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Monday 10am - 7pm
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Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
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Mountbatten Retail Park
Western Esplanade
SO15 1QJ
United Kingdom

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La Belle Angele Sauvignon Blanc 2016Date published: 19/09/17

This delicate, crisp little number is truly the belle of the ball when it comes to everything that's good about French Sauvignon. Made with extra care and attention, by a winemaking expert from the Languedoc - it's a classic example of a refreshing white from the region
What makes it so special?
White wine from Corbieres is a bit of rarity, as the region is more well-known for its red wine blends. If you love classic Sauvignon bursting with Crisp apple and gooseberry, but without the hefty price tag that can occasionally accompany more famous white wine regions - give this one ago.
The fruit is sourced from the beautiful regions of the Aude in the Languedoc and Gascony, before being blended in a state-of-the-art winery in the Alaric mountains of Corbieres - you can really taste the extra class.
Who is La Belle Angele?
France is famous for its wines, but it's also famous for its considerable contributions a dynasty of famous artists made to the world. LaBelle Angele was the muse for many of the 20th century Impressionist painters during the La Belle Époque period - a time when the arts flourished. LaBelle Angèle pays homage to this beauty-you'll soon realise that the two share more than just a name elegant, full of charm and finesse.
La Belle Angèle, Sauvignon Blanc 2016 £8.99 Mix Six £7.49

Ravenswood Lodi ZinfandelDate published: 11/09/17

The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!

Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temperature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.

True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced. 

£14.99 Single Bottle - £12.99 Mix Six Or More

Introducing The Winemaker's Series!Date published: 10/09/17

Talented winemakers are the ‘it’ factor needed to take a wine from great to extraordinary. With this range, we’ve deliberately approached brilliant winemakers who produce ‘cult’ Majestic wines that our customers love and buy over and over again. We really want to emphasise the great relationship between Majestic and these winemakers, so experience the passion these talented winemakers have and enjoy these new wines that are exclusive to Majestic!

Winemaker Series The Shiraz 2016

Kevin O’Brien is a bona-fide Majestic winemaking legend - we’ve stocked his wines for over 20 years - and even in a region full of boutique wineries, Kangarilla Road stand out. This elegant and smooth yet intensely flavoured Shiraz sourced from McLaren Vale shows just why our customers and staff have fallen in love with his sumptuous wines!

£8.99 mix six

Winemaker Series The Red 2016

Marc Kent, the genius behind the Chocolate Block, needs little introduction. So we were delighted when he agreed to produce a wine sourced from the same vineyards in Swartland as the cult wine that made his name. The Winemaker Series The Red uses the same Syrah base as the Chocolate Block, and Marc adds Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault to the blend, producing a wine that harks back to the blended reds Swartland was renowned for in the last century.

£9.99 mix six

Winemaker Series Rosé 2016

This delicate and subtle Provençal-style Rosé has been created exclusively for us by Christophe Mongeot - the winemaker behind the bestselling M de Minuty Rosé. After agreeing to produce a new wine for us, Christophe used his many contacts to source Grenache and Carignan grapes from some of his favourite growers in the foothills of the Sainte Victoire mountains. This delicious redcurrant and peach-scented Rosé is simply perfect for sipping in the sunshine.

£8.99 mix six

New Definition Wine Just In!Date published: 09/09/17

We are always expanding our ever popular own brand Definition and have just added a really nice Chenin Blanc from South Africa!  Chenin Blanc makes some of the world's great wines. It has also found a home in South Africa, where it makes some superb wines. When we decided to define it we had to capture the rich pear and peach fruit flavour, the beautiful silky texture and the savoury finish that makes it so revered. A winner on it's own or with fish dishes!

Just love thisDate published: 08/09/17

Pizarras de Otero  comes from an 18th century estate which lay dormant for many years before being bought and revived by Bodegas Martín Códax in 2003. 'Pizarra' is the Spanish for slate, and here refers to the slate that characterises the rocky, mineral-rich soils of Bierzo. A deep cherry red with violet reflections. Lively on the nose, with aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry, and subtle floral lift. The fruit-filled palate has elegant and restrained tannins.Partner with charcoal grilled lamb cutlets. An snip at under £8 mix six price.

Definition CDRDate published: 05/09/17

Looking for a easy drinking but full flavoured red then look no further.

We think a great Côtes du Rhône should be plush, fragrant and rich. Our Côtes du Rhône, a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. Discover perfume, blackcurrant, and pepper. The Majestic Definition range captures the quintessential qualities of the world's greatest wine styles, with a little help from some of the world's greatest winemakers.

This wine punches well above its weight and tasted blind you could mistake for a more exspensive bottle with ease.

Soft enough to drink by itself or a great match for a casserole.

Graham Beck Brut Sparkling WineDate published: 04/09/17

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

To create this wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were sourced from Graham Beck's own vineyards in Robertson and Stellenbosch. The wine has been made in the traditional method used to make Champagne, with bottle aging for 15-18 months.

The Chardonnay grapes give delicious yeasty aromas and make the finish rich and creamy, while the benefit of Pinot Noir is that bit of added finesse.

Graham Beck himself recommended pairing this with warm butternut and gorgonzola bruschetta! Or, more simply, we think it would be fab accompanying fish and chips!

£13.99 Single bottle OR  £10.99 when mixing any 6

Finca CarelioDate published: 03/09/17

Finca Carelio Tempranillo

From the exciting Toro region of Spain this wine was destined to be a £15 special release until it was erroneously sent outside the region for bottling! Under Spanish wine rules this meant it could only be sold as a lower status Vino de la Tierra. Complex and layered; rich and dark, this wine offers rich aromas of ripe blackberries, leather and vanilla. Reminiscent of a top Ribera del Duero. This lush, smooth wine would be great with herb roasted lamb.

Excellent value you for money, but be quick, when its gone, it's gone!

£7.99 mix 6, £9.99 single bottle price

A Good All RounderDate published: 02/09/17

Looking for the perfect wine for a party or large gathering then look no further than the Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet. This wine comes from the Landuedoc area of Southern France. Picpoul is the grape variety and it is brilliant alternative to say Sauvignon/Chardonnay. It's a dry wine with green fruits and gentle acidity. It makes a great appertif or match's seafood and grilled white fish with aplomb. At under £8 it's a really strong buy.
Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape. Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish. 

Single Bottle Price - £9.99

Mix Six Price- £7.47, 

My Favourite ChampagneDate published: 01/09/17

Brut Réserve Taittinger is one of the last great Champagne Houses to remain independent and is owned and actively managed by the family named on the label. The hallmark of their fine Champagnes is the high proportion of Chardonnay used in their winemaking which is key, in the Champagne region, for producing wines of great elegance and finesse. Additionally, with its vineyard ownership of 288 ha (one of the largest in Champagne), Taittinger can guarantee a flawless signature, and wines heralded worldwide for their consistent quality.Taittinger Brut Réserve  is assembled from more than 35 crus and incorporates 40% Chardonnay - this high level is seldom offered in a non-vintage Champagne. Distinguished by a delicate nose marked by subtle brioche notes, it has a palate of considerable depth and balance with hints of honey and fresh fruit with a long, fresh finish.

On offer at only £28.99 mix six price until the 4th September,

FREE Seasonal Showcase Tasting - Saturday 16th SeptemberDate published: 31/08/17

Our next Seasonal Showcase is fast approaching - Saturday 16th September 5:30-7

As usual, completely free to come to and a great variety of wines, beers and spirits to try at your leisure. As usual we'll be staggering arrivals in half hourly intervals at: 5:30pm, 6:00 pm and 6:30pm. Please let us know what time you would like to arrive on 02380 221 478 or sot@majestic.co.uk

Upcoming Wine EventsDate published: 27/08/17

16th September - Seasonal Showcase 5:30-7

It's that time of year again! Our end of Summer Seasonal Showcase is a go! As usual, completely free to come to and a great variety of products to try. As usual we'll be staggering arrivals in half hourly intervals at: 5;30pm, 6:00 pm and 6:30pm. Please let us know what time you would like to arrive on 02380 221 478 or sot@majestic.co.uk

14th October - Off The Beaten Track 5-6:30

Back by popular deman, we are hosting our favourite tasting event. A greta opportunity to try some fo the weird and wonderful grape varieties and countries we stock here at Majestic Southampton **£10 perperson to attend, translates into a £10 voucher to spned** Please RSVP to confirm your place

28th October - Beer Masterclass 5-6:30

To celebrate Oktoberfest (a little late), we are hosting our ledgendary beer amsterclass. Come along to try a variety of different styles of vbeers, whilst learning about how they are all amde. **£10 per person  to attend, translates into a £10 voucher to spned** Please RSVP to confirm your place

Reward your Thirst with a Southern French GemDate published: 22/08/17

From the Rhone valley to the Provencal coast - the South of France is a treasure of fine wine hidden amongst the ubiquitous garrigue. The sheer size of this expanse means you can pick up seriously sophisticated wines that remain almost undiscovered. Here's one that's perfect for August Indulgence.

Not all roses are created equal and Minuty Cuvee Prestige leads the pack when it comes to the eprfect summer pink.

They say practice makes perfect and Chateau minuty have been the archetypal pale-pink since 1936 - pioneering the now famous (and highly demanded) style. Three generations of the Matton-Farnets, based at the magnificent 18th century Gassin property,. have established Minuty as the byword for Provence excellence and the Cuvee Prestige is one of their finest creations.

Made from delicate pressings of prime vineyard sites (with a good dash of the earthy Tibouren in the blend), the Cuvee Prestige stands head and shoulder above its rivals. Ripe, peacy with a moreish sandalwood complexity and a refreshing laser-like acidity - it's the kind of wine to transport you to warmer climes - no matter what the British weather is doing!

Single Bottle £17.99 Mix 6 £15.99

Introducing... Avancia Cuvee de O GodelloDate published: 21/08/17

By the 1970s, Godello seemed to be going the way of Viognier - flirting with extinction. However, in mountainous Valdorras rescue was at hand...

A small group of viticulturists revived the grape - two of them later founding Bodegas Godeval. The winery would go on to produce the first ever single-varietal, estate-bottled Godello in spain - single handendley reviving the fortune of this cult grape.

With the structure of white Burgundy but with a juicy minerality, Cuvee de O Godello demonstrates why the grape was worth saving.

Sound tempting? Then make sure you bag it quickly as this wine is part of our WIGIG section (When It's Gone It's Gone)

Singlt Bottle £16.99 Mix 6 £14.99

Introducing...Elara "Hope" Pinot NoirDate published: 20/08/17

Sourcing one-off special parcels of wine is something of a Majestic specialty. Last year, we launched our WIGIG range - one that focuses on the esoteric, the innoviative, and the small-batch beauties you can't afford to miss. The name really says its all - when it's gone, it's gone

With an unprecedented 146 gold medals and 26 trophies, Waimea are New Zealnd's hot ticket - their fresh, characterful wines have a loyal fan base who snap up their wines the instant they arrive in store - and their Elara range is something even more exciting than usual. They're a selection of very small production wines - so small they've never even left new Zealand before!

This lavish, low-intervention Pinot Noir is from a single "Hope" vineyard on the Nelson Plain. Where long, sunny days and cool nights give a red of intense concentration. Brimming with flavours of redcurrants and hints of toast and cloves - it's a true now-or-never wine.

Single Bottle £13.99 Mix 6 £10.99

Introducing... Chablis Domaine ChatelainDate published: 19/08/17

Chablis' 2016 harvest was reduced by up to 50% by frost, and reports suggest thge 2017 vintage gas suffered similar reductions. Snap up this superb Chablis now to avoid the inevitable price hikes

If you are looking for a great Chablis, 2015 is your year! Rated a remarkable 4.5 out of 5 frmo Decanter - a warm, dry summer resulted in elegant and mineral wines with an opulence found only in the finest years.

Aware of an inpending Chablis squeeze, our head buyer Cat sniffed out this brilliant parcel of 2015 Chablis from the family-run Domain Chatelain. Run by Larissa Chatelain and her husband, the domaine's wines are a labuor of love and an ode to the unique Kimmeridgian clay fot eh region.

Their Chablis is the wine style at its traditional best. Unaoked, elegant and well-balancedm with fine citrus flavours it makes for seriosuly refined summer sipping.

Single Bottle £16.99 Mix 6 £14.99

Introducing... Chateau de CrezancyDate published: 18/08/17

For lovers of classic wine, Chablis and Sancerre are indulgent treats whcih reward those who dig a little deeper to find rare gems worth the extra money. However, adverse weather conditions across two vintages has meant these iconic wine styles are in short supply, and in seriosuly high demand. We've secured some special treats just for you - make sure you snap them up whilst you can!

Only in his early twenties, young winemaker Nicholas Chevreux has coaxed something truy exceptional from his family's mere 12 hectares of vines.

It's the first time that wine has ever been made under his own chateau (previously the wine was sold to the lcoal co-op) and Nicholas was determined to realise the potential of his prestigious plot.

It's fair to say Nicholas has surpassed those expectations. Our buyers, and us in store, were blown away by the quality of this wine. Its everything you'd want from a Sancerre. With a mouthwatering freshness, aromas of apple, lemon and fresh cut grass - it's the Sauvginon for lovers of the grape.

Single Bottle £16.99 Mix 6 £14.99

Introducing... A sophisticated symphony from Champagne AugustaDate published: 17/08/17

A bottle of champagne is definitely the ultimate treat and it doesn't get much better than the Augusta - the refined cellar mate to the Majestic customer-favourtie Oeil de Perdrix Rose.

Like several great champagne houses, Devaux owes its success to a "Grande Dame". Madam Devaux transformed the business during the 1850s with a very hands on approach. However, its comparison to the big boys doesn't end there. Like Veuve and Bolli, this champagne is a rich Pinot Noir dominated blend.

Such Champagne requires a winemaker of particular skill and flair, Michel Parisot has both in spades. As a keen pianist, classical music aficiando and motorbike enthusiast (because they definitely go together!) - Michel blends his Champagne as if composing a favourite symphony.

Made with some of the finest Pinot in the region, the Augusta is a real treat. Complex with rich flavours of brioche, yellow plum and toasted apricot. Its definitely for those who prefer the finer things in life - and at only £19.99, its easy on the pocket too!

Single Bottle £26.99 Mix 6 £19.9

Cocktail of the WeekDate published: 16/08/17

We love a good cocktail here, and are always trying to find new and exciting ones to bring to you.

Unlike cocktails you get in fancy bars, ours are always very simple (otherwise I'd end up either hurting myself or covering myself in the drink!) so you know it means you can make it at home too!

This week our cocktail is....

Elderflower Gin Cocktail

Start with a healthy measure of Warner Edwards Elderflower gin in your glass

Add a dash of James Brookes Fruit Cup (this is Pimms made with Vodka rather than Gin)

Top up with Elderflower Tonic to really complete the drink

Sound good? Then make sure you pop down this week and give it a try!

Introducing our New Winemaker's Series...Date published: 31/07/17

The Winemaker Series marks a slight change in the way we’ve designed and created an own-label range. With this range, we’ve deliberately approached brilliant winemakers who produce ‘cult’ Majestic wines that our customers love and buy over and over again. 

Winemaker Series Rosé 2016

This delicate and subtle Provençal-style Rosé has been created exclusively for us by Christophe Mongeot - the winemaker behind the bestselling M de Minuty Rosé. After agreeing to produce a new wine for us, Christophe used his many contacts to source Grenache and Carignan grapes from some of his favourite growers in the foothills of the Sainte Victoire mountains. This delicious redcurrant and peach-scented Rosé is simply perfect for sipping in the sunshine.

Single bottle £10.99 Mix 6 £8.99

Introducing our New Winemaker's Series...Date published: 30/07/17

The Winemaker Series marks a slight change in the way we’ve designed and created an own-label range. With this range, we’ve deliberately approached brilliant winemakers who produce ‘cult’ Majestic wines that our customers love and buy over and over again. 

Winemaker Series The Red 2016

Marc Kent, the genius behind the Chocolate Block, needs little introduction. So we were delighted when he agreed to produce a wine sourced from the same vineyards in Swartland as the cult wine that made his name. The Winemaker Series The Red uses the same Syrah base as the Chocolate Block, and Marc adds Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault to the blend, producing a wine that harks back to the blended reds Swartland was renowned for in the last century.

Single Bottle £12.99 Mix  £9.99

Introducing our New Winemaker's SeriesDate published: 29/07/17

The Winemaker Series marks a slight change in the way we’ve designed and created an own-label range. With this range, we’ve deliberately approached brilliant winemakers who produce ‘cult’ Majestic wines that our customers love and buy over and over again.

Winemaker Series The Shiraz 2016

Kevin O’Brien is a bona-fide Majestic winemaking legend - we’ve stocked his wines for over 20 years - and even in a region full of boutique wineries, Kangarilla Road stand out. This elegant and smooth yet intensely flavoured Shiraz sourced from McLaren Vale shows just why our customers and staff have fallen in love with his sumptuous wines!

Single Bottle £11.99 Mix 6 £8.99

How to Taste Wines...Date published: 25/07/17

Here at Majestic we love wine (obviously!). We love to drink wine, we love to talk about wine and we love to taste wine. But what is the difference between drinking and tasting wine?

Well, we say when you drink wine, that's all you do. But when you taste wine you really start to analyise the wine. You don't just give it a try, you look at the appearance of the wine, the smell of the wine and then you finally try the tate of the wine.

So to taste wine like an expert, you will need a wine glass, some wine and a plain white background (well a piece of blank paper will do!)

So first you want to make sure you have the correct amount of wine in your glass, this means fill the glass up to the widest part of the glass.

Then you look at the wine.

Tilt the glass at 45 degrees against your white background and look at the colour. This changes with age. A yougn white wine are light, with a possible green tint whilst older wines are more golden. Young reds are purple and deep, old reds are paler and tend towards brown.

Then swirl your wine around in the glass (be careful not to swirl too vigorously). Look at the legs or tears taht run down the side, this shows the alcohol content of the wine and any residual sugar.

Next we move onto the nose. Stock your nose in the glass and give it a nice snort! This is a way to make sure your wine is all good for drinking. If your wine is corked it will smell of damp cardboard and mould. This is actually caused by a bacterial infection, so you can get a corked wine that has a screwcap! You will also get a sense of the flavours present in the wine (if you are struggling to pick any up, try comparing the wine to a different style e.g. an oaked chardonnay to a NZ sauvignon blanc, this can really help you see the differences even if you can't identify what you are smelling).

Finally, we move onto the best bit of the analysing. The tasting. Take a big slurp of the wine, and run it around your mouth. There are a lot of different things you can identify with your mouth. Firstly the acidity - how much saliva the wine makes you produce! The body - varies from light (feels like water) to heavy (feels like milk). You can also get more of those flavours. Finally you can also see the quality of the wine by seeing how long the taste of the wine stays with you - a long finish means a high quality wine.

And that is all you need to know to taste wines with the experts. If you are intereted in learning more about how to try wines, pop down to store any day and we'll happily take you through our wine counter. Or book yourself onto one of our many and varied wine tasting events coming up.

Blind Tasting 3 Sauvignon BlancsDate published: 24/07/17

This week we have got a fabulous opportunity for you.

We are hosting our very first blind tasting of 3 differnt New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs.

Not only is this a great way to compare 3 wines that although they are made in the same style, are all different in aroma and taste. It is also a great way to see how easily we can be influenced by just the look of the label, or whether we already know the wine.

I won't give away which ones we have open to try but one is our most popular NZ SB, one is a brand new one in and the third is our CEO's favourite wine.

So make sure you pop down during the week and give all 3 a whirl.

If you enjoy yourself, we do also have a full blind tasting on the 19th August 5-6:30 where we will be putting your nose and tongue to the test! Tickets cost £10 but you'll get a £10 voucher to spend with us in on the night.

Give us a call on 02380 221 478 or email sot@majestic.co.uk

2017 Tasting EventsDate published: 23/07/17

We have added all of our tasting event for the rest of the year onto our website. We've got a great selection of events coming up, from a beer masterclass to a fine wine tasting, from a blind tasting to all things sparkling. So make sure you have a look to see what we've got going on. Our tastings are always popular, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Never been to one of tastings before? Then why not! No seriously, they are a great way to try a load of different wines without having to pay for them. Each tasting varies slightly, but generally we start the night off showing you how to taste wines, not just drink them. Then we go through each wine, talking about how it is made and how it is different to the next one. To finish the evening off we also have some food to match to each of the wines (this also helps to soak up some of the alcohol!)

Our upcoming tastings are:

August 10th New World vs Old World (£10 a ticket)*

August 19th Blind tasting (£10 a ticket)*

9th September Revamp Celebration (FREE)

30th September Introduction to Wine (£5 donation to charity)

14th October Off the Beaten Track (£10 a ticket)*

28th October Beer Masterclass (£10 a ticket)*

4th November Fine Wine Tasting (£20 a ticket)*

11th November Sparkling Wine Masterclass (£20 a ticket)*

*Each ticket acts as a voucher for the same price to be used against any purchases on the night

New Wine from Kangarilla RoadDate published: 18/07/17

We have a new WIGIG (When It's Gone It's Gone) - The Kangarilla Road Terzetto.

Grapes grown in the Mediterranean climate of McLaren Vale this wine is made from the european varietals Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Primitivo. It has a distinctively Tuscan perfume with aromas of Mediterranean herbs and ripe red cherries, with the tannic structure of a Barolo and the full-bodied ripeness of Primitivo.

We don't have many bottles of this intreaguing wine so don't miss out!

£13.99 or mix 6 = £9.99

Our New Winemaker SeriesDate published: 17/07/17

We have a new range of wines called the Winemaker Series for which have worked some great winemakers in order to bring you some great wines exclusively for Majestic Wine.

Winemaker Series Rosé, Provence - This wine comes from Christophe Mongeot, the man behind our top selling Minuty Rosé, who arguably set the trend for the paler pink rosé. This is a delightful wine, pale and delicate with fresh red fruit flavours. £10.99 or mix 6 = £8.99

Winemaker Series Swartland Red, South Africa - This one is made by Mark Kent, the man behind The Chocolate Block. He sourced the grapes from the same vineyards to bring you something extra special. £12.99 or mix 6 = £9.99

Winemaker Series Shiraz, Australia - For this Shiraz we turned to one of our favourite Australian winemakers Kevin O'Brien of Kangarilla Road, who we have worked with for 20 years. This is a rich, deep and complex expression of Shiraz with loads of dark fruit. £11.99 or mix 6 = £8.99

Why not give one (or all) of them a go, I know I'm going to!

New Sauvignon Blanc - Devil's CreekDate published: 16/07/17

We have a new New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in our range and it is rather good!

The Devil's Creek is made by the multi-award-winning Foley Family Wines, who also make our Russian Jack wines. 

Bursting with passionfruit, goosberry and peach this is a classic representation of what made New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs loved the world over.

£9.99 or Mix 6 £7.99

Last Chance for 25% off Italian wine and ProseccoDate published: 16/07/17

Hurry, our offer on Italian wine and Prosecco ends Monday 17th July 7pm in store

These offers include 

Natale Verga Pinot Grigio £5.99 (mix 6)

Definition Pinot Grigio £7.49 (mix 6)

Le Volte de Ornalaia baby Tuscan £14.99 (mix 6)

See you soon, don't miss out! 

Les Jamelles Pinot Gris Date published: 12/07/17

I wanted to mention a new Pinot Gris that is now in store. It is the Les Jamelles Pinot Gris.

The Languedoc is gaining a reputation for breaking tradition and producing exciting wines.

This 'Reserve Personnelle' is a selection of the best cuvees made by Catherine Delaunay, the winemaker of Les Jamelles. Cultivated in the Pays d'Oc region, in the South of France, this Pinot Gris produces a fresh wine with scents of rose, lemon, grapefruit and hints of white pepper.

I would suggest serving it chilled as an aperitif or with shellfish, tapas and marinated salmon.

Single Bottle £10.99 - Mix Six £8.99

Barossa Valley, Australian Shiraz Date published: 11/07/17

I wanted to tell you about an Australian Shiraz that I have just discovered here at Majestic Wine. I thought it was so good when I tried it, that I wanted to write about it.

The Hill & Valley wines showcase the great diversity of the regions surrounding the winery. From the cooler hill and elevated valley vineyards to those situated on the valley floor, these ancient soils provide the base for great wines that speak of their origins.

This Shiraz is robust and generous in true Barossa Valley style, with flavours of plum and dark chocolate that have mellowed in oak hogsheads for 12 months prior to bottling.

It is an absolute joy to drink and I highly recommend it.

£11.99 (single Bottle) - £9.99 (mix six or more)

Sauvignon Blanc From LoireDate published: 09/07/17

It's such a sunny day outside today and I am going to have a seafood platter in the garden tonight when I get home. I'm definitely going to have a nice white wine with it.

I have decided to go for Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2016.

It 's from a superb small grower in the Touraine region, situated in the middle of the Loire Valley. This family-owned estate has passed from father to son for five generations and is now run by Thierry Delaunay. Inheriting one of the most respected and awarded domaines in Touraine.

Regarded as one of the best Sauvignon's from the region, it bursts with citrus and gooseberry flavours and ending on a long refreshing finish.

£11.99 single bottle - £9.99 (mix six or more)

Definition AlbarinoDate published: 05/07/17

The definiton range just keeps on expanding.

The latest addition to the line up is the Definition Albarino.

Albarino is revered in North West Spain. It's a truely lovely wine and particularly good in warm weather. 

It has an enviable purity and concentration of fruit flavour and a rich, slighly oily texture.

I can't recommend it enough.

£11.99 single bottle - £9.99 mix six

New Zealand Sauvignon BlancDate published: 01/07/17

Here at Majestic we have a really good selection of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. You might be familiar with quite a few of them. However, there is a new kid in town.

It's the Devils's Creek Marlborough Ridge

The story goes that during the Wakamarina gold rush of 1864, thousands of hopeful prospectors went panning for gold along Devils's Creek. The glitter of gold was short lived, but the spirit of thos Marlborough pioneers continues to this day.

This wine is bursting with passionfruit, gooseberry and peach. This wine has bags of character. Perfect with a caesar salad or grilled prawns. This zesty white can also be enjoyed on it's own after a hard day prospecting!

£9.99 (single bottle) £7.99 (mix six or more)

Spismith O'ClockDate published: 26/06/17

No garden party is complete without this incredibly sippable punch.

Sipsmith London Cup is a sublimely sippable punch crafted from our award-winning London Dry Gin, infused with Earl Grey tea, borage, lemon verbena and a host of other botanicals.

£18.49 or mix 6 = £16.64 (70cl)

The original London Cup:

50ml London Cup + 150ml Lemonade - serve in a wine glass filled with ice and garnish with fresh lemon

London Cup & Ginger Ale:

50ml London Cup + 150ml Ginger Ale - serve in a tumbler of ice and garnish with a slice of ginger

A Lovely Summer WineDate published: 24/06/17

Mon Plaisir de la Vallee Sauvignon Blanc

This vibrant and fresh wine is ideal for the summer months and as we are in the middle of our summer, I thought it was worth mentioning.

This crisp refrshing white captures the essence of French Sauvignon Blanc It is full of zingy citrus flavours. It is elegant, poised and really moreish. 

I would suggest trying this wine with grilled prawns straight from the BBQ or with some goats cheese.

Whatever your preference, give it a try.

Single Bottle - £7.99    M ix Six - £6.99

Our Beer Of The WeekDate published: 20/06/17

It's not just wine that we do here at Majestic. We also supply beer and not just main stream beer, but craft beer as well.

At the moment, we have got Marston's Pedigree as our beer of the week.

Anyway, it has a fascinating aroma, with a palate of biscuity malt, spicy hops and light fruitiness. 

I would recommened that you lightly chill this beer.

Black Cottage RoseDate published: 19/06/17

Nestled amongst vineyards and olive trees and lying alongside Marlborough’s Opawa River, talented, young Owner/Winemaker David Clouston uses the black cottage to host international media and friends alike. With what started out as Dave’s self-built bachelor pad, followed by his family home, the black cottage has morphed itself into an idyllic cottage stay. Days are spent playing croquet, clay bird shooting, cooking fresh fish on the BBQ and drinking delicious wine. The company is fun, life is good. Welcome to Black Cottage… You will not want to leave.

They like to say that they don’t take themselves too seriously at Black Cottage but focus on crafting delicious wines that over-deliver at key price points.

Dave mixes his European expertise (from his 22 years making wine in France and Corsica) with the best local fruit from the Awatere and the Wairau sub-regions of Marlborough, delivering bright yet sophisticated examples which are incredibly drinkable and full of gusto

The delicate style owes more to Sancerre or Provence rosé than it does to the bolder, more vibrant rosés typical of the New World. Treated very much as a white wine in the cellar, with the added benefit of 8 weeks on light lees, increasing the texture and palate weight. The focus has been to make a fruit driven dry wine to have as an aperitif or to match lighter cuisine Pale salmon pink, this wine has a gentle and attractive nose of ripe red berries and subtle spice. Light and refreshing, the delicate fruit and crisp acidity fade to a clean, dry finish. Chill well and enjoy on its own or with salads or prawn dishes.

But don't just take our word for it, we've got it open all this week so make sure you pop in and say hello

Single Bottle £12.99, Mix 6 or more £10.99

Chateau de berne RoseDate published: 17/06/17

The Chateau de Berne Rose is one of my favourite rose. From Provence (the most popular and world known region for rose) this wine is very very dry, very very pale and lovely and refreshing on a hot day like today!

Provence is a region steeped in history, they first started making wine there nearly 2,600 years ago! This particluar wine comes from a vineyard that was established back in Roman Times.

So what makes this wine special? 

Well for starters, they like to do things a little differently there - they harvest their grapes later than other producers to result in a more structured wines. The grapes are also only picked in the morning, before it has got too hot, so the aroma is a strong as possible. And they're not afraid to blend. Not one, not two but 10 different varieties go into this rose! They are Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Sémillon, Ugni-Blanc, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Rolle and Mourvèdre.

The vineyard is also absolutely stunning and landmark of Provence. Château de Berne is a luxurious hotel and spa resort, located on an 18th-century wine estate and its historic cellars.

This wine is called their 'prestige cuvée' rosé and come in its iconic square bottle!

According to Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence in France, rosés in Provence display one of the different colors below:







An attractive and delicate honeysuckle pink wine with a lifted nose of summer fruits and tropical suggestions of mango. Intense, crisp, well balanced and refreshing on the palate.

Drink as a summer-y apéritif, or with classic Provençale fish dishes, either lightly spiced or simply grilled

Food and Wine Matching - What goes with Rose?Date published: 16/06/17

Now that the summer is finally here, and it seems like it is here to stay! We are falling back in love with rose.

We all love a glass of rose whilst relaxing in the sunshine, preferabley when someone else is having to slave over a hot stove, but are we missing a trick? Is rose actually also good with food, not just as an aperitif?

Well here at majestic southampton, I have been doing all the hard work for you, trying lots of different rose with lots of different food (I know, my job is very tough!) and here are some of my findings

1) Light dry rosés - e.g. Most Provençal rosés - you also want something nice and light, such as a salad or pasta/rice with seafood. However a new match that I discovered is trying it with goats cheese, this really emphasises the fruit in the wine, whilst the wine helps to cut through that cloying-ness you get from the cheese.

2) Light off-dry rosés e.g. other Loire and traditional Portuguese rosés with a touch of sweetness such as Rosé d’Anjou and Mateus Rosé - is also brilliant with seafood and salad. As the wine is also slightly sweeter and fruiter, it can really stand up to a mild curry, such as thai or moroccan.

3) Medium dry rosés - e.g. white Zinfandel and sparkling Zin go really well with properly spicy food. The wine has enough flavour to not be covered up by the curry, and unlike red wine won't react badly with the spice in the curry. A favourite match of mine was having them with dessert. I'm not much of a dessert person, so I went and bought some strawberry viennese whirls, and it was the best descion ever.

4) Medium-bodied dry rosés e.g. Southern French (Rhône and Languedoc) and Spanish rosés from Rioja and Navarra can really stand up to big flavours, such as olives, anchovy, saffron, paell and even lamb.

5) Elegant, fruity rosés - e.g. Merlot-based Bordeaux rosé, More expensive Provençal rosés such as Bandol and Palette are amazing wtih some serious seafood (like lobster) or white-rind cheeses

6) Full-bodied fruity rosés - e.g. Syrah and Cabernet rosé from Chile, California and Australia  just are a match made in heaven for a BBQ or again can stand up to spicy food

7) Sparkling rosé e.g. Cava, Australian and New Zealand sparkling rosé can massively vary in sweetness, so it really depends on the individual wine. But you can apply the same rules as above.

8) Rosé Champagne - Lighter styles suit canapés and the type of foods mentioned for Light dry rose. More substantial vintage rosé Champagne can take on grilled lobster and grilled and roast rare lamb or game like pigeon, pheasant or grouse.

Let me know what you think! Have you got any great matches I haven't mentioned here?

How is Rose Made?Date published: 15/06/17

There are 3 main ways to make Rose - blending, skin contact and saignee.

Blending is as it sounds - red wine and wine to make the right colour!

Not done many places as it is discouraged

Not allowed in France (except for in one area!)

Skin contact is the method used when rose is the primary product

Black skinned grapes are crushed, and the skins are allowed to remain in contact with the juice for a short period (1-3 days)

This is then pressed, and the skins are removed prior to fermentation (in red wines they are left in)

The longer the skins are left in contact with the juice, the stronger the colour

Saignee is when rose is made as a byproduct of making red wines

The producer decides they want to make their red wine more tannic and have more colour.

Some of the pink juice is bleed off, resulting in a stronger colour for the remaining red wine.

The pink juice is then fermented separately to become rose.

This is a way for producers to make more money, and make money faster than their red (as that has to be stored).

It did used to be thrown away

As you can tell from the three methods, one stands out as being the best way to make rose!

Although some producers have created critically acclaimed rose from the saignee method, it is still frowned upon by many.

Unfortunately all of our rose are made by skin contact method, so we can’t taste the difference and decide for ourselves! But we always have a great selection of wines open to try, so make sure you pop down and give them a go!

Porta 6Date published: 13/06/17

Porta 6 has been one of our best-selling red wines and for good reason. You’ve tried it and you get it. So we wanted to let you know Porta 6 is just £6.99 – but you need to grab this NOW as this low price is for ONE WEEK ONLY! 

Don’t take our word for it! 

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

'It is one of the nicest reds I have tasted in 10 years on the show. That is just spectacular', said Martin after trying the 2012 vintage of Porta 6. The rest was history (and we do mean history!). 

Seriously! We sold out in 3 hours! 

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

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

Why it’s so good. 

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

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

Grab this favourite and your summer ready. But HURRY – it has a habit of selling out. 

Porta 6 2015 Lisboa

£8.99, Mix Six £6.99

Wine and Food MatchDate published: 08/06/17

It's not typical BBQ weather today and so I thought I would leave that for another day. So with friends coming over tonight, I thought that I would cook a Chilli Con Carne. However, it did make me think about which wine I should get to go with it.

I have chosen the Errazuriz Estate Series Carmenere. I have had it before and loved it.

This wine is full of rich fruit flavours with a supporting cast of chocolate, coffee and nutmeg. It's a delicious wine and I am really looking forward to drinking it tonight.

£9.99 (Single Bottle) - £8.49 (mix six price)

Oliver Dubois Cuvee Prestige Pinot NoirDate published: 08/06/17

So, it may not be a typical summers day today, but here at Majestic Wine, we think we have got the perfect wine to help you enjoy the summer, whatever the weather.

It's the Oliver Dubois Cuvee Prestige Pinot Noir.

This is a perfect Summer red.

While packed full of fresh red fruit flavours, particualrly cherry, it retains a lightness of touch. Extremely versatilr it be matched with white meats, charcuterie and even fish.

It's on our tasting counter and I would really recommend it.

£8.99 single bottle - £7.99 mix six

25% off ALL New Zealand Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/06/17

This week we've got a real treat for you! For ONE week only we have got 25% off ALL New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for you, and some of them are absolute steals!

Some of our favourite offers here in Southampton are

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc now only £9.99 on the mix 6. Made by the wonderful makers of Marisco (same makers of the Ned), this wine is essentially just their step up from the Ned. 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.

Another winner is our own label Definition Sauvingon Blanc down to only £8.24 on the mix 6. Discover intensity of gooseberry, passion fruit and freshly cut grass. Match this with seafood, raw or cooked with Asian spices or dishes based on peas, asparagus or green pepper.

Another firm favourite is the Parcel Series Sauvignon Blanc down to £8.24 on the mix 6. We source our Parcel Series wines from top quality wineries from around the world and this comes from a winery that has attracted much international acclaim. A very well-rounded Sauvignon, the wine is pale and straw-like in colour, and is bursting with vibrant citrus and lemongrass aromas. The palate is clean and focused, with juicy acidity and good length. This will be stunning with oysters of other shellfish.

And many many more, so pop down and give them a try before you buy, order online or just give us a call.

Introducing.... (again) Finca CarelioDate published: 06/06/17

If you are a true majestic shopper, you will already know and love this wine.

Coming from the exciting region of Toro in Spain, this wine was destined to be a £15 a bottle, special release. Until (shock, horror) it was erroneously sent outside the region for bottling!

Under the very strict Spanish wine laws, this means the wine can only be sold as a Vindo de la Tierra (a much lower status for wines). Basically meaning it sells for much cheaper than the wine tastes!

Complex and layered; rich and dark, this wine offers rich aromas of ripe blackberries, leather and vanilla. Reminiscent of a top Ribera del Duero. This lush, smooth wine would be great with herb roasted lamb.

But don't just take our word for it, we've got a bottle open to try all week, so make sure you pop by and give it a try before this amazing special parcel of wine is all sold out again (I've already popped mine out the back!)

Fancy winning a trip to Provence?Date published: 05/06/17

In partnership with Château de Berne, we’re thrilled to offer one lucky customer the chance to win a 5* trip to Provence.

Nestled in the heart of Provence, with panoramic views of the vineyards framed by distant mountains – there can hardly be a more idyllic place to immerse yourself in the history of this premium rosé producing region.

To celebrate the launch of their new rosé, Berne Les Oliviers, Château de Berne are offering one lucky customer the opportunity to visit their vineyards and 5* hotel and spa.

You and one guest will enjoy…

A two night stay in July at Château de Berne’s 5* hotel and spaDinner in their renowned one Michelin starred restaurantA money-can’t-buy tour of their vineyards and wineryFlights from the UK to Toulon + hire car

The perfect weekend away for rosé lovers and Francophiles alike, we guarantee you’ll have an unforgettable experience.

Conditions for entry:

Buy 6 bottles of wine, any mix – including one bottle of Château de Berne wine – either Château de Berne or Berne Les OliviersEnsure your details are on our customer listEnter your details below

All entries must be completed before midnight on Tuesday 6th June.

Then fill out this form https://majesticwinecalais.wufoo.com/forms/zreeyxc1ff9cwh

Sparkling Saturday - Salatin ValdobbiadeneDate published: 04/06/17

The sun is finally here (hopefully to stay) so what would be better than having a BBQ this weekend?! To help get you in the mood, we've got hte lovely Salating Valdobbiadene open to try.

This glorious prosecco is made by the Salatin family, who have lived around the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene (just north of Venice) since 1528! They started their wine business back in 1947, which is now run by the grandchildren of the founders.

The fizz is an absolute favourite here at Majestic Southampton. Soft and full with fine persistent bubbles. Flavours of apple, peach and rose petals make this a fruity and intense Prosecco. Anytime as an aperitif or match with delicate fish or poultry dishes.

Single Bottle £13.99 Mix 6 £8.99

But be careful, this lovely prosecco is part of our WIGIG section, so When Its Gone Its Gone............

It's Route 88 All The Way.....Date published: 03/06/17

I'm sure the famous route 66 is well known to alot of people, but how well known is Route 88? I'm not talking highways, but instead talking about a Zinfandel Rose from California. It is simply called Route 88.

If you like your rose wine with intense cherry and raspberry flavours, then this is definitely one to go for.

It's bright coral in colour, with a delicious hint of sweetness, off-set by a tangy acidity. The intense cherry and raspberry fruit burst enthusiastically onto the palate with a fine natural spritiz.

£8.49 (single bottle), £7.49 (mix six or more)

Majestic Presents... Berne 'Les Oliviers' RoséDate published: 25/05/17

Majestic Presents... Berne 'Les Oliviers' Rosé

At last! Thankfully the sun has put his hat on, & it's looking like he's here to stay for a while longer. When the sun shines, it always puts a spring in my step, and the best thing to drink, for me, is rosé. I tell myself summer has arrived then.
This week, Majestic presents the 'Les Oliviers' Rosé produced by Chateau. de Berne, in Provence. Synonymous with top quality rosé, this wine is no different; the grapes are sourced from the best sites in the region.
Delicate pink in colour, bursting with bright & fresh summer fruit flavours, with a clean crisp finish, this wine is eminently drinkable from the first sip.
Chill well, pop open & enjoy over this long weekend- and beyond! 
Open now to try on our tasting counter.
£11.99, or £9.99 when you mix & match six or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits. 

Majestic Loves... Merlot! Date published: 19/05/17

Soft, plummy and full of fruit, the 'Majestic Loves' Merlot is an ideal wine to enjoy at any time. Offering cracking value, you'll feel you can open a bottle & enjoy a glass mid-week without the guilt! 

Easily drinkable by itself, or best enjoyed with a takeaway pizza. 

£6.99, or £5.99 when you mix & match 6 or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits.

Enjoy 25% off ChampagneDate published: 09/05/17

This week we've got a fantastic offer on our range of Champagne up to £100 on the single bottle price, as part of our mix six offer.

Top buys include:

 Bollinger £33.72*

Veuve Clicquot NV £31.99*

Pol Roger NV £32.23*

Moet & Chandon 2006 £37.48*

Bollinger Grand Année 05/07 £67.46*

Be sure to check out www.majestic.co.uk/southampton for our full range of Champagne & browse our other fantastic offers, WIGIG's and sale products.

*Prices stated are valid when you mix & match six or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits.  Offer ends 19.00 on 15/5/2017.

Olivier Dubois Pinot NoirDate published: 06/05/17

Oliver Dubois Cuvee Prestige Pinot Noir 2015 from Loire

This wine is all about fresh red fruit flavours, particularly cherry, and a soft easy drinking style. While flavourful it has a lightness of touch that allows it to be matched with white meats, charcuterie and even fish.

It has aromas of redcurrants and cherries, which are complemented by a velvety texture and a refreshing, mouthwatering finish that proves very moreish.

I really recommend that you try it and see for yourself what a great wine this is.

£7.99 Mix Six Price

£8.99 per single bottle

Majestic Presents... Carlino BiancoDate published: 02/05/17

What's not to love about modern Italian white wine? The truth is, whatever grape variety you choose, from whichever region, you are most likely to get a fantastic wine, and this new wine to Majestic is no exception. Hailing from Sicily, this wine is a blend of native grapes, producing a dry yet fruity wine; with notes of apple & citrus fruit. 

At £4.99* this wine offers fantastic value for a cheeky mid-week glass that won't break the bank! Open to taste now! 

*£4.99 when you mix & match 6 or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits. £5.99 single bottle price. 

May Bank HolidayDate published: 29/04/17

Just to let you know - we WILL be open for THE WHOLE BANK HOLIDAY!! 

So don't fret if you need some wines for relaxing in this gorgeous weather, we'll be open...

Saturday 29th April 9am-7pm

Sunday 30th April 10am-5pm

Monday 1st May 10am-5pm

Introducing Porta 6 Reserva! Date published: 29/04/17

Porta 6 is one of our most popular wines. One of our fastest selling wines ever thanks to a certain TV chef. This wine has rich and powerful fruit backed up with a kick of booze, this really is a brilliant drink. Many people think it is impossible to improve on, but, we like a challenge so we created this - it has all the hallmarks of the original but is a bit richer, smoother and we think, even more delicious. It's become a cult favourite, & sells almost as fast as the original, so get your hands on it whilst you can! 

Porta 6 Reserva is £11.99 a bottle or £9.99 when you mix six or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits.

Wanting An Alternative To Your Usual WineDate published: 22/04/17

Are you a fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? If you are, then great. However, if you feel that it is time for a change, are unsure of what to try, then let me tell you about a very good alternative.  

I would suggest trying an Australian Riesling.

This is frankly an excuse to trade up. We're starting with assertively green flavours of gooseberry, asparagus and grass or slighly riper ones of melon and passion fruit and moving to lime cordial and toast.

Aussie Riesling is just as assertive as Sauvignon and just as refreshing because of it's high acidity, it also has a tautness, a tension, that makes it immensely moreish. Aussie Riesling is a light wine with power at it's heart.

A good choice would be the The Lodge Hill Riesling 2016, Jim Barry, Clare Valley £14.99 (£12.99 mix six).

Majestic Loves... Pinot GrigioDate published: 13/04/17

Majestic Loves... Pinot Grigio

All the rage 15 odd years ago before the Sauvignon Blanc revolution, Pinot Grigio was the queen of dry white wine. At £5.99, our 'Majestic Loves' Pinot Grigio is a surefire crowd pleaser. Awash with soft fruity notes, & dry and crisp, this is a wine you can't really go wrong with. Chill nicely, & open to enjoy with a light summer salad or just a cheeky glass in the garden at lunchtime! 

If you were part of the crowd that used to choose Pinot Grigio & have since deferred your allegiance to an alternative dry crisp white, then I'd strongly recommend you give this little beauty a go. 

Open to taste now! 

 £6.99, or £5.99 when you mix & match 6 or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits. 

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 13/04/17

Easter Opening Times:

Friday 14th
10am - 8pm

Saturday 15th 
9am - 7pm

Sunday 16th 

Monday 17th 
10am - 5pm 

Spotlight on... Definition!Date published: 06/04/17

If you aren't aware, a couple of years ago Majestic Wine launched our very own label (which is totally exclusive to Majestic Wine.) Our buyers like to set themselves challenges- and the challenge for the Definition Range was to 'capture the quintessential qualities of the world's greatest styles [of wine].'

Fast forward a couple of years, and the range has become incredibly popular with staff members and customers alike, has now grown to having an impressive 16 wines & a Gin as part of the range, with a Gavi & a Shiraz from McLaren Vale being the latest additions. 

We're celebrating this range once again this week, because we are thoroughly passionate about it and also, well, why not?!

We'll have a selection open to try this week, so pop down to the store to see what all the fuss is about, or remind yourself just how great these wines are. 


Majestic Loves... MontepulcianoDate published: 05/04/17

We've got another great Italian red wine from our 'Majestic Loves' range this week. Introducing the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, this wine offers fantastic value at £5.99*. With fruity flavours such as cherry & plum, together with subtle spice & soft tannin, this wine is real crowd pleaser. Perfect to enjoy with a mid- week Spag- bol.  

