With the recent introduction of Alma in the Majestic Portfolio, it is an honor for us to know that the website & wine specialist Jancis Robinson loves this wine and has been recommended it for this summer as a wine that brings back the essence to the Majestic group in its new business model.

The Majestic group of 25 years ago was also very different from that of today, with its reliance on selling wines by the case of 12, in a trendy warehouse environment. It established an enviable reputation for parcels of wine (particularly some older German bottles often sourced from the Scandinavian monopolies).

On 17 April this year Majestic announced a step up in its plans for expansion, with £12 million earmarked for new customer acquisition.

The large number of wines on show at the recent tasting confirmed what a complex business Majestic is. A total of 142 products were listed, comprising wines on sale in Majestic stores plus some available via the Naked Wines online-only operation and the fine-wine arm Lay & Wheeler

The WIGIG wines were more encouraging, with a number of interesting and enjoyable wines, although unfortunately a number were notable for the wrong reasons. The corporate Majestic turnaround plan is still a work in progress but there are a number of positive signs.

UK wine lovers will be delighted to see a national retailer showing resilience to competition from the supermarkets through offering a different proposition to the consumer. This is certainly something to applaud.

Our Alma Albariño, is one of those 5 wines selected by the writer and mentioned as Worth Buying on this article:

Alma Albariño 2015 Rías Baixas, Spain
An exciting Albariño produced by three winemaking friends (including ex-sommelier Franck Massard), this is a distinct cut above many of the bland Albariños on the market. Aged for 10 months on lees, it has plenty of weight and concentration on the palate, combined with a mineral, gunflint character on the nose, finishing with a lingering thread of citrus acidity. 16 Point