Marc Houtin gave up a career in the oil industry in 2004 to follow his love for wine. He purchased a dozen hectares on the slopes of the Aubance river in Anjou. At first they mainly supplied the co-operative of Brissac but Marc also experimented, vinifying and bottling some parcels individually. After two great vintages, a difficult harvest in 2006 prompted Marc to seek the help of a partner. Marc invited Julien Bresteau to join the Domaine and La Grange Aux Belles in 2007. The turning point for the farming approach was when Marc enrolled in a short 2-day training on the Herody method in 2009. The method is a soil diagnosis designed by a Jura-based geologist named Yves Herody. It changed the workings of the vineyard a lot, Putting low doses of compost on the soil at the end of winter to relaunch the microbial activity, which led to improvements in terms of vine vigor and yields.