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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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2009 Gloria, St-Julien
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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½* More gritty and smoky, with integrated tannins. Quite nice. Along with the great 2010, this wine harkens back to the glory days of Gloria in the 60s. Sweeter than 2010 but will age superbly.
Drink from 2016 to 2025

2009 Pédesclaux, Pauillac
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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One of the best values from this great vintage. This property is on a roll.
Drink from 2016 to 2030

1998 Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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One of the best of the Medoc 1998s-excellent wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

2013 Lynch Bages Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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Great balance and fine acidity, this is the best Lynch Bages Blanc ever.
Drink from 2015 to 2017
Price: $46.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2011 Petit Guiraud, Sauternes (375ml)
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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Wow! This wine is a baby Guiraud for one fifth of the price. Some coconut and pineapple aromas and flavors. Honeyed flavors and incredible acidity. Perfect balance.
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

2008 Pauillac de Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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Our fourth vintage to sell of this outstanding third wine from Chateau Latour. After twenty years of begging the property to sell the Pauillac, here it is and the 2008 vintage is quite good and priced well under the 2009. Powerful red fruit aromas with some cassis. The palate impression is powerful with some tannins to settle out. perfect acid balance-cellar it five years minimum. You can buy 2 bottles of latour or a case of this beauty. -Clyde beffa
Drink from 2020 to 2025
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2001 Guiraud, Sauternes
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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Perfect Sauternes year and near perfect wine. Great value. Lush but balanced.

1998 d'Issan, Margaux
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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1998 was and is not one of my favorite Bordeaux vintages from the Left Bank, but some Margaux wines did well. This is one of them. Not too tannic - nice lingering finish.
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Plaisance "Cuvée Alix" Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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Our last forty cases have arrived. It will sell out quickly. Great value - drink now!
Drink from 2015 to 2020
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Dauzac, Margaux
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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Elegant property and rich, smooth texture here. Another great wine from 2009.
Drink from 2015 to 2020

2010 Fombrauge, St-Emilion
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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We keep buying it and it keeps selling. And the price is the best ever.
Drink from 2016 to 2027

2010 Gloria, St-Julien
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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Our favorite Gloria in many years. And the price is better than ever.
Drink from 2018 to 2039

1989 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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Not the second wine of Las Cases, but a separate parcel. Sweet vintage and elegant wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2020
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1996 du Tertre, Margaux
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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Just drank this wine in March 2015. Still sturdy and age worthy. Rustic but delicious old school style.

1999 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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Underrated vintage-drinks great right now.
Drink from 2015 to 2020
Price: $139.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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