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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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2014 Pétrus, Pomerol
Review Date: 06-26-2015
This 100% Merlot is spectacular. Intense aromas and some meaty nuances on the nose and on the palate. Big, massive wine that has layers of fruit. Long and lingering on the palate. Blackberry jam, with a fine texture. Perhaps the best I tasted on this trip.

2010 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-25-2015
One of our favs from the south. Very polished and regal wine-great for the price.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2009 de Fieuzal, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-25-2015
Sold out twice on this beauty-back in for the last time. Full and rich on the palate. Lingering finish.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-25-2015
This wine is as sweet as its lovely owner. Plenty of blackberry fruit flavors.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Corbin, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-25-2015
A bit more austere than their 2009 but very good none theless. Cellar it a few years.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2010 Gigault "Cuvée Viva" Premières, Côtes de Blaye
Review Date: 06-25-2015
Superb vintage for this tiny property. Decant and serve with racks of lamb.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 93 WS 90

1998 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-25-2015
The red wines from graves-pessac area are great in 1998-much better than the north medoc wines from that year. Plenty of mineral on the palate.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-25-2015
Not 100 Parker points but very good nonetheless.Plenty of sweet toasty oak and creamy texture.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2010 La Tour Carnet, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-25-2015
The 2009 and 2010 are the best back to back vintages for this property. The 2010 has more strength and structure than the 2009. Age it.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2009 Lestruelle, Médoc (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-25-2015
A huge seller in 750 ml. and these will sell out quickly. Sweet and lovely-party size.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 90

2010 D'Archambeau, Bordeaux
Review Date: 06-25-2015
A Dubourdieu red with tons of earthy flavors and black fruit flavors
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Maison Blanche, Médoc (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-25-2015
One of our biggest selling wines in the last ten years. So sweet and delicious. 91-92 score. Buy and enjoy.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 91

2010 Gressier Grand-Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 06-25-2015
Big score and it sold out quickly last time. Tons of sweet flavors on the palate. Decant one hour.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 92

2009 Gemeillan, Médoc
Review Date: 06-25-2015
Our first time to carry this beauty. Plenty of sweetness from the vintage and lots of strength from the property. Great combination and cheap also,
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

1997 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-25-2015
This wine in Magnum is flat out delicious. I just drank two bottles and one 6 liter in May 2015. great party wine. Soft and elegant.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $119.99 Add To Waiting List

2004 Temperance Prestige, Bordeaux
Review Date: 06-25-2015
We sold out quickly last time. Some delicious well priced 04s out there. Try this one.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2006 Senejac, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 06-25-2015
For under $19 you get a solid value from Bordeaux and almost ten years old. Big gutsy wine-have with stew.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

1989 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-25-2015
Mature Haut Bailly from a great vintage and under $150-no brainer-buy it. Sweet and sexy with tons of mineral on the palate.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $139.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 92

2001 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien
Review Date: 06-25-2015
We love 2001 Bordeaux and you will love this beauty. Plenty of cassis fruit with toasty oak. Decant and enjoy.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $59.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 92

2000 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-25-2015
Pontet Canet makes great wines-ever since 1994. 2000 was a magical year and this wine is selling for half the price of the 2009.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2005 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 06-25-2015
Super vintage and this wine is a bargain for the mid-term collector. Lots of black fruit flavors. Decant one hour and enjoy with a steak.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 92 RP 90

2005 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux
Review Date: 06-25-2015
Superb vintage and a great property makes for a super delicious, cellar worthy wine.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2009 La Tour Carnet, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-25-2015
The great vintage and this wine sings. Delicious now with one hour air. Cellar it five years.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2009 Tronquoy de St-Anne, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 06-18-2015
One of the best buys in red wine in today's market. This wine sings as the second wine of Tronquoy Lalande. We sold 100 cases quickly last time. This last batch will sell just as fast.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 90

2012 Margaux, Margaux
Review Date: 06-18-2015
A great first growth from an excellent vintage and one third the price of 2009.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2010 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 06-18-2015
The perfect everyday drinker for this summer and barbecue time. Very fruity and fruit forward for the vintage. And also availability in magnums for your summer parties.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-18-2015
The perfect everyday drinker for this summer and barbecue time. Very fruity and fruit forward for the vintage. And also availability in magnums for your summer parties.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2000 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien
Review Date: 06-11-2015
Great vintage-great wine-great price. Cellar it a few more years.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2003 Sarget de Gruaud Larose, St-Julien
Review Date: 06-11-2015
A super delicious 2003 that has balance and structure and plenty of sweet ripe fruit flavors. We sold 1000 bottles at $37.99 and now king dollar has us with the price under $30. A steal.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

