The eye is seduced by its pure golden hue. The nose is enticed by an explosion of white flowers, peach, and citrus fruits. The palate is enthralled by a nice equilibrium between mellowness and liveliness that leaves a final, equally wooden taste, which gives the wine a highly distinctive character.
Grapes 60% Viognier, 25% Sauvignon 15% Chardonnay.
Aging In French oak barrels 6 months, 15% new, 30% used once, 55% used twice.
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.