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T: 0116 262 9519
F: 0116 262 9519
E: lei@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 3, 15 St Georges Way
Leicester
LE1 1SH
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Wine Courses
  • Free local delivery
  • Free glass loan
  • Free parking
Store News(567)

The offers. They must end.Date published: 22/03/17

Well paint me pink and call me a lobster, it's that time again...

Yes folks it's the end of the month, which means in a few days (tuesday to be exact) we're going to have some great new offers for you.

Unfortunately, this means that for these new offers to live, the old ones have to die. Circle of life and all that.

So last chance folks.

Last chance for Medalla Real Carmenere at £7.99.

Last chance for Edna Valley Chardonnay at £8.99.

Last chance for Moet & Chandon Brut at £27.99.

Last chance for Kings Favour Sauvignon at £9.99.

(There's plenty more offers to be had, I'm just mentioning the best ones here)

You've got until 7pm on Monday night to call us (0116) 262 916, order on-line (www.majestic.co.uk), come into the store, send a carrier pigeon, communicate via our alien overlords, shout at us via megaphone or take psychic control of Dave to acquire these wines.

Cheers

Tom


FLASH DEAL! Villa Maria!Date published: 26/11/16

Offer Ends Monday 28th November!

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc

£9.99 or £6.99  mix 6 price!!

We have 25% off all wines from Rioja for this week only! Date published: 26/11/16

Cune Reserva £8.99 (mix 6 price)

Definition Rioja Reserva £ 8.99 (mix 6 price)

Riscal Magnums £22.49 (mix 6 price)

Make sure you do not miss out on this fantastic deal. Offers end Monday 28th November.

Order online www.majestic.co.uk or by phone 01756 795005

Our now famous Peroni offer is back for this weekend only!Date published: 26/11/16

£24.96 for a case of 24 bottles, that's just £1.04 a bottle!

25% off New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!Date published: 26/11/16

Time to stock up for Christmas!

This week only 25% off all NZ Sauvignon Blanc!

Ned Sauvignon Blanc £6.99 (mix 6 price)

Blind River Sauvignon £8.99 (mix 6 price)

Cloudy Bay Sauv’ Blanc £18.74 (mix 6 price)


Make sure you do not miss out on this fantastic deal! Offers end Monday 28th November.

Order online www.majestic.co.uk or by phone 01756 795005

Special ParcelDate published: 12/10/16

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

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



OktoberfestDate published: 12/10/16

We're hosting our very own Oktoberfest here at Majestic! 

This weekend 15th - 16th October we're holding The Majestic Beer Battle:  Einstok Toasted Porter vs Abita Purple Haze Raspberry Lager and you are the judge!

We will have a selection of great beers from around the world and some local beauties open to try. So if you would like to get to the know the difference between Wheat beer and Pilsner, Pale Ale and Belgian Blond then head on down to Majestic Leicester

If you have any questions please call 01162629519 or email lei@majestic.co.uk



Bollinger! Date published: 29/07/16

So, everyone loves Champagne! So why not get your weekend/Summer holidays/evening off to the best start possible. We have Bollinger NV at the crazy crazy price of £29.99 (when you buy any 6 mixed wines). This is an exceptional deal with the Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Tesco all selling at at £40 why not place an online order with us or give a ring on 0116 2629519 and we will be happy to help! 

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

A trip to Puglia, the heel of ItalyDate published: 19/06/16

The boot of Europe is well known for its greatest wines history and broad variety. From the mountainous and cool region of Piedmont in the north to the plain and warm region of Puglia in the south, Italy's varied climate and topography provide the perfect scenario for the growth of more than 1000 different grape varieties, offering a wide range of different wines.

While most of the DOCs and DOCGs including the popular and prestigious Barolos and Amarones are found in the North, the warm South of Italy provides a great environment for optimum ripening of the grapes, softened by the influence of the Mediterranean and the Adriatic seas.

Right at the heel of the boot we find the hot region of Puglia. Along with Sicily, Puglia has the largest wine production of all Italy, recently experiencing a move towards quality rather than quantity.

Our first stop is Salento, home of the popular DOC Salice Salentino. The people from Agricole Vallone welcome us at one of the main cores of the company, the fortified castle of Serranova built in 1350. Giuseppe Malazzini, Commercial Manager at Agricole Vallone tells us about the peculiarities of the Salice Salentino DOC while we taste their fresh and elegant Sauvignon Blanc with a nice sight of the Adriatic Sea. In such a hot region, their proximity to the sea ensures the right retention of acidity creating a cooled microclimate.

Yet inside the castle, we are offered a traditional aperitif together with a glass of their Vigna Flaminio Rosato DOP, with a coral-like colour and fruity and intense nose that matches the palate with notes of blossom and red fruits. From the rest of the wines we tasted on that evening, I particulary fell in love with the red Susumaniello, made from the local grape variety with the same name, produces a powerfull and fruty wine that I would like to see around here. Our well known Vereto Salice Salentino DOP and a surprising Graticciaia paired with chocolate cake were some of all the delicious wines and dishes that we tried at the charming castle.

After this, we headed to the historic city of Lecce, where we stayed overnight.

Copertino was our next destination. The wine region gives the name to a DOC made predominantly of Negroamaro. At Azienda Monaci, a family run winery, we meet Stefano Garofano, son of the winery founder and who showed us their beautiful vineyards and traditional winery.

Again, we start the afternoon with a reddish rose, the Girofle, with refreshing notes of watermelon.

Copertino is the wine named after the region made 100% of Negroamaro. Known by all of us, it always taste better in the land where it is made.

The rich and complex Simpotica surprised all of us. This Negroamaro-Montepulciano blend aged in French oak after a few days of maceration is very velvety and intense.

Finally, Le Braci was my favourite wine of the day. This wine made of Negroamaro is aged for 10 months in French oak and 18 months in bottle, producing a deep and complex wine full of plum and liquorice notes.

Italy is always a great holiday destination. It has everything you need to spend an unforgettable time; beautiful landscapes, a long history, a nice culture and what is more important, incredible wines.

Thank you very much to Azienda Monaci and Agricole Vallone for inviting us to Puglia, it has been a pleasure.


New Zealand Spotlight Tasting!Date published: 02/06/16

So what do you know about New Zealand? Good at rugby? Lord of the rings was filmed there?

What about the wine?

Well on Friday 10th June we at majestic (and by that I mean me) will be holding a spotlight tasting of all things New Zealand. Featuring some of our more interesting Sauvignons, some fantastic Pinot Noirs and even some of the lesser known wines from the land of the long white cloud.

The event runs on Friday 10th June at 6.00pm and will cost you exactly zero pounds and zero pence. 

So if you want to hear me talk about wine (and of course, drink some) for an hour or so, just drop us an email on: lei@majestic.co.uk or give us a call on 01162629519 and we'll be happy to sign you up.

Argentina Spotlight Tasting! Date published: 02/06/16

Soon the BBQ's will be firing up, the British sun will pop out for one more day of summer and we will all run for the garden! What better way to celebrate this British tradition than with some great big Argentinian wines! From big rich Chardonnay that will surprise and delight to silky and smooth Malbec that will impress everyone. 

We are holding a spotlight tasting to give you the knowledge and have a taste of some of our favorite wines! On Friday 17th June at 6.00pm whats more this event is completely free Just drop us an email on: lei@majestic.co.uk or give us a call on 01162629519 and we will be happy to book you a place or three. 

Having a party?Date published: 29/05/16

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

We offer the ultimate party service:

Free Delivery

Free Glass Hire

Ice and Chiller Bin Hire

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

Free tastings

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

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

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

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

Give us a call or visit https://www.majestic.co.uk/services/parties for more information.

The best of? A Battle between two rosésDate published: 07/05/16

This weekend we have two brilliant Sparkling Rosés open to try! Why not come along and celebrate Leicester's monumental win in fashion with one of these amazing wines. One of them is new to Majestic: 

Nyetimber which is made in Sussex was crowned Champion of Worldwide Sparkling Wines in the competition run by Italy's wine magazine Euposia in 2010 has since won several awards since. The first Nyetimber vineyards were planted in Sussex in 1988. The aim was to make premium sparkling wine that would rival Champagne as the south of England shares similar geology and soils to the Champagne region.

Nyetimber Rosé NV : Is new to us as we have previously stocked their Brut, Demi-sec and Vintage Rosé. This is an incredible sparkling which is very rich and full of Strawberry, Rasberry and Vanilla notes with a bright red appearance it is sure to dazzle even Ranieri.

Its competition today comes in the shape of a Majestic stalwart, This is a Champagne that has been at Majestic for as long as anyone can remember it is:

Oeil De Perdrix: Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic apéritif. With delicate Rasberry and strawberry flavors this is a style that's not as big as the Nyetimber but is sure to wow even the toughest of defender! 

My favorite is the Nyetimber with its overtly fruity character at £29.99 is a Fizz for a celebration,

If your wallet is not as flush as Jamie Vardys why not try the Oeil De Perdrix at £17.99. 

Both are open to try this weekend only! 

(no minimum purchases, prices are based on buying 6 bottles of Champagne, Wine or Spirits)

Gin!Date published: 02/05/16

Who doesn't love gin nowadays? I know that I hated the stuff before a trip to Spain a few years ago and now I'm a convert! 

We have a full range of craft Gin's from small local producers all the way through to old favorites such as Sipsmiths and Gordons.

We also have several Gin's open to try this week! 

We have the Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin (You have to try this with Fever tree Ginger ale, It's a match made in heaven)

The Warner Edwards Dry Gin

And the Williams Chase gin, Made dwon in Hereford and was one of teh first to start the Craft Gin craze!



Great British Craft! And Happy Birthday Queen!Date published: 22/04/16

This weekend at Majestic we are focusing on Great British Craft. So in honour of the Queens 90th.....


We have a veritable cornucopia of British beers, wines and spirits from the traditional Spitfire Ale all the way to the delightfully eccentric Chase marmalade vodka.


However, when talking about wine, most folk don't consider England. So today I'm focusing on English wine, more specifically from the Chapel Down winery in Kent. From six acres of vines, originally planted in the late 70's by Stephen Skelton. These vines became the heart of the now 500 acre strong Chapel down empire which produces both still and sparkling wines as well as a range of 'curious' beer, lager and cider.

So, my pick of the wines:


Bacchus – Named for the Roman God of wine (or hangovers, depends who you ask). The Bacchus
grape provides and excellent alternative to sauvignon blanc (surely we're bored of that now?).
Intense aromas of tropical fruit, pineapple, lime and hints of green pepper with a crisp refreshing
finish (once again I was going to provide a link to this, but once again it doesn't seem to exist.
Trust me the wine is there just call the store...).


Wickham Estate Red – A blend of pinot noir and rondo, sourced from vineyards in Hampshire and
Suffolk, the wickham red boasts an abundance of blackberry and jammy red fruit aromas. Rich
and smooth on the palate with flavours of berries, leather and cinnamon spice. https://goo.gl/aI5ndh


Chapel Down Brut – Produced in the traditional method, this sparkling wine provides an excellent
and more affordable alternative to champagne. Aromas of citrus fruit, red apple and freshly baked
bread on the nose, with hints of hawthorn and lemongrass on the palate. Crisp and fresh with
lively acidity, blind taste this on a champagne snob for a good laugh... https://goo.gl/krgjF4


These three are just my choice, there's much more available in store. As always I'll recommend going down in person, but you can order on­line or on the phone... what a time to be alive...

Malbec world day!Date published: 17/04/16

Morning all.

As you may or may not know, today is malbec world day (the clue is, as ever in the title). 'But Tom' I hear you cry, 'What the devil is world malbec day?' (In my head, you all sound like 1940's BBC radio presenters).

World malbec day is celebrated to commemorate the day in 1853, when president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento of Argentina officially made it his mission to transform Argentina's wine industry (thanks Wikipedia). Tasking French soil expert Michel Aime Pouget to bring over new vines, one of which he returned with was Malbec. Following a decline in the growth of French Malbec over the next century or so, largely due to a Phylloxera plague and a freeze in the 50's, Malbec went on to become the star grape of the Argentinian wine industry. 

What does that mean to you? Well, a range of fantastic malbecs at incredibly low prices. Obviously. Why else are you reading this?

Here's my pick of the bunch.

Benmarco Malbec - I was going to leave a link to this as it's my favorite malbec. However the page doesn't seem to appear on the website (thanks IT guys!). I assure you that we do have some in. Give me a call and order it. £9.99 till tomorrow!

Vinalba Reservado - https://goo.gl/jS7DPr (£7.99)

San Huberto  - https://goo.gl/0N4hXa (£6.99)

(All offers end monday 3pm)

Cheers

Tom

New additions! Keiren's picks!Date published: 16/04/16

New Additions!

Welcome here is a small article showcasing some of the latest additions to the Majestic range.

Pazos De Ulloa Ribeiro 2015

Spain

Grape: Palomino

This wine was specially selected and blended by our head buyer Matt Pym on a recent trip to Spain. The wine is fresh and crisp with aromatic flavours of white peach and apple and a refreshing minerality on the finish. This wine is the perfect addition to our range in time for Summer dont just take my word for it though:

This Palomino/Torrontes blend is soft, bracing and sublime with shellfish.

Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith – 13th March


Fancy something a bit richer:


Kumeu River Pinot Gris 2014

New Zealand

Pinot Gris

Apple, Pepper, Herbs

Situated well north of the other New Zealand wine growing areas and the climate should be too hot for successful viticulture yet the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, both less than 30km from the vineyards, create ideal conditions for ripening grapes.

This fine example Pinot Gris is a great white wine to match with those tricky food types. It is delicate enough to go with seafood yet refreshing enough to match with pungently spiced dishes.

This wine is a finely balanced mix of delicate floral and apple fruit flavours emboldened by notes of white pepper and herbs. While slightly off dry this is never cloying.

This is a great food wine and can be paired with pungently spiced dishes as well as with more delicate fish dishes

Fancy something Sparkling:

Te Hua Sparkling

New Zealand

While many New World sparklers take Champagne as their blue print the Te Hua is more akin to Prosecco in style. Soft, creamy, fruity and aromatic textures and flavours are balanced by a fine acidity in this refreshing and moreish wine.

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Muscat

The grapes for this sparkling wine are sourced from the famed regions of Gisborne and Hawkes Bay on New Zealand's North island. The wine has less pressure than traditional sparkling wine giving a creamier, fruitier style of wine more akin to Prosecco. The addition of Muscat grapes adds an additioanl layer of aromatics to the wine.

However if you have more expensive tastes be sure not to miss out on this:


Puligny-Montrachet Les Charmes 2014 Alain Chavy

France

This well-situated vineyard lies next door to Meursault’s Premier Cru Charmes, and has a good concentration of crunchy green apples, hawthorn blossom and a hint of wet stone minerality. A big step up from villages Puligny.

Fine Wine Team

Chardonnay

"The 2014 Puligny Montrachet les Charmes has better definition and energy on the nose vis-à-vis the village cru, a little more animation and chutzpah. The palate is clean and fresh on the entry with crisp Granny Smith apple and citrus peel, not persistent in the mouth but with appreciable focus and delineation. Lively and generous." Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate



Majestic Presents - Capaia Merlot CabernetDate published: 16/04/16

This Bordeaux blend is stunning, The care and attention that goes into making this wine would put many £20 clarets to shame. This wine is designed to devolop with age and is drinking beautifully now.

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

The traditional Bordeaux varieties do very well in South Africa and this example is no exception with fine tannic structure backed up by bold flavours of plum an cassis.

£9.99 single bottle price Mix Six Price £7.99

Pazos de Ulloa 2015 - Majestic PresentsDate published: 07/04/16

Pazos de Ulloa 2015


story: This gem of a white wine was blended and selected in house by our Head Buyer Matt Pym! It is named after a novel by the same title written in the late 1800’s by Emilia Pardo Bazán. The novel was written in a naturalistic style and was essentially about showcasing the true beauty of the Galician countryside with rich characters and dramatic scenery. With Pazos de Ulloa (“pathos day oojoa”), the winemaker believes that they have created a wine in perfect harmony with the countryside and as such it is the perfect showcase for Galicia… hence the name!



A sense of place: This wine originates in DO Ribeiro, one of the oldest appellations in Spain which was established in 1932. The grapes come from the best slopes (costeiras) of the valleys which helps produce the wines ripe and mineral character. It is produced by Vitivinícola del Ribeiro the largest winery in Galicia.


A sense of taste: This typically fresh and crisp Spanish white has stone-fruit and minerality in abundance. The addition of Torrontes to this predominantly Palomino blend adds a touch of florality on the finish.


Great with: Seafood



Single bottle £7.99/£6.99 mix 6



The Critics love it too!


“This Palomino/Torrontes blend is soft, bracing and sublime with shellfish.”

Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith – 13th March


 

Porta 6Date published: 07/04/16

So we are back here again! Porta 6 has sold like a hot cake and we have none left.

Never fear, We are taking Pre-orders at the £6.49 price for when it arrives in the next 2 weeks! All you have to do is call us on 0116 262 9519 and we will be happy to take your order! alternatively Please take a peak online:

https://www.majestic.co.uk/Porta-6-zid15006

Dont just take my word for it though this wine is a steal

One of the nicest reds I’ve tasted in 10 years on this show!

James Martin - BBC Saturday Kitchen. 

However act now as this offer ends on Monday 11th at 7pm I have my order in, Do you?

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye!Date published: 22/03/16

So after two fantastic years here in Leicester I am now moving to pastures new with Majestic down in sunny Surrey! It's been great getting to know you all over the last couple of years and trying some great wines with you. Fear not, though, as I am leaving you in the capable hands of Keiren, our assistant, who will be happy to help you with any questions you may have and is always ready to recommend you some cracking wines!

Rachel

Dartington GlassesDate published: 22/03/16

The Offer on these has been extended for a further few days! 

Stock up fast as we only have a few of these left and when they are gone, they are gone!

All you have to do is buy 12 bottles of wine and we will pop these in with your order whether that is online or instore!



NEW SHORT-TERM OFFERS!Date published: 08/03/16

If you're looking for some big-hitting wines that won't break the bank, these two short-term offers might be right up your street!

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99 when you buy any mixed six bottles, £8.99 single bottle price (was £9.99)

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. A richly tropical nose, aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs burst from the glass. The palate is full of ripe citrus and gooseberry flavours framed by a zesty acidity. New Zealand in a glass!

Beefsteak Club Malbec - £5.99 when you buy any mixed six bottles, £7.99 single bottle price (was £10.49)

This wine is made by Andean Vineyards, under Australian-born winemaker Stephen McEwan, and in true Argentinian tradition it is intentionally beefy! The Malbec grapes are harvested late for ultimate ripeness, fermented over 20 days then aged in oak for 6 months. This is a deep and vibrant Malbec with an intense nose of plum, damson and dark chocolate aromas. Lush and layered on the palate, with well-integrated oak and plenty of fine tannins. A perfect match for your Friday night steak!

New Web Exclusive: Clos Des Lunes 2014 Lune D'argent Date published: 05/03/16

Like white Bordeaux? Then feast your eyes on this cracking parcel!

Insider’s tip for selected customers only! 

● A few cases of a fine dry white from ancient Bordeaux vineyards.
● From the makers of iconic £60-a-bottle Domaine de Chevalier Blanc.
● A fraction of the price and 90 Parker points too. 

Here’s a quick word for just a few customers! Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for producing one of Bordeaux’s most famous whites, which normally commands mouthwatering prices.

But not many people know that the same winemaking team also make Clos des Lunes, another magnificent dry Bordeaux white, available to you for around a quarter of the price.

This estate specialises in dry whites crafted from supremely fresh Sauvignon and lime-scented Sémillon – from an ancient vineyard to the south of Bordeaux. In fact, fine wines were being made here at a time when the lands of Châteaux Lafite, Latour and Margaux were used for grazing cattle!

The delicious Lune D’Argent is the estate’s Grande Cuvée. From the outstanding 2014 vintage it is pure and fresh with a beautifully long finish. Awarded 90 points by erobertparker.com, this is one of the best fine white buys in all Bordeaux.

We only have a handful of cases of this little known gem so we have only told you and a small selection of your fellow loyal Majestic customers. Even so, we don’t expect this to be around for long. 

Available online only in unsplit 6–packs for £89.94, the equivalent of £14.99 a bottle. This is a delight not to be missed – shop online now!

Buyer's Choice: Triplica Greco Di TufoDate published: 02/03/16

Grab your bags and sunhats as we're heading to sunny southern Italy for our Buyer's Choice this week! Move over Pinot Grigio, it's all about undiscovered, overlooked grape varieties such as this cracking Greco.

Triplica Greco Di Tufo

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

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

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

£9.99 or Majestic Mixed 6 Price = £8.99

NEW WEB EXCLUSIVE: Wolf Blass Grey LabelDate published: 23/02/16

Wolf Blass Grey Label Web Exclusive

The Grey Label was the first wine to bear the Wolf Blass name, back in 1967 when the winery was one of the leaders in the development of fine Australian wine. To this day it is one of their finest, most iconic wines. Our web exclusive includes the following two cracking wines:

Grey Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 - only 32 cases available

Aged to perfection. Rich, soft and complex this is a wonderful (and extremely good value) example of how good aged Aussie Cabernet can be. Hurry - we expect this to sell out extremely quickly.

https://www.majestic.co.uk/Wolf-Blass-Grey-Label-Cabernet-Sauvignon-zid19172x6?tracking=|searchterm:wolf|blass

Grey Label Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 - only 132 cases available

This wine has won more awards than any other from the from the Mount Benson area. The 2009 does not disappoint, having won a Silver Medal at the International Wine Challenge. This is a bold and intense Australian classic. Again this would normally sell for double the price, so represents incredible value.

https://www.majestic.co.uk/Wolf-Blass-Grey-Label-Shiraz-Cabernet-Sauvignon-zid19171x6?tracking=|searchterm:wolf|blass&tracking=|searchterm:wolf|blass

Both cases are priced at £71.88 for 6 bottles which offers exceptional value for money.

Offer ends Monday 29th February or whilst stock lasts!

Ned Sauvignon Blanc *£6.99* Offer ends Monday 22nd @ 7pmDate published: 20/02/16

Ned, Ned, Ned. What more is there to say about Majestic's best selling wine. It has sold so well since joining our range that Waitrose, Sainsbury's and the CO-OP have all tried and failed to capture our success. They have all failed and that is down to our ability to offer it you for short periods like this week at £6.99. 

If you have never tried this beauty then why not pop down to us here in Leicester, We have him open and we guarantee you will fall in love with this wine if you like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Full of Gooseberry and lemon with hints of a tropical paradise await you when you swirl this round your glass. 

£6.99 When you buy any mix of 6 wines, Spirits or Champagne. 

£10.99 single bottle price

Buyer's Choice: Rustenberg RM NicholsonDate published: 18/02/16

So as part of our South Africa tasting week, one of our buyers has picked the Rustenberg R.M. Nicholson as their top tipple for the week.

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

The RM Nicholson has deep red and black fruit flavours from red cherry to blackberry. There is a slight herbal flavour, along with a warming but fairly subtle black pepper spice. This is a well structured wine which may remind you of Bordeaux, but with riper fruit characteristics than its Old World cousin. A great wine to match with food. The structure and depth of fruit flavour make it a great pairing for Lancashire hotpot or a slow cooked beef bourguignon.

£12.99 or Majestic Mixed 6 Price = £9.99

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!Date published: 14/02/16

Happy Valentine's Day!

Buyer's Choice: Villa Borghetti Valpolicella RipassoDate published: 13/02/16

This week our Italian buyer has picked the Villa Borghetti Valpolicella Ripasso as their stand-out new arrival to our range.

Valpolicella Ripasso is produced by adding the dried skins of grapes from another wine to add weight and texture, in the form of deep fruit flavours and soft tannin.

The blend of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella is rounded and soft with medium bodied fruit and more than a hint of spice. A very well balanced wine with good acidity and integrated oak notes. It is bold and strong without being overly intense.

This ripasso has a complex palate of blueberry, cherry and plum, followed by a long finish where white pepper, spice and coffee matches
up with the fruit weight perfectly.

This wine is great value for money, with a lot of depth of flavour. A great wine to have with dinner, especially with hearty dishes such as a slow cooked beef dish. Equally a mature cheese would be an excellent after dinner treat.

£12.99 or Majestic Mixed 6 Price = £9.99

*Open to try all weekend in-store!*

Our best price on Oyster Bay wines... for years!Date published: 22/01/16

After reminding the Oyster Bay winery about how much Majestic customers love New Zealand wines, Head Buyer Matt Pym has brought home a truly exceptional deal for you. We are delighted to offer both Oyster Bay Sauvignon and Merlot for the exceptional price of £7.49 when you buy a mix of any six wines. That’s a huge saving of £4.50 per bottle on our regular single bottle price. 

Oyster Bay take their name from a pristine spot on the coast of Marlborough. They rose to fame with the crisp, fresh and fruity flavours of their iconic Marlborough Sauvignon. Since winning 'Best International Sauvignon' at the 1991 International Wine & Spirits Competition, they have only gone from strength to strength. 

When they turned their hand to reds the results were just as good. Their Merlot from New Zealand's premier region for the grape - Hawke’s Bay - is succulent with an elegant intensity of fruit flavours. Here’s a new world red you must try.

NEWSFLASH: Short-term offers!Date published: 20/01/16

Over indulged over the festive period and looking for some easy-drinking wines and bargain prices? Then look no further! We've got two short-term offers that are just the ticket!

Anakena El Viajero Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley - £5.99 when you buy any six bottles, £8.99 single bottle price

This wine comes from Las Brisas vineyard in Leyda Valley, just 10km inland of the Pacific, in an area that has become one of Chile's most prized terroirs for cool-climate varieties. El Viajero means 'The Traveller' in Spanish and is named after the winemaker, South African Gavin Taylor.

A well balanced Sauvignon offering inviting and harmonious aromas of citrus fruits, guava, papaya and green grass. Ripe and zesty fruit flavours culminate in a long, clean finish. Kick back with a glass and be transported to a sandy beach on holiday!

Don Armando Malbec, Mendoza - £5.99 when you buy any six bottles, £8.99 single bottle price

From the Bodega de los Toneles, named after the large oak barrels used to age the wines, the grapes are sourced from the premium growing areas within Mendoza.

This wine has quintessential Malbec flavours of plums, cherries, blackcurrant, violet with just a hint of chocolate on the silky finish. Great with tomato-based pasta dishes such as spaghetti bolognaise!

Buyer's Choice: Mas de Lunès, Grés de Montpellier 2012Date published: 12/01/16

Buyer's Choice: Mas de Lunès, Grés de Montpellier 2012

Looking to try something a bit different this week? Why not try this cracking wine from the south of France? A great alternative to Vacqueyras and Gigondas and other expensive Rhone wines but for half the price!

Tell me a bit more about it...

This wine is from the Languedoc, where the warm and dry Mediterranean climate, tempered by the sea winds, produce complex yet well 
balanced wines. Mas De Lunès is the largest vineyard of the Vignobles Jeanjean. The terrior here is a unique mixed of rounded pebbles and shingles left when the sea receded six million years ago and the natural garrigue of southern France.

How would our buyer describe it?

Syrah and grenache; chocolate, red currant, aniseed, spice, red berry, minty, silky and complex.

What food could you pair this with? 

Ideally matched with meaty winter warming dishes such as cassoulet or fruity tagine.

£12.99, or mix 6 = £9.74 (save 25%)

Still not convinced? Will Lyons, wine writer for the Sunday Times, described it as "Red berry and spicy, with a soothing, silky finish – a charming crowd-pleaser" in December!

*Open to try in-store!*

Bin End Sale now on!Date published: 08/01/16

If you're eschewing dry January then our Bin End Sale is just for you! We've got cracking deals on a range of wines to clear space for new additions to our range and new vintages. With many wines 33% and 40% this is a great time to top up an empty wine rack after Christmas!

Here are some of our top picks:

Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise - £6.66 mix six price (£9.99 single bottle price)

A warming, gutsy red that'll be the perfect partner to any hearty stews or casseroles.

Seaview Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV - £7.19 mix six price (£11.99 single bottle price)

Champagne without the price tag! Don't take our word for it - it's rated 4.5/5 stars on our website!

Côté Mas Blanc PGI Pays d'Oc - £4.66 mix six price (£6.99 single bottle price)

Easy-drinking and zippy with plenty of citrus and stone fruit flavours - great as an aperitif!

Delivery slots before New Year's EveDate published: 28/12/15

Having a party for New Year's Eve? Need a top-up of wine? We're delivering to the following postcodes over the next couple of days if you need an order:

Tuesday 29th December: Loughborough, Nuneaton, Hinckley, Coalville - CV11, LE10, LE11, LE12, LE3, LE6, CV11, CV13, LE9, LE65, LE67

Wednesday 30th December: Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Kibworth and local - LE1, LE2, LE4, LE5, LE7, LE13, LE14, LE15, LE8

33% off Champagne!Date published: 10/12/15

Still haven't stocked up on your Christmas/New Years Eve Fizz? Yeah, me neither...

But fear not, this weekend may be the perfect opportunity to do so, saving yourself a few pennies in the process as we currently have 33% off all Champagne for the weekend! (offer ends Monday 14th).

Here are a few bargains that you really won't want to miss out on...

Duval-Leroy NV - £15.99 (mix six price)

Moet et Chandon NV - £25.32 (mix six price)

Bollinger - £29.98 (mix six price)

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs - £39.98 (mix six price)

The offers don't stop there, so have a look on the website or pop in store to see for yourself!

33% off ALL New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!Date published: 28/11/15

Calling all New Zealand Sauvignon lovers! We've got 33% off our entire range of Kiwi Sauvignon Blancs this weekend so there are some absolute bargains to be had!

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99 mix six price (£10.49 single bottle price)

Massey Dacta - £7.99 mix six price (£11.99 single bottle price)

Jackson Estate - £9.99 mix six price (£14.99 single bottle price)

Cloudy Bay - £18.33 mix six price (£27.50 single bottle price)

33% off ALL Argentinian Malbec!Date published: 20/11/15

Love Malbec? Then this weekend is just for you! We've currently got 33% off all Argentinian Malbec this weekend with some cracking wines from just £5.99. Here are a few staff picks at unbelievable prices...

Santa Ana Malbec - £5.99 mix six price (£8.99 single bottle)

Alamos Malbec - £6.66 mix six price (£9.99 single bottle)

Beefsteak Malbec - £6.99 mix six price (£10.49 single bottle)

Fancy something really special? Maybe try this stunner...

Mendel Mendoza Blend - £16.66 mix six price (£25.00 single bottle - AKA absolute steal!)

Come in store to try the new Marcello Pelleriti Malbec (£9.99 mix six) and Beefsteak Malbec (£6.99 mix six price).

If you're a Malbec lover don't miss out!

 


33% off ALL Champagne under £100!Date published: 14/11/15

Yes, you read that correctly! We've got 33% off ALL Champagne under £100 for this weekend only! If you're looking to stock up for Christmas or need some fizz for a party now's the time!

Here are our top 5 picks:

De Telmont NV - £13.32 when you buy any mix six (£19.99 single bottle price)

An absolute bargain for a touch over £13! A great blend of citrussy notes with a touch of brioche.

Bollinger NV - £29.98 when you buy any mix six (£45 single bottle price)

On of the most renowned Champagne houses, their NV is elegance in a bottle!

Perrier-Jouet NV - £26.65 when you buy any mix six (£40 single bottle price)

This is a fresher style of Champagne with a medley of lemon, stone fruit and a hint of toast on the palate.

Laurent-Perrier Rosé  - £39.98 when you buy any mix six (£60 single bottle price)

Possibly the most famous rosé Champagnes, this delicious fizz is full of ripe strawberries and cream flavours - yum! 

Nicolas Feuillatte Magnum - £33.31 when you buy any mix six (£50 single bottle price)

Looking to impress your dinner party guests this winter? Then wow them with this cracking magnum of Champagne, an absolute bargain at £33.31!

Hurry, offer ends Monday 16th November at 7pm in-store (3pm online)!

33% off all sparkling wine!Date published: 06/11/15

Celebrate in style this weekend with 33% off all sparkling wine! From Cava to Prosecco, Saumur to English fizz, there really is a sparkling wine for everyone! Here are our top three picks:

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée - £23.98 when you buy any mix six (£35.99 full price)

Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne.A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.

Definition Prosecco - £8.65 when you buy any mix six (£12.99 full price)

The Majestic Definition range captures the quintessential qualities of the world's greatest wine styles, with a little help from some of the world's greatest winemaker.Our Prosecco comes from the best vineyards around the village of Valdobbiadene. A pale straw colour with typical fruit characters of apples, ripe pears and richer notes of pineapple.

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV - £7.99 when you buy any mix six (£11.99 full price)

A modern example of Cava from the Catalan region of Spain. The Codorníu family have been pioneers in the region since first producing Cava in 1872, and in 1985 incorporated Chardonnay into the blend of traditional grape varieties in order to make a more aromatic style. Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity.

Hurry, this offer ends at 7pm on Monday 9th November so if you need any fizz for a party or for an early Christmas stock-up, now's the time!

33% off Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc offer ending Monday 26th October!Date published: 25/10/15

ATTENTION ALL MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC FANS!

If you're a fan of Brancott Estate, one of Marlborough's most iconic producers, then be sure to stock up on their cracking Sauvignon Blanc before it's too late! Currently down to £6.99 from £10.49 on an amazing 33% off deal, this offer ends at 7pm on Monday 26th October! We've got plenty in stock so please order online, over the phone or pop in to see us if you are interested!

Web Exclusive: Greystone Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir!Date published: 11/10/15

Attention all New Zealand wine lovers! We have a cracking web exclusive parcel from renowned producers, Greystone. The winery was founded in 2004 by the Thomas family after an extensive search to find the ideal location to make cool climate wines.

Greystone Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Waipara - £90 for a case of 6 bottles (thus £15 a bottle)

This superb Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of melon, redcurrant and spring flowers. The palate has stronger flavours of melon and guava while lees ageing adds further texture and a hint of creaminess.

Greystone Pinot Noir 2012 Waipara - £120 for a case of 6 bottles (thus £20 a bottle)

A superb example of pinot noir with aromas of dark cherry and sweet spices. Well integrated tannins give a luscious mouth feel with flavours of ripe dark cherry and plum. The finish is long and clean.

For more information, please go to https://www.majestic.co.uk/greystone-wine

Don't delay - this parcel is only available until 3pm on Monday 12th October!

Wine of the Week: Les Remparts Du Bellay, SancerreDate published: 08/10/15

Les Remparts Du Bellay, Sancerre 2014

Classic and Elegant…

Sancerre is arguably one of France’s most famous Wine Regions. Les Remparts captures the quintessential qualities of this region with a delicate wine that delivers a crisp, lasting finish.  

Racy, Fruity and Refined...

A wine that drinks spectacularly on it’s own. But pair it with seafood, chicken or goat’s cheese and you’ll feel it come to life and dance on the palate.

Look No Further...

Want a Sancerre that tastes amazing but is a little friendlier on the wallet?

You just found it..

Try it for yourself in-store today!

£15.99 or buy 2 save 25% = £11.99



Wine of the Week: Definition Sauvignon BlancDate published: 01/10/15

Wine of the Week - Definition Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough


A Majestic Collaboration…

We’ve collaborated with one of New Zealand’s most prestigious Wine Producers to present something  that quintessentially captures what it means to be a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.  

Kiwi Sauvignon Done Right...

Aromas of freshly cut grass, the taste of gooseberries and passion fruit really prominent. This is a Sauvignon to rival the very best of them. All the classic qualities rounded off perfectly with a long, dry and refreshing finish.

Look No Further...

Want something that’s going to deliver a mouth watering injection of flavour straight onto the palate?

You’ve just found it.

Try it for yourself in-store today!


£11.99 or buy 2 save 25% = £8.99

Pilsner Urquell - only £1 a bottle!Date published: 30/09/15

Having a party and need some great value beer? Got a few friends coming over for the rugby? Then we've got just the deal for you! Pilsner Urquell is down to just £1 a bottle until 28th October - what a steal!

Pilsner Urquell was the world's first golden beer and is still brewed in Plzen in the Czech Republic using the same recipe that was first used in 1842. Its caramel front of mouth sweetness is balanced with a pleasing bitterness in the mid-mouth. As the taste fully expands, it accelerates away to reveal a stunning clean finish - a perfect balance of fuller flavours.

Last weekend of Marques de Riscal Reserva at £9.99!Date published: 27/09/15

If you're a fan of Rioja then be sure to stock up on the Marques de Riscal Reserva before 7pm on Monday 28th September. Currently on offer at £9.99 this wine will go up to £14.99 on Monday evening. The current offer therefore represents a saving of £5 a bottle or £30 a case! Order on-line, in-store or over the phone.

Wine of the Week: Mâcon-Villages 2014 Domaine Des MaréchaudesDate published: 25/09/15

Wine of the Week: Mâcon-Villages 2014 Domaine Des Maréchaudes

Set the week alight with this amazing Macon Villages, available to try on our tasting counter!

Grape: Chardonnay

Origin

The Domaine was founded in 1921 and now has around 60 hectares of vineyard around the village of Aze in the heart of the Mâconnais region. The vines are an average of 40 years old. 4 to 5 months of lees ageing gives the wine added complexity.

Taste

Pleasant floral aromas join citrus notes. The palate has clearly defined citrus fruits with an almost zesty character. The finish is lengthy with fruit flavours lingering on the palate.

Enjoy

Try this with grilled pork, roast chicken or even salads.

£8.99 on the 25% off promotion



Wine of the Week: La La Land TempranilloDate published: 08/09/15

La La Land Tempranillo

Tempranillo? That must mean it’s a Rioja, right?

Wrong! Although Tempranillo is one of the key grapes used in Rioja, this wine actually comes from Victoria in south Australia.

I’m intrigued! Tell me more...

Australia actually has lots of plantings of unusual grape varieties such as Malbec, Gruner Veltliner and Sangiovese that you’d more commonly associate with Europe. This tempranillo is a lot more fruit-driven and less oaky in style than most Riojas.

But what does it taste like?

This wine has bags of soft red and black fruits with juicy red cherries and blackberries leaping to the fore. If you’re looking for a partner to cured meats or hearty shepherd’s pie then look no further than this spicy little gem!

Try it for yourself in-store today!

£7.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save 33%!

£11.99 single bottle price

£1 beers!Date published: 07/09/15

September is definitely beer month here in Leicester! And after overindulging during the summer holidays and you're looking for something that's a bit friendlier on the wallet, why not go for one of our £1 beers?

Samuel Adams Boston Lager - £24 for a case of 24 bottles

Recreation of a 19th century American recipe, this is rich and satisfying beer.

Corona Extra - £24 for a case of 24 bottles

The famous Mexican beer, this is fantastic with a slice of lime on a summer day (or autumn evening!).

Pilsner Urquell - £24 for a case of 24 bottles

The world's first pilsner beer, it's hopped with Saaz hops, a noble hop variety which gives the beer its unique flavour.

*Wine of the week* - Definition Chablis 2014Date published: 05/09/15

*Wine of the week*

Definition Chablis 2014

Our definition range has been a long time in the making to ensure that we get it spot on. Our buyers have worked tirelessly to bring you Majestic's first full range of own wine. We have 12 wines to bring you this is the first in the first series of 6 that we will be having on our tasting counter in the next few weeks!

Grape - Chardonnay

Origin

The Majestic Wine Definition range captures the quintessential qualities of the world's greatest wine styles, with a little help from some of the world's greatest winemakers...Chablis. A relatively cool, cloudy town in northern France where Chardonnay is grown and made into a truly unique style of wine.

Taste

Our Chablis, a classic example of this famous wine. Find crisp citrus fruits, a hint of white flowers and a touch of oatmeal.

Food Match

Our Chablis is a great food wine and can match with grilled sole, crab or a classic dish of the region ham in a creamy Chablis sauce.


Beer of the Week: Purity's Mad Goose Pale AleDate published: 04/09/15

For this week's Beer of the Week we've picked Purity’s Mad Goose Pale Ale (4.2%)
A bit of background info...

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

Mad Goose is a zesty pale ale with a smooth and citrusy finish. Brewed with English Maris Otter, Caragold and Wheat malts, with Hallertau Northern Brewer bittering hops and Cascade and Willamette aroma hops. 

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

How much is it...?

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

*Beer of the week* - Oakham Ales CitraDate published: 26/08/15

Oakham Ales’ Citra
Citra is named after the American hop used to brew the beer. Originally made as a seasonal beer by Oakham based in Rutland, it proved so popular that it became one of their most successful beers. 

Citra has won many awards culminating in being awarded the Champion Golden Ale at the CAMRA Great The label is based on the green man, with the face being created from hops. The green man has many interpretations in folklore, but is held to be a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of growth each spring.

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


£27 Buy 2 or more cases = £24 per case (£2 per 500ml btl)

Buyers Choice *Hey Malbec*Date published: 26/08/15

Hey Malbec! — Argentina

Why we love it...

It tastes like Black Forest Gâteau in a glass -
what more do you need to know?
It is a rich, full wine, made exclusively for 
Majestic from quality vineyards in Mendoza.
Take it to a BBQ this weekend and you’re 
bound to impress your friends.
£14.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £9.99

Tucumen Cabernet Sauvignon *Keiren's pick*Date published: 25/08/15

This is my first installment of Keiren's pick, where I choose one wine each week that may be slightly different, has an interesting story or I just love the wine! 

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon 

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most well known grapes in the world and is planted far and wide from the Americas, Europe to Australia. Cabernet Sauvignon is one half of the classic Bordeaux blend that thrives in hot conditions due to its thick skin. The grapes traditionally produce full bodied, tannic reds that are great with food.

Region: Argentina

Argentina is generally more renowned for its superb Malbecs, a grape that they took from relative obscurity and made it their own. However they have taken this grape and found the ideal site for Cabernet Sauvignon in the Cuyo Region around Mendoza where the high altitude and warm sunny days ripen the cabernet grape perfectly.

Producer:  Bodega Budeguer, a family-owned winery whose estate covers over 100 hectares, predominantly in Maipu. They have been producing wine for over 100 years in Argentina. Winemaker Juan Manuel Mallea brings with him experience of working at wineries in Spain's Toro and Ribera del Duero regions.

Taste: A bright, youthful ruby red, this is a vivacious and fruit-driven wine full of ripe blackberry character, accented by aromas of eucalyptus and black pepper. This wine will work beautifully with a range of hard cheeses and would make the perfect BBQ wine this coming bank holiday!

Price:  £7.99 down from 11.99 when you buy 2 bottles in our 33% off promotion


Delivery Schedule w/c Monday 17th AugustDate published: 23/08/15

Delivery Schedule for the upcoming week

Need an order of wine before the weekend? We'll be delivering all over Leicestershire this week so find out when we're next coming to your area:

Monday 24th August - Local deliveries - LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5

Tuesday 25th August - Loughborough, Nuneaton, Hinckley, Broughton Astley - LE10, LE11, LE12, LE17, LE6, LE9, LE18, CV11, CV13

Wednesday 26th August - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE13, LE14, LE15, LE7, LE8

Thursday 27th August - Loughborough, Nuneaton, Hinckley, Broughton Astley - LE10, LE11, LE12, LE17, LE6, LE9, LE18, CV11, CV13

Friday 28th August - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE13, LE14, LE15, LE7, LE8

Saturday 29th August - Loughborough, Nuneaton, Hinckley, Broughton Astley - LE10, LE11, LE12, LE17, LE6, LE9, LE18, CV11, CV13

We can deliver most local deliveries - LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5 postcodes - within 2 days. 

Please give us a call on 0116 2629519 for further information.

Bin End Wines: Our Top 5 White!Date published: 22/08/15

There's some top quality Whites in our Bin End Sale which we are very sad to see go. Some staff favourites in there for sure! Here are 5 of the best that we recommend.

1. Olivier Laflaive Bourgogne Chardonnay - £11.99 when you buy two bottles (down from £17.99)

The Leflaive family have lived in the village of Puligny for 18 generations, and all have worked in the vineyards since 1717. This is a classic white Burgundy with aromas of crisp citrus fruit, yellow apple and white peach. The direct and well-structured palate offers refreshing acidity and a gently creamy finish.

2. Ara Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc - £7.99 when you buy two bottles (down from £11.99)

Ara's head winemaker Jeff Clarke was among the first wave of producers in Marlborough, establishing an early understanding of the local terroir alongside the Marlborough Research Institute. He has twice been named International White Winemaker of the Year. Gooseberry and grapefruit flavours deliver vigour and ripeness, with a refined, dry finish.

3. Killka Chardonnay - £7.99 when you buy two bottles (down from £11.99)

Winner of the Bronze award from the International Wine Challenge. This is a bright greenish yellow, youthful and vibrant Chardonnay, displaying a nose of ripe citrus fruit and gentle hints of vanilla and soft tropical notes. Mild-mannered with a round palate feel.

4. Calima Garnacha Blanco - £4.99 when you buy two bottles (down from £7.49)

Garnacha Blanco, or white Grenache originated in Spain and is closely related to red Garnacha.A light and sunny white, with a melon, pear and grapefruit profile, and a soft-textured feel on the palate. Plenty of fresh acidity makes for a mouthwatering, refreshing finish.

5. Oxford Landing Estates Sauvignon Blanc - £5.32 when you buy two bottles (down from £7.99)

Winner of Decanters bronze award, the Oxford Landing estate lies on the banks of the Murray River in South Australia. This Sauvignon Blanc is cool fermented in stainless steel to preserve the crisp, fresh fruit of this variety.

Bin End Wines: Our Top 5 red!Date published: 21/08/15

Looking for a cracking red to go with the BBQ this weekend? Then here are our top 5 reds from our Bin End selection currently available in-store. But hurry - stocks are limited and when they're gone, they're gone!

1. Basedows Shiraz - £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles (down from £9.99)

If Shiraz is your thing then snap up some of this bargain Shiraz from Barossa Valley. The winery originated in the mid-1800s, and spent some years under corporate ownership, before being reacquired by the Basedow family's 5th generation. A softer style of Shiraz compared to some of the really peppery styles, this wine has a medley of red cherry, damson and plum flavours on the palate backed up by hints of vanilla.

2. Gran Vendema Rioja Crianza - £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles (down from £9.99)

Vibrant cherry red, this is an easy-going Rioja with lashings of ripe raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant on the palate. Hints of vanilla and cinnamon from the wine's year ageing in French oak barrels shine through.

3. Portillo Malbec - £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles (down from £9.99)

Previously voted best Argentinian Malbec under £10 by Decanter, this is an absolute steal for £6.66. Offering quintessential Malbec flavours of cassis, damson and brambly fruits this would be the perfect partner to chargrilled steak, yum!

4. Peñalolen Cabernet Sauvignon - £8.65 when you buy 2 bottles (down from £12.99)

This is Cabernet Sauvignon with a difference! A deep, purple-tinged wine, aromas of plum and blackberry leap from the glass. Rich dark forest fruits abound on the palate alongside notes of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Rich and sultry this would be a great match to beefburgers.

5. Porcupine Ridge Merlot - £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles (down from £9.99) 

This wine is made by Boekenhoutskloof, a modern winery in the Franschoek Valley, which planted its first vines in 1993. Generous flavours of red berry fruit and ripe plums abound with a soft and supple texture. The tannins are smooth and complemented by touches of oak. Match with pork kebabs.

Buyers Choice Red - Maretti Langhe RossoDate published: 19/08/15

Maretti Langhe Rosso — Italy

What makes this wine fabulous?


The producer has taken two of Italy’s most famous red 
grapes Barbera and Nebbiolo, to create wine with 
both power and subtlety. 2013 was a great vintage 
with a long, slow growing season, dry with cool nights 
producing wines with depth and flavour
The structure of the wine would allow it to be aged for 
a few years, but frankly why bother when it is drinking 
beautifully now? - Great with roast meats!
£11.99 buy 2 save 25% = £8.99

Buyers choice White! - Clos Saint-Jacques Gewürztraminer Date published: 19/08/15

Clos Saint-Jacques Gewürztraminer — France

A little about the wine...
Clos Saint-Jacques comes from Domaine de la Ville 
de Colmar. It is right in the heart of sunny Alsace and 
the vineyards were planted in 1895.
The wine has a little sweetness which gives it a rich, 
luxurious feel. It is aromatic with plenty of tropical fruit 
and floral notes and has just a hint of spice.
A great wine with smoked salmon. 
£17.99 buy 2 save 33% = £11.99

Wine of the Week: Casal De Ventozela Vinho VerdeDate published: 14/08/15

Casal De Ventozela 2014, Vinho Verde


It’s all about the bubbles...

Vinho Verdo wines are known for their refreshing “light spritz”. This gentle bit of fizz is what gives the wine its unique character. With a crisp and satisfying finish that dances on the palate, Casal De Ventozela’s Vinho Verde is a serious player in the game!


Stylish and refreshing...

Made in the North-Western corner of Portugal, this example of Vinho Verde is made from the indigenous grape Arinto. With delicate flavours of soft citrus fruit, melon and green apple, and the aromatic hints of blossom and white pepper. Casal De Ventozela portray a stunning interpretation of the Vinho Verde style.


Perfect for Summer evenings…

Thinking of dining al fresco tonight? Pair this wine with prawns and you’ll feel the flavours bursting on the palate. The perfect match!



Try it for yourself in-store today!



£9.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £6.66



Buyer's Choice: Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay ViognierDate published: 13/08/15

This week's Buyer's Choice hails from the south of France, more precisely the estates of the historic 17th century Château de Pennautier in Cabardès. The current owners are the tenth generation of the de Logeril family to make wine on the estate.

Why we love it... A great wine from a producer that likes to let the grapes speak for themselves. With as little intervention as possible Marquis de Pennautier have created this wonderful blend of Chardonnay and Viognier. 

The Chardonnay gives depth, richness and citrus flavours, whilst the Viognier provides the floral and tropical aromas, creating a fresh, easy-drinking wine. 

How would we describe it?

Tropical with bags of nectarine and peach and zesty citrus fruits

Hints of almond, marzipan and passion fruit

Rounded, silky and floral; this is a fantastic wine to drink on its own but would also make a great match to summer salads. Perfect for al fresco dining!

On offer at £7.49 when you buy 2 bottles, save 25% (£9.99 single bottle price)

Wines with Sunday Roast!Date published: 09/08/15

Having a big dinner with family round and struggling with what to pair it with? Not to sure if people are too fussy? Will some only drink red?

Here's a few ideas that may help with the regular roasts and frequent visitors!

Aperitif

Often we find that there are people that like different types of fizz when it comes to any occasion let alone a Sunday roast. So here are a couple of options which may narrow it down and simplify your decisions!

Cava - Generally Brut (Dry) in style which can be a mixture of international grape varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, or local spanish varieties such as Xarel-lo, Paralleda and Macabeo. Made in the Traditional Method ( the same way as Champagne) it is a fantastic alternative to Champagne with fine persistant bubbles, with vibrant fruit flavours. Perfect for any gathering!

My Cava Recommendations would be either:

Raventos Codorniu £7.99 down from £11.99 when you buy 2 or more in the 33% off promotion. Made from a mitxure of international and local varieties Chardonnay Xarelo-lo and Macabeo, citrusy and peach fruit flavours with a dry crisp minerality.

Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs £9.99 down from £14.99 when you buy 2 or more in the 33% off promotion. Made exclusively from international grape variety Pinot Noir, fresh, light, floral aromas with delicately rounded, well-balanced pear and brioche flavours. 

Prosecco - Naturally slightly sweeter in style compared to a Cava making them off dry, made exclusively from Glera a local Italian grape variety. Constructed with the tank method its an excellent way of pleasing those with a slighty sweeter taste.

My Prosecco Recommendations are:

Prosecco La Gioiosa Etamarosa NV DOC Treviso £6.99 down from £10.49 when you buy 2 or more in 33% off promotion. Pale straw yellow with a fine and persistent mousse. Aromas are lightly floral and fruity, hinting at blossom intermingling with ripe apple. Off-dry and refreshing.

Prosecco Salatin Valdobbiadene Superiore NV DOCG Extra Dry £9.99 down from £14.99 when you buy 2 or mroe in the 33% off promotion.Soft and full with fine persistent bubbles. Flavours of apple, peach and rose petals make this a fruity and intense Prosecco.

Mains

Now Wine Matching with meat can be a challenging feat, however with some simple suggestions for different types of meats or fish it can only enhance and combine with the flavours of the meal only making it better!

Beef - Usually a very fruity red wine makes an excellent match to a heavy red meat! Malbec is a great grape variety that marries incredibly with Beef in Particular, as the fattiness softens the tannins and intensifies the fruitiness of the wine.

My Malbec Recommendations:

Beefsteak Malbec £6.99 down from £10.49. Deep and vibrant Malbec with an intense nose of plum, damson and dark chocolate aromas. Lush and layered on the palate, with well-integrated oak and plenty of fine tannins.

San Huberto Malbec £7.99 down from £11.99. An inky, almost opaque wine with a blackish-purple hue. The flavours are of plum, bramble and ripe blueberries, delivered with a forward, vigourous manner tempered by sweet, spicy oak.

Pork - Full flavoured, fruity whites, or full bodied, tannic reds are the best wines with Pork. The aromatics of a viognier complement the texture of the meat and the fattiness softens the tannin in the reds.

My Pork Recommendations:

Grifone Montepulciano £5.32 down from £7.99 Whilst standards in this region can vary, this is a reliable, medium-bodied wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins.

Côtes-du-Rhône 2014 Léon Perdigal £6.66 down from £9.99 The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length.

Chicken - The best wines with chicken are a whites that are a full, fruity and oaked. The creaminess complements the texture of chicken. Or light savoury reds such as Pinot Noir with little tannin.

My Chicken Recommendations:

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2014 Côteaux du Languedoc £6.74 down from £8.99. Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish.

Alamos Chardonnay 2014 Catena, Mendoza £6.66 down from £9.99. This wine displays a stunning array of ripe peach, pear and apple flavours which marry harmoniously with toasty oak.

Lamb - Select medium bodied, oaky, smooth red wines with lamb, like a Rioja. The moderate tannin cuts through the fattiness of the meat to give a soft, vanilla finish Rioja or specifically Tempranillo is a fab grape variety for lamb!

My Lamb Recommendations: 

Rioja Reserva 2010 Viña Eguía £6.66 down from £9.99. Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.

Finca Carelio Tempranillo 2011 Castilla y Leon £6.66 down from £9.99. Complex and layered, this wine offers rich aromas of ripe blackberries, leather and vanilla, and is wonderfully plush on the palate. Dry tannins and mature, lightly raisined fruit characters.

Fish - Light, fresh and simple white wines are great wines with seafood as they complement the delicate nature of fish and shellfish. Sauvignon Blanc would be my choice!

My Fish Recommendations:

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc £6.99 down from £10.49. Pale straw yellow, with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc £7.99 down from £11.99. Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

If people only like red wine, the only meat you need to be concerned with would be chicken. So a good alternative would be to give them a light red such a Pinot Noir or a Gamay grape variety ( Beaujolais.)

My Only red drinker for white meat recommendation would be: 

Mâcon Rouge 'Les Roches Rouges' 2014 Louis Jadot £8.99 down from £11.99. An enticing nose showing subtle hints of redcurrant and raspberry, with a fruity, well-balanced palate and a fresh finish. This wine has both Gamay and Pinot Noir grape varieties and would be a lovely match if it was needed!

So there we go! a few ideas to help please those paletes and to match some tasty wines with some delicious Sunday Roasts!

Raventos CodorniuDate published: 08/08/15

Sparkling Saturday today! Raventos is the choice and it is and absolutely delicious Cava the perfect aperetif and fantastic on a Sunny day!

Even better, its out on the tsating counter today! pop in and have a sample! you won't be disappointed!

Grape:

Chardonnay, Macabeo, Xarel-loOrigin

A modern example of Cava from the Catalan region of Spain. The Codorníu family have been pioneers in the region since first producing Cava in 1872, and in 1985 incorporated Chardonnay into the blend of traditional grape varieties in order to make a more aromatic style.

Taste

Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity.

Enjoy

Enjoy with a selection of canapés.


Wine of the Week: Château Musar Jeune RoséDate published: 06/08/15


Château Musar Jeune Rosé - £9.99

Bored of bland rosé? Then give this cracking example from renowned Lebanese winery Château Musar a try!

Château Musar was founded in 1930 by Gaston Hochar. The winery is still firmly a family business with his grandson (also called Gaston) now the head winemaker. Lebanon has an extremely long winemaking culture and vines have been grown in the Bekaa Valley for over 6000 years!

So tell me about this wine...

The grapes for this wine come from young vines in the Bekaa vineyard which are located around 1000m above sea level. The vineyards enjoy a whopping 300 days of annual sunshine which, combined with the altitude, produce an intensely fruity wine.

Why you should buy this wine…

Aromas of soft red fruits leap from the glass with cherries and blueberries coming to the fore. Ripe cherry, redcurrant and strawberry abound on the palate with a hint of pomegranate in the background. With a juicy, refreshing finish this is an utterly delicious rosé! Great on its own, this would also be a cracking partner to all manner of tapas as well as summer salads.

Try it for yourself in-store today!

Wine of the Week: San Huberto MalbecDate published: 24/07/15

Roll up, roll up! Our new Wine of the Week this week is the fantastic San Huberto Malbec from La Rioja in Argentina. Read on to find out more about this cracking wine...

Thought Argentinian Malbec all came from Mendoza? Think again!

Whilst Mendoza is responsible for the production of a significant amount of Malbec produced in Argentina, there are many other regions in Argentina that produce excellent wines, including La Rioja where this wine comes from!


So a bit of background info...

La Rioja is a bit further north than Mendoza and typically produces intense, fruit driven wines. It has the longest continued history of wine production in Argentina and Bodegas San Huberto (makers of this wine) were founded in 1905. This wine has been made in a 'reserva' style which means it has undergone 12 months' ageing in oak barrels.


Why you should buy this wine…

If you’re looking for a BBQ wine, look no further! Aromas of blackcurrant, black cherry and coffee bean burst from the glass. Rich and full-bodied, plum, blackcurrant and blackberry abound on the palate framed by juicy drinks. I’d be happy drinking a couple of glasses of this on its own(!) but it would also make a great match to all manner of barbecue fare.

Try it for yourself in-store today!

£7.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save 33%; £11.99 single bottle price

6 Things You Absolutely Didn't Know About ProseccoDate published: 18/07/15

1. "Prosecco" isn't the name of the grape! The word comes from the Italian village of Prosecco where it's believed the grape originated, and until recently was the name used worldwide. However, the Italians didn't like the idea of wines being made everywhere from America to Australia being called "Prosecco", so the grape's name was changed to "Glera", and now only wine made in a specific area of Northern Italy near Venice can call itself Prosecco. Simple!

