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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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2018 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien
Review Date: 06-02-2019
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This wine received the highest combined rating of all the wine raters ( except for latour and Lafleur). It is truly amazing. Blueberry and boysenberry aromas-so ripe and round. Seamless wine-elegant yet powerful. Like their 2009 with a bit more tannin. Better than most of the first growths.
Drink from 2025 to 2025

2018 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 06-02-2019
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COuld this be better than their magnificent 2014 or 2016? It is just as good. Lots of power here-like an iron fist in an iron glove. Structured for a long cellar life. Minty aormas and flavors. A collector's wine.
Drink from 2026 to 2026

2018 Réserve de la Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-02-2019
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To our group, this may be the best second wine of Bordeaux 2018! Toasty aromas, violets on the nose. Sweet and sexy. You want to drink it now. Just retasted in May-so good. A great value.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2018 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-02-2019
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Tated five times and great notes everytime. This wine reminds me of the 1983 or the 1989 Pichon. That is saying a lot. Fabulous cassis and cedar aromas with some Asian spice thrown in. So elegant, yet with structure to go a long while. (Their 1983 and 1989 wines we just drank-perfection for 30+ year old wines). This wine is one of our favorites of the vintage. A must buy.
Drink from 2025 to 2025

2018 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-21-2019
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One of the best wines of 2018. Tasted four times and each time we were blown away with its quality. 82% Cab Sauv and 18% Merlot. Blackish color-big, serious wine but it still has elegance and finesse. Fabulous texture Such a long, sweet finish. The best young Leoville barton I have ever tasted! Packed with fruit-seamless. Buy it and enjoy for a long time.
Drink from 2023 to 2023

2018 La Gaffelière, St. Emilion 6-pack in OWC
Review Date: 05-21-2019
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42% Cabernet Franc and 58% Merlot. FABULOUS wine-one of the top right bank wines we tasted. Rose petal aromas and sweet red berry fruit flavors. Pure, elegant, sweet and delicious. I could go on and on. Their new plan of only using their top vineyard for the first wine has paid off in spades. A must buy for Bordeaux collectors.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2018 La Gaffelière, St. Emilion
Review Date: 05-21-2019
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42% Cabernet Franc and 58% Merlot. FABULOUS wine-one of the top right bank wines we tasted. Rose petal aromas and sweet red berry fruit flavors. Pure, elegant, sweet and delicious. I could go on and on. Their new plan of only using their top vineyard for the first wine has paid off in spades. A must buy for Bordeaux collectors.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2018 Haut-Batailley, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-09-2019
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This is a property to watch these days as the brilliant team of Jean Charles and Jean Michel Cazes of Lynch Bages fame transforms the property and the wines into one of the best from Pauillac. 59% Cabernet and 41% Merlot. Black cherry aromas follow to the palate. Sweet, sexy, and lush on the palate with a lingering finish. Will cellar well. Normal production here and the Merlot did well. A must buy!
Drink from 2024 to 2024

2006 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-08-2019
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This wine is one of the better 2006s and it qualifies as a "sleeper" of the vintage. Cinnamon spice and some clove hints. Long and deep on palate. and much better than their 2005! This vintage marked the BIG turnaround at Cantemerle where Philippe Dambrine took this beautiful property into the forefront of value Bordeaux. This wine still has plenty of structure for more ageing, but decant it and enjoy.
Drink from 2019 to 2019
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 JS 90

2010 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-08-2019
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Smoky toast aromas and flavor, this is a wine that shows the power of Saint-Estèphe tannins in full force. At the same time, there is a blackberry character that adds richness and juiciness, which cuts through the dry core. Quite delicious right now with 1 hour decanting-Perfect with a juicy steak..
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2015 Fleur La Mothe, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-08-2019
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A clean, fresh, quite perfumed bouquet with blackberry and raspberry scents, The palate is well balanced with a fresh, sappy entry. There is good depth here, but there is plenty of freshness from start to finish and it will mature well over the next six to eight years. A great value, but I am not a fan of the label
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
VN 90 WE 90

2017 Clos Floridène, Graves Blanc
Review Date: 05-08-2019
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The 2017 Clos Floridene is a very pretty, nuanced white. Almonds, dried flowers, mint and apricot notes are all pushed forward in this succulent, inviting wine. The creamy, expressive finish only adds to the wine's considerable appeal.
Drink from 2019 to 2019

