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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.


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1989 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien
Review Date: 10-28-2013
Delicious, ready to drink wine from a great vintage. Packed with sweet fruit. No edges.

2001 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 10-28-2013
Another outstanding 2001 Bordeaux. Some sage on the nose-very fine richness and smooth finish.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart WS 89 BC 0

2011 de Fieuzal, Pessac-Léognan Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 7-30-2013
*+ A very nice wine. Full and ripe. Good blackberry fruit flavors.

2011 Angludet, Margaux Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 7-23-2013
*+V Bright raspberry aromas with black cherry undertones. A creamy wine, with fine texture. Full and lush on the palate. Long finish. Great balance.

2011 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 7-23-2013
*V Exotic and spicy. A very lush wine. Sleeper?

2011 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-23-2013
**+ 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Inky.

2011 La Mission Haut-Brion Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-21-2013
** Only 4,500 cases. 55% Cabernet Sauvingnon, 34% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc. Very rich and round.

2011 Montrose, St-Estèphe Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-21-2013
** 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. I love this. Elegant red currant and cassis aromas. Very spicy wine. Lovely palate entry. Quite tannic back end. Ager.

2009 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 4-29-2013
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The high proportion of Petit Verdot really lifts this wine. Tons of black licorice on the nose and palate. Lush wine, but it has good grip. Fresh and vibrant. I love this wine-it is so pure and seamless.

2009 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 4-23-2013
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22.5% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc. Probably the best I’ve tasted from Anthony and I have been tasting his wines since 1973. Tons of fruit masks the high tannin levels-will age for a very long time. 95 points!

1997 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 3-8-2013
Lively, spicy wine with a good life ahead. Mineral undertones. One of the great values for drinking now. Open one hour and enjoy with a nice steak or burger.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Guiraud, Sauternes
Review Date: 2-12-2013
*1/2 Soft and easy. Candied ginger. Very lush and ripe, with nice acidity.

2009 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Review Date: 2-11-2013
**½ Intriguing, exotic nose of Asian spices mixed with toasty oak. A very sensual wine, but so different from the Ducrus of past great vintages. Satin-textured with a lingering finish.

2009 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 10-29-2012
More earth and plenty of extraction. Good mid-palate texture. Very nice. Good length. You can taste the soil. At UGC: Classic, with tons of mineral notes. Very rich and fresh.

2009 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 10-24-2012
*½+ Less expensive than their 2005! 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Red berry fruit. This is very rich on the palate. Smooth and long. At UGC: New wave nose and flavors. Very sweet palate impression. Earthy finish.

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