About Dauvergne Ranvier
A collaboration between Rhône Valley winemaker François Dauvergne and amateur geologist and agronomist Jean-François Ranvier. In 2004, both left the négociant house where they worked to live their dreams of producing their own wines. Today, the wines of Dauvergne Ranvier are well respected in the Rhône Valley. They developed the business by establishing strong relationships with the winegrowers in the Rhône Valley with whom they wanted to work. François explains, ‘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, de-budding … in a precise yet practical fashion. We don’t have a unique method for vinification, as each cuvée has its own potential and its own style. We adapt each vinification by what we find in tastings and by always respecting the fruit. 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.’ In 2013, they took over the running of Les Muretins Estate in Lirac and became fully fledged wine producers.