Wines Jean Leon
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This limited-production Gran Reserva is only made from exceptional vintages. It has its origins in the Vinya La Scala vineyard, a small eight-hectare parcel planted in 1963. Considered the first Spanish wine made primarily from the Cabernet Sauvignon variety, Vinya La Scala was selected as the official wine for Ronald Reagan’s inauguration at the White House in 1981. Its name is a tribute to the restaurant Jean Leon opened in Beverly Hills during Hollywood’s Golden Age. The label of every new vintage features the work of a renowned artist. The 2011 vintage comes alive with the colorful universe of Javier Mariscal and his piece Atardecer en Brooklyn [Sunset in Brooklyn].
At the French port of Le Havre, Jean Leon stowed away on a ship bound for the US. He was soon discovered by a sailor who decided to keep his presence a secret. This Reserva wine is a tribute to an unspoken pact with a stranger who changed Jean Leon’s life forever. Made from Cabernet Sauvignon and small percentage of Cabernet Franc, this limited-production wine originates in an exceptional 16-hectare vineyard that shares the same name.
From stowaway and New York cab driver to one of Hollywood’s most successful restaurant owners and founder of his own namesake winery. Jean Leon’s life is the timeless tale of the American dream. Vinya Palau remembers Jean Leon’s origins and pays tribute to his hometown, Santander, the starting point for a life marked by extraordinary success. 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.
His charisma and discretion made Jean Leon a confidant to the stars, who embraced him as one of their own and trusted him with their unusual stories. Years later, when he had his own family, Jean Leon produced this organic wine in their honor. 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.
An artisanal and organic wine with a limited production of 1,990 bottles. An exclusive wine made from the Xarel·lo variety, a grape native to Penedès, the region where Jean Leon’s dream became a reality. This varietal wine begins with our finest old vines, harvested and selected by hand. It is a tribute to Jean Leon at his most intuitive, experimental and determined. Proceeds from this wine support the Josep Carreras Foundation and the fight against leukemia.
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A tribute to Jean Leon’s spirit of innovation and his deep admiration and understanding of French varieties. This organic and artisanal Cabernet Franc, a limited production of only 2,018 bottles, is made from our finest old vines planted in 1974.
A re-encounter with the varietal origins of Penedès, the land that welcomed Jean Leon and gave birth to Sumoll, an ancestral red grape. The old bush vines were planted in 1975 at 250 meters. This exclusive, hand-harvested wine is a limited edition of only 2,182 bottles.
A young, fresh and bold Chardonnay varietal from vines planted in our vineyards in 1991. The number 3055 refers to Jean Leon’s New York cab license and reveals the man behind the legend: the humble beginnings of an idealist who achieved his dream of opening the most famous restaurant in Hollywood and creating his own namesake wine.
A sensual feminine rosé with a distinctive pale pink color made from Pinot Noir, one of the most elegant and international French red varieties. The number 3055 refers to Jean Leon’s New York cab license and reveals the man behind the legend: the humble beginnings of an idealist who achieved his dream of opening the most famous restaurant in Hollywood and creating his own namesake wine.
A youthful interpretation of the winery’s most complex reds. Made from Merlot vines planted in our vineyards in 1997 and a small percentage of Petit Verdot, a variety we have been cultivating since 2006. The number 3055 refers to Jean Leon’s New York cab license and reveals the man behind the legend: the humble beginnings of an idealist who achieved his dream of opening the most famous restaurant in Hollywood and creating his own namesake wine.