Books give off an aroma and there are bottles of wine that tell stories. Enjoying two such complementary pleasures -wine and literature-, and harmonising them together, can be a unique experience.
On a day as special as today, we propose that you enjoy these 4 literary works paired with 4 of our Jean Leon wines, which we materialised in an event that we had the pleasure of hosting at Jean Leon last week, a literary gathering on the solitude of the writer paired with wine. We hope you enjoy them!
1. Jean Leon Xarel·lo and “Hombres que caminan solos” by José Ignacio Carnero
“Hombres que caminan solos” is a novel about depression and male fragility. The protagonist of this story gives a glimpse of the fragile male vulnerability, but only apparently, because in reality the characters are strong and resilient in order to move forward.
We suggest pairing this novel with Jean Leon Xarel-lo wine, the queen variety of the Penedès. We can draw a parallel between the variety and this character, since Xarel-lo is a white variety and, in general, wines made from white varieties are, to a certain extent, more vulnerable to oxidation and ageing. However, Xarel-lo is one of the varieties with the highest load of antioxidant polyphenols, which gives it a superior innate capacity to resist premature ageing.
Our Jean Leon Xarel-lo is a 100% Xarel-lo with aromas of citrus, fennel and nutmeg on a background of white fruit. In the mouth it is very fresh and the finish is smooth and persistent, sweetened by the volume and unctuousness that is the result of the work on lees.
2. Jean Leon Vinya Gigi and “La gente no existe” by Laura Ferrero
“La gente no existe” by Laura Ferrero tells several intimate stories full of love and heartbreak, absence and guilt, hope… In this book, the author is capable of breaking down stories with a lot of depth using just the right and necessary words. The reader will enjoy immersing himself in this ball of stories that will not leave him indifferent.
One of the stories deals with the relationship between the protagonist of the story and her father. This relationship is reminiscent of the one Jean Leon had with his children, and that is why we pair it with Jean Leon Vinya Gigi Chardonnay, as Gigi is the name of his daughter to whom he decided to dedicate this wine. Jean Leon had a very active social life, which at times meant that he was the absent father that Laura talks about in her novel.
This single varietal chardonnay wine is powerful on the nose, with primary aromas of fresh tropical fruit and peach. Notes of oak are also perceptible. On the palate, it has a voluptuous entry and is fresh and persistent.
3. Jean Leon Vinya Palau and “Mona” by Pola Oloixarac
“Mona” is a story about the intimacies that are hidden in literary environments. In the book, the author describes the landscapes of a small Swedish village that reminds us of the lush vegetation of the north and the intense blue of the sea of Santander, where Jean Leon was born. That is why it fits with the wine Jean Leon Vinya Palau, a wine in honour of his hometown, and specifically the Palacio de la Magdalena.
The Jean Leon Vinya Palau is a 100% Merlot that stands out for its aroma with notes of plum, ripe black fruits, liquorice and balsamic. On the palate it stands out for its acidity which gives it freshness and length. Sweet tannins, round and fleshy on the palate.
4. Jean Leon Vinya Le Havre and “Mar d’estiu” by Rafel Nadal
In “Mar d’estiu“, Rafel Nadal talks about what the sea means to him and the memories it brings back. This is a novel with the smell of the sea and the taste of saltpetre. For lovers of the Catalan coast, this story will be a rediscovery of some of the most emblematic landscapes of the coast. From the hand of the great Rafel Nadal, the reader will discover an extraordinary sensitivity in the description of the postcards of the Mediterranean.
The wine we have chosen to pair with this book is Jean Leon Vinya Le Havre Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva. The author’s description of the aromas of the Mediterranean is reminiscent of our cabernets, which, after ageing in the bottle, always give off those notes of garrigue that Rafel mentions in his latest novel.
This wine is a blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc that on the nose stands out for its notes of pepper, ripe red fruit and toasted and spicy notes from the barrel ageing. On the palate, the entry is surprisingly lively, medium to full-bodied with a concentration of tannins that gives it a full-bodied character. The tannins are lively, giving the wine a freshness and linearity.
What do you think of these pairings, do you have any other suggestions, what other books would you pair Jean Leon wines with? We’re all ears!