these is the wine’s most surprising phase. There is a presence of acidity, but a pleasant one, with sweet, smooth tannins and an infinite mineral quality.

Torre Muga 2006 £45

This is Muga's top wine and one of the finest examples of the modern Reserva. From the best sites and some of the oldest vines in this historic estate, it spends 3 months in large wood vats then 18 months in new French oak. The result is a polished and complex wine with layers of black fruit, graphite and dried flowers. With texture akin to great Pomerol it has fantastic balance and real ageing potential. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.

Size Does Matter!Date published: 22/03/14

Size does matter!

We have begun to see some summer Rose appearing in store, as well as some great value parcel wines from Spain. 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 and Jeroboams for sale:

Magnums

Matsu El Picaro 2012 - £16.00

Vinalba Malbec 2012 - £18.99

Chateau Meaume 2011 - £19.99

Aix Rose 2013 - £19.99

Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2008/2009 - £30.00

Louis Latour Chablis 2012 - £33.99

Rioja Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004 - £37.00

CNDP Clos de L'Oratoire des Papes 2011 - £48.00

Chateau Labegorce Margeaux 2002 - £55.00

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2010 - £75.00

Jeroboam

Aix Rose 2013 - £50.00

Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2008 - £75.00






Free Delivery to your front door..Date published: 22/03/14

Free Delivery to your front door..

If you don't know. We operate a free home delivery service. 

So all you have to do is ring up, go online or come to the store. And we can arrange it to come right to your front door. 

Its completely free and we can normally do it fairly quickly.

Give us a call on 01273 777085, or visit our comprehensive online range - http://www.majestic.co.uk/brighton-and-hove

Cheers..

Lewis P


Beat the Budget:- Offer alert Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV DOCGDate published: 21/03/14

Beat the Budget:- Offer alert Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV DOCG

Currently on offer @ £9.99 when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £14.99. Make the most of this brilliant offer before the budget...

La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its members own about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain. Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid the continual improvement of wine quality.

A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples.

Offer valid until 31st of March...

Incredible Vintage Champas at Amazing Prices... READ ON Date published: 20/03/14

Incredible Vintage Champas at Amazing Prices...

We have some great online exclusive offers for Vintage champagnes. 

Now, is the time to stock up for the future - these wines are at their lowest possible price.


Laurent-Perrier 2004  - £30 When you buy 6 bottles: £180

This Champagne is a 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, all sourced from grand cru vineyards. 2004 was an excellent year in Champagne and this wine will only get better as the years go buy (it's an investment in the future - trust me).

Normally retailing at £50 a pop, £30 a bottle is a truly amazing deal!


Perrier Jouet, Belle Epoque 2006 £66.66 When you buy 6 bottles: £399.96

One of the first 'Prestige Cuvees' (same box as Krug and Dom Perigon) and one or our favourite Champagnes. Covered in hand-painted Art Noveau flowers, the bottle itself is a thing of beauty and wait until you actually try it! The acidity on this wine gives it years to age. But can be enjoyed now.

Normally retailing at near to £100, this too is a great reduction in price of £66.66 a bottle! (I bets probs more expensive over in France!)


Lastly.


Veuve Vintage 2004 is still at £33.31 a bottle on the pick 'n' mix and predictably, we've sold out of our allocation.. however if you do want some, we can order more in. 


These great offers are online exclusives so here is the link for you:

        http://www.majestic.co.uk/champagne-web-parcel


Remember , theses wines can be ordered in on the phone too, so please get in touch. - 01273 777085


Cheers.


Lewis P

Beat the Budget:- Stock Up before 1st April. Date published: 20/03/14

Beat the Budget:- Stock Up before 1st April. 

So. It was the budget yesterday and for most wine drinkers, it wont make much difference, however...

Its going up by 12p i think. So if your buying in bulk for a wedding, party or for general consumption. FILL YOUR BOOTS.

If your buying 500 bottles, that's £60 saved. 

Come in anytime this weekend,

Cheers.

Lewis P








Fine wine Friday:Meerlust Merlot 2010 StellenboschDate published: 14/03/14

Fine wine Friday:Meerlust Merlot 2010 Stellenbosch

Currently open this weekend the Meerlust Merlot from South Africa, their take on a right bank style Bordeaux...

The Meerlust estate has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1757. Made in the 'right-bank' tradition, this wine is a blend of 89% Merlot with 11% Cabernet Franc added for a supple and balanced structure and aromatic complexity.

Taste

Deep, youthful purple with a ruby rim. Juicy plum and mulberry fruit abound on the nose, with lifted spiciness, hints of chocolate and a beefy edge. The palate offers silky tannins and good length.

Currently on offer for £17.00 when you buy any two fine wines*, unit price £22.00.

Why not pop in this weekend for a try...I might try it myself first just to make sure it's good enough for you all


Charlie Is Leaving!Date published: 14/03/14

It's a sad time, I am moving onto pastures new within Majestic. Having spent the last 9 or so months here in the Brighton & Hove store, I have  accepted a promotion to Assistant Manger at a relatively new store down in Havant, where there will be great opportunity to hone my skills and relish new opportunities within a growing store.

I'm sad to be leaving, but I've learned so much from my colleagues and will take the strict merchandising standards that have been drilled into me along with me to Havant!

I'l miss the great customers of this store, and hope that maybe if you are heading west, you'll be able to pop in to Havant to see me!

My last day in the Brighton & Hove Store is tomorrow, the 15th March, so why not pop down and join me at the tasting counter to try some great wines we have open this week!!


P.S. Get your Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99* whilst you can. It's only this price until Monday, so don't delay, stock up now!!

Offer alert...The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 MarlboroughDate published: 14/03/14

Offer alert...The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

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

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

This wine is currently £6.99* but only until Monday the 17th of March...Be quick to make the most of the offer...Call us direct on 01273 777085


Craft Beers at MajesticDate published: 11/03/14

Craft Beers at Majestic

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

Brooklyn Lager

Anchor Steam Beer

Underdog Atlantic Lager

Brew Dog Punk IPA  



Are you throwing a party? Well, you should probs read this then...Date published: 07/03/14

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 and dirty too.

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.

Enjoy the rest of your day...


Lewis 



Fine wine Friday: Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 StellenboschDate published: 06/03/14

Fine wine Friday: Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Stellenbosch

Fine wine Friday is back. After a quiet few months after the madness of Christmas. We've decided it's time to bring Fine wine Friday back. Keep an eye out at our online tasting counter to see what well be opening...This week we have the great South African Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Stellenbosch.

Kanonkop is one of the top estates in South Africa. Situated on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch, the vineyards enjoy both a maritime climate and vines with an average age of 26 years. The soil is predominantly red granite.

Deep ruby colour, a full bodied wine with spicy mocha, chocolate and tea leaf flavours, with well-defined, chewy blackcurrant fruit and a balanced tannic structure leading to a long and dry finish.

This wine favours rich meat dishes and cheeses and will reward a further 5 years of bottle maturation.

Currently £22.00 a bottle when you buy any 2 fine wines*, unit price £27.00

This wine is already open so feel free to pop in over the weekend to have a try. There's also lots of other South African wines to try along with some others from around the world...Quite some choice!


Offer alert...Veuve Clicquot 2004Date published: 05/03/14

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 01273 777085 for free delivery*

Offer alert...Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 MarlboroughDate published: 04/03/14

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 01273 777085 for free delivery*


Free Delivery on any six bottles of wine!! Date published: 24/02/14

Our outstanding delivery service is second to none because everything is managed locally, from the moment you order until the moment our Majestic van arrives at your door. You'll get a call from us here at the Brighton & Hove store to arrange delivery at a convenient time for you, including evenings and weekends, so you don't have to hang around waiting all day.

Now this remarkable service is free for ANY order of six bottles or more on mainland UK. There's no longer a delivery charge for orders under £40. That means you can choose any wines you like, including our most budget friendly wines under £6, such as the Bacaro Sangiovese, Marques de Grinon Rioja, McGuigan Estate Chardonnay and the San Marco Frascati. You'll still be able to benefit from this unbeatable service. Isn't it time we came to yours? If you need advice, we are helpful and knowledgeable, and will be able to assist in making any selections or answering any queries you may have.  Place your order today at www.majestic.co.uk/brighton-and-hove or by calling us in store on 01273 777085. Come and Explore with us today!!



New in: McHenry Hohnen Cabernet/Merlot Date published: 20/02/14

Are you a fan of the structure of Right bank Bordeaux yet crave the power and fruitiness of New World red wine? Well, we've just taken stock of this Australian take on a Bordeaux blend. 

The McHenrys and the Hohnens have been cultivating vines in Margaret River since the 1970s, and this classic Bordeaux-style blend offers the structure of a French wine but the concentration and fruit more typical of Australia.

On the nose there are dark fruit flavours such as blackcurrant, black cherry and black olive notes, which are quintessential Cabernet characters, with the plummy, brambly Merlot flavours softening the blend. The palate is tight and firm and the oak and tannins balance admirably.

A great wine to go with food, this would equally be at home matching sumertime barbeques or a roast beef with all the trimmings. Currently £12.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles. £14.99 single unit price.

Wine of the Week... McGuigan Estate Shiraz 2012Date published: 19/02/14

Wine of the Week... McGuigan Estate Shiraz 2012 (£7.99, or £5.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles)


McGuigan's first vines were planted in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. They now source grapes from a number of renowned regions including Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Eden Valley.

A delicious smooth drinking wine with berry and plum fruit flavours intermingled with liquorice and black pepper notes. The finish is rounded off with cedar and spicy oak tannins. Enjoyable to drink early, this wallet friendly Shiraz is great with grilled red meats and hopefully impending Spring/Summertime  BBQ's!

This wine is available and open to try on our tasting counter right now!! 

Catena Cabernet Sauvignon now on offer!Date published: 17/02/14

Catena Cabernet Sauvignon (£9.99)

For my next recommendation, I've gone with an old favourite. Rich, bold, dark and sumptuous, none of these adjectives describe me but sum up this show stopper, a snip at a mere £9.99!  Cabernet Sauvignon is planted widely in Mendoza, though Malbec tends to get the fame, and this is a great example of that classic varietal, beloved in Bordeaux. Being a full-bodied style of wine, this is clearly a New World Cabernet but the elegance and finesse achieved here bear testament to the importance placed by Catena on soil and micro-climate, terroir as the French would have it!

Catena Cabernet Sauvignon is, of course, excellent with steak but it'd be equally at home with your Sunday Roast or, for something a bit more off the wall, haggis due to the warm spicy finish.


Cracking offer on Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NVDate published: 15/02/14

Cracking offer on Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV

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

Currently £29.98 when you buy any 2 from our pick 'n' mix range save 33%, unit price £45.00*

Don't forget we deliver for free on orders on 6 bottles or more over £40...Call us on 01273 777085 we have plenty of slots free at the moment

For Valentines Day... It has to be Sparkling Rose!Date published: 14/02/14

A Valentines day celebration would be hollow without the appearance of some bubbles. At Majestic Wine we have Sparkling to suit all budgets!

The piece de resistance has to be the very decadent Laurent Perrier Rose, at £49.97. This is a very sophisticated, elegant Rose Champagne giving notes of strawberry and raspberry.

For those with a slimmer budget a brilliant alternative is the Oeil de Perdrix Champagne at £22.00. This is a very delicate champagne that offers unbelievable quality for a great price.

For those who think Champagne is not for them, the world of Sparkling wine is expansive, and drastically cheaper than Champagne. The Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rose is a very sophisticated Champagne alternative made with the same grapes and aged for the same amount of time. At £17.00 this brilliant drop offers notes of cranberry and strawberries as well as pot pouri and flint on the nose .

Sticking with New Zealand, the always appealing Lindauer Special Reserve would add finesse to any special occasion. It comes out of the bottle lightly blushing and offers notes of peach and nectarine, this wine has a creamy palate with hints of toast. At £9.99 it offers supreme value and is a real customer favourite.

Last but by no means least we have Undurraga Rose from Chile. At £6.99 this is a steal. It displays watermelon, strawberries, cherries and floral notes with a backbone of refreshing acidity.

So, whatever your budget, we have the sparkling Rose to make your Valentines Day even more special.

To order your Sparkling you can either pop in and see us at 271 Old Shoreham Road, call us on 01273 777085 or order online at Majestic.co.uk/brighton.


*6 bottle minimum purchase, any mix.

Pinot Gris anyone?Date published: 13/02/14

Pinot Gris anyone?

Proper Pinot Gris is becoming a big thing in the wine world and personally I'm a huge supporter of this fantastic Grape.

Isabel Estate Pinot Gris 2012 Marlborough

The first certified organic wine from Isabel Estate, this Pinot Gris was made by harvesting their vineyard in two portions around a week apart, the respective portions bringing freshness and additional ripeness to the finished wine.

Lush and invigorating, bursting with aromas of nectar, rose petals and delicate spice, over a backdrop of apple and peach fruit. Rounded in the mouth, with a gentle viscosity and sweetly tropical notes.

This wine is currently open to try on the tasting counter so why not pop in for a taster and see what all the fuss is about.


Wine of the Week: Passimento by PasquaDate published: 12/02/14

This week on the Majestic tasting counter we are featuring a brand new wine to the range. 

Italian reds offer some of the most interesting, well-priced options in the store and this offering by Pasqua only enhances the choice. Deriving its name partly from the appassimento technique of drying the harvested grapes to concentrate flavours and sugars, and partly from the romantic connotations of nearby Verona, this wine shows beautifully on the nose. Full of typical Italian red cherry alongside deep, smoky, savoury notes, this red is beautifully balanced with sharp acidity leading to an elongated finish. Peppery fumes cement this wine as an excellent partner to rustic Italian dishes. Anything with tomato and cured meats will prove a perfect match.

An ideal choice for Valentine's Day.

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc back in stock!!Date published: 11/02/14

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

Alive with the intense aromas of gooseberry, guava and passionfruit. The palate is well balanced with mouth watering acidity and grapefruit flavours leading into a long finish of remarkable intensity. Great to drink on its own, or pair with fresh oysters or goat's cheese. Currently part of the February Pick & Mix, great value at £6.66* when you buy 2 or more wines from the Pick & Mix range as part of your 6 bottle minimum purchase. Stock up on this classic kiwi Sauvignon at this price, offering great value for money.

Charlie's Top 5 (tenuously linked) Valentines Day wines!Date published: 09/02/14

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.


February Pick & Mix has arrived!!Date published: 09/02/14

February Pick & Mix has arrived!!

The last time we did a pick & mix selection, it proved really popular. Now after the excesses of Christmas have well and truly passed, you may (or may already have) need to replenish your wine rack. Well, the February pick & mix is an ideal opprtunity to do this. With fantastic wines at some seriously great value, its a must! Amongst other grape varities which are on offer as part of the February pick & mix, we are specialising on Malbec & Sauvignon Blanc. You can find wines such as the Alamos Malbec for just £6.66 & ther Rustenburg Sauvignon Blanc for just £8.66 when you buy any two wines as part of your minimum 6 bottle purchase. You can save a fantastic 33% when you buy from this range; remember though, the offer only runs until the 3rd of March, so don't delay, pop along to see us today to get some great value wines.

We also have our bargain boutique range too, where there are single bottle offers from just £4.99, and selected lines are savings of £2.00 per bottle. Come and explore with us today!!  


My favorite Cab/Sauv in shop under £10...CatenaDate published: 08/02/14

My favorite Cab/Sauv in shop under £10...Catena

Ever since I started at majestic, trying the Catena range was a great delight and I have been a fan ever since. They are possibly one of my favorite producers from the new world and always produce fantastic wines across a huge price range. Why not pop in today to try the Catena Cab/Sauv we also have their Malbec and Alta Chardonnay open to try.

 Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Mendoza

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

Taste

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

Currently £9.99 when you buy 2 or more save £6.00, unit price £12.99

Fine Wine Friday: Catena Alta Chardonnay 2011Date published: 07/02/14

Fine Wine Friday: Catena Alta Chardonnay 2011

New World Chardonnay at its expressive best

From one of our favourite Argentine producers, this expansive white is from grapes grown at altitude to ensure elegance balances a smorgasbord of flavours. The nose issues forth notes of butter, caramel, and yoghurt-coated raisins, all laced with a vital minerality of wet stone. On the palate, pout-worthy acidity and warming alcohol tell us that this is a bottle with ageing potential, but it is superb now too...

Ripe apples morph into stone fruits, ending on slices of mango sprinkled with nutmeg. A chewy finish lingers and flourishes on the tongue and cheeks.

Come and sample the Catena Alta Chardonnay this weekend on Old Shoreham Road.

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc...Back in stockDate published: 06/02/14

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc...Back in stock

We've just received a fresh shipment of the wine and with only 36 bottles in stock...I'd snap them all up if I had the chance!

Greywacke (pronounced 'grey-wacky') is the name given to the grey sedimentary rock that characterises much of the soil in this estate's vineyard. The winery was founded in 2009, and is the brainchild of Kevin Judd, former winemaker of Cloudy Bay for 25 years.

Taste

Intense aromatics of melon, peach and papaya are accompanied by hints of tomato leaf and capsicum. The palate is crisp but remarkably mouth-filling, a small portion of the wine having been oak fermented.

The wine is currently £16.99 when you buy 2 or more save £6.00, unit price £19.99*

Give us a call on 01273 777085 to reserve yours...

Offer alert...Catena Malbec 2011 MendozaDate published: 05/02/14

Offer alert...Catena Malbec 2011 Mendoza

Nicolás and Laura Catena have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza. Their Malbec uses this work and combines grapes from various altitudes to create a unique profile of aromas.

Taste

Elegantly structured, and showing ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, subtle vanilla and plenty of peppery spice. Balanced by firm tannins and crisp, refreshing acidity on the finish.

Currently £9.99* when you buy 2 or more save £8.00, unit price £13.99

Don't forget we deliver for free on 6 or more for order over £40.00. Give us a call on 01273 777085

Exciting offers @ Majestic WInes Brighton & HoveDate published: 04/02/14

New month, new promotion! We're starting our pick and mix promotion today – a selection of wines from all over the world at bargain prices – buy any two and save 33%. Hurry though – it's only while stocks last and it'll be a fresh selection of wines next month.

Here are our top picks!

Alamos Malbec, Argentina £6.66

Alamos is the entry level from Bodegas Catena Zapata, one of the most highly respected and historic producers in Argentina. This Malbec is a great example of what can be produced from these high altitude vineyards, with ripe red and black fruit backed up with more mature raisined fruit and savoury notes. Fairly full bodied with well integrated tannins this is a great wine to enjoy with rump steak.

Château de Pennautier 'Terroirs D'Altitude', France £7.99

The southern French appellation of Cabardès is fairly unusual – it's the only place where Bordeaux grape varieties are blended with Languedoc varieties. A hearty blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc makes up this full bodied, rich wine. With tons of ripe dark fruit, leafy herbaceous notes and a spicy complexity, this is an amazing wine for the money! Try with a cassoulet or any rich stew.

Brancott Sauvignon Blanc

One of New Zealand's most iconic and well-known wineries, Montana is also its largest wine company. Without Montana, New Zealand wines as we know them would barely appear on the world wine map. Producing wines that typify the Kiwi style and showcase their place of origin.New Zealand in a glass...vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruitsand gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated greenfruits, citrus and hints of grass with a reviving fresh finish.Drinking at its best now as either as an apéritif or with lemon chicken,Thai spices, fresh fish or seafood.

£9.99 £6.66 Single bottle priceBUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE 33%* When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay, Chile £7.99

For lovers of oaked Chardonnay, South America is rapidly becoming the best place to buy. This wine from top producer Santa Rita is a classic example, showing off how this grape can really flourish in the right climate. On the nose there's plenty of ripe tropical fruit and fresh green apple. This carries through on to the palate, picking up a lovely toasty creamy richness from the careful use of oak. This wine is ideal to partner roast chicken or fish in a creamy sauce.



New Arrival @ Majestic WinesDate published: 04/02/14

Testimonio Luigi Bosca £12.99 when you buy 2x or more

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah-Shiraz, Tannat

Origin: 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'.

Taste: 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.

Enjoy: Drink with strong, firm cheeses, or rare sirloin steak.



Offer ending on Nyetimber Classic Cuvée Date published: 31/01/14

Offer ending on Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 

Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne.

Taste

A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.

Currently £23.99 when you buy 2 or more*

This offer is only valid until Monday 3rd of February so make sure you don't miss out

Offer ending on Marques de Riscal, Rioja ReservaDate published: 31/01/14

Offer ending on Marques de Riscal, Rioja Reserva

Our current offer On Riscal Reserva is coming to an end on Monday 3rd of February. Don't miss out on this great opportunity as I don't imagine well ever see this wine at such a great price again

Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2008

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

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

Standard bottle Currently £9.99* when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £14.99

Magnum Currently £22.00*

Don't forget both these offers end on Monday the 3rd of February. We also deliver for free on a minimum of 6 bottles over £40.00.

Don't miss out...

Offers ending Monday 3rd of FebruaryDate published: 30/01/14

Current offers ending Monday the 3rd of February

Veuve Clicquot NV Currently £29.99* Going up to £36.00*

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV Currently £30.00* Going up to £40.00*

Louis Roederer NV Currently £27.89* going up to £37.00*

Dom Perignon 2004 Currently £120* going up to £140*

Louis Roederer Cristal 2004 Currently £150* going up to £185*

This is the final weekend of all these great offers and don't forget if you don't feel like going out in this horrible weather you can order online @ www.majestic.co.uk or over the phone by calling 01273 777085.


Winter WarmersDate published: 23/01/14

Ghastly, awful, inexcusable pun aside, there are some wines that just seem tailor-made for this time of year. Yes, Christmas has come and gone, yes some of us still haven't broken our New Years Resolutions yet, but if you're anything like me then the festivities will have given your wine supply a hammering and you'll be looking for some brilliant bottles to replace them with.

Whilst the wind howls down the glen, the frost spreads on the car window's you'll freeze your hands off trying to de-ice in the morning and the dark clouds gather overhead what could be better or more appropriate than a glass of rich, rewarding red to warm the cockles and gladden the heart? With that in mind, here are 5 of my top winter reds for when the central heating gives out!

1. Marques de Riscal Reserva 2008/09. This is a classic Christmas day wine with clove, sweet spice and forest fruit with a hint of peppery spice. It is probably the best value wine in the shop in terms of bang for your buck! A fantastic wine to enjoy any day, but would be at its best in front of a fire with cheese and biscuit. £9.99 Multi-buy price.

2. Les Hauts de Castelmaure. The hot summers of Southern France are perfect for creating wine to match the cold winters of Scotland, and this one is a classic. Almost jammy blackcurrant fruit and a twist of classic Corbieres herbs. This is one of my absolute favourites.  £9.99 Multi-buy price.

3. Lehmann BVS Shiraz. The Aussies know something about heat as the tennis players in Melbourne are currently finding out. This wine is from the heartland of Shiraz - Barossa. Chocolate, pepper and a whack of black fruit. A couple of glasses of this and you'll be ready for a barbecue! £9.99 Multi-buy price.

4. Hochar pere et Fils. I absolutely love this wine, and it is absolutely perfect for the sort of hearty food you want to eat at this time of year. Resplendent with Eastern Spices, figs and haunting oak influence - stick this with a roast, a stew or a North African feat, the result will be an utter winner.  £11.99 Multi-buy price.

5. Valpolicella La Casetta Ripasso. This is Italian wine at it's very best. This is basically an Amerone without the price tag. It is matured in Amarone casks, Ripasso wines also have had a portion of the fermented, dried-skins from Amarone added to them. Valpolicella Ripasso therefore combines the power and class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella giving it real strength and depth. A brilliant match with game or with rich Italian pasta dishes.  £13.99 Multi-buy price.

As ever I'm keen to hear your own thoughts on the perfect winter tipple. So come along to the shop and let's find some favourites!


Arrowfield Online ParcelDate published: 23/01/14

Arrowfield Online Parcel

There are three wines in the parcel, two Chardonnays; one unoaked, the other a reserve from the producer and a Semilion. The wines are made from vines in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, noted for growing both grape varieties. Semilion from the Hunter Valley was once known as Hunter's Riesling giving a nod to the style that can be expected. Arrowfield itself is a notable producer founded in 1824, with other wines from their collection being Wollombi Brook and Simon Gilbert. 

This parcel is an online exclusive meaning it cannot be ordered in store, however once you order online the wine will be brought to the Brighton and Hove branch where we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection. The parcel has limited stock so we suggest you move quickly if you fancy some quality wines at once off price! 

We cannot recommend this opportunity to stock up on some amazing value wines enough! The parcels are bought in half cases (6 bottles) and range from £35.94 to £47.94. You can find out more from following the link on the Majestic home page.  


M for Moet & ChandonDate published: 18/01/14

Originally of Dutch origin, the family made its first recorded appearance in 1446, when the French king knighted the brothers Jean and Nicolas Moet after they routed a foreign army invading Reims.

At home, the Epernay giant produces 30 million bottles of Champagne annually, a bottle being popped somewhere in the world every six seconds. For such a huge operation, the quality of wine making can be effected, however with the firms immense financial muscle allows it to secure the best grapes, supplementing those of its own wine estate of 15,000ha (37,000 acres). Second true to the Moet tradition of being willing to take risks, its winemakers are always innovative and meet any challenge that Mother Nature can throw at them- never so more than in 2003. 

The 2003 Moet Grand Vintage is part of a collection of sensual wines made in especially hot years distinguished by exceptional summer conditions. Even the greatly improved Moet Brut Imperial Non-Vintage seems to have a taste of the sun about it these days.

Finest Wines

Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2003

A blend of 43%PM, 29% PN and 28% C. Lowish dosage of 5g/l. The first delightful surprise here is the colour- not an overly ripe, deep gold, but rather an elegant, creamy blondness. Chardonnay, through marginally the smallest element in the blend, drives the aromas of vanilla, alminds and hazelnut. The mouthfeel is framed by succulent summer fruits- apricots, yellow peaches, all very Pinot- and an opulence from the dominant Meunier, which also brings spiciness, notably gingerbread and the smells of a coffee shop. A powerful Champagne, but one with plenty of style. All in all, pretty impressive winemaking in challenging circumstances. For early drinking 2009-10.


  

New cider at Majestic Wine Brighton and Hove - Burrow Hill ciderDate published: 17/01/14

New cider at Majestic Wine Brighton and Hove

Burrow Hill Cider 8x500ml Bottles

Quality, dry and delicate cider from the Somerset Cider Brandy company. All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, dry style.

Only £18.00 a case

Southern French Wines on the Tasting CounterDate published: 17/01/14

From full-bodied reds - fruity, meaty, spicy - to a plethora of white wine styles, this progressive region of France consistently produces superb, well-priced wines. 

We have several bottles currently open for you to sample. The Domaine de Villemajou is a particular favourite: cooked fruit, good structure, and subtle hints of pink peppercorn. 

#comeandexplore

New World Alsace style winesDate published: 16/01/14

The Kiwi's are producing some absolutely superb Alsace style wines, using noble Alsace varieties like Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Riesling. The weather in New Zealand is similar to Alsace, Germany and Austria, allowing them to make great versions of wines from these world renowned regions. The Riesling's have less characteristic Petrol and kerosene notes as they are left to ripen longer to enhance sweetness. They exhibit honeysuckle notes, apricot and lime. Gewurztraminer has pungent lychee and orange zest and floral hints. Pinot Gris is also known as Pinot Grigio, but the grapes are picked later when they have had a chance to lose their austere acidity, they deliver mild but clean acidity, pear, honey, apple and some sweet spice like ginger. They are highly complex wines that lend themselves to Asian dishes.

We have just received in store a new Pinot Gris by Black Cottage, it displays rose, pear and exotic spice. This is a great buy, and at £9.99 it provides excellent value. If you are having a spicy dish with Asian influence these wines are the only ones that should grace your table.

If you are interested in any of these wines or any of their old world counterparts please don't hesitate to pop in and see us or you can contact us on 01273 777095 or order online at majestic.co.uk (Minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix.)

Time To Say Goodbye!Date published: 15/01/14

It is a bit of a shame to see some great wines leave our range, to make way for new stock... However, the brilliant news for customers is that there are some real steals to be had. One of the best deals is on the Composite Pinot Noir. This great New Zealand Pinot is made in a classic Burgundian style, and exhibits raspberry and cherry aromas with hints of toasted oak and rounded off with long, fine grained tannins. It can be enjoyed with a wide range of cuisine, from simple summer salads to lighter meats. A great choice with roast duck breast. Pinot Noir always carries a premium price tag because it is notoriously hard to grow with a very thin skin, prone to rot. It is also a grape that offers so much complexity, and has the ability to age for decades. Therefore to be able to grab a cracking New Zealand Pinot Noir at just £9.16 when you buy any 2 bargain hunt wines as part of a mixed case (6 bottles any mix) is unbelievably good value.

Get your hand on this great wine while stocks last.

