A personal project of actor John Malkovich, “”Les Quelles de La Coste”” is made from grapes grown on the family estate in Vaucluse, Luberon AOC that Malkovich owns with his long-term partner, film director Nicoletta Peyran. Despite owning the 10ha estate since the mid-1980s, Malkovich and Peyran only decided to plant vines in 2008. When they first bought it there were already farmers working some of the land. Eventually the farmers retired but the land was looking so unkempt that they decided to do finally something with it.
Much like the idiosyncratic roles and films he is known for – including playing a version of himself in the Spike Jonze film “”Being John Malkovich”” – the actor made a left-field choice when it came to deciding what vines to plant. In an area best known for its Mourvèdre and Grenache, he chose Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.
Vines are planted at low density: 4000 per HA on parcels of land of clayey silt terroir, site of an ancient lake, characterized by deep soil where the Pinot Noir can develop without suffering from the high summer temperatures. It gives a rich, but fresh fruity taste of cherry, long lasting flavours, soft and smooth tannins. The grapes are harvested by hand in order to produce the highest quality possible.