Clos Henri is part of the Henri Bourgeois empire, the origins of which lie in the Sancerre region of the Loire Valley. Founded in 1952 by Henri Bourgeois and with just 2 acres of vines, today the French estate comprises of 80 acres and is the biggest in the region, producing excellent Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. In 2000 the Bourgeois family took the decision to purchase nearly 100 hectares of land in the Marlborough region of New Zealand's South Island. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes were planted and the first wines appeared in 2003 to instant acclaim. This particular Pinot Noir is from young vines and is aged in oak barrels of which 30% is new oak. A rich and elegant red, this will keep for several years.
A medium ruby in colour. Aromas of brambly fruits and sweet cherry with hints of dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied on the palate with notes of raspberry, cassis and vanilla from the oak. The finish is lengthy and rich. Great with escargot en cercueils (with hazelnuts in a puff pastry shell), pigeon in honey sauce with fresh figs or a chunk of Port Salut cheese.