Peter Maude Fine Wines

2016, Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard, POMMARD, 1er Cru, 'La Platiere'

A cool, restrained and airy nose offers up notes of red cherry, raspberry, earth and a whisper of spice, all of which is trimmed in more subtle wood influence. Once again the mouth feel of the vibrant middle weight flavours is sleek to the point of being polished while flashing excellent delineation on the mineral-inflected, firm and ever-so-mildly austere and rustic finish. This will need a few years to unwind but if you have a bit of patience it would make a good cellar candidate. 90-92 Burghound. 

La Platière suffered badly in 2016, producing only four barrels in lieu of a normal 16, but it has all the makings of an elegant and long-lived Pommard. A reticent bouquet of red berries, plums, raw cocoa and game bird precedes a full-bodied, supple wine, its attack cool and refined, its chassis of fine but firm tannins. 93 William Kelley, DECANTER.

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