Open to try this week on our tasting counter.

*£5.99 when you mix & match six or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits. £6.99 single unit price.

Cracking Offers ending soon!Date published: 05/04/17

If in the unlikely event that you've not been aware of our amazing short term offers on various products, then this is a reminder to let you know that these offers must end this coming Monday, 10th April 2017 at 7pm. If you haven't taken advantage of these yet, or indeed if you have and would like to order any more at these phenomenal prices, or to browse our other fantastic offers please click on  www.majestic.co.uk/southampton or call us at the store on 02380221478

To remind you what our current top offers are:

Ned Sauvignon Blanc; £6.99*

Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone; £8.99*

La Marca Conegliano Prosecco; £8.99*

CVNE Cune Rioja Reserva £8.99*

*Prices stated are for when you mix & match six or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits.

Introducing the 'Majestic Loves..' range for April! Date published: 31/03/17

Our buyers set themselves a mission to find the best tasting wines at the £5.99 price point (£6.99 for fizz). They tasted 500+ wines completely blind and eventually settled on a range of a dozen. There was no thought of specified grape varieties or regions - just the best wines in the price bracket. It’s how we’ve ended up such exciting wines like a Romanian Pinot Grigio and Hungarian Gruner Veltliner.

This week, we have the 'Majestic Loves' from Spain open to taste as our 'Majestic Presents' wine. It is smooth and spicy, a great alternative to a young Rioja - and you'll save a few quid as well.

Single bottle £6.99, or £5.99 when you mix and match 6 or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits.

New Offers!Date published: 28/03/17

New Offers! 

Today sees the starts of some absolutely cracking offers for the next 2 weeks in the run up to Easter. Our top picks include:

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, £6.99

Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone, £8.99

CVNE Rioja Reserva, £8.99

Macon Lugny, Louis Latour £9.99

La Marca Conegliano Prosecco £8.99

Theses wines offer superb value, and with Easter just around the corner, there's no time like the present to stock up on these wines! They are sure to sell fast, so don't delay & place your order now on 02380221478 or click www.majestic.co.uk/southampton to order & check out our range & other great offers! 

There's No Stopping The Definition ExpansionDate published: 26/03/17

Just as the dust settles on the news that we have added a Gavi to the Definition range, another player joins the team. This time it is the Shiraz. It's an absolute joy to drink...

If you like a Shiraz, then I highly suggest trying this wine.

Shiraz is a grape variety also know as Syrah which produces concentrated red wines, most famously in the warm, dry conditions of South Australia and the Rhone Valeey, France.

Our Shiraz comes from old vines in the iconic McLaren Vale region, Australia. You can expect to find flavours of blackcurrants, dark chocolate and mint.

£12.99 single Bottle (£10.99 mix six)

Thank you everyone!Date published: 24/03/17

The team here at Majestic Southampton would like to thank everyone who came along to our Showcase Tasting on Thursday - we had a really good time and we hope you did too! It was nice to see some familiar faces as well as some new ones, and hopefully everyone enjoyed the wines. 

In case you missed our showcase, we will have wines we had open to try on our tasting counter on Friday for anyone who couldn't make the Thursday event. 

Thank you again!

Team Southampton

Just One More Poggio.....Date published: 21/03/17

I am really excited to tell you about an Italian white that I think deserves to be shouted about.

Its the Poggio Civetta Bianco and let me tell you a bit about it...

The grapes for this wine are sourced in Sicily, which is now producing some of the best value and most interesting wines in the whole of Italy.

This delicious example is extremely aromatic with fine citrus and stone fruit flavours and a perfectly judged acidity that lingers on the palate.

It is currently on our tasting counter and well worth a taste.

Single bottle price is £7.99 (£6.99 mix six)

Paella for dinner and 25% off Rioja - yes please!Date published: 18/03/17

When eating out i've been having some crazy delicious Paellas and it got me thinking about making my own. I've never tackled Paella but I make risotto all the time so thought why not go all Spanish on a Friday night?!

I went for a classic seafood Paella, a mix of all my favourite fish from the local fish market, juicy king prawns, mussels and monkfish. Then I smothered it with hot smoked paprika, thyme, a splash (or 5) of sherry, lemon, parsley and a tsp of cayenne pepper. 

It was scrummy to say the least and what better wine to go with it then a Spanish wine of course! We couldn't decide which wine to go for so we opened two! I went for the Muga Blanco (mix six price £9.74) which has complex and toasted aromas with fresh, vibrant fruits give way to zesty lime, spicy and vanillin toasted oak flavours, fresh acidity, and a refreshing spicy finish. To satisfy the red lovers around the table we opened the Vina Pomal which is bursting with blackberry and raspberry fruit, the palate is clean, intense and persistent. Perfectly balanced with soft velvety tannins it is delicious from start to the long finish. (Mix six price £8.99).

Makes it all the better when we have 25% Rioja until Monday!

Come down and see us

Beer of the week- YeastieBoys Digital IPADate published: 15/03/17

Not to be confused with a certain North American East Coast hip-hop group, YeastieBoys are arguably the epitome of craft beer producers to hail from New Zealand. 

Digital IPA completes the hat-trick of the latest craft beers that Majestic have recently started to stock from YeastieBoys. This is a New World IPA inspired more by tradition than ultra modern producers. Digital IPA is defined by its heavy use of late kettle hopping & very restrained use of dry hopping- a technique used in many modern craft IPA's to give a full on intense citrus & pine character.

Digital can be summed up by its sonic- rhyming Hip-Hop group- decidedly modern & fresh, but keeps the great traditional values of a classic IPA.

Open to taste all this week. 

£12 per 6-pack

Majestic Presents... Marquis de Pennautier ViognierDate published: 15/03/17

A bonafide core line at Majestic for many a year, this is a great French Viognier from the 12th generation of the de Lorgeril family. This wine offers everything you'd expect from a classic old world style Viognier and more. Stone fruit in abundance, cut with crisp acidity from citrus notes, along with complex floral aromas finished up with a touch of sherbet on the palate.

A well balanced wine, ideal with summer salads or Asian dishes. Definitely a wine for us to be shouting about; a shame we've waited this long to put this great wine well and truly in the spotlight it justifiably deserves! 

At just £7.99 when you mix and match six or more bottles of wine, spirits & fizz, it's also superb value.

Open now to try on our tasting counter! 

Enjoy Rioja at 25% off!Date published: 14/03/17

Quite possibly one of my favorite week long offers that we do at Majestic Wine. 25% off the entire range of Rioja when you mix & match any six or more bottles of wine, spirits & fizz. 

If, like me me you are a great fan of Rioja, then I urge you that this is the week you'll need to pop in and see us! Whether you like the pocket friendly Eguia Crianza (£6.74*, this week only) or like to enjoy the decadence of Vina Ardanza (down to £17.99*) you are sure to pick up a great Rioja at a brilliant price... I'll certainly be taking advantage! We've even got some of our favorites open to taste this week, so you can try them for yourself.

Don't forget, dare I say Easter is not too far away, and with the traditional Easter Roast of Lamb, Rioja is the classic wine pairing, so stock up now! The quintessentially traditional Rioja Vina Ardanza is my top tip.

Click on www.majestic.co.uk for all our fantastic offers & range of wines. 

See you at the Tasting Counter.


*when you mix any six bottles or more

Spring Showcase Tasting - FULL - New dateDate published: 11/03/17

So our Spring Showcase Tasting is full to capacity now on Thursday 23rd March 

But fear not, we have another date where you can come in and try the wines, so no one misses out on the opportunity to try some fantastic wines! 

The new date is Friday 24th March between 6pm - 7:30pm 

Let us know if you are interested!

Last Chance to Buy- many wines reduced in price!Date published: 10/03/17

Last Chance to Buy- many wines reduced in price!

We're continuing our sale here at Majestic Wine, ready to receive some fantastic, fresh new wines to dazzle & excite!! Several wines are now available in our Last Chance To Buy section in the store, so look out for some utter bargains! Don't forget to check out our WIGIG section for some absolute gems too. 

Our current top offers in our Last Chance section include:

Kumeu River Pinot GrisExcellent paired with Thai Food; just £8.99*

DB Chardonnay - Great creamy chardonnay, with delicious tropical flavours just £6.66*

Mas Lavail Carignan Blanc - Beautiful alternative for a Viognier lover, tasty stone fruit flavours and a soft finish just £4.99*

*When you Mix & Match 6 or more bottles of wine, spirits & fizz. 

We have both the DB Chardonnay and Lavail Carignan open to try so pop on down!

Spotlight on...South AfricaDate published: 07/03/17

This week at Majestic Wine Southampton we will be showcasing the best variety of what South Africa has to offer to the wonderful world of wine. 

South Africa has had a tumultuous history with winemaking, but it has now cemented itself as a source of unique and quality wines. From the well known Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc to the heights of Bordeaux blends, to the exotic taste of a South African Pinotage, there is no end to the joys you can find exploring the wines of this country. 

Drop by the store this week to try a selection - and maybe find your new favourite wine!

Wines to snap up for Spring!Date published: 04/03/17

Following the Spring flyer theres loads to get excited about. There are some fantastic wines which you sure don't want to miss.

For your Fizz needs, Prima Perla Grand Reserve Brut NV 
£13.99 Single Bottle / £9.99 Mix Six, 
From the hills of Limoux comes this toasty, energetic sparklet made from 100% Chardonnay. Brimming with rich apricot and vanilla, it is proof of life beyond Prosecco!

My go to red, Definition Malbec
£11.99 Single Bottle / £9.99 Mix Six 
This Argentinian Malbec has rich, plummy fruit with hints of smoke and chocolate. 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

White to get chilled, Pecorino
£8.99 Single Bottle / £7.99 Mix Six 
Light yet heady, this creamy Pecorino from Central Italy combines aromas of citrus and blossom with a moreish nutty flavour, perfect as a lunchtime bottle.

A Few Press Mentions......Date published: 26/02/17

Nuria Stylianou - Evening Standard - 9th February

Graham Beck, Brut Rosé NV

"A great-value sparkling rosé ...with sufficient bottle age to reveal notes of crushed red berries, cherry and raspberry. The fruit is perfectly balanced with refreshing acidity, leaving a deliciously moreish finish."


Rose Murray-Brown - The Scotsman - 28th January

Errazuriz Estate Series Carménere 2015

"Dark chocolate and tobacco dominates the aroma ... with a hint of vanilla from their use of American oak."


Jamie Goode - The Sunday Express - 22nd January

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir, Marlborough, 2014

"Rudi Bauer... is one of New Zealand’s most respected winemakers... (he uses).. a strict version of organics called biodynamics, and the result is compelling wines like this beautifully structured, stylish Pinot."

A Primitivo from Australia you say?Date published: 25/02/17

If someone was to tell me that we would be receiving a Primitivo from Australia I would have assumed they got their facts wrong but indeed it is here! The Kangarillo Road Primitivo.

Primitivo is usually associated with Italy and otherwise know as Zinfindal in the USA. Typical charateristics on an Italian Primitivo are its medium-bodied wine full of sunny red berry flavour and subtle hints of prune and violet on the nose. Smooth, drying tannins mingle with the rounded, juicy fruit. 

However the Primitivo grape has clearly benefitting from a New World residence. Exuberant flavours of fruit cake, stewed rhubarb and scents of wild herbs - a wine not to miss!

Kangarilla Road Primitivo 
Single bottle £13.99
Mix Six price £9.99

Wine for Beef StroganoffDate published: 24/02/17

Tonight we have Beef Stroganoff slowly cooking with some delicious tender beef from the local butchers. For me I have dug out the Valpolicella Classico Cantina di Negrar.

Perfect with a creamy yet meaty dish. Produced east of Lake Garda in the western Veneto region of Verona, northeast Italy. Negrar's vineyards, sited at the heart of the 'Classico' or traditional producing area, are planted with Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties. 

Juicy red berries and red fruit aromas explode from the glass accompanied by summer berries, exotic spices and a hint of earth. Seductive, smooth yet full body lingers on the palate with a velvety finish. 

Definition Range Has A New Team MemberDate published: 21/02/17

Here at Majestic we are always looking to add to our Definition range.

So let me introduce you to the newest team member of our award-winning Definition range...

It;s the Definition Gavi...

Piedmont may be famous for it's reds, but the DOCG of Gavi di Gavi is well worth exploring. Cortese grapes make a crisp, gently floral, peach-scented wine. This prime example is perfect for lovers of refreshing whites.

single bottle £9.99 - Mix Six £8.99

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 11/02/17

It's another Sparkling Saturday in store at Majestic this weekend! Today we'll be popping open the Duval Leroy Blanc de Blancs 2005 Champagne! Part of our infamous WIGIG range, this won't been around for forever, so come down to the store & enjoy a taste whilst you browse today! 

Duval-Leroy are one of the most respected Champagne houses in France. This wine, which is rarely seen in the U.K., is elegant with fine flavours of apple and citrus overlaid with notes of toasted brioche.

£39.99, or £29.98 when you mix and match any six or more bottles of wine, spirits & fizz.


25% off all Champagne (under £100) for one week!Date published: 07/02/17

As of today - 7th February 2017 - we will be reducing


by 25%

for one week only!

That means premium buys such as Bollinger, Veuve Clicquot and Pol Roger are just over £30 per bottle!

Meanwhile, popular options like Heidsieck Gold & Bronze Top and Nicolas Feuillate are less than £20.

Grab your favourite while it lasts!

Duval-Leroy Blanc de Blancs 2005Date published: 07/02/17

25% off all Champagne for one week only. What a great excuse to come and treat yourself to some Champagne.

I would like to tell you a litttle bit more about a particular Champagne.....

It is the Duval-Leroy Blanc de Blancs 2005 

Duval-Leroy are one of the most popular Champagne producers in France, but are under the radar in the rest of the world.

This Blanc de Blancs Champagne comes from the 2005 vintage, which was noted as being particularly successful for Chardonnay.

This Champagne has some wonderful notes of brioche, almond and peach.

It is priced at £39.99 single bottle (£29.99 - mix six)

The Tasting Club Masterclass: Old World vs New WorldDate published: 05/02/17

The Tasting Club Masterclass delves deeper into the bottles you love. We explore distinctive wines, spirits & beers in detail, taking time to taste and understand your favourite styles.

This month will be a little competition between Old World and New World wines! Join us to compare the styles, learn a bit about why they taste so different - and see which wines come out on top!

Tickets cost £10 which will be redeemable on your next purchase.

Friday 17th February

18:00 - 19:30

Majestic Wine Southampton

RSVP on 02380 221 478 or sot@majestic.co.uk to book your place!

Limited places

We look forward to seeing you there!

A Little Bit About Chile....Date published: 04/02/17

Chilean wine is becoming alot more popular these days and I wanted to give you a bit more of a background.

As Chile is in South America, there are four key geographical features. West is the Pacific Ocean and further inland is a mountain range, to the East is the Andes which mark the boader with Argentina. North of Santiago the two ranges tend to merge and to the South of the captial there is a large depression between the two mountain ranges - known as Central Valley.

The climate in the North is warm and dry. In the South it is cooler and wetter. 

Due to the dry conditions and location of the vineyards, drought is an ongoing problem. To combat the drought conditions, irrigation is used as a way to overcome this problem.

Chilean wine producers now produce some great red and white wines. Carmerene is an extremely popular grape in red wine production and for the white wine production, producers use the Chardonnay and Sauvignon grape.

My new favourite beerDate published: 01/02/17

I'm not usually a beer drinking person but sometimes I do like a really good fresh flavoured beer and the King of Hops Pale Ale is just that

This is from the home of the Curious Brew craft beers, made by Chapel Down, who I must admit are on of my favourite producers. In their Curious Brew they use a little sparkling wine to give it some edge. 

What they have done with the King of Hops Pale Ale is created fruity citrus flavours and a wonderful freshness!

Only £6.60 a pack of 6 and it's open to try in store!

New Prosecco To Shout AboutDate published: 31/01/17

Here at Majestic we always have a good range of wine to choose from. Every now and again a new addition to the range is added. Therefore I wanted to take this opportunity to mention just that.

A new Prosecco is on our shelves and waiting for you. Let me introduce you to the La Gioiosa Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze.

Prosecco from the steep hillside of Cartizze is considered the 'grand cru' of the region.

The conditions in Cartizze create perfectly ripe grapes and these are treated with the utmost care to make the best possible Prosecco. This is packed with intense ripe apple, peach and floral flavours.

It is £15.99 (mix 6 or more).

Pazos de UlloaDate published: 22/01/17

We have got quite a choice on our tasting counter at the moment, but I wanted to pick out a particularly good one.

It's the Pazos de Ulloa from Spain.

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

Aromatic, light and full of refreshing flavours of peach and apple. This crisp wine has a fine mineral finish.

Come and give it a try on our tasting counter

Lamb TagineDate published: 20/01/17

I'm having people round tomorrow night and I like making meals that allow me to actually spend time with my friends on the night, not to be couped away in the kitchen trying to bring together several different dishes. So I have gone for a good old Lamb Tagine. I can prep it earlier and just leave it until ready to serve!

The wine I have chosen to go with this dish is the Emilio Moro from Ribero del Duero. One of my favourites to go with anything lamb it has a real intensity on the palate, with layers of concentrated blackberry, toasted herbs, smoke and vanilla. Full-bodied and a long length, the remarkably integrated, ripe tannins give a firm structure.


Emilio Moro £14.99 mix six price, £16.99 single bottle price 

Marlborough Ridge at only £5.99Date published: 20/01/17

Majestic customers voted Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc as our most popular pick-your-sale winner... 

...so now for only two weeks this classic New Zealand Sauvignon is only £5.99 a bottle on the mix six deal!

It's also open to try on our tasting counter NOW so don't miss out - drop by for a taste and grab yourselves a quality white wine at 33% off.

Or you can just shop online - don't forget, we do free delivery!

Offer ends 30th January

New Zealand Pinot NoirDate published: 16/01/17

New Zealand produce some great Pinot Noir wine, but I wanted to mention a particular favourite of mine.

It is the Villa Maria, Marlborough Cellar Selection. (£12.99 mix six) (£15.99 single bottle)

This wine is made by blending grapes of selected vineyards in the Awatere and Wairau Valleys of Marlborough. The vineyards are managed to the highest standard to ensure quality. It is medium bodied with beautifully poised red fruit and very well integrated oak flavours. The crisp acidity and fine grained tannins provide a delightfully clean long finish of considerable finesse. 

I would highly recommend serving with rabbit, veal or duck.

It's an absolute joy to drink and simply beautiful.

Pizza NightDate published: 14/01/17

It was homemade pizza night in my household yesterday evening. We got out all the ingredients, 3 types of cheese, all the meats and the sauces. I went for a bit of a meat feast of pepperoni, chorizo, parma ham with cheddar, mozerella, parmesan, mushrooms, peppers and a sprinkle of paprika. The wine I chose to go with this was the Dogajolo Carpineto red from Tuscany. Italian style wines match perfectly with fat meaty dishes because the strong wine with intense flavours counteracts the overpowering element of the pepperoni. The Dogajolo is soft and intensely fruity, this wine combines the elegance and complexity given by oak-ageing with the fragrant, fresh fruit of a young wine. Soft on the palate with a smooth finish. A great all-rounder.

I would definitely recommend trying a Gruner Veltliner, probably the one by Waimea, to accompany a more vegetable base pizza. A Gruner has more green flavours and good acidity to cut through the vegetables. 

Dogajolo, mix six price £8.99, single £9.99

Waimea Gruner Veltliner, mix six price £9.99, single £11.99

Last Nights ChilliDate published: 13/01/17

Last night we wanted a warming dish for dinner (but something quick to make as I was hungry) so we went for a chilli con carne. Nice and easy to throw together and adding just the right amount of spice to warm the cockles on such a cold evening. 

The wine I chose to accompany my Chilli was the 120 Carmenere from Chile. This wine I felt would work because it has soft and supple texture. The full bodied wine is accompanied by brambly fruit and subtle notes of spice. That peppery spice note went perfectly with the spice in the chilli, however the fruits in the wine were not masked by the spice because they are bold and big flavours.

Only £5.99 on the mix six price or £7.99 on the single bottle price, a must try!

The Tasting Club: Introduction to WineDate published: 09/01/17

The Tasting Club Introduction to Wine lets you meet the world’s most famous and classic wine styles. You’ll discover the story behind their longevity, their fame and their iconic flavours before tasting how brilliantly they go with food.

During the introduction to wine we will explore the different styles of wine from around the world and find you your new favourite tipple!

Tickets cost £5 which goes towards our charity (Headway, the brain injury association)

Friday 27th January

18:00 - 19:30

Majestic Wine Southampton

RSVP on 02380 221 478 or sot@majestic.co.uk to book your place!

Limited places

We look forward to seeing you there!

Our WinesDate published: 08/01/17

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.

There are 16 different types of wine in the definition range and something for everyone. I could tell you a bit about all of them, but I'm actually going to pick out one of my favourites. The definition Chardonnay..............

If you like an oak chardonnay which is a little bit buttery, then this is the one for you. Chardonnay is known as a 'blank canvas' for winemakers due to the number of different styles it can produce. 

Our Definition Chardonnay comes from Limoux in the South of France. This area was chosen largely for its luxurious texture. 

There are some cracking flavours in this wine, particularly of apple pie, toast and ripe peaches. 

Do you like the sound of this delicious wine? Are you asking yourself what would be a nice meal to go with this? Then fear not, because I would highly recommend a roast chicken with all the trimmings that should go with a roast chicken. As an alternative this wine would go well with mildly spiced Asian style dishes.

Ginuary tasting!Date published: 07/01/17

Love gin?

Want to try something different and exciting?

Then come along to our fantastic Ginuary Tasting on Tuesday 17th January 17.30-18.30

We'll have a wide array of different gins, from local ones to gins from all around the UK and even from New Zealand and California!

We'll also be matching these gins with their perfect garnish. It's not to be missed!

Tickets cost £10, which will be redeemable against your next purchase in store. Please contact the store on 02380 221 478 or sot@majestic.co.uk to book your place.  

See you there!

Te Hua sparkling open to try todayDate published: 31/12/16

Bring some sparkle into your New Years Eve

We have the Te Hua sparkling open and it is a real game changer.

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.

Come down before 5 and have a try!

Cune Reserva RiojaDate published: 30/12/16

We have got a great Rioja currently on our tasting counter. It is the Cune Reserva and I wanted to share my view of this wine with you.

CVNE, was founded in 1879 in and is still family owned. Their wines are made in the original Haro winery and hail back to the first wines produced here, then sold as 'Cuné Clairette'- a Bordeaux lookalike. Currently it is produced by the fifth generation of the founders of CVNE, mainly from the handpicked temperanillo grapes. It ages for a minimum of one year in french and American oak casks followed by a further ageing in bottle prior to it's release

A soft luxurious wine, mid garnet in colour with a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. Nuances of warm leather, caramel and coffee over rich autumn fruit. Excellent balance and a lingering finish. 

I would recommend trying it with a delicious grilled lamb or even roast duck. In fact it would be fantastic with any red meat, but equally a pleasure to drink by itself.

I highly reccomend this wine, but when you're next in store you'll have to see for yourself.

Sale!!Date published: 28/12/16

We are now having a great sale on some products with a reduction of 40% off!

Just to highlight some:

Villa Nueva Malbec - (£4.99 mix six price. £7.49 single bottle)

Intense flavours of plum and cherry with gentle tannins make this a soft and fruity wine with a lengthy finish. A perfect match for grilled meat but works equally as well with all manner of pasta dishes.

Kuleto Frog Prince - (£14.99 mix six price, £19.99 single bottle)

This is an elegant and perfumed wine with tonnes of fresh cherry fruit backed up by liquorice and earthy notes. This will be a great match for slow roasted lamb shoulder.

DB Chardonnay - (£6.66 mix six price, £9.99 single bottle)

A lightly oaked Chardonnay, this wine is well rounded and approachable. Aromas are of fresh peach and citrus, with soft touches of vanilla and almond. A middleweight palate with a lush texture. Drink immediately or over the next 2-3 years, with poultry or white fish.

Lay and Wheeler Fine Wines Open Today!Date published: 17/12/16

Lay and Wheeler, our sister company,are extremely knowledgeable about arguably the finest Italian red wine, Barolo. They have put all this knowledge to good use to source this fabulous example that is stuffed with bright cherry flavours and lifted floral notes. 

Alongside this their Chablis premier Cru. It possesses all the classic elements of Chablis; fine apple and citrus flavours, complex mineral notes and a finely perfumed finish.

Both at £25.00 on the mix six price, £30.00 single bottle

Come and try them both on the tasting counter today and find the perfect wine for Christmas!

Party Season is Upon Us!Date published: 30/11/16

Throwing a work Christmas party? Having some friends over for a dinner party?

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

We offer the ultimate party service:Free DeliveryFree Glass HireIce and Chiller Bin HireSale and Return on all wine and un-split cases of beer or ciderFantastic range of wine, beer, cider, soft drinks and waterFree tastingsWhether it’s a casual drinks bash or a full scale knees-up 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.

Port Tasting Weekend!Date published: 28/11/16

Pass the Port- A tasting weekend extravaganza!!

A rather revered drink, Port comes in many different diverse styles, and Port appears to have recently been getting the exposure it so deserves. 

Pop down to your local Majestic Wine store between Friday 9th & Sunday 11th December to try some fantastic different styles of red Port. We'll be showcasing LBV, Vintage, Tawny & a superb Colheita- a barrel aged tawny port produced from grapes from a single vintage!
If you are new to Port, then we'll be sure to find one you'll love, and give you some great food pairing ideas- including the quintessential festive classic Port & Stilton! 

For further details, please call the store on 02380221478

Rum Tasting weekend!Date published: 28/11/16

Yo ho-ho & a bottle of Rum- A weekend tasting extravaganza!!

Join us in store over the weekend of Friday 2nd December to Sunday 4th December to have a taste of our favourite export from the Caribbean!

Now the nights are well and truly long & dark (and cold!) there is no better spirit to warm the cockles up with than a tot or two of rum of an evening. Whether you are a long standing fan or brand new to the world of rum, there will be different styles to try, from white to dark & small batch craft spiced rum.

Pop into your local Majestic Wine store between the 2nd & 4th December & discover a new favourite drink whether you enjoy it neat, on the rocks or with a choice of mixer. You might even find that perfect Christmas gift!

For further details call us on 02380221478

Fine Wine Focus- Chateau Mont Redon Chateauneuf du Pape 2006Date published: 24/11/16

The final Fine Wine in this mini series we are opening to taste is the superb Mont Redon 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape.

Jean Abeille's vineyard occupies a total of 100 hectares of land with classic Châteauneuf characteristics: mature bush vines sit on a plateau with great sun exposure, and a topsoil covered with heat-retaining pebbles. The primary fruit flavours of bramble and plum have developed with age to include notes of herb, leather and spice. Enjoy this wine with red meat dishes flavoured with herbs.

Chateau Mont Redon’s 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape possesses a surprisingly modern feel in its black cherry, vanilla bean, licorice and spice box-driven bouquet. Always made in a medium-bodied, elegant style, this 2006 is no exception and reveals beautifully polished tannin, nicely integrated acidity and a clean, classy finish. The blend is 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 8% Mourvèdre and the balance other permitted varieties, all of which were aged in equal parts stainless steel and smaller barrels. -Jeb Dunner (erobertparker.com)

£28, or £25 when you mix & match 6 or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits. 

Black Friday Fine Wine Event! Date published: 24/11/16

Be sure to pop into the store tomorrow, as we shall be opening up a variety of Fine wines as part of our Black Friday sales! Naturally, there will be a couple of higher end New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc & Rioja open to taste, as we'll still be offering 25% off  both of these. We'll also be opening a rather special Chateauneuf-du-Pape from a great vintage, at a great price!

Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2007

One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas. Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour. Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck.

£23.99, or mix six, save 25%- £17.99

Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Mont Redon 2006 Mont Redon

Part of the famous Mont-Redon estate, Jean Abeille's vineyard occupies a total of 100 hectares of land with classic Châteauneuf characteristics: mature bush vines sit on a plateau with great sun exposure, and a topsoil covered with heat-retaining pebbles. The primary fruit flavours of bramble and plum have developed with age to include notes of herb, leather and spice. Enjoy this wine with red meat dishes flavoured with herbs. Hurry though- this is a WIGIG wine- When it's gone it's gone!

£28, or mix six & save £3- £25

Porta 6- down to £6.99! Date published: 18/11/16

Cast your mind back to July 4 2015. A little known humble Portuguese wine called Porta 6 appeared on BBC's 'Saturday Kitchen' and with the wholehearted endorsement from Chef James Martin, quoted as saying "One of the nicest reds I've tasted in ten years on the show" it very rapidly became a cult wine & in Majestic Wine circles, a household name. 

Since then, it has by far been our best selling Portuguese wine- and with good reason. Robust, juicy and fruit driven, produced with classic Portuguese grape varieties Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional & Castelão. Perfect with lamb chops.

Porta 6 is currently on a short term offer until  at £6.99 when you mix & match any 6 or more bottles of wine, fizz & spirits. If you've not tried it, we of course have it open to taste.

Offer is valid until November 28th, Click on www.majestic.co.uk/havant or call 02392 475106 to place your order now!! 

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

This week at Majestic Wine we are getting in the party mood for the Festive Period by putting all of our range of Prosecco on 25% off!

There’s never been a better time than right now to stock up in time for your Christmas Party fizz or if you just need a top up for those indulgent evenings when still wine just won’t do!

Top buys this week include:

Definition Prosecco- £9.74*

La Marca Treviso- £7.99*

Rivamonte- £7.49*

Please click on www.majestic.co.uk  to see our complete range of Prosecco & other fantastic current offers.
*As always, you'll get the best prices when you mix & match 6 or more bottles of wine, spirits & fizz.

Fine Wine Focus- Penfolds Bin 28 ShirazDate published: 12/11/16

Our second week in the series is another big warming red wine. Penfolds produce some top notch Shiraz, Cabernet & blended wines at some rather top notch prices, however the Bin 28 is a fantastic place to start to explore into the world of their wine.

Bin 28 offers a showcase of warm-climate Australian Shiraz – ripe, robust and generously flavoured. First made in 1959, Bin 28 is named after the famous Barossa Valley Kalimna Vineyard purchased by Penfolds in 1945 and from which the wine was originally sourced. Today, Bin 28 is a multi-region, multi-vineyard blend, with the Barossa Valley always well represented.

Helen, from our store in Leighton Buzzard says this: "This Shiraz is perfect for a winter's evening by an open fire. Deep, rich bramble fruits with hints of dark chocolate make this wine one to save for a special occasion in a few years to come, if you can resist opening it that is!"

 £26 a bottle or £23.40 when you mix & match 6 or more bottles of wine, spirits & fizz. Open to taste all week*

25% off ALL Bordeaux this week only!Date published: 09/11/16

For the first time ever in the history of Majestic, we're offering 25% off selected wines in our Bordeaux range this weekYou know the story with Bordeaux. Merchants and producers trading on names and prestige with prices spiralling ever upwards. But there are still steals to be had; wines with a golden combo of value and quality. The Bordeaux Majestic are proud to stock. 

Now we’re going even further. From thoroughly enjoyable classics from £7.99 right up to the top dollar stuff. It’s easier to go up the price scale as we guarantee you’ll be saving. Just pop any Bordeaux under £50 into your case of six and pocket the difference.

Hurry, offer ends Monday 14th November at 7pm!

Argentinian Malbec at a FANTASTIC priceDate published: 09/10/16

For just a fortnight here at Majestic, one of our old favourites the Argento Malbec has been reduced down to only £5.99 a bottle in the mix-six or more deal!

This is fantastic value for a Malbec that is packed full of ripe bramble and blackberry fruit and balanced with spice and vanilla, perfect for warming the soul on those chilly autumnal evenings. 

The Argento is open to taste on our Tasting Counter all week here at Southampton - drop by and give it a go!

Escarpment Pinot Noir open on our tasting counter!Date published: 09/10/16

Bored of Saturday shopping? Why not pop in to Majestic this week and have a taste of an excellent New Zealand Pinot Noir!

Escarpment Pinot Noir has a concentration and intensity of flavour that makes it stand out amongst other Kiwi Pinot Noirs, with punchy flavours of red currants and blackberrry. 

Classically, this Pinot will pair well with pork and poultry, but I will stick my neck out and say the ripe tannins and subtle earthiness it displays would allow this incredibly versatile wine to pair nicely with a beef or lamb stew! Well Autumn is here!

This excellently balanced and well made wine is £19.80 in a mixed six case, and it is definitely something special. Open to taste in store 

Love Wine? Love People? Why not work for us?Date published: 06/10/16

We are now recruiting for a Permanent full-time delivery driver and 2 part-time Sales Assistants for Christmas. It's a fun and busy environment to work in, so if you fancy it please give us a ring on 02380 221478 to find out more.

As a living wage employer we offer a good salary as well as other great benefits.

Oktoberfest at Majestic!Date published: 05/10/16

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

Whether you like super hoppy craft IPA or prefer a more classic bitter, there will be many different styles of beer open to taste. 
If you would like to learn more about beer, pop in and we can taste and discuss a few variations.

For further information regarding our Oktoberfest celebrations, please contact the store team on 02380 221478

Majestic Southampton's first ever FINE WINE EXPERIENCEDate published: 24/09/16

For the first time ever, Majestic Wine Southampton will be holding their very own Fine Wine Experience!

This will be a wine course tailored to a very specific set of wines - the finest that the world of wine has to offer! This will be a great opportunity to try something new and treat yourself! Our expert staff will be on hand to talk you through what really makes a 'fine wine', with a few 'nibbles' and wine pairings to keep us going. 

The Tasting Club Fine Wine Experience is a chance to taste a selection of exhilarating wines. You’ll see why they’re worth the extra effort, and how aspects such as a vineyard site, an amazing winemaker, or a naturally incredible region can create such bewitching bottles.

Date: Friday 21st October 2016

Venue: Majestic Southampton

Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Tickets cost £20 per person, which you get back in the form of a Majestic voucher to spend on the night!

Spaces are very limited, so book now and we'll see you there!

Tel: 02380 221 478

Email: sot@majestic.co.uk

Or in-store! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in contact. 

September Showcase Tasting!Date published: 24/08/16

Join us on Thursday 15th September when Majestic Wine Southampton will be holding their very own SHOWCASE TASTING!

We will have a range of reds, whites and sparkling, to showcase the range of style of wines that we have to offer. There’ll be some old favourites, but this is also a chance to get some of our newer wines open for everyone to try! You also get an extra 10% off on the night when you buy 6 or more bottles!

And if that wasn’t enough, for those gin and tonic lovers, we are going to have Silverback gin open for guests to try! This is a cracking gin from our very own Hampshire, so don’t miss out!

Not a fan of wine? Gin not your tipple? Well, we will also have the delicious Red Cat Brewery at our Showcase, with a range of their fantastic craft beers, including some delicious Porters and ales.

So all in all, our September Showcase Tasting is not one to be missed! If you are interested, please RSVP via

Tel: 02380 221 478

Email: sot@majestic.co.uk

Or just let us know in-store!

If anyone would like to place an order during the tasting, but can’t take it away on the night, we will be happy to deliver it out to you at a later date with our free delivery service!

If you can’t find a designated driver, just a reminder that we are situated right opposite a train station and a bus stop! If not, spitoons will be provided.

See you there!

Majestic Southampton

Gin showcase tasting!Date published: 20/08/16

Enjoy Gin

Here at Majestic Wine we quite frankly love it and all of the subtleties & complexities that it brings.Be sure to pop by the store over the Bank Holiday next weekend (26th-29th August) when we'll be holding a Gin showcase tasting all weekend with various different styles of craft Gin for you to try. 

We'll have various different tonics & mixers to enjoy with the gins & we'll even show you how different garnishes can complement specific gins. We hope to see you at the tasting counter! 

Italian Wine Tasting!!Date published: 06/08/16

Love Italian wine?

It's your lucky day - on the evening of Thursday 25th August, Majestic Wine Southampton will be hosting an Italian wine tasting in-store - a chance to try a variety of the different types of wine this country has to offer. 

Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, and Italian wines are known worldwide for their broad variety. Italy, closely followed by France, is the world’s largest wine producer by volume.

And we're going to have some of them open to try on our tasting counter!

Whether you like sparkling Prosecco, heavy reds, light Pinots, we're sure you'll find something you like open to try. 

Date: Thursday 25th August

Time: 6pm-7.30pm

Location: Majestic Wine Southampton

Please RSVP in-store, by phone or email

Tel: 02380221478

Email: sot@majestic.co.uk


Having a BBQ or watching the football and need some beer for the weekend?

We have just the deal for you.

Buy any 12 bottles of wine or spirits and get 10% off any beer and cider.


Buy any 24 bottles of wine or spirits and get 20% off any beer and cider.

Running from Thursday 7th July - Monday 11th July

Majestic Party ServiceDate published: 13/05/16

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.

Summer Showcase TastingDate published: 06/05/16

On Thursday the 12th of May we are holding our free Summer Showcase tasting event. A wide range of new and exciting wines, spirits and beers will be open to taste and some nibbles to accompany them. We are also offering 10% off everything purchased on the evening!
Our expert wine gurus will be on hand to tell you all about the wines and help you discover something new! We still have slots left for between 5pm and 6pm, so let us know if you'd like to come down.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome, so please call 02380 221478 or email us at sot@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place. We look forward to seeing you then!

Team Southampton

25% off all Chilean wines!Date published: 05/05/16

Our mixed case discount has improved for a very special weekend!

We have 25% off ALL Chilean wines until Monday 9th May!

Whether you fancy a superb Sauvignon Blanc, or a mellow Merlot, we have some amazing wines at fantastic discount prices. Come in this weekend to sample some of our Chilean staff picks, some excellent Rosé and wonderful Craft Beer too!

A little bit about SancerreDate published: 23/04/16

A little bit about Sancerre
Many people would say that Sancerre produces some of the best dry whites wines in the world. So what's the deal?
Noted for their fresh fruit flavours, high acidy and hints of smoky minerality, Sancerre is produced using the white grape variety Sauvignon blanc. Known for its aromatic nose, fresh gooseberry flavours and youthful character.The Central Vineyards, the furthest inland wine producing area in the Loire Valley, allows for a unique terroir, closely linked to Burgundy. Protected from the harsh Atlantic coast, giving a more continental climate with hot summers, ideal for ripening the grapes to their juicy best and harsh winters, which give the vines a chance to chill out after a busy growing season. Situated along the river on the slopes of low lying hills, the soil here is very chalky and well drained. Ideal conditions for grape growing as the exact amount of stress on the vine encourages it to produce bird enticing, tasty fruits.The wine production itself has changed over the years along with modern technology and now production is mainly based around precise presses and stainless steal vats with temperature control. In order to maintain the fresh fruit flavours we have come to associate with the region an excellent example of this is our very own Definition Sancerre, a great mid range wine to ease you in to the style at £13.99. Despite, this some producers like Roger Neuve with the "Clos des Bouffants" have opted to leave the wine on fine lees (yeast cells), giving their wines a distinct depth of flavour which develops into bready notes on the finish. Only £11.99 when you mix 6! As this wine becomes more popular, the 15 villages in which it is grown are reaching maximum capacity, further pushing up the price of their product. Although this does mean that even in a bad vintages the quality of production is maintained and the product is always top notch. So while its still affordable come on in and give Sancerre a go! 

Easter hoursDate published: 23/03/16

Good Friday 25th March:     10am - 8pm

Saturday 26th March:           9am - 7pm

Easter Sunday 27th March:  CLOSED

Easter Monday 28th March:  10am - 5pm

Tuesday 29th March:            10am - 7pm

Planning a Party?Date published: 29/02/16

Planning a Party?

Take all the hassle out of planning a party by letting us help you, services we offer:

- Guidance on the wines and the quantity you require

- Free delivery on 6 bottle orders

- Free Glass Hire, Chiller Bins and Ice buckets (deposits required)

Pop in store today to get your summer party sorted, or if you already know what you want why not place an order online or check majestic.co.uk/parties for further information.

Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 29/02/16

Food and Wine Matching: Key Facts

One of the most important things we consider when we are buying wine is whether it will go with a certain dish you're having for tea that night, or if it will perfectly match your canapes at your party that weekend. However, to quote Oz Clarke, the pleasures of eating and drinking operate on so many levels that hard and fast rules make no sense. On the other hand, there are some foods that simply do not go very well with wine. Asparagus, spinach, chilli and chocolate all flatten the flavours of wine. 

Whether or not a wine and food combination is deemed good, or bad, depends primarily on the primary flavour interactions between wine and food. These interactions are perceived as increases or decreases in flavour intensity. If the interaction is pleasant and agreeable it is a good match, if it is unpleasant it is a poor match. People's sensitivities and personal opinions vary, so in general, it is best to see wine pairing 'rules' as recommendations. 

If you really aren't sure, then just pop in to store and ask one of our members of staff. We are all WSET trained, and we are all happy to give a helping hand! 

The Majestic BlogDate published: 28/02/16

The Majestic Blog

If you enjoy reading about all things Majestic then have a look at our blog. Loads of interesting articles, videos and pictures showing what's been happening in the world of wine from a Majestic point of view. Click on the link below:


A little bit about...RiojaDate published: 28/02/16

Have you ever wondered what the difference Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva? They appear on every bottle of red Rioja that you buy but what do they mean?

These terms are not an indication of quality, but rather a definition of a minimum time each type of wine has to be aged. 

Crianza: This wine is aged for a minimum of two years in total and must spend six months in oak barrels. These wines typically have vibrant red fruit flavours with a hint of vanilla. 

Reserva: Must be aged for a minimum of three years with at least a year in oak barrels. Reserva because they spend more time in oak have riper fruit and more tobacco and liquorice flavours than the Crianza.

Gran Reserva: These are produced in outstanding vintages. These wines are at least five years old with two years in oak barrels. These produce wines with more complexity that the other two. These typically have deeper colours, elegant flavours and smother finish because of their age.

Krug at MajesticDate published: 27/02/16

Krug at Majestic

We now have Krug back in stock and to celebrate we thought we'd give you a quick lowdown on one of the most famous and prestigious Champagne houses around to get you in the mood for some bubbles.

Krug was established in Reims in 1843 by Joseph Krug, a German who had worked for another Champagne house but decided to go it alone to achieve the level of quality he desired from his sparkling. His desire was to produce two Champagnes - one which, unusually, blends vintage Champagnes to produce a unique style called Grande Cuvee and a vintage-specific offering showcasing the conditions of each particular year.

The company remained within the family until 1969 when it as acquired by the Remy Cointreau group and later was incorporated in to the LVMH group in 1999.

Krug is the only Champagne house to insist on barrel-fermentation of all its base wines in old 205l casks producing a very distinctive, rich and straw-coloured Champagne which can keep for years.

All this history and prestige makes Krug particularly sort after so if you want to impress dinner guests or stash away a special bottle of Champagne for that momentous occasion then pop into Majestic Carlisle where you can pick up a bottle for £136 on our 15% off deal. However, if that sounds like a fair wedge then bare a thought for the 2008 release of Krug's single-vineyard Clos d'Ambonnay which retailed between £1,500-£2,000.


We don't just do wine...Date published: 27/02/16

As the name suggests, we sell wine! But our shop has a lot more to offer than just a fantastic range of wines, we also have a fantastic range of Spirits, some of which you can't find anywhere else in the United Kingdom (other than on the internet, and who wants to pay extortionate prices for a bottle of gin?!)

As well as some of the bigger brands, we incorporate a lot of small batch craft spirits, as well as some locally produced spirits.

Here is a taster of what you can expect to find on our Spirits Counter:

Craft Spirits?

Blackwoods 5XD Vodka

Tito's Texan Vodka

Roger Groult 3-Year-Old Reserve Calvados

Bathtub Gin

Locally Produced?

Durham Gin

Durham Vodka

Bigger Brands?

Gordon's Gin

Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey

Smirnoff Vodka 

Furthermore, we also have a selection of all of the above and more open to taste on our in-store Tasting Counter, just pop down and ask for a sample! 

It doesn't end there, we have a bigger selection than what has been mentioned, and even more to taste...

What is Terroir?Date published: 26/02/16


"Terroir" is a word that has achieved almost mythical status. Truly understood only by those few of us lucky enough to be so enlightened, it is used to explain away a multitude of complex scientific factors all with a single word. Terroir is the reason neighbouring vineyards can produce fruit of vastly differing quality and the reason therefore that the resulting wines can command hugely differing prices. However, the reasoning behind terroir really isn’t that complicated. It just needs to be explained properly!

Terroir has no equivalent word in English. As a result, the wine trade has adopted the French word in the absence of an adequate English equivalent.

Terroir literally means ground or earth. However, the French meaning encompasses all the combined effects on the vine that different environmental factors (soil composition, water levels, sun and wind exposure to name a few) have on the quality of the grapes produced.

Vines need to be stressed to produce good quality of fruit. In other words they need the bare minimum of sun, soil nutrients and water needed to survive. This encourages the plant to invest all its energy on reproduction and so the grapes become the sole focus of the vines energy. If a vine receives too many nutrients, it focuses less on reproduction, more on increasing its size, and so the quality of the fruit suffers.

The best terroir produces the optimum conditions for stressing the planted vines of that site and ripening the fruit produced.

Why Vina Eguia ReservaDate published: 26/02/16

Why Vina Eguia Reserva?

Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa sub-region,in the village of Elciego,one of the areas wine making hotspots.The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months ageing in French and American oak an 2 years cellerage before release.

Whats the taste?

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. Match with a mature steak, lamb or with a board of chorizo and manchego cheese. 

The Price?

We've got a fantastic deal running on this wine,as it joins our33% off group making it just£6.66

Aix Magnums back in stock!!Date published: 25/02/16

Rose weather is here, why not celebrate that by enjoying a glass or two (or five) of Aix.

AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 150cl Magnum

Grape Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault


An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!


Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.


Staff Expertise!Date published: 25/02/16

Staff Expertise!

Here at Majestic we cater for everyone, whether you are buying a gift, having a party or just topping up your wine collection.  Ask any member of staff for help, with their expert knowledge they can suggest the perfect bottle to suit your needs and tastes.   With an extensive range, competitive prices and a tasting counter where you can try before you buy, why shop anywhere else for your wine?  We also stock a fantastic selection of craft beers, ales and lagers and we have some great unique spirits.  There are regular tasting events happening all the time and they all all free!!  Oh and I have not mentioned we also offer a free delivery service!

So don't delay and #comeandexplore at your local Majestic today!

Open 7 days a week!!

Tasting NotesDate published: 24/02/16

Tasting Notes:

Here at Majestic we are happy to offer you free tasting notes with every purchase. These informative and easy to read notes are designed to guide you through the wine tasting experience. Furthermore, each note is accompanied by a food and wine match suggestion for you to try out at home. 

