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A tribute to Jean Leon's hometown of Santander, the starting point for a life marked by extraordinary success.

Situated at 275 meters, the 10-hectare Palau vineyard is divided into two areas with different soil characteristics that are perfect for growing Merlot. The moderately deep, yellowish brown soil is well-drained, medium to moderately fine in texture, and does not contain stones. Organic matter content is very low, and calcium carbonate and active limestone levels are moderate. The water holding capacity is very high.

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Vintage 2007

Grape varieties: Merlot

Date grapes picked: Merlot (10-11 September, 2007)

Vine age: Planted in 1991

Surface area: 10 ha, Vinya Palau

Soil characteristics: In this vineyard, the merlot variety grows in two different types of soil: one consists of calcareous clay and the other is sandy with high gravel content.

Harvest: Manual


Fermentation: Alcoholic fermentation at a controlled temperature of 26ºC in stainless steel vats. After 16 days of fermentation it begins the aging in barrel.


Ageing: Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months with malolactic fermentation. Followed by bottle aging for a period of at least six months.

Bottled: July 15, 2009

Alcohol: 14%

Tasting notes: Ruby red color of medium to deep opacity. Soft aromas of red fruit on the nose (plums, blackberries and blueberries). The oak barrels impart gentle nuances of toast and spices (eucalyptus and clove) during the aging. Fresh upon entry, evolving gradually across the palate, creamy with round, sweet tannins and a long finish.

Serving suggestions: Ideal with poultry like duck magret served in a red berry sauce. Also pairs well with white fish like cod.

Awards: 95 points, Semana Vitivinícola 2013 (Spain); 90 points, Peñín 2011 (Spain)


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Catalonia, Penedès


Calcareous clay and sandy with high gravel content

Vineyard size

10 ha


100% Merlot

Age of vines

Planted in 1991

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Fake factory


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Inside Information

Story: An immigrant at the ouset who rose from taxi-driver to successful restaurateur and confidant to the stars of Hollywood's iconic golden age, the story of Jean Leon is the eternal story of the American dream. Aware of his roots, Vinya Palau is an homage to his home town of Santander, the starting point for an incredibly successful life.

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