#Greatpinot@MajesticBrighton

#Comeandexplore

Rioja Berberana Gran Reserva Price drop, just £8.99Date published: 12/01/14

The Best Bargain in the store right now has to be the Rioja Berberana Gran Reserva 2006. It has just been decreased in price from £11.99 multi-buy price to £8.99 single bottle price. This is a great wine showing finesse. It delivers flavours of vanilla, clove, prunes and dried fruit on the pallet. A great wine to drink in front of the fire on a cold night. It is also a great pair for cheese or slow cooked meat.

Come in and see us at 271 Old Shoreham Road, or order online at majestic.co.uk to grab this brilliant wine.

(minimum purchase just 6 bottles, any mix)

#COMEANDEXPLORE

The recent best vintages of RiojaDate published: 11/01/14

The recent best vintages of Rioja

Rioja is 'Mr Dependable' when it comes to most consumers' wine choice and a stalwart of their wine racks. It also happens to produce wine from one of my favourite regions in the Old World.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bargain Hunt Update- Current Stock levelsDate published: 10/01/14

Bargain Hunt Update- Current Stock levels

Anakena Indo Cabernet Sauvignon: 4

Anakena's wines are made by Sergio Cuadra, a native of Santiago who developed his skills making wines in California, France and Australia before returning to his homeland. The Indo wines are named in honour of the ancient native people from the north of Chile.

A nose focused on ripe, mature fruit, with a quietly brooding intensity. The palate is weighty and concentrated, with just a hint of friendly blackcurrant jam character, and moderate tannins.

Anakena Indo Syrah: 40

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

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

Beaujolais Villages Dom. des Crais 'Les Esservies': 2

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.

Castillo de Molina Pinot Noir: 16

This wine comes from Viña San Pedro, an estate founded in the town of Molina in 1865. It is now one of Chile's largest wine producers, with vineyards throughout the country's major wine-producing valleys. Winemaking is headed by Marco Puyo, formerly of Errazuriz.

Light and vivid ruby red. Summer berry, cherry and plum aromas dominate the nose, with subtle toasty oak embellishment. Silky and fresh on the palate, with bright fruit and a lingering finish.

Rioja Gran Reserva Urbina: 1

Bodegas Urbina are now in their fourth generation of family ownership and have 75 hectares of vineyards across the region. Their Gran Reserva comes from Cuzcurrita in the west of Rioja, where the grapes have been found to provide wines with the most ageing potential.

A complex, poised and multi-layered wine, showing notes of earth, spice box and old leather on a canvas of mature cherry and plum fruit. Great balance and fruit concentration on the palate.

Viu Manet Reserva Viogner: 14

A Majestic exclusive, harvested from Viu Manent's San Carlo vineyard in Cunaco, Colchagua Valley. Made without oak and cold-fermented, this Viognier has been made with fresh primary fruit characters in mind, with 2 month's lees ageing adding a dash of depth and texture.

Bright, Vibrant yellow in colour, displaying aromas of quince, pineapple and apricot. The palate is a cascade of tropical fruit, peach and pear flavours, soft acidity and light texture.

Peter Lehman 'Margaret' Semillion: 4

Named after the wife of Peter Lehmann, this late-release dry Semillon is a distinct and powerful offering from this Barossa wine-producing legend. Whilst not the easiest place to grow this grape, persistence and hard work have produced one of the region's best examples.

A white wine with a little extra body and texture, this Semillon offers a waxy feel that not only softens and rounds the otherwise citrussy palate, but also provides excellent length.

Talinay Chardonnay: 5

This Chardonnay comes from a small valley within Limarí. Located just 12km from the Pacific, the maximum average summer temperature here never exceeds 23.5ºC, allowing a long, moderate ripening season, endowing the wines with well-developed flavours.

This modern cool-climate Chardonnay has an invitingly fruity character, offering citrus and tropical notes in abundance. A lush, creamy palate, with mouthwatering acidity and a forthright minerality.

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc: 6

The Thelema Estate enjoys the perfect location of being on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountains in Stellenbosch where it has the cool temperatures and excellent soil essential for the production of high quality wines for which Thelema is so famous.

An uplifting and refreshing wine with pungent fruit aromas, lovely fresh melon and grapefruit flavours, with a full, grassy palate and a good level of crisp acidity, all in perfect balance.

Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc: 13

Clive Paton first planted vines in his 12 acre paddock in 1980, making him one of Martinborough's winemaking pioneers. His estate now includes plots throughout the Wairarapa area. Ata Rangi has been frequently awarded and is ranked as one of New Zealand's best wineries.

10% of this wine is fermented in 3-year-old oak, which adds an intriguing layer of complexity. A gooseberry and grapefruit backbone, with passionfruit, pear and honeysuckle notes, and a fine texture.

Argento Chardonnay: 16

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 exuding apples, peach and pineapple fruits with enticing hints of vanilla and spice. A bright crisp acidity lends a clean and refreshing finish.

Vina Pomal Reserva 1994: 6

Viña Pomal is made by the famous Bodegas Bilbainas, from 100% Tempranillo grown only in the estate's own vineyard, matured in Bordeaux-style American oak barrels. The renowned 1994 vintage yielded wines of great body and depth, giving them excellent ageing potential.

This wine displays all the hallmarks of graceful bottle ageing, with its mahogany tint, dried prune and raisin fruit, and earthy aromatics. Smooth and remarkably fresh the finish.

Composite Pinot Noir: 43

Composite have adapted their viticultural techniques to the physical environment. High vine densities and low yields - comparable to prestigious Old World viticultural regions - are a notable feature of their approach.

The Composite Pinot Noir exhibits raspberry and cherry aromas with hints of toasted oak and rounded off with long, fine grained tannins.

Chenas Trichard Beaujolais: 24

Jean-François Trichard comes from a family of winemakers, and took over the running of his father George's estate. Of the ten 'cru' villages of Beaujolais, Chenas is the smallest. It is also known for producing one of the fuller-bodied styles of wine from this region.

A typical Beaujolais nose of red cherries and raspberries, with subtle leafy, herbaceous and floral notes. Ripe and well-proportioned on the palate, which melds fresh acidity with ample tannins.

Colombo 'Les Rousses' CDR: 5

Jean-Luc Colombo was a pioneering winemaker and consultant who, since the early 1980's, has been responsible for introducing many modern winemaking and viticultural techniques to the Rhône, including organic farming methods and de-stemming.

Bright and youthful purple colour, with an unmistakable hint of wild thyme on the nose, complementing the raspberry and plum fruit. Ripe and sweet fruit are balanced by drying, grippy tannins.

Alcayata Pinot Grigio: 5

Finca Alcayata is located in the Uco Valley in Mendoza, and is owned by François Lurton, the fifth-generation of Bordeaux's famous Lurton family, who now makes wines throughout the world. This Pinot Grigio is night- harvested and cold-fermented for maximum fruit character.

A bright lemon green colour, this is a youthful and fruit-driven wine. Aromas are of ripe grapefruit, pineapple and pear. Good concentration on the palate, with soft fruit yet plenty of persistence.

Casabel Vinho Tinto: 21

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 framed by robust and persistent tannins.

Welmoed Rosé: 8

The original cellar was established on the Welmoed farm as early as 1690, and has been a hub of local wine production for various growers over the years. This wine is a blend of early-picked Pinotage and late-picked Shiraz.

Fresh and easy-drinking in style. Strawberry pink in colour, with soft red fruit and hints of violet on the nose. Rounded in palate feel, with a streak of uplifting acidity.

Please call 01273 for more information or advice on any of the Bargain Hunt wines. Save 33.3% when you mix and match 2 or more wines in this promotion. Six bottle minimum purchase, any mix of wine, sparkling or spirits.


Bargain Hunt Wine Review – Castillo de Molina Pinot Noir, Central Valley, ChileDate published: 10/01/14

Bargain Hunt Wine Review – Castillo de Molina Pinot Noir, Central Valley, Chile (£9.99, or £6.66 when you mix & match any 2 Bargain Hunt Wines)

With fantastic deals to be found in our January Bargain Hunt, I thought it would be good to sample the goods myself, and I decided to have a go with this wine.

Pinot Noir is a notoriously difficult grape to grow, and this is usually reflected in the price of the final product to a certain degree. The beauty with Chilean wine is that you tend to get a lot of bang for your buck, and this Pinot doesn't disappoint.

Vividly ruby red in colour and emminantly New World in style, this wine has a fruit driven nose and core, with cherry being a dominant flavour and aroma characteristic. Other red berry fruits are apparent, as well as a slight plumminess. The wine has an evident toasty character too, which adds a slight complexity.

At a relatively high 14% abv the alcohol content would potentially imbalance this wine, but the fruitiness combats this, and wine comes across as pleasant and very quaffable.

Light enough to drink on its own, but has sufficient fruit to pair with food such as lamb or duck. For a great value Pinot, you can't go far wrong with this. At the time of writing, we currenmtly have 16 bottles remaining. As with the Bargain Hunt stock, once it's gone, it's gone. Save 33.3% when you mix and match any 2 Bargain Hunt winbes. Minimum purchase six bottles, any combination of wine, sparkling, or spirits. Please call the store for up-to-the-minute stocks of our Bargain Hunt wine!


Sparkling wine magnums!Date published: 09/01/14

Sparkling wine magnums!

Continuing from the magnum theme earlier, we also have some sparkling wine magnums currently in stock...

Prosecco Zonin (£17.99)

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

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

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2005 (£49.99)

Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne.

A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.

Nicolas Feuillatte NV (£40.00)

A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing prior to release.

Laurent Perrier NV (Special Offer £60.00)

A lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility.

Veuve Clicquot NV (Special Offer £70.00)

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



Magnums now in stock!Date published: 09/01/14

Magnums now in stock!

Here at Majestic Brighton we like things large; and when it comes to wine, this is no exception to the rule. Several of the wine we stock, we currently have in magnum size aswell as standard bottle size. If you want to make an impression at a dinner party, or just wow your friends, then taking along a magnum to a party is a great way to achieve the desired result.

Right now at the store we have magnums of wine in the following lines:

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2010 (£75, or £60 when you mix with another selected NZ wine)

Vina Ardanza 2004 (£37)

Marques de Riscal Reserva 2008/09 (£22)

Matsu 'El Picaro' (£16)

Chateau Meaume 2011 (£19.99)

Chateau Musar 2003 (£45)

Clos de l'Oratoire Chateauneuf-du-Pape (£48)

Louis Latour Chablis 2012 (£33.99)

We also have in stock some Jeroboams of the Marques de Riscal Reserva 2008/09 for £75.

If you would like any further advice please don't hesitate to contact us. Six bottle minimum purchase, any mix of wine, fizz & spirits.


Wine of the Week - Bargain Hunt Special! La Plata Sauvignon BlancDate published: 08/01/14


Wine of the Week - Bargain Hunt Special! La Plata Sauvignon Blanc (£6.99, or £4.66 when you mix with any other Bargain Hunt wine as part of your 6 bottle minimum purchase)

This is a great Sauvignon Blanc from Argentina. The cool mountainous climate, lengthy sunshine hours and rocky, well-drained soils of the Andes endow Mendoza with a sound basis for growing vibrant and intensely flavoured whites such as this Sauvignon. Flavours are maximised by cool fermentation in steel vats.

An intersting wine, in that it is not typically Sauvignon-esque, in that the classic elderflower & gooseberry characteristics don't leap out at you, but if you concentrate, they are there.

A pale green-tinged lemon yellow in the glass, with a nose of melon, lime and mango. Dry and crisp, the palate is awash with ripe grapefruit flavour, providing a refreshing finish.

For a wine at this price, you aren't going to get the complexity of some of the more upfront yet classic characteristics that you'd associate with a Sauvignon from say Marlborough in New Zealand, but if you need an uncomplicated wine on a shoestring, look no further than this. The La Plata Sauvignon Blanc is featured in our Bargain Hunt this year, so when it's gone, it's gone. Grab a bona fide bargain whilst stocks last. It is also open to try on our tasting counter. 


Fan of Albarino? Why not try Godello?Date published: 07/01/14

Are you a fan of Albarino and want to try something a little different from the same region in Spain? If so, then why not try Godello -  This is a white grape variety found predominantly in North West Spain.  It is a fantastic dry white wine with peachy, ripe pear flavours.

Which ones we sell:

Caixas Godello £7.99 multi-buy price (this is currently open to taste on our tasting counter.)

Montenovo Godello £9.99 multi-buy price

(minimum purchase just 6 bottles, any mix)

#COMEANDEXPLORE!

Marques de Riscal Jeroboams - Now in stock!Date published: 07/01/14

Are you a fan of the Marques de Riscal Reserva? We now have this classic style Rioja in standard bottle size (at £14.99, or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more), Magnum size at a great value £22 or for a show-stopping centre piece for a dinner party this January, we have this fantastic wine in Jeroboam at £75. That's the equivalent of 4 bottles in one! Only a few bottles remain so snap them up whilst you can!

Ned Sauvignon Blanc £6.99 - Offer ends 6th JanDate published: 05/01/14

The fantastic and incredibly popular Ned Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Marlborough is currently£6.99 per bottle, when purchased with any other New Zealand wine in your mixed case*.

Unfortunately with all good things they must come to an end. This great offer ends on Monday 6th January, 15:00 for online orders and 19:00 for in store purchases.

Don't hang around, this deadline is creeping up, and everyone knows January is the time to make the most of the best offers!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/The-Ned-Waihopai-River-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid37168 

*minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix, at Majestic Wine Warehouse.


L for LansonDate published: 05/01/14

Lanson is one of the oldest Champagne house. Founded in 1730, this proud family firm had a deserved reputation until the early 1990s for its distinctive, uncompromising, but unquestionably fine style of Champagne- full bodied, bracingly dry, and with enough richness and vinosity in its vintage wines to make fine cuisine. Happily Victor Lanson, the outstanding head of the house in the mid 20th century, was a true wine man and noted gastronome. In the 1930s he had been one of the first remois merchants to use the unsung but excellent pinot noirs of the Aube in his blends, and he always wanted his Champagne to be the sort you could drink right through the family meal.

The Classic Black Label

Lanson Black Label non-vintage £25 at Majestic when mixed with any other 1/3 off fizz

50% PN, 33% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot meunier. Bright yellow with green tints. The nose is full of freshness, green apples and pears, while the palate is full but vigorous, with tastes f both citrus fruits, like lemons, and stone fruits. The end flavors are so clean and brisk but without any harshness. A great Champagne for clams and sea urchins as well as oysters 

Farewell to some classics Date published: 05/01/14

t's that time of year again when we have to bid a fond farewell to some old friends as we welcome in the New Year. In order to make room for some exciting new lines, we need to bin end some of our existing range; it's a great time to bag yourself a bargain! Look for the red tags instore but, be quick - at this rate, they won't be around for long!

Current highlights include:

Chenas 2011 Jean-Francois Trichard £7.99

Rioja Crianza 2009 Marques de Caceres Magnum £16.66

La Plata Malbec 2012 £4.66

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc £4.66 

Argento Chardonnay £6.00 per bottle

Bargain Hunt Wines - while stocks lastDate published: 04/01/14

At Majestic we like to start the new year with something different, unexplored, and exciting. Then again, sometimes it's better to start with a bargain.

To clear space for a range of new wines later this year we are holding a Bargain Hunt end-of-line sale. This is a mix and match sale so you can buy just one bottle of two different featured wines and enjoy a superb 33.3% discount. 

Among the Bargain Hunt range are: Marques de Caceres Crianza Magnums (£16.66), La Plata Sauvignon Blanc (£4.66), Domaine des Crais Beaujolais-Villages (£7.99), and Umbral de los Tiempos Malbec (£8.66). 

Come visit us in store to capitalise on these bargains and ensure you don't miss out on this diminishing stock.

We'd like to wish a Happy New Year to all our wonderful customers in Brighton.

Wine Review - La Grille Pinot NoirDate published: 30/12/13

Wine Review - La Grille Pinot Noir (£7.99, or £6.99 when yo0u buy 2 or more bottles*)

This is a cracking little wine from the Loire, which offers great value for money where Pinot is concerned. I would normally opt for a Pinot from New Zealand as I prefer the fruitier style, but this example which is grown in France certainly ticks all the boxes. It has a distinct red fruit nose of cranberry and red currant which lead onto the palate nicely. This wine has a light body and can be drunk on its own, or is suitable to drink with white meats, salads and light pasta dishes. In the summer, it is even light enough to chill slightly.

A great alternative option to Burgundian red, this wine offers great value for money. It's currently open to try on our tasting counter

Marstons Pedigree @ £30 per caseDate published: 18/12/13

Marston’s Pedigree is a pale ale from Burton-on-Trent and the company boasts of the traditional methods used in its creation, using its own spring water source and English ingredients. Burton-on-Trent’s hard water made it a hub of British brewing as its calcium and magnesium sulphate content encouraged enzymes in the brewing process to work, thus adding flavour.The company’s own tasting notes describe the Pedigree as having “a dry hop aroma with a full range of complex flavours. The melding of nut, fruit and winey flavours create a smooth and very drinkable satisfying whole.”I’d certainly agree that it’s very drinkable, although I found the fruity flavour does not linger long on the palate.The essentials: ABV: 5% from the bottle, 4.5% from the cask colour: Mahogany Nose: Definite citrus notes;Taste: Fizzy, fruity and sharp, but the flavour doesn’t last long

James Bond's xmas winesDate published: 16/12/13

In the run up to Christmas, there is only one question on everyone's lips...What Majestic wine would James Bond buy for Christmas day?

Well it would certainly start with Champagne, probably accompanied by Caspian Sea beluga caviar. Bond's taste in Champagne has altered over the years between various top brand names, the 3 most prominent being Bollinger Grande Annee (Goldeneye), Cristal (Octopussy) and Dom Perignon (Goldfinger). Unfortunately we don't have any 1952 Dom Perignon kicking about, but the 2004 is a cracking drop, very oppulant and rich, the true Gentleman's Champagne. It carries a premium price tag of £120, but Bond wouldn't worry about that, Cristal is very rare indeed and runs at £150. It is little known by those outside the trade, that Cristal is the top wine of Louis Roederer. However, this wine hasn't made many appearences in Bond films. The Bollinger is a fantastic Champagne, and at £60 is unbelievable value, if Bond just had a hard night at the poker table at the casino he might have to go for the Bolly. However, Bond doesn't lose often, so I think he would go for the Dom Perignon for his Christmas fizz.

In Terms of white one can only speculate on what Bond would drink as it is never referenced in books or film, as he usually only drinks Red, Champagne and Vodka Martini. However, I think he would almost certainly be a white Burgundy man, Most likely in my opinion a Puligny Montrachet, or chassagne Montrachet. He would probably like the rich creaminess of the oaked chardonnay to accompany turkey and gravy. At between £25 and £50 for real high quality Burgundy this would be a great match for a Christmas lunch.

The big questions abound concerning red wine, Bond is definitely a claret man. But he does have an eye for a bargain, I don't think he would buy a first growth. In the book Casino Royal he is introduced to Chateau Baitailly by Mathis, which he is a big fan of, this great value claret is right next to Chateau Latour, the famed first Growth, so at £33 the Baitailly is a total bargain!

Bond would then probably move on to a medium dry vodka Martini with a shave of lemon peel, shaken not stirred.

Wine of the week!!!Date published: 16/12/13

Wine of the week

Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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

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

Drink now with fresh summer salads and seafood.

£8.74

Single bottle price

£6.99

Multi-Buy Price

Find me in New Zealand


R for RuinartDate published: 15/12/13

Made from 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir, ‘R’ De Ruinart makes use of 40% Reserve wine and is aged on lees for three years. The wine is elegant with floral notes to the fore and hints of white peach and acacia on the palate. An excellent aperitif wine, this is a splendid introduction to the delights from this most ancient of Champagne Houses.

Available for £35 from Majestic Wines

NED - £6.99!!!!Date published: 13/12/13

Yes, you did read that right! Here at Majestic we are in the festive generous spirit, and what better way of being generous than offering one of the (if not thee..) most popular wine sold by Majestic, the Ned Sauvignon Blanc at the fantastic price of £6.99 per bottle.

Now we all know how great the Ned is, but if you don't, check out some of the reviews our Customers have given this wine, it doesn't even need me to try and sell this wine to you, it sells itself! http://www.majestic.co.uk/The-Ned-Waihopai-River-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid37168 

If you're passing make sure you pop in for a case, or add a couple of cheeky bottles to your case if you're new to it, and jump on board the Ned Band Wagon... it's great!


Champagne for all budgetsDate published: 13/12/13

As we get closer to Christmas the hunt for the perfect champagne becomes more focused. Here at majestic we have champagne to suit every budget.

So here are are a few that no party or Christmas day would be complete without!

J. De Telmont NV £16.99 when you buy any 2 bottles from the selected fizz range 1/3 off

This is a surprisingly complex champagne for the money, it has more autolytic characters than a lot of more expensive champagne. It is the product of the last family run champagne house.

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top Vintage 2007, £ 19.99 when you buy 2 bottles  from the selected fizz range 1/3 off

Yep, that's right! Vintage champagne for 20 quid! This is a total steal. It is a rich full bodied style with biscuit and honeysuckle notes. Deep in colour with a complex mouth feel.

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV, £24.99 when you buy any 2 bottles from the selected fizz range 1/3 off

This is a delicious Non-Vintage Champagne, one of the first I tried on joining Majestic. It's pretty, floral-patterned label make it a beautiful gift and when you open it up you're in for a real treat. A friendly, open style with refreshing ripeness to it's soft appley fruit. A zesty mousse and hints of brioche make this a wonderful bubbly for a party.

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV, £27.99 when you buy any 2 bottles from the selected fizz range 1/3 off

For a truly opulent, luscious Champagne experience, it has to be the Louis Roederer. A hugely prestige Champagne producer, their house style is overtly fruity with nutty yeasty notes. This is a wonderfully rich Champagne and shows its elegance and class with every sip.

Pol Roger Reserve NV, £34.00

The makers of Winston Churchill's favourite champagne, and for good reason. This is a rich complex champagne, bursting with honey suckle, brioche and almonds. Well worth that little extra!

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc NV £45.00

This is my personal favourite, this champagne screams class, finesse and elegance. Maintaining citrus notes but combined with a light mousse and biscuit and brioche notes. Ruinart is the oldest champagne house, still using bulb shaped bottles. It is terrific, and actually very good value at £45.00. This is an apt match to a terrific family occasion.


Fancy some brilliant South African Fine Wine for just £22.00?Date published: 13/12/13

Chocolate Block is Back!

The truly awesome Chocolate Block has arrived back in Majestic Brighton!

I'm very excited that this wine has rocked up in time for Christmas - so there's still time to include it in your wishlists for Santa!

It's a properly rich, epic blend this wine. Dominated by around 67% Syrah with the rest made up from Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Viognier. It's a hugely complex wine this, rustic aromas of leather, earth and spices mingle with blackcurrants and ripe raspberries. The palate is harmonious and powerful, with more ripe, dark fruit and a cocoa and pepper complexity. 

It's included in our Fine Wine mix and match deal, so you can pick one up along with anything else that tempts you from a great selection.

£22.00 when you buy any 2 or more selected Fine Wines and save £10. Single bottle price £27.00


Open on the tasting counter...Cloudy Bay ChardonnayDate published: 13/12/13

Open to try...Cloudy Bay Chardonnay

Cloudy Bay is a cult wine and, clever marketing aside, there is no denying the quality of this Chardonnay. A cool climate location and lots of sunshine means long, slow ripening - a recipe for success with Chardonnay.

A complex nose that ranges from figs and lemon butter to more savoury elements of fresh hay with hints of butterscotch. The palate is substantial and rounded with toasty complexity and a long finish.

Eminently drinkable now but it will reward those with the patience to age the wine for a further 3 to 4 years.

Currently £21.99 when you buy any 2 N.Z wines save 20%, unit price £27.50

fine wine of the weekDate published: 12/12/13

Fine Wine of the week

La Reserve Leoville-Barton 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc - VEGETARIAN

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.

£30.00

Single bottle price

£25.00

Multi-Buy Price

Find me in Bordeaux


How about a drop of Ale?Date published: 12/12/13



Ringwood Fortyniner
Join the gold rush with Fortyniner and you'll discover a golden brown, full-bodied malty beer with a deep bitter sweet finish. This beautifully balanced beer crafted with English malt and a blend of Goldings, Progress, Fuggles & Challenger Hops is perfect with juicy sausages, pies and hard cheeses.
Alc. 4.9% Vol.
2.5 UK Units


Wychwood Hobgoblin
A beer of mischievous character. The legendary Hobgoblin is a blend of smooth, rich flavours from chocolate and crystal malts, combined with a refreshing bitterness from English Fuggles hops and a dash of citrus aroma from Styrian Goldings hops. The rich flavour compliments sweeter foods like roasts, meat pies and burgers.
Alc. 5.2% Vol.
2.6 UK Units


Jennings Cocker Hoop
Brewed on the banks of the River Cocker and Camra's bronze medal winner at the 1999 Champion Beer of Britain, it's easy to be boastful about this stunning light refreshing golden ale; full of flavour with a fresh citrus finish. Its citrus flavours are an easy partner for tangy pasta dishes & tomato-based casseroles
Alc. 4.2% Vol.
2.1 UK Units


Brakspear Bitter
Brewed using the unique Brakspear 'Double Drop' system to provide a robust second stage of fermentation. Maris Otter barley and English Fuggles & Goldings hops deliver a very satisfying, full flavoured amber ale with a bitter sweet, fruity finish. Works well with stronger flavoured red meat and game dishes.
Alc. 3.4% Vol.
1.7 UK Units


Marston’s EPA
The reinvention of the classic English Pale Ale beer style, which made Burton Upon Trent the brewing capital of England due to the unique mineral qualities of the spring water from the Trent valley. This refreshing, light blonde ale with subtle citrus flavours and a delicate bitter aftertaste suits the subtle flavours of chicken & fish dishes
Alc. 3.6% Vol.
1.8 UK Units


Banks’s Bitter
From the heart of the Black country comes this classic easy drinking beer with malty, hoppy flavours and a refreshing clean, bitter finish. Deep gold in colour, it's an outstanding example of a classic English ale, complements lighter chicken & fish dishes
Alc. 3.8% Vol.
1.9 UK Units



L is for Laurent PerrierDate published: 12/12/13

Laurent Perrier is one of the most famous of the Grandes Marques ('Big Name') Champagnes and the region's largest family owned house today. So, as The Times suggests, "Why not splash out on a top drawer bubbly: the clean, lively, green apple spiked Laurent Perrier Brut is one of the best on the block." Dating back to 1812, Laurent Perrier was bought in 1939 by Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt (of Champagne Lanson), who successfully raised its profile around the world.Fresh and racy with a Chablis like mineral character and very fine, persistent bubbles, this is the classic apéritif and celebration wine, also partnering canapés and shellfish to perfection. Beautifully presented in an LP box, it's an ideal gift if you want to impress.

Offer alert...The Bollinger rangeDate published: 11/12/13

Offer alert... 

Bollinger Special Cuvée NV

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

Currently £30.00 a bottle when you buy 6 or more save £90.00, unit price £45.00

Bollinger Grande Année 2004

Only produced in exceptional years from exclusively Grand Cru rated grapes. Rich, biscuity and yeasty, this wine carries the ultimate expression of the house style.

Currently £60.00 a bottle

Bollinger NV 150cl Magnum

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

Currently £75.00 a bottle


H is for HeidsieckDate published: 10/12/13

The third and youngest of the great 19th-century Champagne houses of Reims bearing the name Heidsieck. "Charles" has also generally been the best of the three for quality since its foundation in 1851 by Charles-Camille Heidsieck and his brother in law Ernest Henriot. Chales was of course the "Champagne Charlie" who was feted in music-hall and vaudeville songs for years after his eventful sales trips to the United States, and he was certainly the most colorful of the Champagne salesmen to take the US market by storm in the 1850s. Bu the start of the American civil war he was selling 300,000 bottles a year from New York to Louisiana.

Finest WInes

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Mis en Cave. A classic mix of all three champagne grapes in equal amounts. Exotic, exciting aromas of mango, as well as citrus and orchard fruits.

Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires 1995 - Lovely, even, ripe, butter gold col our typical of great Chardonnay. The nose is evolving and one senses the minerality and depth of its grand cru origins; beautiful expression of fruit and burgeoning vinosity in a mouthfeel that is starting to be encompassed by a rich toastiness 

Offer alert...Dom Perignon 2004 Gift BoxDate published: 09/12/13

Offer alert...Dom Perignon 2004 Gift Box

The bouquet spirals through sweet, bright floral notes and the lively minerality so typical of Dom Pérignon, then notes of candied fruit, plants, the incredible freshness of camphor leaf and finally the dark hints of spices and liquorice root. The wine is currently still physical. It is compelling, tactile and vibrant rather than aromatic. The rhythm and tempo are more dominant than the melody. At first mild and delicate, then strongly, confidently mineral, persistent, precise, with a refined bitterness, and an iodine, saline tang. A classic accompaniment to any stylish celebration.

