Domaine Wardys’ Private Selection vs. Chateau les Cedres

Posted: August 12, 2014 in drinks, wine
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Domaine Wardy makes a small selection of wines out of the Bekka Valley in Lebanon. Its Private Selection is the pride of its wine maker; therefore, I pit the two wines against each other. The cream of the crop by the current wine maker vs her predecessor.  One is constantly entered into wine competitions (Chateau Les Cedres) while the other is not (Private Selection).

DW’s Private Selection 2005 is a strong tasting wine that pairs well with food.  It doesn’t taste well when drunk on its own.  Most of the tasters will agree the wine needs a few hours to decant.  Sommeliers suggest at least 2 hours while wine geeks prefer overnight.  The unique bottle design allows the wine to stand out on shelves.

1/3 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1/3 Syrah and 1/3 Merlot with 14 months of aging in new french oak barrels.  Spicy nose with hints of clove, taste of red fruits and spices with a caramelized finish (taken from the website).  I think it tastes like black fruits and blueberries.  It tastes right.

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This wine was bottled by Diana’s predecessor.  I would imagine it to be a Bordeaux blend because of the bottle shape.  Intervin Gold Medal winner.  One is suppose to taste the earth, berries, vanilla, pepper and oaky with soft tannins.  12 months in french oak barrels.  This wine also requires decanting but is fine to drink on its own.  I find it less spicy than the Private Selection with a earthy licorice taste.

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Shiraz, and 20% Merlot

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I did not taste any of the flavours as found in the tasting notes on the website.  The Chateau Les Cedres is easier to drink on its own while the Private Selection requires food.  Private Selection is the stronger tasting of the two wines.  Regular wine consumers seem to prefer the Chateau as I would expect it to be a taste to which they have familiarity.  I prefer the Private Selection solely based on the funky bottle which catches my eye and the fact its never submitted to competition.  On taste testing, most people are pleasantly surprised with the wine in the funny bottle.  Both wines cost the same so it comes down to preference.  I’ll take the PS any day.


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