2018 Lynch-Moussas, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-06-2019
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This property has been flying under the radar for many years. It has been making fine wines since the '90s (you should try the delicious 1996 and powerful 2000). Red fruits abound in this beauty that is priced correctly at $40. Spicy aromas and flavors and some tannins to resolve. This is a fine wine from one of the top regions in 2018.
Drink from 2025 to 2025

2018 Beychevelle, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-06-2019
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Another great St Julien from 2018. Beychevelle is out of its ten year slump and back to one of the best from this fine region.50% Merlot and theblack fruit aromas and flavors shine through. Quite vibrant and spicy on the palate. A sexy wine for sure.
Drink from 2025 to 2025

2018 Puy-Blanquet, St-Emilion
Review Date: 05-06-2019
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This property has been on a roll for the last three years. Very aromatic with blackberries and boysenberries on the nose. Some black licorice flavors and a fine lingering finish. A bit of tannin at the back. Fine value.
Drink from 2022 to 2022
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
VN 90 - 93

2018 Hosanna, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-06-2019
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Wow-this wine is so exotic. Cabernet Franc sure shines through on this red berry flavored wine. A full mouthful here, but not jammy. Superb balance--delicious now!
Drink from 2025 to 2025

2018 Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-06-2019
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The poor house in the rich neighborhood of Petrus, La Fleur Petrus, Gazin, etc. This wine is lovely-quite soft and elegant. Lots of black cherry flavors. Fine on the finish.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2018 Bourgneuf, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-06-2019
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I really like this wine in 2018. It is not as rustic as in recent past vintages. Menthol, mint aromas. Dense wine. Plenty of spicy, minty flavors. Almost new wve, but finely balanced. Sweet on the palate. Lovely.
Drink from 2025 to 2025

2018 Clinet, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-01-2019
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One of the tour de forces for 2018-they have been making great wines of late. Black color. Deep and dense wine with blackberries on nose and palate. Putit away for a long time.
Drink from 2025 to 2025

2018 Capbern, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-01-2019
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A favorite of ours ever since the 2009. Very spicy aromas that follow to the palate. Lots of red berry aromas and flavors. Northern Medoc 2018s are very fine in general.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2018 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 05-01-2019
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-I really loved this 2018. Usually I have a difficult time tasting Potensac during premier week-but not this year. It was very fruity and sweet on the palate. No hard edges. 2018 saw outstanding wines made in the far north of the Medoc-much like 2016.
Drink from 2025 to 2025

2018 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-01-2019
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Xavier Maroteaux has fashioned a delicious wine in 2018. Tasted three times- 58% CS, 33%M, and mix of PV and CF to finish. Elegant wine with ripe roses on the nose and palate. Lush wine with sweet, ripe tannins. Fresh and full with some tannin evident. Fabulous wine in 2018.
Drink from 2025 to 2025

2017 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien 6-pack in OWC
Review Date: 05-01-2019
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Xavier Maroteaux has fashioned a delicious wine in 2018. Tasted three times- 58% CS, 33%M, and mix of PV and CF to finish. Elegant wine with ripe roses on the nose and palate. Lush wine with sweet, ripe tannins. Fresh and full with some tannin evident. A beauty of a wine from a great property.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2018 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-01-2019
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We think St Julien may be the best region in Bordeaux for 2018 (what else is new?) and this is always a value in the region. Tasted four times with consistent notes, this wine is precise and pure with a black cherry cola aroma and long sweet palate impression. A steal for sure.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2018 Angélus, St-Emilion 6-Pack in OWC
Review Date: 04-16-2019
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First of the big gun 2018s to be released and it is quite reasonably priced. Same opening as the 2015 vintage and this wine is much better. Very elegant red fruit aromas. Not a blockbuster, but wonderfully balanced with lots of licorice flavors and lingering finish. Velvety tannins. Lots of tobacco and coffee notes. Great effort.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2018 Angélus, St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-16-2019
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First of the big gun 2018s to be released and it is quite reasonably priced. Same opening as the 2015 vintage and this wine is much better. Very elegant red fruit aromas. Not a blockbuster, but wonderfully balanced with lots of licorice flavors and lingering finish. Velvety tannins. Lots of tobacco and coffee notes. Great effort.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2018 Kalinda Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 03-15-2019
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For decades now (since 1984), our Kalinda private label has been providing K&L customers with awesome wines at a fraction of what they'd normally pay under the producers' mainstay labels. Our 2018 Sauvignon Blanc release was produced in Napa--Oakville, to be exact. This very famous winery is very near Opus One and Robert Mondavi. The result is a stunning wine--probably the best ever for our Sauvignon Blanc. It is loaded with fresh stone fruit and enticing acidity. Intense floral and earthy notes on the nose. Crisp acidity. Seamless wine with lingering finish. So good you will drink the whole bottle at one sitting.
Drink from 2019 to 2019
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

