Monsieur Henri Bourgeois from Sancerre has brought a decidedly French feel to this hand-crafted New World Pinot Noir. A very complex nose of sweet black currants, mushrooms, mocha and spicy oak can be found and the small-berried bunches have created a wine with rich layers of dark fruit and ripe tannins which are seamless. Lovely to drink now, it should, however; age with elegance and reward the patient for up to 7 years.
Nestled under the southern foothills of Marlboroughs Wairau Valley, Clos Henri is the wine estate meticulously established and organically run by the famous Sancerre wine growing family of Henri Bourgeois. Gathering 10 generations of know-how with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, the family have broadened their horizons and continue to craft exceptional terroir driven wines in New Zealand. From the three different soil types of the estate, partially comprised of a clay hill slope, the family uses the best of French and New World winegrowing techniques to capture the essence of Marlboroughs intense character and reveal the identity of the Clos Henri terroir. The 109 hectare estate is fully certified organic with Biogro New Zealand from the 2013 vintage, a commitment which, in Winemaker and Chief Executive Damien Yvons eyes, is another profound way to help achieve true terroir expression in its purest form. We are consistently learning about about our unique site. We have high density planting, low yields and strict vigor control so the vine roots source deeper into the soil which amplifies the wines mineral and complex expression.