Homework. What a chore!

by Majestic Commercial

By Simon Gartside, Business Development Manager

Being the new boy of the team and also unusually, having joined Majestic Commercial from the 'outside' it is fair to say that I have had a busy first few weeks. Not least because of getting myself acquainted with as many of the fabulous wines Majestic have to offer. A tough chore and no mistake...

Some highlights thus far for me from the On Trade Exclusive Range would have to be the excellent Baron de Baussac Viognier with it’s typical Peach and Apricot characteristics coupled with its very impressive bottle presentation, a must for a list. Equally impressive is the Carignan from the same Baron de Baussac stable. Maybe not quite so summery but if you are more of a 'red wine no matter what the season' person, as I am, then it is a very pleasing glass indeed and I think perfect with a steak from the barbecue.

Finishing with something a touch lighter but still in the red arena, I was grateful to a colleague recently who suggested I try the Moulin-a-Vent 'Les Bruyeres' 2008. Certainly light and elegant,'this medium-bodied wine is packed full of vibrant berry fruit with soft tannins and a gorgeous balancing acidity'. Indeed so. Raspberries is my abiding memory and well worth considering.

Baron de Baussac Viognier, PGI Pays d'Oc, France

Baron de Baussac Viognier, PGI Pays d'Oc, France






Baron de Baussac, Carignan Vieilles Vignes, Pays de l'Hérault

Baron de Baussac, Carignan Vieilles Vignes, Pays de l'Hérault




Restaurant Review: Graze in Lymington

by Majestic Commercial

Beth Lodwick and NikiBy Beth Lodwick, Business Development Manager


If you live within reasonable distance of Lymington in Hampshire then I strongly advise you to take a trip to Graze restaurant (Hampshire, SO41 9BG), trust me, you will not be disappointed! I ventured there this Saturday with the other half and the parents to celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary, but you don’t need an occasion to visit Graze, just find any excuse you can! From the moment you set foot inside the place you feel instantly relaxed and you wish you could stay there forever. Unfortunately we only had 2 hours on the parking meter!

Everything about Graze is done just perfectly, and this is all down to Niki and Kate, sisters who lovingly put their hearts and souls into making sure your dining experience is one to remember. Niki greeted us on arrival and proceeded to make our mouths water by reeling off all the ‘must have’ dishes which we simply could not leave the building without trying. She also passionately explained the ‘concept’ of Graze and how she would make sure we ordered enough dishes and had the right balance of flavours to make our experience just perfect.

Laroche 'L' Viognier

First things first, drinks. The wine list at Graze is fantastic. So I may be a little biased as we do supply the majority of it but the fact it is so interesting is down to Niki and her passion for wine. She is open to putting really quirky interesting wines on the list which she loves to drink herself, so she can hand sell them to her customers. That’s what it’s all about. We chose a bottle of Laroche 'L' Viognier and Casablanca Beers for the guys. If you haven’t tried Casablanca Beer, make sure you hunt it out.

The concept behind Graze is small dishes, like tapas, only not just Spanish, from all over the world. It was quite a mission to decide what to order because basically we wanted everything! You can chose from the 2 for £7 menu which is fantastic value but we decided to be a little more indulgent! The star performers of the meal were:

> Baba Ghanoush with toasted rosemary focaccia

> Baby Chilli Salt Squid with a honey and teriyaki dip

> Monkfish, Pancetta and Cherry Tomato skewers in a zesty lemon sauce Chorizo, Apple and Brie risotto

> Courgette Fritters with Greek Feta and Mint

> Saffron & Chardonnay Chicken & Chorizo skewers with rosemary aioli

All the dishes were absolutely delicious but I have to say my favourite was the chorizo risotto, closely followed by the Chilli squid which was cooked to perfection! We finished the meal with giant Cappuccinos and an apricot tart tatin to share which put us 10 minutes over our parking but it well worth the risk! Graze is the kind of place you wish you had on your doorstep. Once you’ve been once I can guarantee you will want to go back!



If it’s too good to be true…

by Majestic Commercial

Tim BeckBy Tim Beck, Business Development Manager


I was always taught that if something appears too good to be true then it generally is, and that there is always a catch. Now although this may appear to be a rather sceptical viewpoint I have always found it to be pretty accurate. I may have tested this theory to my own detriment – one disastrous trip to Spain springs to mind!

