Adjective "cru" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


(in France) a vineyard or group of vineyards, especially one of recognized superior quality.
  1. 'Bordeaux's best wines initially were classified back in 1855 into five different levels, from first cru classé to fifth cru classé, and the amounts that can be produced are limited.'
  2. 'The categories were then ranked by a simple, numerically descending scale, first to fifth, called premier cru, deuxième cru, etc, each defined by, or defining, the price paid for them by the Bordeaux wine trade.'
  3. 'What I try to avoid is mass-produced bottom-of-the-barrel troisième cru vin de table distilled from grapes grown in a soil unsuitable for the Chardonnay grape being passed off as potable.'
  4. 'It's a dandy little red wine that may remind you of a cru Beaujolais, but a bit spicier.'
  5. 'This is the cru bourgeois classification, which has three divisions: cru bourgeois, cru bourgeois superior and cru bourgeois exceptional.'
  6. 'This is yet another Beaujolais cru which develops with time into a glorious mouthful.'
  7. 'The cru of Fleurie, however, has a terroir that would be the envy of the Cote D' Or. Southern slopes with western protection from the Atlantic rain systems are covered by well drained, rocky soils, all resting on granite.'
  8. 'The real story of Beaujolais is found in the 10 cru wines named after villages, which have been the unwitting victims of decades of abuse of the Beaujolais name.'

More definitions

1. (in France) a vineyard producing wine of high quality, sometimes classified by the government as either a Great Growth (Grand Cru) or a First Growth (Premier Cru)

More examples(as adjective)

"wines can be cru."

"ques can be cru."


French, from crû, literally ‘growth’, past participle of croître.