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T: 01434 606 351
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E: hex@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
Unit 4, Tyne Valley Retail Park
Station Road
Hexham
NE46 1EZ
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Wine Courses
  • Free local delivery
  • Free glass loan
  • Free parking
  • Free tasting every day
Store News(133)

5 Top tips for Matching Food and WineDate published: 29/04/17

5 Top tips for Matching Food and Wine.

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

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

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

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

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


Store Events(5)Store Tasting(6)

Introducing - The Porta 6 ReservaDate published: 28/04/17

cracking new wine and just come out ! Based the famous Porta 6 from Lisbon, we are proud to announce the Porta 6 Reserva.

Very similar in style to the Porta 6 but with a bit more of everything, turned up several notches. 

If you would like some and your having trouble ordering online. Please come into store and we will be able to help.

Don't miss out limited stocks of this great wine. 



Summer ShowcaseDate published: 28/04/17


Free SummerShowcase Tasting

We invite you to join us for our

biggest ever tasting!


What To Expect

An extra 10% off everything

Champagne on arrival

Sample our best new wines, beers and spirits

Meet some of our favourite local suppliers

Matching cheese and nibbles


Thursday 11th May

18:30 - 20:00

Mark, James and Matthew


Sign up below



Customer Notice: Amended Opening Hours this Week.Date published: 21/01/17

Customer Notice: Amended opening hours this week-

Sunday 22nd January: Closed

Monday 23rd January: 14:00 - 19:00

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


If you’d like us to get an order ready for you when we reopen, please leave a message or send an email and we’ll respond as soon as we can.


Thanks.

Bex, James and Matthew

Team Hexham

01434 606351

hex@majestic.co.uk

Christmas Delivery AvailabilityDate published: 19/12/16

We still have delivery availability for Christmas week! Please call us to place your order, 01434 606351.


Monday 19th December - Hexham, Humshaugh, Barrasford, Corbridge, Riding Mill, Stocksfield.

Tuesday 20th December - Fourstones, Haydon Bridge, Bardon Mill, Haltwhistle, Ninebanks, Whitfield, Allendale, Allenheads.

Wednesday 21st December - Slaley, Minsteracres, Kiln Pit Hill, Hedley, Blanchland, Shotley Bridge.

Thursday - Tyne Valley (East of Hexham), Matfen, Great Whittington, Stamfordham, Newcastle City Centre.

Friday - Local

Majestic Presents: Prosecco la Gioiosa DOCGDate published: 13/05/16

Based in Treviso in the heart of Prosecco country, La Gioiosa is one of Italy’s leading family producers. Owned by the Moretti Polegatto 
family (who also own Geox shoes!), La Gioiosa represents the tradition of winemaking which has been passed through generations of the family. The company is at the forefront of innovation. The winemaker freezes the Prosecco must prior to fermentation to ensure maximum freshness.

The La Gioiosa name pays tribute to the old definition of the province of Treviso, "Marca gioiosa et amorosa" (Joyous and Amorous March) underlining the sociable lifestyle of its inhabitants.


The D.O.C.G. of Conegliano Valdobbiadene lies in beautiful hilly countryside, which seems made for producing prosecco. Situated 50km from Venice this appellation has a long and proud history of sparkling wine production, dating back to the 18th century. The light sparkling wines of the area complement the sociable and artistic nature of its people.


The high quality of Conegliano Valdobbiadene’s grapes means this prosecco can be made in a relatively dry style. Typically apple on the 
nose, the fine bubbles and fresh palate produce a very uplifting wine, great for any occasion. 

As with all prosecco this wine is a terrific aperitif. But the class of this wine means it complements shellfish perfectly as well.

Majestic Presents: A Casetta Rose, CorsicaDate published: 13/05/16

A CASETTA means “little houses”. These small traditional stone houses were built nearby farms or vineyards and today stand as a reminder of Corsican  ancestral heritage. In the vineyard much effort has been made to preserve the native varietals of Corsica (Niellucciu, 
Sciaccarellu, Vermentinu) instead of farming international varietals. As such the wines made here are truly representative of the islands terroir and winemaking history. 

Sciaccerellu accounts for about 15% of all plantings in Corsica especially on the island's granite soils on which it thrives. The name of the variety could be translated as crisp and tasty. 


The island of Corsica provides a truly unique viticulture. Volcanic soils, dramatic mountains and mediterranean influences all combine to create varied growing climates across the different AOC’s.


Citrus notes, fresh almonds and white fruits. Great with Seafood linguini

It's Party Time....Date 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 enjoy 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.



Buyer's Choice - Yering Station Pinot NoirDate published: 17/03/16

The Ryrie Brothers established the Yering Station back in 1838. It was 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!

Open to taste this week!

£9.99 per bottle, mix six (£11.99 single bottle)

Mud House Pinot GrisDate published: 12/09/15

Heard of Mud House? Thought it was only Sauvignon Blanc? Think again! There's a new Mud House in town and we're going wild for it!

With the crispness of the Sauvignon and all the Kiwi intensity we love, this Pinot Gris a winner. Full of citrus - of lemon and lime - with a roundness from soft, ripe pear, this wine screams perfect everyday drinking. 

Pinot Gris, the alternative name for Pinot Grigio, has everything you could want from a classic Pinot Grigio - freshness, lightness, a wine that drinks well with anything. But, it has something classic Italian Pinot Grigio is lacking, that punch of flavour that means it won't get lost with a meal with a little more going on. 

Love Sauvignon? Love Pinot Grigio? Love Chardonnay? 

This wine is an amazing alternative to all of the above. If that's not enough, the cherry on the top? At £6.99 a bottle, this wine is complex, it's intense and it's easy on the pocket!

Mud House Pinot Gris will be on the tasting counter all weekend, give it a try when you're in, I can guarantee it won't disappoint.


Introducing..... Dominio de MorfeoDate published: 13/08/15

Our buyers love finding a bargain, so we couldn’t be happier to present this absolutely outstanding wine, for the frankly ridiculous price of £6.66 per bottle!


In fact, we’re lucky to have it at all. Winemaker Ricardo Sanz originally intended it to be sold as three individual, limited production, old vine, boutique wines. They were his own little side project - for people in the know.


Then the Spanish financial crisis happened, demand for premium wine disappeared overnight. Ricardo had no buyers for his wines selling at €18 to €22 per bottle, so decided to blend the best of the three together, creating a mature and full flavoured wine - the Dominio de Morfeo. It’s an absolute beauty.


A blend of three different regions means the Morfeo has to be classified as a ‘Vino de la Tierra’ - making it unbelievable value considering its provenance. Old vine Prieto Picudo from Léon, Tinta de Toro (the name for Tempranillo in the Toro region) and Garnacha from Cebreros - this is a densely hued wine brimming with black cherry fruit. Aged for 18 months in Allier French oak gives the wine a delightfully smooth texture.


But name isn’t everything. Just like you, we’re more interested in quality and value for money and this is certainly a winner there.



£6.66 when you mix any 6 bottles

(£9.99 single bottle)



Buyer's Choice - Les FustiersDate published: 08/07/15

Côtes Du Rhône Les Fustier, France


The Rhône Valley

The Rhône Valley is split into two distinct areas, the North and the South. The North is synonymous with very steep slopes with the most famous wines being Crozes-­Hermitage and Condrieu.
The Southern Rhône has rolling hills. The most famous wines come from the village of Châteauneuf­du­Pape. Most Côtes du Rhône wines come from the Southern region. Typically the wines are a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, although other grapes are used, such as Cinsault.


Intentionally young and vibrant

Les Fustiers has been created to be drunk young. The wine has been aged in stainless steel rather than wooden barrels. This has helped it to retain the fresh fruit aromas and flavours and allows the wine to maintain a light vibrancy.


What is the wine like?

The wine is a lovely light red colour and smells of strawberries, raspberries and red cherries. It tastes like summer pudding and has a subtle hint of spice.This is a red wine that is suited to the warmer weather. It is light and fruity and can be enjoyed equally well without food, 
as with.

Mix Six = £6.99
(Single Bottle = £9.99)

Wine of the Week - Jim Barry, The Lodge Hill ShirazDate published: 08/07/15

Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia


Origin

The late Jim Barry was the first qualified winemaker to move to the Clare Valley to a vineyard initially designated for Riesling. A change was swiftly undertaken and they moved into the production of a premier, reserve Shiraz.

To the eastern side of Clare Valley, The Lodge Hill Vineyard sits over slabs of ancient slate allowing rich, chocolatey loam to seep between the cracks providing free-drainage and easy root passage, the ideal location for low-yielding Shiraz vines.


Taste

Full of bright fresh blackberries, blackcurrants, plums and morello cherries with hints of boysenberry and mulberry. A huge aromatic lift of pepper, rosemary, cumin and violet is rounded off by smooth milk chocolate undertones. The smooth tannins set this Shiraz off perfectly.


Food

Pair with grilled meat, lasagne or casseroles for a perfect match.

As Peter Barry, Executive Winemaker says:  ‘Enjoy with good food, good friends and good conversation.’


Mix Six = £9.99
(Single Bottle = £14.99)

Wine of the Week - Magellan Pinot Noir Lafon, Languedoc, FranceDate published: 02/07/15

Magellan Pinot Noir Lafon, Languedoc, France


A young producer


The Magellan vineyards were purchased from its previous owner in 1999 by Bruno Lafon and his sister Sylvie Legros. Their brother, Dominique oversees the famous Burgundian estate Comtes Lafon. Bruno and Sylvie both left the wine industry for a while but decided to return and set up in the Côtes de Thongue in the Languedoc. The name of the winery is taken from the village of Magalas, where the winery is located.



Outstanding potential


As Bruno said:

“We have great terrior in the Languedoc, but we are young-it took 1,000 years for regions like Burgundy to become what they are today.”


Not only does the Languedoc have some great vineyards, it also benefits from being less regulated than much of France. This affords winemakers the opportunity to experiment and innovate.


Bruno has also been out in search of other vineyards and the Pinot Noir grapes come from vineyards near to Limoux.



What is the wine like?


Pinot Noir benefits from a cooler climate and the Mediterranean sea breezes help provide this. The wine is light and fresh with aromas of red berries and roses, and flavours of red berries, cherries, liquorice and spice. The wine is wonderfully soft and silky.


A great wine to go with pork chops.  



Mix Six = £8.99

(Single Bottle = £11.99)



Wine of the Week - El Viajero Sauvignon BlancDate published: 18/06/15

Cool Sauvignon Blanc


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



Should I compare thee to a Loire or a Kiwi?


The Loire style of Sauvignon tends to be restrained, with subtle flavours of citrus, with some peachy or apricot flavours. The soft ripe flavours and sharp acidity make them great wines to drink with food. New Zealand wines tend to be bigger and bolder with citrus flavours and gooseberry being prominent.

This cool climate Chilean wine falls somewhere between the two. The flavours are more obvious than that of a Loire wine, yet not as powerful as some from New Zealand.



Why should you buy this wine?


If this wine were from the Loire it would be twice the price. The last few years have also seen a rise in price of New Zealand Sauvignon, so if you are looking for a quality, value Sauvignon Blanc, Chile is the place to look - and you need look no further - you’ve found it!



Mix Six Price = £6.66

(Single Bottle = £9.99)



Beer of the week - Hawthorn Pale AleDate published: 12/06/15

Hawthorn Pale Ale, 4.7%
Award winning brewery!
The Hawthorn Brewery came to the attention of our buyer, Matt Pym when they won 
the prestigious title of “Supreme Champion Brewer” at the International Beer 
Challenge in London; an award that encompasses breweries from over 30 countries.
Award winning beer!
Recent awards include:
2015 – Silver Medal, Australian International Beer Awards
2014 ­ Silver Medal, Australian Craft Beer Association Awards
2014 ­ Silver Medal, International Beer Challenge, London
2014 ­ Bronze Medal, Australian International Beer Awards
Why should you buy this beer...
Majestic is the exclusive UK importer of the Hawthorn Brewing 
Company, so you can’t buy it anywhere else!
Hawthorn Pale Ale is a unique interpretation of the classic and 
popular style. It has a rich and complex malt character, derived 
from a bold blend of five different types of grain. Hawthorn Pale Ale 
is an all malt beer with no added sugar, chemicals or preservatives. 
With citrus and spice, fruit flavours, it’s crisp and fresh and will 
perfectly compliment spicy Asian food.
£13.99 buy any 2 craft ales = £10.99

Wine of the Week - Cortese 2014 Araldica, PiedmontDate published: 12/06/15

Cortese 2014 Araldica, Piedmont

Araldica Castelvero is a cooperative cellar in the village of 
Castel Boglione, in Asti, Piedmont. The Cortese grapes are 
grown in Gavi and from vineyards in the surrounding Alto 
If you like Gavi, you’ll love this, it’s the same grape variety ­ 
basically Gavi’s baby brother!

It’s a classic Italian white; light, fresh and crisp. A perfect easy 
drinking summer wine – best enjoyed in the sunshine!
Zesty citrus flavours with subtle hints of apple and pear.

It’s great on its own or with food such as fish, appetizers or 

It’s simple ­ its as good as Gavi without the price tag.
£7.99 buy 2 save 25% = £5.99

Wine of the Week - Ben Marco MalbecDate published: 12/06/15

Ben Marco Malbec 2013 Dominio del Plata, Mendoza

This wine is from Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. The grapes are 
handpicked from vineyards in the foothills of the Andes. It’s a real 
expression of dedication to viticulture and winemaking, with a real 
focus on freshness. 

It’s full bodied and concentrated with aromas of vanilla, ripe red 
fruits and roasted coffee beans. Smooth and well balanced.

Goes well with barbequed/grilled/roasted red meats, strong cheeses and meat-based pasta dishes. 


Our own customers gave this wine 4/5 as part of our online 
reviews! Read the reviews at www.majestic.co.uk and search 
£17.99 buy 2 save 33% = £11.98

My First Majestic Week!Date published: 10/06/15

I started Majestic with an interest in wine but sadly lacking any real knowledge, luckily the Hexham team was at hand to help me start my education. I began my foray into selecting the perfect wine with a wild claim that I disliked red wine and had little affinity for anything sparkling. On Day One that assumption was destroyed. Bex started me on the red wine and after the first sip of a sweet and fruity, yet smooth Fleurie, my closed mind was blown open. We talked about the Beaujolais grading and I became immediately interested in learning more. 

There have been days where I still feel many reds are too full bodied for my tastes but having tried a selection, I now know not to make such broad statements. The Aglianico del Vulture, one of the Wines of the Week during my first week, was evidence that a strong flavoured red could match my palette. With strong black fruit tastes and a beautiful lingering spice reminiscent of Black Jacks, I enjoyed this particular wine which I would have previously disregarded prior to starting training with Majestic. 

