Champagne tastings at Majestic wine!
Where else will you get to try a £150 bottle of Dom Perignon on a Friday night for the same price as a cocktail or two?
I recently had an invite to a Champagne tasting at Majestic Wine in Northampton and when you know there’s going to be a Dom Perignon being opened, you simply reply ‘what day, what time?’ I haven’t been to Majestic for a while as I try and support the indies and I also get wine from a wine club, but I remember the Majestic fondly as various previous boyfriend’s parents ALWAYS got their wine from Majestic.
Well! I’ll tell you more about the tasting below, but briefly, I was kinda bowled over by the whole experience of just shopping there! It seems Majestic isn’t just the place to go if you’re after a special, unique bottle or two. Of course they have some very good wines you’d have a hard time finding in the supermarkets, but they also stock some everyday (still decent) bottles at a really competitive price to the supermarkets. I really thought they’d be more expensive, assuming that there’d be a bit of a hike in price for the more bespoke service of the staff – more of which in a secondo. But on the whole, prices felt similar (of course I didn’t do an empirical study, so let’s just say they were more reasonable than I thought they’d be. The ‘Come and try me…free tasting stations are awesome! I tried at least 10 wines after the Champagne (hiccup), and there are always 30 available at any one time! There’s also a ‘no quibble’ policy which means if a customer buys a bottle and they don’t like it, they can bring it back and they’ll either be refunded or given something else (an absolutely brilliant way to be adventurous and try some wines you might not know)!
Majestic as a company live and breathe wine and this really filters down to the shop floor. On further investigation I glean intel that every staff member you meet has been professionally accredited by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Those I met on the night (one of whom is a friend) clearly love wine and are more than happy to talk about it. They have their own individual favourite tastes and flavours too, but always listen to what you say, so so you will definitely get some balanced recommendations. They also don’t have an issue in being honest when recommending a wine that they don’t think will be right for you, so you can be sure they have your back in picking the right bottle.
So, onto wine and Champagne tastings. If you’re feeling up for tasting some new and exciting flavours with friends, Majestic host regular wine tasting evenings and often have some spirits to try out as well (they work closely with a bunch of distilleries’ including Warner’s to make sure they give you an evening to remember, exploring their various) offerings. Customers I spoke to said they’re always fun filled evenings where you can spend a few hours drinking interesting and obscure tipples that you may not otherwise get the opportunity to try (like the Dom Perignon below)!
I’ve popped the tasting notes below but we got to try three Laurent Perrier’s, a Bollinger, the Dom AND a Veuve Clicquot. The Champers tasting is £30 a head, but considering there’s hundreds of pounds of Champs there, it’s a pretty good deal! We had Greg leading the charge on the tasting and he really knew his stuff AND the customers. There were some nibbles of pate and cheese and a general buoyant feeling of fun (the fizz will do that). There’s 10 in a group, and I reckon if you had that many people who all knew each other, it’d be a right laugh!
The next tasting is a Grand Showcase on 26th July…with up to 50 places available, it’s free and the theme is BBQ! It will start at 6pm and finish at 7.30pm. There will be many more dates for special private tastings in August, so call up your friends, set the date in your diaries and raise a glass to discovering your new favourite tipple (and remember there’s always the spitting option ha ha ha).
Contributing words: Ciaran McGonigle