Spanish wines with personnality
“Four Jean Leon wines are Single Vineyard Wine certified. Each vineyard has a singular personality and characteristics. They are a bottled expression of their terroir.” - Mireia Torres, head winemaker and Jean Leon Director
A Presidential Seal of Approval
Jean Leon’s Penedès wines rapidly met with critical acclaim in the United States. The intense, ripe-fruited character of Spain, paired with the noble grapes of Bordeaux, proved a winning combination. The 1975 vintage of Vinya La Scala Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva was chosen for Ronald Reagan’s inaugural dinner at the White House.
The Single Vineyard Designation
Jean Leon was the first winery in Penedès to receive the Vi de Finca (Single Vineyard Wine) designation. This is the highest distinction a wine can obtain in Catalonia. The certification acknowledges the unique character of certain vineyard sites. More specifically, it highlights the rare combination of a particular variety, a certain type of soil, and a favourable microclimate that produce exceptional wine.
Old Vines and Organic Viticulture
The first Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards were planted in 1963. Sourced from among the finest wineries of France, a portion of these noble vines still exist today. They produce minute quantities of highly concentrated, flavourful grapes. The entire estate was converted to organic viticulture in 2008, and officially certified in 2012. The team works exclusively with natural fertilizers, integrated pest management techniques, and chemical-free herbicides. These natural practices have lead to balanced, healthy vineyards.
The Ultimate Jean Leon Food & Wine Pairing
Jean Leon’s Director, Mireia Torres, loves paella. Torres swears by her grandmother’s special recipe which combines sausage and seafood (monkfish, mussels, squid, cuttlefish, shrimp and langoustines). “It is very important to cook the rice in freshly prepared fish stock and really let the saffron shine”. Torres recommends the Vinya Gigi Chardonnay with this dish. The wine’s vibrant acidity, bright citrus flavours, and complex toasty finish make for an extraordinary match.