Sparkling Saturday saw us open a bottle of Codorniu Raventos, a wine I was dying to try after talking to Bex over lunch about the various methods of producing sparkling wine. I was intrigued to know how such a labour intensive process such as the Champagne Method could yield a wine selling at a mere £7.99 a bottle. Safe to say I enjoyed every sip. Full of stone fruits and apple, with a toasty finish, it went down a treat. I couldn't resist and my for my first Majestic purchase I nabbed myself a bottle of Raventos to celebrate my sister's birthday. 

Not to skimp on the whites, I've been fortunate to try a number this past week that have definitely reminded me why I always saw myself as leaning towards the whites. The Nord Est Vermentino, our second Wine of the Week, was the perfect example of this, light and refreshing, with a floral note almost akin to Viognier. The balance of citrus with a subtle nutty undertone made it the perfect bottle to crack open in the garden and finally see in the summer. Only yesterday I tried the Passimento Bianco from Italy, Saturday Kitchen's recommendation, and was impressed by its intensity of flavour evident from the first sniff. Bold tropical and citrus flavours are matched only by the striking label, a tribute to Romeo and Juliet's Wall. 

So here I am, one week into my role with Majestic and excited to throw caution to the wind and try a whole range I'd never have considered when browsing a wine list. It is with the help of the staff and advice from customers that I am finding myself growing with confidence in helping others to select their perfect wine. 

Beer of the Week - Hawthorn PilsnerDate published: 29/05/15

Hawthorn Brewery ­- Supreme Champion Brewer

What was it that brought the Hawthorn Brewery to the attention of our buyer, Matt Pym? 
Simply that Hawthorn was awarded the prestigious title of “Supreme Champion Brewer” at the International Beer Challenge in London. The awards encompass breweries from over 30 countries and Hawthorn beat the UK, North American and European Champions to be crowned Supreme Champion Brewer. Hawthorn also collected a gold medal and three silver medals at the awards for individual beers. The Hawthorn Pilsner was one of their silver medal winners. Majestic is the exclusive UK importer of the Hawthorn Brewing Company.

Hawthorn’s Ethos
The Flavour Merchants established the Hawthorn Brewing Company to provide world class Australian Craft Beers that are heavily influenced by the best the world has to offer. As a consequence the Hawthorn Pilsner contains German and Czech hops and uses no 
added sugar, chemicals or preservatives (following the German Purity Laws).

Why buy this beer?
This is a highly refreshing beer which is light to medium bodied. A great summer tipple to enjoy whatever the occasion.

£13.99 buy any 2 craft ales = £10.99

Wine of the Week - Haut Vol RoseDate published: 29/05/15

A Summer of Rosé

With June just around the corner our thoughts turn to summer holidays, barbecues and rosé wine. Rosé has started to become more popular throughout the year, but summer is when there is a big rise in demand. It is rosé from the South of France where there has been a big growth in popularity. These typically pale pink wines offer great quality and value. Provence is probably the best known region 
for rosé but other areas, such as the Pays d’Oc, produce wines in a similar style. 

Haut Vol Rosé

The wine is made predominantly from the Grenache grape, which gives the wine its delicate, light pinkish hue. The other grape variety in the blend is Carignan, which adds body and further flavours to the wine.

Why should I buy it...?


Light and delicate with flavours of strawberries and raspberries. The wine makes a fantastic aperitif and looks great at any al fresco dining occasion.  

£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

Wine of the Week - Vacqueyras Font SaradeDate published: 29/05/15


Vacqueyras is an appellation in the Southern Rhône Valley. It is well­ renowned for producing big, powerful, robust wines which can both be drunk young or can be cellared for several years.


Domaine Font Sarade

“All my efforts are focused on a single aim: to make ever better wine by continuing to use the traditional techniques that draw on what I have learned from my predecessors” - Bernard Burles, Owner and Winemaker ­ Domaine Font Sarade

The vineyard lies just to the north of Vacqueyras on the Plateau de la Ponche. The 18 hectare site produces wine with a strong tannic structure, making the wine ideal for ageing.


Recommended By Our Fine Wine Manager
“I really like this wine ­ Vacqueyras has always been my favourite region in the Southern Rhône. Less 'hot' flavours than Gigondas, and more aromatic and vibrant than Châteauneuf-du­Pape. This is due to a higher concentration of Syrah in the blend that gives the wine great power; a solid backbone of tannin and fruit but still retains freshness and elegance. Very perfumed, with loads of black plums, hints of blueberries, roasted herbs, and a luxurious mouth­feel tempered by fantastic acidity. The finish is long and full, a great one to have with your Sunday roast!”
Hansi Baumann, Fine Wine Manager.

Wine of the Week - Viña Mayu Dry Pedro XimenezDate published: 16/05/15

Viña Mayu Dry Pedro Ximenez

Available to taste!

Who’s Pedro Ximenez...?

It’s not a man, it’s a grape variety! 

There are many theories about the origin of the name: 


● A Spanish soldier named Pedro Ximen or a Catholic 
Cardinal named Ximenès who originally transported the 
grapes from the Canary Islands and Madeira to the 
Spanish mainland.
● The village of Jiménez in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, where 
the grapes may have derived from. 
● As Ximénez and Jiménez are common surnames in 
Iberia, another theory is that the grape was named after 
a notable vintner who helped propagate the variety in 
Pedro Ximenez (aka PX) is Spanish grape variety. It’s mainly 
famous for producing Spain's rich dessert sherries, but also in 
Chile as the basis of pisco, the local brandy. 
It’s a diverse grape which is also capable of being crafted into 
an intriguingly aromatic and crisp dry white, as this example 
The wine is really refreshing and zingy. It has citrusy flavours, 
particularly lemon and lime, and a crisp fruity aroma. Enjoy with 
mussels cooked in white wine (it wouldn’t work with a cream sauce).

Why should I buy it...?
The perfect tipple for summer garden drinking!


£10.49 buy 2 save 33% = £6.99

10% extra discount sound good?Date published: 04/05/15

Join us for our summer wine evening on the fourteenth of May and for any purchases you make on the evening we will cheerfully apply an extra 10% discount, in addition to the huge saving you're already likely to be making. 

RSVP required.

Summer Wine Evening: May the FourteenthDate published: 04/05/15

It's that time of year when we roll out the red carpet and welcome you to a fantastic evening of trying a range of summer-inspired wines from around the world. We choose our favourite wines of the moment and give you an opportunity to try them, all with cheerful staff at hand to tell you all about why you might like them. 

An extra 10% discount will be applied to all purchases made on the evening too, so it's a good time to stock up for summer.

RSVP required. 

Veuve Clicquot less than £30Date published: 30/04/15

We have an extra special deal on Veuve Clicquot Non Vintage running at the moment. It's just £29.32; the lowest price it's been since Christmas 2011 at Majestic, and lower than current supermarket prices.

Veuve Clicquot age 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.

Why not treat yourself this Bank Holiday weekend and pop a bottle or two in your basket.


Wine of the Week - Bourgogne Les ChenaudièresDate published: 30/04/15

Burgundy…

Burgundy is one of world’s most famous wine growing regions. Situated to the South East of Paris it is famed for many top appellations such as Chablis, Gevrey-Chambertin and Chassagne-Montrachet. Both red and white wines are produced in Burgundy, with the dominant grapes being Pinot Noir for reds and Chardonnay for whites.

The ABC club...

Are you familiar with the ABC “anything but Chardonnay” club?! This is a phrase often used when ordering wine. Through the 1990s a lot of Chardonnay wines were imported from the New World which had a very heavy oak influence, achieved using non-traditional methods. The consequence was wines that were unbalanced and is what put some people off Chardonnay as a grape variety. At Majestic we love Chardonnay, oaked and unoaked. It is a great grape with a huge range of styles from a vast number of countries.

Why buy this wine...

Bourgogne Les Chenaudières is a great introduction to white Burgundy without you having to spend too much. It is made by a cooperative, Cave de Lugny, the largest producer in the Mâconnais. Cave de Lugny has access to a large array of vineyards and selects the best quality grapes for their wines.

The result is an elegant wine. It has flavours of apple and pear, with a refreshing crispness. The wine is unoaked but it does have some body, which is created by the traditional method of leaving the wine in contact with the yeast used for fermentation right up until it is bottled.

So, if you’re a member of the ABC club, give this a try to see if you change your mind...

£10.65 buy 2 save 25% = £7.99



Sparkling Saturday - Seaview Chardonnay Pinot NoirDate published: 25/04/15

Seaview Chardonnay Pinot Noir


Origin

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


Taste

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


Enjoy

Goes really well with smoked salmon.

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


Taste it in-store today!

£11.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £7.99

Wine of the Week - Allegrini Bardolino Rosso Date published: 23/04/15

Allegrini Bardolino Rosso - Italy

Available to taste!

Explore Italy…

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

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

Bardolino: the area and the wine...

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

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

Why buy this wine...

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

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

£9.99 £8.81 buy 2 save 15% = £7.49

Glen Moray, Speyside - NewDate published: 20/04/15

Glen Moray, Speyside, Single Malt, Scotch Whisky.

Since the 19th century, the Glen Moray distillery have been producing fine whiskies in Elgin, the capital of Speyside. The whisky itself is a pale gold and boasts a nose of toasted vanilla and subtle oak, rich dried fruits, leather and dark chocolate. On the palate, the drinker is mesmerised by a burst of spice and a refreshing citrus blast. This is then followed by a gushing of cinnamon and caramel. This is a great value, luxurious and elegant whisky

£25

Cotswolds Dry Gin - NewDate published: 20/04/15

Cotswolds Dry Gin

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

£35

Cellar Circle: Start your wine cellar todayDate published: 20/04/15

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

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

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

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

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

● Free collection from any Majestic store

● 10% discount on all purchases from Majestic Wine

● A free case on the first anniversary of membership

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

1. We choose for you

2. We help you choose

3. You choose

How to sign up?

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

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


The NedDate published: 17/04/15

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Marlborough, £6.99 33% Off

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.

Supermarkets are currently retailing The Ned at £10.99 a bottle, so you could be saving £4 a bottle, or £24 per case of 6! At this price stocks won't last long so make sure you order soon!  


Robertson Chenin Blanc - £4.92 a bottle!Date published: 17/04/15

£4.92 whilst stocks last (they won't last very long).

Malbec World DayDate published: 17/04/15

Today is Malbec World Day. To coincide with this, we're giving you the opportunity to explore some of the contrasting styles of Argentinian Malbec by offering a whopping 33% off all Argentinian Malbecs. Have fun.

33% off all MalbecDate published: 17/04/15

All Argentinian Malbecs have 33% off this weekend. Perfect for a barbeque.

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

Parrilla Malbec - Mendoza, Argentina

Available to taste!


Argentinian Malbec…

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


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


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


Parrilla…

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


What makes this wine different...

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


Why buy this wine…

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



£11.99 buy 2 save 33% = £7.99

Spanish tasting weekDate published: 13/04/15

There is so much more to Spain than Rioja and Cava, for a start.

Rías Baixas are making wonderfully tempting, elegant whites mostly from Albariño. These are gaining a serious reputation as a premium alternative to Sancerre or Chablis. Ribera del Duero wines compare well to good Bordeaux, Toro produces New World-like weighty and full flavoured styles of Tempranillo; dark in colour and long-lived. While the trend many decades ago across Spain was to uproot vines and replant with international varieties, parts of Spain lacking the financial resources to do so are now ironically harvesting the benefits of those limitations - with the gnarly old vines which they left untouched now producing small flavour bomb berries best seen in the old vine Garnacha with flavour intensity and freshness unrivalled in other Spanish red wines. 

Why not try some of our new additions to get an insight into the winemaking talents in Spain beyond Rioja. And don't forget, they are all open for you to try.

Wine of the Week - Caixas GodelloDate published: 12/04/15

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



Dom Perignon 2004Date published: 12/04/15

2004 was another great year year in Champagne. Following on from the highly diverse and challenging 2003, A lot of producers preferred the restrained nature and intense minerality of 2004 compared to the instantaneously vibrant 2002's. Some say that because many of the vines in 2003 didn't produce fruit due to frost in the Spring and an extreme heatwave in the Summer, the fruit bares all the concentration of 2 vintages; extracting the best out of the famous Kimeridgean soils in northern France.

This intense minerality suits Dom Perignon to a tee. Although still relatively closed, fresh apple and lime support an almost flint like texture. Incredibly fresh and lifted on the palate, it's a far cry form the weighty and brooding 2003, which should be bought to drink soon. 

Whether it's for cellaring for the coming years, immediate enjoyment, or a perfect match for a nice bit of lobster, you can find the answer to all of those in the esteemed Dom Perignon. It's currently £127 a bottle (15% off - full price £150).


Chateâu MinutyDate published: 12/04/15

An iconic, traditional producer of rosé from the Côtes de Provence. Their vineyards are found around the town of Gassin, jutting into the Mediterranean on the St-Tropez peninsula. Here, the wines have evolved in symbiosis with the regional culture of sun, sea and gastronomy, which is exactly what is reflected in the bottle.

A very pale, dry, traditional style of rosé which calls for fresh seafood, olive oil and garlic. 

"Very refreshing, almost thirst quenching - I could imagine this going down wonderfully on a hot day" (jancisrobionson.com).

A rosé that really does reflect the best of summer.


Wine of the Week - Château Moulin de CuratDate published: 26/03/15

Château Moulin de Curat - Bordeaux - Available to taste!

A little about Bordeaux…

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

The 2009 Vintage in Bordeaux…

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

Château Moulin de Curat...

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

Why you should buy this wine…

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

Majestic price = £9.99



Wine of the Week - Finca Carelio TempranilloDate published: 12/03/15

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



Gin PicksDate published: 11/03/15

Top picks for a midweek tipple.


Darnley's View Spiced Gin - substitute an orange wedge for your lemon/lime in your gin and tonic.

St George Terroir Gin - this Californian Gin is infused with Douglas Fir, so try a sprig of rosemary in your g&t to accentuate the earthy herbal notes.

Bathtub Gin - stir 1/4 measure of dry vermouth and 3 measures of Bathtub gin in plenty of ice before straining into a Martini glass with an orange twist to garnish.

Langtons No.1 - so smooth you can enjoy it on the rocks with a lemon twist to garnish.



Wine of the Week - Russian Jack Sauvignon BlancDate published: 26/02/15

Russian Jack Wines from New Zealand


Who was Russian Jack?

Russian Jack (formally known as Barrett Crumen) was a sailor of either Latvian or Ukrainian origin who jumped ship in Wellington. He spent the next 53 years wandering along the lanes of Wairarapa, working as a swagger. Swaggers cleared the scrub from the land, leaving rich, fertile lands which became the vineyards of Martinborough. There is a statue celebrating Russian Jack’s life in Masterton.


The Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc

From a winery that recently won the coveted “Best Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand” at the Royal Easter Show, this wine demands to be sampled.


Aromas and flavours of lime, passion fruit and elderflower produce a clean, zippy and refreshing wine.  


£11.99 buy 2 save 25% = £8.99


Why buy this wine? It's from a top producer, Martinborough Vineyard, who make the outstanding Te Tera and Burnt Spur wines.



