Lebanon

Ixsir Altitudes Rouge, 2017

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Unique red offering from one of Lebanon's top producers

On the nose, delicate yet spicy red fruit aromas of cherries and raspberries. On the palate you get a flavourful mix of ripe blackcurrants, plums and sour cherries. With dusty tannins, the oak ageing gives further notes of cedar, dill and dark chocolate on a dry, persistent finish. Decant for 1 hour beforehand.

  • 90pts Decanter (Tasted Sept '21)
  • Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Caladoc and Tempranillo
  • 6 Months in French oak

Cellaring: Now to 2024

Food Pairing: Try lamb shawarma, spiced roast beef, bolognese stuffed peppers

STORY BEHIND THIS WINE

With over 120 hectares of vines, on some of the highest vineyards in the Northern hemisphere and a $12 million winery, these are producers of note in a country with a long history of winemaking. The name Ixsir derives from the original Arabic word for “Elixir”. The choice for the wineries name wasn’t an accident. Farmed organically and sustainably, the unique combination of history, topography and climate come together to produce distinct offerings. The French influence is notable here. This magical potion has a touch of the Rhone about it and is a great introduction to Lebanese wine.

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