Clos Henri’s 2011 Sauvignon Blancs

21-Mar-2012

The Bourgeois family based at Chavignol in the Loire brought their expertise with Sauvignon Blanc to New Zealand to make elegant and stylish wines as they do in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, but expressing the terroir of their vineyards in the southern Wairau Valley. From their first vintage in 2003, the wines have shown the style and quality from close-planting and low yields, as well as the characteristics of the Greywacke riverbed, Broadbridge clay and Wither clay soils. Three tiers of wine are produced, the ‘Petit Clos' offering value, the ‘Bel Echo' which are terroir-expressive, and the premium ‘Clos Henri' wines. Winemaker is Damien Yvon who is from Chinon in the Loire originally. He reports the 2011 growing season as a challenging one, later than previous, requiring much work in the vineyard with shoot thinning and bunch thinning to achieve the desired crop levels. The wines required more lees-stirring and aging to attain the depth wanted. www.closhenri.com


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Petit Clos Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  • Clos Henri Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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