We’ve got some fabulous food-friendly additions to the Majestic range this season. Here are a dozen delectable new reasons to come and explore your local store.

From Spain for spring

Montequinto Rioja NV New!
£6.99 or £5.49 when you buy 2 bottles
Origin: Makers Marqués de Carrión are based in historic Labastida in the Rioja Alavesa sub-region. Founded in 1890, the winery is one Spain’s largest.
Tasting Note: Aromas of ripe raspberry, blackcurrant and damson predominate, nuanced by a touch of spice. Smooth and pleasantly light on the palate.
Food Match: Pork chops or Mediterranean-style chicken dishes.

Pizarras de Otero 2010, Bierzo New!
£8.99 or £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles
Origin: ‘Pizarra’ is Spanish for slate, referring here to the slate that characterises the rocky, mineral-rich soils of Bierzo.
Tasting Note: Lively nose of strawberry, plum and blackberry, with a subtle floral lift. The fruit-filled palate has elegant and restrained tannins.
Food Match: Herby lamb cutlets or pasta dishes with fresh tomato sauces.

Camins del Priorat 2010, Alvaro Palacios New!
£17.49 or £13.99 when you buy 2 bottles
Origin: Alvaro Palacios is best known for the iconic Priorat wine L’Ermita, one of Spain’s most famous and expensive. This bold, modern and polished wine, is perhaps testament to Alvaro’s time working under Jean Pierre Moueix of Château Pétrus fame.
Tasting Note: Bramble, blueberry and cherry aromas with subtle floral hints. Rich and smooth on the palate, with a spicy finish.
Food Match: Ideal with a hearty beef stew.

South African Selection

DMZ Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Stellenbosch New!
£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles
Origin: From some of Stellenbosch’s cooler slopes, a small percentage of this wine is fermented in two or three-year-old French barriques.
Tasting Note: Extremely youthful and exuberant, with a grassy, citrus bouquet. Acidity is brisk, giving an intense, mouth-watering experience.
Food Match: Best with fresh seafood.

Raats Granite Blocks Cabernet Franc 2010, Coastal Region New!
£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles
Origin: Far from its homeland of the Loire, Cabernet Franc is here used to make a richer, more fruit-driven wine.
Tasting Note: A backbone of bright red berry fruits, further lifted by subtle cinnamon, nutmeg and Chinese five-spice notes.
Food Match: Great with braised lamb shanks in redcurrant gravy.

All the way from the USA

Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007, Columbia Valley New!
£12.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles. Arriving late February
Origin: The vineyards of Washington State’s oldest winery are sheltered from harsh coastal weather by the Cascade Mountains, allowing good ripening in an otherwise marginal northern climate.
Tasting Note: Black cherry and bramble fruit in abundance with nuances of leather, baking spices and aromatic shrubs. 8% Syrah adds a rich, jammy dimension.
Food Match: Wild mushroom risotto, or pork loin with a morel sauce.

A beauty from Burgundy

Petit Chablis 2010, Séguinot-Bordet New!
£11.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles
Origin: A wine from a 14ha family-owned estate in the Petit Chablis area of Maligny, where the growing environment is similar to that of its more prestigious neighbour.
Tasting Note: A lively wine with a vivacious nose of citrus fruit and white blossom. The palate has crisp apples and a twist of lemon, with a firm, clean finish.
Food Match: At its best with white fish or light poultry dishes.

Alsace additions

Riesling ‘Les Princes Abbés’ 2009, Domaines Schlumberger New!
£13.99 or £10.99 when you buy 2 bottles
Origin: This winery, one of the largest and most respected of Alsace, was founded in 1810.
Tasting Note: The nose is nicely defined by aromas of grapefruit and lime zest. Bone dry on the palate, with a refreshing, bracing acidity and a clean, saline finish.
Food Match: Works brilliantly with oysters, clams, crab and other seafood.

Gewürztraminer ‘Les Princes Abbés’ 2009, Domaines Schlumberger New!
£15.99 or £12.99 when you buy 2 bottles
Origin: Made using only estate-grown fruit, from vineyards located on the breathtaking slopes of southern Alsace – many having up to 50º elevation.
Tasting Note: Intense nose of rose petals, oriental spice and tropical fruit. Gently off-dry, with a round, mellow texture balanced by a burst of acidity and a peppery note on the finish.
Food Match: Particularly good next to mildly spiced Thai or Indonesian dishes, or with pungent cheeses.

Fresh French Regionals

Domaine La Borie Blanche Terroirs d’Altitude 2007, Minervois La Livinière New!
£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles
Origin: Minervois has been described as a ‘south-facing amphitheatre’ – a natural sun trap for the warmth of the Mediterranean.
Tasting Note: 70% Syrah gives a backbone of ripe, jammy morello cherry fruit, accented by subtle savoury notes. The dry, spicy palate has fine grained, peppery tannins.
Food Match: Rustic, robust meat dishes, especially duck, beef or game.

Picpoul de Pinet 2011, Côteaux du Languedoc, Villemarin New!
£7.99 or £6.49 when you buy 2 bottles
Origin: This crisp, zesty white made from the rare Picpoul grape is an unexpected find among the Languedoc’s warm, red-biased appellations, just a few miles from the Med.
Tasting Note: Lemon and lime aromas blend with intriguing white blossom and green herb notes. The palate reveals vibrant green apples with a refreshingly dry, acidic finish.
Food Match: Drink with fresh oysters, whitebait or grilled sardines.

Crès Ricards Marsanne Roussanne 2011, PGI Pays d’Oc New!
£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles
Origin: Since being acquired by Jean-Claude Mas in 2009, this well-established estate has become the birthplace of some of his premium cuvées.
Tasting Note: An interesting, Rhône-inspired blend displaying melon, pear, apple and citrus fruit with nuances of honeysuckle and tarragon characters.
Food Match: Try with baked salmon or a generously herb-seasoned pork loin.

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