Granito Cru, Xisto Cru, Xisto Ilimitado, Xisto Indie and Mono C are wines of the producer Luis Seabra who after several years working for others decided to create the company Luis Seabra Vinhos.
The desire to produce his own wine led him to start a project in the Douro region and the sub-region of Monção e Melgaço. And so CRU wines are born, wines with minimum intervention from the ground to the bottle. Without corsets or make-up these wines seek to show where they come from, the natural fermentations (where only sulphurous is used). In this way, they aim to be true and honest wines, pure and raw, where the only commitment is to learn how to do better. All CRU Project wines ferment and age in wood, their contact with stainless steel is reduced to the minimum indispensable.
Granito Cru is a Vinho Verde produced from the Alvarinho grape variety. It presents a ripe and floral fruit profile of the countryside, a delicate evolution giving good complexity. In the mouth it shows a beautiful balance, good acidity, good body and structure, light fruity sweetness at the end. A wine with distinctive personality.
Xisto Cru White is a Douro wine produced from the varieties Códega de Larinho, Rabigato, Viosinho. Its presents a brilliant straw. On the nose, high toned and mineral driven aromas of sour peach, flowers, fresh fennel bulb and savory. On the palate, more peach, citrus zest and fennel, with white pepper and floral tones rounding out the finish.
The Xisto Cru Red is one of a series of wines that Luis makes that exemplify and express the intensely terroir-driven style in which he operates. It presents a dark ruby. On the nose, mineral driven aromas of red berries, forest floor, green herbs and smoke. On the palate, lively acidity cuts through a core of fraise de bois, ripe strawberry and sour cherry, with excellent cut and precision to the wet stone and dusty mineral on the finish.
Xisto Ilimitado White shows a bright straw yellow. On the nose, stone and orchard fruit abound, with flinty wet stone and white pepper laid over the dominant aromatics. On the palate, impressively bright and mineral driven, with a great balance between power and lift. Lemon, green apple, bosc pear flavors comingle with a touch of floral tone and slate minerals. Juicy and mineral-driven all at once.
Xisto Ilimitado Red reveals right garnet. High toned red and blue fruit aromas, tinged with wet stone and violets. On the palate, lush, but with bright acidity to balance the red cherry and pomegranate fruit. White pepper, slate and herbal aromas overlay the core of fruit on a juicy, fresh finish.
Mono C is made from Castelão varietal, this is an easily approachable, juicy wine, bursting with lots of red fruits. The palate is round, with soft tannins and crisp, mouthwatering acidity. Is is perfect with all sorts of cuisine and at any time of year
Indie Xisto is a blend of indigenous grape varieties from Douro Valley led by Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca. There are plenty of brambles and cassis notes on the nose with a hint of supple leather. On the palate there's plenty of ripe fruit but a definite old world restraint which gives it real character. An excellently crafted wine with plenty of personality and pleasingly moderate in alcohol.
Granito Cru, Xisto Cru and Xisto Ilimitado, Mono C and Indie translate, without any doubt, the way Luis Seabra produces his wines, which are intended to be a clear expression of the terroir and the place. The vineyards are cultivated in a sustainable way and the winemaking uses only native yeasts. In this way, Luis eliminates all potential variability other than the type of soil as an expression of terroir.
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