• The Story of Château de la Crée

    A Legendary Château Rooted in 600 years of Viticultural History 

Grace & Ken
Evenstad

Founders & Owners

Ken and Grace Evenstad, Founders and Owners of Domaine Serene Winery, came full circle in their passion for great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay when they purchased the respected Burgundy wine estate, Château de la Crée, in April 2015.

“Owning and farming legendary vineyards in Burgundy is a dream come true for us,” says Ken Evenstad. “We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make our own wines from famous vineyards like Morgeot in Chassagne-Montrachet, Clos des Angles in Volnay, and La Garenne in Puligny-Montrachet where world class wines have been made for centuries.”

Since their first vintage in 1990, The Evenstads have produced award winning, world-class wines.  Most recently, the Domaine Serene  2010 Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir and the 2014 Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay were placed in the top 3 Wines of the World by Wine Spectator Magazine - marking the first time both a red and white wine from the same producer have been held in such high esteem by the publication.  Additionally, Domaine Serene was awarded top Pinot Noir in the World in 2016 for their Winery Hill Pinot Noir - taking Platinum Best in Show at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

Through their continuous pursuit of quality and innovation the Evenstads have garnered global recognition as an iconic producer of world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  They are applying that knowledge and experience to elevating the wines from the Santenay region.

  • Grace & Ken Evenstad

Château de la Crée

A Hidden Treasure in the Côte d'Or

The venerable Château de la Crée estate in Santenay, Burgundy dates back to the 15th Century, when it was owned by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor to Philippe the Good and founder of the Hospices de Beaune.

Today the Château’s vineyards include seven rare Premier Cru blocks located entirely along the renowned Côte d’Or escarpment, home to some of the world’s most storied Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.

Comprising 25 acres of prime vineyard blocks in Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Santenay and Maranges, the Château de la Crée estate features a two-to-one varietal ratio of Pinot Noir to Chardonnay, with 40% of all plantings in Premier Cru sites. Biodynamic farming practices are employed in all our vineyards to drive optimal terroir expression, and ensure soil and plant health.

Both Château de la Crée and Domaine Serene are uncompromising in their dedication to terroir transparency and a focus on sustainability.

  • Château de la Crée
  • The Salon

The Wines

From the World's Most Renowned Terroir

Maison Evenstad: Ken and Grace Evenstad invite connoisseurs to be a part of the Maison Evenstad Legacy through exclusive access to a collection of hand-selected barrels from the legendary terroir of the Côte d’Or.

Château de la Crée: Rooted in almost 600 years of viticultural history, Château de la Crée invites wine lovers to discover and demystify the great wines of Burgundy by combining the heritage of the Château with winemaking innovation.

Les Tourelles de la Crée: Highlighting the Côte Chalonnaise, Les Tourelles de la Crée invites wine lovers to explore the undiscovered gems of Burgundy with wines of uncommon value and integrity, crafted by Château de la Crée

Discover the entire selection here.

  • Château de la Crée
  • Maison Evenstad
  • Les Tourelles de la Crée

Virtual Tour

Enjoy a 3D Tour of our Château and our arched Cellar from the 15th Century.