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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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2016 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-24-2017
67% Cabernet and 33% Merlot. One of the best tasting young Duharts in a long time. So aromatic and not green at all! Red rose perfume- sweet on the palate.

2016 Echo de Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-24-2017
This could be a great value if priced correctly. Lots of upfront cassis fruit flavors.

2016 Lynch-Moussas, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-24-2017
Chocolate aromas here mixed with black raspberry. Sweet and lovely. This will only get better.

2016 Talbot, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-24-2017
Flashy, modern style here. Lots of black cherries and blackberries on the nose. Slightly oaky. A bit new wave.

2016 Gloria, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-24-2017
Wonderful red berry aromas and flavor. Cabernet at 65% shines through here. Quite spicy on the palate. Should be a fine buy for mid term aging. Slight tannic finish, but good balance.

2016 Puygueraud, Côtes de Francs
Review Date: 05-24-2017
Very spicy, oaky, flashy style. A bit modern I would say. Tastes good!

2016 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-15-2017
Another winner for Bernard Magrez and his team. His 2015 was one of our best selling wines and 2016 is just as good. Earthy elements in the nose and on the palate. Quite spicy and some fine tannins on the finish. This wine will need some time even though it is lush on the palate. They released 20% less than normal this year because they were severely affected by the late April frost. Just a warning to he who hesitates-you know what happens.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2016 Meyney, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-15-2017
Great terroir for the 2016 vintage. This is one of the best values in 2016 St Estephe wines. 50% CS in the vineyard but slightly less used because the Merlot was so good here in 2016. Very spicy wine with black currant aromas and flavors. Hubert de Bouard is consulting now at meyney so the wines are a bit less old school as in the past.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-12-2017
A perfect score for all three times we tasted this beauty. Some think this is best ever, but 1949 was outstanding! Only 12.8 alcohol-the wine is so fresh and vibrant. Smoky, toasty aromas with a bit of tobacco and tea. Black Raspberries on the palate-lush and polished. So pure and silky. I love this one again. One of the best values of any red wine in the world.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2016 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 05-11-2017
A fantastic effort from the Palmer group and Thomas Duroux. Big reduction in volume here as the mildew caused 20% less crop. Blackberry and Asian spice aromas that fill the room. Serious wine and one of the best of the second wines in the Medoc in 2016. Only 6,000 cases produced. Powerful yet smooth as glass on the palate. A winner and must buy.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 d'Arce, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 05-11-2017
Another perfect score for value in 2016 and you will see almost no 2017 as 90% of the crop was lost in the April 27th freeze. Helene Garcin Leveque's new project is a smashing success-three vintages in a row. 90% Merlot and 10% CF. All my notes say is "so sweet and sexy-lovely texture on the palate. Enjoy young and often." Enough said--this is even better than their 2014 and 2015.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 D'Archambeau, Graves
Review Date: 05-11-2017
$12.99 are you kidding for jhis lovely 2015. Extremely fruity aromas mixed with some minerals. Very juicy wine-great mid palate texture- Decant and serve with a pork chop medium rare.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Clerc-Milon, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-11-2017
This Clerc is a powerhouse of a wine as opposed to the feminine style of Armailhac. Tightly wound and ready for some serious cellaring. 20% less production here and some 2017 frost damage. Should be great in 5-10 years.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2016 Siran, Margaux
Review Date: 05-11-2017
Along with Labegorce, Siran merits a perfect score for value in 2016. This property is knocking it out of the park in recent years. We are selling hundreds f cases of 2014 and 2015 and this is as good as either. Violet aromas and black licorice flavors abound. This is a great bottle for the price. tastes so good now you can drink it up, but there are tannins in the back that will insure long cellaring. Must buy.
Drink from 2019 to 2019

2016 Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-11-2017
A perfect score for this merlot based (57%)wine. St-Estephe may be the best region for 2016 Bordeaux and this one is a fine value. Powerful blackberry fruit aromas and flavor. Sweet mid palate entry and lovely texture on the palate. Much better than their 2015 in my opinion.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 La Tour de Mons, Margaux
Review Date: 05-11-2017
This property is on a role since the 2009 vintage. This may be their best yet. 55% Merlot here. The violets of Margaux are here in spades. So perfumey and so sweet, you can drink it now. Plenty of latent tannins under this massive amount of sweet black fruit flavors. Sexy and lush. Value!
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Fourcas Hosten, Listrac
Review Date: 05-11-2017
The Hermes people have really brought this property to the forefront in Listrac. Buy the 2016 as they lost most of their 2017 crop to frost. 52% Merlot here and the wine is so soft and elegant. The old school Listrac hardness is gone-just pure fruit in this one.
Drink from 2019 to 2019
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

