A deep purple-ruby color. A complexity of aromas with red fruits, blackberry liqueur, touches of incense, and notes of mint and cedar sap. The palate is enriched by a suave
and intense nose of rich mineral tension that is characteristic of limestone terroirs.
A fresh finish and an extended length reveal a mature aging aptitude.
Grape Varieties: 45% Syrah, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot. Aged in French oak barrels ( 50% new, 50% used once) for 24 months.
EL Red 2014 92 Pts. Mark Squires - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
"This is dark purple in color and subtly aromatic. It promises to be a blockbuster from its appearance, but it is instead very refined and sophisticated. Elegant and showing gorgeous mid-palate finesse, it lingers beautifully on the finish. Nuanced just slightly with some herbs and beefy hints around the edges, it demonstrates complexity too. It does have some sharp edges, both from tannins and its good freshness. Alternating between delicacy and persistence, power, and freshness, this is more than it sometimes seemed at first taste. It may yet improve in the cellar. It may be my favorite EL yet, but there is a little prognostication here, so let's be a little conservative for the moment and see where this goes."
EL red 2014: 91 Pts. – Wine Enthusiast
“Deep violet-red in the glass, this wine has aromas of dark plums and violet. Hefty tannins come on strong, but they are tempered by bright acidity. It offers flavors of
blackberry, black cherry, vanilla, toasted hazelnut, and nutmeg. The lasting finish feels a bit grippy at first, but bold acidity powers through.”
The name IXSIR derives from “Iksir”, the original Arabic word for “Elixir”, a word common to many languages, defining the purest form of all substances, a secret potion that grants eternal youth and love.
The vision behind IXSIR is to reveal the best terroirs of Lebanon, some forgotten long since. Cultivated with respect to sustainable agriculture, IXSIR’s vineyards are spread in the mountains of Lebanon on clay-calcareous and limestone soil, from Batroun to Jezzine, benefiting from the unique microclimates, Lebanon has to offer.
IXSIR’s vineyards culminate at an altitude of 1,800m, making them one of the highest in the Northern Hemisphere.
Winemaking occurs in a winery located on the hills of Batroun where 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 named by CNN as one of the greenest buildings in the world and won the international Architizer A+ Award as well as the Good Green Design Award and the Green Mind MENA Award.