In 2001, GÃ©rard Gribelin and Philippe Gervoson fell in love with Domaine de la Zouina. Struck by the richness of the terroir, the particularity of the soil and the climate, they were certain that they could produce unique results and so they decided to translate their passion and wine-making savoir-faire from Pessac-Leognan to Morocco.
Monsieur Gribelin has been running Chateau de Fieuzal for about thirty years. His son Christophe now runs Zouina. Monsieur Gervoson has been director of Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion since 1987.
To maximise the efficiency of the vines the work in the vineyard is meticulous. 4000 vines per hectare eliminates stress hydrique and canopy management achieves the best aeration for the vines and reduces the need for phytosanitary products. Quality is further enhanced by voluntary small yields, a green harvest at the beginning of summer and various tris which discard the grapes which do not merit being in the final wine.
Deep yellow to gold. Warm tropical nose. Enticing and complex (best of what the US used to do). Custard and dessert apple. Crisp palate. Big and attention-grabbing but complex nonetheless. Sweet apple, quince and green almonds with a meaty musk. Viscous and cool through the palate.