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A K&L Classic and Treasured Direct Import from Sancerre - 01/23/2018 - Loire Valley

The wines of Franck Millet are an integral part of K&L’s direct import program. Going on 22 years we’ve brought Millet’s in and from the very first vintage to the current releases, they’ve been huge hits with both our staff and our customers. There are plenty of reasons for this. Millet sourced from of the most coveted plots in Sancerre, his attention in the cellar is meticulous, and the wines are shockingly affordable. The prestige of Sancerre has been climbing steadily for years now and is by considered by many to be the premier locale for Sauvignon Blanc. In the whites, a flinty minerality abounds and is joined by fresh flavors of stone fruit, gooseberry, a subtle touch of fresh herb. The red is every bit as tantalizing, offering the crisp and pleasantly crunchy side of Pinot Noir. Given our direct import relationship, our prices are ridiculously low for wines of this caliber. When it comes to everyday wines, Franck Millet consistently stands at the top of our list. Versatile, food-friendly, and downright delicious, you’re sure to love this trio.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2016 Franck Millet Sancerre Blanc >60 $16.99 View
2016 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre >60 $24.99 View
2015 Franck Millet Sancerre Rouge >60 $16.99 View
2016 Franck Millet Sancerre Blanc (1.5L) >60 Price: Hidden View


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2016 Franck Millet Sancerre Blanc ($16.99)

One of K&L's very finest buys from France. The wines of this family domaine have been a staple here at K&L since the 1994 vintage when Franck and Betty Millet drove a long way (to Beaune!) on Easter Sunday to meet Clyde and crew to present the wines. We love these wines for their freshness, charm and affordability.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 09, 2018

What the 2015s lacked in acid balance, the 2016s have in spades. Unfortunately the crop is small because of frost and hail and then draught. Franck Millet has fashioned a fine wine here-as good as their exceptional 2014. Lemony, spicy, totally easy to drink right now. Bring on the cracked crab or clams. Lip smacking good.

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 04, 2018

The 2016 Franck Millet Sancerre truly shows off the reason Sauvignon Blanc is the grape for Sancerre. Pure fruit freshness and notes of mineral with no green flavors often associated with SB. The Millet family not only bring us absolutely lovely Sancerre, but at a very friendly price. This wine has brought many smiles to the faces of friends who 'don't like Sauvignon Blanc', it's truly hard to resist.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 24, 2017

The nose is classic Sauvignon, a bit of grapefruit (no green peppers) with hints of dried herbs. On the palate the chalky soils become visible making a crisp and snappy appearance yet in this warmer vintage the wine's mid palate richness balances it perfectly. The finish is hints of grapefruit rind, anise and a lively focus. Perfect for grilled salmon.

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 14, 2017

I've made a lot of friends over the past few years thanks to the wonderful wines of Franck Millet. They remain one of my very favorite Sancerre producers and their 2016 speaks volumes. It's rounder and more concentrated than the most recent vintages with no shortage of chalky mineral notes, lime, lemongrass and crisp acidity. A Sauvignon Blanc not to be missed.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 05, 2017

Although bit of a frost touched the region, Mother Nature's hiccup was not enough to deter producers from this classic AOC from creating yet another exceptional expression of Sauvignon Blanc, and Franck Millet's is no exception. With perfect concentration and balance, the soft fruit notes are paired with racing acidity and a slight grassy tang at the end, giving it a sense of place.

Staff ImageLilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 02, 2017

I have been very impressed with all 2016 Sancerre I have tasted so far and Franck Millet is no exception!. Fresh, vibrant, with great mineral content, juicy acidity and long-lasting finish. Just pure expression of classic Sancerre. Considering the price it just can't get any better!

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 01, 2017

Our visit to the Loire Valley would not have been complete if we hadn't visited our dear friends Franck and Betty Millet. Clyde, myself and a friend were traveling through the region and arrived a day early to have a relaxing meal in the village of Sancerre. We actually surprised the Millets by popping in to see their new house which sits on the hill of the village overlooking the valley of Sancerre and its vineyards. We had an appointment to visit them the next morning but they were so gracious even with our surprise visit, they began pulling out bottles of wine for us to try, offering us food and a tour of their recently finished house. I often point to these kinds of occasions when trying to illustrate why we try to develop strong relationships with our Direct Import producers. Even though we were just stopping by to say "hello" they went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and a part of their family. And that's why the Millets are part of our K&L family. When we finally did arrive at the winery for our scheduled appointment we retasted all the wines as well as some of the new tank samples for the 2016 Insolite. They had fresh cheeses and bread all laid out for us because they knew we were going to be traveling a couple of hours to our next destination. We discussed the difficulty of the 2016 vintage due to the early frost but thankfully they were not largely affected by the staggering crop losses that others felt. The quality of the 2

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 22, 2017

The wines of Domaine Franck Millet are always elegant and this is no exception. Millet is a third generation grower/producer working in the highly acclaimed village of Bue in Sancerre. On the nose, there are notes of under-ripe stone fruit, lemon and grapefruit zest and tons of minerality. Millet forgoes malolactic fermentation, preserving the zippy quality of this Sancerre. It has great acidity but also has a rounder palate due to a regular stirring of the lees for a period of three weeks to give this wine some nice roundness and body. This would be a well-suited partner for a salad with chicken and goat cheese.