Currently £120.00 a bottle


Offer alert...Veuve Clicquot Brut NVDate published: 09/12/13

Offer alert...Veuve Clicquot Brut NV

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

Currently £29.99 when you buy 2 or more save 1/3, unit price £45.00


Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 09/12/13

Now the festive season has well and truely arrived, we will now be open for longer. Our revised festive opening hours are as follows:


Opening Hours Monday 9th  to Friday 13th December 9am - 8pm

Saturday 14th December 9am - 7pm

Sunday 15th December 10am - 5pm

Monday 16th to Saturday 21st December 9am - 8pm

Sunday 22nd December 10am - 5pm

Monday 23rd December 9am - 8pm

Tuesday 24th December 9am - 5pm

Christmas Day & Boxing Day CLOSED

Friday 27th December 10am - 8pm

Saturday 28th December 9am - 7pm

Sunday 29th December 10am - 5pm

Monday 30th December 10am - 7pm

Tuesday 31st December 10am -  5pm

New Year's Day CLOSED

Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd January 2014 10am - 8pm

Saturday 4th January 2014 9am - 7pm

Sunday 5th January 2014 10am - 5pm


If you have any queries regarding our Opening Hours, please do not hesitate to contact the store on 01273 777085

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Offer alert... Pilsner UrquellDate published: 09/12/13

Offer alert... Pilsner Urquell

This fantastic beer is a wonderfully refreshing Pils style lager from the Czech Republic. Served well chilled, this will be a sure fire winner at your festive celebrations and parties this year. Currently we have Pilsner Urquell  at just £24 a case, that's just £1 a bottle!! Grab yourself a beer bargain when you pop in for your wine or when you place your order by phone or online!! Limited period only.

Offer alert... Chapel Down Curious BrewDate published: 08/12/13

A cracking lager style beer, double fermented with champagne yeast for a cleaner, drier, more refreshing beer. Currently this is on offer at £14.99 for a case of 12, that's just £1.25 a bottle. Normally price £17.99, so why not grab a case or two next time you pop in? 

Christmas tipples: Your festive guide- PortDate published: 07/12/13

Christmas tipples: Your festive guide- Port

Port is a fantastic way to round off the Christmas Meal, providing you still have enough room to enjoy with Christmas Pudding, or save it for later in the evening for cold cuts and a cheese board.

Port is currently making a bit of revival and with good reason. Its a fantastic drink. There are several different styles of Port available on the market and this is a brief guide to help you choose the right style for you, depending on taste and budget.

The best Ports are Vintage. These are the product of a single year, and only the very best years can be dclared as 'vintage'. This is complicated, as the term can be used for individual 'Quinta's', so one many declare a vintage, where others may not.

Vintage Port id bottled around 2 years after production, and in their youth, they are austerer, high in acidity and tanin and fiery in alcohol. Generally these will need 10- 15 years bottle ageing to soften into a well rounded, sweet, black fruit and peppery driven style. Generally thyere are only 3 or 4 declared vintages per decade.

We currently have the Grahams Quinta Dos Malvedos 2001 at £28.00

Single Quinta port are the alternative, which are the next best years, though not as high in quality ati be declared as vintage. Very similar in style to Vintage Port, these mature slightly quicker, and need at least 8 -10 years' bottle ageing before they are ready for drinking. They have a less intense character than Vintage Port.

We currently have the Taylor's Terra Feita Single Quinta 2001 at £23.00 &

Delaforce Quinta da Corte 1995 at £18.99

Crusted Ports are a blend of several years which are bottled young and mature in bottle. As they age, they throw a deposit or 'crust' and are of good quality. Because of the crust, they must be decanted before drinking.

We currently have the Fonseca Bin 27 Crusted Port at £9.99

Late Bottled Vintage or LBV. LBV's are wine from a single year, but is not as high a quality as Vintage or Single Quinta Port because they are generally bottled between 4 and 6 years after cask maturation. These can be drunk younger and can be enjoyed immediately as they do not require as much bottle ageing. The best LBV's are unfiltered for richness, and require decanting before drinking. More budget versions of LBV are sweeter and slighter lighter in character.

We currently have the Taylor's LBV at £11.99

Tawny Port are aged entirely in cask, and are designed to be drunk immediately after they are released. Tawny Port is aged oxidatively, and as a result is lighter in body and style, and has a nutty, rasin character. The best Tawny Ports are age indicated (20, 30 or 40 year for example) and are of excellent quality. Younger cheaper Tawnies are blended from lesser quality wines.

We cuirrently have the Taylor's 10 year old Tawny Port at £20.00

Ruby Port is inexpensive and bottled young whilst the wine is still strong and fiery. Rather simple, and uncomplicated, this Port is an ideal introduction to Port, and for a wallet- friendly style.Ready to drink, and no need to decant, this style can be enjoyed immediately.

We currently have the Taylor's First Estate Reserve Port at £8.99

Colheita Port is a style favoured by Portuguese houses themselves. They are of exceptional quality, and essentially are a Tawny Port produced from a single year, aged in cask and and sold when ready to be drunk.


Wine Review: La Casetta, Ripasso Valpolicella ClassicoDate published: 06/12/13

This Ripasso - offspring of the Negrar Amarone - is a long-standing favourite of the Majestic Team. 

Fillet of beef is Christmas Eve tradition in my household and La Casetta will be a fine match. A big wine with plum and black cherry on the nose, it develops into subtle basil notes with a swill in the glass. A real meatiness on the palate and ripe tannins show that it could age beautifully, enhancing those savoury aspects. I challenge you to wait though.

An affordable Christmas treat for £13.99 a bottle, when you buy two or more.

Christmas gifts...Date published: 06/12/13

Looking for some Christmas wine or gifts for a loved one...Here are 6 of my favorite wines on great offers at the moment... There's still time to take advantage of our free delivery* call us 01273 777085 to place an order.


The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

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

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


Currently £6.99 when you buy 2 or more N.Z wines save 20%, unit price £8.74Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012 Casablanca Valley

The Casablanca Valley's climate is largely governed by winds that alternate between those from the Pacific and the Andes. These serve to moderate the climate, and promote a sharp drop in night temperatures, aiding the preservation of primary fruit during ripening.


Aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla open the show for a palate with more round, ripe stone fruits and citrus. 3 months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish.

Currently £7.49 when you buy 2 or more Chilean wines save 20%, unit price £9.36


Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de Riscal

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


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

Currently £9.99 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £14.99

Viñalba Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado 2010/2011 Mendoza

An intriguing blend of mature-vine Malbec with the traditional Port grape, Touriga Nacional, in a dry and fruit-driven style. Although grown in the Andean foothills, the Douro Valley influence is immediately evident in this blend, with its dark hue and earthy nose.


Heady violet and mulberry aromas fill the nose, and the rich black fruit from both Malbec and Touriga Nacional combine on the palate to dominate and leave a rich, long finish.

Currently £8.99 when you buy 2 ore save £6.00, unit price £11.99

Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2011 Spain

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


With fine bubbles and persistent beading, this deliciously dry Cava has fresh, light, floral aromas with delicately rounded, well-balanced pear and brioche flavours.

Currently £9.99 when you buy 2 or more save 1/3, unit price £14.99

Bollinger Special Cuvée NVBollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

Currently £30.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £45.00

Christmas special Spotlight tasting...Date published: 05/12/13

With Christmas just around the corner, we've got everything you need for your wine choices over the festive period...

Too help you along we have a fantastic Spotlight tasting this weekend...6 wines in 30 minutes.

Here's a sneak peek to our treats this Saturday...


Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 Friuli

Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes atypical of the region. This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, full-bodied feel on the palate. A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes.


Sancerre Chavignol 'Les Comtesses' 2012 Paul Thomas

The top cuvée from this excellent producer, Paul Thomas. The Sauvignon grapes are sourced from older vines from the best slopes around the village of Chavignol, the village producing perhaps the finest Sancerres.

Meursault 2011 Nicolas Potel

The commune of Meursault is located in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, on an area of clay and limestone slopes, with a predominantly south-easterly aspect. The appellation is known for making a generous and approachable style of Chardonnay. An inviting shade of pale gold, offering a rich nose of apple and peach, with hints of flowers, vanilla and pepper. The palate is fresh and ripe, with soft-edged acidity and a nutty minerality.


Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta

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

Château l'Hospitalet 2011 Grand Vin, Gérard Bertrand

The flagship wine of Gérard Bertrand's broad range, 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 and lifted spice and floral aromas, smoothed and integrated by the influence of over a year in French oak barriques.


Cloudy Bay Riesling 2007 Marlborough

Made from an exceptionally small harvest from two parcels of vines, this is Cloudy Bay's stunning and exclusive take on the classic grape. Echoing the fresh, off-dry Alsatian style of Riesling, this wine delivers a lush and delicately unctuous palate of tropical and citrus fruits, all the time accompanied by a restrained yet potent nose tinged with aromas of beeswax. Drink with mild curries, roasted vegetables or smoked salmon.

The Sessions are running this Saturday at 12;00 and 3:00pm feel free to come and join us for a fantastic Spotlight tasting


Oyster Bay S.B now £7.99 when you buy 2x or moreDate published: 05/12/13

We are delighted to announce our strongest promotion of Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc now at just £7.99 when you mix with any New Zealand wine @ 20% off. 

Marlborough has been at the heart of a wine making revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the regions most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavor and concentration in the grapes.

On the palate, the Oyster has pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing. Enjoy with seafood.

 

Looking for a gift?Date published: 28/11/13

Christmas is well and truly upon us, the Christmas lights are on, the red wine is out and the cold is here to stay. To make your Christmas a little easier we have a huge selection of great wine which can be packaged in easy to carry gift boxes... Here's a list of the range at hand at the majority of Majestic stores, although remember we do deliver a minimum of 6 bottles of wine as long as it's over £40.00


One Bottle Gift Carton

Currently £1.00 a case or £0.80 a case if you buy 12 or more.

Two Bottle Gift Carton

Currently £15.50 a case or £1.20 a case if you buy 12 or more

Three Bottle Gift Carton

Currently £2.50 a case or £2.00 a case if you buy 12 or more

Four Bottle Gift Carton

Currently £4.00 a case

Six Bottle Gift Carton

Currently £5.00 a case

Twelve Bottle Gift Carton

Currently £6.99 a case

Premium Gift Bag

Currently £1.49 a bag

Explore our range at www.majestic.co.uk and a direct link to our gift cartons at http://www.majestic.co.uk/gift-packaging
Order online or call us direct on 01273 777085
Happy Festivities 

Offer alert...Bollinger Special Cuvee NV only £30.00 a bottle*Date published: 28/11/13

Offer alert...Bollinger Special Cuvee NV only £30.00 a bottle*


Bollinger Special Cuvée NV

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.


Currently £30.00 a bottle when you buy 6 or more save 33%, unit price £45.00


Order online at www.majestic,co.uk or call us direct on 01273 777085

Wine Review- La Bastide Saint Vincent 2011, GigondasDate published: 23/11/13

Wine Review- La Bastide Saint Vincent 2011, Gigondas (£19.99, or £15.99 when you buy 2 or more wines from the Rhone region)

Gigondas is an appellation in the Southern Rhone which lies to the North-West of the most famous of Southern-Rhone appellation, Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

The region of Gigondas produces a similar style of Red wine, given that the grape varieties legally allowed to be grown here are the same, primarily Grenache, Syrah and Mourverdre.

La Bastide Saint Vincent is a quintessential example of a big bold wine from Gigondas. The wine is fabulously well balanced, and given this wine has an abv of 15%, this is no mean feat. A dense purple core, this wine has a backbone of black fruit, which is balanced with hints of complex savoury notes. The high alcohol content is warming but is well intengrated into the balance so doesnt burn.

This finish is long, and is easily detectable well after swallowing the wine. A great Southern Rhone wine, which is ideal to pair with rich game, big red meat dishes and barbequed food.

This is our fine wine of the week and is currently open to try on our tasting counter.  


majestic Brighton celebrating in style...#explore200Date published: 22/11/13

Today Majestic opened it's 200th store in Petersfield and here in Brighton and Hove we like to celebrate in style...

majestic Brighton celebrating in style...#explore200Date published: 22/11/13

Today Majestic opened it's 200th store in Petersfield and here in Brighton and Hove we like to celebrate in style...

majestic Brighton celebrating in style...#explore200Date published: 22/11/13

Today Majestic opened it's 200th store in Petersfield and here in Brighton and Hove we like to celebrate in style...

Festive Fizz- A three part guide to your Sparkling Wine this Christmas - Part 3 - CavaDate published: 16/11/13

Festive Fizz- A three part guide to your Sparkling Wine this Christmas

Part 3 of my Festive Fiz guide looks at Cava. Cava is produced in various regions of Sapin, all of which are DO classified. Having said this, a large proportion of Cava is produced in Catalonia, in the North-East of the country. Production law of Cava is not dissimilar to Crémant, whereby the wine is made by Traditional method. The extraction rate is also the same as Crémant, so that no more than 100 litres of juice may be extracted from 150 kilograms of grapes.

Traditional grape varieties permitted in the production of Cava include Viura, sometimes known as Macabeo, Parallada and Xarel-lo, but recently, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are now permitted. The former of these grape varieties give the wine a smoky character to the finished product. The latter of these grape varieties are used to impart a more complex fruit note and also add an extra level of crispness to the wine. To comply with the DO law, Cava must be aged on lees for at least nine months.

On drinking, Cava tends to be dry, with a medium level of acidity, but well balanced. Fruit characteristics include citrus, green apple and stone fruits, and a slight toastiness will be evident from the lees ageing.

Currently in stock at Majestic Brighton, we have the Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs at £9.99* and the Codorníu Selección Raventós NV at £7.99*. Both of these are currently in our by 2 selected fizz*, save 33.3%. If you require any more advice, please call the store on 01273 777085 and one of the team will be happy to assist.


Dom Perignon is kingDate published: 16/11/13

Dom Pérignon was the 17th century Benedictine monk who has gone down in history as the person who "invented" Champagne thus however not the case as it was accidentally invented by the English.  His name was originally registered by Eugène Mercier. He sold the brand name to Moët & Chandon, which used it as the name for its prestige cuvée, which was first released in 1937.

A rigorous selection process in both the vineyard and winery ensures that only the best grapes go into Dom Pérignon champagne. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are used in roughly equal proportions without one variety dominating the other.

In its youth, Dom Pérignon shows incredibly smooth, creamy fruit with perfect balance and weight. As it ages, it takes on wonderfully toasty aromas and a finesse equalled by very few of the other Grandes Marques.

Festive Fizz- A three part guide to your Sparkling Wine this Christmas- part 2Date published: 15/11/13

Festive Fizz- A three part guide to your Sparkling Wine this Christmas

Part two of my guide to your festive fizz looks at the slightly cheaper European options available on the market.

In recent years, Prosecco has become increasingly popular as a cheaper alternative to Champagne. A fruit driven style of sparkling wine, and easy on the pocket, its a sure fire winner, and with good reason.

Prosecco is made from its grapes' namesake, and the best quality Prosecco comes from the areas of Conegilano and Valdobbiadene which are in the region of Veneto in North-Eastern Italy, nestled in the foothills of the Alps.

Prosecco is produced using the tank method, which is a more economical way to produce Sparkling wine, as the Secondary Fermentation takes place in large, enamel coated inert stainless steel tanks instead of in individual bottles, as in the taditional method. Typically, this wine has characteristics of fruits such as peach, green apple and melon. At the bottling stage, these wines have a higher residual sugar content which has been attributed to the success of this style of Sparkling wine. Prosecco is not aged, therefore does not have the biscuity note that some Champagnes do, and these wines are designed to be drunk young, and do not benefit from bottle ageing.

Currently here at Majestic, we have the Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene at £9.99* and the Prosecco Zonin at £7.99, just 2 of our great deals on Prosecco at Majestic Brighton. If you need any further advice or assistance, please contact the store on 01273 777085


Sherry Date published: 14/11/13

Sherry

Fino Sherry: A bone dry sherry made from Palamino grape, aged under flor. Only fortified to 15.5%abv

Flavours: Salt, almonds, baked and fresh apple

Pair: Great with tapas, especially olives and cured meats.

Which ones we sell: Pedro's Fino (£8.99), Tio Pepe (£10.99)

Manzanilla: Another bone dry fino sherry, but this is made on the coast of Jerez in the town of Sanlucar de Barrimeda. Coastal proximity allows the flor to thrive consistantly year round giving this fino a very salty twang.

Flavours: Salt, almonds, baked and fresh apple

Pair: Great with tapas, especially olives and cured meats.

Which ones we sell: Hidalgo Manzanilla La Gitana (£7.99), Pastrana (£10.99)

Amontillado: A failed fino, where the flor has died and the sherry has begun to oxidise, giving it a darker colour and a nuttier flavour. It has features of an oloroso but retains the salty dryness of a fino. However, the fino character will as it matures.

Flavours: older examples have aromas of Butterscotch, hazlenuts, salt and some citrus fruit.

Pair: Great with aged hard cheese like Comte, white meat and spiced asian dishes like chicken and cashew nuts.

Which ones we sell: Pedro's Amontillado (£9.99), Hidalgo Napoleon Amontillado (£11.99)

Oloroso: A sherry not aged under flor at all, this allows it to begin oxiding as soon as it is barreled. This gives the sherry a dark amber colour and a very complex finish.

Flavours: Heavy nut aromas and flavours, complex and rich with sweet toffee as well as leather and spice.

Pair: Great with game dishes or mushroom dishes and paellas.

Which ones we sell: Pedro's Oloroso (£11.99).

Palo Cortado: A very rare variety of sherrythat is initially aged under florto become a finoor amontillado, but inexplicably loses its veil of florand begins aging oxidatively as an oloroso. The result is a wine with some of the richness of oloroso and some of the crispness of amontillado.Translated, palo cortado means cut stick in reference to the mark made on the cask when this style of wine is recognized. Since the wine was originally destined to be a fino or amontillado, it will initially have had a single stroke marked on the cask. When the overseer realizes that the wine is becoming a palo cortado, he draws a line through the initial stroke, resulting in a cross or a 'cut stick'.

Flavours: A salty punch combined with a nutty complexity

Pair: Great with hard cheeses, especially manchego or chedder or with a pot roast.

Ones we sell: Pedro's Palo Cortado (£14.99)

Age Indicated Sherry (VOS & VORS): This is Sherry taken from the Solera so that the average age of the wine in the bottle is 20 years old for a VOS (very old sherry) or 30 years old for VORS (very old rare sherry). This wine must be carbon dated to verify age before it can be sealed and sold. Only Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado, and PX can be age indicated.

Flavours for age indicated PX: Date, cinnamon, cloves, caramel and treacle.

Pair: Christmas pudding or drizzled over vanilla ice cream.

Flavours for age indicated Palo Cortado: Complex nuttiness and caramel on the nose, but a totally dry finish on the palate playing tricks on both the mind and the palate.

Ones we sell: Noe Pedro Ximenez (£17.99), Apostoles Palo Cortado (£17.99)

Vintage Sherry: This is also known as 'Anada'. They are very rare and only made in excepotional vintages. They are not aged in a solera system and are therefore not fractionally blended. It is aged in a single barrel for around 20-30 years giving it a highly oxidised appearance, dark colour, and in PX a beautiful sweet aromatic flavour.

Flavours - Vintage PX: Dried dates, cinnamon, cloves, treacle and caramel.

Pair: Great with winter puddings like sticky toffee pudding or salted caramel.

Ones we sell: PX Toro Albala 1985 (£15.99)


Festive Fizz- A three part guide to your Sparkling Wine this ChristmasDate published: 14/11/13

Festive Fizz- A three part guide to your Sparkling Wine this Christmas

It's that time of year when you are starting to think about drinks for the Christmas period, and there is reason for indulgence and to splash out a little on something a bit special for Christmas Day.

Which bubbles should you opt for? Which is best? Which offer best value for money? All these questions buzz around your mind. Do you get intimidated with the sheer selection? Here is my guide to Sparkling wine that will (hopefully) sort the wheat from the chaff.

Let's begin with the traditional bubbles- Champagne. Champagne can only be called Champagne if it is produced from this region in North-Western France, and varying laws are adhered to within its production.

Champagne is made using a combination of 3 grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. These can be used in varying quantities depending on which flavour characteristics the producer wants from the end product.

Champagne is made using the 'tradtioinal method', whereby the still wine is blended, and then liquer de tirage is added. This is a blend of sugars and yeast in solution. At this point the bottle is sealed with a crown cap and as the solution works, the yeast consumes the sugar. The by-product of this is Carbon Dioxide, and this process is known as Secondary Fermentation. As the bottle is sealed, the Carbon Dioxide has nowhere to go, except back into the liquid. After the sugar and live yeast supply is exhausted, the bottle is slowly inverted, where the dead cells collect. At this point the neck of the bottle is frozen in brine, and then the process of désgorgment takes place. This is where the crown cap is removed and the remaing dead yeast cells are discharged from the bottle. A top up- known as dosage is then added to the bottle, and this can have verying degrees on sugar depending on the required taste of the final product. The bottle is then sealed under cork and can be aged further or released for sale.

Non- Vintage Champagne is generally less expensive than Vintage, and this is down to production costs, and generally produces a less rich style. Vintage Champagnes by law must be aged on lees for a mimumum of 3 years, which creates a toasty, biscuity note on both the nose and on the palate.

Currently Majestic has some great deals on Champagnes such as Louis Roederer NV at £27.99* and Veuve Cliquot Vintage at £39.98*. For further advice and assistance, please call us in store on 01273 777085.  


Offer alert... Matsu Magnum Special ParcelDate published: 13/11/13

Offer alert... Matsu Magnum Special Parcel

Matsu winery hails from the region of Toro, in North- Central Spain, slightly South-West of Rioja. At Majestic Brighton, we are huge fan of the 3 styles of their slighlty tongue-in-cheek wines, depicting by 3 men on on the label. Heresay has it that these represent the different ages of the vines on which the grapes grow, and the maturity of the wine that is produced.

'El Picaro' is the youngest of the wines, and as such has an expressive fruit character that of raspberries and blackberries, subtle oak and ripe tannin.

'El Recio' is the older man, a more serious wine, both in terms of maturity and the age of the vines. 'El Recio' offers aromas and flavours of dense black fruit core as well as a well integrated oakiness, with hints of cocoa and vanilla. A big and voluptous yet refined wine, this would pair amazingly well with rare sirloin or fillet steak.

We currently have a few bottles remaining instore of each of these wines remaining from the web exclusive deal, so don't delay, snap up these great wines whilst they are still around!!

'El Picaro' Magnum @ £16.00 each

'El Recio' Magnum @ £26.00 each.


Offer alert...Veuve Clicquot Brut NVDate published: 13/11/13

Offer Alert...


Veuve Clicquot Brut NV

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


Currently £29.99 When you buy 2 or more save 33.3%, unit price £45.00
Offer only valid until 2nd of December


Don't forget we sell and deliver a minimum of 6 bottles of wine, Champagne or spirits for free on order over £40.00. Order online at www.majestic.co.k or call us direct on 01273 777085

Hine VSOP now available @ £30 per bottleDate published: 12/11/13

Fine Champagne Cognac. 

An introduction to HINE First impression: lively freshness
Sensory journey: floral on the nose with notes of jasmine, acacia, iris, lily of the valley, apricot and vanilla and velvet smooth on the palate.
Blend: a harmonious blend of 20 cognacs aged for a minimum of 4 years, from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne and the Petite Champagne, the 2 finest crus in the Cognac region.
H by HINE VSOP is superb on its own as well as being the perfect base for many cocktails both long and short

Spirited Gift? #Gifts #BrightonDate published: 08/11/13

With the festive period coming we've got some great gift ideas for you already in their own packaging. Our Martin miller's Gin even comes with it's very own Gin glass and The Veuve Grande Dame 2004 comes in it's very own top of the range case... Christmas made easy...

Noe 30-Year-Old Pedro Ximenez Gonzalez Byass 37.5cl Half bottle

Currently £17.99

Taylor's 10-year-old Tawny Port

Currently £20.00

Martin Miller’s Reformed Dry Gin 70cl Bottle

Currently £25.00

Monkey Shoulder 70cl Bottle

Currently £25.00

Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos 2001

Currently £28.00

H by Hine VSOP Cognac 70cl Bottle

Currently £30.00

Château Musar 2004 150cl Magnum

Currently £45.00

Dalmore 15 Year Old 70cl Bottle

Currently £50.00

Veuve Clicquot ‘La Grande Dame’ 2004

Currently £110.00

Don't forget at majestic we sell a minimum of 6 bottles of wine, spirits and Champagnes but to a mixture of your choice. To place an order visit our website on www.majestic.co.uk or call us on 01273 777085


The LVMH Family #LVMHDate published: 08/11/13

Here at Majestic Brighton and Hove we love to drink and dable in the finer things in life. Here are a great selection of some of the LVMH products available here with us and all on very good offers for the festive period...Looking for a gift...Think LVMH!

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV

Currently £27.99 when you buy 2 or more save 33.3%, unit price £42.00

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV

Currently £29.99 when you buy 2 or more save 33.3%, unit price £45.00


Ruinart NV

Currently £35.00

Moët & Chandon Rosé NV

Currently £38.00

Veuve Clicquot 2004

Currently £39.98 when you buy 2 or more save 33.3%, unit price

Veuve Clicquot Rosé NV

Currently £40.00

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2004

Currently £42.00

Ruinart Rosé NV

Currently £45.00

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV

Currently £45.00

Veuve Clicquot NV 150cl Magnum

Currently £70.00

Krug Grande Cuvée NV

Currently £120.00

Dom Perignon 2004 Gift Box

Currently £120.00

Don't forget at Majestic we sell and deliver a minimum of 6 bottles of wine mixed how you like. Free delivery applies to orders over £40.00. To place an order visit our website at www.majestic.co.uk or call us on 01273777085


Cheeky little wine tasting.Date published: 07/11/13

Cheeky little wine tasting.

I have a few friends coming to visit at the weekend, and my wife thought it would be a good idea if we hosted a wine tasting of a fizz, a white and a couple of bottles of red.

We are starting off with a bottle of Taitinger Brut NV which is currently at £37.00 when you buy 2. This is quite a fresh style of champagne with not too much yeasty toasty characters, but enough to show off the 15 months of lees ageing it will have undergone as a non vintage champagne.

Then we will turn our attention to a white wine which is going to be the Louis Latour Grand Ardeche. This is a brilliant Meursault alternative from the south of France where Louis Latour has purchased a plot. This wine shows great stone fruit flavours and minerality while delivering perfectly integrated oak characters. At £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles it's a steal.

The next wine is going to be a belter of a Rioja, the Muriel 2008 recently got written up in decanter having received 93 Parker points from The Wine Advocate. It displays delicious forest fruit flavours as well as sweet spice from the American oak it is matured in for 24 months. This is on a good deal at £9.99 single bottle price.

The last wine is made by the world famous Bordeaux producers of Lefite Rothschild, however, this one is made in Corbiers. It is a classic southern Rhone blend with syrah, grenache, cinsault and mouverde, providing big powerful flavours with subtle spice and a long finish. This is £10.99 single bottle price and is the cheapest Lefite you will ever buy!

I have a sneaking suspicion we will finish with a bottle of Taylor's Tawny port, which at £20 is a great buy.


It should be a good night, Sunday, probably not as good!

New fine wine arrivals...Date published: 07/11/13

Here at majestic Brighton and Hove we love receiving great new fine wine Parcels, so here are a few of our new arrivals...


Ten Minutes By Tractor Estate Chardonnay 2011 Mornington Peninsular

Mornington Peninsular is a sub-region of Victoria which, in recent years, has been identified as arguably the best area in Australia for cultivating the classic Burgundian varieties. From the estate's Main Ridge vineyard, this Chardonnay is whole-bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeasts in French oak barriques.
Currently £35.00 a bottle

Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Pinot Noir 2009 Mornington Peninsular

Mornington Peninsular is a sub-region of Victoria which, in recent years, has been identified as arguably the best area in Australia for cultivating the classic Burgundian varieties. Made in small open-topped fermenters with wild yeasts and matured for 11-15 months in French oak, this is an elegant and polished Australian Pinot.

Currently £35.00 a bottle

Château Berliquet 2006 St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé

Located just a few hundred metres from the village of St-Emilion, Berliquet is one of the area's oldest estates. After years in the doldrums, the Château underwent a revival in the mid-1980s gaining it Grand Cru Classé status, and now produces wines of enviable quality.

A classic St-Emilion, offering a dense core of blackberry and cherry fruit, overlaid with notes of earth and underbrush. Grippy minerality and firm tannins provide texture and length.

Currently £19.99 when you buy any of our Pick 'n' Mix wines save 33.3%, unit price £30.00

Château Coufran 2004 Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur

Located in the Haut-Médoc part of Pauillac, Coufran is notable for its unusually high proportion of Merlot, which forms around 85% of the blend. Being a more typical feature of right-bank wines, this has earned Coufran the nickname 'Pomerol of Haut-Médoc'.

