Clos Henri `Bel Echo` Pinot Noir 2011 (12 x 750mL), Marlborough, NZ.

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Overview

Bel Echo, the French translation of ‘beautiful echo’, is the echo or opposite of our Clos Henri wines. Bel Echo is a terroir selection from our estate. Grapes for the Pinot Noir are sourced predominantly from a small, stony block on the western side of our estate. Bel Echo Pinot Noir has great purity and fruit brightness from the Greywacke stones, whereas the Clos Henri Pinot Noir is more of a voluptuous expression from the clay.

“We believe we have to make the most of the experience acquired by the Bourgeois family, thereby making a Pinot Noir that respects the French winemaking tradition. We also believe that we ought to make a wine that respects the Marlborough character. This wine shows great classical lines while enriched with the astonishing Marlborough fruit personality. This personality is sourced from our unique terroir and revealed through its fine aromatic intensity. With the vines getting older, the quality and finesse of the Bel Echo is continuously surprising us and hints at the true potential of our site.” Damien Yvon, Winemaker

Region:
NZ - Marlborough
State:
Imported
Country:
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

From their vineyard on greywacke gravels, this youthful pinot shows complex aromas of red/black cherry, game, spice and floral. The palate is beautifully focused and finely textured with bright acidity and fine, subtly drying tannins. Lovely structure and frame. At its best: now to 2017. Rating 93 - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Winery Tasting Notes

Aroma

The nose has a soft liquorice aroma, with notes of dark fruit, mushroom and violets petals.

Palate

In the mouth the wine is rounded with a lovely smoky oak texture. It develops a juicy mouth feel with great structure and length without being too heavy.

Ageing Potential

5-6 years.

Vintage
2011
Region
NZ - Marlborough
Grape Style
Pinot Noir
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

Henri Bourgeois is a very highly regarded French producer, in Sancerre, in the Loire Valley. a district best known for its wooded and highly ageable Sauvignon Blancs, with 10 generations of viticulture running through this family's veins. They made the leap to becoming dedicated producers in 1952, with great success.In 2001, the Bourgeois family, feeling their hands bound by the restrictions Appellation rules lay upon French producers, decided to purchase a vineyard in that other, new, home of Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, where they would be able to make wine in a more free fashion.The vineyard is a former sheep station, and has never been used for cultivation. Nevertheless, the Bourgeois have spent considerable time gradually preparing the soils for viticulture, 6 hectares of the property at a time.With 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Pinot Noir planted, the same proportions as the Sancerre Vineyard, and the understanding of generations of winemaking and viticulture, Clos Henri has earned a esteemed place within the broader New Zealand winemaking community.

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