Definition of grand cru in English:

grand cru


  • (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
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The grand cru is fought over every decade or so, with members being ousted and others elevated.’
    • ‘He reels off a long list of grand cru Burgundy he has in his collection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now as he stared into his grand cru, it seemed to be half empty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


French, literally great growth.


grand cru

/French ɡʀɑ̃ kʀy//ɡrɒ̃ ˈkruː/