2017 Ixsir “Altitudes” Blanc Bekka Valley, Lebabnon

Last week I had the pleasure of tasting the wines from Ixsir winery, a phenomenal producer of wines from the heart of Lebanon. Most of us probably don’t associate Lebanon with being a region producing excellent wines but that ancient land has some outstanding terroir and microclimates. There’s a reason that they’ve been making wine there for millennia.

The name Ixsir is derived from “Iksir” the Arabic word for “Elixir”. Winemaking takes place in a vineyard located on the hills of Batroun where a 17th century traditional Lebanese house presides over a contemporary winery with sustainability at its core. Recognized several times for its green credentials, the IXSIR winery was recently named as one of the greenest building in the world.

There is a large variety of wines produced by Ixsir but the one that stood out to me the most during my tasting on Friday was the “Altitudes” Blanc.

MySomm Tasting Notes:
Grape Varieties: Viognier, Musact, Obeideh

Nose: Gorgeous floral notes like white flower and orange blossom. Lemon and lime along with exotic fruit such as mango & passion fruit.

Palate: Light bodied, full of liveliness. Lithe and precise, the wine dances on the tongue. A long, crisp, mineral-driven finish.

Flavors: A core of green apple, lime sorbet, & grapefruit. These give way to tropical fruits on the mid-palate, leading into a precise, citrusy finish that lingers for a long, long time.

MySomm Price:  $12.79