Chateau MeaumeDate published: 24/02/16

Chateau Meaume

Chateau Meaume is set in beautiful countryside, 15 km from St Emilion and Pomerol. The property has been well known in France for many centuries and was once the country residence of Louis XIV's body-guard - the Chevalier de la Croix Maron, whose wine-making family are credited as having invented the process of making Cognac. Today, the owners of the property are Alan and Sue Johnson-Hill, an English couple who gave up business life in Hong Kong in 1980 to make Château Méaume their home. They keep a herd of 100 cattle on the property, simply to provide manure for the vineyards.

A really classic Bordeaux smell. It isn’t a fleshy smell and it isn’t sweet. It’s savoury and complex and deep, with graphite and cedar and Christmas spice very evident on the nose. Search and you’ll find pure, concentrated plum and blackberry too,

Chateau MusarDate published: 23/02/16

Chateau Musar

Something Different:

When people ask me for an interesting wine in store, I never have to think about it long. For me the most interesting wine Majestic supply is that of Chateau Musar. This Lebanese wine is produced in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon, and if your thinking that Lebanon is a strange place to produce wine, think again, because grapes for viticulture have been grown there for over 6000 years. Although at 34 degrees North of the equator, which is further south than anywhere in Spain and Italy and should be too hot, the Bekaa valley benefits from its significant altitude (approximately 1000m above sea level) and seasonal temperatures, together with the fertility of the land making this particular corner of Lebanon viticultural bliss.

The Hochar family (pronounced Hoshar) have been producing wine there since the 1930's, having to revive what was considered a dead profession in Lebanon. Combine that with the fact that following the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the following territory claiming issues, when the Hochar family first started making wine, the borders of their own country were not even set. For this reason their winery was based some two and a half hour drive away from the vines, on the coast at Ghazir and has stayed there ever since. But this was not the end of the problems faced by Chateau Musar. After changing the opinions of the population at home and the international community, on the wines of the region, the country was plunged into turmoil once more with the start of civil war, which raged from 1975 to 1990. Far from falling into obscurity during this problematic period for the country, the wines of Chateau Musar continued to be produced, and produced to an extremely high standard. This is testament to the determination of the Hochar family to maintain the reputation they had worked so hard to create but also to the courage of the Bedouin tribes people of the area, who continued to pick the grapes by hand!

In Recent years, their reputation has gone from strength to strength, and deservedly so. We stock 3 of their wines, the Chateau Musar red, the Hochar red and the Chateau Musar white. The red wines are produced at the southern end of the Bekaa valley and are a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan. The Chateau Musar red spends approximately 12 months in oak barrels from Nevers, and is aged for approximately 3 years before bottling. After which it is cellared for another 4 years at Chateau Musar, before being released 7 years after it was harvested. You might think that the wine would now be nearing the end of it's life, but far from it, the wine is only at the very beginning of it's drinking potential. Serge Hochar, the chief wine maker proclaims that, 'if you give my wines more time, they will give you more joy', and he couldn't be more correct. The wines still contain plenty of acidity and tannin, the two main components necessary for wine aging. They are spicy wines with a real flavour from their origin, brimming with dried fruits such as figs and prunes with good body and an exceptional finish. The Hochar red is made in a lighter earlier drinking style and as such is aged for less time in oak and in bottle before release. It is therefore more approachable when young.

The white Chateau Musar is no less intriguing. The wine is intentionally slightly oxidised, as is the practice for the local grape variety, in order for it to age well as, like the red Musar, it is aged in Nevers oak barrels (only for 6-9 months though) and cellared for 7 years before release. However unlike the red, which is made from French grape clones, the white is produced from the local grape varieties of Merwah and Obaideh and grown further up the Bekaa valley. This unorthodox style of white wine is somewhat unfamiliar to the European palate, but apparently bares the closest resemblance to a mature white Graves. The wine is deep golden colour and exudes baked apple and almond characteristics on the nose with a rich, spicy, buttery finish on the palate.

It difficult to say enough about the wines of Chateau Musar without trying the wines for yourself. They are fantastically interesting wines in their own right before taking into account their fascinating history. In the case of the wines of Chateau Musar, it almost literally contains the blood, sweat and tears of not only the Hochar family, but the entire nation.

ViognierDate published: 23/02/16

Viognier - Next in Vogue!

Viognier is one of my favourite white grape varieties. Here's why: 

Delicious stone fruit flavours. I love whites with some delicious peach and apricot flavours and Viognier is the grape that produces these flavours perfectly! 

Versatile food wine. Viognier can be paired with a number of different dishes. From simple fish dishes to fragrant asian cuisine. It has a gentle level of acidity but often has a floral character with some minerality making it suitable to an array of foods. 

Great value for money! Ok, so maybe not the most luxurious of wines (unless you want to treat yourself to a Condrieu... yum!), but it does offer fantastic value for money and is rarely out of my budget range. Perhaps that's why it has become such a staple in my wine rack... brilliant wine, but an even better price!

Vinalba MalbecDate published: 22/02/16

Vinalba Malbec

The Vinalba Malbec has just come on our tasting counter and it has already been a real hit! 

There is no questioning why. It's a delicious red and has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from the vineyard at the foot of the Andes, the grapes are grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity. 

A lot of care and love has been put into this wine producing ripe dark plum fruits with sweet tannins and hints of dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time so you can savour the taste. 

Pinot NoirDate published: 22/02/16

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir pairs well with a wide range of foods,

fruitier versions make a great match with salmon

or other fatty fish, roasted chicken or pasta dishes;

bigger, more tannic Pinots are ideal with duck

and other game birds, casseroles or,

of course, stews like beef bourguignon.

Pork often goes well with Pinot Noir because

its a leaner meat than beef,  Just avoid the fattier cuts.

Pair salmon with Pinot Noir because of its strong,

distinctive flavour and heavier oil content,

other fish to try include mackerel and mullet.

Why not try the Oyster Bay Pinot Noir that is currently on deal down to £11.04

Durham GinDate published: 21/02/16

Made by Durham Distilleries, this gin is made with the help and advice of the Botanical Gardens at Durham University. Alongside those carefully selected botanicals it uses Durham spring water and pure grain spirit to give a nice smooth finish. If you like citrussy gins this is definitely one to try but be warned, it's a guest spirit and therefore won't be around forever! 

Currently £25 a bottle

Rustenberg Straw WineDate published: 21/02/16

Rustenberg Straw Wine

Some wine/food matches that are classics and this wine from Rustenberg would match Roquefort fantastically well. Dare I say it would also match a fine chicken liver parfait of foie gras terrine with aplomb.

This wine is so named because it is made in the 'passito' method, where the harvested grapes are laid out on straw mats and allowed to dry for around 4 weeks, concentrating the sugars. They are then pressed for 4-5 hours and racked to barrel for fermentation.

Concentrated aromas of honey, marmalade and ripe peach. Intensely sweet yet vibrantly fruity and involvingly complex. A voluptuously textured palate with plenty of length.

Cellar Circle: Start your own wine cellar today!Date published: 20/02/16

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

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

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

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

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

● Free collection from any Majestic store

● 10% discount on all purchases from Majestic Wine

● A free case on the first anniversary of membership

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

1. We choose for you

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

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

Bollinger...Date published: 20/02/16

"I drink it when i'm happy and when i'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone, when I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty."

 - Madame Jacques Bollinger.

London Daily Mail, October 17th 1961.

Bordeaux - Notes for a novice...Date published: 20/02/16

Novice wine lover? Here’s a quick guide run down of what you need to know about the world's most celebrated region.

Bordeaux enjoys gentle summers, mild winters and sunny springs, perfect for ripening grapes. It sits either side of the Girande river, and its tributaries the Dordogne and the Garonne. Warming winds blow downstream from the Atlantic, extending the growing season in Bordeaux and preventing crop-ruining frost. However, rain can make all the difference, if it falls during harvest time in can cause the grapes to swell and dilute the flavours in the wine. Hence vintages are important in Bordeaux, as they can vary greatly due to the weather.

Left Bank vs Right Bank, what's the difference?

The Left Bank of Bordeaux benefits from more gravelly soils, known to contribute to minerality in wine, and also vital for the growth of Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux. Here Cabernet Sauvignon is at the Northern limit of where it can ripen, the gravelly soils reflect the heat back into the vineyard so it is able to ripen successfully.

The Right Bank is dominated by Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The soils here are mainly clay and limestone, and encourage juicy fruit flavours in wine.

Cabernet Sauvignon is known to produce red wines of structure and depth with classic blackcurrant and usually some cedar flavours from ageing in oak. Merlot, on the other hand, can produce fresh, fruity wines that may be lacking in complexity compared to the Cab Sauv. Cabernet Franc is fragrant and adds a little complexity and tannins to Right Bank blends. You won't see the grape variety on the bottle of a Bordeaux because the wines are almost always blends. These are reliably well balanced and full flavoured.

The top estates will hand select the best grapes for their number one wines but will often make a second and even and third wine with the remaining healthy grapes (try the Pavillion Figeac for a taste of a second wine that could easily be as good as their first).

The Ravenswood...Date published: 19/02/16

The Ravenswood winery located in the Lodi region of California is owned and managed by Joel Peterson. Known as the godfather of Zin (Zinfandel, or Primitivo if in Italy) this producer began in a makeshift winery, so austere was the beginning that he even had to transport the grapes himself!
Nowadays the grapes for this wine are sourced from a number of vineyard growers who hold to the same strict views on quality levels as Joel Peterson himself. The grape itself is ideally suited to the climate of Lodi which enjoys a large diurnal range (the difference between temperature in the day and in the night). This variance in temeprature allows for the wine to be complex and not overly jammy as some hot climate wines are.

True to the motto of Ravenswood which is “No wimpy wines” this is a big and bold beauty. Typical of Zinfandel, there are notes of blueberry and plum. Black fruits and cherry with a smoke aroma, this wine is powerful yet balanced.

Champagne methodDate published: 19/02/16

1, Harvest: Harvest in Champagne generally occurs around mid October. Although 8 varietals are permitted in the production of Champagne, the most widely used are:

Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Generally, the Pinot Meunier is the first varietal to be harvested, followed by Chardonnay and then Pinot Noir. Grapes will be hand harvested in order to ensure that the grapes are brought in clean and undamaged.

2, Pressing: Grapes will be pressed as soon as possible, especially with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as skin contact with these dark skinned varieties will soon begin to taint the juice if left on the skins.Two pressings are utilized here. The first press is called the “cuvee” which is considered the finer, more high quality juice. The second pressing is called the “tailles” (or tails) and considered of lesser quality.

3, First Fermentation: Next, the first of two fermentations takes place. A key factor in this first fermentation is that it be relatively quick and warm. The emphasis here is to produce a relatively neutral wine that is high in acidity.

4,Blending: The blending process in Champagne is what sets this region apart from just about any other wine producing region in the world. Whereas most wine regions produce a new vintage of a particular wine every year, the Champenoise are master blenders. Although in a good year many domains will produce a vintage champagne, the Champenoise pride themselves on their masterful skills of blending multiple vintages to create a signature “house style”.

5,Second Fermentation: Once a blend has been created, a mixture of still wine, sugar and yeast will be added to the blended wine. This mixture is known as the “liqueur de triage”. Here, active yeast will begin consuming the available sugar, resulting in the anaerobic production of alcohol within this sealed bottle.

6,Lees Ageing: Following the completion of the secondary fermentation, the wine will then begin a period of ageing in bottle where the wine will interact with the dead yeast cells (lees)  and which will greatly influence the flavor and texture of the finished champagne. By law, non-vintage Champagne must age a minimum of 15 months on their lees, although most age between 18-24 months.

7,Remuage/Riddling: Once the champagne has completed its extended lees ageing and is ready to be bottled it will go through a process known as “remuage”. This procedure is aimed at loosening the dead yeast cells and sediment  that has formed at the bottom of the bottle, and slowly moving it towards the neck of the bottle which it will be removed or disgorged. This process must be done methodically and over time so as not to disrupt the champagne in bottle.

8,Disgorgement: This process involves removing the dead yeast/sediment in the neck of the bottle. Most often this is achieved by submerging the neck of the champagne bottle into a cold brine, thus quickly freezing the dead yeast matter that has collected in the neck.

9,Dosage: Before the champagne is re-corked, a measured amount of champagne and cane sugar will be added to the finished wine. This is known as the “liqueur d’expedition”. The amount of this mixture, known as “dosage”  will in effect determine the final sweetness level and style of champagne.

10,Re-corking: We are now in the home stretch! The fermented, blended, fermented, aged, riddled, disgorged and dosaged sparking wine is finally ready to be bottled and manipulated for the last time. After a cork is inserted, a protective wire cap is placed over the bottle to help secure the cork and bottle. The wine is then shaken vigorously, in order to help integrate the wine with the liqueur d’expedition.

5 fantastic fresh wines!Date published: 18/02/16

Athough I tend to prefer slightly richer white wines, I love a fresh, easy-drinking style over lunch on a sunny afternoon. I am a big fan of some lesser known wines such as Picpoul and Vermentino which are fantastic alternatives if you are looking for something other than the good old favourite Sauvignon Blanc. Here are my top 5 picks for a sunny, summer afternoon like today. 

1. Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet Côteaux du Languedoc. Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline. 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. 

2. Torres Vina Sol. Fourth generation grower Miguel Torres uses his experience well in the production of this dry white. Fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. 

3. Muscadet Jean Sablenay. Muscadet comes from the area around the city of Nantes, where the Loire Valley region nears the Atlantic coast, and has therefore developed a famous association with seafood. This example is made by Lacheteau, a family winery based in nearby Anjou. 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. 

4. Cortese Araldica, Piemonte. Cortese is one of the principal white grapes in Piemont. This wine is sourced from the grape's heartland of Gavi and from vineyards in the surrounding Alto Monferrato region. A pale, light-bodied and crisp white, full of racy citrus flavours alongside softer notes of apple and pear, and subtly verdant nettle-like aromatics. 

5. Robertson Chenin Blanc. The warm and dry Robertson Valley, home to this winery of the same name, is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa, but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence and provides Chenin Blanc of excellent character and consistency. Crammed full with pineapple, melon and green apple fruits complemented by a firm structure and balancing acidity.

Wonderful English Sparkler...Date published: 17/02/16

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.

Classic Cuvee... A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.

The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions.


Beer O'Clock!Date published: 17/02/16

The name of the Paulaner brewery derives from an order of monks - the order of Saint Francis of Paola.

The monks started brewing in 1634 and were only allowed to sell their beer on particular holidays. The order eventually disbanded and commercial brewing started in the old brewery in 1799. Paulaner’s Hefe-Weißbier is a complex beer full of flavour. The beer has a yeasty aroma and connoisseurs might detect flavours of banana, mango and pineapple whilst enjoying the balance of sweet and bitter. This is fresh, fruity and delightful!

Magnums... Size doesn matter...Date published: 16/02/16

We've now got your very favourite Rosé wines in 1.5 litre bottles, twice the wine means twice the fun!

Black Cottage Rosé, Marlborough NZ
Chateau de Berne Rosé, Provence France
M de Minuty Rosé, Provence France
AIX Rosé, Provence France

Perfect for summer BBQs!

Get Happy with our App'yDate published: 16/02/16

Want £5 off your next order? Download the myMajestic App

We have now launched our very own Majestic Wine App. The myMajestic App is now available for Android devices via the Google Play store and for Apple devices in the Appstore.

Plus, all customers who download the app for the first time get £5 off their next order. What's not to like.....

Tasting NotesDate published: 15/02/16

We can provide the tasting notes for all your wines at the till. Whether you want to impress your friends, run a tasting or learn a little bit more about each wine you try then our concise notes offer a few details about where the wine comes from and what it should taste like. Come and explore!

Sauvignon Blanc Delights!Date published: 15/02/16

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular wines at Majestic.  Familiarity breeds contempt though, right?  We decided to revisit our biggest sellers from our cellars and remember why we love it!

It’s a world-wide phenomenon - Sauvignon Blanc is grown all over the world, from the Loire and Bordeaux in France, Chile, South Africa and New Zealand.

Sauvignon comes in many styles - From steely dry and flinty in the Loire, a bracing  tropical-fruit laden delight in New Zealand to the zesty and fresh South Africanwines.  Try the Sauvignons from La Grille (Loire), Rustenberg (South Africa) and Oyster Bay (New Zealand) and see which style you like best.

It’s refreshing by nature - Sauvignon is naturally high in acidity and ripens early, so it’s easy to make it full of flavour and keep it super-fresh.

It’s Food-Friendly - Amazing with chevré, brilliant with sushi, and cracking with seafood.

You don’t need to wait to enjoy Sauvignon - It tastes best when it’s young, so you don’t need patience, just chill it down and pop it open whenever you need refreshing.

...But not always - There are one or two really special styles which can stand the test of time, like Cloudy Bay’s Te Koko.  Ask us in store and we’ll tell you all our secrets.

The Listing... where to find it...Date published: 14/02/16

'The Listing' is a comprehensive price list of the full range in stock today at your local Majestic store, including all our special offers, parcels, fine wines and locally brewed beers.


A different kinda pinot grigio...Date published: 14/02/16

Are you tiring of the Italian style of PG?, well if so why not try the fantastic Example from the Ned stable in New Zealand.

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 purity of fruit with a smooth finish.

The Karearea is the only falcon found in New Zealand and is a threatened species. Ned have a breeding pair, resident at the property, named Maggie and Astin. They take great delight in scaring away other birds thereby reducing the need for man-made pest control.

Featured in the Times 100 best summer wines and on offer at a very enticing £7.99. 

Match's Asain food really well.

Prosecco!!!Date published: 13/02/16

Prosecco has been one of the rising stars in terms of sparkling wine over the last few years, this has primarily been down to it’s approachability and value for money.

Prosecco is made from the grape variety that is now known as Glera, though it was formally known as Prosecco. Production takes place in Northern Italy where the climate is cooler than in the south, though still a good deal warmer than in Champagne. This allows the grapes to ripen further meaning that the end wine will have a good deal more fruit characteristics and a touch more sweetness than a Champagne would. The grapes can be grown in a number of different appelations and these are often signified on the bottles. Regions such as Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are very popular for the production of Prosecco.

Because Prosecco is made in a method that cuts back on the amount of glass bottles used and can be done in bulk at a faster rate it is often a good deal cheaper than other sparkling wines.

All you need to know about RiojaDate published: 13/02/16

Grapegrowing: Largest area under vine of any country in the world, but due to the heat and water available have resulted in it becoming the third largest in terms of volume of wine produced. 

Winemaking: Traditional practices involved widespread use of American oak for both red and white wines. However now fresher unoaked whites and greater use of new French oak for reds are being used with modern fermentation with temperature control and use of stainless steel. 

Popular and recognisable regions include Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rueda and Rias Baixas

Now you have some information its time to back this up with tasting the wines themselves. 

We love Cali wines!Date published: 12/02/16

Grape growing: Irrigation of vineyards is widespread due to lack of rain in the ripening period. The Californian vineyards have access to all modern techniques. Long hang times are very popular, particularly for Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, and can result in very high levels of sugar ripeness. 

Wine making: California has widespread modern wineries and methods of production. It is home to some of the world's largest wineries, as well as small boutique wineries producing 'cult' wines. 

Some of the key regions include Napa County, the Sonoma Vally and Lodi.

Majestic has been lucky to find and secure exciting new Californian wines which all come from top quality producers and make our existing range that more diverse and interesting. 

The new range that we will have in store will include Chateau St Jean Chardonnay from the Sonoma Vally, Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise which is a Zinfandel with a rich dark colour and intense smoky, vanilla, cherry,chocolate and spice flavours. In addition we have the White Knight Viognier with aromas of apple, nectarine and honeysuckle which are then followed on the palate by tropical fruit and peach. The finish is long and expressive.

Chardonnay vs Sauvignon BlancDate published: 12/02/16

The great white wine debate, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc?

Chardonnay is originally a white burgundy grape and is known for being the greatest white wine, this due to it's versatility- the wine maker  can dictate the flavours of the Chardonnay to whatever they so desire. Chardonnay can be grown and ripened almost anywhere around the world (in wine terms)  but does this versatility and history make it the best white wine available? The Sauvignon Blanc is becoming ever increasingly popular with refreshing acidic fruit flavours  originally from the French region of Loire. New Zealand in recent years have taken the wine industry by storm by mastering  the Sauvignon Blanc grape, producing some of the most popular Sauvignon Blanc's available on the market.  So this beckons the question to which grape holds the white wine crown? Ultimately everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that is the great thing about wine, what might taste delicious to someone may taste bland and average to another. I personally have not made my mind, so I guess I will have to drink a lot more wine to find out, Oh dear...

An introduction to BurgundyDate published: 11/02/16

Burgundy wine (French: Bourgogne or vin de Bourgogne) is wine made in theBurgundy region in eastern France, in the valleys and slopes west of the Saône River, a tributary of the Rhône. The most famous wines produced here—those commonly referred to as "Burgundies"—are dry red wines made fromPinot noir grapes and white wines made from Chardonnay grapes.

Red and white wines are also made from other grape varieties, such as Gamayand Aligoté, respectively. Small amounts of rosé and sparkling wines are also produced in the region. Chardonnay-dominated Chablis and Gamay-dominated Beaujolais are formally part of the Burgundy wine region, but wines from those subregions are usually referred to by their own names rather than as "Burgundy wines".

Burgundy has a higher number of appellations d'origine contrôlée (AOCs) than any other French region, and is often seen as the most terroir-conscious of the French wine regions. The various Burgundy AOCs are classified from carefully delineated Grand Cru vineyards down to more non-specific regional appellations. The practice of delineating vineyards by their terroir in Burgundy goes back to medieval times, when various monasteries played a key role in developing the Burgundy wine industry.

Beer and Food matchingDate published: 11/02/16

Beer and Food matching:

We talk alot about the wonders of food and wine matching and I have got to say it can make a huge difference to both the food and the wine. But what about beer and food. There are many restaurants in New York that will have beer and food matches on the menu and even beer sommeliers. For a country that loves their beer, we don't seem to do it nearly as much. With an increasing collection of beers at Majestic here is a few of my favourite combination's;

Salmon - with a Pilsner or Weissbier (Pilsner Urquell or Paulaner Weissbier)

Steak - with an American amber lager (Brooklyn and Anchor Steam)

Stilton cheese -  with barley wine or a rich Belgium (St Stefanus or Leffe) 

Omelette (egg dishes) - with 

Chocolate  - St Peters dark stout or Guinness 

It may seem odd to some but give a go, I'm sure you won't be let down. 

Visiting us for the First TimeDate published: 11/02/16

Here at Majestic we love wine, and we also love sharing our enthusiasm and knowledge of wine! We are aware that initially the world of wine can be a difficult one to break into, especially if it is your first time shopping at a Majestic Wine Warehouses. Here are a few things we do differently to make your visit more enjoyable;
Tasting Counter – Don't know what you like? We always have a selection of wines open for you to try, you might find your new favourite wine!
Tasting notes – We will give you a sheet which lists the origins, characteristics and a good food match for each wine you pick, this helps you to get the most out of your picks!
Home delivery – If you want to use Majestic but can't make it into the store then feel free to give us a call or browse our website, we will happy to bring your wine straight to your door!
Just ask! - If you are ever unsure just ask, we can, and regularly do, recommend wine all day! We enjoy sharing our passion and finding you a wine you will fall in love with, so just ask!

Free Glass HireDate published: 10/02/16


If you're just having a few friends around over the festive season and need a dozen or so extra glasses – just borrow them from us!

Just £1 deposit per glass*

No need to buy cheap glassware and have it cluttering up your cupboards for months or worry about your friends breaking your finest crystal! Just return the glasses to us when you're finished with them.

Chiller bins and ice also available

*Glasses must be returned clean and unbroken

Why Majestic?Date published: 10/02/16

Why would a customer want to shop with us? This is one of the questions we need to make sure is constantly in the forefront of our minds. This is why we offer various incentives to do so. From our customers with a new-found love of wine to our vineyard veterans, we believe that if your serious about wine, there is only one clear choice. In this article I will look to explain why we believe this.

We have a huge range of products, vast, extending through your favourite French regions to New World Australia and New Zealand. We have a price range starting from £4.99 all the way through to bottles of Champagne and fine wine costing hundreds of pounds. Whatever wine you want, we're confident that as a company we will be able to provide you with your perfect match. We train our staff to understand what it is you want and bestow them with the expertise to identify this for you. As well as this we offer a free tasting counter which we constantly rotate to offer you the opportunity to try new wines every week, without having to commit to a potentially risky purchase.

The vast majority of our stores offer car parking facilities, enabling you to make large purchases without worrying about transfer. As a little bonus we'll even carry your wine to the car for you. We offer a sale and return policy, meaning that for big events you can buy in bulk with the confidence that we will refund all the unopened bottles that you didn't need. We even offer free glass and chiller bin hire which can be a great help for expensive weddings and parties.

One of my favourite things about Majestic is that we don't just sell a product, we look to educate you, the consumer, to get you as excited as we are about wine. This is why we offer free wine tasting courses, seasonal tastings and even external tasting events. 

Look at what we offer and ask yourself the question 'Where else can I find all of this?'. This is why you shop with Majestic wine.

What is the Difference Between Ice Wine and Noble Rot Wines?Date published: 09/02/16

Even though both of these wines contain a high concentration of sugar and would both be classed as sweet, they achieve this end result in two completely different ways and are two completely different styles of wine.

With the wines affected by Noble Rot or 'Botriytis Cinerea' the fungus pierces the skin of the grape creating microscopic holes, from which the water evaporates out of the grape. What is left is a high concentration of sugar and the grape showing raisin like qualities. These wines often portray caramel, honey and marmalade flavours.

With Ice Wine (as it is known in Canada, Eiswein in Germany) the conditions must be cold enough (-8) so that the grapes freeze on the vine. After this has occurred the grapes are picked and crushed and the frozen juice collects in the press and what is left is a liquid highly concentrated in sugar. This wine has a much more pure fruit character. 

IPADate published: 09/02/16

India Pale Ale is a hoppy style of beer. Hops come in both male and female forms, with the male hop cones being used in the breeding process of the plant, and the female cones from the plant are used in the brewing process. 

They often distinguish themselves from pale ales by having slightly more hops and higher alcohol levels

IPA's were created in the 18th century to overcome the problems associated with shipping beer from the UK to the British Indian Colonies which often received sour beer. The hops and high alcohol levels added to the beer prevented bacteria from growing and causing a sour taste within the beer. 

Party SeviceDate published: 08/02/16

Take all the hassle out of planning a party by letting us help you, services we offer:

- Guidance on the wines and the quantity you require

- Free delivery 

- Free Glass Hire, Chiller Bins and Ice buckets (deposits required)

Pop in store today to get your summer party sorted, or if you already know what you want why not place an order online or check majestic.co.uk/parties for further information.

New to MajesticDate published: 08/02/16

Here at Majestic we love wine, and we also love sharing our enthusiasm and knowledge of wine! We are aware that initially the world of wine can be a difficult one to break into, especially if it is your first time shopping at a Majestic Wine Warehouses. Here are a few things we do differently to make your visit more enjoyable;

Tasting Counter – Don't know what you like? We always have a selection of wines open for you to try, you might find your new favourite wine!

Tasting notes – We will give you a sheet which lists the origins, characteristics and a good food match for each wine you pick, this helps you to get the most out of your picks!

Home delivery – If you want to use Majestic but can't make it into the store then feel free to give us a call or browse our website, we will happy to bring your wine straight to your door!

Just ask! - If you are ever unsure just ask, we can, and regularly do, recommend wine all day! We enjoy sharing our passion and finding you a wine you will fall in love with, so just ask!

Wine AccessoriesDate published: 07/02/16

A fantastic new range of accessories which will include the following:

Foil Cutters

Wine Stoppers 

Wine Aerators 

Corkscrew Twister 

Wine Savers

Champagne Stoppers

Fantastic as gifts or handy to have in the kitchen cupboard!

How to Decant Your WineDate published: 07/02/16

Did you know? How to decant your wine

Many people believe that all red wines should be decanted - however this is not the case as not all wines benefit from being decanted. This process enhances the characteristics of a wine for those that are slightly younger and not yet fully matured. It can add complexity to the wine, as well as softening the tannins and creating a better balance.

Below is a step by step guide on how to decant your wine.

- Firstly remove the bottle from our wine rack and stand upright for a while to allow the sediment to settle at the bottom of the bottle.

- Using a cork screw, remove the cork and foil label around the top and wipe inside to remove any extra cork.

- With a steady hand, pour the wine into the carafe or decanter over a light source to ensure no sediment falls into the wine. You can also use a fine grade coffee filter to catch the deposit too.

Marisco WinesDate published: 06/02/16

hen you think of some of the best New Zealand wines that we sell here at Majestic, you may throw some names about including Ned and the Kings Series. Well behind those great names is a vineyard, also known as Marisco!

Therefore it can be argued that Marisco are truly modern day pioneers of style and quality in New Zealand. So for those that haven't yet tried the truly magnificent Ned Sauvignon Blanc, or the brilliant Kings Legacy Chardonnay - here is a little bit of information to get your tastebuds going...

The Kings Series

"Amongst the twisted vines of our ancestry were the de Marisco families, who in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries inhabited the island of Lundy off the South-West coast of England.

Families from their stronghold on the island, maintained a tempestuous relationship with the English Monarchy - at times receiving royal favour, and yet ultimately - for the activities of piracy and treason, incurring the full and tragic vengeance of the King's displeasure.

These days the descendant Marris family have achieved acclaim for their success in the pursuit of making fine wines, being amongst the pioneering wine-making families of the world renowned Marlborough Region. We hereby honour our glorious ancestors by naming a series of wines after the stories of our scandalous ancestors."

A selection of wines include...

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough

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.

A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough 37.5cl Half bottle

Enticing and expressive on the nose, which offers ripe peach and lychee and fig, alongside subtle nutty notes. Intensely concentrated flavours of honey and ripe nectarine with a citrus lift. Drink now or cellar for 2-3 years for more flavour development. Partner with summer fruit puddings.

The Ned Series

Nothing else needs to be said about the Ned Series apart from the fact that included in them, is one of the best selling wines in Majestic's history, and that wine is of course the...

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough

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

BrewDog Punk IPADate published: 06/02/16

BrewDog Punk IPA

January marks the welcome return of Beer of the Week, and for this week (especially after all the alcohol of the Christmas Period!) we have gone for a light and refreshing beer! Luckily for us they don't get any more refreshing than the Punk IPA by BrewDog.

This beer is light in colour and has amazing fresh fruit flavours of tropical fruit and grapefruit, with just a hint of caramel in the background - making what we call in the drinks business as an "all-rounder" - however that means to no extent that it is boring - this beer is anything but.

All week we will have a sample of this beer open on our in-store tasting counter -  so why not pop down, say hello and grab a glass!

Currently the Punk IPA is priced at £10.99 for a pack of 6 - an amazing price of only £1.82 per can.

Parrilla MalbecDate published: 05/02/16

Due to incredibly high demand (thanks to the wine winning a Decanter Gold Award!), we now have back in stock the Parrilla Malbec at the incredible price of £7.99 a bottle when you Mix 6 (£11.99 Single Bottle Price).

Yes, that's only £7.99 for a wine that won a Decanter Gold Award in 2015. And as Damian Barr from the Sunday Times says...

"A parrilla is an Argentinean grill, perfect for steak, and that’s exactly what this is. Lose yourself in damson depths."

Here is a little more information on the wine and winery that created it...

This wine is made by Bodegas Fabre, makers of the original single-varietal Argentine Malbecs, and is sourced from mature vineyards in Valle de Uco. 50% of the wine has been aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, to achieve a fruity yet complex flavour profile. A deep ruby colour, this Malbec is crammed with damson, blackberry and plum flavours, accented by touches of oak toast. Smooth, ripe tannins offer a silky finish. Pair with juicy steaks or sausages 'a la parrilla', or straight off the grill.

We do have a limited amount available so don't forget to pick up a bottle before it's all gone..

Grape Focus: MalbecDate published: 05/02/16

Malbec is a black-skinned grape variety native to southern France (specifically the area around Cahors), but now better known as the icon wine grape of Argentina. Through its success in the vineyards of Mendoza, in a few short decades Malbec has shot from relative obscurity to international fame, simultaneously bringing new-found attention and respect to Argentina as a wine-producing nation.

Malbec typically ripens midway through the growing season and produces small, intensely colored grapes. As it is so sensitive to its growing environment the level of ripeness has a considerable effect on the structure of the eventual wine. Broadly speaking, French Malbec tends to be more meaty, rustic and tannic, while examples from Argentina seem to be uniformly rich, ripe, jammy and juicy. On both sides of the Atlantic, Malbec wines are generally aged in oak to enhance the wine’s structure and aging potential.

Having a Wedding?Date published: 05/02/16

Here at Majestic we offer lots of help and advice if you are planning a wedding or party.
We have a great a great range of wine, beer and spirits, with great offers throughout the year.
Our staff are here to help and can offer lots of handy advice on our best deals and also how to work out how much you need. The best thing is we also offer sale or return so whatever you don't use you can bring back.
We also provide FREE delivery to the venue and FREE glass hire too.

The Definition RangeDate published: 04/02/16

Introducing our first ever own-label ranges of Wines: Definition 

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The Majestic Wine Definition Range caputures the quintessential qualities of the world's greatest wine styles, with a little help from some of the world's greatest winemakers. 

Check out the full range on the main page of our website: www.majestic.co.uk/definition-wine-range

Art & Soul’ ShirazDate published: 04/02/16

‘Art & Soul’ Shiraz by Peter Lehmann South Australia 

Why we love it...

Deep dark fruits, warming spice and 
incredibly gluggable!

This is a great wine for the chilly 
autumnal evenings.

£11.99 or mixed 6 = £7.99

The Cup and Rings GodelloDate published: 04/02/16

The origin of the wine...

The Cup & Rings is an ancient pre-historic carved 
stone design commonly found in granite rock outcrops 
overlooking vineyards in Rías Biaxas and other Celtic 

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

Hot on the heels of Albariño, Godello is the next big 
thing to come out of Northern Spain. We love 
exploring the world of wine and believe this to be a 
real winner!

Bosman Adama RedDate published: 04/02/16

Bosman Adama Red Fairtrade - Lelienfontein, South Africa 

pepper smokey clove red cherry oak black cherry blackberry 

Shiraz Mourvedre Grenache Cinsault Primitivo Viognier

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

South African Tasting Week!Date published: 03/02/16

19-25th February

If you like your wines big, bold, complex, savoury and intense, South African reds are a good place to start. Home of Pinotage, South Africa has a reputation for producing some huge, punchy wine that warms the body and stands up to rich, meat-filled dishes. 

If white is more your thing, don't overlook the region's Chenin Blanc. Fruity, delicate, crisp yet mouth-filling and substantial. Or wrap your tongue around a Sauvignon Blanc, the perfect alternative to the New Zealand big boys. 

Fancy trying something new? We'll have a range open to try all week!

Hawthorn PilsnerDate published: 03/02/16

Hawthorn Pilsner from Australia. Because all g'days should end with a good beer!

Through drawing inspiration and experience from European brewers, the Aussie's really have hit the nail on the head with this beer.

It is clean, crisp and fresh. Ripe tropical fruits with a delectable floral edge dominate the palate, while the nose offers a delicate spicy aroma.

£10.99 when you buy 2 or more packs within the craft beer offer

El Viajero Sauvignon Blanc, ChileDate published: 03/02/16

El Viajero Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley, Chile

Cool Sauvignon Blanc

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

Should I compare thee to a Loire or a Kiwi?

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

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

Why should you buy this wine...?

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

Côtes Du Rhône Les Fustier, FranceDate published: 02/02/16

The Rhône Valley

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

Intentionally young and vibrant

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

What is the wine like?

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

Curious Brew IPADate published: 02/02/16

Curious IPA 12*330ml 5.6% abv

Take home a case for £17.99 (£1.49 btl)

A powerful yet hoppy Indian Pale Ale.

Created by Chapel Down, England’s leading wine producer, who have branched out into producing craft beers. They’ve learned that great wines such as Champagne and Côtes du Rhône use three great grape varieties working in harmony to create better balance and depth.

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

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

2. Bramling Cross; a forest fruity beauty

3. punchy, spicy, aromatic Chinook
...to produce this balanced yet powerful IPA.

Taste it in ­store today!

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

Passimento PasquaDate published: 01/02/16


So tell me about this wine...

This particular wine is a blend of 3 Italian grapes; Merlot, Corvina and Croatina. The name of this wine is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour.

Why you should buy this wine…

Passimento is a medium bodied wine with muscular tannins. The finish is extremely good, as well as the intensity. This wine bursts with flavour and complexity as it offers notes of red cherry, leather and spice.

Food matching…

If you’re a fan of Osso Bucco or slow cooked red meat dishes, this is the wine for you.

Don Matias Merlot Date published: 01/02/16

Don Matias Merlot, Maipo Valley

A family winery making family memories.

Cousiño-Macul was founded in 1856, and is the only Chilean winery from the 19th century that remains in the hands of its founding family today.

So tell me about this wine...

Fruit driven and warming this is ideal for sharing over a riveting conversation with family and friends. Also great with any roasted meat.

Why you should buy this wine…

Intense aromas of plum, raspberry and blackberry with notes of spice and cedar. The palate is powerfully fruity matched with a good dose of acidity and fine tannins. Perfect wine as the nights draw in and the fire flickers softly in the hearth.

Mas des Montagnes Terroirs d'Altitude Blanc 2012 Côtes de RoussillonDate published: 31/01/16

A family winery making family memories.

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

So tell me about this wine...

An interesting wine split 50/50, Maccabeu and Grenache Blanc. Preserved freshness with hints of richness leads to an exceptional wine from Southern France. Great with any grilled fish but my favourite would be Sea Bass

Why you should buy this wine…

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

Don Armando Malbec - ArgentinaDate published: 31/01/16

A brief history of the wine...

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

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

Great grapes and quality wine making combine to produce this fantastic little Malbec.

Regaleali Case Vecchie—Sicilia—ItalyDate published: 30/01/16

Southern Italy is a wonderful area to explore for interesting wines which are really good value for money.

Made from four grape varieties, Inzolia, Greciano, Catarratto and Chardonnay, Regaleali Case Vecchie is a light, refreshing wine, with crisp fresh flavours.

 A great aperitif or serve with shellfish £9.99 or mix 6 = £7.49

Lastarria Merlot - Colchagua, ChileDate published: 30/01/16

Tell me about the wine...

Merlot generally produces medium-bodied fruity wines that are great to drink by themselves or with food.The grape is often sold as a single varietal wine, as it is here, but did you know that Merlot is widely planted in Bordeaux and is one of the two most important grape varieties along with Cabernet Sauvignon

The Merlot Reserva from Lastarria is slightly fuller than most Merlot wines and has grippy tannins. It therefore makes a great food wine. 

Match it with roasted meats, stews and casseroles.

Bin End Value!Date published: 29/01/16

It's that time of the year again to clear some space for new arrivals which means that we've got some bargains up for grabs! Here are my picks of the bunch.

Aubas Colombard Gros Manseng 2014 - 33% off £4.66 on Mix 6

A pale, fresh and crisp white. The nose is awash with citrus fruit tinged with some more subtle exotic notes. Dry and mouthwatering, the palate offers refreshing acidity and bite.

Giesen 'The Brothers' Pinot Noir 2012 Marlborough - 33% off £13.32 on Mix 6

Brooding, intense aromas of black cherry and cassis in addition to spice, earth, brambles and a touch of mocha. The palate is beautifully balanced with elegant tannin providing a lovely taut structure.

Seaview Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV - 40% off £7.19 on Mix 6

Soft and elegant, with a persistent and creamy mousse. Subtle fruit characters include white apple and peach, with a lemon acidity that cleanses the palate.

But please hurry down. Stocks are seriously limited!

Cellar Circle!Date published: 29/01/16

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.

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

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

-10% discount at Majestic Wine, for all your everyday needs. 

- A year’s free professional wine storage 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

The online form will also give you the chance to choose the level of assistance you want, and to answer a few short questions to help us appreciate your palate.  Sign up at cellarcircle.co.uk

Make an Account with Majestic!Date published: 28/01/16

Over 90% of our customers have a personal account with us.. here's why!

1) Ever bought a bottle of wine you really enjoyed and then forgotten what it was? Well here we keep a history of what you buy, so we can look up all your previous purchases for you.

2) As we have your sales history, you don’t even need to bring a receipt with you should you wish to return or exchange your wines (or faulty bottles).

3) We offer free delivery in the local area, 7 days a week. We are very flexible with our delivery service, and can offer evening and weekend slots too, so we can always find a time to suit you best.

4) You can receive e-mails about all of our latest offers, web exclusives and short term flash deals, so you are always up to date and will never miss out on the very best reductions we can offer.

5) You will receive a voucher worth £10 for your next visit, just buy 6 bottles and you can get a 7th on us - if you need a recommendation, we’ll even help pick it out for you!

Looking to lay down some wines?Date published: 28/01/16

For long term storage, it is recommended wines are kept at a cool and constant temperature, between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius. Wine should ideally be stored on its side to ensure the cork remains in contact with the wines, this is due to the cork drying out if it loses contact with the wine. However wines that are sealed with a screwcap can be stored vertically without any risk.

Bear in mind, the storage of wine in rooms controlled by air conditioning or and central heating can affect the wines. If wines are stored for long period above 18 degrees Celsius they can lose their freshness. The gentlest way to warm red wines is to allow the bottle to warm up slowly or by holding the bowl of the glass in your hand. Do not shove reds on to stoves or radiators, as this exposure to extreme heat can cause irreparable damage to the wine.

For parties, Ice buckets or wine coolers are used to keep white, rose or sparkling wines cold. Remember to fill the ice bucket three-quarters full with water and ice so that the wine is fully surrounded by iced water.

How Champagne is made / The Traditional MethodDate published: 27/01/16

The Production Champagne

Whilst some of you were sipping your bubbly over the festive season maybe you wondered how this marvellous wine was made. Well never fear because this is what I will be addressing today! There are 8 stages along the way from grapes to glass!


The are three primary grapes used in Champagne. These are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. The grapes are pressed very gently in a pneumatic press to to as not release the bitter tannins contained within the stems, skins and pips of grapes. Pinot Noir traditionally red wines and this gentle pressing prevents the release of the red pigments within the grape skin.

Primary Fermentation

The three different grape juices are fermented to produce base wines ready for blending. These 'still wines' you would not want to drink however, as they will be very highly acidic and low in alcohol. This is due to the cold climate of Champagne and high latitude.


The producer will take these base wines and blend them in a way that best suites the style he or she is trying to achieve. In non-vintage wines a producer can use 'reserve wines' that may have been stored for many years with different characteristics to achieve a consistent style. Vintage wines can only have wines blended grapes grown in the same year.

Secondary Fermentation

This blended wine has no sparkle and the secondary fermentation is where the magic happens. A liquid called tirage is added to the wine. This contains yeast, sugar and other nutrients. The bottle is sealed with a plastic cap similar to a beer bottle top and is stacked horizontally. The bottle is left to ferment for six to eight weeks and the alcohol content raises slightly. As the bottle is sealed the carbon dioxide produced has no where to go and dissolves into the wine. Once fermentation is complete the pressure within the bottle is as high as six atmospheres.

Yeast Autolysis

Once the fermentation is complete the yeast die and form a sediment known as the 'lees'. These cells begin to break down and release proteins and other compounds. This influences the flavour of the wine with such characters of bread, biscuit and toast notes. This process typically last four to five years but can last as long as ten. In wines that are aged longer, typically vintage Champagnes, the lees keep the wine fresh and can be left for decades.


After a producer has aged the Champagne on the lees for long enough, the remaining yeast sediment needs to be removed from the wine. The process of riddling is when the bottle is slowly tilted forward and twisted to collect all the sediment. This used to be carried out by hand and was very labour intensive and time consuming lasting as long as eight weeks. A hydraulic arm is usually used for tilting taking only eight days and riddling up to 500 bottles a time.

Disgorgement and Corking

The neck of the bottle is submerged in very cold brine which freezes the wine in the neck. The cap is removed and the pressure ejects the frozen wine from the bottle. The bottle is then topped up with dosage, a mixture of wine and sugar is then added, and the cork is then placed on the bottle. The sugar added at this stage will determine the style (ie. Brut, Demi-sec).

Bottle Ageing

The bottle is then aged for a further few months to allow the dosage to fully integrate and for further flavour development sand that is how Champagne is made.

A Quick Guide to Spanish Vintages!Date published: 27/01/16

2013: A long, dry summer in Ribera del Duero heralded full fruit ripeness at harvest and below average temperatures promise fine flavour development - one to watch! Frequent wet weather in Rioja led to uneven ripening and a delayed harvest, although yields are up slightly on 2012 so producers are optimistic.

2012: Small vintage due to very dry conditions. Small berries harvested in Rioja are likely to make wines of great concentration and high tannin. 

2011: Wines from Rioja have lower acidity due to high temperatures, but are powerful and concentrated. In the Ribera del Duero, the hot conditions yielded a fantastic crop and produced wines of great intensity and with smooth, soft tannins.

2010: Exceptional vintage in Ribera del Duero, and this Rioja vintage considered even better than 2009

2009: Hot and dry throughout most of Spain, the vintage produced many powerful, intense wines, with plenty of body and ripe tannins. Very good quality.

2008: A long, cool summer in Rioja produced many bright and supple reds, and whites with good acidity. A particularly good vintage for the Ribera del Duero, where cooler temperatures produced elegant wines
2007: Very difficult weather with rain and hail, especially in Rioja, hence quality variable. Top producers made some elegant, forward-drinking wines.

2006: Not as dry as 2005, but an early September heatwave caused generalised problems. Results vary from dull to excellent but overall not as good a vintage as the two previous ones.

2005: A good vintage, with high temperatures and just enough rain

2004: Good quality in La Mancha and the North West. Other areas suffering a variety of problems from drought in Andalucia to hail in Ribera del Duero. Top Riojas very good and most Riojas from this year will age very well.

Staff Choice: Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2014 MarlboroughDate published: 27/01/16

Staff Choice: Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough

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

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

Drink with mildly pungent cheeses such as feta or chêvre, or with a crayfish salad.

Single bottle price £12.99, buy 2 save 25% - £9.74.

Malbec Malbec Malbec!!!!!Date published: 18/01/16

Why is Malbec so popular these days? It’s rare that you can walk into a Majestic wine, or any wine retailer for that matter and not find a booming Argentinian section full of Malbec. But what do people actually know about this grape? Well for one, it actually started off as “Cot” and used to be a grape variety permitted in Bordeaux wine. Though this was before Phylloxera (a vineyard pest) ravaged Europe in the mid 1800’s. Once the vineyard blight took hold it was rarely replanted, except for in the hot climates of the south of France. At some point cuttings were taken over to Argentina to be planted, but it wasn’t until Argentina had a bigger focus on exporting premium wines rather than creating mass wines for the domestic market that it took off.

