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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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2005 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 4-15-2013
One of the great wines of the vintage. Very deep and concentrated. A little clove and cinnamon on the nose and on the palate. Very mouth-coating. An older school wine with great balance. Broad, fantastic wine. Will last a long time. Fabulous buy. **1/2

2010 Lamothe-Bergeron, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 2-18-2013
1/2* Hubert de Boüard is consulting at this winery, and it sure shows. It's much more modern in style than previous vintages, with tons of black fruit aromas and great structure. Semi-new wave.

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 Senejac, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 10-24-2012
Awesome wine!

1999 Fugue de Nenin, Pomerol
Review Date: 10-10-2012
The wine shows even better today than when we tried it in Bordeaux. Outstanding, sweet and fruity. Perfect right now.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 9-27-2012
*+V Lovely texture and length - a delicious wine, as usual. Balanced.

2009 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion
Review Date: 9-27-2012
*1/2 Ripe blackberry fruit. Super fine. Lost 50% of their crop to hail.

2011 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-17-2012
** 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. Red berry aromas. Deep and complex. This elegant wine got better after some airing. A step behind 2009 and 2010, but at a better price.

2011 Latour, Pauillac (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-17-2012
**½ 84.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, .5% Petit Verdot. Only 6,000 cases produced. Black color. Asian spice, cinnamon and black pepper aromas. Sweet mid-palate with layers of fruit. A very complex, lovely wine. This may be the last year to buy this property on futures.
Price: $1,199.00 Add To Cart WE 97 WS 96 JS 95

2011 Latour, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-17-2012
**½ 84.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, .5% Petit Verdot. Only 6,000 cases produced. Black color. Asian spice, cinnamon and black pepper aromas. Sweet mid-palate with layers of fruit. A very complex, lovely wine. This may be the last year to buy this property on futures.

2011 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-17-2012
**+ 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot. Only 25 hectoliters per hectare; they produced 30% less wine than in 2010. 13.1% ABV. Toasty oak nose combined with cassis aromas. Long and supple on the palate. A regal wine-First Growth quality.

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

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