The finest terroir in Morocco is to be found in the Meknès region, midway between the peaks of the Middle Atlas and the Atlantic coast. This location, where the Beni M'Tir AOG (Appellation d'Origine Garantie) is located, enjoys a relatively balanced climate, sheltered from both the Sahara and the ocean. Even here, August temperatures regularly climb towards 40°C (104°F), and global warming is thought to be responsible for the increasing prevalence of drought in the area.
Les Celliers de Meknès is a private company responsible for about 20% of Morocco’s wine production. The Beni M’Tir wines are from higher altitude vines grown on clay soils and have more structure. The Riad Jamil Rouge is made from hand-harvested Carignan aged in Allier and Tronçais oak barrels.
This wine which is 100% Carignan is full bodied, dark berry red in colour with aromas of rich and robust raspberry fruit. The palate is warm and well-rounded with soft tannins and complex, cedar, vanilla and spicy notes. This is an oaked red of considerable power and quality.