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grand cru

Pronunciation: /ɡrɒ̃ ˈkruː/
Pronunciation: /ɡʀɑ̃ kʀy/

noun (plural grands crus pronounced same)

(Chiefly in French official classifications) a wine of the most superior grade, or the vineyard which produces it: [as modifier]: there are seventeen villages in Champagne officially rated at grand cru status Compare with premier cru.
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  • Nuits boasts 27 premier cru vineyards but no grands crus, perhaps because the town's leading vigneron, Henri Gouges, was too modest when the classifications were agreed in the 1930s.
  • The grapes all come from four grands crus - the region's highest-ranking vineyards.
  • Because there is precious little top burgundy to go round (often only a barrel or two of the finest grands crus from the finest growers are made) and when burgundy is good, it is very, very good.


French, literally 'great growth'.

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