The Search - A journey to new terroir
The Bourgeois family was on a worldwide search for a new slice of terroir, similar to their own in Sancerre, where ultra-premium Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir could be grown.
After a 12 year exploration, New Zealand revealed itself as the place to create a style of wines that would reflect the Bourgeois philosophy. In the year 2000 the family fell in love with the land and wines of Marlborough and in the same year, made the instinctive and emotive decision to purchase 98 Hectares of native pasture. The Bourgeois family was love struck with Marlborough and was amazed at the youthfulness of the land, unlike in France where the ground has been worked for centuries.
The New Zealand vineyard of the Bourgeois family was christened 'Clos Henri', pronounced "KloEnrie". 'Clos' is a French word representing an ancient custom of enclosing a unique vineyard or precious garden, traditionally with a stone wall. The name 'Henri' was chosen in respect of Henri Bourgeois and his long family commitment to wine.
- 2000 - Purchase of 98 Hectares of sheep pasture.
- 2001 - 1st grapevine plantings.
- 2003 - 1st harvest and vintage. Chapel Sainte Solange (used as the tasting room) was brought onto the estate.
- 2005 - Hill slope vineyard plantings.
- 2007 - Purchase of 11 Hectares of additional slopes on the southern boundary, bringing the estate to 109 Hectares.
- 2009 - Construction of the winery on the estate. The first vintage in the new winery. First plantings at 6000 plants/hectare.
- 2010 - The first vintage we achieved dry-farming practices (no irrigation).
- 2011 - Celebrated the 10th anniversary of Clos Henri’s first plantings .
- 2013 – Fully certified organic with 42 Hectares of grapevines planted on the estate.