2007 Franck Millet Sancerre Insolite

SKU #1045188

The wines of this family domaine have been a staple here at K&L since the 1994 vintage, when Franck and Betty Millet drove from Sancerre to Beaune (a long way) to meet Clyde and crew to present the wines. The wines were great even in that tough vintage, and the rest is history. We love these wines for their freshness, charm and affordability. The Insolite is their reserve cuvee, made from Millet's chalkiest limestone soils. There is a long maceration at very low temperatures to extract as much flavor and terrior as possible. The resulting wine is charged with mineral and stony flavors, is very intense and full of bright citrus notes and, because of the amazingly warm and ripe vintage, it is quite soft, with layers of rich fruit. Ready to drink now and over the next 3-5 years.

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/5/2009  | Send Email
There is something tropical in the air... Insolite is always a riper style of Sancerre that is quite unusual. In some vintages it is almost "unsettling" in a good way. I enjoy this wine very much. Something about the ripe juicy lemons, richness of flavors and accompanying minerality that makes it a memorable wine. I would suggest a more richer fare of for example: Chicken Piri-Piri or Teriyaki, Jambalaya, stir-fries, Thai food, Seafood Pasta, Jambon Persille.

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/30/2009  | Send Email
I was so blown away when I tasted this wine yesterday. I mean, it's always a good wine, but the 2007 goes beyond my previous Insolite experiences. It has honeyed notes, herbs and spices, along with limestone minerality and snappy acidity. It's a super complex wine for way too cheap. It should be $40 because it's as any of the low-end Didier wines, if not better.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.