This wine has a soft, fleshy and ample feel, combining soft bramble and ripe plum flavours with smooth tannins. Subtle cedar and leaf aromas complete the picture.

Currently £14.99 a bottle when you buy any 2 save £10.00, unit price £19.99

Barolo 'Rocche Dell'Annunziata' 2009 Rocche CostamagnaA single-vineyard Barolo from a 3.45-hectare plot, located in one of the choicest sub-regions of La Morra, noted for its calcareous soils. The wine spends 24 months in cask and a further 12 months in bottle before release. A classically structured Barolo, with enduring tannins surrounding ripe black fruit, and intriguing aromas of roses, tobacco leaf and woodsmoke.
Currently £24.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £29.00

Ramey Chardonnay 2010 Russian River ValleyOwner and winemaker David Ramey has created this stunning Chardonnay from a single vineyard owned by Kent Ritchie. Two-thirds of the wine is aged in new French oak, for a voluptuous, layered texture and huge toasty bouquet, while the acidity is still incisive and freshening. Immense complexity and length. Drink now or over the next 3-5 years.
Currently £30.00 a bottle

Beringer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010"Chocolate, mocha, plums and spices come to life in this fleshy, mid-weight wine. Readers who appreciate a more mineral-inflected style of Cabernet will prefer the Knights Valley bottling, while those who appreciate radiant, fruit-forward Cabernets are likely to prefer the Napa Valley. Both are beautiful. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% each Petit Verdot and Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020". 92 points. Antoni Galloni, The Wine Advocate.

Currently £24.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £29.00

Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Russian River Valley

A superb Chardonnay made using the traditional Burgundian techniques of whole-bunch pressing and native yeast fermentation, and enriched by 20 months' maturation on lees in 55%-new French and Hungarian oak. As such it treads the fine line between power and delicacy, and will reward careful cellaring for up to another 5 years.
Currently £45.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10.00

Torremilanos Crianza 2009 Ribera del Duero

Established in 1903 by the Peñalba Lopéz family, Torremilanos is one of Ribera del Duero's historic wineries. This, their flagship wine is Tempranillo, known locally as Tinto Fino, with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in new and old French oak and bottled unfiltered.

Darkly hued damson in colour, this is an opulent, multi-layered wine. Smoky and savoury, with cedar and vanilla notes, and a striking freshness highlighting the ripe blackcurrant core.

Currently £16.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £21.00


Offer alert...Pol Roger Reserve NVDate published: 06/11/13

Offer alert...Pol Roger Reserve NV
Pol Roger's historic underground cellars are 33m deep and average particularly low temperatures. They thus provide an environment uniquely suited to slow fermentation, and are responsible for this Champagne's famously super-fine mousse.
Currently £34.00 a bottle
Only on offer until 2nd of December...Don't forget we deliver 6 bottles of more for free as long as it's over £40.00...Order online at www.majestic.co.uk or call us on 01273 777085

Two week treats from Majestic Brighton and HoveDate published: 06/11/13

Two week treats from Majestic Brighton and  Hove...
With the current Pick 'n' Mix offer running..We'd thought we'd give you some extra treats to help with the festivities that are fast approaching...
Pinot Grigio Superiore 2012 Cantina Beato Bartolomeo da Breganze

Cantina Beato Bartolomeo has concentrated its efforts in the last few years on increasing the quality of all aspects of their winemaking. The co-op rewards its members by analysing the grapes coming in and sharing out the proceeds in proportion to the quality delivered.

A vibrant Pinot Grigio that offers much more character and class than some. Showing citrus fruit flavours and subtle floral aromas. Good acidity helps create a clean, refreshing wine.

Currently £5.99 when you buy 2 or more save £6.00, unit price £8.99

Bourgogne Chardonnay 'Les Chenaudières' 2012 Cave de Lugny

A stylish wine from one of Burgundy's most reliable and reputable cooperatives. Cave de Lugny is situated in the heart of the Mâconnais, and is the biggest producer of the region.

Crisp and elegant with citrus and apple fruit characters alongside a lovely streak of minerality. Refined and classy, with good length.

Currently £6.99 when you buy 2 or more save £4.00, unit £price £8.99

Vieux Remparts 2011 Lussac St-Emilion

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

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

Currently £6.99 when you buy 2 or more save £8.00, unit price £10.99

Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. Guigal

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

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

Currently £7.99 when you buy 2 or more save 20%, unit price £9.99

Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, Italy

Prosecco is really driving the sparkling wine market at present and this value example really shows why. A fresh, frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of accessible pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy or alcoholic.

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

Currently £6.99 when you buy 2 or more save 33.3%, unit price £10.49

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NV Italy

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

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

Currently £6.99 when you buy 2 or more save 33.3%, unit price £10.49

Don't forget here at Majestic Brighton and Hove we deliver 6 bottles of wine or more for free as long as it's over £40.00. Order online at www.majestic.co.uk or call us on 01273 777085


Offer alert...Peroni Date published: 04/11/13

Here at Majestic Brighton, we love a great deal. Not only do we have some fantastic offers on wines, we also have some great deals on beers. Peroni is currently at just £24 a case. That's just £1 a bottle. Now there's a great excuse to stock up on beer at the same time as topping up your wine rack next time you place an order!!

Wine Review - Au Bon Climat Pinot NoirDate published: 04/11/13

Team Brighton enjoyed a wonderful evening last Saturday trying some fine wines from around the world. The ABC Pinot Noir is from Santa Barbara County in California. ABC are renowned for producing easy drinking styles of high quality Pinot Noir, and this is no exception to the rule.

A medium intensity wine with an intense ruby core, the wine exudes red fruit flavours such as strawberry, cherry and crushed cranberry leaving a slight mouth watering quality thanks to its crisp acidity and slight earthy character. Certainly a no- nonsense wine, yet at the same time a definitely laid back style.

Soft and smooth tannins on the palate, this is an excellent example of a fruit driven Pinot which for a celebration or special occasion will match roast lamb as well as complementing simple roast poultry dishes very well.


Pelorus NV by Cloudy BayDate published: 02/11/13

If you missed it, I'm sorry. The Pelorus NV has gone down a storm on the tasting counter today.

Made by traditional method, this bubbly has Champagne quality with yeasty notes from its 2 years on lees. Citrus tones and biscuit flavours come through too. This is a brilliant alternative to the French stuff. 

The bottle's empty but the offer runs on...

£15.99 when bought as part of our 33% pick 'n' mix deal

On the Tasting Counter: Pouilly Fuissé Vieilles Vignes by CordierDate published: 02/11/13

As part of our Fine Wine Frenzy we have open a bottle of this elegantly complex white Burgundy. Come in and try it today.

Having undergone delicate oak ageing, Cordier's Chardonnay is round and rich but with good acidity. Some beautiful oak-infused aromas of butterscotch and nutmeg develop on the palate and culminate in elegant minerality. This is a complex and sophisticated bottle of wine from one of favourite Burgundian producers. 

£19.99 when you buy two or more bottles

Winter wine tasting..Date published: 02/11/13

With the Winter wine tasting coming up here is a little list of some of the wines well be trying on that evening...Don't forget well also have our legendary cheese's and more wine open to try...

Torres Viña Sol 2012 Catalunya Currently £6.49 when you buy 2 or more save £3.00, unit price £7.99

Grüner Veltliner 2012 Weingärten Weissenkirchen, Wachau  Currently £8.99 when you buy 2 or more save £2.00, unit price £9.99

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough Currently £9.32 when you buy 2 or more save 33.3%, unit price £13.99

Pouilly-Fuissé ‘Terroirs Rares’ 2012 Christophe Cordier Currently £19.99

La Garnacha 2011 Salvaje del Moncayo Currently £7.99 when you buy 2 or more save £4.00, unit price £9.99

Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir 2011 Santa Barbara County Currently £20.00 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines save £10.00, unit price £25.00 

Hochar Père et Fils 2008 Currently £11.99

Château Coufran 2004 Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Currently £14.99 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines save £10.00, unit price £19.99

Château Musar 2005 Gaston Hochar Currently £19.99

Lirac Vignobles Abeille 2011 Mont Redon Currently £12.79 when you buy any 2 Rhone wines save 20%, unit price £15.99


Places are filling up fast so if you'd like to join us...Call us on 01273 777085

On the Tasting Counter: Turkey Flat WhiteDate published: 02/11/13

There are many different routes into this Australian white. A blend of Rhone grapes, tasters can pick out the Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier all individually and together they converge elegantly after having some time in oak. Honeysuckle and stone fruit notes are present on the nose, continuing on the palate with a finish of the oak's toasted butterscotch. 

More than anything though, it is a beautifully balanced glass with a luxurious mouth-feel and prolonged finish.

£11.99 when you buy two or more

Sparkling wines from the Pick and Mix range...Date published: 01/11/13

The November Pic and Mix is here...
Here are a few of our Sparkling wines part of the great Pick n Mix offer...
Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC

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


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

Currently £7.99 when you buy any 2 from our Pick n Mix range, unit price £11.99

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV New Zealand

The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months. This Blanc de Blancs NV comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes, which also give Champagne their elegance.


Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne.

Currently £9.99 when you buy any 2 from our Pick n Mix range, unit price £14.99

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV New Zealand

Pelorus NV is produced using traditional vinification techniques, and only the free-run juice is used to ensure maximum softness and elegance. The final blend of Pelorus NV is aged on its lees for two years prior to disgorging.


From a Chardonnay-dominant blend of selected vintages, this is a fresh, apéritif style of sparkling wine. Crisp apple flavours are backed up by a nutty, yeasty complexity from its time on lees.

Currently £15.98 when you any 2 from our Pick n Mix range, unit price £23.99

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004 England

Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne.


A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.

Currently £23.98 when you buy any 2 from our Pick N mix rage, unit price £35.99


Sherry, It's making a come back in a big way!Date published: 31/10/13

Sherry, It's making a come back in a big way!

Sherry has had a bad reputation in the UK for a while, being seen as sweet, creamy drink for the elderly. This is a huge misconception!!! Sherry is predominantly dry and gives a wonderful aroma and taste of nuts, baked apple and butterscotch.

There are 5 main styles of sherry, they are fino, amontillado, oloroso, palo cortado and PX. Fino and Amotillado sherries are fermented in oak barrels that are filled 5/6 full. This allows a layer of yeast to build up and cover the sherry which prevents it from oxidising this gives it a very dry baked apple and salty flavour which matches olive and hard cheeses perfectly. Amontillado is made as a fino, but after 7 months in oak it is checked and the flor has died, which allows it to slightly oxidise, giving it traits of a fino, with a slight nutty, butterscoth taste, which is spectacularly good. Oloroso is fermented to a higher alcohol of 17% abv which kills the flor and allows the wine to oxidise from the start. This gives a very dark colour and very nutty, slightly sweet flavour. Palo cortado is a hybrid, being a blend of fino sherry, and PX sherry which is naturally sweet. Palo cortado translated into English is cut stick because on the barrel of fino sherry there is a line, when they add PX they put another line across the original line making a cross, so they know what is in the barrel. This wine is bizarrely brilliant, it has the dry salty-ness of the fino with the sweetness of the PX. PX is a sweet sherry that has some port characters but offers a far more nutty complexity. They are all well worth a try. Fortunatley we have all of them for you to buy in store. Furthermore, we have the fino (£8.99), amontillado (£9.99), oloroso (£11.99) and palo cortado (£14.99) open to try on the tasting counter.


Enjoy, and give sherry a try!

The November Pick and Mix is here...Date published: 31/10/13

The November Pick and Mix is here...
As Christmas is coming closer and closer we've got a great new way of buying wine at Majestic Brighton and Hove...The Pick and Mix
You can mix over 40 wines to get the multibuy discount of 33.3%...Here are a few to name a few...

Gavi Montiero 2012 Rocca

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


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

Currently £5.99 when you buy any 2 from the pick and mix range, unit price £8.99

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 £6.99 when you buy any 2 from the pick and mix range, unit price £10.49

Saintsbury Chardonnay 2010 Carneros

Chardonnay accepts and reflects the terrior of the Carneros region and the fingerprint of the vintner. Fermented in 25-30% new French oak barrels and aged sur lie for eight months. During the ageing process, the barrels are stirred (batonnage) to increase yeast contact.


Notes of pears, apricots and melon with toasted spicy oak characters are complemented on the palate by stone fruit, vanilla and hazelnuts. Full bodied and creamy, with a balanced and powerful finish.

Currently £13.32 when you buy any 2 from the pick and mix range, unit price £19.99

Gestos Malbec 2012 Finca Flichman, Mendoza

One of Flichman's top wines, combining the unique characteristics of two terroirs in a single grape variety. Tupungato at 1,100m altitude gives freshness and structure while Barrancas, at 700m, adds colour and density. Aged for over 6 months in American and French oak.


An intense red colour leads to aromas of plums combined with delicate oak, spices and chocolate. Red berry fruit continues on the palate where it is met with a hint of herbal spice.

Currently £6.66 when you buy any 2 from the pick and mix range, unit price £9.99

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 Lodi County

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


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

Currently £7.32 when you buy any 2 from the pick and mix range, unit price £10.99

Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Banfi

Castello Banfi is a family owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. The grapes for this Brunello are sourced from hillside sites with calcareous sandy topsoil and rounded stones.


A full bodied wine with hints of liquorice and chocolate complements the concentrated, velvety cherry fruits on the palate. Very well integrated tannins and long finish. Enjoy over the next 5 to 10 years.

Currently £19.99 when you buy any 2 from the pick and mix range, unit price £30.00

You can check out the whole Pick and Mix range online @ http://www.majestic.co.uk/latest-wine-offers or give us a call in-store on 01273 777085


Offer alert...Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 MarlboroughDate published: 31/10/13

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.

Taste

A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.


Currently £6.99 when you buy any 2 from our pick and mix range, unit price £10.99

New Zealand 20% OfferDate published: 28/10/13

As of tomorrow (29/10) the much anticipated New Zealand wine offer will be going on a cracking 20% off deal, meaning all off your favourite Sauvignon Blancs will be on cracking deals at unbeatable prices. The likes of  the NED, Villa Maria, Saint Clair and many others will be on the offer.

Come down and have a browse. If you are undecided I am sure there will be a tasty selection on the tasting counter

#Come and explore at Majestic Brighton

Amarone NegrarDate published: 26/10/13

An iconic red wine from the Veneto region in the North West of Italy. This is a complexed fine wine which is made by blending three different grape varieties, Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. Despite this the contrasting grape varieties mix together to create a beautifully well balanced wine which offers an unique spicy finish.

Personally I really enjoy this wine as although it has aromas and flavours of cooking spices the sweet fruits allow this wine to be very drinkable and provides a remarkably smooth drinking experience. The wine itself has soft tannins and a fruit driven finish.

Enjoy this jem of a wine with slow cooked lamb or beef caserole.

*£18 when you buy two or more


Fantastic Sparkling wine offers...Date published: 19/10/13

Fantastic Sparkling wine offers...

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

Currently £6.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £11.99


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

Currently £15.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save 40%, unit price £25.00


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 1/3, unit price £42.00


Laurent-Perrier Rosé NV Unusually made by the saignée method, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit, full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. A wonderfully refreshing apéritif, it also works well with a variety of dishes.

Currently £50.00 a bottle


Don't forget here at Majestic wine we deliver 6 bottles for free on order over £40.00, any mixture. Call us on 01273 777085

Château Senejac, Cru Bourgeois – 2010 – Fine Wine Review Date published: 18/10/13

Chateau Senejac is a fine wine which is produced in Medoc where the grapes used are generally Cabernet Sauvignon based. 2010 was an exceptional year for the grapes making it an ideal vinatge, with this particular wine having ripe fruit and soft tannins. This allows the wine to be instantly enjoyable but with an intensity and concentaion for prolonged ageing.

This wine is great on the nose but is even more impressive on the palate. What I particularly enjoy about this wine is the dark fruit content which gives it a vibrant taste with a magnificent long finish. This along with the amazing secondry notes of smokey cigar box makes this a wonderful wine to have with roast dinner, ideally lamb with a hint of rosemary and mint sauce.

At £18 a bottle (on two or more) this really is a bargain buy which can either be drunk on purchase or be left to age.  


Wine Of The Week – Quinta de Azvedo Vinho Verde.Date published: 17/10/13

Wine Of The Week – Quinta de Azvedo Vinho Verde.

This is a delicate wine from the Minho region in Northern Portugal. Literally translated as 'green wine' it boasts a complex nose of youthful citrus and white blossom characteristics. This wine is dry and has a fantastic crispness, and thanks to the production method of fermenting in stainless steel vat, it keeps a slight spritz, which is evident in the mouth feel to this wine.

As well as this, the wine has a good structure and is well balanced. Designed to be drunk in its youth, it is drinking now and is a real bargain for £5.99*, and is at this price for a strictly limited time only. Ideal to go with light pasta dishes, salads and light seafood dishes, this is a really versatile wine to match with food.

This wine is open to try on our tasting counter now.


Château PeyrabonDate published: 17/10/13

Château Peyrabon

The earliest mention of the property is on Belleyme's map of 1766 (Pierre de Belleyme was the Royal Geographer for King Louis XV). In 1958 the property was bought by the Babeau family, who expanded the vineyard by purchasing unplanted land from neighbouring Château Liversan. In 1998 Peyrabon was bought by Patrick Bernard, owner and managing director of the Bordeaux-based fine wine merchant company, Millésima. 

Since then, Patrick Bernard has invested heavily to modernise the property. On the principle that good grapes make the best wine, much of this investment has been focussed on the vineyards, where plots are now drained before replanting. A new vineyard management team is also in place, under the guidance of Xavier Michelet. There has also been a lot of work in the vat house, the building being overhauled and thermo-regulated vats installed. 

The property produces three wines; Château La Fleur Peyrabon AOC Pauillac (one of only 7 Crus Bourgeois wines in Pauillac); Château Peyrabon AOC Haut Médoc; and Château Pierbone AOC Haut Médoc (the second wine of Château Peyrabon). The estate consists of 57 hectares in one single plot, with 50 hectares in the Haut-Medoc appellation, which produces Château Peyrabon, and 7 in AOC Pauillac, which are used to make La Fleur Peyrabon. The grapes for Château Peyrabon are harvested manually and by machine, whereas the La Fleur Peyrabon harvest is entirely by hand. Maturation for both wines takes place in oak, with 50% of new oak going in to La Fleur Peyrabon, and 25% for Château Peyrabon. 

As with the majority of Left Bank wines, Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant grape variety. The vineyards of La Fleur Peyrabon are planted with an average of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. For Château Peyrabon, planting is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.


Château Peyrabon 2003 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc 

Grape - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot 

Information -  This wine was bought as a parcel directly from the cellars of Château Peyrabon, and as such has been matured under excellent conditions. The wine has undergone 14 months maturation in 25% new oak, and is now mature and ready to drink. It is forward and fruit driven, with plenty of bramble fruit, supported by a touch of vanilla oak and cedar, with light tannins. The wine will show best with roasted meats such as lamb or duck. 

Online Customer Rating - 4 out of 5 stars 

Price - £12.99 (buy two save £4)

Wine review - Chablis 'La Collegiale' Laroche 2011Date published: 16/10/13

This is a gorgeous chardonnay of the highest quality. A Burgundy wine which has a brilliant vibrant yellow colour and is fresh on the nose.

The wine has a clear and unmistakable mineral character which comes from the limestone and Kimmeridigian clay in which it was grown in. On the palate it is refreshing and has clear notes of apples and pears which makes for a well balanced enjoyable wine.

Recommendation: This would go down perfectly with some white fish and even white meat. 

£11.99 when you buy 2 bottles - Save £4  

Come in and try whilst it is still on our tasting counter!!!


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine - Angel's Share Shiraz ReviewDate published: 11/10/13

I make no bones about it, I am a fan of big bold spicy Aussie Shiraz, and I'm not afraid to admit it. I enjoyed Aussie Shiraz before I started my career at Majestic, and my love for this wine has increased a hundred- fold. 

I'd not heard of Two Hands before working at Majestic, but now I've heard of them and tried their wines, I love them. The Angel's Share hails from the McLaren Vale in South Australia, where the influence of the Indian Ocean influences the climate, and this accentuates the earthy and spiciness of the Shiraz. 

The Angel's Share is a complex and modern interpretation of a big Shiraz, and the nose offers and interesting aroma of fruits such as cassis and plum, and has a earthy leatheriness to it, as well as violet and a cola flavour profile. The wine is big and high in alcohol, but the structure of this wine is such that it can cope with it. The flavour profile is similar to the aroma in that being a Shiraz, it is full of concentrated black fruit, as well as pepper, eucalyptus and cocoa. The finish is insanely long and its possible to still taste the wine a minute or two after swallowing the wine.

Angel's Share gets its name from the myth that during maturation in oak casks the small evaporation of the wine relates to the proportion of wine which is 'drunk by Angels'.

Only a select few wines have brought out my inner childish giggling self due to their fantastic nature in complexity, and the Angel's Share is one of them. With the weather as miserable as it is today, this wine will warm you from the inside out. 

The Angel's Share is part of the buy two, save £10 fine wine deal and is open to try on our tasting counter now.

Wine Bottles: A Beginners GuideDate published: 10/10/13

Wine bottles: An brief guide

Following from the crash-course into the different sizes of wine bottle, I've decided to write a brief introduction to the physical shapes of varying wine bottles.

This has an important role to play, especially when it comes to French wine, it can identify where the wine was produced. In a broad sense, wines from Burgundy are in a different shaped bottle to those wines produced in Bordeaux. It is not just France that this applies to however.

The wine producers of Italy, Portugal, Spain and Germany also abide by the tradition of their local areas which bottle shape is most appropriate for their wine. The following is a brief description and breakdown of which wines are filled in which style of bottle:

Port, Sherry & Bordeaux varieties: These are straight-sided and high-shouldered with a pronounced punt. Port and sherry bottles may have a bulbous neck to collect any residue.

Burgundies & Rhone varieties: tall bottles with sloping shoulders and have a smaller punt.

Schlegal variety, predominantly used in German wine growing regions are similar to Burgundy bottles, but more slender and elongated.

Rhine, Mosel & Alsace varieties are narrow and tall with little or no punt.

Champagne and other sparkling wines have thick-walled and wide with a pronounced punt and sloping shoulders.

German wines from Franconia are in the Bocksbeutal bottle.

The Chianti and some other Italian wines: the fiasco a round-bottomed flask encased in a straw basket. This is more often used for everyday table wines; many of the higher-grade Chianti producers have switched to Bordeaux-type bottles.


As well as this, many North and South American, South African, and Australasian wine producers select the bottle shape with which they wish to associate their wines. For instance, a producer who believes his wine is similar to Burgundy may choose to bottle his wine in Burgundy-style bottles.


What's the difference between a Methuselah & Melchizedek? A Brief guide to wine bottle sizesDate published: 07/10/13

Catering for a large dinner party? Fancy a bottle for a special occasion and a bit of a centre-piece and gives your guests the 'Wow Factor?' Well, read on...

Many people will already be aware of the more common varying wine bottle sizes that are relatively easy to buy from stockists (standard 750ml, Magnum 1.5 litre, and Jeroboam, 3 litre.)

Along with these, there are a whole plethora of bottle sizes, which range from a Piccolo, which is a quarter-bottle or 187ml to the largest called a Melchizedek, named after the King of Salem which contains a massive 30 litres, the equivalent of 40 bottles!

Many of the larger bottles have Biblical connections, as Jeraboam was the First King of the Northern Kingdom. Following this, the next bottle size up is 4.5 litre capacity, and is known as a Rehoboam, who was the First King of separate Judea.

A 15 litre bottle is named after the King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, and is probably the largest bottle size that is realtively easy to purchase commercially.

Inbetween the Nebuchadnezzar, the 12 litre Balthazar, and the 18 litre Melchior are named after two of the 3 wise men who appeared before Jesus at His birth.

The sheer size of some of these bottles do come with their problems however for producing and preserving ultimate quality when it comes to specifically Champagne.

Most Champagne houses are unable to carry out secondary fermentation in bottles larger than a magnum due to the difficulty in riddling large, heavy bottles. After the secondary fermentation completes, the champagne must be transferred from the magnums into larger bottles, which results in a loss of pressure. Some believe this re-bottling exposes the champagne to greater oxidation and therefore results in an inferior product compared to champagne which remains in the bottle in which it was fermented.

With still wine however, although not a proven nor exact science, the size of the bottle means the wine ages far better in larger bottles as the ratio of the wine to surface area of glass is larger, and so matures at a slower rate.

Next time you fancy 'wowing' your guests, maybe think about buying a show-stopping wine bottle that will be the centre of attention!!

Food, or indeed, wine for thought...


Offer alert...Louis Roederer NVDate published: 06/10/13

Offer alert...Louis Roederer NV

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 £28.00 a bottle*

Only valid until Monday the 14th of October...

Wine Review – Montes Reserva Malbec (£9.99, or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles)Date published: 06/10/13

Wine Review – Montes Reserva Malbec (£9.99, or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles)

This is a new product in at Mjaestic Brighton, I do enjoy a Malbec and so I thought I'd give it a try. Montes produce a great Merlot and a fantastic Chardonnay, so my expectations were already high for the Malbec.

This wine is produced from some of Chile's oldest vines, some around 100 years old, and old vines mean big flavour. Only oaked for 6 months, this wine is a predominantly fruit driven style, with the classic characteristics of bramble, blueberry and raspberry. The short oaking adds complexity and a roundness of sweet spice to the wine.

Suitable to drink with a rare steak, this wine would also pair well with a rich spaghetti bolognese, this bottle offers cracking value for a sub £10 full bodied red wine.  


Offer alert...Nicolas Feuillate NVDate published: 05/10/13

Offer alert Nicolas Feuillate NV

Currently £16.66*

A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing prior to release.

Only valid until Monday the 14th of October

Offer alert...Moet NVDate published: 05/10/13

Offer alert...Moet NV

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV

Perhaps the best known Champagne, the Brut Imperial from Moët embodies their house style: crisp and clean, this classic Champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuity flavours. An excellent apéritif.

Currently £27.99 when you buy 2 or more save 1/3, unit price £42.00

Wine Review – Bellingham Estate Old Vines Chenin Blanc Date published: 04/10/13

Wine Review – Bellingham Estate 'The Bernard Series' Old Vines Chenin Blanc (£11.99, or £9.59 when you buy 2 or more bottles)

I've grown to rather enjoy a splash of Chenin Blanc. This offering from The Bellingham Estate offers a huge value for money in terms of flavour thanks to the 40 year old vines on which these grapes are grown. The wine is a lovely rich deep lemon, verging on golden colour in the glass and has wafts of smokiness thanks to its barrel ageing in oak.

The wine is wonderfully balanced, as at 14% abv it does pack a punch (especially for a white wine) but the flavours along with the crispness and mouthfeel work in harmony.

A great wine and superb value for money, this old vines Chenin Blanc offers a wonderful alternative to a big oaked chardonnay. A great match for pork chops.

This wine is open and available to try on our tasting counter now!


Wine of the Week...Date published: 02/10/13

WINE OF THE WEEK Paul Mas 'Cab de Cab' 2012

£6.49* Grape Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

Origin

Domaine Paul Mas combines mechanical harvesting with hand picking. The use of machines allows them to collect the largest amount of grapes at optimum ripeness. It also means that they can keep picking through the night to avoid the grapes oxidising in the heat of the day.
Taste This blend of 50% Cab/Sauv and 50% Cab/Franc is in fact a mix of finnished wines.Blackberry and roasted pepper characters sit well in a full-bodied, soft red with acres of character.
Enjoy Serve with barbecued meat, pasta dishes or hard cheeses

* when you buy 2 or more bottles (£7.99 single bottle price)


A-Z of wine and winemaking - WDate published: 02/10/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking – W

W is for Wairau Valley. This is the Valley of the Wairau River in New Zealand which makes up the heartland of Marlborough, which is located in the north-central region of the South Island. It is currently famed for the massive popularity of its favourite export, Sauvignon Blanc. Several other varietals are grown here, such as Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay.


Fine Wine Friday: Saint Clair Pioneer's Block Sauvignon BlancDate published: 27/09/13

The familiarity of New Zealand Sauvignon means that every so often you need to treat yourself to something a little more premium from this illustrious combination of grape and terroir. 

Saint Clair's Pioneer Block represents such a treat. Lime acidity and a hint of tropical kiwi fruit is followed by a smooth body and green tinges of bell pepper and tomato leaf. 

We have a bottle open on the tasting counter for you to sample all weekend. Other bottles are yours to take away for £19.99 - or £15.99 per bottle when you buy more two or more. 

Wine Review - Kinheimer Hubertuslay Riesling Auslese 2003Date published: 27/09/13

Riesling can often split opinion but if you're open to trying something different, and probably more interesting than the Sauvignon and Chardonnay staples, then try a bottle of this Auslese from the German Mosel valley. 

