Chianti
Chianti is the most famous Italian wine. You know all about it right?

Well, just in case not, here are a few words of introduction.

Brief synopsis: Dry red wine from Tuscany.

Chianti comes from where the rules say it does. If that sounds a little weird it is because the area that is allowed to call its wine Chianti is not strictly the area that a geographer might give the same name. Chianti Classico is a little closer to the latter idea but it is still not spot on.

Unlike many Italian wine classifications, Chianti is not made from a single grape type, rather it is a melange of many different varieties and this means that the wine varies greatly from one bottle to another. At one end of the scale, it can be sublime but at the other, it can be dire, not fit even for cooking.

In terms of value for money, it is not as good as some other Italian wines such as Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. To an extent, you are of course paying for the name.

What to look for on the label:

You will normally see Chianti, perhaps with an extra geographical refinement such as Chianti Classico, plus the year, DOCG mark and the bottler's name. As this contains no information as to the grape type used, it is hard to know exactly what to expect from the wine.

Because of it's varied nature, it is not possible to say anything much beyond "serve at room temperature and give it half an hour to breath first." All Chianti will benefit from this but the degree to which it will suffer from ill treatment varies from one bottle to another.

If you want to know what it "goes with" all that you will get me to admit to is food! Anything from fried Salmon to Ostrich taking in Beef and Pasta on the way will do.

