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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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1995 Calon-Ségur, St Estèphe
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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Mature twenty year old wine that still has grip on the palate. Decant and serve with rack of lamb
Drink from 2015 to 2025

2010 La Tour de Mons, Margaux
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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One of the best values from the great 2010 vintage-Great cellar candidate for very little money. If serving now, decant 2 hours and try a steak dish.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

2010 Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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Monster of a wine with many years of life ahead. Tons of acid and tannin and fruit. This wine is a must for the YOUNG wine collector.
Drink from 2020 to 2050

2009 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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Almost perfect wine at a great price. Buy it. I did.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

2000 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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Finding great 2000 Bordeaux at reasonable prices is difficult nowadays. This fits the bill
Drink from 2015 to 2025

1999 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien
Review Date: 3-12-2015
Affordable Las Cases that is drinking well now. Will age for next 15 years.

2009 de Chantegrive, Graves
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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At under $20, it is hard to find a better red in the store. Buy it by the case.
Drink from 2015 to 2020

2009 Coufran, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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Old school property making more modern wines these days. Good value.
Drink from 2015 to 2020

2009 Baret Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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Superb value from the great vintage. Plenty of blackberry fruit flavors. This is first time we have carried this wine, but this may be a property to watch in the future. Decant and enjoy tonight
Drink from 2015 to 2020

2009 Durfort-Vivens, Margaux
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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This property is making exceptional wines of late and this is the first vintage that we have bought in a substantial amount. Bright fruit and red berry on the nose and palate. Fruit forward, but with great balancing acidity
Drink from 2016 to 2026

2011 Antinori "Solaia" Toscana
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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Powerhouse wine as usual. Needs long cellar time.
Drink from 2020 to 2030

2013 D'Anice Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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Same wine as Chantegrive Blanc-but because of exclusivity of that brand, we use this label. Fabulous balance of fruit and citric acidity. Refreshing. Poolside sipper. Super value.
Drink from 2015 to 2018
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2005 Balestard La Tonnelle, St-Emilion
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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2005 was great vintage and this right bank wine is exceptional. Blackberry aromas and flavor. Still tannic so decant and enjoy.
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 de Fonbel, St-Emilion
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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From the Ausone producers comes this delightful Merlot based wine. Black cherry and blackberry fruits abound. Try with a big pork chop grilled.
Drink from 2015 to 2020

2000 d'Issan, Margaux (1.5L)
Review Date: 3-12-2015
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Elegant property and full bodied red with that Margaux underlying elegance. Red fruits here.
Drink from 2015 to 2020
Price: $239.99 Add To Cart RP 93 BC 0

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