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Jean Leon ‘Vinya Gigi’ Chardonnay

RM216.0

One of Spain’s Chardonnay pioneers, Vinya Gigi was the first to undergo barrel fermentation. The wine originates in a small, exceptional 5-hectare vineyard planted in 1967. Jean Leon named the vineyard – and the wine it produces – after his daughter. The wine spends 6 months lees aging in French oak + 6 months bottle aging.
Very intense nose with remarkable buttery notes perfectly balanced by tropical fruit and a hint of toast and spices. Fresh upon entry, giving way to a long evolution across the palate and lively acidity on the finish. Offers intense primary aromas of fresh tropical fruit and peach. Intermingled with the fruit are delicate notes of French oak. The palate entry is voluptuous, and the balanced acidity makes for a fresh, persistent wine.
JS: 91Pts; Guia Penin: 91Pts

Crafted from certified organic grapes

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Description

The story behind the Jean Leon winery, in Spain’s Mediterranean Wine Region of Penedes, is literally something out of Hollywood. Born as Ceferino Carrion in Santander, Spain in 1928, Jean Leon was always ambitious. At 19, he left Spain to find his luck in Paris, New York and ultimately Hollywood. He founded the world famous California restaurant, “La Scala” in Beverly Hills. What many people don’t know is that he started the restaurant in partnership with James Dean. The gourmet establishment became the haunt of many famous actors and performers of the time.

However, despite his huge success in America, Jean Leon still missed his native Spain. He decided to use his well-known name (respected in gastronomic and enological circles in the US) to return to Spain and create a world-class winery. That was back in 1963. His was one of the first wineries to pioneer the concept of a “single vineyard estate”, virtually unheard of during the Franco years and religious cooperatives. This concept is called “Pago” and is still not the norm in Spain. Jean Leon also broke tradition by importing French grape varietals, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. He believed that these grapes suited the balmy Mediterranean climate perfectly.

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Alcohol Level

Bottle Size

750ml

Brand

Jean Leon

Country

Spain

Region

Penedes

Grape Variety

Chardonnay & blends

Family

White wine

Vintage

2017

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Jean Leon ‘Vinya Gigi’ Chardonnay
RM216.0
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