Marc Soyard, a vigneron who trained for six years with Jean-Yves Bizot, decided in 2012 to set off on his own adventure. He acquired some vines in Villers-la-Faye in the Hautes-Côtes-de-Nuits – 15 ares, which is to say, next to nothing! But he’d have to make do, given the prices that have unfortunately resulted from property speculation in Burgundy! Then, in 2013, the Dijon regional authority handed over the management of 160 ha of land, with the aim of maintaining its green-belt with vibrant peri-urban agriculture. This vast property, located west of Dijon, just 10 km from the city centre, includes 8 hectares of 30 y.o. vines, so naturally they would search for a vigneron to run the estate. In Marc, they found a vigneron who is close to nature, with a desire to produce upmarket cuvées, and yank Burgundy’s blanket of prestige north a bit to include Dijon too. He’s one of those winemakers… young and already a great success. We’ll be following and rooting for Marc for years to come.