Clos du Mont-Olivet is among the most significant estates in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, established in 1932 by Joseph Sabon, the son of Roger Sabon, one of the historic winemakers of the southern Rhône Valley. The Sabons have been Rhône winemakers since 1547. Joseph Sabon's descendants continue to make great wine at Clos du Mont-Olivet. Châteauneuf producers can use 13 grape varieties to make their wine. That's why La Sabonite is such a gem. It is a blend of juice that Joseph’s grandson Thierry does not use for their Châteauneuf-du-Pape. There is never a precise recipe but its pedigree is impeccable. It’s a wine ready to drink and becomes better and better the more it breathes. Their signature Châteauneuf-du-Pape costs around $40 a bottle. At less than one-fourth the price of Clos du Mont Olivet’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape, you’d have to be a very picky wine drinker to thumb your nose at La Sabonite. Extremely versatile at the table drink with charcuterie, roast poultry, or grilled lamb.