2016 Côte de Baleau, St-Emilion
Review Date: 05-11-2017
Excellent value from a property to watch now and in the near future. Sweet and lovely black cherry aromas and flavors.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Bellegrave, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-11-2017
Oh the great memories of staying at Chateau Bellegrave in the 90s! This property is in the heart of Pauillac very near Pichon Lalande and Latour. A great value from one of the best regions for 2016s.
Drink from 2025 to 2025
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2016 Marquis d'Alesme, Margaux
Review Date: 05-09-2017
The second great value made by the Labegorce team. This one is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon so it is much more masculine than the elegant Labegorce. Intense aromatics of rose pedals and cassis. Very concentrated on the palate, but still ripe and round texture. The big tannins are hidden by all of the fruit. Big wine-ager. A steal at this low price.
Drink from 2023 to 2023

2016 Pibran, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-09-2017
Outstanding value here. 55% M 45%CS. Great aromas of blackberries-sweet ripe, black fruit flavors. Very round tannins. Small berries in 2016 but the tannins are quite round. I like this wine.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-09-2017
64% Cabernet and it shows it with vivid red color and bright red berry aromas. Tons of fruit attacks the palate and great mid palate sweetnes. My notes say-Fruit-freshness-elegance. Round plush tannins and lovely texture and only 6% increase in price from the 2015 vintage. I much prefer 2016.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2016 La Tour Carnet, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-05-2017
Another winner from Bernard Magrez and it is well=priced. Quite lively and fruity on the nose with both black and red berry fruit aromas. Lots of fruit under its ripe tannin structure. Ager.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Fombrauge, St-Emilion
Review Date: 05-05-2017
Black cherry aromas and flavors. Could be their best-maybe better thean their great 2010. This wine is focused and precise. The Bernard magrez wines are very well-priced these past few years and the wines are much better balanced-not overdone at all. Bravo to their teams.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-05-2017
These 2016 St Estephe wines are phenomenal and this one is a great value. Better than the 2014 by a bit, this wine had black licorice aromas and flavors. Slightly new wave but controlled balance and fine mouth feel. Super spicy notes and a lush texture. Superb value.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 05-04-2017
A perfect 5 for value here in 2016. The far north of Bordeaux did not suffer in the long drought. The heavy clay soils held the moisture. This is the best young Potensac I have tasted and at this great price, which is less than the 1997 vintage( of which we sold 18000 bottles it is a steal. Tons of blackberry aromas and flavors. Unlike most young Potensac, this wine is super aromatic and super sweet on the palate. You will be drinking this wine for many years. A must buy!
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Labégorce, Margaux (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-03-2017
A perfect score from me considering the low price. One of my top 5 from the Margaux region and that says a lot with the neighborhood that includes Palmer and Margaux. We had this wine three times and it was off the charts good every time. 52% Merlot which is high for the property. Such an intense nose of Asian spice and black cherry. Violets on the palate. Very feminine style-so precise. SO DELICIOUS. A must buy-it will sell out quickly. As good as it gets for any wine from anywhere for this price.
Drink from 2025 to 2025

2016 Labégorce, Margaux
Review Date: 05-03-2017
A perfect score from me considering the low price. One of my top 5 from the Margaux region and that says a lot with the neighborhood that includes Palmer and Margaux. We had this wine three times and it was off the charts good every time. 52% Merlot which is high for the property. Such an intense nose of Asian spice and black cherry. Violets on the palate. Very feminine style-so precise. SO DELICIOUS. A must buy-it will sell out quickly. As good as it gets for any wine from anywhere for this price.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Labégorce, Margaux 12-pack in OWC
Review Date: 05-03-2017
A perfect score from me considering the low price. One of my top 5 from the Margaux region and that says a lot with the neighborhood that includes Palmer and Margaux. We had this wine three times and it was off the charts good every time. 52% Merlot which is high for the property. Such an intense nose of Asian spice and black cherry. Violets on the palate. Very feminine style-so precise. SO DELICIOUS. A must buy-it will sell out quickly. As good as it gets for any wine from anywhere for this price.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Capbern, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-03-2017
Their best ever? 69% CS and 24% M plus a touch of CF and PV. Extremely fresh and spicy on the nose and palate. Sweet as heck on the palate. Tastes great now! Very round tannins, but they are there under a lot of fruit. I much prefer this to the marquis de Calon.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 d'Armailhac, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-03-2017
Tasted three times and it was consistently good each time. I love this wine in 2016. Intense Asian spice with blackberry undertones on the nose. So sweet and sexy on the palate. Very sweet finish-round tannins. Thoroughly enjoyable. Much better than their 2015.
Drink from 2025 to 2025

