Domaine Saint-Damien is run by Joël and Amie Saurel, along with their son Romain who has now taken charge of the wine-making. The Saurel family had been tending vineyards in Gigondas for four generations, dating all the way back to 1821, and until recently had been selling all their grapes to negociants. In 1996 though, Joel resumed producing wine at the estate, and in 1998 they brought on consulting winemaker Philippe Cambie. Their method of vinification is classic, with wines being fermented in large old cement tanks and aged in either cement tanks or large old foudres for the Gigondas.
The wines themselves are rich and full-bodied (as you would expect!), but also precise and detailed - there are no extra layers of overripe fruit or oak to distract from the beautiful fruit itself. These are an extraordinary collection of Gigondas and we can't recommend them enough.