Domaine de I'lserand Saint Joseph Lou Taissou 2018

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As owner of the once popular wine bar Carafes en Folie in Tournon-sur-Rhone, Jean-François aka “Jeff” was a devoted supporter and drinker of naturally-farmed and -produced wines from the Rhône Valley and beyond. He sought vibrancy and drinkability in the wines he served, and he aims for these characteristics in his own natural wines at Domaine d l’Iserand, which he founded in the small village of Sécheras in 2011. Jean-François’ joyful approach to wine permeates every aspect of his work in the vineyards and cellar.

Following stints working in Australia, New Zealand and France, Jean-François took over a small plot of Syrah planted by his grandfather in the appellation of Saint Joseph. Today his small farm extends to 5.8 hectares, which he cares for with steadfast dedication. His organic regimen calls for treatments with herbal teas of horsetail and nettle, and he aims for the minimum (judicious) use of copper and sulfur. In the cellar the wines ferment with indigenous yeast in a combination of demi-muids and amphoras, there is no fining nor filtration, and little or no sulfur is used in vinification (just at the bottling).

"Dark violet color. Highly fragrant black/blue fruit, floral and licorice scents are lifted by smoky mineral and cracked pepper qualities. Pliant and seamless on the palate, showing real vivacity to its focused black raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors, which turn sweeter on the back half. Finishes sappy and energetic, with a salty hint of olive paste and dusty, fine-grained tannins that make a late appearance. (60% whole clusters; fermented in stainless steel tank and raised in a 50/50 combination of neutral _demi-muids and small, polymer tanks)" AG 92

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