histoire

The buildings on the farm are more ancient than the vineyard.
As a matter of fact, the room used today as the wine cellar used to be a chapel or church dating from the XIIth century.
Archives must have been taken to the Vatican and thus, hardly available to consult today.

Our history, the one of the vineyard, begins in the fifties.
At that time, the farm located on the ancient convent, was divided into two parts.
Aimé and Yvonne Jullien, two young farmers, worked on one part of the farm.
They bought the second half in October 1955. Back then, the farm covered 13 hectares
in mixed farming, 5 hectares of grape vines and the rest of fruit trees: olive trees, apricot trees
and cherry trees. There was no wine cellar.

At the start of the winter of 1956, the weather was unusually warm.
But then, in February, the temperatures dropped to minus 20 degrees Celsius.
The extreme cold and the frost were a catastrophe. Most of the olive trees did not survive the frost.
The vines and apricot trees also froze: Aimé and Yvonne became disheartened.
Aimé who had previously made wine in his youth and who had tried again with his own grapes and barrels,
hit upon the idea of replanting the orchards with grape vines, and a few years later,
in 1964, a small wine cellar was developed. The first sales were made by word of mouth.
Fernand Degouet, a printer and publisher in Paris, became Aimé's good friend and first client.
He created the label on the bottles of the vineyard (Cuvée Saint-Martin).
For many yeras, at the end of his holidays in Provence, Fernand would leave Suzette with the boot of his Citroën DS full of bottles.

In 1970 the farm became a real vineyard.
With 11 hectares of grape vines, Aimé created a wine cellar to develop the wine making process.
The terroir of Suzette is particular. At the beginning the wine was labelled under a simple appellation.
Then it became Côtes du Ventoux and Côtes du Rhône. Finally, in 1978, the appellation became
Côtes du Rhône Village Beaumes de Venise. In 1979 Aimé Jullien had health problems.
Therefore he took the decision to let his 21 year old son Guy take over the management of the vineyard.
However, Aimé remained at his side for over twenty years. After nearly ten years of farming Guy Jullien
chose a more natural farming following his father's steps (natural ploughing of the earth,
sulphur and organic manure). The vineyard has been using fully organic methods from 1998.

In 1981 Guy and his wife Michèle took part in the first Wine and Wine Makers Exhibition in Paris on the Austerlitz Quay.
For many years it was seen as a great event where wine lovers, cellarmen and restaurant owners would meet.
During this period many wine bars opened in Paris: les Envierges with François Morel, Le Baratin with Rachel and Olivier,
les Pipos with Jean-Michel Delhoume, Le Moulin à Vins with Dany. Guy spent improvised evenings tasting wines
with other wine makers from all over France . It was then that Guy acquired a desire to produce natural wines.


In 1994, Guy extended the wine cellar. The grapes of each plot were fermented in separate tanks to maintain the integrity of each parcel.
The specificity of the soil was really taken into account. In the same year, a new vintage was produced: Diapir (%100 trias soil).
In the year 2000, it was followed by the Cuvée Terre Jaunes (trias soil) and the Cuvee Constanci (from vines on marl).
In 1999, the vineyard was extended through the purchase of 3 hectares of land Côtes du Ventoux Appellation.
The place is called Les Estaillades in the village of Le Barroux . Then, five years later, in 2004 Guy and Thomas
(still studying at the time) decide to buy some land in Saint-Hippolyte-le-Graveyron, the Cuvee La Gérine was produced.

In 2006 ,the new tasting cellar opened its doors in an old part of the farm.
In the same year the new exhibition hall dedicated to happy gatherings and cultural events was inaugurated.
Thomas, after his University studies in Business and oenology, and after several months of training in varied vineyards intends to
work at the family vineyard.
The Julliens' passion for natural wines continues to grow and they wish to share it with you.

Our dear Aimé.



Ferme Saint Martin
84190 SUZETTE - France - Tél : +33 (0)4 90 62 96 40 - EMAIL