Auslese translates as "select harvest" and the wines produce something of greater depth than the Kabinett and Spatlese classifications. The influence of Noble Rot gives this wine high residual sugars, evident on the sides of the glass. The traditional kerosene notes are accompanied by caramelised apple and orange. The long finish of this Auslese begins with a lovely marzipan flavour. 

This is a succulent wine that beautifully matches honey and paprika glazed pork ribs. 

A single bottle price of £10.99 means it is an affordable delve into high-quality Riesling. 

Wine of the Week...Date published: 25/09/13

WINE OF THE WEEK Rioja 'single vineyard'2011

Ramon Bilbao

£7.49* Grape Grenache, Tempranillo

Origin

Bodegas Ramon Bilbao is situated in a privileged location:Haro, in Rioja Alta, a paradise where Rioja's emblematic grape variety, Tempranillo, grows best. From Vines with an average age of 40 years, this conecntrated, intense Rioja is a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha
Taste This soft and supple wine is vibrant ruby in clour with aromas of red cherry and blackberry fruit and slight hints of vanilla on the medium boddied palate.
Enjoy Well structured with a long and pleasant finnish which would be ideal with red meat stews and cheeses.

* when you buy 2 or more bottles (£9.99 single bottle price)


The A-Z of Champagne. Dom PerignionDate published: 25/09/13

Benedectine cellar master at the Abbey of Hautvillers in the late 17th century. Dom Perignon is (with a little poetic licence) dubbed the father of Champagne. And Dom Perignon, the wine, is certainly the king of all prestige Champagne cuvees, thanks to thee imagination of another great champenois Robert-Jean de Vogue.

It was a brilliant marketing coup, in view of Moet & Chandon's long standing ownership of the ancient abbey and vineyards of Hautvillers. The first shipments arrived in London in 1935 and in New York the following year. It was an instant and resounding success, offering comfort and solace to wine lovers as storm clouds gathered over Europe.

Dom Perignon stays faitful to vinification of the still wines in stainless steel, resulting in Champagnes of precise, initially reductive flavors that can take a full decade to really show themselves. The essential DP style, however, is for floral aromas and a creamy middle palate that is never heavy.

FINEST WINES

Dom Perignon 2000. Vital, positive bright yellow, with gold and green highlights. Expansive, ripe scents of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay meshing together, already showing well. Vigorous, with fine mineral tones and full of character. It will give real pleasure realtively young for DP.

Dom Perignon 1969. To have the pleasure to try or purchase such a cuvee requires a deep purse for the connoisseur nearly forty years of age. Seamless, golden colour; clearly ripe and very mature nose but with that telltale punch of acidity typical of the vintage. Solid, robust, foursquare mouthful, relieved by a little creaminess.

Dom Perignon Rose 1996. This is more reserved and shy but with great ageing potential. Exquisite coral colour, and a vibrant but very controlled Pinot character on the nose. Captivating, fragrant in the mouth red fruit flavors so very Pinot. Perfect balance of ripe, elegant tannins and maturity with a crisp finish.

2004 Dom Perignon is now available to buy in bond at Lay and Wheeler. 



A-Z of wine and winemaking – VDate published: 21/09/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking – V

V is for Véraison. Véraison is the 3rd key stage in a grape's growth cycle. Véraison is the point at which grapes begin to ripen. The first indication of this process is the change of colour in the grape skin. Until this stage, all grapes are green. Black varieties turn red, progressing to purple, whereas white grapes become more translucent and golden in colour. In the Northern Hemisphere, véraison occurs between the months of July to September. In the Southern Hemisphere, the process takes place between January and March.


A-Z of wine and winemaking - UDate published: 21/09/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - U. U is for Undurraga.

Don Francisco Undurraga, an enterprising man in the 19th century, was one of the pioneers of winemaking in Chile and founder of Viña Undurraga. With plants he brought over personally from France and Germany and under the supervision of the renowned French viticulturist M. Pressac, he developed the first vineyards in the Santa Ana Estate, which was named in honor of his wife Doña Ana Fernández Iñiguez. This estate, located in Talagante, 34 kilometers from Santiago, in the heart of the Maipo Valley, received its first plantations of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Gewürztraminer in 1885 and by 1903, the first shipments were being made to the USA.


(taken from www.http://www.winesofchile.org/wineries/members-access/undurraga/)

A-Z of wine and winemaking - TDate published: 21/09/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking – T

T is for Touriga. Touriga is the first part of the name of two grape varieties grown in The Douro Valley, Portugal, which are used in the production of Port. Touriga Nacional is a low yielding, small berried and early ripening variety of grape. It produces full bodied wine, and has a very concentrated flavour. Touriga Nacional is widely considered to be the finest grape grown here.

The second grape variety, Touriga Franca is also a premium Douro grape, which some consider to be as good as Touriga Nacional. In order to obtain optimum ripeness, Touriga Franca requires a warm location to grow. The wines produced from this grape variety are big, robust, well structured and have good perfume.


A-Z of wine and winemaking - SDate published: 21/09/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking – S

S is for Solera. Solera is a fractional blending process used during the production of Sherry, whereby younger wine is blended with older wines, to endeavour to keep a consistant wine to be produced.  


A-Z of wine and winemaking - RDate published: 21/09/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking – R

R is for Remuage. Remuage is the French word for Riddling. During the production of Champagne (the traditional method) after the secondary fermentation has taken place, the yeast cells must be removed from the bottle. Prior to this, remuage must take place. Remuage is the process of rotating the bottle fractionally (and traditionally, all by hand) as well as moving it from the horizontal to a vertical position over a period of time. This allows the dead yeast cells to drop and settle in the neck of the bottle. Once this process has been carried out, the bottle neck is frozen in a brine, and is ready for dégorgement, which is the physical process of removing the sediment.


Wine Review - Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 1995Date published: 21/09/13

Wine Review - Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 1995 (£16.99, or £13.59 when you buy 2 or more Spanish wines*)

A while ago we had a special parcel of varying vintages of the Bodegas Valdemar Gran Reserva, & I decided to buy a couple of bottles to compare the styles of mature Rioja. Last night, I decided to open the 1995 vintage, 

This is arguably one of the best vintages of the 1990's, and with very good reason. A lovely garnet verging on tawny colour in the glass, and for its maturity, it has a surprising freshness of fruit characteristics about it. It of course has the secondary ageing notes of oak and sweet spices such as vanilla which are typical of a Gran Reserva. There are also tertiary characteristics which are evident on the nose, which resemble a savoury, leatheriness.

On the palate this wine has a very pleasant mouthfeel, and the aroma characteristics all come through onto the palate. In terms of structure, this wine is very soft, and medium bodied, with harmonious tannins and acidity which balance the wine very well. The finish of the wine lingers pleasantly, and is a very moreish wine to drink.

As mentioned, this is a parcel wine which we only have a limited amount of stock remaining, so if you are a fan of aged Rioja, I'd urge you come and buy some up as it won't be around for long!!

An elegant, clean, mature and yet fresh Rioja, this is aching to be paired with a classic roast lamb meal with all the trimmings.  


Tasting Counter: Reuilly 2012, Henri BeurdinDate published: 20/09/13

As part of our Sauvignon soaked weekend here at Brighton Majestic we have a selection from New Zealand and the Loire, as well as one bottle from South Africa open on the tasting counter. On Saturday 21st we will be holding Sauvignon Blanc tasting sessions at 12pm and 3pm - do come in and sample these for yourself. 

Less well known than Pouilly-Fume and Sancerre, and further down the Loire Valley toward the Atlantic, sits the appellation of Reuilly. Following the general rule of Loire by showing crisp, stealy characteristics, this wine by Henri Beurdin exhibits apple citrus notes and green grass hints. Ideal pairing for a prawn salad. 

£9.99 when you buy two or more bottles, £10.99 if you buy just one. 

Tasting Counter: Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay 2010Date published: 18/09/13

From one of our most popular producers of Sauvignon Blanc, this Chardonnay by Villa Maria seems a little more appropriate now the nights are drawing in. 

Toasted vanilla aromas continue on the palate accompanied by citrus tones and a little tropicality. Come and try on the tasting counter today.

£9.49 per bottle when you buy two or more - £12.49 if you buy just one.

Tasting Counter: £5.99 Wine of the weekDate published: 18/09/13

Marco de Pegōes 2011, Terras do Sado Tinto

£5.99*

Grape: Castelao, Alicante, Syrah

Origin: Although these vineyards are further south than the renowned Douro valley, the temperatures are moderated by its Atlantic maritime climate. 

Taste: The nose is full of Crème de Cassis style blackcurrant, and deep ruby tones hint at the full-bodied, fruit-driven palate that follows. Tempered by notes of black pepper. 

Enjoy: Enjoy with the final barbecues of the summer or the first casseroles of winter.

* when you buy 2 or more bottles (£7.49 single bottle price)


Wine Review - Catena MalbecDate published: 17/09/13

Wine Review - Catena Malbec (£12.99, or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles). If you are a fan of Argentinian red, and you've not tried this wine yet, I urge you to pop down here to buy some of this awesome example of Malbec as soon as you can.

I have been meaning to try this wine since I started working at Majestic, and last night was the night. In a nutshell, this is wine delivers with aplomb on every level.

It has a rich glass-staining-ly intense purple colour, which, when swirled around the glass has the appearance of rich velvet, and certainly appears to be a wine with a much higher price tag than it actually does have. It has a wonderful classic nose of bramble, quinessential of a Malbec. There are hints on violet and plum too, but the richness of the aroma characteristics is immense.

The wine delivers on taste and mouthfeel too; there is nothing shy about this wine, it is superbly balanced for a big gutsy Malbec, but for such a big wine, the tannins are so smooth as if to be imperceivable, and the finish just lasts and lasts. I cannot express just how good value this wine is. I'd even be bold enough to say it is equally as good as a £30 Malbec.

This wine, despite its richness could be drunk on its own, but would be even better paired with a nice big, rare juicy fillet steak with all the trimmings!!

A-Z of wine and winemaking - QDate published: 14/09/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - Q

Qualitatswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete (QbA)

QbA indicates a German wine from a designated quality region, or Anbaugebiete, of which there are 13 in Germany; blending with wines from other regions is forbidden.  The label must show the region from which the wine comes and give some indication of the style of the wine.  These wines will sometimes be chaptalised, so may have a higher alcoholic degree and/or level of sweetness than some Quality Wines with a higher classification.  The wine must have a natural alcohol content of at least 7%.

A-Z of wine and winemaking - PDate published: 14/09/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - P

Pumping over

A fermenting vat of red wine, if left to itself, will soon have a thick crust of grape pulp and skins on the surface.  If nothing is done about this, the juice will take on little colour and the wine will take on a rotten egg character. To counter this, most producers will use the pumping over technique, or remontage. This involves drawing wine from the bottom of the vat and pumping it back over the crust, thus breaking the surface and allowing a greater extraction of the desired qualities from the grape constituents. This is normally done twice a day.


A-Z of wine and winemaking - ODate published: 14/09/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - O

Oxidation

Oxidation occurs when a wine is attacked by oxygen. White wine becomes dark in colour, rosé wines turn orange and red wines take on an orange or even brown tinge. This effect can be countered by the correct use of Sulpher Dioxide before bottling and by ensuring the wine is not exposed to air. Certain wines, such as Oloroso sherry, rely on oxidation within the winemaking process, and some winemakers believe the gradual oxidation of a wine through the cork when ageing is an essential aspect of the wine's development.

Art and Heart of the CuveeDate published: 14/09/13

About a month before the harvest, the berris begin to ripen and change colour, depending on the grape variety: Chardonnay turns form green to greenish gold, Pinot Noir and Meunier to bluish black. As they approach maturity, the berries soften and become juicy and plump- they now look like real grapes.

The exact moment of ripeness in which acidity begins to drop and sugar to rise. In Champagne, this is always a delicate calculation, the aim is to preserve enough acidity to ensure the essential "tension" of a great sparkling wine while, in the case of perfectionist producers, capturing the additional complexity that results from slightly later harvesting and full phenolic maturity.

Pressing
The grapes are pressed, as whole bunches, as quickly and softly as possible, according to the key Champenois principle of fractionated winemaking that is seperating the brighter, clearer, free run juice drawn off at the beginning of the pressing (the cuvee) from that extracted at the end which becomes progressively darker due to the impurities found i the grapes skins.

Fermentation
After pressing, impurities in the must (the pressed grape juice) are eliminated by debourbage, a process of settling that allows solid matter to sink to the bottom of the vat and clear juice to be drawn off from the top. An ultra-modern refinement of this method is the second settling of the must chilled down to about 41F.. The cold acts as filtration and eliminates most of the natural yeasts and coarser lees.

The art of blending
 
The characteristics of as many as 300 crus must be memorized by the blender and their flavours married to produce a Champagne that mirrors the established style of the blender's house. The greatest Champagnes are generally sourced from grand cru grapes in the finest sites, so the cellar masters have a fine palette of flavours, for example, when composing the prestige or top Vintage cuvees of their houses.Amoung the 17 bgrand cru villages a favourite hunting grounf for Pinot Noir Ay bringing harmony and texture; Verzeney bringing acidity and structure; or Bouzy bringing rich exauberent fruit.


A-Z of wine and winemaking - NDate published: 13/09/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - N

Nematodes

Nematodes are microscopic worms that attack the roots of vines.  Treatment is difficult, so the best cure is prevention, which involves totally sanitising the soil, replanting and using resistant rootstocks. In Argentina and Chile, increasing use of drip-irrigation has led to a dramatic increase in the amount of nematodes there.  Now many vineyards are being planted with grafted rootstocks as a protection against nematodes rather that phylloxera.

A-Z of wine and winemaking - MDate published: 13/09/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - M
Macabeo

Known as Macabeo in Catalunya and Viura in Rioja, this white grape is the same variety as the Macabeo/Maccabeu of the south of France. It produces wines with prominant fruit and crisp acidity, but to achieve decent results yields must be restricted. It is used in Rioja and is usually blended with Parellada and Xarel-lo in Catalunya.

Fine wines at House wine prices...Date published: 13/09/13

Fine wines at House wine prices...

This weekend we will be opening a proper Pinot Noir - Jadot Beaune 1er Cru - The appellation of Beaune has no grand Cru sites, but many Premier Cru sites. It is not the best situated are for grape growing in Burgundy, but it always consistent. This is due to the availabilty of good grapes from several Premier Cru sites, (Beaune has 28 Premier Cru Sites and 322 ha of land)  being included in the blend, making a richer and more complex wine as a result.

The wine is filled with fantastic Red and black cherries. with a savoury note and warm leather and spices coming through on the finish. I find the nose it reminiscent of farmyard characteristics - sounds strange, but you'll see what I mean.

Sorry to mention the dreaded C word, but Christmas is around the corner. Pinot Noir is the perfect partner to a juicy turkey dinner. If your like me and you don't want to think about jingling bells and ho ho ho's, you may want to treat yourself to a lovely duck dinner, maybe even a bit of pork belly and a nice bit of crackling.

The Beaune Premier Cru is on offer-

Currently £25.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more fine wines*, save £10.00, unit price £25.00

Fantastic Champagne offers...Date published: 13/09/13

Fantastic Champagne offers...
Nicolas Feuillatte NV
 A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing prior to release.
Currently £15.99 when you buy 2 or more save 1/3, unit price £24.00

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007
Heidsieck & C° Monopole, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla.
Currently £17.99 when you buy 2 or more save 1/3, unit price £27.00

Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV
Intentionally made in a forward and approachable style, with a good balance of rich fruit and refreshing citrussy edge, this is a Champagne for drinking now at any celebratory occasion.
Currently £19.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save 1/3, unit price £30.00

Fantasting offers for a short time only...Date published: 13/09/13

Fantasting offers for a short time only...
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim. 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.

Currently £5.99 when you buy 2 or more save 1/3, unit price £8.99

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012 Grifone

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, not to be confused with the Tuscan village of the same name, is made from the Montepulciano grape variety from the Abruzzi region. This is the signature wine from the area, with coastal plantings at the foot of the Apennines mountains. Whilst standards in this region can vary, this is a reliable, medium-bodied wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins.

Currently £4.99 when you buy 2 or more save 1/3, unit price £7.49

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC

Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle. Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish. Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

Currently £6.66 when you buy 2 or more save 1/3, unit price £9.99

All these great wines at a great 1/3 off. These offers are for a short time only so snap them up quickly while you can. Don't forget we deliver a minimum of 6 bottles of wine for free as long as it's over £40.

B is for BollingerDate published: 13/09/13

Bollinger is the most uncompromising of the grandes maisons, having a certain classical idea of Champagne based on a very proud tradition. The house was founded at Ay in 1829 by Joseph Bollinger, a swabian from Wurttemberg and Paul Renaudin, a Champenois. Renaudin soon left the firm, through his name remained on the labels for 130 years.

Bollinger's rigorous approach to Champagne making is based on its insistence on using only high-quality grapes from vineyards in the Marne. The house's use of highly rated grapes and the juice from only the first pressings, results in generally excellent must, constituted strongly enough to allow for fermentation in wood for its vintage Champagnes. Here the first fermentation is preferably conducted in small oak barrels, nowadays in Burgundy pieces from Bollinger's filial company Chanson, an old negociant house in Beaune.

However, not all wines are suitable for oak fermentation, especially those that are lighter and more fragile, so they are vinified in modern vats. The marriage of wood and stainless steel is best seen in Bollinger's Special Cuvee Non-Vintage- the "Bolly" of its devotees taste memory where reserve wines storerd at lower than usual pressure in magnum contribute to its special style.

Finest Wines

Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV £30 @ Majestic when you buy 6 or more.
Pale, brilliant gold, then the strong impression of ripe grapes from excellent based wine which results in vivid, red fruit flavours with an immaculate balance.

Bollinger RD 1997 £100 @ Majestic Wines (recently discorged)
Released only in exceptional years Light, youtful gold; notably brisk acidity, crisp on the nose with a touch of leanness on the palate

Bollinger Grande Annee 2004 £81 @ Majestic when you buy 6 or more
Only released in exceptional years from exclusively grand-cru grapes. Rich biscuityand yeast, the wine carrries the ultimate expreression of the house style.

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Ay and The Vallee de la MarneDate published: 12/09/13

Crossing the Marne from Epernay, skirting the suburb of Magenta, is one of the three great wine towns of Champagne with one of the great reputations.To get an idea of why its is such a special place for the vine, it is best to approach it from Dizy, on the western side. On your left the majestic vineyards, the finest facing due south, slope down from the Montagne, the little town below, guarding the entrance to the Marne River valley.

The Champagne trade in Ay is dominated by some genuinely great houses-Deutz, Gosset, the recently much revived Ayala, and, most famous for Bollinger. Great pure Pinot Noirs in different styles, depending on the exact location of their parcels. The Champagnes tend to vary from rare all Chardonnay blends to rich, luxuriously textured Pinot Noir varieties that speaks more vividly of its origins than the grape variety.


Wine of the Week Alain Grignon Carignan £5.99*Date published: 11/09/13

Grape

Carignan

Origin

An indigenous grape variety of the Languedoc, Carignan produces dark ruby red wines with plenty of bidy, and are said to be a great expression of the rugged heathland terrior around Carcassonne. This example is from low-yielding vines aged around 40 years. Taste Deep and inky red in colour, the wine is crammed with black cherry fruit, lifted by subtle vanilla aromas from a touch of oak ageing. Bold, meaty tannins provide satisfying texture and length.
Enjoy

Drink with traditional and hearty southern French cuisine like cassoulet and duck confit.


* when you buy 2 or more bottles (£7.99 single bottle price)

A-Z of wine and winemaking - LDate published: 07/09/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - L

La Mancha

La Mancha is a Spanish wine-producing region, located just south of Madrid. It is home of the grape Airen, one of the world's most planted varieties, despite not really being grown outside of this region. As this suggests, La Mancha is vast, with a hot, dry, continental climate.  The vines are planted far apart, and are trained close to the ground, so that the leaf canopy not only protects the bunches, but also cools the surrounding ground.

Double Fine wine FridayDate published: 07/09/13

Double Fine wine Friday...

Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 Friuli

Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes atypical of the region. This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, full-bodied feel on the palate. A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes.  
Currently £18.00 a bottle when you buy any 2 fine wines* save £10.00, unit price £23.00
 
Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011 Marlborough Cloudy Bay is a cult wine and, clever marketing aside, there is no denying the quality of this Chardonnay. A cool climate location and lots of sunshine means long, slow ripening - a recipe for success with Chardonnay. A complex nose that ranges from figs and lemon butter to more savoury elements of fresh hay with hints of butterscotch. The palate is substantial and rounded with toasty complexity and a long finish.
Currently £20 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £15.00, unit price £27.50

Both currently open to try at Majestic Brighton and Hove

George's A-Z Champagne guide Date published: 04/09/13

In this series of articles we will be exploring the classic method of producing Champagne and the best sparkling wines around the world. We will be exploring and researching some of the finest Champagnes that have emerged over the last three centuries featuring entry level Brut to Grand Cuvees. This is a subject I am passionate about and hope you will enjoy following the series of producers and innovative techniques. I leave you with this.. Would you rather have ten bottles of Catena Malbec at £9.99 or one bottle of Champagne. Let's look at the benefits.



A-Z of wine and winemaking - KDate published: 04/09/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - K

Kabinett

Kabinett is a style of Pradikatswein, a german term that indicates a quality wine with special attributes.  Kabinett wines are the most delicate Pradikatswein wines and often make ideal aperitifs. Rieslings made in this style are light in body, with crisp acidity and strong green apple and citrus flavours.

A-Z of wine and winemaking - JDate published: 04/09/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - J

Jerez

Sherry takes its name from the town of Jerez, which lies in the south of Spain, in the province of Cadiz in Andalucia. The soil under vine in Jerez is mostly Albariza, a very compact soil with a high chalk content, which gives good drainage whilst retaining moisture. Jerez is home to a number of Sherry bodegas, or ageing houses.

Fine wines at House wine prices...Date published: 04/09/13

Fine wines at house wine price...
Here at Majestic Brighton and Hove we love a good bargain. We also love to wine and dine the right way but find it hard to pay £20- £30 a bottle at a restaurant for their house wine. I'm sure were not alone with this feeling especially during these hard times.
So we currently have a great offer on some of our fine wines 'Buy two save £10*' and to help you along with your choices from now until Christmas we will always have a fine wine open on our tasting counter for our customers to try...Here are a few more additions to the fine wine deal that have recently taken my eye and don't forget there's plenty more on hand at your local Majestic...
Catena Alta Chardonnay 2011 Mendoza

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

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

Currently £18.00 a bottle when you buy any two fine wines* save £10, unit price £23.00

Decoy Zinfandel 2010 Duckhorn, Sonoma County

Duckhorn Vineyards was established in 1976 by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn, originally focusing on Bordeaux varieties. They have since embraced other grapes such as Zinfandel here, and grown to incorporate seven estates, representing the Napa Valley's various microclimates.

A generous and straightforward wine, with a defined nose of blueberry, cherry and loganberry fruit, accented by soft vanilla oak. The palate is more robust, with the lush fruit framed by firm tannins.

Currently £18.00 a bottle when you buy any two fine wines* save £10, unit price £23.00

Barolo 2009 Natale Verga

Natale Verga is the fourth-generation owner of the Verga family estate which was founded in 1895. This wine comes from grapes sourced from an 11-hectare estate owned by the Gomba family, and has been matured for 24 months in French oak casks.

An inviting garnet colour, this wine offers a blackberry bouquet, accented with persistent notes of rose petal and subtle wood smoke. A warming palate with undertones of spice and graphite.

Currently £18.00 a bottle when you buy any two fine wines* save £10, unit price £23.00

These 3 are too name of few of what we have on offer. Don't forget you can now view exactly what we have in stock by visiting our website @ www.majestic.co.uk and click on 'choose your store'

You can also view what we have open to taste on our tasting counter @ www.majestic.co.uk/brighton

New fine wine arrival at Majestic Brighton and HoveDate published: 04/09/13

We've had a delivery of a great new fine wine to our range from one of the top wines in Italy comes it's 'second wine'.
Le Volte dell' Ornellaia 2011

Producers of one of Italy's most celebrated Bordeaux-inspired wines, Ornellaia have created Le Volte as an approachable, early-drinking 'super-Tuscan' blend, marrying Bordeaux varieties with the local Sangiovese over 10 months in old oak barriques.

A rich black fruit core is surrounded by fine-grained tannins, giving a firm structure and a sense of opulence, with concentration and weight lifted by fresh red fruit acidity.

Currently £18.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more fine wines* save £10.00, unit price £23.00

This wine is limited in quantity so to avoid disappointment give us a call on 01273 777085

Chardonnay tasting tutorial this weekend at Majestic Brighton and HoveDate published: 04/09/13

Chardonnay tasting tutorial this weekend at Majestic Brighton and Hove

If your like us at Majestic and love exploring the world of wine why not come and join us for a Chardonnay tasting this weekend on Saturday at 12:00pm and 3:00pm.  The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak.[2] It is vinified in many different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, France to New World wines with oak, and tropical fruit flavors.

This is a free tasting with limited spaces so please give us a call on 01273 777085 to book your place

New arrival...Arundel alesDate published: 31/08/13

New arrival...Arundel ales

Here at Majestic Brighton we love all things local and so we have started stocking the lovely Arundel ales...

Sussex Gold - Currently £25.80 when you buy any 2 cases of ale save £6.00, unit price £28.80

A rich golden beer with a hoppy, citrus finish. Very smooth, light and refreshing.

ASB ( Arundel Special Bitter) – Currently £26.40 when you buy 2 cases of ale save £6.00, unit price ££29.40

A special bitter with a complex roast malt flavour leading to a fruity, hoppy, bitter-sweet finish.

Old Knucker – Currently £27.00 when you buy any 2 cases of ale save £6.00, unit price £30.00

A very dark old ale. Malt dominates the initial taste, but leads on to a bitter-sweet coffee finish.

We currently have samples of these for our customers to try...Why not pop in and grab yourself a free bottle...

Staff trip to the Paulaner brewery in MunichDate published: 30/08/13

Staff trip to the Paulaner brewery in Munich.

As part of our ongoing continual training and development here at Majestic, I was fortunate enough to be selected to attend a short trip to the Paulaner Brewery in Munich. Not only do we know all about wine, we have training on various beers that are stocked in our stores aswell.

After a very early start for a flight from Heathrow, we landed in Munich, and were greeted by our host at Paulaner, and were given a rather in-depth tour of the brewery.

Our tour guide (and I believe all employees of Paulaner) must study and undertake exams in the science of brewing beer, which is the equivalent to a BSc degree, similar to that of the Diploma that some of our Managers here at Majestic can study for.

We were shown around the brewery and were shown the process from start to finish on how the beer they produce is made, right from the delivery of the grain (depending on which type and style of beer they are making at the time) to the bottling and filling of kegs to sell at bars and restaurants.

Each stage of the process is meticulously checked so that the final product is of the highest possible quality it can be. Convinced (after a lot) of persuasion(?!) a couple of samples were handed around, and I can confirm that the quality of the finished product is second-to-none.

Similar to wine, beer takes on more complex flavours and characterisitcs during the manufacture process, and Paulaner beers take longer to produce, but this is certainly reflected in the quality of the product. Agreed, they may cost more than your 4- pack of bog-standard lager, but having tried their beer now, I wholley buy into the concept that the cost is certainly justified.

Paulaner is one of Bavaria's largest breweries, where they have the capability to bottle up to 120,000 bottles of beer an hour. It appears those Bavarian's are very thirsty people!! This visit has made me want to explore more of the Bavarian beer market, and given me even more determination to experience Oktoberfest in the future!!

Next time you pop in, make sure you pick up a couple of cases- currently on a great multibuy deal of buy 2 cases, save £8!!

Veuve NV offer coming to and end...Date published: 29/08/13

Current offer on Veuve NV coming to an end...Make the most of this fantastic offer

Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse.
Currently only £30...

Until Monday 2nd of September...



Offers Ending @ Majestic WinesDate published: 29/08/13

This is the final week to grab some excellent bargains @ Majestic. Featuring:

20% off New Zealand (The Ned, Oyster Bay) have, as always, been a huge success this Summer with the latter on a highly competitive offer of £7.99

25% off Italy. This has been our most popular offer over the last week with classic such as Pinot Grigio Breganze and Gavi on superb offers.

20% off Australia. Featuring Peter Lehman, Kanagrilla Road wines and Wakefield estate.

Do pop into your local store this weekend to snap up a bargain!


Wine Review - Kangarilla Road Chardonnay 2011, McLaren ValeDate published: 26/08/13

Wine Review – Kangarilla Road Chardonnay 2011, McLaren Vale (£13.74, or £10.99 when you buy 2 or more wines from our Australian range)

If you are a fan or a richer style of Chardonnay, this offering from Kangarilla Road will most certainly tick all the boxes. Bizarrely though, being New World, but more over, being Australian it doesn't have the brash in-your-face style that you may expect. In fact, when I tried this wine, I thought it was verging on being rather refined.

