There were only 5 St. Estephe estates at the tasting and I only tried 2. There were more Haut Medoc but I chose to try some of the more serious wines and passed on all but one of them. therefore I did not get a good handle on these regions. However, they confirmed an overall impression of the 2010 left bank that they are not as good as the 2009's or 2000's. Here are my notes:
2010 Château Les Ormes de Pez - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe (2/1/2013)
57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. This was not as good as the excellent 2009 or the 2000. I did like it better than the 2005 though. Smokey with red currant, cassis and leather notes. Firm tannins. 90-91 points
2010 Château Cantemerle - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc (2/1/2013)
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. I have the 1998 and 2000 in my cellar. This wine is better than the 2003 and comparably to the 2005 and 2009. Thought the 1996 and 2000 were better. Dark fruit notes with plum and an herbal quality. Moderate tannins. 89-91 points.
2010 Château Lafon-Rochet - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe (2/1/2013)
66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. I've had quite a few vintages of this wine. The 2010 is better than the 1983 and in the same quality range as the 2003, 2005 and 2009. However, the 1995 and 2000 were both better. Crimson color. Medium bodied wine with notes of smoked meat, tar and blackberries. 89-90 points.
That is interesting. You are the first person I have heard from that has tasted the 09 and 10’s that feels that way. I have a couple of good friends that attended a similar tasting in London recently and they were raving about the 10’s vs. 09. Same for my contacts ITB. Based on the style of the vintage, I can see 10’s not being as fun to taste young though.
I'll say that I generally enjoyed the 2009's better than 2010's, but that could be due to the accessibility of them when I tasted. I've bought more 2010's due to my daughter's birth year, so hopefully those other folks end up being right!
I didn't get to taste any St. Estephe, and the only Haut Medoc I tasted was La Lagune. I found this to be more of the darker fruit aroma, with the taste having plum and dark raspberry. I gave it 92 points the first time, and 93 the second time. I also gave the 2009 93 points.
The 2010's were less approachable. Although I thought the overall quality and long term potential was just short of 2009, there were many wines which I scored better in 2010 than 2009.
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