Clos Henri, Bel Echo and Petit Clos Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs

05-Jan-2016
Based in Chavignol in the Loire, the Bourgeois family established an operation in the other great Sauvignon Blanc growing region of the world – Marlborough – releasing their first ‘Clos Henri’ wines with the 2003 vintage. The base philosophy is the expression of terroir, and the 109 ha of vines are crafted specifically to reflect three 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 company releases the wines under three tiers: ‘Petit Clos' offering value, the ‘Bel Echo' which are terroir-expressive, and the premium ‘Clos Henri' wines. Clos Henri is part of MANA Winegrowers, and produced their first BioGro certified organic wines in 2013. The vineyards are under the care of Fabio Frangi and the winemaker, and public face of Clos Henri is Damien Yvon. Here, I review the 2015 Petit Clos, and 2014 Bel Echo and Clos Henri Sauvignon Blancs, the 2014 Bel Echo Pinot Noir and 2013 Clos Henri Pinot Noir. www.closhenri.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Petit Clos by Clos Henri Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Bel Echo by Clos Henri ‘Terroir – Broadbridge’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Bel Echo by Clos Henri ‘Terroir – River Stones’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
  • Clos Henri Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Clos Henri Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

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