Definition of premier cru in English:

premier cru

nounpremiers crus

  • (chiefly in French official classifications) a wine of a superior grade, or the vineyard that produces it.

    as modifier ‘the village acquired premier cru status in 1985’
    Compare with grand cru
    ‘a premier cru vineyard’
    • ‘Chateau Climens is one of the most consistent of the premiers crus.’
    • ‘The wines are continually tasted, and when he judges that they have reached their peak, they are carefully blended to create the chateau's premier cru vintage wine.’
    • ‘Everything on our tabletop seemed to vibrate, including a premier cru burgundy that trembled within its thin, expensive goblet.’
    • ‘This wine embodies the classic Chambolle terroir of refined, silky fruitiness, and it delivers nicely on the heightened expectations of a premier cru wine.’
    • ‘The surrounding land has two excellent premier cru vineyards.’
    • ‘This one delivers most of the flavours of a premier cru Burgundy at around a third of the price.’
    • ‘The influential American critic Robert Parker compared it with a premier cru Volnay and awarded it 93 points.’
    • ‘Each vine of this grand premier cru at Sauternes will yield a mere glass.’


French, literally ‘first growth’.


premier cru

/ˌprɛmɪə ˈkruː/ /pʀəmje kʀy/