2013 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre

SKU #1171096 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Sancerre originates from the calcareous soils around the village of Bué and displays an attractive flinty nose with elegant gooseberry and elderflower aromas. With a fresh taste of gooseberries, cassis, kiwis, and citrus fruits on the palate this is a pure, elegant and well-balanced, very classical Sancerre, with a nice skinny grip in the finish. This is a very precise wine both on nose and palate and a perfect match with any kind of fish and seafood dishes.  (10/2014)

K&L Notes

One of K&L's very finest buys from France. This is a reserve cuvée, made from Millet's chalkiest limestone soils. There is a long maceration at very low temperatures to extract as much flavor and character as possible. The resulting wine is intensely charged with stone fruit and minerality, with bright citrus notes. However, due to the amazingly warm vintage, it's quite soft, with layers of rich fruit.

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Vintage after vintage Franck Millet produces some of the staff's favorite Loire valley wines. Great apple and citrus aromatics, chalky mineral and white apricot/ peach notes on a slightly rich palate with a well balanced, lingering finish makes this bottle of Sancerre another success! Another incredible Insolite vintage!
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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/29/2015 | Send Email
This is the most serious of the Sancerres we import directly from France. Wines of comparable quality typically sell for $30 or more. Dense, tightly wound, and quite reserved in style with excellent concentration and length. Lightly floral on the nose with fresh grapefruit and gooseberry notes. Intensely mineral in expression. This can be enjoyed now or over the next 3 to 5 years.

Staff Image By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/23/2015 | Send Email
This Sauvignon Blanc should appeal to New World and Old World drinkers alike. The nose brings grapefruit, apricot, crushed stone, and subtle grassy notes. The palate confirms grapefruit and other citrus fruits that slowly wind down into a soft, mineral backbone while the acidity lingers just long enough to encourage you to take another sip.

Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2015 | Send Email
Always one of my favorite bottles of Sancerre. A mix of updated wine making technique and classic terroir that creates a wine full of depth and elegance. The grapes are cold soaked for days to create a wine that is full of texture and weight, orchard fruit and dense green apple, really getting an added richness not always found in Sancerre. Having said that, it is still a wine of the Loire, the lime stone in the soils gives a latticework of minerality for the fruit to lay on.

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2015 | Send Email
Sancerre fans take note, if you lean to the crisp and clean school of wine you are going to want to taste this. Insolite is the quintessential Sancerre offering a fragrant lemon peel nose, bright acidity and all the stoney mineral characteristics one craves from the Loire. The ripe fruit mixed with chalky undertones gives this a strong citrus finish you won't soon forget. Grab a fresh baguette and some fresh chevre or a dozen oysters for a match made in heaven!

Staff Image By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2015 | Send Email
I've been here at K&L long enough to try each and every vintage of this wine. And, I can honestly say that each and every vintage has gotten better and better. Not only is this Sancerre one of my favorites but, the entire staff loves it as well. It’s been a love affair that started off fast and hot and then happily progressed into something meaningful and long term.

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2015 | Send Email
The 2013 Insolite boasts a veritable rainbow of citrus scents: lemon, lime, and orange mingle with a pungent quality reminiscent of the first bite of a kumquat, along with pea shoot and lemon grass. The palate is clean, streamlined, sleek, and cool, with the cuvee’s characteristic richness all but enveloping the bristling acidity until the very end, and a smidgen of talc dusting the robust fruit.

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2015 | Send Email
My Favorite Sancerre is back! Slightly updated label, same Amazing Sauvignon Blanc. I always love the Insolite Sancerre because it has a touch more palate weight and texture than your typical Sancerre. Bursting with minerality, juicy acid, and even a touch of salinity, this is the perfect shellfish wine and I can vouch for that! I had a bottle at a raw bar with oysters and scallops and it was absolutely divine! Easy enough to drink on its own as well, this also goes great with salty hard cheeses.

Staff Image By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2015 | Send Email
Picture this: It's February in Los Angeles, and so, of course, IT'S HOT OUTSIDE! You're sitting in the middle Griffith Park, perhaps on a blanket with a loved one or a good book. What else could you possibly need other than a delicious Sancerre. And that, my friends, is exactly what you'll find in this bottle of 2013 Franck Millet Insolite, a charming balance of chalky minerality, round apple and citrus fruit, and moderate acidity. With wine this good, you might just have to put down that book and have another glass! Enjoy!

Staff Image By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2014 | Send Email
All of the Millet Sancerres are fabulous, but the Insolite really tops them all. Its flinty qualities are subtler than the Vieilles Vignes and regular Sancerre, with stony, peach, honey and orange qualities. Rich and long and utterly delicious.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.


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