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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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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: Hidden View Price 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

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

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.

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 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 8-9-2011
Sexy aromas of red berries, tobacco, coffee and oak. Fat and supple, with red berry flavors. Ripe and fleshy in the middle without being overly sweet. I love this wine for its purity and balance, plus it’s half the price of current vintages.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart ST 89 BC 0

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