First Growth Wine Buying Guide San Francisco Restaurants

VinoServant’s First Growth Wine Buying Guide for San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants

The holiday season is approaching, and if you want to go out and celebrate, then there is no better way to do so than to order a truly fantastic bottle of wine. In this review, we look at wine prices for the five first growth wines from Bordeaux (Haut Brion, Lafite, Latour, Margaux and Mouton). As you will see these wines are expensive, but surprisingly you can find some good values. As with all of our reviews, we have provided a retail price to go along with the restaurant prices. For the rating, we include a numerical score along with the drinking window (Robert Parker 94 | 2000 to 2030).

This blog post only contains the review for the wine below. If you want to see all the first growth wines sold in San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants then click on the link below.   

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VINOSERVANT’S TOP FIRST GROWTH WINE VALUES 2006 to 1982

2006 Chateau Mouton Rothschild | $1,800 at Gary Danko

2005 Chateau Margaux | $1,850 at The Village Pub

2004 Chateau Mouton Rothschild | $595 at Alexander’s Steakhouse – Cupertino

2003 Chateau Lafite Rothschild | $850 at Alexander’s Steakhouse – San Francisco

2002 Chateau Haut Brion | $585 at BENU

2001 Chateau Lafite Rothschild| $1,300 at The French Laundry

2000 Chateau Margaux | $1,495 at Alexander’s Steakhouse – Cupertino

1999 Chateau Lafite Rothschild | $675 at Alexander’s Steakhouse – San Francisco

1998 Chateau Margaux | $500 at Alexander’s Steakhouse – San Francisco

1997 Chateau Mouton Rothschild | $500 at The Village Pub

1996 Chateau Mouton Rothschild | $600 at Alexander’s Steakhouse – San Francisco

1995 Chateau Margaux | $650 at Boulevard

1994 Chateau Haut Brion | $525 at Alexander’s Steakhouse – Cupertino

1993 Chateau Lafite Rothschild | $575 at Alexander’s Steakhouse – San Francisco

1992 Chateau Mouton Rothschild | $640 at RN74

1990 Chateau Lafite Rothschild | $1,325 at Cyrus

1989 Chateau Latour | $600 at Alexander’s Steakhouse – San Francisco

1988 Chateau Latour | $495 at Terra

1987 Chateau Mouton Rothschild | $595 at Alexander’s Steakhouse Cupertino

1986 Chateau Mouton Rothschild | $$1,350 at Bourbon Steak

1985 Chateau Mouton Rothschild | $850 at The French Laundry

1983 Chateau Lafite Rothschild | $1,150 at The Village Pub

1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild | $2,400 at Spruce

Other vintages included in the report: 1981, 1979, 1978, 1975, 1974, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1964, 1962, 1961, 1945 and 1928.

Vintage 2006

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 90 – Drink or Hold: Best are solid, tannic and racy; others slightly hollow.

2006 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Retail Price: $790 at the Wine House, $850 at Sherry Lehman & $1,259 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 98 | 2020 to 2060+

  • $1,800 at Gary Danko
  • $1,913 at EPIC Roasthouse

Vintage 2005

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 98 – Hold: Fabulous aromas and great length; wines with depth, structure and finesse.

2005 Chateau Margaux

Retail Price: $1,100 at Sherry-Lehman & $1,343 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 98 | 2015 to 2060+

  • $1,850 at The Village Pub
  • $2,000 at Spruce

 

Vintage 2004

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 89 – Drink or Hold: Northern Medoc shines in a less than ideal vintage.

2004 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Retail Price: $490 at Saratoga Wine Exchange, $520 at Belmont Wine Exchange & $539 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 93 | 2015 to 2045

  • $595 at Alexander’s Steakhouse – Cupertino
  • $600 at Meadowood

Vintage 2003

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 95– Hold: Exotic and powerful, with big velvety tannins.

2003 Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Retail Price: $1,500 at Belmont Wine Exchange& $1,765 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 100 | 2010 to 2050

  • $850 at Alexander’s Steakhouse – San Francisco
  • $1,295 at Alexander’s Steakhouse – Cupertino
  • $2,150 at The French Laundry

Vintage 2002

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 86 – Hold: Cool style clarets, with firm tannins; stick to top names.

2002 Chateau Haut Brion

Retail Price: $399 Vinfolio & $464 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 89 | N/A

  • $585 at BENU

Vintage 2001

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 90– Drink: Sleeper vintage; balanced, fruity and structured.

2001 Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Retail Price: $975 at Belmont Wine Exchange, $1,099 at K&L Wines,  $1,099 at JJ Buckley & $1,180 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 94 | 2007 to 2020

  • $1,300 at The French Laundry
  • $2,258 at The Village Pub
  • $3,000 at Gary Danko

 

Vintage 2000

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 99 – Hold: Postmodern classic; benchmark Bordeaux.

