11 May Best of Lebanon Tasting Sat. May 13
Saturday, May 13
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
Join us for one of our most unique and exciting tastings of the year, featuring two of Lebanon’s best wineries! From the wonderful Ixsir in the Batroun Mountains, special guest Nagi Saikali will be here pouring the entire range of his family’s wines. You won’t believe the quality in these very fairly priced wines. And as a bonus, we’re sampling four selections from Chateau Musar in Ghazir. Ixsir is a fairly young winery, founded in 2008, whereas Chateau Musar was founded in 1930. This is a great chance to sample traditional next to modern.
“These are simply lovely. Showing mid-palate finesse and refinement, they have a sophisticated feel to them. If you’re into fruit bombs, that is not what you’re getting here. These have a lot of potential. Their freshness and balance may sustain them well in the cellar, too. They have a very Northern Rhône feel to them.”
The Wine Advocate on Ixsir
2016 Ixsir Altitudes Blanc, Batroun Mountains
On Sale $14.99
Presenting a brilliant, golden robe, this wine breathes a bouquet of fresh flowers with hints of Muscat and notes of grapefruit. Floral and citrusy, with a sharp and crisp character, this balanced wine reveals a nice, fresh palate hinted with spicy undertones.
2016 Ixsir Altitudes Rose, Batroun Mountains
On Sale $14.99
This lively wine boasts a marble pink color with peony-colored reflections. The aromatic bouquet reveals an intense array of gooseberry and vine leaf aromas. On the palate, it is fruity, crisp, and delicate. Made in a classic Provençal style, it will be a delight for anyone passionate about authentic rosé wines.
2011 Ixsir Altitudes Rouge, Batroun Mountains
On Sale $14.99
Warmth, sharpness, and maturity are the dominant traits of this wine. Imprinted with mature fruits, its delicate and complex bouquet varies between an oaked aroma and red and black fruits. Notes of blackberry and blackcurrant blended with fine burnt overtones give the wine a soft and complex character. Its final silky taste makes it a pleasant and approachable wine.
2015 Ixsir Blanc Grand Reserve, Batroun Mountains
On Sale $28.99
The IXSIR Grande Réserve Blanc boasts a lovely, soft yellow color. The aromatic bouquet is rich with notes of white flowers, peach, and citrus. The palate is bold, with a very fruity flavor that evolves superbly, and a long, sophisticated finish. Aged for six months in French oak barrels, this wine reveals a rich, smooth complexity and a very pleasant overall taste.
2011 Ixsir Rouge Grand Reserve, Batroun Mountains
On Sale $26.99
This is a firm, very silky red with structure and length. Full but tight and compressed, showing tension and freshness. Delicious now. About 60% new wood aging for a year. Syrah and cabernet sauvignon.
91 Points, James Suckling
2012 El Ixsir Blanc, Batroun Mountains
On Sale $32.99
This EL is certainly worthy of its pedigree as IXSIR’s top cuvée. It is distinguished by its refined aromas of flowers combined with white fleshy fruits, herbs, and spices. On the palate, purity blends with richness to offer an unctuous and full-bodied wine. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, this wine exudes elegance, minerality, and depth.
2011 El Ixsir Rouge, Batroun Mountains
On Sale $44.99
A tight, firm red, but it shows ripe, delicious fruit. Full-bodied, refined and so pretty. Lovely tannin texture. Just the right balance between austere tannins and ripe fruit. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, syrah and merlot. Drink or hold.
92 Points, James Suckling
Also 91 Points, The Wine Advocate
2014 Musar Jeune Blanc, Bekaa Valley
On Sale $21.99
(30% Viognier, 40% Vermentino and 30% Chardonnay) The Viognier and Vermentino displayed wonderful aromatic qualities and fragrance and the Chardonnay had a rich oily texture and a floral nose. This vintage is concentrated with good acidity – full of herbs with white fruits of pears and white peaches on the nose and palate. This is a crisp, mineral well-structured wine that shows complexity and verve.
2008 Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley
On Sale $49.99
The final blend is about one third each of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan. The blending took place in 2011 then wines spent a year in French Nevers oak barrels. The Cinsault seemed to benefit most from the heat and showed abundant red fruit aromas, Carignan displayed blackcurrant and black cherry notes and the Cabernet Sauvignon gave us structure with herbs, coffee and dark berry fruits. The grapes this year were intensely juicy.
2011 Hochar Père et Fils by Musar, Bekka Valley
On Sale $30.99
Cinsault (50%), Grenache (30%), Carignan (10%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) A minerally red, with dried Asian spice notes to the raspberry and red currant flavors. Raspberry jam and curry accents show on the finish. Drink now. 6,000 cases made.
The Wine Spectator
2013 Musar Jeune Rouge, Bekaa Valley
On Sale $21.99
The Musar Jeune Red 2013 is a blend of 50% old vines Cinsault, 35% Syrah and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes come from our organically certified vineyards, and are all harvested in September 2013. The wines were fermented in concrete vats at a temperature between 27 and 29 degrees Celsius. Blending took place in March 2014, it rested in concrete vats again until being bottled in the summer of 2014. This vintage has a deep crimson color, a lovely black fruits nose with liquorice, mint and black olives. A good concentration of black cherry and blackberry fruit on the palate balanced with fresh acidity, soft tannins and a long after-taste of morello cherries and clove.