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- Store News(67)
- Christmas and January Opening Hours 22/12/16
- We are now open! 17/06/16
- We Are Closed Until Friday! 15/06/16
- Spring has now arrived! 05/04/16
- Christmas Opening Times 16/12/15
- Wine of the Wine - Recommended by Nico 05/09/15
- A Summer Recipe & Wine Match 21/08/15
- Food and Wine Matching .... Tartiflette 15/08/15
- VILLE DE CALAIS FÊTE DE L’ÉTÉ - 2015 14/08/15
- Wherever you are, there is always a market around... 12/08/15
- calais region 05/08/15
- Wine of the Week: Domaine Tranquillité 08/07/15
- Wine of the Week: Gavi 2014 La Toledana 12/05/15
- Euro Tunnel Offer 23/02/15
- Coquelles Opening Hours 21/02/15
- CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR OPENING HOURS 06/12/14
- CHRISTMAS!!! (No, it's not too early) 12/10/14
- La Semaine Du Gout (The Week of taste) 13th-19th October 2014 11/10/14
- And while you're in Dunkerque, eat here... 05/10/14
- Dunkerque - why you should visit! (between 24 & 27 October) 05/10/14
- Further Reductions on Selected Wines! 05/10/14
- A Moment for Malbec 22/08/14
- Alamos, Alamos, Alamos 21/08/14
- Why is a Pin like a Fountain? 20/08/14
- Give Gavi a Go! 01/08/14
- Majestic Wine Calais for a right royal shopping deal in France 01/08/14
- We're on TripAdvisor! 01/08/14
- Sparkling Summer Sensations! 13/06/14
- Picpoul - A Grape for All Seasons 06/05/14
- From Italy to Oc 05/05/14
- It's Pinot Blanc you want! 04/05/14
- The Grapes of PiedTanqué (Part Five - The Finale) 25/04/14
- The Grapes of PiedTanqué (Part Four) 24/04/14
- The Grapes of PiedTanqué (Part Three) 23/04/14
- The Grapes of PiedTanqué (Part Two) 22/04/14
- The Grapes of PiedTanqué 21/04/14
- NEW WINES IN MAJESTIC COQUELLES! 20/04/14
- Wine of the Week: Fleurie 2012 Georges Duboeuf - £6.99! 12/04/14
- Wine of the Week: Callia Bella Malbec 2013 San Juan - £3.99! 31/03/14
- Wine of the Week: Santa Rita 120 Rosé 16/03/14
- Wine of the Week: Codorniu Brut Cava - £3.99! 09/03/14
- Eurotunnel Deal for it's 20th Birthday 27/01/14
- How to Find Us! 02/12/13
- Christmas Opening Hours 26/11/13
- Remember the 5th of November! 02/11/13
- Franck's Tasting Week 22/10/13
- Wine Pre-Orders 11/10/13
- Wine of the Week 08/10/13
- Wines of the Week and Food and Wine Pairing 24/09/13
- Staff Pick of the Week! 22/09/13
- Autumn Red Offers 17/09/13
- Matua Wines 04/09/13
- How to find us... 30/08/13
- Vegan Wines 20/08/13
- Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 01/08/13
- Ordering Online? 24/07/13
- Father's Day 04/06/13
- Discover Sauvignon 15/05/13
- New Zealand Sauvignon: An Explanation 15/05/13
- Albinoni Pinot Grigio £1.99 13/04/13
- Flutey Lutey Doodah Tasting 30/03/13
- Nicolas Feuillatte Tasting 23rd March 2013 22/03/13
- Colourful and 'Springy Offers 31/01/13
- bubbles Bubbles BUBBLES!! Fizzzzzzzzzz... 30/10/12
- Getting in the Mood for Christmas? 25/10/12
- La "Must Cook" de la Cuisine Francaise 15/10/12
- Make Autumn Red 06/10/12
Christmas and January Opening HoursDate published: 22/12/16
December 2016: 9am - 7pm
24th, 25th, 26th of December and 1st January: Closed
31st December: 9am - 5pm
January 2017 everyday: 9am - 6:30pm
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the team here in Coquelles!
We are now open!Date published: 17/06/16
Following the match in Lens, we are now open as normal.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.
We Are Closed Until Friday!Date published: 15/06/16
Due to crowd problems at the Euros, local authorities have requested all alcohol sales within 1km of the Euro Tunnel site close until Friday morning.
This unfortunately means our Coquelles store is now till the morning of Friday 17th July.
We will do our best to contact all affected customers before arrival, however if you are due to collect your pre-ordered during this time-frame, your order has been moved to our Calais store, which is trading as usual.
If you are looking to visit our Coquelles store, the team will still be there and ready to help, but we will be unable to put sales through the till.
To find our Calais Store please search for Zone Marcel Doret on your sat nav. The store is on Rue de Judée.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Spring has now arrived! Date published: 05/04/16
Spring is here, lets give some cheer.
Flowers bloom, trees grow, BBQ's are dusted off and parties are planned.
Wine has to be organised and bought, let us save you the fuss and time and make it stress free.
Christmas Opening TimesDate published: 16/12/15
CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES:
Current Hours: 9am-7pm Monday-Sunday
Wednesday 23rd Dec: 9am-7pm
Thursday 24th Dec: Closed
Friday 25th Dec: Closed
Saturday 26th Dec: Closed
27th-30th December: 9am-7pm
Thursday 31st Dec: 9am-4.30pm
Friday 1st January: Closed
2nd -31st Januray : 9am-6.30pm
Wine of the Wine - Recommended by NicoDate published: 05/09/15
This week's wine of the week: Clos Fountaine 2008
After sharing a bottle with his father Nico is fully endorsing this wine; fruity and well rounded, with red berries on the nose followed by lovely juicy plums on the palate.
Château Clos Fontaine 2008 Côtes de Francs
Origin: Côtes de Francs is Bordeaux's smallest appellation, just 450 hectares of vineyards in all, located in the picturesque hills to the east of St-Emilion. Clos Fontaine is perhaps the area's best known winery, owned by the illustrious Thienpont family.
Taste: A medium-bodied and rounded wine. Aged in single-use oak barrels for up to 14 months and matured for a further 2 years before bottling, it is harmonious, smooth and has a gently spicy muscularity.
Enjoy: Decant before serving. Best with hearty beef casseroles.
A Summer Recipe & Wine MatchDate published: 21/08/15
Wowsers it's nearly the end of August... How did that happen?! So before the sun runs away why not 'Chuck a Shrimp in the Barbie'! with this tasty recipe and stunning wine to match.
Prawn, garlic and tarragon kebabs, with a yoghurt and sesame dip.
30 Raw Tiger Prawns
2 Cloves of Garlic, crushed
2 tbl spoon Tarragon leaves, chopped
2 tbl spoon olive oil
250g greek yoghurt
1 tbl sesame oil
2 tsp sesame seeds
Juice of 1 lemon
1. Build the prawn kebabs. Sprinkle with the garlic, tarragon and olive oil. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
2. Whilst waiting prepare your sauce. Stir the sesame oil, seeds and lemon juice in to the yoghurt.
3. Cook the kebabs on the BBQ or grill for 3 minutes each side.
4. Dip in the Sesame Sauce and enjoy!!
This dish is full of zesty citrus flavours and lively garlic, this will match perfectly with our Paul Mas Vermentino. Vementino is a traditional southern French/Italian grape variety, often found in Sadinia and Corsica, this example is from the Paul Mas estates in the Languedoc, South of France. This wine has a back bone of racy lemon and lime citrus, with notes of minerality and marine characteristics. It is refreshingly dry with tangy acidity that pairs wonderfully with all the aspects of this dish.
