SERODES & KOVAc
Winery – Latour de France, Côtes du Roussillon
Vineyards – languedoc-roussillon
a marriage made from malbec…
We first met Boris Kovac in 2009 when tasting French Malbecs in comparison to Agentinian examples. We soon became great friends! Boris, of Ukranian descent on his father’s side, was born and raised in Serbia. His mother’s family owned a vineyard there and his father made wine. More significantly, his father became an esteemed enologist whose skills were much in demand in France by the early 1990s, specifically in Narbonne and Bordeaux.
Boris decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and studied chemistry and enology, specialising in the positive health properties of the tannins that are found in grape skins, both when consumed as wine but also when applied externally to the skin. His enological studies continued in Montpelier from 1993 to 1994 where he met the love of his life, Virginie. They were married in 1996 and continue to live in Rivesaltes, just a short drive from the Spanish border.
Boris began work as a winemaker around this time and was instrumental in a major project that looked to craft French wines in styles more commonly associated with New World countries with a view to exploring export markets such as Australia, with great success. He began his own project, Vallée des Aigles in 2003 and 5 years later finally purchased a small winery with 7 hectares of fantastic old vines in the commune of Latour de France in the Roussillon hills overlooking the Med, called Domaine de l’Agly.
Today, this is where Boris makes his own wines, and they could not be less New World in style if they tried. Instead, these wines embody the rich resources of old vine Carignan, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre et al, and speak volumes of the unique and special terroir here. Boris is in high demand as a winemaking consultant throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon.
It’s particularly rewarding when a talented and trusted winemaker like Boris becomes a good friend.
Amélie Les Bubbles Blanquette de Limoux Demi-Sec NV
Piquepoul de Pinet Le Minéral 2020