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Walls: Domaine Bonnefond’s inspiring next generation

Matt Walls visits Domaine Bonnefond in Côte-Rôtie, where, in an appellation domainted by male winemakers, 26-year-old Léa Bonnefond is making quite the impression.

The small Suzuki 4×4 came to an abrupt stop and we teetered at the top of a steep path in lieu-dit ‘Les Rochains’, high in the hills of Côte-Rôtie. It had been raining all day and the ground was a slick of slippery brown mud. The Rhône was flowing grey in the valley far below us. Léa Bonnefond flicked a button on the dashboard and the car switched to four-wheel drive. She pushed the accelerator, and down we went.

The cover of my notebook still displays my fingernail marks, but Bonnefond was unconcerned – just another day in the vines for this 26-year-old, who grew up next to the winery in the tiny hamlet of Mornas.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for five vintages of Léa Bonnefond’s stunning wine

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Notes and scores for five vintages of Léa Bonnefond’s exceptional cuvée:

Wines are listed youngest to oldest

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