However, don't get me wrong, this wine has a fabulous nose of tropical and citrus fruit, and you can tell there has been slight oak influence in its charatcher and mouthfeel.

The wine is well balanced and has a nice fresh racy acidicity, which is rather pleasant, and whilst is fairly rich it is still refreshing. The wine also has a great finish, and this will definitely leave you wanting a cheeky top up.

Given its slightly richer style compared to its Burgundian counterparts, this wine will complement creamy chicken dishes really well, but I also think it has the crispness to be drunk on its own too. I really liked this wine and I reckon its worth a try next time you pop in for a top up.

Wine Review - Vielles Vignes Pinot Noir N. Potel 2011Date published: 25/08/13

Wine Review - Vielles Vignes Pinot Noir N. Potel 2011 (£11.99, or £8.99 when you buy two or more bottles)

I confess that when I started working at Majestic, I didnt like French wine. A sweeping statement, yes, but I firmly believe that certain French wines have coming looking for me, and this wine is no exception. I'm slowly discovering little gems, especially from Burgundy, and appreciating the finesse that goes into these old world wines.

This Pinot is quintessentially classic in style. Medium colour intensity, verging on light, the wine is a nice ruby hue in the glass.

Aromas of red fruit burst out of the glass, which is pleasantly satisfying. On the the palate, there are notes of raspberry, red cherry, and strawberry which all combine with a nice mouth feel. The tannins are soft but noticeable and there is enough acidity to balance the wine out. The finish is pleasant, but doesn't hang around for too long.

Ideal on its own, but would pair up nicely with charcuterie and tangy cheeses.

Decade of wine: 2005Date published: 21/08/13

Next in the series of our Decade of wine feature: 2005 Rioja Gran Reserva Torre Aldea

It seems a shame to move away from Rioja when 2004 was followed by another outstanding vintage in 2005. Today we have something a little more affordable - ideal if you're having a larger celebration to mark an eight year anniversary.

The Gran Reserva classification demands longer ageing - in oak and bottle. This combined with ideal fruit content of that wonderful vintage makes a complex and lively bottle of wine. Typical fruity notes of strawberry combine with deeper flavours of vanilla, leather, and chocolate.

A real treat and great value at £9.99 per bottle (when you buy two or more bottles). This is a lot of wine for your money and brilliant way to celebrate with friends and family.

A new store a new beginningDate published: 20/08/13

Hello Brighton, I am delighted to be here having been promoted as a senior assistant manager from East Grinstead. I look forward to meeting a new customer base, working alongside a solid team and building rapport along the way. Having lived in Brighton two years ago, I understand and enjoy the cosmopolitan culture and look forward to visiting the lanes, the beach and snap up some quirky antiques very soon.

Decade of wine: 2004Date published: 17/08/13

Got an anniversary to celebrate? Married in 2004? Open a special bottle from that year and mark the occasion properly.

2004 is regarded as one of the finest vintages in Rioja's recent history. Viňa Ardanza's Reserva of that year exhibits all the best characteristics of the region. Reservas are brilliant for combining Rioja's fruitiness with its more complex flavours. From this prestigious producer red fruits are beautifully balanced alongside spice and earthy notes. A superb bottle to celebrate with.

Available in store for £18 per bottle when you buy two or more. Come and check out our fine wine collection today!

If you really want to mark the occasion then why not consider its bigger brother in Magnum form? £36 only!

A-Z of wine and winemaking - IDate published: 17/08/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - I

Israel

The mid 1980s saw the emergence of irreproachable kosher wines including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Hailing from the cool, high-altitude Golan Heights region, these wines kick-started the whole of the Israeli wine industry into improvement.  The Golan Heights and Upper Galilee vineyards produce the finest wines.

Moet only £27.50...Limited time onlyDate published: 17/08/13

Moet offer...
For a short time only we have a fantastic deal on Moet NV down from £42 to only £27.50 this is a must for any occasion. Be sure not to miss this great offer and order today!

Wine Review - Cune Reserva 2008Date published: 17/08/13

WIne Review - Cune Reserva 2008 (£13.99.) I'm quite a fan of red wine from Rioja, and this offering from Cune doesnt disappoint. the wine laws in Rioja state that a Reserva wine has to have a minimum 3 years ageing before it is released for sale. Reservas spend at least one year of this in oak barrels which allows the wine to take on the oak characteristics, which imparts a toasty and sweet spiciness to the wine.

Primarily this wine has a wonderful brambly nose, and dark fruit flavours, which is unusual for a Rioja, as they normally are full of strawberry flavours. After this, the secondary charachteristics come through with evidence of earthy leather, and vanilla spice.

Fantastically well balanced with smooth tannin and good structure, this wine has potential for further ageing if you can resist its lure, but is drinking well now, and would partner most rich meats and duck, but more classically this Rioja matches lamb dishes fantastically well.

Meet the Giesen FamilyDate published: 17/08/13

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc has been a tried and tested wine from the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand. And with its wallet friendly price (£6.99 multibuy price) it's easy to see why. 

Here at Majestic Brighton, we have just expanded the range, and taken stock of the other members of the Giesen family. For those with a slightly more discerning palate, we now have 'The Brothers' Sauvignon Blanc, (£14.99, or £11.99 when you buy 2 or more NZ wines.) A classic Marlborough nose of gooseberry, grass & blackcurrant leaf, but this  has an extra dimension in the palate thanks to a very small proportion of the wine being aged in seasoned French oak which gives the wine more complexity and potential for slight ageing. This process is not normally associated with Sauvgnon Blanc as the style of wine is purposely sold to be crisp, clean and zingy with acidity, but for somjething a little different this could be a great wine to try.

Next we have the Giesen Chardonnay. (£9.99, or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more NZ wines). This is a different animal compared to the classic Sauvignon Blanc which is so popular to drink currently. The grapes for this wine are grown in the Awatere Valley, which is also in the Marlborough region. Some portions of this wine are aged in French oak before blending, and then are left on their lees for a few months to add to the richness and complexity of the wine. This wine offers the best of both worlds in terms of aromatic freshness and complexity and richness thanks to its barrel and lees ageing. Notes of stone and tropical fruits are intertwined with a bready brioche characteristic on the palate.

Central Otago in the South Island is the undisputed home of Pinot Noir as far as New Zealand is concerned, but Giesen have Pinot Noir growing in pockets of vineyards in Marlborough. Sitting in the mid-priced area of the scale, we now stock the standard Giesen Pinot Noir at £13.99 or £11.19 multibuy price.A lighter style of red wine, which has a backbone of red fruit flavours, as well as earthy and subtle spicy notes. Ideal as an accompaniment to lamb or pork dishes.

The Brothers range also offer a Pinot Noir, this time has more structure, with smooth tannin, along with spice and hints of mocha. All in all this wine is definitely a jump up in quality as it is a more elegant wine, but this is also reflected in the price- £18.74, or £14.99 when you buy 2 or more wines from our NZ range.

Finally, we have another red wine from the GIesen range. This is a Merlot from the East Coast, and although Hawkes Bay in the North Island is more well known and established for producing New World styles of Bordeaux wines, this is a cracking mid priced New Zealand offering, (£10.99, or £8.79 when you buy 2 or more wines from NZ.) It is soft and approachable in style with a medium body, offering fruits such as cassis and plum. Good tannin and a good finish give this wine good structure. Ideal with all manner of red meat dishesd, I'd go for a nice lamb chop as a food match for this wine.

Now you've met the Family, next time you pop in, be sure to give some of the other Giesen wines a try!!

Tasting Counter: AMALAYA MALBECDate published: 15/08/13

Planning Bank Holiday Weekend's family barbeque?

The powerful flavours of Amalaya's Malbec blend will stand out just as much as its bright blue label. This is an all-round party wine for the summer. 

Big fruitiness - with raspberry, cherry, and blueberry all present - is followed by warm spices of vanilla and pepper. Soft tannins and smoothness of finish round-off this excellent bottle. A wine that has already graced my garden table this summer, alongside good quality beef burgers stuffed in a bun with peppery rocket.

Free to taste in store today and an absolute steal at £7.99 when you buy two or more bottles.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 15/08/13

Wine of the Week

C
ôtes-du-Rhône 2012, Leon Perdigal


£6.99*


Grape

Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvedre - VEGETARIAN

Origin

This is a classic blend sourced from several sites in the southern Rhône. It has been named in honour of Léon Perdigal, the first cellarmaster at Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Taste


The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length.

Enjoy

Enjoy with all spiced Mediterranean dishes or barbecued meats.


* when you buy 2 or more bottles (£9.99 single bottle price)

Wine Review - Puligny-Montrachet, Jean-Louis Chavy 2011.Date published: 10/08/13

Wine Review - Puligny-Montrachet, Jean-Louis Chavy 2011 (£28.00). Team Brighton enjoyed a fine wine evening a few weekends ago, and this was my offering. I wanted to know what all the fuss was about of a fine white white from Burgundy. It turns out not only was I impressed, I was blown away by this wine, and rather unbiased, this was my favourite wine of the evening!

Le Montrachet is part of the Cote d'Or region and Puligny-Montrachet is argued to be one of the most prestgious of this area. This wine exudes finesse and a complexity that you simply don't get at the cheaper end of the market. Thanks to the partial oaking, this wine offers aromas of fruit, apparent hazlenut and slight toastiness.

The balance of fruit and oakiness is sublime, neither over powers and the balance of this wine is nothing short of sublime.

The clean style of this wine means that it can be paired with delicate and simply cooked white fish or poultry, or can also be enjoyed chilled nicely as an apéritif. If you are looking for a classy white Burgundy, then this will fit the bill perfectly.

Fine Wine Friday: La Reserve, Leoville-Barton 2006Date published: 09/08/13

High quality 'left bank' Bordeaux with the classic blackberry notes of Cabernet Sauvignon and the well-rounded elegance of Merlot. The second wine of the Léoville-Barton vineyards represents great value for money and is a bottle ready to be drunk younger. Tannins and acidity will see it develop over the next few years, but the fresh spice of red and black fruit and the crispness of finish make it a fine wine for drinking this weekend.

Free on the tasting counter today - yours to take home for £25!

Wine Review - Bellero BarberaDate published: 09/08/13

Wine Review - Bellero Barbera (£7.49, or £5.99 when you buy any 2 Italian wines)

I've noticed that since working here at Majestic, that I appreciate the understanding and need to spend a little more on a bottle of wine to really notice an increase in quality. This wine (in my opinion) blows this out of the water.

Produced from the Barbera grape variety, local to Northern Italy, and especially Piemonte, these grapes produce fantastic wines. Indeed, this wine is soft and fruity, and as such is a very approachable style of wine. Surprisingly soft tannins with a savoury tinge to the finish, this wine is great for drinkning on its own, but is versatile enough to enjoy with dishes such as cured meats, pizza, pasta or pollo alla pomodoro.

An absolute steal at multibuy offer price, this gem of a wine is open to try on our tasting counter, so why not pop in and give it a go?

Mid week recipe - Chicken's liver and apricot saladDate published: 08/08/13

Chicken's Liver and Apricot salad

Another flavoursome salad for this gorgeous summer weather...

Ingredients

1 large bag of mixed salad leaves
A couple of handfuls of dried apricots, chopped
A large handful of walnut pieces
400 g of free range chicken's liver
Butter
Plain Flour
Salt
Pepper

For the dressing...

Walnut Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Apricot Chutney
Salt
Pepper


Method

Pour about a cup of plain flour into a bowl and season well with salt a black pepper. Toss the chicken's liver in this flour so that each piece is evenly coated.

Melt a good knob of butter in a frying pan and add the liver. Turn the heat right down to it's lowest setting and fry gently for about 8 - 10 minutes on each side.

While the liver is gently cooking away you can make your salad dressing by mixing 1 part vinegar to 2 parts oil and about a teaspoon of apricot chutney. Season to taste. TIP-if you like your dressings to be a little sweeter you can add honey. I also like to add a touch of freshly grated nutmeg to give this dish a bit more flavour.

When you are happy with the dressing toss the salad and set to one side.

Once the liver is cooked through cut into smaller pieces and sprinkle over the salad.

Finish the dish off by sprinkling the apricots and walnuts over the salad.

Serve with crusty bread and a large glass of white wine.

My favourite wine to have with this dish is a rich, oaky Chardonnay like the LFE Gran Reserva Chardonnay £7.99 (on offer)






Great summer beer offers...Date published: 08/08/13

Great summer beer offers...

Peroni Nastro Azzurro 24x330ml Bottles

The leading Italian lager - clean, crisp and refreshing.

Only £1.00 a bottle - £24.00 a case...

Pilsner Urquell 24x330ml Bottles

The original Pilsner from the Czech Republic is still the classic expression of the style.

Only £1.00 a bottle - £24.00 a case...

Asahi Super 'Dry' 24x330ml Bottles

A really fresh, dry style lager from Japan.

Only £1.00 a bottle - £24.00 a case...

£5.99 offer alerts...Date published: 08/08/13

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Callia Bella Malbec 2012 San Juan

Bodegas Callia are based in the Valle de Tulum, wherein lies the town of San Juan, and have become one of the foremost wineries of this area. Their estate here comprises 241 hectares of vines, at 630m above sea level, surrounded on almost all sides by the Andes.

An attractively deep purple wine, with an up-front and straightforward wild berry character, with hints of baking spices. Intense and generous on the palate, with plush tannins and good ripeness.

Currently only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more save £6.00, unit price £8.99

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Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Syrah Reserva 2012 Central Valley

Although Chile has historically favoured other red varieties, the Central Valleys of Chile are becoming known as a home to some great value, high-quality Syrah. This is a nicely balanced example, made with medium-temperature fermentation and only partial oak maturation.

Deep purple-tinged ruby red, and showing intense aromas of blackcurrant, with hints of black pepper and spice. A juicy, fresh palate with taut yet forgiving tannins, and a soft finish.

Currently only £5.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines save 20%, unit price £7.49

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Pasqua Pinot Grigio 2012 IGT Pavia

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

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

Currently only £5.99 when you buy any 2 Italian wines save 20%, unit price £7.49

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Torres Viña Sol 2012 Catalunya

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

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

Currently only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more save £4.00, unit price £7.99

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Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.

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.

Currently only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more NZ wines save 20%, unit price £7.49

(this offer is only valid until Monday 12th of August)

My weekend wineDate published: 06/08/13

My wine of the weekend had to be the...

Barbera a'Alba Villa de Forville 2010

This is a great wine at a great price but sadly we only get in small parcels every year.

The wine is very concentrated with dark fruits and sweet spicy oak on the nose. The pallet follows on with saome dark cheery, chocolate and clove flavours making their way through to your pallett. The finnish is silky smooth and the tannins are well integrated. This wine would go well with meat and grilled vegetable dishes.

Currently £9.99 when you buy any 2 Italian wines save 20%, unit price £12.49

Mid Week Recipe - Goat's Cheese, Pear and Walnut SaladDate published: 03/08/13

This week I am going for something light and summery. You can either serve this as a starter or do a large portion for a light dinner and serve with a crusty loaf of bread.


Ingredients


A round of goats cheese (choose one with a rind on it)

1 large bag of mixed leaf salad

A couple of handfuls of walnuts, broken into pieces

2 Conference pears, peeled and cut length ways into eighths

For the dressing...

Walnut oil

Juice of one lemon

Salt

Pepper


Method


Slice the goat's cheese into 2cm thick circles. Gently heat a non stick frying pan (don't use any oil as it makes the cheese very greasy). Place each slice face down in the pan and fry gently until it begins to melt. Turn the heat off and leave to cool while you dress the salad.


To make the salad dressing mix two parts oil to one part lemon juice and season to taste. If the dressing is too sharp you can always add more oil. Gently toss the salad leaves in this dressing and arrange the sliced pears and goat's cheese on top.


Finally, sprinkle the broken walnut pieces over the salad and serve.


One of the best wine matches with goat's cheese is Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley as the acidity balances well with the tangy character of the cheese. I would pair this dish with Domaine Villargeau Sauvignon Blanc from Coteaux de Giennois £8.99 (if you buy 2 or more bottles).




Great new offers at Majestic Brighton and Hove...Date published: 03/08/13

Great new offers and Majestic Brighton and Hove...

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.

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.

Currently £5.99 when you buy any 2 N.Z wines save 20%, unit price £7.49

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough

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

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

Currently £7.99 when you buy any 2 N.Z wines save 20%, unit price £9.99

Contesa Pecorino 2012 IGT Colline Pescaresi

Pecorino is an early ripening, thin-skinned grape, native to central parts of Italy. The bunches tend to be very triangular in shape, reminiscent of a sheep's head, said to be the reason for the grape's name. This great example is 30% oak fermented.

Pale yellow, with a remarkably intense nose of citrus fruits, hints of hawthorn and orange blossom. Soft, clean, but persistent palate texture, with a pleasing mineral complexity.

Currently £7.99 when you buy any 2 Italian wines save 20%, unit price £9.99

Pouilly-Vinzelles ‘En Paradis’ 2011/2012 Louis Latour

Produced by the family-run company Maison Louis Latour, who are producing white and red wines from the finest of Burgundy to wines from outside the region of Burgundy.

A clean, fresh wine displaying honey and stone fruit aromas. Sweet honey and floral characters are in abundance on the palate and create a fine and elegant complexity.

Currently £12.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £2.00, unit price £13.99

Catena Alta Chardonnay 2010 Mendoza

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

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

Currently £20.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £8.00, unit price £24.00

Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Pinot Noir Reserva 2011 Rapel Valley

A high-quality Pinot Noir, that has benefited from the wide diurnal temperature variations in the Andes, which promote excellent ripeness of the grapes, while preserving their primary fruit characters. 2nd- and 3rd-fill French and American oak barrels provide the polish.

A richly fruity Pinot Noir, full of ripe strawberry and redcurrant flavours, supported by subtle notes of dried mixed herbs and woodsmoke. Medium weight, with soft and pliant tannins.

Currently £5.99 a bottle when you buy any 2 Chilean wines save 20%, unit price £7.49

Gestos Malbec 2012 Finca Flichman, Mendoza

One of Flichman's top wines, combining the unique characteristics of two terroirs in a single grape variety. Tupungato at 1,100m altitude gives freshness and structure while Barrancas, at 700m, adds colour and density. Aged for over 6 months in American and French oak.

An intense red colour leads to aromas of plums combined with delicate oak, spices and chocolate. Red berry fruit continues on the palate where it is met with a hint of herbal spice.

Currently £6.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £6.00 a bottle, unit price £9.99

Rioja Reserva 2008 Viña Pomal

The grapes for this wine come from Viña Pomal's own vineyards which surround the winery. The first Viña Pomal release was over 100 years ago in 1904, and they have since been producing high quality, classic 100% Tempranillo Riojas.

Bursting with red fruit characters of blackberry and raspberries the palate is clean, intense and persistent. Perfectly balanced with soft velvety tannins it is delicious from start to the long finish.

Currently £9.99 when you buy 2 or more save £6.00, unit price £12.99

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010 La Casetta

From the beautiful hilly villages east of Lake Garda, Ripasso wines have had a portion of the fermented, dried-skins from Amarone added to them. Valpolicella Ripasso therefore combines the power and class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella.

A beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours.

Currently £13.59 when you buy any 2 Italian wines save 20%, unit price £16.99

Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta

One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.

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

Currently £18.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £8.00, unit price £22.00

These offers are for a limited time only so snap them up quickly before they've gone...

Prices correct as of 03/08/2013

Fine Wine Friday: Pesquera CrianzaDate published: 02/08/13

On the tasting counter this week... Pesquera Crianza by Alejandro Fernanadez.

Despite being a crianza this wine from the Spanish interior has seen plenty of time in casks and the result is a beautifully balanced red with good body and enough depth of character to engage you throughout several bottles. The typically fruity characteristics of the Tempranillo grape combine with spice and sweet oak. A wine rated highly by Robert Parker.

On sale at Majestic Brighton for £19.99. A taste is free though...


Fine Wine Friday- Pouilly-Fumé 2010, LadoucetteDate published: 26/07/13

Pouilly-Fumé 2010, Ladoucette

From the eastern side of the Loire Valley, Château du Nozet brings us this stunning Sauvignon Blanc. Baron Ladoucette follows a family tradition of producing some of the best Loire wines available. A refreshingly dry wine with a beautiful elegance on the palate. Pouilly-Fumé at its best with pronounced elder-tinged fruit and a smoky, steely finish. Fabulous on its own or an excellent pairing with a more complex fish dish.

£24.00

When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case.

(£28.00 Single bottle price)

This Pouilly-Fumé is now available to try on our tasting counter so when you pay us a visit be sure to give it a taste, you shan't be disappointed1

Wine Review - Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004Date published: 20/07/13

Wine Review - Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004 (£23.99 each, reduced from £29.99) I thought I would continue my sample of favourite Sparkling wines. This is England's very own alternative to Champagne. Here in Brighton, this can very well be classed as the best locally produced sparkiling wine- and it delivers. Indeed, Nyetimber are arguably  England's premier sparkiling wine house, and the 2004 Classic Cuvée shows exactly why.

Aromas of citrus and baked lemon curd jump out of the glass with suggestions of brioche and shortbread as secondary aromas. On the palate, the mousse is soft but mouth filling, and the delicate citric fruits persist in a sheer elegance that you would expect to find from a traditional Champagne. The balance is just perfect, and the finish lingers pleasantly, making you want a cheeky top-up.

Quite simply, this is the ultimate home grown alternative to Champagne, ideal for any special occasion. On top of this, the Classic Cuvée is reduced from £29.99 to £23.99 for a limited time only, so maybe an ideal bottle of bubbles to have on hand for when England regain the Ashes in a few weeks time?

Tasting Counter: DOG POINT SAUVIGNON BLANCDate published: 20/07/13

As with every Friday here at Brighton Majestic, yesterday was time to crack open a bottle of Fine Wine on the tasting counter. This week we're sampling a wine from the most in-vogue category: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Many of you will doubtless be frequenters of the gooseberry-driven antipodean Sauvignons which in recent years have cemented themselves in our fridges with their consistently high quality. What Dog Point offers is something related, but with a little more subtlty and depth.

On sale for £15.99 (when you buy two or more bottles), the Dog Point is a real treat and displays a finesse similar to that of its Loire Valley counterparts. The nose showcases strong vegetal notes, with fresh asparagus the dominant player. This continues on the palette with an undercurrent of tropicality and a clean mineral finish.

Come and sample Dog Point this weekend before it inevitably gets gulped.

Wine Review - Louis Roederer Brut NVDate published: 19/07/13

Wine Review - Louis Roederer Brut NV (£32, or £30 each when you buy a case of six). Now I admit, writing a review on a quality Champagne such as this may be a little extreme, however, I was lucky enough to try some the other day and thought it would be a good wine to review back instore, so here we are.

This Non Vintage 'House' style of champagne oozes sophistication and class. Medium intensity yet satisfyingly moussy, it has a fairly complex nose of light citrus and apple notes, but also has a wonderful but not overpowering yeasty & bread aromas, thanks to the 15 month minimum aging process required by law.

The wine offers a wonderful mouthful of complex flavours such as those described in the aromas, combined with a crisp acidity which is perfectly harmonised in the glass for a well rounded and high quality example of this style of champagne.

Personally, I enjoy a Champagne with a little of the bready aromas and tastes but not too overpowering. The Louis Roederer Brut NV ticks these boxes and is one of my favourites!

 If you are looking for a bottle to celebrate a special occasion with or simply to indulge yourself this is the perfect Champagne.


Last week of current offers...Date published: 16/07/13

Last week of current offers...

Some of our best offers are coming to an end so don't miss out on these great offers and order now. Don't forget we deliver for free on any 6 bottles over £40...

Bourgogne Chardonnay 'Les Chenaudières' 2012 Cave de Lugny
A stylish wine from one of Burgundy's most reliable and reputable cooperatives. Cave de Lugny is situated in the heart of the Mâconnais, and is the biggest producer of the region. Taste Crisp and elegant with citrus and apple fruit characters alongside a lovely streak of minerality. Refined and classy, with good length. Enjoy Ideally partnered with light seafood dishes. Drink chilled, whilst young.
Currently £6.99 when you buy 2 or more save £8.99, save £4.00

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Montana, Marlborough One of New Zealand's most iconic and well-known wineries, Montana is also its largest wine company. Without Montana, New Zealand wines as we know them would barely appear on the world wine map. Producing wines that typify the Kiwi style and showcase their place of origin. Taste New Zealand in a glass...vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of chalk with a reviving fresh finish. Enjoy Drinking at its best now as either as an apéritif or with lemon chicken, Thai spices, fresh fish or seafood.
Currently £6.99 when you buy 2 or more save 20%, unit price £8.74

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. Possibly the most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc in the world, it definitely lives up to its reputation. Taste A wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropical fruit. Gooseberries and passionfruits on the medium-full body; the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish. Enjoy Superbly refreshing served chilled on a sunny day, this is also a great match for meat or vegetarian stuffed peppers.
Currently £19.99 when you buy 2 or more save 20%, unit price £25.00

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir South Island 2011 The fruit in this wine comes mainly from across Marlborough, with small amounts from other regions, creating a consistent benchmark Pinot. A variety of yeast strains, and ageing in a mixture of French and American oak are also used, further enhancing complexity. Taste Bright red cherries and summer berries characterise the fruit, highlighted by aromas of dried herbs. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by firm tannins and a streak of taut acidity. Enjoy Drink this in its youth, with a mushroom risotto or pasta dish.
Currently £7.99 when you buy 2 or more save 20%, unit price £9.99

Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de Riscal In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja. Taste A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours. Enjoy This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.
Currently £10.99 when you buy 2 or more save £8.00, unit price £14.99

Rioja Reserva Imperial 2005/2007 CVNE 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. Taste Fine garnet colour with terracotta tinge. Vanilla notes on the nose, with sloes, mulberries and spice. Stewed currant fruit on the palate, dry and elegant with great richness and a fine long finish. Enjoy Drink with slow-cooked lamb. Decant before serving.
Currently £17.99 when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit price £22.00

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV Italy La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its members own about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain. Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid the continual improvement of wine quality. Taste A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples. Enjoy Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch. Currently £9.99
 
Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne Laurent-Perrier maintain the quality of their non-vintage wines by limiting the release of vintage products to give their cuvées a high proportion of top-quality juice. Leaning towards a lighter house style, Chardonnay flavours predominate - crisp green apples and citrus flavours - giving the wine good food compatibility.
Currently £24.99

Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne The famous house of Mme Lily Bollinger produces a mighty, full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightfully pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. Densely packed apple and pear fruits give way to a noticeably creamy, caramel-like finish. An 'Absolutely Fabulous' Champagne!
Currently £30.00 when you 6 or more save £12.00, unit price £32.00

Bollinger Grande Année 2004 Bollinger's stunning vintage wines are highly sought after. Following the house style, this is a richly fruited Champagne with bold yeasty notes, yet with an elegance and finesse that is typical of superior vintage wines. To quote Mme Lily Bollinger: 'I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it when I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty of course.'
Currently £60.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £40.00, unit price £80.00

These offers are only valid until the 22nd of July...

A-Z of wine and winemaking - HDate published: 14/07/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - H

Humboldt Current

The Humboldt current is a cold current that has a marked cooling effect on the climate of coastal vineyards in Chile.  Flowing up the Chilean coast from Antarctica, the water temperature of the Pacific ocean is kept significantly cooler, and this, combined with the proximity of the Andes, favourable weather patterns and the lack of phylloxera offer many advantages to the Chilean winemaker. Many winemakers choose to grow grapes organically, for example.


A-Z of wine and winemaking - GDate published: 14/07/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - G

Gruner Veltliner

Gruner Veltliner is a white grape variety that represents a third of the 57,000 hectares of vines planted in Austria.  It is capable of giving a broad variety of flavours, from green grapes, salad and white pepper in youth to layers of honey and toast as the wine ages and develops. The wine can also express exaggerated mineral notes when grown with low yields on appropriate soils.


A-Z of wine and winemaking - FDate published: 13/07/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - F

Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region is one of the major wine-producing regions in New York state, the third most important state for grape growing in the USA.  The Finger Lakes themselves are deep glacial lakes that store heat well into November, raising the air temperature of the surrounding vineyards to extend the growing season. The region is noted for the quality of its aromatic Rieslings and its lean, chablis-like Chardonnays.


A-Z of wine and winemaking - EDate published: 13/07/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - E

Eiswein

Eiswein is a German style of sweet wine which is amongst the sweetest of the pradikatswein, which indicates quality wine with special attributes. Literally meaning 'ice-wine', it is made from grapes that have been left on the vine until frozen, with harvests often taking place as late as January. When crushed, the frozen water is skimmed off, leaving a concentrated, sugary syrup. The resulting wine combines intensely concentrated pure fruit flavours with very high levels of acidity.