2000 Chateau Margaux

Retail Price: $1,195 at Vinfolio & $1,099 at K&L Wines – SOLD OUT & $1,425 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 100 | Now to 2050

  • $1,495 at Alexander’s Steakhouse Cupertino
  • $1,900 at Spruce
  • $2,300 at The Village Pub
  • $4,200 at The French Laundry

Vintage 1999

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 87 – Drink or Hold: Fruity and balanced; some wines slightly green.

 1999 Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Retail Price: $975 at Vinfolio & $1,221 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 95 | Now to 2030

  • $675 at Alexander’s Steakhouse San Francisco
  • $895 at Alexander’s Steakhouse Cupertino

Vintage 1998

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 88 – Drink or Hold: Very good quality despite rain at harvest.

1998 Chateau Margaux

Retail Price: $495 at Belmont Wine Exchange & 568 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 91+ | Now to 2030

  • $500 at Alexander’s Steakhouse San Francisco
  • $695 at Alexander’s Steakhouse Cupertino
  • $1,250 at Gary Danko

Vintage 1997

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 85 – Drink: Tropical August, light and pleasant wines.

1997 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Retail Price: $400 at iBuyWineOnline.com & $483 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 90 | Now to 2015

  • $500 at The Village Pub
  • $850 at Meadowood

Vintage 1996

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 91 – Drink or Hold: Wet August, yet Cabernets still excellent; firm.

1996 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Retail Price: $499 at K&L Wines & $685 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 94 | 2007 to 2030

  • $600 at Alexander’s Steakhouse San Francisco
  • $995 at Alexander’s Steakhouse Cupertino

Vintage 1995

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 96 – Drink or hold: Harmonious, rich and structured; long-lived.

1995 Chateau Margaux

Retail Price: $575 at K&L Wines & $725 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 95 | 2010 to 2040

  • $650 at Boulevard
  • $1,196 at The Village Pub
  • $1,600 at Spruce

Vintage 1994

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 85 – Drink: Medium-bodied, with good fruit and firm tannins.

1994 Chateau Haut Brion

Retail Price: $450 at JJ Buckley & $453 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 93 | 2002 to 2025

  • $525 at Alexander’s Steakhouse Cupertino

Vintage 1993

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 82 – Drink: Good color, perfumy, fruity and balanced.

1993 Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Retail Price: $995 at iBuyWineOnline.com & $1,103 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 88 | 2004 to 2020

  • $575 at Alexander’s Steakhouse San Francisco
  • $1,195 at Alexander’s Steakhouse Cupertino

Vintage 1992

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 72 – Past Peak: Light, simple and often diluted; early maturing.

1992 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Retail Price: $444 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 88 | Now to 2006

  • $640 at RN74

Vintage 1990

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 97 – Drink or Hold: Opulent, well structured and harmonious.

1990 Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Retail Price: $950 at BPWINE, $1050 at JJ Buckley & $1,297 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 96 | Now to 2040

  • $1,325 at Cyrus
  • $2,250 at Harris’ Restaurant

Vintage 1989

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 98 – Drink or Hold: Bold, dramatic fruit character, tannic and long-aging.

1989 Chateau Latour

Retail Price: $620 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 89 | Now

  • $600 at Alexander’s Steakhouse San Francisco
  • $900 at Terra
  • $1,025 at Alexander’s Steakhouse Cupertino

Vintage 1988

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 93 – Drink or Hold: Racy, fruity wines, with firm tannins and typical structure; best in Pessac-Leognan, Pomerol and Pauillac.

1988 Chateau Latour

Retail Price: $400 Stirling Fine Wines & $687 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 91 | Now to 2025

  • $495 at Terra
  • $995 at Alexander’s Steakhouse Cupertino

 

Vintage 1987

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 76 – Past Peak: Delicate, ripe yet diluted.

1987 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Retail Price: $409 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 88 | Now

  • $595 at Alexander’s Steakhouse Cupertino

Vintage 1986

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 95 – Drink: Powerful, intense and tannic; best in Medoc.

1986 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Retail Price: $1,143 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 100 | Now to 2045

  • $1,350 at Bourbon Steak
  • $1,695 at Alexander’s Steakhouse Cupertino
  • $1,787 at BENU
  • $3,100 at The French Laundry

Vintage 1985

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 93 – Drink or Hold: Balanced, supple and fruity; defines finesse.

 1985 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Retail Price: $300 at Belmont Wine Exchange & $499 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 90 | Now to 2012

  • $850 at The French Laundry
  • $1,150 at The Village Pub

Vintage 1983

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 86 – Drink: Rich and ripe in fruit and tannins; some overly tannic.

1983 Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Retail Price: $1,050 at Belmont Wine Exchange & $1,175 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 93 | Now to 2030

  • $1,150 at the Village Pub

Vintage 1982

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 95 – Drink or Hold: Intense ripe fruit and generous in style, plenty of round tannins.  St. Julien and St. Emilion stand out.

1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Retail Price: $1,350 at BPWine & $1,798 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 100 | Now to 2040

  • $2,400 at Spruce
  • $3,750 at The French Laundry
  • $2,896 at BENU
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