The price for a great bottle of wine at a Napa Valley restaurant, ask the French Laundry

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group DRE # 00770113

French Laundry, Yountville, Napa ValleyWhat someone will pay for a bottle of wine, the only question seems to be, what the heck is the limit one can pay. Given the notoriety of the recent wine theft at Napa Valley's infamous restaurant, the French Laundry, I decided to look at the perceived values of the wine recently stolen true worth.

I priced just one bottle of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Richebourg” 1988, on the internet., $1,000 from a private collector. The Price Range of a 750 ml bottle of the 1993 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “La Tâche”, Average: $2,474 - From: $1,975 - to: $3,118. I am beginning to think the $300,000 figure reported is low given the reality of the asking prices on what was stolen from the French Laundry.

2009 Frencl Laundry wine lostAmong the most valuable wines taken were bottles of DRC Romanée Conti with the vintages spanning 2004-2010 which range in price at retail from $11,000 to $15,000 per bottle. I priced the 2009 DRC Romanée Conti on the internet and found an asking price of $15,000 per bottle. Sure makes the priciest water seem cheap.

The thieves also took several bottles of California cult Cabernet Sauvignon Screaming Eagle, with prices ranging from $2,100 to $7,500.

Here's a complete list of the wines taken. Sorry all you Napa Valley wine fans, the French wines are taking top billing here. We keep trying.....

1 bottle Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Grands Echezeaux” 2007

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Grands Echezeaux” 2008

3 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Grands Echezeaux” 2009

1 bottle Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Grands Echezeaux” 2010

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée St. Vivant” 2003

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée St. Vivant” 2005

3 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée St. Vivant” 2006

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée St. Vivant” 2007

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée St. Vivant” 2008

1 bottle Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée St. Vivant” 2009

1 bottle Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée St. Vivant” 2010

1 bottle Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Richebourg” 1988

1 bottle Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Richebourg” 2002

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Richebourg” 2005

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Richebourg” 2006

1 bottle Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Richebourg” 2008

1 bottle Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Richebourg” 2009

1 bottle Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Richebourg” 2010

1 bottle Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “La Tâche” 1993

1 bottle Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “La Tâche” 1996

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “La Tâche” 1999

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “La Tâche” 2002

1 bottle Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “La Tâche” 2004

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “La Tâche” 2005

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “La Tâche” 2006

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “La Tâche” 2007

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “La Tâche” 2008

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “La Tâche” 2009

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “La Tâche” 2010

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée Conti” 2004

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée Conti” 2005

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée Conti” 2006

3 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée Conti” 2007

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée Conti” 2008

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée Conti” 2009

2 bottles Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée Conti” 2010

2 bottles Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Nuits-Saint-Georges “Clos de la Maréchale” 2005

2 bottles Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits-St. Georges” Clos de la Maréchale” 2008

1 bottle Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992

1 bottle Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

1 bottle Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

1 bottle Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

1 bottle Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

5 bottles Moet & Chandon Champagne Brut Grand Cru Cuvée “Dom Perignon” 2004

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Rainer
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Mario Gattavara
IMPACT California Properties - Oroville, CA
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Try Italia Roscato. Gold star with white logo. The red and white are both flavorful. Definitely will change your perspective on wine if your not a wine drinker.

Jan 11, 2015 02:22 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Tim Lorenz
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I was saddened to hear the account of the theft at the French Laundry.

Jan 11, 2015 03:13 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
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Mario

I like Chiantis and have never tried a Roscato. Thanks for the heads up. I will give it a try, cheers cvc

Jan 11, 2015 03:21 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Curtis Van Carter
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Tim

Being they never set the alarm makes one wonder. I think, even if I had the money to afford a $15,000 bottle of wine, I wouldn't buy one given there are  truly some great ones for around $100 per bottle. cheers cvc

Jan 11, 2015 03:23 AM #4
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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And I thought $64 at a restaurant for a bottle of wine was steep.  Clearly, there's many different levels of expensive.

Jan 11, 2015 04:44 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Curtis,

 Yeah I have actually had a couple of these. I have the Dom Pergnion 2004 vintage. I had a 1/3 of a glass of Screaming Eagle I think it was the 99 the guy opened it for me I did not ask and he let Bob and I sample it. I wish I had bought it is was$189.99 I would be willing to sell it for the going prices! I agree with you great wines for $100 and I have some great malbecs for $45!

Jan 11, 2015 05:43 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Curtis Van Carter
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Chris Ann

Hell of a difference in perspective, no. cheers cvc

Jan 11, 2015 05:47 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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urtis, this group of wine thiieves knew their wines to say the least. I think the $300 K total is too light as you said in your post. Probably double that number is the more accurate amount. Cheers.. 

Jan 11, 2015 05:54 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Curtis Van Carter
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Bob

Makes every very good $10 bottle you, Yolanda and I can find more precious. Sorry, but $15,000 for a bottle of wine, a bit too precocious for me. I know, a big word for a way too big price, cheers cvc

Jan 11, 2015 08:51 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Curtis Van Carter
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Yolanda

Given your wine knowledge, I bet they were super. cheers cvc

Jan 11, 2015 07:44 PM #10
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Hey CVC funny you should post this we need to feed off each other, check out my wine blog of yesterday:)) I guess I was too conservative of the price of Screaming Eagle...or is that a Thomas Keller Markup??:)), Endre

Jan 12, 2015 02:31 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Robert (Bob) Gilbert  I tend to agree with you, feel free to bring a couple of bottles of Screaming Eagle when we see each other, Endre

 sorry SVC not trying to hijack your post just on same page with Bob...

Jan 12, 2015 02:41 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Endre

The prices I found were retail. I think with his mark-up, at least double, cheers cvc

Jan 13, 2015 02:56 AM #13
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