Food and Wine Matching .... TartifletteDate published: 15/08/15
Tartiflette is a French dish from the Savoie and Haute Savoie region of France. If you're a ski bum like me waiting till January for your next helping is just too long! So get your skiier/border friends round for an evening of reminiscing the 14/15 season and planning your 15/16 holiday!
Here's my recipe and top wines to match!
750g (1½lb) Waxy Potatoes (I don't bother to peal them!)
1 Onion, peeled and sliced very thinly
1 Clove of garlic, sliced
1tbsp Olive Oil
150g Smoked Lardons
150ml White Wine
4tbsp Reduced Fat Crème Fraîche
1 Reblochon Cheese, sliced length ways. (Don't cut off the rind - It's the best bit!!)
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Pre Heat Oven to 180°C
1) Par boil the potatoes until tender but still firm (about 10mins). Drain and leave to cool, then slice (about 5mm wide).Best served with a fresh green salad and some cornichons.
2) Fry the bacon bits in a little olive oil until they start to brown, then add the onions, and chopped garlic. Continue to cook until the onions are soft. Remove from pan and set aside.
3) Using the same pan, place over a low heat. Add the wine, crème fraiche and ground pepper. Whilst stirring bring to simmering point, then remove from the heat. (This helps all the yummy bacon flavous get into the sauce!)
4) Layer half the cooked potatoes into a large gratin dish sprinkling the bacon mix. Spread half the sliced Reblochon over the potatoes and bacon mix. Then pour over half of the crème fraiche sauce.
5) Repeat with the remaining potatoes, bacon mix, Reblochon and crème fraiche sauce. (I do it this way to get a good even amount of cheese throughout the dish!)
6) Bake for half an hour, until the potatoes are cooked and it’s all lovely and golden. (Sometimes I grill the top to make it extra crispy!)
Oh and some wine.....
My top Tartiflette wine is the Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2014 M.Chapoutier. This red is full of ripe red berry fruits and spicy blackberry notes that work wonderfully with this rich and creaminess of this dish. The soft and round palate and smooth tannins compliments and does not overpower the Tartiflette.
Since it is the middle of Summer, you may prefer a white wine, my recommendation would be the Alsatian Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris 2013 Cave de Hunawihr. This a rich white makes a great partner for tartiflette, especially if the same wine is added to the dish! This off dry wine, has refreshing notes of poached pears that work wonderfully with the smokiness of the lardons and apricot nuances to match the nuttiness of the Reblochon.
VILLE DE CALAIS FÊTE DE L’ÉTÉ - 2015Date published: 14/08/15
CALAIS SUMMER FESTIVAL 16th August 2015
A family fun day of relaxation, fun and inflatables for the little ones!
Wherever you are, there is always a market around...Date published: 12/08/15
Why not discover a local French Market whilst your in town!
Open Air Markets
-Place Creve Coeur, Thursdays and Saturdays 7.00am-1.30pm
Many products, food (french cheese, fruits & Veg,charcuterie, meat, drink), clothes...
-Place d'Armes, Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
Many products, regional and local food, fruits , fish, cheese, charcuterie, rotisserie.
Open Air Market
Place de la Concorde, Sunday mornings
Very small market for local products, (rotisserie, fruits, traditionnel charcuterie, florists)
Near to our Coquelles store.
Le Touquet "Our favourite one"
Open and Covered Market
210 rue des princes, on Saturday from 8.00am-1.30pm
Many products; French cheese, fruits, charcuterie, meat, drinks, home made juice, cakes, and jam, quality clothes, shoes, crafts (jewels, belts, furniture).
Do not forget to bring cash, absolutly everything is tempting...
Open Air Market
Thurday mornings from 8.00am-1.30pm
Many products, local food (vegetables, fruits,meat...), clothes.
Open Air Market
Wednesday mornings from 8.00am-1.00pm
In town center, place du Général de Gaulle
Very well known in the region Cote d'Opale for its poultry market (duck, goose, chicken, etc) and also its for its farm produce.
Open Air Market
Place Foch, Saturdays from 8.00am-1.000pm
Boulogne sur Mer
Open Air Markets
-Place Dalton (town centre), Wednesday and Saturday mornings 8am-12.30pm
-On the port of Boulogne, Sunday mornings 8am-12.30pm, facing the fish stalls.
Open Air Market
Twice weekly morning market (Tues & Fri) and a bio market (organic produce) one Sunday morning each month.
Afterwards take a stroll down the beautiful Wimereux beach.
calais regionDate published: 05/08/15
" Ok , Calais is not very popular in the media due to the current troubles. But the customers who have continued to visit us over the past few weeks would beg to disagree! Not only have they found that Eurotunnel is running almost uniformly to schedule, but that the ferries are running fine too. Calais and its region have so much to offer its visitors - so come and discover it's treasures! Here are a few pictures which should make you change your opinion. Oh, while you are in Calais area, do not hesitate to pop to our Coquelles branch our team will be pleased to advice you in the choice of your wine..A bientot "
Wine of the Week: Domaine TranquillitéDate published: 08/07/15
Brand New Wine! €5.38 £3.99
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Grenache and CarignanOrigin:
This blend represents a coming together of the key wine grapes of Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley – two of France's major wine regions. It also reflects the modern age of viticulture and winemaking being utilsed in the South of France.Taste:
Full bodied, bursting with dense fruit, peppers from the syrah and crunchy red berries from the grenache and complexity added by the contributions fom carignan, merlot, cabernet and peitit verdot.Enjoy:
This wine pairs beautifully well with game meats, roast lamb, or hearty beef stews, especially the French Beef Bourguignon!
FEELING STRESSED AFTER YOUR CROSSING.... Domaine Tranquillit, it will chill you right out!!
Wine of the Week: Gavi 2014 La ToledanaDate published: 12/05/15
Wine of the WeekGavi 2014 La Toledana
Grape: CorteseOrigin: The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality.
Taste: Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.
Enjoy: An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.
Special Offer! €6.73 £4.99
☆☆☆☆☆ 5 out of 5 stars.
Thomas Lamb - Gavi Gavi Gavi
Full of flavour and easy after a long day in the sun. This is definitely on our favourites list.
☆☆☆☆☆ 5 out of 5 stars.
Steven - Heaven in a glass!
Very light and refreshing. One of the best Gavi's I've tried. I will definitely be buying more of this wine!!
Euro Tunnel OfferDate published: 23/02/15
Our Fantastic Euro tunnel Deal is due to come down from our website at 3 pm on Thursday the 19 th of February. there are only 40 TICKETS remaining in our trial deal ; so plan your next visit soon if you want to take advantage of our deal.
a Bientot in Coquelles...
Coquelles Opening HoursDate published: 21/02/15
We are opened every day from 9.00 am until 7.00 pm (including Sundays)
Any questions do not hesitate to contact us directly on 0033 3 21 82 93 64 or send us an e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
See you soon.
