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Jean Leon ‘Vinya Palau’ Merlot

RM224.0

This organic, limited-production varietal wine originates from the Vinya Palau vineyard. The small 10-hectare lot is home to Merlot vines planted in 1991. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, the vineyard only offers less than 15,000 bottles every year.
A wine that lends full expression to the Merlot variety. Fresh and elegant with sweet tannins. Deeply opaque, intense red color with a bright rim indicative of its good condition. Remarkably long finish with a lovely lift of acidity – a perfect balance between its fine tannic structure and an elegant acidity. Silky, with just a touch of sweetness and rather hedonistic, it has a long drawn out finish.
JS: 92Pts; 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

Merlot & blends

Family

Red wine

Vintage

2015

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Jean Leon ‘Vinya Palau’ Merlot
RM224.0
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