2012 Clos Henri (Domaine Henri Bourgeois-Sancerre) Pinot Noir Marlborough (Elsewhere $35+)

SKU #1213028 95 points Sam Kim

 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.  (4/2014)

94 points Bob Campbell

 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.  (7/2014)

93 points Raymond Chan

 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.  (4/2014)

92 points 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)  (12/2014)

91 points 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.  (10/2016)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 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)  (7/2016)

K&L Notes

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.

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/14/2015 | Send Email
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I really like the fact that this wine smells...well like wine. Too many Pinot Noir to me smell of sweet fruit, almost candy like but this wine is great. The nose shows a real depth and makes you look into the wine it isn't exploding out of the glass. On the palate richness with ultra fine grain tannin give the wine superb balance and the flavors are a mixture of dark cherry, smoked meat and earth. Nice finish, good balance, Lamb Kebabs for me with this!
Drink from 2015 to 2020

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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.