2. "Dry" doesn't mean dry! The labelling system for sweetness on sparkling wines can be confusing so try to remember:

Brut = The driest style, only the smallest hint of sweetness

Extra Dry = The most common style, noticeably off-dry but still only delicately so

Dry = The least dry of the popular styles, the fruit flavours will be closer to sherbert

3. It's made in a tank! Unlike champagne and any other sparkling labelled "Traditional Method", where the wine becomes bubbly whilst already inside the bottle, Prosecco ferments under pressure in sealed tanks and is then transferred into bottles once sparkling. This gives you a light, citrussy, fruity wine without the savoury notes of Champagne.

4. It doesn't have to be drunk on its own! Prosecco's delicate, lemony flavours and good acidity (especially in the drier styles labelled "Brut") pair beautifully with light seafood and salads - a great match for many a summer lunch...

5. It's a great choice if you're trying to cut down. With many delicious examples available at around the 11% ABV mark, Prosecco is a great option for those looking to cut down on strength rather than quantity

6. You should drink it as young as possible. Being a fresh, youthful style it's definitely not one for laying down in your cellar. Buy it and drink it!

Wine Of The Week - Vina Mayu Malbec Reserva 2012, Elqui ValleyDate published: 17/07/15

Wine Of The Week

Vina Mayu Malbec Reserva 2012, Elqui Valley


Going back to their roots..

Mayu is an ancient INCA name for the Milky Way, literally meaning “creek of stars”. The grapes used are hand picked from Chile’s most northerly vineyards, where the sky is crystal clear. Winemaker Mauro Olivier has paid tribute to this on the label, with a picture of a telescope gazing into the night sky.

Battle of the Malbecs

We all know that when it comes to Malbecs, most people think Argentina. But Chile is a real contender for the title, and Vina Mayu is a brilliant expression of what they have to offer. A stylish and elegant palate with hints of plum and bramble is balanced nicely by a spicy finish to give the wine its unique character.

Try something different!

If you’re a fan of Malbec, give South America’s underdog a chance to impress and inspire you. Vina Mayu show their true quality and push through to the forefront of Chilean winemaking with this Malbec. It won’t let you down!

Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself in-store today!

£13.99 or buy two save 33% = £9.33

Buyer's Choice: Las Maletas MalbecDate published: 16/07/15

This week it's over to Holly, our buyer for Chile and Argentina, for her top buyer recommendation this week and she's chosen "Las Maletas Malbec".

Las Maletas means “the suitcases”. The idea behind the collection is that it takes in the very best that Argentina has to offer. With wines 
sourced from Mendoza, Salta and San Juan, Las Maletas takes in many of Argentina’s top wine regions.

Mendoza is synonymous with quality Malbec. More than 70% of Argentina’s wine production takes place there. Las Maletas comes 
from specifically selected vineyards, which all have high altitude, scarce rainfall and plenty of sunshine; the perfect conditions for 
growing the Malbec grape.


A deep and intensely purple coloured wine, with an abundance of dark fruits such as blackberries, plums and damsons. The wine spends 9 
months in French and American oak barrels, which helps soften the wine and adds spicy vanilla and clove notes. A real crowd-pleaser with enough body to stand up to robust meat dishes.

On offer at £6.99 when you buy any 2 wines from the 33% selection (full price £10.49) this is the perfect summer barbecue wine!

Web Exclusive: Château Guiot Paulinette 2012 Date published: 15/07/15

If you're a fan of Rhône and Southern French wines then be sure to snap up some of this cracking parcel from Château Guiot.

Château Guiot Paulinette 2012 Costières de Nimes

Blended from 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah, this wine is produced in extremely limited quantities. The grapes are hand-harvested from the estate's oldest vines. Representing the pinnacle of this château's quality, Paulinette is a true rival for some of the best wines of the southern Rhône.

An intense and profound nose of black fruits with hints of graphite, flint, violet and anise. The palate is expansive and rich, with cassis and blueberry notes and bold yet silky tannins. 

Partner with wild boar burgers for a match made in heaven!

Sold in unsplit cases of 6 bottles for £90 (thus £15 a bottle), this parcel is only available online so please go to https://www.majestic.co.uk/Chateau-Guiot-Paulinette-zid09029x6 to snap it up!

Sparkling Saturday: Codorniu Reina Maria CristinaDate published: 11/07/15

What better way to celebrate the weekend than with a glass of fizz? Then why not pop into the store today to try the fantastic Reina Maria Cristina from the highly renowned Cava producer, Codorniu?

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

It's an award-winning cava from the famous Codorniu  bodegas, achieving Bronze medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards and International Wine Challenge in  2015. What's more, our own online customers scored this 4 out of 5 stars!

Unusually this cava is made from 100% Pinot Noir; this gives the wine its lovely red berry flavours and finesse. It's rounded and toasty with plenty of brioche and biscuity flavours.

On offer this month at £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save 33% (£14.99 single bottle price)

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Moët Grand Vintage 2006 just £30 a bottle!Date published: 11/07/15

Every Moët Grand Vintage is unique and original - this vintage is no exception.

Made in remarkable years from Moët & Chandon's best vines, the 2006 Grand Vintage is a finely aged Champagne that clearly stands out against other Champagne Houses.

Our buyers have managed to secure a special parcel for online customers at the equivalent of just £30 per bottle. That's an amazing £8 less than the Brut Impérial NV. Exceptional value for superb vintage Champagne.

Known for its rich and creamy maturity with complexity and charisma, this champagne is the perfect embodiment of the Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage spirit.

Available online in unsplit 6-packs until 3pm Mo​nday 13 ​July, or whilst stocks last. Don't miss out – shop online today.

Another Wine of the Week: Lopez de Haro BlancoDate published: 27/06/15

It's double trouble in terms of Wines of the Week this week! Not only do we have the delicious La Sauvageonne open to try but we also have this cracking white Rioja.

Lopez de Haro Blanco - £6.74 when you buy 2 bottles, save 25% (£9.99 single bottle price)

Say Rioja and you automatically think of red wine. However, within Rioja there are some great white wines that are made. The styles have varied over time from heavily oaked to very light. The Lopez de Haro Blanco is a great example of a good quality white Rioja.

Bodega Classico is a modern winery built into the side of a mountain, which helps maintain a cool temperature within the winery throughout the year. The mountains protect the vineyards from cold winds and humidity. If you visit the area the thing that might surprise is the constant warm wind which acts almost like a hair dryer, helping to dry the vines and protect the grapes from rot after the rains.

The wine is made from the Viura grape, which is local to the region. Fermented in oak barrels for three months, this wine has a fantastic silky texture and a smooth mouthfeel. Peach, apricot and lemon abound on the palate with hint of banana and papaya in the background.

This is a great alternative to an oaked French Chardonnay which is real value for money. It's great on its own but is also a fantastic accompaniment to light Mediterranean style dishes.

iSalud!

Wine of the Week: Château La Sauvageonne RoséDate published: 26/06/15

For one of our wine of the weeks we're jetting off to the Languedoc in the south of France to show you the fantastic Château La Sauvageonne Rosé!

La Sauvageonne translates into English as wild woman but the story is not quite what you may think! La Sauvageonne references the untamed and breath­taking volcanic terraces that the Château overlooks. The volcanic influence along with the chalky and clay soils create fantastic growing conditions for vines to produce very good quality grapes.

La Sauvageonne is the most recent acquisition of Gérard Bertrand, former French rugby player and accomplished winemaker, who won 
Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge awards in 2012. Since taking over the Château in 2011 Gérard and his team have worked hard and were awarded biodynamic status for the wine in 2013.

Grenache, Cinsault  and Syrah are fermented separately and some of the wine is allowed to spend time resting on it lees (the yeast used in 
fermentation, which adds body and flavour) before a final wine is blended. It is light pink in colour with flavours of red fruit, with lovely aromas of roses and violets, with a hint of gingerbread. Priced at £12.99 this is exceptional value for money.

Sit back, crack open up a bottle and be transported to warmer, sunnier climes!

*Open to try all weekend in-store!*

33% off ALL Rioja until 7pm on Monday 22nd June!Date published: 20/06/15

Attention all Rioja lovers! This weekend we are running a fantastic 33% off ALL Rioja!

Here are my top five picks:

Rioja Crianza 2011 CVNE - £6.66 (down from £9.99)

If you prefer a lighter, fruitier style of Rioja then crianza is the style for you. Bags of ripe red fruits abound with strawberry, redcurrant and red cherry all making an appearance. Great with roast lamb!

Rioja Reserva 2010 Viña Eguía - £6.99 (down from £10.49)

This is a firm personal favourite and definitely a hit with customers too! With a medley of dark fruits on the palate alongside hints of sweet spice and toasty oak, this is a great every day Rioja.

Rioja Reserva Selección Especial 2010 Muga - £16.66 (down from £25)

If you fancy treating yourself this weekend then look no further! Only the best grapes are selected for the Especial blend, and aged for 6 months in large vats, before 30 months in small oak barrels, and a further year in bottle. Rich and intense, the palate features a plethora of flavours with damson, black cherry, strawberry, cinnamon and vanilla coming to the fore.

Rioja Blanco 2014 Lopez de Haro - £6.66 (down from £9.99)

New to our range, this is an utter steal for £6.66! Made from the Viura grape variety, this wine offers flavours of lemon, peach, apricot and banana on the palate. Match with chicken in a creamy tarragon sauce!

Rioja Rosado 2014 Marqués de Cáceres - £6.66 (down from £9.99)

A beautiful vibrant pink in colour, this is the perfect drink for sunny evenings in the garden and al fresco dining! Dry in style, juicy raspberries and strawberries dominate the palate.

Minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix!

NEWSFLASH: Web exclusive of Marisco's top wines!Date published: 18/06/15

Attention all lovers of the Ned and King's Series! We've recently secured a tiny parcel of Marisco's top wines called the Craft Series. The winery calls these wines "the epitome of their artisanal skills and reflection of their unique terroir...created from extremely select portions of their best vineyard sites".

The parcel includes the following two wines:

Marisco Pride and Glory Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Aromas of passion fruit, guava and citrus are followed by a lingering floral note. The flavours are citrus and tropical fruits underpinned by a soft acidity and a clean, refreshing finish.

Marisco Exemplar Viognier 2012 

This complex viognier displays flavours of dried apricot, fresh citrus and creamy nougat. The wine is richly textured and the flavours linger on a long powerful finish.

Both wines are available in unsplit cases of 6 bottles for £150 (thus £25 a bottle). These wines are only available in extremely small quantities so if you are interested in snapping up some of these fantastic wines, please go to http://www.majestic.co.uk/web-exclusive-wines.

Fancy a Beer?Date published: 15/06/15

Fancy a Beer?

I made it my mission when I started in Majestic to get through as many of our craft beer range as possible. I've come a long way but I've probably only managed to work my way through half!

Here are a few of my favourites from over the past few months..

Goose Island IPA - 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.

Dead Pony Club - A rock 'n' roll American session ale, this Californian IPA packs a huge hoppy punch. Super fresh, with mango, citrus, peach and caramel notes.

Hawthorn Pale Ale - Hawthorn Pale Ale is a unique interpretation of this classic and popular style. It presents a rich and complex malt character, derived from a bold blend of five different types of grain. Lightly kilned, the use of our speciality malts gives this beer a deep golden colour. The malt character is wonderfully balanced by the inclusion of five complementary varieties of hops. Sourced from New Zealand, Southern England and the US Pacific Northwest , these fresh hops deliver a saporous fruit and spice flavour, whilst a generous addition of hops late in the boil presents a delightful floral and citrus aroma.

Add a pack or two to your next order, you won't be disappointed!


What We've Been DrinkingDate published: 14/06/15

What We've Been Drinking

This weekend hasn't exactly been the brightest considering how lucky we've been recently, but that didn't stop us enjoying ourselves and getting stuck into a few favourites. After all, wine tastes just as good indoors as it does out!

Here are a few staff picks for you to add to your case next time you pop in..

Montes Twins 2012 Colchagua Valley - 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 - brilliant with sirloin steak. 25% off = £8.99

Rioja Crianza 2011 CVNE - A lively cherry-red appearance leading to a nose of light summer fruits. This wine has undergone a period of one year in oak giving beautiful hints of vanilla amongst fruity cherry notes - a real treat, with a long and elegant finish. Partner with dry cured ham or roasted stuffed peppers. 25% off = £7.49

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2014 Leyda Valley - Bright golden in colour, with a faint green tint. The nose offers good ripeness, with citrus aromas turning to a softer, more apple and stone fruit character. Weighty and creamy on the palate - balances well with oily fish such as baked sea bass, barbecued pork belly or roasted poultry. 25% off = £10.19

Stock up now in time for when the sun decides to make an appearance again!


33% off ALL NEW ZEALAND SAUVIGNON!!!Date published: 11/06/15

What an incredible offer!  FOR 4 DAYS ONLY all New Zealand Sauvignon's are 33% off! Here are just a few of my particular favorite Sauvignon's that are an absolute steal!

Black Cottage NZ Sauvignon Blanc:  Bright, pale yellow, with lime green tinges. Offers aromas of gooseberries with a hint of lychee and a leafy complexity. Tropical and herbaceous characters continue on the crisply acidic palate. £8.66 down from £12.99 when you buy 2 or more in the 33% off promotion!

Goldwater NZ Sauvignon Blanc: Offers masses of elderberry fruit and raspberry leaf aromas and exhibits an excellent minerally finish along the lines of Sancerre. £7.99 down from £11.99 when you buy 2 or more in the 33% off promotion.

Cloudy Bay Te Koko NZ Sauvignon: Lychees and almonds with classic gooseberry notes and a hint of wood smoke. A full bodied palate of citrus fruits with the richer flavours of caramel and nougat, leading to a crisp yet spicy finish. £24.99 down from £37.50 when you buy 2 or more in the 33% off promotion.

Ned NZ Sauvignon Blanc: A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity. £7.10 down from £10.65 when you buy 2 or more in the 33% off promotion..

DON'T WAIT GET YOURS WHILE STOCK LASTS!

NEWSFLASH: Château Minuty Rose et Or web exclusive parcel!Date published: 09/06/15

Love Minuty? Then be sure to snap up some of the fantastic Rose et Or web exclusive parcel!

This is a modern 'alternative' rosé created by Francois and Jean-Etienne Matton, the third generation of the family of winemakers to have established Minuty as an internationally recognised brand. Rose et Or is made from 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah, cool-fermented to create an elegant yet vibrant and aromatic rosé with superb freshness.

Sold in unsplit cases of 6 bottles for £180 (thus £30 a bottle) this is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a superb rosé from one of the most renowned producers in Provence. Quantities are extremely limited so be sure to go to www.majestic.co.uk to avoid missing out!

Weekday Wines - Torres Vina Sol only £4.99!Date published: 08/06/15

If you're looking for an everyday drinking white wine then Torres Vina Sol is for you! 

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

Made using the grape variety Parellada, this is fresh and fruity on the nose, with a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. A refreshingly crisp wine.

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

£4.99 a bottle, when you buy any 2 from the 33% offer, single bottle price £7.49.

Sparkling Saturday: Codorníu Selección RaventósDate published: 06/06/15

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV Spain Cava

A modern example of Cava from the Catalan region of Spain. The Codorníu family have been pioneers in the region since first producing Cava in 1872, and in 1985 incorporated Chardonnay into the blend of traditional grape varieties (Chardonnay, Macabeo, Xarel-lo) in order to make a more aromatic style.

Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity.

£7.99, Mix & Match 33% off, £11.99 single bottle price.



Top 5 weekend wines!Date published: 05/06/15

Need a helping hand in what to drink over the weekend? Have a look at our top 5 picks to enjoy in the sun!

After a big, bold red to drink with your roast this weekend? Then try the Aglianico del VultureMount Vulture is an extinct volcano in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy. The Aglianico grapes used to make this wine are grown on the volcanic soils on the slopes of the mountain. Blackcurrant, violet and spice with hints of oak. A smooth and long finish with elegant tannins make this a food-friendly wine. £7.49, Mix & Match save 25%, £9.99 single bottle price. **Open to taste on our Tasting Counter this weekend!**

If you want something a bit different for your white wine this weekend try the Nord Est VermentinoThis wine comes from the hills of Northern Sardinia around the town on Monti. The vines are planted close together at and elevation of between 300 and 450m and surrounded by dry stone walls typical of the area. This is a light, refreshing and dry wine. Straw in colour with flavours of lemon and almond. £7.49, Mix & Match save 25%, £9.99 single bottle price. **Open to taste this weekend**

Don't fear, we have no Prosecco shortage in-store! If you are celebrating this weekend or just fancy some fizz give Prosecco La Gioiosa a try! La Gioiosa is one of Italy's leading producers of Prosecco, and takes its name from an ancient local motto 'Marca gioiosa et amorosa', meaning 'Joyous and amorous March', The March of Treviso being an antiquated name for the province in which this wine is made. Pale straw yellow with a fine and persistent mousse. Aromas are lightly floral and fruity, hinting at blossom intermingling with ripe apple. A delicious Prosecco! £7.99, Mix & Match save 33%, £11.99 single bottle price. 

A perfect everyday drinking wine is the Torres Vina Sol - a Majestic favourite and an absolute steal at just £4.99 a bottle! Fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit this is a refreshingly crisp wine! 

We always get very excited when Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel goes on offer! Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto. This wine is bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish. A truly delicious wine and one to try! £7.99, Mix & Match save 33%, £11.99 single bottle price. 

Hope you have a good weekend filled with good wine!

Wine of the Week: Nord Est Vermentino ­di SardegnaDate published: 04/06/15

So this week we're celebrating all things Italian and we've got two delicious Wine of the Weeks from Italy open to try!

The first is the fantastic Nord Eest Vermentino; read on to find out more...

Where does it come from?

The Vermentino grape variety was probably introduced to Sardinia by the Spanish. Vermentino has thrived in the North East of the island and the wine is named after its geographical location. The region has been awarded D.O.C.G status, which is the top status for a wine growing region in Italy.

The wine is made by a cooperative, Cantina Del Vermentino, which was founded in 1956. The cooperative has allowed for investment and development within the region, helping growers and winemakers concentrate on producing the best possible wines. The grapes come from the hills of Northern Sardinia around the town on Monti. The vines are planted close together at and elevation of between 300 and 450m and surrounded by dry stone walls typical of the area.

But what does it taste like?

A light, refreshing, dry wine with flavours of lemon and a hint of almond. It‘s an excellent match with grilled fish and lighter meats, such as chicken and pork.

Why should I buy it...?

2014 was an outstanding vintage in Sardinia. The wine is light and fresh, making it great at this time of year. A grape not known to all, but deserving of wider recognition. At £7.49 when you buy 2 bottles (save 25%, £9.99 single bottle price), it’s great value for money.

Try something new: white Bordeaux!Date published: 03/06/15

Bordeaux is famous for its reds but actually produces a lot of white wine too! Unfortunately we don't see many Bordeaux Sauvignons in-store so we were very excited with this new arrival in store - La Croix St Vincent Sauvignon Blanc!

In the Middle Ages, winegrowers chose Saint Vincent as their patron saint - legend has it that Saint Vincent was chosen because the first syllable of his name is none other than 'vin', the French word for wine. This wine is from the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux, which literally means between two seas but is in fact a tract of land between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers forming a sub-region of Bordeaux. The grapes are selected from parcels within the region and skin contact is used to maximise the fruit aromas. 

La Croix St Vincent is an attractive pale straw colour and has aromas and flavours of citrus, green apple and gooseberry. Well balanced with a refreshing acidity and a clean finish. This would be ideal as an apertif, or with salads, light fish dishes or grilled summer vegetables.  

**£6.66 a bottle, when you mix & match at least 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion**
Single bottle price: £9.99

Australia Wine Facts!Date published: 02/06/15

Fancy learning more about Australia? Then read on to find out some quick facts about this fantastic wine-producing nation which are sure to impress your dinner party guests!

- Australia produces just 4% of the total world wine production, but is the 5th largest producer, with Shiraz, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon the top three planted varieties. 

- There is no such thing as a 'classic' Australian wine, unlike with New Zealand Sauvignon, as Australia has more than 60 wine regions - creating a diverse range of wines and wine styles. 

-  The 80s saw a huge increase in big, buttery, fruity Chardonnays and Australian Chardonnay was all the rage in the UK! But unfortunately the popularity of Chardonnay has fallen, giving way to fresher, more citrussy styles of whites such as Sauvignon Blanc.

- South Australia has some of the oldest vines in the world, over 150 years old.

 With a range of great deals on Aussie wines such as Jim Barry Cover Drive and Lodge Hill Shiraz both on 33% off deals, there are lots of great Aussie wines to pick up in-store!

Want £10 off your next order?Date published: 01/06/15

If you want to save money and get £10 off your next order (and lets be honest, who wouldnt?!) then all you have to do is download our new Majestic Wine app from the Apple Store or Google Play. 

Once you've downloaded it and logged in, the drop-down menu will show 'Your Vouchers' where you can claim your £10 off code!

Why bother downloading the app? 

Once you've linked it to your account you can see all of your past purchases, and have all the tasting notes at the tips of your fingers! There is also a food and wine matching section and you can keep up-to-date with all your local stores postings on recent offers and interesting wine facts!

If you need any help feel free to ask any member of staff in-store and we will be happy to help!


Offers ending Monday 1st June!Date published: 31/05/15

At 7pm on Monday 1st June many of our current 33% offers will be ending!

Here are some of our best offers that will be ending on Monday:

Gavi Toledana
Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity. Great with salmon and tomatoes.
£7.99 a bottle

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc 
A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.
£7.99 a bottle

Serena Pinot Grigio 
The warm Tuscan climate gives the delicate Pinot Grigio grape the ripeness and softness that really brings out the pear, melon and banana aromas, and softens the acidity on the palate.
£6.66 a bottle 

Alamos Malbec
Oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins. Simply perfect with roast beef. 
£6.66 a bottle 

Santa Rita 120 Carmenere
A lively and juicy representation of this variety, with a soft and supple texture, bright brambly fruit and subtle notes of spice and tobacco leaf, and a hint of vanilla from 6 months in French oak.
£5.99 a bottle

Parcel Series Shiraz
Bright and vibrantly fruity with good concentration, enhanced by lifted spicy aromas, and subtle hints of forest floor and tapenade-like savoury notes.
£6.66 a bottle

If any of these are your favourite then don't miss out on these amazing offer prices and give us a call on 01162629519!

**Minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix**

And don't forget if you download the app, you can get £10 off your next purchase!

New Wine of the Week: Haut Vol Rosé!Date published: 28/05/15

Our Wine of the Week is the fantastic Haut Vol ­Rosé from the Pays D’Oc in France!

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. Rosé from the South of France has seen a massive growth in popularity over the last few years, particularly those from Provence. These typically pale pink wines offer great value-for-money and make fantastic aperitifs. 

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  to the wine.

Aromas of peach, honeysuckle and ripe strawberries leap from the glass. Soft red fruits dominate the palate with raspberry, red cherry and strawberries coming to the fore - utterly delicious!

£6.66 when you buy 2 bottles, save 33%! £9.99 single bottle price

The fabulous Majestic Wine Course!Date published: 27/05/15

Ever wondered the difference between Champagne and Prosecco? Want to learn your Bordeauxs from your Burgundys? Want to learn what wine to serve with your cheese and which to avoid having with your curry? Or do you just fancy tasting a range or wines you might not usually try? Well then our free Wine Course is for you! Give us a call and book your place now! This event will be held in-store, and will start at 6pm, and usually lasts around 90 minutes.

Now's your chance to learn a little more about your favourite liquid, with more tasting, food matches and in-depth knowledge than you can shake a stick at! It'll last around 90 minutes, be a really relaxed atmosphere, and, best of all, it's all free! Give us a call on 01162629519 or email us at lei@majestic.co.uk if you are interested in attending!

Our next wine course is Wednesday 24th June so if you fancy coming along, get in touch!

Spotlight on Beaujolais!Date published: 25/05/15

We are mid-way through our spotlight on Beaujolais week so I thought I'd give you a little bit of information on the wine region of Beaujolais! 

Beaujolais is a region in the East of France, and is often mistaken as part of Burgundy. However, its distinct terroir produces a very different style of wine to those of Burgundy! Beaujolais is known for producing young, fruity and light-bodied reds.

 Beaujolais produces predominantly red wines, from the grape variety Gamay. This, along with a wine-making procedure called carbonic maceration (an article for another day!) means that the wines have very little tannin and unmistakable characteristics such as banana, kirsch and even bubblegum!

Some of our favourite are:

Beaujolais-Villages, Georges Duboeuf 

Beaujolais-Villages must come from the superior vineyard sites in the hillier parts to the north of Beaujolais. Master winemaker Georges Duboeuf has created this wine from the best selection of grapes. Packed with juicy strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit flavours. A bright and youthful wine with a fresh finish. £7.49 Mix & Match 2 bottles save 25% (£9.99 single bottle price)

Fleurie 2013 Chanson Père et Fils
This house was established in 1750 and owns substantial land across Beaune and Pernand-Vergelesses. From two vineyard plots around the Fleurie village, granite and sandstone soils provide the minerality and drainage required to sustain the vine. Deep ruby in colour, with intense aromas of red berries especially redcurrant, and a hint of sweet spices. The refined tannins integrate well into the sweet berry finish.
£9.74 Mix & Match 2 bottles save 25% (£12.99 single bottle price)

Sparkling Saturday: Chandon Brut & Chandon Rose!Date published: 23/05/15

To celebrate Sparkling Saturday we have the Chandon pair open to taste! 

Chandon Brut and Chandon Rose

Premium bubbles from Argentina with a fabulous French Heritage - Chandon Brut and Chandon Rosé are premium sparkling wines from Argentina, made by Moët & Chandon, one of the world’s most loved Champagne houses.

Chandon Brut is made in the traditional Champagne method from a blend of grapes including Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as a touch of Argentina’s flagship, Malbec. It’s fresh and elegant, with aromas of citrus, pineapple and white peach and a palate with a lovely richness and length. Celebrate any occasion with this great quality Champagne alternative, or pair with seafood canapés.

Chandon Rosé is a complex sparkling rosé; rose pink with a sunny, peachy hue. Aromas are predominantly of citrus and stone fruit, accented by hints of cherry and fresh pie crust. The strawberries and cream palate is carried by a voluminous mousse (bubbles). A wonderful aperitif-style rosé for any special occasion.


**Taste them both in-store today (Saturday 23rd May)!**


£19.49 Buy 2 Save 33% = £12.99



Fine Wine Friday - Chapel Hill 'The Vicar' ShirazDate published: 22/05/15

Fine Wine Friday 

Congratulations you've made it to the end of the week! Every now and again we like to treat ourselves (and you!) to a bottle of Fine Wine to open on the Tasting Counter to help celebrate the weekend!

Today we have opened Chapel Hill 'The Vicar' Shiraz, 2012 from McLaren Vale. Regularly featuring among Australia's top-rated wines, The Vicar is blended from several parcels of prime Shiraz vineyards in McLaren Vale, selected each vintage for the quality of their output. The blend is then aged for 20 months in new and old French and American oak hogsheads.

This Australian Shiraz is deliciously full bodied, with lots of concentrated black fruit and toasty oak. Well worth a try so come and see what you think!


**Open to taste in-store all weekend**

33% off ALL Champagne under £100!Date published: 22/05/15

We have a real treat for you! For this weekend only ALL Champagne worth under £100 is 33% off! 

Some of our favourite deals are:

 + Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut - £24.98 a bottle
    Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes.
    The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse

+ Bollinger Special Cuvée NV -  £29.98 a bottle
   Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied    Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.


And if you, like us, believe that bigger is better we also have some cracking deals on magnum-sized bottles!

Nicolas Feuillatte Magnums are only £33.31 and Laurent-Perrier Magnums are a steal at £53.30!

See the full range on our website: http://www.majestic.co.uk/champagne

This offer ends Monday 25th May at 5pm so if you are interested in making the most of this offer, visit us in-store, call us on 01162629519 or send us an email at lei@majestic.co.uk


New Wine of the Week: Ferrandière RieslingDate published: 21/05/15

Domaine De La Ferrandière Riesling ­ Pays D’Oc 

Available to taste in-store all weekend!

Riesling is not a grape variety that you’ll find on all restaurant  menus, but amongst wine enthusiasts, including many Majestic staff, Riesling is a favourite.

Riesling can be happily consumed as both a young fresh wine  or once it has spent a few years in bottle. As a young wine  Riesling tends to have aromas and flavours of citrus and  apricot. As a Riesling ages in bottle the fresh fruit softens and  can be replaced by honeyed flavours.

In style, Rieslings can range from dry and crisp to sweet and  luscious, which is maybe helps explain why wine lovers are  fascinated by it. 

Domaine De La Ferrandière

The Domaine was established in 1922 and is located in the heart of the Pays D’Oc. The vineyards are situated on the site  of a maritime lagoon. In order to reduce the salt content of the  soil, which would be poisonous to the vines, the area is  deliberately flooded once a year.  

Fresh with aromas and flavours of lemon and lime, the wine is crisp and refreshing. It also has that lovely hint of minerality associated with quality Riesling.  

Fantastic with grilled sardines!  £8.99 buy 2 save 25% = £6.74

Fine Wine Friday - Viñalba Cuvée DianeDate published: 15/05/15

If you're looking for something to treat yourself with this weekend, why not try the Viñalba Cuvée Diane? On offer at £23.32 (down from £35 so a cracking saving of 33%) until 7pm on Monday 18th May, this is a fantastic choice for all malbec lovers!

Named after the wife of Viñalba winemaker Hervé Joyaux Fabre, this is a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot. A rich, full-bodied wine, this is malbec with a twist! Ripe dark fruit aromas dominate the nose with hints of sweet spice.The palate is wonderfully complex and offers a medley of blackberry, blackcurrant, damson and plum framed by smooth tannins and spicy oak. Fingers crossed for summery weather as this would be a luxurious BBQ wine. Otherwise go for the classic food match of steak and be transported to an Argentine asado!

Weekday Wines - Marlborough Ridge SauvignonDate published: 12/05/15

Looking for an everyday drinking kind of wine? Love New Zealand Sauvignon? Then look no further!

Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon ticks all the boxes!

A great value Sauvignon Blanc made from Giesen, whioch is a family winery that is still owned and run by the three brothers who founded it. This wine comes from 47 different vineyard sites in the Wairau Valley, cultivated by partner growers but vinified at Giesen's winery.

Typically vibrant, citrussy and herbal Marlborough Sauvignon, with kaffir lime and blackcurrant leaf notes against a backdrop of grapefruit and tropical fruit flavours. Delicious!

**£6.66 a bottle, 33% off - single bottle price £9.99 (minimum 6 bottle purchase applicable)**

Focus on a producer: Paul MasDate published: 11/05/15

Focus on a producer: Paul Mas

Master of the Languedoc

On the sun stroked vineyards that lie on the sloping hills of the Herault Valley lies Les Domaines Paul Mas. They are pioneers of modern winemaking standards in the South of France and Experimental in their choice of grapes and blends, helping this previously dismissed region build a reputation for higher quality and grow in stature in the highly competitive world of wine. Paul Mas' creative side is shown through these fascinating wines..

Paul Mas Malbec -
200 km from its historic home in Cahors and 12,000km from its new home in Argentina, this Malbec is in a fresh youthful style with good acidity and warm blackberry fruit flavours.

Paul Mas Carignan -
Carignan is a thick skinned variety that will only ripen fully in intense heat and sunshine and therefore hails from Paul Mas' warmest vineyards, it has a dark spiced berry flavour with liqourice and cocoa flavours. Due to its full bodied nature it would be ideal served with roasted meats and will bottle age well over the next few years.

Paul Mas Mourvedre -
This deep tannic red has a real rustic feel often associated with the Languedoc of old, full of dark fruit flavours and christmas pudding spices- best served with roasted Lamb.

Chateau Paul Mas Blanc Belluguette -
The Belluguette vineyard produces this unique blend of classic white Rhone varieties, which has spent 4 months in French and American oak barrels. The label features Vinus the heron, a celebrated visitor to the Pau Mas 'Grand Cru' vineyards.
A mix of Vermentino, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier, this wine has a creamy palate reveals complex flavours of ripe mango, pineapple, and vanilla with notes of brioche and toast. 

Visit our website for the full range: http://www.majestic.co.uk/

Delivery Schedule w/c Monday 11th MayDate published: 10/05/15

Run out of wine over the weekend and in need of a top-up? We'll be delivering all over Leicestershire this week so find out when we're next coming to your area:

Monday 11th May - Local deliveries - LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5

Tuesday 12th May - Loughborough, Nuneaton, Coalville, Hinckley - LE10, LE11, LE12, LE17, LE65, LE67, LE6, LE9, LE18, CV11, CV13

Wednesday 13th May - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE13, LE14, LE15, LE7, LE8

Thursday 14th May - Loughborough, Nuneaton, Coalville, Hinckley - LE10, LE11, LE12, LE17, LE65, LE67, LE6, LE9, LE18, CV11, CV13

Friday 15th May - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE13, LE14, LE15, LE7, LE8

Saturday 16th May - Loughborough, Nuneaton, Coalville, Hinckley - LE10, LE11, LE12, LE17, LE65, LE67, LE6, LE9, LE18, CV11, CV13

We can deliver most local deliveries - LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5 postcodes - within 2 days. 

Please give us a call on 0116 2629519 for further information.


Sparkling Saturday: Prosecco La Gioiosa *open to try in-store*!Date published: 09/05/15


Sparkling Saturday: Prosecco La Gioiosa

La Gioiosa is one of Italy's leading producers of Prosecco, and takes its name from an ancient local motto 'Marca gioiosa et amorosa', meaning 'Joyous and amorous March', The March of Treviso being an antiquated name for the province in which this wine is made.

Pale straw yellow with a fine and persistent mousse. Aromas are lightly floral and fruity, hinting at blossom intermingling with ripe apple. Off-dry and refreshing.

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with steamed fish and shellfish dishes.

£7.99 a bottle, 33% off (minimum 6 bottle purchase)

**Open to taste all day Saturday 9th May**

Top 5 weekend wines!Date published: 09/05/15

If you are popping in to see us this weekend or browsing the Majestic App/website and wondering what to try, we've got you covered!

1. Prosecco La Gioiosa 

This weekend it is 33% off ALL Prosecco and this is one of our favourites of the bunch! The La Gioiosa off-dry in style with ripe apple flavours, and at only £7.99 is the perfect fizz for enjoying the weekend!  
**Open to taste all day Saturday 9th May**

2. San Huberto Malbec

Love Argentinian Malbec? This is for you! Flavours of plum, bramble and ripe blueberries, delivered with a forward, vigourous manner tempered by sweet, spicy oak. If you are having a roast this Sunday this is perfect! £7.99 a bottle 

3. Bienbebido Pulpo 

This is our Wine of the Week, this Albarino is delicious - packed full of citrus, apple and stone-fruit flavours! Only £6.66 a bottle, and it has a funky label! If you want to learn more about this wine, read our post about it from earlier in the week: http://www.majestic.co.uk/leicester

4. Peroni

Only £1 a bottle for the month of May (£24 for a box of 24 bottles), what's not to love?!  

5. Veuve Clicquot

Pushing the boat out this weekend or just want to treat yourself to something nice? Veuve Clicquot is currently £29.31 a bottle, the cheapest it has been at Majestic since 2011! 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/

**6 bottle minimum purchase** 

Wines of the week: Bienbebido Pulpo & QuesoDate published: 07/05/15

This week we are spoiling you - we have a pair of wines for you to try!

What is Bienbebido?

Bienbebido are a range of wines produced by our friends at Vintae. Bienbebido loosely translates as good drinking. The wines in this range are all about food and wine matching. Vintae have come up with a range of wines to match specific foods. Inspired by the Spanish Tapas culture, Vintae brought together oenologists, sommeliers, chefs and wine enthusiasts to define tastes and flavours of dishes. Armed with these findings Vintae experimented with different grapes, different regions and differing ways of ageing the wine to find the perfect match - the Bienbebido wines are the result!

Bienbebido Pulpo

Pulpo means Octopus (and is a typical dish of Galicia and the Basque country), and according to Vintae's research, Albarino is the perfect match for Octopus! This wine is 100% Albarino and is fermented in stainless steel and kept on the lees for 4 months. 

It's a fresh and vibrant wine with a pleasant balance between citrussy refreshment and easy-going apple and stone-fruit flavours, delivered in a satisfying soft-edged palate.

Bienbebido Queso

Queso means Cheese, and according to Vintae's research, cheese suits a strong, full-bodied, fruity wine, with a good tannin structure. 

The grape variety for this wine is 100% Tinta Fina, which is very similar and related to Tempranillo. Fermentation takes place in concrete vats and the malolatic fermentation takes place in French oak barrels. 

This wine is approachably fruity in aroma, offering notes of ripe black and red berries, with subtle toast and sweet spice. Supple and easy-drinking yet possessing ample tannins and texture. 

These wines are both on a 33% offer, priced at £6.66 a bottle!

**Open in-store to taste Thursday 7th May - Wednesday 13th May**

Come and see which one you prefer - use the hashtags #comepulpo and #comequeso to let us know!





Try something new: White Rioja!Date published: 06/05/15

Rioja Blanco, Lopez de Haro 

Made using the grape variety Viura, this is an interesting and complex wine! 


Lopez de Haro manually harvest the grapes used to make this wine bunch by bunch from vineyards in the Sonsierra area of La Rioja Alta. The vines are aged between 50 and 80 years and are planted on the foothills of the Tolono Mountains.

Ripe fruit flavours with notes of date and banana results in a mouth filling finish and pleasant aftertaste.

Enjoy with buttery roast chicken, mildly spiced dishes or even fish and chips.


Summer Wine Evening at Majestic Leicester!Date published: 05/05/15

It's that time of year again - our summer wine evening! 

Thursday 14th May 6.30pm

Feeling like you want to try something new? Need some inspiration for your summer barbecue and party wines? There will be at least 10 wines from our range open to try! From France to New Zealand and from fizzy to full-bodied, there will be something to suit everyone's tastes. There will also be a range of craft beers and spirits available to sample. As always our friendly staff will be available to guide you through the wines. The best part is it's FREE! 

There is also 10% off all purchases on the night (minimum purchase 6 bottles)

If you would like to come give us a call on 01162629519 or send us an email (lei@majestic.co.uk)

Delivery Schedule this weekDate published: 04/05/15

Run out of wine over the Bank Holiday weekend and in need of a top-up? We'll be delivering all over Leicestershire this week so find out when we're next coming to your area:

Tuesday 5th May - Loughborough, Nuneaton, Coalville, Hinckley - LE10, LE11, LE12, LE17, LE65, LE67, LE6, LE9, LE18, CV11, CV13

Wednesday 6th May - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE13, LE14, LE15, LE7, LE8

Thursday 7th May - Loughborough, Nuneaton, Coalville, Hinckley - LE10, LE11, LE12, LE17, LE65, LE67, LE6, LE9, LE18, CV11, CV13

Friday 8th May - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE13, LE14, LE15, LE7, LE8

Saturday 9th May - Loughborough, Nuneaton, Coalville, Hinckley - LE10, LE11, LE12, LE17, LE65, LE67, LE6, LE9, LE18, CV11, CV13

We can deliver most local deliveries - LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5 postcodes - within 2 days. 

Please give us a call on 0116 2629519 for further information.

Short-term offer: Veuve Clicquot only £29.31!Date published: 01/05/15

Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne

A richly textured Champagne, toasty, nutty aromas burst from the glass with powerful tropical fruits, hazelnut and brioche dominating the palate. This Champagne is currently on a short-term* 33% offer, down to £29.31 a bottle, which is an excellent price - the last time it was this low was in 2011! 

If you are interested in this excellent offer, let us know! We don't anticipate it staying in-store very long!


*Available while stocks last

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

Our Wine of the Week this week is a Majestic favourite, Bourgogne Les Chenaudières.

This wine comes from Burgundy, one of the 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.

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.

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...

£7.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save 25%! £10.65 single bottle price

*Open to try in-store Thursday 30th April - Wednesday 6th May*

Delivery Schedule next weekDate published: 26/04/15

Run out of wine and need a top-up before the Bank Holiday weekend? We'll be delivering all over Leicestershire this week so find out when we're next coming to your area:

Tuesday 28th April - Nuneaton and Hinckley, CV11, CV13

Wednesday 29th April - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE13, LE14, LE15, LE7, LE8

Thursday 30th April- Loughborough, Nuneaton, Hinckley, Broughton Astley - LE10, LE11, LE12, LE17, LE6, LE9, LE18, CV11, CV13

Friday 1st May - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE13, LE14, LE15, LE7, LE8

Saturday 2nd May - Loughborough, Nuneaton, Hinckley, Broughton Astley - LE10, LE11, LE12, LE17, LE6, LE9, LE18, CV11, CV13

We can deliver most local deliveries - LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5 postcodes - within 2 days. 

Please give us a call on 0116 2629519 for further information.

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

Seaview Chardonnay Pinot Noir


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.


Soft and elegant, with persistent and creamy bubbles. Subtle fruit characters include white apple and peach, with a clean lemony finish. Great on its own, this fizz also goes really well with smoked salmon.


Perfect for any celebration or just because you fancy some fizz! On offer at £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save 33%!

*Open to try in-store!*

Matua Pinot NoirDate published: 24/04/15

A family orientated wine producer being made by a band of brothers, Bill and Ross Spence in 1974 founded a shed based wine operation near Auckland, then branched out into Marlborough and other regions of New Zealand. After a basic start, Matua has now grown to be one of New Zealand's most renowned International wine brands.

This wonderfully flavoured silky Pinot Noir is elegantly structured, and yet satisfyingly concentrated full of ripe red current fruits, delivered with juicy acidity and subtle hints of wild thyme.

Great on its own but at it's best with lamb steaks.

And only £9.74 having 25% off when you buy 2 or more in the 25% off promotion! A bargain for under a tenner!

Miraval Rosé now in stock!Date published: 24/04/15

If you’re a fan of Provence rosé then the following recent arrival in-store might be just your thing!


Owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Miraval is one of the names to watch out for this summer. Made by renowned Rhône winemaker Marc Perrin (of Château Beaucastel fame), their 2014 rosé made from cinsault, syrah, grenache and rolle is serious stuff.


Aromas of white peach, raspberry, rose petal and unmistakable Provence garrigue herbs leap from the glass. Soft red fruits dominate the palate with wild strawberries coming to the fore with hints of apricot and lemon in the background.


And don’t just take our word for it! Jane MacQuitty recommended in The Times recently describing it as "delicious" and one of her top two celebrity wines to buy. If it’s good enough for Jane, it’s definitely good enough for us!


Available in normal sized bottles at £17.99 a bottle or in glamorous-looking magnums for £38!

Wine of the Week: Bardolino 'Naiano' 2014 AllegriniDate published: 23/04/15

Wine of the Week

Bardolino 'Naiano' 2014 Allegrini

Naiano is located in the hills close to the small town of Bardolino, on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. The vineyards here have a south-southwesterly aspect, giving the grapes excellent sun exposure, and the 200m altitude and cool temperatures ensure lengthy ripening.

A mix of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes (a classic Valpolicella blend), this is a straightforward and unmistakably Italian wine. Corvina is usually the dominant grape in the blend, providing acidity and sour cherry flavours to the wine, Rondinella is used for colour, body and herbal notes; and Molinara provides fesh acidity and tannin. 

Bright ruby red, with a freshness of fruit and a slender frame. Lingering flavours of cherry and bitter almond add a dash of complexity.

Any simple Mediterranean cuisine will partner well with this wine, especially a lively Primavera style pasta, or dressed olives.

**Open to taste in-store**

(£7.49 a bottle - mix and match save 15% off; £8.81 single bottle price)


Viña Eguía Gran Reserva Rioja open to try in-store!Date published: 22/04/15

If you're a fan of Gran Reserva Riojas then be sure to pop in to the store this week to try the fantastic Viña Eguía Gran Reserva, on offer at £8.99 until next Monday!

Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.

Quintessential mature Rioja flavours of raisins, prunes, dates and caramel dominate the palate with hints of vanilla, clove and cinnamon in the background. With a silky mouth-feel and fine tannins, this would be a great partner to roast lamb this Sunday!

Codorniu Seleccion Raventos!Date published: 18/04/15

What a beauty this is! I'm a huge fan of Cava so discovering this today was fantastic!

Pale lemon golden coloured and many fine, delicate bubbles this aromatic Cava boasts citrus and peachy aroma's, laced with vibrant and full fruit flavours such as peach and lemon, finalized with a crisp minerality. This is all due to the Codorniu family blending Chardonnay with their more traditional grape varieties such as Macabeo and Xarel-lo, made with the traditional method.

This is a delicious next level Cava, a true step up from the entry level brut and is on an incredible offer at £7.99 when you buy 2 or more in the 33% off promotion. This is an amazing saving when it is £11.99 at full price. This offer makes it only 50 pence more than the entry level brut and I promise you it is worth every penny! Its an absolute steal!



The Ned Sauvignon Blanc At £6.99!Date published: 16/04/15

This one is for all of you New Zealand Sauvignon fans! The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is currently at £6.99! Down from £10.49 a bottle. 

The Ned vineyards are located on the banks of the Waihopai river and the southern side of the Wairau Valley. An established region on producing excellent Sauvignon! The stony terroir adds a subtle gunflint minerality to the wine which adds complexity to the wine. 

With a herbaceous nose of nettles and grass and an intense fruity palate of gooseberry.

Currently £4 per bottle cheaper then Waitrose! Make sure you add it to your wine rack this week! 

*open to try in store on Friday 17th April* 

*offer ends on the 27th April, So hurry!*   

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009, England Date published: 15/04/15

I am really excited about the English Sparkling Wine Spotlight tasting on the 23rd of April at 6:30! So I have decided to write a short article on one of my favorite English Sparkling Wines. 

Nyetimber have established themselves as one of England's premium wine houses.They are located in West Sussex and have been producing exceptional sparkling wine since 1988. The Classic Cuvee 2009 was awarded the best sparkling wine in the UK in 2014 by the International Wine Challenge. Some argue that it even rivals those top names of Champagne!

Aromas of cirtrus fruit, brioche and shortbread, with a mouthwatering soft mousse.

Enjoy on St. Georges Day this April or any other special occasion.     

Only £23.98! when you buy at least two wines from the 33% off promotion.      


 

Delivery Schedule this weekDate published: 14/04/15

Run out of wine and need a top-up before the weekend? We'll be delivering all over Leicestershire this week so find out when we're next coming to your area:

Wednesday 15th April - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE13, LE14, LE15, LE7, LE8

Thursday 16th April - Loughborough, Lutterworth, Cosby, Broughton Astley - LE11, LE12, LE17, LE6, LE9, LE18

Friday 17th April - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE13, LE14, LE15, LE7, LE8

Saturday 18th April - Loughborough, Lutterworth, Cosby, Broughton Astley - LE11, LE12, LE17, LE6, LE9, LE18


We can deliver most local deliveries - LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5 postcodes - within 2 days. 

Please give us a call on 0116 2629519 for further information.


Giesen Sauvignon Blanc just £6.66!Date published: 11/04/15

If Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc's your thing then don't miss out on this cracking short-term offer! 

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc is down to just £6.66 (full price £9.99) until 7pm this Monday 13th April! Quintessential New Zealand Sauvignon flavours of gooseberry, lemon, lime and passionfruit abound on the palate with hints of dried herbs in the background. Fantastic on its own, it would also be a great partner to summer salads when the sun is out!

Caixas AlbarinoDate published: 11/04/15

This little stunner of a white is a fruity storm with aroma's of peach apricot and nectar! Made in partnership with majestic and assisted by the help of our staff at time of harvest, Galicia's signature white wine is made exclusively for majestic by the regions most famous producer.

A light, fresh and youthful wine, with a zesty and well defined citrus backbone and a well rounded and enduring finish.

Cracking at £7.49 when you buy 2 or more in the 25% off promotion.

Perfect for a sunny afternoon tipple!

Try something new: Bobal Date published: 10/04/15

Bobal

Despite being relatively unknown, this grape variety is the third most commonly planted grape variety in Spain after Tempranillo and Airen. It originates from the the South East of Spain around the city of Valencia. Bobal is a thick skinned dark grape which is late budding and drought resistant. These attributes makes the variety well suited to the dry continental landscape where the grape makes its home. 

Outside of Spain Bobal can also be found in small quantities on the island of Sardinia as well as in the South of France in Languedoc-Roussillon. Despite its obscurity Bobal has long been used as a minor blending partner. Winemakers are now beginning to focus more on varietal Bobal wines. These examples are dark in colour and have characteristics of chocolate and dry berries.  

Interestingly the name Bobal originates from the Latin word "bovale" which translates to bull. This refers to the the resemblance the grape bunches have to a bulls head. Why not try the excellent Vox Populi Bobal 2011 which is currently £8.99 a bottle, down from £11.99, thus saving 25%. 

*Now open to try on our Tasting Counter*

£6.99 Prosecco - what's not to like!Date published: 09/04/15

Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry NV Pasqua  

The classic sparkling wine of northern Italy, made with grapes from the hillside vineyards in the Treviso region, using the Charmat method, whereby the wine is allowed to ferment in a steel autoclave, achieving its spritz while maintaining a youthful fruit profile.

A bright straw yellow colour, with faint greenish tinges. The nose is gently floral, with a mixture of peach, pear and tropical fruit notes. Lightly off-dry, for a refreshing, easy-going flavour.

This Prosecco is now on a short-term offer and is on a fantastic 40% off, making it £6.99 a bottle!

Wine of the Week: Caixas GodelloDate published: 09/04/15

As Caixas Godello 2013/2014 Martín Codax

Who is Martín Codax?

Martín Codax is a Cooperative based in Riax Baixas. It is named after the medieval poet and minstrel who lived in Galicia, and was founded in 1986. Originally founded by 50 families, Martin Codax now has over 550 members. Each family owns less than a hectare of land on average. 

What is Godello?

Godello is a native Spanish grape variety, and is the same grape as the Portuguese grape Verdelho. It is relatively thick-skinned, which helps it withstand the high levels of rainfall that occur in North West Spain. In the past Godello has most often been used as a constituent for blends, but has gained increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. It still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas.

What does Caixas Godello taste like?

A delicate yet multi-faceted nose of lemon, crunchy pear, melon and subtle floral notes marries with a palate of remarkable texture and a lengthy, citrus zest finish.

Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% - £6.66


NEWSFLASH: exciting web exclusive parcel of Penfolds wines!Date published: 07/04/15

If you're a fan of Penfolds or basically any Aussie wines then this parcel is for you!

We've partnered with Penfolds to bring you an exclusive case showcasing the range and quality of the Penfolds collection and demonstrating Penfolds' expertise with single and multi-regional blends. Plus - for a limited time only - when you buy a Penfolds Collectors Selection Case, you'll qualify for an incredible offer on a sleek Haier Wine Cellar to store these wines in the splendour they deserve!

This fantastic six-pack includes the following wines:

2 x Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvèdre 2012 South Eastern Australia

A backbone of ripe blackcurrant, cherry and quince, overlaid with notes of liquorice, winter pudding and dark chocolate.

1 x Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2012 South Australia

A complex nose of dark fruits, Christmas cake and liquorice, with a palate of ripe blackcurrants, blackberries and touches of quince and coffee. This is an elegant and concentrated wine.

1 x Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2012 South Australia

Bin 28 offers a showcase of warm-climate Australian Shiraz – ripe, robust and generously flavoured.

1 x Penfolds Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro 2012 Barossa Valley

Muscular on the palate with cherry, mocha and pudding spice flavours in abundance.

1 x Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay 2012 Tumbarumba

A delicate nose of citrus blossom and lees-derived nougat notes is followed by an elegant palate of nectarine and white peach fruit.

Priced at £150 for the six-pack, this really does offer exceptional value-for-money! 

Available online only at majestic.co.uk until 3pm Tuesday 14 April or whilst stocks last, this is a case that no fans of Australian wine should miss.

Amarone Classico 'Vigneti di roccolo' 2011, Cantina NegrarDate published: 06/04/15

This is one of my favorite wines in Majestic! Amarone della Valpolicalla is a blend of three grape varieties these are Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella. These lovely grapes are sun dried on straw mats which allow them to increase their sugar concentration. They are then fermented and aged in oak barrels. This process allows for a well structured wine with a thick texture and velvety tannins. Cinnamon , sweet fruits and spice are dominant on the palate. 

Enjoy with tomato based meals like pizza and pasta!

Only £18.00! when you buy at least 2 bottles of selected fine wine (Buy two and save £10). 


Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 06/04/15

Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc is a fabulous unique type of Sauvignon, compared to your typical New Zealand style. Its characteristics stipulate more of a Loire style of Sauvignon which is unusual for wines from this region. Whilst typical New Zealand Sauvignon boasts intense elderflower, gooseberries passionfuit and limes, Goldwater disperses aromas of elderberry, raspberry leaf along side gooseberry and limes. It's such a strong and vivacious smell that, matches the well balanced flavours and acidity, and an excellent minerally finish along the lines of Sancerre. This is because it comes from the Wairau Valley in Marlborough.The cool mountain winds aid the region to have a  similar climate to that of Sancerre.


This is a truly fantastic wine which from opening the bottle, to finishing it is to die for and with a whopping 25% off why not give it a try!

Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc £8.99 ( when you buy 2 or more in the 25% off promotion)



Chandon RoseDate published: 04/04/15

Chandon rose is a beautiful example of a quality sparkling rose. Being made by the renowned Moet et Chandon to combine the passion of Argentina, with the expertise French winemaking, this French - Argentinian hybrid will excite any palate.

Being a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Malbec it expresses red berry aromas with flavour's of red berries, strawberries and the sharpness of raspberries elegantly bubbled.

This is a perfect easter treat as it is great as aperitif and lovely to share with family and friends.

 At 33% off being £12.99 down from £19.49 ( when you buy at least 2 in 33% off promotion), this sparkling wine is a steal!

NEWSFLASH: Web exclusive - Domaine BegudeDate published: 04/04/15

If you're a fan of wines from Burgundy, then be sure to snap up some of our fantastic online exclusive parcel from Domaine Begude!

Esprit de Begude Pinot Noir 2013 Haute Vallée de L'Aude - £89.88 for an unsplit case of 6 bottles

From a specially selected vineyard site on Domaine Begude's organically farmed estate near Limoux, in the foothills of the Pyrenées, this is a refined and classically styled Pinot. Low-volume production has ensured boutique-like levels of quality and refinement.

An elegantly structured Pinot Noir with ripe redcurrant, raspberry and blackcurrant fruit framed by ripe tannins. Subtly gamey savoury notes and hints of wild herbs and earth.

Etoile de Begude Chardonnay 2013 Limoux - £80.94 for an unsplit case of 6 bottles

From a small hilltop domaine owned by British couple James and Catherine Kinglake. The area is known for its cool climate and hence its ability to produce crisp, aromatic Chardonnay, with characteristics to rival fine Burgundies, but at significantly more palatable prices.

Bursting with ripe peach notes and subtle hints of vanilla with a crisp acidity giving a clean finish, this is a fantastic rival to fine Burgundies but at a fraction of the price!

*AVAILABLE ONLINE WHILE STOCKS LAST*

Wine of the Week: Casal de Ventozela Vinho VerdeDate published: 03/04/15

Our Wine of the Week this week is a delicious, summery new arrival from Portugal. Made by Casal de Ventozela, this Vinho Verde is a fantastic aperitif but would also work well with salads once the weather warms up!


Vinho Verde is both a style of wine and a region. The range of wines that come from the region can differ considerably. This example chosen by our Buyer, Holly, is made from one variety rather than a blend of anything up to the 19 varieties permitted in the region.


The wine offers lots of flavour and freshness at fantastic value. Made from the Arinto grape variety, this wine has bags of zesty lemon, peach, apricot and green apple on the palate with Vinho Verde's signature delicate spritz.

£6.66 when you buy any 2 wines from the 33% selection (down from £9.99)

*Open to try all weekend!*

Berberana Gran Reserva Rioja - only £7.99!Date published: 02/04/15

Rioja Gran Reserva 2007 Viña Alarde

This wine is currently an incredible 50% off, making it just £7.99 a bottle! (down from £15.99)

Founded in 1877 the Bodega in Cenicero in the Rioja Alta is now a modern winery, with cellaring facilities housing over 50,000 barrels, and this is where Berberana Gran Reserva is matured for a minimum 3 years in American oak cask and a further 3 years in bottle.

This wine is a ruby red colour with tawny hues. Subtle aromas of ripe dark cherries and strawberries. Smooth and full-bodied palate, with luscious fruit laced with vanilla, cloves and dried fruits.

This wine offers excellent value for money and if you're a fan of Gran Reserva Riojas then this is the wine to try!


Beer of the Week: Iron Maiden TrooperDate published: 02/04/15

We'd like to introduce a fantastic new beer to our range created by Iron Maiden and brewed by Robinson’s.

The beer is named after an Iron Maiden song called “The Trooper”, which was inspired by the poem “The Charge of The Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden, played a major role in developing the unique flavour of this beer.


Robinson’s have been brewing for six generations, since 1838 and the brewery is still family run and is well-known in its home county of Cheshire.

Robinson’s approached Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson about making a beer. Bruce said: “I'm a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer. I have to say that I was very nervous: Robinson's are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years. Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavour and texture that is TROOPER. I love it."

On offer at £21 per case when you buy 2 cases of ales, save £6 (£24 single case price)

*Open to try all weekend in-store!*

Sparkling Saturday: Prosecco La Gioiosa *open to try in-store*!Date published: 28/03/15

La Gioiosa is one of Italy's leading producers of Prosecco, and takes its name from an ancient local motto 'Marca gioiosa et amorosa', meaning 'Joyous and amorous March', The March of Treviso being an antiquated name for the province in which this wine is made.

A pale straw yellow in colour with a fine and persistent mousse. Delicate and floral on the nose, flavours of red apple, pear and soft peach and apricot dominate the palate. Off-dry in style, this prosecco would be a fantastic aperitif but would also work well with salads and light pasta dishes.

Short-term offer: Cune Reserva just £8.99!Date published: 27/03/15

For all you Rioja lovers out there, Cune Reserva at £8.99 will surely be music to your ears!

Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 and is still family owned. Made from Rioja's signature grape varieties, Tempranilla and Grenache, this is a great expression of the region.

A warm garnet in colour, aromas of blackberry, black cherry, vanilla and sweet spice leap from the glass. Dark forest fruits form a rich, fleshy core on the palate framed by softer hints of caramel, coffee and spicy oak. 

This really is a steal for £8.99 so be sure to snap some up before Monday 30th March!

New Wine of the Week from an exciting Bordeaux parcel!Date published: 27/03/15

Our new Wine of the Week is the fantastic Château Moulin de Curat in Bordeaux and is available to taste all weekend!

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 is regarded as one of the stellar vintages in modern times. 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.

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!

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

Majestic price = £9.99

33% off ALL Prosecco - limited time only!Date published: 26/03/15

To help you celebrate Easter we have a fantastic short-term offer on prosecco!

