Clos Henri Pinot Noir 2015
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Indisputably, the southern clays (also called the Southern Valleys) enables Marlborough to play amongst the finest Pinot Noir terroirs in the world. Pinot Noir fruit sourced from our Broadbridge clay typically reveal femininity through its lacy tannins and delicate fruit palette, while fruit from Wither Clay captivates your senses by its more masculine characters, dense structure and fine tannins. Clos Henri is the elegant and complete expression of the best of these two clay soils. Its great aging potential is the ultimate revelation of the terroirs' potential.
This project, from the Loire Valley's Bourgeois family, has turned out a dark, concentrated 2015 Pinot Noir. It's oaky, with plenty of cedar and vanilla on the nose, but it backs that up with pretty cherry fruit and some savory, earthy notes. Unless you enjoy overt oak, I'd suggest cellaring this for a couple of years and then drinking it over the next decade.
Score: 91, Joe Czerwinski, February 2018
From the Loire-based Bourgeois family, this is a dense, brooding Pinot Noir sourced from clay soils. After some swirling in glass it begins to chime in notes of blueberries, red currents, violets and cinnamon bark, with whispers of undergrowth and wood spice. Energetic acidity is in sync with savory, smudgy tannins which provides tension and balance, while brambly, forest-floor flavors continue long into the finish. Drink now-2025.
Score: 91, Christina Pickard, July 1, 2018
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