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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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2006 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 10-4-2011
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This Bordeaux is by far one of the greatest values in the history of Bordeaux. A fabulous wine in all respects. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot. At Joanne: Boysenberry nose with spice. Full bodied. Harmonious. Good sweet finish. Lovely wine; better than 2005. At UGC: Elegant style. Complete and round. At the property: Cinnamon spice and some clove hints. Very fine aromas that lead to the palate. Long and deep on palate. High acid, delicious. A sure "sleeper of the vintage" and much better than their 2005!
Drink from 2011 to 2020

2003 Verdignan Rouge, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 8-31-2011
A perfect vintage for this property, which makes big shouldered wines. The ultra ripe 2003 is perfect. Tons of red currant fruit on the nose with an immediate palate impression of sweet, ripe red fruits. Plenty of substance for a few years in cellar, but very good right now.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Billecart-Salmon "Brut Reserve" Champagne
Review Date: 8-9-2011
As focused as ever, almost lemony on the palate and super refreshing. It reminds me of when we sold a special Billecart "K&L Cuvée" years back.

2001 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 7-6-2011
A delicious wine that is perfect right now. Great cassis aromas follow to palate, which is soft, elegant and lingering.e. A steal for less than $20. This, and a rack of lamb would be heavenly.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 8-21-2009
**++ Blackberry fruit. Deep and concentrated fruit that is layered. This is as good as their 2005 for my palate. Fine concentration and structure. (06/09)

2005 Marquis de Calon, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 8-21-2009
Toasty, smoky aromas. Semi new-wave wine but perfectly balanced. 2nd of Calon Segur.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1999 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 5-4-2009
I really like 1999 Pauillacs, they’re much better balanced than 1998 and sweeter on the palate. This is a great price for a fabulous wine.

1994 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 4-3-2009
I love some of the 1994s and here is a beauty-and for the same price as newer vintages and half the price of the 2005.

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