In the most clued-up wine bars and cavistes in Lyon, the endless requests for Pierre Gonon’s peerless St-Joseph are usually skilfully deflected towards wines like those of Domaine de L’Iserand. There, they feel a responsibility towards supporting new vignerons working hard to make great wines at fair prices. Not just as a commercial necessity but a moral and professional obligation to work with the most exciting new talent. You should too. It keeps the whole world spinning.

When it comes to a platonic ideal for Syrah, the appellation of St-Joseph comes closest to achieving perfection. No, it is not as statuesque as Hermitage or as complex as Cote Rotie. Neither is it as wild and brutal as Cornas. It is just balanced, cool, peppery Syrah that can be drunk earlier and with more enjoyment than the other great hillside wines. In comparison with an appellation like Cote-Rotie, there are many more growers working organically, traditionally, often with a horse without spraying tons of round-up about. Yes there is a large diversity of terroir, but the wines from the best spots deserve to be recognised as world-class cradles of Syrah.

Jean-Francois Malsert (Jef) used to run the boisterous Carafe aux Foillies wine bar in Tournon, where he would regularly look to push the early vintages of Dard and Ribo and other low-intervention artisan vignerons. You suspect that in this environment, the virtues of drinkability were highly prized. Looking to the future and encouraged by local vignerons, he decided to rehabilitate the old vineyards of his grandfather, who like many locals, found the lean post-war years just impossible. To work traditionally on the slopes and make wine that sells for centimes, er, no thanks was the general thought in the 1950s. In 2015 Francois released the first wines from his ancestral land. I’m sure his grandfather would be proud.

His small garage winery is based in Secheras, where he has vines alongside those of Ozon and Arras. In total he has just under 4 hectares of which 1.5 were the old family vines. Typically, he produces under 200 cases of each cuvee. The vines are relatively young but are producing excellent grapes of low yield. Ploughing is by horse and the farming is fully organic. He uses 30% amphores, and old 600 litre cases for the raising, and is low on the SO2 throughout the process.

The abandoned vineyards that were farmed back in the day by his grandfather were never sprayed so retain excellent vitality which Francoise is keen to accentuate in his own wines. If you like the wines of Herve Souhat and Dard & Ribo, well, as they say, you’ll love these!

