2018 Franck Millet Pouilly Fumé

SKU #1419478

The husband and wife team of Franck and Betty Millet produce astounding Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre as well as this Pouilly-Fume that has all of the expected Millet characteristics of freshness, mineral notes and affordability that have made the wines a long-time K&L favorite. This is a beautiful new addition to the Millet portfolio. We are excited to feature this Pouilly Fumé from our dear friends, some of the best winemakers in Sancerre. Lean, crisp and focused, this wine has an excellent balance of chalky minerality, citrus, lemongrass, and orchard fruits. It’s a beautiful apéritif wine, and also pairs well with a variety of seafood.


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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2019 | Send Email
After visiting the Loire valley, the first thing I did upon my return was buy some of this Pouilly Fumé! This has a touch of smoke and green grass on the generous nose and comes from a mixture of flint and clay infused chalk sites on the other side of the Loire from Sancerre. This was Cinnamon’s favorite of the whites from our trip, and had fantastic tart white fruit up front but also some lovely nectarine flavors on the focused, dry finish.

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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.
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