Often rich, deeply coloured yet brilliantly smooth, the wine is exceptionally more-ish. Many Malbecs fit in perfectly with the Argentinian diet, which mainly comprises of meat based dishes such as beef steak or sausage. Many Argentinians eat their meals on a “Parilla”, or a BBQ, that is placed in the centre of a table. People around the table add meat and watch it cook in front of them, which surely builds up quite the appetite.

With summer finally here, I know I’ll do my best to have as many Argentinian style BBQ’s (weather permitting) and of course, to honour the countries greatest export I will be enjoying it all with a glass of Malbec.

Opening Hours Over ChristmasDate published: 04/12/15

Our opening hours over the Christmas period are:

  • Monday 7 - Friday 11 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Saturday 12 December: 9am - 7pm
  • Sunday 13 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Monday 14 - Friday 18 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Saturday 19 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Sunday 20 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Monday 21 - Wednesday 23 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Thursday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
  • Friday 25 December: CLOSED
  • Saturday 26 December: CLOSED
  • Sunday 27 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Monday 28 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 29 December: 10am - 7pm
  • Wednesday 30 December: 10am - 7pm
  • Thursday 31 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Friday 1 January 2016: CLOSED

We're open our normal hours from Saturday 2 January onwards.

Win a years supply of Beer!Date published: 04/10/15

Ich bestimme hiermit de Majestic Wien kriegsbereit auf langweilige Bier!*

Do YOU want to win a years worth of beer?


1 - Buy some of the excellent beers available at your local Majestic

2 - Take photo of said beer while/pre/post drinking - Make it imaginative!

3 - Post said photo on Twitter or Instagram with #craftmajestic @majesticsot

4 - The best photo will win a years supply of beer.

5 - Enjoy!

Closing date 31/10/15

*I hereby pronounce Majestic Wine is ready for war on boring beer.

Free Beer is Coming!Date published: 03/10/15

Oktoberfest has arrived at Majestic! To celebrate we are having a 3 day tasting of some excellent local ales and an awesome range on international craft beers!

Come in any day from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October to try some beer and learn a bit about what makes each one just so special!

Cast your vote on you favorite Craft Beer and Local Ale, all participants have a chance to win a place on our elite Beer Tasting Team! One lucky Guy or Gal will win a mixed case of the favorite 'local' beers from across the country!

Sparkling Saturday - Soffio No.3 Rosé NV - Open to try TODAY!!!Date published: 18/07/15

Sparkling Saturday - Soffio No.3 Rosé NV - Open to try TODAY!!!

A little bit of background...

Raboso is effectively the red 'sister grape' of Prosecco, extensively used for making a similarly light and fruity rosé version of northern Italy's signature sparkling wine, and is grown throughout the Veneto region. This example is made in Calmasino near Lake Garda.

So tell me about this wine...

A gentle rose colour with salmon pink hues. The nose is gently floral, with hints of cherry blossom intermingling with fresh summer fruits. Gently fruity and approachably off-dry.

Why you should buy this wine…

A great value pink bubbly. Great for summer parties, BBQ and weddings, or just for general drinking of an evening.

Try it for yourself in-store today!

£9.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

Something a bit alternative.Date published: 11/04/15

Something a bit alternative.

Are you getting a bit bored of Sauvignon Blanc? Still not interested in Chardonnay? Then maybe it's time for you to try something different!

Spain, while world-renown for it's reds, is perhaps little known for exporting good quality whites. The 'As Caixas' Godello from Martín Codax is something of a game changer towards that slightly underwhelming  reputation.

Grown throughout the north-west of Spain, in the past Godello has most often been used as a constituent for blends, but has gained increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. It still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas.

A delicate yet multi-faceted nose of lemon, crunchy pear, melon and subtle floral notes marries with a palate of remarkable texture and a lengthy, citrus zest finish. A great alternative to all those overly acidic new world Sauvignon Blancs!

Drink with grilled sardines or salt cod.

Five word wine review! - Casdal De Ventozela Vinho VerdeDate published: 04/04/15

Five word wine review! - Casdal De Ventozela Vinho Verde

Crisp, dry, soft citrus spritz 

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 04/04/15

Please note the following changes to our opening hours over the Easter weekend:

Saturday 4th April - 9am -7pm

Sunday 5th April - closed

Monday 6th April - 10am - 5pm

Tuesday 7th April - 10am - 7pm

If you have any out-of-hours queries, please send an e-mail to chi@majestic.co.uk, and we will respond when we re-open.

Happy Easter!

Foody Thoughts No. 8. Wynn's Coonawarra ChardonnayDate published: 23/03/15

Foody Thoughts No. 8. Wynn's Estate Coonawarra Chardonnay

It's not often a new arrival at Majestic impresses me so much, especially when it's a chardonnay...

Chardonnay is one of those grapes that, despite it's elevated status in Burgundy, Champagne, and come to think of it the whole of the rest of France, seems to split opinion in Britain.

We've had to wade through some shocking examples over the last couple of decades, but things have definitely turned around, and this wine is a great example of the best of them.

With aroma's of white peach and nectarine, and a silky smooth, almost cheesecakey mouthfeel, this is a wine MADE for food.

I'm not even going to pair it with anyting in particular. Drink it with roast chicken. Drink it with fish in a rich, creamy sauce. Drink it with BBQ'd sausages. 

Just drink it.


Five word wine review! - Breganze Pinot GrigioDate published: 13/03/15

Five word wine review! - Breganze Pinot Grigio

Vibrant, classy, clean, fruity, refreshing.

Down from £8.99 to £6,74 on the 25% off deal!n Open to try in store now!

Five word wine review! - Saint Clair Estate Selection Sauvignon BlancDate published: 13/03/15

Five word wine review! - Saint Clair Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc

Mouth watering, ripe gooseberry and herbs!

Down from £14.99 to £9.99 on the 33% off offer!

Five word wine review! - Finca Carelio TempranilloDate published: 13/03/15

Five word wine review! - Finca Carelio Tempranillo

Complex, rich, concentrated fruit flavours!

Down from £9.99 to £6.66 on the 33% off offer! Open to try in store now!

Five word wine review! - Silver Ghost Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 13/03/15

Five word wine review! - Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon

Medium bodied, fruit driven bargain!

Straight price of £4.99!

Five word wine review! - El Torito ChardonnayDate published: 13/03/15

Five word wine review! - El Torito Chardonnay

Affordable, soft, fruity, easy drinking!

A straight price of £4.99 a bottle!

Five word wine review! - Mo Monastrell AlicanteDate published: 13/03/15

Five word wine review! - Mo Monastrell Alicante

Big, bold, smooth, easy drinking!

Down from £9.99 to £6.66 on the 33% off offer! Open to taste in store!

Five word wine review! - Domaine De Montval SurahDate published: 13/03/15

Five word wine review! - Domaine De Montval Surah

Soft, ripe, plush, peppery bargain!

Down from £9.99 to £6.66 on the 33% off deal! Open to taste in store now!

Foody Thoughts No. 7 - Domaine de Montval Syrah 2013Date published: 13/03/15

Foody Thoughts No. 7 - Domaine de Montval Syrah 2013

Bolstered by hints of pepper and dark cocoa, this plush fruit-forward red originates from an area called Pay du Gard, at the southern tip of the Rhone Valley, and as such is a fantastic alternative to a Cote du Rhone.

It matches beautifully to all kinds of grub, particulary sticky, BBQ'd meats and pasta salads - perfect for an early spring BBQ!

Pop in store this week and have a try, it's only £6.66 on our buy 2 save 33% offer.

Wine of the Week - Finca Carelio Tempranillo 2011 Castilla y LeonDate published: 13/03/15

Finca Carelio Tempranillo 2011 Castilla y Leon

£6.66 on our buy 2 save 33% offer

The mature bush vines in the hot, arid climate of Castilla y Leon produce very small bunches of grapes, which have concentrated flavours and fresh acidity due to hot days and cold nights. The wine has mellowed over 30 months' maturation mostly in barrel.

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.

Remarkably versatile food wine, great with stews, meats from the grill or a cheeseboard.

Wine of the Week - Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millieres' 2010Date published: 07/03/15

Wine of the Week

Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millières' 2010 Cave des Vignerons de Buxy

£9.74 Save 25% on selected wines

Single bottle as part of your mixed case - £12.99

A Premier Cru from the Montagny appellation in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise. Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is an excellent, quality-conscious producer and, being a co-operative, offers excellent value for money.

A delicious, fresh Chardonnay which has been fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks to preserve the pure peach, pear and acacia aromas. Soft and rich on the palate.

Enjoy with cold cuts of ham, a cheese board or whole salmon.

Pop in today for a taster!

Wine of The Week - Waimea Grűner VeltlinerDate published: 05/03/15

Wine of The Week

Waimea Grűner Veltliner from New Zealand

Grűner 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 Grűner Veltliner is proving successful in many areas, including Nelson.

Waimea’s Plantings

The 2014 Waimea Grűner Veltliner is only the fifth vintage of this wine to ever be 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”.

What to expect from Grűner Veltliner?

The wine is an inviting golden colour. It’s fresh and crisp with aromas and flavours of stone fruit and pineapple. The wine is quite rich and offers spicy notes of fennel and white pepper. The term “minerality” refers to a flinty, steely character, which has more to do with sensation than flavour. You may be able to experience that sensation with this wine. We think it’s great with risotto.

Why buy this wine?

Waimea are at the cutting edge of experimentation in New Zealand and these richer, spicy styles of wine are the next big thing.

£14.99 buy 2 save 33% = £9.99

Beer of the Week! Oakham Brewery CITRADate published: 05/03/15

Beer of the Week - Oakham Brewery CITRA

New! Oakham Ale CITRA 12 x 500ml 4.6%

This award winning ale was the first in the UK to use the American Citra hop, and has gone from strength to strength since it’s launch a few years ago.

With pungent grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas leading to a dry, bitter finish, this is a very modern version of a classic golden ale.

Just pop in store this week for a taster!

£22.20 on the ‘buy 2 packs, save £6’ Real Ales multibuy deal (single case £25.20)

Free Tasting - Hattingley Valley Sparkling WinesDate published: 23/02/15

Free Tasting - Hattingley Valley Sparkling Wines

Love English sparkling wine and want to support your local winemakers?

Hattingley Valley Vineyards are just a short jog from Southampton at Lower Wield, Alresford, and we thought it was about time our loyal customers enjoyed some of their offerings. Currently in stock is their fantastic Classic Cuvee, a blend of all three champagne grapes, and their superb Blanc de Blanc, made from 100% chardonnay, and my personal favourite.

We'll be holding a tasting in March/April and want to get as many of you involved as possible, so if you're interested just drop us an email at sot@majestic.co.uk, or call us on 02380 221478 and we'll let you know when we've decided on a date!

Guigal Cotes Du Rhone just £7.99!Date published: 22/02/15

Guigal Cotes Du Rhone just £7.99!

Looking for a bargain this weekend? Or maybe a supple Sunday Lunch sipper?

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley, and this full bodied red is a great example of just why.

With a robust core of dark fruit, savoury white pepper notes, and a lingering finish, this really is a superb food wine.

Short term offer - now just £7.99

Foody Thoughts No. 6 - Fish Hoek MalbecDate published: 18/02/15

Foody Thoughts No. 6 - Fish Hoek Malbec

Food match - Charred Steak

I know malbec and steak is a bit of a generic match these days, but come on, it's for good reason...

The grape is a fantastic alternative to a Bordeaux (originating from that neck of the woods anyway) and New World producers are really making the most of it at the moment. This South African incarnation is full of plum, black cherry, a good whack of spice, and most importantly plenty of that smoky undercurrent that underpins decent South African reds. It's this particular character that will really bring out the best in your midweek steak, particularly when char-grilled and served with a mound of sweet potato wedges and roasted Mediterranean veg.

£6.74 on the buy any 2 save 25% deal


*SPECIAL TWO WEEK OFFER* Côtes du Rhône 2011 E. GuigalDate published: 18/02/15

*SPECIAL TWO WEEK OFFER* Côtes du Rhône 2011 E. Guigal

For two weeks only the Côtes du Rhône 2011 E. Guigal is down from £11.75 to £7.99!

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley. Founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, his son Marcel is almost single-handedly responsible for the regions resurgence over the last few decades.

This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine.

Try with any red meat dishes or with rich vegetarian dishes like moussaka.

*SPECIAL TWO WEEK OFFER* Rioja Gran Reserva 2007 LagunillaDate published: 18/02/15

*SPECIAL TWO WEEK OFFER* Rioja Gran Reserva 2007 Lagunilla 

For two weeks only the Lagunilla Rioja is on a special 50% off offer when you buy two or more! This means it is down from £15.99 to £7.99!

From a bodega founded in 1885 in the high-altitude Rioja Alta region, where the ripening season is long and warm. This Gran Reserva spends 2 years in oak casks, followed by 3 years maturing in bottle prior to release.

A fine and elegant bouquet, full of trademark aged Rioja aromas: raisins, dried figs, cinnamon and vanilla. Velvety on the palate, with time-mellowed tannins, and a long, smooth finish.

Lovely with roasts or game, or try with the winery's own recommendation of baked cod.

Five word wine review! - Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014 MarlboroughDate published: 17/02/15

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough

Crisp gooseberry with tropical characteristics

New Arrival!!! Iron Maiden Trooper!Date published: 16/02/15

New Arrival!!! Iron Maiden Trooper! 12x500ml bottles

 It is named after the Maiden song 'The Trooper', which was inspired by ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ which took place at the Battle of Balaclava (1854) during the Crimean War when 600 British cavalry famously and disastrously charged the massed Russian artillery. The beer is brewed by Robinson's brewery, a well known and prestigious family brewer in Cheshire who have been making beer for 6 generations since 1838.  

Trooper is a deep golden ale with citric hop notes and dominating malt flavours with a subtle hint of lemon. Real depth of character with complex hop notes using a combination of Goldings, Bobec and Cascade Hops.

£24.00 on the buy two save £6 deal!

New Arrival!! Soffio No.3 Rose NVDate published: 16/02/15

New Arrival!! Soffio No.3 Rose NV


Raboso is effectively the red 'sister grape' of Prosecco, extensively used for making a similarly light and fruity rosé version of northern Italy's signature sparkling wine, and is grown throughout the Veneto region. This example is made in Calmasino near Lake Garda.


A gentle rose colour with salmon pink hues. The nose is gently floral, with hints of cherry blossom intermingling with fresh summer fruits. Gently fruity and approachably off-dry.


Drink with salty canapes or fresh prawns.

Only £6.66 on the 33% off offer! 

Five word wine review! - Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2014 Côteaux du LanguedocDate published: 16/02/15

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2014 Côteaux du Languedoc

Youthful, refreshingly zesty, easy drinking

Bordeaux - Main grape varietiesDate published: 15/02/15

Bordeaux - Main grape varieties

The first article in a what will hopefully be an interesting series.

Bordeaux is a region of two halves, producing some fantastic reds, sweet wines and more recently some premium dry whites!

Cabernet Sauvignon - Bordeaux is the northern limit for successfully ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. The high stone/gravel content of the soil in the Haut Medoc, Bas-Medoc and the Graves reflects the heat of the sun back into the vineyard. This enables Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen reliably. It is often blended with some of the finest wines the region produces. It is always blended with Merlot and the best blends can age for decades.

Cabernet Franc - Mainly produced in the Saint - Emilion, it produces wine with less body and tannin then Cabernet Sauvignon. When fully ripened it has a marked fragrance, which consequently is its main contribution to blends.

Merlot - This is the most widely planted variety in the region, it produces full bodied wines with subtle tannin. When blended with the Cabernet's it adds softness, richness and body. However it relies on them for aromatic fruit, colour and tannin. It is a particularly important in regions that Cabernet Sauvignon is unable to ripen in. 

Petit Verdot - Only ripens fully in very hot years. It can give a very deep coloured, tannic wine which ages slowly.

Semillon - The most widely planted white variety of the region. Its thin skin and affinity to noble rot mean it is mostly used for sweet wines. Produces golden wines with plenty of body and also ages well.

Sauvignon Blanc - Sauvignon from the region will have a distinct herbaceous, grassy quality and is being used more often in single varietal dry whites. However it can be blended with Semillion as its acidity provides a good counter balance within a sweet wine.

Muscadelle -  This will have a pronounced grapey, floral flavour to it. It plays an important role in dry and sweet blends.

That is all for now! Hopefully that wasn't too heavy and I will leave you will a recommendation. New into majestic: Château Bel-Air Lagrave 1995 Cru Bourgeois, Moulis. A fine example of a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot blend. Already aged for 20 years this wine is a fully mature cru bourgeois and at the reasonable price of £14.99! 

Five word wine review! - Vinalba 50/50Date published: 15/02/15

Vinalba 50/50

Fantastic, bold, interesting, fruity blend

***NEW SERIES OF ARTICLES***Date published: 15/02/15

Over the next few weeks we shall be writing about the main grape varieties for each region! We will try and keep it light and interesting. We shall attempt to splice fact and opinion and the end product will hopefully make for interesting reading!

*Disclaimer* This series will be pioneered by our trainee so please be patient.

Foody Thoughts No 5 - Vinalba Fifty 50 2012, Uco ValleyDate published: 14/02/15

Foody Thoughts No 5 - Vinalba Fifty 50 2012, Uco Valley

Food Match - Roast Beef and Horseradish

Roast beef is one of those delicacies that could be matched to pretty much any red wine, but why settle for a cheap bottle of supermarket plonk when you can match it so beautifully with something like this?

Vinalba pioneered Malbec production in Argentina, with this wine also borrowing one of Bordeaux's other traditional staples -Cabernet Sauvignon.

Inky violet in colour, with layer upon layer of rich black fruits, and even a hint of marmite, this blend has enough punch to cope with lashings of horseradish sauce.

Pop in this week and have a try!

£8.65 when you mix and match 2 or more wines on the 33% Off deal.

Five word wine review! - Mister ShirazDate published: 14/02/15

Mister Shiraz

Bold new world fruity favourite

Beer of the Week - Alhambra Reserva 1925Date published: 13/02/15

Beer of the Week

New! Alhambra Reserva 1925, 6 x 330ml 6.4%

Alhambra Reserva 1925 is a high quality Spanish beer crafted to perfection.

Full-bodied, extra smooth, with a rich, highly agreeable taste for the demanding yet discerning palate, and suitable for any occasion.

At 6.4% it certainly carries a bit of a kick, and if you mix and match with any of our other craft beers, you even save yourself a couple of quid.

Drop by this week for a try!

£12.99 - Buy 2 or more packs = £9.99

Five word wine review! - Mud House Pinot Noir 2013Date published: 13/02/15

Mud House Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago

Intense, powerful and full of flavour!

Foody Thoughts No. 4 - Pierre-Jean Sauvion Chenin Blanc 2013 PGI LoireDate published: 12/02/15

Foody Thoughts No. 4 - Pierre-Jean Sauvion Chenin Blanc 2013 PGI Loire

Food match: Prawn cocktail

Chenin Blanc is native to the Loire valley and as a region they produce a variety of different styles, varying from dry to sweet.

This is a fabulous example of a reasonably priced dry Chenin Blanc produced by Château du Cléray, which is one of the major properties of the Western Loire.

A light-bodied, fresh and approachable Chenin, with subtle aromas of white flowers and honey against a backdrop of crisp white apple. Lively acidity provides a mouthwatering experience

It's open on our Tasting Counter so if you're not convinced pop in this week and have a try!

£5.99 on our SAVE 33% Mix and Match deal - Single bottle as part of your mixed case - £8.99


Foody Thoughts No. 3 - Silver Ghost Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 12/02/15

Foody Thoughts No. 3 - Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon

Food match: Shepherds Pie

If you need a good all round mid-week wine to go with your dinner then this has to be it. At only £4.99 its a real bargain and has enough body to match with the comforting flavours of a shepherds pie. Its a soft easy drinking wine with lots of plums and ripe fruits so when you've finished your dinner its easily quaffable as you watch Eastenders.

It's open on our Tasting Counter so if you're not convinced pop in this week and have a try! 


Valentines day winesDate published: 11/02/15

Here at Majestic Wine we are offering 33% off ALL our Rosé Champagne and Sparkling Rosé until February 16th, here are some of our favourite picks;

Undurraga Rosé - £6.66 - light and bright with fresh strawberry flavours and a crisp finish, all at a bargain price! 

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé Champagne - £16.66 - superb value Champagne with bright and fresh red fruit and a clean, vibrant finish

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rosé NV - £18.99 - a super sparkler from the renowned Cloudy Bay and they don't disappoint - lashings of cherry and sweet spice make this a fabulous alternative to Champagne

Taittinger Rosé NV - £33.31 - classic and stylish Champagne, blended from the best grapes of recent harvests to maximise the potential of the fruit. Aromas of fresh red berries with a fine mousse and elegant finish. 

Of course it's not all about fizz, we've some gorgeous wines to treat your loved one to as well;

Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia - £18 (when you buy 2 Fine Wines) - very apt for Valentines's Day - a big, bold Aussie Cabernet which packs a punch. Full bodied with rich dark fruit, spice and a complex finish

Chablis 1er Cru Mont le MilieuLaroche - £20 (when you buy 2 Fine Wines) - crisp, clean and classic - a perfect white to compliment any fish dish for your romantic meal! 

Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2005, Spain - £19 (when you buy 2 Fine Wines) - a perfectly balanced, nicely matured Rioja and a 2014 Decanter Gold Medal winner - this is a super wine 

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Foody Thoughts No. 2 - Killka Chardonnay 2013 Bodegas SalenteinDate published: 11/02/15

Foody Thoughts No. 2 - Killka Chardonnay 2013 Bodegas Salentein

Food match: Fish Pie

Chardonnay is one of those grapes that seems to split opinion among wine lovers and novices alike.

A plethora of cheap, 'flabby' New World specimens over the last few decades have turned people off the oaked styles, whilst many still don't realise that that crisp Chablis that they love so much is in fact made using the same grape.

This cracking lightly oaked Argentinean chardonnay from Bodegas Salentein, the same people that make the award winning Portillo Malbec, is a great example of a wine made well.

A lovely balance between soft, youthful tropical fruits and well rounded, spicy oak character, finished off with a silky smooth body make this perfect for a creamy fish pie.

It's open on our Tasting Counter so if you're not convinced pop in this week and have a try! (You might need to bring in your own fish pie)

£7.99 on our SAVE 33% Mix and Match deal - Single bottle as part of your mixed case - £11.99


Fizz for the 14th Feb!Date published: 10/02/15

Fizz for the 14th February - Valentines Specials!

For the run up to Valentines Day we're treating you to 33% off all pink fizz.

Whether you're spoiling someone with Champagne, or want to try something a little different, we've got the perfect present for you.

Just follow the link below:


Foody Thoughts No. 1 - Mas des Montagnes 2012 Côtes du Roussillon VillagesDate published: 10/02/15

Bored of the same old food and wine matches?

Over the next few weeks we'll be bringing you some great alternatives to the old classics, and the best thing is that they're all available to taste in store if you're not convinced by our articles!

Foody Thoughts No. 1 - Mas des Montagnes 2012 Côtes du Roussillon Villages

Food match: Herb Crusted Lamb Chops

The first in the series, picked entirely at random, is the Mas des Montagnes 2012 Côtes du Roussillon Villages, which I think would go beautifully with a fat, herb crusted lamb chop.

The standard match for lamb is a Rioja, and it's clear to see why; with such a great balance between fruit character and spice, and enough acidity to cut through the fat, it suits a chop down to the ground.

The reason a southern French blend like this this works so well is on the same basis: Grippy tannins  and fresh red fruits from the grenache and carignan which break down when confronted with a nice bit of protein, a hint of pepper from the syrah, and enough body and acidity to cope with the lamb's natural fattiness.

A herby, rustic edge matches nicely with the thyme and rosemary in the crust, and to top it off the wine goes down quite nicely on it's own.

Pop in store this week and have a try!

£6.66 on our 33% off mix and match deal


A very pink sparkling Saturday!Date published: 07/02/15

With Valentine's Day just a week away we've got some great deals on pink fizz to make the day extra special and in case your're not sold on the idea of sparkling Rosé we've got the Lindauer Rosé open on the tasting counter for you to try today!

This sparkling wine is from New Zealand and is made from the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinotage and has a lovely richness which comes from being aged on lees for 12 months. Pink and very bubbly with ripe red fruit and citrus flavours, this wine would make a lovely aperitif or would go perfectly with your Valentine's Day meal - try it with some calamari.

It's open on the tasting counter today to pop into store and give it a try.  At just £9.99 as part of our 33% mix and match offer this delicious treat won't break the bank.

Wine of the Week: Natale Verga Pinot Grigio, 2014Date published: 04/02/15

Wine of the Week

Pinot Grigio Natale Verga, 2014

This winery was founded in 1895 by Enrico Verga, who gained a reputation for fine Barolos. It is now run by great-grandson Natale along with his father and sisters. Their Pinot Grigio comes from vineyards in Pavia, Lombardy, close to its border with Piedmont.

Delicate in both aromatics and flavours, this is classic north-Italian Pinot Grigio, offering gentle pear, white apple and refreshing citrus characters and subtle accents of blossom.

Perfect with simple seafood dishes.

£5.99 (Save 25% on selected wines. Single bottle as part of your mixed case - £8.99)

Pop in now for a taster

Beer of the Week! Lagunitas IPADate published: 04/02/15

Beer of the Week

Lagunitas IPA (pronounced “lag-goo-KNEE-tus”!)

Petaluma, California, 6*355ml Bottles, 6.2% abv.

This IPA is American craft beer at it’s finest.

Made in the traditional super-hoppy, high alcohol India Pale Ale style, this cracking little beer still retains an easy drinking nature and a deeply crisp finish.

In the words of it’s maker:

“Thanks for choosing to spend the next few minutes with this special homicidally hoppy ale. Savour the moment as the raging hop character engages the Imperial Qualities of the Malt Foundation in mortal combat on the battleground of your palate!”

£10.99 on our Craft Beers multibuy deal. Single pack - £13.99

Pop in now for a taster!

It's Superbowl Time!Date published: 01/02/15

I don't know about you but I'm super excited for the Superbowl tonight and just like last year I'm rooting for the Seattle Seahawks!  But whether you're a Patriots or Seahawks fan some good American beer is what you need for the game tonight.  So pop down and pick up a case of Sam Adams Boston Lager to get in the mood. This rich and satisfying American lager is made from a 19th century recipe and will help keep you going (I know I'm going to need help staying up to watch the whole match)!

At just £1 per bottle as part of our 24 bottle case this offer ends soon and is not to be missed!

New and open to try! Domaine de Fabrègues 2011Date published: 29/01/15

We've got a great new wine in store and it's open on our tasting counter for you to try!  The Domaine de Fabrègues 2011 is a red wine from the Languedoc in the South of France, not far from the Southern Rhône.  The region is far less regulated than most appellations in France, meaning winemakers there are able to use a wider variety of grapes in their blends and age the wine for as long or as short a period of time as they believe is right.  This wine is a blend of four different grape varieties: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault giving it a rich and spicy flavour with bold blackberry and cherry flavours.  It's smooth and leaves a long, warming taste of dark chocolate in the mouth.

So why should you buy this wine?  Well, it's great quality (it was awarded 88 points by the Wine Spectator), a full-bodied wine which would go perfectly with the hearty, warming food you crave at this time of year.  Try it with a casserole, stew, cottage pie or a roast.  A big hearty dish, it deserves to be matched with Domaine De Fabrègues.

Although this wine is from the Old World if you like New World wines such as an Argentinian Malbec or an Australian Shiraz then you will probably find yourself enjoying this too.

It's open to taste so why not pop in today and try it?  If you like it you could pick up a bottle or two for £8.99 as part of our 25% off mix and match offer.

New Beer: AlhambraDate published: 29/01/15

We've just added a new craft beer to our range, the Alhambra 1925 ReservaThis is a high quality Spanish beer, smooth and rich, perfect if you've got some mates over and fancy chilling with something a little different.

But you don't have to take our word for it.  This week we've decided to share this new addition with you, so pop into store to try some at the tasting counter!

If you like the beer as much as we do you can pick up a pack of 6 for just £9.99 (when you buy two or more packs as part of our craft beer deal) or £12.99 for a single pack.

Wine of the Week - San Huberto MalbecDate published: 28/01/15

January may be drawing to a close but with some cold nights still ahead of us I've been seeking out some warming red wines to take the chill off those dark evenings.  The San Huberto Malbec, 2012 is a perfect wine to curl up with on a sofa.  It's a little bit fruity, a little bit spicy and would be perfect with a lamb stew and some roasted vegetables to really warm you up.

It's got notes of plum, bramble and blueberries, while 12 months' ageing in oak barrels has given it a sweet, spicy oak flavour.

If you love Argentinian Malbec then you have got to give this wine a try and at £7.99 as part of our 33% off mix and match offer it really is irresistable!

Wine of the Week - La La Land MalbecDate published: 21/01/15

With the Australian Open in full swing and Australia day coming up on Monday what better way to get in the mood than with a glass of Australian wine?

Australia is well-known for it's rich Shiraz but we've decided to head off the beaten track this week and try the La La Land Malbec (2013) from the Murray Darling region in Victoria..  The La La Land vineyards are situated in the Red Cliffs vineyard near Mildura in the north-west of Victoria.

The wine itself is is fruit-driven with lots of forest fruit and cherry flavours with hints of vanilla, dark chocolate and a bit of spice.  It is unexpectedly lighter than what you would expect from both a Malbec and an Australian wine, making it a nice easy-drinking wine.  Whether you're having friends over for dinner, or just to socialize and watch the tennis, this wine will make a perfect match.  You could drink it on its own or with a tasty meal of pulled pork sliders or barbecued ribs! My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

At £8.99 a bottle as part of our 25% off mix and match offer this wine is definitely worth trying and will leave you wanting more.

Wine of the Week - Lapostelle Cuvee Alexandre MerlotDate published: 14/01/15

We've chosen the Chilean Casa Lapostelle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot, 2012, as it really is something a bit different.  The winery is located in the Colchagua Valley in Chile's central Rapel region, known for the quality wine it produces.  Casa Lapostelle has produced this excellent quality wine from one of the winery's low-yield single vineyard sites.  However, this is not your typical Merlot, being richer in flavour, higher in body and more alcoholic than your average Merlot.

The wine is a gorgeous ruby colour with fruity blackcurrant mingling with sweet spices such as cloves on the nose.  The taste matches the smell with fruity notes of blackcurrant mixed with vanilla and nutmeg which lingers and leaves you wanting more.

You could drink this now or cellar it for a few years.  I'd definitely recommend drinking it alongside a rich stew like beef bourguignon or a hearty Lancashire hotpot.

Normally £19.99, this wine is now just £13.32 as part of our 33% off mix and match offer!

Why not try...Date published: 06/01/15

...One of Fiona's favourite wines.  Riesling is perhaps not the most well-known grape but that doesn't mean it should be overlooked.  The Falkensteiner Hofberg Riesling 2008 is from the Mosel Valley in Germany.  What's so special about this wine?  Well, it's off-dry which makes it slightly more unusual.  The slight sweetness is well-balanced with mouth-watering acidity making it a light, easy-drinking wine.

The relatively low alcohol content of this wine makes it perfect for anyone who's overdone it a bit over Christmas but doesn't want to give up alcohol entirely!  At just 10.5% ABV (just 7.9 units per bottle) you can enjoy this without feeling guilty, simply chill and enjoy while curled up in front of the TV or with a light dinner.

WOTW - Eguia GRDate published: 02/01/15

Try Our Wine of the Week

Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Viña Eguía

£8.99 Save 33% on selected wines

Single bottle as part of your mixed case - £13.49

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.

Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.

Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

Wintery Wine of the Week - Chateau Recougne!Date published: 06/12/14

Try Our Wintery Wine of the Week in store now!

Château Recougne 2011 Bordeaux Supérieur

£6.99 Save 33% on selected wines - Single bottle as part of your mixed case - £10.49

Looking for a Christmas corker for the dinner table?

This cracking value Bordeaux from Chateau Recougne is the perfect partner for beef, and a great value alternative to the more premium offerings of Pomerol and St Emilion.

Merlot makes up 75% of this blend, giving a fleshy and robust character, with swathes of black fruit accented with hints of mocha, smoke and toast.

Plenty of fine-grained tannins provide prodigious grip and savoury texture; a great accompaniment to your cheeseboard.


The Christmas SpiritDate published: 06/12/14

With Christmas getting closer by the day it's time to get in the Christmas spirit and what better way than by enjoying one of our new gins, vodkas or rums?!

Highlights of the new range include the gin and sloe gin from the Sipsmith distillery.  Located near Battersea in London this small distillery is quickly making a name for itself with its awesome gins and Sipping vodka.  The sloe gin is especially good and can be enjoyed on its own or as part of a festive cocktail.  Why not treat yourself to some Champagne or Prosecco and indulge in a sloe gin fizz?

Another great choice is the Don Papa spiced rum, especially as part of a spiced rum mojito!f

If you're curious and want to find out more just ask us when you pop into store, we'll be more than happy to chat to you about them!

Mmmm... Mulled WineDate published: 01/12/14

It’s that time of year again, where the evenings are darker and colder and you just want to curl up inside with a warm glass of something while watching your favourite show.  And what could be more festive than mulled wine?!  Forget the ready-made stuff, I’ve got some suggestions to help you create the perfect glass of mulled wine.

Start off with some of our gourmet mulling syrup (one bottle will be enough for around 4.5 litres).  Now you need to work out which wine you’re going to use.  Choosing a wine can seem daunting and confusing, but don’t worry, here some suggestions to help you out.

My first choice would be the Oxford Landing Estates Australian Cabernet Shiraz.  The combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz makes it fruity, with notes of plum and and blackberry, as well as being easy-drinking with some spiciness too.  This, along with its smooth finish makes it perfect for mulled wine.

If you’re looking for something cheaper then you can’t go far wrong with the Silver Ghost Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon.  This is another medium-bodied, fruity wine and with its plummy taste and hints of pepper it will certainly mull well.

My final suggestion is the Casale di Valle Italian Chianti.  While perhaps a more unusual choice for mulled wine with its mix of Merlot and Sangiovese grapes giving it fruity, cherry notes this too would lend itself to being mulled.

All you have to do now is heat the wine and the syrup, sit back and relax.

Wine of The Week - Cune Crianza - £6.66!Date published: 25/11/14

Rioja Crianza 2010 CVNE - £6.66 Save 33% on all Rioja for One week only!

Single bottle as part of your mixed case - £9.99

Founded in 1879 by two brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, CVNE has remained in family hands, now in their fifth generation. CVNE has long been an innovator, embracing estate bottling and the extensive use of stainless steel.

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.

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33% Off Rioja and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!Date published: 25/11/14

ONE WEEK ONLY - 33% OFF NZ and Rioja!

As if we don't spoil you enough here at Majestic, we have some ground breaking deals on two of the UK's most popular liquids.

One for week only enjoy 33% off all NZ Sauvignon Blanc and 33% off all Rioja when you mix and match as part of your mixed case.

Highlights include:

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc at £18.33!

Massey Dacta Sauvignon (*new!) at £8.66

Marques Caceres Reserva at £11.66

Cune Crianza at £6.66

Champagne O'Clock!Date published: 15/11/14

We've got a real treat this weekend, until Monday there's 33% off all Champagne!  So in store we've used this as an excuse to celebrate and have opened a bottle of the Drappier Premier Cru Brut NV for you to try today.  When Champagne of this quality is just £19.99 a bottle it really is irresistable.

If I had to describe the Drappier in three words it would be toast, green apple and smooth.  This is lovely and light and would make a great aperitif.  So go on treat yourself while you've still got time!

Some light refreshmentDate published: 09/11/14

Winter is often seen as a time for hearty food and rich wine, but if you're looking for something a little lighter for a change then the Serena Pinot Grigio 2013 Banfi is definitely for you.  It's Refreshing, fruity and goes really well with a light fish dish.  My recommendation would be something like my trout dish.  You could pan-fry or grill it and serve it with a lovely side-salad for a dish that's a little bit different to what you normally see around this time of year.

The reason this wine is so light and delicate is because they only use free-run juice, meaning there's minimal contact with the grape skins.  The warm climate adds to the flavour of the wine giving in notes on melon and pear while softening the acidity making it a perfect wine to enjoy on its own if you don't fancy having it with food.

At just £7.49 as part of our mix and match 33% off deal, this wine is well-worth trying.

Limited 33% off ALL Prosecco!Date published: 08/11/14

You've got until Monday to order your Prosecco if you want to take advantage of this amazing deal!  For a couple of days only we've got 33% off absolutely ALL of our Prosecco.  Today we've got the Prosecco Treviso open for you to try while you browse the other great offers we've got.  The Treviso is a lovely rich Prosecco, perfect for any celebration (and with Christmas looming on the horizon who isn't in the party mood?)!

It's hard to say no to at just £8.66 as part of our mix and match 33% off deal.

So what are you waiting for come on down or go online to make the most of these limited offers!

A bit of English bubblyDate published: 06/11/14

If you fancy trying something bubbly that isn't Champagne then look no further than the Nyetimber English Sparkling Wine from West Sussex.  Made in the same way as Champagne and from the same three grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier), Nyetimber has to be the best alternative there is to your traditional French Champagnes.

A great way to enjoy this fantastic wine is as an accompaniment to some good old-fashioned English fish and chips! This may sound crazy but it really does work (trust me I tried it last night).  With citrus, brioche and shortbread notes, Nyetimber is smooth and thoroughly enjoyable.  At just £23.98 as part of our mix and match 33% off deal this is a wine not to be missed!

Bring a bit of sparkle to your lifeDate published: 02/11/14

My recommendation today is the Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene, a great bottle of bubbly if you're looking for something a little bit more special that won't break the bank.  It has a fresh fruity taste and I could definitely taste apples in the glass.  Having tried it just last night I can definitely recommend drinking this Prosecco as either an aperitif to your meal or, like I did, with a creamy mushroom risotto.

Coming up to Christmas it's the perfect bottle of bubbly to have around for when those friends turn up unexpectedly to make their visit that bit more special and at £9.99 as part of our 33% off deal it's a really affordable one too.

If you fancy finding out a bit more about the Conegliano you can pop into store and we'd be more than happy to chat about it or you can have a look at the website - http://www.majestic.co.uk/Prosecco-di-Conegliano-Valdobbiadene-Extra-Dry-zid23253?tracking=|searchterm:prosecco

Gavi Toledana!Date published: 31/10/14

Our 'Wine of the Week' is the gorgeous Italian Gavi Toledana. 

Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.

I enjoyed a bottle of this myself last night and I strongly recommend you do the same!

On offer at £7.99 - this is not one to miss out on!

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2014 MarlboroughDate published: 23/10/14

A great wine from the Marlborough region with aromas of grapefruit and lemon. It is crisp, with a vibrant taste, a combination of citrus and tropical fruits with grassy undertones. We recommend drinking this wine on its own or as an accompaniment to light rice or pasta dishes.

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc is a typical example of a good quality New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. If you like our Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc or The Ned Sauvignon Blanc then you'll love this!

Only £7.49 when you buy two bottles as part of our 25% off mix and match promotion

£9.99 for a single bottle as part of your mixed case

South Africa - featuring Porcupine Ridge Merlot 2013Date published: 15/10/14

Since we have the South African Porcupine Ridge Merlot 2013 on our tasting counter at the moment I thought I'd take the opportunity to do a bit of research about South African wine to share with you!

Many people don't realise how far back South Africa's history of wine making goes.  The Dutch originally began producing wine in South Africa in order to ward off scurvy among the sailors of the Dutch East India Company.  The first wine was produced in 1659 and by the 18th century South Africa had become well-known for its sweet Muscat dessert wines from the Constantia wine estate.  Unfortunately, owing to the the removal of preferential European tariffs, production for export declined.  In the early 1900s attempts to revive production ended in disaster when the plating of high-yield grape varieties, such as Cinsaut, led to overproduction and the founding of the Cape Wine Growers Co-operative.  Although the Co-operative had good intentions its quotas and minimum prices made it practically impossible for private wine producers to continue trading.  Only in the late 1980s, with the relaxation of these regulations, was there a shift towards a focus on quality rather than quantity.

Growing conditions in South Africa aren't as easy as you might expect, with huge variations in terrain, from mountains to drylands, and weather, with very hot summers and cold winters.  There is a danger that crops grow too fast and ripen too quickly leading to a loss of flavour intensity in the grapes.  Despite these challenges South Africa is now the seventh largest producer of wine in the world.  The Wine of Origin labelling has been working since 1973 to standardise and regulate wine labelling in South Africa, particularly concerning the region the wine comes from and the grape varieties used in the wine.

South Africa's wine regions are located in the area around the Cape of Good Hope, they produce predominantly white wine and cultivate a wide range of grape varieties.  However, white wines are commonly Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, while reds are often Cabernet Sauvignon or a Bordeaux-style Merlot blend.

Porcupine Ridge Merlot 2013

This wine is made by Boekenhoutskloof in the Franschhoek Valley, located in the Paarl region, inland and to the east of Cape Town.  Unlike some areas of South Africa this region has a cool climate and an abundance of water, making it ideal for growing a wide range of grape varieties.

It's a distinctive bottle because of the large picture of the porcupine! Crested porcupines are widely found in South Africa and there are several families of them at Boekenhoutskloof, hence the name of the wine.

This particular Merlot tastes very fruity, particularly of plums and you can also detect a touch of oak.  It's a great wine to enjoy with food, we recommend drinking it with red meat, perhaps some burgers, sausages or pork chops!

Pick up a bottle for £8.99 in store or at the reduced price of £7.64 when you buy two bottles as part of our 15% off deal!

There's still time for 'Days of Summer' 2013 - Chilean MuscatDate published: 14/10/14

Summer may be over but that shouldn't stop you enjoying the lovely 'Days of Summer' Chilean Muscat 2013.  This is an unusual wine, sourced from the Itata Valley, one of Chile's southernmost wine regions and its producer, Miguel Torres, is one of those leading the sustainable viticulture movement in Chile.

This wine has a summery feel to it, as its name suggests, with a fresh, tropical and fruity taste as well as a hint of residual sweetness.  You could enjoy this wine on its own, reminiscing about those sunny summer days or with food such as a fish dish or, as I did, with a carbonara.

This wine won a Decanter Silver Award and is great value at £7.49 if you buy two bottles as part of our 25% off deal.

Pilsner Urquell on offer!Date published: 12/10/14

Pilsner Urquell, the original pilsner from the Czech Republic, is on offer at £24 a case... that's just £1 a bottle!

Distinctly hoppy, full-bodied and deeply satisfying - a really great beer for all occasions!

And what better way to enjoy the weekend?! Grab some before it's all gone!

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva!Date published: 12/10/14

Currently on offer at only £8.99, the Vina Eguia Gran Reserva Rioja is a hard one to beat!

2004 vintage - rated an 'exceptional' year by Robert Parker!
The moderate sunny days and cool nights allowed the vines to stay healthy and the grapes to ripen perfectly. 'Eguia', coming from 'egia' meaning 'true'; this wine really has stayed true to the traditional style of a gran reserva rioja.

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 24 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.

Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.

A perfect partner for lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

A favourite among customers and staff alike! 


Presenting Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva MerlotDate published: 11/10/14

From the Colchagua Valley in the central Rapel region of Chile, this is a fruity Merlot with hints of strawberries, plums.  It is a soft, well-rounded wine which leaves a lovely, long-lasting taste in your mouth.  Currently the Gran Reserva Merlot is on offer at £7.32 as part of our save 33% deal when you buy two wines as part of the offer.

Fiona Recommends Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014Date published: 11/10/14

Sauvignon Blanc is not only one of the most well-known but also the most widely-planted grape in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, where this wine comes from.  The wine has herbal, grassy hints with a fresh, fruity taste.  The notes of tropical fruits, gooseberry and green fruits complement the fresh acidity of the wine. Drinking at its best now either as an aperitif or with lemon chicken, Thai spices, fresh fish or seafood.

This wine is a bargain at just £6.66 as part of our third off offer!

Spanish Spotlight on Pedro's AmontilladoDate published: 10/10/14

This dry Sherry is one of the true wines of Jerez.  It has a lovely nutty aroma and is light and smooth on the palate with a delicious caramel aftertaste.  This wine would go really well with a soup, mushrooms or hard cheeses, such as Manchego or Cheddar, however it can also be enjoyed on its own.  At £11.99 this is a bottle that shouldn't be missed!

Introducing Lagunilla Gran Reserva 2006Date published: 10/10/14

As part of our Spanish Spotlight Tasting we're featuring the Lagunilla Gran Reserva 2006 - a very good year year according to Parker, the 2006 vintage scored 85 points!  This is a great wine for anyone who wants to try an aged Rioja which has still maintained a lot of its fruity notes while taking on some of the oakiness of the barrels it was aged in for 24 months.  The wine is 80% Tempranillo grape, a traditional grape of the Rioja region, the name of which comes from the Spanish temprano meaning early, owing to the fact that it ripens earlier than most grapes.  The other 20% is Garnacha, another common grape from the region.  This tasty wine comes in at £11.99 a bottle, perfect for anyone looking to enjoy something a little more special.

Nicolas Feuillatte NV - £16.66Date published: 08/10/14

Nicolas Feuillatte NV Champagne is on offer at £16.66!!

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

Don't miss out!

Wine of the Week - Lagunilla Rioja Reserva 2008Date published: 02/10/14

Wine of The Week!

Rioja Reserva 2008 Lagunilla

£5.99 Save 33% on selected wines

Single bottle as part of your mixed case - £8.99

This famous Rioja bodega was founded in 1885 by Don Felipe Lagunilla San Martín, who is credited with rescuing Rioja's vineyards from the phylloxera epidemic, through his pioneering work in grafting vines onto American rootstocks.


A classic Reserva wine, striking a balance between meatiness and elegance. 24 months in oak casks has endowed it with an enjoyable smoothness and mellow, spicy aromatics.


Partner with roast shoulder of lamb, or any number of game dishes.

Focus On SancerreDate published: 09/09/14

Sancerre is an Appellation within the Loire Valley Region. The vineyards are spread over fifteen villages on very chalky, well drained stony soils. A  band of flintier vineyards lay along the river itself. The majority of sancerre is white, and are made from the highly acidic sauvignon blanc grape variety. Today I'll be looking at Sancerre 'Clos de Bouffants' 2012 Domaine Roger Neveu, currently priced at £12.99

 The aromas are just fantastic and make the sides of the mouth start to water before I even take a sip. The vibrant initial smell is of green fruit, like gooseberry and citrus which intermingles with 'wetstone' minerality and a touch of lemongrass. Tangy acidity follows on the palate, followed by lime and more gooseberry. A nice smooth finish indicates quality.