The wines
Year Source Comments Awards
2007 Chianti Penny 2007 Euro 2.49 from Penny Markt in Germany OK for the money
2007 Torri d'Elsa Chianti 2007 Euro 2.59 from Rewe in Germany OK for the money
2007 Chianti Conti Serristori Euros 3.99 from Karstadt in Germany OK but in no way special
2007 Chianti Gheppio Euro2.49 from Norma in Germany Does what`s expected
2007 Melini Chianti Euro4.99 from Rewe in Germany A good'un Best Chianti below 5 Euros
2007 Chianti la Tosca Euro2.29 from Plus in Germany OK for the bargain basement
2006 Chianti Conti Serristori Euros 3.99 from Karstadt in Germany OK but in no way special
2006 Albo Nobile Chianti 2006 Euro1.99 from Netto in Germany Just drinkable
2006 Chianti Classico Piccini Euros 4.99 from Marktkauf in Germany OK but not earning its keep
2006 San Mondello Chianti Euro2.49 from Netto in Germany Almost good enough to drink
2006 Chianti Ruffino Euro4.99 from Rewe in Germany OK, but not special
2006 Chianti Superiore Villa Puccini Euro5.99 from Rewe in Germany A Chianti that is slightly up from the bargain basement
2006 Chianti Classico Euro4.49 from Marktkauf in Germany I was robbed
2005 Torri d'Elsa Chianti Euro 2.59 from Rewe in Germany Anonymously inoffensive
2005 Chianti Giorgio Gaudio Euro 1.99 from Plus in Germany Cheap and uninspiring
2005 Chianti la Tosca Euro 1.99 from Plus in Germany Cheap and cheerful
2005 Cittadella Chianti Euro1.99 from Netto in Germany Cheap and cheerful but no more
2005 Chianti Riserva La Colonata Euro4.79 from Marktkauf in Germany One to avoid
2005 Chianti Riserva Il Paesano Euro3.99 from Marktkauf in Germany Better than most recent Chianti
2004 Il Piolo Chianti 2004 Euro1.79 from Real in Germany An enjoyable Chianti
2004 Albo Nobile Chianti 2004 Euro1.99 from Netto in Germany Just drinkable
2004 Terralunga Chianti Colli Senesi Euro2.99 from Real in Germany OK though still a little bland
2004 Chianti by E.G.T. Euro1.99 from Tengelmann in Germany Poor value even if it is cheap
2004 Chianti Piccini Euro3.49 from Tengelmann in Germany Above average Chianti
2003 Terralunga Chianti Colli Senesi Euro2.99 from Real in Germany OK though a little bland
2003 Villa Puchini Chianti Riserva 2003 Euro5.99 from Rewe in Germany Memories of a hot summer Best Chainti in store
2003 Chianti Piccini Euro3.49 from Tengelmann in Germany Above average Chianti
2002 Chianti Riserva Il Paesano Euro4.79 from Marktkauf in Germany Overpriced
2002 Chianti La Arcarta Euro2.49 from Marktkauf in Germany Entry level Chianti at a fair price
2002 Chianti Euro2.49 from Norma in Germany Not up their usual standard
2002 Salvanza Chianti Colli Senesi Euro3.59 from Tengelmann in Germany Not the best available
2001 Conti Serristori Chianti Classico Euro6.99 from Rewe in Germany Overpriced as was the 2000
2001 Chianti Il Tralcio Euro2.49 from Norma in Germany Adequate
2001 Chianti Classico Piccini Euro6.49 from Marktkauf in Germany A real treat Best Chianti below Euro7
2001 Chianti La Arcarta Euro2.49 from Marktkauf in Germany Entry level Chianti at a fair price
2001 Chianti Colli Senesi Euro2.55 from Marktkauf in Germany A good choice indeed. Best Chianti below Euro3
2000 Conti Serristori Chianti Classico Euro6.99 from Rewe in Germany Enjoy the label as the wine is not worth the money
2000 Chianti Il Tralcio Euro2.49 from Norma in Germany Adequate
2000 Chianti Riserva La Colonnata Euro4.79 from Marktkauf in Germany Too expensive
2000 Chianti Torre Borgesi Colli Senesi Euro3.49 from Tengelmann in Germany Overpriced
2000 Chianti Colli Senesi Euro2.55 from Marktkauf in Germany Not quite up to the 1999
2000 Chianti Villa Verdi DeM6.99 from Tengelmann in Germany Nice enough but expensive
2000 Chianti Villa Dalia DeM3.99 from Tengelmann in Germany Yummy and spicy Joint best at this price point
2000 Chianti Conti Serristori DeM3.98 from Penny Markt in Germany OK but by no means special
2000 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DeM5.99 from Marktkauf in Germany Not quite so good as the 1999 but at least they dropped the price
2000 Chianti Vinispa DeM4.99 from Eurospar in Germany Nice but not special and a little overpriced
2000 Chianti DeM3.99 from Lidl in Germany Hits the spot Joint best of year, value & overall below DeM4
2000 Torri d'Elsa DeM3.99 from Rewe in Germany Disappointing
2000 La Arcata DeM3.99 from Marktkauf in Germany Not bad but there is better Chianti about for the money
2000 Giorgio Gaudio from Plus in Germany Just as good as the 1999. A good slurp at the right price Joint best of year, value & overall below DeM4
1999 Chianti Classico Santini from Tengelmann in Germany Worth the extra money over standard Chianti Best of type in store
1999 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DeM6.99 from Marktkauf in Germany The wine is OK but the price is pushing it
1999 Chianti Colli Senesi DeM4.99 from Marktkauf in Germany A good choice indeed. Best Chianti below DeM5
1999 Chianti Vinispa DeM4.99 from Eurospar in Germany Nice but not special and a little overpriced
1999 Cantine Coli DeM3.99 from Marktkauf in Germany Not bad but there is better Chianti about for the money
1999 Le Selci from Plus in Germany Well worth it Best of year
1999 Chianti Il Piolo DeM3.98 from Real in Germany OK but not the best at this price point
1999 Chianti Reno DeM3.99 from Jibi in Germany Not bad but see the Trambusti bottling in the same shop
1999 Chianti Trambusti DeM3.99 from Jibi in Germany At this price point, close to perfection Joint best value & overall below DeM4
1999 Pierro Carletti/Fra-Co from Trink Gut in Germany Not bad but the Giorgio Gaudio is better for the same price
1999 Giorgio Gaudio from Plus in Germany A good slurp at the right price Joint best value & overall below DeM4
1999 C.F.F. from Roller in Germany Filth
1998 Le Selci from Plus in Germany Duff Worst wine in store
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