Dauvergne Ranvier

Gigondas – Vin Rare – 2010

Region: France - Rhone

Dauvergne Ranvier

Jean-François Ranvier and François Dauvergne teamed up to create a very unique approach to building a brand focused on quality from vine to finished wine.

Grapes / Soils

grenache (90%) – syrah, cinsault, mourvedre Planted 1945 chalk 5 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • There are 3 core vineyard partners for our Gigondas. One of these partners has been with François and Jean-François since the beginning of the company with his Gigondas, part of our Cotes du Rhône and a Cotes du Rhône Villages. Dauvergne Ranvier is well known in this appellation.
  • The vines are on the higher part of the slopes dominating the Villages, below the famous Dentelles de Montmirail (a natural small mountain chain, highest point is about 750 meters, and considered the first foot of the Alpes in the Rhone Valley). Soil is rocks on a clay soil dating back to the Jurassic Era.
  • The soils Jean-François decided to work with there are white & yellow limestone, mixed with small stones. These are quite stony vineyards.
  • Being north oriented, the soils and vines do not suffer much from the heat.
  • DR works on the same kind of terroir as one of the most famous domaines of the appellation, Domaine St Cosme. The vineyards are mostly Grenache, some very old vines around 65 years old, with Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre varietals.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre grapes.
  • Fermented in stainless steel tank.
  • Aged in 1/3 cement tanks, 1/3 tuns, and 1/3 burgundian barrels.
  • Aged for12 months.
Technical Information
  • The blend brings together Grenache (80%), Syrah (10%), Cinsault and Mourvèdre (10%).
  • We had fun with this wine for the maturation, playing with a mix of 1/3 cement tanks, 1/3 tuns and 1/3 burgundian barrels.

Reviews

91 Points

Dark and chewy, but fresh and defined, with gorgeous blackberry and roasted fig notes inlaid with wood spice, black tea and black licorice snap. The dark, grippy, winey finish has lots of stuffing.

Wine Spectator, February, 2013

90+ Points

More backward and tannic than its sibling, it boasts a dense purple color along with sweet aromas of black currants, black raspberries, incense, camphor and crushed rock/wet steel.

© Wine Advocate, October, 2012

90 Points

Opaque ruby. Ripe dark berries and candied flowers on the intensely perfumed nose and in the mouth. Lush and open-knit, with more freshness than I perceived last year (I suspect that my sample was tired) and deep blackberry and cherry flavors given spine by juicy acidity.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Review, February, 2013

General Info

Country France
Region Rhone Valley
Appellation(s) Nearly every appelation in the Rhone Valley
Proprietors François Dauvergne and Jean-François Ranvier
Founded 2004
Winemaker Jean-François Ranvier
Annual Production 40,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable