2018 Clos Henri 'Petit Clos' Pinot Noir

22.45 18.55
Type of Wine Red
Country New Zealand
Region Marlborough
Winery Henri Bourgeois
Year 2018
Grape Pinot Noir
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2020 - 2026
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Beautiful, organic, somewhat sultry New Zealand Pinot Noir makes for a delicious Burgundy glass. The Petit Clos Pinot Noir is a medium cherry red in color and has an intense, powerful and spicy pinot scent, slightly animalic, slightly spicy, with very seductive aromas of black cherries, blueberries and plums. The taste is full of elegance and also pure, intense, earthy, lively and juicy with soft tannins and a nice long finish.

A great wine with game dishes, pasta with meat sauces and soft blue cheese.

This wine is certified organic. 90/100 James Suckling

This 100% Pinot Noir is made by Clos Henri, a special new project in Marlborough, started by the renowned Bourgeois wine family from Sancerre, France. The knowledge acquired from the Sancerre can be applied exactly in their new plots in New Zealand. In 2009, the Bourgeois family purchased some 109 acres of meadows in Marlborough so they could blossom their passion in another country. The plots are located in the river valley to the west of Blenheim, the central town of Marlborough where the subsoil is very poor due to the old deposits of river boulders. This makes it very suitable for planting Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Part of the vineyards is located on the hills, so that there are no less than 3 types of terroir on the vineyards, which is very favorable for the complexity of the wine. As a result, there is a noticeable difference in character with the wines of the different parts of the vineyard.

Marlborough's Pinot Noir is best enjoyed on the clay soils of the Southern Valleys, the producers of the region discovered. The sticks for this Pinot noir are there on 2 types of clay. First the Broadbridge clay: the pinot noir becomes elegant and has soft tannins and the second is the Wither clay: which provides structure and depth. Because no irrigation is used, the wine gets a unique strength and depth. After a manual harvest, the grapes undergo a cold soak (1 week) for more structure and great fruit. This is followed by fermentation without extreme skin contact, and then maturation on French barriques, of which a quarter new, for 14 months. This Pinot noir has a real New Zealand character, that is to say something fuller and more powerful than the Pinot noirs from France.

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Vineyard for 2018 Clos Henri 'Petit Clos' Pinot Noir

Domaine Henri Bourgeois winery has been working with passion and care with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes for 10 generations to make wines with a unique expression. Every member of the family: Jean-Marie Bourgeois, Arnaud, Lionel and Jean-Christophe uses his knowledge and expertise to achieve this goal. The winery is located in the heart famous town of Chavignol, on the largest terroirs of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. The area is located at the headwaters of the Loire.

The pioneering spirit within the family ensured that in 2000 a winery could also be started in Marlborough, New Zealand: Wijnhuis Clos Henri. Here too Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir bloom on the large terroirs of this region.

Clos Henri is a special new project in Marlborough, started by the renowned Bourgeois wine family from Sancerre, France. There, his wines are marketed under the name of the founder, Henri Bourgeois. This beautiful company in Chavignol is one of the references in the Sancerre. Henri is no longer alive, but his children and grandchildren continue the house in a magisterial way. Based on partly own vineyards and partly purchased grapes, the Bourgeois family produces mature and classic Sancerres, totaling some 1.2 million bottles, with 72 hectares of vineyards at the base.

They were able to apply the knowledge they gained in the Sancerre about the cultivation and vinification of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir one-on-one in their special new winery in New Zealand. For this purpose, the family acquired 109 hectares of meadows in Marlborough in 2000, in order to be able to unleash their passion in another country. They chose the Wairau River district, in the river valley west of Blenheim, the central town of Marlborough. A logical choice, because the soil here is very poor, due to the old deposits of river boulders, and therefore perfectly suitable for planting Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. But at the same time, the location has been chosen so that some of the vineyards are located on the hills. As a result, three types of terroir can be found on the purchased land, which enhances the complexity of the wines. The wines of the different parts of the vineyard have a distinctly different character.

One of the reasons for choosing this particular piece of land was that it was still so unspoilt. There was a sheep farm here, and the land was never plowed or fertilized - there was really no human intervention whatsoever. That meant a healthy surface, ideal for planting a beautiful vineyard. While maintaining the biological balance, Jean-Marie Bourgeois first planted plants that would give the soil some extra nutrition to compensate for the shortages of certain nutrients. The first canes were planted in August 2001. Each year, six hectares of vineyards are planted, so that it takes a total of twelve years before the whole piece is transformed from farm to vineyard. This also makes it possible for the family to get an even better idea of the special terroir step by step, as well as to further improve and adjust the vineyard management where possible. In this way, a special vineyard has been created for exactly the same two grapes with which Bourgeois is also successful in Sancerre and its surroundings: Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The first wines under the name Clos Henri were made in 2003 and the following years benefited from the special terroir of this new vineyard. A beautiful project, which already yields special wines.

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country New Zealand
Region Marlborough
Winery Henri Bourgeois
Grape Pinot Noir
Biological Yes
Vegan No
Year 2018
Drinking as of 2020
Drinking till 2026
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Screw cap
Parker rating 90
Tasting Profiles Complex, Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Mineral, Red fruit, Flexible, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard
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