Definition of premier cru in English:

premier cru

noun

  • (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’
    Compare with grand cru
    ‘a premier cru vineyard’
    • ‘Each vine of this grand premier cru at Sauternes will yield a mere glass.’
    • ‘The influential American critic Robert Parker compared it with a premier cru Volnay and awarded it 93 points.’
    • ‘This one delivers most of the flavours of a premier cru Burgundy at around a third of the price.’
    • ‘This wine embodies the classic Chambolle terroir of refined, silky fruitiness, and it delivers nicely on the heightened expectations of a premier cru wine.’
    • ‘Chateau Climens is one of the most consistent of the premiers crus.’
    • ‘The surrounding land has two excellent premier cru vineyards.’
    • ‘Everything on our tabletop seemed to vibrate, including a premier cru burgundy that trembled within its thin, expensive goblet.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

French, literally ‘first growth’.

Pronunciation

premier cru

/pʀəmje kʀy//ˌprɛmɪə ˈkruː/