90 Points Robert Parker
The percentage of new oak casks used at Haut-Bages-Liberal was increased and the selection process tightened, and the result in 1986 is their finest wine since the 1975, and certainly one of the best wines ever made at the property. Dark ruby/purple, with an expansive bouquet of plums, sweet toasty oak, and black currants, this dense, full-bodied, chewy wine has a suppleness that will allow it to be drunk in the early nineties. But it also has the balance, richness, and tannin content to age well for at least another 20 years. Anticipated maturity: Now-2015. Last tasted, 3/90.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. January, 1998