Majestic Warehouses have a rather enticing offer, one ending on Monday, whereby on the purchase of six bottles or more one can save money on award-winning wines – an offer I found too good to refuse this week, so off I duly headed to Majestic Chichester in hot pursuit of these relative bargains.
Most of these wines were available for tasting and my fellow taster was indeed Harry, pictured far right, who seemed to have mislaid his wine guru badge, but luckily not his taste buds!
We initially tried a 2017 Olivier Dubois Tourane Sauvignon Blanc on offer at £8.99 and noted refreshing melon overtones, good minerality with a hint of green apple and concluded that this wine is crisp, well-balanced with good acidity.
At an offer price of £9.99, a 2017 Definition Gavi had crisp citrus fruit freshness, hints of lemon rind and almonds and would be an ideal apéritif. For just £8.99, a 2017 Blind River NZ Sauvignon Blanc proved to be gooseberry-packed, fruit forward oozing soft tropical fruit flavours with a lingering after-taste – a lot of bang for your buck!
Finally, for £13.49, a 2017 Les Tuilières Sancerre from the hail-ravaged 2017 harvest demonstrated that even in difficult years growers can produce a wine of good quality with citrus, apple and elegant minerality.
Harry next unearthed a veritable sparkling gem in the form of a L’Extra Langlois Crémant de Loire Brut on offer at just £10.99. This wine was tickety boo, an effervescent jolly Dee and a much better alternative to Prosecco, given its Champagne feel and dryness.
Quite creamy, elegant with a whiff of elderflower, exuding subtle fruit and delicate fizz added to a soft yeasty note from maturation on its lees, this sparkler is unsurprisingly owned and produced by Bollinger and it shows!
Less concentration on reds this week because of the unseasonal heat, I would like to commend the 2017 Léon Perdigal Côtes Du Rhône which, in fact, exceeds its appellation in terms of smoothness and fine red fruit flavours – a good buy at £7.49!
The Definition Malbec on offer at £9.99 is decidedly plummy with smoky fruit and a great barbecue wine, but my favourite red on offer was the 2013 Beronia Rioja Reserva on offer at a lofty £1499 and, having been matured in mixed French and American oak barrels, has thus complex flavours of wild fruits, chocolate and leather with hints of clove, fine tannins and good length. This silky smooth dry number merits your utmost consideration. Olé!