Until Monday 30th March all of our Prosecco is on an egg-cellent 33% off!

Some of our favourites include:

Prosecco Rivamonte - Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, this wine carries lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple flavours with a revitalising finish. £6.66 a bottle - excellent value for money!

Prosecco Zonin - Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish. £7.99 a bottle

Prosecco La Marca Cuvee - Delicate and elegant with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. Medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced. £10.65 a bottle.

Check out our website for the full range on offer: http://www.majestic.co.uk/prosecco

Samuel Adams - Boston LagerDate published: 20/03/15

Samuel Adam's, the old 1860's The Wooden Shoe Brew by Louis Koch, was rediscovered in 1984 - six generations later by Jim Koch, in his parents attic. The beer is named after Samuel Adam's an American Patriot, who played an important role in the American Revolution, including the Boston Tea Party.

The old recipe calls for Hallertau Mittelfrueh Nobel hops. They are rare, fragile to grow and require constant attention by farmers. This style of lager is made to be drunk very young and is now not only brewed in Boston, but in Kent Brewery Shepherd Neame. So now us Brits can taste it at it's youngest, and enjoy it at it's best!

A deep, golden, full bodied lager with a great balance of refreshing and malt characteristics and a bitter-sweet and slightly nutty flavour.

A well made beer, with much care and attention to enable us maximum flavour and quality and all for a £1 a bottle?

What's not to like?

Finca Carelio Tempranillo - amazing value!Date published: 13/03/15

Our buyers love a bargain. And their favourite kind is a wine that should be much more expensive than the price they manage to buy it at. So we couldn’t be happier to present this absolutely outstanding wine, for the frankly ridiculous price of £6.66 per bottle.

It was so very nearly a Ribera del Duero DO wine. So very nearly. The Tempranillo grapes were hand harvested from mature 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 vanilla spice so typical of the region.

But 10% of the Tempranillo grapes came from nearby Toro. That’s it. That’s the only reason the wine isn’t a classified Ribera del Duero, intended to sell at over £15. But name isn't everything. Just like you we're more interested in quality and value for money and this wine is certainly a winner there.

Complex and layered, this wine offers rich aromas of ripe blackberries, leather and vanilla, and is wonderfully plush on the palate. Dry tannins and mature, lightly raisined fruit characters.

The Finca Carelio is fantastic on it's own, or as an accompaniment to barbecued lamb. If you fancy a change it's a great alternative to Rioja.


Why you should choose Majestic Wine for your Wedding Day wines!Date published: 10/03/15

Majestic Wine: The Wedding Specialists!

Here at Majestic we have lots of experience in organising beverages for your wedding day!  We can provide everything from welcome drinks, bubbles for the toast, wines for your meal and beers and spirits for your evening bar. Our experienced staff can offer advice on everything from quantities to food matching, all tailored to your budget and tastes.

We also offer a wealth of services to ensure that your special day goes without a hitch! We can provide glasses, chiller bins and ice, plus our convenient, free delivery service means that you have one less thing to worry about.

The Majestic Wine website has an excellent Wedding Drink Calculator (https://www.majestic.co.uk/services/weddings)  so you can get a good idea of how much you need to buy, and we even offer sale or return, meaning that you can bring back what you don't use, it's just another little thing that makes your life so much easier.

If you would like to talk to us about your specific requirements, please feel free to drop by the shop, call us on 01162629519 or email lei@majestic.co.uk



Con Amigos!Date published: 08/03/15

Hola Amigos!

This New World Wonder is a delicious example of a Chillian Malbec. Intensely flavored with rich plums, blackcurrants, sweet spice followed by medium tannins, and a delightfully soft and fruity finish! All thanks to a cooler climate in the Bio Bio region of Chile. This lovely red combines greatly with grilled meats and is best drunk with friends... Con Amigos!

So if for a dinner party, or just a social after work drink , Con Amigos would be the perfect accompaniment as it is always best when shared.


Wakefield Estate ChardonnayDate published: 06/03/15

Our spotlight on the wines of Australia is fast approaching (19th March 6.30pm if you're interested!) and I (Abby) recently attended an excellent Wines of Australia tasting where I was able to try an array of different wines from varying regions across Australia.

 A favourite of mine from the tasting was the Wakefield Estate Chardonnay from Clare Valley.

The Clare Valley is a series of elevated valleys, rolling hills and wide open valley floors. It extends for 35 km and is divided into five sub-regions. A continental climate slows the ripening process and explains why aromatic whites flourish alongside intense, rich reds.

This wine has been fermented in French oak (10% old oak) and has spent 4 months on lees post fermentation giving this wine its creaminess. 

On the nose white peach, nectarine and citrus fruits leap out of the glass, preceding a ripe, mid-weight palate of peach, pineapple and a subtle cinnamon note. A creamy texture and good acidity give the wine a solid backbone, making it perfect with full-flavoured white meat dishes.

This wine is currently £11.04 on a 15% offer price, down from £12.99, and if you like buttery Chardonnays then this is the wine for you! 

33% off all Oyster Bay!Date published: 06/03/15

If you're a fan of New Zealand wines then 33% off all Oyster Bay wines will be music to your ears! Their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir are all reduced by 33% until Monday 16th March. Fancy learning more about these award-winning wines? Read on...

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc - £7.99 (down from £11.99)

New Zealand in a glass! Notes of gooseberry, elderflower and lemon leap from the glass. The palate offers a medley of zesty citrus and tropical flavours supported by generous, but not overpowering, acidity.

Oyster Bay Chardonnay - £7.99 (down from £11.99)

This wine has won multiple awards including a silver Decanter award and a bronze International Wine Challenge award. Notes of ripe stone fruits leap from the glass with zesty citrus flavours also coming through on the palate. A portion of the blend has been fermented in oak barrels which gives the wine a silky, creamy texture.

Oyster Bay Merlot - £7.99 (down from £11.99)

Hailing from Hawke's Bay on the north island, this merlot offers lashings of plums, damsons and ripe raspberries and blackberries on the palate. Hints of dark chocolate and vanilla from the wine's oak ageing make this a complex, sophisticated wine.

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir - £8.65 (down from £12.99)

Delicately aromatic in style, juicy redcurrants, raspberries and strawberries abound on the palate with notes of forest fruits and sweet spice in the background.

ATTENTION ALSACE LOVERS!Date published: 05/03/15

We've just released a cracking web exclusive from renowned producer, Domaine Zind Humbrecht. 

Domaine Zind Humbrecht is a family owned domaine of the best terroir to express Alsatian grape varieties. Ripe Gewürztraminer grapes with a touch of noble rot were hand harvested from the Goldert Grand Cru and the "lieu-dit" Heimbourg vineyard to create this prestigious 2009 vintage.

This wine is from a sunny vintage with classic hints of petrol on the nose. It has a powerful richness and spice with a touch of sweetness. The uplifting acidity gives a refreshing and generous finish.

Sold in unsplit cases of 6 bottles for £77.94 (thus equivalent to £12.99 a bottle), this really is a steal for all you Alsace lovers!

Wine of the Week: Waimea Estate Grüner Veltliner 2014Date published: 05/03/15

If you're a big fan of all things aromatic, then our new wine of the week is just for you!

This weekend we've got the fantastic Waimea Grüner Veltliner from Nelson in New Zealand open to try!

Grüner Veltliner is a white European grape most commonly found in Austria. New Zealand is a relatively young wine making country and whilst it is synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc, winemakers are keen to experiment with other varieties and Grüner Veltliner is proving successful in many areas, including Nelson.

This 2014 vintage is only the fifth vintage of Grüner Veltliner that Waimea have produced. The vineyard is just three rows wide as it follows the path of a disused railway line. Waimea refer to these vines as the “Railway Reserve”.

"So what does Grüner Veltliner taste like?" I bet you're thinking. Well, it’s fresh and crisp with aromas of stone fruit and pineapple. Peach and apricot continue on the palate alongside hints of lime and more savoury notes of fennel and white pepper.

At just £9.99 when you buy any 2 wines from the 33% selection (down from £14.99) this is a fantastic wine for its price.

*Available to taste in-store!*

NEW SHORT-TERM OFFER! Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc down to £7.99!Date published: 03/03/15

For all you Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc lovers, this offer is for you!

Oyster Bay are one of the most renowned producers in Marlborough and have been at the heart of catapulting Marlborough to the forefront of the winemaking market.

Probably their most famous wine, this Sauvignon Blanc really is New Zealand in a glass. A very pale lemon in colour, notes of gooseberry, elderflower and lemon leap from the glass. The palate offers a medley of zesty citrus and tropical flavours supported by generous, but not overpowering, acidity.

Normally £11.99, this wine is down to £7.99 until Monday 16th March!

New Craft Beer: Alhambra ReservaDate published: 01/03/15

Craft beer of the week - Alhambra Reserva

The Alhambra brewery was founded in Granada, Andalusia, in 1925 and is named after the city's magnificent Alhambra Palace. Regarded as the leading craft brewery in Spain, despite the arrival of modern equipment little has changed in the overall brewing process since 1925. All Alhambra beers are made with no additives and the water used is still drawn from the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The traditional method employed by Alhambra for this beer involves slow, natural fermentation over a period of 35 days. This strong lager has a deep golden colour, and distinctive hop and caramel aromas. The unique bottle is a nod to the bottles used originally in 1925 when the brewery was founded - a Spanish icon, it has no label with all the branding and legal information embossed on the bottle.

"Pours a good fluffy head. Golden amber with lightly toasted aromas. Full-bodied, with a constant, well-rounded and very pleasing taste. Perfect balance of bitter and sweet flavours, with notes ranging from bitter orange to a slightly caramel finish"

Available in 6 x 330ml bottle packs: £9.99 when you buy at least 2 packs from our craft beer range, or £12.99 single pack.


The World Of Port! Date published: 28/02/15

Port is one of the great classic European wines, created in the eighteenth century by British merchants. It is produced in the Douro Valley in northern Portugal. Port is an example of a fortified wine which means it has had grape spirit or brandy added to it, at some point in the production process. There are many grape varieties authorised in the production of Port and this article will discuss the 5 main grape varieties that are used. The individual qualities that they each contribute to the overall final blend will be discussed, as well as the key styles of Port.

The 5 main grape varieties are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cao and Tinta Barroca.

The finest grape of the Douro is considered to be Touriga Nacional because of its high quality and rarity. Despite its low yield, it plays an important part in Port by providing the structure and body in blends. Touriga Nacional grapes are small and they have thick skin which contributes colour and tannin; the concentrated flavours of black fruit are also noteworthy

Another premium grape of the Douro is Touriga Franca, also known as Touriga Francesa. It is lighter in body and more perfumed than Touriga Nacional adding finesse to the wines. A mix of fruit and wildflower can be detected on the palate. It ripens earlier then Touriga Nacional but it lacks the intensity and concentration. Therefore it is often blended with Touriga Nacional to counterbalance this weakness. Many people (including the famous wine critic Jancis Robinson) describe the relationship between these grapes, as similar to that of the relationship between “Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon”. With Touriga Franca playing the role of Cabernet Franc.

Tinta Roriz, more popularly known as Tempranillo is another grape used in Port blends. Compared to Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca it has a higher yield. The grape produces wines that are ruby red in colour, with aromas and flavours of plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather and herbs. The quality of this grape is sometimes questionable and is highly dependent upon the climatic conditions in the Douro.

Tinta Cao is a low yielding grape, which ripens late and produces small bunches of tiny thin-skinned grapes. It is primarily used to add tannin to blends and accounts for a small percentage of Douro vines. This grape can also add fruity aromas.

Tinta Barroca is an early ripening thin-skinned grape which produces large grapes in large clusters. Tinta Barroca gives fruity wines with a good body and velvety texture.

One of the interesting aspects of Port is the variety of different styles, each with their own characteristics. For example Ruby styles include “Ruby Port” which is deeply coloured and fruity and ready to drink. It is usually inexpensive and generally sold at less than three years old. Reserve Ruby Port has better integrated alcohol richer in fruit and will have been aged in cask for up to five years before bottling. The final ruby style port is “Late Bottled Vintage (LBV)” and, as the name suggests, it is from a specific year then aged for between four and six years before bottling. 


Macon Lugny Louis Latour - only £8.99!Date published: 27/02/15

Macon Lugny Louis Latour - only £8.99 until the 2nd March!

The family-run négociant house of Maison Louis Latour has been producing and selling wines since 1797. The limestone-rich soils of the Lugny village produce rich, buttery yet still Burgundian styles of Chardonnay with the typicity and style of the Mâcon.

Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.

Perfectly acceptable on its own as an afternoon apéritif or with poultry, pork and or with fresh seafood.

This is a firm Majestic favourite and at only £8.99 it is sure to sell out! 

Sacha's new fave!Date published: 23/02/15

Portillo Malbec 2014

Full price £9.99 Current price £ 6.66 33% Off

Having tried this excitingly fruity liquid with my Sunday dinner yesterday, I have discovered a new favourite, and excellently priced red to compliment my roasted beef!

With heavy blackberry and plum characteristics, and notes of sweet spice it elegantly marries the harder, slightly salty flavours roast beef to create a wonderfully coordinated Sunday dinner.

If having an extra treat after dinner, this aromatic malbec works fantastically with after dinner cheese. I had it with cheddar and gorgonzola and it was scrumptious!


Short-term offer: Guigal Côtes du Rhône just £7.99!Date published: 22/02/15

Côtes du Rhône 2011 E. Guigal

£7.99 Special Offer!

Normal price £11.75

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley. Founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, the winery has played a pioneering role in improving the region's international reputation, particularly the appellation of Côte-Rôtie. The winery has been run by Étienne's son, Marcel, since 1961 and in 2006 he was awarded the Decanter Man of the Year award for his contribution and dedication to the Rhône.

Given the winemaking pedigree of Guigal, this wine is an utter steal for £7.99!

Hurry, offer ends Monday 2nd March! 

Wine of the Week: Bellingham Pinopasso!Date published: 21/02/15

Our new wine of the week is a fantastic new arrival from Bellingham made from South African's signature grape variety, Pinotage.

This wine is a tad unusual as 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.

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.

The wine is big and full-bodied. It has flavours of cherry and plum and hints of chocolate and spice.

The wine is organic and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It would go really well with a lasagne.

£7.49 when you buy 2 bottles, save 25%!

Check out our Veuve Vintage 2004 exclusive online parcel - Just 33.31 per bottle!Date published: 19/02/15

Veuve Vintage

Exclusive Web Parcel

Fancy something a bit fancy?

Veuve 2004 is on a spectacular deal: working out at just £33.31 per bottle (or £66.62 for a Magnum), which is cheaper than the Non-Vintage at the moment! So if you've got a special occasion coming up, or just want to treat yourself, get it right now! These will sell out fast!

It's only available online, and only until Monday 23rd February (or until we sell out!), so get on the Majestic Website (http://www.majestic.co.uk/web-exclusive-wines) today.

Here's what to expect from this stunning fizz:

Grape

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Origin

Made only in exceptional years this is a classic expression of the Clicquot style. The strength and body, due to two-thirds of black grapes, is balanced by the finesse and elegance of the remaining third of Chardonnay.

Taste

Wonderfully golden in colour with mouth-watering lemon and baked apple flavours. This vintage boasts fine bubbles to give a creamy mouth-feel.

Enjoy

An excellent companion to fish or white meat.


STOP PRESS. RIOJA GRAN RESERVA FOR JUST £7.99.Date published: 18/02/15

Yes, just £7.99! Reduced from £15.99, saving a whopping 50%, the Lagunilla Gran Reserva is down to £7.99 for a short time only!

Lagunilla were founded in 1885 and are located in arguably the most prestigious sub-region of Rioja, the high-altitude Rioja Alta. This Gran Reserva spends 2 years in oak casks, followed by 3 years maturing in bottle prior to release.

Quintessential Gran Reserva Rioja aromas of raisins, dates and dried figs leap from the glass. The palate offers a medley of dried fruit flavours, hints of soft dark fruits, cloves and vanilla. With smooth tannins, this is the ultimate partner to roast lamb!

Wine of the Week: Paul Mas ViognierDate published: 17/02/15

Paul Mas Viognier 2014

£7.49 when you buy 2 bottles, save 25%! £9.99 single bottle price

Like Chardonnay but fancy trying something a bit different? Then why not give this fantastic southern French viognier a go?

Paul Mas have become one of the stand-out producers in the south of France and their vineyards now cover over 100 hectares around the town of Pézenas. 15% of the blend is fermented and aged in oak which adds texture and richness to the wine whilst firmly retaining the fresh fruit characteristics.

Aromas of honeysuckle, blossom and ripe stone fruits leap from the glass. On the palate, peach, apricot and mango come to the fore with a touch of vanilla and sweet spice in the backgrand. Medium-bodied with a soft mouthfeel, this Viognier is great on its own but would also partner a variety of white meat and seafood dishes such as salmon en croute served with a watercress salad.

NEWSFLASH: short-term offer on Ravenswood Zinfandel, just £7.99!Date published: 10/02/15

Yes, you read it correctly - Ravenswood Zinfandel is £7.99 for one week and one week only!

Hailing from the sub-region of Lodi in California's Central Valley, this is a fantastic example of Zinfandel. Ravenswood are an extremely well-regarded producer and have been making intense, punchy wines for over 35 years.

Aromas of plum, damson and cherries leap from the glass with hints of coffee beans in the background. The palate offers a medley of plush black fruits with black cherry, blackberry, damson and blueberry coming to the fore. Rich and full-bodied with soft, rounded tannins this wine is eminently drinkable on its own but would also go well with hearty winter fare such as sausage and lentil casserole.

*Hurry, offer ends Monday 16th February at 7pm!*

Delivery Schedule w/c Monday 9th FebruaryDate published: 08/02/15

Run out of wine and need a top-up? We'll be delivering all over Leicestershire this week so find out when we're next coming to your area:

Monday 9th February - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7, LE8

Tuesday 10th February - Nuneaton, Market Bosworth, Hinckley, Markfield, Loughborough - CV11, CV13, LE10, LE11, LE12, LE6

Wednesday 11th February - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7, LE8

Thursday 12th February - Loughborough, Lutterworth, Cosby, Broughton Astley - LE11, LE12, LE17, LE9, LE18

Friday 13th February - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7, LE8

We can deliver most local deliveries - LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5 postcodes - within 2 days. Please give us a call on 0116 2629519 for further information.

Valentine's Fizz!Date published: 07/02/15

The most romantic day of the year is coming up (next Saturday people..!) and to help you celebrate the day with your loved one we have a cracking deal on pink fizz!

Until the 16th February all rose Champagne and Sparkling wine will be 33% off!

Some of our favourites from this amazing offer include:

Undurraga Rose  

Delicate watermelon pink, and with subtle aromas of cherries, strawberries and flower petals. Persistent, uniform bubbles and zesty acidity provide an uplifting palate. £6.66 a bottle

Oeil de Perdrix Champagne 

Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit, a fantastic apéritif! £16.66 a bottle

Laurent Perrier Rose Champagne 

Unusually made by the saignée method, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit, full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. £44.97 a bottle


 


Beer of the Week: Flying Dog IPA - open to try in-store!Date published: 07/02/15

Flying Dog Easy IPA - £9.99 when you buy any 2 craft beers, save £6 (£12.99 single pack price)

Flying Dog have been brewing in Aspen, Colorado since 1990 and produce some of the best American craft beers with innovative and quirky labels. These are down to the friendship between the comedian Hunter S. Thompson, illustrator Ralph Steadman and brewery founder George Stranahan. 

Easy IPA is 'Session IPA' style due to its "sessionable" levels of alcohol (4.7%) which is lower than typical IPAs of around 6.0% and higher. It is also differentiated from American Pale Ale by typically being lower in alcohol and usually having more hop-dominant profiles.

Makers Flying Dog describe this beer has having "aromas of grapefruit and subtle spice [which] meld into lemon and pine hop notes balanced with crisp cracker malt. Pair this American IPA with barbecue, Mexican or spicy Asian dishes or just have on hand for mowing the lawn(!) and anything else that calls for a light, yet flavourful, beer."

Now I'm not sure I fancy mowing the lawn in this weather but I'll definitely give the beer a go!

Wine of the Week: Natale Verga Pinot Grigio - open to taste in-store!Date published: 05/02/15

Our Wine of the Week this week is a fantastic new arrival from Italy!

Natale Verga Pinot Grigio 2014 - £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save 25%! (£7.99 single bottle price)

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.

Understanding Wine QualityDate published: 31/01/15

Understanding Wine Quality

It is sometimes difficult to characterise a wine as 'good' or not, because it is subjective; it depends on your personal judgement, your preferences etc. But using a systematic objective approach, we can draw conclusions on quality that everybody agrees on, regardless of whether you personally like the wine or not.

So what makes a wine objectively 'better' than another? Let's find out.

1. Balance - think of a set of scales, with fruit and sugar on one side, acid and tannins on the other. Also consider how well the alcohol has integrated with the flavour.

2. Length - a really good wine should have a really long, rewarding taste in your mouth for a good few minutes afterwards! It's all about quality rather than quantity, with a great quality wine you won't feel the need to keep reaching for the glass quite so quickly afterwards.

Complexity - how many flavours can you taste? How clear are they on your palette?


Last weekend of Sam Adams at £1 a bottle!Date published: 31/01/15

If you're a fan of Samuel Adams Boston Lager then be sure to stop by before 7pm on Monday! Currently £1 a bottle, a case of 24 bottles is just £24! This offer ends on Monday though so don't miss out!

Gin and Tonic - It's Purely Medicinal!Date published: 29/01/15

Gin and Tonic is a classic English drink, for long summer days or cold winter evenings, or in fact any time of day. Gin has a long and flavourful history and there are a range of different makers. Tonic water has not been around for quite as long but still has an interesting history.

The earliest known written reference to 'genever' ( the juniper-flavored traditional liquor of the Netherlands and Belgium, from which gin evolved ) appears in the 13th century and was used as a herbal medicine .Gin was popularised in England following the accession of William of Orange in 1688 and by 1743, England was drinking 2.2 gallons (10 litres) of gin per person per year (!) during what was known as the 'Gin Craze'. By the early 20th Century we had moderated our gin intake and had begun mixing it into cocktails and the famous G&T!

Tonic water gets its unique flavour from the ingredient quinine which was used to prevent Malaria in the British Army in tropical colonies. It was in India that officials and soldiers first came up with the idea of mixing the bitter tonic with their daily ration of Gin and a little sugar syrup to create the world renowned drink, although today there is slightly less quinine and often a twist of lemon or lime instead!

Want a tip? Try Warner Edwards Gin (£33) with some fever tree tonic (£2.59 4*200ml). An absolute delight!


Wine of the Week: Beefsteak Malbec!Date published: 27/01/15

Beefsteak Club Malbec 2013 Mendoza

£6.66 when you buy 2 bottles, save 33%! £9.99 single bottle price

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

This deep, vibrant Malbec has an intense nose of plum and dark chocolate. Spicy, juicy and richly layered with well integrated oak and fine-grained tannins that enhance the flavours and textures of a juicy steak.

Food match: Drink with beef in all its guises, from steaks to stews!


JUST IN: Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon!Date published: 19/01/15

Bored of The Ned? Had your fill of Mud House Sauvignon this Christmas? Looking for a new Sauvignon Blanc that's great value for money and delicious? Then look no further - Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon is for you!

Priced at £6.66 a bottle and made by Giesen, this Sauvignon Blanc offers excellent value for money! This wine comes from 47 different vineyard sites in the Wairau Valley, cultivated by partner growers but vinified at Giesen's winery.

It is a typically vibrant, citrussy and herbal Marlborough Sauvignon, with kaffir lime and blackcurrant leaf notes against a backdrop of grapefruit and tropical fruit flavours. Dry and mouthwatering!

It is open to taste on our Tasting Counter - so pop in and see what you think!


40% offer on Laurent Perrier ending soon!Date published: 16/01/15

Monday 19th January sees the end of the current offer of Laurent Perrier NV come to an end!

It is currently £22.49 a bottle, on a 40% saving!

If you are interested in making the most of this brilliant offer please give us a call on 01162629519 or visit us in-store!

Upcoming Tasting Events! Date published: 16/01/15

Below are a list of our upcoming tasting events:

12th February: Free Wine Course 

Ever wondered the difference between Champagne and Prosecco? Want to learn your Bordeaux's from your Burgundy's? Want to learn what wine to serve with your cheese and which to avoid having with your curry? Or do you just fancy tasting a range or wines you might not usually try? Well then our free Wine Course is for you! Give us a call and book your place now! This event will be held in-store, and will start at 6pm, and usually lasts around 90 minutes.Please RSVP to confirm your place.

20th February - 26th February: South Africa Spotlight Week

All week we will be tasting wines from one of our favourite regions! Stop by at any time in the week to see what South African delights we have on offer! Everyone welcome.

11th March: Free Wine Course 

Now is your chance to learn a little more about your favourite liquid, with more tasting, food matches and more in-depth knowledge that you can shake a stick at! It'll last around 90 minutes, be a really relaxed atmosphere, and, best of all, it's all free! The wine course will start at 6pm.Please RSVP to confirm your place.

19th March: Australia Spotlight Tasting

This Spotlight Tasting will focus on Australia! 6 wines, 30 minutes - expect big-bodied Shiraz's, Eucalyptussey Cab Sauv's, Oakey Chardonnays and all things unsubtle from our friends down under. This tasting will begin at 6.30pm and usually lasts around half an hour.Please RSVP to confirm your place.

20th March - 26th March: Australia Spotlight Week
 
Pop in store this week to explore all things Antipodean! We will have the best of down under open to sample from big beefy reds to perfumed aromatic whites! Everyone welcome.

26th March: Bordeaux Festival Spotlight Tasting 
The beginning of our Bordeaux Festival Spotlight Week. Pop down for a quick taste through half a dozen different Bordeaux. Informal and informative. This tasting starts at 6.30pm and will last approximately half an hour. Please RSVP to confirm your place.

27th March - 2nd April: Bordeaux Festival Spotlight Week

Celebrate our festival of Bordeaux by popping down any time to try the wide range we have open to try. Find out why it's still considered the premier wine region of the world. Everyone welcome.

3rd April - 9th April: Easter Specials Spotlight Week
Forget about hunting for eggs, come down and hunt yourself a bargain from our fantastic Easter deals - loads open to try every day! Everyone welcome.

10th April - 16th April: Spain Spotlight Week
Not just Rioja! Pop down any time when we'll have a broad range of Spanish wines available to try. From Albarino to Xarel-Lo, from Alicante to Zamora! Everyone welcome.

Thursday 16th April: Argentina Spotlight Tasting
To tie in with Malbec World Day on the 17th, sign up for our informal and informative spotlight of Argentina. We'll take you through half a dozen wines in half an hour, bring a friend! This tasting starts at 6.30pm and will last around half an hour. Please RSVP to confirm your place.

17th April - 23rd April: Argentina Spotlight Week 
Not just Malbec! (but there is quite a lot of Malbec) Pop down any time this week to taste a selection from our Argentinian range! Everyone welcome.

23rd April: English Sparkling Wine Spotlight Tasting 
To celebrate St George's Day we are holding an English Sparkling Wine Spotlight Tasting! This event will start at 6.30pm and will last half an hour. Please RSVP to confirm your place.

If you would like to attend any of these events please email us at lei@majestic.co.uk or give us a call on 01162629519.
All of these details can be found on our website: http://www.majestic.co.uk/leicester 

Beer of the Week: Lagunitas IPADate published: 14/01/15

Beer of the Week

Lagunitas IPA

£10.99 when you buy any 2 packs of craft beers, save £6!

£13.99 single pack price

Founded in 1993 by Tony Magee in Lagunitas, California, Lagunitas Brewing Company is now the fifth top-selling craft brewery in the US. The IPA was launched back in 1995 and has become one of their most popular beers. Brewed with a large number of hops and malts it has a hoppy-sweet finished which makes it extremely versatile with food and a great match to spicy foods and strong cheeses.

*Open to try all week in store!*

Samuel Adams is only a £1 a bottle!Date published: 13/01/15

Yes, you read it correctly! Samuel Adams Boston Lager is just £24 a pack (so £1 a bottle) for the whole month of January so if you're a fan be sure to stop by and stock up!

Wine of the Week: Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon BlancDate published: 13/01/15

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014

£7.33 when you buy 2 bottles, save 33%! £10.99 single bottle price

Founded in 1962, Villa Maria has become one of the most iconic wineries in New Zealand and has really put Marlborough on the map as a world class wine-making region. In 2009, owner George Fistonich received the country's first knighthood for his services to the New Zealand wine industry.

A delicate pale lemon in colour, zesty citrus aromas burst from the glass with hints of gooseberry and freshly mown grass also coming through. The palate is intensely fruity with lemon, lime, grapefruit and passionfruit dominating.

Food match: with zingy, well-balanced acidity, this is eminently drinkable on its own but would also make a fantastic partner to Dover sole with watercress and crab butter!

*OPEN TO TRY ALL WEEK ON OUR TASTING COUNTER!*

Our new range of £4.99 wines!Date published: 12/01/15

Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Central Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape in Chile, and was among the first of the noble varieties to have been brought over from Europe in the mid-1800's. This example is made by one of the Central Valley's major wineries, based in Cachapoal.

A medium-bodied, fruit-driven style of Cabernet that offers rounded, ripe red berry fruit with a plummy and easy-going feel. Hints of green pepper and subtle oak notes on the nose.

A versatile pairing for many foods, from spicy kebabs to roasted veg.

Bricchetto Trebbiano 2013 IGT Rubicone

Under various different names and guises, Trebbiano is one of Europe's most extensively planted white grape varieties, found in innumerable blends and styles, but it is generally only the Italians who use it to make this kind of single-varietal dry white.

Fresh and straightforward, this wine offers plenty of soft citrus, white peach and pear fruit, with subtle white flower aromatics. Dry, soft-edged and clean on the finish.

Chill well and enjoy on its own, or with lightly-dressed salads or creamy spaghetti dishes.

Bricchetto Sangiovese 2013 IGT Rubicone

Made by one of Italy's major cooperatives, this is a superb value Sangiovese from Rubicone, a relatively modern IGT region of central Italy in which many wineries have begun to specialise in single-varietal wines such as this.

A light and approachable red, with Sangiovese's typical redcurrant and cherry fruit characters in abundance. Lithe tannins and snappy acidity make for an easy-drinking feel.

A great all-rounder, easy to pair with a wide range of pasta dishes or Mediterranean salads.

El Torito Merlot 2013 Valdepeñas

The southerly location of Valdepeñas gives it a very warm, arid continental climate, which particularly suits robust red grape varieties that benefit from the abundant sunshine and lengthy ripening season that this affords.

Cool fermented for a youthful, fruit driven style, this is a soft and plummy Merlot with supple tannins and a juicy palate full of ripe cherry and berry flavours.

Enjoy with barbecued ribs or sausage casserole.

El Torito Chardonnay 2013 Valdepeñas

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.

Enjoy on its own or with lightly spiced chicken dishes.


40% off selected Grande Marque Champagnes!Date published: 11/01/15

This week saw the start of our January offers and, in particular, a selection of Champagnes reduced by an incredible 40%!

Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV - £26.98 (reduced from £45)
A delicate rose pink in colour, this Champagne offers an abundance of soft red fruits on the palate. Lovely on its own, this would also make a great match to summery fruit desserts when the weather warms up!

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV - £26.98 (reduced from £45)
From the maker of Cristal, Louis Roederer's house style is a wonderfully elegant, refined Champagne. Intense citrus notes are supported by toasty, yeasty flavours and lead in to a long, rich finish.

Laurent-Perrier NV - £22.48 (reduced from £37.50)
Established in 1812, Laurent-Perrier are one of the few Grande Marque houses that are still family-owned. Slightly more citrussy and lighter in style than the Louis Roederer, lemon and green apple flavours are supported by hints of brioche and sweet spice.

Bollinger Grande Année 2004 - £59.96 (reduced from £100)

Founded in Ay in 1829, Bollinger is synonymous with sophistication and elegance. A blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay, this Champagne is cellar aged for more than twice the time required for a vintage Champagne. A pale gold in colour, aromas of toasted bread and brandied fruit burst from the glass. The palate offers a plethora of rich stone fruit, stewed rhubarb and sweet spice. Perhaps not an everyday Champagne(!), this is nevertheless an absolute bargain on its current offer and the perfect Champagne for celebrations and big occasions.

Need something to warm you up? Date published: 10/01/15

The weather is not always great at this time of the year and many people prefer to stay home an open something special with a meal. Here are three of my star buys on 33% off when you mix and match at least 2 bottles: 

Luigi Bosca 2011 £10.66.  A great Malbec, loads of dark berries with hints of subtle vanilla, perfect match with beef!

Chateau Malescasse 2003 £13.32. The 2003 vintage was an outstanding year in Haut-Medoc! Enjoy with mature cheese   

Vina Ardanza Rioja 2005 £15.99. Our most popular selling red fine wine! Loads of red fruit flavors with a smooth, long delicious finish on the palate. 

Love Sauvignon Blanc? These deals are for you!Date published: 06/01/15

January can be a hard once all the festivities have ended and we are all back at work, however, we have some fantastic new deals to see you through to warmer months!

Love Sauvignon? Here is a round up of the best offers this month (all part of our 33% offer range):

Giesen Sauvignon - £6.66 a bottle

Villa Maria Sauvignon - £7.33 a bottle 

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - £18.32 a bottle

Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon - £23.32 a bottle 

Wine of the Week: Rioja Gran Reserva 2006 Viña AlardeDate published: 06/01/15

Rioja Gran Reserva 2007, Viña Alarde

£9.59 when you buy 2 bottles, save 40%! £15.99 single bottle price

If you like Rioja then this fantastic Gran Reserva is just the thing for you – especially as it's 40% off!

Made from 80% Tempranillo with Garnacha making up the rest of the blend, this is a quintessential Rioja. As a Gran Reserva, the wine spends at least 3 years in American oak casks before a further 3 years maturation in bottle.

Ruby in colour with a slight tawny hue, aromas of dark morello cherries, blackberries and soft red fruits dominate the nose. On the palate, ripe red and black fruits abound with redcurrant, raspberry and blackberry coming to the fore with hints of pudding spice, vanilla and dried fruits in the background.

Partner with roast lamb served with a rosemary jus, Yorkshire puddings and seasonal vegetables for a match made in heaven!

HURRY, OFFERS ENDING!Date published: 05/01/15

The following fantastic offers end at 7pm on Monday 5th January so don't miss out!

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99 (down from £10.49, saving 33%)

Peroni 24 packs - £1 a bottle (so £24 a pack)

Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva - £9.99 (down from £14.99, saving 33%)

Order online, in-store or over the phone.

Wine of the Week: '2 Up' ShirazDate published: 30/12/14

Our wine of the week to see in the new year is the delicious 2 Up’ Shiraz 2013 Kangarilla Road!

The vineyard of Kangarilla Road offers 30 acres of mature vines, contributing rich fruit characters so typical of McLaren Vale. Sourcing grapes from three regions this wine is then matured in French and American oak for 12 months.

 A vibrant Shiraz with rich blackberry fruit and hints of plum, dark cherry and spice. The long lingering finish reflects dark berry fruits and fine tannins.

Enjoy this full, fruity style now as an accompaniment to spare ribs slathered in barbecue sauce.


(£8.91 when you buy any 2 wines from the 15% selection - £10.49 single bottle price)


Merry Christmas!Date published: 25/12/14

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Majestic Leicester!

We hope you all have a lovely day, and we are open again from the 27th should you need to re-fill your wine racks after all the festive fun!

Why doesn't wine taste like grapes?Date published: 24/12/14

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

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

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

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


Know your Port: a guideDate published: 23/12/14

Know Your Port

If you don't know your Tawny from an LBV, we have this quick guide to help you choose the right Port for Christmas. Port is a blended and fortified wine which, by law, has to come from designated vineyards in the Douro Valley, Portugal. Stringent laws on grape varieties, production methods and ageing classification ensure that these wines are unique in style and of consistently high quality.

Reserve Ruby Port (Taylors First Estate) 

A Reserve Ruby Port is made with relatively young wines (3-5 years old) with minimal oak influence, which results in the fruitiest style of Port. They are rich in fruit with jammy sweetness and come fully filtered so there is no need to decant them. Once opened, these will keep for around two weeks without fading.

Late Bottled Vintage (LBV)

An LBV starts life as a Reserve Ruby but is aged for between four and six years in oak casks to develop more depth of aroma and flavour. Typically an LBV will have rich fruit backed up with Christmas cake and nutty flavours. These wines are filtered and ready to drink and will not develop further in bottle. Again, these will keep when opened for around two weeks.

Crusted 

This is an unfiltered Reserve Ruby with an added three years bottle ageing. The powerful fruit and sweet spice flavours are in abundance as well as spicy and earthy depth from the extra ageing. These can age further in bottle. Make sure you decant before drinking as there is sediment.

Reserve Tawny Port 

The tawny colour of these Ports is a result of extended ageing in small oak casks. Wines of different ages are blended to achieve the desired style and therefore it is the average age that is shown on the bottle. The ageing process develops aromas of sweet spice and marzipan with a sliky smooth palate of toasted almonds and Christmas cake. Put it in the fridge for an hour for a perfect digestif. These are already filtered and can keep for two weeks.

Vintage 

Vintage Port is the ultimate expression of Port. The wines represent the best wines from either a single estate or a house and are only made in years that produce grapes of exceptional quality. These wines can age for many decades, Ports from the 1880's are still drinking beautifully. Try our Delaforce Quinta Da Corte 1991 if you want to taste a fully mature Port. Taylors top single vineyard Port, Quinta de Terra Feita, is a decade old but still full of fresh fruit and a touch of sweet spice that belies its age. The power and structure shows that it could certainly last a few more decades!


Christmas Day White?Date published: 22/12/14

How about Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet?!

Sancerre might be a classic white wine for Christmas but for a more wallet-friendly option, why not try this crisp, fruity white from the south of France? 

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2012 Côteaux du Languedoc - £6.74 when you buy any 2 bottles from the 25% offer range

The appellation of Picpoul de Pinet is located in the eastern Languedoc, a few kilometres inland from the town of Sète. Unusually, it is a 100% white wine appellation made from the grape variety Picpoul. Literally meaning “lipstinger”, this wine is a great idea for any Sauvignon Blanc lovers. Crisp and fruity in style, aromas of lemon, lime and blossom leap from the glass. On the palate, zesty citrus flavours dominate with zingy lemon sherbet notes in the background.

With its crisp, lemony acidity this cracking white would make a great partner to smoked salmon on Christmas Day morning!


Nyetimber! Date published: 21/12/14

Coming all the way from west Sussex, Nyetimber is an award winning ENGLISH sparkling wine, winning over 60 awards including the IWC best sparkling wine in the world for our blanc de blanc. Here is a little about each wine which are available in our store...

The classic Cuvee 2004 - Made from a traditional champagne blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. A fabulous sparkling wine perfect for a special occasion or to have along with sea food, it is a perfect partner for fish and chips, but is weighty enough for chicken dishes as well. The queen specially selected this for her diamond jubilee celebrations, and is a bargain on offer for £23.98!

The Rose 2007- wow - this is a real winner! Lovely aroma of cherry and strawberry which follow through on the palate along with juicy raspberries. This soft and elegant little number challenges some of the best champagnes and will only get better over the next 5 years.


10 reasons to buy Chilean wine!Date published: 20/12/14

10 reasons why to buy Chilean wine:

1. Due to the difference between the Peso and the Pound, Chilean wine represents excellent value for money.

2. Chile is a winemakers heaven, with uninterrupted sunshine and all the water for irrigation from snow melt a vine could need... 

3. Chile's viticulture is important not just north to south but east to west because of the Humboltd Current, a coastal range, plains and then the Andes all the way down the country.

4. This means Chile has a huge range of climate condition enabling it to make just about any style of wine in the world.

5. Carmenere was thought to be extinct after Phylloxera wiped out European vineyards in the late 19th Century, but it survived in Chile.

6. Carmenere was once a very important variety in Bordeaux, it's a late ripening variety that has huge potential to make great wine.

7. Chile remains phylloxera free (a vine destroying insect originating from the US and imported into Europe in the late 1800s) which means that vines in Chile don't have to be grafted onto American root stocks leading to a unique purity.

8. Although Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted vines, Chile also makes world class Pinot Noir, Carmenere, Carignan, Malbec, Riesling, Viognier and they have been developing super premium sparkling wines too!

9. Although certain areas of Chile can get rather hot during the day, temperatures drop dramatically at night as air rushes down from the Andes. This means grape ripen wonderfully during the day but develop and retain essential acids at night; important for the finesse and freshness of a wine.

10.  Many famous international winemakers and companies have had a big influence in Chile including Mondavi, Torres and so on...

So next time you pop in why not try something a little bit more unusual from Chile, feel free to ask a member of staff for our recommendations! 


Spirits open on our Tasting Counter!Date published: 19/12/14

Broker’s Gin - £19.99

Produced near Birmingham for over 200 years, Broker's has won more top awards over the past 10 years in International competitions than any other Gin. Ten traditional botanicals are used and quadruple distillation in a copper pot still results in a smooth palate. It delivers rich and creamy candied citrus fruit peel aromas and the finish gives the perfect balance of fresh botanicals with spicy juniper and sweet ripe citrus fruits.

Tito's Texan Vodka - £28.00

Created by Tito Beveridge, a geologist from Texas with a background in oil drilling and the mortgage business, this characterful vodka is made from 100% corn and is therefore naturally gluten-free. Produced in Austin at Texas’ first and oldest legal distillery, it is micro-distilled by batch 6 times in an old fashioned pot still, a much more complicated and difficult technique to the usual modern column stills and should appeal to connoisseurs and novices alike.


Festive Fizz all at 33% off!Date published: 12/12/14

We are feeling very festive in-store today with Christmas jumpers and mince pies all around! 

And to top it off we have an amazing weekend deal on all fizz under £70 now on a 33% offer!

Highlights of this deal include:

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut - £26.65 a bottle
Moet & Chandon Rose - £33.31 a bottle
Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV - £39.98 a bottle 

Graham Beck Brut - £9.99 a bottle
Prosecco Rivamonte - £6.66 a bottle

This offer ends on Monday so you best be quick!

WOW: Vieux Remparts 2012 Lussac St-EmilionDate published: 10/12/14

Vieux Remparts 2012 Lussac St-Emilion


£8.99 when you buy any 2 wines from the 25% selection

(£11.99 single bottle price)

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

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

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


Christmas Opening Hours!Date published: 05/12/14

Monday 8th December - Friday 12th December: 9am-8pm
Saturday 13th December: 9-7pm
Sunday 14th December: 10-5pm

Monday 15th December - Saturday 20th December: 9-8pm
Sunday 21st December: 10-5pm

Monday 22nd December - Tuesday 23rd December: 9-8pm
Wednesday 24th December: 9-5pm

Christmas Day & Boxing Day = CLOSED

Saturday 27th December: 9-7pm
Sunday 28th December: 10-5pm

Monday 29th December - Tuesday 30th December: 10-7pm
Wednesday 31st December: 10-5pm

New Years Day: CLOSED

 


Wine Review: Chateau Lanessan 1998Date published: 05/12/14

For Bordeaux tasting week we have lots of different clarets open to taste!

This particular one is Chateau Lanessan 1998 from Haut-Medoc.

This Bordeaux is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. 

Château Lanessan was owned by the Boutelier family for eight successive generations since the 18th century, coming under new management in 2009. The 45-hectare vineyard is located on a gravel ridge in Cussac-Fort-Médoc, close to the border with St-Julien.

A medium-weight, well structured claret, with a dark purple blackcurrant backbone, accented by notes of roasted herbs on the nose. Good fruit concentration and sweetly defined tannins.

An excellent claret for £14.99 a bottle - perhaps a match for Christmas dinner?

It's open to taste all weekend so come on in and see what you think!


Wine of the Week: Chateau SimardDate published: 04/12/14

Chateau Simard 1996, St-Emillion


An amazing claret, from the premier estates of St-emillion.

With 80% merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc this wine displays

sweet aromatics of black cherries and blackberries at the beginning, becoming more earthy and tannic, dried fruits, a bit austere and simple in the mouth.

Ready to drink now and should ideally be decanted before serving. Will match well with strong cheeses. 


New Spirits - Blackwoods Vodka & Roger Groult Reserve CalvadosDate published: 26/11/14

Blackwoods Vodka

Perhaps more famous for its high-quality gin, Blackwoods five-times distilled botanical vodka is created using a method known as ‘Bonification’ and reflects the quality level expected from this renowned producer. Lightly infused with hand-picked Shetland botanicals such as Meadow Sweet, Sea Pink, Angelica and Marsh Marigold, the resulting vodka tastes exceptionally smooth and rounded with an earthy undertone.

Roger Groult Reserve Calvados

Jean-Roger Groult is the 5th generation producer of this esteemed Calvados, which was awarded Best Calvados in the World at the 2014 World Drinks Awards. Made from hand-sorted cider apples from the Pays d’Auge area, this Calvados has been aged and blended in old French casks and is three years old. Fresh and fruity notes of Granny Smith apple on the nose with a hint of cream are complemented by nuts and a touch of menthol on the finish resulting in a round and complex taste.

Both are open to taste so come on in and see what you think!

Craft Beer of the Month: Punk IPADate published: 26/11/14

Punk IPA is an American IPA style beer brewed by BrewDog in Fraserburgh, Scotland.

'A beacon of non-conformity in a increasingly monotone corporate desert.'

Brewdog describe this IPA as:

'This 5.6% trans-atlantic fusion IPA is light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose. The palate soon becomes assertive and resinous with the New Zealand hops balanced by the biscuit malt. The finish is aggressive and dry with the hops emerging over the warming alcohol.'

6 x 330ml - Buy 2 packs save £6 - £9.99 (£12.99 single pack price) 

Wine of the Week - Marques de Riscal 2009Date published: 26/11/14

£9.99 when you buy any two from our 33% range!


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


A full-bodied, intense, complex red, with medium tannins, complimented by rich raspberry and blackberry aromas with subtle, vanilla and oaky tones, followed by a long silky finish.

This wine will fantastically combine with ham, cheeses and spicy lamb casseroles. An excellent wine to have with Christmas after dinner cheese and biscuits!


Mulling Syrup - Christmas in a glass!Date published: 23/11/14

Mulling Syrup - Christmas in a glass!

When I think of Mulled Wine the words ‘cosy’, ‘winter’ and ‘warming’ come to mind! There is nothing better on a cold winter’s night than a glass/mug of mulled wine to warm the cockles!

Instead of buying a pre-made mulled wine however, try your hand at making your own with our mulling syrup! It’s extremely easy and delicious - all you have to do is add red wine, and we have you covered on that front!

Making mulled wine couldn't be easier with Majestic's Gourmet Mulling Syrup. There's no need for additional fruit or spices – just mix 1 part syrup to 8 parts red wine and heat gently. 

Also, a benefit of buying mulling syrup is that it has more than one use - try drizzling some over vanilla ice cream or with fresh fruit for a delicious dessert! Or even to a Sunday roast for added flavour - the possibilities are endless!


33% off all Argentinian Malbec!Date published: 21/11/14

Majestic are offering 33.33% off all our Argentinian Malbecs until Monday 24th November. We'll have a few of our favourites open on the tasting counter so why not pop down and make the most of what's on offer?

Visit our website to see our delicious range of Malbecs! http://www.majestic.co.uk/33-percent-off-malbec 

‘It’s Beaujolais Nouveau time!’ Date published: 21/11/14

It’s Beaujolais Nouveau time!’ 

 Yesterday was Beaujolais Nouveau day! 

This celebration is held on the third Thursday in November and marks the release of Beaujolais Nouveau at the strike of midnight! This uncorking of the wine is celebrated in France by fireworks and parties. 

‘The idea of a race to Paris carrying the first bottles of the new vintage was conceived and this attracted much media attention. By the 1970s, the race became a national event. The races spread to neighbouring countries in Europe in the 1980s, followed by North America, and in the 1990s, to Asia.’ 

Beaujolais Nouveau wine is made from the red grape Gamay and is made to be drunk young, bottled only 6-8 weeks after harvesting! All the grapes are hand-harvested and most vintages should be consumed by the following May after its release. This wine is made using the process carbonic maceration - whole grapes are fermented in a CO2 rich environment before crushing, which extracts colours and flavours and gives the wine it's iconic “bubblegum” taste. 

The result of this is a wine bright ruby in colour, with youthful raspberry and red cherry fruit on the palate and a refreshing acidity, with very little tannin!  

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Beaujolais-Nouveau-zid07108

New Spirits - Don Papa Rum & Moskovskaya Vodka!Date published: 18/11/14

NEW SPIRITS!

Moskovskaya Vodka - £17.99

Translated as ‘Special Muscovite’, production dates back to the communist era and this is generally regarded as THE Russian vodka. It is produced from selected rye grain for a natural sweetness (Stoly add sugar to give sweetness!), and is both triple distilled and charcoal filtered making it smooth and authentic.

Don Papa Rum- £30.00

This is a premium aged small batch rum from the isle of Negros Occidental - the sugar capital of the Philippines due to the perfect combination of climate and rich volcanic soil. It is first aged for 7 years in oak barrels in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon before it is then blended to perfection. Its name comes from 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.

Both are open to taste so come see what you think!

Wine of the Week: Matetic Corralillo SauvignonDate published: 18/11/14

Matetic Corralillo Sauvignon 2014, San Antonio Valley

£7.99 when you buy any 2 wines from the 33% selection

(£11.99 single bottle price)

New to Majestic, this is a bright, lemon-coloured Sauvignon Blanc with a complex nose of gooseberry, peach, grapefruit and lemon which follow through on the palate. It's perfectly balanced with mouth-watering acidity, a herbaceous quality from the coastal breeze and refreshing minerality.


Weekend Champagne Deals!Date published: 15/11/14

Just to let you know we have an amazing weekend deal of 33.3% off all our NV Champagne priced under £60. 

Highlights include:
Lanson Black Label @ £23.32
Laurent Perrier NV @ £24.99
Perrier Jouet NV @ £24.99
Taittinger NV @ £26.65
Moet NV @ £28.98
Bollinger NV @ £33.31

You can order via online, mobile or pop in and see us. Prices valid until Monday 17th November.  


Exciting new spirits!Date published: 10/11/14

NEW SPIRITS!

Broker’s Gin - £19.99

Produced near Birmingham for over 200 years, Broker's has won more top awards over the past 10 years in International competitions than any other Gin. Ten traditional botanicals are used and quadruple distillation in a copper pot still results in a smooth palate. It delivers rich and creamy candied citrus fruit peel aromas and the finish gives the perfect balance of fresh botanicals with spicy juniper and sweet ripe citrus fruits.

Red Leg Spiced Rum - £19.99

This Caribbean spiced rum gets its name from the Redleg hermit crab as it perfectly captures the laid back spirit of island culture – the crab always feels at home wherever it is! It is left to rest in old oak barrels and delivers a sweet smell of vanilla followed by a warming ginger aroma. The combination of sweetness and spice leaves a smooth, warming mouth feel.

Open on the tasting counter - come in and have a taste!


Wines of the day!Date published: 07/11/14

After a little sesh at the tasting counter, tasting what's on offer,

there's few cheap weekend wines that might be worth the bother!


When tasting, I discovered, after much consideration,

the El Torito came out well following much anticipation.

Being light intensity, well balanced and soft upon the palate,

it makes an easy drinking wine, for £4.99, it's not breaking your wallet!

A great idea for a businessman, who doesn't want to fudge it,

who wants to get his staff some wine, on a lower budget.


Moving forward we sampled some reds which took our fancy,

and San Huberto came up top and it's not too pricey.

Being medium-bodied, tasting of plum and a little oaky,

this lovely malbec is a fruity accompaniment to any dinner party.


In conclusion to my chosen wines of the day,

it's clear I'm easy to please, content and at ease

with wines for a cheap night, ah well what can I say?


Wine of the Week: 2014 Massey Dacta, New ZealandDate published: 07/11/14

Wine of the Week: 2014 Massey Dacta, New Zealand

£9.74 when you buy 2 or more bottles from the save 25% range.


Winemaker Ben Glover has been involved in the Marlborough wine industry since the 1980s, and today makes this wine from the fruit of Kerseley Estate, which was planted by his parents on the site of what was previously their own working dairy farm.

Mouthwatering and juicy, this is typical of Marlborough Sauvignon, with its explosive mix of tropical and citrus fruit on the palate, accompanied by intense nettle and tomato vine aromas.

Winter Tasting EveningDate published: 06/11/14

Thursday 27th November

6.30pm – 8pm

If you like trying new wines for free then our Winter Tasting Evening is just for you! We'll have 10 wines open to try along with some delicious cheese from Vallebona! With some firm favourites and some new exciting arrivals, there'll be something for every palate.

The evening is free to attend so if you'd like to book your place please give us a call on 0116 2629519. Alternatively you can email us at lei@majestic.co.uk.


Ramon Bilbao mentioned in Delicious Magazine!Date published: 06/11/14

Rioja 'Single Vineyard' Ramón Bilbao 2012

£6.66 when you buy any 2 wines from the 33% off selection (£9.99 single bottle price)

Easy-drinking in style with bags of red fruit flavours on the palate, this is a fantastic Rioja for under £7!

And it's not just us who like it, it's recently had an excellent review in the press:

A soft, easy-going red with mellow blackcurrant and blueberry notes, and a savoury edge to the finish. For red meat and cheese.”

As recommended in the November issue of Delicious magazine by Susy Atkins!

*Open to try all week on the tasting counter!*

Wine of the Week: The Ned Sauvignon Blanc!Date published: 30/10/14

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough


£7.33 when you buy any 2 wines from the 33% selection, (£10.99 single bottle price)

A firm Majestic favourite, why not give this New Zealand Sauvignon a try?

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.


Last day of autumn offers!Date published: 27/10/14

Today is the last chance to grab some of your favourites on offer! 

Offers such as £6.66 Brancott Estate and Picpoul Villemarin at £6.74 will all end later today!

Order online by 3pm to make the most of these offers or we are open till 7pm tonight!

South of France Tasting Weekend!Date published: 18/10/14

This weekend we have a number of Southern French wines open for you to try to introduce/reacquaint you to the interesting and varied region of Le Sud de la France!

So pop in store and have a look!


Wine of the Week: 2004 Vina Eguia, Rioja Gran ReservaDate published: 13/10/14

2004 Vina Eguia Gran Reserva, Rioja


The 2004 Vina Eguia Gran Reserva offers an incredible amount of deliciousness for under £10. Offering a bouquet of dried fruit, strawberries, warm tobacco and leather this is a wine which will convert anyone to the delights of aged Rioja. 

The bouquet is followed by a velvety mouthfeel, which displays an intensity that is surprising considering the wine's price. Perfectly balanced, this is a wine that should be drunk with food (preferably something Spanish) and will continue to develop more nuances as the years roll by.

£13.49 or £8.99 when you buy two or more wines from the 33% selection.

NEWSFLASH: 2 week long deals!Date published: 07/10/14

Starting from today, the following wines will be on an improved offer for the next 2 weeks! This offer will end on Monday 20th October, so don't miss out!

Serena Pinot Grigio 2013, Banfi - £6.66 when you buy 2 wines from the 33% off Autumn Selection, save 33% (£9.99 single bottle price)

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV - £29.98 when you buy 2 wines from the 33% off Autumn Selection, save 33% (£45 single bottle price)

Cava Calamino NV, Spain - £5.99 when you buy 2 wines from the 33% off Autumn Selection (£8.99 single bottle price)

Prosecco Rivamonte NV -  £6.66 when you buy 2 wines from the 33% off Autumn Selection (£9.99 single bottle price)

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV, DOC -  £7.99 when you buy 2 wines from the 33% off Autumn Selection (£11.99 single bottle price)

Gestos Malbec 2013, Finca Flichman, Mendoza -  £6.66 when you buy 2 wines from the 33% off Autumn Selection (£9.99 single bottle price)

Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2013, M.Chapoutier -  £7.99 when you buy 2 wines from our 25% price range (£10.65 single bottle price)


Visit http://www.majestic.co.uk/extra-special-wine-offers to place an order, or give us a call on 01162629519 or come visit us in-store!

Driver Vacancy in DecemberDate published: 06/10/14

*Calling all delivery drivers!*

We have a driver vacancy available for 4 weeks in December. The contract will be 45 hours a week, 9am-6pm 5 days a week. Experience in a delivery driver role is preferable. Applicants must have no more than 6 points on their licence.

Please forward your CV and covering letter to lei@majestic.co.uk and mark for the attention of Rachel.

If you have any questions about the role, please give us a call on 0116 262 9519.

Beer of the Month: Proper Job Cornish IPADate published: 05/10/14

Like trying new ales and looking for a something a bit different? Then why not try our new guest beer from St Austell?

Proper Job Cornish IPA

£24 when you buy 2 cases of bottled ale, save £6!

£27 single pack price

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.

It has recently won a Bronze medal at the International Beer Challenge 2014 and was also voted Champion Bottled Beer by CAMRA in 2011 and second place in 2013.

*Open to try in store!*

Delivery Schedule w/c Monday 6th OctoberDate published: 04/10/14

If you need a delivery of wine next week then we will be operating the following delivery schedule:

Monday 6th October - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7, LE8

Tuesday 7th October - Nuneaton, Market Bosworth, Hinckley, Markfield, Loughborough - CV11, CV13, LE10, LE11, LE12, LE6

Wednesday 8th October - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7, LE8

Thursday 9th October - Loughborough, Lutterworth, Cosby, Broughton Astley - LE11, LE12, LE17, LE9, LE18

Friday 10th October - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7, LE8

We can deliver most local deliveries - LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5 postcodes - within 2 days. Please give us a call on 0116 2629519 for further information.

Wine of the Week: Mo MonastrellDate published: 01/10/14

MO Monastrell 2012 Alicante

£6.66 when you buy any 2 wines from the 33% selection (£9.99 single bottle price)

If you like trying new, unusual reds then why not try this new arrival from Spain?

Located in the DO of Alicante, Sierra Salinas was established in 2000 and their aim is to produce fruit-driven wines from traditional Spanish grape varieties.

A blend of Monastrell (hence the name), Grenache and a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine offers a medley of dark forest fruits on the nose with damson, blackcurrant and blackberry coming to the fore. The juicy brambly fruits continue on to the palate with hints of red cherry, savoury spice and balsamic notes in the background.

An utter bargain at £6.66, this wine would be a great match to hearty autumn dishes such as sausage cassoulet – delicious!

Saturday SparklingDate published: 27/09/14

Saturday sparkling – Open to taste

Soffio n° 3 Prosecco

A superb Prosecco made from the Pizzolo family, run by four brothers from a facility close to Lake Garda. The wine is made using the Charmat method, in which it is rendered sparkling prior to bottling.

The label comes in 3 different colours.

