Premier Cru, Grand Cru what does that mean?

Burgundy has 4 levels of disticnction,or 'appellations' in French

  • Regional (aka Bourgogne)- comes from anywhere inside Burgundy
  • Villages (from a particular Burgundian village e.g say Gevrey Chambertin, or Mersault)
  • 1er Cru or Premier Cru (from one named field in a specific village)
  • Grand Cru (also from one field in a specific village)