From a little-known corner of Burgundy - which happens to have had a long record in winemaking –Marc Soyard can be found – a young man who is bringing Coteaux de Dijon wine region back to life in his Domaine de la Cras. Originally from a non-winemaking family in the Jura, Marc worked for six years at Domaine Bizot in Vosne Romanée, as chef de culture (vineyard manager), and also working in the cellar closely with Jean-Yves Bizot to learn the winemaking process.
Marc has adapted the same hands-off, natural philosophy at Domaine de la Cras that he perfected at Domaine Bizot, where he was vineyard manager and assistant wine maker for 5 years. All of the vineyards are farmed organically with some biodynamic practices. Depending on the vintage, the reds are partial whole cluster or 100% whole clusters. All vinification is done with natural yeasts, and minimal addition of sulfur. Elevage is traditional in a mix of new and used barrels, with frequent experimentation using different types of wood in small amounts including the traditional oak from various forests, as well as chestnut and acacia barrels.
The official appellation at the domaine is Bourgogne AOC, but the Domaine de la Cras is the sole producer allowed to use the designation Coteaux de Dijon. The Domaine de la Cras produces two reds and two whites. The cuvée “Coteaux” comes from the lower elevation vineyards, while the cuvée “Cras” comes from the steeper, better exposed vineyards and has a longer elevage.
All prices are in bond.