Apple, peach and pear flavours predominate, whilst subtle notes of freshly cut flowers lift the nose. Soft mousse (bubbles) and gentle ripe fruit make for an easy drinking style.

Can be enjoyed just on it's own or with seafood or simple chicken dishes.

Only £6.66 when you mix and match 2 wines from our enjoy £33% off range

Single bottle price £9.99

We will be opening a bottle of the new Soffio n° 3 Prosecco later on today so please pop in for a taste.


Jane MacQuitty's likes Rachel's new favourite Pinot Noir!Date published: 26/09/14

Herringbone Hills Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2010

£8.66 when you buy 2 wines from the 33% promotion (£12.66 full price)

After a trip to New Zealand a couple of years ago, I came back a big fan of Kiwi Pinot Noirs and I love this new arrival to our range. Soft red cherries and hints of smoke and spice leap from the glass with plenty of juicy redcurrants coming through on the palate. With its earthy, savoury finish, this wine would be a great match to roast lamb.

It seems that Jane MacQuitty is a fan too after writing the following recommendation recently:

“…try Marlborough’s fine 2010 Herringbone Hills Pinot Noir which oozes authentic, mature, pale garnet, leafy, gamey, truffle-scented spice.”

As recommended in The Times on Saturday 13th September!


Saturday Kitchen!Date published: 20/09/14

If you missed Saturday Kitchen this morning the 2 wines they recommended were:

Mâcon-Lugny 2013 Domaine des Terres Gentilles - £7.99

Nicely balanced, with crisp citrus fruit providing the backbone, and softer notes of green apples and aromas of white flowers adding welcoming delicacy and complexity.

Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2011 Cava Spain - £9.99

With fine bubbles and persistent beading, this deliciously dry Cava has fresh, light, floral aromas with delicately rounded, well-balanced pear and brioche flavours.


Cellar Circle!Date published: 20/09/14

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 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:

10% discount at Majestic Wine, for all your everyday needs. 

A year’s free professional wine storage for new customers to Lay & Wheeler, at our bonded warehouse, Vinothèque. 

Free case delivery to any Majestic store for ease of collection. 

A case of wine, individually chosen for you by the Cellar Circle team, on the first anniversary of your membership.


Wine of the Week: P15 Malbec!Date published: 20/09/14

Wine of the Week!

P15 Malbec 2013 Patagonia 

£7.99 when you buy any two from our 33% range!

'Picada 15' is the name of the old highway that runs alongside the vineyards of San Patricio del Chañar, Neuquén province, where this wine is made from the fruit of relatively young vines. At 39º latitude, Neuquén is Argentina's southernmost wine region.

A fresh and youthful Malbec, with a focus on ripe cherry and plum flavours. The nose is lifted and expressive, with heady violet and subtle vanilla. Middleweight tannins give harmony and structure.

Enjoy in its youth, paired with rich stews or pasta sauces.


NEWSFLASH: Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006 web exclusive!Date published: 19/09/14

If you're a fan of vintage Champagne then be sure to snap up some of this fantastic parcel of Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006.

With fantastic structure, a beautiful toastiness and a refined finish, this is another excellent vintage from Moët & Chandon. Blending 42% Chardonnay with 39% Pinot Noir and 19% Pinot Meunier, the character leans towards elegance, with subtle richness.

We are selling this in un-split cases of 6 bottles for £180 - the equivalent of £30 a bottle!

Price valid until 3pm on Monday 22nd September or until stocks last!

To order, please go online to www.majestic.co.uk and you will see the link to this parcel on the front page.


FLASH DEAL: 33% off ALL our Argentinian wines!Date published: 19/09/14

For four days only (ending Monday 22nd September!) all of our Argentinian wines have 33% off! 

Visit us in-store or online (http://www.majestic.co.uk/argentinian-wine) to make the most of these fantastic offers!!

Wine of the Week: Trebuchet Chardonnay!Date published: 16/09/14

Our wine of the week for this week is:

Trebuchet Chardonnay 2013, Western Cape

£6.66 when you buy any two from 33% range!

This Chardonnay is made by Journey's End winery, a small vineyard estate renovated, expanded and extensively replanted under the ownership of wine impresario Roger Gabb. In 2013, a 60ft working medieval trebuchet was erected on the estate as a focal point for events.

A pale lemon yellow with youthfully green flashes, this wine has characteristic aromas of lime and tropical fruits. Gently crisp on the palate, providing plenty of refreshment.

Enjoy chilled on its own, or with white meats.


South African Tasting Week!Date published: 12/09/14

All this week we will have an array of South African wines for you to try! 

Our favourites include the Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc, Barista Pinotage and the Vergelegen Cab Sav!

Come in-store to discover the fascinating wine region of South Africa!

Wine of the Week, Alamos ChardonnayDate published: 10/09/14

Wine of the Week

Alamos Chardonnay 2013 Mendoza, Argentina

The Alamos vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina lie in the foothills of the Andes mountains. Alamos is produced by Nicolas Catena who was Decanter man of the year in 2009.

Alamos wines are born of the intense mountain sunlight and pure snowmelt water of the Andes and embody the richness of this rugged remote region. Cultivated by the Catena family for over 100 years Mendoza's vineyards are amongst the highest in the world.

With aromas and flavours characterised by ripe apple and peach, with hints of pear, this is a fruit-driven Chardonnay. The mouthfeel is round and soft, with a hint of toasty oak.

A perfect match for a rich and creamy pasta dishes, grilled chicken or grilled vegetables.

£6.66

when you buy two or more from our enjoy 33% off range


NEWSFLASH: short-term offer on Matua Sauvignon Blanc!Date published: 06/09/14

If you love New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc then be sure to stock up on as much of this fantastic Matua as your wine rack can hold!

For a limited time only, the Matua Sauvignon Blanc is on offer at £6.66 when you buy any 2 wines from the 33% off selection (down from £9.99)!

Aromas of lemon, lime, gooseberry and nettles leap from the glass. Zesty citrus flavours dominate the palate with hints of gooseberry, green pepper and a streak of minerality in the background. Perfect on its own or with light fish or chicken dishes.

Web Exclusive: Magnificent Mosel Parcel!Date published: 03/09/14

Our latest special parcel is a delicious bunch of mature Mosel Riesling from 2 historic producers. If you like the focused, pure, peach fruit and floral nature of Mosel Riesling plus the perfectly poised balance between ripe natural sweetness and mouthwatering acidity, then be sure to snap up some of this parcel!

At just £47.94, the Magnificent Mosel Mixed Case contains 3 bottles of each of the 2 fantastic wines from the parcel.

Here's the link to our website if you're interested (just copy and paste into your browser): 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Magnificent-Mosel-Mixed-Case-zid80508;pgid=GNJEK3mCxr5SRpAsgQaijcvS0000LQQDDISS;sid=AfXQ_YtzN_7k_d90P9Xc_7t5mREWaBOXx2BGU_2S?tracking=|searchterm:&tracking=|searchterm:

Wine of the Week: Parcel Series ShirazDate published: 03/09/14

Parcel Series Shiraz 2012 Clare Valley, Australia

If you like Aussie Shiraz, then this is the wine for you!

This fantastic wine is exclusive to Majestic and is made by a group of young, dynamic winemakers from Adelaide.

Clare Valley is an excellent area for growing pure, fruit-driven wines and this wine is no exception. Grapes are taken from several vineyards and fermented separately before being blended and then matured in oak barrels for 10 months.

Quintessential Shiraz aromas of intense blackcurrant, blackberry and damson leap from the glass. Ripe dark forest fruits dominate the palate with juicy blackberry and cassis coming to the fore with hints of dark chocolate and sweet spice in the background.

£6.66 when you buy any 2 wines from the 33% off selection! (£9.99 single bottle price)

This wine is an absolute steal and once it's gone, it's gone so be sure to snap it up before it's too late!


End of August Flyer!Date published: 30/08/14

On the 1st September, the current Summer Selection (33% off) offers will be ending!

Our favourite 5 from this selection are:

1) Mud House Sauvignon Blanc - £6.66

2) Argento Malbec - £6.66

3) Santa Ana Malbec - £5.99

4) Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva - £6.66 

5) Gavi Toledana - £7.99

There is still chance to get these wines at their amazing prices, so don't miss out!

MUD HOUSE OFFER ENDING!Date published: 29/08/14

The countdown is on...4 days left of Mud House Sauvignon Blanc at £6.66!

Snap it up before the price goes up at 7pm on Monday 1st September

Available to order online, in-store and over the phone at 0116 262 9519.

Wine of the Week: Mud House Sauvignon BlancDate published: 26/08/14

Bank Holiday Monday Opening HoursDate published: 25/08/14

Today we close at 5pm rather than 7pm. We revert to regular opening hours from tomorrow.

Red Burgundy Vintage Guide 2004-2010Date published: 24/08/14


2004:

 A fine September helped growers who had controlled yields and avoided rot. In general the Côte de Nuits performed better than the Côte de Beaune.

2005:

One of the best vintages in years, producing rich and concentrated wines. Those from the Côte de Nuits are particularly good.

2006:

Patchy with a few problems with rot in the Côte de Beaune. But some fruity yet forward reds from the Côte de Nuits.

2007:

Fairly dry and warm in early summer,cooling in autumn, resulting in an early harvest.Wines show good ripeness and purity and areforward drinking

2008:

A difficult growing season was rescued by good weather before the harvest. Good producers made good wines from reduced yields.

2009:

Superb weather and lengthy ripening produced reds that are expressive in their youth yet capable of ageing well.

2010:

A challenging vintage with much rain in midsummer. Top estates managed yields well and harvested late, making ripe, well-balanced wines.


Offers ending!Date published: 24/08/14

It's your last chance to pick up some great value wines as part of our Summer selection! Whilst our main offers run until Monday 2nd September, we've got some short term deals running until 5pm Monday night in store.

Macon Lugny Louis Latour - £9.99

Fleurie Duboeuf 'Flower Label' - £11.75 buy 2 save 25% = £8.81

Pinot Grigio Rosé Breganze - £8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo - £7.48 buy 2 save 33% = £4.99 

Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Cava Calamino NV - £8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Codorniu Brut NV - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Prosecco Corte Alta - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £10.49 buy 2 save 33% = £6.99 


Opening Hours over the Bank Holiday WeekendDate published: 22/08/14

If you need a top-up of wine over the Bank Holiday weekend, we will be operating the following opening hours:

Saturday 23rd August: 9am - 7pm

Sunday 24th August: 10am - 5pm

Monday 25th August: 10am - 5pm

Tuesday 26th August: 10am - 7pm (normal opening hours resume)

The Chocolate Block 2012 has arrived!Date published: 22/08/14

The Chocolate Block 2012 Boekenhoutskloof

The quest to understand the name of this wine is now the stuff of legend.

Unfortunately Boekenhoutskloof is not going to reveal everything about it, they will say that the style of the red wine is a reflection of their belief that the Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is eminently suited to making wines using different blends. The blend however is tweaked from year to year by winemaker Marc Kent to best reflect the season and specially selected blocks of ancient vines. It is then fermented and aged up to 18 months in old French Oak.

The Chocolate Block name however seems to be a secret that they want to keep.

The 2012 is a blend of five grapes, 70% Syrah, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Grenache, 6% Cinsault and 1% Viognier. It also states on the bottle how many barrels of this wine was produced and in 2012 it was only 1735.

The nose is complex giving off aromas of leather, earth and spice over underlying ripe blackcurrant and raspberry fruit. The palate is full and powerful but with harmonious flavours of cocoa and pepper complexity.

This wine would be most at home with a nicy juicy T-bone steak, a nice game dish or an opulant rib of beef.

Buy this wine for £22.00 when you buy two selected fine wines or spirits saving £10.00.

Single bottle price is £27.00


Tim Atkin's recommendation open to try in store!Date published: 20/08/14

As Caixas Godello 2013 Martín Codax

We're big fans of Spanish white wines here in store and this fantastic Godello is no exception! Crisp and refreshing with a medley of citrus flavours on the palate, this is a great white for the Bank Holiday weekend!

But it seems we're not the only fans as Tim Atkin recommended this cracking wine in the September issue of Woman & Home magazine:

Albarino has established itself as Spain’s premium white grape, but Godello isn’t far behind in terms of quality, and it benefits from the same cooling Atlantic influence. This is tangy and crisp, with lovely pear and stone fruit flavours.”

Currently on offer at £7.49 when you buy any 2 bottles from the 25% offer! £9.99 single bottle price

*Open to try all week in store!*

Wine of the week Ramon BilbaoDate published: 19/08/14

Ramón Bilbao, Single vineyard, Rioja, 2012


Bodegas Ramón Bilbao was founded in 1924 by Ramón Bilbao Murga who was already an experienced wine seller and had been doing so since 1896. The Bodegas is situated in a privileged location: Haro, in Rioja Alta. The Rioja Alta is a paradise where Rioja's emblematic grape variety, Tempranillo, grows best. From vines with an average age of 40 years old, this concentrated, intense rioja is a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha. 

 A soft and subtle wine that is a vibrant ruby colour with aromas of red cherry, blackberry and hints of vanilla. A medium bodied palate leads to soft fruits and soft subtle tannins and a long pleasing finish. 

 Great with stews or roast red meats.

£6.66

When you buy two or more

save 25% wines


NEWSFLASH: 2 week long deals on 10 wines starting today!Date published: 12/08/14

With this horrible weather we're suffering from at the moment, we need something to cheer us up and our fantastic new deals starting today do just that! With wines starting from just £4.99, there's plenty to put a smile on your face!

Grifone Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - £4.99 when you buy 2 wines from the Summer Selection, save 33% (£7.48 single bottle price)

Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja - £6.66 when you buy 2 wines from the Summer Selection, save 33% (£9.99 single bottle price)

Fleurie Georges Duboeuf - £8.81 when you buy 2 wines from the Summer Selection, save 33% (£11.75 single bottle price)

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £6.66 when you buy 2 wines from the Summer Selection, save 33% (£10.49 single bottle price)

Macon Lugny Louis Latour - £9.99 special offer! (down from £10.99)

Pinot Grigio Rosé Breganze - £5.99 when you buy 2 wines from the Summer Selection, save 33% (£8.99 single bottle price)

Cava Calamino - £5.99 when you buy 2 wines from the Summer Selection, save 33% (£8.99 single bottle price)

Prosecco Corte Alta - £6.66 when you buy 2 wines from the Summer Selection, save 33% (£9.99 single bottle price)

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta - £6.66 when you buy 2 wines from the Summer Selection, save 33% (£9.99 single bottle price)

Codorniu Brut NV - £6.66 when you buy 2 wines from the Summer Selection, save 33% (£9.99 single bottle price)

Hurry, offers end Monday 25th August!

Delivery Schedule w/c Monday 11th AugustDate published: 11/08/14

If you need a delivery of wine this week then we will be operating the following delivery schedule:

Monday 11th August - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

Tuesday 12th August - Nuneaton, Market Bosworth, Hinckley, Markfield, Loughborough - CV11, CV13, LE10, LE11, LE12, LE6

Wednesday 13th August - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

Thursday 14th August - Loughborough, Lutterworth, Cosby, Broughton Astley - LE11, LE12, LE17, LE8, LE9, LE18

Friday 15th August - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

We can deliver most local deliveries - LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5 postcodes - within 2 days. Please give us a call on 0116 2629519 for further information.


Wine of the Week: Amalaya de Colomé MalbecDate published: 07/08/14

Amalaya de Colomé Malbec Blend 2013 Salta

£7.99 (Buy 2 bottles save 33%) or £11.99 (single bottle price)

An interesting blend dominated by 70% of Argentina's signature Malbec. Spice and cassis fruit come to the blend with the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and the dark-skinned Tannat. Amalaya de Colomé are one of the oldest producers in Argentina, formed in 1831.

Deep ruby with purple tinges, red cherries and cassis are key components to this wine, as well as the usual dark fruit characteristics of Malbec. Careful use of oak adds vanilla and spice.

Enjoy with steak pie, or rich, spicy casseroles. Also a perfect wine with summer barbecues.


Delivery Schedule this weekDate published: 05/08/14

If your new flyer has arrived and you're keen to try some new wines, we will be operating the following delivery schedule this week:

Wednesday 30th July - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

Thursday 31st July - Loughborough, Lutterworth, Cosby, Broughton Astley, Nuneaton, Market Bosworth, Hinckley and Markfield - LE10, LE11, LE12, LE17, LE6, LE8, LE9, LE18, CV11, CV13

Friday 1st August - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

We can deliver most local deliveries - LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5 postcodes - within 2 days. Please give us a call on 0116 2629519 for further information.

August offers start today!Date published: 05/08/14

Our brand new August offers have started in store today! Pop in to see our fantastic range of wines that are all on our 33% off "Summer Selection" deals!

Wine of the Week: Santa Ana Sauvignon BlancDate published: 01/08/14

Nothing is better than a crisp refreshing Sauvignon Blanc in the summer months; and what better way to celebrate the sunshine than with a bottle of this delicious, unoaked Sauvignon from Argentina? 

Normally better known for Malbec and some punchy Chardonnays, Argentina proves with this wine that it is capable of creating fantastic summery whites that can compete with the best from New Zealand and France. 

With a fresh, summery nose of ripe apple/pear and citrus fruits this wine exhibits the classic aromas of Sauvignon but with an interesting twist. 

On the palate, the wine is a little more restrained than some Kiwi  examples, which makes it the perfect wine to drink at a garden party, picnic, or any other outdoor event over the summer! Lemon peel, apple juice and cut lawn all come together, with a magnificent, refreshing finish to cleanse the palate and leave you wanting more.

£8.99 single bottle price, or buy any two wines in the 33% selection and buy this wine for £5.99!

 

Tim Atkin's top Rioja for the Summer open to try in-store!Date published: 01/08/14

The Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja is a firm staff favourite here at Majestic, particularly when it's on offer at £6.66! It's also recently received the following glowing recommendation from Tim Atkin MW:

Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja 2012

£6.66 when you buy any 2 wines from the Summer Selection, save 33%!

£9.99 single bottle price

"If you buy this wine on a summer deal, it’s the best value Rioja in the country. It’s a modern style, with vibrant fruit, spicy oak and the potential to age further – if you can keep your hands off it!"

As recommended by Tim Atkin in the August issue of Woman & Home magazine!

Open to try all weekend in-store!

NEWSFLASH: 7 day deal on Bollinger NV - £25.50!Date published: 29/07/14

Yes, you read it correctly! For one week and one week only, the fantastic Bollinger NV will be on offer at £25.50 when you buy 2 bottles, saving 15% (down from £30). The last time we had this low price on Bollinger was over 5 years ago back in May 2008 so it really does represent excellent value for money!

And if you don't want to take my word for it, check out the extremely highly-regarded Jancis Robinson's review of it:

"Lots of evolution on the nose. Lively and complete. Ready now – unlike the Krug tasted immediately beforehand. Fresh and well balanced. Complete. 17 pts"

Stock levels are running low so give us a call on 0116 262 9519 to reserve yours or order online at www.majestic.co.uk

Minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix.

Wine of the Week: Ondine Sauvignon BlancDate published: 29/07/14

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Darling, Western Cape, South Africa

£5.99 when you buy 2 wines from the Summer Selection, save 33%!

£8.99 single bottle price

If you like Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, then why not try this bargain Sauvignon from South Africa?

The Western Cape offers ideal growing conditions for Sauvignon Blanc. The sub-region of Darling enjoys a maritime climate with cooling sea breezes blowing through the vineyards.

Quintessential Sauvignon aromas of lemon, lime and freshly mown grass leap from the glass. The palate offers a medley of citrus and tropical fruits with lemon, grapefruit and mango coming to the fore. With a refreshing but not overpowering acidity, this is a fantastic summer white, perfect for drinking on its own or to accompany light salads.

Last day of Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99!Date published: 28/07/14

Today is your last chance to get The Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99! Stock up online until 3pm or in-store and over the phone until 7pm!

The Ned is an award-winning Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand made by renowned winemaker Brent Marris. Jane MacQuitty recently voted it her Star Buy in her Summer Top 100 Wines in The Times giving it the following review:

"Readers adore Kiwi sauvignon blanc. No apologies for voting Ned in again. It lacks that oily, rotting cabbage aroma and taste that too many New Zealand sauvignons display. Its intense, zingy, tongue-tingling, green pepper, mango and white currant fruit make it one of the few summer swigs that can cope with goat’s cheese salad and fresh asparagus."

One of Tom Cannavan's top rosé recommendations open to try in store! Date published: 26/07/14

This weekend is definitely rosé weather and we've got one of Tom Cannavan's top rosé recommendations open to try in-store!

Famille Negrel Sainte Victoire Rosé 2013

£9.99 Special Offer! (down from £10.99)

“An old value for money favourite, the 2013 produced a low crop in Provence, but quality is good. In screwcap and with 13% alcohol, this blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache has a lovely strawberry-touched aroma, with wild flowers and a hint of ripe, rosy apple. On the palate it is more or less dry, with a nice sense of concentration and elegance, the pretty red fruit sliced through by lemon-sharp acidity. 88/100.”

As recommended by Tom Cannavan on www.wine-pages.com in his article “Rosé Round-Up – Top 40 rosés for Summer”

Delivery Schedule w/c Monday 28th JulyDate published: 26/07/14

If you need a delivery of wine next week then we will be operating the following delivery schedule:

Monday 28th July - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

Tuesday 29th July - Nuneaton, Market Bosworth, Hinckley, Markfield, Loughborough - CV11, CV13, LE10, LE11, LE12, LE6

Wednesday 30th July - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

Thursday 31st July - Loughborough, Lutterworth, Cosby, Broughton Astley - LE11, LE12, LE17, LE8, LE9, LE18

Friday 1st August - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

We can deliver most local deliveries - LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5 postcodes - within 2 days. Please give us a call on 0116 2629519 for further information.

Calima Competition - Spanish Hamper Giveaway!Date published: 23/07/14

Calima is made by the well known Cava producer Marqués de Monistrol, based just south of Barcelona in Penedés.

To celebrate the launch of Calima at Majestic we have three hampers of Antonio Olivé’s (the Calima winemaker) favourite Spanish Meats, Cheeses, Olive Oil and of course Calima wines to give away!

The three hampers include:

Hacienda Zorita Cured Meats:
200g Acorn-fed Jamon Iberico Ham
500g Acorn-fed Iberian Chorizo
500g Salchichon Iberian Sausage

Hacienda Zorita Cheese:
250g Torta de la Dehesa (Super Gold medal World Cheese Awards 2013)
1kg Syrah Cheese (aged in Syrah wine, Bronze medal World Cheese Awards 2012)

Hacienda Zorita Olive Oil 500ml: (International Olive Oil Award Zurich 2013)

Calima Wines: 1 bottle each of Calima Tinto, Blanco and Rosado.


For a chance to win, follow this link: http://blog.majestic.co.uk/calima-competition-3-spanish-hampers-to-give-away/ and answer the question! Good luck!



Amazing New Deals!Date published: 22/07/14

In celebration of our majestic.co.uk website turning 1 today, we have 4 new great offers for you!

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, a Majestic favourite, is now £6.99! 

'Les Galets' Cotes du Rhone, now at the fantastic price of £5.66!

Vallee Des Pins Rose, now £6.66!

Pouilly-Fume, Jean Vincent, now £9.99!

These offers are only a week long (ending on the 28th July) so be quick! Order online via majestic.co.uk, visit us in store or give us a call on 01162629519 to make the most of these brilliant offers! And don't forget we also do free delivery!

WOTW DB Reserve, Family Reserve ChardonnayDate published: 20/07/14

DB Reserve, Family Reserve Chardonnay 2013


£9.99 or buy 2 bottles save 25% ...£7.49 each!

Now in its third generation, this Australian owned company was established in 1928 by Italian immigrants Vittorio and Guiseppina de Bortoli. Today they make a wide range of wines from their extensive vineyards throughout Yarra, Hunter Valley and Riverina.

De Bortoli have a winemaking legacy of selecting the finest parcels of fruit to create wine that reflects varietal character.

A lightly oaked Chardonnay, this wine is well rounded and approachable. Aromas of fresh peach and citrus fruits, with soft touches of Vanilla and almonds.

Ideal with creamy pasta dishes, roast chicken and smoked salmon.

This wine is ready to drink now or will keep over the next 2 – 3 years


Mont Saint Jean Corbieres - £4.99 a bottle!!Date published: 19/07/14

Mont Saint Jean 2012, Corbieres is on a brilliant short-term offer at the minute, only £4.99!!

Winemaker Jérôme Regues blends two different terroirs to make this wine; a typical Corbières red blend. Grapes from Ornaisons provide the rich fruit flavours, while grapes from Durban, around 25km further south, are said to add spicier notes.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, this wine shows notes of damsons and blackberries on the nose, with subtle hints of garrigue herbs, which carry through on the palate. Full and fruity, with rounded tannins adding a supporting structure.

This wine is perfect with your home-made shepherd's pie or a cheese board.

Delivery Schedule w/c Monday 21st JulyDate published: 19/07/14

If you need a delivery of wine next week then we will be operating the following delivery schedule:

Monday 21st July - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

Tuesday 22nd July - Nuneaton, Market Bosworth, Hinckley, Markfield, Loughborough - CV11, CV13, LE10, LE11, LE12, LE6

Wednesday 23rd July - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

Thursday 24th July - Loughborough, Lutterworth, Cosby, Broughton Astley - LE11, LE12, LE17, LE8, LE9, LE18

Friday 25th July - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

We can deliver most local deliveries - LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5 postcodes - within 2 days. Please give us a call on 0116 2629519 for further information.

Short term dealsDate published: 15/07/14

Short term deals

We have a few wines that go onto special price deals today that are well worth a look.

Torres Vina Sol 2013, Catalunya

This dry white from Vilafranca del Penedés is fresh and fruity on the nose with a crisp, smooth palate with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. Serve with fish or shellfish or just enjoy on its own.

Buy 2 bottles from our 25% off range and get this wine for £5.99.

Single bottle price £7.99.

Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, PGI Pays d'Oc

This red wine from the south of France is cool fermented and matured only in stainless steel so it is definitely fruit focused. It is youthful and emphasizes its ripe bramble and cassis fruit with lively acidity and subtle tannins. It will go well with duck, guinea fowl or barbecued meats.

Buy 2 bottles from our 25% off range and get this wine for £5.99.

Single bottle price £7.99.

Prosecco Corte Alta NV, DOC

Prosecco is really driving the sparkling wine market currently and this value example shows why. A fresh and frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy in alcohol. If you are planning a wedding in the future at this price its well worth snapping up. Enjoy on its own or perhaps with canapés.

Buy 2 bottles from our 33.3% off range and get this wine for £6.66

Single bottle price £9.99.

Codorniu Rosado NV

Codorniu is one of the oldest wine producers in Spain and also one of the pioneers of making Cava. This sparkling rosé wine is light with citrus fruits and hints of strawberry and raspberry fruit. It is clean and refreshing on the palate. Enjoy with with tomato based salads or in the sun on its own.

Buy 2 bottles from our 33.3% off range and get this wine for £6.66.

Single bottle price £9.99.

Codorniu Selección Raventós NV

A modern example of Cava from the Catalan region of Spain. Pale golden in colour with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus lemon and peach aromas with vibrant fruit flavours on the palate leading to crisp mineral acidity. Lovely as an aperitif or with canapés.

Buy 2 bottles from our 33.3% off range and get this wine for £7.99.

Single bottle price £11.99.


Wine of the Week: Giesen Sauvignon BlancDate published: 15/07/14

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

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

A Majestic favourite, this wine has a rich, tropical nose dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Still has the classic gooseberry aromas that are so well associated with a great Marlborough wine. Citrus notes on the palate with an zesty acidity on the finish.

£7.49 when you buy any two from the 25% range, single bottle price £9.99


Delivery Schedule w/c Monday 14th JulyDate published: 12/07/14

If you need a delivery of wine next week then we will be operating the following delivery schedule:

Monday 14th July - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

Tuesday 15th July - Nuneaton, Market Bosworth, Hinckley, Markfield, Loughborough - CV11, CV13, LE10, LE11, LE12, LE6

Wednesday 16th July - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

Thursday 17th July - Loughborough, Lutterworth, Cosby, Broughton Astley - LE11, LE12, LE17, LE8, LE9, LE18

Friday 18th July - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

We can deliver most local deliveries - LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5 postcodes - within 2 days. Please give us a call on 0116 2629519 for further information.

Fine Wine Friday - Sexy Beast Cabernet 2012 Two HandsDate published: 11/07/14

Two Hands source their Cabernet Sauvignon from a range of sites throughout McLaren Vale to make this voluptuous wine. Vinified in traditional open fermenters, the wine is then matured for 14 months in French oak hogsheads.

Part of Two Hands 'Picture Series' wines, Sexy Beast is a textbook Cabernet Sauvignon. 

A deep and lush ruby colour, with an alluring nose of rich fruit, and subtle touches of violet, cranberries, smoke, and leafy herbs. Full-bodied yet elegant, the tannins are smooth and the palate tightly structured. A delicious wine!

(£18 when you buy any 2 selected wines from the buy 2 save £10 offer, or £23 single bottle price.) 


Wine of the Week: 2013 Paul Mas VermentinoDate published: 08/07/14

The 2013 Vermentino by Paul Mas is an excellent introduction to an interesting grape variety, and at a tempting price as well!

Vermentino is a grape generally grown in Italy, but as with many other non-french grapes, it has found a home in the South of France with Paul Mas.

On the nose the wine displays an aromatic freshness, with just a hint of smokiness to complement the citrus fruit.

On the palate the wine is fantastically concentrated and rich, and delivers wonderful stone-fruit purity and complexity in spades.


Rich and complex, this is a fantastic wine for the price and a great BBQ wine!


Delivery Schedule w/c Monday 7th JulyDate published: 06/07/14

If you need a delivery of wine next week then we will be operating the following delivery schedule:

Monday 7th July - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

Tuesday 8th July - Nuneaton, Market Bosworth, Hinckley, Markfield, Loughborough - CV11, CV13, LE10, LE11, LE12, LE6

Wednesday 9th July - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

Thursday 10th July - Loughborough, Lutterworth, Cosby, Broughton Astley - LE11, LE12, LE17, LE8, LE9, LE18

Friday 11th July - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

We can deliver most local deliveries - LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5 postcodes - within 2 days. Please give us a call on 0116 2629519 for further information.

Codorníu: the Crown of CavaDate published: 06/07/14

Last month whilst attending the annual London Wine Fair, I was lucky enough to attend a tasting of Codorníu wines run by one of their winemakers, Laura Tragant.

Established in 1551, Codorníu is one of Spain's leading sparkling wine producers, having made their first cava in 1872. By law, cavas must be made in the traditional method (with the second fermentation happening in bottle like in Champagne) and must spend a minimum of 9 months ageing. Any cavas labelled "Reserva" must undergo 15 months ageing whilst "Gran Reservas" must spend 30 months. The main three grape varieties used in cava are Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay also being used in some blends.

Here at Majestic, we stock a range of Codorníu's wines - read on to find out more...

Codorníu Brut NV - £7.49 when you buy 2 bottles, save 25% (£9.99 single bottle price)

Grapes for this wine come from younger vineyards producing fresher, fruitier wines. Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada make up roughly equal portions in the blend. A pale lemon yellow in colour, citrus aromas dominate the nose. Lemon, lime, green apple and greengage abound on the palate framed by gentle acidity. Great as an apéritif or as a party fizz.

Codorníu Rosado NV - £7.49 when you buy 2 bottles, save 25% (£9.99 single bottle price)

Made from Monastrell (also known as Mourvèdre in the south of France), Garnacha and Trepat, this wine is a pale pink in colour. Aromas of strawberry, lemon and red cherry leap from the glass. The palate is fruity and soft and tastes of strawberries and cream with hints of biscuit in the background. Also great as an apéritif or with light, fruity summer desserts.

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV - £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save 25% (£11.99 single bottle price)

Chardonnay (which makes up 50% of the blend of this wine) has only been permitted in cava production since 1983. Grapes for this wine come from Priorat where the steep vineyards make it impossible to use machinery so any work is done by donkeys! Lemon curd, fresh peach and almond dominate the nose. The palate offers a medley of citrus and ripe stone fruit flavours with hints of manuka honey and toast coming from the lees ageing. Soft and creamy in style, this is a great partner to fish and chicken dishes.

Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2011 - £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save 33% (£14.99 single bottle price)

Before 2008, Pinot Noir could only be vinified as a still wine. When the law was changed, Codorníu took full advantage and in 2010 produced their first Blanc de Noirs cava from 100% Pinot Noir. This wine is named after the Austrian Queen Maria Cristina who gave Codorníu the title of "Supplier to the Royal Household" in 1897. Aromas of apple and blackberry crumble burst from the glass with floral hints of orange blossom in the background. On the palate, raspberry, redcurrant and baked apple flavours marry together beautifully and lead in to a long, creamy finish. Match with delicate fish or white meat dishes.


2005 Vina Ardanza ReservaDate published: 05/07/14

The 2005 Vina Ardanza Reserva is the third vintage in a row where La Rioja Alta have produced an absolutely fantastic wine. Though the 2001 and 2004 are hard acts to follow, the 2005 Reserva has lived up to its reputation as an exemplar of great Rioja - and all for under £20!


The bouquet of the wine is intense and fragrant, with lashings of strawberries, black cherries and oak influenced spice. On the palate the wine has exceptional richness, delivering spades of flavour with an intensity that is rarely found in wines under £20. The finish is long and elegant, and the balance of the wine indicates that it would be suitable to either to drink on its own or with an array of different meat dishes. I personally would recommend pairing it with a simpler meat dish, perhaps roast chicken, so that the complexity of the wine would sing.


£24 or buy any two wines on the Fine Wine Offer and save £10, making the Ardanza Reserva £19.

Domaine La Chautarde Rosé, Coteaux Varois en ProvenceDate published: 04/07/14

Domaine La Chautarde Rosé, Coteaux Varois en Provence

Wine has been made in Provence since the phocaens lived there some 2600 years ago, making it the oldest wine producing region in France.

Domaine La Chautarde is located near the city of Brignoles in the heart of Provence. The estate also include pine and oak forests and also olive groves. Translating as Valley of the pines or pine valley the vineyards for this wine are surrounded by forests of pine trees which give the area a lovely pine resin aroma. Throughout Provence shrubs like rosemary, juniper, thyme and lavender grow almost everywhere which can influence the character of the wines.

The vines including Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Carignan are grown on a soil type known as argilo-calcaire which is a limestone rich clay. The vines benefit greatly from the Mediterranean climate.

The grapes are vinified separately and then using the “assemblage” method the grape varieties are blended into the finished article.

Rosé's are made by removing the wine early from the must of a fermenting red wine before too much colour has leeched out of the skins.

Domaine La Chautarde is a light, dry and fruity rosé, with strawberry, red cherry flavours accompanying more subtle flavours of peach, watermelon, nectarine and grapefruit. Soft acidity and delicate juiciness make for a refreshed palate.

Serve between 8 and 10°C either on its own or will go great with many light dishes.

Buy two bottles from our save 25% range and get this wine for £7.49

Single bottle price is £9.99

Sample this wine and other rosé all week up till the 10th July in store on our free tasting counter. We also have a spotlight tasting on rosé wines on the 5th July from 15.00 - 15.30

Wine of the Week: Santa Rita Medalla Real Carménère 2009Date published: 02/07/14

Santa Rita Medalla Real Carménère 2009

£7.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines, save 33%!

£11.99 single bottle price

Santa Rita produce a variety of wines including their “Medalla Real” range which aims to express the unique “terroirs” of the different wine-making regions in Chile.

Carménère is Chile's signature red grape variety and the grapes for this wine come from the Colchagua Valley which is located just over 100 miles south of the capital, Santiago. The area has a very warm climate with dry summers and wet winters making it a great place to grow red grape varieties.

Rich and spicy on the nose, aromas of plum and cassis leap from the glass with hints of coffee bean and savoury spice. Full-bodied in style, the palate offers a medley of ripe black fruits with blackcurrant, blackberry and damson coming to the fore. Hints of vanilla, spicy oak and a lick of dark chocolate come from the wine's ageing in oak barrels for 10 months.

Rich and complex, this is a fantastic wine for the price and a great BBQ wine!


Like rosé? Then why not sign up to our Provence Rosé tasting this Saturday?Date published: 02/07/14

Provence Rosé Spotlight Tasting

Saturday 5th July 3pm

Like rosé? Then why not sign up to our Provence Rosé tasting this Saturday? We'll be tasting 6 different rosés from all over the Provence region in southern France. Crisp and refreshing in style, Provence rosés are the ultimate summer slurper!

The tasting will last 30 minutes and, best of all, it's free!

Give us a call on 0116 2629519 or email us on lei@majestic.co.uk to book your place!

Wine of the week. The Parcel Series MerlotDate published: 28/06/14

The Parcel Series, Merlot 2012

This top quality parcel comes from a highly respected winery in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa.

The grapes are sourced from several vineyard sites in the Western Cape of South Africa. The wine is matured for 8 months in French Oak.

The Merlot is one of the main Bordeaux grapes giving a softer style than the other Bordeaux classic, the Cabernet Sauvignon.

On the nose you find plum and and raspberry fruit, with inviting chocolate notes. Berry flavours burst on the palate, tinged with subtle sweet spice leading to a smooth and subtle finish.


Great with roast duck, beef joints or stews.


Buy this wine with another from our 25% off range and get it for £6.74


Single bottle price £8.99


The Times' recommendation open to try in store!Date published: 26/06/14

Last week, the fantastic Vinalba Reservado Malbec 2012 was recommended by Bob Tyrer in The Times. Here's what he had to say about it:

"Argentinian malbec is made for scorched meat, and this bright, plummy version won’t clash with the adventurous salads on the menu."

This cracking malbec is on offer at £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles, saving 33% (down from £11.99) until 7pm this Monday 30th June. And it's open to try all weekend in store!

2009 Rioja Reserva, Marqués de VargasDate published: 22/06/14

One of my favourite wines at the moment is the 2009 Reserva from Marqués de Vargas, which displays all the characteristic traits of a great Rioja. It drinks wonderfully now, but I am sure with a few years of careful cellaring it will drink even more beautifully; I recently had a bottle of the 2001 - fantastic!

Just like in Bordeaux and most of the rest of western Europe, the 2009 vintage was undoubtedly a great one in Rioja. Many of the wines, including the Marqués de Vargas Reserva, are powerfully built wines that will last, and are in perfect balance.

If one does decide to open a bottle, I would recommend serving it at 19 degrees, after an hour or two in a decanter. It would match perfectly with lamb.

£19.99 per bottle, or £14.99 when you buy two or more wines on the fine wine and spirit offer.

Delivery Schedule w/c Monday 23rd JuneDate published: 21/06/14

If you need a delivery of wine next week then we will be operating the following delivery schedule:

Monday 23rd June - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

Tuesday 24th June - Nuneaton, Market Bosworth, Hinckley, Markfield, Loughborough - CV11, CV13, LE10, LE11, LE12, LE6

Wednesday 25th June - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

Thursday 26th June - Loughborough, Lutterworth, Cosby, Broughton Astley - LE11, LE12, LE17, LE8, LE9

Friday 27th June - Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Houghton on the Hill - LE14, LE15, LE7

We can deliver most local deliveries - LE1, LE2, LE3, LE4, LE5 postcodes - within 2 days. Please give us a call on 0116 2629519 for further information.


10 days left of Viñalba Malbec at £7.99!Date published: 20/06/14

If, like many people, Viñalba Malbec is your favourite malbec then be sure to stock up before 7pm on Monday 30th June!

Grapes for this wine come from vineyard sites in the foothills of the Andes and enjoy a warm, sunny climate.

Rich and full-bodied, aromas of black cherry, blackcurrant and damson leap from the glass. Ripe, juicy black fruits dominate the palate with hints of sweet spice and dark chocolate in the background, framed by silky tannins.

On offer at £7.99 when you buy any 2 wines in our Summer Selection (saving 33%, down from £11.99), this is a cracking wine for summer barbecues.

This offer ends on Monday 30th June so be sure to take advantage of this fantastic offer!

The Sunday Express' recommendation open to try in store!Date published: 20/06/14

If you're looking for a summery white wine this weekend, why not try this fantastic wine that was recommended in The Sunday Express recently?

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2013

£6.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save 15%!

£8.22 single bottle price

“This zippy white is crisp and citrussy with a hint of peachy richness. Lively, fresh and bright, it’s a fabulous summer wine that would be delicious with crab claws.”

As recommended by Jamie Goode in The Sunday Express on 8th June!

Wine of the Week: Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon BlancDate published: 18/06/14

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough

(£8.65 when you buy any 2 from the 33.3% offer, or £12.99 single bottle price).


Made from a selection of the best grapes grown throughout Marlborough. During vinification the wine was left on its lees for a brief spell which has given it excellent concentration and added depth.

Displays pronounced aromas of gooseberry and passion fruit on the nose. It is fresh and beautifully crisp on the palate while being vibrantly fruity, ending in a long zingy finish.

The perfect wine to take along to summer parties. Enjoy on its own or with crab or poached salmon salad.

Did you know...?Date published: 18/06/14

Did you know...

Did you know that Chile is one of the only wine growing countries that is completely free of Phylloxera (a small yellow root feeding aphid) which devastated European vines in the 19th Century.


Wine of the Week: Gavi Araldica!Date published: 13/06/14

Gavi 2013 Araldica

(£7.49 when you buy any 2 from the 25% offer, or £9.99 single bottle price)

If you're looking for a change from Pinot Grigio, then you should look no further than Gavi Araldica!

It is made with the Cortese grape which has proven to be a success in the south of Piedmont, by the border of Liguria, where the grape is planted and has thrived. Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med.

Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.

Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.


Heidseick & Co. Monopole Brut NV - only £14.99 a bottle!Date published: 12/06/14

We have an amazing deal on Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV Champagne at £14.99 per bottle!

Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house style, this cuvée offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse. This is packed with baked apple, a twist of citrus and a lingering honeyed spice and is perfect for a party! 

The Guardian's rosé recommendation open to try in store!Date published: 11/06/14

We love the fantastic new Pied Tanqué Rosé 2013 on offer at just £5.49 and it's clear that Fiona Beckett does too! Here's her recent review of it in The Guardian:

“And while I like my rosé bone dry, you may well prefer a touch of sweetness, in which case go for the Pied Tanqué Rosé 2013, an off-dry blend of cinsault and carignan. Just £5.49 at Majestic; the red in the same range would be fine for a barbecue, too.”

Open to try all week in store!

Read more about it on our website here: http://www.majestic.co.uk/Pied-Tanque-Rose-zid08029?tracking=|searchterm:pied|tanque


M de Minuty Rosé back in stock!Date published: 10/06/14

Breathe a sigh of relief, everyone's favourite Provence rosé is now back in stock! 

Offering quintessential Provence rosé flavours of lemon, peach and honeysuckle with hints of soft red fruit in the background, crack open a bottle and whisk yourself away to the Mediterranean!

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 is on offer at £11.24 when you buy 2 bottles, save 25% (down from £14.99).

Did you know? We also stock the M de Minuty in magnums at just £25 a bottle - great for parties and BBQs!

Minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix.

Pilsner Urquell - only £1 a bottle!Date published: 09/06/14

Throughout June we have 24 x 330ml bottle packs of Pilsner Urquell for just £24!  Great for any weddings, BBQs, christenings, or any occasion really! This is a great Czech lager and is a lovely alternative to Peroni, especially at this price! 

The NedDate published: 08/06/14

The Ned

The Ned is an abiding symbol of “The Summit of Marlborough”. The Ned mountain stands 909m above sea level with commanding views over the magnificent wine country of Marlborough.

Named after the Ned Mountain is a range of wines made by Brent Marris including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir. The vineyards for the white wines of the Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the Southern side of the Wairau Valley. The Waihopai river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil. The Ned vineyards are also blessed with having a breeding pair of the only Falcon found in New Zealand. The Karearea is a threatened species and the two that are now resident at the property have been christened Maggie and Austin. The handy thing about having two Falcon's around is the reduced need of man-made pest control.

The Sauvignon blanc offers up nose of nettles, grass, gooseberry, passionfruit and freshly squeezed limes. Vibrant fruit on the palate with a smoky herbal twist finished of with a gunflint minerality given to it from the stony terroir. Great on its own or with salads or fish dishes.

Buy 2 bottles from our save 25% offer and get this wine for a cracking £7.99.

The Pinot Grigio has a nose of pear drop, blossom and nectarine leading to a palate that is softer, richer and more tropical in flavour than its European counterpart. Lovely with creamy pastas or salads.

You can also buy 2 bottles from our save 25% offer and get this wine for £7.99.

The Pinot Noir grapes are scourced from the Ben Morven vineyard in Marlborough's southern vineyards, known for their deep clay and loam soils. The grapes are hand picked and then the wine is aged for 9 months in French oak. This wine has a subtle smoky character and rounded red berry fruit aromas. On the palate this wine is warming and rich, encompassing every corner of the mouth and leaving a long and smooth finish. A fantastic wine with roast chicken, duck or turkey.

This wine can be had when you buy 2 bottles from our save 33.3% offer for £9.99


Wine of the Week, Cotes-du-Rhone, Saint EspritDate published: 05/06/14


Wine of the week

Côtes~du~Rhône

Saint Esprit

2012 Delas Fréres

Delas was founded in 1835 and this wine is an excellent example of a Grenache and Syrah blend which Côtes du Rhône is reputed for.

The cuvée “Saint-Esprit” comes from a small valley in the northern part of the Ardéche. The vineyards are planted on granite, south facing slopes near the villages of Saint-Julien and Saint-Alban.

Beautiful black fruits and spice on the nose and palate and the Syrah in the blend really shows off its white pepper influence on the finish.

Will go great with spicy meat dishes, casseroles or venison dishes.

Only £6.66

when you buy two wines from our buy 2 save 33.3% range

Single bottle price £9.99


One of Matthew Jukes' Best Value Summer Reds is open to try on our tasting counter!Date published: 03/06/14

The fantastic Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 featured in Matthew Jukes' article "The 100 Best Value Summer Red Wines" in the Daily Mail on 31st May.

On offer at £7.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines, save 33% (down from £11.99) this is a cracking wine and a firm favourite with Majestic staff and customers alike and it's clearly found another fan in Matthew Jukes!

"The ridiculously low price should not put you off the scent, because this is a very distinguished zinfandel. Decant it and prepare to be dumbfounded by the intense blueberry and cinnamon notes."

Open to try all this week in-store!


International Wine Challenge 2014 Results!Date published: 31/05/14

The results of the International Wine Challenge were announced a couple of weeks ago. The competition, now in its 31st year, attracts around 14,000 entries, which are tasted by a line-up of Masters of Wine, sommeliers, critics and buyers. 

After vigorous rounds of judging, the top wines are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.Majestic entered a number of wines into the competition, as did some of our suppliers.

Below are some of our stand out Gold awards:

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - Also awarded ‘Great Value White between £7 - £12’ Trophy

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 - Also awarded ‘English Sparkling’ Trophy

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Natale Verga Barolo 2009 & 2010 (both vintages won Gold!)

Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2012 

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Oloroso NV

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Palo Cortado NV

Pop in store and grab yourself some of these award winning wines!

Hurry - it's the last weekend of our current offers!Date published: 31/05/14

At 7pm on Monday 2nd June, our current offers will be changing!

Some of our best deals at the moment include:

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc at £7.99 a bottle

M de Minuty Rose - £9.99

Paul Mas Estate Sauvignon Blanc - £6.66

Waimea Sauvignon Blanc - £8.66

Portillo Malbec - £6.99

Chandon Brut - £12.98

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007 - £19.99

To make the most of all our current offers, feel free to place an order online, ring us on 0116 262 9519 or come in store - where better place to spend the afternoon to catch some deals?


Wine of the Week - Rioja Crianza 2009 Marqués de la Concordia Date published: 29/05/14

Rioja Crianza 2009 Marqués de la Concordia 

£7.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines, save 33%! £11.99 single bottle price

Marqués de la Concordia takes its name from one of Spain’s most important historical figures - Don José Abascal. In 1812, he received this honour for his work during his position of viceroy of Peru. “Concordia” means “harmony” in Spanish and Don José Abascal was granted this title for his work unifying the New World with the Old in the Americas.

This wine is made from 100% Tempranillo and is aged in new French and American oak casks for 18 months before bottling.

A deep ruby red in colour, aromas of raspberry, red cherry and blackberry leap from the glass. The palate offers a medley of red and black fruits with juicy black cherry and wild strawberries coming to the fore. Hints of warming sweet spice and vanilla from the oak aging make this a fantastic Rioja for the price.

Food match: lamb shanks served with a redcurrant jus.

Bank Holiday Opening HoursDate published: 24/05/14

If you've left it to the last minute and need to stock up on wine and beer for the Bank Holiday weekend, we will be open the following hours:

Sunday 24th May: 9am - 7pm

Sunday 25th May: 10am - 5pm

Monday 26th May: 10am - 5pm

Tuesday 27th May: 10am - 7pm (normal hours)

Curious BrewDate published: 23/05/14

Feeling Curious?

Chapel Down, one of England's biggest wine producers, have been consistently wowing us with their quality beers and ales... so much so that we want to tell you all about them!

Chapel Down's ingredients are anything but simple; across their range, they can boast the use of East Anglian malt, Champagne yeast and the fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop. Simply put, they are producing brews that others cannot compete with!

Curious Brew Lager

In Chapel Down's own words, a “drier, cleaner, fresher lager”. A Gold Medal winner in the International Beer Challenge, this is far far away from any of the conventional lagers you'll have down at the pub.

Curious Brew IPA

Chapel Down's secret to a great IPA is a trio of specially selected hops; the fresh English Goldings, fruity Bramling Cross and spicy Chinook are a marriage made in heaven. Light, malty and incredibly moreish – we dare you to have just one!

Just £14.99 for a case of 12!


How Rosé is made!Date published: 21/05/14

Rosé is the perfect wine for this lovely weather we have been having recently!

There are four ways of producing Rosé wine, and this article aims to give you a basic understanding of each of these methods. 

The first method is drawing off, this sees juices taken from the crushed red grapes after between 6 and 48 hours of fermentation and left to ferment in cool temperatures. The longer that the juice is left to ferment before being drawn off the deeper colour it will acquire. By fermenting after drawing off fruity characteristics are retained. 

The second method is Direct Pressing. Black grapes are pressed and crushed before fermentation can begin. A little colour is extracted from the skins of the grapes, however, wine makers must be careful that they do not extract too much tannin.

Bleeding is a method also known as Saignee. In this method the rosé wine is simply a bi-product of red wine production. Following the pressing of the grapes juice is drawn off, unlike in the drawing off method however, only a portion of the juice is drawn off for cool fermentation. The juice that remains is now more concentrated and makes a more flavoursome red wine.

Finally is the method of blending, this is simply when red and white wines are mixed together to create a rosé. This method is banned throughout the EU, with the exception of in Champagne. In the new world this method of production creates some fruity and inexpensive wines. 


Mud House Sauvignon Blanc - the next big thing?!Date published: 19/05/14

At Majestic there has been a new arrival - the Mud House Sauvignon Blanc! 

Established in 1996, the Mud House name reflects the origin of all wine and its links to the earth, the producer focused on sustainable viticulture. The vineyards are nurtured to ensure that the grapes reach optimum ripeness, varietal character and flavour. Just over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from their own Woolshed vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, with the remainder sourced from partner growers.The winemakers then finely craft the wine to capture the essence of its origin.

This wine is a pale straw yellow, with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.

Reviewed in the Yorkshire Post, Christine Au– Christine Austin – 3rd May2013 Mud House Sauvignon Blanc…offers terrific value…Mud House is a new arrival at Majestic and often sells in independents at a couple of pounds per bottle more than Majestic’s price…its lively, bright, zesty flavours are a joy and stand out for value at the offer price.

If you are a fan of New Zealand Sauvignons and The Ned then you will love this! And for £6.66 what's not to love! 

Wine of the Week: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Date published: 19/05/14

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013 Monte Schiavo

(£6.74 when you buy any 2 bottles from the save 25% offer or £8.99 single bottle price).

Monte Schiavo are a large cooperative group. The fruit is sourced from over 35 growers, and the quality is usually superb. Verdicchio is the signature wine from the Marche region on the Adriatic coast, and is one of the prime examples of a fresh, summery Italian white.

An invigorating wine with great diversity of fruit, including lemon, pineapple and lime along with ripe apricot notes. The finish has an interesting bitter almond streak.

This is the quintessential Italian white wine. Perfect as a party wine or for outdoor drinking (preferably in the sun).



Wine of the Week: Vinalba Fifty 50Date published: 08/05/14

Wine of the Week

Vinalba Fifty 50 2012, Uco Valley

(£7.99 when you buy any 2 from the 33.3% offer, or £11.99 single bottle price).

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

The grapes are selected from their vineyards high in the Uco Valley, where the high altitude, warm days and cool nights give wonderful elegance and complexity to the wine.

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

Perfect with a juicy roast leg of lamb, or a hearty casserole.


Wine of the Week, P15 Malbec 2013, PatagoniaDate published: 01/05/14


P15 Malbec 2013, Patagonia

P 15 refers to Picada 15 which is one of the many old dusty and stony roads that run across the vineyard in San Patriccio del Chaňarin thePatagonian landscape.

The wine is made from relatively young vines in the Neuquén provence at a latitude of 39°. At this latitude it is Argentina's southernmost wine region.

This medium bodied Malbec wine has a purplish red colour showing its youthfullness. With aromas of ripe Morello cherries and plums and a subtle hint of violets and vanilla.

Ripe fruit flavours lead into soft tannins and a harmonious and elegant finish.

This wine is best drunk young and pairs well with rich stews and pasta sauces.


Save 33.3% when you buy at least 2 of our summer selection wines.

£7.99

Single bottle price £11.99


Primitivo Puglia, Natale VergaDate published: 23/04/14

We have opened a new wine on our tasting counter today.

It is the Primitivo Puglia from Natale Verga.

It is made in the Southern part of Italy from the Primitivo grape, grown in the Brindisi and Taranto vineyards which is in the area that is the “heel” of Italy's “boot”.

It is a juicy, concentrated, medium-bodied red wine with plum and red berry fruit flavours on the nose leading to a soft velvety finish with a hint of spice, prunes and violets on the palate. Smooth mouth drying tannins lead to a long finish.

Will go naturally with any Italian tomato pasta dishes or even pizza.

Normally £8.99 per bottle

Buy 2 save £4.00

£6.99


The Ned Sauvignon Blanc offer ending soon!Date published: 22/04/14

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is currently on an excellent offer at £6.99 when you buy any 2 Easter Pick 'n' Mix wines, save 33% (down from £10.49). This deal ends next Monday 28th April and it will go up to £10.99 on Tuesday 29th April so be sure to stock up before the end of Monday and save yourself £24 a case!


Wine of the Week: Louis Latour Macon Lugny 2012Date published: 22/04/14

Louis Latour Macon Lugny 2012 £8.99 when you buy any 2 bottles from the Easter Pick 'n' Mix or £11.99 single bottle price (as part of your mixed case)


The family run négociant house of Maison Louis Latour has been producing and selling wines since 1797. The limestone-rich soils of the Lugny village produce rich, buttery yet still Burgundian styles of Chardonnay with the typicity and style of the Mâcon.

Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.

Perfectly acceptable on its own as an afternoon apéritif or with poultry, pork and or with fresh seafood.


The Tasting Counter this week!Date published: 18/04/14

Our Tasting Counter is the perfect chance to try before you buy! There is always a good mixture of whites and reds open and the wines change every week, giving you the perfect opportunity to try a range of new wines and styles.

This week we have open to try:

Argento Malbec 

Part of our Easter Pick 'n' Mix this is a brilliant Malbec for the price! Ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on the richly textured palate, with hints of vanilla oak and balanced acidity on the finish.

£6.66 when you buy any 2 wines from the Easter Pick 'n' Mix or £9.99 single bottle price 

Vinalba Malbec 

This is a Majestic favourite and has won a Decanter World Wine Award! This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time.

£7.99 when you buy any 2 wines from the Easter Pick 'n' Mix or £11.99 single bottle price 

Chateau Simard 

A Bordeaux blend, this wine is a brilliant ruby colour with brick-like hues. Aromas are predominantly of ripe berries, with hints of violets and earth. Elegantly structured on the palate, well-rounded, with medium length.

£12.65 when you buy any 2 bottles from the Easter Pick 'n' Mix or £18.99 single bottle price.

First Class Pinot Noir 

Jam-packed with red fruits on both nose and palate, this Chilean Pinot Noir is awash with raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant fruit, framed by supple tannins and gentle hints of floral and pepper hints.

£5.99 when you buy any 2 wines from the Easter Pick 'n' Mix or £8.99 single bottle price.

M de Minuty Rose 

This is quintessential of the local style (Provence). Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

£9.99 when you buy any 2 wines from the Easter Pick 'n' Mix or £14.99 single bottle price. 

Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc

This wine's single-estate source is evident in its purity of fruit, with defined gooseberry and grapefruit flavours delivered with vigour and ripeness, and a refined, dry finish.

£8.99 when you buy any 2 wines from the Easter Pick 'n' Mix or £11.99 single bottle price. 

Torres Vina Esmeralda

Slightly sweeter, this wine has aromas of honeysuckle, ripe pear and custard apple intermingle with sweet vanilla spice. Fresh and lively on the palate with an aromatic richness that finishes with nuances of cinnamon and cloves.

£6.99 when you buy any 2 wines from the Easter Pick 'n' Mix or £8.99 single bottle price. 

Muscadet, Jean Sablenay 

Clean, crisp and refreshing, this classic Muscadet has a backbone of lemon and lime flavour with a hint of minerality, fresh acidity and a delicately herbaceous edge.

£5.99. 

Wine of the Week: Argento MalbecDate published: 17/04/14

Argento Malbec 2013 Mendoza

£6.66 when you buy any 2 bottles from the Easter Pick 'n' Mix or £9.99 single bottle price (as part of your mixed case)


Malbec is Argentina's signature grape variety. This is an excellent example made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes, one of the most favoured areas for cultivating grapes in Argentina.

Ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on the richly textured palate, with hints of vanilla oak and balanced acidity on the finish.

Ideal with grilled red meats or spicy pasta dishes.


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 10/04/14

If you need a top-up of wine and beer over the Easter weekend, we will be operating the following opening hours:

Friday 18th April - 10am - 8pm
Saturday 19th April - 9am - 7pm
Sunday 20th April - CLOSED
Monday 21st April - 10am - 5pm

Wine of the Week: Quinta de Azevedo 2013 Vinho VerdeDate published: 10/04/14

Made from the loureiro grape, this Portuguese white translates to “green wine”, a very fitting description for this fresh and fruity wine. From the Minho region of Northern Portugal, this wine is fermented in a vat which helps it retain its classic spritz.