New fine wine arrivals at Majestic BrightonDate published: 12/07/13

New fine wine arrivals

Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2011 This estate's extreme southerly location and proximity to the sea makes it a superb place for creating wines with Old-World restraint and finesse. Of the estate's 170ha, only the best 52ha of stony, clay-rich soil have been selected for all vineyard plantings. A tightly structured, mineral-tinged wine, with pear-like fruit focused by dryness and incisive acidity. Barrel fermented and aged on lees for 9 months, adding length and complexity. Will stand up to anything from roasted seabass to rich poultry terrines.

Only 23.75 a bottle

Minuty Cuvée Prestige 2010 Côtes de Provence Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for a an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel. Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a Mozarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.

Only £22.00 a bottle

Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2011 Sonoma

"The 2009 Lytton Springs is the biggest and most structured of these 2009 Zinfandel-based reds, largely owing to the earthier soils and the presence 23% Petite Sirah. Black fruit, plums, tar, licorice and smoke are some of the notes that flow from this generous, inviting red. The Lytton Springs is fairly structured, and can definitely benefit from another year or two (perhaps more) in bottle. The blend is 74% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah and 5% Carignane. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2029". 95 points. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.

Only £30.00 a bottle.

Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel 2010 Sonoma

From the world renowned ridge vineyards comes this most famous of all Californian Zins. It has a restrained nose of raspberry, black cherry and toasty oak. On the palate it displays more bramble fruit and spice with good grip and structure, the fruit, alcohol and structure and all well intergrated and there is a lovely texture and harmony to the wine. It has great length and will provide immediate pleasure or keep for 8-10 years if you can resist it's charms.

Only £30.00 a bottle.

Ridge Estate Cabernet 2010 Santa Cruz Mountains

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, from the Monte Bello estate vineyards mature vines, which range from 40-60 years of age. Fermented by native yeasts and barrel-aged for 20 months in new and old American oak. Opaque garnet colour. Layered cassis and blackberry, fennel, dark chocolate, limestone/mineral notes, toasty oak. Complex fruit, tannins, and oak are impressively balanced. Drinkable now, and over the next fifteen

Only £35.00 a bottle

Don't forget we sell a minimum of 6 bottles here at Majestic but can be mixed with wines, Champagnes and spirits. We also deliver for free on 6 bottles or more as long as your order is over £40.00. If any of these wines interest you please feel free to contact us on 01273 777085 or brh@majestic.co.uk

Prices correct as of 12/07/2013

New dates for tasting tutorials...Date published: 12/07/13

Tasting tutorials

Discover Chardonnay - 7th of September 12pm and 3pm

Chardonnay produces some of the world's most impressive white wines, and of course, Champagne! The finest examples come from Burgundy, where wines may be soft and buttery in the Mâconnais, or dry and steely from Chablis. Outside France, Chardonnay is particularly successful in Australia where the hot climate and oak ageing produces a much fruitier, heavier style.

Discover Spain - 14th of September 12pm and 3pm

Spain has more vineyard areas planted than any other European country. It has seen a revolution in its wines over the last twenty years and is now producing a diverse range of red, white and rosé wines and we've got some spectacular examples at excellent prices.

Discover Sauvignon Blanc - 21st of September 12pm and 3pm

Sauvignon Blanc is cultivated all around the world, but is particularly successful in the New Zealand region of Malborough, where wines have an unmistakable gooseberry character, and the Loire Valley regions of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé where the wines have a minerally and herby style. Although typically fermented in steel, Sauvignon can also be oaked; a technique used in the Napa Valley, (California) to produce Fumé Blanc.

Discover Shiraz/Syrah 3rd of October 12pm and 3pm

Syrah, or shiraz, depending on where you are in the world, is incredibly robust, producing rich, spicy wines. 'Syrah' is commonly associated with the Northern Rhone, produces rich peppery wines, whilst ‘Shiraz’, associated with the New World, and in particular South Australia, produces jammy, heavier wines, often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Viognier, to soften the style.

These tutorials do fill up quickly so please RSVP as soon as you can to avoid disappointment

Tasting counterDate published: 12/07/13

I'm doing a short comparison today: two wines of different grapes and different continents but on sale at Majestic Brighton for the same price and both equally refreshing in this suspiciously long period of hot weather.

First we have a Gewurztraminer from the Chilean producer Yali. The wine has a mouth-wateringly full nose of roses and lychees, which glaze the palate and linger on in the fumes that fill the back of your throat. Very smooth but with a good kick of alcohol and acidity to balance the floral notes.

Far lighter is the Galician Caixas Albarino from renowned producer Martin Codax. Zesty, the most obvious note on this wine seems to be a taste of concentrated apple. The finish is clean and dry and, next to the Gewurztraminer, is over far sooner. In fact, writing this five minutes after having the Yali - and having had the Albarino in between - my mouth is still full of lychees.

For me, the Albarino would be the preferred option for a summer aperitif or when eating an equally light and refreshing shellfish dish. If you're dining on something more complex - especially anything spicey and sticky - then go for the Yali.

Both wines reviewed are on for £6.99 (when buying more than one bottle) and are open at the tasting counter now - come down and try for yourself!

Fine Wine FridayDate published: 12/07/13

FINE WINE FRIDAY

Purple Angel Carmenère 2010, Montes

A blend of 92% Carmenère (the grape now unique to Chile) and 8% Petit Verdot. Of this, half of the Carmenère comes from Montes’ La Finca de Apalta estate, bringing sophistication and elegance. The other half of the Carmenère comes from Montes’ Archangel estate in Marchigüe, adding potency and strength.

The grapes are hand picked, normally early in the morning to make sure that cold temperature is achieved to crush the fruit. 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 to get rid of lees, then bottled unfiltered.

£25.99

(£32.50 single bottle price)

A-Z of wine and winemaking - DDate published: 10/07/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - D

Dosage

Dosage is a key stage of the Champagne method, post disgorgement (when the deposit is removed). Inevitably a small amount of the wine is lost during disgorgement, and each bottle must be topped up with a wine and cane sugar solution known as the Liquer d'expedition. This process is called dosage. The dosage is key to maintaining a particular house or champagne style, and levels of sweetness will vary. Champagnes are then marketed according to sweetness - from Ultra Brut, meaning bone dry, to doux, which is very sweet. The sweetness gradings on each level overlap, giving champagne houses flexibility in how they market their different styles.



A-Z of wine and winemaking - CDate published: 07/07/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - C

Casablanca Valley

One of Chile's best known and respected regions, the Casablanca Valley is located close to the Pacific coast, where cooling maritime influences prevail. The region was 'discovered' in the 1980s during a period of research into the best wine-growing areas in the country, and was planted extensively. Today it is known for Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and increasingly Pinot Noir.



La Gitana ManzanillaDate published: 07/07/13

Sunny days by the sea remind me of one of my fondest wine memories.

Teaching at a local secondary school, I spent nine months on the northern Spanish coast. My working days were short and Santander – though not famed for its cuisine in the way its celebrated neighbour San Sebastián is – provided plenty of tapas bars that showcased a variety of foods and wines at a price unimaginable in Britain. The food can be replicated in Brighton and London but the atmosphere of those bars, and the importance of them in their customers' way of life, cannot. One bar fed four of us with prawns, monkfish, hams, meatballs, cheeses, stuffed aubergines, peppers, and a bottle of wine for each person. The bill came to €12 per head. The bar had served the same foods for years and will do for years to come. Its lack of progression doesn't matter because down the road there are several other places serving different dishes but at the same price and quality. Roaming from bar to bar is, for me, the best way to dine.

My parents came to visit one weekend and we travelled a few kilometres out of the city and along the coast. Having explored the stunning beaches, hidden in gauges and almost totally empty, we found a bar to take lunch at. Although at the wrong end of the country, all the locals were sharing bottles of Manzanilla – the driest of dry sherries. We decided to join them and ordered a couple of tablas of cold cuts and cheeses. The saltiness of the sea air and the jamón ibérico fits Manzanilla perfectly; its nuttiness matched by manchego cheese; its icey-cold crispness sorely needed on a hot summer day.

Over the next few weeks in Brighton, the weather looks as though it will have us reaching for such refreshment. La Gitana Manzanilla is on at a great price here at Majestic, costing just £7.99 a bottle. Come and grab one of our last few bottles and try a summery glass that not only refreshes, but also stimulates the extremes of your wine tasting palette.

Mid Week Recipes - Chorizo and tomato pastaDate published: 06/07/13

Chorizo and Tomato Pasta


Ingredients

1 Chorizo sausage, chopped into roughly 1 cm pieces

1 onion, chopped

1 courgette, chopped into 1 inch pieces

1 red or green pepper, sliced or chopped (however you prefer)

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

A good pinch of smoked paprika

2 cloves garlic, crushed

A good shake of dried mixed herbs

Pasta of your choice


Method

Fry the onion and chorizo until the onion softens and the juices from the chorizo mix in. Add the crushed garlic, smoked paprika and a generous sprinkling of ground black pepper. Cook for another 30 seconds or so but don't let it burn. 


Stir in the courgette, pepper, chopped tomatoes and mixed herbs and leave to simmer until the vegetables are tender.


While the sauce is simmering away, cook your pasta.


Serve with grated parmesan and a leafy green salad.


My wine of choice with this dish would be Anakena 'Tama' Vineyard Selection Syrah £7.99 (on offer)


A-Z of wine and winemaking - BDate published: 06/07/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - B

Bacchus

Bacchus is a grape used to produce white wine in England. It is light and crisp in style, with a nettle-like, herbaceous character which can be reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc. The low yields grown lead to an intensely fruity grape, which combined with high acidity can allow for bottle evolution, although characters of Rosehip, chamomile and wet leaf are not to everyone's taste!

A-Z of wine and winemaking - ADate published: 06/07/13

A-Z of wine and winemaking - A

Assyrtiko

Assyrtiko is a white grape used in the Greek Islands to produce the powerful dry white wine Santorini. The variety retains its acidity well even when very ripe, and produces wines with a Viognier-like perfume.  The vineyards where it is grown are very old, and the vines are coiled like rope to resist the strong winds.

Offer alert...Date published: 06/07/13

Offer Alert...

Paul Mas Merlot 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc Domaines Paul Mas are one of the largest and most successful wineries in the Languedoc, having 230ha of estate-owned vineyards, as well as access to over 800ha of vineyards owned by contract growers, making a range of great value wines with traditional varieties. An inviting ruby and purple colour, the equally inviting nose offers plum and blackberry fruit, accented with subtle mocha notes. A rich and soft palate with ripe tannins and medium body. Drink any time over the next 4-5 years, alongside sausages, or stewed lamb or veal.

Only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more save £4.00, unit price £7.99

Mlle Jones Fitou 2011 Domaine Jones After 17 years working in sales for a cooperative in Tuchan, Lincolnshireorn Katie Jones bought a small hillside vineyard near the village of Maury and struck out on her own, making a small range of wines with help from Australian winemaking consultant David Morrison. A concentrated, voluptuous wine with a multi-layered feel, combining blackcurrant, liquorice and vanilla notes with hints of wild garrigue herbs in a satisfyingly well-integrated palate. Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years. Enjoy with fillet steak or mature cheeses.

Only £11.99 when you buy 2 or more save £6.00, unit price £14.99

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne Laurent-Perrier maintain the quality of their non-vintage wines by limiting the release of vintage products to give their cuvées a high proportion of top-quality juice. Leaning towards a lighter house style, Chardonnay flavours predominate - crisp green apples and citrus flavours - giving the wine good food compatibility.

Only £24.99

Veuve Clicquot NV Champagne An archetypal Champagne from an historic house. Madame Clicquot's wine displays a superb marriage of freshness and power - gorgeous and deceptively pale colour with fine, persistent bubbles -a poised, delicately bready nose - and on the palate a richness of fruit and mouthfilling mousse that lingers long.

Only £30.00

FINE WINE FRIDAY: MARTINBOROUGH VINEYARD Pinot Noir 2009Date published: 05/07/13

It's Friday - which means it's FINE WINE FRIDAY here at Majestic Brighton.

On the tasting counter this week we have a New Zealand beauty: Martinborough Vineyard's Pinot Noir.

This complex, medium-bodied gem from one of the best producers of Pinot on the Martinborough Terrace will drink splendidly now. However, for the patient among you, it is sure to develop over the next 10 years.

Red cherry, tobacco, spice, and earth flavours are all present on the nose. The complexity continues on the palette with a beguilling structure of tannin and fruit. Don't take our word for it though - come down and sample it for yourself.

Yours to take away for only £23.99 per bottle on multibuy (£30 when bought as a single bottle).

Wine on the tasting counter - Rueda Blanca 2012, Marqués de RiscalDate published: 03/07/13

Better known for making some superb Riojas, Spanish producer Marqués de Riscal shows its class in a shift south-west and a change in colour.

Made from the Verdejo grape, this white carries a subtle citrus flavour that wanders between lemon and green apple - a fresh acidity that will become ever more welcome in the imminent sun. Not an immediately obvious choice for a barbecue, an al fresco salad and seafood combo would match the Rueda Blanca perfectly. This definitely has the acidity to meet the demands of a lemon-soaked prawn dish.

We've enjoyed this bottle with several customers on the tasting counter already and many have been seduced with a multibuy price of £6.99 (£8.99 single bottle). Come down and try it for yourself.

Wine Review - Macon Lugny Louis LatourDate published: 03/07/13

Wine Review - Macon Lugny Louis Latour ( £10.99, or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.) This is a Majestic staple from Burgundy, but it is definitely worthy of a review.

Maison Louis Latour is a large producer of wine all over France, and they have been producing classic French wines since 1797. The soils of the Lugny village are limestone rich, thus assist in producing a rich & buttery style but not over poweringly so.

The wine itself is a medium intensity, and aromas of fresh apple, lemon curd and citrus fruits are instantly recognisable. On the palate there is a lovely crispness and zip of acidity, along with the green apple flavours and a hint of peach, and the tastes linger pleasantly in the mouth.

This is a great wine at a great price, and because of its style, it can be used for a multitude of scenarios; equally ideal as an apéritif or as a food match with white meat such as chicken or pork, and would even compliment seafood nicely too. I must confess I do enjoy a glass or two of the Macon Lugny!!

Wine review - Cune Reserva RiojaDate published: 02/07/13

Wine Review - Cune Reserva Rioja (£13.99, or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.) I love a good red wine. I am a huge fan of red Rioja. This wine quite simply doesn't disappoint. As i've progressed in my Majestic career thus far, I've found I enjoy the balance of a Reserva style Rioja, where there is red fruit as well as a partial integration of sweet spices and oakiness coming through the wine thanks to the minimum 12 month ageing that is required by the DOC law for a Reserva.

Classic red fruits such as strawberry are the key characteristics of the aromas of this wine, combined with a rich brambly nose and a hint of sweet spice.

On the palate this wine is velvety and luxurious, with apparent but soft tannins complementing the well balanced nature of the wine, with fruit characteristics as well as developing secondary savoury flavours such as slight earthiness and leather. This wine has a lovely finish to it which lingers nicely.

A classic match to lamb dishes, this wine can also be drunk with other rich meat dishes, and is a great buy at this multibuy price. If you are a fan of Rioja Reserva and have not tried it, next time you pop in, I'd urge you to get some and see for yourself just how good this wine is at a very affordable price!!

A Few of my favourites - Pouilly-Fume Jean VincentDate published: 29/06/13

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

Immediate Blackcurrant leaf precedes a gooseberry fruit centre, with pronounced citrus and stone-fruit characters. This is all enhanced by a smoky, flinty minerality. On the palate, the citrus element dominates initially, tempered by a smoky edge.  The finish is long and steely.

Partners very well with fresh shellfish dishes, this is also a great aperitif wine. £9.99 when you buy two or more.

Wine Review - Peregrine Pinot NoirDate published: 29/06/13

 Wine Review Peregrine Pinot Noir (£25.00, or £19.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.) This is a fairly robust style of Pinot Noir hailing from Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand. Named after the Bird of Prey which inhabits the winery, this Pinot is hand harvested and matured in French oak for 10 months. 

This produces an expressive nose of red fruit such as cherry and raspberry, which culminates in a jammy crescendo. There are slight notes of mocha on the nose too. The palate is superbly refined, and given the rather intense and big nose, you'd expect a massively full bodied wine to with it, but infact, the wine is medium bodied and very nicely poised with predominantly dark fruit flavours such as black cherry, and a little warming sweet spice thanks to its limited oak ageing.

A classic match for lamb dishes, this is a great wine which deserves great food to accompany it; and with 20% off across our entire New Zealand range at the moment, there's no better time to induldge yourself in this fantastic example of Central Otago Pinot Noir.

Mid week recipes - creamy mushroom and bacon tagliatelleDate published: 29/06/13

Ingredients


A tub of mushrooms (a few different varieties make this dish more interesting)

1 medium red onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

Dried Rosemary

Dried Thyme

8-10 rashers of British smoked streaky bacon, cut into strips

A small pot of British single cream

1 large free range egg, lightly beaten

A good glug of red wine

Tagliatelle (enough for 3-4 people)

Lots of freshly ground black pepper


Method


Fry the onions and bacon until the bacon is cooked and the onions are soft. Add the garlic and chopped mushrooms and cook for a couple of minutes on a low heat. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of both Rosemary and Thyme over everything and add lots of black pepper. Mix it all together and allow the flavours of the herbs to infuse in the juices.


After about a minute pour in a small glass of red wine and allow it to reduce down a little (this should take a few minutes on a medium heat). Turn the heat off and set to one side. While this is cooling a little cook your tagliatelle.


Just before the pasta is ready add the cream to your mushroom and bacon mixture and heat gently (be careful not to let the cream boil).


When the pasta is drained add the egg and mix in thoroughly. Be careful not to overcook it otherwise the egg goes lumpy. Finally stir the creamy mixture into the pasta.


Serve with a leafy green salad and parmesan shavings.


One of my favourite wines to have with this dish is Errazuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir £10.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles, £13.74 single bottle price)


Offer alert...Date published: 29/06/13

Offer alert...

As Jane MacQuitty has released her top 100 wines for the summer, Majestic has decided to discount some of her choices a little extra for a short period of time. Please don't delay in ordering these wines as they are all short in supply...

Grand Heron Marc Ducournau 2012 PGI Côtes de Gascogne The Gascony region is perhaps France's best value white wine region, producing whites with refreshingly grassy and fruity aromatics, mainly from the local Colombard and Ugni Blanc grape varieties. A fruity nose with cut grass aromas, ripe grapefruit on the crisp palate and a fresh finish. An invigorating apéritif, or drink it with a light prawn salad.

Only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more save £4.00, unit price £7.99

Sancerre 'Clos des Bouffants' 2012 Neveu Based in the heart of the Verdigny village of the Sancerre appellation where the chalky soils typical of the region produce Sauvignon Blanc of the highest order. Clos des Bouffants is aged on fine lees for six months to impart additional complexity and flavour. Aromas of ripe rhubarb and gooseberry leap from the pale lemon coloured glass, along with hints of lime, chalk and flint. Mineral texture, high acidity, vibrant green fruits and a long, lingering finish. Best enjoyed over the next year while at its freshest, as a partner to goats cheese torte, tomato salads or with freshly caught seafood.

Only £11.99 when you buy 2 or more save £6.00, unit price £14.99

Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisières 2012 Cuvée de Perruches, Bernard Fouquet Bernard Fouquet has around 30ha of Chenin vines, planted across a range of soils, from limestone to flint. Each parcel is hand-picked and vinified separately, with fermentation taking place partly in oak barrels and partly in old glass-lined vats cut into the rock. A pure, well developed nose of fresh quince and pear. The palate is a swathe of ripe apple fruit, with a honeyed sweetness, balanced by Chenin's characteristic blade-like acidity and mineral grip. A superb aperitif wine which will also partner the delicate flavours of salmon en croute or cold cured meats.

Only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more save £4.00, unit price £9.99

Yali Winemaker's Selection Merlot Rosé 2012 Yali is the name of the Valley where the Ventisquero winery is located and is the main area of Mediterranean climate marshland in Chile. El Humedal El Yali is an area recognised for its significance to conservation, with 25% of Chile's bird population concentrating here. A light and fruity rosé with a soft watermelon backbone, embellished with hints of strawberry and cherry on the palate. A refreshing apéritif, it can also be enjoyed with salads, fish and light pasta dishes.

Only £5.99 When you buy any 2 Chilean wines save 20%, unit price £7.49

Rioja Rosado 2012 Muga From vineyards at the foot of the Montes Obarenses, within the Rioja Alta region, planted on clay, limestone and alluvial soils. A twelve-hour maceration of the grapes precedes a 25-day fermentation in 1000 litre barrels to produce a delicate rosé. The Muga Rosé is a deep salmon colour, with intensely fresh, strawberry, raspberry and orange peel aromas. The domination of the Garnacha grape provides plenty of warm, spicy fruit with crisp acidity. An ideal apéritif, this wine can be enjoyed on its own and can also complement prawns in sweet chilli or garden salads.

Only £8.99 when you buy 2 or more save £4.00, unit price £10.99

Day one on the tasting counterDate published: 26/06/13

Having been assured by my new colleagues that the tasting counter is there as much for me as it for customers, I've been taking full advantage of the selection on my first days at Majestic.

For me, the novice, today's standout was the Jean Vincent Pouilly-Fume 2010. It seems to me the perfect way to start a summer's evening now the sun has revealed itself over the South coast. Warm with fruit and smokiness on the nose, it turns into a refreshingly dry and minerally wine in the mouth. Recommended with shellfish, why not come and sample it with us on the tasting counter on your way home from the fishmongers'? 

Jean Vincent is available in-store today at £9.99 (when you buy two or more bottles).

Keep your eye out for many more articles from me as I learn the ropes here at Majestic Brighton store.

Daily Wine Review - BVC Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 22/06/13

Daily Wine Review - BVC Cabernet Sauvignon (£12.49, or £9.99 when you buy two or more bottles). This is a wine that punches well above its weight in terms of quality and value for money. Hailing from the Barossa in South Australia, Peter Lehman is commonly referred to as the 'Baron of Barossa', as his wines are produced to such a high quality.

On the nose, this wine is pretty intense and fruit driven, predominantly of bramble and cerise. It is also possible to pick up slight toasty elements too.

On the palate, the wine has a decent body and there is a good intensity and a slight salinity is noticeable too. The dark fruit characteristics come through in the mouth, with subtle but nevertheless noticeable tannin. The finish is plentiful and moreish.

Ideal for pairing with food, the classic match for this New World take on a traditional Bordeaux grape would be Roast Lamb. Personally, I think this is a great wine for its price and quality. It is open and available to try on our tasting counter right now!!

Daily Wine Review - Dog Point Sauvignon BlancDate published: 21/06/13

Daily Wine Review - Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc (£19.99 or £15.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles) If you are a fan of Marlborough Sauvignons, then this is an amazing offering from the Wairau Valley. 

Simply put, the bouquet of this wine is massively intense. Full of classic Sauvignon aromas such as elderflower, gooseberry, as well as offering a citrus kick of lime zest.

This is a fabulous example of a Sauvignon Blanc from this region, and with it comes a fairly full flavoured wine, exhibiting a medium body, and a racy acidity which is crisp and cleansing. The finish lingers nicely, and you'll be reaching for the bottle to top up your glass subconciously!!

An ideal wine to chill down to within an inch of its life and drink on a hot summers' day, or it would equally be a fantastic apéritif, or would match barbequed langoustine tremendously. Why not give it a try next time you need to stock up?

Fine Wine Friday - Mcguigan Handmade ShirazDate published: 21/06/13

This Fine Wine Friday...

It's a staff favourite!


McGuigan Handmade Shiraz, 2008, Langhorne Creek


Grape Shiraz

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

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

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


£20.00 when you buy 2 or more bottles

£25.00 single bottle price

Daily Wine Review - Chablis William FevreDate published: 18/06/13

Chablis "La Maladiere" 2011, William Fevre £13.99 (when you buy 2 ore more bottles as part of a mixed case)

Domaine William Fevre is located in Chablis and is currently owned by Henriot Champagne (after William Fevre leased to him in 1998). They are amongst the leading producers in the area and set the benchmark for village-level Chablis. Their expertise is unquestionable in this marginal, northern region.

With a searing backbone of acidity and a bone dry finish, the palate is beautifully balanced by dominating citrus fruits such as lemon, lime and orange. There is also the classic Chablis minerality (flint and chalk mainly on the nose but it does also come through on the palate). A perfect companion to salmon or shellfish, but it is also great on its own.

Mid Week Recipes-Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables and HalloumiDate published: 18/06/13

Ingredients

1 medium aubergine

1 medium courgette

2 peppers (1 red, 1 green)

1 red onion

3 cloves of garlic (squashed)

4 vine tomatoes

A few good glugs of olive oil

A generous sprinkling of dried mixed herbs

A block of Halloumi

Serve with

A tub of Tzatziki

Pitta bread


Method


Chop all of the vegetables (except the tomatoes) up into medium chunks put in a roasting tin and poor a few good glugs of olive oil over them. Mix them all in with the mixed herbs and ground black pepper. Roast in the oven (220 C) for about 20 minutes. Give them a good stir about half way through cooking and add the tomatoes for the second half of cooking.


While the vegetables are roasting, slice the Halloumi (about 1cm thick) and fry in a hot pan until golden on both sides. If you have a non stick frying pan, you shouldn't need to use any oil to fry the Halloumi.


When the vegetables are cooked serve with a few slices of Halloumi a dollop of Tzatziki and some warm pitta bread.


This dish goes beautifully with red wines from the South of France as many of them tend to have notes of Garrigue herbs on the nose but seeing as it is summertime I think a bottle of Provence Rose would be perfect. Why not try the M de Minuty 2012 at £9.99 on offer?


Great Sparkling wine offers...Date published: 17/06/13

Great Sparkling wine offers...

Undurraga Brut NV Chile Don Francisco Undurraga, was one of the pioneers of winemaking in Chile. From Chile's most famous wine region the Maipo Valley, produced using the charmat method. Dry, light and fresh with lime, grapefruit and stone fruit flavours and elegant bubbles. A great apéritif or sparkling wine for toasting

Currently only £6.66 a bottle Majestic price

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV Italy La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its members own about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain. Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid the continual improvement of wine quality. A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples. Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch.

Currently only £9.99 a bottle Majestic price

Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2007 From Cloudy Bay Vineyards in Marlborough's Wairau Valley, Pelorus Vintage is made in the style of Champagne, by the same production method, from the free-run juice of hand-picked grapes. With 3 years of lees-ageing, this really is a match for any Champagne. Aromas of apple and citrus fruit, with baked bread, brioche and nutty characters. A full, creamy mid palate that leads in to an elegant long finish. As with Champagne, this is a classic match with caviar or smoked salmon. But being slightly fruitier, this could partner Asian cuisine.

Currently only £17.99 a bottle Majestic price

Heidsieck Gold Top Vintage 2007 Deliciously soft and rich with subtle vanilla hints and bags of elegance.

Currently only £20.00 a bottle Majestic price

Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne The famous house of Mme Lily Bollinger produces a mighty, full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightfully pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. Densely packed apple and pear fruits give way to a noticeably creamy, caramel-like finish. An 'Absolutely Fabulous' Champagne!

Currently only £30.00 a bottle when you buy 6 or more save £12.00, unit price £32.00

Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé NV Champagne A classic pink Champagne, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit and full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. Unlike many rosés, though, this wine has its serious side, and can grow in depth and complexity with a year or two in bottle. Unusually made by the saignée method, leaving the juice on its skins for three days to extract colour, rather than simply adding a dose of red wine to the blend.

Currently only £45.00 a bottle Majestic price


Don't forget at Majestic we sell a minimum of 6 bottles but can be mixed with with wines, Champagnes and spirits and with a magnum counting as 2 bottles. You can order online or call us direct on 01273 777085

Prices correct as of 17/06/2013

Daily Wine Review - Argento MalbecDate published: 17/06/13

Daily Wine Review - Vinalba Malbec Reservado (£11.99, or £8.99 when you buy 2 or more.) This has to be one of my favourite Malbec's that I've tried since working at Majestic. It is deep purple in colour and has a great wafts of dark fruits such as bramble on the nose, classic Malbec aromas. It is an incredibly deep robust wine which also delivers aromas such as chocolate and has a rich full bodied-ness about it. The wine is fairly tannic and so would be best drunk accompanying food.

As expected this wine would partner a rare steak perfectly, but would also match barbequed meats equally as well. Definitely worth a try if you enjoy fuller bodied, more robust styles of red wine!!

A few of my favourites - Chateau Musar 2005Date published: 15/06/13

Chateau Musar is an unique and brilliant wine from Lebanon. Whilst Lebanon may not be the first wine-producing country that springs to mind, it has been producing wine for over 6000 years. Chateau Musar hails from the Bekaa valley, near Zahle, the third largest city in Lebanon, and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan.

