Beaune 1er Cru is a sub-appellation within the Burgundy wine region of France. It is located within the larger Côte de Beaune region and is specifically designated for wines that come from Premier Cru vineyards within the commune of Beaune. To be able to use this designation, the wines must be made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes grown in these specific vineyards and must meet certain quality standards set by the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) regulations.
Beaune 1er Cru wines are considered to be of higher quality than wines from the general Beaune AOC, and are often more expensive. They are known for their complexity, elegance and ageing potential. The wines are typically produced in small quantities and are highly sought after by wine enthusiasts and collectors. Beaune 1er Cru wines are some of the most highly rated and sought-after Burgundy wines and are often considered a benchmark for quality in the region.