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Jean-François Malsert is a high-perched winegrower ! In effect, he created the Domaine de l’Iserand on the Ardeche plateau at an altitude of more than 350m, near Tournon. We are north of the Rhône valley, at the heart of the appellation Saint-Joseph.
Jean-François first created a wine bar in Tournon, then he travelled around New Zealand and Australia before coming home to focus entirely on Wine. Organic and natural wines like those he used to sell in his wine bar!
To create a domain, you need vines …there were those of his grandfather, which had gone wild. So Jean-François worked hard to restore and replant them. He also bought a few grapes in order to have enough to be able to offer them to his customers. The terroirs are mainly granite, gneiss, mica shale and loess hillsides. The vines are worked, half using animal traction, winch and pickaxe, and the other half using a small tractor.
Winemaking is done simply, the reds are often full harvest, and vatting is short, between one and two weeks. The whites are direct pressed, even if testing is carried out with maceration. The wines are then held in amphorae and demi-muids for ageing of between 6 and 18 months.
Jean-François Malsert enjoys these terroirs at high altitude, which allow him to produce light and airy Saint-Josephs. His white Saint Jo’ does not go through wood and vinified in amphorae to keep their tension. No fining, no filtering, a touch of sulphur at the outset and that’s all. The red Saint Jo’ are aged 16 months in demi-muid because, according to Jean-François “the Syrah reacts well in this container, which gives it a slight patina without marking it”.