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I have an old bottle of Chianti given to me by a family member.  It says Burati Chianti on the label, A monsieur Henri Selection, vintage 1977, Italia.  Its unopened, seal not broken.  I wanted to know if it was still any good to open it up and give it a try with family.  Its wrapped in the straw like bottle and looks old but I figured I'd look it up and cannot find any information.  I did find that one of the original members to start Banfi wines was a Rudy Buratti, but the spelling on the bottle is Burati.  If you know of anything I would appreciate some insight.  Thank you!


This wine is from all appearances a negociant bottling of a very basic Chianti. What that refers to is when an importer like Monsieur Henri, buys bulk wine and bottles it under a brand that they've created. This is very common and Monsieur Henri undoubtedly had dozens of their own branded negociant wines from all over. Most of these brands disappeared when the importer was sold. Oh, and it's not likely the name has anything to do with the Banfi Buratti. The name could have been made up or the name of one of the agents overseeing the brand, could be anything. In the 60's and 70's straw flask Chiantis were extremely popular. These were inexpensive wines made to be enjoyed while young and still fresh. They are not wines that will improve with age. I would not expect your bottle to be drinkable now.  


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