2016 Franck Millet Sancerre Blanc SKU #1297391


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Tasting Notes

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 Reviews

  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
    Drink from 2018 to 2021
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
    Top Value!
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
    Drink from 2017 to 2020
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    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 outstanding as usual, classic grapefruit and lemongrass tones, chalky minerality and a long citrusy finish with a whisper of wild thyme at the end. Clyde's specific comments were "better than the 2015" and "more my style, racy and classic." When Clyde saw some magnums, we immediately explored the notion (Clyde's a sucker for large formats) of adding that to our inventory set. I of course love the little half bottles which are new as well. So, in whatever format you choose, halves, mags or standard bottles, you'll hopefully share in the sense of gazing out over the vineyards of Sancerre and sipping wine with our dear friends Franck and Betty Millet.
  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    K&L Staff Member
    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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