Wine of the Week - Russian Jack Pinot NoirDate published: 26/02/15

Russian Jack Wines from New Zealand


Who was Russian Jack?

Russian Jack (formally known as Barrett Crumen) was a sailor of either Latvian or Ukrainian origin who jumped ship in Wellington. He spent the next 53 years wandering along the lanes of Wairarapa, working as a swagger. Swaggers cleared the scrub from the land, leaving rich, fertile lands which became the vineyards of Martinborough. There is a statue celebrating Russian Jack’s life in Masterton.


The Russian Jack Pinot Noir

The Russian Jack is a wonderful introduction to Martinborough Pinot Noir. The colour is vibrant and deep with aromas of plum and raspberry and spicy cinnamon characteristics.


£15.99 buy 2 save 25% = £11.99


Why buy this wine? It's from a top producer, Martinborough Vineyard, who make the outstanding Te Tera and Burnt Spur wines.



Wine of the Week - Rustenberg Sauvignon BlancDate published: 21/02/15

A wine with pedigree!

The Rustenberg winery has a history dating back to 1683. Wine has been bottled in the cellar every year since 1892. The winery has been owned by the Barlow family for over 70 years, which is longer than any other family within the Estate’s history.



An award winning wine!

The current vintage of the wine available at Majestic is the 2014. The 2013 vintage, which was the latest vintage to be assessed, won a Bronze Medal at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) awards. Rustenberg are certain of more success when the 2014 vintage is tasted in May this year.



Why choose the Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc?

Rustenberg take time and care with their wines. Unlike most Sauvignon Blanc the wine is allowed to rest on its lees (the yeast left over from the fermentation process). This helps to add flavour and body to the wine.


A great wine to drink by itself or with fish or seafood.



£13.49 buy 2 save 33% = £8.99



Wine of the Week - Bellingham PinopassoDate published: 21/02/15

This wine is unique!

The grape variety in Pinopasso is Pinotage, a well known South African grape, but what makes this wine special? It’s been made using a technique known as Ripasso. This is an Italian technique where the wine is passed back over the grape skins from which the juice was extracted, adding more complexity and intensity to the wine.


Why have Bellingham made this wine?

The Bellingham winery has always been innovative and head winemaker Niël Groenewald has maintained that spirit. Having learnt about the process in Italy, Niël felt it would make a fitting tribute to the 13 Italian prisoners of war who helped the owners replant the Bellingham vineyards in the 1940s.


What can you expect from the wine?

The wine is big and full-bodied. It has flavours of cherry and plum and hints of chocolate and spice.  It is organic and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It would go really well with a lasagne.



£9.99 buy 2 save 25% = £7.49



Wine of the Week - Pierre-Jean Sauvion Chenin Blanc Date published: 11/02/15

Where’s this wine from …?

The Loire region of France is the homeland of Chenin Blanc, where a variety of styles are produced, from dry to sweet dessert wines.This is an off-dry Chenin made by the owners of Château du Cléray, one of the major wineries in the western Loire. The cooling breeze from the nearby ocean adds a certain crispness to the wines from here.


So what does it taste like...?

It’s a light style wine with a lovely flavour of sweet apples balanced by a grapefruity acidity. It’s open on our tasting counter so try it for yourself!


Why should I buy it...?

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

£8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99



A-Z of Wine Jargon - P is for ParkerDate published: 05/02/15

Robert Parker is an American wine critic and advocate. Starting his career as a Lawyer his interest in wine peaked in the mid 1970's while on a trip to France. Returning to the US, he became frustrated at the lack of independent wine criticism which lead to him creating his own wine consumer guide. Along with tasting notes, he created a score system based on the American schooling grades of 50-100. The purpose for this being that american readers could use a grading system they are familiar with. There is some criticism of his use of grade scoring wines, but he insists that tasting notes should be used along side these grades. 

He has become so influential world wide now that his tasting notes and gradings can influence the price of wine hugely, influencing the general market as well as collectors, investors and en primeur. His original monthly publication 'The Wine Advocate' is now read in 35 countries and various languages. Critic's of his work claim that he doesn't always get it right but admit he has an exceptional palate. Dangerously some producers have leaned the style of wine making toward this one exceptional palate rather than those of the public. 

Parker has rated many wines that we stock at Majestic, including Chateaux Barde-Haut, St-Emilion 2001. You can find many more in store on your next visit!!



Wine of the Week - Natale Verga 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




A-Z of Wine Jargon - O is for OakDate published: 03/02/15

Oak was the wood of choice traditionally as it was hard, supple, watertight and easy to work with. Oak barrels come in various sizes, smaller barrels will have more impact on the wine as there is more contact in relation to the volume of liquid. The wine can be barrel fermented or aged in barrels once the wine is fermented. Barrel fermentation will generally influence the wine more as elements in the oak impart their influence. 

Oak for barrels can come from many countries, the most common of which are French or American. American oak gives stronger flavour while French oak is more subtle. New oak will also give stronger more oaky characteristic to the wine while old oak will give more subtle flavour. Components in the oak give a wine stability and can extract tannin to give a structured wine. 

Flavours from oak come in many different forms; buttery, toasty and vanilla flavours are common characteristics found in a white wine that has seen oak. In reds, muscular tannin, caramel, chocolate, coffee and sometimes an oxidative flavour are a result of oak contact. 

Spanish Rioja and Australian Oaked Chardonnay are two wines worth trying to see the influence of oak on wine!


A-Z of Wine Jargon - N is for NoseDate published: 01/02/15

This may seem fairly self explanatory, but here's a little insight into what part your nose plays when it comes to wine.

When tasting wine, we often talk about the "nose". This refers not only to particular aromas found in the wine, but can also give an indication of a wine's age and readiness to drink, as well as one of the first clues to any faults in the wine. Sense of smell is equally as important as taste and a bit of a sniffle can have a dramatic impact on your ability to taste.


#TryJanuary- Jaboulet SyrahDate published: 30/01/15

Our last #TryJanuary is the impressive Jaboulet Syrah from vineyards in the Rhone Valley and the Languedoc. This wine is 100% Syrah but is sourced from across a range of terroirs which allows Jaboulet to create such a well-balanced wine with consistent quality. It is matured without oak to maintain a supple and fruit-driven style which makes this wine very easy drinking.

Medium-bodied with a fresh, juicy feel, this wine offers the classic Syrah characters of blackcurrant and liquorice, with subtle aromas of wild shrubs and pepper. It is the perfect accompaniment for herb-rubbed lamb chops, preferably char grilled.

£8.99, when you mix and match any two bottles from the 25% promotion. £11.99 single bottle price. A true bargain from the Rhone!


A-Z of Wine Jargon - M is for Malolactic FermentationDate published: 30/01/15

What is Malolactic Fermentation?

Malolactic Fermentation is the process of converting sharp, malic acid (also found in apples), to softer, lactic acid (also found in milk).

How does it happen?

Lactic bacteria is almost always naturally present in established wineries, but can be cultured in new wineries. The process follows alcoholic fermentation and is used for most red, some white and most Champagnes (the notable exception being Lanson, with its high acidity). It can happen spontaneously once bottled if any lactic bacteria is present during bottling, and this would be considered a fault in the wine.

Why do some winemakers do it, and others not?

It is not suitable for all wines. Some winemakers, particularly in hotter climates where acidity is lower, will suppress malolactic fermentation in order to preserve acidity. While it is almost all red wines that go through this process, Chardonnay is one of the only whites that is suitable, particularly if there is to be some oak ageing. 


Wine of the Week - Domaine de FabrèguesDate published: 29/01/15

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


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


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


Why should you buy this wine…?


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


What does it taste like…?


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


So, how much does it cost...?


£11.99 Buy 2 Save 25% = £8.99

A-Z of Wine Jargon - L is for LeesDate published: 28/01/15

The lees refers to a sediment that is made up of dead yeast cells, grape seeds, pulp and insoluble tartrates which are gathered after fermentation and throughout the ageing process. Most wines are separated from the lees as soon as possible to begin clarification, however some maybe left on the lees such as Champagne, Chardonnay and many reds. If left on the lees, it may be stirred whilst in casks in order to help extract yeasty aromas and tastes to increase complexity and body of the wine. Muscadet Sur Lie (translates from French as on Lees) is an example of wine that is made in this fashion.

#TryJanuary- El Torito MerlotDate published: 27/01/15

El Torito Merlot is a soft and fruity, easy drinking, excellent value wine from Valdepeñas in the south of Spain. The southern location of Valdepeñas gives it a warm continental climate, suiting robust red grape varieties which benefit from the heat and abundant sunshine which results in the ripe and juicy grapes that go into this Merlot.

This wine has been cool fermented to preserve the young and fruity style of this soft and plummy Merlot. Supple tannins and a juicy palate of ripe cherry and berry make this a wine not to be missed, especially at a superb price of £4.99. Enjoy with barbecued ribs or a hearty sausage casserole.

£4.99 single bottle price.


A-Z of Wine Jargon - K is for KabinettDate published: 26/01/15

Within the German language, Kabinett is a wine term for a style of wine that is made from fully ripened grapes at the main harvest time. Although usually picked in September, the wine cannot be sold before the beginning of the January following the vintage.

The Kabinett style tends to be delicate and light with a minerality characteristic making them excellent wines for aperitifs. It is semi sweet by default but also can be dry if designated so and is best enjoyed between the ages of 1-5 years. Kabinetts tend to posses the lowest alcohol content of all German wines.

Rieslings produced in this style will be light in body with a crisp acidity and flavours of green apple and citrus fruits.  


#TryJanuary- Macon-Verze 2013, Domaine ThibertDate published: 24/01/15

Today's #TryJanuary is a much more traditional choice with classic Burgundy Chardonnay being our pick. This is an incredibly fresh and fruity Chardonnay from the Thibert family's 29 hectares of mainly village-appellation vineyards across the Pouilly and Mâcon districts.

A crisp and fruity Chardonnay, fermented in steel, which offers a very subtle but welcome hint of nutty oak influence from the 10% of the wine fermented in oak barrel. This wine has an enduring minerality and will go extremely well with all poultry and delicate white fish.

Great value for Burgundy, £11.99 single bottle price.


A-Z of Wine Jargon - J is for JeroboamDate published: 24/01/15

Everyone loves a over-sized novelty bottle of wine but do they hold any real purpose? 

As the names of these size bottles would suggest, French winemakers particularly those of Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux pioneered the larger sized bottles. The 75cl bottle came about as a standard size as 75cl was roughly a lung full of air for glass blowers making bottles. Magnums which are quiet common are 1.5L or 2 bottles. Marie-Jeanne's which are incredibly rare and unique to Bordeaux are 2.25l or 3 standard bottles. Next is jéroboam which can vary depending on where the wine is from. In Bordeaux it is 4.5L or 6 bottles, in Champagne and Burgundy jéroboam's are double magnums, 3L or 4 bottles. Outside of France they can be rounded up to 5L as they do in Spain. 

For still wines, larger bottle sizes will give a slower more subtle aging as there will be more volume in relation to exposure to oxygen. For champagne, the main purpose for larger bottle sizes are publicity and novelty. Any bottle larger than magnum is made through transfer method, as riddling would be too difficult. 

Majestic stock a number of Jéroboam Champagne's which may need special distribution, but do ask! 



Wine of the Week - Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon BlancDate published: 22/01/15

If you’ve never tried a Marlborough Sauvignon before, you should know that…


Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region with an international reputation for producing the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world.

This wine is a blend of grapes grown across vineyards in the Wairau Valley, an area which produces distinctively aromatic wines.



Why should you buy this wine?


Of all our 2015 new arrivals so far, this new Marlborough Sauvignon has us most excited. Produced by the famous Giesen brothers in Marlborough, our Buyers have personally selected a blend specifically for our customers.

This is a great value, dry style of wine; perfect for everyday drinking or parties. Drink now and over the summer months while the wine is still young and all the zesty flavours are at their best.



What does it taste like?


Typical of its style, this Marlborough Sauvignon has vibrant fruit and heady herby flavours and a fresh, zippy finish. It’s available to taste now so why not give it a try!



So, how much does it cost?


£9.99 Buy 2 Save 33% = £6.66

A-Z of Wine Jargon - I is for IntensityDate published: 22/01/15

A-Z of Wine Jargon - I is for Intensity 

Often Used when describing a wine but what does it mean?

Intensity may not be reflective of the alcohol or body in a wine. Good intensity can often be a sign of a quality made wine. On the nose, good intensity gives aroma's that are easily detectable and clean. On the palate good intensity will again give clean aroma's and when matched with a balanced wine with complexity and good length of flavour leads to a very pleasant drinking experience! Intensity is related to the grape variety and the intended style of wine. For example, a quality Sancerre would not be overly intense but will characteristics that are easily detectable. A quality New Zealand Gewztraminer will be intense while having clean characteristics also. 


#TryJanuary- La La Land MalbecDate published: 21/01/15

We have something a little bit different today, an Australian Malbec from Victoria in Southern Australia. This is young and easy drinking Malbec that is deliberately designed in an up-front and early-drinking style by winemaker Dr Phil Spillman, formerly of Villa Maria and Hardys.

A very approachable and fruit focused wine, filled with bold forest fruit flavours of black and red berry. It has a beautiful supple feel with subtle hints of vanilla and dark chocolate. A nice alternative to Argentian Malbec that is at its best partnered with red meat, pulled pork sliders and barbecued ribs.

£8.99, when you mix and match any two bottles from the 25% promotion. £11.99 single bottle price.


A-Z of Wine Jargon - H is for HybridDate published: 20/01/15

A hybrid is the offspring of two varieties of different species, such as the European Vitus Vinifera and the American Vitus Riparia. Hybrids can occur naturally by cross-pollination or more commonly by artificial evolution. Different species of Vitus contain genes with natural tolerance or resistance to winter cold, salinity, botrytis bunch rot or disease; therefore it is logical to explore new possibilities of hybrid varieties for wine production. 

Generally speaking, hybrids are forbidden for the production of quality wine in the European Union. However they are widely grown in a number of countries as they may be particularly resistant to heavy frosts or excessive humidity.  


Wine of the week - El Torito ChardonnayDate published: 19/01/15

El Torito Chardonnay,

Spain

El Torito is one of our new additions at Majestic and is quickly proving popular as a high quality, great value Chardonnay which is perfect for everyday drinking.

Valdepeñas is one of Spain's more southerly wine regions, and is located entirely within the larger La Mancha region. Its reputation for quality and value has led to an increasing array of grapes being cultivated, including international white varieties.

A soft, fruity and easy-drinking Chardonnay, full of golden apple and ripe peach flavours, complemented by gentle tropical notes. Light and refreshing yet lush and delicately creamy on the finish. Perfect for everyday drinking on its own or paired with lightly spiced chicken dishes.

£4.99


#TryJanuary- Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon BlancDate published: 19/01/15

Here at Majestic we love to try something new, and so for #TryJanuary we are giving you a run-down of five of the newest additions to our range, starting with the fantastic Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc.