The wine offers a complex array of tastes and aromas, including plum and blackberry fruit, fig, prune, liquorice and spice.  Fine tannins balance good acidity, leading to a full body and a good length, supported by cedar and cinnamon. The wine is robust and balanced, and will last for decades, whilst drinking very well now.  Enjoy with a range of foods, from a simple roast to North-African cuisine. This is a phenomenal wine, not to be missed! Available in store for £19.99 per bottle.

Star bargain - Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de Riscal Magnum 1.5lDate published: 14/06/13

This is one of my favourite wines and always has been since I joined Majestic. With the magnum on offer at £22.00 a bottle this has to be my star bargain of the week...

In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja. A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours. This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.

Don't forget at Majestic we sell a minimum of 6 bottles but can be mixed with with wines, Champagnes and spirits and with a magnum counting as 2 bottles. You can order online or call us direct on 01273 777085

A few of my favourites - Catena MalbecDate published: 14/06/13

This is a wine of superb quality which consistently achieves high reviews from critics and consumers alike. Nicolas and Laura Catena have spent a great deal of time finding and developing a range of quality vineyard areas in the high altitude Mendoza area of Argentina, and the resulting wine is a celebration of this hard work, blending grapes from various altitudes to create a unique and complex malbec.

Elegantly structured, the wine is a deep, attractive ruby color, which gives aromas of black fruit and subtle vanilla. On the palate, ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit dominate, with plenty of peppery spice to back it up and subtle vanilla to finish. Firm tannins and crisp acidity balance to provide a long, complex finish. Those same qualities ensure that it is a wine suitable for ageing, and it will comfortably last for another five years.

I would enjoy this with a roasted piece of beef, or better still with a rare sirloin steak. Alternatively drink on its own with a large glass! Available in store for £12.99

Which wine, what temperature?Date published: 14/06/13

As we currently have an our 20% offer running on Beaujolais lots of people have been showing interest in this region. This has led to the conversation of can red wine be chilled? The temperature a wine should be served at definitely depends on what the wine is, you wouldn't want a claret or a hearty malbec chilled, these big bold reds should be served at room temperature. However a light red, such as Beaujolais or some Pinot Noirs, can be served slightly chilled; according to the Wines and Spirits Education Trust this equates to 13 degrees Celsius. 

Light whites should be chilled (7-10 Celsius) whilst medium or full-bodied whites would be lightly chilled (10-13 Celsius). The colder a white wine is the more the flavours are masked, hence an oaky white would want to be slightly warmer so all the aromas are present on the nose.

Sweet wines, such as Sauternes, and sparkling wines, such as Champagne, should be served well chilled (6-8 Celsius). In champagne the cooling lowers the pressure in the bottle so when opened the champagne is less likely to fizz over the top of the bottle.

However these guidelines are only recommendations so my advice is to drink wine at the temperature you enjoy.

Spain- A brief introduction to wine labellingDate published: 13/06/13

Ever wondered about the names written on the front of Spanish wines and what they mean? Spain has strict laws regarding the ageing of wine which breaks down into 4 main categories.

Joven: Wines that are made for immediate release, so appear on the shelves the year after the fruit is picked. The wine may have seen some oak before being bottled but there is no guarantee.

Crianza: Red wines must be aged for a minimum of 24 months, with 6 months spent in small oak barrels. White wine will be aged for a minimum of 18 months but there is no requirement for it to be spent in barrels.

Reserva: Generally these wines come from parcels of land that produce better fruit. Red wine must spend a minimum of 36 months ageing, 12 months in small barrels. White and rose wines must spend 18 months ageing, with 6 months in barrels and the rest in bottle.

Gran Reserva: These wines are only produced from exceptional vintages, such as 2004. Red wines will be aged for a minimum of 60 months with atleast 18 months in oak barrels. White and rose wines must be aged for minimum 48 months, with 6 months in barrels and the rest occuring in the bottle.

The exception is Rioja where even longer ageing in barrel is required by law for Crianza and Gran Reserva wines. Red Crianzas must spend a minimum of 12 months in barrels whilst for Gran Reservas red wines must spend 24 months in barrel. Rose and white Gran Reserva must spend 12 month in barrels instead of the usual 6.

Fine Wine Friday- Chateau De TracyDate published: 12/06/13

A little heads up this week about FIne Wine Friday so you can put in the diary to pop along and try the amazing Chateau De Tracy. We've decided to head over the channel for a white from the Loire Valley.

Château de Tracy 2011 Pouilly-Fumé


Grape: Sauvignon Blanc – VEGETARIAN

Origin: Wines have been made from the vineyards of this Château since 1396, but the winery owes its current incarnation to the Count and Countess Alain d'Estutt d'Assay, who resurrected it in 1952. Today it is run by their son, Henry d'Assay, and his sisters.

Taste: Pale gold with a silvery shimmer. An open and intense nose, offering notes of blackcurrant and citrus fruit, with background vegetal hints. A fresh citrussy attack on the palate and seductive minerality.

Enjoy: Drink with pungent goat's or sheep's cheeses, or fine seafood.

Fine wine planDate published: 11/06/13

If you enjoy shopping at Majestic Wine and also enjoy the finer things in life why not sign up to the Lay & Wheeler Fine Wine plan.
Your personal consultant will offer guidance on purchases, recommending the best wines to suit your objectives, tastes and budget. Whether it is fine Bordeaux for drinking in fifteen years, or White Burgundy for drinking next summer, they will be able to suggest the right wines for you. No purchases will be made without consultation or consent, unless that is what you prefer. Your consultant will also be able to advise you on when your wines are ready to drink and should be delivered to you. We are proud to offer this enjoyable way for wine enthusiasts the world over to create a wine collection of distinction, with all-encompassing advice, purchase, storage, re-sale and delivery expertise.
From just £50 per month, the Fine Wine Plan builds a personally-tailored fine wine collection. Subscribe to the Fine Wine Plan and leave everything else to us, guaranteeing a growing collection of quality wines.

Subscribe £100 or more 10% Discount at Majestic Wine* Exclusive offers Free case of wine worth over £150* 
Currently: 2009 La Croix de Beaucaillou, St-Julien (6 bottles)

Subscribe £300 or more Joining gift upgraded to a case of wine worth over £300* 
Currently: 2009 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (6 bottles)

Setting up a Fine Wine Plan How to Join
To join the Fine Wine Plan simply complete the online application form and indicate your main wine preferences, providing your personal consultant with a starting point. Then complete the Direct Debit form online. Once we receive your application, we will set the direct debit up with your bank and your account will be under way. What level of subscription?

This is entirely up to you. The more you 'invest', the faster your collection will grow or the higher the value of the wines purchased. The minimum subscription is £50. If you intend to use the Fine Wine Plan for investment purposes, we recommend a level of at least £300 per month. Your funds are devoted entirely to wine purchases and storage.

Kick-start your cellar

Many Fine Wine Plan members kick-start their cellar with a one-off payment to allow for a larger initial wine purchase, either in value or quantity terms. You can elect to do this on the online application form or directly through your personal consultant.

To find out more please visit the website at www.laywheeler.com or call us in-store on 01273 777085

Great summer offersDate published: 11/06/13

New offers and some great new bargains ready for the summer to begin whether your having a BBQ, some friends over for dinner or just enjoying a good glass of wine. We've got some great wines to help you along the way.

Bourgogne Chardonnay 'Les Chenaudières' 2012 Cave de Lugny
A stylish wine from one of Burgundy's most reliable and reputable cooperatives. Cave de Lugny is situated in the heart of the Mâconnais, and is the biggest producer of the region. Crisp and elegant with citrus and apple fruit characters alongside a lovely streak of minerality. Refined and classy, with good length. Ideally partnered with light seafood dishes. Drink chilled, whilst young.
Only £6.99 when you buy 2 or more save £4.00, unit price £8.99
The Ned Black Label Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough
The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil. A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gun flint minerality which delivers extra complexity. Drink now with fresh summer salads and seafood.
Only £6.99 when you buy 2 or more save 20%, unit price £8.74
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. Possibly the most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc in the world, it definitely lives up to its reputation. A wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropical fruit. Gooseberries and passionfruits on the medium-full body; the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish. Superbly refreshing served chilled on a sunny day, this is also a great match for meat or vegetarian stuffed peppers.
Only £20.00 when you buy 2 or more save 20%, unit price £25.00
Rioja Reserva 2007 Lagunilla This famous Rioja bodega was founded in 1885 by Don Felipe Lagunilla San Martín, who is credited with rescuing Rioja's vineyards from the phylloxera epidemic, through his pioneering work in grafting vines onto American rootstocks. A classic Reserva wine, striking a balance between meatiness and elegance. 24 months in oak casks has endowed it with an enjoyable smoothness and mellow, spicy aromatics. Partner with roast shoulder of lamb, or any number of game dishes.
Only £6.99 when you buy 2 or more save £8.00, unit price £10.99
Château l'Abbaye de Sainte-Ferme 2005 Bordeaux Superieur
This special parcel was snapped up by our buyers upon first taste. A traditionally-made Bordeaux from the top-rated 2005 vintage, it has been authentically cellared and is now drinking very well, and therefore offers simply staggering value. A dense core of mature black fruit, overlayed with hints of graphite, leather and liquorice. The tannins are firm yet smooth textured, and well balanced by the ripeness that characterises this vintage. Will work well with rib of beef or a slow-cooked leg of lamb.
Only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more save £4.00, unit price £9.99
Guidalberto 2010 Tenuta San Guido, IGT Toscana
This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot, and is the 'little brother' to the winery's celebrated Sassicaia, from three vineyard sites surrounding Bolgheri. The varieties are vinified separately before belnding and maturation in French and American oak. The wine has an intense violet colour and a soft and rounded fruit profile, and can be enjoyed immediately or over the next 3-4 years.
Only £26.00 when you buy 2 or more save £8.00, unit price £30.00
Heidsieck Gold Top Vintage 2007
Deliciously soft and rich with subtle vanilla hints and bags of elegance.
Only £20.00 Majestic price
Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne
The famous house of Mme Lily Bollinger produces a mighty, full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightfully pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. Densely packed apple and pear fruits give way to a noticeably creamy, caramel-like finish. An 'Absolutely Fabulous' Champagne!
Only £30.00 when you buy 6 or more save £12.00, unit price £32.00

Don't forget at Majestic we sell a minimum of 6 bottles but can be mixed with wines, Champagnes and spirits. We also deliver for free on 6 bottles or more as long as it's over £40.00. You can order on-line at www.majestic.co.uk or call us direct on 01273 777085
Prices correct as of 11/06/2013 

Summer Party ServicesDate published: 07/06/13

The summer party season is upon us. We are here to help to make sure your party is a complete success by sorting out all those tricky little details such as amounts, glass hire, chilling and delivery.

Sparkling Wine: If the event is a bit of a celebration or you just want to spoil your guests then why not kick off with a glass of fizz? A standard bottle of sparkling wine (75cl) will give you 6 flutes. So if you have 36 guests and you want each to have 1 glass you will need 6 bottles. We always have some great deals on our brand name Champagnes or we have a wide selection of Proseccos and Cavas as a value alternative.

Wine: As a general rule we suggest you allow half a bottle of wine per person plus a little extra to save you the worry of running out or if you prefer to work it out by glass; a standard bottle (75cl) with give you 5 decent sized glasses of wine so if you have 20 guests and you want each to have 2 glasses of wine you will need 8 bottles of wine. We are more than happy to assist in store with selections to fit any occasion or menu.

Pimms: Make the most of the summer with Pimms! We have the regular and the special edition Blackberry and Elderflower. We also have Pimms branded jugs and twizzle spoons free with every purchase of Pimms (while stocks last). You can also stock up on lemonade to mix with the Pimms of your choice.

Soft Drinks: Sometimes forgotten but very important for the children and those who have the job of driving home again! We stock a selection of mineral waters (both still and sparkling), lemonade, coke and Belvoir Elderflower presse and cordial.

Glasses: You will always get through more glasses than you expect to as people will put them down and then pick up a new one. Our glass hire service is essentially a free service, we take £1 deposit per glass which is fully refundable when the glasses come back to us. We have wine glasses, flutes, pints and half-pint hi-ball tumblers. At this busy time of year order as soon as possible as a huge number of glasses go out from June through to August.

Chilling Down Your Drinks: We supply table top ice buckets (clear perspex that will hold 4-5 bottles) and big green chiller bins (that will hold 18-24 bottles) again working on a refundable deposit system, they are £10 and £15 respectively. Again we suggest ordering as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. With both just pour in ice and top up with water, it is one of the quickest and easiest ways of chilling down your wine and beer. We also supply bags of ice. 4kg bags are £3.99. 

Delivery: We offer free delivery on 6 or more bottles of wine (for orders under £40 a £5 delivery charge will be added). To see if we are your closest store just type in your postcode to the store locator or give us a ring in store on 01273 777 085 to see which days we deliver to your area.

We look forward to helping you plan your party! 

Mid Week Recipes-Smoked Salmon TagliatelleDate published: 07/06/13

This week I'm going for a slightly more lavish recipe. Imagine sitting outside in the sunshine and tucking into this delicious dish: Creamy smoked salmon tagliatelle.


Ingredients

A pack of responsibly sourced smoked salmon (if you're feeling the pinch then smoked salmon trimmings will do the job)

A pot of low fat crème fraîche

Juice of 1 lemon

A large bunch of flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Fresh tagliatelle

Freshly ground black pepper


Method

While you are boiling a pan of water for the pasta, slice the smoked salmon into strips and mix with the crème fraîche, lemon juice, flat leaf parsley and black pepper.


Cook the tagliatelle according to the packet's instructions.


Once the pasta is cooked and drained, stir in the smoked salmon mixture.


Serve immediately with grated parmesan and green salad.


For the wine, I would go for an oaked Chardonnay like Gerard Bertrand's Domaine de l'Aigle from Limoux, France (£12.99). The toasty aromas on the nose will compliment the smoky character of the salmon while the citrus palate will balance beautifully with the creaminess of this dish.

A few of my favourites - Veuve Clicquot non-vintage roseDate published: 07/06/13

Veuve Clicquot commercialised pink champagne in 1775, becoming the first champagne house to do so, and since then the style has become a regular part of the consumer diet. Veuve Clicquot also claim they see no spike in sales at the points during the year one might expect them, namely Mother's day and Valentine's day, suggesting that rose has become a popular alternative to regular champagne all year round.  Clicquot's approach was to make an accessible and engaging wine that delivers plenty of red fruit but which conserves their values in terms of style. 

Made using 50-60 crus, the blend is based on Brut Yellow Label's traditional blend (50-55% Pinot Noir, 15-20% Pinot Meunier and 28-33% Chardonnay) and includes up to 40% reserve wines originating from several harvests, all of which serve to create the celebrated Veuve Clicquot house style.  The blend also includes 12% of red wine (Pinot Noir) from vineyards in the Montagne de Reims area, where Veuve Clicquot own a number of sites; this allows Clicquot an enviable range of base wines to choose from, and results in a more reliable final product.

The wine is an attractive pink, with immediate aromas of red fruit, including cherry, raspberry and strawberry, that lead to biscuity characters of brioche and almonds. Comfortable as an aperitif, this rose is also a great match for light dishes such as smoked salmon and salad. Try with strawberries and cream for an indulgent snack! Currently at a straight price of £40 per bottle.

Fine Wine Friday - Beaune 1er Cru, Louis JadotDate published: 06/06/13

Every Friday is Fine Wine Friday in Brighton. 

This week it is Beaune 1er Cru Rouge, 2008, Louis Jadot £19 (when you buy 2 or more selected fine wines)

Origin: Made from a blend of wines from a range of Premier Cru vineyards, this is an excellent quality Pinot Noir, and a great all-round representation of Beaune. Matured in French barriques for 16 months, the wine displays fine balance between tight structure and softness.

Taste: Hints of violets on the nose are followed by delicious savoury, fleshy redcurrant fruit on the palate, held together with remarkably approachable tannins.

Enjoy: Drinking now but would age quite happily for up to 5 years. A great partner to BBQ pork.

Fine Wine Friday (On a Saturday!)- Coney Pizzicato Pinot NoirDate published: 01/06/13

To mark this weeks New Zealand tasting we have chosen a NZ Pinot Noir!


Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2010

Grape: Pinot Noir

Origin: Grown on the Martinborough terrace north of Wellington, by winemakers Debbie Christensen and Emma Easthorpe. The chewy tannins and complex fruit aromas of Martinborough wines shire through in this particularly expressive Pinot Noir.

Taste: Ripe cherry, black fruits and smoky, savoury overtones with plumb and pomegranate fruits combined with spicy, toasty, complex flavours complemented by integrated chewy tannins and a long, savoury finish.

Enjoy: Good Kiwi Pinot can be enjoyed in its youth, or over five years. An ideal match with venison, game and pasta.

New fine wine arrivals at Majestic BrightonDate published: 01/06/13

It's that time of the week again...Fine wine treats, new arrivals in to your local Majestic @ Brighton and Hove. We've got some great summer BBQ red's for you and don't forget every week is Fine wine Friday @ Majestic Brighton and Hove where we'll always have something special open for you for the weekend...

Chablis Grand Cru 'Les Clos' 2007 Pinson

Pinson makes some of the best wine in the 'Les Clos' vineyard, perhaps the greatest grand cru vineyard in Chablis. This is quintessential Chablis with stone fruit flavours, a well-focused mineral complexity and well-honed acidity. This wine will drink well after 2-3 years bottle age and will last 10+ years.

Only £35 a bottle

Pesquera Crianza 2009/2010 Alejandro Fernandéz, Ribero del Duero

'Alejandro Fernandez has become one of the superstars of Spain. His wine is made from the Tempranillo grape and is aged 2-21/2 years in casks, which produces remarkable depth and richness, and a texture not unlike top notch Pomerol. The rich fruit combined with the sweet oaky smells has resulted in some opulent and voluptuous wines that are real head turners.' Robert Parker, The Wine Buyer's Guide

Only £19.99 a bottle

McGuigan Handmade Shiraz 2008/2011 Langhorne Creek

Langhorne Creek is a premium wine growing region of South Australia on the Fleurieu Peninsula near Adelaide. Located on the banks of Lake Alexandrina, rich fertile soils make this an outstanding grape growing region, particularly for red varieties. Deep crimson with purple tinges, intense ripe berry characters with a vanilla lift exude on the nose. Concentrated rich, black fruit flavours on the palate follow to a balanced and velvety finish. Will benefit from another couple of years ageing and then partner with lamb ragu pasta or braised oxtail stew.

Only £20.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10, unit price £25.00

Brunello di Montalcino 2005 Brunelli

This DOCG from the town of Montalcino in southern Tuscany practises late harvesting, long, slow fermentation and ageing in barrels for at least four years. Gianni Brunelli was a larger than life character and his wines are at once concentrated, layered and nuanced. Rich and full bodied. Fine, firm tannins and powerful, ripe Sangiovese fruit. Elegant and subtle, with dustings of chocolate and spice, this is a wine of considerable finesse.Superb now, but will keep for over 5 years. This heady Brunello deserves rich, red meat dishes and will tackle thick sauces brilliantly.

Only £30 a bottle

Cuvée Diane 2009 Viñalba, Mendoza Named after the wife of Viñalba winemaker Hervé Joyaux Fabre, this is a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot, grown in high quality massal-selected vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. A rich and inviting wine that hints at Hervé's Bordeaux background, this blend is full of dark fruit and spice aromas, and has a wonderful palate complexity, offering a plum and damsom backbone bolstered by smooth tannins and spicy oak

Only £30.00 a bottle

Don't forget we sell a minimum of 6 bottles here at Majestic but can be mixed with wines, Champagnes and spirits. We also deliver for free on 6 bottles or more as long as your order is over £40.00. If any of these wines interest you please feel free to contact us on 01273 777085 or brh@majestic.co.uk

Prices correct as of 1/06/2013

Summer BBQs SortedDate published: 01/06/13

The sun is shining here in Brighton and hopefully wherever you are too. Make the most of the weather while it lasts and squeeze in as many BBQs and alfresco dining occasions as possible. If you're stuck on what beverages to serve have a look below for inspiration:

Perfect Pimms: A bottle of Pimms (£13) and a couple of litres of lemonade will go a long way to pleasing your guests. Mix 1 part Pimms no1 to 3 parts lemonade. Add strawberries, cucumber, mint and slices of orange. Poor into a tall glass with ice and sit back and enjoy.

White Wine: A nice dry, crisp white is perfect for the summer. I suggest Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012 £5.99 (when you buy 2 ore more NZ wines as part of your mixed case) A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. A fruity palate with gooseberry and citrus flavours. Perfect with BBQ chicken and salad.

Red Wine: You definitely don't want anything too heavy for warm days so a perfect pick would be Beaujolais 2011, Chateau de Pizay £7.59 (when you buy 2 ore more wines from Beaujolais). A light and youthful wine, red apples and raspberries on the nose with slight hints of pepper. Beautifully light tannins and redcurrant flavours make it a perfect partner to BBQ lamb cutlets.

Rose: What is summer without a chilled glass of rose? Pasqua Rosato 2012 £5.99 (when you buy 2 ore more Italian wines as part of your mixed case) a slightly off dry wine with a pale, rose pink colour. Red cherry, rosehip and dessert apples dominate the nose and are also reflected on the palate. It is clean and refreshing and works perfectly as an aperitif.

Beer: Curious Brew from Chapel Down winery is a truly premium lager beer. Brewed in England with precision and passion to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher, lager beer. Re-fermented with Champagne yeast to give a truly unique flavour. £17.99

Have a lovely summer!

More FavouritesDate published: 27/05/13

More favourites in case you need some inspiration:

This Week's top Choice: my loyalties to certain wine's seem to change almost on a weekly basis, so this may be a title that comes up time and time again.This week I am loving Chateau de Berne Rose 2012, Cotes de Provence £11.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case) A distinctive square shaped bottle makes this wine an instant show stopper. A delicate pink wine with intense poached pear flavours with underlying tropical fruits. A gorgeous wine for a summer's evening in the garden.

Something a Little Different: if you are getting bored of the same reds and whites then why not try something a little different. White: I love Reislings and the dryer the better, this is a new one to us here at Majestic and it's fab. Terroir Hunter Reisling 2011, Lo Abarca, Undurraga just £9.59 (20% off Chilean wines). Fresh citrus fruits are the backbone but there is still hints of kerosine-like notes to remind you it's a reisling. An interesting aperitif or as a pairing to smoked chicken. Red: a striking black label with yellow swirls this is a hard bottle to miss and the wine is just as unusual. Morellino de Scansano 2011, Poggioargentiera £9.59 (20% off Italian wine oiffer) Ripe cherry and strawberry fruits are the most noticeable flavours, the wine is medium bodied with a rustic streak which makes it a great food wine, will partner anything from lamb chops to game pie. 

Bubbles on a Budget: sometimes an occasion just calls for bubbles, but the bank balance doesn't always stretch to Champagne. As an alternative why not try Trilogy Cuvee Brut NV on offer at just £9.99. Made using all three of the Champagne grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier) and in a similar style. A nose of citrus fruits and redcurrant, with a soft yeasty palate. A fine elegant mousse gives this wine a lovely texture.

Study Trip to ProvenceDate published: 27/05/13

Last month I was lucky enough to go on an educational trip to Provence to visit and learn more about some of the producers that supply some or our wines. 

On Sunday 21st April seven of us met at Stanstead Airport on route to Toulon. Shortly after arriving in sunny France (and remembering that cafes and shops are not open on a Sunday afternoon) we were taken to Chateau Sainte Marguerite, a Cru Classe Cote de Provence vineyard. It was founded by Andre Chevillon in 1929 and due to the exceptional quality of their wine they were granted Cru Classe classification in 1955.

We were met by the lovely and welcoming Brigitte and Jean-Pierre Fayard, who are the current owners. They took over the vineyard in 1977. They strive to develop fully organic wines that you just "have to have another sip of". Their rose is a grenache/syrah blend and is both vegetarian and organic. A beautifully pale wine with red berry fruits and floral aromas. Perfect pairing with appetizers but could also be an alternative for a dessert wine. Available in store for £11.99 (when 2 or more bottles purchased as part of a mixed case). Provence is most well known for it's rose wines but we were lucky enough to sample reds and whites from the area. The reds range from light bodies that can be served lightly chilled to big, bold reds with lots of character, it is definately worth looking out for a Provence red to sample.

The next day we were met by Maud and Mathieu from the Negrel family, who are a brother and sister team and currently in charge at the domaine Mas de Cadenet. A couple of weeks before our trip they celebrated 200 years of their family owning the domaine. They are situated at the base of the slopes in Sainte Victoire. We were taken to the top of a parallel ridge so that we could see the geological structure of the land. A representation of this is shown on the label of their rose wine. Again we got to sample their other wines an oak aged vermentino (served just very lightly chilled) was stunning and so unusual. The wine brought out with dessert is a closely gaurded family recipe, all I can say is that it tasted liked liquid tarte tatin!

We went to visit the winery the following morning for more wine tasting and the promise of bubbles. Clean fresh vermentino (or rolle as it's known locally) followed by their rose that is available in store £8.99 (when 2 or more bottles are purchased) a pale dahlia pink with summery fruit flavours such as peach, pear and raspberry. Great as a picnic wine as it is light and fresh and pairs beautifully with simple food. Their sparkling white is made from 100% ugni blanc and was simply beautiful, the rose sparkling accompanied fresh strawberries and was elegant and fruity.

Our final stop of the trip was to Chateau Minuty. Located on the St Tropez penninsular, the vineyards overlook the mediterranean. After a walk around St Tropez harbour (and a game of which boat would we like to own most) we were met by owner Francois and a sample of the M de Minuty 2012, available in store at £9.99 (when 2 or more bottles are purchased). A blend of grenache, cinsault and the lesser known tibouren grape. The wine is delecate and pale, with a fresh nose of citrus fruits and a lively palate. It comes in the classic provence shaped bottle and would make a great addition to any alfresco dining table.

Before our flight home again we had a tour of the winery and the machines/conveyer that took empty bottles, cleaned them, flilled them, corked them, labelled them and then they were boxed and stacked on a pallet to be brought over to us hear in England.A fascinating line that was strangely hypnotising.

It was an amazing experience and we all learnt so much about the areas and the producers that we can now pass on to our customers in our own stores. So any questions about Provence roses just ask!

Fine Wine Friday - Meerlust MerlotDate published: 26/05/13

It's that time of the week again..

This week's Fine Wine Friday is Meerlust Merlot 2009.

The Meerlust estate has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1757. Made in the “right bank” tradition, this is a blend of 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Franc gives the wine structure and better aging potential. A deep and youthful wine, distictively purple in colour.
Juicy plum and mulberry fruit are the first aromas to hit the nose, lightly spiced with subtle hints of chocolate with a real meaty finish. The palate offers generous ripe and pure Merlot fruit fruit with refreshing acidity, structured yet silky tannins and pronounced length and minerality.
A great match to steak or BBQ smokey ribs.

£15.99 (when you buy 2 or more selected fine wines as part of a mixed case)

Bank holiday offersDate published: 24/05/13

It's the bank holiday and were hoping for a little bit of sunshone here at Majestic Brighton and Hove but incase it doesn't turn up we've got some great offers for you to get you through the weekend. These offers are on until Monday the 3rd of June so make sure you don't miss out.

Macon Lugny Louis Latour

Only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more save £6.00, unit price £10.99

Beaujolais-Villages George Duboeuf

Only £5.99 When you buy any 2 Beaujolais Wines save 20%, unit price £7.49

Cotes-du-Rhone Belleruche M.Chapoutier

Only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more save £4.00, unit price £9.99

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir

Only £7.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines save 20%, unit price £9.99

Prosecco Corte Alta NV

Only £6.99 single bottle price

Lindauer Brut NV

Only £7.99 single bottle price

Lindauer Blanc de Blanc NV

Only £8.99 single bottle price

Trilogy Cuvee Brut NV

Only £9.99 single bottle price

Laurent Perrier Brut NV

Only £25 single bottle price

If any of these offers interest you please feel free to contact us on 01273 777085 or visit our website @ www.majestic.co.uk and let's hope for a little bit of sunshine this weekend.

New fine wine arrivals at Majestic BrightonDate published: 18/05/13

New Fine wine arivals

We've only got a few for you this week but nevertheless there are some pretty special wines here...

Condrieu 2010 E Guigal The famous enclave of Condrieu is well known for the richly exotic and perfumed wines it produces from the rare Viognier grape variety. Guigal was part of the resurgence of Condrieu and uses oak to impart extra nuances to the wine. Aromas of pears, sweet peaches and pineapples abound in this wine, which is delicately dry, full-flavoured, with a silky palate-feel and lashings of vanilla and spice on the long finish. A superb match for crab and also creamy curries, Condrieu should be drunk young.

Only £32.00 a bottle

Pesquera Crianza 2009/201