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MAJESTIC WINES SELECTION 2019/20

SUMMARY
Top selection of really well priced whites in the £5 to £10 section. Also some really great value quality wines from Spain and Italy coming to the fore. On the downside Germany seems to be missing. Wines from Majestic are particularly good value when bought as part of their Mix Six offer, all the following wines are listed offer price (also watch out for variations in price as there are frequent new offers).

A few of the Definition range is listed here, but they're all pretty much spot on stylistically and well priced to boot. There's also a new Majestic Loves range, all at £5.99, some really well made good value wines.The search tool on the Majestic website is not what it was so you might need a bit of perseverance or see them in the shop to find some of these wines. Also worth checking out the sister companies in Naked Wines and Lay and Wheeler.


KEY
The reds are written up in this colour
The whites in this colour
Pink in this colour
The fizz in this colour
Sweets and forts in this colour


Up to £10
Alluria Organic Pinot Grigio, Terre di Siciliane £6.99 rating 88
Wonderful herbaceous notes to this pinot grigio, dry and refreshing
Gabb Family Chardonnay £8.99 rating 90
Troical lime and passionfruit, vanilla and coconut, lots of wine at the price

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2018 £7.99 rating 90
Green apple and oak, lovely body and balance, poised wine
Flavabomb White Field Blend, Australia £7.99 rating 89
Perfect party wine, interesting enough white blossom notes, really well priced
Nord Est Vermentino, Sardinia £6.99 rating 91
Open tropical fruit nose, peach, mango and pear, bursting with fruit, amazing
Macon Villages Elodie Dupres £8.99 rating 90
Perfect balance of tropical fruit and mineraility, pineapple and almond blossom
Surani Fiano, Pietraicca £7.99 rating 89
Gooseberry and greengage, fresh and stalky (in a good way), top stuff
Devil's Creek Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc £7.99 rating 90
Nicely restrained Kiwi Sauvignon, good elderflower notes and some tropicality
Krasno Sauvignon Blanc Ribolla
(Slo) £8.49 rating 89
Lovely white blossom nose, understated fruit, chalky mineral finish
Vinhas do Silvado Branco (Por) £5.99 rating 87
Simple, primary wine, straightforward but very pleasing, refreshing and grassy
Morande One to One Gewertztraminer £7.99 rating 88
Lovely aromatic nose, floral blossom, lychee, melon and jasmine
Morande M Chardonnay Casablanca Valley £6.99 /88
Lovely open green apple chardonnay nose, citrus, pear and pineapple -palate, solid
Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling Marlborough £7.99 rating 89
Superb steely mineral riesling, lovely floral notes, really well made
Majestic Loves Chardonnay £5.99 rating 89
Good warm climate chardonnay, tropical fruit and citrus dominate
Planalto White Reserva (Por) £6.99 / 89 (offer price)

Great looking bottle, classy little wine, orange peel, white blossom, bargain
Alamos Uco Valley Viognier (Arg) £7.99 rating 89
Lovely light fresh wine, zippy acidity, lime peel, hint of pear and melon
Tasca Regaleali Bianco di Sicilia £8.99 /89
Good green fresh hedgerow aroma, apple, peach and grapefruit palate
Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet (FRA) £7.99 /90
Good depth, nice minerality, hint of citrus, lovely wine
Araldica Gavi 2016  £8.99 rating 89
Green fruit and blossom, hint of peach, lovely wine