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR OPENING HOURSDate published: 06/12/14
Our opening hours over the Christmas period and January are:
Wednesday 24-Dec: Closed
Thursday 25-Dec: Closed
Friday 26-Dec: Closed
Saturday 27-Dec: 0900-1900
Sunday 28-Dec: 0900-1900
Monday 29-Dec: 0900-1900
Tuesday 30-Dec: 0900-1900
Wednesday 31-Dec: 0900-1700
Thursday 01-Jan: Closed
Friday 02-Jan - 02-Feb: 0900-1800
CHRISTMAS!!! (No, it's not too early)Date published: 12/10/14
Hello, everybody! Christmas may seem a way off, but given that we're all going to forget to get a present for SOMEONE and end up rushing around on Christmas Eve, wouldn't it be better to get prepared for things you know you need to do?
I'm not normally one for early Christmas thoughts - this has a large part to do with my birthday being in mid-December - but I have just successfully organised all family visits over the Christmas period AND got my dad to the butcher to place the order for the goose. Turkey passeth not the threshold of my father's domain.
So for all your Christmas wine needs, stock up with us in the coming weeks. There are going to be some exciting things brought in especially for the Christmas period (I can't say what they are yet, but I'm sure you'll be delighted!) so keep an eye on this page for when they come into stock!
La Semaine Du Gout (The Week of taste) 13th-19th October 2014Date published: 11/10/14
The week of taste is a once a year event where local restaurants have very attractive menus at very affordable prices. If your in the Calais area next week and have just popped over to purchase some wine and see some sights and want to end the day with a very nice meal, we have a few suggestions which might just whet your appetite.
The following restaurants are very local to our store and also each prepare dishes from local ingredients.
AU GOUT DU JOUR
10 Route Departementale 940, 62231 Bleriot-Plage, Calais,
+33 3 21 34 53 90 email@example.com
7 Route Nationale, Bleriot-Plage, Calais, France
+33 3 21 34 73 16
18 rue de la mer 62179 Escalles
+33 3 21 36 86 13 firstname.lastname@example.org
AU COTE D'ARGENT
1 Digue Gaston Berthe, 62100 Calais
+33 3 21 34 68 07
And while you're in Dunkerque, eat here...Date published: 05/10/14
I've had the pleasure of five dinners in Dunkerque. To be honest, I've been pretty unlucky, since two of the restaurants were shut when I got there. They were, of course, the one's that were furthest away on the windiest of days, but hey ho. You can't win them all.
Having said that, you cannot possibly lose if you go to Atelier de Steff! The food is fresh and high quality, beautifully prepared by a chef with natural flair. I would also like to seriously vouch for the staff - what wonderful people. And I don't just say that because we were sitting at the table next to the stairs when a glass went flying from above, missing my head by inches, resulting in profuse apologies and free Champagne. Though, I must say, that did help!
Find this jewel of Dunkerque here: ATELIER DE. STEFF, 3 place Jeanne d’Arc, 59140 Dunkerque (03.28.61.60.14)
Website here: http://www.atelierdesteff.com/
Dunkerque - why you should visit! (between 24 & 27 October)Date published: 05/10/14
I'm normally wittering on at length about wine on here, so for a change, I thought I would let you know the kind of things I've been up to since getting here, and let you in on a few of the reasons I think you should go where I've gone!
One of these places is Dunkerque... Doesn't sound terribly romantic, am I right? The town conjures up images of WWII bombings, industrialism and ports. But I tell you it is more than that!
Particularly between the 24th and 27th October! If you're reading this, you probably like wine, or if not, beer. So, get yourself to the Salon du Vin, de la Biere et des Produits Regionaux! There will be lots of stalls with lots of producers from all over France - Alsace, Provence and so forth - so this is really worth the visit.
It is taking place here: Dunkerque Kursaal - 7 bis Place du Casino - BP 80087 - 59942 Dunkerque
Further details here, and through the link on the Kursaal's page: http://dunkerquekursaal.com/index2.php?rub=expositions&ssrub=programmation&contenu=article&article=37
Further Reductions on Selected Wines!Date published: 05/10/14
We've knocked the prices down on wines across the store - place your pre-order for collection on or before 13th October to take advantage!
Alamos Rosé 2013, Mendoza - £3.99
Cuvée Geneviève Rouge 2012, Vin de France - £1.99!
Cuvée Geneviève Blanc 2012, Vin de France - £1.99!
Yali Wetland Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Rapel Valley - £3.49
Yali Wetlands Cabernet Carmenère 2011, Rapel Valley - £3.49
Gestos Shiraz 2012, Finca Flichman, Mendoza - £3.49
Viñalba Reservado Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza - £5.99
Jacob’s Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 - £4.49
Jacob's Creek Chardonnay 2013, South Eastern Australia - £4.49
Jacob’s Creek Semillon Chardonnay 2012 - £4.49
Jacobs Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2012 - £4.49
Jacobs Creek Pinot Grigio 2013 - £4.49
A Moment for MalbecDate published: 22/08/14
Malbec is an undeniable favourite of the moment, offering great value and great flavour. Here are some of my top reasons it should be in your shopping trolley:
1) Argentinian Altitude - You may not realise this, but Malbec tends to have far fewer pesticides used on its vines in Argentina. Why? Because the height of the plantings simply doesn't support many of the nasty bugs and beasties that afflict winegrowers in other parts of the world.
2) Argentinian Acidity - One of the main reasons Malbec took off was as a result of the increase in acidity that could be achieved up in the Argentinian mountains. No longer a minor player in Bordeaux, Argentina gave Malbec the chance to be a star!
3) Forget-me-not France - But don't let the success of Argentina blind you to Malbec grown closer to home. Just be ready for a different style! Southern France is now producing some excellent varietal Malbecs, but bare in mind the earthier, more rustic appeal and a tendency towards tannins early on in life! Think black cherries rather than blackberries!
4) Steak - No alliteration required here. Malbec and steak were made for each other. Just do it.
5) Robust with Resveratol - Probably. Another thing that the Argentinian altitude donates to the Malbec grapes is higher levels of resveratrol which *might* - that is *might* - help bring down your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, possibly ward off cancer, or generally make your body a happier place to be. Possibly. Well, no harm in trying, I suppose!
You should try:
The stunning Viñalba Reservado Malbec - currently at the amazing low low price of £6.99! Get it while you can!
Alamos, Alamos, AlamosDate published: 21/08/14
You're probable pretty familiar with our Alamos range by now - Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Viognier and, of course, the staple Malbec. Well, good news! For fans of this superb range from the legendary Dr Catena, we now have in stock the Alamos Rosé!
First of all, let me tell you a bit about Dr Catena himself, or Malbec Man, as I like to think of him. After studying at Berkeley, California, he brought back European winemaking and vinegrowing ideas to Argentina. He developed a number of clones of Malbec and planted them at different altitudes, in different climates across Argentina. The best clone could therefore be selected for each area, giving the Catena winery some of the best Malbecs at a competitive price.
Now this extends to the Alamos Rosé. Here we have a rosé with good body and fruit, but with more interesting, developed quince notes than anything comparably priced, and aromatic notes that dance around the palate.
Only £4.99 per bottle!
Why is a Pin like a Fountain?Date published: 20/08/14
One of our latest arrivals is an unassuming figure, a little Bordeaux by the name of Chateau Clos Fontaine. It comes from the Côtes de Francs, the smallest of the Bordeaux appellations, which lies to the east of St Emilion, and is made up of only 450 hectares. In fairly typical right bank fashion, it is 100% Merlot from old vines. This is a wine that is allowed to tell its own story, without any rough man-handling by the producer - the oak is not excessive, just enough to lend the wine structure and dynamism.
