Definition of premier cru in English:

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premier cru

Pronunciation: /prəˈmyā ˈkrY/ Pronunciation: /ˈkrē/

noun (plural premiers crus /prəˈmyā ˈkrY/ /ˈkrē(z)/)

(Chiefly in French official classifications) a wine of a superior grade, or the vineyard that produces it. Compare with grand cru.
Example sentences
  • 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.


French, literally 'first growth'.

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Syllabification: pre·mier cru

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