History & Geography
When Henri Bourgeois’ sons Rémi and Jean-Marie took over the reins from him in the late 1980's, the family was inspired to explore outside the borders, sparking the ‘great search’ that 12 years later, led them to Marlborough, New Zealand to establish Clos Henri Vineyard. After embarking on a 12 year long, worldwide search for a new slice of terroir, similar to their own in Sancerre; New Zealand revealed itself as the place to create wines that would reflect the Bourgeois philosophy. In 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. The New Zealand vineyard of the Bourgeois family was christened ‘Clos Henri’, ‘Clos’ is a French word representing an ancient custom of enclosing a unique vineyard or precious garden, traditionally with a stone wall.