Clos Henri is the exciting new vineyard development in Marlborough, New Zealand begun by the internationally recognised winemaking family of Henri Bourgeois of Sancerre, France.
For ten generations the family has crafted premium quality Sauvignon blanc and Pinot noir wines and in 2000 chose 109 hectares of native Marlborough pastures to continue their passion abroad.
The first Clos Henri wines have been made in 2003 and subsequent vintages benefit from being made on the Clos Henri terroir.
From Sancerre to Marlborough
The famille Bourgeois embraced their new found soil with great enthusiasm, eager to begin anew without the restrictions they are encumbered with in France. Local wine producers were intrigued to see how the well-known Sancerre winemaker would plant and vinify their wines, and proud that New Zealand’s celebrated Sauvignon Blanc region had been chosen. Despite their ten-generation history of producing Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the Loire Valley, the Bourgeois family placed strong emphasis on researching the viticultural practices of local winegrowers. This cooperation, the Clos Henri vineyard and the wine reflect the marriage of French-New Zealand experience.