Giving wine is giving culture



The act of gift giving should cover more than just material needs, because there is a message, a meaning, that lies in the intention behind this phenomenon: It is an expression of our affection and respect that in turn says a lot about us.

Giving culture is giving feelings. The versatility and range of expressions that fulfill our definition of “culture” make it possible for our perception of the artistic phenomenon to materialize in novels, essays, poetry, painting and illustration, architecture, music... and wine.

We should remember that culture is a gift we have given ourselves as a species; the combination of an artistic interpretation of history and experience that does not recognize localisms or the significance of the passage of time.

Culture makes us equal and reminds us that humility is necessary in a world where there were already vines before there was thought itself.

Much like Sartre’s or Montaigne’s wisdom illuminates the world, Dostoyevsky’s or Gogol’s literary profoundness and understanding of the soul places us before a mirror, or Lorca’s sensitivity fills our souls, wine goes beyond the borders of ordinary to reclaim its place as a true cultural phenomenon.

Because when you give the gift of wine, you’re giving culture. A beautiful gift full of know-how and history. The most perfect and complex version; the exemplification of the meaning of a healthy relationship between human and nature. Pure, full art.

Short on gift ideas? Make a note of these organic wines that are full of soul and stories.

For adventurers with a penchant for exaggerating

Jean Leon’s life is the perfect analogy for achieving the American dream, while it could also be described as the hero’s journey: risk, determination, vision, effort, and idealism. Something you can also find in his single-vineyard wines:

  • Vinya Le Havre Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva: A distant memory of the journey our protagonist set out on when he embarked at the French port that today provides the name for one of the most iconic single-vineyard wines from this Penedès winery. A small percentage of Cabernet Franc rounds out the soul of a wine that is equal parts intense and elegant.
  • Another top-choice red is Vinya Palau, a tribute to Jean Leon’s hometown and a reminder of the start of his lifelong adventure. This single-variety Merlot, made from vines planted in 1991, has an aromatic intensity and intoxicating fruity aroma that will transport you to an ideal from another time.
  • If prestigious, distinctive white wines are more your style, there’s Vinya Gigi Chardonnay, a variety as charismatic as Jean Leon himself. This is a deep, knowing wine that’s intense and warm, elegant and mature. One of the first single-variety Chardonnays made in Spain, and the first to undergo barrel fermentation.

For idealists with a love of the land

X-16 (2016 Xarel·lo) is a new venture for the winery, born out of an ambitious experimental project that seeks the perfect varietal essence in its purest state. Brilliant yellow in color, X-16 is the second vintage of this Xarel·lo wine whose production is limited to 1,990 bottles. Its essence is built on aromas of citrus, fennel, and aniseed against a backdrop of white flowers; the bottled memory of Mediterranean forests trapped between the sea and the mountains.

If you’re looking for the same varietal essence in a red version, the brand-new CF-15 (2015 Cabernet Franc) represents the latest from Jean Leon: aromatic persistence underpinned by red and black fruit lying over subtle, elegant vegetable notes typical of the way this variety has adapted to the Penedès vineyard.

For restless minds with pictorial vision

The relationship between art and Jean Leon is a given: It’s difficult to understand one without the other. Vinya La Scala Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva 2011 bears the name of the Beverly Hills restaurant founded by Jean Leon, and with each vintage this wine pays due respect to art by depicting a work from a famous artist on its label, with the current vintage featuring painter Javier Mariscal.

The new 2011 vintage has been illustrated by Javier Mariscal, who takes us to the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge on an atmospheric fall evening.

In terms of its sensory profile, this wine is a well-defined exemplification of what Cabernet Sauvignon offers: 26 months of aging have resulted in a numbered, limited wine, whose highlights are its deep color, structure, a wise grown-up elegance, and a fragrant aromatic intensity. It is fruit laden with fleshy tannins, holding the promise of an aging potential that flirts with eternity.

The universal nature of wine – its history, our know-how with vines, and the feeling a bottle gives us when it’s uncorked – is something so valuable and loaded with intention that we have to consider it a cultural phenomenon.

As Hemingway put it: “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”


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