The reputation of Majestic Wine has been built on our ability to source wines directly from up-and-coming producers across the globe and bring them to the attention of wine lovers across the UK. We aim to offer a selection of top-quality, hand-crafted gems – such as the fabulous Clos d’Yvigne range.

Sometimes a winemaker’s story is as compelling as their creations. Patricia Atkinson is one such winemaker, who left the UK to run a small vineyard in the South of France and has since chronicled the experience in two best-selling books.

Chris Hardy, Majestic Wine Buyer

Clos d’Yvigne

In 1990 Patricia Atkinson moved to Bergerac in South West France to take on a small vineyard. She spoke little French and knew nothing of wine making.

Today, with the vineyard three times its original size, the wines of Clos d’Yvigne are internationally acclaimed for their high quality. What’s more, Patricia’s tale of struggle and success has reached a wide audience through her bestselling books, The Ripening Sun and La Belle Saison.

The Ripening Sun tells Patricia’s own story: the painstaking attempts to learn the language, drive the tractor and prune, trim, tie up and spray the vines; the intricate harvesting and wine-making techniques she learned; the tasting course that uncovered her discerning palate; and all the mishaps that befell her along the way. It chronicles Patricia’s interaction with the local rural community and describes the ancient agricultural rhythms of one of the finest winegrowing areas in the world.

From the cellar:

Clos d’Yvigne ‘Bel-Ami Rosé’ 2007, Bergerac
£8.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles*

Made from 100% Merlot, fresh raspberries, strawberries and cream attack the palate in this intensely fruity and vibrant rosé.

Clos d’Yvigne ‘Princesse de Clèves’ 2008, Bergerac Sec
£8.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles*

An enticing blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle, this is an expressive, aromatic wine with subtle aromas of nettle and generous citrus fruit flavours.

Clos d’Yvigne ‘Cuvée Nicholas’ 2008, Bergerac Sec
£9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles*

Bursting with citrus, grapefruit and melon, the palate then follows to complex herbal fl avours brushed with vanilla. Enjoy with grilled fish.

Clos d’Yvigne ‘Le Petit Prince’ 2006, Bergerac
£9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles*

Predominantly Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc, this smooth, supple red shows powerful plum and cherry fruits supported by firm tannins and spice.

Clos d’Yvigne ‘Le Rouge et Le Noir’ 2006, Côtes de Bergerac
£9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles*

A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this dense, savoury wine reveals an array of rich, ripe fruit, blackberries and cedar notes.

Clos d’Yvigne Saussignac 2005

Luxurious in texture and flavour, this deliciously sweet wine is one of real class, displaying honey, apricots, cinnamon and butter, with extraordinary length to top.

*All prices valid until 26th April 2010

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