Luis Louro Monte Branco Tinto 2016

Traditional Price €52
WineSpark Price €28.97
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This is Luis’ flagship wine… made from the top 1% of grapes on his property. 

Only the very best fruit makes the cut - so some years Luis doesn’t make this wine. Thankfully for us, the 2016 vintage was a stunner.

Luis takes his two best vineyard plots - Alicante Bouschet on schist soils, and Aragonez (which is Tempranillo to you and me) on limestone, and gives them the Rolls Royce treatment in the winery.

It’s proper luxury winemaking… co-fermentation in open-top tanks, aged for 12-16 months in 85% new French oak. Even at this point, Luis will cull the least spectacular 30% of barrels and use them in other wines.

It’s then aged for a minimum of 2.5 to 3 years before release - so it’s absolutely perfect for when you want to drink it.

Like any great fine wine, Luis is aiming for freshness and power, but also elegance at the same time.

This is one of the best wines in Portugal, one of the best wines I tasted all year, and if this all hasn’t whetted your appetite to try it, I don’t know what will.

Wine type

Red

Grape(s)

70% Alicante Bouschet 30% Aragonez

Country

Portugal

Region of origin

Alentejo

Appellation

IGP

Vintage

2016

Alcohol %

14

Oak?

Yes

Months in Oak

12 to 16

Type of Oak

300L and 500 L French Oak Barrels - 85% new

Allergens (e.g. Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)

None

Average age of vines

22 years

Average altitude of vines (m)

330

Soil type(s)

Schist and Limestone

Closure Type

Natural Cork

Is this wine organic?

No

Biodynamic?

No

Sustainably produced?

Yes, but not certified

Suitable for vegans?

Yes 

Ageing potential

20 years

Ideal drinking window

2021 - 2031

I don’t know why, but Luis kind of flew under the radar when I worked with him at Naked. It might be because we had larger, more established players in our Portuguese range. 

Or his really good stuff was just out of reach, price-wise. But with WineSpark’s business model, I realised his amazing wines could suddenly be affordable and attainable to normal people. And that’s exactly what it’s all about.

Read more about Luis.

Perfect with roast lamb, or if you’re in the area, try seasoned sirloin of black pig.

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