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Wine Spectator: Oregon Wine Expands To Burgundy

April 24, 2015

Burgundy vintners have been buying vineyards in Oregon over the past 25 years, but now Ken and Grace Evenstad of Domaine Serene in Oregon have flipped the trend. Wine Spectator has learned that the couple has purchased Château de la Crée, based in Santenay in the Côte d’Or.

The property includes 25 acres of vineyards in 20 parcels, located in seven different villages. Some 40% of the parcels are premiers crus, including Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot, Puligny-Montrachet La Garenne, Volnay Clos des Angles, Santenay Les Gravières (red and white), Santenay Le Beaurepaire (white), Santenay Beauregard (white) and Santenay Clos Faubard. The deal includes a state-of-the-art gravity-flow winery and a 15th-century château. The price for the deal, completed this month, was not disclosed.

The Evenstads have a global distribution network in place that will focus on the United States and Asia, but the couple plans to keep La Crée’s strong clientele of French restaurants. The La Crée team will remain in place, overseen by Domaine Serene winemaker Erik Kramer. Former owner Nicolas Ryhiner, a Swiss television and theater director, will stay on for a year through the transition. Wine Spectator has the full story.

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