century monastery of «Sancti Medardi Abbatiae» - «and such was
the name of our commune as it appeared for the first time in a
document dating from 1122» - took the name of St Médard,
Bishop of Noyon, around 560. Over the centuries the name was
transformed from Saint Méard de l’Abbaye to Saint Méard de
l’Abbatial and Saint Médard de l’ Abbaye before finally
becoming the St Méard de Gurçon of today with its population
*. (There are three St Méard in France, two in the
Dordogne and one in Haute Vienne.)
It has a surface area of 2837 hectares and is situated at
equal distance between the Dordogne and Isle valleys, it’s
highest point stands at 111m above sea level and it has a
beautiful hillside position. St Méard de Gurçon is a
delightful little village well worth the visit.
The intersection of the departmental roads D32 and D708 (an
important road linking the north of the Dordogne département
with the Garonne valley) means that by spring 2001 the A89
motorway will be accessible less than 10km away.
An old market
hall, a wash-house and an imposing Gothic church with a square
belfry, the old houses and wide, flower-lined roads combine to
make St Méard an extremely attractive town.
No fewer than five rivers and streams run through the commune
: the Lidoire, the Estrop, the Tord stream, the Léchou and the
The presence of numerous public services - Town Hall, school - as well as a variety
of shops, trades, farms, restaurant, farm-hostelries, a
chemist’s, various branches of the health service, a lawyer
and many associations, make St Méard a lively, attractive
commune and a good place to live.
The highly favourable exposition of hillsides planted with AOC
Bergerac and AOC Montravel vines, mean that Merlot, Cabernet
and Sauvignon grapes can ripen - while the Sémillon turn
golden - in the sunshine so indispensable to their well-being
and to the production of high-quality wines.
A number of silver and gold medals regularly recompense the
skills and hard work of St Méard’s wine producers.