Marc Soyard, a young vigneron who trained for six years with Jean-Yves Bizot, decided in 2012 set off on his own solo adventure in winemaking. 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! (The most illustrious estates of Burgundy are crawling with young, extremely talented vignerons who simply don’t have the means to acquire their own vineyards.) Then, in 2013, the Dijon regional authority handed over the management of 160 hectares of land to the Dijon chamber of agriculture, 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-year-old vines, so naturally they would search for a vigneron to run the estate. In Marc, they found a non-interventionist 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. Marc produces eminently drinkable wines and without sulphur, like his cuvée l'Equilibriste, which we highly recommend. He’s one of those winemakers you can’t help but wish will become a great success – and indeed, we’ll be following and rooting for Marc for years to come.