Clos Henri – A Range of Pinot Noirs

25-Apr-2014
Clos Henri, the New Zealand endeavour of Henri Bourgeois, the Sancerre producer with 10 generations of winemaking experience behind it, has as its base philosophy the belief in the expression of terroir. The wines from the vines in the 109 ha of Marlborough land are crafted to show the differences resulting from site and soil in both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The Clos Henri estate has three specific soil zones. The ‘Greywacke Terroir’ is old riverbed, free-draining and composed of stones, and gives wines of elegance, freshness minerality and smokiness. The ‘Wither Terroir’ has yellow-grey and ochre coloured soil indicating a rich iron content, and the wines from the hillside sites with it are concentrated and deep. ‘Broadbridge Terroir’ is based on grey-brown clay, and produces structured and opulent wines. The Pinot Noir wines in particular, are seen to show these characteristics. Here, I review the new 2013 ‘Petit Clos’ and ‘Bel Echo’ Pinot Noirs and the 2012 ‘Clos Henri’. wwwcloshenri.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Petit Clos Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
  • Bel Echo by Clos Henri ‘Terroir – Greywacke’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
  • Clos Henri Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

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