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Clyde Beffa Jr.
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Had K&L co-owner and main wine buyer Clyde Beffa Jr. not read an article about the gentlemanly hobby of wine collecting in the February 1971 issue of Playboy, he might still be weighing the merits of Holsteins versus Jerseys instead of Château Margaux or Haut-Bailly. Beffa owned a dairy in Tracy, California, from 1967-1973, leaving the the business to co-found K&L Liquors, as it was known back then, in 1976. Clyde started traveling to Europe in 1982 and over the years, he has worked hard to build K&L into one of the nation's go-to sources for the world's diverse wines, developing relationships with winemakers and châteaux owners the world over. Clyde's passion is surely Bordeaux, especially the fabulous wines from Pauillac and St-Julien (like Pichon-Lalande and Léoville-Barton). When he's not drinking France's legendary reds, you'll likely find Clyde indulging in Sauvignon Blanc. A fan of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and white Bordeaux, he'll also tuck into a bottle of Kiwi Sauv Blanc if there's no corkscrew around. These days you'll likely find Clyde extolling the virtues of underrated Bordeaux vintages like 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004 and 2006, or playing with his German Shepherd Sadie. Or you may see him in his vegetable garden and, once in a great while, on the golf course.


Reviews

  
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2012 Pauillac de Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-16-2017
Yes a perfect wine for the price. 50%CS,45%M.5%PV and 100% delicious. We tasted this wine at Chateau Latour in April and were blown away by it. So spicy on the nose with red currant aromas and flavor. How could this be better than their outstanding 2009 and 2010?? Sexy and sweet and lush on the palate. No hard edges-pure fruit with a bit of tannin on the back end. A must buy!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart
Limit of 24 per customer

2016 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-09-2017
We all love this property and its managing director Veronique Sanders. Ever since she started managing the estate in the very late 90s, Haut Bailly has been one of K&L’s best selling Bordeaux wines. 53% CS here and 13.6 alcohol. My notes—Pure silk!! And at the property-Iron fist in a velvet glove! Refined, seamless, Balanced. You name it. But the quantities they release will not be much for us.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Margaux, Margaux
Review Date: 06-06-2017
Paul Pontallier is gone, but Margaux continues to make great wines. 94% CS and only 13% Alcohol. Red roses and violets on the nose and red currant flavors. Very lush and very good.
Drink from 2025 to 2025

2009 Branas Grand Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 06-02-2017
Another sexy, super delicious 2009 from a neighbor of Poujeaux. Spicy and lush on the palate. Enjoy now or in ten years.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 WS 90

2014 Le St-Estephe de Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 06-02-2017
Save your 2014 Montrose and drink this "baby Montrose." 60% Merlot from a great value north Medoc vintage. Tobacco and coffee aromas. Plenty of minerality on the palate. I just love this wine. No hard edges. The 3rd wine of Montrose.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

2012 de Chambrun, Lalande de Pomerol
Review Date: 06-02-2017
Beautiful blackberry infused wine. So soft and lovely after 30 minutes of air. Lots of toasty oak. A winner from a Chateau to watch in the future.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2010 Brillette, Moulis
Review Date: 06-02-2017
Sweet and lovely for a 2010, but the tannin creaps up on the back palate. Tons of spicy fruit, but decant an hour before serving
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 WS 90

2016 Canon, St-Émilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
One of the best terroirs in St Emilion and the wine is again of the better 2016s. . Tasted out of barrel. Toasty aromas, black color-black cherry flavors. Ethereal wine.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Poesia, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Boysenberry jam on toast. Their best effort.
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2016 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
More richness and precsion here. Blackberry jam.. Sweet and sexy. Another winner here.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 La Mondotte, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Plush and full bodied. Big in every respect. Cellar it many years
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Larcis Ducasse, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
As good as their 2015? Exotic aromas of Asian spice and tobacco. Serious wine for the long haul. Sexy and ripe.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Nice spice here. Long and lingering. Bright and delicious wine
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Le Prieure, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
I love this wine. Toasty and mineral aromas. Very elegant wine with layers of ripe fruit which hides the tannins.
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

2016 Fonplégade, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Modern style, but well-balanced. Great crossover wine for California Cabernet. Spicy, Blackberry flavors.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Chauvin, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Sylvie Cazes has a winner here. Fresh and lively. Focused.
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2016 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
There won’t be any 2017-big frost here. Sweet and spicy-always a good choice on the right bank.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 La Gaffelière, St. Emilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
A winner here-as good as their 1970? Easy drinking.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
One of the many winners in 2016. This wine is packed with fruit-very spicy and lovely on the palate. Drink it young or old.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Great texture-a must buy for 2016. The merlot shines thru here.