And who is the man behind the Merlot? None other than Dominique Thienpont, of the same family as Jacques Thienpont, the current manager of the prestigious Pomerol estate of Le Pin, famous for being the most expensive wine in the world, with a production of only 600-700 cases a year.
Chateau Clos Fontaine comes in at the rather more affordable price of £4.99/bottle.
Give Gavi a Go!Date published: 01/08/14
I first encountered Gavi in a bar in Oxford in about 2007. Given I had no idea what it was and it was available by the glass, I thought it would be worth a go - and I was not wrong. This was a wine of delicate peachy flavours and restrained acidity, all the while keeping hold of its light, crisp character.
This is the very reason that the seafood restaurants of Genoa hold Gavi in such high esteem. No searingly sharp Sauvignon, this! The perfect match for the fresh catch of the day, or a refreshing treat on its own.
Give it a go!
Our new Gavi from Araldica is only £3.99!
Majestic Wine Calais for a right royal shopping deal in FranceDate published: 01/08/14
Our lovely friends over at The Good Life France have taken the time to write an article about us! It is an excellent break down of what we have to offer, so worth a quick peek!
Cut and paste this into your browser to take a look: http://www.thegoodlifefrance.com/majestic-wine-calais-right-royal-shopping-deal-france/
We're on TripAdvisor!Date published: 01/08/14
Have you visited us recently? How did you find your Majestic in France shopping experience?
Let us (and the world) know!
You can now find us on TripAdvisor - www.tripadvisor.co.uk - under the name "Majestic Wine Calais- Coquelles".
Sparkling Summer Sensations!Date published: 13/06/14
NOW is the time to buy Champagne! We've just started our summer offers, so take this opportunity right away to avoid disappointment!
Here is just a selection of our top offers:
Perrier-Jouet (NV) - £23.00!
Taittinger Brut (NV) - £22.00!
Pol Roger (NV) - £24.50
Nicolas Feuillatte (NV) - £14.00!
Picpoul - A Grape for All SeasonsDate published: 06/05/14
Picpoul has enjoyed quite some popularity in Majestic in recent years. It really is France's answer to Sauvignon Blanc. Picpoul (or Piquepoul) means 'lip-stinger', a reference to its lively acidity. While this is ideal for the modern palate, don't let me mislead you! Picpoul is truly ancient, one of the oldest grapes in the Languedoc region. Along with Clairette Blanche, it was used to make Picardan, a tremendously popular wine of the 17th and 18th centuries. These days, the two grapes are still companions, in the production of Noilly Prat Vermouth.
Picpoul is quite susceptible to fungal diseases, causing it to fall out of favour with many wine producers, and it is now produced in smaller quantities than it once was. Having said that, it is the only grape permitted in Picpoul de Pinet AC, a rare example of a cru taking the name of the grape in its title. In this capacity, the quality levels are reliably high, and it is drawing more and more interest.
This green-gold, young lemon wine has a lot to offer and is a fantastic accompaniment to fresh white fish. You must try it.
Give this one a go:
Picpoul de Pinet 2013 Villemarin - £3.99!
From Italy to OcDate published: 05/05/14
The Pays d'Oc is France's frontier of originality, the place where rules are loose and boundaries pushed. Grapes are planted that would make the Bordelais sniff and the Burgundians scream. And you know what? Good. What would life be without ruffling a few feathers?
Down in the Pays d'Oc, where Grenache Blanc grows, another white grape is developing a reputation: Vermentino.
Stephen Spurrier (MW) has called it the grape of the future. It has a fresh but lively citrus character, regularly joined by a racy mineral element, sometimes with a marine salinity that if present, provides finishing touches with panache.
This is the wine to be having as your aperitif. Expect to see more of it in years to come, so get ahead of the curve!
Try this one from the legendary Paul Mas now!
Paul Mas Vermentino 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc - £3.99!
It's Pinot Blanc you want!Date published: 04/05/14
Here's a short test for you - which have you heard of?
Pinot Noir - (yes)
Pinot Grigio - (certainly)
Pinot Gris - (probably)
Pinot Blanc - (?! C'est quoi ça?)
If you find that Sauvignon Blancs give you heartburn, but aren't a Chardonnay fan, and find Pinot Grigio a little lacking, then it is time to give Pinot Blanc a try! Let me explain...
First, some background. Pinot Blanc was recently discovered to be a cross between Pinot Noir and the significantly less well-known Gouais Blanc. It is a permissible grape in parts of Burgundy, but its spiritual home is the Germanic world: Germany, Alsace and Austria, where it is made into relatively dense wines with a mineral streak and a mouth-filling white fruit texture.
Outside of those territories, in southern, warmer climes, it takes on a slightly different character. Lighter in body, with more citrus complementing the stone fruits (though without burning acidity) and while it is still present, a less pronounced gravel and limestone note. It is a wine for spring bank holidays and summer evenings, to share a glass with friends in the garden.
Give it a go!
Mas des Mas 'Zucco Vineyard' Pinot Blanc - £2.99!
The Grapes of PiedTanqué (Part Five - The Finale)Date published: 25/04/14
You may have seen a couple of unfamiliar grape names cropping up in the article about our new PiedTanqué wines. Worry not! We are here to help! Keep reading for a brief introduction to these lesser-known varietals...
In this article, we will be looking at: Carignan.This grape figures in both the PiedTanqué Rouge and Rosé wines. Like it's partner grape, Cinsault (see yesterday's article!), Carignan is great at withstanding hotter climes. It is, however, a more brash character than Cinsault - opposites attract - and focuses its efforts on deep, dark, intense crimson colour and a flavour to match. The wildness of Carignan is ample. Brambles and blackcurrants, leading with age to gaminess and grilled meat. Along with Garnatxa, it is one of the principle grapes of the presitigious Priorat region.
This might just be my favourite red grape in the universe.
Join me again in future articles as we delve into the unusual aspects of the wine world!
The Grapes of PiedTanqué (Part Four)Date published: 24/04/14
You may have seen a couple of unfamiliar grape names cropping up in the article about our new PiedTanqué wines. Worry not! We are here to help! Keep reading for a brief introduction to these lesser-known varietals...
In this article, we will be looking at: Cinsault.This grape figures in both the PiedTanqué Rouge and Rosé wines. Cinsault is a heat-resistant grape, which makes it ideal for the warm conditions of the South of France. It also made it useful in South Africa, where it was called "Hermitage" and crossed with Pinot Noir to make the famous signature grape of South Africa, Pinotage! Cinsault is a luxuriously smooth, sophisticated grape, often blended with Carignan (which we will look at tomorrow!) or Grenache, lending a velvety elegance to the blend.
In rosé wines, Cinsault brings a soft strawberry, red cherry aroma, and if you close your eyes and inhale, it is as if you were standing in strawberry fields. In red wines, there is greater intensity of your red cherries and some slightly darker fruits - but nothing too wild! You hardly notice the tannins as the wine glides over and around your palate with its supreme softness.
The last in our PiedTanqué series comes out tomorrow - Cinsault's partner grape, Carignan!
The Grapes of PiedTanqué (Part Three)Date published: 23/04/14
You may have seen a couple of unfamiliar grape names cropping up in the article about our new PiedTanqué wines. Worry not! We are here to help! Keep reading for a brief introduction to these lesser-known varietals...
