February 8, 2021 - Gorgeous, opulent, concentrated & complex 2005 Bourgueil. Dark Plums - damsons, dark berries, black olives, earthy, lots of the classic Loire CF notes of lead pencil, cigar box, no green bell-pepper but with a really lovely floral - wilted roses / violets ? - charm and a nice (if moderate) kick off acidity that stops it from feeling too heavy... Leans more towards Bordeaux than Burgundy, in structure & flavour profile. May well improve further, but in a good place now - long finish.
December 20, 2020 - Russk. Marido brought to Andrea's. Some of the welcomed barnyard, medium bodied+. Not tired in any way.
May 30, 2020 - Rich aromas of velvety plum and toffee, before a thick mouthful of plums and dark cherry, a brief but welcome freshness mid-palate and a long, brooding finish. It has several years to go and will improve further, but I could have done with a little more crispness and freshness on the finish. What I did like about it was the alcohol level - a mere 12°, quite a change from other 05s which are mostly around 14°, so although very plush and rich, it wasn't overpowering. Overall very impressive.
April 21, 2020 - Ruby. Pencil shavings and ripe cherry. Herbs, earth, and red fruit in a medium weight frame. Still quite youthful at age 15. Excellent.
December 22, 2019 - Very primary looking ruby. Classic graphite shavings and black fruit. Excellent ripeness and unusual concentration, resolving tannin. This has progressed significantly toward maturity since I last tasted this almost 3 years ago but remains very youthful and vigorous.
June 9, 2019 - Great bottle. Lush dark fruit that shows ripeness, acidity, and complexity. There are soil and stone tones also, and the wine feels complete. It’s absolutely ready to drink and shows some maturity, but it is still on the ways towards full maturity, and has the right material and balance to age well. Very lovely wine.
January 26, 2019 - First still pretty young, but opening up with some some more air. Very nice notes of black currant, black cherries, also notes of espresso, dark chocolate, some bellpeppers too. It‘s medium+ bodied with very good freshness, medium-high acidity and medium+ tannin. Very good length. A still young but very fascinating Bourgeuil from this top vineyard.
April 28, 2017 - Dark purple; opaque. Deep, dark fruit on the nose that's just as bountiful in the mouth -- so plentiful it nearly blinds one to the fairly substantial tannins. Plenty ripe but no slop here as there is a great deal of backbone and the acidity is well judged. I like it very much right now but think it's still young. This could wind up being spectacular. (I have bottles labeled both KLWM and LDM. This was KL. Don't know if there's a difference between bottlings.)
January 30, 2017 - Loire Night (San Francisco): Deep ruby-this is dark for a Loire red, especially at this age. Classic pencil shavings and olive. Medium weight, certainly not the biggest red of the night. Deep black cherry and olive flavors buttressed by higher acidity and a tannic finish. Excellent but still remarkably young; this is still 5 or more years from its peak, but it should continue to evolve beautifully given its material and balance.
May 3, 2016 - Er.. Wow! Dense and dark in colour, but light in body, thrilling focus and energy.