The Wairau Valley in the wine-rich Marlborough region of New Zealand is home to many remarkable wine brands. Clos Henri is one of them. The Bourgeois family has been running this wine brand for over 10 generations now. The France-based Bourgeois family is one of the most highly respected and established wine growers in the Loire Valley. It was during 1952 that the 8th generation Bourgeois family member, Henri, got into full-fledged winemaking and started with the terroir-driven approach to craft high-quality wines. Today, with over 120 vineyards spread across 72 hectares, Henri and his family own the largest area of vineyard in this region. A distinct feature of the Clos Henri wine brand is the quality of its terroir. Here, you will find close to three different soil types in the 110-hectare vineyard. Unlike the traditional Marlborough style of vine-planting, Clos Henri follows a unique high-density vine planting style at close to 6000 plants per hectare. The double guyot fruit pruning system ensure that the fruit gets positioned well and thus uniformly ripened.
Le Petit Clos organic Sauvignon Blanc from old-new-world-straddling producer Henri Bourgeois is a superb mini-me of the estate's Clos Henri Sauvignon. Grapefruit and tangerine are at the lees, with a steely minerality that gives it a finesse more akin to French Sauvignon. Made from young vines and best drunk young - an excellent NZ SB that doesn't hit you in the face but has some subtlety without breaking the bank.