In the South of Côte de Beaune, the “Climats” of Santenay are part of the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE. Here the Côte de Beaune is making a bend towards the West providing exceptional South-East and South exposures. Geological faults create three distinctive slopes and with vineyards up to 450 meters (1476 ft) of altitude, Santenay has the highest elevation for a Village Appellation.
It’s not only topology that makes the terroir of Santenay unique, but also a great diversity of soil. Oolitic limestone, iron, Middle-Jurassic rocks and even sand, to name a few, could well be reminiscent of Gevrey Chambertin, Nuits-Saint-Georges or the Beaune appellations. Covering 330ha (815 acres), Santenay concentrates all the diversity of Burgundy for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Château de la Crée, with 7,3 ha (18,1 acres) in the appellation, has the privilege to hold plots in eight different “Climats” of Santenay, including four renowned 1er Cru.
Ken and Grace Evenstad, founders of Domaine Serene Winery in Oregon, came full circle in their passion for great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay when they purchased the respected Burgundy wine estate in 2015. Featuring a restored 15th-century château, Château de la Crée was originally owned by Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor of The Duc de Bourgogne Philippe Le Bon, and the founder of the renowned Hospices de Beaune. Along with his wife, Guigogne de Salins, Nicolas Rolin established a tradition of charitable giving through wine, something the Evenstads consider a foundational principle at Domaine Serene as well.
With vineyard holdings located along the Côte de Beaune, Château de la Crée property also includes prime sites in Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, or Chassagne-Montrachet. It also boasts a state-of-the-art, gravity-flow winery that was built in 2011. Château de la Crée is uncompromising in its dedication to terroir transparency and a focus on sustainability.
Come and share our passion for nectar resulting from two hundred billion years of geological transformation and two thousand years of mankind's hard work.