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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.


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2009 Paloumey, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 3-7-2012
*V This property is on a roll and this 2009 is stunning--lots of blackberry aromas that follow to palate. Plenty of structure, but tastes quite good right now.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

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 Coufran, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 8-31-2011
This also has tons of ripe fruit aromas, but they are more blackberry and chocolate. It has a sweet palate impression and is a bit more forward than the 2003 Verdignan. Semi-sweet black currant finish. This wine begs to be drunk over the next five years.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2000 Coufran, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 8-31-2011
Pretty aromas of crushed raspberries, cherries and blackberries. Quite sweet on the palate thanks to the Merlot. This wine is still big and rich and would age well a few years. Enjoy now with prime rib roast.
Price: $29.99 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.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

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1995 Grand Mayne, St-Emilion
Review Date: 8-9-2011
Wow, this wine is a super Right Bank with lush Merlot black fruit on the nose and palate, toasted oak, ripe berries, chocolate flavors and no hard edges. A great, full-bodied, lush wine with smoky notes from a great Merlot vintage. 92+ points for sure.

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

2007 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac
Review Date: 8-18-2010
At the property this wine had an earthy nose and good sweetness on the palate. A bit short at end, but overall quite tasty. Should be drinkable way before their 2004, 2005 and 2006. 81% cabernet sauvignon and 19% merlot.

2007 Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 8-16-2010
Tasted at the property. This wine looks to be a cross between 1999 and 2004. Not a monster, but 91% cabernet sauvignon and 9% merlot. 16% press wine in blend...quite high. About normal yields here. This wine has earthy aromas and red fruits on the palate. Good weight on the palate and very smooth. Quite forward for Latour. Pure and not over-extracted. An elegant Latour! 11,000 cases.

2006 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 8-21-2009
Barrel notes: "79% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, 10% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. 50 htl/htr and same production volume as 2005." At Joanne: "lovely fruit on nose and palate. Shows great today. Tons of fruit and superb length. Outstanding wine." At the property: "lovely red cherry and raspberry aromas. Some cassis on the palate and touch of toasty oak. Good mouthfeel, maybe not as opulent as 2005 but we think it is a better wine." At UGC: "super fine wine. Full-bodied, balance, sweet, long and delicious." **

1999 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 5-4-2009
One of my favorite Châteaux and a great wine. Very aromatic, Graves-style wine with earthy and mineral hints on the nose. Crushed berries on the nose and palate. This is a very elegant yet powerful wine, and quite long on the palate with good grip.

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.

1996 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 3-30-2009
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Thirteen years old and under $25. That's less than $2 a year. Old school wine with tons of Cabernet fruit showing through. Great food wine-say Osso Bucco! Very beautiful glowing dark ruby. Intriguing, fully developed nose with strong mineral notes... this is serious wine! Fabulous value! Old school. It reminds me of the good ol’ days in Bordeaux when wines were judged on fruit and texture, not on how much new oak was showing. On 7/5/11: From a powerhouse vintage. The cassis really shines through here. Some chocolate nuances. Parker calls it a sleeper of the vintage
Top Value! Drink from 2009 to 2014
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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