Domaine des Ouled Thaleb, the land-based Moroccan half of this partnership, dates from 1927, when 3,000 hectares of vines were planted at Ben Slimane.
The estate is smaller today: only 400 hectares of vines remain at the original site, but the winery can boast that it is the oldest still in use in the country. Thalvin joined them in 1968, making it one of the oldest partnerships too. The estate draws on two other vineyards inland, giving diversity of climates and soils for the wide range of varieties planted. These give an equally varied range of wines from entry level to premium. New ‘garage’ bottlings using old vine stock are planned. Though original cement tanks are in use this is out of preference (new cement vats are being built) and the thinking here is modern and market-driven.