2016 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre SKU #1317939


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Tasting Notes

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.

Staff Reviews

  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    There is something tropical in the air... Insolite is always a riper style of Sancerre that is quite unusual. In some vintages it is almost "unsettling" in a good way. I enjoy this wine very much. Something about the ripe juicy lemons, richness of flavors and accompanying minerality that makes it a memorable wine. I would suggest a more richer fare of for example: Chicken Piri-Piri or Teriyaki, Jambalaya, stir-fries, Thai food, Seafood Pasta, Jambon Persille.
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    I love the focus and minerality of most of the 2016 Sancerres. I do not love the fact the crop is small because of frost problems and hail. What the richer 2015s was missing is here in the 2016s-fine acid balance and a clean smooth finish. This 2016 is one of the best I have had from Franck Millet-packed with so much fruit but also with tremendous acidity and length on the palate. We will not get a lot of this short crop of Insolite.
    Drink from 2018 to 2025
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    We've just received another shipment of one of Sancerre's finest wines! Franck and Betty Millet might not be on the cover of Wine Spectator, but they are superstars at K&L. We discovered the Millets back in the 90's, and their wines have only become better with each forthcoming vintage. The "Insolite" bottling marks their highest tier wine, grown all in white chalk, limestone soils, and it is truly one of the best expressions of Sancerre character that I've come across.
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    I've tasted every vintage of the Insolite we've carried, and I can honestly say I absolutely love this wine. My garage is always graced by the lovely wooden 6 packs my husband can't bear to part with! The 2016 follows their tradition of extraordinary value in a spectacular Sancerre. Somehow achieving a richness and clear raciness at the same time, showing the succulent fruit qualities of Sauvignon Blanc as well as the mineral qualities of the chalky soil. I can't really ask for anything more from a Sancerre, this has it all.
    Top Value!
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    This scintillating and racy wine gushes with Melon rind, Guava, Grapefruit pith, savory herb and mouth watering minerals. This manages to be both lip smacking and serious at the same time.
  • Brian Fogarty
    By: Brian Fogarty
    K&L Staff Member
    Located just 2 hours south of Paris in the village of Bué, 3rd generation vigneron Franck Millet and his wife Betty cultivate 22 hectares of beautiful, rolling vineyards together with a focus on Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Their premium Sancerre bottling “Insolite” (translated unusual or uncommon) brings together the most expressive old vines Sauvignon Blanc from the Domaine growing on clay-limestone soil. In the glass the wine’s bouquet develops with yellow flowers and a bold expression of citrus cream. A firm vein of wet stone minerality is accented by notes of fresh field herbs like thyme, bee-balm and dried grasses. A refreshing wine on its own, yet not delicate at all and would love being paired with seafood, white meats or of course local goat cheese is classic; Chevre.
  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    K&L Staff Member
    Back just in time for the Holidays! The grapes for the Insolite cuvée are selected from the chalkiest soils on their property in Bué. Franck and Betty (the husband and wife team behind the estate) allow the wine to macerate with the skins at close to 32 degrees to coax as much aroma and flavor as possible. On the nose the wine is fresh and racy with pronounced mineral tones, freshly cut grass, sweet green herbs and lots of fresh citrus and stone fruit. The wine has some texture, almost a creamy feel on the palate with a zippy, lively undercurrent of acidity. Considering that Dungeness crab season is in full effect, I would happily pair this with a big old plate of the good stuff, but this would work with any seafood really.


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