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.

    A wine that lends full expression to the Merlot variety. Fresh and elegant with sweet tannins. Remarkably long finish with a lovely lift of acidity.


    Deeply opaque, intense red color with a bright rim indicative of its good condition


    Red fruit jam, grilled bell peppers, spices, roasted notes


    Sweet entry, moderately firm structure, good acidity, supple tannins, long creamy finish

    100% Merlot

    12 months in French oak; bottle aged for 6 months or more

    Limited production
    12,191 bottles


    16 days (skin contact + fermentation)

    September 26th–27th

    Ideal with poultry like duck magret with red fruit sauce. Lovely with white fish like cod.

    Single Vineyard Wine. Highest D.O. classification. Wines that originate from a single vineyard, a specific type of soil, and a microclimate that encourages maximum expressivity.

    Vinya Palau

    Vineyard Size
    10 hectares


    1991 Planting of Merlot vines in the Vinya Palau parcel

    Calcareous clay, arenaceous with gravel


    Organic since 2008

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    2012 Vintage

    Guía Peñín 2017, Spain (90/100 points)

    Guía Proensa 2017, Spain (95/100 points)

     2011 Vintage

    Guía Proensa 2016 (94 points.)

    Guía Repsol 2016, Spain (91/100 points)

    “Commended” Decanter World Wine Awards 2015, UK

    100% Merlot

    12 months in French oak; bottle aged for 6 months or more

    Limited production
    12,191 bottles