2012 Clos Henri (Domaine Henri Bourgeois-Sancerre) Pinot Noir Marlborough (Elsewhere $35+)
The wine combines outstanding fruit concentration with delightful earthy mushroom complexity. It's beautifully fragrant on the nose showing red/black cherry, game, truffle and nutty characters, followed by a powerful yet elegant palate that's intensely flavoured and richly textured. The wine is brilliantly structured by fine, chalky tannins. A thought-provoking Pinot showing all the delights of this noble variety.
Attractively scented Pinot Noir with black cherry, plum, blackberry and spice flavours. Elegant yet with good density and a very lengthy finish. Classy wine that’s accessible now but should age well.
Deep, dark ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues, lighter on edge. The bouquet is elegant and ethereal with bright dark red berry fruits and layers of dark herbs with spicy oak. Layers of florals emerge, and the aromas grow in volume and intensity in the glass. Medium-full bodied, tightly packed and concentrated flavours of bright dark red berry fruits are entwined with subtle herbal elements and distinctive oak spices. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained sinewy tannins and balanced, lacy acidity, which provides drive and linearity. The palate core has detail and nuance which carries through to a sustained finish. This is an elegant, well-concentrated Pinot Noir with a fine, sinewy texture.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby in color and revealing a wonderfully perfumed nose of lavender and roses wrapped around a good core of red cherries and pomegranate plus a touch of humus, the medium-bodied 2012 Pinot Noir is structured by a good backbone of grainy tannins and just enough acid to support the delicate red berry and earth flavors. It finishes long. 92+ (LPB)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Outstanding* Aromatically this is slightly riper than its 2013 counterpart though the fruit profile is otherwise quite similar. There is good richness, volume and solid mid-palate concentration to the delicious and caressing medium-bodied flavors that possess a velvety mouth feel before terminating in a sneaky long, balanced and seductive finale where the only nit is very mild hint of warmth. This is really quite pretty and it’s already at a stage where it could be enjoyed now though I would be inclined to wait a few more years for better depth to develop.
For a winemaking family from the Loire, it must be a delight to work in Marlborough's almost unfailing sunshine. This is a medium-bodied, silky Pinot with scents of compost. Add that gentle earthiness to black cherry fruit, hints of herb and cola and the result is a winning combination. (JC)
From close-planted vines on the heavier clay soils of the estate that give a more voluptuous mouthfeel and density to Pinot Noir. The wine was whole berry fermented in open oak foudres. It is wonderfully aromatic, pure, deeply flavored Pinot with complex soil-driven nuances.