 Traditionally fermentation took place in 600 litre wooden casks but now inert stainless steel, temperature controlled vats have become the norm. 

Why not give Sancerre a try as a special treat? 

Focus on CasablancaDate published: 09/09/14

Regional Spotlight: Casablanca Valley, Chile

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Tips:

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012 Casablanca Valley

Aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla open the show for a palate with more round, ripe stone fruits and citrus. 3 months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish.

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Casablanca Valley

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

Errazuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir 2011 Casablanca Valley

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

Article originally published by Majestic Hexham, with thanks

Beer Of the Month!Date published: 09/09/14

CRAFT BEER OF THE MONTH... Lagunitas IPA £10.99 when you buy 2 or more craft beers/ales on the deal. 

Style: IPA (india pale ale, a hoppy style first brewed in England in the 19th century).

Origin: Petaluma, California 

The brewery was founded in 1993 by Tony Magee in Lagunitas, California and moved a year later to nearby Petaluma. Since the mid-2000s, Lagunitas has been one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States.

Open to Taste in store.. Just pop in and ask a member of staff!!

Argentina Spotlight TastingDate published: 05/09/14

The most important wine producing country in South America and, at long last, one of the most dynamic wine producers in the world. 
The Malbec, or Bordeaux, seems to have discovered its true home in upper Mendoza, which is now the leading producer of Malbec.

Argentina has so much to offer, from buttery, oaked Chardonnays to deep, fruity Malbec, packed with black cherry and blackberry flavours...

Which is why we're doing a spotlight tasting on September 6th. It's a great way to learn a bit more about Argentinian wines and try some delicious examples! 

- So come along!

Wine of the Week! Days of Summer 2013, Miguel Torres, Itata Valley.Date published: 29/08/14

Our wine of the week is the Miguel Torres 'Days 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. This unusual wine is sourced from Itata Valley, one of Chile's southernmost wine regions. 

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.

The perfect accompaniment for ceviche and other flavoursome seafood salads.

On offer at £7.49 when you buy two or more bottles!

Montepulciano Date published: 19/08/14

As we have a new wine in store this week; Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013, Poggio Civetta, I thought I'd share a little information about it and where it comes from.

Montepulciano is the name of a vigorous red grape variety planted over much of central Italy and also the name of a town in Tuscany in central Italy at the centre of the zone producing the highly ranked red wine Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano (which is not made from this grape variety, but is made around the town of the same name). The grape variety is recommended for 20 of Italy's 95 provinces but is most widely planted in the Abruzzi, where it is responsible for the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, and in the Marches, where it is a principal ingredient in such reds as Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno. 

The Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013, Poggio Civetta that we have comes from several vineyards owned by the Rosetti Family, located just a few kilometers from Abruzzo's Adriatic Coast. 

It is a ripe and approachable, meduim-bodied and distinctly Italian red. Ripe blackcurrant and cherry flavours are infused with subtle hints of clove and forest earth, framed by fine tannins. 

A perfect companion for Italian cured meats and hard cheeses, or pasta and ragu - and currently on offer at £6.66!

Free Delivery!Date published: 14/08/14

Did you know that we offer free delivery on any order of 6 bottles or more? Well we do!
We cover SO14 - SO19, SO30 - SO32, SO43, SO45, SO50 - SO53 and PO14 and PO17.
You can order online or call us in store and your delivery will be with you within 7 days!

So what are you waiting for? Get ordering!

Beaujolais - the basics!Date published: 13/08/14

Beaujolais is a wine region in east central France and produces a single, unique style of wine which is very fruity and often relatively light. Although it is often included as part of the greater Burgundy, it differs in terms of climate, topography, soil types and even distribution of grape varieties. Beaujolais produces more than the whole of the rest of greater Burgundy to the north put together and almost all of it is produced from a single red grape variety, Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc, and most of it by a single, distinctive wine-making method. 

The total vineyard area of the Beaujolais region is well over 20,000 ha and includes nearly 100 communes with the Màconnais on its northern boundary. The climate is very temperate and semi-continental; snow may fall in the foothills of the Massif Central to the immediate west by the time Beaujolais Nouveau is launched in November. The topography is very varied, especially in the northern, narrower part of the region and the differences between the limestone and granite and the southern, richer soils affects how light the wine will be and therefore how early it should be consumed. 

About half of all Beaujolais is sold under the basic appellation of Beaujolais, which comes from the Bas Beaujolais and the flatter land to the immediate west of the main north-south auto-route around Belleville. A small amount may be sold as Beaujolais Supérieur, for which the minimum potential alcohol of the grapes when picked must be 10.5 rather than 10 per cent. 

The second most important Beaujolais appellation is Beaujolais-Villages, which accounts for about a quarter of total production. Beaujolais-Villages must come from the hillier, northern part of the region, its vineyards pushing up into the foothills of Massif Central. The finest sectors of this superior northern part are the so-called Beaujolais-Crus, 10 named communes of Crus whose wines are considered so distinctive, and so good, that they have earned their own appellations. There is also a small amount of Beaujolais Blanc and Beaujolais-Villages Blanc made each year, mainly from Chardonnay grapes, although Aligoté is also allowed. 

So there you have it, just a little glimpse into the world of Beaujolais. 

The Mud House Sauvignon BlancDate published: 09/08/14

£9.99 or £6.66 when you buy any two 33.3% off wines

A new star has been born in our Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc range! Since its arrival earlier this month, Mud House has become a firm favourite in a very short space of time. From the Upper Wairau Valley, Mud House Wines was started 18 years ago and is a producer focused on sustainable viticulture. Just over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from their own Woolshed vineyard.

A refreshing hit of elderflower and nettles dominate the aroma of this pale straw coloured wine. Zingy and crisp on the palate with a pineapple and cream finish, this instant classic is just perfect for Summer drinking, whatever the weather!

Article first published by Majestic Stevenage, with thanks

Wine of the Week - Callia Bella Malbec 2013Date published: 16/07/14

Embraced by mountains and warmed by the sun, Bodegas Callia is located in the Tulum Valley in Argentina's Province of San Juan and has become one of the foremost wineries in this area. The region's desert climate - characterized by ample sunshine, low humidity and desirable temperature variation - coupled with this area's sandy alluvial and clay loam soils, produces intensely fruity wines of distinctly Argentine personality.

An attractively deep purple wine, with an up-front and straightforward wild berry character, with hints of baking spices. Intense and generous cherry and chocolate flavours capture the palate, with plush tannins and good ripeness.

Enjoy with with pasta and meatballs in your favourite tomato and herb sauce.

Single bottle price £8.99

BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE 25% = £6.74

Jane MacQuitty's top 100 wines - featuring Majestic Wine!Date published: 05/07/14

In the Times newspaper on 28th June 2014 saw Jane Macquitty start her top 100 wines for the summer starting with her choices for the whites. Below are all the wines featured from our majestic range:

Under £6.50

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Monte Schiavo 2013 £8.49 Buy 2 save 25%, £6.37 each. Offer Ends 10th July

Torres Days of Summer 2013 £8.65 Buy 2 save 25%, £6.49 eachOffer Ends 10th July

Under £8

Caixas Godello 2013 £9.99 Buy 2 save 33.3%, £6.66 eachOffer Ends 10th July

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 £10.65 Buy 2 save 25%, £7.99 eachOffer Ends 4th August

Under £12

Bellingham ‘The Bernard Series’ Viognier 2013 £12.99 Buy 2 save 25%, £9.74 eachOffer Ends 4th August

Sainte Victoire Famille Negrel Rosé 2013 £9.99Offer Ends 1st September

L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV £13.49 Buy 2 save 33.3%, £8.99 eachOffer Ends 10th July

Under £25

Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Louis Moreau 2010/11 £25.00 Buy 2 selected fine wines save £10,£20.00 eachOffer Ends 1st September

Greywacke Riesling 2012 £25.00  Buy 2 save 15%, £21.24 eachOffer Ends 1st September

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee Brut 2009 £35.99  Buy 2 save 33.3%, £23.98 eachOffer Ends 4th August

This article was first published by Majestic Sevenoaks, with thanks

Wine of The Week - Eguia ReservaDate published: 02/07/14

Rioja Reserva 2009 Viña Eguía

£10.49 or £6.99 when you buy 2 or more




Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's winemaking hotspots. The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release.


Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.


Match with a mature steak, lamb or with a board of chorizo and manchego.

BBQ WinesDate published: 25/06/14

Here at Majestic we are raring to recommend the ideal refreshments this summer to accompany those long days stood in-front of the BBQ!

Food & wine matching is all about finding combinations that won't fight for attention in your mouth. 

So we've come up with a select few lip-smacking, BBQ friendly wines & gastronomy to accompany. Enjoy!

Mister Shiraz 2012, Colchagua Valley, Chile - Notes of Spice, Plum & Strawberry, the ideal partner to a rare steak. £6.66 (Summer Selection Price)

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Coonawarra, Australia - Fruit forward with hints of Cedar & Blackcurrant, the ideal partner to any juicy burger. £8.66 (Summer Selection Price)

Rioja Crianza 2009, Vina Eguia, Spain - Soft tannins & lively acidity makes this a classic partner for minted lamb chops. £6.66 (Summer Selection Price) 

 The Summer Selection 33% OFF - Offers End 30th June!

Article originally published by Majestic Bristol, with thanks

Majestic Party ServiceDate published: 22/06/14

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Whether it’s a BBQ, a wedding, or the big 4 - 0 we have got it covered!

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 - Fantastic wines and beers, all in one place

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 - Free Ice Bucket* and Chiller Bin Hire*

 - Free Delivery*

 - & A happy smiling face at the till!

For more info on our party hire services just ask a member of the team

* £1 returnable deposit on glassware. £10 returnable deposit for Ice Buckets, £15 returnable deposit for Chiller Bins. Free delivery on 6 bottles or more. Glasses must be returned to the store clean.

Hi, I'm Nick, the new Assistant ManagerDate published: 22/06/14

Hello Southampton!

I've just taken over from Hannah as Assistant Manger here in Southampton, and am very much looking forward to a good tasting session our our tasting counter, so do drop by and say hello.

I'm a massive fan of Kiwi and Californian Pinot Noir, and also love a good Sancerre or Pouilly Fume, but feel free to test my knowledge on anything else.

I'm also a big craft beer and real ale fan, and also love a good single malt so long story short, come and explore with our new team!

Summer deals - 25% off Italian winesDate published: 21/06/14

There is still 25% Off ALL Italian Wines! 

Our offer of 25% off all Italian wines is still running. And, the best bit is that you no longer have to buy in pairs - as long as you have two wines from the same percentage offer, you get the better price - SIMPLE!

Here are my top picks:

Dogajolo Carpineto - £8.61

Created in the super-Tuscan style, but without the price tag! A baby-Tuscan if you will! This is a blend of sangiovese and cab-sauv and is supremely soft, smooth and moreish. Enjoy this one on its own or be decadent and have it with your pizza!

Gavi Araldica - £7.49

If you love Italian Pinot but want to try something new, Gavi is just the wine. Zippy, fresh, zesty and light, this is a 'sitting in the garden whilst the sun sets' kind of wine! Chill it down, get some friends around and enjoy!

Allegrini Bardolino - £7.49

Unmistakably Italian this wine is a real find for less than £8! Soft, fruity and full of Italian charm, this is a great  party wine but even better for kicking back on a Friday night with a glass or two!

Article originally published by Majestic Nottingham, with thanks

Brooklyn Summer Ale now in storeDate published: 21/06/14

We now have the Brooklyn Summer Ale in stock here in Southampton. Its a golden ale with lots of character and intensity. Using the Finest British barley this will go down great at a summer BBQ or just enjoyed chilled on its own.

Come and pick some up today it's only £9.99 for six when you buy 2 or more packs

Champagne offersDate published: 20/06/14

Champagne Deals!

With June being our busiest non-festive month, it's typically a time of year when we see the greatest degree of strong deals. This is rarely more true than it is with Champagne, with some absolutely sensational prices being introduced across our range of the world's most glamorous wine!

Heidseick & Co. Monopole Brut NV - £14.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Getting a grand marque Champagne for under £15 seemed like a thing of the past, so this deal is really impressive. Heidsieck, founded in 1785, has long been associated with a heavier style of non vintage champagne due to a high proportion of pinot noir in the blend. As such, the fruit, notably russet apples, manages to be both full textured and refreshing.

Taittinger Brut Nv - £25.00

One of Champagne's most recognisable labels, Taittinger has long beguiled drinkers with its poise, elegance and the floral depth to it's fruit. Hints of white fruits and citrus meld seamlessly with and vibrant yet retrained mousse. A slight honeyed quality on the finish adds depth but is subtle enough for the wine to retain its trademark finesse.

Article originally published by Aberdeen, thanks

Hi I'm Simon, the new manager!Date published: 20/06/14

I am the new manager of the Southampton store after spending my Majestic life in Haslemere and then Chichester. I am a big Saints fan and have lived in and around Southampton for many years.

My favourite wines would have to be an aged Bordeaux or a White Burgundy. I also enjoy a full bodied Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. Please come and say hello!

I am very happy to run wine events for companies or groups of friends so please ask about that and I can explain the services we offer.

PROVENCE ROSÉ SPOTLIGHT WEEK 4 July - 10 JulyDate published: 19/06/14


We are very excited for our Provence tasting week. Nothing matches this glorious Summer weather better. We will be opening a range of delicious dry roses from the region of Provence. Undoubtedly our most popular style of rose here at Majestic, light and delicate in style and free to try. Make a note in your diary, we will be celebrating all things Provence from the 4th  July to the 10th July and pop in for a taste. Everyone welcome!

Saturday Kitchen 31st May - Vinalba Reservado Chardonnay 2013Date published: 31/05/14

This delight was recommended on Saturday kitchen this morning to go with the chicken dish made by Bruno Loubet.

The high-altitude vineyards of the Lujan de Cuyo area of Mendoza provide low average temperatures and long hours of vivid sunshine, promoting a vibrant and pure fruit character. The wine is made without any oak contact, for a fresher style.

An inviting golden colour, this Chardonnay is ripe and soft, with yellow apple, tangerine and pineapple fruit. The palate is refreshing and mellow, with a round, lightly nutty finish.

£9.98 when you buy 2 or more saving 15%! Worth a try! 

Vina Ardanza 2005! - Its open to try today!!!Date published: 31/05/14

It is here the new vintage of the Ardanza and goodness me is it a cracking new vintage! It is open to try on our tasting counter and it really is one to try! So pop in and see us and try a sample of this gorgeous wine! 

£19.00 when you buy 2 or more Fine wine or Spirits from the buy 2 save £10 range!

There is a bit more information about the wine below: 

VIÑA ARDANZA 2005  The 2005 harvest was excellent, which enabled us to select only the best grapes to make Viña Ardanza 2005. The vineyards benefited from very generous weather conditions and the grapes ripened perfectly as a result. Moderate and well-timed rainfall ensured a very good budding. 

The Tempranillo grape bunches were of average size, whereas the Garnacha vines yielded very loose bunches with small-sized berries, which resulted in highly concentrated grapes. Grape picking started in early October, with mild daytime weather and cold temperatures at night. This temperature drop assisted in both balancing the sugars and achieving phenolic ripeness, which is crucial in producing quality wines. 

2005 was officially awarded as “Excellent”.

  The 2005 vintage of Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. The Tempranillo grapes come from our 30-year-old plots ‘La Cuesta’ and ‘Montecillo’, located in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The Garnacha grapes come from ancient vines planted at a 600 meter altitude in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), on plots adjoining our ‘Finca La Pedriza’.  

The grapes were selected in the vineyard and taken to the winery in refrigerated trucks. Once fermented, the wines were transferred to American oak barrels in May 2006. The Tempranillo was barrel-aged for 36 months in four and a half year-old casks. The Garnacha was aged for 30 months in two and three year-old casks. The wines were manually racked six times. It was bottled in July 2009.  

Dark ruby red with an orange tint on the rim. Intense and lively on the nose, with spicy and balsamic aromas, scents of vanilla, coconut shells and black pepper with undertones of blackberries. 

Well-structured on the palate, perfectly balanced in acidity and alcohol content, with soft and silky tannins. The long aftertaste displays flavours of fresh blackberries along with spicy woody notes. 

The Ideal partner for roasted and grilled meats, barbecues, poultry and game, Iberian ham and sausages, as well as semi-cured cheeses.

New Arrival!!! Mud House Pinot Noir!! Date published: 30/05/14

We welcome with open arms this delicious new Pinot Noir from Centeral Otago. 

This powerful pinot is packed full of red cherry and darker bramble fruit complimented by a subtle spice. With hints of mocha and perfectly balanced tannins its a treat on these warmer evenings. 

Try this delight with a duck salad, very yummy! 

Priced at £9.99 when you buy 2 or more from our summer selection your in for a treat! 

Open to try on our tasting counter so come on in!! 

Wine of the Week - Killka Chardonnay 2012, ArgentinaDate published: 29/05/14

The whites have done it again this week with the beautiful Chardonnay. New in recently, all of us have been wanting to try it! So here it is, from what is considered to be Argentina's single largest 'cool climate' estate, stretching 22km from east to west, and taking in 5 distinct microclimates, enabling them to make a variety of styles, including this lightly-oaked Chardonnay.

The very subtle vanilla is complimented by lovely tropical and citrus fruits. Its gorgeous and seriously worth a try! 

Priced at just £7.99 its an absolute bargain! Saving 33% off when two or more bottles are purchased from our summer selection

Wine of The Week- Pierre-Jean Sauvion Sauvignon Blanc 2013 PGI Loire ValleyDate published: 22/05/14

Pierre-Jean Sauvion Sauvignon Blanc 2013 PGI Loire Valley

£7.49 (when you buy 2, save 25%)

This Sauvignon Blanc wine is produced by Pierre-Jean Sauvion, who is a fourth generation of a family of winemakers based at Château du Cleray. Located in the outskirts of Nantes, the estate is most famous for its Muscadet, but also makes this Sauvignon Blanc sourced from several vineyard sites further inland.

A light, straightforward wine, with a citrus fruit backbone and gentle accents of nettles and freshly cut grass on the nose. Crisp acidity provides a refreshing finish.

Perfect with a summery baby-leaf salad with fresh tomatoes and goat's cheese.

Victoria's Fine Wine of the week- Château Grand Faurie La Rose 2009 St-Emilion Grand CruDate published: 18/05/14

This week my top pick of our Fine wines is the Château Grand Faurie La Rose 2009 St-Emilion Grand Cru!.

We were lucky enough to open this beauty on our Summer Wine event and it is safe to say it did not disappoint.

This Bordeuax blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is typical of the blend of Fine red wines from the ' right bank' of Bordeuax Merlot dominant unlike its counterpart that favours more Cabernet Sauvignon.. St-Emilion resides closely to other well known wine districts such as Pomerol and St- Georges- St Emilion. As well as being referred to as the 'left bank' and 'right bank' these wine districts can also be known as the Medoc or the Graves. These are split by the Gironde, leaving the middle district known as Entre Deux Mers (between two seas). The most renowned wines on the right bank come from St-Emilion and Pomerol which both have their own appellations. 

This particular wine comes from a small, established château just to the north of St. Emilion, which today is under the same ownership as the neighbouring Château Larmande. The area has St. Emilion's trademark sand and limestone soils which are kept well drained. 

This is an incredibly smooth wine that has good colour. It is a  medium-bodied claret, with a pleasantly spicy and mature nose, with hints of leather and clove against a backdrop of bramble and dried prune fruit. The tannins are supple and fine grained.  The year 2009 was considered to be of outstanding quality according to Robert Parker, and this is certainly a wine of quality. 

This wine is drinking well now, although with our save £10 on two bottles of Fine Wine you could purchase one for drinking now and one to age. This wine would benefit from decanting to really enjoy it.

This wine would be perfectly partnered with with roast beef or lamb. £18.00 (when you buy two!)

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013 Monte Schiavo £6.74 (when you buy 2, save 25%)Date published: 18/05/14

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013 Monte Schiavo 

£6.74 (when you buy 2, save 25%)

This Italian white is made from the grape Verdicchio.

It originates from Monte Schiavo which are a large cooperative group. The fruit used to produce this wine is sourced from over 35 growers and therefore is of a superb quality. Verdicchio is the signature wine from the Marche region on the Adriatic Coast and is the perfect example of a fresh summery white wine from Italy.

This is an invigorating wine with great diversity of fruit it bursts with lemon and lime as well as pineapple and apricot.

On the finish it has a taste of almonds.

A good party wine to be enjoyed on a hot Summers day.

Hannah's top 3 RosesDate published: 14/05/14

The sun is back and shining through our windows so I thought it was about time to share with you my top picks to enjoy in this weather. 

Number 1: Chateau Pigoudet "La Chapelle" Rose - A stunning rose from Provence, oozing red apples and strawberry. Its so light and elegant it is the ultimate rose to enjoy on these sunny afternoons. Priced at £9.34 (15% off when you buy 2 bottles from the 15% off range!!) It is a steal! 

Number 2: Etoile de Mer Rosé - From the Northern part of Provence come this spectacular wine. A Provence rosé with a little extra fruit density with Strawberry and subtle herbal hints. It is a gorgeous summer tipple! £8.99 (255 off when you buy 2 or more from the buy 2 save 25% range!)  

Number 3: M de Minuty Rosé - As you can probably tell I am a Provence fan! This is an absolute treat to enjoy in the sun with a tomato salad. Its delicate, its elegant and its delicious...Need I say more. On offer at just £9.99 (33% off when you buy 2 or more from the summer selection!)

Two week Special OffersDate published: 13/05/14

We have the following two weeks special offers starting from today.

Torres Vina Sol £5.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles from the 25% off range.

Codorniu Rosado £6.66 when you buy 2 or more bottles from the Summer Selection - the 33% off range.

Codorniu Seleccion Ravenots £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles from the Summer Selection - the 33% off range.

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles from the Summer Selection - the 33% off range.

New Arrival!! Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV Franciacorta!Date published: 11/05/14

Introducing our new arrival for Summer, the Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV Franciacorta! 

£14.98 When you buy 2, save 33.3% (Single bottle price £22.49).

This wine is a perfect blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Franciacorta is a region in Lombardy which gives the local sparkling wines their name, having been made a DOC in 1967. Ten years earlier, Guido Berlucchi was the first to produce this style commercially, and went on to become the region's largest sparkling wine producer.

With its Chardonnay-biased blend, this is a supremely elegant wine, with a light-footed feel on the palate. Generously fragranced with pear, golden apple and citrus character.

Serve with mixed antipasti or fresh cheeses.

New- The Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013, MarlboroughDate published: 11/05/14

Fear not Ned lovers, we here at majestic understand just hoe much a good New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc means to you, our customers.

Which is why we have searched far and wide to find you the very best quality at exceptional value. We would like to debut to you are new Kiwi Sauvignon that we believe to be the next big thing! 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 vineyards are nurtured to ensure that the grapes reach optimum ripeness, varietal character and flavour. The winemakers then finely craft the wine to capture the essence of its origin. A majority of the fruit sourced for this wine is found from their own Woolshed vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, with the rest of the fruit being provided by partner growers. 

This wine is pale straw yellow in appearance with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and the hint of nettles that is expected from a New World Sauvignon. On the palate this is crisp, concentrated and vibrant combining the citrus and tropical fruit flavours with green vegetal undertones.

This lovely wine is available at only £6.66 (when you buy 2 as part of a mixed case) which means you save 33.3%!

Enjoy it chilled, all Summer long.

Introducing our new Summer Sparkler the Chandon Brut NV from Argentina!Date published: 11/05/14

We welcome with open arms this week this little gem from Argentina! the Chandon Brut NV!

Following two years of exploration, Moët & Chandon identified a fine vineyard location in Mendoza's Uco Valley, planting it in 1959. They have gone on to use their abundance of Champagne expertise to create this traditional-method sparkling wine. made from a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes this is a fresh and elegant style of sparkling wine, with a nose centering on citrus, pineapple and white peach aroma with subtle brioche hints, and a palate with great accuracy and length.

Try as an alternate to Champagne this Summer at only £12.98 (save 33% when you buy 2 products from our pick 'n' mix)

Saturday Kitchen 10th May - Paul Mas VermentinoDate published: 10/05/14

This week, Saturday Kitchen was filmed in our Newmarket store. 

Susie Barrie was filmed recommending Paul Mas Vermentino 2013 (£7.64 when you buy 2 or more from our 15% off range). This wine was matched to a Steamed Sea Bass dish.

Prosecco Di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry Date published: 09/05/14

To celebrate the three queens being in Southampton today we are open some Friday fizz in the form of the Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry N/V DOCG from Italy.  This is currently £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles from our summer selection

La Marca winery is located in Oderazo, in the Veneto region.  Its members own about 4,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain.

Adanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid the continual improvement of wine quality.

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

Ideal as an aperitif or to accompany a light lunch.

Victoria's Fine Wine of the week- La Réserve de Léoville-Barton 2007 St-JulienDate published: 07/05/14

Here at Majestic we appreciate a well made wine more then most. When we find a particular wine that ignite our passion more than most we want to share that with you. Everybody should be able to purchase Fine Wine at prices that are not about to break the bank. Every week we shall be selecting a Fine wine that really ignites our passion and yours as-well.

This week let me introduce the La Réserve de Léoville-Barton 2007 St-Julien. This Claret is a typical Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It is the second wine of Léoville-Barton's vineyards that resides on the left bank of Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant grape variety of the left bank of Bordeaux that is separated by the river.From the gravelly dunes of Léoville-Barton's vineyards, leading down to the bank of the Gironde, La Réserve is the second wine of this famous property. As an earlier drinking version of the grand vin, this is real value for money at £25.00!

With a classic 'left bank' nose of smoky blackberry fruit and pencil lead, the palate is rich and rounded with assertive tannins, ample fruit and well integrated oak. It is drinking well now but if you can restrain yourself from opening it over the next  two or three years it will be drinking superbly. 

Wine of the Week - Symbiose Piquepoul Sauvignon Blanc 'Cuvée Florence' 2013, Cȏtes de ThauDate published: 06/05/14

Symbiose Piquepoul Sauvignon Blanc 'Cuvée Florence' 2013, Cȏtes de Thau

£6.47 (when you buy 2, save 25%)

This new product from the South of France is a blend of Piquepoul and Sauvignon Blanc.

The Cotes de Thau is a vineyard area that borders the Thua Basin, a large body of water that lies inland of the Mediterranean. This is a region that is naturally suited to viticulture with plenty of sunshine and heat, and sea breezes that temper the effects of humidity within the vineyards.

On the palate this wine has a combination of crisp, lean minerally Piquepoul with Sauvignon Blanc's vibrant tropical characteristics that produces a wine that is refreshing and excellently balanced.

Enjoy this chilled with fresh fish for the perfect pairing.

We are making it Easier to Explore at MajesticDate published: 01/05/14

From now on you can explore our offers "the simple way" by mix and matching within the main offer categories.

Our best offers this summer are within our "summer selection" where you can mix and match 2 or more bottles and get 33% off!

We have a 25% off range where you can also mix and match 2 or more bottles from this selection.

The third offer category is our 15% off where you can also mix and match 2 or more bottles.

You no longer need to buy 2 or more bottles of the specific bottle to get the offer and can now buy a mixed box whilst receiving all of our fantastic offers!

Feel free to ask for more clarification in store, call us on 02380 221478 or e-mail sot@majestic.co.uk

Wine of The Week - Oyster Bay Sauvignon BlancDate published: 29/04/14

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand

Marlborough has been at the heart of a winemaking revolution without modern precedent and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.

Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

Suitable for a party wine or with white meat and seafood!

£7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles from the Summer Selection

Its back! - Château Pigoudet ‘La Chapelle’ Rosé 2013 Coteaux d’Aix-en-ProvenceDate published: 27/04/14

I cant contain my excitement! Its back this absolutely stunning Rosé! It is one of the most delicate and delicious wines I have had the pleasure of drinking. 

It really is worth a try, priced at £9.99 its a bargain! 

Saturday Kitchen Recommendation - 26th AprilDate published: 26/04/14

Saturday Kitchen this week was filmed in our Covent Garden store. 

Olly Smith was filmed recommending Paul Mas Estate Marsanne 2013 (£6.66 when you buy 2 or more from our Easter Pic 'n' Mix - 33% off). This wine was matched to a cod and mussels dish. 

This wine is currently on a tremendous offer until Monday 28th April and has been selling very well in store recently.  Give us a call on 02380 221478 or e-mail sot@majestic.co.uk should you wish to purchase any. 

First Class Pinot Noir 2013, Casablanca ValleyDate published: 22/04/14

This wine is sourced from the Casablanca Valley and vinified at a state-of-the art winery in neigh-bouring Maipo Valley.  Following a cold soak, the grapes are fermented with selected yeasts and matured without oak for a fruit-focused character.

Jam packed with red fruits on both nose and palate, this Pinot Noir is awash with raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant fruit, framed by supple tannins and gentle hints of floral and pepper hints.

A great partner for tender pork loin.

£5.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles from the Easter Pic 'n' Mix

Oyster Bay £7.99 offerDate published: 22/04/14

A fantastic new addition to our 33% off range in the form of Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc which is £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles. 

Oyster Bay are one of the most famous and dynamic wineries.  Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.

This wine shows pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits alongside a subtle herbaceousness.  Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

Ned Sauvignon Blanc offer @ £6.99Date published: 22/04/14

Do not miss out on securing the Ned Sauvignon Blanc whilst it is at £6.99.  Whilst we are fast running out in store ee are expecting a big stock up mid-May and can deliver it to as soon as we receive it

Saturday Kitchen recommendation - open to taste in store todayDate published: 19/04/14

On this mornings Saturday Kitchen Susy Atkins  selected the Lindauer Special Reserve NV (£9.99 if you buy 2 or more wines from the Easter Pick 'n' Mix) as the wine match for the Heaven and Hell dish.

This Special Reserve (which is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay) undergoes a secondary fermentation in bottle.

It has a pale pink colour with copious beads of small bubbles bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine and hints of black-fruit.  It is very creamy on the palate.

Great chilled as an aperitif or with seafood!

Open to taste in store today!

Its Fizzy Friday!!!Date published: 18/04/14

Come and join us today for a glass of this delightful Cava Rose! 

Packed full of strawberry and red berry fruit this is what everybody should be drinking this Easter weekend! This lovely, refreshing rose is a must for the BBQs this weekend and it is on a cracking offer of just £7.32 when you buy 2 or more from the Pick 'N' Mix range! 

We look forward to seeing you! 

Today is Malbec World DayDate published: 17/04/14

Happy Malbec World Day to all of our customers.

To celebrate we have the Santa Ana Malbec ( £5.99 if you buy 2 or more)and Argento Malbec (£6.66 if you buy 2 or more) open to taste this weekend.

NEW ARRIVAL – Vallee Des Pins Rose 2013, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Date published: 16/04/14

NEW ARRIVAL – Vallee Des Pins Rose 2013, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence With this Easter weekend set to be a scorcher this is the perfect rose to sip away to in the garden. 


GRAPES:- Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon

The vineyards of Vallee des Pins are located just to the north of AIX en Provence. This wine is made by traditional “assemblage”, in which the constituent grape varieties are vinified separately, before being carefully blended to achieve the desired style.

Pale and delicate in appearance, this rose has remarkable depth of flavour and aroma. Strawberry, raspberry and white peach fruit combine with more exotic guava-like characters.

Available to taste in store this weekend

£7.99 When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £9.99BUY 2 SAVE £$

Montagny Viellies Vignes Buxy £7.49 one week special offerDate published: 16/04/14

Don't miss out on the deal of Montagny Vieilles Vignes 2010 Buxy. 25% off just for a week (offer ends on 21th April). The price is only £7.49 at the moment when you buy 2 or more.  This wine was recommended by Saturday Kitchen last month as a great match for a fish dish.

Slightly riper fruit and fuller body than Chablis, but with the same steely mineral elegance. It is full of crunchy green apple flavours accompanied by ripe lemon. It is a perfect white for spring that will go lovely with salads, fish, chicken - a real crowd pleaser.

Easter Delivery UpdateDate published: 16/04/14

Just a quick update to advise that we are still taking deliveries for Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th April.

We are closed on Sunday 20th April and are open 10am unilt 5pm bank holiday Monday.

Deliveries post Easter will resume Tuesday 22nd April and Wednesday 23rd April.

Introducing the stunning Bouvet Samur Rose!Date published: 13/04/14

The sun has finally got his hat on! Here at Majestic Southampton we are preparing for a season of warm days, Summer gatherings and lots and lots of refreshing Rose wine to tickle our taste buds.

So we are extremely excited to introduce this perfect Summer sparkler.

The house of Bouvet-Ladubay was founded in 1851 by Etienne Bouvetand his wife, Celestine Ladubay, and is now one of the Loire's foremost sparkling wine producers. Bouvet are known for their sparkling wines made from Chenin Blanc from Samur from grapes that are sourced locally from several local producers.

Made in the traditional method as the same style of Champagne these wines offer a purse friendly alternative without compromising on taste, and this lovely Rise is no different. Produced from 100% Cabernet Franc this wine is a delicate and inviting salmon pink, with a raspberry and peach fruit character, a fine mousse and a clean and uplifting floral nose. A real crowd pleaser and perfect as a Summery aperitif.

Currently this little beauty is £8.99 and is our pick 'n' mix! Stock up now for a real treat this Easter, or dazzles your friends with it at parties or BBQs over the Summer.

Provence Rose Parcel availableDate published: 10/04/14

Miraval Rosé 2013Available in unsplit 6 packs of 75cl bottles (£113.94) or unsplit 6 packs of magnums (£228) The second ever vintage of this wine since Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt acquired and renovated the Château in 2009. Winemaking expertise is provided by the renowned Perrin family (of Château de Beaucastel fame). The inaugural 2012 vintage was the first rosé ever to make the Wine Spectator Top 100 wines, and this follow up doesn’t disappoint. Complex with layers of raspberry and strawberry fruits, wild herbs, citrus and wet stone and refreshing acidity.  

M de Minuty Rosé 2013Available in unsplit 3 packs of magnums (£75) Already available in the Majestic range, this is the latest vintage – now available in magnum. The magnums are the same shape as the 75cl bottles and look gorgeous – a real favourite of the parcel!  

Château de Berne Rosé 2013 – Available in unsplit 3 packs of magnums (£82.50)  Already available at Majestic in standard size bottles, this is the new vintage in magnums.  I was lucky enough to go an educational visit to this chateau in April 2013 and I can inform you that this is a beautiful wine, perfect for sipping on a hot summers day.

Please call us in store on 02380 221478, e-mail sot@majestic.co.uk or see www.majestic.co.uk for more information on how to acquire these wines.

Wine of The Week - Eguia Gran ReservaDate published: 09/04/14

Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, Vina Eguia


Bodegas Eguia 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 and 3 years in bottle before release.

Ruby red with medium density and a brick-lick rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.

Great with lamb or a barbecue.

£8.99 when you buy 2 or more

Single bottle Price £13.49

BUY 2 SAVE 33%

Available to taste in store this week.

Ned Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.99Date published: 08/04/14

Please do not miss out on the opportunity to stock up on the Ned Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.99 whilst the offer is on.  The offer ends on the 28th April

Peroni special Offer - £1 per bottleDate published: 07/04/14

Remember that we have Peroni on a £1 per bottle (£24 for a box of 24) special offer until 28th April

Saturday Kitchen recommendation - Codorniu Raventos!Date published: 05/04/14

On this mornings Saturday Kitchen Olly Smith was filmed recommending the Codorniu Raventos (£7.99 if you buy 2 or more).  This cava was recommended to go with fish and chips.  It is available to taste this weekend in store.

Wine of The Week - Torres Vina EsmeraldaDate published: 05/04/14

Torres Vina Esmeralda 2013

GRAPE VARIETIES:- Gewurztraminer, Muscat

Typically innovative and different, this is an intriguing blend from 4th generation grower Miguel Torres. Founded in 1870, Torres have a rich history of innovation. Although mainly Moscatel, Vina Esmeralda is dominated by the fragrance and spice of the Gewurztraminer.

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.

Great as a warm summers day aperitif!

£6.99 when you buy 2 or more

Single bottle Price £8.99


Available to taste in store

Spanish Spotlight Tasting Saturday 5th April Date published: 04/04/14

We still have places available for our Spanish themed spotlight tasting this weekend at 3pm.  Book now on 02380 221478 or e-mail sot@majestic.co.uk and remember that IT IS FREE!

Spanish Tasting Wines Available to taste this weekendDate published: 04/04/14


El Rescatado Albarin £12.99 £9.99 buy 2 save £6

Caixas Albarino £9.99 £7.49 buy 2 save £5

Torres Esmeralda £8.99 £6.99 buy 2 save £4

Vinas del Vero Gewuraztraminer £9.99 special offer


El Parador Crianza £9.99 £7.49 buy 2 save £5

Montecastrillo, Ribers Del Deuro £9.99 £7.99 buy 2 save £4

Pizarras Bierzo £18.99 £15.99 buy 2 save £6

Petalos Bierzo £9.99 £6.66 buy 2 save £6


Muga Rioja Rose £10.99 £9.99 buy 2 save £2

Wine of the Week- M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 30/03/14

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

GRAPE VARIETIES: Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren

The clocks going forward this week marks the start of the English Summer, and in celebration of that we have chosen the mighty Minuty rosé as our WOTW.

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

Pale honeysuckle pink in colour and casked in an elegantly shaped bottle, this wine offers 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.

Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.

£10.99 when you buy 2 or more!

Please help yourself to a taste

Saturday Kitchen recommendation - Muriel Rioja Reserva 2008Date published: 29/03/14

This week on Saturday Kitchen Susy Atkins was filmed recommending the Muriel Reserva Rioja in our Cirencester store.  This wine will be matched to a salt marsh lamb dish.  

This wine is £7.99 if you buy 2 or more and represents a real bargain.

THEY'RE BACK! 2013 Vintage AIX DOUBLE MAGNUMS!Date published: 25/03/14

Everyone is mega excited about seeing the return of the gorgeous AIX magnums! I have to admit it is one of my favorite times of year, you would think nothing would beat it right?

WRONG! The AIX DOUBLE magnums are back in and ready and raring to go! Priced at just £50 a bottle you will be the talk of any party for bringing this little number. 

So lets all get together and try and bring the sun out by coming in to get one of these STUNNING double magnums of delicious Provence rose. 

Latest offers - New to the Pick 'N' MixDate published: 25/03/14

As of this morning we have some new offers added to this months Pick 'N' Mix! 

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel - £6.66

Prosecco Corte Alta NV - £6.66

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - £6.66

Testimonio 2011, Luigi Bosca £8.66

All when you buy 2 or more from our brilliant Pick 'N' Mix range!

Come in and get them while you can! 

Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry N/V open to taste this weekendDate published: 21/03/14

We have some Friday Fizz or Saturday sparkles lined up for you this weekend in the form of the Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry N/ which is £9.99 (33% off down from £14.99) if you buy 2 or more bottles from the March Pic 'N' Mix.

Azienda Vinicola Salatin are based in Cordignano, just 13km north-east of Conegliano.  This prosecco is made from grapes sourced entirely from the DOC vineyards of Treviso and is made in the typically fruit-focussed, off-dry style.

Wonderfully aromatic and zesty, with a nose bursting with green apple fruit, accented with hints of jasmine.  The persistent mousse lifts and refreshes the palate.

An approachable aperitif style that pairs very well with seafood.

El Patito Feo Garnacha Graciano 2012 - new arrivalDate published: 21/03/14

El Patito Feo Garnacha Graciano 2012, Navarra

GRAPE:- Garnacha, Graciano

El Patito Feo, ot the “Ugly Duckling” is a reference to Navarra's perceived lack of status compared with Rioja. This wine demonstrates that Navarra is also more than capable of creating beautifulm swan-like wines.

The nose is fruity and ripe, with a lifted floral perfume and hints of spice. Palate fruit is bright and fresh, with good ripeness and taut, medium-weight tannins.

Palate this with spicy pork dishes.


*When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £8.99

Mature Rioja parcel - Code de Valdemar is back!Date published: 20/03/14

The 'Vendimia Seleccionada' wines from are a delicious 50/50 blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet. No longer produced, this is a rare opportunity to enjoy superb mature Rioja in a style which will appeal to Bordeaux fans and Rioja lovers alike. 

There are 3 excellent vintages in 150cl magnums, and also 4 vintages in large format showstopper 5ltr bottles! The magnums are in unsplit cases per vintage, and the large format bottles are available individually.  

Rioja Gran Reserva 'Vendimia Seleccionada' Conde de Valdemar 4 x 1.5ltr bottles 1998 - £79.96 

Rioja Gran Reserva 'Vendimia Seleccionada' Conde de Valdemar 5ltr bottle 1998 - £70.00  

Rioja Gran Reserva 'Vendimia Seleccionada' Conde de Valdemar 4 x 1.5ltr bottles 1996 - £79.96 

Rioja Gran Reserva 'Vendimia Seleccionada' Conde de Valdemar 5ltr bottle 1996 - £70.00 

 Rioja Gran Reserva 'Vendimia Seleccionada' Conde de Valdemar 5ltr bottle 1995 - £70.00  

Rioja Gran Reserva 'Vendimia Seleccionada' Conde de Valdemar 4 x 1.5ltr bottles 1994 - £79.96 

Rioja Gran Reserva 'Vendimia Seleccionada' Conde de Valdemar 5ltr bottle 1994 - £70.00 

The web exclusive will end at 3pm on Wednesday 26 March.

For more information feel free to call us in store on 02380 221478, e-mail sot@majestic.co.uk, visit us in person or see www.majestic.co.uk/conde-valdemar-wine

Lay and Wheeler Fine Wine PlanDate published: 19/03/14

Lay and Wheeler Fine Wine Plan

Lay and Wheeler are the fine wine specialist of Majestic Wine. If you have a keen interest in wine or are looking to develop your interest then this is definitely for you!

Lay and Wheeler have over 150 years experience of buying and selling fine wine.  They have a brilliant team of enthusiastic experts to help choose your wine and tailor your collection to your needs. A monthly subscription means that you can build up your kitty to get your dream case!  Although, in 2009 they were brought under the Majestic wine banner they still operate as a separate company, based in Sufffolk.  They specialise in selling wines in Bond and En Primeur, meaning customers have access to great vintages and fine wines at the earliest opportunity.

There are also lots of benefits to this scheme:

10% discount at Majestic Wine (when you subscribe £100 or more a month)

Free joining case (available for withdrawal after a 12 month continuous subscription)

Fine wine plan advance means that you have 3 times your monthly subscription as a credit limit

Exclusive offers every quarter featuring fantastic wines and offers

For more information please feel free to pop into the store and chat to us about this great fine wine plan!

March pic 'n' Mix - beat the budget!Date published: 19/03/14

With the Budget looming our March Pick and Mix really does offer great value for money. The offer has a range of wines at 33% off when you buy two or more from this range. Stock up on your favorite wines today and remember the party services we offer for your party this summer...sale or return, glass loans and taste before you buy in addition to free delivery.

Wine of the week - poggioargentiera rosato 2012 Date published: 19/03/14

Poggioargentiera Rosato 2012, IGT Toscana

GRAPE:- Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc

ORIGIN:- This wine comes from young vineyards in Maremma, in the far south-western corner of Tuscany's Mediterranean coast. Made entirely from red grapes, this wine is vinified like a white wine, with very short skin contact and cool fermentation in stainless steel.

A light and dry rose, with ripe and invigorating aromatics, a soft and delicate mouthfeel and fresh acidity, carrying lush flavours of candied cherry and strawberry.

Available to taste in store


if you buy two or more

Pressmention - Saturday 15th March Date published: 17/03/14

On Saturday Kitchen last weekend the Montagny Veilles Vignes Buxy 2010 was matched to a cod recipe by Paul Rankin.

This wine is a superb wine for £8.99 when you buy 2 or more.  In my opinion it is the best value white burgundy we do and for under £10 this is a real bargain.  This offers ripe lemon aromas, accompanied by subtle hints of white blossom.  More refreshing citrus flavours on the palate and an elegant steely finish.

Excellent to either drink on its own or with shellfish.

One Week Special offers joining the Pick 'n' MixDate published: 11/03/14

All these wines are 33% off should you buy 2 or more wines from the pic 'n' mix.

Chateau Meaume 2010, Bordeaux Superieur £6.66 

Gavi Montiero 2013, Rocca £5.99

Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, Vina Eguia £8.99

Rioja Reserva 2008, Vina Eguia £6.66

Nicolas Feuillate N/V £16.66

Veuve Clicquot Brut N/V £29.98

Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough New Zealand £6.99

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2013 £8.33

The Ned is back on offer - for one week only!Date published: 11/03/14

Please do not miss out on the opportunity of our one-week special offer on the Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99 if you buy 2 or more.  It will revert to £8.99 from Tuesday 18th March so please do not miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

Wine of the Week - Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Bush Vine Pinotage, 2010 StellenboschDate published: 10/03/14


'The Bernard Series', Bush Vine Pinotage 2010, Stellenbosch

This bold and classy wine takes on the signature grape of South Africa. This wine is some what removed from the usual medium-bodied cherry-scented quaffers that are normally produced from Pinotage.

This complex wine is hand-picked from a single vineyard site of mature vines and aged in French oak for 18 months to give it a spicy toastiness.

Deep plum in colour and deliciously full-bodied. This wine boasts intense flavours of damson and black cherry whilst being accentuated with hints of smoked meat and truffle.

Why not pair with barbecued ribs or other flame grilled meats.

Wine of the Week - Rachel's Chenin Blanc 2013 Boschendal, Coastal RegionDate published: 05/03/14

From one of South Africa's original wine farms, this wine is named after Rachelsfontein, the estate's water spring. This wine's fullness of flavour is a result of weekly lees stirring in a process called 'battonage', which produces a wine of greater depth and texture.

Fruity, well-balanced and full bodied wine, distinguishable by its exotic mango and honey aromas. The palate has a core of tropical fruit flavours with hints of nuts and honey.

Try this wine with fish stew and fresh herbs or other sea food based dishes.

At £5.99 when you buy 2 or more from our Pick 'N' Mix range it is a bargain and really worth a try! 

THEY'RE BACK! 2013 Vintage AIX MagnumsDate published: 27/02/14

Do not miss out on the AIX Magnums 2013 vintage magnums.  We have just had our first delivery of them for rose (summer) season - they will run out so please make sure you do not miss out and you stock up early! £19.99

Argentina Malbecs join the pick 'n' mix!Date published: 26/02/14

Calling all lovers of Argentine Malbec! 

We have an offer for you that can not be missed. For a six day period we will be adding our fantastic range of Argentina Malbecs to our February pick 'n' mix offers. This will run for limited time only so be quick to ensure you grab yourself a great deal. Malbec is the at the heart of all Argentine wines, it is it's staple grape variety that has achieved infamous status in its own right. We have picked out two of our best for you to try and they are open for you on the tasting counter this week.

Portillo Malbec 2013, Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza. £6.66 (when you buy 2). Arguably one of our favourite malbecs here at Majestic Southampton. This intensely red-purple wine, has an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. It is round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins. Now open to try in store, we are really spoiling you.

Callia Bella Malbec 2013 San Juan. £6.66 (save 33% in the pick 'n' mix). This wine is deep and purple with upfront and straightforward characters of wild berries and baking spice. This wine is intense and generous on the palate with plush tannins and a good ripeness. Come and give this a try, open to taste. Guarantee you will not be disappointed. Try this with meatballs in a rich tomato sauce. 

Wine of The Week - Passimento £8.99 if you buy 2 or moreDate published: 26/02/14

We have a new Italian gem for you all! The name of this wine is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour. A delicious blend of Merlot, Corvina and Croatina

A dense and deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated black and red cherry flavour, and hints of leather and spice. The palate has a layered texture, with muscular tannins providing a long finish. 

Priced at just £8.99 It really is worth a try! 

Open to taste on the tasting counter

Saturday Kitchen 22nd Feb - Georges Dubeouf 2011 Date published: 22/02/14

Jane Parkison selected the George Dubeouf 2011 for the "Heaven or Hell" dish on this mornings Saturday Kitchen.

This is made from the Gamay grape that is famous in this region of Beaujolais.  It is currently at £7.49 if you buy 2 or more.

A 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 birght and youthful wine with a fresh finish.

Try lightly chilled on its own, otherwise a tuna stak will partner this wine nicely.

Web ExclusiveDate published: 20/02/14

Do not miss our on the chance of grabbing our latest web exclusive:-

The wines available online are: 

Delegat Reserve Merlot 2009 Heretaunga Plains Vineyards, Hawke's Bay 6x75cl bottles - £41.94  

This Merlot from the Delegat's Web Exclusive is made from the very best fruit in Hawkes Bay. Packed with ripe, juicy, dark fruit flavours and a full bodied richness; this wine is great with tomato pasta dishes and red meats.

Delegat Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009 Heretaunga Plains Vineyards, Hawke's Bay 6x75cl bottles - £41.94 

Made from the classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot this Delegat's Web Exclusive wine is a New World winner! Bursting with lush black fruits, its vibrancy really shines through. Have this soft and velvety wine with steak or your weekend roast

The web exclusive will end at 3pm on Monday 24th February.

Wine of the Week - Paul Mas "Cabernet de CabernetDate published: 19/02/14

Paul Mas “Cabernet de Cabernet” 2012
Domaine Paul Mas combines mechanical harvesting with hand picking. The use of machines allows them to collect the largest amount of grapes at optimum ripeness. It also means that they can keep picking theough the night to avoid the grapes oxidising in the heat of the day.

The blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Cabernet Franc is in fact a mix of finished wines. Blackberry and roasted pepper characters sit well in a full-bodied, soft red with acres of character.

Serve with barbecued meat, pasta dishes or hard cheese

Available to taste in store


*When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £8.99

Wine of the Week - Catena Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 12/02/14

Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Mendoza

Catena’s Agrelo vineyards possess ideal soil and micro-climatic conditions for growing classic varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, and are renowned for producing wines of great finesse and elegance.

Full bodied, with rich, dark, supremely concentrated cassis-scented black fruit and a warm, spicy finish.

Excellent with steaks, roast beef or, if you are feeling adventurous, haggis.

£9.99 - When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £12.99

Wines Joing the Pick 'N' MixDate published: 11/02/14

Two week special offers!

Wither Hills (it's back!) Sauvignon Blanc - £6.66 when you buy 2 or more

Cotes du Rhone E.Guigal £7.99 when you buy 2 or more 

Raboso Corte Alta £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

Offers end Monday 24th March

New arrival!! Passimento, PasquaDate published: 09/02/14

We have a new Italian gem for you all! The name of this wine is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour. A delicious blend of Merlot, Corvina and Croatina

A dense and deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated black and red cherry flavour, and hints of leather and spice. The palate has a layered texture, with muscular tannins providing a long finish. 

Priced at just £8.99 It really is worth a try! 

New Arrival!! Torres "Days of SummerDate published: 09/02/14

With the unbelievable weather that we are experiencing at the moment, I feel that this wine is what everyone needs. New to the store Days of Summer from Miguel Torres is a wine to brighten any rainy day, priced at £6.99!

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.

With a glass of this in hand close your eyes and imagine sitting in the sun! 

Bring on the summer!! 

My Top Picks for Valentines Day!Date published: 09/02/14

With Valentines day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start choosing the wines that will make the romantic day even more special. 

Pink Fizz is generally the drink of choice so with that in mind I would recommend the Nicholas Feuillatte Brut Rose. This ideal pink champagne is a delicious treat offering intense notes of blueberry and raspberry. It is delicate, romantic and a lovely bubbly at a delightful price of just £19.99! (when you buy 2 or more from our pick and mix range)

For a red why not go for an absolute stunner from Australia...? The Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon by Two Hands. This voluptuous wine is perfect with an alluring nose of rich fruit, and subtle touches of violet, smoke, and leafy herbs. Fulsome yet elegant, the tannins are smooth and the palate tightly structured. At £18.99 (when you buy 2 or more from the selected fine wine range) who wouldn't want this included in their 3 course home cooked meal for two? By candle light its even better! 

As for a white wine, Valentines day wouldn't be complete without a bottle of L'Instant Passion Sauvignon Blanc. This delicious Sauvignon is from South West France, from grapes grown on the Gascony hillsides benefiting from maximum sunshine. Its a very fresh wine with notes of passion fruit and other tropical numbers. At £7.49 (when you buy 2 or more) Valentines day wouldn't be the same with out it. 

We have plenty of other options so pop in and see us! 

Planning a Wedding or Special Party??Date published: 09/02/14

Planning a Wedding or Party?

The team here in Southampton would absolutely love to help you plan your special occasion. All you need to do is talk to any member of staff who will help you plan the perfect wines, beers, water and spirits for your event. Let us know how many guests you are expecting and we can tailor a drinks package to your exact requirements, taking into account your menu, budget, and above all your personal tastes!

Don't forget, we also have a tasting counter here in-store which gives you a really great opportunity to sample a few wines and to see exactly what wine styles you enjoy.

Why not sign up to one of our free tasting events to explore your tastes and gain a better knowledge of our wines!

At Majestic we also offer the following party services

Free wine glass, flutes, hi-ball tumbler and pint glass hire (with a refundable deposit of £1 per glass)

Free Chiller bin hire (£15 refundable deposit)

Ice £3.99 for a 4kg bag.

FREE delivery!

Although we're happy to offer advice on quantities, it's always better to get too much than too little, so to help put your mind at ease we can offer sale-or-return on all large orders. 

For more detailed information take a look at our Party Planner Booklet, or view online at www.majestic.co.uk

Wine of The Week - Luigi Bosca MalbecDate published: 07/02/14

NEW ARRIVAL Malbec Luigi Bosca 2011 Vistalba

Bodega Luigi Bosca was started in 1901, when the original wave of Italian winemakers had settled in Argentina, and is now in its fourth generation of family ownership. Vistalba is an important sub-region of Lujan de Cuyo, located at 990m above sea level.

Deeply fruity, with a dark and voluptuous feel, this is a fine example of Argentina's trademark style. Tightly structured, it brings together subtle vanilla hints, firm tannins and well-judged acidity.

Try this with seared venison loin.

Available to taste in store


*When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £15.99

Wines of Argentina week - 07/02/14 - 13/02/14Date published: 07/02/14

This week we have open on our tasting counter some of most famous wines in Argentina.

The Argentine wine industry is the 5th largest producer of wine in the world with the most important wine regions located in the provences of Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja. Salta, Catamarca, Rio Negro and more recently Southern Buenos Aires are also wine producing regions.

The Mendoza province produces more than 60% of the Argentine wine and is the source of an even higher percentage of the total exports. Due to the high altitude and low humidity of the main wine producing regions, Argentine vineyards rarely face the problems of insects, fungi, molds and other grape diseases, therefore it allows cultivating with little or no pesticides, enabling even organic wines to be easily produced.

There are many different varities of grapes cultivated in Argentina, with Malbec brought from France which makes most of Argentina's best known wines, Bonarda brought from Italy (Douce noir of Savoie) and Torrontes, another typically Argentine grape which is mostly found in the provinces of La Rioja, San Juan and Salta.

In November 2010, the Argentine government declared Wine as Argentina's national liquor - SALUD!!!

Our Argentinian wines on the tasting counter:

Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc - £5.99 (if you buy 2 or more)

Catena Chardonnay - £9.99 (if you buy 2 or more)

Finca Las Moras Tannat - £7.99 (if you buy 2 or more)

Malbec Luigi Bosca (New arrival!) - £12.99 (if you buy 2 or more)

Alamos Malbec - £6.66 (if you buy 2 or more)

Bargain Bouquets - wines under £6Date published: 06/02/14

La Serrana Tempranillo 2012. Spain - £4.99

Cuvee Genevieve Blanc 2012, Southern France - £4.99

Cuvee de Richard Blanc 2012, Southern France - £5.49

Muscadet 2012, Jean Sablenay, Loire Valley £5.99

McGuigan Chardonna 2010y, Australia £5.99

Mont St Jean 2012, Corbeires, Southern France £5.99

Sangiovese Bacaro 2012, Italy £5.99

San Marco Frascati Secco 2012, Italy £5.99

Yali Wetland Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Chile £5.99

Yali Wetland Cabernet Carmenere 2011, Chile £5.99

Alan Grigion Carignan, Southern France £5.99

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc, Chile £5.99

Rioja 2012, Marques De Grinon, Spain £5.99

Grand Heron  Cotes de Gascogne 2012, Southern France £5.99

Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Chile £5.99

Torres Vina Sol 2012, Catalunya, Spain £5.99

The February Pick 'N' Mix 33% off!Date published: 04/02/14

33% off any 2 selected pick 'n'mix wines.  Come in store to take your pick or visit www.majestic.co.uk for more information.  Offer ends 3rd March

Wine of The Week - Brancott Pinot Noir 2012, MarlboroughDate published: 01/02/14

This weeks wine recommendation is linked to this weeks Saturday kitchen recommendation where Susie Barrie was filmed recommending Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2012This wine was matched to Ken Hom's pigeon dish.

The fruit in this wine comes mainyl across Marlborough, with small amounts from other regions, creating a consistent benchmark Pinot.  A variety of yeast stains, and ageing in a mixture of French and American oak are also used, further enhancing complexity.

Bright red cherries and summer berries characterise the fruit, highlighted by aromas of dried herbs.  The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by firm tannins and streak of taut aciity.

Nyetimber offer ending soon! Date published: 31/01/14

Just thought I would remind you that Monday will be the last day of our spectacular offer on this absolutely beautiful English sparkling wine!

I have to admit the Nyetimber is a strong contender for my top 3 sparkling wines and Champagnes. I really wouldnt wan you to miss out as the price will be changing! 

A gorgeously rich sparkling wine from the Nyetimeber vineyards located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne.

A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.

The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions. (or any occasion really!) 

Don't miss out! If you would like any more info call us in store on 02380 221478, or brave the weather and come and see us. You can also send us and email on sot@majestic.co.uk 

Wines on tasting counter this weekend - offers ending Monday 3rd FebruaryDate published: 31/01/14

Yalumba Y series Viognier £7.99 if you buy 2 or more

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc £4.66 if you buy 2 or more

Berberana Rioja Reserva, Spain 2008 £6.99 if you buy 2 or more

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand £8.49 if you buy 2 or more

CDR Belleruche 2012, Rhone Valley, France £7.99 if you buy 2 or more

A Bargain Hunt Beauty! - Cape Mentelle Sauvignon/SemillonDate published: 29/01/14

This absolute stunner from Australia's Margret River is on offer at just only £12.49 when you buy 2 or more wines from our Bargain Hunt range!!! It is usually £18.74, so it really is a brilliant saving!

The most noted region of Western Australia, Margaret River, has a coolmaritime climate similar to Bordeaux. The pioneering Cape Mentelle winery takes a minimal approach to this blend, allowing the regional character to shine through.

Sauvignon Blanc provides herbaceous, fresh green fruit flavours, perfectly complemented by the delicate lemon blossom aromas of Semillon.

A great match to lightly spiced, Asian-style seafood nut is also a delight on its own! 

I really wouldn't want you to miss out on this fantastic offer! We only have a limited number left so make sure you get them before they disappear!

"2 Up" Shiraz, South Australia - Wine of the WeekDate published: 27/01/14

'2 Up' Shiraz 2012 Kangarilla Road, South Australia

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.

£8.79 - When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £10.99

Only 10 days left on Christmas offers!Date published: 24/01/14

Our Christmas pricing changes on the 3rd February so now is the time to stock up on the bargain sparkling wine, fine wine and champagne prices. 

In addition the 20% off offers on  wines from Australia, New Zealand, The Rhone, Chile and California ends on the 2nd February so please do not miss out!

Only 10 days left of the Bargain HuntDate published: 24/01/14

Enjoy 33.3% off when you buy any two selected end-of-line wines.  Offers are valid until Monday 2nd February.

Australian parcel wines - web exclusive!Date published: 23/01/14

Arrowfield Estate is one of the best known wineries in the Hunter Valley and known for their restrained style of winemaking. These three perfectly aged examples showcase the qualities the region is rightly famous for: delicious purity, intensity of fruit and huge longevity, particularly in the case of Semillon which develops immense complexity with age. 

Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon6 x 75cl bottles = £41.94

A superb value example of the unique style that is Hunter Valley Semillon, from old, low-cropping vines on the Arrowfield Estate. Delicate yet well-defined aromas of lime and lemon are joined by subtle floral hints and complexity from years of careful bottle ageing.

Arrowfield Unwooded Chardonnay6 x 75cl bottles = £35.94

A blend of old vine fruit off the Arrowfield vineyard in the Hunter Valley and cool climate fruit from Orange. Unoaked, with the fresh palate of melon, ripe stonefruit and citrus flavours combining with the savoury character of aged Hunter Valley wine. 

Arrowfield Show Reserve Chardonnay6 x 75cl bottles = £47.94

Aromas of melon and ripe stone fruit combine with toasty, spicy oak. The palate has exceptional fruit intensity supported by a long clean finish. This a beautifully balanced wine with irresistible texture, integrated perfectly due to bottle ageing.

Available exclusively online at majestic.co.uk, you won't find these wines anywhere else in the country. This is a one off parcel which means once it's gone, it's really gone. Buy your case online today!  Feel free to give us a call on 02380 221478 or e-mail sot@majestic.co.uk for more information.   PLEASE NOTE that because we're distributing this Web Exclusive to stores specifically to cover web orders, delivery may take a few days longer than normal and in some cases may be outside our normal 7–day guarantee. For collections the wine may not be available for up to 7 days.

Wine of the Week - Yali Wetlands Cabernet Carmenère Date published: 22/01/14

GRAPE VARIETIES:- Cabernet and Carmenere

Viña Ventisquero harvested bunches by hand and then sorted them to select only the best fruit. After a gentle fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel, a proportion is then aged for 10 months in French oak. After bottling it is aged for another six months.

Red berry flavours from the Cabernet with spicy notes from the Carmenère intermingle with hints of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. A well structured, medium-bodied wine with a soft, pleasant finish.

A wine to enjoy with mature cheeses, grilled meats or rich foods seasoned with herbs and spices but is also perfect on its own.


when you buy 2 or more wines from Chile, £7.49 for one

Majestic Wine - It's All Part of our ServiceDate published: 16/01/14


We deliver 6 bottles or more FREE if charge to any mainland UK address.  We will arrange a day and time to suit you.


We offer free glass hire, chiller bin and ice bucket loan in addition to ice and sale-or-return arrangements in order to help take the stress out of party planning.  You can take the stress out of your party planning by visiting www.majestic.co.uk/parties or by picking up our party planning booklet in store.


All staff take the WSET Level 3 certificate within one year of joining to give you the best advice.


You can park for free right by the door and our staff will assist in loading up your car.


We use any excuse to show off our passion and knowledge.  We do FREE wine course, FREE wine tutorials as well as our summer and winter tasting evening.  Visit www.majestic.co.uk/events or www.majestic.co.uk/southampton and follow our link to events to find out more.


We have recently opened our 200th store in Petersfield so there is a store for everyone that offers the same products and same range of services.

Wine of the Week - Château de Pennautier 2012 CabardèsDate published: 16/01/14

Château de Pennautier 2012 Cabardès

Made by winemaker Bertrand Seube, formerly of Château Mouton - Rothschild, using a blend of Bordeaux and Southern French varieties. Cabardès in Southern France is the only formal appellation which permits blending of this broad range of classic varieties in the same wine.

Rustic aromas of raspberries, mullberries and cooking spices permeate from an intensely ruby coloured wine. A firm, tannic palate of spice and dark fruits leads to a layered, dry finish.

Ideal with casseroles and red meat dishes, vegetable soups and cassoulet, or tagine. Drink over the next two years.

£6.99 - When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £8.99

Wine Course - Friday 14th MarchDate published: 15/01/14

This 90-minute (18.30 to 20.00) FREE, FUN AND INFORMAL appetiser sheds light on everything from tasting jargon to how to choose the perfect wine for your meal.  

Our down-to-earth staff will welcome your queries so you need never to feel tounge tied in a restaurant again.  

Our next available confirmed date is Friday 14th March.  Book in now to avoid disappointment.

Call us on 02380 221478 or e-mail sot@majestic.co.uk

Bargain white for a party - La Plata Sauvignon Blanc £4.66Date published: 12/01/14

As part of our January bargain hunt here at Majestic we have 33.3% off selected end-of-line wines when you buy 2 or more.

This means we have some great deals should you be in the process of planning a party.

The La Plata Sauvignon Blanc is £4.66 when you buy 2 or more.  It is from Mendoza in Argentina.  The cool mountainous climate, lengthy sunshine hours and rocky, well-drained soils of the Andes endow Mendoza with a sounds basis for growing vibrant and intensely flavoured whites such as this Sauvignon.  Flavours are maximised by cool fermentation in in steel vats.

A pale green-tinged lemon yellow, with a nose of melon, lime and mango.  Dry and crisp, the palate is awash with ripe grapefruit flavours, providing a long, refreshing finish.

Majestic Southampton's bargain of the weekDate published: 10/01/14

Casabel Vingo Tinto 2011, Lisboa

GRAPE VARIETIES:- Castelao, Aragonez, Tinta Miuda

A blend of traditional local grape varieties, hand-picked from three estates in the region of Obidos to the north of Lisbon. The grapes are fuly de-stemmed, lightly crushed and following fermentations, the wine is matured for 6 to 8 months without oak.

A fragrant and uplifting nose of cherry and raspberry, with touches of violet and pudding spice. The palate is a cascade of forest fruits framed by robust and persistent tannins.

A real hit with herbaceous and well-seasoned and roasted red meats.

£5.33 When you buy 2 or more wines from the bargain hunt, usually £7.99

Available to taste in store this weekend.

New OffersDate published: 08/01/14

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, £6.99 if you buy 2 or more

Berberana Gran Reserva Rioja 2006, special offer @ £8.99

Wines to warm you up this January...Date published: 05/01/14

Christmas is over and the New year is in full swing! That hasn't stopped the weather from being appalling. I know what I like to do in the cold, dark, windy and rain filled nights, curl up in front of the TV with a glass of red wine. So why not do the same and enjoy some of the reds from our bargain hunt range. We have some real beauties with a rather small price tag. 

Casabel Vinho Tinto - Portugal - £5.32 when you buy 2 or more from the bargain hunt range. Usually £7.99

La Plata Malbec - Argentina - £4.66 for 2 or more. Usually £6.99

Umbral Malbec - Argentina - £8.66 for 2 or more. Usually £12.99

Anakena Indo Carmenere - Chile - £5.82 for 2 or more. Usually £8.74

Conde Calatrava Crianza - Spain - £4.66 for 2 or more. Usually £6.99

And many more!! 

We have a lovely range of whites as well, so its well worth popping in and getting your hands on some of these unbelievable bargains while stocks last!

Bargain of the Week - Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 04/01/14

Bargain Hunt Wine of The Week Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc

Valdivieso were formed in 1879 when Alberto Valdivieso became the first winery in South America to make a sparkling wine. Grapes are sourced from cooler areas in the Curico and Maule Valleys and left on lees for around 3 months for added depth.

The lovely crisp nose displays lots of gooseberry fruit and hints of freshly cut grass. Zesty lime and lemon on the palate leave the mouth refreshed afterwards.

Enjoy this Sauvignon as a drinks party white, or with smoked salmon or shellfish.


When you buy 2 or more wines from the bargain hunt, usually £7.99

Available to taste in store.

Wine of the Week - Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 03/01/14

Valdivieso were formed in 1879 when Alberto Valdivieso became the first winery in South America to make a sparkling wine. Grapes are sourced from cooler areas in the Curico and Maule Valleys and left on lees for around 3 months for added depth.

The lovely crisp nose displays lots of gooseberry fruit and hints of freshly cut grass. Zesty lime and lemon on the palate leave the mouth refreshed afterwards.

Enjoy this Sauvignon as a drinks party white, or with smoked salmon or shellfish.


When you buy 2 or more wines from the bargain hunt, usually £7.99

We have got some amazing bargains in the bargain hunt so come in and see us!!!

January Bargain Hunt!!! 3rd January 2014 - 3rd February 2014Date published: 02/01/14

Although Christmas and New Years have gone, it's not a reason to wait till next year's Christmas to party. At Majestic we celebrate every month, either a birthday, a wine course, or just because we are a happy bunch. Join us this month to celebrate January Bargain Hunt, with 33.3% off any 2 Bargain Hunt wines. There are lots of wines in store we want you to try, so pop in to our store to try some of them on our tasting counter or just email us with your requests and we will deliver it to your door in no time.

Hurry though - once the bargain is gone, it's gone!!!

Here's to a Happy New Year and Happy Bargain Hunting!

Majestic Bargain Hunt - 33.3% off when you buy 2 selected end-of-line wines (Offer between Friday 3rd January and Monday 3rd February 2014, subject to stock availability)

Wine of the Week - Codorníu Brut NV Date published: 27/12/13

Codorníu Brut NV


From the Penedès region in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. This Cava has been produced with the expertise of Codorníu, whose wine producing story dates back to the 16th century.

A dry light bodied Cava displaying green apple, citrus, almond and brioche characters.

This easy drinking Cava is great on its own or as an accompaniment to seafood or light salads.


*When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £10.49

Merry Christmas to all our customers!Date published: 24/12/13

We hope you all have a great Christmas and a happy New year!

From Harry, Hannah, Daniela, Rod and Simon

Wine of the Week - Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. GuigalDate published: 22/12/13

Cote Du Rhone E.Guigal

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley. Founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, his son Marcel is almost single-handedly responsible for the regions resurgence over the last few decades.

This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, delicious sweet spice and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine.

Priced at just £9.59 when you buy 2 or more from Rhone, it really is a great choice.

Try with any red meat dishes or with rich vegetarian dishes like moussaka.


When you buy 2 or more wines from Rhone, usually £11.99

Ruinart N/V Christmas Champagne treat £35 special offerDate published: 21/12/13

We have provided you with a real sparkling treat this weekend to brighten up your weekend in this miserable weather.

The Ruinart N/V Champagne is on a £35 special offer.

This is from one of the oldest champagne houses, founded in 1729, Ruinart was the first house to export champgan.  A classic Champagne, made by Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is very sought-after and hard to come by.  Elegant and subtle, one of the jewels in Champagne's crown.

Sparkling treats available to taste this weekend!Date published: 21/12/13

It might be miserable outside and the darkest weekend of the year, however, with Christmas approaching we have some sparkling treats available to try in store this weekend.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee, 2004 £23.99 if you buy 2 or more

Ruinart N/V £35 Special offer

Codorniu Brut £6.99 if you buy 2 or more

Wine of the Week - Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010 La CasettaDate published: 19/12/13

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010 La Casetta

From the beautiful hilly villages east of Lake Garda, Ripasso wines have had a portion of the fermented, dried-skins from Amarone added to them. Valpolicella Ripasso therefore combines the power and class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella. 

A beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours.
The perfect companion for all types of meat and seasoned cheeses.

Available to taste in store


*When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £16.99

December Delivery updateDate published: 16/12/13

We are now no longer guaranteeing delivery before Christmas for any orders.

If we are passing your area between now and Christmas we will do our best to get you a delivery.  The best idea is to call us on 02380 221478 for further information.

Chateau Meaume Magnums back in stock!!!!!!!Date published: 13/12/13

You can tell Christmas is on its way! The Chateau Meaume Magnums are back in stock priced at £19.99!

What more could you want for your Christmas dinner table! 

Your favourite Christmas wines!!!Date published: 13/12/13

And here we are, it's that time of the year when you want a glass of Chablis with your salmon, a glass of Pinot Noir with the turkey and that rich gravy and some Rioja Gran Reserva with the lovely selection of cheeses and grapes on the Christmas table. Or if you want to finish it on a sweeter note, what is the prefect way to do it other than Ned Noble and a lovely Christmas pudding and brandy butter....delishhhhh i would say! If Santa would bring us presents during the day, he would definitely stay for dinner!

Our Christmas collection offers you all the choices you need to have that perfect Christmas party you've always dreamed of! The compliments will never stop once you've tried some of our wines so just pop in into our store or have a cheeky peak on our website and see the delicious offers we have....you will want to be the host year after year after year!!!

From Chianti to Rioja, from Chablis to Muscadet, from Gewurtzraminer to Riesling, from Jack Daniels to Bombay Saphire....we have all the selections for you to choose from!

Please pop in and make Santa very happy, he might actually join you for dinner this year!!!

Have a very cozy Merry Christmas and a fizzy New Year!!! 

Friday Fizz - Lindauer Special Reserve £9.99 if you buy 2 or moreDate published: 13/12/13

We will tomorrow be opening the perfect celebration fizz.  A subtle pink colour with copious beads of small bubbles bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine and hints of black fruit.  Very creamy on the palate, a toasty, fruity and clean finish.

Open to taste on the tasting counter today - £9.99 if you buy 2 or more.

Christmas delivery guaranteeDate published: 12/12/13

Make sure you make the most of our Christmas delivery guarantee, and get your favourite wines delivered direct to your door by Christmas. 

More than 25 miles from store - Friday 13 December

5–25 miles from store - Sunday 15 December

Less than 5 miles from store - Monday 16 December

Wine of the Week! - Vina Ardanza 2004Date published: 10/12/13

This week is a real treat.. The BEAUTIFUL Vina Ardanza reserva 2004 La Rioja Alta. 

With Christmas fast approaching what better to have on the day that a bottle (or two!) of this stunner from Rioja!? 

One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas. 

Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.

Enjoy now with lamb or over the next decade as the richness and power will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck. Or with your Christmas dinner? 

At £18.50 when you buy 2 or more, its a steal! (we also have some rather lovely magnums at £37.00 too)

What a wine! It is open on our tasting counter for you all to try, a long with some other delights...

Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 09/12/13

Please note a change to out opening hours between now and New Year.

Monday 9th December - Friday 13th December 9am - 8pm

Saturday 14th December 9am - 7pm

Sunday 15th December 10am - 5pm

Monday 16th Decembr - Saturday 21st December 9am - 8pm

Sunday 22nd December 10am - 5pm

Monday 23rd December 9am - 8pm

Xmas ever 9am - 5pm

Xmas day and Boxing day - CLOSED

Friday 27th December 10am - 8pm

Saturday 28th December 9am - 7pm

Sunday 29th December 10am - 5pm

Monday 30th December 10am - 7pm

Wednesday 31st December 10am - 5pm

New Years Day - CLOSED

Thursday 2nd January - normal hours resume

Short term special offersDate published: 07/12/13

Improved offers to co-incide with the Times Top 100 wines.

Paul Mas Vermentino 2012, £8.99 £5.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 

Kuhlmann-Platz Gewürztraminer 2012, Cave de Hunawihr £9.99 £7.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV £38.00 £25.00 Champagne Special Offer 

 Cava Calamino NV, Spain £8.99 £5.99 Save 1/3 off Selected Fizz 

Open to taste this weekend - Veuve Clicquot N/V Date published: 07/12/13

We have the perfect festive season celebration fizz open to taste this weekend.  The famous veuve clicquot N/V Beut which is 1/3rd off at £29.99 as part of our Majestic Christmas collection offering.

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

Wine of the Week - Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc £6.39 if you buy 2 or moreDate published: 07/12/13

As well as being a constiuent of many Bordeaux blends, Cabernet France is the classic red variety of much of the Loire Region, particularly Saumue and Chinon.  This Chilean example offers a rare glimpse of Cabernet Franc and a single varietal from outside France.

Medium-bodied, ruby-red wine, offering aromas of ripe red berries, wild herbs and tomato leaf.  The palate delivers ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, with both fresh acidity and rounded tannin.  

A great partner for soft cheeses and fresh tomato pasta dishes.

Available to taste this weekend in store.

£6.39 when you buy 2 or more Chilean wines!

On the tasting counter - The Chocolate Block 2012, Western CapeDate published: 05/12/13

Available to taste this weekend we have the famous "Chocolate Block" 2012, from Boukenhoutskloof, Western Cape, which is £22 if you buy 2 or more.  

This is an exciting blend of 5 different grape varieties.  While being predominantly Syrah each variety adds its personality to the wine.  On the nose there are fresh berry flavours and a fine white pepperiness which lead seamlessly into an elegant apalt that displays cassis, blackberry, coffee and chocolate to name but a few! A wonderfully rich and complex wine with soft approachable tannins and a long finish!

Delicious - come and try in store!

December delivery update 7th DecemberDate published: 04/12/13

We are now fully booked on deliveries up to and including Thursday 12th December.  We are now in the process of filling up deliveries on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Monday 16th December.

We thank you for your understanding at this busy time of year!

Delivery update week commencing Monday 2nd DecemberDate published: 30/11/13

Delivery slots for Monday (2nd) and Tuesday (3rd) are now completely full.  We are still taking deliveries for Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and Friday 6th (afternoon slots only) and for anytime on Saturday 7th.

We thank you for your understanding at this busy time of year.

Wine of The Week - Yalumbu "The Scribbler" 2010Date published: 30/11/13

The Scribbler 2010, Yalumba

Named as an alternative to its own “Signature” Blend, The Scribbler is Yalumbu's more youthful takw on Australia's classic Cabernet-Shiraz combination, made with a view to early enjoyment.
It is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Shiraz.
The taste is dense and vibrant purple in colourm with a nose of concentrated dark fruits, liqourice and black olive. The palate is lush and full, with a generous sweetness of fruit and plump, rounded tannins.
Yalumbu recommends serving with a game pie with a truffled parmesan and parsnip mash.

Available to taste in store

£11.99 When you buy two or more bottles from Australia.

Single bottle £14.99

Friday Fizz - Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004, Sussex, EnglandDate published: 29/11/13

World-class sparkling wine from England's leading sparkling wine producer, offering beguilingly champagne-like nose of citrus fruit and brioche, a finely pearled mousse, rich after-taste and superb elegance and poise.

33% off until Monday 2nd December as part of our November Pick 'N' Mix offer! £35.99 down to £23.98

New Zealand and Australia tasting weekDate published: 27/11/13

This week we are going to treat you all to some new world delights on our tasting counter. Starting Friday 28th November we will have some stunning representations of the wines from both New Zealand and Australia. It will be well worth the visit. 

Not only that but both regions are on a great offer, 20% off when you buy 2 or more from New Zealand and 20% off when you buy 2 or more wines from Australia. Which means you can be experimental and try lots of different wines. 

We look forward to seeing you.  

Wine of the Week - Serena Pinot Grigio 2012 BanfiDate published: 26/11/13

Serena Pinot Grigio 2012 Banfi

From one of Italy's greatest producers comes this Pinot Grigio, grown in the hills around Montalcino, and made in the unmistakabe delicate Italian style. Using only free-run juice means minimal skin contact for delicate colour and lightness of body. 

The warm Tuscan climate gives the delicate Pinot Grigio grape the ripeness and softness that really brings out the pear, melon and banana aromas, and softens the acidity on the palate.
A lively yet easy-going wine, which can be enjoyed on its own, or with white fish or light poultry dishes.

£6.99 - When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £9.99

December Delivery Guarantee EstimatesDate published: 24/11/13

Whilst we will attempt to fulfill all orders before Christmas as it is our busiest month of the year we advise getting your order in as soon as possible to ensure you get your preferred delivery date and also ensure it is with you before Christmas.

Our normal 7-day delivery guarantee which states that we will always promise a delivery to you (if this is what you want) within 7-days of placing your order lasts until Friday 13th December for deliveries more than 5 miles away.  On Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December we will only guarantee that your delivery reaches you before Christmas but we cannot guarantee it will be with you that week.  From Monday 16th December we will no longer be able to guarantee a delivery before Christmas Day.

For local deliveries (within 5 miles of Southampton city centre) we will guarantee a delivery before Christmas provided your order is placed by Tuesday 16th December.

We thank you for your understanding.  For more information please call us on 02380 221478 or e-mail sot@majestic.co.uk.

December Delivery GuideDate published: 24/11/13

With Christmas fast approaching we thought it would be wise to give you a rough idea as to days in which we cover your area.  Please be aware that December is our busiest time of year and as deliveries become busy it may take slightly longer than usual for you to receive your delivery.  Thank you for your understanding.

MONDAYS:- We deliver west-bound on Monday and cover the New Forest (Lyndhurst, Hythe, Dibden, Fawley), Totton and Romsey.  We can also do local deliveries within Southampton.

TUESDAYS:- We deliver east-bound on Tuesday covering West End, Hedge End, Bitterne, Warsash, Hamble, Eastleigh, Fareham and Botley.  We can also do local deliveries within Southampton.

WEDNESDAYS:- We deliver west-bound on Wednesday and cover the New Forest (Lyndhurst, Hythe, Dibden, Fawley), Totton and Romsey.  We can also do local deliveries within Southampton.

THURSDAYS:- We deliver east-bound on Thursday covering West End, Hedge End, Bitterne, Warsash, Hamble, Eastleigh, Fareham and Botley.  We can also do local deliveries within Southampton.

FRIDAYS:- Most weeks this is our busiest delivery day.  Should you know you will definitely require a delivery on a Friday during December please try to get your order in as soon as possible so that we can try to fit you in.  The best thing to do would be to call us on 02380 221478 or e-mail sot@majestic.co.uk for more information.

SATURDAYS:- Delivery area depends on customer demand.

SUNDAYS:- Please contact the store on 02380 221478 or e-mail sot@majestic.co.uk should you know you will require a Sunday delivery during December.

Port, Sherry and Desert Wine all available to taste in DecemberDate published: 23/11/13

From next week until Chrismtmas Eve we will have a port, a sherry and a desert wine all available to taste on the tasting counter every day. 

Stay tuned to this page for more information.

On the tasting counter this weekend we have the Taylors Quinta de Vargellas 2001 - special offer @ £27.00 from £32.00 and the Ned Noble One which is 20% off at present £12.49 down to £9.99.

In addition, we have the Pedro's Amontillado which is £9.99 at the moment and the Sipmsith Vintage Sloe Gin which is on special offers @ £22.50.

#explore200 competitions! Prizes can be won!Date published: 23/11/13

We’ve opened our 200th UK store in lovely Petersfield, so we’re in the mood for a great big party, and are sharing the celebrations with 3 big giveaways! 

Competition: Win a year’s supply of wine 

That’s right, you could win a whole year’s worth of wine from Majestic. One lucky winner will receive £100 in vouchers every month for the next year to spend on wines of their choice. All you need to do is fill in the entry form online! 

Competition: Win one of 200 bottles of Nyetimber

One bottle of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004 is being given away at every Majestic store.  To be in with a chance of winning a bottle of this iconic English sparkling wine, all you have to do is visit your local Majestic this weekend, fill in one of our forms and hand to a member of staff. For more information visit us in store or give us a call on 02380221478

£1 for every bottle of Champagne sold to charity

We’ll be donating £1 per bottle of Champagne that we sell from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th to our charity of the year – Children with Cancer UK. Pop into your local Majestic to buy some bubbly, or shop online over the weekend.


Come and explore your local Majestic store this weekend and celebrate our 200th store opening, including the chance to win a bottle of  Nyetimber English sparkling wine. Follow the hashtag #explore200 and re-discover what your local Majestic can do for you this winter.

Free bottle of Nyetimber to Classic Cuvee to be given away!Date published: 22/11/13

We've just opened our 200th UK store in lovely Petersfield. So we're in the mood for a great big party, and are sharing the celebrations with some big giveaways!


One bottle of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004 is being given away at every Majestic store.

Visit us in store or give us a call on 02380221478 for more information.

Good luck store number 200 - Petersfield!Date published: 22/11/13

Today we see our 200th store opening in Petersfield! So we are celebrating by opening our delicious Codorniu Raventos. Come in and celebrate with us! 

We have got some lovely wines on our tasting counter too!!

Good Luck Petersfield! 

Fizz on Friday - Codorniu Seleccion Raventos N/V £7.99 if you buy 2 or moreDate published: 22/11/13

GRAPE VARIETIES:- Chardonnay, Macabeo, Xarel-lo

ORIGIN:- A modern example of Cava from the Catalan region of Spain.  The Codorniu fanily 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 flavour and crisp mineral acidity.

Enjoy with a selection of canapes.

Spotlight tasting - Bordeaux and Rhone Saturday 23rd November Date published: 21/11/13

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to try and compare some greats from both of these fantastic French regions! We will be opening some lovely wines, to compare the styles off and enjoy, it is a half an hour tutorial and starts at 3pm. 

We still have spaces left so why not secure yourself one, you can do this by calling us in store on 02380 221478 or by emailing us on sot@majestic.co.uk

Rhone and Burgundy Tasting Week! Date published: 21/11/13

From Friday 22nd November we will be treating you to Rhone and Burgundy tasting week! This week will include some delights from Burgundy, Reds and Whites and some treats from the Rhone Valley! 

Its well worth popping in for a taste and see if any of them tickle your fancy, which I'm sure they will! With Christmas coming you may even find one you want with your Christmas dinner!

We look forward to seeing you all at the tasting counter!

Ashes Beer SpecialsDate published: 20/11/13

To celebrate the start of the Ashes again we have two special beer offers.

Cooper's Pale Ale 12x375ml, 4.5% £20.99 £15.00 SPECIAL OFFER 

Marston’s Pedigree 12x500ml, 4.5% £21.00 £ £15.00 18.00 if you buy 2 or more

Wine of the week - Pouilly-Fume Cascadelles Date published: 19/11/13

From a high-quality cooperative this classy Pouilly-Fumé provides a benchmark performance, with plenty of mineral characters and a crisp gooseberry zestiness. Smoky gunflint characters define wines from this prestigious appellation.

Packed with classic Sauvignon Blanc flavours of gooseberries, orange blossom and citrus fruit backed by a crisp, elegant mineral character on the finish. Ideal on its own or with oily fish such as mackerel or trout.

Its one of Daniela's Favourites! Give it a try!

It is open on our tasting counter so please help yourself to a taste!

£10.99 When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £12.99

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas...!Date published: 17/11/13

So with December the 25th approaching fast you might be starting to think about your wines for your Christmas and New Year parties. I know I am! We have some amazing offers on some gorgeous wines so its worth popping in to see us and checking them out for yourselves. In the mean time I will give you a few examples of just how great they are!!

Christmas in my house isn't complete without a good bottle of bubbles so first up we have:

Veuve Cliquot NV - £29.99 when you buy 2 or more selected fizz

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee - £23.98 when you buy 2 or more selected fizz

Codorniu Cristina Vintage - £9.99 when you buy 2 or more selected fizz

For the Reds:

Cotes du Rhone Belleruche M.Chapoutier - £7.99 when you buy 2 or more Rhone 

120 Carmenere - £6.39 when you buy 2 or more from Chile 

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir - £17.60 when you buy 2 or more from New Zealand 

The whites:

Serena Pinot Grigio Banfi - £6.66 when you buy 2 or more from the pick and mix range 

120 Viognier - £6.39 when you buy 2 or more from Chile 

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - £20.00 when you buy 2 or more from New Zealand

I told you it was good. So don't miss out and come in and see us. I can even show you some more great offers! 

See you soon!!!! 

Sparkling Saturday - Heidsieck & Co Monopole N/V £16 Date published: 16/11/13

Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house style, this 808393 offers a harmonious balance between crisp and golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse,

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc offerDate published: 15/11/13

THE NED SAUVIGNON BLANC IS BACK AT £6.99 as part of our Christmas deals!!!!!

Wine of the Week - Luis Felipe Edwards Selección Especial Malbec 2012 Colchagua ValleyDate published: 12/11/13

Luis Felipe Edwards Selección Especial Malbec 2012 Colchagua Valley

Although Argentina claims much of the Malbec-related limelight, neighbouring Chile's unique climate and terrain allows it to grow great Malbec of its own. Persistent sea breezes moderate temperatures, meaning Chile is less reliant on altitude for cool growing conditions.

Intense violet colour, with a nose of blackberries, plums and blueberries, accompanied by a subtle touch of vanilla. Juicy and smooth, the palate is satisfyingly weighty and long.

A great match for many white or red meat dishes, especially sweetly spiced Mexican or cajun recipes.

£5.99 - When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £8.99

Wine of the Week - Luis Felipe Edwards Selección Especial Malbec 2012 Colchagua ValleyDate published: 12/11/13

Luis Felipe Edwards Selección Especial Malbec 2012 Colchagua Valley

Although Argentina claims much of the Malbec-related limelight, neighbouring Chile's unique climate and terrain allows it to grow great Malbec of its own. Persistent sea breezes moderate temperatures, meaning Chile is less reliant on altitude for cool growing conditions.

Intense violet colour, with a nose of blackberries, plums and blueberries, accompanied by a subtle touch of vanilla. Juicy and smooth, the palate is satisfyingly weighty and long.

A great match for many white or red meat dishes, especially sweetly spiced Mexican or cajun recipes.

£5.99 - When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £8.99

Your party this Christmas! What Majestic can do for you!Date published: 11/11/13

- Fizz? Champagne or sparkling wine depending on your preference

- A wide range of over 900 wines with a 1/3rd off selected lines and 20% off wines of the Rhone, Australia, New Zealand, California and Chile.

- Beer and Cider

- Spirits

- Seasonal Drinks - Pimms and Mulled Wines

- Soft Drinks and Water

- Free Glass hire with the order of wine or fizz

- Ice, Chiller Bin Hire or Ice Bucket hire

- Free wine tasting in store 


- Sale-or-return - we will take back any unused bottles provided they have not been opened and there is no damage to the bottle or label.

Please give us a call on 02380221478, e-mail us on sot@majestic.co.uk or visit us in store for more information as to how we can help.  

Pipers Crisps!Date published: 09/11/13

We have this week had a new addition to our snacks range for this festive season.  We are now stocking Pipers Crisps which are £1.33 if you buy 2 or more 150g bags!

The flavours we have in stock are chorizo, sea salt, cheddar & onion, spicy tomato, salt & vinegar and sweet chilli.

These are the perfect addition to your Christmas party!!!

Californian Tasting Weekend 8th to the 11th NovemberDate published: 08/11/13

We have a Californian wine tasting themed weekend from today until Monday 11th November.  On the tasting counter we have a viognier, chardonnay, zinfandel, pinot noit, cabernet sauvignon and a merlot.  

The pick of the bunch has to be the Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2010/11, Santa Barbara which has a single bottle price of £24 and is part of our Fine wine promotion where if you buy 2 bottles you save £10 and it comes down in price to £19!

Santa Barbara County is in the warmer southern part of California, which can make for Chardonnays that are extremely ripe and powerful.  Winemaker Kim Clenedenen has harnessed this power and focused it into an intense, yet well defined and tightly structured style.  An immensely complex nose of ripe apple, orange zest toast and roasted haxelnut.  The palate offers bright fruit and a lush feel, with an ednuring nuttines that provides a long and involving finish.

Wine of the Week - Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. GuigalDate published: 06/11/13

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley. Founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, his son Marcel is almost single-handedly responsible for the regions resurgence over the last few decades.

This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine.

Try with any red meat dishes or with rich vegetarian dishes like moussaka.

£7.99 - when you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £9.99

Two Week Treats - Special Offers until Monday 18th NovemberDate published: 05/11/13

Vieux Remparts 2011, Lussac St-Emillion £10.99 BUY 2 SAVE £8 £6.99

Bourgogne Chardonnay "Les Chennaudieres" 2012, Cave de Ligny £8.99 BUY 2 SAVE £4 £6.99

Cotes du Rhone 2010, E.Guigal £11.99 20% off Rhone wines £9.59

Pinot Grigio Superiore 2012, Breganze £8.99 BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £6 £5.99

Prosecco Corte Alta £10.49 Save 1/3rd off Selected Fizz £6.99

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta £10.49 Save 1/3rd off Selected Fizz £6.99

New 20% offersDate published: 29/10/13

We have 20% off New Zealand, Australia, Chile, The Rhone and California over the festive period until Monday 3rd February 2014

Sherry - An undiscovered treasure in the wine worldDate published: 25/10/13

Sherry is one of the treasures of the wine world, but for a while now it has been unappreciated.

Sherry is a fortified wine made from vineyards in the far south of Spain, where extreme heat—summer temperatures regularly exceed 40 degrees Celsius is countered by cooling breezes from the Atlantic. 
Sherry was very popular in the late 1970's, when roughly twice as much was exported from the region than is shipped today.The three grapes authorised for the production of sherry are: Palomino, Moscatel and Pedro Ximenez. The latter two grapes are mainly used for sweetening purposes, and Palomino is by far the predominant grape in the region.

We have 4 styles of sherries opened on our tasting counter this weekend so please pop in and explore the magnificent world of sherries.

Pedro's Almacenista Palo Cortado £14.99

A sort of half way house between a fino and an amontillado, Palo Cortado is the result of a fino sherry losing its flor. Nutty, fresh and complex, this is now a popular style.

Pedro's Almacenista Amontillado £9.99

Aged fino that has lots its flor and developing oxidatively, amontillado is an amber-coloured sherry that is nutty and complex, with a long finish. It is fortified to around 17.5 % alcohol to protect it during its development, and because it has been aged oxidatively it will last for longer once opened.

Pedro's Almacenista Oloroso £11.99

Complex brown-coloured sherry, Oloroso develops in barrel without the protective flor layer, often for many years. The result is a complex, rich, nutty style with aromas of old furniture and raisins. Because Oloroso has seen so much oxidation during development, it is a pretty stable sherry and once the bottle is opened, it will stay in good condition for quite a while.

