Celler del Roure Les Alcusses 2006
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.
Known for its bold, heady, rustic and age-worthy red wines, Spain is truly a one-of-a-kind wine-producing nation. A great majority of the country is hot, arid and drought-ridden, and since irrigation has only been recently introduced and (controversially) accepted, viticulture has sustained—and flourished—only through a great understanding of Spain’s particular conditions. Large spacing between vines allows each enough resources to survive and as a result, the country has the most acreage under vine compared to any other country, but is usually third in production.
Most planted and respected is Tempranillo, the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. Priorat specializes in bold red blends, Jumilla has gained global recognition for its single varietal Monastrell and Utiel-Requena has garnered recent attention for its reds made of Bobal.