In this article, we will be looking at: Terret.Terret is actually the name for the parent grape, that, like Pinot, spawned a Noir, a Gris and a Blanc version. The grape from the PiedTanqué wines is, of course, Terret Blanc, and that is what we will investigate here today! Prone to mutation, the colour of the berries varies from vintage to vintage. Some viticulturturists have reported seeing red, grey and white berries on the same plant! Terret Blanc buds later than most vines, meaning that it often avoids the spring frosts that affect other varieties. The grapes retain a high level of acidity and freshness, because of which they are used in blends across the Languedoc-Rousillon. This grape has also been used for Vermouth, when Clairette and Picpoul grapes were not available.
That covers the three white grapes of the PiedTanqué wines... Tune in soon for the red and rosé grapes!
The Grapes of PiedTanqué (Part Two)Date published: 22/04/14
In this article, we will be looking at: Grenache Blanc.Perhaps you are familiar with Grenache, the red grape grown across the Rhône and the South of France, known as Garnacha in Spain and Garnatxa in Catalonia. This is a related grape, but, unsurprisingly, a white variety! Grenache Blanc does not have much acidity, but what it lacks in sharpness, it makes up for with body, flavour and alcohol. This makes it the perfect grape to blend with the Ugni Blanc of our last article. It delivers citrus and fresh green herbal notes. Just as Viognier is permitted in some red wines of the Rhône, like Côte-Rôtie, up to 10% Grenache Blanc is permitted in the red wines of the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation!
The Grapes of PiedTanquéDate published: 21/04/14
In this article, we will be looking at: Ugni Blanc.
Ugni Blanc is perhaps better known by its original Italian name, Trebbiano. It is, in fact, the second most widely planted grape in the world! It is fresh and fruity, and generally designed to be drunk young. Similar to Sauvignon Blanc, Ugni Blanc is high in acidity. This means it is the perfect grape for brandy production, and is used to make both Cognac and Armagnac.
NEW WINES IN MAJESTIC COQUELLES!Date published: 20/04/14
Exciting times here in Coquelles! We're getting some new wines in stock - some are here already! Be ahead of the crowd and get your hands on the new PiedTanqué range!
PiedTanqué Rouge - This easy-drinking red comes from the Hérault Valley. Light-bodied and possessing a supple tannic structure, this is an eminently drinkable red, delivering ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavours with subtle herbaceous notes, leading to a clean finish.
PiedTanqué Blanc - This wine is made from a blend of three traditional grape varieties: Ugni Blanc, Grenache Blanc and Terret. An easy-going, lightweight white wine with moderate alcohol and a pleasing mixture of citrus and white fruit character, and soft-edged acidity.
PiedTanqué Rosé - This rosé is made from Cinsault and Carignan grapes sourced from the Hérault region of the Languedoc. It is similar in style to many of the light and delicate rosés from the more famous, premium regions across the south of France and as such, represents amazing value. A pale and delicate rosé, offering a straightforward nose of ripe red berry aromas and a light, gently off-dry palate that is rounded and soft in texture.
And even better... They are all £2.99!
Wine of the Week: Fleurie 2012 Georges Duboeuf - £6.99!Date published: 12/04/14
Wine of the WeekFleurie 2012 Georges Duboeuf - £6.99!
Georges DuBoeuf is perhaps the foremost producer in the Beaujolais. His Fleurie is a cherry delight – a bit more body than your everyday Beaujolais-Villages, it has a hovering note of floral fragrance and kirsch.
Try it now!
Wine of the Week: Callia Bella Malbec 2013 San Juan - £3.99!Date published: 31/03/14
Wine of the Week: Callia Bella Malbec 2013 San Juan - £3.99!
The grapes for Callia Bella Malbec come from the Valle de Tulum, 630m above sea level and surrounded by the Andes... This lends the wine superb finesse, smoothness and clarity, bringing the full-bodied wild berry flavours typical of Malbec to the fore.
Try it now!
Wine of the Week: Santa Rita 120 RoséDate published: 16/03/14
Santa Rita 120 Rosé 2013 Central Valley - £3.99!
Santa Rita 120 Rosé really stands apart from other rosé wines thanks to its ripe red berry juiciness - think strawberries and raspberries, with a hint of more exotic fruits like pomegranate. Utterly delicious, with excellent body and a delightfully refreshing crisp finish.
Try it now on our tasting counter!
Wine of the Week: Codorniu Brut Cava - £3.99!Date published: 09/03/14
Wine of the Week: Codorniu Brut Cava - £3.99!
Yesterday was International Women's Day, so we thought we would open something a bit special to celebrate! To do this (without breaking the bank) the obvious choice was Codorniu Brut, a cava from the Penedes in Catalonia in the north of Spain.
Codorniu have a history of winemaking going back to the 16th century, so they really know what they are doing. This is a fresh, dry cava, driven by crisp apple fruit and a slight blanched almond character. What a winner!
Eurotunnel Deal for it's 20th BirthdayDate published: 27/01/14
This 18th-20th February you can make a return trip on the Eurostar for as little as £20 per car. This is all part of Eurotunnel's 20th Birthday celebrations but it gets better. Why not use this opportunity to partake in our fantastic wine offers which are UK duty free! Here at Majestic Wine Coquelles we have all you Majestic favourites but at least £2 cheaper per bottle.
As long as you pre-order and spend at least £300 with us, we will even cover the cost of the Eurotunnel ticket* with our brilliant fuel-save discount. So what are you waiting for? Whether you have a wedding to plan this year, looking toward the summer parties or just want to enjoy great wine without lining the UK taxman's pockets, Majestic Wine Coquelles can be flexible to all your needs!
Eurotunnel Deal: http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/promotions/tickets/20th-birthday-ETLS/
Pre-order/ Fuel Save Discount Info: http://www.majesticwinecalais.co.uk/savings#fuel-save
* Refers to fuel-save pre-order discount. You must pre-order to receive discount. Discount involves a reduction of your invoice total by £10 for every £150 you pre-order and purchase. Will only cover the cost of travel by Eurostar for the specific dates of Eurostar's Birthday offer (18th,19th, 20th February, 2014). We cannot guarantee channel crossing costs will be covered however as Majestic Wine Calais has no affiliation with Eurostar and their pricing and offers.
How to Find Us!Date published: 02/12/13
From the Eurotunnel:
On exiting the terminal take the A16 (signposted Boulogne). Take the first exit you come to which is junction 41, signposted Coquelles/Sangatte. Turn right on the roundabout off the slip road and then you will come almost immediately to another roundabout (you can't miss this as there is a big drill on the middle of the roundabout). Turn right again onto Avenue Charles de Gaulle and then drive for about 5 minutes. At this point you will see us on the left hand side after a small selection of hotels. To enter the store go all the way around the roundabout in front of you and take the entrance on your right.
From the Ferry Terminal: On exiting the terminal take the A26 and drive for about 5 minutes until you reach the A16 motorway. Take the right hand slip road signposted Boulogne/Channel Tunnel and then on the motorway drive for about 10 minutes until you reach junction 41. Turn right on the roundabout off the slip road and then you will come almost immediately to another roundabout (you can't miss this as there is a big drill on the middle of the roundabout). Turn right again onto Avenue Charles de Gaulle and then drive for about 5 minutes. At this point you will see us on the right hand side. To enter the store go all the way around the roundabout in front of you and take the entrance on your right.
Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 26/11/13
Dec 24: Closed
Dec 25: Closed
Dec 26: Closed
Dec 27-30: 9-7
Dec 31: 9-5
Jan 1: Closed
Jan 2-Feb 4th: 9-6.30
Remember the 5th of November!Date published: 02/11/13
Bonfire Night Wines
Having a bonfire come the 5th November? Some of our customers have been looking for wines to serve at their firework night parties and we've got plenty of recommendations.. and they'll also help you beat the chill when watching the fireworks!
