Definition of grand cru in English:

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grand cru

Pronunciation: /ˌɡrand ˈkro͞o/

noun (plural grands crus pronounced same)

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


Early 20th century: French, literally 'great growth'.

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Syllabification: grand cru

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