Drunk October 2013, Hakkasan Mayfair, London
Clos Henri based in Marlborough, New Zealand was begun by the internationally recognised winemaking family of Henri Bourgeois of Sancerre, France.
Domaine Henri Bourgeois was founded by Etienne Henri Bourgeois in 1952, in the village of Chavignol; a village famous for goats cheese. At this early stage, the Bourgeois family had only two acres of vines, along with several hectares of farmland and pastures for goats and cattle. Always an innovator, Henri was among the first in Sancerre to concentrate his efforts into being a full-time vigneron - "wine producer". With help from his family and two young sons. The Bourgeois family now own 120 different vineyards on 80 acres, the largest in the region, to create their Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume.
"Clos" is an old French word, representing an ancient custom of delineating a unique vineyard site by enclosing it in a wall or barrier. The Clos Henri site, with its untouched land, three soil types and unique hillsides, is also enclosed and represents the term well.
A beautfully complex nose of blackcurant, spices and mocha with a hint of earthiness. This Pinot Noir is rich and robust with ripe tannins and balanced acidity with berries and damson. The finish is very, very long. This is what NZ Pinot is about. Wow! The taste of Burgundy captured in Marlborough, but with a New Zealand twist.