On the nose, the Vinho Verde offers aromas of white grape, melon and tropical fruits. A refreshing wine with well balanced acidity, the Vinho Verde is the perfect aperitif!


Drinks well with fresh seafood or crisp salads.


£8.99 or £5.99 when you Pic 'n' Mix any two bottles*

*From our current Pic 'n' Mix range


Free Wine Tastings here at Majestic Leicester!Date published: 08/04/14

If you like wine and fancy learning more about different wines from different countries then why not sign up to one of our free Wine Courses? These tastings last around 90 minutes and we'll try three whites, three reds and a couple of sparklings before rounding off the evening with some food and wine matching so you'll find out which foods go really well with which wines and the combinations to avoid!

We currently have spaces available on the following Wine Courses:

Thursday 29th May : 6pm - 7.30pm

Thursday 12th June : 6pm - 7.30pm

These evenings are free to attend but spaces are limited so please give us a call on 0116 262 9519.

El Cometa del SurDate published: 24/03/14

Wine of the Week

New In!

El Cometa del Sur

£6.74

£8.99 single bottle price.

This spicy Spanish red is produced by Bodegas Abanico, who source their grapes from several partner growers in and around the towns of Batea and Corbera. Garnacha, known as Garnatxa in the local Catelan is the principal grape, grown on traditionally trained bush vines.

Intense and fruity, this wine is crammed with black cherry, bramble and plum-like flavours, along with warm spicy aromatics. Supple, ripe tannins and a juicy fruit sweetness fill the palate.

A robust wine for robust meats, such as wild boar or other game.


Revised Delivery ScheduleDate published: 18/03/14

Please be aware that over the next few weeks there may be some disruption to our delivery schedule. We will try to accommodate your delivery requirements as best we can, and hopefully service will not be affected too much. 

If you have specific delivery requests then please do not hesitate to contact us on 0116 262 9519

wine of the Week: Eikendal ChardonnayDate published: 18/03/14

Eikendal Chardonnay 2012 StellenboschGrapeChardonnayOrigin


From sites of both alluvial sand and red granite, this wine shows a wide variety of flavours combined with mineral bite and lengthy acidity. It was matured in French oak barrels for 7 months before bottling.


This is a classic, well balanced Chardonnay packed with fresh lemon, vanilla and toasty oak flavours. Full and rounded on the palate, with a fresh finish.

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Drink now or tuck away for a couple of years and partner with fish pie or eggs benedict.


£9.99 when you buy two or more


***JUST ARRIVED***Date published: 18/03/14

Just arrived in-store is the Penfolds Bin 28. This lush and luxurious Shiraz originally hailing from the bespoke vineyards of Kalimna in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. Here the climate is a hot and humid with little rainfall, so the wines are invariably high in alcohol and residual sugar. This wine bolsters this claim boasting an ABV of 14.5%.

The Kalimna vineyard was purchased by the world famous Penfolds in 1945, and produced their first wine from this area in 1959- Such is the care and attention that was invested into the wine. Nowdays this wine is a mutli-regional offering, with the same quality benchmarks remaining. 

The Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz is full of opulent fruit character, with a wonderful variety of fruit, from blackcurrants to cherries, all jammy in description. As we move onto the mid-palate, a hit of black pepper and sweet spice dominate, helping to cleanse the palate in time for the next sip.

To find out more about Penfold's Bin selection log on to www.penfolds.com.


Now at £22 a bottle this bottle is one for the conouisser and will benefit from cellaring for 10+ years.

St Patrick's DayDate published: 17/03/14

This is the day to celebrate St. Patrick and his ridding Ireland of all the serpents. And to help get the celebrations into full swing, why not treat yourself to a bottle of James Jameson's finest triple distilled whiskey (to be sure to be sure) at just £20.


Wine of the Week: 2008 Muriel Reserva, RiojaDate published: 02/03/14

It is a wonderful day when you taste a wine under £10 that overdelivers in every category, and tastes like a wine that is much more expensive. And for the next few days, if you get down to Majestic Leicester, we have such a wine open for you to try!

The Muriel Reserva 2008 exhibits a classic Rioja nose of red and dark fruits, intermingling with a deft use of oak. But there is more. With extra swirling, eucalyptus, spearmint, tobacco and leather all make an appearance - a truly complex nose.

On the palate, there is a fantastic intensity of flavour that make this a wine that would be perfect on its own, or with any Spanish cuisine. Ideally, I would have this wine with a beautiful slow cooked shoulder of lamb; liberally laced with Mediterranean herbs and garlic.....

At the moment, the wine is £7.99 if you buy two or more - stock up!  

England v IrelandDate published: 22/02/14

The Crunch game will soon be here, so make sure that you are in position, with your favourite wine to your right, and a bag or two of your favourite nibbles to experience what is sure to be a battle with blood, guts, and hopefully English glory! Here are just a few recommendations that should help you fully enjoy the game this afternoon:


Brancott Sauvignon Blanc £6.66- At this price it is well worth stocking up on. The perfect 'glugging wine' to see you through an intense 80 minutes.

Piper Heidseick Brut £23.92- Whether you will be celebrating or commiserating, this delightful and well rounded Champers is sure to go down a treat.

Jamesons Irish Whiskey £20- Ok so you may be supporting England, and you may be anti-Irish for a day, but this is a triple distilled smooth as they come Whiskey, and at a great price to take the nip off of those underhand comments that your opposing friends are likely to throw your way.

All in stock so make sure you're not caught short!

Do you need some Summer?Date published: 19/02/14

We've got a great new Chilean muscat open in store for you all to try. Miguel Torres's 'Days of Summer' conjures that summer feeling that we've all been missing lately. So if you feel the need to get away from those wintery woes, why not pop in and try a taste of summer.

Miguel Torres's winery was founded in 1979 by the famous Torres family of Spain, and is among those leading the sustainable viticulture movement in Chile.

As the name suggests, this is a summery wine full of bright and juicy white grape, floral and gently tropical aromas. A tiny hint of residual sweetness gives it a round, easy-going feel.

In true summer style, this wine would be best enjoyed with fresh seafood or a zesty salad, however it also drinks great alone!

£6.99 when you buy two, or single bottle price is £9.99. 


Wine of the Week: Luigi Bosca Malbec 2011Date published: 13/02/14

One of the best Malbecs that I have tried recently, the Luigi Bosca Malbec 2011 exhibits a beautiful floral, perfumed nose, and a knockout palette full of crunchy red and black fruits. Unlike many slightly over-extracted and over-the-top Malbecs that are so prevalent at the moment, the Bosca 2011 shows excellent restraint and balance, making it an ideal companion to many different foods. This would be an ideal Malbec for a Bordeaux lover who wants to branch out into the new world.  All in all, a fabulous wine!

£15.99 or buy 2 and save £6:  £12.99

Pick 'n' Mix HighlightsDate published: 06/02/14

From Tuesday, right through until the end of February we are running a pick 'n' mix deal on 40 of the most popular products in our range. And here is how it works:

You still need to buy at least 6 bottles from across our full range in store, however with the pick 'n' mix you've got more freedom! Freedom to pick a French Malbec and mix it with a New Zealand Sauvignon, or pick up a bottle of the ever popular Heidsieck Goldtop 2007 Champagne and mix it with a Rioja Crianza. 

With this in mind here are a few of my top tips when it comes to February's pick 'n' mix:

Paul Mas Cab de Cab @ £5.99.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and its little brother Cabernet Franc, this wine offers structure, flavour and most importantly value for money. Think of it as a pick n mix within the bottle (self mixing not advised).

Medella Real Chardonnay @ £7.99

With at least 3 months in new French oak, this Chardonnay is a super example of what a good quality oaked Chardonnay should taste like. A real show stopper from the Casablanca Valley.

Perrier Jouet Blason Rose NV @ £29.98

Classy and elegant, this is the creme de la creme when it comes to Rose Champagne. Berries galour here with a glamerous looking bottle, this is a true gem in the range.

Wine of the Week: Arrowfield Show ReserveSemillon 2008/09, Hunter ValleyDate published: 04/02/14

Arrowfield Show ReserveSemillon 2008/09, Hunter Valley

A superb value example of the unique style that is Hunter Valley Semillon, from old, low-cropping vines on the Arrowfield Estate. Made in a modern, youthful style, using only stainless steel for fermentation, this wine is nonetheless remarkably age-worthy.

Delicate yet well-defined aromas of lime and lemon are joined by subtlef loral hints. The palate is soft textured yet lightly crisp, with a long,lemony finish.

Enjoy immediately or cellar carefully for up to 5 years to allow the wine to develop a richer, more honeyed profile.


£6.99 when you buy two or more

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAYDate published: 26/01/14

Happy Australia Day!! This weather is so depressing - why not get in the Aussie spirit today to cheer yourself up. We've got 20% off on our Australian wines* and Cooper's Australian Pale Ale on special offer - £20.99 OR buy two cases and save £10 (£15.99 per 12 pack). It'll warm you up! 


*when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case

The Grand Heron...Date published: 21/01/14

Now back in stock, but only for a limited time, and at the great price of just £6.99. To reserve your case call us on 0116 262 9519. 

Magnificent MalbecDate published: 18/01/14

Argentina produces arguably the best Malbec in the world, and in no small quantitiy either. We have a multitude of great Malbecs in store with differing flavours, weights, and styles and with 18 varieties currently in stock you would be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed! 

I have picked out a handfull of mid-priced malbec's to help you pick out something to your taste & keep the cold at bay this January:

£7.99 Tucumen Malbec- This wine is excellent if you are just getting into heavier styles of red wine. Slightly softer red fruit than you would normally associate with a Malbec and a fairly medium body makes it a crowd pleaser. Malbec for The People! 

£6.99 Portillo Malbec- A medium bodied & delightfully brambly little number. Soft tannins and a gentle finish. Still on at its festive price!

£7.99 Testimonia- Luigi Bosca's offering has a rich inky appearance and a sharp cassis edge to match. However it is surprisingly light bodied considering its dark colouring.

£7.99 Septimo Dia- A pretty full blooded malbec with a deep and luscious sour black cherry core, boozy but not unbalanced. A personal favourite of mine!

£8.99 Alamos Malbec- Big and fruity; ripe plum, bramble, and blackberry combine beautifully to make a rich and jammy malbec.

£7.99 Vinalba Reservado- Not for the faint-hearted, this is a classic example of what an Argentinian Malbec should be. Big body, dark fruit, and certainly potent. Reduced from £11.99 so spend the change on a lump of Ribeye Steak!


Wine of the Week: King's Favour Sauvignon BlancDate published: 17/01/14

Winemaker Brent Marris is descended from the noble De Marisco family, whose members variously fell in and out of favour with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. As Marlborough's favourite grape, Sauvignon Blanc here represents a time of the King's favour.

A lively and intense, yet focused nose, with fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note. Stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge.

At its best with fresh oysters, delicate white fish dishes, or soft and creamy goat's cheeses.

£12.49 Buy 2 New Zealand wines save 20% £9.99


Bargain Hunt UpdateDate published: 13/01/14

This year's Bargain Hunt has got off to a rather explosive start, with only slim pickings remaining in places. That being said there is still a range of fantastic one offs at rock bottom prices. Check the list below to see what is left:


4x Marques de Caceres Crianza Magnums

14x Anakena Merlot

18x Anakena Cabernet Sauvignon

8x Domaine de Nugues Beaujolais Village

2x McGuigan's Shortlist Chardonnay

6x Tabali Sauvignon Blanc

2x Chateau Tricard Chenas

1x Casabel

9x Alcayata Pinot Grigio

1x KC Merlot

9x Umbral Malbec

3x Crios Malbec

1x Vina Mayu Syrah

All of these wines are now situated at the front of our store ready for you to browse. If you would like to reserve any of these fantastic wines or make an inquiry about the price then please feel free to call us on 0116 262 9519.

The 'New AustraliaDate published: 13/01/14

The days of oak-chipped Chardonnays and cheap plonk coming from down under area well and truly something of the past, and our range here at Majestic Leicester is beginning to show that with some of these new arrivals:

Yalumba Y-Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 South Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon


Yalumba have sourced this Cabernet Sauvignon from several quality vineyards in South Australia, primarily Wrattonbully and the warmer Barossa, and aged around a third of the blend in old oak, to produce a well-rounded yet authentically Australian style.

A deep crimson red colour with bright, lively aromas of violets and ripe red fruits supported by subtle leafy notes. Supple and approachable on the palate, with a generous texture.

Drink now or enjoy over the next 3-5 years. Perfect with minted lamb.

£9.99 £7.99 when you buy two or more Australian wines

Hamilton Block CabernetSauvignon 2012, Coonawarra

This Cabernet is a typical example of Coonawarra's famous mediumbodied,intensely fruity and fragrant style. It comes from one of Leconfield's three mature vineyard blocks in Coonawarra, first planted in 1974, and has been matured with minimal oak contact.

Made in a deliberately fruit-forward style, offering inky blackcurrant and plum fruit, accented with hints of cedar and fresh leaves. Ripe and elegant, with long, soft tannins.

Enjoy immediately or cellar for 4-6 years to allow greater aromatic maturation.


£12.99 £10.39 when you buy two or more Australian wines

Watch this space for more Awesome Aussie Offerings making their way to us in Leicester


Wine of the Week: Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012Date published: 10/01/14

£8.74 down to £6.99 as long as you buy at least two wines from New Zealand (20% off!)

The 2012 Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc is a classic example of a Marlborough Sauvignon. It has the unmistakable nose of tropical fruits, gooseberries and tomato leaf, all of which wrap the powerful core of green apple. The intensity of aroma is incredible considering the price, and the palette does not disappoint either.  

Pure, clean flavours of Granny Smith apple dominate the palate, with nuances of gooseberry and even kiwi making an appearance. The finish is fresh, and the vibrant acidity indicate that this wine would be a perfect match to summer salads, grilled mackerel, fruits du mer or even simply as an aperitif.  All in all, a great value wine that works in all settings.

Beat the January blues...Date published: 07/01/14

January. Cold. Rain. Wind. Floods.  

January never really thrills here on the British Isles - sadly the magnificent summer we had seems but a distant dream, and with the days so short you never really know what time it is, there must be boredom that sets in - however here at Majestic we think we have the perfect way to beat those January Blues; a BARGAIN HUNT!!!!

My top tip is to buy a magnum of Caceres Crianza (£16.66), and match it with a simple Spanish stew (ideally one with lots and lots of chorizo!).  January will suddenly be infused with a Mediterranean twist, and if you put on a little flamenco in the background and close your eyes..........................dios mio!

 

Wine of the Week:Riscal RuedaDate published: 06/01/14

Wine of the Week

Rueda Blanco 2012 Marqués de Riscal


From the eminent Rioja producer Marqués de Riscal, this is an intriguing white from the Verdejo grape. For a long time the sleeping beauty of the Rueda region, Verdejo is now increasingly popular in Spain. A light, delicate white wine with an intensely aromatic bouquet and bursting with fruit on the palate. Well balanced with crisp acidity and a fresh finish. Perfect with seafood or salads.

£6.99

when you buy two or more


Wine like the Wind...Date published: 03/01/14

These win(e)ning wines will blow you away like the gale force winds outside today, so make sure you sit up, take note, and get down here when the winds are low:

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc- Only at £6.99 until Monday, so make sure you don't miss out on this real Kiwi pleaser.

Jean Vincent Puilly Fume- Still £9.99 when you buy two or more, this wine never lasts long, with its intense nettle and herbacous character, this is the ideal accompaniment to Ceasar Salad- Because for New Year we're all on a diet right...

Grifone Montapulziano d'Abruzzo- £5.49 on offer. The epitome of value for money, this wine is top of the class as far as I am concerned. Lovely spice and great bramble fruit character for under £6. 

Portillo Malbec- £6.99 a bottle when you buy a pair or more- I'd recommend more (as opposed to the pair) as it is one of the easiest drinking Malbec's on the market. Smooth yet full-bodied this is the perfect winter warmer wine.


New Fizz Deals: Sparkling WineDate published: 27/12/13

Now that Christmas is just about done with, we are now turning our attention to the biggest party of the year, NEW YEARS EVE. 

Here at Majestic we want to make sure that you see the new year in in style, so we've dropped the price of a few of our favourite sparkling wines and champagnes so you can party like a superstar without paying the earth.

Here's the line up:

Cava Calamino NV £5.99

Parellada is a highly regarded Catalan white grape variety that is synonomous with Cava production. It is the least planted of the three Cava varieties but can produce a fine, quality wine from cooler climates and relatively poor soils. Fresh and harmonious, displaying plenty of apple and toast flavours, yet intensely dry and mouth-watering. A perfect drink to serve prior to a barbecue on a hot summer day.


Codorníu Selección Raventós NV £6.99

A modern example of Cava from the Catalan region of Spain. The Codorníu family have been pioneers in the region since first producing Cava in 1872, and in 1985 incorporated Chardonnay into the blend of traditional grape varieties in order to make a more aromatic style. Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity. Enjoy with a selection of canapés.


Lindauer Brut Cuvée NV £8.99

Produced and owned by Montana, and released in 1981, Lindauer holds the title of New Zealand's most exported wine. Produced from grapes grown on Hawkes Bay and Gisborne's silt and clay soils, it undergoes primary fermentation in tank and secondary fermentation in bottle. A fresh and ripe fruity bouquet exhibiting subtle aromas of toast and black fruits. A fresh and vibrant palate with zingy acidity, crisp citrus fruit characters and a mineral finish. The perfect apéritif, enjoy chilled.




New Fizz Deals: ChampagnesDate published: 27/12/13

Now that Christmas is just about done with, we are now turning our attention to the biggest party of the year, NEW YEARS EVE. 

Here at Majestic we want to make sure that you see the new year in in style, so we've dropped the price of a few of our favourite sparkling wines and champagnes so you can party like a superstar without paying the earth.

Here's the line up:

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV £25

Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes. The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse. Perfect with canapes.

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV £25

A lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility.

Pol Roger Réserve NV £30

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

Wine of the Week: Chateau Guiot Date published: 27/12/13

Costières de Nîmes has more in common with the Rhône across the river than it does with the wines of Languedoc immediately neighbouring it. Château Guiot lies just outside the city of Nîmes, in the heart of this appellation.


Deep purple hue, a beautifully scented nose with herby aromas, lashings of juicy forest fruits and spicy, rich berry flavours on the palate and a good, smooth finish.

Enjoy Equally good with anything from shepherds pie, meatballs or moussaka style vegetarian dishes.

£6.99 a bottle when you buy two or more

MERRY CHRISTMASDate published: 25/12/13

Happy Christmas Everyone, from all of us at the Leicester Majestic! 

Have some fabulous food and some even more fabulous wine :)

On the twelfth day of Christmas..Date published: 24/12/13

On the twelve day of Christmas, Majestic gave to me, a jeroboam which filled me with glee. When a magnum isn't enough, we've got a selection of jeroboam's in store. This extra special bottles hold 4 bottles of wine! We've even got the Verve Clicquot! For £275 this larger-than-life goody could be yours for Christmas!


Opening Hours Over ChristmasDate published: 23/12/13

Our opening hours over the Christmas period are:

  • Monday 23 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Tuesday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 25 December: CLOSED
  • Thursday 26 December: CLOSED
  • Friday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday 28 December: 9am - 7pm
  • Sunday 29 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Monday 30 December: 10am - 7pm
  • Tuesday 31 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 1 January: CLOSED

We're open our normal opening hours from Thursday 2 January onwards.

On the eleventh day of Christmas..Date published: 23/12/13

On the eleventh day of Christmas, Majestic gave to me, a magnum because I felt greedy. We've got an amazing range of magnums in store. So if you are still struggling to think of christmas present ideas, why not come in and see us for some great ideas. We've got the popular Matsu range available in magnums as well as some smashing champagnes! Happy Christmas Eve-Eve!


On the tenth day of Christmas..Date published: 22/12/13

On the tenth day of Christmas, Majestic gave to me, a bottle of Jean Vincent Pouilly-Fume. A classic Loire wine which centers on gooseberry flavours and a charming minerality. £11.99 or buy two bottles and save £4 (£9.99 per bottle).


Wine of the Week: Segla 2006Date published: 21/12/13

Ségla is the second wine of the famous Margaux second growth Château Rauzan-Ségla. More accessible than the first wine, this is does not receive as much new oak, so tannins are riper and smoother making the Ségla ripe and ready for drinking.


It is a wine with excellent concentration and poise. Showing fragrant notes of ripe fruits, violets and cedar with beautiful length and delicate tannins. With great structure and balance and a long finish

A great example of good value Margaux drinking well now, this wine will also soften further and improve over the next 7-8 years

£25 a bottle when you buy with another selected Fine Wine as part of your mixed case of 6 bottles.


Baby Bollinger this SaturdayDate published: 21/12/13

This Saturday we are opening the Heidsieck Goldtop 2007 for all of our lovely customers to enjoy. 


Heidsieck & C° Monopole, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla. Perfect with canapes.


Now only £19.99 a bottle when you buy with any other selected fizz as part of your mixed case of 6 bottles

Pre Christmas DeliveriesDate published: 21/12/13

Whilst this is without the busiest time of year for us at Majestic Wine, we are still able to offer delivery before Christmas, but not for long!!!

Sunday 22nd December we will be delivering East of the Leicester area covering the following postcodes: LE15, LE2, LE7 and LE8.

Monday 23rd December we will be heading to the West covering LE10, LE11, CV11, CV13, LE67, LE12, LE11, LE3, LE1 and LE18.

If you do not live within these postcodes then please call us on 0116 262 9519 and we will do our utmost to accommodate you. 

On the ninth day of Christmas..Date published: 21/12/13

On the ninth day of Christmas, Majestic gave to me, the Bollinger special cuvee. This light gold champagne has a light and persistent mousse and you can save a third when you buy six bottles - £45 a bottle or £30 as part of our multi-buy offer.


On the eighth day of Christmas..Date published: 20/12/13

On the eighth day of Christmas, Majestic gave to me, a special treat to make me happy. Sipsmith's Vintage Sloe Gin is just the tipple to get you feeling cheery with just a week to go until Christmas. This authentic, handmade, wonderfully balanced sloe gin is subtle, complex and bursting with sweet cassis flavours, offset by a delicate tartness. Sipsmith's is currently on special offer at just £22.50 for a 50cl bottle of their delicious sloe gin. 


On the seventh day of Christmas..Date published: 19/12/13

On the seventh day of Christmas, Majestic gave to me, a wine made by the talented LFE. We've got a whole range of the LFE wines available in store but my pick would be the Gran Reserva Merlot. This fruity red is currently 20% off and works perfectly with cold meats!


Wine of the Week: Chateau BerliquetDate published: 18/12/13

Château Berliquet 2006 St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé

Located just a few hundred metres from the village of St-Emilion, Berliquet is one of the area's oldest estates. After years in the doldrums, the Château underwent a revival in the mid-1980s gaining it Grand Cru Classé status, and now produces wines of enviable quality.

A classic St-Emilion, offering a dense core of blackberry and cherry fruit, overlaid with notes of earth and underbrush. Grippy minerality and firm tannins provide texture and length.

This fine wine is currently on special offer: £25 per bottle, OR buy two selected fine wines and save £10!!

On the sixth day of Christmas..Date published: 18/12/13

On the sixth day of Christmas, Majestic gave to me, some Bailey's chocolat Luxe to wrap and put under my tree. You've got to try this delicious blend of Belgian chocolate, Irish whiskey and cream. Just £17 a bottle.  


On the fifth day of Christmas..Date published: 17/12/13

On the fifth day of Christmas, Majestic gave to me, five... Heidseick Gold Tops! This 2007 Champagne comes from one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus and vanilla. To top it of, you can now save a third when you buy two bottles - £30 down to £19.99


On the forth day of Christmas..Date published: 16/12/13

On the forth day of Christmas, Majestic gave to me, their biggest selling wine in the whole company! The New Zealand Ned sauvignon blanc has a delightful minerality with a smokey twist on the palate. Notes of gooseberry give this wine a refreshing lift and at just £6.99* a bottle, what's not to love?

*when two or more are bought as part of a mixed case.  


On the third day of Christmas..Date published: 15/12/13

On the third day of Christmas, Majestic gave to me, their exciting new brand of sherry. Pedro's Almancenista Oloroso is full-bodied with a nutty complexity, and at just £11.99 a bottle everyone should have a bottle in their cupboard this Christmas!


Sparkling Saturday: Laurent Perrier 2004Date published: 14/12/13

Today we are treating the people of Leicester to a good ole' glass of the festive favourite Laurent Perrier 2004 Champagne. 

Laurent Perrier is one of the most prestigious houses in all of Champagne, and offers a unique style that is adored all over the world. A lighter style that offers an array of fruit and yeasty flavours, especially true of the 2004 vintage. 

2004 proved to be a very successful year, and one which has benefited from an extended ageing period prior to release, being 2 years behind some of the biggest houses in Champagne in order to create the very best champagne they possibly can.

At £35 a bottle this Champagne is a must this Christmas, and if you don't believe us then pop in and give it a try.

On the second day of Christmas..Date published: 14/12/13

On the second day of Christmas, Majestic gave to me, a delightful rioja to enjoy with company. The Rioja Crianza 2009 Gran Vendema is a vibrant red with notes of cherry, raspberry and vanilla. Our Christmas gift to you – buy two bottles and save £8!! This rioja is just £5.99 when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case.  


On the first day of Christmas..Date published: 13/12/13

On the first day of Christmas, Majestic gave to me, the Prosecco Zonin Brut NV. Start Christmas with a bang as you pop the cork on this light and refreshing Prosecco, just £7.99 when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case. A great gift, or a perfect aperitif to get you in the festive mood!  


Wine of the Week: Chablis 'Les Forets' 2012Date published: 10/12/13

Chablis 1er Cru 'Les Forets' Vieilles Vignes 2012, Vocoret

Vocoret is a consistently good producer of Chablis and his Premier Crus are great examples of this style of Chardonnay. This wine has been fermented in stainless steel.

A fresh minerality adds to the citrus nose. It is steely dry on the palate, with flavours of lemons, limes, grapefruits and elegantly lingering stoney aromas.

This well balanced, fresh, minerally wine would be a great accompaniment to shellfish and lobster.

£18.99 or £15.99 when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case

(Buy 2, Save £6)


Fergie's Festive Favourites: The Reds!!!Date published: 10/12/13

Just a quick update on what I will be drinking this year. Whilst I have got a lot of love for Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley, I think my main tipple this year will be Italian, more precisely the Avignonesi Rosso 2009 IGT Toscana.


Avignonesi is a well-regarded winery in Tuscany, consisting of a group of four farms which each specialise in particular grape varieties. The grapes for this blend come from the 'Le Capezzine', 'La Selva' and 'La Lombarda' estates, each located at around 300m altitude.A smooth and well-rounded red, with a food-friendly 'middleweight' feel, and the classic cherry-like Tuscan fruit, amid lush swathes of blackcurrant and damson flavours. Now on offer at just £7.99 when you buy two or more!!! 

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Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 09/12/13

Please be advised that as of today, in the run up to Christmas, we are operating extended hours, so we are now open from 9am until 8pm every week day. 



Laurent Perrier at £25Date published: 06/12/13

Now on offer from now until New Years Eve the Laurent Perrier Brut NV will be on offer at £25 a bottle. 

Often overlooked, this champagne house is one of the most prestigious in the whole of Champagne with a reputation for real quality and elegance throughout their range. 

Mix it up this ChristmasDate published: 24/11/13

Mix it up this Christmas and pick up one of our pre-made mixed cases for you and your festive visitors to really enjoy. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift, or are not sure what wines will best suit you and your family this Christmas there are a great range of ready made mixed cases for you to take away with you (or for us to deliver out, whichever is your preference). Simply follow the link below for our full selection.


http://www.majestic.co.uk/mixed-wine-cases

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Ashes AlesDate published: 23/11/13

Whether you're celebrating or commiserating, whether you're victorious or defeated, whether you are English or Australian, it really doesn't matter because we've got your favourite Ales, and both are down to just £15 for a case of 12 bottles when you two or more.


Marston's Pedigree are the offical beer of the England squad, so if you want to drink with Swanny and Broad, but haven't been selected this time round, then a case or two of this might bring you a little closer.

For our compatriots down under we have the Cooper's Pale Ale, all aborad the #Alebus as the Aussies hope to wreck revenge against the Pomms for that humiliating defeat back in the summer. 


Both in stock and both fantastic beers!!!


COME ON ENGLAND

Is 200 your lucky number?Date published: 23/11/13

Yesterday we opened our 200th store in Petershed, cementing our position as the most accessible wine retailer in the U.K. With close to 1000 lines in our range it is of no surprise that we have reached 200 stores so quickly, and we would like to include you in our celebrations.

We are giving away 200 bottles of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004 as part of the celebrations. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is fill out a raffle slip in store with your name and contact details this weekend, you don't even have to answer a question. 

The winners will be drawn on 25th November and announced next week.


GOOD LUCK

The benefits of Champagne this weekend!Date published: 23/11/13

For this weekend only Majestic will be donating £1 for every bottle of Champagne we sell. So if you are in the mood for giving, and need to stock up in time for Christmas, then this weekend might be the time to go for it. And with our prices on Champagne at the moment, there really is no excuse to splash out and indulge in a bottle or two of the fine stuff this weekend.

Party with MajesticDate published: 22/11/13

We offer a full and comprehensive party service to take the stress out of all the planning that goes into planning the perfect party. Here are just a few options that are available in store that can make the lead up to your party much less stressful.

Free Delivery (We offer a free delivery service to the whole of Leicestershire, and are very flexible with specific delivery requirements)

Free Glass Hire (We take a deposit of £1 a glass, which we refund to you when you return the glasses to us clean, and offer wine glasses, hi balls, pint glasses and champagne flutes)

Free Chiller bin and Ice Bucket Hire (It's the little things like how to chill your wine and beer down that people can sometimes forget. But fear not, because we've got you covered. There is a deposit of £15 and £10 respectively on these two items, but that is fully refundable on return, and we even sell the ice to fill them with)

Sale and Return (Often the biggest worry is running out, but with our sale and return policy you needn't worry any longer. We will take back whatever you have left providing it is in a resalable condition)

To discuss your party options further, please feel free to call 0116 2629519 or pop in store and talk to one of our knowledgeable and friendly team members. 


Winter WinesDate published: 21/11/13

We've got some great wines open to taste at our Winter Wine evening tonight. Here's just a taster of what you can try:

Torres Vina Sol, A reliably fresh, fruity and dangerously drinkable Spanish white made from the Parellada grape

Chateau Musar, A distinct Lebanese red with concentrated plum and blackberry fruit, hints of fig, prune, liquorice and spice

Hochar, Another Lebanese wine which is unique in flavour yet slightly lighter and easier on the palate

Oeil de Pedrix Rose Brut, Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity

Pan Americana Sauvignon Blanc,A well balanced and refreshing wine, with a predominant citrus character accompanied by softer flavours of pear, melon and a streak of flinty minerality

Alain Grignon Viognier, A unique and somewhat tropical white; Fresh and dry with aromas of apricots and white peach, hints of elderflower and fresh pineapple

Nichlas Potel Bourgogne Chardonnay, A classically citrus-led nose also offers notes of marzipan and acacia flowers

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay, A complex nose that ranges from figs and lemon butter to more savoury elements of fresh hay with hints of butterscotch

Pan Americana Merlot, Offers good concentration and depth, a soft and plummy texture, and hints of vanilla and spice

DB Reserve Pinot Noir, Made for early drinking, this is an open and generously textured Pinot Noir, with warm and jammy red fruit flavours

Lunta Malbec, Deep and inky, the wine exhibits ripe raspberry, plum and bramble on the nose, followed by vanilla and toast from 12 months in French oak

Chateau Coufran, This wine has a soft, fleshy and ample feel, combining soft bramble and ripe plum flavours with smooth tannins

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling, Richly aromatic, offering notes of honey, nougat, orange blossom and peach


Wine of the Week: Beaujolais Noveau 2013!Date published: 21/11/13

Beaujolais wine is produced in Burgundy and can be split into two distinct regions; Beaujolais and Beaujolais Noveau. On the third Thursday of November each year, Beaujolais Noveau is released. Made up predominantly of the Gamay grape, Beaujolais has sweet, red fruit flavours such as raspberry and red cherry. The wine has light tannins which offers the wine its soft texture.

Beaujolais' most significant characteristic is the addition of carbonic maceration; a part of the vinification process which extracts colours and flavours and gives the wine it's iconic “bubblegum” taste.

This year's Beaujolais Noveau is now available to buy in store for £9.99, or £8.49 when you purchase two bottles or more as part of a mixed case. The wine comes from the famous house of Duboeuf and is bright ruby in colour. The wine has a youthful palate, full of red cherry flavours. Best served slightly chilled whilst still young.

£8.49 when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case


Beaujolais Nouveau DayDate published: 21/11/13

Open to try on our tasting counter is this years Beaujolais Nouveau from George Dubeouf. 

Think bubblegum, cranberries and strawberries and you wont go far wrong. 

Now on offer at £8.49 when you buy two or more

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 16/11/13

Join us this Saturday and enjoy a glass of the delightful Lindauer Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine from New Zealand as you browse our selection. 

The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months. This Blanc de Blancs NV comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes, which also give Champagne their elegance.

Taste

Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne.

Enjoy

Brilliant as an apéritif due to its subtle elegance, it's also a superb partner to shellfish.


Now just £9.99 as part of our pick 'n' mix deal


Christmas Delivery ScheduleDate published: 14/11/13

Hello all, 

As always we will be providing free delivery (on all orders over £40) during the festive season. Since we deliver to such a large area, we've decided to allocate specific days to certain areas so here's a quick run down of what days we will be in and around Leicestershire:

Mondays and/or Saturdays we'll be heading to our customers just north of Leicester, in the Loughborough and Melton Mowbray region, or alternatively to the Southern regions such as Lutterworth.

Wednesdays and/or Fridays we'll be driving east of Leicester towards Oakham,

and Tuesdays and/or Thursdays we'll deliver to the West such as Coalville and Hinckley/Nuneaton. 

We will of course be as flexible as possible, and will aim to deliver our more central deliveries in the early evenings before 8 p.m.

We thank you for choosing Majestic Wine, and we look forward to delivering to you!



Holidays are comin'...Date published: 14/11/13

I know what you're thinking.. it's only December! But for those of you who are planning ahead we just wanted to let you know that we too are getting ready for Christmas. And we are very much looking forward to helping you make this Christmas extra special. We've got some great events going on including our Winter Wine Evening on Thursday 21st November. We still have spaces available so if you'd like to come along just give us a call (0116-262-9519) so we can book you in. Our knowledgeable staff will be hosting the Winter Wine Evening which will involve tasting wines, champagne and spirits and we'll have some festive food available for you to try too!

We've also got a spotlight tasting on Saturday 23rd November if you'd like to come along for an informal tasting.

If you're struggling to choose a wine to go with your Christmas dinner this year, or you'd like some advice on gifts, our wine events could be just the tipple to help to decide.

As always, we will be providing free delivery (on all orders over £40) throughout the festive season, so if you can't get to the store then we can come to you!
We look forward to seeing you soon!

Wine in Focus: Two Hands Bella's GardenDate published: 14/11/13

Two Hands Bella's Garden:

Region:

The Barossa Valley is now a brand in itself within the U.K, but few can place it on the map. If you travel 45 miles Northeast of Adelaide in South Australia, following the North Para River, and you wont go far wrong. The Barossa Valley, so named by Colonel William Light in 1837 after the British defeated the French in the Battle of Barossa.

The Barossa Valley is home to some of Australia's most famous wine producers such as Penfolds, so famed for their Shiraz. Shiraz has a particular affinity to the infertile sandy loam soil here, and with very little rain, the hardy think-skinned grapes really ooze a full flavour in the heat of the Barossa sun.

Producer:

Two Hands are a negociant who work very closely with some of the finest Australian vineyards and grape growers to hand select the very best the Australian wine trade has to offer. They have 3 or 4 different ranges, the first being the picture range, and this one being their next one up, the garden series. Very difficult to get hold of all four in the range, Bella's Garden, in my opinion, is the best.

Wine:

Big and bold, this highly expressive wine oozes class and flavour of the very highest order. Blueberries, blackberries, black cherries, vanilla, the list goes on. This is a fantastic wine that will only improve with time up to 10 years for the patient amongst us.

£35

Wine in Focus: Vinalba Cab/Malbec/Petit VerdotDate published: 13/11/13

Vinalba Cab/Malbec:


Region:

Mendoza is the primary wine making region in Argentina with over 80% of all Argentinean wine coming from Mendoza. Mendoza itself is a medium-sized city with 115,000 people living there in the 2010 consensus. The greater region of Mendoza is home to many more, 900,000 more to be precise. The temperature here is most definitely Mediterranean with the average temperature hovering around 38-39 Degrees Centigrade. One would think that these temperatures would make it very difficult to grow grapes. However this is not the case as almost all of the vineyards in this region sit at between 500m and 1500m above sea level in the foothills of the Andes. The higher altitude moderates the climate immensely, and also increases air circulation.

There is very little rainfall in Mendoza, so very sophisticated flood irrigation systems have been developed over time to combat against severe drought. The stress on the roots to find nutrition creates a healthier vine, producing better fruit

Producer:

Vinalba is a name that is quickly becoming synonymous with Malbec, but for me, the really exciting part of their range is what they are blending Malbec with. From Touriga Nacional to Petit Verdot, Vinalba are one of the most experimental producers in Mendoza.

Wine:

A traditional Bordeaux blend from the heavily Spanish influenced Argentina does not sound right, but it just works. This wine offers a classic Bordeaux tasting note with Cassis, palmer violets, spice, plum. 

£8.99 when you buy two or more

Wine in Focus: Brunello di MontalcinoDate published: 12/11/13

Brunello di Montalcino:

Region:

Centered around the small town of Montalcino, wine production here stretches back to the 14th century. However during WWII the small production had nearly come to a halt with only one recognised producer. However this soon changed, and by the 1960's there were 11, such was the growing reputation of this rare wine. This number increased to 53 in 1980, coinciding with it being granted the first DOCG in Italy. Now there are over 200 different producers, with the there being an over-production of Brunello di Montalcino, creating the DOC Rosso di Montalcino.

Producer:

Castello Banfi is one of the oldest and most prestigious of all Italian wine producers, hand selecting grapes from vineyards all over Tuscany and now all of Italy to make the very best wines. Owned by the Mariani family, this family run institution has become a recognisable brand the world over, and they claim that this is all portrayed by their successes in Montalcino, to date their biggest achievement.

Wine:

Full-bodied, but elegant, this red wine is 100% sangiovese (but called Brunello locally), and offers a bouquet of ripe red Cherry, dark chocolate and liquorice, and hints of black pepper. This all continues on the palate, with supple and rounded tannins working in harmony with the protein of the meat.

£19.99 as part of our Pick n Mix deal

Wine of the Week: Beringer Founders' Cabernet Sauvignon (2009)Date published: 12/11/13

This Beringer wine originates from central California with a small percentage coming from selected vineyards in the cooler North Coast region to achieve a more elegant and balanced style. The wine is aged in seasoned American and French oak barrels for eight months. 
Beringer have blended three grape types; cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petite sirah to create this unique wine. 
The wine is deep and lush in colour, yet soft on the palate. A backbone of intense cassis-like fruit is complemented by notes of baking spice and cedar, held together by polished tannins.
This wine will drink well with anything from duck to barbequed ribs.

We've also got a great deal on Californian wines - 20% off!!..which brings this Beringer down from £11.24 to £8.99 when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case. 

Wine in Focus: Domaine de VillemajouDate published: 11/11/13

Domaine de Villemajou:

Region:

Located with the Languedoc-Rousillon region Boutenac has a rich and vibrant wine making history. Only recently has it been recognised as its own appellation, previously being listed as part of Corbieres, which itself was not officially recognised as a quality wine producing area until 1985. For decades the wine makers of Languedoc-Rousillon have been working very hard to shake their reputation of low quality, high volume table wine, and after all that hard work, I believe they have. The most common grape variety here is Carignan, although there is a whole list of grape varieties that can, and by law must be grown here.

The climate is very much Mediterranean here, but many micro climates do exist, and there are huge variations is soil types.

Producer:

This vineyard is very special to Gerard Bertrand, it was his fathers first vineyard, and one which he worked on himself as a teenager in the 1970's before forging an illustrious Rugby career with Narbonne in the French top league. After completing his Rugby career, he then returned the very same vineyard to replace his father. In 1992 he went on to create Gerard Bertrand Wine Company, and has since galvanised the wine trade of the Languedoc-Rousillon with big investment.

Wine:

This is a great example of a Languedoc-Rousillon wine, with a fine blend of Carignan, Syrah and Grenache. This is a big and intense wine with bags of black fruit, soft liquorice notes, not to mention a coffee beans and leather.


Wine in Focus: Hochar Et Fils Date published: 10/11/13

Hochar Pere et Fils:

Region:

This wine is from the Beqaa Valley in the Lebanon, about 20 miles east of Beirut, and is an area of real natural beauty. The valley itself is 75 miles long, and 10 miles wide. This vast area offers very fertile soils, and is now the most important agricultural area in the Lebanon, and one of the most in the Middle East. Due to the vast size of valley, there are various micro-climates. In the north there is limited rainfall as Mount Lebanon offers extensive rain shelter (annual rainfall 9inches). Further down the valley annual rainfall is nearer 24 inches.

To the south of the valley lies lake Qaraoun. This is important as in 1957 a number of man made canals and streams were built to aid irrigation for farmers. It is also important as large bodies of water will take longer warm up but also longer to cool down. This can help moderate the Mediterranean climate that the whole valley endures.

Producer:

First established in 1930 by Gaston Musar, but was not discovered by the western world until 1979 at the Bristol wine Fair when MW Michael Broadbent declared Chateau Musar's 1979 red as the discovery of the fair.

Musar have had many political and social challenges over the years, but are very proud to have continued wine production throughout every single year of troubles, producing wine in every year bar 1976.

Wine:

This wine is made up of 3 different grape varieties, all French in origin (a nod to head wine maker Serge Hochar's studies at the University of Bordeaux), Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan. This wine is partially aged in oak for up to 9 months, and then aged in the bottle for 2 years.

This is a unique style of wine with aromas of figs, almonds, dates spices, as well as damson fruit. This wine is very well balanced with a refreshing acidity, good quality soft tannins and superb aging potential.


Wine in Focus: Saintsbury Carneros ChardonnayDate published: 09/11/13

Saintsbury Chardonnay:

Region:

Carneros is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) that covers approximately 90 square miles on land descending from San Francisco Bay. As you can see on the map in your pack it includes some of the more well known names in the Californian wine trade such as Sonoma and Napa.

Carneros is unusually a cooler climate region in comparison to the rest of California, and that is, in part at least, down to its proximity to the coast, and the infamous winds that blow in from the Pacific. It is also affected by the morning mist that the Golden Gate Bridge is under every morning. Both of these elements, coupled with the poor quality soil clay soil really stress the vine, making it create the best possible fruit, but offering very limited yields.

Producer:

Dubbed the best of all the Carneros-based wineries by Stephen Brooks in his highly acclaimed 'The Wines of California' in 1995, Saintsbury has always been at the forefront of Carneros wine making, in fact, it pretty much created it. This wine, along with a Carneros Pinot Noir were the first wines Saintsbury released in 1982, and the first under the Carneros AVA. This, compared to todays production was very small, with just 7,500 cases produced.

Saintsbury is now one of the most prominent Californian producers exporting there wines to all over North America and Europe. Robert Parker has been one of Saintsbury's biggest advocates backing almost all of the wines it has produced.

Wine:

This wine is totally unfiltered, allowing the 25-30% new French oak used to really come through strong on the final product. This wine has a subtle hazelnut flavour, but is really dominated by pear, apricot melon, toast and vanilla. There is a creamy texture to the wine suggesting that batonnage has occurred, and finish that goes on and on.

£13.32 a bottle as part of our Pick n Mix deal

New Wines Alert: Striking FrenchDate published: 09/11/13

Here is just a snipet of information about two of our newest wines instore:

STRIKING FRENCH MERLOT & VIOGNIER

Known for his tongue-in-cheek references to French stereotypes, Jean-claude Mas has been hard at work behind the picket lines, creating another southern French varietal wine, in this case a full-bodied Merlot and Viognier from the Côteaux du Limousin.

MERLOT

Deep purplish ruby red, this Merlot is typical of the plush, ripe style of southern France. Rich and smooth on the palate, which is crammed with blackberry and sweet spice.

Best served with a rich sausage casserole, roasted red meat, turkey or goose.

VIOGNIER

Rich and fruity white wine with essences of apricot and honeysuckle, this delicate yet aromatic wine is full of flavour and will be a great appertif.

Drink with a lightly spiced green Thai curry


Both on offer at £7.99 a bottle when you buy two or more from £9.99, and both now open to try on our Tasting Counter



Wine of the Week: Caixas Albariño 2012Date published: 03/11/13

This week we have a great wine of the week for you – it's a personal favourite of mine as it was my first Majestic Wine purchase. I bought this wine to celebrate a weekend away with my best friend and I thought it was fantastic. The Caixas Albariño is also currently on our Pick 'n' Mix offer so you can save a third when you purchase 3 or more bottles from this range.

Origin: Galicia's signature white wine, from the region's most famous producer. Made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes having been picked by Majestic's own staff, as a small number go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest.


Taste: A light, fresh and youthful wine, with a zesty and well defined citrus backbone, overlayed with subtle hints of stone fruits and nectar. Crisp and refreshing, yet rounded and enduring on the finish.

Enjoy with simple fish dishes or fresh shellfish.

£9.99 or £6.66 when purchased as part of our Pick 'n' Mix offer!!


Red Magnums!!Date published: 03/11/13

Well, it seems we have kissed goodbye to Summer, and Winter is suddenly upon us so it must be time to get cosy with a bottle of red wine. Majestic Wine have got a “big” treat for you this Winter with our collection of red wine magnums. We have a large range from the classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos de L'Oratoire (2011) to our hugely popular Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva (2008). So, for those of you who believe 'bigger is better', our magnums are certainly for you!

Here's a quick run down of our red magnums...

Château Méaume (2010) is a mature Bordeaux produced north of Pomerol by Alan Johnson-Hill. His wine has achieved 'cult' status in the UK, improving with every vintage. Château Méaume is merlot-dominated with a spicy nose, full of plummy fruit flavours and soft yet rich on the palate. This classic red would suit any manner of foods or drinks well on its own.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos de L'Oratoire (2011) combines traditional and modern Rhône in its temperature controlled fermentation process. The wine is oak-aged producing a complex, aromatic taste with a spicy nose. This Châteauneuf-du-Pape is powerful yet silky on the palate, offering hints of ginger and an earthy quality. Drink now or cellar for 6-8 years.

Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine (2011) Louis Latour is a Burgundian-style red produced by Maison Louis Latour. The grapes for this wine are sourced from the Vars region near the south-eastern Mediterranean coast. Candied cherry fruits with a spicy perfume on the nose offer a velvety textured palate brimming with ripe cherry and strawberry fruits laced with vanilla, leading to a rounded finish. Rioja Reserva Marqués de Riscal (2008) combines the temperanillo, graciano and mazuela grapes. In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. This Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja. A classic Rioja Reserva; full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours. Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza (2004) is one of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas. The Ardanza is complex and offers aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.


What's not to love? Great wine at twice the size! 


Magnums!!Date published: 03/11/13

As the festive season approaches, I bet you've all been wondering what inspiring offers we have in store for you. As well as our new and exciting promotional offers, we have a “large” range of magnums available here at Majestic Wine. And what could be better than a bottle of wine?... a magnum of wine! So if you're struggling for gift ideas, or you simply fancy a treat, why not check out our magnum collection available in store or for free delivery.

We also have gift boxes available if you would like to purchase a magnum as a present for someone. You can choose a standard gift box, or wooden if you're feeling a bit vintage!

Read our other articles online to discover more about the mangum-ificient magnums we have at Majestic!!


If I were a wine....Date published: 02/11/13

...I'd be Taylors LBV Port. I'm heavy and full. Fruity and ripe. Boozy and red. Short-lived but someones go to do it.

What would you be...

Jack the new driver's first day..Date published: 02/11/13

A BIG Majestic Welcome to our new driver Jack! He enjoys drinking Peroni, browsing the Pic'n'Mix offers and is also partial to pumpkin soup...which he makes himself! Look out for Jack when you use our FREE delivery service!!

Check out our new driver...Date published: 02/11/13

Jack's his name, and he absolutely loves the new Pick 'n' Mix deals

Christmas Temporary Driving Vacancy Date published: 02/11/13

We are currently recruiting for a driver over the Christmas period on a 40 hour a week contract.

We are looking for someone who is at least 21 years of age, and has a clean driving licence with good driving experience. 

Ideally we would like someone who has experience in customer service, who works well to strict delivery deadlines, and someone who is not afraid to work hard.

The hourly rate is £6.47 and the contract will be for 4 weeks.

If you are interested, or know someone who is, then please contact David on 0116 262 9519 or forward your C.V on to lei@majestic.co.uk

W.W.EDate published: 01/11/13

Our annual W.W.E is nearly upon us (Winter Wine Evening, wrestling is against company policy) and I just wanted to give the lovely Leicester folk a heads up on what to expect (without giving too much away).

Last years W.W.E was an overwhelming success with over 140 attendees, and this year we are aiming for bigger and better. In order to do this we have enlisted the help of local brewery Everards, not to mention assembled the smartest Majestic team in the land to thrill you with our passion and knowledge. 

Everards will be supporting us on the night by showcasing their ever-popular Tiger beer, as well as the Everards Original. We will also be throwing some sublime cheese and wine into the mix to jolly you all up.And if that doesn't work then I'm sure a sip or two of our brilliant mulled wine will do the trick.

To reserve your place please call us on 0116 262 9519.


See you there.

Wine of the Week: Vidal Fleury Cote du RhoneDate published: 28/10/13

Côtes du Rhône 2011 Vidal-Fleury

Vidal-Fleury is the Rhône Valley's oldest continuously-operating winery, established in 1781. Today, head winemaker is Guy Sarton du Jonchay, whose experience takes in Bordeaux, Australia's Rosemount Estate and Cavas de Weinert of Argentina.

Brilliant garnet in colour, with a classic Rhône nose of bramble fruits and heady spice. The medium-bodied palate has fresh and snappy red fruit surrounded by firm and persistent tannins

Serve alongside Lyonnaise sausage or a herby cassoulet with duck confit.

£9.99


Cantina Negrar Amarone - Magic of Fine Wine!Date published: 26/10/13

Amarone is one of the iconic red wines from Italy, from the Veneto region in the north-west. It is a blend of three grape varieties, Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. The grapes are harvested and dried for around 120 days on straw mats, where they lose around one third of their weight due to evaporation, concentrating the flavours. The wine's name was used to distinguish between the sweeter Recitio styled wines from the same region, and translates as the great bitter.

Cantina Negrar is a co-operative based in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region which was formed in 1933 when a group of 6 winemakers banded together to fight off speculators who wished to buy up land and make Valpolicella using imported grapes. The group realised that by joining forces they were able to afford new facilities and therefore produce better wines.

Very rich, with aromas of Christmas cake, cooking spices and sweet fruits, leading to a thickly textured wine with soft tannin and a powerful fruit driven finish.

Buy any two selected fine wines and the Amarone will only cost £18!

Wine of the Week: Gran VendemaDate published: 22/10/13

Wine of the Week

Gran Vendema, Rioja Crianza, 2002

£7.49, buy any 2 Spanish wines and save 20%, £5.99.

We're not sure where our Spanish wine buyer Matt Pym keeps finding these fantastic Spanish wines, but we're not complaining! The wine is made up of 100% Tempranillo and and has spent 12 months in American Oak barrels, followed by a further 1 year in bottle. All this adds up to a perfectly ready to drink now wine. We challenge you to find a better Rioja Crianza for the same price!

Appearance: Vibrant red core with a slightly paler rim, showing some maturation of the wine.

Nose: There's still plenty of jammy red fruit on the nose, complemented with subtle undertones of oaky vanilla notes.

Palate: As with the nose, there's still lots of jammy fruits of raspberry and strawberry on the palate. The tannins are soft and rounded, a very easy style drinking wine.

Enjoy with: This wine will go fantastically well with Sunday's roast lamb


Thoughts on Pouilly-FuméDate published: 20/10/13

How many people have heard of Pouilly-Fumé? How many have tried it? To me, Pouilly-Fumé represented the kind of wine that I would drink at a prestigious event or perhaps I would buy it if I had a lucky lottery win. But Pouilly-Fumé surprised me! Though premium, this approachable sauvignon blanc is delicate, light and literally mouth-watering.

Pouilly-Fumé is situated inland in the Loire Valley and produced on soils very similar to that of Sancerre. However, unlike its neighbour, Pouilly-Fumé only produces white wine. The grapes are grown on dryer soils, and often cask-aged giving the wine a flinty taste which provides a clean finish.

I have decided to focus on our Jean Vincent Pouilly-Fumé, 2010. This father-and-son team are the 11th and 12th generations of this wine-making family based in the heart of the Pouilly-sur-Loire.

On the nose, Jean Vincent's Pouilly-Fumé is aromatic, herbaceous and fresh with a smoky, flint characteristic. Though centered on gooseberry fruit, there are also hints of citrus lemon and melon.

The wine's dry and sharp flavours would pair well with a crisp salad, fresh shell-fish or drinks beautifully unaccompanied. Currently £11.99 a bottle or save £4 when you buy two (£9.99 per bottle).

So, why not treat yourself to some Pouilly-Fumé? 


Wine of the Week: Geyser Peak Chardonnay 2012Date published: 16/10/13

Geyser Peak Chardonnay 2012 Sonoma CountyGrapeChardonnayOrigin

Geyser Peak was founded in 1880, and sits in a picturesque location in the Alexander Valley, overlooking Geyserville and the Russian River. They have around 100 acres of estate-owned vineyards, as well as access to those of several partner growers in Sonoma and Mendocino.

Taste

A bright and vibrant style of Chardonnay, with a soft, tropical fruit character typical of Californian examples. Medium palate weight, with a pleasing mix of racy acidity and buttery softness.

Drink with a chicken or beef stroganoff.


Region In focusDate published: 13/10/13

REGION IN FOCUS.

Burgundy

Burgundy is celebrated world wide for its wines whether they are red or white. They have built a solid reputation over the centuries for there understanding of where to plant the vines to get the best out of the varieties that can grow in this region.

The two major varieties that are grown in this region are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. With Gamey and Sauvignon and Aligoté all playing a minor role.

Maison Louis Jadot was founded by Louis Henry Denis Jadot in 1859. The first vineyard bought by the Jadot family is the well-known Beaune vineyard, Clos des Ursules.


Maison Louis Jadot Is a family wine company that produces and markets Burgundy wine. It operates both its own vineyards and also buys grapes from many growers. It controls 270 hectares of vineyards in Burgundy,including Beaujolais Crus.

Louis Jadot also owns significant vineyards in the Mâconnais region: Domaine Ferret in Fuissé and in the Beaujolais region in Moulin à Vent: Château des Jacques.

Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc 2010 Louis Jadot

A number of different growers grapes have been vinified to create a typical Pernand-Vergelesses. Medium bodied with crisp fruit and nutty complexity. Gentle oak nuances complement a smooth finish.

£17.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2012 Louis Jadot

The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché. Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish.

£7.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

Mâcon Rouge 'Les Roches Rouges' 2011 Louis Jadot

This wine is sourced from several vineyard sites to create a light and supple blend of around 80% Gamay and 20% Pinot Noir. An enticing nose showing subtle hints of redcurrant and raspberry, with a fruity, well-balanced palate and a fresh finish.

£9.99 when you buy 2 bottles.


Wakefield Producer in focusDate published: 13/10/13

Producer In Focus

Wakefield Winery

OWNED BY – Mitchell Taylor who Following in the footsteps of his father, Bill Taylor, and grandfather, Bill Snr, Mitchell Taylor oversees the running of the Wakefield business.

LOCATION -Wakefield River, Clare Valley, Australia

HERITAGE - Bill Taylor Snr, and his sons, Bill and John. Wine merchants in Sydney, all three Taylors were singularly passionate about wine. This love affair with exceptionally crafted wine eventually inspired them to try and create a stunning wine of their own…
In 1969, after a considerable search, they found a promising 178-hectare site by the Wakefield River in the Clare Valley.

They were certain the soil – red brown loam over limestone would prove conducive to crafting wines of the highest quality. The contrast of warm days and cool nights in the Clare would be equally beneficial – helping the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes ripen in the day, and rest at night.

PHILOSOPHY – The Wakefield philosophy rests on the principle that the finest wines are those made with the greatest dedication and care. Above all our imperative is to ‘respect the fruit’. 

WINEMAKER FACTS - When they entered their first ever vintage release in the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, it took home the coveted Montgomery Trophy for best red wine in show. The accolades didn’t stop there however – that 1973 vintage won a gold medal at every national wine show it was entered in.

Wine Selection

Wakefield Shiraz 2010 - The nose shows classic aromas of stewed plum, blackberry and violets and the palate is inviting, filled with ground coffee, vanilla and clove characters mingling with ripe blackcurrant fruit. £10.99 when you buy 2 bottles 
Wakefield Merlot 2012 -A deep and inky wine with youthful purple tinges. Medium to full bodied, the wine is awash with plum and cherry flavours, and undertones of chocolate and persistent tannins which give a long finish.£10.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Wakefield Cabernet 2010/2012 - Fresh, intense aromas of cassis, redcurrants and a touch of herbs and mint promise a palate which does not disappoint, packed with ripe berry fruit and licorice.£10.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Wakefield Chardonnay 2012 - White peach, nectarine and citrus fruits leap out of the glass, preceding a ripe, mid-weight palate of peach, pineapple and a subtle cinnamon note.£10.99 when you buy 2 bottles


Wine of the Week: Vinalba MalbecDate published: 11/10/13

VINALBA MALBEC RESERVA 2011

LUJAN DE CUYO, MENDOZA

Our wine of the week this week is the incredible Vinalba from Argentina. Malbec is such a 'hot' grape at the moment and the Argentines have taken the grape to their heart and made it their own. It originates from the Cahors region of Southern France but has been reborn in the hot climate of South America.

This example has a vibrant purple colour with aromas of ripe black fruit and wood smoke on the nose. Brimming with rich redcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours, a perfect smoothness and balanced structure gives an incredibly long lingering finish that just rolls on and on.

Try this with the quintessential Argentine food – a big juicy sirloin steak!

BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £4

£8.99

Argentina Tasting Week! Part 2Date published: 11/10/13

We have selected a broad range of Argentinian wines for this week's tasting counter. We have the traditional Callia Malbec (2012), a straight-forward wine with hints of berry and spice. We also have the Vinalba Malbec Reservado (2011), a wine which previously won a Decanter award for its quality. These grapes are grown at different altitudes which helps the wine achieve its delicate balance of tannin and acidity. We also have a Cantena Chardonnay (2012) a slightly more tropical wine showing notes of mango, apple and banana, with a hint of sweet spice.

