Les Clefs d'Or is a Chateauneuf that does not attract a lot of press or attention. As a result, it is often lower priced than its peers. I have bought a lot of Clefs d'Or over the years and have never been disappointed with the quality. The estate has fine vineyards in the northern part of the appellation and is made from a blend of Grenache (60 to 65%) planted in the 1950s and 1960s, Mourvedre (5%) and Syrah (25 to 30%).
Deep and bright. Minimal bricking for a 25-year-old wine. From the first sniff, I know this is a classic traditional Chateauneuf. Enticing bouquet of dark fruits, tobacco, mint, new leather and spices. Power and concentration. There may be only 5% Mourvedre in the blend, but I can smell and taste those lovely Mourvedre floral-tinged spices. Also some Syrah backbone to prop up the ripe Grenache fruit. Besides being a very fine Chateauneuf, Les Clefs d'Or has convinced me that it is very ageworthy.