For Las Bodegas, the French connection is largely down to one man, Boris Kovac, a Serbian born fourth generation winemaker who traveled to France more than twenty years ago, fell in love with the place, fell in love with a woman and never went home.
We first met Boris Kovac back in 2008 when we went to the Languedoc looking for good quality Malbec. Our aim was to demonstrate some real and positive differences compared to Argentine Malbec. Our very own Le Malbec label was born and over the course of recent years we have worked with Boris on all of the wines featured below.
In this business it is very important to work with people you feel you can trust and, quite often, over time this trust develops into a bond of mutual respect, a friendship. This is where we are with Boris Kovac, a great winemaker with a fantastic work ethic and a lovely personality, a humble guy who is also a very talented painter. In fact, two of his large works in oil have featured on wines that we have created together as labels for Les Acualités and Les Impressions, both fine examples of Côtes du Roussillon Villages.
Boris is very much in demand as a contract winemaker throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon and thus has an intimate knowledge of the whole tapestry of terroirs. It is, however, as owner of several hectares of vines in the Vallée d'Agly, working by hand with his own small-batch wines, that Boris realises his creative vision. Tucked away in the high hills of the Côtes du Roussillon above the village of Latour de France, overlooking the Med and surrounded by some very old vines, his Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre all thrive in the schist-based rocky soils. With small plantings of Vermentino, Riesling and Marsanne at his disposal also, Boris now has more options than ever as he strolls through his vineyards, followed by his ever faithful dog, Fiona, while contemplating his next masterpiece.