To own and farm Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards in the Côte de Nuits represents the achievement of a long-held vision and dream that Ken and I shared. Grace Evenstad
Grace and Ken Evenstad, Founders of Domaine Serene and pioneers of Oregon winemaking, fulfilled a lifelong dream when they purchased a storied château, winery, and vineyards in the Côte de Beaune of Burgundy in 2015. Located in the picturesque village of Santenay, the history of Château de la Crée traces its roots back to 1431, when it was built by Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor to Philip the Good, the Third Duke of Burgundy, and his wife, Guigone de Salins. That dream continues to evolve and grow today with the creation of Domaine Evenstad.
For the Evenstads, the dream began with a love for the wines of Burgundy that emerged in the late 1960’s. Grace and Ken fell in love with the region’s iconic labels and classical approach to winemaking during a series of trips there. Drawing inspiration from Burgundy’s rich history and extraordinary terroirs, the Evenstads have shaped their own winemaking principles. Through years of dedication, devotion, and an unwavering work ethic, they willed their vision of world-class winemaking into existence in Oregon with the creation of Domaine Serene in 1989.
An unwavering commitment to even the most minute detail – from the stewardship of the land to the final stages of the bottling process – earned the Evenstads notoriety within the wine industry. A willingness to never stop learning and refusal to rest on their accomplishments motivates them to continue improving and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Even after adding their names to the long tradition of world-class Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, their unwavering passion for excellence remains.
The opportunity to establish Domaine Evenstad was just as natural and exciting a step as when they purchased Château de la Crée.
Serving as the steward of this prestigious estate for our generation is a true privilege. Grace Evenstad
The heritage of this land, steeped in centuries-old tradition, carries a tremendous responsibility. Like the men and women who once tended these lands, Grace Evenstad is honoring this heritage with the careful stewardship of these legendary terroirs to continue a promising future for generations to come. Domaine Evenstad is home to 16 estate vineyards, including two Grand Cru sites across 15 acres of majestic countryside of the famed Côte de Nuits escarpment. Domaine Evenstad is home to 16 estate vineyards, including two Grand Cru sites across 15 acres of majestic countryside of the famed Côte de Nuits escarpment. These meticulously cared for vineyards are gems in some of the region’s most time-honored villages such as Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, and Nuits-Saint-Georges.
The Evenstad family has a deep appreciation and respect for the land’s viticultural history, dating back more than one thousand years. Becoming its caretaker is a humbling experience that both inspires and motivates Grace and her team. With exacting practices, rooted in unshakable integrity and persistence, one foot remains firmly planted in the celebration of region’s terroirs, while the other continues to innovate and evolve to achieve the land’s highest possible wine quality. They honor the land’s heritage by connecting the best practices and values of the old world and the new, as the Evenstads add their chapter to the ages-old history of this illustrious region.
LES GRANDS CRUS
CLOS DE VOUGEOT
An iconic vineyard and a landmark of Burgundy that is home to the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. The Cistercian monks who founded this vineyard in the early 12th century developed the concept of Climats that continue to shape the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune to this day. The Clos Vougeot’s diverse soil creates wines with intense colors and aromatic aromas.
Situated between the villages of Morey-Saint-Denis and Chambolle-Musigny, Bonnes Mares vineyards have existed since the late Middle Ages. Scholars believe the origin of the name means to “cultivate carefully.” The sub-soil consists of limestone and white marl, while clay-flint soil lies deep within. It originates from the Jurassic Period over 150 million years ago, though it was first honored with Grand Cru status in 1936.
Located on the slope at 880 ft., just below the prestigious Bonnes Mares Grand Cru, sits a Climat of less than 2.3 acres known as Les Lavrottes. The name comes from the Climat’s shallow soil of fine limestone. Our Chambolle-Musigny holdings also include Les Feusselottes, a name that means “Petite Fosse,” or small depression. As the name suggests, the vines are located near the center of the village where the two hillside slopes of Chambolle-Musigny merge. The lands of Chambolle-Musigny are renowned for producing some of the most elegantly intense Pinot Noirs of the Côte de Nuits.
Viewed as one of the best climats of Nuits-Saint-Georges, our Premier Cru holding, les Vaucrains, is equal to the great Les Saint Georges located just below on the hillside. Sitting high on the slope, les Vaucrains and its stony soil of red clay reduces the land’s productivity, important in yielding wines of power and intensity. The less fertile soils create a powerful and structured Pinot Noir that features some of the best cellaring potential of any in the Côte d’Or.
One of the Côte de Nuit’s most prestigious appellations, Chambolle-Musigny produces rich, yet elegant wines of intense structure. An eastern facing slope at altitudes of 250 to 200 meters is composed of a shallow soils containing Jurassic limestone, which challenges the roots of the vines to break through rocks to seek nourishment from deep within the land.
The capital of Côte de Nuits, the historic village of Nuits-Saint-Georges, produces some of the region’s most powerful and structured red wines. White wines from Nuits-Saint-Georges are rare, as only 3 percent of the planted vines are Pinot Blanc. The Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin was founded in Nuits-Saint-Georges in 1934.
CÔTES DE NUITS VILLAGE
Our two plots sit to the south of the Côtes de Nuits in the village of Comblanchien, which is well known for its quarries. Limestone is the primary component of the soil, which helps produce Pinot Noir with a racy structure.
DISCOVER OUR WINES
A unique range of great wines from the Côte de Nuits. You will also find our cuvées from the Côte de Beaune, produced by our sister winery Château de la Crée, and even our wines from Domaine Serene in Oregon. One common factor across our brands they are all world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Maison Evenstad, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot 2018
Maison Evenstad, Gevrey Chambertin Champs Chenys 2018
Maison Evenstad, Aloxe-Corton 2018
Maison Evenstad, Nuits St Georges 1er Cru les Terres Blanches 2017