Domaine de la Cras is a 160 hectare farm located on the hills overlooking Dijon. In 2013, the city of Dijon purchased the domaine and chose the young vigneron, Marc Soyard, to farm the land. In return for the land, the cave, and the ability to bottle his own wine, Marc must pay a “tax” in the form of bottles of wine each vintage to the city of Dijon. Marc has also agreed to allow the domaine to be open to the public year round. This is a little price to pay for the luxury of farming and producing the city’s monopole wine.
Marc Soyard spent six years at Domaine Bizot in Vosne Romanée as the vineyard manager while also spending much of his time with Jean-Yves Bizot learning his winemaking process. Marc has adapted the same organic farming practices and “hands-off philosophy” to Domaine de la Cras that he learned at Domaine Bizot. All vinification is done with natural yeasts, minimal sulfur use, and elevage is traditional in a mix of new and used barrels. Marc also like to experiment with different types of wood in small amounts and most interesting is his use of chestnut and acacia barrels.
Coteaux de Dijon – MONOPOLE
The official appellation at the domaine is Bourgogne AOC, but Domaine de la Cras is the sole Burgundy domaine allowed to use the designation Coteaux de Dijon, as well as, the ability to label their blanc and rouge cuvées Cras “Monopole”.
This year Marc split the property into two separate vineyards in order to give the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir parcels different vineyard names; the Chardonnay vineyard is “Le Grande Bessy” while the Pinot Noir vineyard is “En Bessy.” The domaine produces two cuvées for each their blanc and their rouge. The cuvées “Coteaux” come from the lower elevation parcels, while the cuvées “Cras” come from the steeper, better exposed parcels.