As always we have some great offers when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case. All these wines, and more, are open for you to taste at Majestic Wine Leicester, so come along and talk to our staff who will be more than happy to assist.


Argentina Tasting Week!Date published: 11/10/13

Argentina Tasting Week!

This week we have some great Argentinian wines open on the tasting counter. We'll have six bottles open so you are more than welcome to come on down to Majestic and enjoy the tasting experience.

Argentinian new world wine is becoming increasingly more popular since it's initial emergence in the second half of the nineteenth century. Argentina's wine industry is firmly rooted to the mass immigration during this time which welcomed mainly Spanish and Italian influences. Argentina currently has 200 000 hectares of vineyards and wineries cultivating a range of exciting wines.

Argentina typically relies on two grape types; Malbec for its full-bodied red wines and Torrontes for its equally full-bodied, dry white wines. However, with its European influences, Argentina also uses Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay and increasingly Viognier in the creating of their wines. 


Does Size Matter? Part 3Date published: 08/10/13

And to the last two beasts:

Balthazar - When I first read this I wasn't sure whether they were talking about Pokemon of wine bottles. It was indeed the latter of the two, holding a total 16 bottles (12l). If you're at a party and one of these catches your eye, you know you've made it.

Nebuchadnezzar - This is the king of the large bottles, a whooping 15 litres and probably about 6 stone in weight, this is where our journey through wine bottles leaves us, a very good place indeed.

Does Size Matter? Part 2Date published: 07/10/13

Here come the slightly more interesting names and sizes;

Rehoboam- 6 bottles in total (4.5l), a whole half case of wine encased in a single bottle. That is a lot of wine to get through in one sitting, so make sure you open it when you're good and ready.

Methusalem/Imperial - 8 bottles in one here (6l), with a Methusalem relating to all things Champagne, and Imperial, primarily associated with Bordeaux, but it could be any region.

Salamanazer - Not only is this one fun to say, but it also is rather impressive in height and width. No less then 12 bottles or 9 litres are enclosed under this wax seal. You will need a few helping hands to pour this one let alone drink it. Pick wisely.

Nearly there...

Does Size Matter? Part 1Date published: 06/10/13

I'll leave that for you to decide, but here are a few bottle sizes, starting with the smallest, that might help you make up your mind:

Split: This is one glass worth of wine, approximately 33ml, depending on producer/pourer. 

1/2 bottle: It does exactly what it says on the tin.

Bottle: The average sized wine bottle holds 750ml of liquid, but watch out for spirit bottles, the only hold 700ml.

Magnum: As cool as the P.I off of the 80's minus the mustache, this is two bottles worth (1.5l) and always makes a good centre piece at a dinner party.

Jeroboam/Double Magnum: This is as big as our range will go, with only a select few bottles making it this big. But with 4 bottles in one, the only issue you'll get here is finding a few friends to share it with.

To be continued...

Producer in FocusDate published: 06/10/13


Producer In Focus

De Morgenzon Winery (DMZ)

OWNED BY – Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum purchased the vineyards in 2003 and transformed it from a struggling vineyard to one of the upcoming stars our South African wines.

LOCATION -Stellenbosch

HERITAGE - The Dutch Governor Simon Van Der Stel founded Stellenbosch to allow ships passing through the area to stock up on meats and veg so the sailer's didn't succumb to Scurvy in the 17th Century. DMZ's Vineyards were part of the original Uiterwky Farms. The First Wines were planted here however in the early 18th Century when it was realised the cool climates and mineral rich soils were ideal for growing wine.

PHILOSOPHY – Committed to sustainable and appropriate agriculture DMZ are sensitive to the local environment. Whilst also trying to produce wines of the highest quality with a focus on balancing new world and old world styles.

WINEMAKER FACTS - They pipe Baroque music through their vineyards 24x7 and believe that the power of music positively influences the ripening process.

Wine Selection

DMZ Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Stellenbosch

The grapes are whole-bunch pressed for more delicate flavour, and a small percentage of the wine is fermented in two- or three-year-old French barriques. Pale, bright gold with green reflections.

Extremely youthful and exuberant, with a grassy, citrussy bouquet. Acidity is brisk, giving an intense, mouth-watering experience.

DMZ Syrah 2011 De Morgenzon, Stellenbosch

This youthful and expressive wine comes from young vines in De Morgenzon's own estate, grown on its weathered granite soils. Hand-picked, the grapes are then fermented in stainless steel, before transfer to French oak barrels for 11 months' maturation.

An abundance of bright and youthful plum and berry fruit is the main feature, surrounded by touches of violet, cinnamon and vanilla. Rounded and supple in texture.


Gaillard Syrah - Wine of the Week!Date published: 05/10/13

Gaillard Syrah 2010-11, PGI Collines Rhodaniennes


£9.99 or buy 2 bottles, save £4 = £7.99 each!

Grape:

Syrah/Shiraz

Origin:

Jeanne Gaillard was born and raised in a wine-making family. She then went on to study wine at the Beaune Viticultural High School while working for highly respected wine producers in Burgundy and California. Gaillard gained some priceless experience before beginning her own domain at the age of 24.

Tasting Note:

This medium-bodied syrah is vibrant crimson in colour. The intensity on the nose offers blackcurrant and hints of red cherry accompanied by peppery spices. While the wine is fresh and fruity in scent, the tannins are slightly more savoury in this syrah.

Food Match:

Tastes great with grilled or barbecued pork or lamb chops.


Birthday ChampagneDate published: 28/09/13

As a new trainee with Majestic Wine, I didn't expect to be trying champagne in my first week but here I am! Today, coincidently my birthday, we have the Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV open for all to try so come and see us and let us make you feel special with a complimentary glass!

This Heidsieck champagne sells at £25.50 per bottle however we have a smashing deal available – save a third on our selected sparkling wines when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case. When purchasing the Heidsieck Brut as part of this great offer the bottle costs £17, and today you can even try before you buy!

As a Pinot-dominant champagne, this bottle is full of crisp, fruity flavours. The pinot grape provides the champagne with its zesty, fruit flavours, so the Heidsieck will certainly please your taste buds. I would recommend this champagne to accompany a crisp salad or something as simple as appetizers or fruit. Champagne, of course, is always delightful on its own and needs to excuse to be enjoyed!

If you're looking to spend slightly more, or less, we have a great range available at Majestic Wine from our popular Prosecco Zonin (£9.99 when purchasing two or more) to the Heidsieck Vintage. The Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top is a 2007 Vintage, simply meaning that the grapes used in the wine were all picked in 2007.

So if you fancy trying some high quality champagne with us today, please do not hesitate to come down to Majestic Wine Leicester and we will be more than happy to help you!


Exciting Times AheadDate published: 16/09/13

At Majestic as you may know we are not only passionate about our wines, but also passionate about making sure you are too! To demonstrate this here is a glance at what's happening over the next few months...

- A big welcome to Jessica and Kieren, our two new Trainee Managers. Kieren moved to us from Stratford a couple of weeks ago and I'll challenge anyone out there to find someone who enjoys their wine more. Great timing as his favourite region is Spain, currently on a great 20% off offer. Call in and say hi, or if you order online you may see them knocking on your door soon.

- Two 'Spotlight Tastings' coming up, on the 21st September we are exploring Sauvignon Blanc and the 27th Syrah/Shiraz. These free tastings are at 12pm and 3pm, and focus on wines we staff are enjoying most at the moment

- Two Wine Courses on the 10th October and 14th November, where we try many different wines and match with food, seeing which pairings work and more importantly those that don't! Goes without saying this is a free tasting of course.

- Nearer the end of November we open our store to everyone, with some great wines we hope you will like for Christmas. With nibbles and a great atmosphere, not to be missed, date tba

...Which all that is left to say is see you in store soon!



Gran Vendema; Star Buy!Date published: 13/09/13

Wine of the Week

Gran Vendema, Rioja Crianza, 2002

£7.49, buy any 2 Spanish wines and save 20%, £5.99.

We're not sure where our Spanish wine buyer Matt Pym keeps finding these fantastic Spanish wines, but we're not complaining! The wine is made up of 100% Tempranillo and and has spent 12 months in American Oak barrels, followed by a further 1 year in bottle. All this adds up to a perfectly ready to drink now wine. We challenge you to find a better Rioja Crianza for the same price!

Appearance: Vibrant red core with a slightly paler rim, showing some maturation of the wine.

Nose: There's still plenty of jammy red fruit on the nose, complemented with subtle undertones of oaky vanilla notes.

Palate: As with the nose, there's still lots of jammy fruits of raspberry and strawberry on the palate. The tannins are soft and rounded, a very easy style drinking wine.

Enjoy with: This wine will go fantastically well with Sunday's roast lamb

Majestic Wines in this Month's DecanterDate published: 10/09/13

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2011, Leyda Valley. A long time great example of a well oaked Chardonnay here at Majestic, it was great to see Decanter list it in 'South America's top 50 under £20'!

Bright golden in colour, with a faint green tint. The nose offers good ripeness, with citrus aromas turning to a softer, more apple and stone fruit character.

Don't just take our word for it! "Probably one of the best value Chardonnays currently on the market." Decanter

Wine of the Week: Rioja Crianza Arienzo 2010 Marqués de RiscalDate published: 10/09/13

  • This traditionally styled crianza comes from Marqués de Riscal's best vineyards in Elciego and Laguardia. It has undergone 18 months' cask ageing - relatively long for a crianza wine - plus several more months maturing in bottle before release.

  • Intense yet mellow aromas of ripe raspberry and fig, mingling with subtle vanilla, coconut and spice notes. Supple and soft on the palate, with plenty of youthful vigour to the fruit.

Now on offer at just £8.79 when you buy two or more Spanish wines.

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011- *Fine Wine Alert*Date published: 09/09/13

 Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011-

  • Cloudy Bay is a cult wine and, clever marketing aside, there is no denying the quality of this Chardonnay. A cool climate location and lots of sunshine means long, slow ripening - a recipe for success with Chardonnay.A complex nose that ranges from figs and lemon butter to more savoury elements of fresh hay with hints of butterscotch.

Arguably the most famous and prestigious winery in all of New Zealand, this wine oozes elegance and sophistication, not to mention big flavour. The oaking process in this wine is timely and integrated to the highest degree. A serious wine that really will change your perception on Chardonnay wines.

The palate is substantial and rounded with toasty complexity and a long finish.

Region in focusDate published: 07/09/13


REGION IN FOCUS.

Burgundy


Burgundy is celebrated world wide for its wines whether they are red or white. They have built a solid reputation over the centuries for there understanding of where to plant the vines to get the best out of the varieties that can grow in this region.


The two major varieties that are grown in this region are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. With Gamey and Sauvignon and Aligoté

all playing a minor role.


The Mâcon region is located in the south of the Burgundy wine region. It has a keen focus on the whites with the soil types of Red Clay and Limestone coupled with the hilly micro climates make it more suited to growing Chardonnay.


Cave de Lugny


Situated in the heart of the Mâconnais, Cave de Lugny produces great value white Burgundy from its 1,450 hectares of vineyards and is the third largest producer in Burgundy, producing in excess of 6 million bottles per annum.

Pale lemon coloured, with citrus and apple notes, hint of blossom and faint traces of butter. Apple and citrus predominate on the palate along with a hint of pear, finishing on a lovely mineral streak.


An easy-drinking White Burgundy, enjoyable now and over the next 18 months. Enjoy with butternut squash and roast garlic soup.



£6.99 when you buy any two bottles, Saving £4.

£8.99 single bottle price.


Jermann Pinot Grigio- Now Open to try!!!Date published: 06/09/13

Pinot Grigio's reputation as an easy drinking, very light or often flavourless white wine that is refreshing but not much more is debunked by Silvio Jermann's wine. The wine heralds from the Friuli region in the North Eastern corner of Italy, bordering Slovenia, in the mountainous inland part of the region, from vineyards founded by Silvio's Great-grandfather in the 1900's. In the early 1970's Jermann participated in the profound change in Italian wine making, as he was one of the first winemakers to use stainless steel fermentation vats, adopting the practice of blending 'native' grape varieties with grapes from outside the region. Silvio Jermann has been considered an artist, as he has elevated Pinot Grigio into a serious wine that demands respect, which requires the touch and inspiration that comes from thinking and acting outside the traditional norms!
FACTS: The estate extends over 150 hectares, 130 dedicated to grapes and the remaining 20 dedicated to seed and horticultural crops. The winery and vineyards are not exactly what one would expect; the winery contains quotes from Dante, translations of Rudyard Kipling and the Japanese author Masaru Emoto, the vineyards have organ pipes installed that 'play' a haunting music when the wind blows. One of the iconic wines of the estate, now called W....Dreams, was first named in homage to the U2 song 'Where the Streets have no name' as 'Where the Dreams Have No End'. A new cellar was inaugurated on 07/07/07, marrying technical innovation and tradition, with oak barrels providing a link to the past.


Autumn Magic of Fine WineDate published: 04/09/13

Across teh weekends in Autumn we will be opening a bottle of Fine Wine, specially chosen by the staff that we know you will love! Some classics, some new wines that we hope will excite. This Saturday we will be opening the Jermann Pinot Grigio from Italy. A Pinot like you will have never tried before!


Lee's ChoiceDate published: 02/09/13

Wine of The Week

Matua Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough New Zealand

2012

Winner of the IWSC 'New Zealand Wine Producer' award and the 'Best Sauvignon Blanc' category at the San Francisco wine competition, this is a seriously good wine that punches above its modest price tag.

Matua, meaning 'head of the family' in Maori were one of the first to plant Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand, and watched with amazement at the speed it took off.

Crisp, refreshing and everything you want a good New Zealand Sauvignon to be. On the nose is the classic gooseberry within a bubble of the tropical fruit aromas. A fresh citrus feel hits the palate that has a good length not leaving you disappointed.

£7.99 when you buy two bottles, or £9.99 single bottle


Top of the Pops: No 1Date published: 31/08/13

And now for the big revel, big being the operative word! It was a tough decision, but our outstanding "pop" that simple must not be missed is the 2004 Vina Ardanza Rioja MAGNUM!!! at £36 this wine out of this world. Big enough to comfortable share now or over the next 5-7 years, this wine quite simply sublime.


Top of the Pops: No 2Date published: 30/08/13

It was a bit of a two horse race to number one, and here is one of them, the Masi Amarone at £30 a bottle. Big, bold and beautiful, this wine has the elegance of the finest Meursault, but also the balls and upfront fruit of the biggest Zinfandel. This is a wine that you simple have to try to fully understand.

Top of the Pops: No 3Date published: 30/08/13

If you're after real quality then look no further then Chateau Batilley 2004. We haven't got many left but this is serious stuff now. At £32 you will not find a better priced, better value 5th growth (I'm pretty sure that is a fact). Steeped in history and tradition, this is a top top wine. Now on to the 2007 vintage, but we still have a few 04's knocking around.

Top of the Pops: No 4Date published: 29/08/13

As we're getting to the business end of the countdown, it's time to get serious, and you can't get more serious then Two Hands Sexy Beast. With its luxurious velvety texture, and its intense and ripe fruit character, make sure you're ready for this.

£18 a bottle when you buy two or more selected Fine Wines

Top of the Pops: No 5Date published: 29/08/13

If it were Christmas we would be offering you 5 gold rings, but as we are still at the height of Summer I'm going to recommend the Chapel Down English Lager at £17.99 for 12 bottles.

This superb beer has been fermented with Champagne yeasts offering something that no other beer can! The extra flavour and body that this imparts is very impressive, and in my view, totally worth the price tag.

Top of the Pops: No 6Date published: 29/08/13

At nearly half way on the countdown there is only one place to go, and that is the mythical land of the Alsace.

The Hunawhir Pinot Blanc is the most underrated wine in our range! Again at £7.99, this wine offers a crisp green apple flavour with shavings of lemon peel, and a refreshing finish that will certainly quench your thirst.

Top of the Pops: No 7Date published: 28/08/13

Number seven in TOTP's vino countdown is the ever-reliable, and ever-present Portillo Malbec.

Currently at £7.99 this wine offers so much for all, and is what I call a conversion wine, and not just because it's got a kick to it, but because people who are skeptical about Malbec or even red wine love this, and go on to adore our red wines from all over the world.

Top of the Pops: No 8Date published: 28/08/13

My favourite number, and also my favourite New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It's the St Clair Wairiau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. Herbaceous, sophisticated, reserved, classy, this, for me, is what a Kiwi Sauvignon should be all about.


Now down to £19.99 when you buy two or more wines from New Zealand.

Wine of the Week: Montecastrillo 2011 Ribera del DueroDate published: 28/08/13

Wine of the Week




This wine is made by Finca Torremilanos, a family-run estate located at the eastern end of Ribera del Duero. Its 200 hectares of vineyards are spread across some 140 organically-farmed plots, including some which are over 100 years old.


A fruit-focused and easy-drinking wine, with medium weight tannins framing a core of ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavour, accented with hints of cocoa.




£7.99 when you buy two, single bottle price £9.99

Beer Bargin BasementDate published: 27/08/13

From time to time we offer short-dated beers for a reduced price, and here is what we have on offer today:


12x440ml cans of Guinness dated 02/09/13 £16.99 now just £6.00 a case

9x 500ml bottles of St Peter's mixed ales £25.20 now just just £10.00

18x250ml stumpy bottles of Bierre de France dated 22/09/13 £9.99 now just £5.99

If you would like to take advantage of any of these reductions then please call us on 0116 262 9519

Top of the Pops: No 9Date published: 27/08/13

In at number 9 is 'Ginstitution' of the British Drinks Industry- Bombay Sapphire.

With its 22 different, and elegantly intertwined botanicals, this Gin is a real superstar.

Did we mention that it is just £18 a bottle?


Top of the Pops: No 10Date published: 27/08/13

A lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility. This is a real beauty of a Champagne, and is number 10 in the top of our Pops.


Cooking with Jose Pizarro and Codorniu (5)Date published: 23/08/13

Majestic, Codorniu and super chef Jose Pizarro have teamed up to bring you the most cutting edge and innovative recipes, matched with the best Cava on the market. Here is just a snippet;

Jose Pizarro matches Apple Crumble Crema Catalana with either the Codorniu Brut or the Rosado. For more recipe information get in touch with us in store, where we have full recipe leaflets aplenty for you to test yourself with.

Good luck

Wine of the Week: Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010 La CasettaDate published: 23/08/13

From the beautiful hilly villages east of Lake Garda, Ripasso wines have had a portion of the fermented, dried-skins from Amarone added to them. Valpolicella Ripasso therefore combines the power and class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella.

A beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours.

The perfect companion for all types of meat and seasoned cheeses.

Cooking with Jose Pizarro and Codorniu (4)Date published: 22/08/13

Majestic, Codorniu and super chef Jose Pizarro have teamed up to bring you the most cutting edge and innovative recipes, matched with the best Cava on the market. Here is just a snippet;

Jose Pizarro matches Full English Sourdoughs with my personal favourite, Codorniu Seleccion Raventos NV. For more recipe information get in touch with us in store, where we have full recipe leaflets aplenty for you to test yourself with.

Good luck

Cooking with Jose Pizarro and Codorniu (3)Date published: 21/08/13

Majestic, Codorniu and super chef Jose Pizarro have teamed up to bring you the most cutting edge and innovative recipes, matched with the best Cava on the market. Here is just a snippet;

Jose Pizarro matches Fish and Chips Tostados with the Majestic favourite, Codorniu Cava Brut NV. For more recipe information get in touch with us in store, where we have full recipe leaflets aplenty for you to test yourself with.

Good luck

Italy at 25% off...2 week dealDate published: 20/08/13

As the headline says, for the next two weeks we have brought Italian wine down to 25% off, certainly something I've never seen whilst being in the company. This short term deal offers a fantastic chance to explore a country that is currently producing a great variety of wine, at all price points. My favourite is the Ripasso (see the article below). Take advantage whilst offers/stocks last!

Cooking with Jose Pizarro and Codorniu (2)Date published: 20/08/13

Majestic, Codorniu and super chef Jose Pizarro have teamed up to bring you the most cutting edge and innovative recipes, matched with the best Cava on the market. Here is just a snippet;

Jose Pizarro matches /shepherd's Pie Croquetas with Codorniu's flagship offering, the Reina Maria Cristina vintage Cava. For more recipe information get in touch with us in store, where we have full recipe leaflets aplenty for you to test yourself with.

Good luck

Lee's '25% off Italy' ChoiceDate published: 20/08/13

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Rispasso, 2010

La Casetta

To celebrate Italy going to 25% off we could think of no better wine to be our 'Wine of the Week', and one that is well established as a staff favourite across the company.

Ripasso wines have a small percentage of their dried skins from the world famous Amarone grape, giving it depth and power. This combined with the typical fruity characteristics of a Valpolicella gives a beautifully balanced and complex wine, that will drink very well now.

Soft, smooth, deep, and complex are just some ways in which to describe this wine. Lots of fruits are evident of the nose, with cherry and plum most dominant. A slighlty confected taste balances with the oak and vanilla from the barrel aging it has undergone.

A perfect match for game style meat, or works perfectly well on its own. Enjoy!

£12.74 when bought with any other Italian, single bottle price £16.99

Cooking with Jose Pizarro and CodorniuDate published: 19/08/13

Majestic, Codorniu and super chef Jose Pizarro have teamed up to bring you the most cutting edge and innovative recipes, matched with the best Cava on the market. Here is just a snippet;


Jose Pizarro matches Beef and Pimenton Yorkshire Mini Puds with the Codorniu Rosado Brut NV. For more recipe information get in touch with us in store, where we have full recipe leaflets aplenty for you to test yourself with.


Good luck

Come to End of the LineDate published: 18/08/13

As you all well know, Majestic Wine are constantly looking for new products to inspire and excite our customers and staff alike. However, on the flip side of this, it can mean the end of the line for a few firm favourites. Here is a list of everything that have done just that in Leicester:

Pierre Gallard Syrah
St. Joseph Vidal-Fleury
Syrah St. Desirat
Trimbach Pinot Blanc
Montequinto Rioja
Mcguigan's Chardonnay
Wither Hills Pinot Noir
Rayuela Sauvignon Blanc
Vina Mau Syrah
Tabali Syrah
Tabali Carmenere
DV Catena Syrah
La Plata Merlot
Courvoisier VS
CremedeCassis P Jacolin

If you see any favourites on this list then give us a call on 0116 262 9519 and we will reserve them for you


Everard's now stocked in MajesticDate published: 18/08/13

Everards is an independent British regional brewery founded in Leicester in 1849 by William Everard and Thomas Hull. It produces cask ales and owns over 160 tenanted pubs, mainly around the Leicestershire area and has won 'The Publican Pub Company of the Year Award' three times. The company is one of very few business which has been run by the same family for over 150 years. Its chairman is fifth generation Richard Everard.

In recent years Everards have gone from strength to strength, forging a strong relationship with Rugby greats, Leicester Tigers, now being the offical beer of the team. Both Everard's Tiger, and the Everard's original are now in store and available to sample and buy, with a free Everard's glass for every customer. So why not pop down and try something new (that is if you don't know how good the beer really is), the first one is on us.

Moet et Chandon Brut NV at a knock down priceDate published: 18/08/13

Established in 1743 Moet et Chandon is the single most recognisable Champagne house in the world. There are many reasons for this, in part due to their heritage and tradition, and in part due to their innovative marketing approach that has really put Moet at the forefront of Champagne.

Moet is the single most consumed Champagne across the world, on every single inhabitable continent, with its sales outweighing the competition ten fold. Now owned by the luxury goods company LVMH, Moet is flourishing in the current market, with its clean and fresh citric style, it's elegance and generosity (as compared to that of Roger Federer, their last brand ambassador), and now, with Majestic Wine, its outstanding value. That's right, the prestigious Moet et Chandon Brut NV is now available in store from just £27.50 a bottle as part of your mixed case of six. So whether it is a single gift that you are after, or are throwing the birthday bash on the year, make sure Moet is on your list, while stocks last.

Wine Course UpdateDate published: 15/08/13

Due to our latest Wine Course filling up in record time, we have added another two dates in before Christmas. These FREE events give you the opportunity to try some great wine, learn a little and see what food works well with which wine. Click on 'Events' for more information. Look forward to seeing you!


Ardanza Magnums - Lee's staff choiceDate published: 09/08/13

Rioja Reserva 2005, Vina Ardanza, La Rioja Alta

Where to begin? 2005 being one of the best vintages in living memory, or how about 94 Parker Points (try to find a similar rated Rioja from this vintage and compare the prices!). Should probably mention its in the highly regarded Rioja Alta region, and the Bodegas under family ownership is one of the most sought after in Spain. Oh, and won Gold at the International wine challenge and featured heavily in the recent Decanter awards, being judged as 'Outstanding'. So all in all not a bad wine, especially when you consider the price!

In the last week we have started stocking the Magnum of this wine, and at the same price ratio as a standard bottle is fantastic value, and a great conversation starter around the table.

An extremely soft, complex wine, it is worthy of drinking now, or laying down for a little while longer if you have the patience. The fresh red fruit plays second fiddle to the savory prunes, raisins, spice and earth characteristics that linger in the mouth for an impressive amount of time. This wine screams elegance and class, and is certainly a treat to be enjoyed.

Magnum £36

Standard Bottle £18 when you buy at least two selected Fine Wine bottles


Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2008 MarlboroughDate published: 05/08/13

    Great Chardonnay like Cloudy Bay shows you just what well-made Chardonnay is capable of. It's not an alcoholic oak headache, rather a sublime integration of fruit and wood that delivers wine nothing short of miraculous.
     A ripe nose of tropical peach, grapefruit, spiced melon, figs and lemon butter, encased in aromas of pecan nuts, butterscotch and resin.
     The show-stopping element of Cloudy Bay Chardonnay is the finesse with which it glides onto your palate, and with elegance and minerality the flavours gently unravel, eventually reaching perfect intensity levels with a lingering tangerine finish. A mouthwatering array of almond, pecan, walnut, toffee apple and candied citrus peel flavours fills the mouth and occupy every component of your palate.
     It will benefit from another 3-4 years aging, but for the impatient connoisseur it's still stunning now. It screams for rich white fish or poultry/game. Try with pan seared black halibut with a creamy mushroom sauce and watch the glorious flavours play off of one another.

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc at £5.99Date published: 03/08/13

A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity.

This is only available at £5.99 for a limited time, so make sure you don't miss out.

Call us now on 0116 262 9519

Wines of the Indian SummerDate published: 03/08/13

Whilst we mustn't complain about the great weather we have had over the past 3-4 weeks, an Indian summer is still on the cards, and here are a few recommendations from the team:

Fizz- Veuve Clicquot NV Brut

At £30 a bottle this cult champagne offers a crisp and dry palate with fruitful lemon zest and grapefruit. If you've got something to celebrate then this is our top pick.

White- You should always keep an eye out for the short term offers that Majestic offer, and here is a great example why. The Giesen Sauvignon Blanc is on offer at just £5.99 a bottle. Last time round with this offer, the good people of Leicester lapped it up as we sold over 800 bottles in just 2 weeks, and this time round I expect to sell even more now we know all about it.

Rose- Always a tricky one to get right with the masses, but the Breganze Pinot Grigio Rose seems to tick this box. At £6.99 this wine will suitably satisfy the old world fanatics whilst impressing the new world consumers who are on the hunt for a wine bursting with fruity goodness.

Red- It is somewhat of an urban myth that red wine isn't popular in the summer. All you need to do is look at the leading red wine producing countries, and the climates they live in to disprove this theory. You can't beat a good quality Australian Shiraz for instance, and it's 30+ all year round there. That being said, Pinot Noir is a big hitter in the hot weather, and our number one Pinot Noir would be the LFE Reserva Pinot Noir from Chile. At £6.39 this is a real party pleaser any night of the week.

Wine of the Week: The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013Date published: 29/07/13

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2013

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

A nose of nettles and grass lead to a generous gooseberry flavour with a smokey herbal twist. The stoney terroir gives it a gentle gunflint minerality, which delivers extra complexity.

Now on offer at £7.99 a bottle when you buy two or more New Zealand wines.

The Return of The Ned!Date published: 28/07/13

That's right, everyone's favourite New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is back, and back with vengeance in the form of the 2013 vintage.

Following on from 2012's wash out vintage with yields being down over 30% in some places, the 2013 vintage in Marlborough can as somewhat of a relief, with good weather allowing a slightly earlier harvest, meaning that you can enjoy this wine earlier then ever before.

Enjoy this wine with seafood and light salads, or on its own.


Know Your Bubbles: Transfer Methond part 2Date published: 25/07/13

The Tank Method or Cuve Close

or Charmat Method.

Most of the sparkling wine in the world is

produced by this method. The main difference

with other methods is that the fermentation takes

place in a sealed tank rather than in a bottle. The dry base

wine is placed with sugar, yeast nutrients and a clarifying

agent into a sealed tank where the second fermentation

takes place. The dead yeast sediment is removed by filtration under pressure, before the wine is bottled. This reduces the production costs considerably. However, it produces larger uneven bubbles. As the yeast autolysis doesn't usually

occur the wine shows more character of the base wine.

This is useful with varieties such as Muscat, Riesling and

Prosecco where fruiter style of wine is desired. The

absence of yeast autolysis is the reason why sparkling

wine lack flavours of biscuit, bread and yeast

and has more fruity flavours like apples,

peaches and pears.

What is a wine when it's not a wine? (3)Date published: 25/07/13

Bottles and bottling

The majority of vineyards do not have their own bottling plants, but use other producers or mobile ones.This is particularly the case it Burgundy, where there are over 34,000 different vineyard owners. This can be down to a number of different reasons ranging from the sheer lack of space to house a bottling line, to cost, to tradition, to friendships.

The approximate value of all of this amounts to nearly £4 a bottle, and that is before you pay the vineyard and cellar workers, before you buy the grapes, and before producers begin to make a profit selling their wines in the U.K . It is for this reason that so many wine producers and grape growers are going out of business in France, Italy and Spain.

It also highlights the genuine value for money that, as an end consumer, you can gain when looking at the £7-£10 per bottle mark. The final quality in these wines are far superior, and, in my opinion, totally worth it.


What is a wine when it's not a wine? (2)Date published: 25/07/13

Equipment and vineyard expenses

This can vary according the landscape of the vineyards, the experience of the producers, and the standards of the vineyard.

Vineyard technology is big business now, with various methods and equipment needed to protect against pests and diseases.

Packaging and storage

Boxes and bottles cost money, as do containers, but also wine must be kept in pristine conditions else we cannot sell it to the end consumer. You also have to take into account the cost of running stores like this one.


What is a wine when it's not a wine? (1)Date published: 25/07/13


There are many different contributing factors that can affect the price of a bottle of wine, other then the cost of the wine, that we must consider:

Duty and taxes

All wine above 1.2% abv must pay alcohol duty, the level can now vary according to the %.

Advertising and marketing

Wine marketing has recently seen somewhat of a revolution with its entry into celebrity culture. e.g. Taittinger is the offical sponsor of the World Cup, and Roger Federer is Moet's brand ambassador. ($32 million)

On a smaller scale, the wine producers/negociants/brokers/retailers all have to create labels/magazines etc...

Transportation

If we use New Zealand as an example, wine is transported, already bottled, in containers with approx 18000 bottles in, but they only leave Marlborough twice a week by boat, taking up to 2 weeks to reach British shores.


Know Your Bubbles: Transfer Methond part 1Date published: 24/07/13

The Transfer Method.

This method is very similar to the

Traditional method however, it avoids the

complicated method of disgorgement. Up to

the point of disgorgement the process is the same.

After the bottles have gone through riddling, the

entirecontents of the bottles are disgorged into a tank

under pressure, filtered in bulk and re bottled into a

fresh bottle. This method produces good sparkling

wines with a cheaper price. Because the fermentation

takes place in the bottle and the autolysis occurs, the

wines will have similar flavours to Champagne.

However, the Transfer Method can affect the quality

of the bubbles and there is a risk of oxidation. If a

bottle of sparkling says 'bottle fermented' it is

most likely to be a Transfer Method as the

wine is fermented in a bottle, but not

the same bottle that it

is sold in.

Wine OF The Week - Gestos Malbec 2012 Finca Flichman, MendozaDate published: 24/07/13

Wine OF The Week

Gestos Malbec 2012 Finca Flichman, Mendoza


£6.99 when you buy two or more

Grape

Malbec

Origin

One of Flichman's top wines, combining the unique characteristics of two terroirs in a single grape variety. Tupungato at 1,100m altitude gives freshness and structure while Barrancas, at 700m, adds colour and density. Aged for over 6 months in American and French oak.

An intense red colour leads to aromas of plums combined with delicate oak, spices and chocolate. Red berry fruit continues on the palate where it is met with a hint of herbal spice.

Taste

An intense red colour leads to aromas of plums combined with delicate oak, spices and chocolate. Red berry fruit continues on the palate where it is met with a hint of herbal spice.

Enjoy

A complex wine and a perfect match with steak or rich sausages. Alternatively, at the end of a meal with a chocolate filled pudding.

Mendoza wine region

Mendoza is by far the largest wine region in Argentina, responsible for roughly 70% of the country's annual wine production.

Situated in the rain shadow of the Andes mountains to the west, Mendoza benefits from a dry climate and high average temperatures. Irrigation is facilitated by the various rivers which cross the region, including the Mendoza river itself, which runs down from the mountains. Warm, dry harvest periods mean that winemakers are able to pick their grapes according to ripeness, rather than being ruled by the vagaries of the weather. As with other New World countries, this leads to a reduction in vintage variation, as well as consistent quality from year to year.

Know Your Bubbles:Champagne part 2Date published: 23/07/13

What makes Methode Champenoise

special is that the second fermentation

takes place in the bottle. At first Champagne

makers have to produce a still high acidic and low alcohol

white wine. This is the first fermentation. This is followed by blending (assemblage) where the wine maker tries to produce a similar style of wine each year by blending several different still wines.Then yeast is added to the wine and the wine is bottled. When the yeast starts to work it it releases alcohol, CO2 and a deposit of dead yeast on the side of the bottle. During this time the yeast autolysis (self-digestion) takes place which gives flavours of yeast, bread, biscuit.The next stage is riddling (remuage) which is gently twisting the bottle from horizontal to an upside-down position over a long period of time to slide the deposit gently down into the neck of the bottle. Finally the yeast is removed (by disgorgement) and topped up with a dosage

of wine and sugar. This long and complicated process is

the reason why Champagne is one of the best

but also expensive sparkling

wine in the world.

Know Your Bubbles:Champagne part 1Date published: 22/07/13

Traditional Method or

Methode Champenoise.

All Champagne is sparkling wine but not

all sparkling wine is Champagne. There are

several reasons why only Champagne can be

called Champagne, the first being that it is made in

the most northern vineyard area in France called

Champagne. The three main grape varieties are

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier. The method

of making Champagne can be replicated

anywhere in the world and whilst it cannot be

called Champagne, it can be

labelled as

'Methode Traditionnelle'.


Last Chance SaloonDate published: 20/07/13

Come close of play Monday our latest flyer and relevant offers will come to an end, including the ever popular Bollinger and Brancott, so if anything takes your fancy don't hesitate. But don't worry, we have some other equally as good deals coming on offer to replace them...watch this space!

Wine of the Week: Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire 2012 Famille Negrel Date published: 18/07/13

Wine of the Week

Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire 2012 Famille Negrel

The Negrel family settled at the domaine Mas de Cadenet in 1813, and has now been there for 7 generations. Sainte Victoire is a sub-region within the Côtes de Provence, situated on the upper parts of the slopes, and is known for producing particularly high quality wines.

Bright salmon pink; typical of the fresh but warm Provence style. Refined and complex on the nose, with summer fruit and floral notes. Dry and crisp, with a delicate flavour and full texture.
Enjoy with poultry in delicately flavoured sauces, or with lightly spicy dishes.

£9.99

Or Buy 2 and save £2

£8.99


Majestic Wine in your RestaurantDate published: 17/07/13

In this time of austerity, we need to make sure that we are getting genuine value for money in every aspect of our lives. Here at Majestic one of our key strengths is our value for money in our commercial proposition. We offer a wide range of award-winning, commercially exclusive wines to the on-trade, at a price point tailored to your business. This means that your customers will not find our wines in their local supermarket or off license, and will keep returning to you for their favourite tipple.

Another key component to our commercial proposition is our flexibility around your business. We have over 190 stores in the U.K, each open 7 days a week, all ready to deliver out to you when you need it. This flexibility and level of customer service cannot be matched by our competitors, and is something that we are very proud of.

As well as our range and flexibility, we can also offer you an assigned account manager, there for all of your needs, whether it be free staff training through our award-winning 'Perfect Partners' Course, or you need to extend or amend your wine list, and even wine list production. Our highly qualified team are always on hand to help with any wine-related request you may have.

If you would like to discuss your current wine list, and how Majestic Wine can help improve your wine proposition, then please call your local store in Leicester on 0116 262 9519, or e-mail us lei@majestic.co.uk, where we would be delighted to help you further.

Did you know:Date published: 17/07/13

Did you know...

Did you know Moscato is the fastest growing wine varietal in the U.S. in 2012
... I didn't


Did you know:Date published: 15/07/13

Did you know...

That California is the 4th largest #wine producer in the world. The top three are France, Italy and Spain

...I didn't

Sparkling Saturday: Undurraga Brut NVDate published: 13/07/13

With a very Chilean theme to our Tasting Counter this weekend, we thought that we would treat you to the excellent value sparkling brut from Undurraga. Undurraga is now one of Chile's biggest wine producers after first being created by Don Francisco Undurraga, one of the pioneers of winemaking in Chile over 30 years ago.

This wine is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir  grapes and is produced using the charmat method. Both of these grapes are those used in Champagne, however the method of production is very different, with CO2 being pumped into stainless steel fermentation vats, making this top value fizz do exactly that.

This is a dry and light sparkling wine with lime and grapefruit flavours, as well as a nectarine-like element, making for a great party fizz.

£6.66 a bottle, this is a wine at a devilish price, but good god it's great value.

Chilean Tasting Adventure... (4)Date published: 12/07/13

Leyda Valley Riesling

Pure and clean on the nose, with well-defined aromas of mandarin orange, green apples and touches of stone and florals. Precise and slim on the palate, with a refreshing acidity and mouthwatering finish. At its best with simply-prepared, fresh seafood such as oysters, lobster or seared scallops.

Leyda Valley is a small sub-region of the San Antonio Valley wine region in ,Chile located just 55 miles (90km) west of the Chilean capital, Santiago. Thanks to the local topography and the resulting climate, the valley is able to produce cooler-climate wine styles, and for this reason it has been granted status as an independent appellation.
Lying 10 miles (15km) east of the Pacific coast, Leyda Valley is strongly influenced by the cooling effects of the Humboldt Current, which flows up the west coast of Chile from the Antarctic. The valley is situated at a latitude of 33 degrees south much closer to the equator than any European vineyard and the specific style of wine it produces are largely a result of this oceanic influence.


Tabali Pinot Noir

From the award winning producer Felipe Muller, one of the key aspects of Felipe's success in the wine industry derives from his meticulous nature, every single grape hand picked and only the best are used to make these epic wines. On the noise rich aromas of raspberry and cherry and the palet exemplifies this with hints of vannila and soft tannings.

Tabali Pinot Noir grapes are grown in the beautifully set Limari Valley. Which is located at the northern end of Chile's national vineyard, sitting at a latitude of 30 degrees south. In the northern hemisphere, this latitude is occupied by Cairo, Egypt and central Baja California in Mexico; needless to say, it is unusual to find fine wines being made this close to the equator.
Because of its location, the Limari Valley's landscapes and climate are very hot and dry; the region lies along the southern border of the Atacama, the driest desert in the world. However, a break in the Coastal Range allows cooling morning breezes and the 'Camanchaca' fog to reach the valley from the Pacific Ocean, before giving way to sunlit afternoons. This, combined with the low elevations here, enables local viticulturists to produce cool-climate wines.

Wine of the Week: The Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon Date published: 12/07/13

The Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon

A limited parcel made exclusively for Majestic, it has quickly gained the attention of staff and customers alike. It is made from one of the top producers in the Maipo Valley (a secret I'm afraid as to which one!) at the Andean foothills, which help create a cooler climate suitable to grow the grapes.

Hand picked, a lot of care and attention has gone in to this wine with low yields and 18 months maturation in French oak barrels.

Deep rich and smooth, this has all the hallmarks of a phenomenal new world Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit dominated with ripe berries, it is nicely complimented by the vanilla and subtle spice coming through.

And the perfect food match? Beef Beef Beef!!!

Preview into our Chilean Tasting Week... (3)Date published: 12/07/13

Koyle Carmenere/Cabernet Sauvignon

With a history beginning in 1885, Koyle are in their sixth generation of family winemakers that began with Don Francisco Undurraga and named after a local Chilean plant. It comes from Alto Colchagua, slightly South from some of the more renowned regions of Chilean winemaking. The chief winemaker carefully selects the best grapes (which have been hand harvested) to vinify in small lots and age in French oak barrels. Unusually the winemaker chooses to add a very small amount of Carmenére to Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds the smokey woody texture at the finish.

Ripe fruits dominate this deep and delicious wine, with complex flavours of smoke, vanilla, wood, chocolate, spice and cedar. With every mouthful a new flavour presents itself. Would partner beef or any rich juicy cuts of meat for that matter.

The Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon

A limited parcel made exclusively for Majestic, it has quickly gained the attention of staff and customers alike. It is made from one of the top producers in the Maipo Valley (a secret I'm afraid as to which one!) at the Andean foothills, which help create a cooler climate suitable to grow the grapes.

Hand picked, a lot of care and attention has gone in to this wine with low yields and 18 months maturation in French oak barrels.

Deep rich and smooth, this has all the hallmarks of a phenomenal new world Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit dominated with ripe berries, it is nicely complimented by the vanilla and subtle spice coming through.

And the perfect food match? Beef Beef Beef!!!

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2011Date published: 10/07/13

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough

Pronounced “grey-wacky” this is a stunning wine of exceptional finesse, elegance and minerality. A very delicate pale lemon green colour, with heavily perfumed aromas of gooseberries, nettles, grass, apricots and passionfruit.

For a wine that appears so delicate it bursts onto the palate with powerful flavours of toasted cashew nuts (from the oak influence), tomato leaf, capsicum, white peach, ripe pear, gooseberry, lime and guava, encased in a paradoxical combination of both a stony minerality and a smooth creamy texture. This glorious Sauvignon demonstrates an incredible array and harmony of flavours, and has absolutely outstanding length!

Greywacke is the name of the sedimentary rock that largely constitutes the vineyards' soils. The winery was founded in 2009 and is the brainchild of Kevin Judd, former winemaker of Cloudy Bay for 25 years.

Enjoy by itself as a crisp yet mouthfilling aperitif, or match to canapes made from smoked salmon, anchovies or chevre.

£15.99 when you buy two or more.






Wine of the Week: Rueda Blanco 2012 Marqués de Riscal Date published: 08/07/13

Wine of the Week

Rueda Blanco 2012 Marqués de Riscal


From the eminent Rioja producer Marqués de Riscal, this is an intriguing white from the Verdejo grape. For a long time the sleeping beauty of the Rueda region, Verdejo is now increasingly popular in Spain. A light, delicate white wine with an intensely aromatic bouquet and bursting with fruit on the palate. Well balanced with crisp acidity and a fresh finish. Perfect with seafood or salads.

£6.99

when you buy two or more

Fine Wine to get Excited About... part 3Date published: 07/07/13

Here is the biggie...

Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel 2011, Alexander Valley

Silky and dark, floral and deep, vibrant and refrained, there are not enough oxymoron's in the English language that can do this wine justice. The 2011 has just been released after being given 93 Parker Points by Antonio Galloni, Wine buff extraordinaire. This is a blended wine with 80% California's famous Zinfandel, 16% Carignane, a family member to French Carignan no doubt, and 3% Petite Sirah, which one can only assume is a crossed of Peitit Verdo and Syrah. This wine sums up the American dream when it comes to wine- It is unique, experimental, and unafraid.

This wine is only available in very small allocations, to which Majestic Leicester have been granted just 6 bottles, so I woldn't mess about.


£30 a bottle

Fine Wine to get Excited About... part 2Date published: 07/07/13

Here is the second fine wine that has me giddy;

Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2012, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

This Chardonnay is heavily influenced by Burgundian favourites Meursault and St. Veran, with an elegance that would charm a wildebeest. The grapes for this wine are from a stony soil that is rich in clay, allowing the terror to really interact with grape and show itself in the final wine. Despite the estate sitting on over 170 ha of land, only 52 are under vine, that is due to the strict quality policy that Hamilton Russell pride themselves on.

You will not find another South African Chardonnay as elegant nor as rich as this. This wine has benefited from lees aging for 9 months and barrel fermented, allowing it develop a creamy texture with a soft biscuit element that remains on the palate.

£23.75 a bottle

Fine Wine to get Excited About... part 1Date published: 07/07/13

We have just received 3 of the most exciting fine wines that we will see in our range this year, here is the first one;

Purple Angel Carmenere 2010, Montes

Although 92% Carmenere, there is more then meets the eye with this wine. half of the grapes used for this wine are hand-picked from the Montes La Finca de Apalta Estate, a vineyard infamous for its sophistication and elegance, and the second half from the cult favourite Archangel estate. The Archangel is so famed for its forward fruit concentration, and ballsy style. Both sets of grapes are hand-picked first thing in the morning to retain acidity and freshness, and within 12 hours are in the pressing room. They are bunch pressed, allowing the grapes to remain undamaged, and then aged over 18 months in American and French oak, being re-racked a total of 3 times.

The result is a stunning wine that drinks amazingly well now, but ideally needs time to develop and mature in the bottle. Carmenere at its absolute best.

£25.99 a bottle when you buy it with any other Chilean wine.


5 Reasons why it is going to be a Fizz-tastic SummerDate published: 05/07/13

1. The weather man has promised highs of 27 degrees Celsius, with bright sunshine over the next 7 days (Music to all of our ears, bar Dans, who suffers from Hayfever, Unlucky Dan) So dust down those BBQ', we don't want spiders in our burgers now do we, and stock up to make sure you make the most of it.

2. I predict an Andy Murray Wimbledon victory, hopefully this doesn't jinx him, but surely it's his best chance to get this grand slam in the bag?!?! Majestic have this one covered too, Pimms is just £13.50 a bottle when you buy two or more. We also stock the new Blackberry and Elderflower Pimms on an identical offer- Can't say fairer then that.

3. The British and Irish Lions will romp home to a resounding win against the Aussies in the 3rd and final test match over in Australia. It is currently tied at one test a piece, both being won and lost by the very smallest of margins, but with the depth of strength in the Lions squad, and the form of George North, I'm certain victory is in our own hands.

4. Rumour has it that Shane Warne is going to return for the Australian cricket team in time for the ashes, however I'd say they need something more along the lines of a miracle sent from above to avoid a whitewash. The bowling attack of England is second to none, and with the Aussies at an arguably all-time low as far as talent is concerned, there is only one outcome.

5. This is the biggy, and applies to all of the above-  Majestic have just dropped the prices of two of the biggest and most prestigious champagne houses, Bollinger and Veuve Cliquot. Both of these Champagne houses are steeped in history, and surrounded by quality, and now both just £30 a bottle.

Both are in stock, but both wont last long so make sure you get your order in to us A.S.A.P

You can order online through www.majestic.co.uk, call us on 0116 262 9519, or pop in store.


Preview into our Chilean Tasting Week... (2)Date published: 04/07/13

The Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon

A limited parcel made exclusively for Majestic, it has quickly gained the attention of staff and customers alike. It is made from one of the top producers in the Maipo Valley (a secret I'm afraid as to which one!) at the Andean foothills, which help create a cooler climate suitable to grow the grapes.

Hand picked, a lot of care and attention has gone in to this wine with low yields and 18 months maturation in French oak barrels.

Deep rich and smooth, this has all the hallmarks of a phenomenal new world Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit dominated with ripe berries, it is nicely complimented by the vanilla and subtle spice coming through.

And the perfect food match? Beef Beef Beef!!!

Preview into our Chilean Tasting Week... (1)Date published: 04/07/13

Koyle Carmenere/Cabernet Sauvignon

With a history beginning in 1885, Koyle are in their sixth generation of family winemakers that began with Don Francisco Undurraga and named after a local Chilean plant. It comes from Alto Colchagua, slightly South from some of the more renowned regions of Chilean winemaking. The chief winemaker carefully selects the best grapes (which have been hand harvested) to vinify in small lots and age in French oak barrels. Unusually the winemaker chooses to add a very small amount of Carmenére to Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds the smokey woody texture at the finish.

Ripe fruits dominate this deep and delicious wine, with complex flavours of smoke, vanilla, wood, chocolate, spice and cedar. With every mouthful a new flavour presents itself. Would partner beef or any rich juicy cuts of meat for that matter.

Fitou by Mademoiselle JonesDate published: 04/07/13

A little like Miss Jones!” is how the Lincolnshire born winemaker, Katie Jones, describes her wine. It is elegant and sophistecated with carefully balanced oak aging. After living in the village of Tuchan for twenty years, Katie Jones required a handful of vineyards to make her own Fitou, with the help of a Australian winemaking consultant David Morrison.

The wine is a blend of Garignan, Grenache and Syrah, and has concentrated flavours of blackcurrant, dark plums, liquorice and vanilla combined with subtle herbs on the background. Perfect for drinking now but also suitable for cellar aging up to 10 years.

The wine is perfect for mature cheeses, steak and roasts. Will also compliment barbequed beef or lamb chops.


£14.99 or £11.99 if you buy 2 or more bottles

Wine of the Week: Beringer Founders' Estate Chardonnay 2010/2011 Date published: 02/07/13

Wine of the Week

Beringer Founders' Estate Chardonnay 2010/2011 Central and North California

This Chardonnay comes from selected vineyards in central and northern California, where the vines are bathed in sunlight during the day, and cooled by marine breezes in the evenings, ensuring steady ripening. Only a small percentage of the blend is oak aged.

With aromas and flavours characterised by ripe apple and pear, with hints of citrus and mango, this is a fruit-driven Chardonnay. The mouthfeel is round and soft, with a hint of spicy complexity.

A perfect match for a rich and creamy risotto.

£8.99

when you buy two or more

Sparkling Saturday: Zonin ProseccoDate published: 29/06/13

The most recent addition to our Sparkling Wine range, the Zonin Prosecco offers a great bouquet of sherbet, grapefruit, and nectarine. This fresh, crisp and refreshing fizz is ideal for that special toast, as an appertif, or just to celebrate the weekend in style.

Please feel free to visit us in Leicester today and give this super sparkler a try, along with a host of other wines, not least the abundance of Rose that we have open to try as part of our Rediscover Rose Tastings that are happening all over the weekend.

The Zonin will be open all day and is currently on offer at £8.99 from £10.99 when you buy two or more.


Today's Offers, Tomorrow's SavioursDate published: 28/06/13

Here's to another soggy Friday, drawing us towards the end of another 'Majestic' British Summer's Week, bringing the nations mood down with it. Well fear not, for we are about to turn the weekend on its head- We have booked the sunshine for the weekend, and dropped some more prices on some real summer sizzlers:


First up is the Louis Jadot Macon-Village-

With a fuller, rounded body then previous vintages, the 2011 offers bags of nectarine and apricot fruit, as well as a sherbety goodness running throughout this refreshing wine. Perfect match with a slightly burnt BBQ'ed chicken breast, topped of with specks of charcoal.

£10.99 £7.99 a bottle when you buy two or more

If you are looking for a slightly crisper option to go with Nanna's potato salad and Prawn kebabs, then look no further then the Pouilly-Fume Les Cascadelles. With its green pepper, grassy nature, and elegant lemon zest, this wine is sure wash down those Prawns.

£11.99 £9.99 a bottle when you buy two or more

If Pouilly-Fume isn't quite your bag, and the Macon-Village is a little heavy for you, then here is the wine for you. From just across the river comes one of the oldest and most prestigious white wine appellation in all of France, Sancerre. Although very young and refreshing, this wine has been left of its lees for up to 3 months, giving it a rather untraditional take on a French Classic. Biscuity and refreshing, this wine is a real crowd pleaser- Perfect with Pavlova (I hate Pavlova)

£14.99 £11.99 a bottle when you buy two or more

Here is one for those with a bit of a sweet tooth. Vouvray Domaine ds Aubisieres. Made from the Chenin Blanc grape, this is a medium dry wine that will help you escape from the acidity driven whites that we have now become accustomed to. Strawberry sauce and Ice cream would work well with this one, but give it a go with any dessert and you wont be disappointed.

£9.99 £7.99 a bottle when you buy two or more

As we move south of the Loire Valley, past Bordeaux, and then East into the Cote de Gascogne, we arrive at one of the best value white wines in our range, the Grand Heron. For years and years, wines produced from this region have been frowned upon and regarded as plonk or table wine. Well it is now time for these producers to get their own back on its critics, and this wine is really leading the charge. Crisp, elegant, fruity and easy drinking- The perfect all-rounder.

£7.99 £5.99 a bottle when you buy two or more

Make the most of these wines, because just like the sun, they wont last long.

Mâcon Villages Blanc 'Les Roches Blanches' 2011/2012 Louis JadotDate published: 27/06/13

An inticing gold colour, this wine displays the trademark aromas of a beautifully and elegantly oaked Chardonnay. A rich, buttery nose is supported by nuances of green apple and pear aromas. The streak of minerality hints at the fact that this wine is produced in one of Burgundys cooler regions.

The palate reflects the complexity of the nose. The decadent butteriness verges on caramel, but is balanced by the stone fruit and apple flavours, along with a refreshing zing of minerality. The mouth waters from the crisp acidity, which helps to keep the oak flavours from over-powering the wine. An excellent length means further characteristics develop long after the first sip.

Five Reasons to love BollingerDate published: 25/06/13

When it comes to picking your favourite Champagne, there are many things to consider. From range, to price, to what the Champagne house represents. Here are my top five reasons as to why you should pick Bollinger:


1.) One of the few big Champagne houses to remain with the founding family.

2.) James Bond drinks Bollinger. That's cool!

3.) At the moment it is just £30 a bottle when you buy 6 or more- Talk about value for Money!!!

4.) Bollinger is associated with some of the most quintessentially English events, from Royal Ascot to the Boat Race to England Rugby.

5.) It quite simply, tastes the best. The fuller, richer, caramelized style of Bollinger gets me every time. 

I love Bollinger

I.D.S.T

Wine of the Week: Santa Rita 120 Carmenere 2011Date published: 25/06/13

Wine of the Week

Santa Rita 120 Carmenere 2011

Rapel Valley

In the midst of a rather wet winter, a supple and poised warming red like this is just the ticket! As is the food match.

A vibrant ruby wine, with a nose which slowly unravels to reveal notes of plums, cherries, raisins, prunes, jammy blackcurrants, peppered with notes of cinnamon and charred tobacco leaf.

Onto the bold palate, redcurrants, red cherries and cranberries prevail, before giving way to black cherries and berries encased in an earthy sophisticated smokiness. Somehow this wine manages to remain silky smooth, with velvety tannins!

Carmenere is originally a Bordeaux grape which is no longer used in the region. Chile have taken it on as their signature style of red wine and it's easy to see why with this classic example. Boasting all the juicy black fruit of Cabernet Sauvignon, with more depth and structure from tobacco overtones, a sumptuous mouthful to be savoured!

Try with steak and cheese pasta bake for a quick and easy but stunning mid-week food and wine combination.

£7.99

Or Buy 2 Chilean Wines Save 20%

£6.39

Dan's Pick: Matsu El Picaro 2012 ToroDate published: 22/06/13

Matsu El Picaro 2012 Toro

Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal', and this rapscallion of a wine is a youthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. The grapes come from mature vines of over 50 years of age, but the wine spends only three months in oak, preserving their natural fruit profile.

Vivid crimson-purple in the glass. Aromas are of ripe blackberries and raspberries, with subtle hints of fresh cocoa. The palate is bold yet supple, with ripe tannins and a mineral grip.

Enjoy on its own or with boldly flavoured pasta dishes or spicy meat skewers.

£7.99 when you buy two or more

Jaanika's Pick:Prosecco Zonin NV DOCDate published: 22/06/13

Prosecco Zonin NV DOC

Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle.

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish. Wonderfully versatile.

Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

£8.99 when you buy two or more

Lee's Pick; Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV ChampagneDate published: 22/06/13

From the legendary producer of 'Cristal' this is a serious champagne, and pushes most of its competition to the side. It sits in the middle of the stylistic range, neither too dry or sweet, rich or light.

Beautifully balanced between the nutty biscuity notes and the overt fruitiness, it is complex and rewarding with a refreshing lemon finish. Anyone who is passionate about their bubbles must give this a try.

David's Pick: Masianco 2012 Masi Date published: 22/06/13

Masianco 2012 Masi

Masi have come to be at the forefront of winemaking around Verona, creating attractive modern wines from the region's traditional grapes. Here, Pinot Grigio has been blended with 25% Verduzzo, which has been barrel-aged for 3 months, to create a unique white.

A bright and inviting golden colour, this wine is alive with notes of peach, apricot, pear and pineapple. A lush, generous palate offering good ripeness and a dry, citrussy finish.

Enjoy with fresh linguine served with mussels and clams.

£9.99 when you buy two or more Italian wines

Wine Course UpdateDate published: 21/06/13

Last nights wine course was very well received by the eleven attendees, with the favourite wine of the evening being the 2 up Kangarilla Road Shiraz.

If you would like to attend our next Free Wine Course, we are running it on Thursday 8th July starting at 6pm. The course lasts for approximatley 90 minutes, and as the attendees of last nights course vouch, it is a fun way to learn more about wine and wine tasting in a very relaxed and informal environment.


Please call us on 0116 262 9519 to reserve your place on the next course.

Jaanika's wine of the weekDate published: 18/06/13

Windy Peak Chardonnay 2010, Victoria, Australia

'Drink in some posh company and look at the smiles on their faces.' This is a modern style of Australian chardonnay by the De Bortoli winemaker.

A young and a refreshing nose of green apple, melon, peach and subtle smokiness that could easily compete with any top notch French Chardonnays.

Onto the bold palate and stone fruit prevail, before giving way to green apple and pear, followed by a long melony finish. The wine is light and refreshing, and has soft minerality with very subtle oakiness which doesnt over power the lovely fruit.

This wine is very different to the typical heavily oaked, buttery Australian Chardonnays that has made this style less popular with most wine drinkers. Instead it is revitalising, crisp and dominated by tropical fruits and refreshing green apple.

Try with creamy chicken and pasta dishes but would also work wonderfully with a creamy mushroom risotto.

