Les Celliers de Meknes was founded in 1963 by Brahim Zniber, an influential figure in the revival of Morocco's wine industry. Les Celliers covers nearly 2000 hectares of vineyards divided among four of Morocco's most prestigious designations 2 AOGs Guerrouane & B'ni Mtir and 1 AOC Les Coteaux de L'Atlas with modern winemaking facilities. The Zniber family, vine growers for more than half a century, are pioneers of modern wines in Morocco. Les Celliers de Meknès is a private company responsible for about 20% of Morocco’s wine production.
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.
The climate of the Middle Atlas in the foothills on which their estates are situated, the elevation ranging from 580 to 700 meters, the moderate rainfall and generous sunshine all provide the vineyards with an exceptional site unrivalled in Morocco.
• Manual harvest.
• Carignan goes through carbonic maceration.
• All grape varieties vinified separately.
• Stainless steel tank.
• Controlled ferment.
50% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 20% Carignan.
Easy-drinking pruney/plummy red - like a junior Cotes du Rhone. The confit red fruits are there, some earth and herbs and just a hint of cocoa bean.
ABV = 13.0%.