Vinalba Malbec - £7.99* - Brimming with ripe dark plum fruit flavours, a perfect smoothness and balanced structure gives an incredibly long lingering finish that just rolls on and on.
Vina Eguia Gran Reserva - £6.99* - Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.
Luis Felipe Edwards Seleccion Especial Merlot - £3.99* - A deep purplish red, this wine is youthful and vigourous, offering a red cherry and cassis backbone, and hints of fresh green herbs. Use of French oak has given added polish and softness.
Yalumba Y Series Viognier - £5.99* - Our best Viognier without a doubt. This is a full-bodied dry white, with a gorgeously perfumed floral scent and a ripe, peach and apricot fruit, with a silky palate-feel - it will remind you of those warm summers nights that, when standing in the freezing cold, seem like a dim and distant memory.
Vinalba Chardonnay - £7.99* - An inviting golden colour, this Chardonnay is ripe and soft, with yellow apple, tangerine and pineapple fruit. The palate is refreshing and mellow, with a round, lightly nutty finish. A perfect white winter warmer.
Grand Ardeche Louis Latour - £7.99* - Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture. One of our staff favourites, this is also an excellent food wine.
Canard Duchene Champagne - £14.99* - Clean and fruity in style, with baked-bread and bruised-apple notes, fresh and easy drinking.
Prosecco Conegliano - £6.99* - A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples.
Codorniu Cava - £3.99 - This Cava has been produced with the expertise of Codorníu, whose wine producing story dates back to the 16th century. A dry light bodied Cava displaying green apple, citrus, almond and brioche characters.
Happy Bonfire Night!
Franck's Tasting WeekDate published: 22/10/13
Franck's Tasting Week
As we now have our new Christmas prices released we are taking it in turns to put some of our favourite wines on the tasting counter. This first week is being managed by our 'star in the reasonably priced forklift', Franck and he has picked a few cracking deals which will certainly go down well this Christmas (If you don't drink them before that!). Ever the shrewd eye Franck has picked a selection of wines that are great to drink and don't break the bank.
Alamos Viognier, £6.99- From the warm Mendoza region of Argentina this unoaked Chardonnay gives a wonderful nose and palate filled with the stone fruits you expect from this grape variety. A light floral note gives this an elegant edge which is complemented with a refreshing natural acidity.
Paul Mas Vermentino, £3.99 (on multibuy)- A relatively new wine to our range but from one of our favourite producers it did not disappoint. A somewhat unknown grape variety this is a must try on the tasting counter. An array of citrus fruits as well as lightly smoky edge is balanced with a slightly oily texture. This has potential to be the perfect partner for any seafood dishes.
Vina Eguia Reserva, £4.49 (on multibuy)- A steadfast of the Majestic Rioja collection the Eguia range never disappoints. Brilliantly balanced you are greeted with a bouquet of dark fruits and plum as well as the slight toasting given by the additional ageing. A medium body but this will hold up well against steaks and hearty dishes.
William Hardy Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, £3.99 (on multibuy) – Another newbie! The history of the Hardy's vineyards goes back five generations and the consistently producers wines to a high standard. The nose offers plenty of dark fruits with a menthol and vanilla twist whilst the palate is filled with lushious cassis flavours.
Wine Pre-OrdersDate published: 11/10/13
At Majestic we think we have hit the nail on the head to be able to speed up your journey to make sure you don't miss your ferry or train! If you e-mail us, order online, telephone, facebook or tweet us we can prepare your order in advance so you can swiftly collect it and be on your merry way. Even better than that for every £150 that you spend we will give you £10 off. Our little bit of help towards your fuel costs!
All you need to do is choose your wines, choose your store and order! It's very easy!
We do have one favour to ask though, if you think you will be in a big hurry if you could add your postcode to the 'Additional Information' box that would help us in preparing you for a super speedy sale!
We hope to see everyone pre-ordering from now until Christmas! It's nearer than you think.
Wine of the WeekDate published: 08/10/13
Wine of the Week
This week, we've chosen the Peter Lehmann Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 from the Barossa Valley as our Wine of the Week
By sourcing grapes from a large number of growers throughout the Barossa region, Peter Lehmann are able to make a well rounded and consistent Cabernet, benefitting from multiple vineyard characteristics. The wine is harmonised by ageing in oak hogsheads for 12 months. This wine is a weighty, ripe Cabernet Sauvignon that is nonetheless easy-drinking and soft. Dense blackcurrant fruit, tinged with a leafy spiceness, all framed by fine-grained tannins.
Ready to drink now or over the next 3 years. Goes well with mature cheddar cheese.
£6.99 on multibuy
£8.99 single bottle price
Open and available to taste until the 13th October 2013.
Wines of the Week and Food and Wine PairingDate published: 24/09/13
We know that the Coquelles customer base has a firm grasp on what it likes and does not. However, just to give you a nudge in the right direction and offer a couple of our own ideas we will be presenting a wine we think you will love each week as well as a few food and wine matches that are sure to make your mouth melt.
Ask any member of staff for details and we will be happy to offer some recommendations.
This week we are sampling Louis Latour Macon Lugny, make sure you pop in to let us know what you think and keep and eye out for the food cards!
Staff Pick of the Week!Date published: 22/09/13
Staff Pick of the Week
Macon Lugny Louis Latour 2011
At Majestic we pride ourselves on having a good knowledge of our wines and the styles appreciated by our customers. Each week leading up to Christmas we will be offering you a taste and a bit of information regarding some of our favourite wines here in store. This way you can give them a try and pick our brains about it as well!
To get us started I have chosen a style of wine which is particularly popular with Majestic customers from a well known and respected producer, Louis Latour. One of the most recognisable French labels Latour's history stems to 1797 and remains family run to this day.
The popularity of this wine stems from is variability when pairing it with food. A great partner for fish, poultry and pork this wine truly represents the 'All-Rounder' and should be a certain feature of your wine-rack for those impromptu guests.
This Burgundian Chardonnay has a typically inviting pale golden colour generally associated with the Macon style. The nose offers great depth with plenty of fresh green apple, a variety of citrus fruit and slight toasted notes, courtesy of its 12 months in French Oak. Similarities are found on the palate with the toasted aromas developing in a mild buttery taste. A crisp acidity and the additional hints of stone fruit highlight how versatile and complex this inexpensive dry white wine can be.
*When you buy more than one bottle
Autumn Red OffersDate published: 17/09/13
Well seen as the weather has taken a massive turn and everyone's Prosecco reserves have run out we might as well move onto some new offers and some fantastic warming reds.
CVNE Crianza- At £3.99 this represents a true bargain. A brilliantly balanced crianza from one of our favourite producers. An excellent bouquet of summer fruits is met on the palate with hints of vanilla from its short period of oak ageing. This offer won't last for ever and is certainly a must have for Autumn and Christmas.
Georges DuBeouf Fleurie- On a special offer here in France at £6.99 this offers the perfect balance between a comforting red and the light flavours that will bring back memories from summer past. Plenty of light floral aromas (thanks to Carbonic Maceration) is met with light tannins but plenty of ripe red fruit flavours that we all know and love from the Gamay grape.
