Clos Henri Vineyard

Nestled under the southern foothills of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, Clos Henri is the wine estate meticulously established and organically run by the famous Sancerre wine growing family of Henri Bourgeois. Gathering 10 generations of know-how with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, the family have broadened their horizons and continue to craft exceptional wines in New Zealand. From the three different soil types of the estate, partially comprised of a hill slope, the family uses the best of French and New World winegrowing techniques to capture the essence of Marlborough’s intense character and reveal the identity of the Clos Henri terroir.

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Cow Pat Pits

Biodiversity

We believe that no irrigation, paired with natural wine growing techniques leads to true terroir expression in our varieties of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir and produces fruit of the highest quality possible. Natural wine growing pairs perfectly with this as the ‘less is more’ practices allow the wine to truly express where it has come from. “It’s also about respect for what we have, and what we will leave for generations to come” says Fabiano Frangi, Clos Henri’s Vineyard Manager. Our most recent venture is our newly installed cow pat pits. The pits are half cut wine barrels in… Continue reading →

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News

Top 100 & Blue Gold

Very exciting to hear that Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2011 has just won Top 100 and Blue-Gold in the Sydney International Wine Competition 2013.…

MANA update from Clos Henri Vineyard

Follow the link below to hop on to the MANA Natural Winegrowers website and read an update on our most recent addition of a specialised composting method.  Our vineyard manager Fabiano Frangi explains how they help our vines.…

Harvest 2012

Harvest has begun here at Clos Henri Vineyard with a few of our Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot blocks being hand picked the last 2 days. Jean-Christophe and Lionel Bourgeois have arrived from the Henri Bourgeois Estate in Sancerre to lend a hand and the team is busy and excited to be picking!

Mana Group and Michael Cooper at Waterfall Bay

Hanging out at Seresins stunning Waterfall Bay with Michael Cooper and the Mana group.

Alliance Française French Film Festival 2012

A few snaps from this years French Film Festival, featuring Clos Henri wines on the opening nights throughout NZ.…

Prowein 2012

Arnaud Bourgeois getting his ‘Maori on’ with performers at Prowein, Germany

Bel Echo gets Gold

Exciting news to hear that our Bel Echo Pinot Noir 2010 received a Gold Medal at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2012! Bel Echo Pinot is sourced from our Greywacke - River Stone terroir here at Clos Henri Vineyard, the 2010 shows notes of strawberries and wild cherry with a soft feel and a nice clean freshness.

Australian sommeliers stop in at Clos Henri Vineyard while exploring New Zealand wine regions

Follow the link to read about their experience: gourmettraveller.com.au/sommeliers-guide-to-new-zealand.htm

Our Nuits Romantiques evening

On Friday the 10th of Feburary we hosted around 60 people for the celebration of Valentines Day here at Clos Henri. Due to the weather being a bit drizzly and cold for people to sit outside we relocated inside to our chapel 'Saint Solange' for the evening.…

Nuits Romantiques 2012

On the 10th of February we will be having our Nuits Romantiques, the celebration of Valentine’s Day here at Clos Henri. The night starts at 8.30pm at our cellar door chapel for a glass of Clos Henri wine and French inspired canapés, followed by the outdoor movie at 9.30pm 'Changement D'Adresse' which you will enjoy with a picnic basket of movie treats.…

Christmas in the Sounds

On Friday 9th of December, we celebrated Christmas with all our staff including Lionel Bourgeois, our French Owner and Viticulturist who came to New Zealand just for 1 week. We took a cruise around the Sounds, with Pelorus Tours for the afternoon and discovered the magic landscape at the top of the South Island, a mussel farm and the beautiful bays.…

L’Alliance Française de Christchurch

When Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume, Menetou-Salon, Cheverny, Saumur-Champigny and Champagne winemakers heard about the devastating Christchurch earthquake, they immediately offered bottles of wine to be auctioned at Clos Henri in order to bring support in their own way to the victims.…

Philippe Sella Visits the Cellar Door

This was the first week of the new season here at Clos Henri. The cellar door was opened just in time for the influx of French rugby fans to touch down in Marlborough for the Rugby World Cup. Among our many blue cladded visitors was none other than French rugby legend and former French union player Mr Philippe Sella.…

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary

In July we enjoyed a fabulous weekend celebrating Clos Henri's 10th Anniversary. Jean-Marie and Arnaud Bourgeois came over from France to join the Clos Henri team, together with the French Ambassador his Excellency Mr Francis Etienne and some of our closest friends.…

Clos Henri awarded best Sauvignon Blanc in the world

Our new release Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2010 has won the Special Trophy Award at the Mondial du Sauvignon Competition which took place in Bordeaux earlier this year. Winemaker Damien Yvon said "10 years on from the birth of Clos Henri, it's a great accomplishment and we're all delighted with this award in such a prestigious wine competition".

End of pruning and spring jobs

From early June to end of August the 30th, our team has been pruning our vines on the estate. 3 months and 40 Ha later, our whole vineyard is pruned in guyot double apart from few experimental pruning types.…

Comparative dining experience at the Crumpet Club in Christchurch NZ

The Crumpet Club is a restaurant in Christchurch that focuses on crumpets in a very cosy ambiance with few fire places and a comfy mezzanine area. The owner Helen who also created and ran the famous Bon Bolli in Christchurch for several years has welcomed us for a special night over Sauvignon Blanc from France and New-Zealand.…

Bastille Day 2010 at Clos Henri - 14th of July

For the 5th year in a row, we have celebrated Bastille Day on the estate - in our church 'Ste Solange'. The celebration is held around a particular French wine region, that we get our Marlborough winery friends, local authorities, suppliers, local clients and team to discover through regional food specialities and a wine from the region in question.…

MW Symposium in Bordeaux - Jancis Robinson comments our wines

The theme of this second formal session of MW Symposium was to compare a couple of New World versus Old world wines from wineries present in both hemispheres.…

Clos Henri elected Gold Medal Cellar Door 2010

Every year, Wine Marlborough (promotional institute for the Marlborough wine region) organises for Mystery Shoppers to visit wineries 'incognito' and evaluate their tasting rooms as known as cellar doors.…

London International Wine Fair - LIWF

Clos Henri will be present at the London International Wine Fair. We have been present at this fair since day 1 of our existence, always sharing a stand with Domaine Henri Bourgeois.…

Praise for Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2008 in Decanter - May 2010 issue

Rosemary George MW, Regional Chair for NZ at the Decanter Worl Wine Awards - writes in May 2010 about Clos Henri in an article about Marborough wines: "At Clos Henri, developed by Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume producer Henri Bourgeois, you can sense the European background.…

Harvest 2010 in photos

We haven't been updating as we did last year on an everyday basis during harvest. Apologies for those of you who wanted to follow us closely. However, we have created 2 photos albums reflecting the 2 weeks of intensive work of harvest.…

Start of Harvest 2010!

26th of March Quite a bit later than usual, we have started harvest with our first ripe block of pinot noir. The reason being a slow maturing season, which is positive as it enables to build up concentration slowly and obtain a nice natural balance.…

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  • Address: 639 State Highway 63
    RD1
    Blenheim, 7271
  • Postal: PO Box 535
    Blenheim 7240