The 1981 Cos d'Estournel St Estephe 750 ml is from the St Estephe region of Bordeaux.
wa82Wine Advocate 82 points
Deep ruby color, with a spicy, rich, briery, tightly knit bouquet, this wine is deeper and more promising than the 1983, but relatively light, compact, and lean. This restrained wine should be at its best if drunk over the next 5-7 years. Anticipated maturity: Now. Last tasted, 5/90.- Robert Parker Jr. (01/1998)
VN92Vinous 92 points
I’ve always had a soft spot for the 1981 vintage as well as these two châteaux. This was the first vintage of Bordeaux that I bought, back in 1984, with some knowledge of the region (or so I thought at the time) and Cos because the first serious vertical that I ever attended was of their wines from 1982 back to 1952. Pavie? Well, to be honest, it was the label that drew me in at first, being all old-timey Bordeaux and all. The first Pavie that I bought was a 1979 from a wine shop in Boston and from the get-go I was hooked on the blend of power and finesse that a St.-Emilion from a great terroir can exhibit. Being able to visit both of these estates in late June of 1989, on the same broiling hot day, sealed the deal.- Josh Raynolds (8/215)