The Bourgeois family has been cultivating vines in the Loire Valley across 11 generations. In the 1950s, Henri Bourgeois planted five acres on the slopes of Chavignol, a hamlet in the Sancerre appellation that was fairly unknown at the time. Henri recognized the excellent potential of the land and the exceptional and diverse terroir that it offered. Joined by his sons, Jean-Marie and Rémi a decade later, the Bourgeois family became ambassadors for Sancerre’s reputation, showcasing the purity of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir and the myriad of expressions that can be achieved from the mosaic of soils found throughout the Chavignol region. Today, the 178 acre estate is run by Arnaud, Lionel, and Jean-Christophe Bourgeois who adhere to the vision set forth by Henri. Each vine plot is isolated and worked with respect to its distinctive terroir. Soil types range from clay-limestone to Kimmeridgian marls (from fossilized, Jurassic-era shells) and flint which all contribute different qualities to the Petit Bourgeois wines. Ever the pioneering family, the Bourgeois clan established an organically farmed vineyard in Marlborough, New Zealand in 2,000, where they cultivate the same grapes as back home under the ‘Clos Henri’ label.
Crowd-pleasing, picnic-friendly and effortlessly easy to love, this 100% Pinot Noir rosé offers ripe aromatics including Ranier cherry, wild strawberry, crushed raspberry and Sarsaparilla. Round and mouth-filling, the medium-bodied palate showcases flavors of pomegranate and crisp watermelon alongside a fresh and clean acidity. This is wildly delicious on its own but would definitely fare well with your favorite salmon dish or a spread of cheese, olives and charcuterie.