High-plains Pommard

Update 25.10.2019(23.10.2019)billn


Over Platière towards Pommard.

A platière is a shelf or a plateau, but in Pommard – high up in Pommard – is the lieu-dit of La Platière; 3.3 hectares of which is classified as villages, and 2.5 hectares premier cru. This is more of a gentle slope from high up on one of Pommard’s valleys than a real plateau – but hey!

Though not an official lieu-dit, practically all of the premier cru part is in a walled section next to Les Arvelets, whose portal/gateway proclaims Clos de Platière – well, almost!

‘Almost?’

The Clos de Platière was a place I discovered nearly twenty years ago whilst walking my dog – what a wonderful place I thought, with brilliant views back to Pommard – I also thought that this would be a great Clos/monopole to own, even if there isn’t such a climat! Back to the ‘almost’ – the stone gateway is almost illegible today – unlike 20 years ago!

But why was I back in Platière?

Well, yesterday, like waiting for a bus, having not tasted a Pommard labelled Platière for years, two came along at two domaines on the same morning. It jogged my memory of that place – so indeed why not take a jog up there?

Château de Meursault added quite a number of hectares to their exploitation in 2018, vines that had been rented by Bejot since 2009, but it is the de Mérodes that own them. Bejot took these on, plus other vines at the same time as the de Mérodes entrusted (some of their) vines in Corton to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Now it’s Château de Meursault’s turn with almost 4 hectares of Platière, including, seemingly all the 1er cru section. Shortly thereafter, I also tasted the Platière of Jacques Prieur – or rather their Labruyère-Prieur label which is used for contract purchases.

So these two buses arriving at the same time reminded me to drift up to the high plains (sorry Clint) of Pommard – I still love the combination of calmness and great views in that place!

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 3 responses to “High-plains Pommard”

  1. David Bennett25th October 2019 at 7:47 amPermalinkReply

    Achingly beautiful 🙂

  2. phillip eaves25th October 2019 at 8:41 amPermalinkReply

    Hi Bill

    love the views from above Pommard, its such a nice quiet place to have your baguette for lunch. Interesting about the Clos de la Platiere as 0.7980 ha is in the 1er classification but gets included in the one cuvee as a village from a total of 3.73 ha (Hanson) or did under Merode. I have a couple of bottles of the 1er wine Prieur Brunet as Les Platieres 0.09ha and Coche Bizouard as La Platiere 0.2180ha. but these date back to the early 00’s so not sure if they have been sold but I do believe that Prieur Brunet has closed anyway.

    best

    Phil

    • billn25th October 2019 at 9:39 amPermalinkReply

      Hi Phil,
      Yes it’s that 3.73 ha that Château de Meursault now work – plus others such as a big chunk of Corton/Aloxe-Corton Marechale – like Bichot – but without the Clos designation. I haven’t got my notes with me right now but I have in mind that I tasted ‘Clos de Platière 1er Cru’ with ChdeM – they have other villages Pommard that they could blend the rest into, but that’s something for me to check in my notes.
      Yep, Prieur-Brunet was bought by Jadot a couple of years ago – hmm – as I’m getting older, maybe it was even longer than that!
      Bestest!

  3. phillip eaves25th October 2019 at 12:46 pmPermalinkReply

    Bill, I would be very interested if you have seen a Clos de la Platiere Premier Cru in bottle nothing mentioned on the Cht de M website but that could be out of date or you may have tasted it from barel before blending?

    Phil

    • billn25th October 2019 at 12:59 pmPermalinkReply

      I tasted 2018 tank samples this week, Phil, nothing to be bottled before Spring.
      Will confirm later what it was…
      Cheers

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