1997 Pavie-Decesse, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-11-2015
Who could ever forget Jean Paul Valette, the late owner of Chateau Pavie. This was his last vintage-seems like only yesterday we were dining with him and his lovely wife at the property. 90 points WS: “Seriously good. Lots of blackberry, vanilla and tobacco character on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish of polished texture. Finely crafted wine. Best after 2000.” Well its 2015-must be ready.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $59.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 90

2009 Gressier-Grand-Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 06-11-2015
Not a very well known property but a neighbor of Poujeaux so it can't be bad. The 2010 is superb and this one is a bit riper and more fruit forward.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-11-2015
Alwasys a great value and this does not disappoint. Plenty of earthy notes and black fruit flavors.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2011 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-11-2015
Lafite at a good price-enough said.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-11-2015
Simply put the best Cantemerle since 1949. Buy it or buy the 1949 which is due in soon for $900+
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2012 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-11-2015
One property to watch closely in the future.Lots of blackberry aromas and flavor with a kiss of oak. Their 2014 is also quite good. Limited availability.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 93 RP 90

2010 Tertre Daugay, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-11-2015
Back in again and sure to sell quickly. This property was sold in 2011 and now it is owned by Haut Brion people and the name is quintus. It now sells for 3x the price of this lovely 2010. You be the judge.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2009 Cambon La Pelouse, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-11-2015
90 points RP: “… loads of sweet berry fruit as well as hints of licorice and charcoal, the wine displays a lush texture, medium to full body, and the vintage’s tell-tale ripeness, high glycerin and silky texture.” One of K&L’s favorites for giving a lot of pleasure while not hurting the pocketbook.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 91 RP 90

2004 Malescasse, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-11-2015
This wine is flat-out delicious. Enjoy right now with a juicy hamburger.- Clyde Beffa Jr., K&L). Sold out once before in two weeks.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 AltO de Cantenac Brown Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 06-11-2015
The first white wine from this great property. Superb year for Bordeaux white and this wine is smooth and finely balalnced. Just in time for pool parties.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 89 - 92

2010 Belle-Vue, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-11-2015
I am a 94 on this wine for great value. WE sold out quickly last time and we only have a few cases left of this batch.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $21.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 91

2014 Rosé de Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-11-2015
Their red wines are one of my favorites and this rose hits the spot for the summer. Bright and lively, but only 25 cases available.—clyde Beffa
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Tronquoy-Lalande, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 06-11-2015
This wine is stunning. The little brother of Tronquoy Lalande and owned by the Montrose people, this wine is packed with fruit-lots of cassis on the palate. Smooth, sweet, and delicious. Last cases available and they will sell out quickly.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2009 Reserve de la Comtesse Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-11-2015
Superb wine from the GREAT vintage. Plenty of cassis and red fruits on the palate.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 91 WS 91

2014 Reserve de la Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-11-2015
59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot. Sweet nose of cassis and red currant. Fine texture.

2014 Reserve de la Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-11-2015
59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot. Sweet nose of cassis and red currant. Fine texture.

2005 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-04-2015
A superb wine for a great price. The 5s are wild for Pichon Baron. In May at the property they served us the mindblowing 1945 and the delicious 1985 in magnum. This wine is better than the 1985 and a touch behind the '45.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2013 Bodega DiamAndes "Perlita" Malbec-Syrah Mendoza
Review Date: 06-04-2015
A delicious wine with tons of spice and chocolate notes on the nose and palate. A lot of wine for a great price. Mr. James Suckling scores it 93 points and I am a 94 on it. Clyde Beffa
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 93

2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-04-2015
Just a perfect wine and enough said. Can enjoy in a few years until 2050.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2012 Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-04-2015
One of the best of the vintage and the vintage is quite good. Lots of mineral and earth mixed with toasty oak.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2012 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-03-2015
Superb wine and this vintage is showing fantastically. Cellar it a few years.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

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