Each year Majestic stores all over the country open their doors for a special customer wine tasting. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the local team, taste a wide variety of new wines and indulge in a relaxed evening of food and drink.
Anthony Gordon from the Ecommerce department assisted at the Chalk Farm Majestic tasting a few weeks ago. Here’s his report on the evenings festivities.
Not one to turn my nose up for an evening of food and wine I happily volunteered to join the team at Chalk Farm for their May customer tasting. A recently re-fitted store, squeaky clean and on arrival all preparations were set with Champagne on ice. Things were certainly off to a good start!
As with many social events you can pretty much guarantee that everyone magically arrives at precisely the same time. This tasting was certainly no exception to that rule. With doors open and food prepared by 6pm we waited for the first guest… waited… and then at quarter to seven it happened. Within ten minutes suddenly the store was a buzz of chatter, popping corks and clinking glasses. The Chalk Farm tasting had begun!
The format: Champagne on arrival, an introduction to the local team & 20 wines to taste. Staff at your side to help with questions and refills. Gourmet food was provided with a selection of Italian meats and cheeses to nibble, chosen to compliment certain wines.
Champagne or sparkling wine? Heavy reds or Kiwi sauvignons? Old classics or new surprises? All palates really were catered for on the evening with wines from all around the world available to taste and discuss. At this particular tasting a representative from Concha Y Toro was also available to talk and taste through their Cono Sur range.
The evening was very much an informal soirée designed for all to enjoy and discover new wines. Throughout the evening I took a tally on the 20 wines that were on offer to taste to see 1) The Undisputed Favourite and 2) The Most Interesting Wine of the Night. The winners were as follows:
The Undisputed Favourite
Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV – Special Offer £40 (Normally £60)
Well it is not uncommon for Champagne to come up tops but interestingly this particular Champagne is a Blanc de Blancs – meaning 100% Chardonnay. Normally Champagne is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay so the Blanc de Blanc style offers something very different to the traditional blend. Ruinart has undoubtedly crafted an elegant gem here and produced a perfect example – rich toasty aromas, mouth-wateringly creamy and delightfully fresh.
(The Wine Gang also seems to like this Champagne giving a review of 91/100)
The Most Interesting Wine of the Night
Peter Lehmann Riesling – £6.95 (when you buy any 2 Australian wines)
I can see why this wine created intrigue and discussion on the night as this zesty smacker blows a punch that you can’t miss. Riesling is less common than your sauvignon or chardonnay grape so will naturally stand out from the crowd however this one also happens to be very good at the same time. Try it and see what you think.
If you want to know more about Riesling take a look at our video Master Class.
Well another tasting over, some new wines under the belt and smiling faces all round. Thanks and hats off to the guys at Chalk Farm.
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