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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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2011 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
**+ 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot. Cab Franc nose. Good depth. A powerful wine. One of the best of the vintage. Everyone on K&L's Bordeaux team loved this wine.

2011 Latour, Pauillac (3L)
Review Date: 5-5-2014
**½ 84.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, .5% Petit Verdot. Only 6,000 cases produced. Black color. Asian spice, cinnamon and black pepper aromas. Sweet mid-palate with layers of fruit. A very complex, lovely wine. This may be the last year to buy this property on futures.
Price: $2,499.99 Add To Cart WE 97 WS 96 JS 95

2011 Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 5-5-2014
**½ 84.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, .5% Petit Verdot. Only 6,000 cases produced. Black color. Asian spice, cinnamon and black pepper aromas. Sweet mid-palate with layers of fruit. A very complex, lovely wine. This may be the last year to buy this property on futures.

2011 Lalande-Borie, St-Julien
Review Date: 5-5-2014
½* We like this property and this wine does not disappoint. Fine richness on the palate. Sweet middle. No hard edges.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart WE 91 BC 0

2011 Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
½*V Nice aromas of red currant and cassis. Forward and sweet.

2011 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan (1.5L)
Review Date: 5-5-2014
*½+ 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Very similar blend as their 2000. Flowery aromas with lots of minerality. Upfront red fruit flavors. Opens up with some air. Big wine. Lots of spice.

2011 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
*½+ 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Very similar blend as their 2000. Flowery aromas with lots of minerality. Upfront red fruit flavors. Opens up with some air. Big wine. Lots of spice.

2011 Gigault "Cuvée 'Viva" Premières Côtes de Blaye Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
½* V Blackberry and licorice aromas follow to the palate. Fine mid-palate feel. Nice wine and a good value.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JS 91 BC 0

2011 Fonplégade, St-Emilion (1.5L)
Review Date: 5-5-2014
**V This property is on a roll. A must-buy 2011.

2011 Fonplégade, St-Emilion
Review Date: 5-5-2014
**V This property is on a roll. A must-buy 2011.

2011 Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 5-5-2014
½*V Boysenberry fruit and a good middle.

2011 Croix de Beaucaillou, St-Julien Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
*+ Crunchy, ripe fruit. Spicy, lively, very bright and fresh, with firm tannins and a leaner middle. A really good effort. Lots of Petit Verdot in the blend. A finely balanced wine.

2011 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (6L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
** 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Cos had a small crop because of hail damage. The wine showed tons of red currant fruit. Tannic on the mid-palate, but will be fine.

2011 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
** 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Cos had a small crop because of hail damage. The wine showed tons of red currant fruit. Tannic on the mid-palate, but will be fine.

2011 Clos l'Eglise, Pomerol
Review Date: 5-5-2014
*+ Excellent richness and blackberry fruit flavor. Well made.

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