Clos Henri, Bel Echo and Petit Clos Sauvignon and Pinot Noir Releases

04-Jan-2017
Clos Henri is the Marlborough winegrowing operation of the Bourgeois family based in Chavignol in the Loire. The Bourgeois are in their tenth generation of winemaking and their culture and expertise has provided Marlborough with a distinctively European approach of recognising the influence of the soils and the expression of terroir. For the Bourgeois, three soil zones are the base of their wines, the ‘Greywacke Terroir’ on old riverbed, free-draining and composed of stones, gives wines of elegance, freshness minerality and smokiness. The ‘Wither Terroir’ has yellow-grey and ochre coloured soil indicating rich iron content, and the wines from these hillside sites are concentrated and deep. ‘Broadbridge Terroir’ is based on grey-brown clay, and produces structured and opulent wines. Three tiers are bottled, the accessible, younger wine ‘Petit Clos’ wines, the terroir-representative ‘Bel Echo’ range and the premium ‘Clos Henri’ wines. Clos Henri is part of MANA Winegrowers, and produced their first BioGro certified organic wines in 2013. The local team has the vineyards are under the care of Fabiano Frangi and the winemaker is Damien Yvon. Here, I review the 2016 Petit Clos Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Bel Echo Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and Pinot Noir 2014. www.closhenri.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Petit Clos by Clos Henri Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Bel Echo by Clos Henri ‘Terroir – Broadbridge’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Bel Echo by Clos Henri ‘Terroir – River Stones’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
  • Clos Henri Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Petit Clos by Clos Henri Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Clos Henri Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

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