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$12.99

2015 Gazin Rocquencourt, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 02-12-2019
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The 2015 Gazin Rocquencourt is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot matured in 45% new oak. The property is owned by the Bonnie family of Malartic Lagraviere fame. Complex aromas of blackberries, blueberries and toasty oak-following through to a full body. Firm, chewy tannins that are polished and intense. Great mid term cellar candidate.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2015 Gazin Rocquencourt Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 02-12-2019
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The 2015 Gazin Rocquencourt, which comes from the Bonnie family at Malartic-Lagravière, is pure Sauvignon Blanc and matured in 40% new oak. The 2015 has a tremendously fresh bouquet with Granny Smith apples, fresh pear, and hints of white peach. Lovely wine and perfect with a nice piece of salmon grilled.
Drink from 2019 to 2019

2016 Cap St-George, St-Georges-St-Emilion
Review Date: 02-12-2019
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The 2016 Cap St George, now owned by Jean-Philippe Janoueix, has a rich, sexy bouquet with small dark cherries, crème de cassis and dark plum fruit. JS says "A solid red with lots of ripe-fruit and stone character. Mineral. Medium body, juicy fruit and a savory finish. Shows potential." I think the wine, while being on the new-wave, modern side of winemaking, shows fine balance on the palate.
Drink from 2019 to 2019

1996 Lynch-Moussas, Pauillac
Review Date: 02-04-2019
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Ralph and I love this wine-to me it is better than their 2000! We have been following the property for the last five years and we think it is on a great track with their new releases, but try this 20+ yr old beauty. It is elegant and has a long, lingering finish. Smokey, toasty aromas, tons of cassis fruit on the palate. In a blind tasting at K&L (January 2019), one of our top Bordeaux staff thought it was a first growth Pauillac from the 80s. A steal at this price.
Drink from 2019 to 2019
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine de Fontbonau Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 02-03-2019
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This property is making great strides in the last two years to making superb red Rhone wines. Spicy, full-flavored red -- great with cassoulet. Decant and enjoy in the next ten years. Keep you eye on this property -- a sure winner.
Drink from 2019 to 2019
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart

Wine Club

$20.99

2016 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 01-31-2019
A study in quiet power, confident and self-assured. “Perhaps the best we have ever made from a technical perspective,” noted owner Jean-Michel Cazes. A wine of extraordinary concentration—one of the wines of the vintage.

2017 Margaux, Margaux
Review Date: 01-31-2019
They lost only 10% from frost, etc. 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and only 13% alcohol. Red roses and violets on the nose and red currant flavors. Some earthy flavors; elegant wine to enjoy young. Some say it is similar to 1996 Margaux.

2017 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac
Review Date: 01-31-2019
A fabulous first growth with a regal and elegant nose. Very precise and focused, 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is all Cab on the palate with red fruits abounding and rose undertones. Long and lingering, medium weight and on the elegant side.

2016 Kalinda Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 12-05-2018
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We were lucky to get this gem from one of our favorite Sonoma wineries. We started selling their Cabernets in the early 1980s. Sorry we can't tell you the name of this very famous property, but their Cabernets were the talk of the valley in the 80s and 90s. This delicious wine is elegant, yet finely structured for cellar ageing. Boysenberry aromas with chocolate undertones. Some chocolate on the palate with bright, ripe cassis flavors. Very sweet, lingering finish. A superb value.
Drink from 2019 to 2019
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

Wine Club

$16.99

2015 Hyot, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 11-23-2018
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The daughters of owners Bernadette Faure and Alain Aubert oversee vineyards, winemaking and marketing of this fine value Bordeaux. This is a ripe, fruity wine with its black-currant fruit and balanced sweet tannins. It has a fine elegant texture and like other 2015s it is very forward with ripe tannins. The 2014 was a huge hit-this is as good.
Drink from 2019 to 2019
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
JS 90

2015 Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 11-21-2018
One of my old time favorites—I just drank a heavenly bottle of their 1997. You can never go wrong with Poujeaux.

