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.
"Elegant, sophisticated, ripe, varietal and inviting bouquet. Aromas and flavours of citrus fruits and white stone fruit, some pear, apple and pith. The herbaceous character expected of SB is a quieter more refined layer in this example. The minerality is a core component of both the aromas and flavour package. Light-weight, crisp, dry and refreshing with a long finish. Balanced, well made and youthful. This wine will reward from today and through 2029+ if cellared properly." - 94 Points, Cameron Douglas MS