Long before Las Bodegas was born we had already spent quite a lot of time in the south east of France, soaking up the stunning scenery and marveling at some of the most interesting and under-rated vineyards and wines in the world.
To call the Languedoc-Roussillon a region is to do it a serious disservice. It's more like a giant patchwork quilt formed of vineyards in all shapes and colours with an amazing array of growing conditions and grape varieties. It is a source of many great value wines, unfettered by the trappings of fame and greed sometimes prevalent in other, rather more canonised wine regions of France. And it's warm! What's not to like?
Las Bodegas has no ambitions to become a 'generalist' supplier of wines to the trade. Wonderful as they can be, we do not see the need or the relevance of sourcing wines from Burgundy, the Loire or Bordeaux, for example, or from Greece, Tasmania and Marlborough for that matter. There are plenty of other importers doing a great job on those fronts. We specialise in Argentina because we love Argentina; the same goes for these southern French vineyards and it is something we aim to build on.
Most recently our inquisitive noses and our love affair with Malbec took us back to the grape's spiritual and historic homeland, Cahors. We were astonished by the freshness, concentration and balance we found in some of the wines and decided we could no longer live in denial.
Wine lovers looking for a pleasant surprise in beautiful surroundings should go to Cahors. The history is fascinating. The growers and winemakers have not had it easy over the centuries, but now a serious and quality conscious modern industry is gathering pace. We've never been to a place where the concept of terroir is so easily understood. This is partly due to the efforts of Vin de Cahors who do a very good job of explaining it, but it's also the geography itself. From one of the many high vantage points, you can look down onto the river Lot below and see very clearly the various terraces and how altitude and soil play such significant roles in the wines.
You will find a couple of beautiful Malbec wines from Cahors in our French selection, and there's a very good chance we will add more in future.
Vive La Sud!