Domaine Ouled Thaleb (est. 1923) has been reborn as a modern Moroccan winery over the past two decades. The Moroccan wine industry has evolved and modernized, and much of this with the assistance of French vignerons Domaine Ouled Thaleb’s “Syrocco” is a fascinating collaboration between Alain Graillot, of Crozes Hermitage in the Northern Rhone, France, and Jacques Poulain of Domaine Ouled Thaleb. Graillot was drawn by the potential of this dry, coastal region, which is located on the Atlantic side of the country just south of the city of Rabat. Although the daytime temperature is very hot, the evenings are cool, allowing grapes to ripen and build both acidity and complexity. Moreover, the alluvial/limestone soils are similar to his native Rhone soils, where Syrah vines thrive. All vines are worked manually and the dry climate makes the region suitable for organic farming. The de-stalked grapes are subject to a short soaking, and then 60% of ageing is carried out in French oak barrels.
The brainchild of Crozes Hermitage (Northern Rhone, France) superstar Alain Graillot, this wine is produced at the modern winery of Thalvin, not far from Casablanca, Morocco! The idea for Syrocco was born while Alain Graillot was vacationing in Morocco. Alain realized how the terroir of this region mirrored his vineyards in the Northern Rhone. A collaboration was born between Alain and the modern winery of Domaine Ouled Thaleb and the result was Syrocco.
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