£11.24

Or Buy 2 Australian Wines Save 20%

£8.99

What we are currently drinking....Date published: 18/06/13

Hacienda Zorita Tempranillo 2009, Arribes del Duero

Having been lucky enough to have visited this spectacular monastery, modernised as part of the Marques de la Concordia family, I have a special appreciation for it. Surprisingly for me this wine now tastes as good on a muggy day in Leicester as it did a few years ago looking out across Salamanca on a warm Spanish eve.

Marques de la Concordia bring together the best of the Old and New world, and nothing epitomises this more than Hacienda Zorita. The monastery dates back to the 14th Century, and was where Christopher Columbus stayed whilst gaining the funding for his expedition. However, it is also home to a luxury hotel and uses modern machinery to produce the wine.

This is 100% Tempranillo, deep cherry in colour with red fruits the predominant driving force behind the wine. It has been oak aged for 12 months, though this is very subtly intergrated in to the wine, with light notes of vanilla, toasted oak and a touch of spice. A very lush feel in the mouth comes from light tannins, and is drinking beautifully now.

For a food match I can recommend Iberico Ham (think antipasti) but for a slightly easier match a rich pasta dish would be great. Alternately it is drinking very well on its own.

Staff Choice...Majestic's worst kept secret???Date published: 14/06/13

The Parcel Series, Sauvignon Semillon 2011

This is a superb quality white blend from Australia's famous Margaret River, bottled exclusively for Majestic and available at an incredibly low price!

Based on white Bordeaux the freshness of the 2 component grapes balances and offers a subtle creaminess, which for those sensitive to excess acidity is definitely a plus.

Fruity, floral and fresh on the nose boasting zesty lemon, grapefruit and subtle pear notes. Held together by composed yet crisp acidity, flavours unravel in the form of lemon and grapefruit with predominant peach, passionfruit, and apricot jam, lifted by finishing nuances of guava, clementine and jasmine.

This is a superb example of Sauvignon's more tropical potential and represents a happy medium between Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Based on white Bordeaux this wine is fantastic on it's own or with oily fish dishes such as salmon steaks, or flaked tuna (or mackerel) salad.

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Wine Course UpdateDate published: 13/06/13

Wow, the first wine course is FULL (that was quick), but the good news is we have a second one planned on July 18th (see events page for details). So if its something you've always thought about doing sign up, its free, or forever wish you had!

Natural wines: MatsuDate published: 12/06/13

In these days when we are looking for organic and fair trade food produce we often ignore the wine we have with our dinner. Fortunately there are several wine producers that have taken the utmost care to produce natural pesticide and herbicide free wines. One great producer of such wines is Matsu. Matsu is more than a winery or a wine; it is a modern project of sustainable viticulture that brings forth an exclusive collection of high expression wines.

Matsu is a Japanese word that means “to wait”. It is truly the perfect word to describe Matsu wine making ethos. Just like the oriental culture they have the utmost care for the nature. This is demonstrated in their nature friendly biodynamic agriculture techniques. All of their wines are natural, the vineyards are completely ecological, avoiding any use of chemical or synthetic herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides.

Matsu has a wide range of natural wines of which Majestic carries four. El Picaro, El Recio, El Viejo and La Garnacha. Next time your in store be sure to seek out the unique looking bottles and ask for more information on each individual wine to find out which of the Matsu wine suits you best. 

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 08/06/13

To celebrate the great weather we are all enjoying today we have opened a bottle of fizz, the Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV to be precise.

Cloudy Bay is one of the most prestigious and unique producers in New Zealand, and some would argue, the world, with this sparkler being amongst its flagship range.

This wine offers bags of ripe nectarine fruit, with hints of biscuit, pineapple and cream, yet still maintains a steeliness that refreshes the palate.

On offer now at just £15.99 down from £21.99.

Saturday KitchenDate published: 08/06/13

The Saturday Kitchen Crew Visit Leicester

As you will have (hopefully) seen today our store featured on Saturday Kitchen, the hit cooking show with James Martin (if not catch up on iplayer, I insist). They also filmed at the National Space Centre and local market place, so you never know, you may have been caught on film!

First of all we needed a store to be proud of, and unfortunately that meant dusting off the old mop and broom and reaching in to the hard to reach corners (maybe exaggerating slightly, but you get the idea). Once they arrived filming took a couple of hours, and they even took on one of our suggestions after trying it, the Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc, the one on the Fine Wine shelf. By the way I'm typing this up before I've seen the final cut so fingers crossed it makes it in! I think we were all very impressed at how effortless Peter Richards made presenting the wine seem, a true professional.

The chosen wine was Bourgogne Chardonnay Nicolas Potel 2011. Described as soft, rounded with a tangy finish, it has hints of nutty complexity and already has a strong following with staff and customers alike.

Finally I would like to thank the whole Saturday Kitchen team for choosing our store...and hope that everyone who reads this is inspired to try this wine (coincidentally open on our tasting counter today!)

Fine Wine in Focus: Saintsbury Carneros Chardonnay 2009Date published: 07/06/13

One of the most elegantly oaked Californian Chardonnay's I have ever tried. Remenicent of Puligny-Montrachet, this wine is quite simply outstanding.

This wine is unfiltered, allowing it to totally reflect the terroir of its environment without compromising on the concentration and style of the wine. So rich and elegant, this wine will present a bouquet of oak, juicy pineapple and dried apricots notes, a subtle vanilla pod essence, and a slight hazelnut character that will entice the most resilient of us.

The palate hits the nose out of the water- It really delivers on all of the promise of the nose and then some. But don't take my word for it, try it yourself.


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Wine of the Week: St Clair Pioneer's Block Pinot NoirDate published: 06/06/13

Wine of the Week

St Clair Pioneer's Block Pinot Noir

Saint Clair Family Estate is rapidly becoming one of the most reputed wineries in Marlborough, despite producing their first wines as recently as 1994. The Pioneer Block wines are sourced from outstanding parcels of fruit, identified by chief winemaker Matt Thomson.

This is one of Pinot Noir is one of St Clair's most sought after offerings with bags of red cherry fruit, a hugging vanilla essence, and a finish that seems to last forever.

This wine is an ideal match to lightly grilled lamp chops with sautéed potatoes, and seasonal vegetables.

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Last day of Bank Holiday OffersDate published: 03/06/13

The Bank holiday blues are firmly behind us now as we move on into the summer months. And what better way to celebrate the good weather then with some of the great deals we have in store- but hurry, the promotions finish at 7pm tonight.


Taittinger NV Brut @ £25 down from £40

Corte Alta Prosecco @£6.99 down from £9.99

George DuBeouf Beaujolais Village @£5.99 down from £7.99

Macon Lugny Louis Latour @ £7.99 down from £9.99

To place your order call us on 0116 262 9519

If you like this, then you will LOVE this...Date published: 02/06/13

Keep an eye out for our new recommendations sections on our website. A great way to explore our range here in Leicester.

Wine of the Week Campofiorin 2009, MasiDate published: 27/05/13

The Boscaini family has run the Masi vineyard for six generations and have earned the reputation of being one of the most well established wine makers in the Veneto region.

For wine making they referment the fresh wine with partially dried grapes which give extra complexity and intense flavours. A blend of Italian native grapes, Corvina, Rondinell and Molinara, alongside with the wine making skills make the Compofiorin a rich well balanced red wine.

The nose centres on sweet spice, vanilla and ripe cherries, the palate continues with ripe cherries, but also offers a touch of cinnamon and sublte woodiness. The wine offers similar velvety tannin as Amorone at only a fraction of the price.

It is a great red wine for barbeques, perfect for grilled lamp and beef with grilled vegetables.


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Wine of The WeekDate published: 21/05/13

Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2011. Chapoutier

The wines of the Rhône are often copied but rarely bettered – few New-World wineries have the same experience or unique climatic features that make these wines so popular.

The Chapoutiers have been making wine for over 200 years. While tradition is still central to the family, their dynamic and creative approach has meant they produce some of the Rhône's best wines.

And this is one of them. A rich nose of spice and dark fruits tempts you towards a rounded wine that boasts incredibly fresh flavours of bramble-fruits and cherry. The tannins are supple and well-integrated, yet have enough grip to ensure the wine has a lingering finish. One sip just isn't enough...

Perfect on its own or brilliant with any meat dish, from a simple barbequed steak or a hearty game pie.

If you can resist drinking this wine now, it will keep for another few years.

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Wine of the Week: Fremondo Greco 2012, SannioDate published: 29/04/13

Wine of the Week: Fremondo Greco 2012, Sannio

You may recognise this rather striking bottle from a previous Wine Walk tasting. Then it was Fiano, now we've introduced the Greco to our range, and what a sumptuous wine it is!

The nose is ripe boasting peach, apricot, honeysuckle, blossom, lemongrass, coconut flakes and toasted cashew nut aromas. These heady aromas lead onto a bold and fleshy palate with prickly and mouthwatering acidity. White peach, mandarin, pink grapefruit and pear flavours interact beautifully creating a lip-smacking sense of sweet and sour, and a balance of juicy ripeness against tart acidity.

This wine follows on from Gavi and Orvieto and signifies Italian whites with considerably more flavour.

Try with creamy mushroom risotto to see some herbaceous nuances unravel and to really set your palate alight!

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Wine of the Week: Masianco 2012, MasiDate published: 21/04/13

Wine of the Week: Masianco 2012, Masi

Already well-known at Majestic for their stunning Amarone and full-bodied Campofiorin, now we see what Masi can achieve with white wine. A wonderfully fresh blend of Pinot Grigio with 25% Verduzzo aged in barrels for 3 months to produce an altogether unique white. The nose centres on white flowers, peach blossom and apricots, whilst the palate delivers peach, apricot, pear, pineapple, lemon and honey. Sumptuous and mouthwatering you can taste the sunshine in this bottle; we think it's going to be the summer of Italian whites. A Pinot Grigio with a great deal of flavour - if you like Gavi or Orvieto then you'll love this! Superb on it's own but also great with pasta, risotto, fish or white meat. Why not try with Spaghetti Carbonara for that true taste of the Mediterranean?

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Wine of The Week: Gavi Montiero 2012, RoccaDate published: 08/04/13

Gavi Montiero 2012, Rocca

If you're looking for a change from Pinot Grigio, then you should look no further than Gavi Montiero. It is made with the Cortese grape which has proven to be a success in the south of Piedmont, by the border of Liguria, where the grape is planted and has thrived. It has a pale golden appearance with aromas of lime zest and grapefruit. This dry wine's modest acidity gives a clean and refreshing finish on the palate. A perfect match with poached white fish, or cherry tomato salad.

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Fine Wine Friday: Angelique de Monbousquet 2009 St-Émilion Grand Cru Classé Date published: 05/04/13

Fine Wine Friday Angelique de Monbousquet 2009 St-Émilion Grand Cru Classé For our final Fine Wine Friday I thought it best to open a classic, and a superb quality classic at that! St Emilion Grand Cru usually represents the softer side of Bordeaux being Merlot dominant. This, the second wine of Chateau Monbousquet does actually have some weight to it and continues to open up the longer it spends in the glass – if you're patient that is. The nose boasts aromas of stewed red plums, sultanas, blackcurrants, loganberries, black raspberries, herbaceous aromas of tobacco and mint leaves, and sweet spice incense-like aromas of vanilla, clove, violets and cinnamon. The palate is gripped by firm tannins which give way to flavours of red plums, redcurrants, blackcurrants, blueberries and a bittersweet cranberry character which develops into a bold acidity and vibrant macerated strawberry flavour. The body and mouthfeel are slightly leathery, and the finish is leafy and herbaceous. The best food matches for such a robust yet elegant wine would be honey roast ham, seared tuna, belly pork or rare steak. Or for something more relaxed, Aberdeen Angus Sausages.

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Wine of The WeekDate published: 01/04/13

Kuhlmann-Platz-RILSLING 2011

This is a excellent example of a classic Alsace Riesling. Much of the praise should be given to the head wine maker Nicolas Garde, who is native to the region and has an impressive education inculding being scooled in Burgundy and New Zealand. On the palate you get a sublte sweetness, which makes this wine slighlt off dry, with flavours of apricot, peach and pear. A steely almoust minerally like acity.

This wine can be drunk now or if you are willing to wait can be drank within the next 5 years. It would go well with sea food dishes, particularly a creamy fish.

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Wine of the Week: Select Blocks Pinot Noir 2010/11 Ara, MarlboroughDate published: 23/03/13

This week's choice is nothing short of outstanding! Everything a fine red Burgundy could hope to be, at a fraction of the price... Ara is New Zealand's up and coming wine region and this particular producer are my all-time favourite producer of New Zealand red. You may have seen Resolute or Composite in previous years, this is the current pick and has the same distinctive aromas and flavours. I'm actually ageing a case of the Resolute, I open it up every Christmas eve to see how it's getting on. Supple aromas of plums, prunes, figs, dates, blackcurrants, wild strawberry and raspberry jam, and overtones of earth, smoke, and green pepper. A juicy palate delivers flavours of bright red cherries, redcurrants and plums, before moving to notes of cranberry, strawberry and raspberry. The structure of the wine is very taut thanks to the streak of acidity running through it, and the moreish finish arrives at blueberry, blackberry and prickly peppery notes. Matches superbly well to pork, duck, tuna or rare red meat. If you're grabbing a Chinese takeaway look no further than duck in Hoi Sin sauce for a match made in heaven.

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Port ArticleDate published: 22/03/13

Port is one of the great classic European wines, created in the eighteenth century by British merchants. It is produced in the Douro Valley in northern Portugal. Port is an example of a fortified wine which means it has had grape spirit or brandy added to it, at some point in the production process. There are many grape varieties authorised in the production of Port and this article will discuss the 5 main grape varieties that are used. The individual qualities that they each contribute to the overall final blend will be discussed, as well as the key styles of Port.

The 5 main grape varieties are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cao and Tinta Barroca. The finest grape of the Douro is considered to be Touriga Nacional because of its high quality and rarity. Despite its low yield, it plays an important part in Port by providing the structure and body in blends. Touriga Nacional grapes are small and they have thick skin which contributes colour and tannin; the concentrated flavours of black fruit are also noteworthy Another premium grape of the Douro is Touriga Franca, also known as Touriga Francesa. It is lighter in body and more perfumed than Touriga Nacional adding finesse to the wines. A mix of fruit and wildflower can be detected on the palate. It ripens earlier then Touriga Nacional but it lacks the intensity and concentration. Therefore it is often blended with Touriga Nacional to counterbalance this weakness. Many people (including the famous wine critic Jancis Robinson) describe the relationship between these grapes, as similar to that of the relationship between “Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon”. With Touriga Franca playing the role of Cabernet Franc.

Tinta Roriz, more popularly known as Tempranillo is another grape used in Port blends. Compared to Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca it has a higher yield. The grape produces wines that are ruby red in colour, with aromas and flavours of plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather and herbs. The quality of this grape is sometimes questionable and is highly dependent upon the climatic conditions in the Douro.

Tinta Cao is a low yielding grape, which ripens late and produces small bunches of tiny thin-skinned grapes. It is primarily used to add tannin to blends and accounts for a small percentage of Douro vines. This grape can also add fruity aromas. Tinta Barroca is an early ripening thin-skinned grape which produces large grapes in large clusters. Tinta Barroca gives fruity wines with a good body and velvety texture.

One of the interesting aspects of Port is the variety of different styles, each with their own characteristics. For example Ruby styles include “Ruby Port” which is deeply coloured and fruity and ready to drink. It is usually inexpensive and generally sold at less than three years old. Reserve Ruby Port has better integrated alcohol richer in fruit and will have been aged in cask for up to five years before bottling. The final ruby style port is “Late Bottled Vintage (LBV)” and, as the name suggests, it is from a specific year then aged for between four and six years before bottling.

Another style of Port is the Tawny styles which are much paler and browner than Ruby Ports. The reason for this is because they have been in contact with oxygen for a period of time. Reserve Tawny Port is usually aged for at least seven years in wood. This makes it far more complex, softer and smoother than basic Tawny Port. Tawnies are made from a blend of different vintages and there are some which have an age indication on the label which refers to the youngest component of the blend. These tend to be labelled 10, 20, 30, or over 40 years old. These Ports are extremely complex and develop flavours and aromas of walnuts, coffee, chocolate and caramel.

The final style of Port is Vintage styles, which include “Vintage Port” and “Single Quinta Vintage Ports”. Vintage Ports are usually the finest wines from the producer’s best vineyards only. When young they are full bodied, rich and tannic. They mature slowly, in some cases it can take almost 20 years for them to hit their prime. Single Quinta Vintage Port is made similar to Vintage Ports but they are made as a product of a single estate. In most cases it is the producer’s flagship vineyard. The difference between Sherry and Port is that spirit is added during fermentation in Port and after Fermentation in Sherry. Port is mainly made from red grapes whilst Sherry is made from white grapes.

Wine of the Week: Duiker Shiraz Cinsault 2011, SwartlandDate published: 19/03/13

This week I've chosen a South African Wine of the Week with bags of flavour, yet a supple smooth silky texture that is quite simply moreish. This unusual wine has a perfume of violets, and aromas of blackberries, plums, white pepper and cloves. On the palate the fruit begins as tart and red (cherries, redcurrants, cranberries, red plums) and moves to more concentrated red and black fruits (balsamic strawberries, black raspberries, blackberry jam). Despite all this “sweetness” the wine is particularly savoury owing to it's beautifully smooth tannins, and faint leathery characters. Personally I can't think of a better food match than belly pork, but sausages or ribs would also pair fantastically well.

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Wine of The WeekDate published: 14/03/13

Hacienda Zorita Tempranillo 2009, Arribes del Duero

Having been lucky enough to have visited this spectacular monastery, modernised as part of the Marques de la Concordia family, I have a special appreciation for it. Surprisingly for me this wine now tastes as good on a cold day in Leicester as it did a few years ago, looking out across Salamanca on a warm Spanish eve.

Marques de la Concordia bring together the best of the Old and New world, and nothing epitomises this more than Hacienda Zorita. The monastery dates back to the 14th Century, and was where Christopher Columbus stayed whilst gaining the funding for his expedition. However, it is also home to a luxury hotel and uses modern machinery to produce the wine.

This is 100% Tempranillo, deep cherry in colour with red fruits the predominant driving force behind the wine. It has been oak aged for 12 months, though this is very subtly intergrated in to the wine, with light notes of vanilla, toasted oak and a touch of spice. A very lush feel in the mouth comes from light tannins, and is drinking beautifully now.

For a food match I can recommend Iberico Ham, but for a slightly easier match a rich pasta dish would be great. Alternately it is drinking very well on its own.

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Wine of the Week; Medalla Real ChardonnayDate published: 04/03/13

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2009, Leyda Valley.

From the highly regarded Santa Rita comes this opulent Chardonnay which punches well above its price tag.

An inviting gold colour, this wine displays the trademark aromas of oaked Chardonnay. A rich, buttery nose is supported by nuances of citrus and tropical fruits. The streak of minerality hints at the fact that this wine is produced in one of Chile's cooler regions.

The palate reflects the complexity of the nose. The decadent butteriness verges on caramel, but is balanced by the stone fruit and citrus flavours, along with a refreshing zing of minerality. The mouth waters from the crisp acidity, which helps to keep the oak flavours from over-powering the wine. An excellent length means further characteristics develop long after the first sip.

The Medalla Real is at its best paired with fresh white fish in creamy sauces, but it has the weight to stand up to chicken chasseur and even roast loin of pork.

£8.99 When you buy two.

Chile and Argentinian Wine TastingDate published: 04/03/13

From tomorrow (Tuesday) we will be heavily featuring Chilean and Argentinian wines on our tasting counter, and on Saturday at 11am and 3pm (see our events page) we will be hosting two tutorials to explore South America in a little more detail.

Wine of the Week: Ben Marco Malbec, 2011 MendozaDate published: 19/02/13

An outstanding wine, which owes its greatness to Susana and Pedro of Dominio del Plata and the pride and passion they feel towards viticulture and wine waking. It is made in Mendoza which as a region contributes to over 70 per cent of all wine produced in Argentina. The grapes are handpicked and benefit from the snow-melt water at high altitude from the foothills of the Andes to give the grapes such high quality.

A well balanced, full bodied wine, with silky smooth tannins giving an extremely delightful finish. Aromas of ripe red fruit, with jammy blackberries and notes of vanilla from the subtle oak ageing.

Would be an excellent match with red meat dishes, such as the classic match of steak with Malbec

Previously winner of Majestic's Golden Grape Awards (where staff choose their favourite wine from a given region between £5 and £20).

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Customer Testimonial: External TastingDate published: 19/02/13

Dear Jamie, Just a note to say many thanks for the tasting you kindly arranged for our wine group at our house in Botcheston on Friday evening. The six wines you chose for the budget we gave you, were an excellent selection. There was much lively discussion, as you know, about each wine and there was something to suit everyone's taste! The evening was a great success, aided by your informative and knowledgable presentation and your participation in our discussions. On each occasion that we meet or speak with you, I have always found you to be extremely helpful, pleasant and personable. I look forward to seeing you again before too long. Once again. many thanks for a very pleasant evening. Kind regards, Kate and Graham Bennett (Botcheston wine group)

Caffe Nero Non Vintage?Date published: 14/02/13

Well last week I decided to take myself off to Champagne to beat the winter blues! Laurent Perrier very kindly opened their doors to a few members of Majestic staff and allowed us an exclusive tour of their production facility which is not open to the public, to educate and inspire us.

We were met by Ashley Wilce, a Laurent Perrier rep at Searcy's Grand Champagne Bar at St Pancras International station in London. I originally thought the Magnum of Laurent Perrier Rose was just on the bar to catch our attention but as it turns out we were taking it for the Eurostar journey! Another rep had failed to leave behind the accompanying flutes, so we had to improvise with Caffe Nero cups - however we did not mind at all, and to compensate they decided to throw in a magnum of the Laurent Perrier Brut NV just for good measure. We came up with the name Caffe Nero Non Vintage in light of the situation. Every international journey should feature Champagne, and not just because it's great fun trying not to spill it whilst pouring on the train!

After a quick change in Paris from the North to the East station we were in Reims by late afternoon. We stayed at Hotel La Paix which is the best hotel in the area, and started the evening in the Champagne bar with another 2 magnums of LP Brut NV (I'd just like to point out there were 7 of us in total so whilst this may sound a lot we were not drinking irresponsibly). The stunning bar featured a focal point of a gargantuan ice bucket filled with the largest bottles of Champagne I have ever seen!

Suitably satiated we made our way to the Michelin starred Restaurant Au Conti where we began with an aperitif of Laurent Perrier's Ultra Brut - which has no dosage of sweet wine added to it. We are told this is what the super-models drink as there are far fewer calories. I had tried this style previously but found it far too acidic, however I particularly enjoyed the freshness and lighter body that it offered. We then tried the Champagne with oysters. Certainly a fresh and palate cleansing combination, however oysters are not for me as I found them to taste more or less like seawater.

Onto a delicacy of a starter - Pigs trotters! I actually rather enjoyed this however my colleagues were less enthusiastic. I also tried sweetbreads which are delicious, especially when marinated in an Armagnac and mushroom sauce! We were drinking the Laurent Perrier Vintage 2002 with the bulk of the meal as this Champagne offers greater depth, richness and complexity. I had to order my dessert at the start of the meal to ensure it would be ready in time: Crepes Suzettes flambeed in Grand Marnier. This was made in the centre of the restaurant so we enjoyed the theatre of the flames! Absolutely delicious!

After dinner we headed to a local bar and decided it was time for the Laurent Perrier Rose NV again to freshen us up after a delicious but rather rich meal. We sipped it into the earlier hours until it was time for a nightcap, of Hennessey XO Cognac - which was exceptional! The freshest cleanest style of Cognac I have ever tried with superbly integrated alcohol.

The next day we travelled to Tours Sur Marne to the Laurent Perrier Champagne House, caves, and vineyards. We were met by Frederique who told us the story of Laurent Perrier, and it's owners, and how the Champagne is made. What she really emphasised was the importance of tradition and consistency in the Champagne, and how their Chef-de-caves (blender) is always training his replacement for many years so that true understanding of the desired style is maintained, and that we receive the same outstanding Champagne year on year.

We then descended into the Champagne Caves, which spanned either 8 miles or 8 kilometres (I can't remember which) underground and hold some 1.2million bottles. Parts were extremely modern, with dedicated tasting rooms and concrete vats, and others were particularly rustic (where you could see the chalk in the walls and ceilings - helping to maintain the moisture in the atmosphere and the cool temperature which allows the Champagne to age properly).

After our tour of the facility, we proceeded to a tasting of the Ultra Brut, Brut, Vintage, and La Grand Siecle. La Grand Siecle is among the best Prestige Cuvee Champagnes I have ever tasted, boasting finesse, elegance, and sumptuous mouthwatering flavours. It is unusual in that it is a multi-vintage Champagne, and is always comprised of wines from 3 specific vintages. If you ever fly first class with British Airways apparently you can have as much of this Champagne as you like - think I'll pack my bags!

After the tasting we were each presented with a bottle of 2004 Vintage, as a thank you for making the trip. Then we went for lunch and I tried some more French delicacies (alongside 2002 vintage Champagne of course). Firstly, the infamous escargots (snails). In garlic they are delicious, however I'm not a fan and much prefer garlic and mushroom as a combination! Secondly we tried Foie Gras 2 ways - baked and unbaked. The unbaked piece had an incredible creaminess and flavour intensity, but was too rich for my liking (I can see why it is often paired with luscious dessert wines). I much preferred the baked piece which was lighter but more akin to meat in flavour. The fresh bread we had with it was delicious as well. We all had deer for the main course which was beautifully tender. For dessert I had Tartes aux Pommes - apple tart - having misheard the options in French (I had thought I was ordering a trio of apple tarts cooked in different ways, but the 3 ways actually referred to Creme Brulee which comprised Plain, Pistachio and Coffee flavours). It was still delicious nonetheless! What was wonderful about the restaurant was that it felt as though you were guests in somebody's house, rather than in a noisy and busy restaurant.

Time to depart and make our way back to the Eurostar. First class on the return journey, which was just as well as we ended up with a sizeable delay! I highly recommend travelling First class as you get a rather posh picnic style supper, with 2 quarter bottles of wine - we all chose Haut Medoc Bordeaux which was delicious!

All in all the trip of a lifetime. We managed to do a great deal in 36 hours and I'll remember it for a very long time. It's easy to see that the people at Laurent Perrier care greatly about what they do, which shows in the sophistication and finesse of all of their products. It's certainly made me keen to try the rest of their range including Demi-Sec, and the highly coveted Rose Cuvee Alexandra!

Laurent Perrier also serves as a great introduction to Champagne as a style; if you don't believe you like Champagne the LP Brut non vintage is definitely worth trying as it represents a more crisp, delicate, appley floral style which avoids being overly rich or acidic.

I think next time I visit Champagne I'll rent a car and drive around the region as it would definitely be worth spending some more time there. For anyone interested in the viticulture aspect of wine production it really is astonishing to see the precision with which the vines are planted, and how almost 2 dimensional they look. It was sad to see them dormant in February, but this is all part of the process.

Feel free to come and talk to me in more detail about my trip, or for any Champagne recommendations (I'll try not to be too biased by my trip).

I'll certainly be raising a glass to my wonderful hosts over the weekend.

Wine of the Week: Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2012, MarlboroughDate published: 14/02/13

One of the first wines I tried in Majestic, and have been recommending it ever since!

From the world famous Marlborough region of New Zealand, synonymous with Sauvignon Blancs comes this excellent, if not typical example wine produced in Wairau Valley. As one would expect there is gooseberries, citrus and a touch of apple. However, it probably shares more in common with a Sancerre style wine of the Loire Valley, with a nice mineral lift on the finish, and subtle notes of raspberry leafs. A very smooth wine.

Located at the foot of a mountain, the cool mountain winds create a unique terroir, coupled with the highest standards of viticulture. Only the best grapes are selected, and as part of their environmental pledge use sustainable practices in their vineyards.

Reviewed by Tim Atkins, he awarded an impressive 88 points, and this would be a perfect match to fresh seafoods £7.99 when you buy at least two bottles, single bottle £9.99

It must be 6 o clock somewhere in the world...Date published: 14/02/13

As my favourite TV chef (Ina Garten aka Barefoot Contessa) would say - meaning it's time for a cocktail!

In line with studying for the Spirits module of my WSET Diploma I have decided to experiment with mixology. So far I have made a Martini, an Appletini, a Long Island Iced Tea, Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Cuba Libre, Metropolitan, French Fantasy and Kamikaze.

My spirits lecturer likes to joke about cocktails contributing to your 5 a day due to the amount of fresh fruit juice involved - personally if I had 5 cocktails a day I'd be on the floor - some of them are pure alcohol (Martini for example!), but fresh fruit juice does make all the difference over concentrate.

Grand Marnier and Chambord are among my favourite ingredients, as well as Zubrowka Vodka which has a delicious coconut flavour.

I'd say that Kamikaze and Martini are my least favourite cocktails, the Martini for being pure gin with just a touch of Vermouth (far too strong), and the Kamikaze for involving white wine - the only instance where I think wine and cocktails should coalesce would be those cocktails involving Champagne (Chambord and Champagne is particularly delicious).

Mixology clearly is an art and I'm still in the early stages but it's great fun and always a good excuse for a party!

My best friend bought me colour changing ice-cubes to put in the cocktails which really makes them look spectacular, especially in the large Martini glasses that she also bought.

I'm happy to take recommendations if anyone wants to email me a particular recipe (provided I have the ingredients). What is becoming increasingly interesting is food and cocktail matching. For instance I had the Kamikaze with fish which worked very well due to it's lemon base, and the French Fantasy with pancakes on Pancake Day. Whilst some people like to flambee pancakes in Grand Marnier (which I tried last Thursday night) I decided to whip up a cocktail with it: Grand Marnier, Chambord, Cranberry Juice, and fresh Orange Juice. It was particularly delicious!

I tweet photos of my cocktails directly from my personal account, so search @jamielawrence87 to see how I'm getting on.

And let me know if you too are experimenting with mixology - it's all about trial and error.

Fine Wine Friday: Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2012 MarlboroughDate published: 01/02/13

Pronounced “grey-wacky” this is a stunning wine of exceptional finesse, elegance and minerality. A very delicate pale lemon green colour, with heavily perfumed aromas of gooseberries, nettles, grass, apricots and passionfruit. For a wine that appears so delicate it bursts onto the palate with powerful flavours of toasted cashew nuts (from the oak influence), tomato leaf, capsicum, white peach, ripe pear, gooseberry, lime and guava, encased in a paradoxical combination of both a stony minerality and a smooth creamy texture. This glorious Sauvignon demonstrates an incredible array and harmony of flavours, and has absolutely outstanding length! Greywacke is the name of the sedimentary rock that largely constitutes the vineyards' soils. The winery was founded in 2009 and is the brainchild of Kevin Judd, former winemaker of Cloudy Bay for 25 years. Enjoy by itself as a crisp yet mouthfilling aperitif, or match to canapes made from smoked salmon, anchovies or chevre.

£19.99 Or Buy any 2 New Zealand Wines Save 20% £15.99

Leicester Spring 2013 NewsletterDate published: 31/01/13

Leicester store Newsletter Spring 2013

The Tasting Counter: The first Friday of every month is Fine Wine Friday – we choose an outstanding wine priced from £20 to £30 to taste in store! Join us in store for your FREE sample. Wines of Italy & Spain Tasting Week Tuesday 5th – Monday 11th February Wines of New Zealand Tasting Week Tuesday 12th – Monday 18th February French Classics Tasting Week Tuesday 26th February – Monday 4th March Wines of Chile & Argentina Tasting Week Tuesday 5th – Monday 11th March Check out our online tasting counter before you get here to see what's open!

Tutored Tastings: Saturday Tastings Each of the above tasting weeks will be complemented by a FREE tutored tasting held twice daily at 11am and 3pm. These tastings last for roughly 30mins and are designed for you to try a selection of wines from the same area side by side based on your purchasing history with us (this will be reflected in the flyer that you receive and the accompanying £5 voucher). We do ask you to book for these tastings as they are extremely popular. We can accommodate roughly 15-20 people at each one. Italy & Spain: Saturday 9th February 11am and 3pm New Zealand: Saturday 16th February 11am and 3pm Classic France: Saturday 2nd March 11am and 3pm South America: Saturday 9th March 11am and 3pm Remember, these are tasting sessions so don't be shy about signing up for 11am – it's never too early to taste and learn about fantastic wines! Wine Courses Our FREE Introduction to Wine Course is a great way to learn more about wine and meet other wine enthusiasts. 90 minutes, includes food and wine matching and a £10 voucher for everyone who attends. Next courses: Tuesday 5th March, and Thursday 28th March @ 6:30pm We can sometimes organise private Wine Courses if you have a group of approximately 10 people who would like to attend. Let us know if you require a private Wine Course. External Tastings We also run themed external tastings for Wine Clubs or groups of friends. So long as you provide the wine, we'll come and do a FREE tasting at your venue (some groups sell tickets for the event to cover the cost of the wine) and these are great fun. Ask our staff today and we'll start planning yours!

Planning a party this Spring? Ask us about our FREE Party Planning service, featuring FREE glass loan, chiller bin hire, ice, volume calculator, Sale or Return and FREE delivery. Make it easy with Majestic!

Ask the Expert If you are ever placing a late-night online order and would really prefer some advice before clicking buy, then follow our Store Manager on Twitter and ask his opinion @jamielawrence87

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Wine of the Week: The Parcel Series Semillon Sauvignon 2011 Margaret RiverDate published: 31/01/13

This is a superb quality white blend from Australia's famous Margaret River, bottled exclusively for Majestic, and available at an incredibly low price! Based on white Bordeaux the freshness of the 2 component grapes balances and offers a subtle creaminess, which for those sensitive to excess acidity is definitely a plus! Fruity, floral and fresh on the nose boasting zesty lemon, grapefruit and subtle pear notes. Held together by composed yet crisp acidity, flavours unravel in the form of lemon and grapefruit, with predominant peach, passionfruit, and apricot jam, lifted by finishing nuances of guava, clementine and jasmine. This is a superb example of Sauvignon's more tropical potential, and represents a happy medium between Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Based on white Bordeaux this wine is fantastic on it's own, or with oily fish dishes such as salmon steaks, or flaked tuna (or mackerel) salad.

£7.49

Or Buy any 2 Australian Wines Save 20% £5.99

Ask the ExpertDate published: 25/01/13

Ever browsing our website and have that burning question that you would like answered before you complete your purchase?

Well as an avid user of Twitter I'm more than happy to answer your questions if you tweet me @jamielawrence87

I check it quite regularly (up to about 11pm) and am particularly into food and wine matching. So don't distress over buying your wine from Majestic, follow me on Twitter and keep the expert on hand.

Majestic Leicester - making wine easy!

Wine of the Week: Les Hauts de Castelmaure Corbieres 2010Date published: 25/01/13

A deep and sensual wine to warm you through the snow. The grapes used to make this wine are from vines aged up to 80 years old. The benefit of using such grapes is that older vines produce less fruit, which results in a superb concentration of flavours into fewer grapes, hence the outstanding quality of this wine. On the nose this wine boasts gorgeous notes of damson jam, cassis, prunes, black cherries, raisins, cloves and vanilla with subtle nuances of figs, dates, tobacco and leather. The unmistakable Garrigue aromas of heather and wild thyme are also prominent. A complex yet accessible wine which is nothing short of delicious on the palate. Ripe juicy plums, blackberries, black cherries, with that streak of herbaceousness running right the way through. Supple and poised, with a modest silky tannic grip, mouthwatering acidity alongside warming alcohol and spice characters. A hearty red that will no doubt grace your rack many times once you've tasted it. Matches well with hearty casseroles and stews, Lamb or Beef roast dinners, or alternatively it instantly made me crave pork chops heavily seasoned with black pepper, or even seared tuna steaks (owing to its' similarity to pork when pan-fried). It's always handy to have some reds to match with fish as this can be a more challenging food-match. Grab a case and keep warm from the inside!

£11.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Wine and Food Match: BLTDate published: 21/01/13

BLT sandwich (yep, you read it right!)

We were contemplating about unusual wine and food matches for foods that most people eat daily but never consider having wine with it. It is then that we came across a bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich. This is a light style but a rather tasty sandwich.

Meats are usually recommended with red wines, however we find that a white wine with enough body could also carry the savoury flavour. Also fattier foods are usually matched with a lighter style of Chardonnay or an Italian equivalent. Furthermore, the lettuce being quite light and crisp would be overwhelmed by too much tannin.

We considered our options and came to a conclusion that a heavier round style of white wine would compliment a BLT the most, particularly with a white bread option. Not quite one of your five a day but then you got two other meals to make it up!

We recommend Soave Classico 2011, Inama which has generous levels of acidity and rich texture revealing honey, flowers and almonds on the palate. The acidity would match the acidity of the tomatoes and compliment the lettuce and the rich texture and body would carry the fat from the bacon.

If you find yourself over thinking next time you grab a BLT we apologise! However for those of you who enjoy a glass we hope this helped..

Just give it a try and let us know what you think @Majesticlei on twitter.

Wine of The Week: Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee des Antiques 2009/11Date published: 21/01/13

This is the perfect companion if you want to hide from the snow outside and sit in front of a cosy fire. A real bargain at this price! A dark ruby wine with complex nose of spices and hints of pear. The right balance between acidity and smooth tannin whilst the palate brings out red berries and plums with hints of black pepper. This wine is a fine example of Chateauneuf-du Pape at a fraction of the usual price! The Rhone valley is the second biggest quality vineyard in the world. Interestingly, the valley is divided into two different regions, the Northern and the Southern Rhone which produce very different styles of wine. The home of Chateauneuf-du Pape is the Southern Rhone and the main grape variety used is Grenache which can be blended with Syrah, Mourvedre, Cincault and others. Thus depending on the wine maker, the style of Chateauneuf-du Pape can vary greatly. Good match with rustic game and meat dishes like beef casserole. £12.49 Or Buy 2 Rhone Wines Save 20% £9.99

Lee's Bragin Hunt PicksDate published: 20/01/13

Although the Bargin Hunt wines are flying off the shelves, some of my top picks still remain, and at their reduced price really are hard to beat...

1.Mount Pleasant 'Elizabeth' Semillon 2005 So often a grape which is used in a blend, this is a refreshing change to see. A round body, with delicate fruit characteristics of stone fruits and citrus giving it a ltextured feel. Now down to £7.99

2.Chateau La Dournie 2010, St Chinian One of the very first wines I tried in Majestic, and have been recommending it since. And that was at it's original offer price, now that it's £5.99 it screams amazing value. The combination of the mature earthy feel with the fruit that still feels youthful is a great blend, complimented with hints of spice and nutmeg.

3.Tabali Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2011 A new addition to the Majestic range, it reminds me of the Montes Alpha in style, but at a snippet of the price. A full creamy body, with peach, pineapple and citrus not to be missed for all you chardonnay fans! £7.99

All prices quoted are when you buy at last two, while stocks last. If you can't find the recommended items online, please call the store to check local availability.

Wine of the Week: Beronia 'Dos Maderas' Rioja Reserva 2006 Date published: 13/01/13

Wine of the Week: Beronia 'Dos Maderas' Rioja Reserva 2006

'Dos Maderas' means two woods and refers that the wine is matured in both American and French Oak. This wine is from the prestigious region of Rioja Alta which is known as the best region for Rioja.

This Rioja is beautifully balanced. It has subtle acidity, soft tannin and medium levels of acidity which makes the mouthfeel incredible soft and gives it a lingering silkiness. Despite being matured in two woods the flavours are perfectly balanced between the toastiness and spice and plum and red apple flavours.

Rioja is a perfect parter for lamb dishes and I would recommend this particular Rioja with marinated and grilled lamp chops with vegetables or a slow roasted lamb stew.

This wine is currently on offer for £9.99 when you buy two (original price £13.99).

Chosen by Jaanika

Highlights of the bargain huntDate published: 12/01/13

We are currently running a new promotion in store called the 'bargain hunt'. Some of the highlights of this offers are Composite Sauvignon Blanc original price £9.99 now £5.99; Mount Pleasant 'Elizabeth' Semillion £12.49 now £7.99; Anakena Indo Sauvignon Blanc £8.99 now £5.99. Terms and conditions apply.  

Wine of the Week: Peter Lehmann Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Barossa ValleyDate published: 10/01/13

The portrait of the man himself (Peter Lehman) is shown to have real depth and character, so much so it is illustrated on this great exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon.

The grapes are sourced by a large number of growers, in the prestigious Barossa valley. This allows them to be well rounded by benefiting from different vineyard characteristics. Aged in oak hogsheads for 12 months gives it depth and allows it to develop further. Hints of leafy spiciness and integrated tannin on the palate.

This smooth, weighty ripe wine can be enjoyed with mature cheese. Only £7.99 in the multi buy offer, single bottle £9.99

Empty wine rackDate published: 09/01/13

Is your wine rack looking rather empty after the holidays? Well mine certainly is! Luckily Majestic is running a bargain hunt. Whats a bargain hunt you wonder. We have wines that will not be sold in Majestic in the future so this is the last chance to grab them. These are some fabulous wines with fabulous prices. To highlight were selling a McLaren Vale d'Arenberg Galvo Garage for £10.99 (original price £16.99) if you buy any two Australian wines. For many more great bargains come and visit us in our Leicester store!

Bargain HuntDate published: 08/01/13

The bargain hunt has started! We have a selection of red, white and a dessert wine on a great offer. Also, the Composite Sauvignon Blanc which is included in the hunt is also available on the tasting counter. This is the last chance to get these wines so hurry!!

Fine wine Date published: 06/01/13

Fine wine news update: For all you Bordeaux lovers, we still have Moulin Richie 2007 (offer price £23) available at the tasting counter. Hurry!

Wine of the Week: Santa Rita 120 Carmenere, 2011 Rapel ValleyDate published: 03/01/13

In the midst of a rather wet winter, a supple and poised warming red like this is just the ticket! As is the food match. A vibrant ruby wine, with a nose which slowly unravels to reveal notes of plums, cherries, raisins, prunes, jammy blackcurrants, peppered with notes of cinnamon and charred tobacco leaf. Onto the bold palate, redcurrants, red cherries and cranberries prevail, before giving way to black cherries and berries encased in an earthy sophisticated smokiness. Somehow this wine manages to remain silky smooth, with velvety tannins! Carmenere is originally a Bordeaux grape which is no longer used in the region. Chile have taken it on as their signature style of red wine and it's easy to see why with this classic example. Boasting all the juicy black fruit of Cabernet Sauvignon, with more depth and structure from tobacco overtones, a sumptuous mouthful to be savoured! Try with steak and cheese pasta bake for a quick and easy but stunning mid-week food and wine combination. £7.49 Or Buy 2 Chilean Wines Save 20% £5.99

Rhone and Burgundy tasting WeekDate published: 23/11/12

Up until Monday we are showing a range of wines from these regions of France

New Dessert CounterDate published: 05/10/12

In the build up to Christmas (hope its not too early to mention that word?!) we have had a new counter installed, and are doing our best to fill it up with some exciting wines for you. We're hoping to be able to open some in the coming weeks for you to try, so watch this space!

Fine Wine FridayDate published: 05/10/12

This Months Fine Wine Friday is the  Matarromera Crianza 2009, Ribera del Duero, at £25.00 each or Buy any 2 Spanish wines £19.99. This is a brand new wine to Majestic; Being from a highly reputable area of Spain it is one we are all excited to taste.

Ribera del Duero is an important wine zone in Castilla y Leon that is now challenging Rioja as the leading wine producing region in Iberia. The area has a continental climate with high temperature variation between day and night which allows for grapes of high quality.
Bodegas Matarromera are one of the finest producers in Ribera del Duero, having 80 hectares of vineyards on some of the best slopes around Olivares and Valbuena de Duero. This wine has been matured for 12 months in oak and 12 months in bottle before release.

This wine has bright cherry with purple glints, and a complex nose of strawberry and fig, accented with notes of roasted coffee bean, vanilla and light toast. It is smooth, spicy and harmonious on the palate. Will match perfectly to tender lamb.

Sign up to our Fine Wine Friday E-mail alerts to find out what bottle will be open to taste next month – Please ask a member of staff for further details

Price drop on Majestic favourites!Date published: 26/09/12

From today untill October 15th we are running some fantastic deals on staff favourites, along with our other offers. These include;

- Macon-Lugny Louis Latour at £7.99 each when you buy two bottles

- Cote du Rhone Belleruche M. Chapoutier at £6.99 each when you buy two bottles

- Serena Pinot Grigio, Banfi at £5.99 each when you buy at least two bottles

And in our Champagne and Sparkling....

- Laurent-Perrier Rose NV at £45

- Nicolas Feuillate NV at £15

- Green Point Brut NV at £9.99 (my personal favourite and at this price a stunning offer from the producers of Moet!)

Wine of the Week: Alamos Malbec 2011, CatenaDate published: 18/09/12

The most flavoursome red on the tasting counter this week which will certainly see us through the Autumnal transition in weather.
Oozing dried raisiny fruit flavours, red and black cherries and currants, eucalyptus and herbaceous cloves. Full-bodied, ripe, jammy sweet and juicy, a delightful red originally inspired by the Malbecs of Bordeaux and Cahors.
Mendoza is the biggest and by far the most important region in Argentina; now arguably the home of Malbec.
In contrast to the normal steak-centric food matches for Malbec, I feel that roast pork belly would complement the wine perfectly. Or go rustic with a nice pulled pork sandwich. Very easy drinking by itself however! Drinking superbly now, and will age for a further 2-5 years.
£8.99
Or Buy 2 Save £4
£6.99

Wine of the Week: Torre Aldea Rioja Gran Reserva 2005Date published: 18/09/12

Grape:
Graciano, Grenache, Tempranillo

Origin:
The Rioja region has been transformed in recent years, with the addition of new, quality-conscious producers to the list of older, family-owned bodegas. This Gran Reserva is a product of new management.


Tasting Note:
The required ageing of five years for a Rioja Gran Reserva is evident in the colour, nose and palate of this wine. Garnet in colour, the nose displays raisins, prunes and baked plums which blend perfectly with the nutty influence of the oak ageing. This Gran Reserva is pleasantly smooth and full bodied on the palate exuding warmth and richness. Flavour characters include raisins, chocolate and vanilla.


Food Match:
A great match for simple meaty dishes such as lamb kebab.

£11.24 or buy any 2 Spanish Wines, save 20% = £8.99 each!

Staff Choice for Spanish Tasting WeekDate published: 16/09/12

Staff Choice

Rioja Reserva 2001, Vina Ardanza, La Rioja Alta


Where to begin? 2001 being one of the best vintages in living memory, or how about 94 Parker Points (try to find a similar rated Rioja from this vintage and compare the prices!). Should probably mention its in the highly regarded Rioja Alta region, and the bodegas under family ownership is one of the most sought after in Spain. Oh, and won Gold at the International wine challenge. So all in all not a bad wine, especially when you consider the price!

An extremely soft, complex wine, it is worthy of drinking now, or laying down for a little while longer if you have the patience. The fresh red fruit plays second fiddle to the savory prunes, raisins, spice and earth characteristics that linger in the mouth for an impressive amount of time. This wine screams elegance and class, and is certainly a treat to be enjoyed.

This wine is £17.59 each when you buy at least two bottles, £22 single bottle price.

Spanish TastingDate published: 14/09/12

Tomorrow (Saturday 15th) is our Spanish tutorial, with two sessions at 11am and 3pm. We will briefly explore a range of Spanish wines, and currently have a few spaces left if you fancy joining us. No booking neccessary, just turn up!

Wine of the Week: RM Nicholson 2009 Rustenberg, StellenboschDate published: 07/09/12

As South Africa is on offer I thought I'd turn to my favourite South African producer for this week's Wine of the Week, especially as it is on an improved deal!
A twist on the classic Bordeaux blend, this bold red is a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.
Difficult to land on any fruit on the nose, this wine smells smoky and vegetal, boasting tobacco, cigar box and green pepper notes.
This savoury quality continues on the palate accompanied by spice and dark red fruit; cherries, currants and cranberries.
A smooth and intense wine, with velvety tannins and mouthwatering richness. Impressively structured this savoury wine will work very well when paired with rich meaty sauces like those in spaghetti bolognese or lasagne. It will also work well with chargrilled meats or rich cheeses. You could even crack this open with a BBQ if the weather holds out. If you're patient this wine will improve for the next 8-10 years, but why wait when it's drinking so superbly right now!
£11.24
or Buy 2 save 20%
£8.99

Fine Wine Friday: Promis 2009 Gaja, Toscana IGTDate published: 07/09/12

When Tuscany produce their version of a Bordeaux Blend this is known as a “Super-Tuscan”. This blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Syrah/Shiraz is no exception!
Bright ruby, with modest intensity, an intense nose of forest fruits, sweet spice, herbs, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate and honeycomb bursts out of the glass.
On the palate it is silky smooth, with velvety tannins, yet more intensity. Less black-fruit centric, delivering an array of plums, liqueur cherries, nectarines, blueberries, bittersweet dark chocolate, caramel, honeycomb and violets onto the palate. A sumptuous wine with sweet characters despite remaining a dry wine. If you've ever been put off by Bordeaux, let “Promis” draw you back in with this sensual blend.
It's amazing to deconstruct the blend; the plum and chocolate notes come from the Merlot, the tart red cherry flavours from the Sangiovese, and the dark fruit, chocolate and sweet spices from the Shiraz.
A joy to behold! Would complement rare beef, or spicy rich roast pork dishes. Though I'd be curious to try it with gammon to see if the “sweet” flavours combat the saltiness.

£25 or Buy 2 Save £6
£22

Jamie Lawrence: EurostarDate published: 03/09/12

Ok so not quite Jesus Christ Superstar but still an exciting experience taking myself off to Reims in the Champagne region to visit
the winery of Canard-Duchene. I booked myself a Travelodge in London Covent Garden as the Eurostar departure was at 7:01 the next day and it just so happened to be more or less next door to the Majestic in Covent Garden! You couldn't write this stuff!

It's a rather surreal feeling going on the Eurostar, having to present your passport and have your baggage checked through customs all met with the anticlimax of getting a train! 4 or 5 hours later, and a change in Paris, and I arrived in Reims. After dropping off our luggage at the Hotel Au Paix, we quickly moved onto lunch at Restaurant Au Conti where we tried an on-trade blend of Canard-Duchene called Cuvee Leonie, and a 2007 Chateau Pey La Tour Bordeaux, alongside a 5 course meal.

Barely having time to draw breath we wandered around the town of Reims and saw many boutique Champagne outlets, many of whom had many specialist gift sets to choose from (including hand-painted Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque flutes!). Back to the hotel for a quick shower, then into a suit for dinner. We took a taxi up to the Canard-Duchene estate and were first given the tour, involving going
deep underground into the chalk Champagne caves to witness where the wines are stored as they undergo secondary fermentation and riddling etc. There were some beautiful display areas in the alcoves which told the story of each of the Champagnes.

Then onto my favourite activity (if not of the trip, then my favourite activity EVER!) "Sabrage". A tradition dating back to Napoleon's days,
opening a bottle of Champagne with a saber (or sword) by running the blade perpendicularly along the bottle until it hits the bulbous part of the neck. In one sweeping movement you release the Champagne by lopping off the cork (if you do it correctly) and we were given our glass-encased corks as a memento. Being the first of our group to successfully complete sabrage on the first attempt I felt like I was where I was born to be! Better than golf! As a group of 7 this meant we opened 7 bottles of Champagne, and it would have been rude not to indulge! Canard-Duchene NV Rose, and Authentic Brut were flowing, as we sat surrounded by vineyards in sunshine, whilst being served canapes. If ever our glasses were approaching empty, someone was on hand to top them up!

Now for the evening meal: 4 courses, with a Champagne from the Charles VII range selected to match each one. First up was Red Snapper on a millefeuille of courgette shavings served with the Blanc de Blancs "Grand Cuvee des Lys". Secondly Magret de Canard served three ways with "Grande Cuvee de Beaute" (Blanc de Noirs). Then a cheese course of the best Goat's cheese I've ever tasted, on a miniature kebab with dried apricots, served with "Grande Cuvee de la Rose" (Rose Charles VII). Finishing on a Pistachio Macaroon/Meringue served with red fruits, blackcurrant jam, red fruit coulee, raspberry sorbet and blueberries accompanied by Authentic Demi Sec (which in combination with the sweet actually tasted like the regular Authentic Brut Champagne, demonstrating the balance of food and wine matching). As if that wasn't enough we finished on the Canard-Duchene 2005 Vintage Champagne. A truly exquisite menu, and a real eye-opener for matching various foods to Champagne. After which I tried a very fresh fruity
local beer called "Grimbergen" in Reims town.

An early start the next day afforded us the opportunity to explore Reims' Notre Dame Cathedral (not to be confused with the much more famous Paris equivalent!). Then back to Canard-Duchene for a tasting of the blended still wines, prior to their secondary fermentation which ultimately converts them into Champagne (sparkling wines). We tried all of the still base wines for the Champagnes that we had tried with dinner the night before. Laurent Fedou (the Chef-de-Caves) let us try the still wines and then compare them to the finished product. We also got to sneak a taste of the newly released Vintage 2006.

Then back to sit overlooking the vineyards whilst we were offered our favourite Champagne from the tasting, which was Charles VII "Grande Cuvee de la Rose" which seemed even richer when we revisited it. After this aperitif it was time for something really special: a posh picnic lunch! We were inside for this but we first got to try a new product in the range: Organic Brut. Sadly this product is not exported which is typical given that it was my favourite product in the range! Then we were brought a tray of goodies! 4 individual plates/bowls on the tray each boasting a wondrous course. To start, tricolour pasta with olives tossed in oil. For main, veal and coarse grain French mustard with duck spring rolls on a bed of cous-cous. (At this point a stuffed tomato salad was brought out for each of us as well). A cheese course of delicious Brie and Gouda. And a quartet of desserts which made me feel like a judge on masterchef: there was a miniature custard danish with macerated strawberries, a raspberry mousse, a white chocolate flan, and some kind of sticky toffee caramel orange crunch. Without doubt the best lunch I have ever had in my entire life!

Next we were shown around the production facilities, and it is really staggering how much of the process is mechanised. We saw bottles being disgorged, topped up with the dosage, having the wire cage and foils put on the bottles, the labels, and ultimately how they are boxed and shipped - all done by machine. It reminded me of the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie as we felt something like grown up kids in a sweet shop!

We were sorry to depart as we embarked upon a 7 hour train journey home - but what a trip! One I'll remember for a lifetime - just look
out you might catch me attempting sabrage again. Well who would want to open a bottle normally after that? I now have a "Diplome Sabreur" certificate which I shall hang proudly in my store. We are expecting the Rose Brut NV in stores by Christmas - it's definitely one to look out for as it's like a sparkling Provence Rose.

My favourite Champagnes were: Vintage 2006, Organic Brut, Cuvee Leonie, Charles VII (Grand Cuvee la Beaute), Authentic Demi Sec, and Charles VII (Grand Cuvee de la Rose).

If you deduct the travel time, everything we did happened in just over 24 hours: what a difference a day makes! 3 magnificent meals and more Champagne than you could wish for. If you ever want an interesting holiday, go to Reims! I'd previously only matched Champagne to either fish and chips, or salmon and cream cheese canapes. I'll definitely be more adventurous with my Champagne matching now, just watch out for the saber!

Wine of the Week: St Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, MarlboroughDate published: 02/09/12

This incredible Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc really represents a benchmark wine in this particular style. Bursting with flavour yet stiflingly elegant, this superb wine may have Sancerre worried! It has powerful herbaceous flavours of sliced green capsicum and gooseberry, while hints of blackcurrant and passionfruit lend to overall complexity and fullness on the palate.
An explosive array of mango, guava and grapefruit flavours excite the palate which is dappled with grassy nettly notes and even a very subtle mandarin character. A steely dryness, underlying stony minerality and long lingering finish really set this exceptional kiwi Sauvignon apart and demonstrate the terroir wonderfully!
Best enjoyed with fresh seafood, vegetarian cuisine and fresh salads. A fresh Greek salad with Feta and olives offsets the wine beautifully. Or try with a Thai Green Curry to really see what this wine is made of!

£17.49

or Buy 2 Save £7

£13.99
 

Wine of the Week: Wakefield Estate Chardonnay 2010, Clare ValleyDate published: 26/08/12

Keen to break the “Anything But Chardonnay” rule I thought it appropriate to celebrate an excellent New World example by making it wine of the week.
Supple lemon green, with a ripe nose of citrus fruits encased in a myriad of oak notes; walnut kernels, fresh dough, pine cones, grated almonds and cashews, alongside a varnish-like perfume.
The intense, balanced and prickly palate is bursting with tropical and citrus flavours. More intense nutty flavours in the Brazil-nut and hazelnut spectrum deliver incredible structure and creamy complexity. The fruit intensifies from fresh citrus and grapefruit, to ripe nectarine, spiced pineapple, pear-drop and lemon bonbons, lifted by a rich cinnamon finish.
An outstanding Chardonnay with great depth yet refined elegance and composed structure. Beautiful by itself but a superb accompaniment to Roast Pork Belly crusted with black peppercorns.
Let's change the ABC rule to All Buy Chardonnay!
£10.99
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£8.79

Majestic Leicester Autumn Newsletter (A Summary of all our upcoming Tastings and Events)Date published: 25/08/12

The Tasting Counter:
First Friday of every month is Fine Wine Friday – we choose an outstanding wine priced from £20 to £30 to taste in store! We'll happily take suggestions for Friday 5th October. For September's Fine Wine Friday we are opening the Promis 2009 Gaja, which is an Italian Bordeaux blend known as a “Super-Tuscan”. Join us in store for your FREE sample.
A great selection of our best offers open to try daily as standard!
You can view our virtual tasting counter on our store web page (see left) to see what we've got open before you're even here, just to make it all the more convenient.

Tutored Tastings:
Wine Courses
Our FREE Introduction to Wine Course is a great way to learn more about wine and meet other wine enthusiasts. 90 minutes, includes food and wine matching and a £10 voucher for everyone who attends.
Next Wine Courses: Friday 21st September @ 6pm and Friday 19th October @ 6pm
September Saturday Tastings
Every Saturday in September will be a FREE themed tasting on the tasting counter. Run twice a day at 11am and 3pm, themes are as follows: Chardonnay, Spain, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir (Starts Saturday 8th September)
External Tastings
We are attending 2 wedding exhibitions in the Autumn: The National Space Centre Wedding Exhibition (Sunday 30th October 11am – 4pm), and My Happy Ever After Wedding Fair at Holiday Inn, St Nicholas Circle Leicester (Sunday 14th October 11am – 3pm). These are a great way to see what Majestic can offer for your big day, and there are lots of other fun exhibits as well.
We also run themed external tastings for Wine Clubs or groups of friends. So long as you provide the wine, we'll come and do a FREE tasting at your venue (some groups sell tickets for the event to cover the cost of the wine) and these are great fun. Ask our staff today and we'll start planning yours!