This excellent value Sauvignon Blanc from the Giesen family winery in Marlborough, New Zealand is one of our newest additions and is sure to be a hit with our Sauvignon Blanc mad customers. This classic tasting Sauvignon is made from grapes sourced from 47 different vineyards in the Wairau Valley, all cultivated by partner growers before being harvested and vinified at Giesen's winery.

This is a typically fresh and zesty New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, with the classic gooseberry and tropical fruit flavours mingling with vibrant lime and blackcurrant leaf notes. Incredibly refreshing and an absolute steal at only £6.66! Will partner very well with seafood and herbaceous salads.

£6.66, when you mix and match any two bottles from the 33% promotion. £9.99 single bottle price.


A-Z of Wine Jargon - G is for GraftingDate published: 18/01/15

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

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


The Rhone ValleyDate published: 18/01/15

This article offers a spotlight on Rhone, a very interesting wine region split naturally into two parts the north, and the south. Both are distinguishably different with their own traditions and wine making culture, and both offer different ranges and value for wine drinkers.

The major difference between the two sub-sections of the Rhone is the weather and climate. The Northern Rhone receives much more rainfall and as a result is much greener and less Mediterranean than the drier, warmer south. In the north the vines are planted on terraced cliffs of granite, wherever the best exposure to the sun can be found, whereas the vineyards of the south are planted at a much lower altitude. Some famous grapes hail from this area,with Syrah (Shiraz), Viognier and Marsanne all originating in the Rhone. Syrah is grown in great quantities in the northern Rhone, and is often blended with Viognier and Marsanne to create a lighter and more fragment wine. These are grapes that are grown in the Southern Rhone, and are juicy and ripe from all the sunlight they receive, in the warmer south. However, the varying landscape and the huge variety of soil types found in the south produce many micro climates which give rise to wide diversity of wines. A feature of the cultivation of the south is the use of large pebbles around the bases of the vines to absorb the heat of the sun during the day to keep the vines warm at night when, due to the cloudless skies, there is often a significant drop in temperature.

The Rhone can be a very expensive region to but wine from but it is possible to get more value for money if you look outside the more well-known vineyards and towns in the region. In general avoid the Northern Rhone and focus on the better value South. Also avoid very well known products of the region like Cotes Du Rhone and Chateaneuf-du-Pape, which are rarely found for under £10 a bottle. Instead look to wines from Lirac and Vielle in the south for a better value buy without a huge drop in quality. Vielle wines are of excellent quality and are produced by the large produce Perrin, who are famous for producing Miraval Rose for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The wines of Gigondas and Vacqueyras also offer great value and still come with the appellation d'origine contrôlée of the Rhone.


Sam Adams Boston LagerDate published: 17/01/15

We are chuffed to tell you that our beer of the moment is the ever popular Samuel Adams Boston Lager.  We are even more chuffed to tell you it is currently £1 a bottle!

Samuel Adams Boston Lager helped lead the American beer revolution, reviving a passion for full-bodied brews that are robust and rich, with real character.It is hand crafted in single batches using only the finest ingredients to create this perfectly balanced, complex and full-bodied original brew.  

Samuel Adams Boston Lager £1 per bottle (Case of 24 bottles)


PicpoulDate published: 16/01/15

A lesser known grape variety, Picpoul (which gives rise to the appellation name Picpoul de Pinet) is making a big name for itself as one of the Languedoc’s up and coming white wine styles. However, Picpoul, or Piquepoul as it is known throughout the Rhone valley, exists not just as a white variety, but also as a red variety under the name Piquepoul Noir, and even more rarely, Piquepoul Gris.

A grape variety steeped in history, the first recorded examples show Picpoul Blanc used as a blend with ‘Clairette Blanche’ in a wine known as ‘Picardan’, a white wine popular in the Rhone valley throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Nowadays, the red and white Picpoul grape varieties are among the eighteen permitted grapes varieties permitted in the production of Chateauneuf-du-Pape (although overall plantings of these grape varieties in the Rhone total a mere 0.15%).

More popularly however, Picpoul Blanc is producing light, crisp and dry whites, perfect with seafood.. With vines planted around the commune of Pinet, the appellation known as Picpoul de Pinet is gaining popularity across Europe and America.

Producing crisp, fresh wines full of zesty citrus flavours, combined with a soft texture, these wines are an ideal match for lighter seafood dishes, typical of the Mediterranean region where this wine is made.

Subtle herbaceous notes and hints of blossom and green apple give this wine an extra dimension - a great food match which is just as delicious chilled on a warm summer afternoon.

Here at  Majestic we have a few different options for Picpoul. We are rather fond of this cheerful grape, so come on down for a browse and pick our brains.

Free deliveryDate published: 16/01/15

Life is busy. Sometimes too busy to make it to Majestic. That's why you can now order as few as six bottles online or over the phone and have them delivered straight to your door. It doesn't matter if you're ordering six of the same or a mixed case. If you discovered a bottle you loved last time you shopped with us, now might be the perfect time for a little top-up.

Orders are delivered by the team here in Hexham, so our service remains convenient, fast and reliable. We also run a 'Click and Collect' service in case you want to pre-order your wines online and pop in to collect your order at a time to suit you.

Of course, being Majestic, you can pick and mix your own case of six bottles from our range of wine, Champagne and spirits, or take in a recommendation or two. You can also add cases of beer, water and soft drinks to your wine order.

If you would like any more information please call us on 01434 606351 or e-mail us at hex@majestic.co.uk.


A-Z of Wine Jargon - F is for FiningDate published: 16/01/15

What is Fining?

Fining is a process that improves the clarity in a wine by encouraging even the smallest particles to clump together and form a deposit. It can also be used to remove colloids (tannins and colour compounds) which might cause the wine to become hazy after bottling.

Over time, tannin and colour compounds (unstable colloids) change and form particles that are large enough to make a wine appear hazy or form a sediment. Wines intended for a long maturation period (Bordeaux, for example) naturally deposit their unstable colloids prior to bottling - this process can be sped up by fining.

The 2 most common products used for fining are egg-whites and bentonite (volcanic clay). Colloids have an electrostatic charge - tannins are negatively charged and proteins positively charged. Put the two together and they will form clumps which are large enough to form a sediment. For the cooks amongst you, this is almost the same as clarifying a stock - adding a protein will cause the fat to coagulate in order to be removed, resulting in a clear, not cloudy stock!

Fining agents can have the added effect of altering the flavour and character of the wine. Classed-Growth Bordeaux estates tend to use egg-whites as these remove the astringent tannins from the wine, without altering the desirable flavour components.

Fining is almost universally practised and is vital to ensure a wine is stable. Some producers of fine wine however, do not use any fining agents at all as they do not want anything to interfere with the flavour of their wine.

Wine of the week - El Torito ChardonnayDate published: 15/01/15

El Torito Chardonnay,

Spain

El Torito is one of our new additions at Majestic and is quickly proving popular as a high quality, great value Chardonnay which is perfect for everyday drinking.

Valdepeñas is one of Spain's more southerly wine regions, and is located entirely within the larger La Mancha region. Its reputation for quality and value has led to an increasing array of grapes being cultivated, including international white varieties.

A soft, fruity and easy-drinking Chardonnay, full of golden apple and ripe peach flavours, complemented by gentle tropical notes. Light and refreshing yet lush and delicately creamy on the finish. Perfect for everyday drinking on its own or paired with lightly spiced chicken dishes.

£4.99


A-Z of Wine Jargon - E is for En PrimeurDate published: 14/01/15

What is “En Primeur”?

En Primeur is a wine trade term for wine sold before bottling. It is generally, but not exclusively, used for classed growth Bordeaux and has long since been available to the wine trade, but only undertaken by wine consumers in the late 20th Century.

The Positives

Throughout the 1980s, when excellent vintages coincided with economic prosperity, this was an immensely popular investment opportunity with consumers paying the lowest possible price and securing the most sought-after wines before bottling – after which the price increased. Demand for certain wines, coupled with inflation saw high return on investment.  

The Negatives

En Primeur purchases also have their disadvantages. In times of recession, there is a possibility that one of the many links in the chain between producer and consumer will fail – leaving the buyer having paid for a wine with no possibility of receiving it! There is also the fact that that en primeur purchases involve investing in a product that isn't finished – and a third party's assessment of a sample taken at six months from a single cask is poor justification for what could potentially be a large financial outlay. Buying en primeur may therefore only make financial sense for the very best vintages, from the very best produces and most sought-after wines.



A-Z of Wine Jargon - D is for DecantingDate published: 12/01/15

D is for Decanting

Many customers ask the staff here at Majestic Newcastle if their wines need to be decanted and how to do so – well here is your step by step guide to decanting.

Firstly before you start pouring, not all wines benefit from the airing which decanting provides. This process can be used to enhance the maturity of a wine as allowing air to those that are slightly younger and not fully matured will create more development on the palate. It helps to soften tannins and brings secondary characteristics to a wine giving it more complexity. Try to avoid decanting wines that are very mature.

Over time red wines throw a natural deposit collects in the base of the bottle and consists of tannins and colouring pigments. This can also be removed by decanting.

Remove your bottle from the wine rack and stand upright for a while to allow any sediment to sink to the bottom of the bottle.

Using a cork screw carefully pull out the cork from the bottle and wipe inside the top of the bottle. This removes any excess cork or deposit that may have gathered over time around it.

For the steadier hand pour over a light source to ensure no sediment falls into the wine. Another tip is to use fine grade coffee filter paper to catch the deposits as well. 



A-Z of Wine Jargon - C is for Cork TaintDate published: 10/01/15

What is Cork Taint?

Cork Taint is one of wines' greatest enemies. It is the presence of 2,4,6 -Trichloroanisole (TCA) in a wine which in many cases will have been transferred from the cork itself, but can also have been transferred through it. TCA is a natural compound and although it poses no health issues, can affect and ruin a wine regardless of price, quality or age.

Cork taint is commonly mistaken for when a wine contains small floating fragments of the cork itself. This is not true and in actual fact this is a serving fault leading to the wine purely needing to be decanted.

How do you recognise the signs?

Although a cork may not show any signs of being affected the wine will give you all the signals you need to recognise cork taint. There are certain characteristics inherent to a corked wine containing TCA which can be described as musty or mouldy aromas or even a damp basement smell. In virtually all cases, the wine's original aromas and flavours are reduced dramatically and very tainted wines are unpalatable. 


Wine of the Week - El Cometa del Sur, Terra Alta.Date published: 08/01/15

El Cometa del Sur, Terra Alta.

An absolute bargain this week.

Terra Alta means “High Land”, and this is a precise description of the beautiful area in which this wine is made. High up in the mountainous province of Catalonia, resides Bodegas Abanico; making spicy wines from predominantly Garnatxa (or Grenache), with Syrah and Cariñena (Carignan). They are very old, small yielding, low trained bush vines which produce powerful grapes.

Several wineries around this pretty part of the world are made even more so from their design being conceived by Cèsar Martinell i Brunet; a student of Gaudi. Check them out for yourself. Wonderful.

Packed full of bramble fruit, plenty of spice and sufficient tannin to back up the flavour. A must try for Rhone/Corbieres/Rousillion lovers.

£5.99

when you buy 2 or more with 33% off

£8.99
single bottle price


A-Z of Wine Jargon - B is for BotrytisDate published: 08/01/15

B - Botrytis

Botrytis Cinerea is a fungus which infects grapes and in certain climates can make the most complex and longest-living of all the sweet white table wines. They are distinctively scented in youth, often honeyed, and are capable of extremely long bottle ageing, for many decades in some cases. 

A temperate climate is ideal for botrytis. Early morning mists allow development of the fungus, and if followed by warm sunny autumn afternoons in which the grapes are dried, the progress of the fungus is restrained and noble rot is formed. Grapes affected by noble rot and wines produced from them are often called botrytized or botrytis affected. If the grapes are not dried in the warm afternoons, then the fungus may spread so quickly that the grape skins split, forming the unfavourable grey rot (botrytis bunch rot). 

Any white grape variety may be infected by the botrytis fungus but certain varieties are particularly sensitive and well adapted to the production of botrytized wines. Traditionally Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Furmint are favoured. 

Sauternes (in the Bordeaux region) has the potential to produce the greatest quantity of top quality botrytized wine. The confluence of the rivers Ciron and Garonne provide an excellent mesoclimate for the development of noble rot. Germany is the other famous source of botrytized wines, using Riesling as the classic grape. Tokaj, in Hungary, is also closely associated with botrytized wine-making. In the New World, botrytised wines are made with increasing frequency. In Australia, New Zealand and California particularly, a host of botrytized Rieslings have emerged.  


Spirit of the Week - the ONE, Lakes DistilleryDate published: 06/01/15

The ONE, Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite

The One is a unique blend of exceptional whiskies from the British Isles. Each has its own distinctive characteristics, resulting in a whisky of intriguing complexity.

Situated on the banks of Bassenthwaite, the Lakes Distillery is a relative newcomer to the world of whisky, having converted an old farm steading into a state of the art distillery producing not only whisky, but gin and vodka too.

Slightly smoky, with a little peatiness from the Scotch whisky in the blend, balanced perfectly with a sweet vanilla softness from the Irish whiskey. A perfect choice for a mid-winter evening by the fire!

£30.00


A-Z of Wine Jargon - A is for AcidityDate published: 06/01/15

A - Acidity

What is acidity?

Acidity is the fresh, tart or sour taste usually sensed on the palate by a prickling sensation on the side of the tongue. It generally makes your mouth water and leaves you wanting more. It is important to balance the acidic character with the sweet and bitter components of the wine. Too much acidity, due to less than ripe grapes or over acidification can make the wine sharp, tart and sometimes unpleasant. On the other hand, wines lacking in acidity will be flat, flabby and equally unappealing. 

What affects acidity?

One major affect on acidity is the climate; cool climates produce more acidic wines, where as warm climates produce less acidity. It is therefore common practise in warmer regions, particularly in the new world, to add tartaric acid to the grape juice before fermentation to increase the acidity. This is known as acidification and is usually sanctioned by local wine regulations.

Food and wine matching

The acidity in foods must be matched by the acidity in the accompanying wines, for example, tomatoes, which are high in acidity go well with the usually high acidity found in most Italian reds. Wines with a good level of acidity can also be superb with rich oily foods such as pate or fatty meats, such as duck or goose. Pinot Noir, particularly as it ages and takes on more savoury characteristics would complement game really well. The acidity in the wine helps it cut through the fattiness of the food. Dishes dominated by tart acidic flavour (lemon, lime or vinegar) can be difficult to match as they tend to overpower most wines.  


Beer of the week - Einstok White AleDate published: 04/01/15

Einstök Icelandic White Ale

Just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle lies the fishing port of Akureyi, Iceland. The water here is the purest on Earth having flowed from prehistoric glaciers, down the HlíðarGall Mountain, through lava fields and eventually into the river Glerá which runs through town. This pure water creates the perfect foundation for brewing deliciously refreshing craft ales.

