2014 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre

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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 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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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2016 | Send Email
This fabulous "Insolite" prestige cuvee is selected from the very best plots of the Millet estate in a given vintage. They only make 10,000 bottles, using only free run cuvee- no press juice is added. The wine is kept in contact with its skins for about 20 hours at sub zero temperatures underneath a blanket of CO2. This allows him to keep his sulphur counts low but greatly increase the complexity of the wine. Millet has long been my personal favorite sauvignon blanc in the store, and now I know why: it is a meticulous selection from a great terroir!

By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2015 | Send Email
It has been an absolute pleasure having the opportunity to watch this wine progress over the last 17 years. The 2014 is mouthwatering fresh and vibrant with a textural core and rounded mineral finish. I think that this just may be their finest yet. This will also improve over the next few years...

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2015 | Send Email
So minerally that Millet literally ships hunks of Sancerre’s rocky limestone in the box (along with the bottles) as evidence, Insolite is a staff favorite that continues to win over all styles of Sauvignon Blanc drinkers. Chalky but soft, with gorgeous, subtle notes of stone fruit and a clean finish, this is high-quality, terroir-driven Sancerre at its racy best.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2015 | Send Email
This brilliant bottle of Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc should be listed on the ‘Most Wanted Wall’ in the Bivalveville Post office, as it has been responsible for contributing to the (gulp) demise of more oysters than I can count. And the exceptional 2014 vintage is the crowning touch of all that these remarkable chalky, limestone soils combined with select fruit and extended maceration can deliver— pleasantly pungent saline and mineral aromas, added vibrancy and roundness through the mid-palate, with intermingled flavors of lemon-zest, tart apple, boxwood and melon, finishing with attractive acidity and a surprising degree of suppleness. A beauty! Bring on the bivalves!

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/24/2015 | Send Email
Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc was the first wine I tasted where I realized that this whole idea about "fine wine" wasn't a bunch of BS. I had read about the rich limestone soils of Sancerre and how one could supposedly taste that minerality in the wine itself (the whole idea of "terroir"). This is back before I worked at K&L; back when I walked into our old San Francisco store and asked for a bottle that could maybe demonstrate this phenomenon. The staff member (our old pal Mike Jordan) gave me a bottle of 2005 Franck Millet "Insolite." Today it's still the gold standard of Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc for me. It's racy and clean with a clear chalkiness that truly lends a sense of place. The Millet soils are some of the chalkiest in the region and that makes all the difference.

By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2015 | 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!

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2015 | Send Email
Super Recommended! Showing the expression of a great vintage year in the Loire, this is a top shelf Sancerre at under $30, that is zesty and refreshing with flavors of lemon, green apple and honeydew. Layered with a healthy streak of stony minerality and salinity the finish is round and inviting. Pair with your favorite seafood dish.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2015 | Send Email
Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a bottle of Insolite and a dozen oysters. This wine is made for fresh seafood, especially oysters. This Sancerre is truly special with tons of chalky minerality, crushed limestone, lemon zest and refreshing salinity. The Insolite has more mid-palate weight than his basic Sancerre Blanc coupled with crisp acidity, which makes it perfect for shellfish but easy enough to drink on its own.

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2015 | Send Email
Well, for those of you who liked Frank Millet’s basic 2014 Sancerre Blanc (and I know there are more than a few of you out there, as it sold out with a quickness), good news is at hand: here comes the 2014 Insolite! All the richness, body, and depth of flavor you’ve come to expect from this cuvee are on display here. Compared with the previous vintage, the aromatics and flavors are more classically tart and green, with honeydew melon, lemongrass, green apple, kiwi, and jalapeno jelly, while the regions minerality makes itself felt via suggestions of pulverized stone throughout. If you are a fan of Loire Sauvignon Blanc, assay a bottle, and you’re bound to become a convert!

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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.


- 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.


- 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.