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2016 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre ($24.99)

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. The wines of this family domaine have been a staple here at K&L since the 1994 vintage when Franck and Betty Millet drove a long way (to Beaune!) on Easter Sunday to meet Clyde and crew to present the wines. We love these wines for their freshness, charm and affordability.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 02, 2018

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.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 09, 2018

I love the focus and minerality of most of the 2016 Sancerres. I do not love the fact the crop is small because of frost problems and hail. What the richer 2015s was missing is here in the 2016s-fine acid balance and a clean smooth finish. This 2016 is one of the best I have had from Franck Millet-packed with so much fruit but also with tremendous acidity and length on the palate. We will not get a lot of this short crop of Insolite.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 05, 2018

We've just received another shipment of one of Sancerre's finest wines! Franck and Betty Millet might not be on the cover of Wine Spectator, but they are superstars at K&L. We discovered the Millets back in the 90's, and their wines have only become better with each forthcoming vintage. The "Insolite" bottling marks their highest tier wine, grown all in white chalk, limestone soils, and it is truly one of the best expressions of Sancerre character that I've come across.

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 04, 2018

I've tasted every vintage of the Insolite we've carried, and I can honestly say I absolutely love this wine. My garage is always graced by the lovely wooden 6 packs my husband can't bear to part with! The 2016 follows their tradition of extraordinary value in a spectacular Sancerre. Somehow achieving a richness and clear raciness at the same time, showing the succulent fruit qualities of Sauvignon Blanc as well as the mineral qualities of the chalky soil. I can't really ask for anything more from a Sancerre, this has it all.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 28, 2017

This scintillating and racy wine gushes with Melon rind, Guava, Grapefruit pith, savory herb and mouth watering minerals. This manages to be both lip smacking and serious at the same time.

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 28, 2017

Back just in time for the Holidays! The grapes for the Insolite cuvée are selected from the chalkiest soils on their property in Bué. Franck and Betty (the husband and wife team behind the estate) allow the wine to macerate with the skins at close to 32 degrees to coax as much aroma and flavor as possible. On the nose the wine is fresh and racy with pronounced mineral tones, freshly cut grass, sweet green herbs and lots of fresh citrus and stone fruit. The wine has some texture, almost a creamy feel on the palate with a zippy, lively undercurrent of acidity. Considering that Dungeness crab season is in full effect, I would happily pair this with a big old plate of the good stuff, but this would work with any seafood really.

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2015 Franck Millet Sancerre Rouge ($16.99)

The low-alcohol Millet Sancerre Rouge is 100% Pinot Noir, partially barrel aged, and absolutely delicious. Aromas of cherries and purple flowers give way to a vibrant, crunchy red-fruited palate with just a enough tannins to balance out the juicy fruit.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

This is the epitome of red Sancerre Pinot Noirs great acidity, silky dark red fruit with a generous touch of earth and minerals. It is part of a stellar line of wines that weve been importing for over 20 years from Franck and Betty Millet. They seem to get better every year, and that seems particularly true for this 2015 vintage.

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2016 Franck Millet Sancerre Blanc (1.5L) Price: Hidden

The Millet Sancerre has been a favorite here at K&L for a long time. Grown in limestone-clay soil, the wine reflects the terroir wonderfully. The flavors are bright with lime, mineral, passion fruit, and that wonderful chalkiness one wants from a Sancerre. This wine over delivers and pairs beautifully with oily seafood dishes and of course, your favorite cheeses.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 19, 2017

Our visit to the Loire Valley would not have been complete if we hadn't visited our dear friends Franck and Betty Millet. Clyde, myself and a friend were traveling through the region and arrived a day early to have a relaxing meal in the village of Sancerre. We actually surprised the Millets by popping in to see their new house which sits on the hill of the village overlooking the valley of Sancerre and its vineyards. We had an appointment to visit them the next morning but they were so gracious even with our surprise visit, they began pulling out bottles of wine for us to try, offering us food and a tour of their recently finished house. I often point to these kinds of occasions when trying to illustrate why we try to develop strong relationships with our Direct Import producers. Even though we were just stopping by to say "hello" they went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and a part of their family. And that's why the Millets are part of our K&L family. When we finally did arrive at the winery for our scheduled appointment we retasted all the wines as well as some of the new tank samples for the 2016 Insolite. They had fresh cheeses and bread all laid out for us because they knew we were going to be traveling a couple of hours to our next destination. We discussed the difficulty of the 2016 vintage due to the early frost but thankfully they were not largely affected by the staggering crop losses that others felt. The quality of the 2016 was ou

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 19, 2017

I've made a lot of friends over the past few years thanks to the wonderful wines of Franck Millet. They remain one of my very favorite Sancerre producers and their 2016 speaks volumes. It's rounder and more concentrated than the most recent vintages with no shortage of chalky mineral notes, lime, lemongrass and crisp acidity. A Sauvignon Blanc not to be missed.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 19, 2017

The nose is classic Sauvignon, a bit of grapefruit (no green peppers) with hints of dried herbs. On the palate the chalky soils become visible making a crisp and snappy appearance yet in this warmer vintage the wine's mid palate richness balances it perfectly. The finish is hints of grapefruit rind, anise and a lively focus. Perfect for grilled salmon.