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The lands of the Gigondas appellation are at the very heart of the Rhone Valley, just below the rocky hills of the Dentelles de Montmirail, spreading throughout terraced vineyards, producing superior wines with high ageing potential. For over 2000 years, wines of the region have provided for man’s livelihood.

Owing much of its expansion to Clovis Saurel, the vineyard was renamed “Saint Damien” in 1979, reminding us that an old chapel used to stand near the wine cellars, today long vanished.

Joel Saurel is the youngest of 7 children in a great family of winegrowers: he was raised amongst the scents of soil and an ancestral know-how that combines both tradition and new farming technologies.

Saurel is deeply attached to the land, believing that soil is the only true master of a wine, and has thus followed the principles of Integrated Farming production since 1996.

The soil is kept alive through careful ploughing and organic fertilizers; everything is sought to bring forth the natural qualities of the soil.

Since early 2009, the vineyard has respected the requirements and specifications of Organic Farming processes. Saint Damien should receive its Organic Agriculture certification in 2012.