Domaine de la Cras is a 160 hectare farm and 8 hectare vineyard located on the hills overlooking Burgundy’s capital city. In 2013, the city of Dijon chose young vigneron, Marc Soyard, to farm the land, grow the property, and plant more vines. 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.
Before becoming the official vigneron of Dijon, Marc Soyard spent six years at the prestigious Domaine Bizot in Vosne Romanée working as the vineyard manager. While at Bizot and not in the vines, Marc was under the guidance of Jean-Yves Bizot learning his winemaking process. With a passion for the same organic farming practices and “hands-off philosophy” in the cellar, Marc has incorporated to Domaine de la Cras that which he learned at Domaine Bizot. In the cellar, the work is kept simple as all vinification is done with natural yeasts, minimal sulfur use, and élevage is traditional in a mix of new and used 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”.
Marc has 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” and the Pinot Noir vineyard is “En Bessy.” The cuvées “Coteaux” come from the lower elevation parcels, while the cuvées “Cras” come from the steeper, better exposed parcels.