That said, there are rare occasions when we are presented with a deal that is just too good, and is true! A case in point would be the contents of the Australian parcel of wine that Majestic have managed to get their hands on and are arriving into stores as I write this.

Somerton Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, South Eastern Australia

The highlight of the bunch I feel, being the Somerton Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, £3.74 ex VAT. With its grapes sourced from sites across South Eastern Australia, it encapsulates the trademark gooseberry & citrus characters from the Sauvignon that British drinkers currently crave, whilst the Semillon adds a certain smoothness, light peachy fruit & body to the wine.

Please contact your Account Manager if you would like to order this wine.





Summer Treats

by Majestic Commercial

Alastair FlemingBy Alastair Fleming, Key Account Manager for Majestic Commercial


With summer virtually upon us it’s time to start preparing for whatever good weather Mother Nature decides to throw at us this year. So whilst we’re thinking of pulling the barbeque out and wearing shorts for the first time in 6 months it’s also time to start thing about summer wines! For me when good weather comes I instinctively think Rosé wine and Europe is the place to go for value driven, mouth watering refreshing summer pinks. Below I have highlighted two of my favourites:


Torre Alta Pinot Grigio Rosé, Italy

Torre Alta Pinot Grigio Rosé, Italy
(exclusively available to our Commercial customers)

This wine demonstrates just why Pinot Grigio Rosé is so popular at the moment. The elegant bouquet displays strawberry aromas in abundance and intense notes of acacia flowers. Dry, soft and well-balanced on the palate with a round and full bodied structure. Pinot Grigio 95%, Merlot 5%.



Château de Sours Rosé, Bordeaux

Château de Sours Rosé, Bordeaux

Château de Sours, situated on a limestone plateau near Libourne and Pomerol, has been producing wine for over 200 years and is leading the renewed interest in Bordeaux rosé. A deep, bright-coloured rosé with rich strawberry and plum fruit flavours and a long lingering finish. Try with cold meats and pâtes.





On The White Track

by Majestic Commercial

Matt DavenportBy Matt Davenport, Key Account Manager for Majestic Commercial

In 2000 when I joined Majestic most people were buying one of 3 wines, Chardonnay, Chardonnay or if they were really adventurous, Chardonnay. People couldn’t get enough of the stuff. It seemed that the full bodied flavours of butterscotch and vanilla from the oak barrels hit the spot for almost every wine drinker.

Nowadays though, most of the sales analysis we do for Restaurants reveals that as a nation we're rather fond of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, why? For a start it’s definitely true that you can have too much of a good thing and at some point you’re going to want something different. But also these grape varieties offer freshness, liveliness and youthfulness with a subtle hint of style, elegance and welcomed fruit, a sharp contrast to the hard hitting new world Chardonnays. So, no wonder they appeal to so many people.

But if you go off the beaten track and steer away from Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio and you had to pick a wine for your family and friends at a restaurant, what are the alternatives?

I’ve singled out two wines that offer very different characteristics but are simply fantastic wines with or without food.

Baron de Baussac ViognierBaron de Baussac Viognier £5.08* Ex VAT

Pale yellow in colour, with intense aromas of white flowers. The palate is rich and lush with tropical fruits, dried apricots, hazelnuts and honey.

This wine would go superbly with a variety of foods such as salads, chicken and pork dishes.

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Monte Schiavo £4.99* Ex VAT

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2010 Monte Schiavo With pure citrus fruit, especially pineapple and lime, and a refreshing crisp finish, the palate is left invigorated after drinking this wine. 

With the invigorating citrus fruits this wine would be perfect with a variety fish dishes and white meats. This wine is not over powering and would give the fish a welcomed lift.


*Prices valid until 29 August 2011

English strawberry field in summer!

by Majestic Commercial

Enjoy a glass of roseWith the Royal Wedding almost upon us our colleagues in Chapel Down winery have chosen to share in the celebrations by allowing us to sell their fantastic English Rose for a mind blowing £6.99 inc VAT. If ever there was a better time to show off what our country can do with wine and celebrate this glorious weather then I havent known it!

English Rose is like taking a sip of a classic English strawberry field in summer!

At that price the chance arises to sell the wine by the glass and really get your customers enthused about our home produce. But hurry, the £6.99 inc VAT deal only lasts until 2nd May 2011.

Contact your Majestic Commercial account manager or your local Majestic store for further details.

