Although a relative newcomer to the Lebanese wine scene, Domaine Wardy has quickly stimulated a great deal of international interest by focusing on creating bold expressions using well known varietals.

The estate’s origins are arak based. The firm began distilling in 1891 and today still produces one of the country’s best examples. The first of its vines for wine were planted in 1989 after a need to diversify was identified, and the first vintage was the 1996.

Experimentation and innovation are hallmarks of the Wardy family, and a wide range of grape varietals have been planted with a view to discovering where the best potential lies. The Private Selection comes from a range of low yielding vineyards on terraces as high as 1400 metres above Zahle.

Domaine Wardy's wines

  • ***

    Clos Blanc 2010

    Grapes: Obeidi, Viognier, Chard, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat

    Lifted floral nose with grapefruit citrus hints. Delicacy follows through on the palate with crunchy acidity, white fruits, plums & greengage.

  • Sauvignon Blanc 2010

    Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc

    Odd: Funky nose, sulphur, green leaves. Unripe apple, herb & parsley. No Sauvignon character. Bad bottle?

  • **

    Private Selection White 2006

    Grapes: Viognier, Muscat

    Ripe apricot on the nose with hints of walnut and almond. Oxidative style, challengingly savoury and lingering on the palate, but I expected something fresher.

  • **½

    Rose du Printemps

    Grapes: Cincault, Syrah

    Pleasant, simple rosé. A little musk over forest berries on the nose. Fresh and cool on the palate. Hints of almond over berry.

  • **

    Les Terroirs

    Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cincault, Merlot

    Warm animal nose with black fruits. Pleasant simple red, but overly tannic on finish.

  • ***½

    Private Selection 2005

    Grapes: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

    Rich smoky nose with damson and animal notes. Peppers, black fruits and spice on a palate of chunky tannins, Viscous, warming.