Clos Henri Pinot Noir "Petit Clos"

Clos Henri Pinot Noir “Petit Clos”

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • Petit Clos wines come from younger vines with a mixture of soil types. The younger Pinot vines on the estate are situated on 3 different soil types.
  • The Pinot Noir is hand-picked in the cool, early mornings to retain fruit integrity.
  • Organically grown.

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir

Elaboration: This wine was fermented in stainless steel open tops and then aged in large (7,500 l) French oak vats for 11 months. Ageing in large oak vats, instead of smaller barrels, gives the wine great balance with subtle oak which enriches structure while retaining aromatic intensity.

Tasting Notes: The nose reveals aromas of red berries, mainly dominated by cherry and plum notes. There is a juicy red berries mouthfeel on the palate supported by very fine and supple tannins while retaining freshness all the way to the long finish.

PRESS

2016 – 91 James Suckling

2017 – 92 Wine Enthusiast “Editors’ Choice” | 93 James Suckling

2018 – 91 Wine Spectator | 90 Wine Enthusiast | 90 James Suckling

2019 – 92 James Suckling | 94 Wine Enthusiast “Editors’ Choice”

PRODUCER BACKGROUND

Nestled under the southern foothills of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, Clos Henri is the wine estate meticulously established and organically run by the famous Sancerre wine growing family of Henri Bourgeois. From the three different soil types of the estate, the family uses the best of French and New World winegrowing techniques to capture the essence of Marlborough’s intense character and reveal the identity and depth of the Clos Henri terroir. Textural and elegant, these wines are quite a bit different from the New Zealand “norm.”