B-21 Top Recommendation
In the 14th century, the papal court relocated to Avignon in the Rhone valley, giving Chateauneuf du Pape its name ("new house of the Pope"), while dozens of noble Italian families relocated to the region. Among those were the Lançon family forebears, the Barberini family of Rome – still prominent in Italy; a Pope and a couple cardinals in the lineage – making these owners of Domaine de la Solitude an integral part of the region's historical fabric. Their family crest – the three bees adorning the labels on their bottles – dates to the middle ages. Including the Renaissance, through the Revolution and throughout these modern times, the Lançon family has been part of Chateauneuf du Pape. In the early 1870s, conscientious growers gathered together, formulating the rules which launched the entire Appellation Controlée (AOC) system, the Lançon family the cornerstone estate for their zone. Fittingly, they reached another watershed moment in their long, brilliant history, landing in Wine Spectator's Top 100 list for 2017. I'll soon have each of their ultra-fine specialty cuvees from 2015 in stock, as well as their Top 100 earning 2016 CDP Blanc (#74). Order yours today, you're gonna want these.