Santa Rita Medalla Carmenere- Looking for something with a little more weight to it? The Santa Rita 120 range is one of our most popular here in Coquelles, like that and you will love Medalla. From Santa Rita also this Grand Reserve Carmenere is a full bodied delight. Packed full of plum and cassis flavours following generous oaking which offers hints of chocolate this will pair marvellously with some hearty autumn dishes.
Tomorrow we will review the whites!
Matua WinesDate published: 04/09/13
We are delighted this Autumn to be able to introduce some new wines to our range whilst slashing the price of some old favourites.
We have a great range of New Zealand wines from Matua who are offering a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Noir retailing at £5.99 and £6.99 on multibuy.
So who are Matua? Well they may not be known to many in the UK they are a powerhouse in New Zealand and have been offering an excellent balance between quality and price since the 1970's. Established by brothers Bill and Ross Spence Matua have continued to grow in a number of New Zealands famous wine regions (Auckland and Marlborough) offering a range of grape varieties and styles.
The Sauvignon follows the line that we all know any love of fresh crisp citrus flavours with gooseberry and passion fruit. A crisp dry white with a genorous acidity this is a must have for those remaining summer evenings and will surely be featuring on our tasting counter in the coming weeks.
The Pinot Noir offers a medium body but is packed with fresh red fruit flavours. Juicy redcurrants and strawberry flavours are met with a slight herbaceous edge to deliver a delightfully balanced red wine.
If you are popping over these are a must try and represent how you can get a great product without breaking the bank.
How to find us...Date published: 30/08/13
Come out of the Shuttle terminal and turn left onto the A16 towards Boulogne, exiting at the first junction you get to (Sortie 41).Turn right at the first roundabout and right again at the next roundabout with the big Channel Tunnel Drill monument, following signs for Coquelles Centre. Drive through the village of Coquelles and after 1km you will see us on your left in the big shopping complex. You need to initially drive past and then double back round the roundabout, entering the car park immediately on your right.
Vegan WinesDate published: 20/08/13
Did you know that not all wine is vegetarian? Let alone vegan! This is because close to the end of the wine making process the wines are filtered through fining agents to sift out any impurities - this process finally gives wine it's clear, clean appearance. Some of these fining agents can be animal based (for example, egg, gelatine and fish oil) - but for our veggie and vegans friends wine makers have discovered a few plant-based, animal friendly alternatives.
The following wines are not only great value, they're also vegan - how good's that?!
Callia Bella Malbec 2012 San Juan
Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine 2011 Louis Latour, PGI Côteaux du Verdon
Kuhlmann-Platz Gewürztraminer 2012 Cave de Hunawihr
Bourgogne Chardonnay 'Les Chenaudières' 2012 Cave de Lugny
Pinot Grigio Breganze Rosato 2012
Montepulciano Grifone 2012
Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvée des Antiques' 2011
Red Burgundy Reserve Côte d'Or 2012 Labouré-Roi
Boschendal Chenin Blanc 2012 Coastal Region
Grand Héron Marc Ducournau 2012 PGI Côtes de Gascogne
Paul Mas Vermentino 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc
Sangiovese Bacaro 2012
BVS Shiraz 2010 Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley
La Grille Cool Fermented Chenin Blanc 2011/2012 Gwenaël Guihard, Anjou
Argento Pinot Grigio 2012 Mendoza
Paul Mas Chardonnay 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc
Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris 2012 Cave de Hunawihr
Alamos Viognier 2012 Catena, Mendoza
Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot 2012 Coastal Region
Bourgogne Aligoté 2012 Château du Cray
Gevrey-Chambertin 2011 Jean Bourguignon
Nuits-Saint-Georges 2011 Jean Bourguignon
La Plata Merlot 2012 Mendoza
Marsannay Rouge 2008 Louis Latour
Argento Chardonnay 2012 Mendoza
Paul Mas Estate Syrah Viognier 'Nicole Vineyard' 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc
La Plata Malbec 2012 Mendoza
La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Mendoza
Les Galets Cotes Du Rhone 2011
Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010 Serabel
Kuhlmann-Platz Riesling 2012 Cave de Hunawihr
Pinot Grigio Superiore Breganze 2012
Bourgogne Pinot Noir Nicolas Potel 2010
Château Guiot 2012 Costières de Nîmes
Chablis 2012 Jean Bourguignon
La Serrana Tempranillo 2012 Cariñena
Peter Lehmann Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Barossa Valley
Portillo Malbec 2012, Mendoza
Chablis Servin 2011
Bourgogne Chardonnay 2011 Nicolas Potel
Lacheteau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Vin de France
So now you know!
Giesen Sauvignon BlancDate published: 01/08/13
Love New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc?
At Majestic Coquelles we have some fantastic offers for you on everyone's favourite white grape variety.
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012
From the 1st until the 12th of August we are slashing the price of Giesen Sauvignon Blanc to £3.99. A tropical and herbaceous nose is greeted with a fresh, crisp, citrus palate that partners light dishes and warm summer evenings perfectly.
This is only a short term deal so buy now to avoid disappointment!
Ordering Online?Date published: 24/07/13
Ordering online with Majestic in France is the best way to take advantage of our savings. For every £150 that you spend we will take £10 off. We will also have your order picked and ready to go. What could be easier.
Remember to add your store preference to the additional information and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Father's DayDate published: 04/06/13
Don't Forget Father's Day!
Father's Day is the 16th of June. YES! The 16th of June, but don't worry at Majestic In France we have everything you need to please your Padre. Our range is the same as the UK but with one amazing difference- NO DUTY! Take advantage of the instore discounts and treat your Father with some of his favourite wines, champagnes, beers and spirits.
We have a few personal recommendations that we think will make your Dad's day!
Starting with the whites there are a couple that stand out amongst the staff. Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay is a buttery bargain at £7.99 on multi-buy, offering plenty of fruit with additional layers of oak and buttery complexity, perfect with a roast chicken dinner. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc remains a favourite amongst Dads and Mums alike. Jackson Estate Stitch adds elegance and vibrancy to the New Zealand favourites that you already know and love and at £7.99 on multi-buy will be greatly appreciated.
As for the reds we have some exciting new products to offer of which Portillo Malbec from Mendoza is a cracker! A well rounded plummy wine with plenty of black fruit and soft tannins, this would be the perfect partner for a summers BBQ and at £4.99 on multi-buy it represents great value. All we need to hope for is the weather! If your feeling flush and want to go the extra mile Caronne St Gemme 2007, £10.99 on multibuy, is a rich claret with a welcoming nose of ripe black fruit and pepper which is mirrored on the palate, recommended with traditional roast beef.
If you fancy something fizzy to say thanks to your Pop, why not treat him to some Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007 at £17 – a bargain Champagne and really rather quaffable!
Happy Father's Day!
Discover SauvignonDate published: 15/05/13Discover Sauvignon..
Time to try something different?
We think that the following Sauvignons are great alternatives to your NZ favourites and are fantastic value. All prices below are multibuy prices. We will have all these wines open during our Sauvignon Tasting Week, another great excuse to visit us - as if you needed one!
FRANCE - La Grille Sauvignon Blanc £3.99
SOUTH AFRICA - Welmoed Sauvignon Blanc £3.99
AUSTRALIA - Oxford Landing Sauvignon Blanc £3.99
ARGENTINA - La Plata Sauvignon Blanc £3.49
CHILE - Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc £3.99
CHILE - Anakena Sauvignon Blanc £3.99
Or if you're feeling fancy, why not try a Sancerre?
Sancerre Dominique Baud 2011 - £9.99
Sancerre 2012 Roger Neveu - £10.99
Or, a Pouilly-Fume?
