2011 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre (end of vintage) (Previously $25)

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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 terrior as possible. The resulting wine is charged with mineral and stony flavors, is very intense and full of bright citrus notes, and due to the amazingly warm and ripe vintage, is quite soft, with layers of rich fruit. 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 Bordeaux (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.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/30/2013  | Send Email
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Another great vintage of this classic wine. Taken from Mr. Millet's top single vineyard site with the most intensely chalky limestone soils. This wine perfectly balances the huge minerality for which Sancerre is so famous with a little more richness and palate weight as this wine sees sometime in neutral french oak with considerable lees contact. This is seriously good Sancerre!

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2013  | Send Email
My favorite Sancerre that we carry, period. This years version as all of the usual acidity and mineral components, but those are augmented by beautiful lush fruit from the warmth of the vintage. Citrus, stone fruits, and wet stone, all woven together to make a great wine.

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/24/2013  | Send Email
This wonderful Sancerre is for lovers of dry white wine that have mineral and citrus flavors. It is easy to drink but is interesting and delicious. The Franck Millet Insolite will go well with seafood , chicken and even pork.

 By: Anthony Ashley |  Review Date: 5/9/2013 
Clear with light straw yellow color, Nose was predominately citrus, white grapefruit, flinty minerals, and grass. Nice levels of acid with light body. Palate is in line with nose .. This wine possessed a pleasant mouth feel and finished nicely..Excellent
Drink from 2013 to 2016

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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.