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 winegrowing family of Henri Bourgeois.
To discover unique terroir and new winemaking perspectives, the Bourgeois family embarked on a 12 year world search for a new slice of land, similar to their own in Sancerre, France, where ultra-premium Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir could be grown.
In the year 2000, New Zealand revealed itself as this place and as the family fell in love with the land and wines of Marlborough, their instinctive and emotive decision to purchase 109 Hectares of native pasture was made.
The Clos Henri winery was built in 2009 with its first vintage taking place in March 2009. With the winery on site we have everything in our hands, from the vines to the winery.
Having our winery amongst our vineyard is a major benefit to our winemaking philosophy. Grape transport time is only a few minutes allowing the fruit to be treated in the most respectful way.
Every parcel of fruit is transported in a small harvest trailer to avoid compaction while sorting is carried out by hand both in the vineyard and in the winery for optimum quality control.
During harvest we are looking for perfect aromatic and phenolic maturity, using analysis and berry tastings in each block and each soil type. Rather than pumping the must to vats or barrels, we use gravity lifts to get the harvested grapes in, which protects the grapes from being crushed or bruised.
In Sauvignon Blanc, through our unique receival system, we avoid skin contact as much as possible to enhance finesse and mineral expression.
In Pinot Noir, we gently pump-over the juice in the early stage of maceration alternating with only few plungings to carefully extract supple and ripe tannins.
It is of prime importance to us that every bottle of our wines is carefully aged, stored and packed on site in our estate to ensure each bottle delivers great satisfaction.