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.