Before we get to our visit with Vosne Romanée's Domaine Yves Bizot, today I thought we'd turn to a former protégé, Marc Soyard and Domaine de la Cras. While its great inception story is a fresh departure from the norm in Burgundy, the wines in bottle are the most thrilling element from Soyard's domaine. In only three vintages the wines have gone from obscure to seeing a cult following.

Today, I'm happy to offer the 2016 release from Domaine de la Cras. Quantities are incredibly limited, with only 6 bottles available of Soyard's top wine. Today's offering is not listed our website


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Domaine de la Cras goes against the grain of what Burgundian law has dictated for centuries. Five years ago the city of Dijon purchased a vineyard just outside their limits. The city essentially held a casting call to find a winemaker for the property. The criteria was that they must be young, have no family vineyard holdings, be prepared for organic farming, and open the domaine for educational tours. The rent for the land would be paid each year to the city in bottles, 2,000 exactly.

Marc Soyard, originally from the nearby Jura, was chosen. Soyard does not come from a family of vignerons, but he had worked previously for the esteemed and tiny Domaine Bizot in Vosne-Romanée. Bizot is known for their rigorous vineyard work, minuscule sulphur regimen, and their use of whole grape clusters for fermentation.


Soyard works a slope, En Bessy, just outside Dijon. His Pinot Noir pulled me in immediately for its super crunchy and unadulterated bright red berry fruit. 100% whole cluster ferment gives a lifted and spicy, floral character that just floored me. Even before tasting, those aromas are so intoxicating they grab ahold of you straightaway. 

The two Chardonnay's supple mouthfeel melds with an exotic stone fruit profile and is backed up by a crazy, zippy mineral drive. In short, these wines are unlike anything produced in the region today. and speak to this unique slice of Dijon.


The "Cras" bottlings are the domaine's top wines and come from the oldest vines on the steepest portion of En Bessy. Biodynamic and organic approach to all viticulture here, with only small amounts of sulphur additions, primarily at bottling. Older barrel elévage for the two Coteaux de Dijon wines, and 50% new wood for the two "Cras" cuvées.

24x 2016 Domaine de la Cras Coteaux de Dijon Bourgogne Blanc
$35 per bottle.

12x 2016 Domaine de la Cras Coteaux de Dijon Bourgogne Rouge
$35 per bottle.

6x 2016 Domaine de la Cras "Cras" Coteaux de Dijon Bourgogne Rouge
$67 per bottle.

6x 2016 Domaine de la Cras "Cras" Coteaux de Dijon Bourgogne Rouge
$67 per bottle.