Chateau La Nerthe was established in the 12th century and earned a reputation for outstanding wines almost immediately. The chateau’s wine had such an international reputation that records exist showing that wealthy businessmen in 18th century Boston ordered Chateau La Nerthe. Today the 225-acre estate in Chateauneuf-du-Pape is considered the most significant property in the appellation and it is owned by the Richard family, who bought it in 1985. The Richard family also runs a negociant business. La Nerthe makes nearly 300,000 bottles of red and 40,000 bottles of white annually. Though all of the estate’s wines are highly rated, the Cuvee des Cadettes is produced only in outstanding vintages and is entirely from old vines. A second label is Clos de la Graniere.