2017 Clos Henri "Petit Clos" Marlborough Pinot Noir

SKU #1376092 93 points James Suckling

 There’s a wealth of attractive fruit here with additional complexity and an underlying thread of zesty, fine and driving acidity. There’s a lot of interest on the palate and terrific purity at the finish. Drink now. Screw cap.  (10/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Made from biodynamically grown fruit, this cranberry-hued wine is light and silky textured, weaving savory, fine-grained tannins and focused acidity with stony minerality, juicy cran-raspberry fruit, cinnamon and stalks. Between the cracks lie violet, pepper and warm earth. *Editors' Choice* (CP)  (3/2019)

K&L Notes

Producer's notes: "Pinot Noir grapes from our youngest blocks deliver vibrant, youthful wine that are fruit driven and lively yet elegant with supple tannins and lovely balance. Petit Clos Pinot Noir tells the promising potential of our terroir and is the open door that teases you to go on to discover our estate wines."

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By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2018 | Send Email
While the pinot is coming from much younger vines than I expected, the wine is very vibrant and filled with spicy herbaceous notes, I suspect there is definitely some whole cluster influence going on in this wine, unfortunately I didn't have any notes on it, but that's what my palate tells me. Being a sucker for that type of pinot specifically makes this wine an honest steal for me right under the 20 dollar price point, and a fantastic wine for Turkey Day. Worth a whirl.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2018 | Send Email
Showing off bright plum and cherry fruits, balanced acidity and a round, juicy quality, it's nearly impossible to find fault with this well produced Pinot. For a Thanksgiving or seasonal Pinot Noir pick, the Clos Henri fits the bill nicely, and should please a wide range of palates heading into the holidays.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2018 | Send Email
It's nearly impossible to find a wine made from all organic estate-fruit, from a premier Sancerre-based family at this under $20 price point. Established and run by the famed family that produces Henri Bourgeois wines in Sancerre, Clos Henri showcases the same varietals of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir with an unmistakable New Zealand style. After having honed their winemaking skills for 10 generations, the Bourgeois family takes techniques from both France and New Zealand to make this elegant, refined Pinot Noir. Pulling from all three soil types on the estate, the "Petit Clos" offers a unique look of the Marlborough terroir. With delicate, savory notes, this Pinot is very understated and sophisticated. There is no big showing of ripe fruit here. Instead herbal notes, with lively acidity and tannin taking the forefront. There is a beautiful integration of all these components to make a wine this long-respected family should be proud of.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2018 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is seductive, enticing it isn’t one of those candied fruit Pinots this is a wine of distinction, breeding and obviously comes from great vineyards. The fruit character is spicy, shows a bit of earth, stem, leather but enough sweet fruit behind it that you wouldn’t call it earthy. It effortlessly balances on your tongue, just a bit of tannin frames it on the palate and allows the smoky fruit opens up to another level. Lots of lift and brightness in the finish and excellent wine at this unbelievable price point.
Drink from 2018 to 2021

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/2/2018 | Send Email
I've always thought the Clos Henri wines were well-made and quite polished, but upon tasting their more recent releases I was really stunned with how elegant the wines have become. The aromatics in this "petit clos" Pinot are stunning, and the fruit/acidity/tannin balance on the palate is flawless. I'd definitely recommend this Pinot to anyone looking for a seamlessly elegant wine under $20.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5