Clos Henri winery, Marlborough New Zealand
Clos Henri winery history
Clos Henri winery, an estate setup by the Henri Bourgeois Family. The family have 10 generations of wine making in Sancerre in France and wanted to get involved in New World wines. They spent time searching for the correct location in the new world and eventually purchased a special area of land in the Wairau Valley Marlborough. The estate land is special in that it has a fault line going through the middle of the lower vineyard. This leads to 2 totally different soils in the lower vineyard. The upper vineyard also has a totally different soil to both in the lower vineyard.
Clos Henri Wines
Henri Bourgeois focus on Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir fruit in Sancerre in France, hence, Clos Henri winery do exactly the same in Marlborough. Both of the varieties grow on the 3 different soil types within the estate. The resulting wines highlight the importance of the soil in the final wine. Their 3 labels of Petit Clos, Bel Echo, and their Clos Henri range are crafted from the different soils. Each label features Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
The Petit Clos range represents young vines, therefore fruity wines with the fruit sourced from all 3 soil types. The Bel Echo Sauvignon Blanc, sourced from 2 different clay soils, therefore leading to ripe tropical fruit flavours. The Bel Echo Pinot Noir, sourced from the greywacke stone based vineyard, hence, bright fruit notes. The oak barrel fermentation gives a touch of smokiness.
The Clos Henri range of wines is their premium label. The Sauvignon Blanc from the Greywacke soils demonstrates elegance and excellent fruit qualities. The Pinot Noir from a combination of the two clay soil vineyards, hence a mixture of feminine and male characteristics. Clos Henri cellar the wine for a few years, however, it still has good ageing potential.
Some cellar door pictures
Clos Henri winery beautiful cellar door in the Marlborough wine region
Inside their cellar door during a wine tour. An old church moved from Ward, a local village.
Wine tasting outside the church cellar door during a Marlborough wine tour