Pedro's Almacenista Fino £8.99

Crisp, dry, yeasty, nutty and tangy, fino is the freshest and most delicate of sherry styles, with around 15% alcohol. During its development fino is protected from oxygen by its flor, and needs to be treated like a white wine once it has been opened. 

A bottle of sherry can take your tastebuds round the world, from British trifle and Spanish tapas to Oriental stir-fry so please pop in and have a taste from some of our famous sherries.

Fine Wine of the Week - Amarone NegrarDate published: 25/10/13

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, it is best enjoyed with slow cooked lamb or beef casserole, as well as blue cheese. 

*£23 - single bottle

 Buy 2 bottles save £10 = £18

Friday Fizz - Graham Beck Brut RoseDate published: 25/10/13

Come and join the team in Southampton to see in the weekend by having a glass of fizz.

We will be opening the Graham Beck Brut Rose.  This sparkling wine is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  They are handpicked from Graham Beck'd own estate vineyards in Robertson, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.  This wine has been via the traditional methods, with sufficient bottle age to impart a delicate yeast character while maintaining the essential berry fruit.

Pale silvery pink, with aromas of raspberry and cherry, with some subtlemineral hints.  Bright acidity and fine mousse balance well with the ripeness of the crushed berry flavours.

Enjoy as a refreshing accompaniment to a summer fruit jelly.

Wine of the Week - Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2012 M.ChapoutierDate published: 23/10/13

When the days draw in, the wind is blowing, and the lightning and rain knock on your door, you know it's that time of the year again when you just want to sit by the fire and enjoy that glass of red that gives you warmth and comfort.

And what is a better wine to do that than Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2012 M.Chapoutier

The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Michel Chapoutier, currently in charge, has combined tradition with a dynamic, creative approach and makes some of the best wines of the region.

A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish.

This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years and will superbly partner most rich meat dishes especially roasted leg of lamb. 


*When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £9.99

Wines on Tasting Counter this week - Bargain Offers EndingDate published: 23/10/13

Torres Vina Sol £7.49 £5.99 if you buy 2 or more 20% off Spanish wines

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc £9.99 £6.99 if you buy 2 or more BUY 2 SAVE £6

Eikendal Chardonnay £12.49 £9.99 if you buy 2 or more 20% off South African wines

Crasto Douro Red £10.49 £8.99 BUY 2 SAVE £3 offer on Portugese wines

Wakefield Estate Merlot £11.99 £8.99 BUY 2 SAVE £6 

Chapoutier CDR Belleruche £9.99 £7.99 BUY 2 SAVE £4

KC Cabernet Merlot £10.99 £8.79 if you buy 2 or more 20% off South African wines

The Fine Wine Plan - save 10% when you shop MajesticDate published: 22/10/13

The Fine Wine Plan from Majestic Wine is designed specifically for customers who appreciate drinking great wine, and who aspire to build a fine wine collection for future enjoyment.

We recognise that time is a precious commodity for many of our customers and not everyone can spend hours carefully researching the world of fine wine.

We also understand that often it's the hassle and administration involved with owning fine wine which can put off otherwise enthusiastic potential collectors.

So in partnership with our en primeur specialist Lay & Wheeler, we've introduced the Majestic Wine Fine Wine Plan - the simplest and most affordable way to gradually build your own fine wine cellar.

At a financial pace that suits you - starting from as little as £50 per month - you get access to the expertise and in depth knowledge of our small, dedicated team of Fine Wine specialists.  When you subscribe for £100 or more per month you will receive a 10% discount on all your Majestic Wine purchases.

You will benefit from Lay & Wheeler's ability to access great, high demand wines en primeur, plus you gain full use of the perfect storage conditions found in our industry leading facility Vinothèque.

For more information ask a member of the Southampton team, call us on 02380 221478, e-mail sot@majestic.co.uk or visit www.laywheeler.com alternatively call them directly on 01473 313 300..

Special offer on Portugese, Spanish and South African wines to endDate published: 22/10/13

Our 20% off deals on Spanish and South African wines are due to finish on Monday 28th October in addition to our BUY 2 SAVE £3 offer on Portugese wines.  

Don't miss out on these offers so give us a call on 02380 221478 or visit us in store.

Free Seasonal Tasting Thursday 21st NovemberDate published: 18/10/13

Join us for a free informal evening to enjoy a range of wines perfect for the winter and Christmas ahead. We will have sparkling, white and red wine and a selection of cheeses.  This is a great social event and a great way to get to know the Southampton store as well as other Majestic customers.

Thursday 21st November 18.30 until 20.30 hrs.

RSVP required as spaces are limited.

Give us a call on 02380221478 or e-mail sot@majestic.co.uk to avoid disappointment.

The Magic of Fine Wine: Chateau Senejac, Haut-Medoc...Date published: 18/10/13

Château Senejac, Cru Bourgeois 

£23 buy 2 save £10 = £18  I

Great Claret should be more than just a good drink, but should reflect and represent the flavours and style of the appellation from which the wine comes, and the vintage characteristics. The wines from the Médoc, on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon based, with Cabernet Franc and Merlot in lesser quantities, giving the wines a perfume and structure. The 2010 was an ideal vintage; the wines have ripe fruit and soft tannins for immediate enjoyment along with intensity and concentration for prolonged ageing.  

Senejac was granted 'Cru Bourgeois' status in the 1933 classification. Since the acquisition of the estate by the family who own the 4th Growth St. Julien Château Talbot, and the wine making team of Pontet Canet began making the wines, Château Senejac's quality has improved year on year. The Château dates to 1860 and is situated in a large woodland in the commune of Le Pain Médoc, where only 39 of the 150 hectares are dedicated to vines.  

TASTING NOTE: Perfumed blackcurrant, cigar box, blueberry and plum skin aromas, medium bodied with vibrant dark fruit flavours, a rich texture and long finish. 

 FOOD MATCH: Roast lamb with rosemary and mint sauce.

Wine of The Week - Wakefield Esate Cabernet Sauvignon £8.99 if you buy 2 or more!Date published: 17/10/13

Wakefield Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010/2012 Clare Valley

Wakefield Estate is Australia's leading family-owned winery, and chief winemaker Adam Eggins was recently awarded the Winestate Magazine's prestigious Australian Winemaker of the Year prize.
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.
Young and vibrant, this wine is tailored to be drunk now. Try with sausage and mash or ox cheek.

Available to taste in store


*When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £11.99

October Specials Part 2Date published: 15/10/13

Today sees the start of the second part of our October special offers.  These will run until Monday 27th October.

 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche £9.99  BUY 2 SAVE £4! £7.99

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde £8.49 £7.49 BUY 2 PORTUGESE WINES SAVE £3 £5.99

Wakefield Estate Cabernet Sauvignon £11.99 BUY 2 SAVE £6 £8.99

Wakefield Estate Chardonnay £11.99 BUY 2 SAVE £6 £8.99

Wakefield Estate Shiraz £11.99 BUY 2 SAVE £6 £8.99

Wakefiled Estate Merlot £11.99 BUY 2 SAVE £6 £8.99

J De Telmont Grand Reserve £25 BUY 2 SAVE 40% £15

Prosecco Zonin £11.99 £6.99 BUY 2 SAVE £10 

Fine Wine of the Week - Angel's Share ShirazDate published: 12/10/13

Angel's Share Shiraz   

The Australians have always done their utmost to be different - even changing the name of the grape varieties. The distinction between Shiraz and Syrah is not just in name, but in style, as instead of the Northern Rhône's white pepper and rose petals characteristics, the Australian style is typified by black pepper spices with black fruit and berry aromas and flavours, resulting in a more fruity style. This more 'forward and fruity' style of wine was, along with some drastic vine pulling and focus on quality grape varieties in the 1980's, responsible for the rise in popularity of Australian wines. Vines were introduced into the McLaren Vale in 1838, including the original Hardy Winery vineyards, and many of the oldest vines in the world still producing viable crops are in and around this region. 

 Two Hands was established in 1999, with the intention of producing wine from all the growing regions of Australia, highlighting and exemplifying the characteristics of each region. The first vintage was in 2000, and over the years the winery built up a reputation as producing beautifully crafted, expressive Shiraz. The Angel's Share wine comes from the McLaren Vale, in South Australia, where the influence of the Indian Ocean tempers the climate, producing earthy, spicy wines. All the wines in the Two Hands range have playful names; the Garden series named after the proprietors' children and the Picture series, with names such as Angel's Share, Gnarly Dudes and Fly By Nighters. Angel's Share relates to the wine 'drunk by angels' during evaporation, and Fly By Nighters is a tongue in cheek reference to the criticisms aired when the winery opened.  

Peppery nose of cassis, plums and hints of leather, leading to a full, rich and concentrated body of ripe black fruits, soft tannins and spice.  Steak is an obvious choice, although a great partner to any red meat, either grilled or in a rich sauce. 

£23 single bottle price

Buy 2 save £10 = £18

Wine of the Week - Amalaya de Colomé Malbec Blend 2011 SaltaDate published: 12/10/13

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.


*When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £10.99

The Magic of Fine Wine: Seguinot-Bordet 1er Cru ChablisDate published: 04/10/13

Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-Bordet (04.213) £24 buy 2 save £10 = £19  

All over the New World wines have been made and labelled as Chablis, but very few ever come close to the original. The concept of Terrior, or specific attributes of geography, topography soil and climate have a significant impact on the character and style of the wines of Chablis. After Champagne and Alsace, Chablis is the most northerly wine making region in France, the cooler temperatures results in fresher and lighter bodied wines than the regions further south. The cooler climate and Kimmeridge clay soils and chalk sub-soils extend through Chablis and the Loire Valley to the White Cliffs of Dover results in a unique expression of Chardonnay. The Romans introduced vines to the region in the first century AD, but the fame and desirability of Chablis stems from the 15th and 16th Century; the proximity to Paris and ease of transporting barrels via the Yonne River led to sales of Chablis flourishing. Amongst the longest lived of White Burgundies, Chablis can age for decades in the case of the Grand Cru wines. The Chablis style of Chardonnay is characterised by vibrant green apple acidity, flinty and mineral aromas with floral undertones.  

The family Domaine of Seguinot-Bordet can be traced to the 1590's from the Maligny commune on the outskirts of Chablis. The wine making philosophy is exemplified by the work in the vineyard, with a rigorous program of de-budding, pruning, harvesting and selecting the best quality fruit in order to allow the terrior to express itself. The vines are very densely planted, with the vines aged between 45 and 60 years old (in contrast to 'old' vines in New Zealand, where many have not even made it to 30 years old). The wine is fermented and aged in temperature controlled tanks to maintain freshness and vibrancy.  

Powerful aromas of white florals, wet river stones, gun flint, and green apple leads to a body of fresh and racy vibrancy, minerality and ripe citrus fruits.  

Enjoy with Oysters in the half shell, seared scallops or king prawns in a chili sauce.

October specialsDate published: 01/10/13

Today sees the beginning of the first round of our "October Specials!"  This offers will run for 2 weeks only ending on the 14th October.  Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2012, Louis Jadot £11.99 £7.99 Buy 2 bottles save £8

 Beaujolais-Villages 2011, Georges Duboeuf £8.99 £5.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 

Serena Pinot Grigio 2012, Banfi £9.99 £5.99 Buy 2 bottles save £8 

 Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV £42.00 £28.00 Save 1/3 off Selected Fizz* 

Nicolas Feuillatte NV £25.00 £16.67 Save 1/3 off Selected Fizz* 

Prosecco Corte Alta NV, DOC, Italy £10.49 £6.99 Save 1/3 off Selected Fizz* 

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough £27.50 £20.00 Buy 2 bottles save £15 

Portillo Malbec 2012, Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza £9.99 £6.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 

Open to taste this weekend - St Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough £15.99 if you buy 2Date published: 28/09/13

GRAPE:- Sauvignon Blanc - BUY 2 SAVE £8 £19.99 £15.99 St Clair is a family Estate 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 winemakers Matt Thompson.

An almost otherworldly intensity of fruit, with pungent aromas of gooseberry and passion-fruit, with a steely dryness, herbaceous characters, underlying minerality and a long, lingering finish.

Asian-inspired cuisine is ideal, as the wine echoes the lemongrass and fresh coriander often used in these dishes.

Montecastrillo - Wine of the WeekDate published: 27/09/13

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.

Best enjoyed with barbecued chops.


When you buy any 2 Spanish wines.

Single bottle price: £9.99

Wines of Spain offer - 25% off if you buy 2 or more until Monday 30 SeptemberDate published: 24/09/13

We have a short-term improved offer of 25% off Spanish wines when you buy 2 or more until Monday 30th September

Wines of Portugal offer - BUY 2 SAVE £3Date published: 22/09/13

We have had a stock up of Portugese wines in recent wines.  Although obviously famous for its production of fortified wines in the form of Port, Portugal is an up and coming wine country taking advantage of modern techniques to produce some very good table wines.

We have an excellent BUY 2 SAVE £3 offer on Portugese wines so whether it is a red wine from the Douro Valley or southern Portugal or you want a refreshing, lively white wine in the form of Vinho Verde or Planalto we have a wide selection that is currently great value!

Battle of the week, bottle of the week - Coney Pizzaicato Pinot v Brancott Estate Pinot NoirDate published: 20/09/13

Today and tomorrow we will be comparing two Pinot Noirs from New Zealand.  We will be comparing the Brancott Estate Pinot Noir (£8.99 if you buy 2 or more) with the Coney Pizzication Pinot Noir (£18.00 if you buy 2 or more).  

Pop down and give them a go and why not try them blind to see if you can guess which wine is which and which one you prefer.

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Part 3 - Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir Date published: 19/09/13

Coney Pizzaicato Pinto Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2011 £23 BUY 2 SAVE £10 = £18

Of all grape varieties, Pinot Noir tells the most stories; the story of the vineyard and the terrior in which the grapes were grown, the story of the vintage and the signature of the vintner. The label and name of Coney's Pinot Noir also tells a story; the treble clef logo on the label (and the names of all the wines Coney produce) heralds from the Coney's love of music and harks back to Tim Coney's days gigging with a band, whilst his wife Margaret danced and helped carry all the gear after the event. The wine making philosophy is one of minimal intervention, in order for the fruit and terroir to express as much character as possible.

FACTS: Martinborough was formally a service town for the sheep farms in the Wairarapa before the 'Martinborough Terrace' was identified by studies in the 1970's as ideal for quality grape growing. This lead to wineries becoming established in the town and people such as Tim Coney, the elder brother of former New Zealand cricket Captain Jeremy Coney, making the hour long drive from Wellington over a treacherous and narrow mountain road. The Tararua mountain range shelters Martinborough from the winds and weather that buffets nearby Wellington; on days where the rain is horizontal in Wellington it is often balmy and sunny in Martinborough. Although young in comparison with France, Martinborough boasts the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the country and due to this vine age, Martinborough wines have a distinct style; more structure and subtle earthy undertones than the fruit driven styles of Marlborough and Central Otago.

TASTING NOTE: A fruity aroma of predominantly black cherries, with sweet spice, vanilla and a hint of savoury, leads to a vibrant body of juicy sweet fruits, soft tannins and vibrancy

FOOD MATCH: Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with either roasted game or duck, or wild mushroom risotto.

Wine of The Week - Robertson Winery Chenin BlancDate published: 19/09/13

Robertston Winery Chenin Blanc

If you like great value easy-drinking white wine then our wine of the week is just the thing for you!

The warm and dry Robertson Valley, home to this winery of the same name, is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa, but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence and provides Chenin Blanc of excellent character and consistency.

Crammed full with pineaaple, melon and green apple fruits complented by a firm structure and balancing acidity.

Enjoy with seafood or roast chicken.


£5.24 When you buy two bottles or more

Single bottle price £6.99


Improved deal on South African wines - 25% off if you buy 2 or moreDate published: 18/09/13

Starting today until Monday 23rd September we are improving the group mulitbuy deal on South African wines from 20% to 25% off.  This is a short-term deal only so don't miss out!

Spotlight Tasting - Sauvigon Blanc Saturday 21st SeptemberDate published: 17/09/13

Our 3pm spotlight tasting tutorial on Sauvignon Blanc this Saturday 21st September is full - still spaces available on our 12pm tasting.

Remember we will be tasting 6 different sauvignon blancs  in 20 minutes from different regions of the wine world.

Wine of The Week - Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 1004Date published: 14/09/13

To celebrate Spanish tasting week we have decided to treat you all to a popular staff favorite.

One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.

Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.

Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck.


*When you any two Spanish Wines

Single bottle £22.50

BUY 2 SAVE £6!

Wine of the Week - Catena ChardonnayDate published: 12/09/13

A blend of grapes from three high altitude vineyard sites, La Pirámide, Domingo and Adrianna, creating a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity.

Showing notes of mango, banana and apple, with a hint of sweet spice and wet stone minerality. Full yet clean on the palate, with pear and fig fruit flavours rounded off with fresh, crisp acidity.

Excellent with roast chicken or gammon dishes.


When you buy two or more

Single bottle £12.99

Improved deals!Date published: 12/09/13

We have some fantastic improved deals which are on a "buy any 2 selected wines save 33%'.  This deal runs until Monday 23rd September.  

Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo  £7.49 down to £4.99 

Piper Heidsieck Brut £35 £30 down to £19.99

Heidseick Gold Top Vintage £30 £27 down to £17.99

Nicolas Feuillate NV £25 £24 down to £15.99

Prosecco Zonin £11.99 £9.99 down to £6.66

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £9.99 £8.99 down to £5.99

Battle of the week, bottle of the week - Beaune Premier Cru - Louis Jadot vs Bourgogne Pinot Noir - Nicolas PotelDate published: 11/09/13

This coming weekend, in our store, you will have the chance to taste and compare one of our fine wines Beaune Premier Cru Pinot Noir - Louis Jadot priced at £25.00 (£20.00 if you buy 2 or more bottles) and Bourgogne Pinot Noir - Nicolas Potel priced at £11.99 (£8.99 if you buy 2 or more).

Made from blend of wines from a range of Premier Cru vineyards, this fine wine of Louis Jadot has been matured in French barriques for 16 months. The wine displays a fine balance between tight structure and softness, with hints of violets on the nose, savoury, fleshy red fruit on the palate, held together with remarkably approachable tannins. This beautiful fine wine is great to drink in its youth but will also improve in bottle for up to a decade.

The Nicolas Potel Pinot Noir from Burgundy was made from grapes sourced across the Burgundy region, primarily from old Cote d'Or vines. This wine has a restrained nose of berry fruit, principally strawberry and blackcurrant, followed by a soft-edged palate with lithe and supple tannins and can be drunk with all charcuterie and cold cuts, past dishes and tangy cheeses.

It's all happening in our store this weekend, come and see and try it for yourself!

Battle of the week!

Beaune Premier Cru - Louis Jadot £25.00 (£20.00 if you buy 2 or more)


Bourgogne Pinot Noir - Nicolas Potel £11.99 (£8.99 if you buy 2 or more)

Majestic CommercialDate published: 09/09/13

Majestic Commercial is the name for the corporate division of Majestic Wine.  We have our own on-trade proposition that is very appealing to commercial businesses such as restauranteurs, bar owners, pub landlords, golf and yacht clubs.

Choose Majestic Commercial as your wine supplier and you get so much more than just a wine supplier.  in addition to a range of wines to rival any in the industry you can look forward to an array of services designed to help you maximise sales and help achieve the individual goals you've set for your business.

The services start with a dedicated member of the commercial sales team,  single point of contact, who's on hand to offer the support, guidance and information.  All members of the commercial team have achieved the WSET Level 3, with many going on to study for the WSET Diploma as well.  On top of all this knowledge and experience we also offer a number of useful tools and services to help you sell more wine.

In addition to the wide Majestic range, we have Commercial Exclusives which are only available to our on-trade customers.

We can help you produce your own wine list, complete with prices and dedicated tasting notes.

We provide staff training through out confidence in wine courses as well as food and wine matching courses.

Our on-trade accounts are serviced from a local Majestic store, with your order personally picked, processed and delivered by our knowledgable and friendly staff.  Stores are open 7 days per week so deliveries can be made at a team to suit you - even at the weekends.

For more information get in touch today by calling 02380221478

Wine of the Week - Alamos Chardonnay 2012, Catena, Mendoza £6.99 if you buy 2 or moreDate published: 08/09/13


As seen on Saturday Kitchen on Saturday 7th September 2013 to match the Heaven and Hell dish (Chicken Chasseur or Brocolli and Cheese Gratin)

Alamos Chardonnay 2012, Catena, Mendoza

Chardonnay is the wine that everyone wants to produce – the most famous grape worldwide. The Argentines are no exception and are currently producing some exceptionally well-balanced wines. Alamos is produced by Nicolas Catena, Decanter man of the year 2009, and focuses on ripe, varieal fruit.

This wine displays a stunning array of ripe preach, pear and apple flavours which marry harmoniously with toasty oak.

Try this with creamy pasta dishes, poultry or fish.

Please help yourself to a taste


*When you buy two or more

Single bottle £8.99

BUY 2 SAVE £4!

Available to Taste in Store this weekend - Alamos Chardonnay as seen on Saturday Kitchen 7/9/13Date published: 07/09/13

On this mornings Saturday Kitchen Olly Smith has chosen Alamos Chardonnay 2012 (40.017) to go with the Heaven and Hell dish (Chicken Chasseur or Broccoli and Cheese Gratin)

The Heaven and Hell dish is for celebrity guest Antonio Banderas.  This is currently £6.99 if you buy 2 or more in store and is available to taste this weekend in store.

Majestic Success at Decanter World Wine AwardsDate published: 07/09/13

At the Decanter World Wine Awards last week, Majestic were voted 'Best
National Wine Merchant' by the Decanter Readers. This is the fifth
consecutive time we have won this award.

Some of the readers' comments were: 'carries a comprehensive range of the
world's good quality and attractively priced wines, not being afraid to go
out on a limb if the quality justifies it.. Efficient and charming service'
and 'The name of the company says it all: head and shoulders above the rest
with a superb team of highly trained and interested, committed staff.'

We also came runner-up in the 'National Wine Merchant of the year' category
as voted by the judging panel.

On behalf of Commanderie de Peyrassol we also collected the International
Trophy for 'Best Rosé under £15.' This is one of just 32 international
trophies awarded from over 14,000 entries. This wine is exclusive to
Majestic in the UK.

Available to taste this weekend in store - Heidsieck N/V Monopole Cuvee Prestige £17 if you buy 2 or moreDate published: 06/09/13

This weekend we will have available to taste in store the Heidsieck & Co Monopole Cuvee Prestige which is currently at the fantastic offer of £17 if you buy 2 or more selected champagne.  

This is blended from 40 different crus from all over the region.  It is a blend of 70% pinot noir, 20% chardonnay and 10% pinot meunier.

The Pinot Noir comes from the Montagne de Reims (including Bouzy and Verzaney) and from the Aube (the Cote des Bars)

The Chardonnay is from Cote des Blancs and the Coteaux du Sezannais (including the Sezanne)

The Pinot Meunier grapes are from the Marne Valley sub-region.

Dosage is 12g/l

The wine has spent a minimum of 2 years on lees and then a minimum of 6 months in the cellars after disgorgement before shipping.

This champagne is light yellow in colour, slightly amber and shows a nice persistant ring of bubbles...it is deep in structure and elegant, with the wine revealing aromas of ripe fruits evolving towards pastry notes, almost roasted.

Ample and well-rounded with a nice strength it is really lively.

The first taste of almonds is evolving towards white peach flavours and marmalade with a persistant finish.

The Cuvee Prestige is ideal as an aperitifi and goes very well with white meat and poultry.

Autumn magic of Fine Wine Tasting Part 1Date published: 06/09/13

This week as the first part of our autumn magic of fine wine tasting we will have open the Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 from Friuli in Italy.  This is part of our Buy 2 Save £10 fine wine promotion and is down to £18 from £23 if you buy 2 fine wines in this promotion.

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

We will be comparing this pinot grigio to the breganze which is currently at £6.99 if you buy 2 or more.

Wine of the Week - Mâcon-Villages Blanc 'Les Pierres Blanches' 2012 Cave de LugnyDate published: 04/09/13

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.


*When you buy two bottles or more

Single bottle price £8.99

New offers start today!Date published: 03/09/13

From today until the 28th October we will be running countrywide 20% off deals on Spanish and South African wines.

In addition we have a Buy 2 Save £3 offer on Portugese wines.

We are also offering 1/3rd off selected sparkling wine and champagne and are running an improved fine wine promotion.

For more information visit us in store, give us a call on 02380 221478 or e-mail sot@majestic.co.uk

Improved Fine Wine PromotionDate published: 03/09/13

Over the summer we pioneered an offer promoting Fine Wines at House Wine prices, allowing customers to choose from a selection of our fine wines and receive a discount of £4 off of each bottle when buying 2 or more as part of a mixed case.

Such was the popularity of this promotion we've extended it to run through until the 28th October and improved the offer so that you will now receive £5 off of each bottle when buying any 2 fine wines from within the selected range.

Furthermore, if that wasn't enough we've extended the range to include such delights as Domain Jomain's Premier Cru Puligny-Montrachet 'Les Perrieres' from the sublime 2010 vintage, La Rocca's mesmerising Soave and, of course, a firm Autumn favourite - a 2009 Chateauneuf-du-Pape from Clos de l'Oratoire.

In support of this ongoing promotion we'll be opening a Fine Wine from within the qualifying range every Friday from 6th September until 28th October... Starting with Jermann's oaked expression of Pinot Grigio, certainly worth stopping in for a taste!

Tucumen Malbec - Wine of the Week!Date published: 30/08/13

This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature. Winemaker is Juan Manuel Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries.

An approachable wine of medium intensity. delivering its cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins and well-balanced acidity and fruit sweetness.

Best enjoyed in its youth. Ideal on its own or with a meat-topped pizza.

Pop in for a taste soon, it's selling fast!


*When you buy two bottles or more

Single bottle price £10.99

Offers ending soon!Date published: 22/08/13

Our countrywide 20% off deals on wine of New Zealand, Australia, Beaujolais and Chile is due to end soon on the 2nd September so don't miss out on these fantastic offers!

Special offer on Peroni lasts until 2nd SeptemberDate published: 22/08/13

Our special offer on peroni at £1 per bottle lasts until 2nd September so don't miss out!

We also have San Miguel Fresca and Pilsner at £1 per bottle

Pinot Grigio from £5.15 and Chianti from £6.37Date published: 22/08/13

A reminder that we are running a 25% off deal on Italian wines until 2nd September.  We will be opening a selection of Italian wines to taste in store so come and explore!

Improved deal on Italy until 2nd SeptemberDate published: 21/08/13

For the next two weeks we will be running an improved 25% off offer on Italian wines until 2nd September!!!

Wine of the Week: masi, CampofiorinDate published: 20/08/13

The Boscaini family have owned and run Masi for six generations, and are one of Veneto's most well established producers. This wine is made by fermenting fresh grapes, then re-fermenting the wine along with some partially dried grapes, to create rich and complex flavours.

Dark ruby red with subtle violet tinges. Aromas are predominantly of ripe cherries, with nuances of vanilla and cinnamon. Rich and mouth-filling, with soft tannins and a velvety, savoury finish.

Drink with a selection of matured cheeses, black olives and Parma ham.


*When you buy two or more wines from Italy. Single bottle £12.49

Want to learn something new in 2015?Date published: 16/08/13

Want to learn something new in 2015?

Our beginner's wine courses are a great way to learn more about the world of wine, in a relaxed but informative setting.

Hosted in store by a member (or two) of our knowledgeable team, we will take you through 6 still wines and a sparkling, and show you the difference between 'tasting' wine and just 'drinking' it!

We even throw in a bit of food and wine matching to give you the basics on what to pair with your favourite dishes.

Each course is 90 minutes long, and is limited to 10 people per sitting to ensure everyone is able to contribute and ask questions along the way.

For more info or to book on to one of the upcoming courses listed below, just call the store on 02380 22 14 78, or email sot@majestic.co.uk

If you have a group of 10 people that a have a specific date in mind, please feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to try to fit in a course around your requirements.

Upcoming courses:

29/01/15 18:00 - 19:30 (Now full!

26/02/15 18:00 - 19:30

26/03/15 18:00 - 19:30

Special offer on Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial N/V £27.50 until 2nd September!Date published: 16/08/13

Special offer on Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial N/V £27.50 until 2nd September! WAS £42!!!!

Perhaps the best known Champagne, the Burt Imperial from Moet embodies their house style: crisp and clean, this classic Champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuity flavours.  An excellent aperitif!

Wine of The WeekDate published: 14/08/13

Montes TwinsCab Sav/Malbec 


A new release from the Montes winery, lovingly crafted by winemaker Aurelio Montes, 'Montes Twins' is a 50/50 blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Both varieties are indigenous to France and are most famously used in the production of Bordeaux, however Cab Sav has flourished in Chile and the coastal location of the vineyards is ideal for Malbec in a similar way to how Argentian producers have benefited from vineyards planted at high altitude.

Defiantly purple in the glass and unashamedly Chilean on the nose, this new world expression exhibits smoky nuances of concentrated black fruits complemented by toasty oak and a flutter of forrest floor. At first taste the black fruit flavours give way to notes of cassis and integrate seamlessly with shades of vanilla from the oak.

Enjoyable now in its youth, this is an ideal 'pop and pour' no nonsense barbecue wine yet it shows sufficient poise and structure to suggest it could age gracefully for up to 8 years, if not more.

Available to taste in store


*When you buy any two wines from Chile

Single bottle £11.99

Pressmentions - The Saturday Kitchen 3rd August 2013Date published: 07/08/13

Suzy Atkins was filmed recommending the Yali Reserva Viognier 2012 which is £6.99 if you buy 2 or more.

Light in body and texture, this wine if full of stone and tropical fruit characters. 

Wine of the Week - Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012 MarlboroughDate published: 07/08/13

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

A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity.

Drink with a seafood risotto or paella.

Available to taste in store

£5.99 (offer ends Monday 12th August 2013 )

*When you buy 2 bottles

Single bottle £7.49

Beer Special Offers!Date published: 06/08/13

Remember we have special offers on Peroni, Pilsner San Miguel Fresca until 2nd September - all are currently £1 per bottle!

Wine Courses in August - an updateDate published: 04/08/13

Please note that our wine course on Thursday 15th August is now full.  We do, however, have another wine course booked in for the following Thursday the 22nd August.  Both the courses start at 6.30pm!

Alternatively, please keep an eye open for future exciting FREE, FUN AND INFORMAL tasting events in September, October and November!

Available to taste in store this weekend - sparkling Saturday - Codorniu Rosado N.V. £6.99 if you buy 2 or moreDate published: 03/08/13

GRAPE VARIETIES:- Macabeo, Monstrell, Parellada, Xarel-lo

ORIGIN:- Codorniu are one of the oldest wine producers in Spain and also one of the pioneers of Cava, making their first bottle of sparkling in 1872, and soon after deciding to concentrate solely on Cava.  Monastrell is a red grape which adds colour to the rose.

Light and pure, with citrus fruits and hints of strawberry and raspberry fruit, this wine is light and refreshing on the palate with a clean and refrshing finish.

Enjoy with tomato salads, seafood or by itself as a summer sparkling wine.

New Local Beers in stock at Majestic SouthamptonDate published: 02/08/13

We are delighted to announce that we have had a new local beer arrival in store this week.

We will now be stocking the very popular Ringwood range of beers - the traditional best bitter, the 49er, the boondoogle and the Old Thumper.

Ringwood Best Bitter (3.8%, 2.2 UNITS/PINT) -12 x 500ml (£2.05 per bottle; £24.60 per case on multi-buy)

A well-rounded beer with a delicious marl flavour balanced by a tangy citus hoppiness.  Brewed with the finest English Barley, goldings, progress, fuggles and challenger hops.

Ringwood Best 49er (4.9%, 2.8 UNITS/PINT) - 8 x 500ml (£1.70 per bottle; £13.60 per case on mult-buy)

A golden full-bodied malty beer with a deep bitter-sweet finish.  Brewed with the finest English barley.  A well-balanced golden pale ale.

Old Thumper (5.5%, 2.9 UNITS/PINT) - 8 x 500ml (£1.55 per bottle; £12.40 per case on mulit-buy)

A warm rounded yet delicate pale strong beer.  A copper coloured full-flavoured beer brewed with the finest English pale malt.  

Boondoggle Blonde Ale, Ringwood (4.2%, 2.4 UNITS/PINT) - 8 x 500ml (£1.50 per bottle; £12 per case on multi-buy)

A blonde ale brewed with the finest English pale malt.  First gold and fuggles hops delivers a well-balanced moreish fruity taste. 

Special Offer on the Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £5.99 if you buy 2 or moreDate published: 02/08/13

Don't miss out on our two week special offer on the Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £5.99 if you buy 2 or more until 12th August

Wine of the Week back in stock - the Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 vintage! £7.99 if you buy 2 or more!Date published: 02/08/13

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Drink now with fresh summer salads and seafood.

Available to taste in store


*When you buy 2 bottles

Single bottle £8.99

Sparkling Wine Offers at any price point for your partyDate published: 30/07/13

Prosecco Zonin £10.99 £7.99 special offer

Nicolas Feuillate £28.00 £18.00 special offer

Veuve Clicquot £37.00 £30.00 special offer

Wine of the Week: La Grille VouvrayDate published: 28/07/13

This Vouvray is a top expression of the Chenin Blanc grape. Created by top winemaker Paul Buisse, this off-dry style of Vouvray is typical of the style from this region, the most important white wine appellation in the Touraine district.

Demi-sec in style, the extra sweetness is reined in by a cleansing acidity, balanced by a mixture of apple and peach fruits.

Superb with those hard-to-match spicy chicken dishes, or simply as a summery apéritif, this wine is best drunk young and chilled.


*When you buy 2 bottles

Single bottle £8.99

Its Prosecco Time!!Date published: 25/07/13

Its Prosecco Time!!

We've decided to treat you all to a sip of Prosecco today! We are opening the Prosecco Zonin for you to highlight the wonderful offer it is currently on - just £7.99 a bottle!!

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 Prosecoo 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.

A wondefully versatile wine perfect as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses or even with light fruit desserts. 

Pop in and give it a whirl with us today!

Wine of The Week - Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Awatere ValleyDate published: 24/07/13

Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Awatere Valley

The fruit for the Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc was harvested at night to preserve flavour and freshness. Careful winemaking has allowed the wine to retain the vibrant fruit flavours obtained in the vineyard.

It displays an expressive nose of tropical fruit, melon and citrus, with mineral notes on the palate. Crisp and dry, this refreshing wine exhibits all the hallmarks of great Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Available to taste in store


20% off New Zealand wines!!!!

*When you buy two or more bottles. Single bottle £11.24

Majestic wins at IWC AwardsDate published: 21/07/13

At the International Wine Challenge Awards last week, Majestic picked up
High Street Chain of the Year and Wine Educator of the Year.

This is the ninth year in a row that we have won High Street Chain of the
Year! The judges said 'Majestic Wine continues to pull off the great double
achievement of making money while providing great training for its staff'
and said they were 'particularly impressed by how its staff are involved in
direct communication with customers through social media'.

Regarding the Wine Educator of the Year award, which encompassed both staff
and customer education, the judges said 'Majestic Wine continues to be
motivated by passion in its execution and dedication to education. Single
minded and continuous in its strategy to inform the consumer to drink
better wine.  Its in-store wine courses have been a great success'.

Sparkling Saturday 20th June 2013 - Oyster Bay RoseDate published: 19/07/13




Made from 80% Chardonnay sourced from Hawke's Bay and 20% Pinot Noir from Marlborough, this is Oyster Bay's take on a pink Champagne, which undergoes its secondary fermentation in tank, producing a more youthful character than many traditional method wines. Exhibits a typically Kiwi intensity of flavour, with cherry and strawberry fragrances taking centre stage. The bubbles are fine and persistent, providing a long, crisp and refreshing finish. Serve at any celebration, alongside a selection of seafood hors d'ouvre.


£9.99 DOWN FROM £13.99

(while stock lasts)

Chilean Tasting week - Carmenere: Chile’s signature Grape varietyDate published: 18/07/13

Originally one of the essential varieties in great Bordeaux blends, Carmenere was believed to a relic of history for more than 100 years…until 1994 when it was rediscovered in Chile by French scientist Jean Michel Boursiquot who found it intermingled among Merlot vines in Alto Maipo vineyards.  Carmenere has been tapped to become one of the emblems of Chilean viticulture around the world.  Carmenere wines are known for their exotic spice and earthy notes, their soft texture and generous structure. 

Chile tasting week: Producer focus on Santa RitaDate published: 18/07/13

Vina Santa Rita are one of Chile’s most enterprising and quality-focused producers, exporting 1.3 million cases of wine per year to more than 70 countries around the world. 

It has a long an illustrious history stretching back over 120 years to the early days of Chilean winemaking and today owns more than 2,500 hectares of outstanding vineyards in Chile’s most important wine growing regions.  Santa Rita, with its on-going focus on terroir, innovation and brand development, works with its highly experienced winemakers to produce wines that are consistently delicious, distinctive and authentically unique.

Here at Majestic we do a fabulous range of wines by Santa Rita including their “120” series.  We do three whites, a sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and viognier; three reds, a carmenere, cabernet franc and carmenere in addition to a rose.

The story behind the “120” range is that according to legend, 120 patriots, exhausted after a long, hard battle during the fight for Chile’s independence reached the land belonging to Santa Rita.  On that fateful night in 1814, these forces of liberty found refuge in the estate cellars.  Today, within these same cellars, the award-winning 120 wines are crafted to honor their heroic character. 

These are young, elegant and fruity wines, perfectly balanced with soft tannins and good acidity.  Exceptional value at £6.39 should you buy 2 or more Chilean wines.  These are great value for everyday drinking, your summer party or bbq. 

Wine of The Week - Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Casablanca ValleyDate published: 16/07/13

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Casablanca Valley

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

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

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

Available to taste in store

£8.79 When you buy any two or more Chilean wines. Single bottle £10.99

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - an update!Date published: 13/07/13

A quick update on one of our best-sellers here at Majestic - the Ned Sauvignon Blanc from Marlbrough in New Zealand.  Unfortunately, we have in the last few weeks completely sold out of the 2012 vintage.  We are waiting upon delivery of the 2013 vintage later this month.  Should you wish to snap this up whilst it is at the ridiculously good price of £6.99 then feel free to give us a call in store on 02380221478 and we can deliver out to you when it arrives with us!

Alternatively, should you need something immediate, we can highly recommend the Brancott, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc which is also currently on offer at £6.99 - this is a New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in a glass - full of goosberry, tropical fruits and vibrancy!

Ashes Beer Specials!Date published: 11/07/13

To co-incide with the Ashes we have got two special beers offers! 

Representing Australia, we have the Coopers Pale Ale at £15 special offer per case

Representing England, we have the Marstons Pedigree at £15 per case if you buy 2 or more cases of Ales

Wine of The Week - An Ashes Special Jim Barry - The Cover Drive £10.99 if you buy 2 or moreDate published: 09/07/13

With The Ashes all set the begin, we have joined in the spirit and gone for a cricket-related wine of the week!

Made by the Cabernet Sauvignon grape this wine was named in commemoration of the Penola cricket ground, which used to lie on the very site where Jim Barry now grows this premium Cabernet, which is blended with small parcels from the family's Clare Valley estate, then aged in French and American oak.

The nose is very fragrant. dominated by intense cassis and cedar, with nuances of fennel and damson.  A generous palate with succulent tannins framing blackcurrant, licquorice and cherry flavours.

Improved Champagne Deals!Date published: 06/07/13

Veuve Clicquot N/V was £37 now £30!!!!!

Laurent Perrier Brut N/V was  £38 now £24.99!!!!

Saturday Kitchen 6th July 2013 - Dr L Riesling 2012 Loosen £8.49Date published: 06/07/13

Susie Barrie selected the Dr L Riesling 2012 to go with the heaven and hell dish for singer Hayley Westenra on Saturday Kitchen this morning.  £8.49 price per bottle as part of your mixed case!

Wine of the Week: Sainte Victoire, Cotes de ProvenceDate published: 05/07/13

It's certainly Rose weather this weekend but with so many different expressions available (especially from Provence) it can be something of a minefield when making your selection. Pigoudet or Berne? Or why not an AIX magnum?

I'd not tried Sainte Victoire before and I'm certainly impressed! Located in a sub-region within the Côtes de Provence, the vineyard lies 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.


*When you buy two or more bottles. Single bottle £9.99

The Saturday Times - 29th June!Date published: 04/07/13

Last weekends Saturday Times featured Jane McQuitty's summer Top 100 features various white wines and roses that we sell in various price points!


Yali Merlot Rose 2012 £7.49 Buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% = £5.99

Grand Heron Marc Ducournau 2012 £7.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 = £5.99


Vouvray Domaine des Aubuiseres 2012 £9.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 = £7.99


Sancerre "Clos des Bouffants" Neveu 2012 £14.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £6 = £11.99

Pouilly Fume "Les Cascadelles" 2012 £11.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 = £9.99

Muga Rioja Rosado 2012 £10.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 = £8.99

Provence Rose - Chateau de BerneDate published: 04/07/13

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to visit Chateau de Berne in Provence and had a fabulous three days in the spring southern France sunshine sipping provence rose with some awesome food to accompany it.  We were also taught all about the winery, given tours of the vineyard area and winery and local attractions.  Over the three days, we were very well looked after and thoroughly spoilt!

Provence has bee a wine-growing area for over 2,500 years.  The reputation of the wine region is for its rose wines.  Winemaking has been Chateau de Berne's core activity since 1750.  Today, the chateau is planted with 292 acres of very modern facilities.

The continental climate of Provence is characterised by hot, dry summers and cold winters.  The climate is particularly conductive to wine growing.  Measuring 292 acres, the terroir of Chateau de Berne is situated on the Triassic Plateau and divided into two very different zones, each resting on a chalky bed dating back to the lower and middle Jurassic ages.

The plots comprise:-

The Plateau (altitude 330m) characterised by impoverished and stony soil.  The Chateau (altitude 250m) characterised by larger propositions of sand, a finer texture.

Here at Majestic we sell the Berne Grand Recolte Rose 2012 Cotes de Provence. 

Single Bottle Price £9.99.  Buy 2 save £3 £8.49

GRAPE VARIETIES:- Cinsault and Grenace

This cool and vibrant rose has a vibrant rose colour, with a nose of spring flowers, raspberry and strawberry.  Juicy and fresh in the mouth, with a hint of peachy exotic fruit.

A great summers afternoon rose or with a tomato salad for lunch!

Tasting Counter full of Wine! Date published: 29/06/13

Have a look =]

Wine of the Week 26th June - Domaines Schlumberger RieslingDate published: 26/06/13

Today we've decided to open up a often overlooked wine from due to nature of attached stigma from a few decades ago. Ladies and gentlemen be prepared to taste Riesling!

This particular wine is sourced from over 140 hectares of vineyard from one of the most respected and oldest producers in Alsace.

A vivid yellow and greenish tinge dominates the colour of the wine but lets not get too hasty; this wine is elegant, poised with great fruit drive and complexity. It's a developing wine and will age nicely, but currently it's lime filled palate with grapefruit and other tropical fruits means it's a killer wine with shellfish and seafood.

£11.99 when you buy two, £13.99 single 

Wine of the week! Date published: 22/06/13

Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz! - £13.74  £10.99!

From the Claire Valley in Australia, Jim Barry's estate now totals over 200 hectares in this superb wine-growing region. The lodge hill site was originally planned to grow Riesling, but instead was chosen for this Shiraz.

This inky wine is full of blackcurrant, blueberry and black cherry along side hints of violet and menthol its a gorgeous full bodied wine that is well worth a try!

Drink with a meaty lasagne or a yummy casserole.

Order for JuneDate published: 13/06/13

As the summer kicks in (and hopefully eventually the sun follow!) we are getting busier and busier here in Southampton, both in store and on the roads.

To ensure you get your free delieveries when you want them we advise you to put your orders in a few days earlier at this time of year. While we still guarentee your wine within 7 days of ordering, if you leave your order to the last min you may have to wait a bit longer than usual.

So get ordering!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 01/06/13

Jackson Estate  'Stich' Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough.     

£9.99 for 2+ New Zealand wines, or £12.49 for one bottle.

To celebrate New Zealand Tasting week we have decided to crack open a huge selection of the countries most popular wine... Sauvignon Blanc! In amongst the household name 'The Ned' and the exciting fine wine from Saint Clair Wairau comes, in my opinion, an absolute gem!

Nicknames 'Stich' after owner and founder John Stichbury in honour of his 20 years winemaking in 2009. This is Jackson Estates Benchmark Sauvignon, sourced from 12 vinyards in the ever popular Marlborough region.

This is everything you crave and more from a New Zealand Sauvignon. A vibrant nose of passion fruit , ripe citrus fruits and a hint of elderflower, combined with a delious palate filled with gooseberries, rhubarb and mineral notes. It's more refined taste, great texture and long finish definitely makes spending the extra couple of pounds well worth it!

Perfect on its own or with a summery salad or any fish dish.

New Zealand Tasting Week!Date published: 31/05/13

I've got some great news for all you New Zealand lovers out there!

To celebrate New Zealand Tasting Week we are opening an AMAZING range of Sauvignon Blancs, from the household favourite The Ned too something a little more unusal like Saint Clair Wairau Reserve and lots inbetween!

If you fancy popping along to one of our tutored tastings and learning about all things New Zealand, from grapes to glass, how to food match and what your favourite style is, these will be held in store tomorrow (Saturday 1st June) at 12pm and 3pm.

But don't worry if your busy tomorrow, i'm sure there will be some left over on the tasting counter for you to come in and try on sunday!

We look forward to seeing you all thie weekend - enjoy the sunshine!

Something exciting for the week ahead! FLASH SALE! Date published: 30/05/13

Well very good news! We are having a flash sale on the Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £5.99!! and also the Vina Eguia Reserva Rioja £5.99!! Both amazing wines so if you are a fan of New Zealand Sauvignons or Spanish Rioja and love a bargain then pop in and see us! It is a flash sale so the offer unfortunatly ends on the 10th June.

We look forward to seeing all you bargain hunters!

Where is the Aix Double Magnum Part TwoDate published: 27/05/13

Why browse for wine when you could HUNT for wine?! Happy hunting!

Where's the Aix Double Magnum?!Date published: 26/05/13

To celebrate the release of the Aix Double Magnum (and the start of a hopeful summer!), the Southampton team have decided to play a little game! The rules: find the Aix Double Magnum! We've included a web-link with the product just in case you don't recognise the bottle. Happy hunting!


Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 24/05/13

Tomorrow we will be popping the cork on the Lindauer Blanc de Blancs, currently on a short-term deal at only £8.99 per bottle.  Made from only Chardonnay grapes in the style of a Blanc de Blancs Champagne, this fizz is New Zealand's answer to Champagne but with a much smaller price tag!
Pop in to see its value for yourself, open tomorrow, Saturday 25/5

Safety at work!Date published: 24/05/13

James has decided to fully-embrace safety at work...he's even wearing a lifting belt. I'm not sure he realises it should be worn UNDER his clothes!!

Wine of the Week - Luis Felipe Edwards SyrahDate published: 23/05/13

Although Chile has historically favoured other red varieties such as Merlot and Carmenere, the Central Valleys of Chile are becoming known as a home to some great value, high-quality Syrah. This is a nicely balanced example, made with medium-temperature fermentation and only partial oak maturation.
In the glass it is a deep purple-tinged ruby red and on the nose it shows intense aromas of blackcurrant, with hints of black pepper and spice. A juicy, fresh palate with taut yet forgiving tannins, and a soft finish.
Perfect for your summer BBQs (if the summer ever arrives) or alternatively enjoy with seasoned lamb chops or spaghetti and beef meatballs.

Please help yourself to a taste


*When you buy any two or more Chilean wines. Single bottle £7.99

Fine Wine open now!Date published: 23/05/13

We sure know how to spoil you here at Majestic Southampton and it is with great delight that I can announce that we have just popped the cork on the lusciously fruity and smooth Amarone Classico 'Vigneti di Roccolo' by Cantina Negrar.

£22 a bottle or buy ANY 2 selected fine wines and save £8 = £18

Cracking offers this Bank HolidayDate published: 22/05/13

In preparation for the upcoming Bank Holiday, we have introduced some cracking offers, available until close of play Monday 3rd June.

Here are my highlights of the top offers:

Macon Lugny, Louis Latour, now only £7.99

Beaujolais Villages, Georges Duboeuf, now only £5.99

Prosecco Corte Alta, £6.99

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs, £8.99

Taittinger Brut Reserve NV, £25

James' Tipple of the WeekDate published: 14/05/13

Well as you all know I love a glass or two on a mid-week evening and this week it's been a tricky one as I had a range of wines to choose from (oh how lucky I am!). This week it was all about Saint Clair's Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc; a crisp and strict Sauvignon Blanc in that offers a rich variety of flavours on the palate and nose. In three words, I'd describe it as: Intense, Tropical, Clean.

As ever I'd love to know your thoughts: #James'Tipple

£10.99 when you buy any two wines from New Zealand, £13.99 single bottle.

Look What Just Arrived in Store!!! Date published: 13/05/13

I'm a great lover of inventive and differernt labels on a bottle of wine. So when this little beauty arrived in store I have to admit Vicky and I did get very excited! 

Not only is it a delicious Cotes de Provence Rose, it's a square bottle!! So why not pop in and check them out. £11.99 when you buy 2 or more (£14.99 single bottle)

Hannah's BBQ Belters!Date published: 11/05/13

As the summer is looking like it's upon us, I thought it was time to share some of my favourite wines to compliment your charred sausage and marinated chicken wings. 

So in the Red corner we have...

Luis Felipe Edwards Selección Especial Malbec 2011 £7.49 for one or £5.99 when you buy two or more Chilean wines!

A fruity Chilean Malbec packed full with juicy black fruit, very smooth with a touch of vanilla. Perfect with your flame grilled rib eye steak!

And in the White corner we have...

Chateau Pigoudet La Chapelle Blanc 2012 £9.99 for one or £8.99 when you buy two or more!

This is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL white! It's lovely and fresh and offers flavours of melon, pear and subtle herbaceous notes. This is going to be my summer wine of choice and I will be bringing it along to every BBQ and summer party! This will match well with your marinated chicken, but is also simply perfect on its own. 

Another summer essential for your BBQs, Rose:

Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé 2012 Côtes de Provence £10.99 for one or £9.99 when you buy two or more!

How can you have a BBQ and not have a Provencal rose to sip on while sitting in the sun?! This one is truly a treat. A refreshingly dry rose with a spicy warmth to it.  It has crisp acidity and offers hints of peach and strawberry, which make it a great summer tipple for sunny afternoons in the garden. 

Dont forget the fizz though! My favourite at the moment is Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004, West Sussex, England usually £29.99 but at the moment £23.99!!

It's a home-grown Champagne style wine which has often beaten Champagne in blind tastings! With rich flavours of honey and biscuits, a lovely buttery fizz that would finish off your bbq wine collection perfectly! ENJOY!

Want to try something new this summer?Date published: 11/05/13

Summer is tantalizingly close and if like me you want to branch out and drink something other than New Zealand Sauvignon and Chardonnay I have the perfect recommendation for you!

From the Rias Baixas region of North-western Spain Martin Codax produces a series of cracking wines using native spanish grapes that are made for summer. One of these little beauties is bound to tickle your tastebusds!

Firstly, the award winning (and a personal favourite of mine) aromatic 2011 Albarino. Similar to Viognier, the light and refreshing style of this grape hints at sweetness while still providing a refreshing flavour. It boasts delicate peach and stone fruit flavours with an intriguing element of honey and a floral finish. This medium bodied beauty is a perfect alternative to Chardonnay at £9.99 for 2+ (or £12.49 for one bottle).

If you liked the sound of the Albarino but were looking for something a little more modest, Martin Codax has recently introduced an entry level version, Caixas Albarino. This wine, made exclusively for Majesitic, possesses all the same attractive stoney fruit and nectar flavours but with a greater emphasis on its zesty, refreshing citrus backbone. Ideal for any sea food dish, or simply on its own! £6.99 for 2+ (or £9.99 for one bottle).

Finally, the most recent in this stunning range of wines, the Caixas Godello. Traditionally only used as a constituent in blends, the Godello grape is starting to gain recognition on its own. This wine displays a delicate, yet mulit-faceted nose of lemon, crunchy pear and melon subtley mixed with delicious floral notes. A must try this summer and at the bargin price of £7.99 for 2+ (£9.99 for one bottle)

But dont just take my word for it, come in and see us and pick up one or more of these gems and see for yourself!

Introduce a friend to Majestic and get a FREE bottle for yourself!Date published: 11/05/13

We are running an exciting new scheme here at Majestic:

Bring your nearest and dearest along to shop with you and if they sign up to our customer list you BOTH recieve a free 7th bottle up to the value of £10!!

This is not only a great excuse to come wine shopping with a friend, but also to branch out and try something a little different.

And of course our fully trained, friendly staff will be on hand to recommend the perfect bottle for you!

My Fine Wine ChoiceDate published: 09/05/13

Take advantage of the Fine Wine Mix and Match choices here in Southampton and save £8! You can choose any two bottles from the deal and mix and match. Remember you'll be paying around £18 for a Fine Wine; that's like a bottle of average wine in a restaurant! 

Here's my choices in only THREE words:

1) Chateau Grand Faurie La Rose 2007, St-Emilion Grand Cru: Subtle, Mature, Clove - £18.00*

2) Meursault Vielles Vignes 2010, Le Meurger: Weighty, Ripe, Rich - £20.00*

3) Guidalberto 2010, Tenuta San Guido: IGT Toscana: Powerhouse, Full, Intense - £26.00*

4) 'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2011, Two Hands, McLaren Vale: Thick, Luscious, Mouth-Coating - £18.00*

*When you buy any two selected Fine Wines. 

Feel free to quiz me on these wines as I love them! Alternatively you can always buy me a bottle (oh the cheek!). Check out the Majestic Website for more details on each product.

Tasting Counter TutorialsDate published: 06/05/13

The tasting counter tutorial is a relatively new phenomenon at Majestic and it is such a great way to get to know a certain country's/region's wines whilst grabbing your wine for the coming week(s).  Tasting Counter Tutorials take place in-store on Saturdays at both 12 and 3 pm and involve tasting at least 6 wines with a member of staff who will talk you through fun facts about the wine's history and production.  They are such a fantastic opportunity - for instance, how often do you have 6 different Italian wines open to compare and contrast?  Take a look at our 'Events' section on our webpage to see which tasting tutorials are taking place on which Saturdays and get in touch if you'd like to come along. 

Why I always rave about English sparkling wines Date published: 06/05/13

If you haven't noticed already, I am a huge fan of the English sparkling wines - call me patriotic if you will! It's more than patriotism though when it comes to these wines, the quality of sparkling wines is unbelievable. Why is this? It's many a factor that contribute to the success of these wines, but the key can be narrowed down to two areas: the climate and the terroir. Foremost we have a nice cool climate in England (sometimes it's a bit too cold, admittedly!) which is vital for Sparkling wines; this means grapes can hang on the vines for longer on average when compared to Champagne adding complexity to the end product. And what of Terrior? Terroir is the growing environment and the emphasis on viticulture and England boasts identical soil types as Champagne (sandstone and clay) which adds minerality and elegance to the wines.  

I personally rate Nyetimber one of the best sparkling wines from around England; they use the same grapes as Champagne that are grown on identical soil types and they also age their sparkling wines for a minimum of three years to create richness and complexity. This creates wines of great quality and they manage to do all this on their own vineyards in the heart of Surrey. It's definitely worth the buy.

A Delve into VeganismDate published: 05/05/13

I have been persuaded by my other half to challenge myself to a month of veganism and so for the past week I have been loading up on beans, salads and houmous! I do, however, hasten to add that I'm not going 'all out' by drinking only vegan wines - with a very important Diploma exam looming at the start of next month, I need to be exposing myself to all types of wine!  
This of course begs the question, why certain wines are vegetarian/vegan whilst others are not.  It's all to do with the fining process during wine production.  As we all know, wine is a natural product produced from grapes and once the fermentation is complete, any remaining grape residue, unwanted proteins and yeasts are removed.  It is at this stage that a wine can cease to be vegan or vegetarian as many producers choose to use products such as egg white, casein (derived from milk) and isinglass (dried fish bladders!) which cause the residue, proteins etc to coagulate and then they can be easily removed.  There are, of course, wines which are vegan and vegetarian and these are clarified using products such as clay-based bentonite.  There are also wines which are bottled completely unfiltered (you often get swish reds with sediment) but leaving the sediment to settle naturally is a lengthy process, which has impact on the final cost.
If you want to find out which of our wines are vegan/vegetarian, pop in to see us and we'll be happy to give you a list of our vegan/vegetarian wines.  Additionally, all of the prices displayed in the store and the tasting notes provided after every sale include this information too.  Pictured are a few of my favourite vegan bottles from the range.

New in - Poggioargentiera Rosato, ToscanaDate published: 05/05/13

We initially stocked this Poggioargentiera's Sangiovese-based red, then we welcomed their Vermentino-based white and now, to complete the family, we have their Rose.  Such a great producer....even if I can't pronounce their name!
Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc-based, this wine if vinified like a white wine with short contact on the red skins and cold fermentation.  This imparts delicate fruit and the soft pink colour.  It is completely dry and offers notes of candied red cherry and strawberry.
£7.99 when you buy any 2 Italian wines.

Craft BeersDate published: 04/05/13

Pay us a visit this weekend to give these beauties a try!

Fine Wine at house wine pricesDate published: 04/05/13

We have just introduced a new fine wine offer where you can mix and match any two selected fine wines and save £8!  The avid Majestickers amongst you may well know that you often have to buy 2 bottles of the same wine to benefit from the best of deals.  However, this new offer provides you with the flexibility to buy 2 completely different special wines whilst bagging yourself the cracking offer.
The two bottles I'd choose? They'd have to be Tenuta San Guido's Guidalberto (the famous Sassicaia's little brother), down to £26 on the offer and Meursault Vielles Vignes, Le Meurgeur, £20 on the offer.
For more info on this cracking offer, check out the Majestic website, have a look at page 38 in the new Grape to Glass or pay us a visit! 

Vicky's Tasting Counter PicksDate published: 03/05/13

This weekend we have a bumper tasting counter of delight for you and I thought I would let you in on my top red and white!

My red choice is the Sassaiolo from the Rosso Piceno production area of Marche, close to Rome in Italy.  It's currently on offer at £6.99 when you buy any 2 Italian wines and I think it's a cracker offering layers of cherry fruit, plum and spice from time spent in oak.

My white choice has to be the 'Passion' Sauvignon Blanc from the South of France.  Brand new in and the perfect summer tipple with lovely fresh, grassy notes and a hint of the passion fruit the label suggests.  This wine is £6.99 when you buy 2 or more (£8.99 for just the one)

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 03/05/13

As it's our New Arrivals tasting week, we have decided to open a brand spanking new sparkler for you this Saturday.  Join us at the tasting counter to try the Zonin Prosecco (currently on a cracking introductory offer of £7.99)

New Arrivals - Clos du Bois RangeDate published: 21/04/13

In this country we often struggle to get good quality and good value Californian wines but I am delighted to say that our buyers have come up trumps with the arrival of the Clos du Bois range of wines.

The Clos du Bois farm is located in Sonoma County and coastal California and encompasses almost 800 acres. The winery was founded 35 years ago by Frank Woods who previously spent much time travelling and working in France, leading to their mantra 'Made in California, fluent in French.'

We have just started stocking 4 of their wines, all of which represent fantastic value and are currently on great offers.  For those of you who previously enjoyed the Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay, the Clois du Bois Chardonnay is a fantastic replacement, priced at £9.99 per bottle (when you buy 2 or more, £12.49 for one).

Other wines in the range include the Clos du Bois Pinot Noir (£12.49 buy 2 save £5 = £9.99), the Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Merlot (£18.99 buy 2 save £8 = £14.99) and the Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (£14.99 buy 2 save £6 = £11.99).

All of them are in stock now - I know I'm looking forward to exploring this new range.

New Arrival: Masianco 2012, MasiDate published: 15/04/13

I absolutely love this time of the year as we receive lots of lovely new arrivals ready for the Summer.

One of the new arrivals that has caught my eye is the Masianco by Masi, priced at £9.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles, single bottle = £12.49.)  We've stocked both their Amarone and 'Campfiorin' (a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara) for a while but this is the first white I've come across by them.

Based on an interesting blend of 75% Pinot Grigio and 25% Verduzzo, this wine provides some familiarity with a twist.  The Pinot Grigio contributes a lovely citrussy freshness whilst the Verduzzo, which has received 3 months of barrel ageing adds rich apricot and peach.  Such an interesting wine from a really reputable producer, I cannot wait to have this in the sunshine with an array of salads and cold meats. 

Rare Online Web ExclusivesDate published: 13/04/13

Occasionally on Majestic.co.uk we advertise some very rare, one-off parcels of bargain wines. 

Most recently we have had a beautiful parcel of aged Riojas from the 90s and 80s, which were available in standard bottle, Magnum and even Jeroboam!  Best of all, the prices started from only £9.99!   We have also had great, rare offerings from the South of France, Australia and Germany and there are many more exciting and rare wines to come. 

As these wines are so limited, we would never be able to stock ample amounts within all our 190+ stores and as a result, they are released online.  If you want to be the first to know about these offers and one of the lucky few to bag yourself a case, send us your details to sot@majestic.co.uk.  All we'll need is your surname, postcode and email address and we'll make sure you're on the email list to receive these offers first. 

The Majestic Fine Wine PlanDate published: 07/04/13

Open the door to a world of Fine Wine from as little as £50 per month

Majestic has joined forces with our sister company and fine wine specialist Lay and Wheeler to bring you the Majestic Fine Wine Plan - the simplest and most affordable way to gradually build your own fine wine cellar. 

The Fine Wine Plan removes all the hassle and admin involved in owning fine wine and enables you to benefit from the knowledge of the Fine Wine specialists at Lay and Wheeler.  You will be able to gain access to some of the world's finest wines and can make full use of our industry leading storage facility, 'Vinothèque' for the bargain price of only £8.40 per case per year.

How does it work?

You choose the level of subscription that's right for you, from a minimum of £50 per month. As an added bonus, if you subscribe to a monthly debit of £100 or more a month, you will receive a FREE 6 bottle case of Croix de Beaucaillou 2009 worth £150 AND you will also be sent a Privilege Card entitling you to 10% discount on any orders with Majestic Wine.

The Fine Wine Plan 'Advance' is available to all subscribers and allows you to purchase wine up to the value of 3 month's subscription in addition to any funds that you have available on your account.  This helps you buy the wines that you want, when you want them.  In addition, all subscribers receive a £25 Majestic Voucher after their first full year on the plan.

Your personal consultant will offer guidance on purchases, recommending the best wines to suit your objectives, tastes and budget.  Your consultant will also be able to advise you on when your wines are ready to drink and should be delivered to you.

Where do I find out more?

For more information visit the Majestic fine wine plan website at www.majesticfinewineplan.co.uk

Here you will also find a simple application form so you can start building your special collection.

The New Face of Sam Adams LagerDate published: 19/03/13

Majestic is one of the few UK retailers that stock the famous Sam Adams Boston lager that many of us enjoy on our travels to America.

This year, Sam Adams has started to brew this famous beer in the UK, their first venture outside of the US.  The major benefit of this change is that the product will taste much fresher and much closer to the true Boston taste as it normally takes at least six weeks in transit; a long time for a craft beer that is best consumed young.

Those of you who are die-hard fans of this beer will notice that we have changed the packaging and that it now contains 24x330ml bottles (formerly 24 x 355ml) and best of all it is currently on a stonkingly good offer of just £24 for the entire pack......that's £1 a bottle! Huzzah!  

AIX Rose MagnumsDate published: 14/03/13

It is with great delight that I can announce that the Aix Provence Rosé Magnums are now back in stock and are STILL priced at £19.99 each!  Impress all your friends with this gorgeous rosé....double the size of a normal bottle = double the fun.

Lovely and delicate, offering notes of redcherry and strawberry, it really is the must-have party wine this Summer.  Stocks are limited and we'd hate you to miss out so bag a bottle or two while you can!

My current favouritesDate published: 10/03/13

As I am going into my third month working for Majestic fairly shortly, I thought I would share with you some of my favourite wines so far!  Wines that I think are really worth a try.

In my first two months at Majestic I have learnt so much about wine and my eyes have been opened to lots of different wines that I would have never considered trying before.

Wine number 1 on my must try list - Eikendal Chardonnay 2011, Stellenbosch. £11.99 for one and £9.59 when you buy 2 or more South African wines. This is a classic, well balanced Chardonnay from South Africa. Before I started working for Majestic I would have avoided Chardonnay, especially an oaked one. After trying this wine my mind has been changed and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a well rounded Chardonnay with flavours of vanilla, biscuit, lemon and of course the toasty oak that finishes off this very yummy wine!

Wine number 2 - Kuhlmann-Platz Gewürztraminer 2011, Cave de Hunawihr. I think this is a delicious wine from Alsace. I have to put my hands up and admit I was very closed minded about off dry whites as I did used to stick to a zesty, acidic, dry sauvignon blanc...mainly from New Zealand. But trying this wine has thrown a spanner in the works and I now have decided a Gewurztraminer has to be one of my favourites and have found myself going for something other than a Kiwi Sauvignon. What I love about this wine is its strong lychee flavours and its floral notes. I think its definitely worth trying and at £9.99 for one or £7.99 when you buy two or more its a steal!

Wine number 3 - Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2010/2011 Mount Difficulty. £22.00 for one and £17.00 when you buy 2 or more. For my third wine I have chosen a beautiful red pinot noir from New Zeland. I had never considered trying a red from New Zealand before and now I've definitely found a new fave. It's delicously ripe and fruity (cherry and blackberry) and well worth the money...My mum and I really did enjoy it. :-)

So thats the end of my 3 fave wines! I hope you enjoy! and if you try them let me know what you think!!

A Majestic jaunt to Chile - The Diary, day 6, the final day!Date published: 01/03/13

As our amazing trip came to an end, Felix took over charge of the diary.....

Thursday 24th Jan, Felix Lehman…. After two amazing days of food, wine, swimming and relaxing at Casa Real, into the Magic bus we piled for another adventure. Destination Apalta. Home of premium Carmenere in Chile, a scenic vista of a beautiful green, vine laden valley, a microclimate within the Colchagua Valley. Hugo, our intrepid driver, was clearly inspired by the recent Dakar Rally as he drove our trusty stead up into the vineyards on slopes a pair of the most youthful knees would concern. Not a bead of sweat dripped from the brow of Hugo as we disembarked amongst pristine vines, some being original 75 year old bush vine Carmenere. To make things easier they have now been tressilled however the twisted and gnarly stem remains. Grapes for the outstanding Pehuén Carmenere are sourced here, producing a complex, deep flavoured, textured wine with massive ageing potential. Named after the huge pines on the grounds of Casa Real, to try this wine is to try Carmenere for the first time. We tasted the 2007 which still had extraordinary tannins and is set for a long life. Harvest is on it's way with many healthy bunches showing and some savage green harvesting has been done, indicating the dedication to quality. There's a lot of love in these vines. Enveloped by atmospheric morning fog, which has become a constant throughout our journey, we see little of the distant mountains yet it's cooling effect reminds us of why Apalta produce such great wines with definitive fruit expression and acidity.

Just as the jumper is making an appearance, off we go, travelling further south, through small villages decimated by earthquake damage and fields of agriculture, to what is nothing short of a sea of vines in an ocean of dust. Pumanque. It is of biblical proportions. It's an up and coming area Santa Rita has invested in with utmost confidence. Guided by the most excellent Australian wine guru Brian Crosser of Petaluma, the future is looking brighter than afternoon sun. Afternoon sun indeed. The UV reading was extreme. I'm Australian. I eat extreme UV readings for breakfast. I am now peeling. The most modern technology available in vineyard management to date has been put in place to maintain optimum quality and efficiency. Quality is certainly the key word when discussing Pumanque potential and it is already showing in these still youthful and developing vines. Watch this space.

Sunny afternoons in Pumanque make a man thirsty so off we ventured into the vineyards for a tasting and lunch. Nestled under the shade of the perfect picnic tree we run through the Nativa wines, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, being Reserva and Gran Reserva.  Nativa is the organic wine arm of the excellent producers at Carmen . Nativa were the first Chilean wine to be certified as organic grapes. Showing a certain lightness and freshness, it's a welcoming tipple. Lovely. Next we are dazzled by what every person should do at least once in their life; have a Chilean BBQ you a fillet of beef. It was bliss.  Surrounded by vines in the Chilean sun, eating a lunch of empanadas, perfectly cooked beef and drinking organic wine is a probably the finest way to exit our Chilean Santa Rita experience. It was with waves of gratitude to Mr.Bbq himself, and off we were again, through the dusty, windy roads of the countryside, destination Santiago, for our final hooray. Last night - Bar Liguria, Santiago. What a place to reminisce and reflect on a week of wine, vine, seafood and sun. We all glowed a rosy red, a reminder of the Pumanque sun on our skin. Best way to start or finish anything in Chile is of course the Pisco sour. Some argue this drink is actually good for you….it certainly eased the long journey home.

Free Wine Tasting at Majestic SouthamptonDate published: 28/02/13

Every day is wine tasting day here at Majestic Southampton!  At least 3 reds and 3 whites are available to taste at all times, chosen just for you by the team here in-store. We also have themed tasting weeks where a variety of wines from a certain country/region are available to taste throughout the week.  We also offer tasting counter tutorials on Saturdays at 11 am and 3 pm during some tasting weeks wherein you can come along and learn a little bit more about the featured wines with the help of a member of staff.  Take a look at the events on this webpage to see which tasting weeks and tasting tutorials are coming soon!

In addition to tasting at the tasting counter, we also run various wine tastings throughout the year, which are always great fun and a fabulous way to find out more about wine. All of our tastings are completely free and you are more than welcome to bring a friend or two along with you.

We offer 3 tastings, as follows....

The Wine Course

The Wine Course is our original tasting and is a fantastic introduction to wine tasting, how wine is made and what food to match with your wines. Throughout the tasting we try 8 different wines including a Champagne and a Sparkling and you are free to ask any questions you like about the wines/wine in general. In this tasting we hope to remove any fears you have surrounding wine tasting...you may even be able to wow guests at your next dinner party!

Wine Courses run with a maximum of 10 people and, as already mentioned, they are completely free. We tend to run the courses in the evening, mid-week or on Sunday afternoons.

The Wine Walk

Wine Walks change with the seasons and enable us to introduce you to new, exciting additions to our range along with some delicious nibbles (from an Italian deli in London...posh, I know!). As we wander round the store sampling the wines, staff will tell you some interesting facts regarding the wines and their histories as well as providing tasting notes. These tastings change throughout the year and you're more than welcome to come along to each one!

It's a cracking way of keeping up with the latest wine trends and to try new wines you may have never considered before. Wine Walks cater for up to 20 people and tend to take place on mid-week evenings.

Wine Evenings

We hold 2 Wine Evenings annually (one in early summer and another in the run-up to Christmas) and they are a much more relaxed evening where you can wander round the store sampling the wines available whilst asking staff any questions you like. We always have sparkling wine, rose, reds and whites available to taste and usually Port for the Wine Evening in the run-up to Christmas. To top it all off, we also receive gorgeous hunks of cheese and charcuterie from our favourite deli in London.

These evenings are on a much larger scale and it's always lovely to see lots of our customers in one evening!

We always publish tasting dates on our webpage and have reminders posted throughout the store. The one thing we do ask is that you let us know if you would like to attend any of them...we'd love to see you but also would hate to run out of wine!

A Majestic jaunt to Chile - The Diary, day 5Date published: 27/02/13

On to day 5, another lovely day spent exploring Santa Rita's vineyards.

Wednesday 23rd Jan, Kat Grant….

After an early night we all awoke refreshed and rejuvenated in the stunning surroundings of the Casa Real. Like dinner the previous evening breakfast didn’t disappoint! It became obvious Paul had recovered from the excesses of the days before when he managed to polish off 3 slices of peach cake, on top of the usual scrambled eggs, bacon and massive fruit salad of course! We were greeted by Paola who split us into 2 groups and we clambered into a couple of awaiting 4WD’s. It was time to go off road and I imagine the mini bus just wouldn’t be up to the job! Once safely strapped in we spent an hour or two exploring the vineyards surrounding the Santa Rita Winery. As always the views were spectacular, the sun was shining and the boys got to see their first lizard, exciting times! Paul, Felix and I got to ride with one of the vineyard managers. There was a slight language barrier but with the rough terrain I was relieved I hadn’t drunk too much the night before! Paola then took us to look at the Santa Rita Nursery. I found it fascinating to see the stages that the vines go through before they even get to be planted out into the big wide world. Next on the agenda was a visit to the nearby Carmen winery. We were met by Sebastian, the winemaker.  Sebastian took us on a tour of the winery and then led us back inside for a tasting of the Carmen wines. It was really interesting to try the Reserva’s next to the Gran Reserva’s. In Chile labelling isn’t the same as in other countries where it’s determined by the length of time wines have been aged. Instead it’s the perceived quality of the wine. I thought all the Carmen wines we tried were fantastic. I think we were all also surprised when Sebastian told us one of the varieties in the Winemakers Reserve was Zinfandel, not a grape usually associated with Chile! We were all getting a bit peckish and as usual lunch didn’t disappoint. We enjoyed a lovely buffet of steak, salad and of course wine in the garden behind the winery. After which Paola took us to see the resident Alpaca and, more bizarrely, Reindeer, before taking us back to the Casa Real, telling us we had some time to ourselves before dinner that evening. We grabbed our stuff and headed down to the pool.

We were joined at dinner by some American clients who educated and entertained us with tales of how the liquor market functions in the US. Hector and Carlos from Santa Rita made up the party, and we all enjoyed a memorable evening of outstanding food, fine wine and entertaining conversation. Most of us sat up late into the night; soaking in our last few hours in the almost unbelievable setting we’d made our home for the last 2 days.

A Majestic jaunt to Chile - The Diary, day 4Date published: 24/02/13

Tuesday 22nd January, Hayley Redshaw We transferred inland to Buin in the Maipo Valley, home of Vina Santa Rita. We checked into our accommodation for the next two nights, the stunning Hotel Casa Real. Set in a 120 acre park, this 16 bedroom hotel, pictured on the labels of Santa Rita Medalla Real and Casa Real wines, was previously the summer house of Santa Rita founder Domingo Fernandez Concha. We toured the immaculate grounds which include a chapel built for the daughter of Domingo Fernandez Concha to marry in, the family pool and orchards brimming with ripe fruits and olives that definitely got our appetites working. Lunch was held in the Dona Paula Restaurant. For those who have read the labels of the 120 range, the restaurant is named after, and is in, the same building where Mrs Paula Jaraquemada in 1814, allowed 120 Chilean Patriots fighting in the War of Independence to seek refuge in her cellars. Stuffed with combinations of seafood, flake steak, pork ribs and chicken, it was time to continue our tour with a visit to the famed cellars, now home to some of Santa Ritas older vintages, and then onto the Andido Museum. Santa Ritas current owners have built this museum at the winery as a tribute to Andean cultures and it is filled with 1800 pieces of historic art and artefacts. With aching limbs after lunch it was definitely time for a sit down and a more leisurely pace so a stroll through the current winery and bottling line led us to the tasting room.

The tasting room is definitely where Majestic staff can feel at home, and we were treated to a range tasting that included wines from across the Santa Rita portfolio. From the 120 range that we have all come to know and love as great value everyday drinking, through the Reserva and onto the Medalla Real ranges. The quality and complexity of the Medalla Real ranges really shone through, with the quality of grapes selected from key plantings across Santa Rita's vineyard sites creating generous and intense wines. Our tasting concluded with a look at 3 premium wines: Triple C (a powerful premium blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere) Pehuen (a Carmenere made from 60 year old vines) and Casa Real (a single vineyard, handpicked, Cabernet Sauvignon of the finest quality). A quick dip in the pool, and a little bit more fresh fruit from the orchard and we were all set to be able to appreciate some of the superb wines from our tasting, including Casa Real, further over a sumptuous dinner in the main dining room. With full tummies and the exertions of the day taking their toll, it was perhaps little wonder that an early night was on the cards tonight – even talk of ghosts and haunted bedrooms couldn't keep us from a good night’s sleep in our stately bedrooms  

A Majestic jaunt to Chile - The Diary, day 3 - ValparaisoDate published: 22/02/13

Now for part 2 of day 3....a trip to Valparaiso!

Following our tour of the Casablanca vineyards, we hopped back into the mini bus and travelled West to Valparaíso – Chile’s main port and a city known for its bohemian, artistic vibe. With hungry tummies our first stop was lunch, which we had in the gorgeous Café Turri, which provided great food and an amazing sea view across the whole of Valparaíso. We were spoilt with a huge variety of local seafood including octopus carpaccio, razor clams, eel cheeks and tuna tartare – all washed down with a selection of Santa Rita and Carmen wines – the Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay and the Carmen Pinot Noir being my personal favourites. After lunch we were accompanied by our tour guide who took us on a walking tour of Valparaíso (Valpo for short). The city is built upon steep hillsides, which are dotted with thousands of brightly-coloured houses overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Cobbled streets and vibrant graffiti add to the city’s bohemian feel and charm, the beauty of which was recognised in 2003 when the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Foreign influences are evident throughout the whole city, with architecture heralding from Spanish colonial times and from the insurgence of English, Italian, French and German immigrants in the 19th century.

From the hillside we took an ascensore (cable car/funicular elevator) down to the centre/harbour below where we were immersed in the hustle and bustle of city life. We walked through the centre to the harbour where we met Hugo the mini bus driver once more. From Valparaíso, Hugo took us on a mini driving tour of Viña del Mar, a neighbouring city located only a few miles away from Valparaíso. Viña del Mar has a much more modern feel to it with more of a holiday resort vibe offering gorgeous beaches, a huge variety of eateries, bars and clubs.  We checked into our hotel, the Sheraton Miramar, and had a couple of hour’s free time to relax and take in our gorgeous surroundings prior to dinner. Many of us made the most of the hotel’s fantastic facilities by indulging in a swim, steam and sauna before beautifying for the evening’s meal.

That evening we met for a cheeky Pisco Sour at the hotel’s outdoor bar before heading out to dinner where we were treated again to stunning sea views, fantastic wine and more delicious local seafood and fish, not forgetting a platter of decadent desserts.

Dinner was followed by a venture into Vina del Mar’s nightlife where, fuelled by multiple Red Bull and Vodkas, many of us got to know the locals and danced the hours away until our return to the hotel during the small hours of Tuesday morning.

A Majestic jaunt to Chile - The Diary, day 3 - Casablanca VineyardsDate published: 21/02/13

Day 3 marks my contribution to the diary and I have decided to split the day in 2 covering our trip to the Casablanca vineyard area and then our afternoon trip the Valparaiso....

Monday 21st January, Casablanca Vineyards, Vicky Connock….

The day began with a trip to the Casablanca Valley; a vineyard area roughly 80 km to the West of Santiago. The Casablanca Valley is located only 26 km from the Pacific Ocean and it therefore benefits from cooling sea breezes and cool morning fogs. These cooler temperatures enable grapes to mature slowly, encouraging the creation of intense flavours and the retention of acidity. Oscillations of up to 20°C between day and night further help to enable the grape’s graceful ripening as night-time temperatures below 10°C cause the vine to ‘sleep’, halting the maturation process. This grape-growing area provides the ideal conditions for cool-climate grapes such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. 

Santa Rita currently has over 300 ha of vineyards in the Casablanca Valley, made up of Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We were lucky enough to receive a tour of the vineyard, which enabled us to get ‘up close and personal’ with the vines, learn about the area’s climate and soil composition and to have a good look at the grapes destined for the 2013 vintage.

A Majestic jaunt to Chile - The Diary, day 2Date published: 18/02/13

As our travels continued, Paul took over the diary to cover the excitement of day 2/our first day in Chile.

Day two, Sunday 20th Jan, Paul Firman….

After a quick refresh at the hotel (and a quick shopping trip for some clothes for Chris who's suitcase was still in Brazil thanks to an airport clanger), it was off on a tour of Santiago - the capital city of Chile boasting a population of 6 million. Set inland among the foothills of the Andes, the sprawling city is surrounded by dramatically steep rising hills that provide fantastic viewpoints across the city. As Hugo, our driver, expertly negotiated the masses of local bicycle riders who were enjoying a Sunday jaunt up the Cerro San Cristobal hill, it was striking to see what a modern, cosmopolitan and vibrant city this was. From our viewpoint under the 22 metre high, bright white statue of the Virgin Mary at the top we saw the huge skyscrapers that dominate the centre of the city - (that the locals call 'San-Hattan') and show that the Chilean economy is thriving in no small part thanks to the wine industry but also due to booming financial and mining sectors - copper, lithium and steel being the main exports. We then made our way into the city, which was buzzing after hosting the final leg this year’s “Dakar Rally” and took in the impressive Catholic Cathedral and huge public squares surrounded with the main Government buildings. The most striking image was the Presidential Palace, made famous in 1973 when it was bombed during the American backed cout d'etat. The building still bears the scars. President General Pinochet was the nations' highly controversial leader in these years until 1988, a vicious dictator and tyrant, but also seen by many as a pioneer who laid the foundations of Chile's modern, booming economy.

After taking in the sights and sounds of this big, open green and very modern city our day was rounded off nicely with what is affectionately known as Chile national drink - the Pisco Sour, a cocktail of distilled grape juice, lemon, lime and egg white. This is an essential part of any celebration in Chile seemingly consumed by tourist and 'local' alike, mainly as an aperitif. (#WARNING# not for the faint-hearted). A welcome early night was taken by all to prepare us for our adventures ahead..............  

A Majestic jaunt to Chile - The Diary, day 1Date published: 17/02/13

Saturday 19th January saw six Majestic store managers fly to Chile for a study trip with Santa Rita. Drawn from all corners of the UK they covered enormous distances during their week long adventure. Tasting wine was an important part of the trip, but of equal importance for these six was to meet the Chilean people, see the landscape, feel the heat and to walk in the vineyards. These six are now experts in all matters Chilean (and Santa Rita) and should be contacted with any queries or questions!

The intrepid crew consisted of: Chris Tate (Huddersfield), Paul Firman (Barnstaple), Vicky Connock (Southampton), Hayley Redshaw (Ludlow), Kat Grant (Edinburgh Leith Walk) and Felix Lehman (Islington).

Here is our diary…..

Day one, Saturday 19th Jan, Chris Tate… Heathrow is where this all starts. After check in we met, and over the last pint of English beer we'd taste for a week, discuss the impending trip. It seemed surreal that in less than a day we would be (almost) half way around the world, basking in extreme heat and glorious landscapes! This did seem a million miles away from the inside of a Wetherspoon’s with heavy snow falling. After a small nightcap courtesy of British Airways and my first experience of 'Rock of Ages' we slept, waking in Sao Paolo for our connecting flight to Santiago. The next 5 hours were most likely the quietest of the week, until we landed in Chile. Now, I won't bore you with the in's and out's of the 2 hours in Santiago airport, needless to say that the Australians find it as difficult to get in the country for free as the Yorkshiremen do to find their luggage, but about 3pm the 6 of us walked out into the Chilean sun...with 5 suitcases. Hola! All the way there I had been wondering what to expect. It was baffling how a country could not only produce nearly every style of wine, but how they could do it to such a high standard. It made a little more sense when I learned about the vast degree of change in temperature and climate from one area to the next. You could drive 100km closer to the Pacific and experience a temperature drop of 15 degrees. This all but whet my appetite to start tasting, learning and experiencing Chilean wines!

Planning a party?Date published: 17/02/13

Here at Majestic Southampton we know all about planning parties and events! Are you worried about which wines to serve your guests? How many bottles of wine you'll need? Which wines to serve with your expertly-crafted menu? Drop us a line!

Everyone here at Majestic Southampton knows their wines - we can help you find the perfect wines to wow your guests and with a tasting counter here in-store, you can get to know our range straight away.  Starting from £4.99 a bottle and with a huge range to choose from, we'll get the party started without breaking the bank.

The quantity of wines required varies depending on the type of event, the length of event and the number of guests but fear not, we are here to advise.  If you end up with lots left over, don't panic, as we offer full sale or return on your party order.

Worried that you don't have enough glasses to serve the masses? We offer FREE glass* hire (we do have to take a fully-refundable deposit of £1 per glass) as well as chiller bin and ice bucket hire....we even have the ice to pop in them too! 

Best of all, everything can be delivered free of charge at a time to suit you.

Pay us a visit in-store or give us a ring and we will be more than happy to help you arrange the perfect party.

Take a little look at our online party-planner for more info http://www.majestic.co.uk/Services/Parties

*Wine glasses, flutes, hi-balls and pint glasses are available for hire

We now have Fine Wine!Date published: 21/11/12

Many of you will know that we have just completed a major refurbishment here at Majestic Southampton and one of the major changes was the addition of a new fine wine-dedicated section!

We now have a much broader range of special wines (£20+) for you to explore.  We're very excited about this new addition and are more than happy to give any advise when choosing a special bottle.

We will also be opening a bottle of Fine Wine on the first Friday of every month. Watch this space for next month's little treat! If you have any requests (within reason!) then please do let us know!

Exploring the South of France with Domaines Paul MasDate published: 16/10/12

I was lucky enough to visit Domaines Paul Mas in South-West France at the beginning of October on an educational trip accompanied by six other Majestic employees. I was particularly looking forward to this voyage as Domaines Paul Mas is one of my favourite Southern French wine producers, creating a wide range of top quality wines, which don't break the bank, many of which are available at Majestic. 12 years ago Jean-Claude Mas inherited a vineyard of 70 hectares from his father, Paul Mas and today the company now has 395 hectares under vine, across 7 properties as well as another 800 ha of contracted vineyards. Domaines Paul Mas is a true success story....and having tried so many of the wines on this trip, I can certainly see why!

Upon landing at Carcassonne airport we were greeted by blue skies and sunshine as well as Jean, our host from Paul Mas. We hopped in the car and were transported to Château Paul Mas, based just outside of Montagnac, in the heart of the Languedoc wine-producing region. The grapes for the 'Vignes de Nicole' range of wines that we stock at Majestic are all sourced from this site, which has 80 ha of vines, its own winery, cellars and, very recently, a restaurant. Upon arrival we were greeted with a glass of fizz followed by a delicious lunch accompanied by many of Paul Mas' finest wines - many old favourites such as his estate Viognier (currently £6.99 on offer) as well as new wines such as the estate's Picpoul de Pinet, currently not available at Majestic.

We spent the afternoon relaxing in preparation for a tasting of 30 wines that evening, which included reds, whites and sparkling wines, apparently a small selection of the wines produced at Domaines Paul Mas! The tasting really highlighted Paul Mas' dedication to producing affordable and approachable wines which really showcase the best that the Languedoc has to offer. Personal highlights of the 30 wines sampled were the Paul Mas Marsanne (currently on offer at £6.99, offering notes of peach, pear and honey), the Mas des Mas Corbières (currently £9.99, offering rich cherry notes with a hint of fruit cake....delicious!) and the Château des Crès Ricards Oenothera (not currently available at Majestic but rich and intense dark cherry ooze from this Syrah and Grenache blend). Following the tasting we were treated to a delicious meal in the new restaurant at Château Paul Mas – well worth a visit if you're passing!

The next day we were up bright and early, ready to visit Paul Mas' newly acquired vineyard site, Domaine Martinolles based in Limoux, which specialises in sparkling wine production. Limoux offers fantastic growing conditions for cooler climate grapes and for sparkling wine production. At higher altitude, the vines in Limoux benefit from more intense sunshine and cooler temperatures at night which help to preserve acidity and fruit concentration. Domaine Martinolles was bustling as newly-harvested grapes were being processed right before our eyes. We were also able to see how they store all their sparkling wines while they age for the compulsory 90 days required by EU law – many were in gyropallettes prior to disgorgement and already-disgorged bottles were stacked to the ceiling.

The day continued with lunch followed by a fascinating visit to Domaine Paul Mas' main bottling line at Domaine Astruc, a huge operation which bottles mechanically and at great speed. On the way back to our hotel we made a quick visit to the beautiful medieval city of Carcassonne before returning to prepare ourselves for dinner that evening in Pezenas. Yet again we went to bed with full tummies having sampled even more of Domaine Paul Mas' delights.

On our final morning we had just enough time for a full tour of Château Paul Mas where we had the opportunity to wander between the vines, sample grapes awaiting imminent harvest and to see the wine making process underway including the huge stainless steel fermentation vessels used (stainless steel is absolutely vital when producing high quality wine as it is completely impermeable to oxygen and much easier to clean than oak vessels).

Following our tour, we reluctantly climbed back into the car ready for our trip to the airport.....it certainly was difficult boarding the plane back to Stansted! It wasa truly fantastic trip which enabled me to further my knowledge on wine production and on Domaines Paul Mas itself. The Domaine is certainly a producer that takes great pride and care in the products that they produce....which is certainly translated beautifully into each and every one of their wines.  

Free Delivery on 6 Bottles*Date published: 19/06/12

You can now enjoy free delivery on 6 bottles, order online, over the phone or in store.

*Free home delivery on purchases of wine or spirits over £40

Ordering & DeliveriesDate published: 03/02/11

To help you get an idea on when to expect your deliveries, below is a list of the areas our van goes to each day.

Monday and Wednesday

Every Monday and Wednesday we send our van WEST, covering the following postcodes/areas

Ashurst, Lyndhurst, Hythe, Marchwood, Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh and Romsey. (SO40 - SO45, SO51, SO52, SO53)

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays the van heads EAST to the following areas:

Fareham, Wickham, Gosport, Stubbington, Titchfield, Swanmore, Lee on the Solent (PO12, PO13, PO14, PO15, PO16, PO17, SO30, SO31, SO32).

We are able to do local deliveries (SO14, SO15, SO16, SO17, SO18, SO19) Monday to Friday.


For all online orders, we would advise that you contact us in store to check availability of wines. To place an order, or for enquiries on availability, our instore product range and any other advice, please call the store in Southampton on (023)80 221478 and our team will be more than happy to help and provide any advice you may need.

Finding Majestic SouthamptonDate published: 03/02/11

We are situated in Mountbatten Retail Park. This is off the Western Esplanade (A3024) heading West and away from the city centre. We are opposite Southampton Central Train Station and on the same side of the road as Toys R Us and PC World. Parking is available immediately outside the entrance to the store.

If you are using Sat-Nav. Simply entering our postcode SO15 1QJ into your device should bring you right to us.

Store Events(5)

The Tasting Club: Sparkling Masterclass

18 November 2017 (17:00 - 18:30)

A celebration of all things fizzy! We'll be tasting all sorts of sparkling wine from all over the world and exploring the reasons behind how they differ from each other. Cheers!! **£20 per person to attend, translating into a £20 voucher to spend in store**


The Tasting Club: Fine Wine Experience

4 November 2017 (17:00 - 18:30)

Back by popular demand, join us for our Fabulous Fine Wine Experience. Try all those wines you've been eyeing up on our Fine Wine Shelves. **£20 per person to attend translates into a £20 voucher to spend**


Tasting Club: Beer Masterclass

28 October 2017 (17:00 - 18:30)

To celebrate Oktoberfest, we are hosting our ledgendary beer masterclass. Come along to try a variety of different styles of beers whilst learning about how they are all made. **£10 per person to attend translates into a £10 voucher to spend**


Off the Beaten Track

14 October 2017 (17:00 - 18:30)

Back by popular demand, we are hosting our favourite tasting event. A great opportunity to try the weird and wonderful grape varieties and countries we stock here at Majestic Southampton **£10 per person to attend translates into a £10 voucher to spend**


The Tasting Club: Introduction To Wine

30 September 2017 (17:00 - 18:30)

Looking to learn more about wine? Or learn more about food and wine matching? Then book on to our ever popular Introduction to Wine Course. **£5 ticket as a donation to our Charity of the Year**

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Store Tasting(7)

What we're tasting today...

Meet the team...

  • Lily Manager

    Hello Southampton! I'm the new manager here and am looking forward to getting to know you all. Over my time with Majestic my taste in wine just keeps changing, but I will always love a good Italian red or a big, bold oaky chardonnay. You'll probably find me hovering by the champagne section or trying wines on the tasting counter
  • Chester Assistant Manager

    Hi Guys, I'm Chester the new Assistant Manager here at Southampton. Its hard to say what I love wine wise because well... I love most of it! But if I had to pick I would say a good Bordeaux in winter, and a NZ Pinot Noir or Rose in the summer! I am currrently studying for my upcoming WSET exam, so feel to come in and test me! I look forward to meeting you all over the coming months, at a tasting event or just having a glass at the tasting counter. Cheers
  • Harry Trainee Manager

    I'm the Trainee Manager here at Southampton. I love a good Pinot Noir from New Zealand and in fact anything from New Zealand. Although my taste buds are changing and a good Bordeaux is a real winner for me.
  • Mark Driver

    Hello, I'm Majestic's store driver, and you'll also see me within store from time to time. I've not been with the company for long, though my knowledge is increasing nicely. I prefer a good easy drinking red, such as Porta 6, or the Jim Barry Selection.

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