This is Iceland's take on witbier, the traditional Belgian wheat beer. The hops, therefore, take a back-foot, as coriander and orange peel are used as predominant preserving agents. Unfiltered, and with the amount of yeast still left hanging in the liquid means that fermentation can continue in the bottle. Hazy, dreamy, rich and satisfying. They even toss in some malted oats, for that ever-increasing length. Highly recommended.

£10.99

when you buy 2 or more packs of craft ale

£13.99

single case price


Wine of the Week - Capouliers Châteauneuf-du-PapeDate published: 12/12/14

Capouliers Châteauneuf-du-Pape,

Rhone Valley

This week sees a wines of the Rhone in the spotlight, of which Châteauneuf-du-Pape is probably the best known. Capouliers is a high quality, well produced wine from one of the Rhone's best known producers which offers tremendous value for aChâteauneuf-du-Pape.

The Rhone Valley is a very interesting and historic wine region which is naturally split into north and south, with each possessing their own unique climate and characteristics. Capouliers hails from the southern Rhone which has a warm Mediterranean climate with lots of sunshine, ensuring a steady output of ripe, juicy grapes. Capouliers is a blend of four different grapes including the Syrah and Grenache grapes that the Rhone is famous for.

A powerful, savoury-sweet bouquet of ripe black fruit and peppery spice, along with pungent herb notes redolent of thyme and rosemary. Fine tannins and hints of liquorice provide great length. This wine partners excellent with all game, and in particular with a venison casserole.

£14.99

When you buy 2 and save 25%

£19.99 single bottle price


Tito's handmade vodkaDate published: 09/12/14

Tito's handmade vodka

Tito’s Handmade Vodka is produced in Austin at Texas’ first and oldest legal distillery. It’s made in small batches in an old fashioned pot still by Tito Beveridge, a 50-something geologist, and distilled six times. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is designed to be savored by spirit connoisseurs and everyday drinkers alike. It is microdistilled in an old-fashioned pot still, just like fine single malt scotches and high-end French cognacs. This time-honored method of distillation requires more skill and effort than modern column stills, but it’s well worth it.

£28


Opening Hours over the Festive Season!Date published: 09/12/14

Monday 8th December - Friday 12th December:  09:00 - 20:00

Saturday 13th December:  09:00 - 19:00

Sunday 14th December:  10:00 - 17:00

Monday 15th December - Saturday 20th December:  09:00 - 20:00

Sunday 21st December:  10:00 - 17:00

Monday 22nd December - Tuesday 23rd December:  09:00 - 20:00

Wednesday 24th December:  09:00 - 17:00

Thursday 25th December & Friday 26th December:  CLOSED

Saturday 27th December : 09:00 - 19:00

Sunday 28th December: 10:00 - 17:00

Monday 29th December & Tuesday 30th December: 10:00 - 19:00

Wednesday 31st December: 10:00 - 17:00

Thursday 1st January:  CLOSED

Friday 2nd January:  10:00 - 20:00


Rumbullion!Date published: 08/12/14

Rumbullion!

A sure-fire hit from Professor Cornelius Ampleforth, Rumbullion! is a cockle-warming spiced concoction, based on the kind of rich, full-bodied rums the seafaring fraternity would have enjoyed centuries ago.  At the core of this fabulous winter warmer lies a blend of the very finest high proof Caribbean rum, to which was added creamy Madagascan vanilla and a generous helping of zesty orange peel. A secret recipe was followed, and the Professor finished his hearty tipple with a handful of cinnamon and cloves and just a hint of cardamom. Rumbullion! proudly flaunts its maritime inspiration with a label that bears a hand-drawn illustration of a Navy grog tub, emblazoned with the words: “The Queen, God Bless Her”, and just like all of the fine spirits in Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s arsenal, each bottle is wrapped in crinkled brown paper, wound with twine and sealed with black wax.  In the Professor’s own words: “’tis a most heart-warming tipple that will surely see off the Winter blues. Whilst this is rum, it’s certainly not a rum thing by any means and I recommend you enjoy it neat, or with ice and squeeze of fresh lime.”

£34

Beer of the week - Lagunitas IPADate published: 08/12/14

Lagunitas IPA

The recipe for Lagunitas IPA was formulated with malts, including Crystal Malt, and hops, such as Cascade and Centennial, which work together to produce a balanced and easy-drinking IPA. Big on aroma with a hoppy-sweet finish.  Lagunitas have been brewing in Lagunitas, California since 1993. Now one of the biggest craft brewers in America they are known for adventurous and interesting interpretations of traditional beer styles.

Perfect for “knocking back more than one”, this has a big aroma leading to a hoppy, bitter-sweet finish. Top stuff.

£10.99

when you buy 2 or more packs of craft ale

£13.99

single case price


Wine of the Week - Capouliers Châteauneuf-du-PapeDate published: 08/12/14

Capouliers Châteauneuf-du-Pape,

Rhone Valley

This week sees a wines of the Rhone in the spotlight, of which Châteauneuf-du-Pape is probably the best known. Capouliers is a high quality, well produced wine from one of the Rhone's best known producers which offers tremendous value for a Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The Rhone Valley is a very interesting and historic wine region which is naturally split into north and south, with each possessing their own unique climate and characteristics. Capouliers hails from the southern Rhone which has a warm Mediterranean climate with lots of sunshine, ensuring a steady output of ripe, juicy grapes. Capouliers is a blend of four different grapes including the Syrah and Grenache grapes that the Rhone is famous for.

A powerful, savoury-sweet bouquet of ripe black fruit and peppery spice, along with pungent herb notes redolent of thyme and rosemary. Fine tannins and hints of liquorice provide great length. This wine partners excellent with all game, and in particular with a venison casserole.

£14.99

When you buy 2 and save 25%

£19.99 single bottle price


Wine of the Week - The King's ThornDate published: 05/12/14

The King's Thorn

Pinot Gris, Marlborough

Marlborough has come to be one of the most famous wine growing regions in the New World. In fact, scrap that – it has soared in popularity so much, it is by far our most popular region here at Majestic.

Perhaps best known for its Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough is often overlooked when it comes to other grape varieties, but produces some top notch Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay too. This Pinot Gris comes from Marisco – who also make our firm favourite, the Ned Sauvignon Blanc.

Pinot Gris can be a tricky customer. It requires careful tending to produce the right balance of sweetness, acidity and fruit character. The King's Thorn has got that balance just right and treads the middle ground between Alsatian Pinot Gris and Italian Pinot Grigio.

Very slightly blush in colour (indicating the grapes have been left to ripen fully on the vine), the nose is lightly perfumed with hints of peach and honeysuckle. It is slightly off dry with a little spritz and refreshing acidity.

Perfect as an aperitif but also has enough body to handle shellfish, white meats or creamy cheeses. It may only be November, but this will stand up pretty well to the Christmas Day turkey!

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more with 33% off

(£14.99 single bottle price)


Wine of the Week - CopertinoDate published: 20/11/14

Copertino DOC is named after the town of Copertino , where most wines are made from the dark skinned Negroamaro grape. Negroamaro is a red grape variety native to southern Italy and is grown almost exclusively in Puglia and particularly in Salento, the peninsula which can be visualised as the “heel” of Italy. The grapes benefit from the warm Mediterranean climate and constant sunshine.

Thick and luscious with dark, plummy fruits and hints of almonds and spice box. Well balanced and soft on the palate, this is an intriguing wine. An absolute bargain for such a quality wine.

Partner this with dark tomato flavoured pastas, Mediterranean cuisine and in particular spicy tomato ragu with some deliciously slow cooked beef!

£7.49

single bottle price £9.99


Beaujolais Nouveau!!Date published: 20/11/14

Happy Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Beaujolais Nouveau is a tradition dating back to the 1970s whereby the winemakers from Beaujolais would race to be the first to vinify, bottle and transport their new vintage to Paris. Nowadays, the third Thursday of November is marked as Beaujolais Nouveau Day, and from France and Europe through to Asia parties and celebrations are held to mark the first of the new vintage.

Beaujolais Nouveau is the lightest style of red wine as it spends minimal time ageing. Indeed, from picking the grapes to bottling them, the process takes less than 6 weeks. The wine style is soft with no tannin and typical flavours include raspberry, banana, bubble gum and cinnamon. It is an indication of how the vintage will be for the signature Beaujolais Villages.  

We currently have Beaujolais Nouveau from the renowned producer Georges Duboeuf in stock, priced at £8.49 a bottle (when you buy 2 or more bottles with 15% off).

We have very limited quantities available so you'll need to hurry!


This Week's Spirit Choices - Langtons Gin, Don Papa RumDate published: 13/11/14

We've been getting pretty excited about our new spirits range and they're finally here! To celebrate the launch, we'll have a selection open on the tasting counter for you to try. Our choices for this week are Langtons No1 Gin from Skiddaw in the Lake District and Don Papa Small Batch Rum from the island of Negros Occidental in the Philippines.


Langtons No 1, Lakeland Gin

Langtons No 1 is a celebration of the Lake District. Using local ingredients amongst their 11 botanicals, including oak bark and slate-filtered water extracted via a borehole from an ancient aquifer under the mountain of Skiddaw. The experience starts with an understated aroma of juniper on the nose and a floral lift. The palate is soft and fresh with notes of citrus and a slight sweetness.

Because of the purity of the water used, Langtons No.1 is exceptionally bright and very clear with real depth and substance. The outcome is a gin so smooth and flavoursome, that as well as enjoying Langtons No.1 with tonic, or in your favourite cocktail, we recommend you try it on the rocks or as a Martini – stirred, of course. £30.00


Don Papa Small Batch Rum

Produced from molasses on the island of Negros Occidental – the sugar capital of the Philippines due to the perfect combination of climate and rich volcanic soil. Its name comes from Dionisio Magbuelas, better known in the Philippines as Don Papa Isio, one of the unsung heroes of the Philippine Revolution. This rum has a light and fruity nose with a rich-textured finish of vanilla, honey and candied fruit. Delicious on its own, or mix up a daiquiri by shaking 60ml rum, 15ml fresh lime juice and 8ml sugar syrup (8:2:1) with ice and straining into a martini glass. Perfect. £30.00


Montes Twins - Wine of the WeekDate published: 08/11/14

Montes Twins, Chile

This week sees Chilean wines in the spotlight. Montes Twins Malbec/ Cabernet Sauvignon is a very accessible wine blended from a pick of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in Chile's Colchagua Valley.

Colchagua Valley, along with theMaipo Valleyto the north, is one of Chile’s best known wine regions. It was named “World’s Best Wine Region 2005”, and is known for its full-bodied Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, both of which are used in the making in this wine. Most of Colchagua's most important vineyards lie in the foothills of the Coastal Range, with a Mediterranean climate that benefits from the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean.

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. A superb partner to a rare sirloin steak.

£8.99When you buy 2 to save 33%, Single bottle price: £9.99


FitouDate published: 05/11/14

Fitou is the oldest appellation of Languedoc and is a region that produces classic full bodied Southern French red wines. The are, confusingly two separate and distinctive Fitou areas, the first (Fitou Maritime) is located near the Mediterranean coast and has mainly limestone soils. The second (Fitou Montagneaux) is further inland and generally considered the superior region, with broken schist soils it is located in a windswept barren wilderness in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The greatest wine is often made in areas of extreme stress for the vine and Fitou is no exception, producing wines capable of exceptional complexity. Unfortunately the reputation of Fitou was damaged by a couple of decades of poor quality winemaking in the '70s and '80s however since then winemakers have been working hard to realise the potential of the region. The primary grape variety is Carignan but Grenache and Mourvedre are increasingly being blended as well as Syrah, which now has to make up 30% of the blend.

Check out:

Mademoiselle Jones Fitou, Domaine Jones

£13.99

Made by British Winemaker Katie Jones, this Fitou is a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah made in tiny quantities from 6 small vineyards around Tuchan. The vines are old, mostly over 70 years, and this age along with a high altitude and slate soils results in a naturally low yield and a highly concentrated wine. Always a favourite.

OktoberfestDate published: 04/11/14

Oktoberfest bier

Missed Oktoberfest? Don't worry. We still have some of the fantastic Paulaner Oktoberfestbier (6%, £40 for a case of 20) in stock so you can carry on the festivities in the comfort of your own home.

Oktoberfest has been a Bavarian tradition since 1810, and began as a celebration of Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Theresa. In keeping with typical German efficiency, it begins in the latter part of September, running until the first weekend in October. It is seen as a celebration of Bavarian culture, featuring national dress, traditional music, and of course beer. Initially, the beers consumed at Oktoberfest were Maerzen-style, meaning they had been brewed in March in preparation for the colder months ahead, and were typically full in flavour and high in alcohol. The style has evolved somewhat, and today's Oktoberfest beers tend to be lighter in style, although still retain a higher alcohol percentage. All Oktoberfest beers must have an ABV of 6% or over. Naturally, all are brewed according to the strict Reinheitsgeboet (German beer purity law).

Paulaner is one of a handful of breweries allowed by the Bavarian authorities to make a specific Oktoberfest-style beer, with the others being Augustiner, Loewen-brau, Spaten-brau, Hacker-Pschorr and Hoffstadt-Muenchen brau. Why not complete your Bavarian experience by donning some Lederhosen or a Dirndl dress, grilling some wurst and quaffing from a stein?

Session on.


Samuel Adams Boston Lager: it's that time again.Date published: 02/11/14

We are chuffed to tell you that our beer of the moment is the ever popular Samuel Adams Boston Lager.  We are even more chuffed to tell you it is currently £1 a bottle!

Samuel Adams Boston Lager helped lead the American beer revolution, reviving a passion for full-bodied brews that are robust and rich, with real character.It is hand crafted in single batches using only the finest ingredients to create this perfectly balanced, complex and full-bodied original brew.  

Samuel Adams Boston Lager £1 per bottle (Case of 24 bottles)


Nicolas Feuillatte non-vintageDate published: 02/11/14

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.

A steal at just £14.99


Wine of the Week - King's Thorn Pinot GrisDate published: 02/11/14

The King's Thorn

Pinot Gris, Marlborough

Marlborough has come to be one of the most famous winegrowing regions in the New World. In fact, scrap that – it has soared in popularity so much, it is by far our most popular region here at Majestic. Perhaps best known for its Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough is often overlooked when it comes to other grape varieties, but produces some top notch Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay too. This Pinot Gris comes from Marisco – who also make our firm favourite,the Ned Sauvignon Blanc.

Pinot Gris can be a tricky customer. It requires careful tending to produce the right balance of sweetness, acidity and fruit character. The King's Thorn has got that balance just right and treads the middle ground between Alsatian Pinot Gris and Italian Pinot Grigio.

Very slightly blush in colour (indicating the grapes have been left to ripen fully on the vine), the nose is lightly perfumed with hints of peach and honeysuckle. It is slightly off dry with a little spritz and refreshing acidity.

Perfect as an aperitif but also has enough body to handle shellfish, white meats or creamy cheeses. It may only be November, but this will stand up pretty well to the Christmas Day turkey!

