Dauvergne Ranvier


Dauve reign Ranvier is the result of two wine lovers who, after-has rich professional experience Within Reviews some of France's Most major wine producing companies, Decided to create Their Own wines.

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When one Asks how it all Began, François Dauvergne MOST Often Responds That " His roots are half in Bordeaux Where he Grew up and half in the soils of Saint-Polycarpe, next to Limoux, Where His Family HAD vines ." Then he branched out to the Rhône Valley Where he has-been for the past 15 years de son career in wine.

As a child, Jean-François Ranvier made His relatives blush more than once. In fact, When Invited friends to family homes for dinner, little Jean-Francois couldn't stop himself from breathing in rhe aromas in the house and detailing them out load ... no matter the quality of the menu. Amateur geologist, he finally earned HAVING thing enology after-year degree agronomist. After HAVING directed an enology lab Then he Took over for a major wine negociant house in the Rhone Valley. It was here That Would he meet and work with François Dauvergne.

In 2004 Dauve reign and Ranvier Would leave together to Live Their Dream: create Their Own wines, THUS making Their winery one of the MOST reconnu in the Rhone Valley.

The Team

François DAUVERGNE - President, France and Export Manager

Jean-François RANVIER - Purchasing Manager, responsible for the partnerships with the wine growers

Anne DAUVERGNE - General Secretary - marketing - administration

Laurent VERON - Commercial Manager for France

Aline BENOIT - Accountant

Carine DORGE - Commercial and production assistant

Sabine AMLUNG - Commercial and marketing assistant

Pauline MARKARIAN - Technical and wine purchasing assistant

Practices & Techniques

With no vines, no cellar and not a lot of money, how do you create a winery ? It’s from this question was born a unique savoir-faire explains François Dauvergne : “As we had no vines but we wanted to create our own wines, we had to establish strong relationships with winegrowers in the Rhône Valley. In exchange for our advice and good compensation, we select the best plots of vines which the growers then work for us following our guidelines. Everything is examined: pruning, putting in grass between the rows, debudding… in a precise yet practical fashion".

The most important step before the harvest consists of tasting the grapes, which Jean-François does personally, plot by plot. This is without a doubt one of the most important points: tasting the grapes allows you to precisely determine this which no instrument can do: the true maturity of the grapes. Because you cannot create great wines without excellent grapes. As a scientific analysis cannot measure what makes a good grape: its taste. It’s only by tasting the grapes one can know at what moment to harvest what plot of vines.

Once the harvest is finished, the grapes are put into tanks that each estate reserves for us onsite. This has multiple advantages: the grapes are not altered by additional, unnecessary transport, the winegrower respects in the same way all of his harvest and he masters his own equipment. At the same time, the use of the winegrower’s own, existing equipment allows us to limit costs and thus offer a great wine at a reasonable price.

Vinification takes place under our control. We visit all of the cellars up to five times a week.

We don’t have a unique method for vinification, as each cuvee has its own potential and its own style. We adapt each vinification by what we find in tastings and by always respecting the fruit. The minimum number of interventions, the most delicate extraction and achieving a maximum freshness are nevertheless constant goals.”

At the end of fermentation, the wines are stocked in tanks or barrels in each winegrower’s estate. When barrels are used, we select and buy the barrels ourselves and give them to the winegrowers. A rather expensive gesture, but which reinforces confidence with the growers. Regular tastings of the wines during the maturation process allows us to control quality and avoid any potential problems. Finally, bottling is assured by an outside, certified specialist.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Les Muretins Estate - about 10 hectares in all - includes several plots located on the appellations of Tavel (6.50ha) and Lirac (3.80ha). In first vintage, 3 wines were created in small volumes.

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