Wine of the Month Club Review: “The Premier Series” from Gourmet Monthly Clubs

The Premier Series Wine of the Month Club from Gourmet Monthly ClubsA Wine of the Month Club is such a fun gift to give and to get! When 2 bottles of wine are delivered to your door, along with a wealth of information about the choices (from Tasting Notes and Accompaniments to Recipe suggestions), it brings a smile to the face of any wine-lover!

This review is for Gourmet Monthly Club’s Premier Wine Series. We requested 2 bottles of red, as that is our preferred color of wine. But you can also choose 2 bottles of whites or 1 bottle of red and 1 bottle of white. It’s completely up to you!

Last month we received a bottle of Beaujolais from France and bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot from South Africa. What a nice variety of wines to enjoy on a special occasion!

Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2007 – France

Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2007 – France You know this bottle is direct from France the minute you hold it. The label has a different “feel” to it and the cork is covered with a red wax seal.

From the Gourmet Monthly Clubs Newsletter:
Tasting Notes: Pretty violet and cherry fruit flavors literally pour from the glass. And in the mouth, the 2007 Lapierre Morgon is round, vinous, and positively charming. It finishes with panache and the most important attribute of any wine: it makes you want to come back for more. Enjoy the 2007 Lapierre Morgon cool (60º-65º F) after just a few minutes of aeration. It should drink well now and for next three or four years.

Accompaniments:
Grilled salmon as well as lightly flavored meats such as veal, ham, and pork make fine accompaniments to the 2007 Lapierre Morgon, especially now while this wine is young and in the full bloom of its youth. Light game, such as Cornish hens, quail, and squab will fare well, too, especially as this Morgon matures in bottle. Traditional, savory Burgundian dishes, such as Coq au Vin, provide other excellent choices with this comely Morgon. And if these classics do not provide enough tasty choices, there is no better red wine pairing with cheese than Grand Cru Beaujolais, especially a Morgon of this stature.

Bouwland Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2005 – South Africa

Bouwland Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2005 – South Africa I can’t recall the last time we’ve enjoyed a bottle of wine from South Africa. It just doesn’t catch my eye when we browse the shelves of our local liquor store.

From the Gourmet Monthly Clubs Newsletter:
Tasting Notes:
A full-bodied, deeply colored wine, the 2005 Bouwland Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot embodies the best that Stellenbosch and the Cape of South Africa have to offer. In fact, the aromatic fireworks alone on this wine are worth the price of admission. The 2005 Bouwland Cabernet Sauvignon offers up the unmistakable scents of roasted coffee, chocolate, espresso, scorched earth, and eucalyptus to tantalize the nose, but be sure to let this youthful wine breathe. It is packed with smooth black and red berry flavors and backed by ample, sweet tannins that will allow it to improve in bottle for at least another four or five years. It is, however, positively enthralling now with a little tender love and care.

Accompaniments:
Beef, lamb, and game provide outstanding accompaniments to the 2005 Bouwland Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. Tenderloin of veal or beef served with mushrooms and a truffle glaze, smoked breast of duck or turkey served with warm foie gras, and Pecan-Crusted Rack of Lamb with Green Beans are but a few winning combinations with this wine. However, antelope, ostrich, and venison offer other fine choices to pair with the 2005 Bouwland Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, at least for the slightly more adventuresome. For the more timid, burgers and ribs will do, too.

More Information

At the time of this writing, the Premier Wine Series costs $42.95 per month. There is a two-month minimum commitment. Featured wine selections in this club retail between $15 and $25 per bottle.

Gourmet Monthly Clubs also offers a Collectors Series which offers very high quality wine selections. Bottles in this club retail between $30 and $60 per bottle. Or you can compare and contrast wine quality by joining the Master Series and receiving one bottle from each of the other two clubs.

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