Celler Del Roure

Everything old is new again. If you had visited Celler del Roure when it was initially created in 1995, you would have been treated to a modern, minimalist and spotless cellar with assorted stainless steel tanks and new French oak barrels. Such is not the case today. After touring the current technology in viniculture, you would be taken on a tour of the ancient property that includes an old olive press, various outbuildings and a subterranean cellar dug into the bedrock below the estate. This cellar afforded a glimpse of the winemaking practices of centuries ago. The winding halls of the cellar are lined by dozens of amphorae embedded into the earth with individual stone lids. Many have been joined by stone channels carved into the rock, serving as the most rudimentary form of gravity flow. Some amphorae have cracked over the years, but a surprising number remain in perfect condition.

Such a complete and well-preserved artifact of viniculture would have remained an intellectual curiosity for most people, but Pablo Calatayud founded Celler del Roure with the intention of exploring both how wines were made centuries ago, as well as how they would have tasted. Such an endeavor makes complete sense once you meet Pablo and understand his connection with the history of the Valencian region surrounding the village of Moixent. As a proponent of the indigenous varieties of the area, such as Mando and Verdil, how could he also not champion indigenous viniculture? While there are still "modern" wines made at Celler del Roure, the majority of cuvees age in amphorae in the ancient cellar.

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Celler del Roure Vermell 2016
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 “The amphorae-aged red 2016 Vermell is a Garnacha Tintorera-based blend with 30% Monastrell fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and aged in amphorae for six months. It has a characterful, primary and a little wild nose, very young, showing some Mediterranean herbs
Item Number: 31788
Case: $131.40

Celler del Roure Vermell 2014
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The entry-level red from the ancient style range, the 2014 Vermell is a blend of Garnacha Tintorera with 15% Monastrell and 10% Mandó fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in 2,600-liter amphorae for six months. It shows hints of higher ripeness, with

Celler del Roure Vermell 2012
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The nose is sharp, pure and elegant with great freshness, aromas of red berries, licorice, aromatic herbs and some of the telltale Monastrell notes of esparto grass. The palate is medium-bodied, precise and focused, though not terribly complex. It is really tasty with a lacy