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more with 33% off (£14.99 single bottle price)


PilsnerDate published: 14/10/14

Pilsner (also pilsenerpilsen or simply pils) is a type of pale lager. It takes its name from the city of Plzeň in the Czech Republic, where it was first produced in 1842. The original Pilsner Urquell beer is still produced there today, and we have it in store right now at £1 a bottle!!! (£24 a case).

There are a few different styles of Pilsner:

German-style Pilsner

light straw to golden colour with more bitter or earthy taste - Beck's, Bitburger and Krombacher

Czech-style Pilsner

golden, full of colours, with high foaminess and lighter flavour - Pilsner Urquell and Staropramen

European-style Pilsner

has a slightly sweet taste, can be produced from barley malt - Dutch: Heineken or Belgian: Stella Artois



Beer of the monthDate published: 13/10/14

Proper Job. Beer of the Month

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.


Bring a friendDate published: 13/10/14

Bring a friend to Majestic.


Next time you shop with us, bring along a friend who is new to Majestic and if you both buy 6 bottles, you'll both get a free bottle chosen specifically for you, up to the value of £10.

It couldn't be easier; a free £10 bottle with your next purchase when you introduce a friend to Majestic.
Grab a friend and Come and Explore wine together - it's the best way.


Finca Resalso, Emilio Moro, Ribera del DueroDate published: 09/10/14

Finca Resalso, Emilio Moro, Ribera del Duero

A truly delicious wine from bodegas Emilio Moro. A younger version of their signature wine, the grapes come from vines from five to fifteen years old. These then go through a little less extraction and oak ageing than its older brother; but it still packs a punch. It is 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and is grown westwards of the famous Rioja region. This makes a darker, weightier, more serious wine than your everyday, good value Rioja.

Lots of dark cherries and plum flavours immediately grab your attention, which are then backed up with a tasty rich spice from the oak. Wonderfully balanced, with good acidity and a long finish, which should leave you longing for more. A bargain for such a quality wine.

Partner this with dark, rich meats such as lamb, or a good Spanish sausage.

£8.99

single bottle price £11.99


Wine of the Week - Gran Vendema CrianzaDate published: 02/10/14

This week sees a classic Rioja as our Wine of the Week. Gran Vedema Crianza is an easy going Rioja, where the fruit mingles with notes of noble wood. This wine hails from the Rioja region of Spain, one of the world's most well known growing regions.

A youthful Crianza wine made from 100% Tempranillo, from 10-15-year-old vines around Cenicero in the heart of the famous Rioja region. This impressive wine has been aged for 12 months in American oak barrels and a further 12 months in bottle before release. Grown in Rioja, where the vineyards benefit from the warm continental temperatures of Spain while also enjoying the cooling protection of the Cantabrian Mountains, which cool the vineyards and shield them from the harsh winds typical of northern Spain.

Vibrant cherry red, with a nose dominated by raspberry and strawberry fruit and lashings of lifted oaky vanilla notes. The palate is supple and soft, with moderate tannins and an easy-going feel. This hugely versatile wine can by enjoyed on its own or paired with cured meats, pork chops or Mediterranean cuisine.


Spotlight on: LoireDate published: 01/10/14

This article offers a spotlight on The Loire Valley, perhaps one of France's most varied wine regions, with huge variances in climate, soil and tradition throughout. The Loire has a long wine making history stretching back to the first century and for many years during the middle ages the wines of the Loire were the most esteemed wines in England and France, more prized than even Bordeaux!

Famous for its whites, which make up well over half of the Loire's output, there is an interesting contrast in the Loire between dry wines of the east and the sweeter wines of Touraine and Anjou, made from the Loire's own grape, Chenin Blanc. The Loire Valley has some fantastic growing conditions, although this varies with the coastal regions of Muscadet benefitting from the cooling effect of the Atlantic which prevents the grapes from overipening and becoming too acidic. Further inland the temperature is much warmer, producing riper grapes, often with a higher alcohol level and in reds more tannin, which comes from the thicker skin the grapes develop to protect them from the sunlight. Irregular quality can be a problem in the Loire due to the yearly variations of grape ripeness affected by the level of rain during the autumn, with a finer autumn producing a very ripe grape but a wetter one diluting the sugars and flavours within the grape.

The sparkling wines of the Loire are very important and some well known producers and high quality wines such as Bouvet and Langlois, made in the traditional Champagne style, offer a terrific and much better value alternative to Champagne. The Loire Valley can offer some excellent value on good quality wine, but it very much depends on where in the Loire you buy from. Sancerre and Pouilly Fume are both popular and well known Loire vineyards and are often one that people gravitate towards when shopping for Loire wine, but both areas are made up of many small vineyards and operate under very tight growing standards which push up the price regardless of the wine. Instead look to Quincy, still in the Sancerre region but an independent growing area, for white wine and Reuilly for red and white, in particular their Pinot Noir, for a better value buy without a huge drop in quality.


Wine of the Week - Invivo Sauvignon BlancDate published: 27/09/14


This week sees a fantastic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc as our Wine of the Week. Invivo is a tropical and incredibly refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, now one of the world's most famous growing regions.

Invivo is the brainchild of winemaker Rob Cameron, known for his range of unmistakably Kiwi wines. This Sauvignon comes exclusively from his vineyards in the Awatere valley, set on the seaward side of Marlborough, in a valley running parallel with the east coast of the South Island. The vineyards of the Awatere Valley sit on a variety of hills and river terraces in the rugged, rolling landscape with intense sunlight during the day offset by the cooling effect of the ocean winds.

This is a bold and intensely tropical wine, with an immense bouquet of guava, passionfruit and lime. Tropical and zesty on the nose, Invivo is crisp and crunchy on the palate and awash with a lingering citrussy zest, with a suprising level of power and concentration. This hugely refreshing wine is a great way to try something different from this hugely popular wine making region.

£8.66 when you buy 2 or more with 33% off

single bottle price: £12.99


Catena Malbec 33% offDate published: 21/09/14

Catena Malbec 2012, Medonza

Catena has grown over the last 112 years but still remains a family business with Nicolás and Laura Catena working together to produce the best possible wines from the Mendoza region - discovering microclimates in the high country using different altitudes to create different aroma profiles and nuances. Their efforts have been consistently rewarded with 90+ points from many international wine magazines and critics.

A structured wine with plenty of ripe dark fruits (blackcurrant and blackberries) a subtle vanilla and peppery spice that is always a sign of an good quality malbec. In addition, firm but not tough tannins and a refreshing acidity. This wine certainly has the ability to develop further complexity with careful ageing but cracking it open tonight with some lovely steak or another full flavoured red meat dish.

On our spectacular Argentinian wine offer just for the weekend down from £12.99 33% off down to £8.66 - ENDS Monday 22nd September @ 7pm


"The older wine is, the gooder it is." Discuss.Date published: 20/09/14

This weekend,  I was sent this thought-provoking quote (from Black Books, I understand). Aside from the abysmal use of the English language, it is probably one of the most common misconceptions we come across when talking to customers about whether to keep, or drink that dusty Bordeaux in the wine rack.

So how do we know whether a wine has good ageing potential or not? Generally speaking, red wines are more suitable for laying down for years than whites are, but that's not to say that all reds will age and whites will all deteriorate. Regardless of its colour, the wine needs to have at least one of three main components to preserve it (and improve it) as it ages - tannin, sugar or acidity. To put that into a more wine related context, Bordeaux is high in tannin, red Burgundy (pinot noir) is high in acidity and Riesling (probably the most age-worthy white around) is high in acidity and usually sugar, too.

Another important factor in defining a wine's age-worthiness would be the year in which the wine was made, and the quality of a vintage rests on one thing - the weather. More of a threat in Europe rather than regions in the Southern Hemisphere, entire crops can be wiped out with one hailstorm (as in parts of Burgundy in 2014), and a cool Summer can mean that Bordeaux's precious Cabernet Sauvignon does not ripen sufficiently. The result can be that a 10 year old Bordeaux from a great year would be far too young and need time to improve in bottle, but a 10 year old Bordeaux from a poor year might be old and past it.

To go into a little more detail, when tasting, we talk about different "clusters" in a wine - primary, secondary and tertiary. Primary characters are the pure fruit aromas and flavours, and a wine that only has these primary clusters is made to be drunk young and won't benefit from any further ageing. Secondary characters are aromas and flavours that come from a winemaking process - the oak in a Rioja reserva for example. A wine that has secondary characters as well as primary is likely to be of a better quality with more complexity and whilst still young, could have potential to age. Tertiary flavours are those that are a result of the wine having been aged, such as the cigar box scent in an old Bordeaux or leather in a Barolo. 

In short, if you're lucky enough to have a 2005 Margaux, keep it, but that 2012 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc you got for Christmas wants drinking pretty sharpish!

Someone once said to me: "If you've been keeping a wine for a special occasion, there will never be an occasion special enough. A great wine will make any occasion special."  I think that was right before we opened a bottle of Burgundy I'd been saving. Which turned out to be corked.




Samuel Adams Boston LagerDate published: 16/09/14

We are chuffed to tell you that our beer of the moment is the ever popular Samuel Adams Boston Lager.  We are even more chuffed to tell you it is currently £1 a bottle!

Samuel Adams Boston Lager helped lead the American beer revolution, reviving a passion for full-bodied brews that are robust and rich, with real character.It is hand crafted in single batches using only the finest ingredients to create this perfectly balanced, complex and full-bodied original brew.  

Samuel Adams Boston Lager £1 per bottle (Case of 24 bottles)


33% off SpiritsDate published: 08/09/14

We're planning a new spirits range for Christmas, so have decided to have a clear-out of lines that haven't been moving.  This means 33% off selected bottles of spirits (can be mixed with wines in the 33% off promotion) - get in fast, as when they're gone, they're gone!

The range in Hexham is as follows:

Hennessy Fine de Cognac £40 now £28.32

Ciroc Vodka £35 now £23.33

Martin Miller's Gin £30 now £19.99

Blackwood's Gin £27.50 now £18.33

Gordon's 'with a spot of Elderflower' Gin £19.99 now £13.32

Grant's Whisky £19.99 now £13.32


Wine of the Week: Lunta MalbecDate published: 04/09/14

Lunta Malbec, Mendel Wines, Argentina, 2012.

This 80 year old Malbec vineyard is located in Perdriel, between 900 and 1,100 meters above sea level, on the highest, most well-irrigated land in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza. The coolness that altitude brings is the reason why viticulture is possible here. Being closer to the sun's ultra-violet rays means the grapes develop a thicker and much darker skin to protect them. This process creates a higher concentration of aromas, colours and flavours in the wine. The same process actually creates more anti-oxidants in the wine, if you're interested in feeling good about yourself. The other wonderful thing about growing grapes in such circumstances is that there is a huge difference in temperature between day and night, which lets the grapes cool and develop slowly, meaning the wine has a superb balance whilst still retaining all the wonderful flavours from the exposure to lots of sunlight.

Intensely flavoured and very fruity. Scents of red fruits such as raspberries and plums mingle with blackberries and mulberries. There is also hint of violet. After the fruits make way, notes of vanilla and caramel from French oak ageing are obvious. Superbly balanced, with the acidity bringing intensity, freshness and vivacity. Its mature and soft tannins make this wine full bodied and particularly complex. Enjoy with rare steak..

£10.49

when you buy 2 or more with 25% off£13.99
single bottle price


CasablancaDate published: 18/08/14

Regional Spotlight: Casablanca Valley, Chile

Historically known for it's quaffable, reliable merlots, cabernets, and carmeneres, Chile has broadened it's winemaking landscape in recent years. 

It's diversity is now its major strength, with very respectable syrah, pinot noir, malbec, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, viognier, and even riesling and guwerztraminer making an appearance as growers become more experimental.

As the country continues it's mission to position itself as the natural, unpolluted choice more and more growers are trying different vinification techniques to influence the quality of their yield, and none more so than the Casablanca Valley.

The appelation is synonomous with Chilean white white, and the countrys self-annointed answer to Carneros, California. Long thought to be too cold for viticulture, in the 1980's winemaker Pablo Morande turned the local industry on it's head by converting his traditional table vineyard, complete with Pergoda, to vertically trellised grapes, and proved Casablanca could produce whites with finesse quite unprecedented in Chile.

Today dozens of Bodegas grow fruit here. Cool breezes from the sea temper the late afternoon heat which, with the valleys mild winters, extends the Casablanca Valleys growing season by up to a month on other vineyards in the central valley. 

Aromatic, crisp whites are the resulting offspring, and although the valley is a natural home to sauvignon blanc, chardonnay is in such demand that it still dominates the region's vineyards.

Top Tips:

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012 Casablanca Valley

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.

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Casablanca Valley

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.

Errazuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir 2011 Casablanca Valley

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


Viognier and foodDate published: 18/08/14

Viognier – great all-rounder in food and wine matching.

Its flavours are unique, with exotic aromatics and a mouth feel of chardonnay it shows peach-skin-scents and floral notes along with balancing richness, creamy texture and high acidity.

Viognier is truly underrated in its ability to pair with food. The difference between French viognier and those from Australia, California or Chile is the ripeness factor, which is much more reliable in the New World than in Europe. This is the reason why viogniers from outside Europe can taste like a fruit basket, with explosive flavours, while those from France show more restraint and subtlety. When young it is packed with stone fruit flavours: ripe apples, pears, apricots. When aged, it can stress flavours of: nuts, marmalade and preserved-fruit notes.

With young, unoaked viognier the choice of food should suggest sweetness, but not really sweet, like Morroccan tagine of chicken, preserved lemons and cinnamon or yogurt marinated Indian style dishes. Also dishes such as braised poultry with garlic or trout stuffed with nuts and raisins. Any preparation which picks up on the fruit flavours and sweet spices of the wine will pair nicely. Other ingredients that work with this grape include rich-textured, slow cooked root vegetables, pasta and risotto and richer fish and white meats. Viognier also goes well with some shellfish, as texture and ripe fruit bring out the basic sweet flavours of quality scallops, crab and lobster. Any butter or cream based sauces can be easily matched with viognier as the texture with its balanced acidity cuts through their richness.

With aged versions, dishes which comprise nuts, dried fruit and white meat rather than seafood work best.

Viognier goes well:

With full-flavoured and rich recipes. It pairs well with thicker sauces and richly textured dishes.

With combination of fruit and sweet spice, including Indian mango chutney, Chinese plum sauce or tangy barbecue sauce.

With almost all cheeses .

With most curries. Whether it is Thai, Indian, Malaysian or Caribbean.

With smoked foods: fish, chicken, duck or cheese.

With caramelized vegetables and starches, such as roasted root vegetables, baked squash, polenta and risotto.

Viognier does not go well with:

With light starters. The wine requires something rich to match up, otherwise it will overpower the food.

With foods that are very tart. Avoid serving viognier with green vegetables, fresh green herbs, olives, capers and other sharp ingredients.

With sharp sauces such as vinaigrettes and acid dressings.

With hot dishes. Being fuller bodied and more alcoholic the wine can come as too hot.

