2015 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. 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.

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Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2017 | Send Email
A recent opportunity to re-taste the "Insolite" was inspirational. Their 2015 seems to deliver more of everything with plenty of ripe gooseberries, musk, saline and flint on the nose and a very concentrated mouthful of vibrant citrus with bright acidity and minerals on the finish. It's a versatile white that's perfect on it's own and suitable with a wide array of dishes. Outstanding with fish, vegetables and goat cheese for sure.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/5/2017 | Send Email
The limestone influence just flies out of the glass on the first sniff, followed by a beautiful, floral bouquet. Perfect balance of fruit and acidic flavors make the mouth water. Try it with some buttery fish!

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2017 | Send Email
An eternal staff favorite, the "Insolite" returns for another incredible vintage. This vintage is truly special and extremely mineral driven, 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.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2016 | Send Email
Mineral-driven as ever, the 2015 “Insolite” shows classic limestone chalkiness on the nose, with tangy nectarine, softer peach, and the characteristic lemon fruit abundant through the weighty palate. This is crisp, focused Sauvignon Blanc with all the easy drinkability of limeade, from favorite producer Millet, who always perfectly showcases Sancerre’s rocky terroir.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2016 | Send Email
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I and Jim Chanteloup (former rhone buyer and long time K&Ler) met Betty and Franck Millet on Easter Sunday 1994 in beaune of all places. They had asked me if they could show their wines and they came to Beaune Easter Sunday morning. We liked the wines and the rest is history-22 years of selling well-priced Loire Valley wines. The Insolite is the top of the line for Franck and Betty and we sell more of this wine than anyone else in the world-words from Franck's mouth last September when we visited him. The 2015 is richer than the 2014, but still has that focused. laser like mouthfeel. Penty of acidity to insure good cellar life, but excellent now. There will be less of the 2016 becasue of adverse weather conditions.
Drink from 2017 to 2021

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2016 | Send Email
Millet’s vines really strut their stuff in the Insolite cuvee. You get a notably more complex array of flavors than with the basic Sancerre wed to greater richness of body. Kiwi, lemongrass, gooseberry, honeydew melon, and a kiss of guava are all there, but this is not a fruit salad. The flavors are more restrained than flamboyant, and the finish veers towards precision and minerality, with all the fruit sheared away.

Staff Image By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2016 | Send Email
I'm really liking the depth of which the 2015 vintage brought to this wine. The aromatic is bright with citrus but also carries a fleshy tropical note to it. This wine of course has the inherent chalky minerality on the palate. But, it also has nice weight and balance from start to finish. The warmth of 2015 also added a soft waxy component which I find quite intriguing and really extends on the finish. Very well done wine...

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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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- 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.