Definition of grand cru in English:

grand cru

noun

  • (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
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He reels off a long list of grand cru Burgundy he has in his collection.’
    • ‘This area is home to the famous Clos de Vougeot, a former monastic settlement which has 120 acres of enclosed vineyard of grand cru status.’
    • ‘A fine, fat, spicy Alsace Pinot Gris is the swanky summer accompaniment to a cold meaty pâté or terrine, and anyone with money to spend on a grand cru should lap up this superb, spicy, full-bodied wine.’
    • ‘The grand cru is fought over every decade or so, with members being ousted and others elevated.’
    • ‘The grapes all come from four grands crus - the region's highest-ranking vineyards.’
    • ‘Lesser burgundies, often made partly from the same Gamay grape, are a handy warm-weather alternative to Beaujolais and, unlike their grander grand cru relatives, take happily to the chilling process.’
    • ‘Now as he stared into his grand cru, it seemed to be half empty.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

French, literally ‘great growth’.

Pronunciation

grand cru

/ɡrɒ̃ ˈkruː//ɡʀɑ̃ kʀy/