2016 Figeac, St-Émilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Off the charts here-top ten of the vintage-we saved the best for last. A must buy.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Canon-la-Gaffelière, St-Émilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Deeply colored and very aromatic notes of blackcherry and toasty oak. Big wine-good mouthfeel. Perfect balance.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Clos de L'Oratoire, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Big chunky wine with lots of sweet blackberry flavors.

2016 d'Aiguilhe, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Always one of our favorites. Round and rich.

2016 Cheval Blanc, St-Émilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
59%M, 37%CF, 3%CS. Tons of red rose and Asian spice aromas. Quite elegant wine with layers of sweet red fruits. Classy wine, but probably very expensive.

2016 Quinault l'Enclos, St-Émilion
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Black licorice dominates-Best in a long time.

2016 l'Evangile, Pomerol
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Open, elegant nose of blackcherry. Opulent on the palate. Lots of cinnamon and chocolate on the palate. Lovely wine!
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 La Conseillante, Pomerol
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Big, voluptuous aromas of plum, allspice, and blackberry. Superb, velvety wine-the Burgundy of Bordeaux!. They used drones to pick the most ripe plots first.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol
Review Date: 06-01-2017
They always make great wine here. Only 5% CS in the field these days.A year of selection here. Incredible aromas of blackberry. Seamless and nearly perfect.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Vray Croix de Gay, Pomerol
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Great texture on the palate. Quite sweet and much better than most older vintages from this property.
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2016 La Pointe, Pomerol
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Flashy, new wave style-fat and lush.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Petit-Village, Pomerol
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Good depth here. Very perfumey.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Clinet, Pomerol
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Elegant side here. Just tons of plum and black fruits. Tastes great right now.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 La Cabanne, Pomerol
Review Date: 06-01-2017
These guys are on a roll. Semi modern style, but well balanced and lingering on palate. Their best in a long time?
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Le Bon Pasteur, Pomerol
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Much less expensive than Sloan! Full-flavored wine with fine texture and great structure. An ager.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Clos l'Eglise, Pomerol
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Super spicy aromas and flavor. Another sexy wine from our friend Helene Garcin Leveque. Best ever?
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Siaurac, Lalande de Pomerol
Review Date: 06-01-2017
7% Malbec-beautiful property-very good value wines like 2009 and 2010 and this beauty.Violet color-pricy aromas-classic style. They lost most all of their 2017 to frost.
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 Suduiraut, Sauternes
Review Date: 06-01-2017
The first sweet wine we tasted on the trip. A late botrytis year anf 5000 cases produced. Lots of coconut on the palate and nose. Long and lingering.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Doisy-Daëne, Sauternes (375ml)
Review Date: 06-01-2017
One of our biggest sellers-very Spicy aromas with honeyed flavors. A winner.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Always a K&L favorite.Plenty of citrus on the nose and palate. Perfectly balanced. Some lingering pineapple flavors.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Climens, Barsac (375ml)
Review Date: 06-01-2017
We tasted the unblended wine our last night at Sources de Caudalie. They were samples from the North, South, East, and West parts of the property. The final blend should be spectacular.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Fresh and lively. Finely balanced. One of the top of the vintage.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Guiraud, Sauternes
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Fat and lush on the palate. Super sweet-usually one of our biggest sellers. A crowd pleaser.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Suau, Sauternes (500ml)
Review Date: 06-01-2017
A new project of Domaine de Chevalier and the wine is quite good. Fresh and fine acidity. Honeyed aromas. Value.
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Always a hit at K&L, this wine does not let us down—superb from the very aromatic red rose and black cherry aromas to the lingering finish
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Raspberries abound here. Solid wine and perhaps a touch better than their 2015.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 La Parde de Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-01-2017
13.5% alcohol here in the second wine of Haut Bailly. One of the second wines I loved in 2016. Bright and vibrant wine with a fine texture and finish. Their best ever?
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Le Pape, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-01-2017
A new property for Veronique Sanders and her team at Haut Bailly. Small production here and we sold all 20 cases we got in the 2015 vintage. Not sure how much we get this year, but I like this vintage as much as the 2015. Sweet black cherry aromas-lovely texture on the palate. Very long on the finish. Surely a great value.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-01-2017
One of our favorites and I have at least twn vintages in my cellar. Superb minerality in this wine which is very precise and focused. So fresh and lively. Layers of ripe fruit and some latent tannin underneath. Lovely and usually priced correctly. They suffered a lot from the April 2017 frost.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

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