Xanthos California Cabernet Sauvignon
£8.99 rating 89
Big, powerful wine, spice and menthol, forward ripe black fruit, beautiful
El Brindis, Monstant £8.99 rating 90
Powerful stuff, wood smoke, bold fruit, structure and heat
Alain Grigon Carignan Vielles Vignes £6.99 rating 91
Black fruit forward wine, well structured, amazing price, lovely stuff
Majestic Loves Merlot £5.99 rating 88
Good BBQ bargain, forward and easy drinking merlot, full on fruit easy tannin
Majestic Loves Shiraz £5.99 rating 89
Big black fruit nose, full on black pepper and spice, good structure
Definition Cotes du Rhone £8.99 rating 89
Vibrant forward fruity nose, intense bramble, hint of violet
Domaine Les Yeuses Les Epices Syrah Pays d'Oc £8.99 rating 89
BBQ stunner, robust, spice and black pepper, big fruit palate
The Guv'nor (Spa) £6.99 rating 89
Satisfying wine, full on generous black fruit and a good touch of oak
Porta 6 Lisboa £7.99 rating 89
Light and soft, plum and damson, good for a BBQ
Porta 6 Reserva £9.99 rating 90
Good deep black fruit palate, nice use of oak, tight tannins
Nero Oro Appassimento (Ita) £8.99 rating 90
Astonishing wine at the price, concentrated, soft ripe black fruit, rich and dark
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Masciarelli £9.99 rating 89
Spicy nose, black cherry, cedar, great structure, would love food
Surani Costarossa Primitivo di Manduria (Ita) £8.99 /91
Good deep oaky nose, vanilla and coconut, rich, rewarding wine, generous
Definition Zinfandel, Lodi (USA) £7.99 rating 89
Full ripe Zin, muscular, bold ripe concentrated black fruit, lovely spicy finish
Trebuchet Red £5.99 rating 89
Bold open fruity nose, soft tannins, straight forward but lots of wine at the price
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Zingo Malbec Rosť £7.99 rating 90
A darker pink, a little earthy, peppered strawberry and raspberry
Porta 6 Rosť £7.99 rating 89
Beautiful red-currant scented wine, light and fresh, very easy drinking
The Ned Rosť (NZ)
£9.99 rating 89
Straightforward rose, good hintof rqaspberry, very drinkable

Majestic Loves Fizz £5.99 rating 88
Proper simple light Italian fizz (sicily), peach and orange blossom
Prosecco La Gioiosa (ITA) £9.99 /89
Open peach blossom, dry and peachy, good value fizz


£10 to £15
Clouston and Co. Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough £11.99 rating 91
Great looking bottle, lovely wine, tropical fuit, citrus and grapefruit
Domaine du Vaux Chenonceaux £12.99 rating 92
Ripe, deep and complex, pear and apple nose, mango and pineapple palate, class
Montagny 1er Cru Les Millieres Cave des Vignerons de Buxy
£11.99 rating 90
Lovely nose, green apple and grass, depth and quality, lemon zest, sophisticated wine
Chateau Bel Orme Tronquoy de Lalande 2006 £16.99 rating 92
Savoury cigar box, earthy, leather, this is what older Bordeaux should taste like
Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot Colchagua Valley £10.70 rating 90
Blackcurrant leaf nose, forward fruit, herbal, really well made
Dolcetto d'Alba De Forville
£11.99 /88
Ripe black cherry, soft spice, pepper and tar, lovely light, fresh

Morgon Chateau de Pizay £10.99 rating 91
Really classy Beaujolais, raspberry and savoury notes, well structured mouth-watering

Arc de Pedra, Priorat £11.24 rating 91
Beautiful spice on the nose, some minerality, good forward fruit, well balanced
Martinborough Vineyard Te Tera (NZ) £13.99 /90
Lovely full on fruit, bold black pepper, hot finish

Edna Valley Pinot Noir California
£13.99 rating 92
Classy looking, interesting nose, redcurrant and leather, big but balanced for a pinot
Kangarilla Road Geology Series Shiraz, McLaren Vale £13.32 rating 91
Big, complex, full on Aussie shiraz, smoke, spice and big fruit
Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine, Louis Latour £10.99 rating 93
Berry, tobacco, tar and spice, lots to love here, deep and complex

Chateau de Berne Rosť Cotes de Provence £12.99 /90
Square bottle, beautiful light elegant rose, classy



Over £15

Saint Veran Domaine Trouillet £15.99 rating 91
Proper Christmas Day wine, full bodied, oaked chardonnay

Brunello di Montalcino Cantina La Serena 2013 £34.99 rating 94
Expensive but worth every penny, plum, savoury forest floor, dried petals, astonishing wine
Rioja Reserva Seleccion Especial Muga £22.99 rating 91
Some lovely development on the nose, really well made Rioja
Chateuneuf du Pape, Fmille Perrin, Les Sinards £29.99 rating 91
Pepper and spice dominate, lots of power, deep and rewarding
Vieux Remparts Lussac St. Emillion MAGNUM £20.99 rating 90
Earthy pepper, green capsicum, blackberry, smashing claret
Decoy Zinfandel, Sonoma County £22.00
Bright forward black fruit nose, firm tannins, oak and blueberry palate

Drappier Premier Cru Brut NV £21.99 rating 90
Lovely yeasty autolytic nose, open green apple, high acidity, classy
J de Telmont Grande Reserve NV (Fra) £15.73 rating 90
Lovely apple nose, hint of peach, lots of class for the price