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premier cru Line breaks: pre|mier cru
Pronunciation: /ˌprɛmɪə ˈkruː/
/pʀəmje kʀy/

Definition of premier cru in English:

noun (plural premiers crus pronounced same)

(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 a premier cru vineyard Compare with grand cru.
More 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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