Did you know that John Malkovich took up residence in the Luberon nearly 30 years ago ? That he is a Francophile and produces wine called LQLC ?
In the village of Lacoste
In the village of Lacoste, where he landed a long time ago, the brilliant John Malkovich, 67, discreetly raised their two children with his wife Nicoletta, in an area of 10 hectares. It was the actor’s wife who convinced him to create his own nectar, « Les Quel de la Coste« , by planting four hectares of vines. From now on, each year, approximately 18,000 bottles come out of the estate through five cuvées, two of which relate to a blend between Cabernet and Pinot.
Converted to organic viticulture
Since 2018, Malkovich has entrusted the vinification to the Cave du Luberon, in Maubec. 95% of its production is intended for export. In addition, the vineyard is being converted to organic viticulture. « Investing in a business is, for me, the best way to lose millions ». Film actor John Malkovitch (66) knows what he’s talking about. Film producer, director and theater actor, this jack-of-all-trades is also a creator. And, like many of his Hollywood peers, he also runs a few bars and restaurants. The American got into viticulture in 2008. « Our land had been farmed for years by farmers growing carrots and wheat, but since they retired it had lain fallow. We found it was a waste. It was then that my wife had the idea of planting vines there to make our own wine, because this terroir was perfectly suited to viticulture. »
An excellent wine… but expensive
The couple therefore planted nearly 5 hectares of vines. Ten years later, the average annual production of the estate oscillates between 16,000 and 18,000 bottles, 95% of which are intended for export. The bottles are divided into five vintages: a Cabernet Sauvignon rosé, two single varietals (respectively 100% Pinot Noir and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon) and two blends of Cabernet and Pinot very unusual for the region (Les 7 Quelle and Les 14 Quel), the all classified « IGP Vaucluse ». John Malkovich’s wines may be expensive, but the reviews are rave reviews. The prestigious Decanter even awards a fine 95 out of 100 to LQLC’s flagship wine. Alcohol abuse is dangerous for health