Cullerot (renacuajo en valenciano) es el blanco por excelencia de Celler del Roure. Un pequeño vino blanco que quería crecer y mejorar en una zona de tintos. Su vinificación tiene mucho que ver con el proceso de recuperación de viejas tinajas de barro. Estos recipientes mostraron especiales bondades, aportando la pureza y frescura que se buscaba. Es, además, un bonito proyecto, porque las viñas empleadas para su elaboración corresponden a viticultores de la zona, propietarios de viejos viñedos que se salvaron de las campañas de arranque de uvas autóctonas como la Verdil (10% del coupage) o la Merseguera (otro 10% del coupage).
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
2019 was marked by torrential rains in the second half of the harvest, and when I say torrential, it is not an exaggeration, as they got 300 liters in three days! The white grapes for the 2019 Cullerot were picked before that. They work with five different local varieties from seven different growers that own 15 hectares in total. The 2019 breakdown is 30% Pedro Ximénez, 30% Macabeo, 10% Malvasía, 10% Tortosina, 10% Verdil, 5% Merseguera and 5% Chardonnay, and the wine is 12.5% alcohol and has good freshness. It started fermenting in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and finished in tinaja, where it matured for six months. This has come a long way since the initial, almost accidental vintage in 2009. It's now serious and harmonious, subtle and elegant, with finesse and balance. They added Macabeo and Merseguera grapes from a couple of new vineyards, and there's also more Pedro Ximénez, all austere and not very aromatic grapes, with just a hint of fennel and aniseed but more austere than anything. It's juicy and fresh and makes you salivate. This shows that you don't need oak to achieve a complex white. This is nearly as good as the 2018, when they were thinking about the vintage of the century! 50,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2020. They are experimenting with Assyrtiko grapes. Stay tuned...