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Region
Vintage
Wine
Bottles
Unit
Status
Ex Vat
Inc Duty & Vat
Buy
South Africa Cider2009
Sadie Volksvreemd Cider
21DP1619+
South Africa Red2012
Adi Badenhorst Cwg Kalmoesfontein Ramnasgras Cinsault
11DP4655+
South Africa Red2016
Badenhorst Badenhorst Raaigras Grenache
41DP3947+
South Africa Red2017
Badenhorst Badenhorst Raaigras Grenache
21DP3340+
South Africa Red2016
Badenhorst Badenhorst Ramnagras Cinsault
31DP3947+
South Africa Red2017
Badenhorst Badenhorst Ramnagras Cinsault
21DP3340+
South Africa Red2013
Badenhorst Red
21DP2429+
South Africa Red2014
Badenhorst Red
31DP2024+
South Africa Red2013
Barbera Drift Kans Vate Cape Winemakers Guild (Signed)
11DP5161+
South Africa Red2016
Broc Cellars Cou Cou Cabernet Franc
21DP1822+
South Africa Red2011
De Trafford Blue Print Syrah
11DP2024+
South Africa Red2014
De Trafford Blue Print Syrah
12DP2024+
South Africa Red2005
De Trafford Shiraz
11DP2631+
South Africa Red2010
De Trafford Syrah 393
21DP3036+
South Africa Red2012
De Trafford Syrah 393
21DP3036+
South Africa Red2013
De Trafford Syrah 393
31DP3036+
South Africa Red2014
Franco Lourens Howard John Carignan
21DP2125+
South Africa Red2017
Franco Lourens Howard John Carignan
11DP2125+
South Africa Red2016
Franco Lourens Red Blend
21DP2024+
South Africa Red2014
Giant Periwinkle Old Lady On The Corner Pinot Noir
11DP1619+
South Africa Red2015
Heiwee Cabernet Sauvignon
11DP2024+
South Africa Red2014
Kaapzicht Kaapzicht Cabernet Franc
11DP2024+
South Africa Red2015
Kanonkop Black Label
11DP8096+
South Africa Red2013
Keermont Syrah (Magnum)
11DP3036+
South Africa Red2014
Keermont Topside Syrah
11DP3238+
South Africa Red2014
Kershaw Deconstructed Syrah Sh22
21DP4048+
South Africa Red2014
Kershaw Deconstructed Syrah Sh9C
21DP4048+
South Africa Red2014
Kershaw Syrah
11DP2328+
South Africa Red2015
Leau Passant Dry Red
31DP3238+
South Africa Red2016
Leau Passant Dry Red
51DP3643+
South Africa Red2015
Leeu Passant Dry Red (Magnum)
21DP7590+
South Africa Red2014
Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah
11DP2226+
South Africa Red2012
Leeuwenkuil Syrah
11DP2024+
South Africa Red2014
Louis Nel Cape Winemakers Guild Unobtanium
51DP7691+
South Africa Red2014
Meerlust Rubicon
11DP2125+
South Africa Red2015
Mullineux Granite Chenin
11DP2834+
South Africa Red2014
Mullineux Granite Syrah
51DP4048+
South Africa Red2015
Mullineux Granite Syrah
11DP4048+
South Africa Red2016
Mullineux Granite Syrah
41DP4048+
South Africa Red2017
Mullineux Granite Syrah
31DP4048+
South Africa Red2015
Mullineux Granite Syrah (Magnum)
41DP85102+
South Africa Red2013
Mullineux Grenache
11DP85102+
South Africa Red2016
Mullineux Iron Syrah
51DP3542+
South Africa Red2013
Mullineux Mouvedre
11DP4048+
South Africa Red2017
Mullineux Schist Syrah
21DP4655+
South Africa Red2014
Mullineux Schist Syrah (Magnum)
11DP90108+
South Africa Red2015
Mullineux Straw Wine
31DP2226+
South Africa Red2015
Mullineux Syrah (Magnum)
11DP3238+
South Africa Red2006
Mvemve Raats De Compostella
11DP106127+
South Africa Red2008
Mvemve Raats De Compostella
11DP95114+
South Africa Red2013
Mvemve Raats De Compostella
11DP95114+
South Africa Red2014
Mvemve Raats De Compostella
11DP85102+
South Africa Red2000
Nederburg - Private Bin R109 Cab Suv Merlot (Nederburg Auction 2010)
11DP95114+
South Africa Red2005
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Auction Ederburg
11DP6578+
South Africa Red2016
Ou Treffer Ou Treffer Cinsault
11DP1923+
South Africa Red2014
Paserne Paserne Marathon
11DP2125+
South Africa Red2016
Rooidraai Rooidraai
11DP1923+
South Africa Red2015
Rose Kruger Cape Winemakers Guild Shiraz
11DP4655+
South Africa Red2016
Savage Are We There Yet
21DP2024+
South Africa Red2015
Sillvervis Cinsault
21DP2125+
South Africa Red2014
Silvervis Silvervis Cinsualt
11DP2125+
South Africa RedNA
Smiley Dry Red V2
11DP3238+
South Africa RedNV
Smiley Smiley Dry Red V1
11DP3238+
South Africa RedNV
Smiley Smiley Dry Red V2
11DP3238+
South Africa Red2013
Storm Pinot Noir Vrede
21DP3036+
South Africa Red2014
Swerwer Red
21DP1619+
South Africa Red2016
Swerwer Red
11DP1619+
South Africa Red2015
Terracura Syrah
11DP2226+
South Africa Red2016
Testalonga Mangaliza
11DP2429+
South Africa Red2016
Testalonga Mangaliza (Magnum)
11DP4858+
South Africa Red2016
Testalonga Queen Of Spades
11DP2024+
South Africa Red2011
The Drift The Drift Were Here Cape Winemakers Guild
21DP5667+
South Africa Red2014
The Giant Periwinkle Sea Witch Pinot Noir
11DP2125+
South Africa Red2013
Vilafonte Seriously Old Dirt
11DP1619+
South Africa White2013
Capensis Chardonnay
11DP95114+
South Africa White2017
Franco Lourens Lindi Caren White
21DP2429+
South Africa White2015
Groot Constantia Chardonnay Cape Winemakers Guild
11DP4655+
South Africa White2011
Groot Constantia Grand Constance (Half)
21DP6072+
South Africa White2012
Groot Constantia Grand Constance (Half)
11DP6072+
South Africa White2014
Kaapzicht 1947 Chenin Blanc
11DP3036+
South Africa White2015
Kaapzicht 1947 Chenin Blanc Cape Winemakers Guild
51DP3542+
South Africa White1998
Klein Constantia Vin De Constance (Half)
11DP105126+
South Africa White2005
Klein Constantia Vin De Constance (Half)
11DP4554+
South Africa White2006
Klein Constantia Vin De Constance (Half)
11DP5060+
South Africa White2011
Klein Constantia Vin De Constance (Half)
21DP6679+
South Africa White2013
Klein Constantia Vin De Constance (Half)
11DP5060+
South Africa White2014
Klein Constantia Vin De Constance (Half)
21DP5060+
South Africa White2015
Klein Constantia Vin De Constance (Half)
31DP5060+
South Africa White2016
Leau Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay
51DP3036+
South Africa White2018
Mullineux Granite Chenin
21DP2631+
South Africa White2017
Mullineux Old Vines White
11DP1822+
South Africa White2016
Mullineux Quartz Chenin
31DP2631+
South Africa White2017
Mullineux Quartz Chenin
31DP2631+
South Africa White2013
Mullineux Straw Wine
51DP2530+
South Africa White2016
Mullineux Straw Wine
11DP2226+
South Africa White2017
Mullineux Straw Wine
11DP2226+
South Africa White2008
Mullineux Straw Wine
11DP3036+
South Africa White2013
Rijks Cape Winemakers Guild Chenin Blanc
31DP4655+
South Africa White2012
Silwervis Chenin Blanc
21DP2125+
South Africa White2014
Silwervis Chenin Blanc
21DP2125+
South Africa White2015
Silwervis Chenin Blanc
21DP2125+
South Africa WhiteNV
Smiley Smiley Chenin V2
11DP3036+
South Africa WhiteNV
Smiley White V3
21DP3036+
South Africa White2016
Testalonga El Bandito Skin Contact (Magnum)
11DP4250+
South Africa White2016
Testalonga Follow Your Dreams (Magnum)
11DP4048+
South Africa White2016
Testalonga Keep On Punching
11DP2024+
South Africa White2016
Testalonga Keep On Punching (Magnum)
11DP4250+
South Africa White2016
Testalonga Lords Of Dogtown
11DP2226+
South Africa White2016
Testalonga Lords Of Dogtown (Magnum)
11DP5262+
South Africa White2016
Testalonga Monkey Gone To Heaven (Magnum)
11DP5262+
South Africa White2016
Testalonga Sweet Cheeks
11DP1822+