2017 Reynon Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 10-18-2018
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A long time favorite for K&L and the 2017 is a great vintage for white Bordeaux. Spicy, lively and crisp. Will sell quickly.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2015 Clos Renon, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 10-18-2018
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Great value! So spicy and lively-another superb value from the 2015 vintage. Hamburger wine at its finest.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2016 Les Grands Chenes, Médoc (1.5L)
Review Date: 08-21-2018
For the low price you get a lot of wine here. I love this wine and we tasted it three times. Toasty, very fruity aromas of blackberry that follow to the palate. So sweet and juicy on the palate you want to drink it now. Good acidity and very round tannins-this wine is NOT overdone like some of the past vintages. Bravo!

2017 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 08-16-2018
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76%CS, 13% M, 9%CF, 2%PV. Lovely red fruit and rose petal aromas meshed with some soft, toasty oak. Very sweet palate entry and a forward ripe mid palate. So elegant and refined. Long, lingering finish with a touch of tannin. Superb wine and better than their 2015. Do not miss these northern medoc 2017s.
Drink from 2021 to 2021

2017 Figeac, St-Émilion
Review Date: 08-15-2018
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47% CS and 43%M with 10%CF. One of the best of the right bank 2017s. So minty and spicy on the nose. Red berries and boysenberries on the palate. Soft and forward. So sweet. Lovely.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2017 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac
Review Date: 08-15-2018
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76% CS and 24%M. Wonderful perfumeon the nose-red roses and toasty oak. Superb entry and great mid palate feel. Very long and sweet. Much better than the Carruades 2017. I love this powerful, yet sweet Pauillac.
Drink from 2021 to 2021

2015 Grand Moulin, Cotes de Blaye Rouge
Review Date: 08-08-2018
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A right bank wine that is very well priced and ready to enjoy young. Cuvee Viva from Chateau Gigault is a neighbor. Spicy and fruity aromas-a bit savoury too. Very ripe Merlot here gives it a pluminess. Decant and enjoy.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2015 Pomeys, Moulis
Review Date: 08-08-2018
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The property is in Moulis near Poujeaux and near the town of Castelnau. Slightly new wave in style, with toasty, tobacco nuanced aromas and some toasty flavors. Fine mid-palate richness and lingering finish. Try with rack of lamb. For those who like modern styled reds.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2014 Roland la Garde Tradition, Premières Côtes de Blaye
Review Date: 08-08-2018
This property makes solid, value-driven wines and this 2014 is just that. An opaque purple color is followed by copious mulberry and black cherry fruit, good freshness and elegance, and a heady finish. It should drink nicely for 4-5 years. Try it with a prime rib roast. Decant one hour.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2016 Palmer Blanc, Vin de France
Review Date: 08-08-2018
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The rarest wine in the USA with only 120 bottles in the States. So lush and intriguing-Absolutely delicious. Bravo Thomas Duroux. The 2016 is crisp and clean and totally enjoyable. Not sure on cellaring it, but it could go easily 5 years.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $199.99 Add To Cart

2016 La Graside Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 08-08-2018
Le Blanc de la Graside is sourced from a vineyard three miles south of Libourne that is planted with 60-year-old Sauvignon Blanc vines. Grapes are harvested at full maturity and aged in casks to round out the wine's generous profile, while it retains a mineral-driven finish. The 2016 vintage was quite good for the Sauvignon Blanc grape--they wine will sell out quickly.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2015 Cap St-George, St-Georges-St-Emilion
Review Date: 07-31-2018
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Wonderful wine-rich and round and lush. In the modern style, but with fine acidity and balance. Blackberry jam aromas with some toasty oak. Plenty of latent tannin, but the fruit overpowers the tannins.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

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