Clos Henri 'Petit Clos' Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (Marlborough, New Zealand) "...citrus, honey, flint..."
Nestled under the southern foothills of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, Clos Henri is the estate meticulously established and organically run by the famous Sancerre wine growing family of Henri Bourgeois. They began a quest to explore the terroir of Marlborough, buying plots of land with both clay and gravel soils. These plots were planted using the methods developed in France over centuries rather than the modern agricultural methods common to Marlborough. As such instead of being planted at 1500-1800 vines per hectare, Clos Henri has 4500-6000 on the same area. This means far lower numbers of bunches per vine, instead of the usual 55-80, at Clos Henri it’s 13, causing much better sun exposure to the fruit and far more even ripening.
Henri Bourgeois also focus on organic and biodynamic farming with the vines at Clos Henri using biodynamic principles and certified organic since 2013. On top of this there is a push for reduce irrigation of the vines, with most vintages now dry-grown. All of this adds up to very low-yielding, organically farmed and dry-grown Sauvignon from gravel soils with wonderfully even ripeness giving Clos Henri Petit Clos Sauvignon real middle palate weight and serious ageing potential. It’s hard to find a Marlborough Sauvignon that even comes close.
"Aromas of delicate citrus, wet stone, honey and flint can be coaxed from the glass of this entry-level bottling, sourced from all three of Clos Henri's estate soil types. This wine is all about mouthfeel, richness and roundness, along with a spicy and buttery character from several months of lees stirring. It finishes on a strong mineral note of wet river stone."- 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
"Subtly waxy with flinty lime grapefruit and lemon fruits. Stony nuances too. There's handy acidity and a crisp clean finish."- 91 Points, James Suckling