I'm taking my fiance out for her 30th birthday tonight and have been poring over the wine list non-stop. The selection leans heavily on Bordeaux and other French wines. The Napa cabs are way overpriced for what is available. Also, the price range is a little rough - the sub-$200 range is not so plentiful. (For you New Yorkers on here, the restaurant is Picholine).
I've gone through and am trying to pick from the following. I'm listing the prices in the event any of these are especially good values. Any thoughts?
Ch. Calon-Segur 1996 : $185 (I have a btl of this at home, have never tried it. I believe it's not supposed to be ready until 2010, but..? Also, a little more than I want to spend)
Ch. Lafon-Rochet 1996: $165.... 1995: $150
Ch. Pagodes des Cos 2001: $100 (this was kind of in the sweet spot price-wise; I understand it is the 2nd label of Cos d'Estournel and is pretty good, but is '01 ready to drink?)
Ch. Haut-Batailley 2001: $85
Ch. Talbot 1999: $125
Ch. Haut-LaGrange 2003: $75
Bahans du Ch. Haut-Brion 1998: $150
Dom. de Bonerine Cote-Rotie 2001: $95
Ch. la Nerthe Cdp 2003: $95
Dom. de Monpertuis 2004: $85
Any help would be much appreciated. I know I could ask the sommelier, but this list is a bit long for that, I think.