Yes, that’s right, Morocco. The country in northern Africa. I tasted the wine blind (a syrah), so I had no chance. Zero. Bright, ruby in colour with tears in the glass. A medium intensity juby expression of jam, confectionary and apricots on the nose. Rather like an entry level Crozes-Hermitage or even a Cotes du Rhone, perhaps no surprise given Alain Graillot is a producer from the Rhone Valley. On the palate, medium to high acidity, red fruits, raspberries and dark cherries jostled for position. There’s certainly some novelty in this wine. In a bracket that promised a wine from each country of the same variety, the inclusion of this wine was mostly evil. Is there a reason we don’t see too many wines from Morocco? ‘fraid so on this wine. No, actually, it’s not that bad, it’s just well, very very juby. 83 points.
Tasted: October 2011