Luis Seabra 'Xisto Cru', Douro Portugal 2019
Another vintage of the intensely terroir driven wines Luis Seabra produces. Rather than single vineyard, this is a single soil field blend, from plots planted in the southern Douro from 1920-1933. It is intended as a clear expression of terroir and place. Sustainably farmed vines, and vinified using only spontaneous fermentation and indigenous yeasts. This wine can be considered aromatic, but not in your floral fruity way, more like wet stones, peach, and lemon oil. We do not like to compare white wines to Burgundy, but this is the White Burgundy of the Douro.
Grapes: 70% Rabigato, remaining balance field blend of Codega (10%) , Gouveio (10%) and Viosinho Dozelino Branco (10%)
Pairing: roast chicken, hearty white fish.
Soil: Mica schist soil from 650-700 m (2,133-2,297 ft) elevation.