Celebrate this Easter

by Majestic Commercial

India GoringBy India Goring, Key Account Manager for Central London


Deciding when to open a good bottle of Champagne is a tricky decision. Unless you’re one of those lucky few that can drink Veuve Clicquot as their ‘everyday wine’ most of us look upon it as a serious treat. I can be known to buy a bottle of Champagne and find it still sitting in my wine rack a year later, having happily swept past my birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and my best friend’s wedding. All of the above perfectly appropriate ‘Champagne-drinking’ occasions.

Fish and ChipsLast Friday, having been eyeing up a bottle of Louis Roederer that I have been hoarding for God knows how long, I took the plunge. Having no plans to go out I called over previously mentioned best friend and we drank it… with fish and chips. Champagne and fish and chips is one of those food matches that I had earmarked as a bit of a myth, but it was absolutely delicious. The natural acidity of the Champagne cuts through the batter and the round body perfectly compliments the meatiness of the fish.

Champagne is one of my favourite things in the world to drink but the fact is that if you continue waiting for the perfect occasion to drink it then you’ll find the moment repeatedly passing you by. Let the bottle of Champagne itself be the occasion and I guarantee it will be a much more memorable experience.

There are plenty of options if your wine rack is looking a little sparse with either...

Nicolas Feuillate NV at £17*

Taittinger Brut Réserve NV at £27*

and (because we want to do it every Friday!) Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene at £7.99*

Nicolas Feuillatte NV Champagne    Taittinger Brut Réserve NV Champagne   Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV Italy

*Prices valid until 2nd May 2011

Chilean winery visit March 2011

by Majestic Commercial

By Matt Willshire, Regional Sales Manager for Majestic Commercial in the South and South East

A trip to Chile not only gives a chance to visit a beautiful country but also to learn more about wine producing in that country. I was lucky enough to have that chance in March, where a group of Majestic-teers went out to visit Chilean wine producers, Concha y Toro.

What is really impressed me was the different regional characteristics to be found. The central valleys of Chile, such as Maipo and Colchagua are well known for their red wine production. The temperate climate here is ideal for the production of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyards being stunningly framed by the Andes mountains to the east. A bike ride through the Cono Sur vineyards at Chimbarongo was an idyllic way to get around.

By contrast we visited Limari valley, four hours drive north of Santiago, the most northerly wine producing region. Here the climate is maritime, though it is largely dry during the harvest season meaning no problems with fungal diseases. We tried some outstanding Chardonnays, Syrahs and Pinot Noirs from the Maycas de Limari range. The prospect of good quality Pinot Noir production for the future looks to be the most exciting prospect for the future here.

Chilean winery visit March 2011  Chilean winery visit March 2011

WSTA Budget Report 2011

by rebecca_fisher

Yesterday in Chancellor George Osborne's Budget speech he announced there will be no additional changes to alcohol duty rates but a 2% above inflation rise in excise duties for wine and beer will be going ahead.

For further information click here to read The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (SWTA) updated Budget Report.

French specials for your wine list

by Majestic Commercial

Richard MilwardBy Richard Milward, Regional Sales Manager for Majestic Commercial in the South West, Central England and South Wales


With Easter finally in sight, it's a great time to offer customers some wine specials. With people still very price conscious, I think getting some ideas at the £16 to £17 sell price is really important. But at the same time, it's useful to introduce some new wines that have flair and interest. So with France having a superb 2009 & 2010 vintage (and starting to look better value too) take advantage of these great spring offers.

Château Mont Milan Blanc 2010 CorbièresChateau Mont Milan Blanc 2010 Corbières

Corbières cultivation is mainly associated with red grapes, although a tiny proportion of whites such as this are also made, from Macabeu and Grenache Blanc grapes.

This wine has a soft, bright, tropical and stone fruit character, while at the same time offering a fresh crispness; a very versatile wine, great with or without food.

Our ex vat price £4.16*
Sell £16.95 delivers 70.5%GP

La Croisade Réserve Grenache 2009 Vin de Pays d'OcLa Croisade Réserve Grenache 2009 Vin de Pay d’Oc

This wine comes from a selection of old vines of Grenache Noir and the vineyards benefit from the cooling breeze from the Mediterranean Sea. It shows intense and complex aromas of jammy strawberry with spicy hints of blackcurrant on the nose. While on the palate it is smooth, soft and velvety with a long and fruity aftertaste of cherry.

Our ex vat price £4.16*
Sell £17.50 delivers 71.5%GP

*Prices valid until 02/05/2011

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