Domaine Saint-Damien

France, Rhône, Gigondas



St. Damien was an early Christian saint (martyred in the year 287 A.D.), considered the patron saint of doctors. There was a chapel to his honor in the tiny hamlet of La Baumette, just outside the village of Gigondas, where Joel Saurel lives.  M. Saurel’s predecessors took the name Saint Damien for the domaine.  Domaine St. Damien’s cuvées of Gigondas have become the reference for classic full-bodied yet fine Gigondas, with scores by all journalists being both consistent and high every vintage.  Almost as popular as their high-scoring Giogondas cuvees, are their Côtes-du-Rhône bottlings for their intense concentration and tremendous value.  Harvests are later and yields are low.  Joel’s son, Romain is becoming more and more involved in the winemaking.  Their goal is to produce Gigondas expressive of terroir, tradition, length and balance—in short, the best of Gigondas.  


Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Gigondas Rosé 70% Cinsault, 15% Syrah, 15%Mourvèdre 15 and 45 years Red sandy clay soil with broken round stones (cailloux) Organic
Vin de Pays "Le Dix" 50% Caladoc, 50% Marselan 12 and 25 years Alluvial and fluvial Quarternary soil Organic
Côtes-du-Rhône "La Bouveau" 80% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 5% Viognier 13 and 60 years Alluvial and fluvial Quarternary soil Organic
Côtes-du-Rhône Vieilles Vignes 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre 65 and 37 years Red clay with lots of round stones (cailloux) on top Organic
Gigondas Vieilles Vignes 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre Average 40 years Low terraces of round stones (cailloux) Organic
Gigondas "La Louisianne"  80% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 5% balance of Cinsault and Syrah 73, 64 and 38 years Sandy clay, red old alluvium with broken cailloux Organic
Gigondas "Les Souteyrades" 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre 67 and 38 years Pure grey clay soil with few stones Organic