2014 Trébiac Rouge, Graves
Review Date: 05-03-2017
A lot of wine for $12.99. The 2014s are hot sellers in Bordeaux as the prices are very good. This mineral driven wine has plenty of stuffing. Decant it one hour at least and enjoy. Red berry aromas and flavor with earthiness on the palate. Great value!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2016 Clarke (Baron de Rothschild), Listrac
Review Date: 04-27-2017
Boy -this property under the guidance of the Rothschild team has improved greatly in the last 20 years. The wines are softer and more elegant than before. This 2016 is lively and fresh--so sweet for a Listac. Big body and full on the palate, but great acidity and round tannins. Great value.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Les Grands Chenes, Médoc
Review Date: 04-27-2017
For the low price you get a lot of wine here. I love this wine and we tasted it three times. Toasty, very fruity aromas of blackberry that follow to the palate. So sweet and juicy on the palate you want to drink it now. Good acidity and very round tannins-this wine is NOT overdone like some of the past vintages. Bravo!
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2016 Mauvesin Barton, Moulis
Review Date: 04-27-2017
Their best yet-I think so. So fresh and lively with a pronounced red fruit aroma. Quite sweet palate entry and some tannins at the back. Fine structure for the cellar, but tempting now.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes (375ml)
Review Date: 04-27-2017
One of our favorites from Sauternes ever since the 1989 beat 1990 Yquem in a blind tasting many years ago. It still beats it. SOme pineapple and white peach aromas and flavors. Good depth and lingering finish. Superb value.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Doisy-Daëne, Sauternes
Review Date: 04-27-2017
Another great Sauternes vintage. This wine is always a great stickie buy. The owner Denis Dubourdieu passed away in 2016-so this is the last vintage he had a hand in. Very fresh and quite spicy on the nose. Pineapple and citrus flavors with a decent amount of the noble rot. Lovely.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2014 La Fleur Peyrabon, Pauillac
Review Date: 04-26-2017
The big sister of Peyrabon and this wine is quite delicious right now. In the modern style, with tons of sweet red berry aromas and flavors. Sexy wine and a bit like California Cabernet. Good transfer wine from Cal Cab to Bordeaux.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Gabaron, Bordeaux
Review Date: 04-26-2017
I score it 5 of 5 for value. One of the first of the soft and fruit forward Bordeaux values from the great 2015 vintage. Toasty aromas and red fruit flavors. a little modern but for $10 a great buy for parties.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2009 Saint-Paul, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 04-26-2017
A great value from another of the hundreds of great wines from 2009. This one has a beautiful nose of cassis and black fruit. Very ripe and voluptuous. Decant and enjoy.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 Climens, Barsac
Review Date: 04-24-2017
Steve and jeff and Jason actually tasted almost every barrel of this liquid gold. Berenice Lurton did bring to our last night's dinner samples from the North, South, West, and East part of the property. They were very different and all were quite good. Final product must be good.
Drink from 2025 to 2025

2016 Coutet, Sauternes
Review Date: 04-24-2017
One of the better 2016 stickies we tasted. 75% Semillon-the wine is fresh, lively, racy with coconut aromas and flavors mixed with pineapple.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 La Patache, Pomerol
Review Date: 04-24-2017
A Peter Kwok wine, this Pomerol is delicious. Very round and supple on the palate while still very concentrated on the back palate. Lovely value of the vintage!
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2016 Clos de Bouard, Montagne St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-24-2017
The first vintage for Coralie de Bouard and it is a big success. 85%M,10%CF, 5% CS and 100% satisfying on the palate. So sweet and sexy with lovely texture. Perfumy aromas of black cherry-great acidity on the palate. Try this.
Drink from 2019 to 2019
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2016 Le Plus de la Fleur de Boüard, St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-24-2017
One of the best Plus I have tasted. Very well-balanced and restrained-not over the top. Deep blackish color-plenty of structure for the long haul.
Drink from 2023 to 2023

2016 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol
Review Date: 04-24-2017
Outstanding value wine that is as good as their excellent 2015. Very focused wine with tons of sweet, ripe fruit. Very well-balanced and easy to taste.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2016 Les Pagodes de Cos, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 04-24-2017
50% CS and 46% M, 3% PV, 1% CF. A bit more restrained than its big brother, but fine texture and feel on the palate. Some Blackberry aromas and flavors. Priced right.
Drink from 2019 to 2019

2016 Maillet, Pomerol
Review Date: 04-24-2017
We missed tasting this, but we heard from very good sources that the wine is as good as 2015 and that is saying a lot. Great Pomerol for under $40? Tough to beat.
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 04-24-2017
This wine is off-the charts great. 13.07 degrees Alcohol like the old days of great Bordeaux wines. Incredible, intense, spicy aromas with cinnamon undertones on the palate. So silky and precise-pure as can be. Long and lovely-so good you can drink it soon, but it will cellar well for many years. Bravo on the reasonable price. A very special wine and one of the top ten I tasted in April.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2016 Beaumont, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 04-20-2017
A no-brainer. Beaumont makes elegant, soft style wines and has for many years. This one is lovely and worthy of your cellar. A superb value with plenty of elegance and flair.
Drink from 2019 to 2019

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