Dauvergne Ranvier

Tavel – Domaine des Muretins – 2016

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

Red Grenache – White Grenache – Cinsault  – Picpoul  – Syrah Planted in 1960-1998 stony marls – pebbles on layers of sand – clay soils with limestone fragments – colluvial deposit 10.3 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Les Muretins Estate—about ten hectares in all—includes several plots located on the appellations of Tavel (6.50ha) and Lirac (3.80ha).  The plots in Tavel show all of the soils present across the appellation, offering a rich and diverse variety of terroirs.  From the stony marls to worn pebbles on layers of sand, to thin clay soils with limestone fragments and soils made up of colluvial deposits, all of the land is somewhat claybased, which gives the vines a good level of resistance to drought.  The plots are planted with white and red grenache, syrah, cinsault and picpoul.

  • Size of vineyard:  10 acres
  • Soil composition:  Stony marls to worn pebbles on layers of sand, think clay soils with limestone fragments and soils
  • Training method:  Double cordon of Ryoat and Gobelet
  • Elevation:  150 to 250 feet
  • Vines/acre:  3,500
  • Yield/acre:  44hl/ha
  • Exposure:  North South
  • Year vineyard planted:  1960-2014
Harvest Notes
  • Harvest time:  Mid September to mid October
  • Fermentation container:  Stainless steel tanks
  • Length of alcoholic fermentation:  20 days
  • Fermentation temperature:  59°F
  • Aging container:  Oak barrel
  • Size of aging container:  228 liters
  • Age of aging containers:  20% new, balance 2-3 years old
  • Cooperage:  French
  • Length of aging before bottling:  4 months
  • Length of bottle aging:  1 month
Winemaker's Notes
  • The Tavel from Les Muretins Estate is so enchanting thanks to the pale tint it has.
  • The nose is very fruity but with some mature and complex notes giving it richness.
  • Tangy and lively at first, the palate gets a surprising ampleness before a long and spicy finish.
  • This delicious Tavel is ideal for aperitif and accompanies perfectly grilled meat and spicy dishes.
Wine Summary
  • Made from red grenache (45%), white grenache (15%), cinsault (15%), syrah (16%) and picpoul (9%) grapes.
  • Planted in 1960-1998.
  • Grown on soils of stony marls to worn pebbles on layers of sand, to thin clay soils with limestone fragments and soils made up of colluvial deposits.
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks.
  • Aged in oak barrels (20% new) for 4 months.
Technical Information
  • Varietal composition:  45% Grenache, 15% Grenache Blanc, 16% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 9% Picpoul
  • Alcohol:  13.0%
  • pH level:  3.3
  • Residual sugar:  0.53 g/L
  • Acidity:  3.47 g/L


89 Points

Ripe and lively, with lots of pomegranate, plum and cherry notes mixed together, kept fresh by a streak of wet stone through the finish.  Drink now.

Wine Spectator, August, 2017

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