Planning a party this Autumn?
Ask us about our FREE Party Planning service, featuring FREE glass loan, chiller bin hire, ice, volume calculator, Sale or Return and FREE delivery. Make it easy with Majestic!

Signup for tastings in-store, by phone or online 0116 2629519
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Manager's Weekend Special: Chablis Vocoret 1er Cru Vaillon 2011Date published: 25/08/12

Chablis is among the most delicate styles of wine and is great for Chardonnay lovers who aren't keen on the oak factor!
Dominated by citrus and crisp green apple this cool climate Chardonnay shows racy acidity with bite.
A nose of lemongrass, lime zest, cooking apples, slate and chalk immediately tells us this is going to be a very refreshing and supple glass full.
Hinting at the more tropical side of the Chardonnay spectrum on the palate, we discover lemon, lime, apple, grapefruit and pineapple flavours, with a subtle floral perfume, nutty cashew notes, and honeyed apricot and cereal notes on the finish.
A complex wine which is simply delicious! Great on its' own though the acidity does beg for some food to accompany it. Try with River Cobbler fillets in a mushroom and cream cheese sauce – yummy! It would probably work equally well with Fish'n'Chips (as Champagne is a great pairing to this, due to it's Chardonnay base) though hold the vinegar and pickled eggs! Eggs and vinegar dull the palate and make it virtually impossible to taste wine. Let the bittersweetness come from the wine, not the vinegar! Enjoy!

£14.99

Wine of the Week: Sauvignon de Touraine 2010/11 Domaine du Pre BaronDate published: 22/08/12

Love Sauvignon Blanc but tend to stick with New Zealand? This crisp and captivating wine may have you going French from now on...
Deceptively pale, this wine shows intense gooseberry, blackcurrant leaf and stone fruits on the nose, with an undercurrent of stony minerality, and a faint hint of nuttiness.
Explosive yet elegant the flavours burst onto the palate while remaining structured and mouthwatering. Lemon, lime, piquant gooseberry with tropical kiwi and peach flavours make for a fleshy and juicy wine! Slight herbaceous notes make this a great food wine, while its' overall elegance and poise make for a stunning aperitif, particularly as the lower alcohol (12.5%) makes for such easy drinking!
The lively acidity works well with creamy seafood dishes such as fish pie. This would also work well with anything cheese and tomato based such as pizza, or pasta bake. A no-brainer! Vive La France!
£8.99
or
£7.99
When you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case

Two hands, Three Gnarly Dudes and a Sexy BestDate published: 17/08/12

Us three 'Gnarly Dudes' (Jamie, Lee, James) were treated to a fantastic tasting in Birmingham last night delivered by in vogue boutique winery 'Two Hands'. Two Hands winery is practically brand new in comparison to more established firms, having only started in 1999 however they have continued to amaze critics and produce outstanding wines year on year with a firm focus on high quality.
The tasting commenced with a zesty, bubbly moscato which showed great potential for that style of wine in the Barossa region. We then quickly got stuck into the flagship Oz grape Shiraz trying both the 'Gnarly Dudes' and 'Angels share' which are currently in the Majestic range.


Gnarly Dudes
'Gnarly Dudes' refers to the old vines used to produce the fruit - some verging on 120 years old! older vines often produce concentrated and highly perfumed grapes which make high quality wine, however they do not yield anywhere near as much fruit as a new vine and therefore the price of the wine is higher. In typical Two Hands fashion the grapes are given the best possible treatment and are aged in old French oak for a year. This wine has surprising complexity for such a full bodied Shiraz with masses of red fruit flavours and a hazelnut/dark chocolate complexity with a luxuriously long finish, still young this wine is full and vibrant now but will also develop very well over the next 5 years.


£22.00 or buy 2 save £8 - £18.00


Angels Share
'Angels Share' takes its name from Cognac folklore from the middle ages where Brandy makers believed Angels came down in the night and took their share of the liquid, we now know that this due to natural evaporation but gives the wine a good story. The wine itself packs a weighty punch of full bodied red fruit with an intense meaty palate that would befriend any juicy steak, the white pepper and anise finish seems to last forever. The angels share features a percentage of the best grapes in the vineyards passed down from the excess of the top flagship wines (which retail around the £90 mark) therefore it offers plenty of bang for your buck!


£22.00 or buy 2 save £8 - £18.00


The tasting continued in a similar vein with a highly anticipated tasting of 'the sexy best' Cabernet Sauvignon which showed excellent structure and finesse, and a comparative tasting of the 'garden series' which all impressed with their complexity, rich nature and length with 'Lilly's Garden' being our personal pick of the bunch being silky smooth and not at all overpowering - rare at 15%abv +
The evening ended with the sampling of the flagship 'Ares' Shiraz which truly topped the evening off - plenty of power with incredible structure and a complexity that seemed to transform with every mouthful (of which there were many!)
We would definitely encourage our customers to try these wines as they are sure to rocket in popularity (and potentially price) in the not two distant future - grab them while you can!


But for now its two thumbs up for two hands!
 

WOTW - Jim Barry "Cover Drive" Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 17/08/12

Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon,
Coonawarra

Originally this vineyard was the area where the Penola Cricket Ground was situated, in the prestigious and famous Coonawarra . Thirty acres of Cabernet Sauvignon was planted in an area well known for the full bodied Shiraz grape, and complemented by the Terra Rossa soil led to this stunning wine. A small time in French and American oak give the wine more complexities in the form of cedar notes.

A powerful nose of blueberry, mocha and juniper follow through into a rich cauldron of yet more deep fruits with liquorice and cherry. Firm tannins impressively balance out this wine, which finishes on a good soild length. Will leave you shouting 'Howz That!' by the end of the night!

Will drink well now but for thoes of you with more patience will develop over the next five to six years.

£10.99 when you buy with any other Australian wine, saving 20%. Single bottle £13.74

Majestival - 'The Perfect BBQDate published: 15/08/12

Our latest theme is what makes the perfect BBQ, and either on twitter or facebook we welcome all suggestions to add to our discussion! To get the ball rolling I suggest  a dry day..or a big umbrella!

Grapetionary - CorteseDate published: 14/08/12

The Piedmonte region, in Northern Italy by the Alps, is home to some of Italy's most famous and prestigious grapes, including Barolo and Barbaresco. It is also here the white grape 'Cortese' comes from, producing very dry white wines, with 'crisp Alpine acidity'. It also gives some steeliness not found in many other Italian wines. In the town of Gavi, southern Piedmonte it is considered to be one of the oldest plantings found, and is complemented best by the fresh seafood from the coastal regions

Recommendation

Gavi Montiero, Rocca. £6.99 when bought with any other Italian wine, saving 20%

Emily's ChoiceDate published: 13/08/12

Amarone Classico Costasera 2007 Masi

Masi has been run by the Boscaini family for the past six generations, and their wines are rooted in tradition, representing the classic Venetian styles. Their vineyards are situated on slopes which face the sunset and benefit from reflection of light from Lake Garda.

Amarone della Valpolicella is the most distinguished wine of the Valpolicella region. It is made by drying the grapes on bamboo racks throughout winter, after which the dried berries undergo a very long fermentation period of around 80 days in total, in a mixture of steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels.

Immensely full-bodied and complex, with intense and mature dry fruit aromas. This is the perfect wine to drink with game, mature cheese, or as a digestif. At £27 each when you buy two bottles its comparable in price to some of the better Barolo's, but definatly knocks them out of the park!

WOTW - Paul Mas Vignes de Nicole, Chardonnay/viognierDate published: 07/08/12

Domaines Paul Mas “Vignes de Nicole”

£9.99 or buy 2 bottles, save £3 = £8.49 each!

Grape: Chardonnay, Viognier

Origin:


An interesting blend of the Cardonnay and Viognier grapes which are not often blended together, in this wine the Chardonnay is barrel aged separately for four months to give the wine a rich, warm character whilst the Viognier adds a dash of almost 'new world' character to the blend. The vineyards are situated in Nicole, near Montagnac which is also the site of the French legend of 'vinus the heron' hence the label.

Tasting Note:

A fuller bodied white with plenty of spicy apricot fruit and notes of tropical flavours such mango and pineapple which give this French wine a New World feel. The finish is long and rich with warming vanilla escence and spice.


Food Match:


A superb match to roast chicken in a creamy sauce.

Grapetionary - NegretteDate published: 07/08/12

Grapetionary

Negrette – A little known red grape variety used to produce wine in the South of France and in Cyprus as it needs vast amounts of heat and sunshine to grow efficiently. The Appellation of ‘Fronton’ in the South of France requires 50 -70% of this grape in the blend (with the rest made up mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc) In California the grape is Known as ‘Pinot St George’ which may derive from the belief that the grape was first brought to France during the crusades under the flag of St George. Negrette is a versatile grape and can be enjoyed young but also can age well, the reason it is grown in such small quantities is due to the vine being susceptible to ‘grey rot’ which spreads quickly throughout the grapes and has been known to render whole vineyards unusable.


Majestic offers: Château Jouaninel 2009 Fronton

Heady and aromatic, offering notes of liquorice and blackcurrant leaf, against a backdrop of ripe bramble fruit. Firm tannins surround ripe, fresh berry flavours on the palate

Price £7.99

Buy 2 bottles save £2 =  £6.99

Grapetionary - PecorinoDate published: 26/07/12

Pecorino - Not just cheese!

You may recognise the name as being a hard, crumbly Italian cheese but Pecorino is also an early ripening White wine grape. The name derives from 'pecora' meaning sheep as the grapes bunch in a triangular shape similar to a sheeps head! The grape is low yielding but gives an impresive rich, nutty flavour to the wine. Pecorino is still grown on a significantly smaller scale than the major Italian white varietys such as Pinot Grigio but is growing in popularity due to critical acclaim.

Majestic offer:

Contesa Pecorino 2011, IGT Colline Pescaresi

A great example of the Pecarino with 30% oak fermented for a nice rich finish. Citrus notes domiante with nutty undertones and a zesty mineral finish.

Great with its namesakes Cheese or creamy fish dishes.

Fine Wine Staff ChoiceDate published: 25/07/12

Sarget de Gruaud Larose £25

Staff Choice - Lee

 

This was introduced in 1979 as the second wine of the famous St-Julien second growth, and this 2002 is a good vintage, with a price to match.

With ten years underneath this wine already, expect those deep dark fruits of plum and blackberry to be complemented by more developed flavors, with a meaty intensity and even pencil shavings! This is rounded off with a great length that doesn't leave you wanting. Great structure that complements food unbelievably well

Will drink well now or for those with a little more patience can be stored and savored for another ten years

Wine of the Week Date published: 25/07/12

Reuilly Cuvée Nathalie 2011 Nathalie Lafond

£9.99 or buy 2 bottles, save £2 = £8.99 each!

Grape:
Sauvignon Blanc

Origin:
Nathalie Lafond has now taken over the running of the
domaine from her father, Claude. From the tiny yet
prestigious central Loire appellation their wines display
the perfect balance between fruit, minerality and
finesse, the hallmark of limestone terroir. This is her
signature cuvée, made from a selection of the best
parcels of vines, and is a match for top quality Sancerre
without the premium price tag.


Tasting Note:
A classic of the Loire with aromas of lime and
gooseberry characterise the intense nose. The crisp fruit,
mouthwatering acidity and touches of minerality, all sit
harmoniously on the well-structured palate retaining
essential freshness.

 

Food Match:
Drink as an aperitif, or partner with fresh seafood

Good Drinkers Guide: Bordeaux - part 2Date published: 24/07/12

Right Bank

The right bank of Bordeaux features wines predominantly from the Merlot grape due to the Clay soils which give a fruitier wine that is medium bodied and generally are ready to drink earlier than the Cabernet based left bank reds. The famous regions of St Emillion and Pomerol are small in size and therefore the amount of wine produced is tiny in comparison to the Medoc, however the high demand and small scale production does lead the prices to be very high for the most sought after vineyards such as Petrus or LePin.

Right Bank reds have a different classification system than the left bank ‘Chateau’ system as the sites are re-classed more regularly, the most recent being 2006. The revised classification, the subject of prolonged legal dispute, comprises 13 Premiers grands crus classés and 53 Grands crus classés There is confusion however over the use of ‘Grand Cru’ Over two hundred other Saint-Émilion wines carry the description "Grand Cru", however this designation is awarded under the basic appellation rules. Wines in this category are not seen as being of comparable quality to the Grand Cru Classés.

The right bank shares similar vintages to the left bank with 2010, 2009, 2005 and 2000 being very good years however with a smaller optimum drinking windows so 2000’s and 2005’s are best consumed now apart from the top producers that will develop for longer. 2003 is a good example of a differing vintage that was very good for the right bank but not the left.


Majestic offers:

Premier Vin du Château de Pitray, 2007 Côtes de Castillon, £9.99 buy two save £2 = £8.99

A good value right bank red that is ready to drink now. Pitray is the top producer in the less well known Cotes de Castillon region on the right bank. It features masses of juicy red fruits and a satisfying vanilla finish, a great example of easier drinking claret.

Château Trimoulet, 2006, St-Emilion Grand Cru, £14.99 buy 2 save £4 = £12.99

2006 was a good quality vintage on the right bank and this wine does not disappoint, produced on an estate of only 17 hectares a surprisingly powerful right bank wine with ripe blackberry fruit and layers of toasty oak with a long satisfying finish.
 

Good Drinkers Guide: Bordeaux - part one Date published: 21/07/12

Bordeaux

A good ‘Vintage’ i.e. the ideal growing conditions throughout the year can have a huge effect on the quality, ageing potential and of course price of Bordeaux wines. Vintage variations have a much more pertinent role in Bordeaux wines than ‘New World’ countries such as Chile and Argentina where the weather is very predictable and therefore quality remains constant. As Bordeaux is located next to the Ocean halfway down the Western coast of France the climate is variable and cannot be predicted year on year.

For a good vintage a cool wet winter is required for vines to lay dormant with dry, warm and breezy conditions in spring to allow for flowering, pollination and bud burst. Warm summers with adequate rain and plenty of sunlight allow grapes to successfully flourish. Perhaps most importantly cool, dry conditions during picking are essential as heat can kick start fermentation early and rain causes vines to hold too much water and makes plump grapes which in turn make a thin watery wine.

 

Left Bank

‘Left Bank’ wines include famous sub regions such as Pauillac, St Julian and St Estephe. Due to the Gravel rich soil the area drains remarkably well and is perfect for the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes which are small thick skinned berries that don’t require much water to grow effectively and give a rich flavoursome and tannic wine that is perfect for ageing. The wines are often blended with Merlot to add more fruit and softness to the blend.

Outstanding Left Bank vintages in recent years are 2010,2009,2005,2000 most of these vintages are worth lying down, with 2000 drinking well now but will develop over the next few years. 2001 is a good year ready to drink now with 2004 and 2006 also good and close to their drinking window. Mixed years like 2007 and 2008 should not be simply written off as bad wines as with modern winemaking standards and high quality practices the wines can still be of decent quality without the higher price tag.

 

Cru Bourgeois

‘Cru Bourgeois’ refers to the Cru system in Left bank Bordeaux which lists vineyard sites in terms of quality with ‘Premier Cru’ being the most prestigious sites. Cru Bourgeois is equivalent to the 6th tier of Quality however is a good guide to quality in wines from £10-£20 as wines are judged for quality year on year unlike the top level which has somewhat controversially remained predominantly the same Chateaux since 1880. Therefore the term usually denotes value for money.

 

Majestic offers:

Château Peyrabon, 2000, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Medoc, £12.99 buy two save £4 = £10.99

The Haut-Medoc is the name of the vineyard area where the top Château are situated and Peyrabon sits on similar soils to Pauillac which give some of the most full bodied reds in the Haut-Medoc. Classic Left bank Bordeaux dark fruit and leather with ripe tannins, 25% of this wine is aged in new oak which gives a lovely toasty richness and is a great example of decent quality Bordeaux for a great price.

 

Sarget de Gruaud larose, 2001, St Julien, £25

Sarget is a well known 2ieme Cru vineyard site, regularly pleasing the top critics. This is the second wine of the Chateau and therefore allows top winemaking practices without 2nd growth prices. Classic St Julien blackberry and plum fruit with distinct pencil shaving notes with a long silky finish. A great way to affordably try a good Bordeaux vintage from a top Chateau which is drinking well now but will also keep for the next few years.

 

Château Batailley, Pauillac, 2004, 5ieme Cru, 2004 £35

As previously mentioned, the 2004 vintage whilst not the greatest vintage does allow very good quality Bordeaux which avoids the extreme prices of the best years. Chateau Batailley is a prestigious Chateau held in high regard and was included in the famous 1885 classification. This wine is reaching its drinking window and shows the complexity of a higher priced claret. Deep ruby/purple colour with elegant blackberry and blackcurrant and truffle flavours, notes of cigar box, pepper and spices lead to hints of liquorice and earth on the finish.
 

Guide to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (under £10)Date published: 12/07/12

Ok so New Zealand is 20% off, and our most popular style of white wine is undoubtedly Sauvignon Blanc. But where to turn? With so many great deals to choose from, and a plethora of flavour nuances to choose between it can be a bit of a minefield. So I thought it appropriate to include some short, snappy reviews of each to simplify things a little:

Riverlands Run @ £4.99

Simple, fresh, fruity. Gooseberries, apricots, alcohol is not prominent. Easy drinking. Summary: Fresh, fruity, simple

Giesen @ £5.99

A mineral core (essentially that mouthwatering and cleansing feel) with subtle fruit flavours. Again gooseberries, apricots, slightly herbaceous. Lighter bodied. Summary: Supple, elegant, flavours which unravel gently.

Villa Maria @ £6.99

An exceptional wine which is always ready to drink when the new vintages arrive (some need time to settle). Deceptively pale in colour, an intense burst of flavours including gooseberries, apricots, citrus and blackcurrant. Superb value. Summary: Intensely flavoured, bright acidity, complex flavours.

The Ned @ £6.99

A firm favourite at Majestic and certainly our best seller in Majestic Leicester, a very supple and elegant wine, more delicately flavoured than Villa Maria, but with the same spectrum of gooseberries, apricots, citrus and blackcurrant. Also benefits from a streak of minerality. Summary: Light bodied, delicate, with complex flavours.

Fairleigh Estate @ £6.99

A Majestic exclusive, a particularly herbaceous Sauvignon packed with grass and nettle notes. Summary: Very gooseberry-centric, a very green Sauvignon, intensely flavoured.

Brancott Estate @ £7.59

Perhaps the original New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, relying heavily on the peach and apricot notes, a very fresh and fruity Sauvignon Blanc. Summary: Easy drinking, great aperitif, crisp and fresh.

Oyster Bay @ £7.99

An altogether creamier Sauvignon with duller fruit flavours. Muted citrus zest and mandarin flavours, amidst gooseberry notes. Summary: Simple, fruity, creamy mouth-feel.

Goldwater @ £7.99

Very similar flavours to Villa Maria, however instead of blackcurrant this Sauvignon boasts an unusual raspberry flavour. Summary: Bold, intense, citrus and raspberry.

Wither Hills @ £7.99

Very similar to Sancerre in it's lightness of body, herbaceous flavours and grassy acidity. A New World wine for lovers of the Old World. Summary: Sancerre style with New Zealand character.

Black Cottage @ £8.79

Perhaps my favourite under £10 (next to Vavasour) the best way to describe it is Ned with more intense flavours. The flavours are very obvious and fresh. So gooseberries, apricots, citrus and blackcurrant, but beautifully intense. Summary: Ned with attitude

Waimea Estate @ £8.79

A particularly peachy Sauvignon where the gooseberry falls into the background. The level of fruit flavour makes this wine feel almost off-dry even though it is still a dry wine. A great Sauvignon for people who are not used to this style as it eases one into it. Summary: Beginner's Sauvignon Blanc, peachy, almost tropical.

Prestige Parcels @ £8.99

Another grassy and herbaceous Sauvignon, nettly, with gooseberry and lemon core flavours. A special parcel which has been bought, bottled and re-branded by Majestic, from a producer who would sell the wine at 2 or 3 times the price. Summary: Trade secret, green, herbaceous, Sancerre-like.

Vavasour @ £8.99

A force to be reckoned with, this Sauvignon is very acidic and very citrus and grapefruit centric. You get the gooseberry, peach and blackcurrant notes, but very bold acidity. Such a mouthwatering wine demands food. Summary: Bold, vibrant acidity, sharp citrus flavours.

Blind River @ £9.99

An altogether more tropical New Zealand Sauvignon, boasting passionfruit, guava and citrus flavours. An almost paradoxical minerality and richness due to some oak influence making an unusual and delightful style of Sauvignon. Summary: Creamy, tropical, mineral, rich.

Jackson Estate Stich @ £9.99

Another green Sauvignon which centres on the classic gooseberry and apricot flavours. Zesty, crisp, bold acidity, grassy herbaceous notes, very similar to Cloudy Bay. Summary: Classic, bold, green, zesty.

Villa Maria Wairau Reserve @ £9.99

An absolute show-stopper this really is Sancerre in all but name. Perhaps better as the acidity is less sharp. Delightfully mouth-watering, supple, tremendous minerality, and the classic complex spectrum of gooseberries, apricots, citrus and blackcurrant. Summary: Zesty, mouth-watering, elegant, classic. Sancerre in all but name.

Hopefully that gives you an idea of how to find your perfect Sauvignon (besides asking us in store or trying them on the tasting counter). A lot of the notes seem like repetition, but hopefully this demonstrates that each wine starts with the same potential flavours, and then builds on them in different ways, or delivers them in a different style. Stay tuned for the guide to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc £10+
 

Wine of the Week: Jadot Macon Rouge 2010Date published: 11/07/12

Mâcon Rouges 'Les Roches Rouges' 2009/2010 Louis Jadot

£9.99 or buy 2 save £4 - £7.99
Grape
Pinot Noir, Gammay

Origin
The Maconnais region in Burgundy borders the light red producing region of Beaujolais and often uses the Gammay grape in its blend which give the reds a very light and fruity persona which are best consumed young and can even be served chilled and with white meats. The Macon appellation controle allows grapes sourced from anywhere within the Macon region and is as well known for fresh buttery whites made with Chardonnay as its light delicate reds. The limestone soils in the area that favor Chardonnay and Gammay grapes also make the ideal soil for grazing cattle and thus the area is used for dairy farming as much as wine making.

Background
Louis Henry Denis Jadot founded Maison Louis Jadot in 1859.All the wines of Maison Louis Jadot bear the same label, featuring the head of Bacchus, the roman god of wine.

Tasting note
Bramble fruit and warm redcurrant dominate the nose, the palate is smooth and refreshing whilst holding just enough weight to have a lengthy satisfying finish of dark fruits and subtle

Food Match
Best consumed young and fresh and matches well with Turkey dishes.

Fine Wine Friday: Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2008Date published: 06/07/12

For this Fine Wine Friday I've chosen a crucial turning point in my journey with wine. Before Cloudy Bay I wouldn't even consider drinking Chardonnay, however it simply demonstrated to me that I had previously had very bad Chardonnays!
Great Chardonnay like Cloudy Bay shows you just what well-made Chardonnay is capable of. It's not an alcoholic oak headache, rather a sublime integration of fruit and wood that delivers wine nothing short of miraculous.
A ripe nose of tropical peach, grapefruit, spiced melon, figs and lemon butter, encased in aromas of pecan nuts, butterscotch and resin.
The show-stopping element of Cloudy Bay Chardonnay is the finesse with which it glides onto your palate, and with elegance and minerality the flavours gently unravel, eventually reaching perfect intensity levels with a lingering tangerine finish. A mouthwatering array of almond, pecan, walnut, toffee apple and candied citrus peel flavours fills the mouth and occupy every component of your palate.
It will benefit from another 3-4 years aging, but for the impatient connoisseur it's still stunning now. It screams for rich white fish or poultry/game. Try with pan seared black halibut with a creamy mushroom sauce and watch the glorious flavours play off of one another.
Before Cloudy Bay I wouldn't drink Chardonnay, now I won't drink anything but!

£25.00
Or Buy any 2 New Zealand Wines Save 20%
£19.99

Wine of the Week: Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2011Date published: 06/07/12

Acquired by The Rothschilds of Bordeaux in 1988, this estate in Chile boasts vines up to 70 years old! I used to find with Bordeaux that I had to try a New World equivalent in order to appreciate it and where it was coming from – what better way to do so than to try a New World Bordeaux-style wine actually made by one of the most infamous Bordeaux producers in the world!
Bright ruby red, this shimmering elixir exudes aromas of cloves, juicy jammy cherries, blueberries, plums and redcurrants. A light and supple wine, with great depth of flavour, savoury vegetal green bean notes, and silky smooth tannins – makes for an impressive barbecue complement (should we get the weather for it), or alternatively a great warming red to curl up by the fire with.
Great on it's own, with roast beef or fillet steak. Superb with Beef Stroganoff. Incredibly this superb Rothschild wine comes in at under £10 per bottle! Get one over on Bordeaux and stock up while it lasts. Enjoy as part of our Chilean Tasting Week.

£10.99
Or Buy any 2 Chilean Wines Save 20%

£8.79

Wine of the Week - Wirra Wirra Church Block, Cab/Shiraz/MerlotDate published: 30/06/12

Wirra Wirra Church Block, Mclaren Vale

£12.49 or buy two Australian wines save 20% - £9.99
Grapes
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot

Origin
Church Block was the first wine of legendary wine maker Greg Trott and takes its name from the small church sited nest to the vines. First developed in 1972, Church Block was originally a blend of Grenache and Shiraz but has developed into a Cabernet dominant Aussie hybrid. The Ironstone cellars where this wine is produced are the original cellars used on the site in the 1800's, which were resurrected in the 70's.

The Mc Laren Vale is a world famous region for deep, full bodied and typically fruitful Reds mainly from the Syrah grape and is located near to Adelaide in South Australia. 'Wirra Wirra' comes from the Aboriginal name of the area meaning “Amongst the Gum Trees”. This wine is matured in 70% French oak for 18 months giving a rich toasty feel to the wine.

Tasting note
Full black forest fruits burst out the glass with herbal notes of clove and Autumn leaves. The palate is juicy and filled with dark fruits and spice, a nice warm and lengthy finish with toasty oak.

Food Match
Will age well over the next few years but very drinkable now due to fairly temperate tannin, best with steak.

Provence Rose Tasting weekDate published: 23/06/12

Join us in store all this week to sample a range of Provence Rose on our tasting counter. From Classic mouth watering light, mineral Rose to more modern fruit driven styles, pop in store and choose your favourite!

All we need now is the sun to shine...

Wines of the Week: Chateau Guiot Costieres de Nimes Red and Rose 2010/2011Date published: 16/06/12

Well, if like the weather you're undecided at the moment we're showcasing two Wines of the Week to suit your preferences. Rose if the sun comes back, or red if the wind and rain prevail! Whatever your needs – Chateau Guiot have it covered!

Chateau Guiot Rose is a vibrant off-dry rose boasting a nose of strawberries and cream, raspberries and cherry blossom. On the palate it delivers intense confected cherry notes, strawberries, Chantilly cream, and a mouthwatering redcurrant finish. This demonstrates a bolder style of rose with intense flavours but in a fresh and elegant style. Beautiful on its own or great with mackerel salad or rabbit ragout.

Chateau Guiot Rouge is a medium-bodied, boldly flavoured red in the style of Cotes-du-Rhone. It has a spicy nose of black cherries, blackcurrants, raisins, and more herbal clove/cardamom notes. Silky smooth tannins give this wine superb structure while gently unravelling flavours of violets, black and red cherries, forest fruits, blueberries, currants, and spicy clove. Try with belly pork, shepherd's pie or moussaka for that ultimate flavour combination.

Both wines are £7.99
Buy 2 save £2
£6.99 each

Wine of the Week: Turkey Flat 'Butcher's BlockDate published: 08/06/12

Turkey Flat 'Butcher's Block' 2009, Barossa


£14.99 or buy any 2 Australian wines, save 20% = £11.99 each!

Grape:
Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre

Origin:
Turkey Flat vineyards are named so because they stand on an area of flatlands on the banks of Tanuda creek that were once home to a proliferation of wild turkeys. The first plantings of shiraz on this land was in 1847.


Tasting Note:
The nose is floral with hints of five spice, plum, cherry and blackcurrant with smoky, meaty undertones. This wine fills the palate with juicy fruit and finishes with an elegant, velvet like texture.

 


Food Match:
To fully enjoy this wine, drink it with any red meat, game pie or chargrilled sausages.

Wines of Australia tasting weekDate published: 05/06/12

Join us in store to sample some of our fantastic Australian range open to try on the tasting counter.

From deep full Shiraz to oaky Chardonnays and fresh Pinot Grigio, the land down under has a lot to offer the 'new world' wine fan.

Free tasting in store from the 8th to the 14th June.

Wine of the week - Vinalba Malbec Reserva 2010Date published: 21/05/12

 

£9.99 or buy 2 bottles save £4 = £7.99 each!

Grape:
Malbec

Origin:
The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba Estate has previously won a Decanter Award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes which are grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.


Background:
At one of Argentina's top wineries Bordeaux born wine maker Herve J. Fabre adopts a minimum intervention approach to producing his wines.


Tasting Note:
Deep, vibrant ruby in colour. An inviting nose full of ripe black fruit and hints of smoke. A wonderfully complex palate is rich in blackcurrant and plum which combine with toasty vanilla oak, dark chocolate and mocha leading to an elegant yet full bodied delight.

 


Food Match:
Enjoy with a big juicy peppered steak or lamb to fully appreciate every aspect of the wine.
 

Wines of Italy Tasting weekDate published: 10/05/12

WINES of ITALY

This week we will be sampling some of our favourite Italian wines on our tasting counter.

Italy is in the same league as France in terms of amount of wine produced – around 5 Billion litres a year! Italy has a vast amount of grape varieties some having been cultivated up to 3000 years ago, it produces a vast range of wines to meet all tastes and budgets. Classically Italian wines match the local cuisine very well and are typically zesty, fresh and juicy and best drunk young. However more expressive reds can reach the complexity and depth to match the worlds best fine wines.

With 20% off any 2 Italian wines and a tasting week between 11th - 17th May, why not 'try before you buy' and experience what Italy has to offer.

Wine of the Week - Wakefield Estate Chardonnay, 2010 Clare ValleyDate published: 09/05/12

Keen to break the “Anything But Chardonnay” rule I thought it appropriate to celebrate an excellent New World example by making it wine of the week.
Supple lemon green, with a ripe nose of citrus fruits encased in a myriad of oak notes; walnut kernels, fresh dough, pine cones, grated almonds and cashews, alongside a varnish-like perfume.
The intense, balanced and prickly palate is bursting with tropical and citrus flavours. More intense nutty flavours in the Brazil-nut and hazelnut spectrum deliver incredible structure and creamy complexity. The fruit intensifies from fresh citrus and grapefruit, to ripe nectarine, spiced pineapple, pear-drop and lemon bonbons, lifted by a rich cinnamon finish.
An outstanding Chardonnay with great depth yet refined elegance and composed structure. Beautiful by itself but a superb accompaniment to Roast Pork Belly crusted with black peppercorns.
Let's change the ABC rule to All Buy Chardonnay!

£10.99, or Buy 2 Australian Wines Save 20% £8.79

Wine of the Week - Medalla Real Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 05/05/12

Medalla Real 'Gran Reserva' Cabernet Sauvignon 08

£10.99 or buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% - £8.79
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin
Hailing from the Maipo region in Chile, an area renowned for deep full bodied reds from Bordeaux varieties with powerful black fruit flavours. The valley itself is protected from the extreme heat of Chile by its altitude and location between the cooing ocean winds of the Pacific and in the shade of the Andes.

Background
A step up in quality from other Santa Rita wines, Medalla Real is sourced from individual vineyard sites and aged in French oak barrels for 14 months for a classic rich textured style. The grapes are picked extra ripe leading to strong flavours, full body and higher alcohol which give this wine a distinct 'New World' character.

Tasting note

Deep, brooding purple with a heavy core. A nose reminiscent of powerful Bordeaux but with the full fruit of a new world Cabernet and cool menthol notes typical of the Maipo valley. The full bodied nature fills the palate with blackcurrant and toasty oak with hints of pencil lead and cigar box. The finish is long and warming and smooth enough to be drunk on its own.

Food Match

A big wine worthy of a rich beef stew or strong extra mature Cheddar cheese.

Fine Wine Friday - Brio de Cantenac BrownDate published: 04/05/12

Fine Wine Friday
BriO de Cantenac Brown 2007

£19.99 or Buy two save £2 - £18.99
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Origin
The Second wine of the prestigious Chateau Cantenac Brown – a 3eme Cru Classe Margaux. The wine is sourced from pre-determined plots of younger vines surrounding the Chateau cultivated for an earlier drinking blend but still with the structure, body and fruit of a more expensive blend. Margaux itself sits in the north of the renowned Haut-Medoc region and produces very fragrant,silky reds with distinct violets and rose petal aromas and classic Blackcurrant/ cedarwood flavours. Margaux tends to be lighter in body than AC's such as Pauillac and St Estephe and therefore does not require a long cellaring period.


Production
This 'Second' wine still undergoes the expensive treatment you may expect of a more expensive Bordeaux, 25% is matured in new oak barrels for over a year and it is traditionally fined using egg whites. Due to the younger vines used and the vintage of 2007 we would recommend this wine will drink well now and should only be kept up to two years.


Tasting note
Violet, dark fruit and pencil lead aromas are followed by a bramble filled, medium bodied palate and a silky smooth, long lasting finish.

Food Match
Will drink well with a spring inspired lamb stew with dumplings  

Wine of the Week - Surani Costarossa PrimitivoDate published: 26/04/12

Surani Costarossa, Primitivo di Manduria

£9.99 or buy two Italian wines save 20% - £7.99

Grapes
Primitivo

Origin
The Primitivo grape has been found to be genetically similar to the Zinfandel grape famous for the sun drenched full bodied reds of California. Like its American cousin it gives a deep, heavy, ruby red wine that matches well with Steaks or rich warming stews. Classically rustic in nature, the red wines of southern Italy are becoming progressively higher quality due to the influence of modern winemaking techniques being introduced. Therefore similarly to the South of France it is a wine making region that offers great value for money.

Background

Prmitivo di Manduria Doc is individual in the fact that it must be 100% Primitivo and does not allow blends. The Warm Mediterranean climate ensures the grapes are picked when extra ripe which allows for the full bodied flavour and great intensity. After fermentation the wine is aged in oak barrels which add to the rich nature and leave a toasty finish.

Tasting note

Full dense black fruit flavours with a distinct raisin/prune nature. This wine truly fills the palate with a warm, long lasting finish of cinnamon and sweet spice.

Food Match
Match with richer dishes such as vennison, Steak or hearty stews.  

Wine of the Week - Marques de la Concordia Rioja Reserva 2006Date published: 20/04/12

In honour of our trainee Harriet leaving us to set up her own cake business, we felt it appropriate to have a Wine of the Week with flavours and aromas within the cake spectrum.
Marques de la Concordia's strapline “Lo Mejor de dos Mundos” means the best of both worlds; New World style meets Old World terroir. The resulting wine is one with all the bold flavours of the New World, defined by the sophisticated, elegant structure of the Old World. A firm favourite of mine throughout my Majestic career, this wine is nearly half it's top price and is one of my best kept secrets. Setting the benchmark standard for Rioja Reserva and getting our Concordia Tasting off to a great start.
A bright ruby wine with a vibrant nose of Dundee cake and Genoa cake; toasted nuts, figs, dates, raisins, cherries, vanilla and a savoury note of roasted pumpkin seeds.
On the palate an unashamedly bold and somewhat densely packed myriad of flavours; cherries, currants, raisins, walnuts, toasted almonds, cardamom and rich cake spices bound together with mouthwatering acidity, gentle alcoholic warmth and velvety tannins. The jammy intensity of fruit gives the wine an almost liqueur-like richness. The nature of the fruit changes from summer fruits, to forest fruits, and then to autumn fruits on the finish with a lingering taste of damson flesh.
My mental image for this wine is a freshly baked Dundee cake on a brand new wooden chopping board. Even though the oak is overt, it is very well-integrated, denoting cedar and vanilla notes, rather than the atypical coconut sweetness. A further example of Old World influence.
Slow roasted shoulder of lamb in a balsamic reduction would complement the depth and richness of this gorgeous Spanish Red. Due to it's multi-faceted array of flavours I think a dish comprised of several richly flavoured meats would really showcase this wine's true potential. Try with wild rabbit, venison and wood pigeon terrine for a meal as mouthwatering as the wine.

£9.99

or Buy 2 Spanish Wines Save 20%

£7.99

Last Minute Summer BargainsDate published: 17/04/12

As Spring slowly slips into Summer, so do our offers! The Majestic Spring Offers Extravaganza ends on Monday 23rd April at 8pm, so if you are running low on your Spanish & South African favourites or want to take advantage of our superb deals on Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc at £5.99, Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc at £5.99 or Vinalba Malbec Reserva at £7.99, then order before Monday.

As the cliche goes, when it's gone, it's gone!

Spring Slurper Special!Date published: 14/04/12

Finally, we seem to be getting a bit of fair weather in Leicestershire and what better way to enjoy the beginnings of a (hopefully) stunning British summer with a cracking deal on a wine drinkers favourite!

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010/11 at £5.99 is exactly what the doctor ordered to bring a bit of sunshine to your glass! Crisp, flavoursome and bursting with ripe and vibrant gooseberries, and hard to turn down at this price.

This is a limited time, 10 day offer, so get in quick and fill that wine rack with a proper dose of quality wine!

Have a Drink with Harriet #4Date published: 06/04/12

This weekend is of course the longest bank holiday of the year, meaning that it's Easter!

But never fear, Majestic are always here! Our Easter opening hours are as follows

Good Friday - 10am - 8pm

Saturday - 9am - 7pm

Easter Sunday - 10am - 5pm

Easter Monday - 10am - 5pm

Needless to say this means that this week we are bringing you a super Easter cocktail to enjoy over the bank holiday to keep you all chirpy!

Easter Egg Nog

(Serves 8-10 people)

1 dozen medium eggs

1 cup sugar

1.5 quarts whole milk

1 pint heavy whipped cream

750ml Delpech Cognac VS

Seperate eggs and beat yolks in a large serving bowl, adding sugar while beating. Stir in milk and cream. Slowly add cognac. Refrigerate for one hour. Before serving, whip egg whites until stiff. Mix into nog. Dust with nutmeg and serve in a large punch bowl.

Delpech Cognac VS is available at Majestic Leicester for £18. With a pronounced grape and floral aroma, balanced by vanilla and oak spice, Delpech cognac VS has been aged for 2 years and will stand out beautifully in your Easter Egg Nog.

Happy Easter!

Wine of the Week - Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, Wairau Reserve - Jamie's tasting noteDate published: 05/04/12

After reading Matt's writeup of this stunning wine I felt inspired to write a tasting note myself:

Having always been impressed by Villa Maria's Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc we decided it was time to take it up to the next level. The Wairau Reserve did not disappoint!
Deceptively pale, with an exceptionally complex nose of blackcurrant leaf, gooseberry, mango, passionfruit, mandarin, grass, nettles and a stony minerality. An unusual wine where one can almost smell the texture: you can smell a taut minerality in the form of wet pebbles, and a certain viscosity in the form of dare-I-say-it kiwi felt and peach fur. Almost like being able to smell the fruit in a fruitbowl but without the intensity of cutting into it. This multi-dimensional nose is rounded off with elegant elderflower notes.
Bursting onto the palate with explosive intensity, mouthwatering minerality and acidity envelope the senses, before delivering crisp green apples, peardrops, zesty lime and orangepeel with a sublime mandarin finish, prevailing stoniness and superb length.
A delightful wine of outstanding texture and flavour complexity, one which may even have producers in Sancerre worried! A great match to a range of fish and seafood, try with a traditional Bouillabaisse to see what this stunning Sauvignon is really made of!

Wine of the Week - Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, Wairau ReserveDate published: 04/04/12

New Zealand has its fair share of Sauvignon Blanc growers at the moment, but Villa Maria have been there from the off, creating the classic gooseberry scented, crisp wines that we all know and love. Here, they have created something very special from their specially selected vineyards in the cooler Wairau Valley!

Lemon green in colour, this wine shows all the hallmarks of classic Sauvignon, with lashings of tropical and gooseberry fruit. What it also brings to the mix is an intense apple and grass flavour on the nose and a hint of mandarin to really bring out the zestiness. Matched on the palate with a fresh and crisp acidity, and a mouth-watering length that any Sancerre producer would be proud of.

Only £9.99 when you buy two or more at the moment, this is a wine that firmly puts Villa Maria at the forefront of top class winemaking!

WOTW - Ponte del Diavolo, Pinot Bianco - Great for the Spring Sunshine!Date published: 28/03/12

Ponte del Diavolo
Pinot Bianco

£8.99 or buy 2 save £4 - £6.99
Grapes
Pinot Bianco

Origin
Friuli in North-East Italy has humid mediterranean climate which is ideal for grape ripening. This vineyard sits on the edge of the dolomites in an area lined with streams and rivers which help reduce the intense heat of the sun. The Graves area as the name suggests is stoney, gravel topped earth which allows excellent drainage for the plants. Due to the soil based similarity of this area with the Medoc the region is known not only for zesty whites but also fruity Bordeaux blends.

Background

The name Ponte del Diavolo is taken from a local 15th Century bridge, which local folklore suggests was once a bargaining point for the Devil himself! New Zealand wine consultant Matt Thompson helped create the wine and the fruit filled palate is definitely reminiscent of a good Marlborough white. This bottle makes an excellent New Zealand Sauvignon alternative.

Tasting note

Zesty citrus and stone fruit aromas leap out of the glass, the palate is delicate but full of ripe apricott and white peach with a citrus/floral finish.

Food Match

This great summer white would be the perfect addition to a fresh plum tomato salad or light seafood dishes.

Have a Drink with Harriet #3Date published: 25/03/12

As the sun is shining it seems only right to go for a fresh classic. Last night I had a Strawberry Margarita and, given the sun today, have come up with a summery twist on this cocktail's strawberry and lime flavours by adding Rekorderlig Strawberry and Lime Cider, and it really works.

I present to you...

Rekorderlita

25 ml Sauza Tequila

10 ml Cointreau

50 ml Rekorderlig Strawberry and Lime Cider

Slice of lime

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Sauza Tequila is available for £20, Cointreau £18 and Rekorderlig Strawberry and Lime Cider is available at £11.70 for 6 x 500ml, all in stock now at Majestic Leicester.

Rekorderlig Strawberry and Lime Cider is a beautifully Swedish premium cider, perfect for enjoying in the sunshine. With sweet strawberry flavours and a hint of lime, enjoy it in our cocktail recommendation, or simply poured over ice.

Have a Drink with Harriet #2Date published: 17/03/12

Well as Harriet is enjoying a weekend away in London I thought I'd recommend a cocktail in her honour: something classic and sophisticated.

Kir is a glowing cocktail and a great way to get the party started.

To create this wonderful libation pour 3oz of white wine over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Add a splash of Creme de Cassis and a twist of lemon and stir. For a Kir Royale combine the Creme de Cassis with 6oz of Champagne and serve in a Champagne flute.

There are several ways that you can change this up to suit your tastes:

Try using Chase fruit liqueurs instead of Creme de Cassis to give the cocktail a raspberry, white peach or elderflower flavour!

Use Heidseick Gold Top 2005 Champagne for your Kir Royale to give the cocktail a vanilla background. Or use a rose Champagne (such as Nicolas Feuillatte Rose NV) for a more red apple, cherries and berries palate.

There is endless room for experimentation with this cocktail but however you mix yours it'll get your weekend off to the right start!

Creme de Cassis de Dijon is £10.00 for 70cl, or Le Prieure de Saint-Ceols Creme de Cassis is £9.79 for 20cl.

Heidsieck Gold Top 2005 Champagne is on Special offer at £20 per bottle down from £22.

Nicolas Feuillatte Rose NV Champagne is on Special offer at £20 per bottle down from £30.

All available in Majestic Wine Leicester!

Wine of the Week - Anakena Single Vineyard SyrahDate published: 14/03/12

Anakena single vineyard Syrah 'Murta'

£9.99 or buy 2 save £2 - £8.99
Grape
Syrah

Origin
This wine is sourced from the Colchagua valley, which forms a part of the 'Central' valley – a large vineyard area to the south of Santiago. The Anakena vineyards escape the hot Chilean temperatures through being 820ft above sea level and the rocky loam soils do not retain the sunlight, which allows the Syrah grapes to ripen in a way more akin to a French 'Syrah' than an Australian 'Shiraz'.
Background
The grapes for this Syrah are hand picked from the single 'Murta' plot and are barrel aged for 14 months with 20% seeing new oak and represents excellent value for money for a quality that rivals the Rhone valley.
Tasting note
A nose of Autumnal leaves and stewed blackberries leads to a fruitful palate with black pepper and cloves and a green pepper finish.

Food Match
Match with roasted Venison with a blackberry jus.

Have A Drink with HarrietDate published: 09/03/12

It's Friday night, which means only one thing - It's the weekend and time to party!

Living close to the town of Melton Mowbray, from which the expression "paint the town red" originates, it seems inevitable that I have the natural urge to party. So, each week I will bring you a new twist on a classic cocktail to try while getting ready for that big night out, or ask your local bar to mix one up for you!

This week, due to our recent visit from the Queen here in Leicester, it seems fitting to post a cocktail inspired by Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.

This week's cocktail is:

Diamond Fizz

Juice of 1 lime

1 egg white

1 tsp. powdered sugar

2 x 25ml shots Martin Miller's Gin

Dash of soda

Fill a highball glass to the top with ice (this will make your diamonds!), shake first five ingredients well and strain into glass, top up with soda.

Martin Miller's Gin is premium English gin made only from Icelandic water. Carefully balanced botanicals dominated by juniper berries along with subtle flavours of orange and lemon peel, coriander, liquorice, cinnamon, cassis and nutmeg.

Martin Miller's Gin is available at Majestic Leicester priced £22.

As the Queen knows only too well - Diamonds are a girls best friend!

Paul mas - Master of the LanguedocDate published: 09/03/12

In anticipation of our Paul Mas tasting weekend 17th-18th March here is a short piece on some of the more unusual wines from this great modern producer.

PAUL MAS
Master of the Languedoc

On the sun stroked vineyards that lie on the sloping hills of the Herault Valley lies Les Domaines Paul Mas. They are pioneers of modern winemaking standards in the South of France and Experimental in their choice of grapes and blends, helping this previously dismissed region build a reputation for higher quality and grow in stature in the highly competitive world of wine. Paul Mas' creative side is shown through these fascinating wines..

Paul Mas 'Valmont' Grenache Blanc -
Rarely seen as a single variety, Grenache blanc creates a refreshing, well balanced, un-oaked white with delicate peach and floral flavours and a refreshing zesty finish.

Paul Mas Vermentino -
Vermentino is an Italian grape, not often seen away from its homeland, it gives an inticing wine with smokey citrus flavours and a rich mouth watering finish.

Paul Mas 'Vignes de Nicole' Chardonnay Viognier -
The Chardonnay in this blend spends four months in oak to give the wine a richer depth of flavour, which blends well with the fresh mango and pineapple flavours of the Viognier.

Paul Mas Malbec -
200 km from its historic home in Cahors and 12,000km from its new home in Argentina, this Malbec is in a fresh youthful style with good acidity and warm blackberry fruit flavours.

Paul Mas Carignan -
Carignan is a thick skinned variety that will only ripen fully in intense heat and sunshine and therefore hails from Paul Mas' warmest vineyards, it has a dark spiced berry flavour with liqourice and cocoa flavours. Due to its full bodied nature it would be ideal served with roasted meats and will bottle age well over the next few years.

Paul Mas Mourvedre -
This deep tannic red has a real rustic feel often associated with the Languedoc of old, full of dark fruit flavours and christmas pudding spices- best served with roasted Lamb.
 

Wines of ArgentinaDate published: 01/03/12

To celebrate our Wines of Argentina tasting here is a little on the grapes of this fascinating country.

WINES OF ARGENTINA

Home of the worlds highest vineyards – the Cafayate region in Salta Province, up to 3,111 meters above sea level. The Worlds largest winemaking region – Mendoza over 160,000 hectares and arguably the Worlds most remote wine region – Catamarca 3 times the size of Belgium with only 12 wineries. Argentina has a diverse and exciting array of wine styles to meet various tastes and price points – Not just Malbec then!

Viognier – An increasingly popular grape to be produced in South America, best on cool high altitude sites. Argentine Viognier typically has refreshing peach and apricot flavours with a floral orange blossom edge.
Chardonnay – This versatile grape tends to display almost tropical fruit flavours often with plenty of oak for a rounded rich style, with great examples like Catena hailing from Mendoza.

Torrontes – becoming a dominant variety in Argentina it features fresh light floral and citrus flavours, a good alternative to Sauvignon.

Bonarda – After Malbec the second most grown variety in Argentina, but is still fairly unkown in the UK similar to an Italian red it matches strong black fruit flavours with generous acidity.

Tannat – 'For Tannat think Tannin' is a good rule of thumb for this big deep red famously from the Madiran region south of Bordeaux- a great partner to rich beef stew.

Malbec – Impossible to not mention Argentinas signiture grape best from high altitude Mendoza sites it has full red fruit flavours and the best feature masses of complexity with blueberries, spice, chocolate and tobacco.

Fine Wine Friday - Meerlust MerlotDate published: 01/03/12

Fine Wine Friday
Meerlust Merlot
Stellenbosch, 2007

£19.99 or 20% off South Africa - £15.99
Grape
Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Origin
The Historic Meerlust Estate prides itself on its family ownership by the Myburgh family who have worked the vines for an impressive eight generations since 1756. Meerlust is situated in Stellenbosch, a region recognized for producing deep full bodied wines with great complexity and specialising in Bordeaux blends. Meerlust models itself upon the right bank Merlot dominant blends in the full bodied, complex, almost St Emillion style but with a strong South African twist. The Bordeaux-esc qualities of the estate are also shown through the impressive Manor House which overviews production on the cool Stellenbosch coast close to False Bay.
Production
From 27 year old vines, grapes are hand harvested with 40% 'vendage vert' – an early 'green harvest' enhancing tannin and herbaceous flavours in the wine and 60% 'Veraison' – leaving grapes on the vine to begin to raisin and concentrate sugars and body in the wine. Grapes are then transferred to small french Oak casks to mature for 17 months before bottling. The blend of 14% Cabernet Franc helps add structure to the blend and allows aging up to 12 years.

Tasting note
A complex Autumnal nose of earth, wet leaves and red, plummy fruit. Softer on the palate than most South African reds of a similar price with a juicy red fruit core and almost sweet tannins. Very approachable now but could age for a few more years to come.

Food Match
Match with Rich Beef dishes or Strong cheeses

Bargain Hunt WinesDate published: 21/02/12

We still have some great deals on our Bargain Hunt wines 33% off, while stocks last!

Wines Remaining:

Matetic EQ Sauvignon: now £7.32

Yering Station Chardonnay: now £8.99

Clos D'yvigne The Prince, Bergerac: now £6.66

Clos D'yvigne Rouge et Noir, Bergerac: now £6.66

Also,

Composite New Zealand Sauvignon: now £9.99 Buy 2+ save £8 = £5.99

 

Contact us using details listed on the webpage to reserve the wine & grab yourself a bargain!

Wine of the Week - RM Nicholson 09Date published: 20/02/12

Grapes
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec

Origin
The World renowned vines of Rustenberg are situated in the heart of Stellenbosch, a region recognized for producing deep full bodied wines with great complexity ranging from aspiring Bordeaux blends to adventurous Pinotage pioneers. Grapes are hand harvested from the red soiled mountain slopes of the Simonsberg and Helderberg mountains which allow a cooler maritime climate due to the effects of the 'Cape Doctor' – An Antarctic gale with a similar role to the Mistral in the Rhone Valley.


Background
Named after winemaker/owner Reg Merriman Nicholson who worked the vines for over 30 years. 2009 featured an early heat wave on the Cape which required irrigation but the cooler spring and summer allowed for a good quality vintage with plenty of body and flavour, and will reward storage for at least 5 years. The blend is predominantly Cabernet and Shiraz with a plethora of other varieties blended for added complexity.
Tasting note


Aromas reminiscent of a deep Rhone Valley red with a touch of creaminess from the oak and chunky blackberry fruit and white pepper spice. The palate holds good structure with dark fruit and dried herbs, and a long spiced oak finish and strong tannins

Food Match
Match with Beef tagine with Green pepper Cous Cous

£12.49 or 20% off South Africa save - £9.99

South African Tasting WeekDate published: 16/02/12

This week we are tasting the wines of South Africa. Made for over 350 years, South Africa have been producing wines for as long as some European regions. Despite political and economic isolation, producers have worked hard to preserve the quality and reputation of their wines. From 17th - 23rd February all South African wines are on offer at buy 2 save 20%.

Two particularly interesting wines which we will be tasting this week are:

Welmoed Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99, or £5.59 when bought with any other South African wine. Welmoed roughly translates as 'full of courage' and probably originates from tales of courage surrounding former owner of the estate, Willem Adriaan van der Stel, governer of the Cape in the late 1600s. It may also come from the South African winemakers' resilient nature when faced with various political and economic challenges over the last 350 years. A bone dry sauvignon blanc, Welmoed features notes of ripe sweet gooseberry and lemongrass, with a palate full of citrus, passionfruit and crisp acidity. Great served with salads and creamy cheeses.

Another interesting example we will be tasting this week is Barista Pinotage at £8.74, or £6.99 when bought with any other South African wine. This wine comes from the Val de Vie wine estate in the heart of the cape winelands, where wine production dates back to 1825. This is a deliberately modern offering by winemaker Bertus Fourie, who has concentrated on drawing out the coffee-like aromas of South Africa's signature grape. An intense offering of coffee, chocolate and cherry, with meaty, savoury hints. Ripe tannins perfectly suit the round and mouth-filling plum and mulberry fruit. The perfect accompaniment to red meat dishes, as well as with chocolate and coffee.

Come in and try some fine examples of South African wines - All on a special offer of Buy any 2 South African Wines save 20%.

Wine of the Week: Valentines SpecialDate published: 13/02/12

Looking for a wine to share with that special someone?

Why not try La Grille Rosé d'Anjou 2010.

Made using grolleau and gamay grapes, originally selected by oenologist Gwenaël Guihard from the schist and granite of the Western Loire, this delicious off-dry rosé has been created using cool fermentation techniques to bring out all the grapes' appetizing fruit flavours and aromas. Bottled with a light natural spritz, the wine has a refreshing zing. Strawberry and hints of peach fill the palate, with their flavours brought out by the wine's laid-back, off-dry demeanor. Great on its own, as an apéritif, or as a delicious match for sushi, salads, char grilled salmon steaks, or with sweetly spiced, creamy curries.

If you're looking to add a little sparkle to your evening we have a great range of rosé champagnes including Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé NV at £60, Moët & Chandon Rosé NV at £50 (or £45 when purchased with another selected champagne), or Lindauer Rosé NV at just £7.99!

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Fine Wine Friday - Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2011, MarlboroughDate published: 03/02/12

Pronounced “grey-wacky” this is a stunning wine of exceptional finesse, elegance and minerality. A very delicate pale lemon green colour, with heavily perfumed aromas of gooseberries, nettles, grass, apricots and passionfruit.
For a wine that appears so delicate it bursts onto the palate with powerful flavours of toasted cashew nuts (from the oak influence), tomato leaf, capsicum, white peach, ripe pear, gooseberry, lime and guava, encased in a paradoxical combination of both a stony minerality and a smooth creamy texture. This glorious Sauvignon demonstrates an incredible array and harmony of flavours, and has absolutely outstanding length!
Greywacke is the name of the sedimentary rock that largely constitutes the vineyards' soils. The winery was founded in 2009 and is the brainchild of Kevin Judd, former winemaker of Cloudy Bay for 25 years.
Enjoy by itself as a crisp yet mouthfilling aperitif, or match to canapes made from smoked salmon, anchovies or chevre.

£19.99
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£15.99

The Majestic Bargain HuntDate published: 31/01/12

Our new spring promotion is the perfect time for a bit of a clear-out to make way for 2012's exciting new wines, so we have just knocked a third off the price of loads of bin ends in the first ever Majestic Bargain Hunt!

The selection is available in-store now - if you can't visit us in person to hunt out your bargain, please call us or email for more details of what's available.

The best deals in your Leicester store are:

Winemakers Lot Cabernet Sauvignon Blend now £7.49

Matetic EQ Sauvignon Blanc now £7.32

Chateau La Vicomtesse Bordeaux now £6.66

Clos D'Yvigne Le Prince now £6.66

Antonin Rodet Beaujolias now £5.99

Domaine de Peche Rome Tempranillo now £5.32

Altosur Sauvignon Blanc now £4.99

Heritage Road Brut NV Sparkling now £3.66

Rosso di Sicilia now £2.99

Heritage Road Moonstone Chardonnay/Semillon now £2.99

We look forward to seeing you in store - Happy Bargain Hunting!

Free Majestic TastingsDate published: 26/01/12

Well now that the dust has settled after Christmas, our free in-store tastings will be back in full swing quicker than you can say Moet & Chandon!

Our first Introduction to Wine Course of the year will be held on Sunday 26th February at 3pm in store. This session will last approximately 90 minutes and covers How to Taste Wine like a Professional, Factors affecting the style of a wine, and Principles of Food and Wine Matching. Each guest receives a Free £10 voucher, and you can bring friends or relatives along.

Also it has been confirmed that our Wine Walks are set for a Spring Revival so we shall have a few more informal comparisons for you there. You can sign up for our tastings either by phone, email or in store.

Of course our tasting counter is always available and our staff are more than happy to talk to you about wine.

Happy Tasting!

Store Events(2)

Fine Wine Tasting

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

A fantastic opportunity to taste some really special wines. We'll be opening up some of our favourite wines for special occasions. £10 per ticket.

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The Tasting Club: Introduction To Wine

30 June 2017 (18:00 - 20:00)

We'll be covering reds, whites, fizz and food matching. Cracking good fun!

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  • David Manager

  • Keiren Assistant Manager

    Hello all! I'm back in my hometown store of Leicester for the second time having worked here a couple of years ago as a Trainee. I'm looking forward to meeting you all again and helping you to find your perfect wine. My favorite wines include big Australian Shiraz to a delicate Pinot Noir from pretty much anywhere. I'm also in love with anything sweet so come in and let me match you the perfect wine for your pudding!
  • Tom Trainee Manager

    Well hello there! I have now been with Majestic a little longer than last time, although Leicester is now my second store after I was run out of Shirley for not driving an expensive enough car. Currently I favour the highly underrated Carmenere or an Italian, big, heavy and rich enough to rival Pavaortti...
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