2016 Franck Millet Sancerre Rosé

SKU #1297392 Wine Spectator

 A pretty rosé, with a mix of tea, white cherry and watermelon notes, backed by a hint of strawberry on the finish. (JM, Web-2017)

K&L 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: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2017 | Send Email
Made from 100% Pinot Noir, this is delicious and crisp with ripe peaches, watermelon, stony minerality and Rainier cherry at its core.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/25/2017 | Send Email
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As with the Rhone Valley’s Chateau de Montfaucon’s owner, UC Davis graduate Rodolphe de Pins, productions that we have been also importing for over twenty years, Franck Millet brought his production samples of Sancerres to Clyde on one of his buying trips to Bordeaux way back when to see if he could convince our fearless leader into directly importing his wines to K&L. And, as with Montfaucon, Clyde was so taken with the incredible quality of Millet’s wines, he had no choice but to do so. Initially it was strictly the Sauvignons from Millet that we brought in, but as our Rosé sales exploded five-plus years ago, Clyde made the wise decision to also begin including his Rosé. And, we are all glad he did. This 2016 has a striking pink hue about it, and offers a lovely perfume of current and strawberry, with just a hint of Chilean Jasmine floral notes. In the mouth, this gorgeous Gem is crisp and mouthwatering, yet rich, creamy, and dry, which leads to a bright, refreshing finish. This also continues the run of exceptional Rosés from them. The Bean and I see a bucket of steamed clams sitting in front of us to go with this excellent Gem, and has ordered me to bring home cases of this exceptional Rosé – plus, buckets of clams. Don’t miss this Gem! AN AMAZING ROSÉ VALUE!!! …..A K&L WINE MERCHANTS’ DIRECT IMPORT….. ***** 12.5% ABV *****
Drink from 2016 to 2018

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5