Pouilly-Fumé 'Les Cascadelles' 2011 - £8.99
Pouilly-Fumé 2010 Jean Vincent - £7.99
Pouilly-Fumé 2011 Grebet - £9.99
New Zealand Sauvignon: An ExplanationDate published: 15/05/13Everybody loves Sauvignon, and when we think of Sauvignon we naturally think of New Zealand. Many of our customers have been asking us about our New Zealand range, namely why it's getting smaller and more expensive. So we've drafted this little notice to explain ourselves.
In short, the 2012 vintage in Marlborough was down by around 30%, so there is far less wine to go round. The shortage is made worse by increased demand from the Asian markets who are buying huge amounts of New Zealand wine. The result of this is firstly we have less wine to sell and secondly the prices unfortunately, go skywards.
For the moment we still have a good range of New Zealand Sauvignon, including Villa Maria, Giesen, Brancott Estate, Wither Hills and Oyster Bay. Despite the doom and gloom, we stocked up on Giesen, Brancott Estate and Oyster Bay and consequently, have more than enough for summer. Our advice is to stock up now.
This article is in memory of The Ned and Ragged Point, which have now completely sold out.
Albinoni Pinot Grigio £1.99Date published: 13/04/13
This oh-so-popular Pinot Grigio is set to go up to £2.49 next month (May 2013) so get your orders in!
Garganega Pinot Grigio 2011/2012 Albinoni
"A fresh crisp white wine with aromas of flowers and almonds and an elegant light palate which is refreshing and smooth." £1.99
Flutey Lutey Doodah TastingDate published: 30/03/13
Flutey Lutey Doodah Tasting
We've had so many pronouncations of this champagne but this is definitely our favourite. The "flutey lutey doodah" otherwise known as Nicolas Feuillatte NV will be open tomorrow and throughout the coming week in Majestic Coquelles. Pop in store on your trip over to taste this lively, fresh champagne, currently on offer at £13 per bottle. Bargain! See you in store.
Nicolas Feuillatte Tasting 23rd March 2013Date published: 22/03/13
This weekend (23rd-24th March 2013) we've got the Nicolas Feuillatte NV open for you to try on our tasting counter. This is a great champagne for an incredible price. Stock up today!
Nicolas Feuillatte NV £13*
Grape: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Taste: A light and fruity Champagne with fine discrete bubbles and subtle overtones of apples and pears. Has undergone 2 years cellar ageing.
*whilst stocks last
Colourful and 'Springy OffersDate published: 31/01/13
When we say Spring Season we instantly thinK about Re-Birth, Re-Juvenation, Re-Newal, Re-Growth and .....Re-Stock your cellar!
To celebrate this period, we have decided to help you discover our wonderful offers, valid from 5th February to 29th April.
Our favourites from around the world:
French Table Wine: Paul Mas Chardonnay reduced to £2.99 multibuy
Spanish: CVNE Crianza £3.99 on multibuy
Spanish: Torres Vina Sol £3.49 on multibuy
South Africa: Robertsons Merlot £2.99 on multibuy
Sparkling Wine: Codorniu Brut NV (offer valid until 18th March) £3.49
bubbles Bubbles BUBBLES!! Fizzzzzzzzzz...Date published: 30/10/12
Monday 31st October 2012 - Sunday 11th November 2012
This week we will be focusing on sparkling wines, of which we have a fantastic range from all over the world including, of course, Champagne and all at fantastic prices which you simply can't match in the UK.
Why not come across and enjoy our selection with us? And make that amazing saving at the same time...
Lindauer Special Reserve Pinot Noir / Chardonnay, New Zealand - £5.99 (Multibuy)
Lindauer Brut Cuvee, New Zealand - £5.99 (Multibuy)
Prosecco La Marca Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, Italy - £5.99
Getting in the Mood for Christmas?Date published: 25/10/12
With Christmas fast approaching we have decided to get in the spirit by organising a Pudding Wine tasting week at our store in Coquelles.
Friday 26th October 2012 - Sunday 4th November 2012
This week will be focusing on Dessert, or 'Sticky' wines where throughout the week we will open our fantastic dessert wines which are a must have at this time of the year.
Brown Brothers Orange Muscat and Flora, Australia, Half Bottle - £4.99 (Multibuy)
Vistamar Late Harvest Moscatel, Chile, Half Bottle - £3.99 (Multibuy)
Castelnau de Suduiraut, Sauternes, Half Bottle - £9.99
La "Must Cook" de la Cuisine FrancaiseDate published: 15/10/12
BEEF aux CARROTS - An easy stew in 1 hour and 30 minutes
*Attention* - Do not forget to open and decant wine, for this recipe we have chosen Cotes du Rhone, Guigal
- 1kg of Beef
- 1 rasher of Bacon
- 6 Carrots
- 2 Onions
- Tomato puree
- Garlic, Bay leaves and Thyme
- Knob of Butter, or Olive oil
- Salt and Pepper
1) Heat 1tbsp of Olive oil in a pan then add the Onion, Carrot and Garlic, and gently cook for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.
2) Heat a little more Olive oil in the pan, add the Beef (in batches if necessary) and Bacon, then cook until brown.
3) Return the vegetables to the pan and add the Thyme, Bay leaves and Tomato puree then season the mixture with Salt and Pepper.
4) Bring to a gentle simmer and cook covered for 1 hour and 30 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally.
5) Serve with a glass of Cotes du Rhone, Guigal 2009.
BON APPETIT !
Make Autumn RedDate published: 06/10/12
Autumn: The most colourful season of the year. Beautiful yellows, reds and browns with perfumed smells of apple, pear, nuts, mushroom, wet leaves... Remember, it is the season for the French harvest where the ripe grapes are ready to be turned into our warming Autumn Nectar.
Join us at the tasting counter. close your eyes and immerse yourself in the favours and aromas in the wines... Do you feel the Autumn spirit?
Here is our selection:
Medalla Real Carmenere 2008 (Roasted Coffee, Leather and Spice) - £6.99 on Multibuy
Chateau Lachesnaye 2007 (Dark Autumn berry fruits and Mushroom) - £6.99 on Multibuy
Marques de Caceres Crianza 2008 (Cinammon and Vanilla) - £5.99 on Multibuy
Vino Nobile Montepulciano 2009 (Cherry and Leather) - £5.99 on Multibuy
Graham Beck 'Antonys Yard' (Fruitcake, Dark Fruits and Spice) - £4.49 on Multibuy
Cotes du Rhone Guigal 2009 (Rich berried fruits and spices) - £6.99 on Multibuy
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Meet the team...
Flo ManagerI have been working in Coquelles since 1999, so I could say I am a part of the furniture! I always fancied Champagne - is that something due to my being French?
Véro Assistant ManagerI joined the company in 2007. After a few different careers in horticulture, I have moved from tropical plants to the vine...
Pat Sales AssistantI was here for the "Coquelles Grand Opening" in 1995... My favourite job? Interacting with customers... and giving good advice! My best friend: Pol Roger...
Franck Sales AssistantHaving worked in both the Calais store and the warehouse, I joined the Coquelles crew in 2002. Chardonnay and Viognier are my favourite grapes, especially those from Burgungy and Chile.
Nico Sales AssistantAfter several years working in the Majestic Warehouse which supplies the stores with stock, I have integrated into the Coquelles team. My role is now to make sure our store is full up and ready to welcome customers.