With strong white fish. Any fish that are pungent such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel or sea bass should be avoided.

Planning an Event, Party or Wedding?Date published: 15/08/14

Planning an Event, Party or Wedding?

We offer a wide variety of services including free glass hire, wedding wine tastings, delivery of wine, beer and glassware and ofcourse our expert knowledge and advice for food matching and quantities.

We operate on a sale or return basis, so this removes the worry that you'll end up with a huge amount leftover and nowhere to keep it.

Whatever the size of your event we can tailor our services to your needs and requirements. We always have a few bottles open to taste to get an idea for what you need but can open one or two extra if you want a try something specific.

We have a great deal of experience in planning parties and a wide variety of different events so there is no need to be shy if you are unsure of prices or just how much you will need. Let us take the hassle and stress out of planning and leave you with the enjoyment of the party.


Why join our customer list?Date published: 06/08/14

5 Top Reasons to Join the Majestic Customer List

You may have been into our store recently and heard about our exclusive customer list but decided not to join at the time. Alternatively, you may already be on our customer list but were wondering what else it is useful for. Below are five top reasons why you should sign up today if you are currently not a member!

Tried a new wine recently that you absolutely loved but can't remember the name? No problem! If you are on our customer list we can easily look up your purchase history to find out what you bought. We can then use this information to recommend you new wines to try if you are looking for something a bit different. We can also add you to our private, in-store database if you would like us to contact you about specific stock arrivals and offers.

If you are on our mailing list, you will be the first to know about our exciting new offers. We also advertise online exclusives through email, so ensure you opt-in for this if you would like to know about these deals. 

We also hold regular free wine events, including: wine courses, spotlight tastings, and a few larger wine tasting evenings. Let us know if you would like to be kept informed about these, as these are always popular events.

If you sign up in store, you'll get a voucher that gets you £10 off your 7th bottle, next time you come and see us! Already a regular customer with us? Bring along a friend, and if you both buy 6 bottles, you each get £10 off your 7th bottle!

Finally, we do free delivery on all orders, with a minimum purchase of 6 bottles.

Let us know by email or phone if your would like to join our exclusive customer list today. Alternatively you can join in-store the next time you shop with us.


Craft beer: Goose Island IPADate published: 06/08/14

From Chicago's craft brewery Goose Island, comes this India Pale Ale. It recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lovers dream with a fruity aroma, off set by a dry malt middle and long hop finish.

Currently on a great multi-buy deal, £9.99 for 6 pack. 

This offer can also be mixed with our craft ales;

- Brooklyn Larger

- Einstok White Ale

- Einstok Pale Ale

- Punk IPA

- Anchor Steam.



Peroni £1 per bottle.Date published: 06/08/14

Peroni £1 a Bottle!

The leading Italian lager - clean, crisp and refreshing, and now just £1 a bottle! So if you're making the most of the last of the summer with a garden party or BBQ then there is no better choice of accompaniment.

Amalaya de ColoméDate published: 06/08/14

Amalaya de Colomé


Grown in the far north of Argentina close to Bolivia, the grapes for this wine come from some of the highest vineyards in the world. The coolness that altitude brings is the reason why viticulture is possible here. The Salta province is a similar distance from the equator to Jaipur, for an indication of how hot it can get (summer temperatures over 40ºc). Being closer to the sun's ultra-violet rays means the grapes develop a thicker and much darker skin to protect them. This process creates a higher concentration of aromas, colours and flavours in the wine. The same process actually creates more anti-oxidants in the wine, if you're interested in feeling good about yourself. The other wonderful thing about growing grapes in such circumstances is that there is a huge difference in temperature between day and night, which lets the grapes cool and develop slowly, meaning the wine has a superb balance whilst still retaining all the wonderful flavours from the exposure to lots of sunlight.

Not just a malbec, but a blend. Although dominated by malbec, this blend also contains cabernet sauvignon, syrah and tannat, each of which giving their much-loved qualities to this wine. Dark, rich and powerful, with lethargic but present tannins, this wine is packed with dark fruit flavours of blackcurrant and blackberry, complimented by red cherries and plum, lifted at the end with a delicate sweet vanilla and nutmeg finish from its time in tasty oak.

Whilst 33% off, this wine is an absolute steal. Stock up before we sell out (guaranteed).


£7.99


Battle of the Chardonnays!Date published: 02/08/14

This week's battle sees Bex and Paddy fight it out with Louis Latour's Grand Ardeche vs Gerard Bertrand's Domaine de l'Aigle.


GRAND ARDECHE

Louis Latour has long since been a mainstay of Majestic, albeit a little more well known for his Burgundy.

In 1979, the Ardeche was chosen as the ideal location to produce top-quality Chardonnay due to the clay and limestone soil, and Mistral wind which cools this part of Southern France. This terroir, coupled with Latour's Burgundian expertise results in a style not dissimilar to Meursault. The grapes are pressed and immediately placed in oak barrels made by the cooperage at Latour, where the wine will age for approximately 10 months - – it is treated as if it were grown in one of the finest Grand Cru vineyards of the Cote d'Or.

A subtle nose of ripe apple and peach, coupled with vanilla and a buttery, creamy character. The palate is much more full bodied and complex, with a touch of sweet spice from the toasted oak and a flavour reminiscent of buttered crumpets or Tarte Tatin. Its well balanced acidity make it an ideal pairing for creamy sauces and it certainly won't be overwhelmed by roast Chicken, or even Grouse. Perhaps a little too early to be thinking about it in August, but this was my white of choice for Christmas Day last year!


DOMAINE DE L'AIGLE

Limoux is simply the most wonderful area to grown Chardonnay grapes. This is due to the abundance of sunlight, but more directly the cool climate and excessive rainfall. Despite its southerly location, Limoux has a low average temperature due to very strong winds travelling east from the Atlantic, and west from the Mediterranean. Then there is also the altitude of the vineyards. These are the highest vineyards in the Languedoc, planted in the foothills of the Pyrenees. This is also the factor that provides the additional rain. It is this combination of conditions that allow the grapes to be harvested around a month later than everywhere else. This allows a slower ripening and a greater abundance of flavours.

Fermented on its lees and in aged a lightly toasted oak barrel, it displays immediate citrus fruit combined with a wonderful nuttiness, particularly hazelnuts. This is combined with a rich butteriness in flavour but undercut with wonderfully balanced acidic minerality which makes this wine a match for high-end Burgundy at a mere fraction of the cost.

This wine has definite ageing potential, but if you cannot wait and want to enjoy it now, I'd suggest a rich roast chicken dinner on a Sunday afternoon.





Wine of the Week Battle - Paddy vs RupertDate published: 31/07/14

Paddy's Choice - Quinta de Azevedo, Vinho Verde, Minho, Portugal, 2013.

This is a floral spritzy treat for a gloriously warm afternoon lazing in the garden. And at a bargain price to boot! Hailing from the Minho region in northern Portugal, this wine boasts a host of lively flavours to set your taste buds singing. Lots of white peach rests upon a citric backbone dominated by tangy lemon, and the spritz lifts the floral notes to your uppermost senses.

Would match delicate white fish and light salads but refreshing enough to be enjoyed on its own. Make sure you bag some of these wondrous wines today before the price goes up on Monday.

Rupert's Choice - Rachel's Chenin Blanc, Boschendal, South Africa, 2013.

The name 'Rachel's' comes from Rachelsfontein, the estate's water spring and this delicious Chenin is equally as refreshing. This Chenin benefits from being crisp, dry and full flavoured due to being stirred on its lees, releasing tropical mango flavours with a rich honey backdrop.This is a great and more full-bodied alternative to boring Pinot Grigios,and something different to try to escape the Sauvignon Blanc trend. 

Great to try with a light fish dish, with calamari,or as a talking point at a barbeque.


Vintage AustraliaDate published: 22/07/14

In March, I was given the once in a lifetime opportunity to head to the Barossa Valley in South Australia to see what's really involved in winemaking. It didn't take me long to come to the conclusion that vintage is tough!

After a long flight, I was eased into work with a day in the Cellar Door – the hub for their wine sales and tasting room. Guests are welcomed as old friends, invited to take a seat out on the beautiful deck, overlooking vineyards, the garden and winery. The Cellar Door Manager, Shannon, leads an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team, as well as dealing with international sales, shipping and cooking amazing pizzas on their outdoor wood-fired oven!

During the 8 weeks of vintage, even more so than during the growing season, weather forecasts are scrutinised, vineyards visited on an almost daily basis, grapes tasted and sugar levels checked. Weather is incredibly important – too much rain and the sugars in the grapes dilute, too little rain and they dehydrate. Too much sun and the grapes can become cooked, too little sun and the grapes will be under ripe. So far this vintage, temperatures had soared to well above 40 degrees for several consecutive days, followed by almost a week of heavy rainfall. A winemakers nightmare and there were some tense moments!

My trip was towards the end of harvest. Things had cooled a little (to a positively chilly 25-30 degrees), white grapes had all been picked, pressed and fermented and the reds were well underway. My first day was spent in the vineyards, taking samples from the vines and tasting grapes to predict when to begin picking. Flavours, sugars and acids in the grapes can vary dramatically from row to row, and even from vine to vine so deciding when to pick an entire vineyard can be difficult. Teams of pickers are on standby, ready to go at short notice and seem to sweep through the vineyards at a lightening pace!

Once the red grapes arrive at the winery, they are weighed, destemmed and crushed (just enough to break the skins and release the juice), before samples are taken to test temperatures, sugar and acid levels which decide how much yeast to add. As fermentation progresses, the “cap” of skins must be regularly “punched down”, or the juice from underneath “pumped over”. This process extracts colour, tannin and flavours from the grape skins and ensures there are no pockets of inactive yeasts or unfermented sugars. This needs to be done 3 times a day, for around 10 minutes each time, as well as testing the temperature of the juice to ensure it's not too hot, and testing the density or sugar levels with a hydrometer. With something in the region of 20 fermentation tanks to do, it takes some work, and each tank requires different care and attention, depending on the grape or stage of fermentation.

Two Hands are pretty experimental. They are producing wines from relatively unknown grapes such as Saperavi, and European varietals such as Sangiovese – famous for Chianti amongst others. This vintage was the first time hand selection had been used and a sorting table arrived at the winery in preparation for grapes arriving from one of Two Hands' favourite growers in the Eden Valley. 800Kg of grapes had to be hand de-stemmed (yes, that means picking each and every grape off the bunch individually!) and any rotten or damaged grapes discarded. The idea is that to make the very best wine, you have to start with the highest quality grapes and treat them in the best possible way. Good wine cannot come from a poor crop, no matter how good the winemaker is.

It wasn't all work and no play however. A weekend off was spent tasting my way round the beautiful Clare Valley, further North and cooler than the Barossa, famous for their Riesling. Paulett's was probably a highlight as it has long since been a Majestic favourite of mine and it was great to taste part of their range that sadly isn't available in the UK.

With the end of vintage looming, all cellar staff were taken to a tour and tasting at Seppeltsfield (one of Australia's oldest wineries, famous for their Port and Sherry style fortified wines), where we tasted 100 year old “Port”. Black and tar-like in the glass, dark chocolate, raisined fruit and toffee on the nose and palate. One of very few wines awarded 100 points by Aussie wine critic, James Halliday and completely mind-blowing to think that the wine had been made 100 years ago! My final day was spent on a whirlwind tour of the Barossa and Eden Valley's best wineries, along with some smaller producers – Henschke, Hentley Farm, Tscharke's, Torbreck, Yalumba and Kalleske to name but a few of the many favourites.

I'd go back tomorrow if I could. The hard work, heat and bugs pale into insignificance compared with the whole experience. I'm now eagerly awaiting 2016 when I can finally taste some of the wines I made!


NEW ARRIVAL - The ONE, Blended British WhiskyDate published: 16/07/14

Close to Bassenthwaite Lake, surrounded by Cumbrian Fells amongst the historic buildings of a Victorian farm, lies the Lakes Distillery. A new arrival to Majestic, the ONE is their first venture - a unique blend of exceptional whiskies from the British Isles, each with its own distinctive characteristics, resulting in a wonderfully complex whisky.

There are now distilleries producing whisky across the British Isles, and this has led the Lakes Distillery to create an entirely new and individual concept in blended whiskies - a British Isles blend. Taking a range of very special whiskies from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland, their experts have blended with great care and passion to create a perfectly balanced whisky. Slightly smoky, sweet and fruity, nutty, with hints of spice.

£30 when purchased as part of our Fine Wine & Spirits offer 

(£35 single bottle price)


Spotlight on Australia- Picked from the garden of Eden (and beyond).Date published: 12/07/14

As it is our Spotlight on Australia week, we're trying to encourage all of the Pom Blokes and Sheilas of Hexham to try something new.
Up until 2005, Aussie wine was imported in the greatest quantity before the French took that mantle 9 years ago, but we here at Majestic Hexham are this week encouraging the good people of this fair market town to give it another go.

There are ideal conditions for wine production in the South of Australia, sunny weather for a start, mixed with low humidity, maritime influences and mountain ranges. Shiraz is the national grape, but Tasmanian and Southern regions producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have grown hugely in popularity as the quest for cooler climates continues.

I have selected my three favourite Australian wine regions and some pricey and less so wines from the area that should provide a talking point.

Barossa Valley:

One of the most famous wine making areas of Australia, the sandy and also clay based soil mainly produces Shiraz and Cabernet vines in a warm and dry climate. The Shiraz has excellent ageing potential and the high iron content and good moisture-holding properties of the soil produce powerful and ripe reds.

££ - Peter Lehman BVS Shiraz: We had to start with a Shiraz and this is an excellent example of the plum and bramble fruit you can expect from a quality wine and producer, smoothed in oak for 12 months to provide a silky finish. - £9.98

£££ - Gnarly Dudes Shiraz: This example adds an extra complexity you get with a more expensive bottle, an array of fruit is met with the tertiary flavours one only gets with this level of quality. Enjoyable chocolate and burnt toffee make this an interesting proposition and is a perfect example of a Shiraz that will benefit from ageing, but can be enjoyed (a lot) now. -£18.00

Eden Valley:

With an altitude that reaches 500 meters, this provides a much cooler climate and gives the area a chance for a Riesling tradition to grow, inspired by 19th century German immigrants. These Rieslings will be firm, lively and aromatic with citrus and flint notes. While the area also provides conditions for Chardonnay and has a variety of soil types from sandy clay to silt and gravel types.

£ - Peter Lehman Riesling: Citrus and stone fruit flavours that is crisp and flavoursome. With a minerality one would come to expect, this is value for money for a great quality Riesling. Great with anything oily, to cut through this with the acidity. Especially impressive with fish dishes. - £8.91

££ - Heggies Chardonnay: One of the highest altitudes to grow grapes in Australia, this challenges the vines to produce a good quality of Chardonnay grapes from a low yield. Flavours of apple and pears are finished with creamy smooth notes. - £14.99

McClaren Vale

Open to the sea on the most part, this green landscape and Mediterranean climate sits on sand, loam and silt. This creates the opportunity for rich full bodied reds with a seductive nature to thrive.

£- Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise: Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal expression meaning 'amongst the gums', this has a more youthful element to it compared with the Kangarilla Cabernet. Raspberry and cherry flavours meet spicy oak notes to create a great value example. £7.98

££- Kangarilla Road Cabernet: Aged for 18 months in American and French Oak, the vines are treated to a Bordeaux climate but under more dependable circumstances. Dark and spicy with fruity round tannins and just a touch of sweetness at the end to finish. - £10.98

£££- Angel's Share Shiraz: a dense and warming Shiraz with lots of cocoa and coffee flavours and dark fruit plumminess. Plenty of soft tannin and candied fruit aromas that pierce the rim of the glass. - £18.00



All prices given are based on the 'buy 2' promotions.

Wine of the Week Battle - Bex vs RupertDate published: 11/07/14

Bex's Choice - Jim Barry Lodge Hill Riesling

Our Aussie tasting week is finally here! I was lucky enough this year to spend time winemaking in the Barossa, so I've been looking forward to rekindling my love affair with South Australian wines.

Riesling gets a rough press. Often associated with the cheap, sweet German wines that flooded the market in the 80s and 90s, it definitely doesn't get the recognition it deserves. An incredibly versatile grape, it can be dry or sweet, fresh and youthful but also has incredible ageing potential – particularly those sweet German styles that you don't think you like!

The Aussies do it differently and have really created their own style. The higher altitude of the Clare Valley provides the ideal climate for growing Riesling and producers here do it well.

This Riesling is classed as a dry style (although I think it has a very slight touch of sweetness to it), and has the classic Riesling nose of green apple and lime zest. On the palate, it has fresh, mouthwatering acidity with plenty of citrus. A great aperitif, but with enough flavour and structure to stand up to spicy food. Would go down a treat in the sin, on a deck chair in the garden! Perfect summer drinking.



Rupert's Choice - DB Reserve Pinot Noir

Selecting reds for summer drinking is often a bit of a challenge but this Pinot Noir makes it easy. The climate is a little warmer than Burgundy and cooler than Bordeaux which gives this Pinot a nice fruity fleshy nature.
Coastal regions of Australia are selecting Pinot Noir as the grape of choice to grow with windy climates and maritime influences as these are perfect conditions to allow this grape to florish.

Added to this, its lean nature and cherry, strawberry and slight spice flavours make this ideal for anything grilled on a 'barby', especially duck breast.

Soft tannins and a medium body make this a perfect glass for sunny day drinking with friends.

The Victoria wine industry grew on the back of the Aussie gold rush and its fair to say they have certainly come up with something precious here.



Wine of the Week - Chateau Barthes BandolDate published: 07/07/14

This week sees our Provence Spotlight. Chateau Barthes really has to be our pick of the bunch, from what is probably Provence's most recognized appellation.

Bandol sits on the coast, with south facing terraced vineyards a little further inland, protected by pines yet open to the Mediterranean breezes. Its mild climate is perfect for Mourvedre, which has one of the longest growing seasons and for which the region is famous. Bandol is in fact, the only French appellation where Mourvedre is the dominant grape! Bandol growers have the saying “one vine, one bottle” - the region has the lowest yields in France and as such the area has a reputation for being extremely high quality.

Savoury and rustic on the nose, it is noticeably different to the majority of Provencal rosé. The palate is bold and impressive with a serious, heavy and slightly tannic texture. Red berries and a floral character accompany a touch of licquorice and a slight herbal note. A great way to get to know this tiny piece of Provence!

£11.04 when you buy 2 or more with 15% off

(£12.99 single bottle price)


Rioja; the red for a summer afternoonDate published: 02/07/14

Whether you're bored of all that rosé or exasperated of the same tired whites, the time has come to enjoy a nice glass of Rioja in the afternoon whilst contemplating what work your garden could do with. This classic old world style has been impressing for generations, and with some fantastic new offers on, now is the time to try them and explore their qualities.

Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja - £6.66

This is the pick of our summer wines for value. Mid-bodied and packed full of juicy red cherry and strawberry flavours, with a slightly savoury note provided from old vine garnacha (grenache) balanced out deftly with a gentle hit of sweet vanilla. A delightful wine.

Vina Eguia Reserva - £6.99

This classic reserva is a true Majestic favourite. Perfectly balanced between fruit and oak influence, this easy-going wine offers a good blueprint of the reserva style without breaking the bank. Very good value.

Beronia Reserva 'dos Maderas' - £9.99

Dos Maderas means two woods; an indication of this wine being aged in both French and American oak. This adds wonderful complexity. Immediately you sense a dense, opulence with layers of blueberry, cherry and baked blackberry offset with notes of clove, nutmeg and almond; all effects of the two oaks. A wonderful wine for those who fancy something a little special.

Enjoy whilst they have 33% off (and while stocks last).

By Royal AppointmentDate published: 01/07/14

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2008

£19.99

If you thought that sweet wines were solely an after dinner treat for women of a certain age then think again!
This Hungarian dessert wine has been well received since the 17th century as a gently chilled treat with fruit desserts, but can accompany anything from a spicy curry to a casual cheese board.
The Hungarians are very serious about their Tokaji, insisting that theirs is much superior to the Slovakian pretenders, and with this one they are pretty bang on. This is made with grapes affected by noble rot (a grey fungus that sounds like something a Monarch may have been subject to after too much misbehaviour with the help) and this gives the wine it's distinctive sweet taste. These grapes are slowly fermented after individual hand-picking and this helps to generate the flavours we associate most with this particular wine, orange peel, cinnamon and a touch of fruity fig but one which leaves you with a clean finish.

This is a great wine to pick out at the end of a dinner party, perhaps as a foil to an informal dessert like peaches and cream or even poured over ice-cream in an Affogato style. It certainly provides a talking point that many other wines may lack, and is something a bit different.

Used to its greatest effect, it will function to impress the in-laws, especially as you discuss the fog patterns of the region, or how south facing slopes and the nearby Bodrog river may affect the viticulture and overall finish of the grape. Tasty.


Wine of the Week - As Caixas GodelloDate published: 25/06/14

To say that Rias Baixas in North-West Spain has increased in popularity over recent years would be a huge understatement. The region is perhaps a little more famous for its delicious Albarino, and Godello has often faded into the background as a blending grape. Not any more. Now recognised as a versatile grape, capable of producing great wines on its own, Godello is slowly clawing its way to the top of the Rias Baixas tree.

A delicate, complex nose of lemon, crunchy pear, melon and a subtle floral note. A little citrus zest perfectly refreshes the palate and leaves you wanting more!

All in all, a great value wine and a perfect introduction to this up and coming grape! Think Spanish, and match with grilled sardines or salt cod.

£7.49 when you buy 2 or more with 25% off

£9.99 single bottle price


Top Marques!Date published: 21/06/14

May I introduce you to Marques de Vargas 2009 Reserva Rioja, he's a darn nice chap and I think you'll like him a lot.

The vineyard was planted by Felipe de Mata, the eighth Marques de Vargas (if you are getting a sense of deja entendu that's because the wine is named after the post). He perhaps didn't plant it all himself, but him and a few mates probably got together and did it over a weekend with some 1840s montage music in the background.

Really foresty on the nose with a wiff of brambles and a sniff of mixed berries that is mirrored in the pallet. It leaves a really smooth finish which is rich and well balanced with a distinctly autumnal air to it.

If you like your beef on the pink side, definitely drop 14 sheets for this ideal match. 

Say "hey diddly ho" to this Ned.Date published: 20/06/14

If you've shopped with us before, then you've tried the Ned Sauvignon Blanc.
You have.
Even if you haven't, you definitely have.

Well we're currently giving the Ned's Pinot Grigio a shot at matching the behemoth that is the Sauvignon Blanc.
If you've previously been unimpressed by Italian Pinot from the supermarket, this shy neighbourino of the Ned is something else completely. Much softer and more interesting than Euro versions, this has gentle hints of fruit, in particular pears. The Ned has a great deal more to it than many Pinot Grigios on the market and will really change your mind about the grape you may have seen as bland or as a cheaper option in a restaurant.
All in all a much fruitier wine with some character.

To be honest, i'm just disappointed that this isn't a Chardonnay I could describe as "oakily doakily".

Single bottle price - £10.65

Buy 2 Save 25% - £7.98

Wine of the Week - Domaine la Chautarde RoseDate published: 19/06/14

Provence Rosé is always a firm favourite of mine through the Summer months! It's light, crisp and fresh – perfect for those lazy Summer evenings in the garden with friends.

Domaine la Chautarde is located near the city of Brignoles in Provence – a vast area of pine and oak forests, olive groves and vineyards (sounds like the perfect area to be drinking this in too!).

A light, dry and fruity rosé, with strawberry and red cherry flavours accompanying more subtle flavours of watermelon and nectarine. Refreshing acidity with a slight citrus edge.

£7.49 when you buy 2 or more with 25% off

(£9.99 single bottle price)


Our 1st week in Hexham!Date published: 15/06/14

Phew! What a week that was! More than 600 people have been in to stock up since last Friday - some familiar faces from the Newcastle store and some new, coming from all corners of Northumberland from Bellingham to Blanchland.

Now we've had chance to settle in, here's a little bit about your new Majestic store in Hexham, and the top 5 reasons why you should shop with us!


1: FREE DELIVERY - We'll deliver any 6 bottles of wine, spirits or Champagne free of charge. We will arrange delivery at a time to suit you, including evenings and weekends.

2: WINE EVENTS - There'll always be a great selection of wines open on our tasting counter whenever you visit us. We also run regular tasting events such as our Wine Course, Seasonal Tasting Evenings and occasional Tasting Tutorials with a particular country or grape theme.

3: FREE PARKING - Parking is right outside our store. We'll even carry your wine to your car for you!

4: KNOWLEDGEABLE STAFF - We know our stuff! Our staff get the best training in the business and take the WSET level 3 soon after joining. Some of us take it that little bit further with the WSET diploma, all of us love to talk wine so feel free to quiz us!

5: PARTY SERVICES - We offer free glass loan, chiller bin hire and ice, plus sale or return in case you order too much. We'll be able to advise you on how much we think you should order too.


There's no excuse not to call in and see us now! 




Vina Ardanza 2005Date published: 13/06/14

Viña Ardanza 2005, Reserva Rioja

La Rioja Alta are one of the oldest bodegas in Rioja, and produce some of the finest wines to come out of the region. The Viña Ardanza 2005 Reserva is one of our favourite Riojas.

It is only made in years deemed very good or excellent by the Rioja Consejo Regulador and already has the best part of ten years' age by the time you are able to purchase it in store – the Riojans firmly believing that wine should be released when ready to drink. This is made in a very traditional style and undergoes several rackings before bottling – this is where the wine is transferred from one barrel to another, exposing it to air during the ageing process. This leads to quite a light colour, but a lot of complexity.

On the nose, red fruit is joined by a herbal character with vanilla and spicy, earthy notes. These continue through to the palate, with the tannins supple and unobtrusive, but enough to allow further ageing if desired.

This is a classical and classy wine, a great gift or a perfect way to treat yourself, it will be a perfect match for roast lamb, or chicken with chorizo.

£19 when you buy any two selected fine wine and spirits

(£24 single bottle price)


Friday Food Match - ChineseDate published: 06/06/14

There are 3 main things to bear in mind when pairing wine with Chinese food. 

Firstly, many dishes consist of deep fried meats, vegetables and even bananas. The perfect wine option with fatty or oily foods would be a Champagne. It cuts through the fat and adds a very refreshing and sharp taste to counter the heaviness of the meal. 

Secondly, If the dish has a hint of sweetness make sure your wine is also sweet. I would suggest our Trimbach Riesling or most wines with gewurtztraminer as the sole varietal. 

Third, be aware of drinking heavy, tannic reds with ingredients that have an intense spicy flavour. It can make the tannin taste sour and metallic. The ideal match therefore would be something light and fruity like our Beaujolais-Villages Duboeuf or our Waimea Pinot Noir.

So if you're wanting to splash out on some Champers or go for a cheaper and fruitier alternative we have a great selection of Prosecco and sparkling wines!


Store Events(7)

Gin Masterclass

25 August 2017 (18:30 - 20:00)

Our Gin Masterclass - A tasting tour of our favourite gins from Northumberland to California. Discover how gin is made, the effects of garnishes and choosing the right tonic. It's the perfect start to the weekend! Tickets are £10 and must be purchased in advance.

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Rosé Masterclass

11 August 2017 (18:30 - 20:00)

Summer in a glass! Rose is often overlooked as a quality wine, but we are here to change that! Come along and discover the fantastic array of Rose wines on offer, learn about how they are made, and how best to enjoy them. What's not to love? Tickets are £10, let one of the team know if you are interested!

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The Tasting Club: Introduction To Wine

4 August 2017

Have you ever wanted to learn a bit more about wine? Then this is the event for you! A Majestic classic, come and learn about the quintessential wine styles of the world as well as how to perfectly match food and wine. All we ask for a ticket is a donation in our charity box! Let a member of the team know if you would like to attend.

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Gin Masterclass

21 July 2017 (18:30 - 20:00)

Our Gin Masterclass - A tasting tour of our favourite gins from Northumberland to California. Discover how gin is made, the effects of garnishes and choosing the right tonic. It's the perfect start to the weekend! Tickets are £10 and must be purchased in advance.

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Sparkling Masterclass

13 July 2017 (18:30 - 20:00)

All things fizzy. From England to New Zealand and everything in between. Discover how the different styles of the world are made, and how that makes them all taste so different. Tickets are £10 and must be purchased in advance.

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The Tasting Club: Introduction To Wine

7 July 2017 (18:30 - 20:00)

Have you ever wanted to learn a bit more about wine? Then this is the event for you! A Majestic classic, come and learn about the quintessential wine styles of the world as well as how to perfectly match food and wine. All we ask for a ticket is a donation in our charity box! Let a member of the team know if you would like to attend.

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All ticketed tasting events

22 June 2017 - 25 August 2017

For all tickets purchased for Masterclasses and Fine Wine experiences, you can get £10 off purchases made on the night. Terms & Condition's apply, ask one of the team for further details.

Open to all

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Meet the team...

  • Mark Manager

    Having worked in 7 different stores across the north, I've finally returned to my home town. Come in and say hello or better yet, sign up to one of our many tasting events so we can help you find your perfect wines.
  • James Assistant Manager

    Hailing from just down the A69 in Newcastle, I have been in Hexham since August 2015 after stints in Berwick, Lytham and Preston. Lover of Gin, Shiraz, Gin, Viognier and, did I say Gin? Pop in and we can put the world to rights with a glass of wine by the tasting counter!
  • Matthew Trainee Manager

    The other Geordie of the team. I have just passed my WSET Level3 so come and test my knowledge! Some of my favourites are Malbec, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. My main interest however is beer, beer, beer. So come and try some great craft or local beers and discover how amazing they are!

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