Sunday, 12 December 2010

Majestic Wine - Final Part

Welcome to the third and final part of the Majestic Wine case, handpicked mixed-12 according to my rules. A quick summary of what I chose can also be found here:

We've had some crackers in this case and I must admit, I've been very impressed by the quality to price ratio of most of the wines. Let's see if the case finishes in style...?

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E. Guigal, Côtes du Rhône, 2006

Guigal is one of the Rhone's most famous producers.The name attracts some serious money for prestige wines such as Cote Rotie or Condrieu. This entry level wine certainly comes from a good stable. 13.5% alcohol.

The Look: A deep, dark red with opaque purple lowlights and ruby highlights. Very slight hint of age with its brick-red tinges.

The Smell: Smells great, spicy, slightly smoky, peppery, dark forest fruits and plums.

The Taste: The first taste is bright, acidic, spicy and some good tannin, slightly restrained fruit with a cherry finish. With food (Morroccan Lamb) and after a little while it opened up with much more red fruit, cherry, redcurrant and even raspberry hints. Lovely spice.

The Score: Superb for the money. 8/10. Highly Recommended.

VFM: At £9.99  a bottle this is good value at VFM = 0.8. However, if you're quick there's an offer on at Majestic now for get 2 for £6.79 each!. 


Maraques de Caceres, Rioja Blanco, 2009
White Rioja here using the Viura grape. This brand is a supermarket stalwart for its red Riojas but I must admit, I'd never seen the white until now. 12.5% alcohol.

The Look: A plae yellow with some straw colour.

The Smell: Lovely and aromatic, honey, sweetness, some citrus and flowers.

The Taste: Taste is quite retrained, not a lot of flavour. Acidity was too harsh to pick out much fruit and it left a bitter aftertaste (although I do think I served this a bit too cold, which may be unfair). Quite minerally but unfortunately spoilt by the harshness.

The Score: This was ok. Nothing more. 5.5/10.

VFM: At £7.99  a bottle this is reasonable value; VFM = 0.69.

Lawson's Dry Hills, Pinot Rosé, Marlborough, 2008
This is the first Rosé from the producers who started the winery in 1992. Ripe pinot and plenty of skin contact ensures a deep colour. 12% alcohol.

The Look: Very intriguing - more orange than red, a rusty, vivid sunset type colour.

The Smell: Initially a bit reticent (straight from the fridge) but given time to warm up a bit it displayed lovely sweetness, strawberries and raspberries.

The Taste: Again, initially vague but after a while it bloomed into a pleasing, bright, mouthful of strawberries, sweetness and a hint of smokiness. Some spun sugar or caramel on the finish too which was a bonus.

The Score: Very good Rosé. 7.5/10. Recommended

VFM: At £9.99  a bottle this is pretty good value; VFM = 0.75.

So, there we have it: 11 bottles polished. A cracking result for Majestic; I will most certainly be returning to get more in the near future. 3 Highly recommended, 5 recommended and the remaining three weren't that shabby, considering the price.

So, Christmas is fast-approaching. Keep your eyes peeled for Wines of the Year, What we'll be drinking over Xmas, Wine investment the novice way and anything else I can fit in!

As always...

Speak to you soon.



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