This is the name by which the Franco-Moroccan partnership involving Gérard Depardieu is titled in Morocco.
As well as the Moroccan landowners (who are renting the land from the King on a 60-year lease) and Gérard Depardieu, the partnership includes another French element and a highly influential one, that of the Bordeaux kingpin Bernard Magrez. It is in no small part his experience and the resources of a wine empire numbering over 26 highly reputed properties worldwide that have allowed the estate to produce such a world-class wine in a short space of time. The estate has been lavished with all it needs, but above all it has a simplicity allowed by those who understand the environment and how to obtain the best from it: through non-intervention, allowing the wine its own expression. The estate in effect only creates one wine, a blend of Syrah with the addition of Grenache, all planted in the early nineties with the intention of releasing a wine in the mid 2000s once the vines reached adequate maturity. Bernard Magrez bottles the wine under Gérard Depardieu’s ‘Lumière’ label, as well as ‘Kahina’. There are new plantings for a white and gris, which have yet to reach maturity.