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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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2001 d'Escurac, Medoc
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Toasty aromas and a very fruity palate impression. Super value. Very elegant wine from one of my favorite ready to drink vintages. Enjoy with a rack of lamb.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 La Salle de Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Toasting, oaky aromas. After decanting the wine opens up to a red fruit forward beauty.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2005 Latour-Martillac, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 03-24-2015
This property has been neglected by us in the past-our mistake. The 2005 has great terroir on the nose and palate. Plenty of structure for the cellar and a sweet middle fruit.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List

2000 d'Issan, Margaux
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Elegant property and full bodied red with that Margaux underlying elegance. Red fruits here.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $109.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 93 W&S 92

2001 Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-24-2015
One of our favorite vintages and Latour made a great one. If you can’t afford the new releases, try this one. Elegance mixed with power.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2000 Latour-Martillac, Pessac-Léognan (1.5L)
Review Date: 03-24-2015
A sleeper wine that we neglected in its youth. I do not like the label, but inside the bottle it is exceptional.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $129.99 Add To Waiting List
W&S 94 WS 92

1996 Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-24-2015
A classic Latour from a classic Cabernet vintage. So sweet and yet so powerful. For that special event, I recommend this one.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

1990 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Great vintage. Super wine that is mature and priced less than the current vintages.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $189.99 Add To Waiting List

1995 Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-24-2015
From the Merlot dominated vintage comes this Cabernet wine. Has elegance and more forward than 1995.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2009 Brio de Cantenac Brown, Margaux
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Great second wine that sold out immediately when last brought in.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 91

2011 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien
Review Date: 03-24-2015
One of the best wines from this controversial vintage. Big scores and lots of ripeness in a vintage not known for ripeness.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2010 Antinori "Solaia" Toscana
Review Date: 03-24-2015
One of the best ever from this super Tuscan red. Decant two hours before serving in near future.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2009 du Tertre, Margaux
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Good upfront fruit. Mid-palate? At UGC: Lighter in style here. Sweet and racy. Quite forward. Drink the 1996 and save this value for a few more years. Beautiful Chateau and great tasting red.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2009 Les Allées de Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 03-24-2015
This wine comes in and goes out-a delicious red wine which is the second wine of one of our biggest selling Bordeaux.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 90

2010 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Now you have the choice of 2009 or 2010 here. This wine is a bit more structured than the 2009, but with decanting is perfectly paired with a steak.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 91 WE 90

2003 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (375ml)
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Perfect size for one from a ripe and sexy vintage. Old school style meets hot vintage equals delicious.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-24-2015
A perfect wine just like the 2009. Classic 100 point wine for one fourth of the first growth prices.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2009 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Fabulous vintage and my favorite property for many years
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2009 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Another fabulous buy from this great property-reminds me of the 1970.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2013 Kalinda Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-23-2015
What a delicious, fruit forward wine from a very famous property in Yountville. Some 2013s are quite tannic, but this is more elegant than most. Maybe it gets its regal stature from its very famous owner.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 d'Yquem "Y Blanc" Bordeaux Blanc
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Fabulous vintage for white Bordeaux, great name, and reasonable price. You can’t miss here. I bought big bottles for the home.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $159.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 96

2001 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 03-23-2015
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.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $21.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Lalande Borie, St-Julien
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Tastes great right now. From our good friend Bruno Borie, this wine shone at the Sopexa Bordeaux event in 2014.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2009 Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 03-23-2015
More earth and plenty of extraction. Good mid-palate texture. Very nice. Good length. At UGC: Classic, with tons of mineral notes. Very rich and fresh. One of the best value 2009s from the Pessac area. Earthy style but toasty and sweet. Charming wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2002 Latour, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 03-23-2015
The value vintage for Latour. One of the best from this controversial vintage.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2000 Chasse-Spleen, Moulis (1.5L)
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Mature wine that with decanting can be enjoyed now. I bought a case for parties.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2009 Caronne Ste-Gemme, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 03-23-2015
We love this property and 2009 was their best ever. Can be enjoyed now with a steak.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 90

1997 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Our biggest selling Bordeaux the past two years. Still young and lively-Buy cases.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Under $100 for this beauty? Packed with fruit and a firm structure underneath, this will reward the patient collector.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 95 WE 94 JS 93
WS 92 ST 91
Limit of 12 per customer

2009 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Drink the 1997 now and cellar this one a few years. From the Delon crew, this wine is polished and fruity.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2009 Gloria, St-Julien
Review Date: 03-23-2015
½* More gritty and smoky, with integrated tannins. Quite nice. Along with the great 2010, this wine harkens back to the glory days of Gloria in the 60s. Sweeter than 2010 but will age superbly.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2009 Pédesclaux, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-23-2015
One of the best values from this great vintage. This property is on a roll.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

1998 Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-23-2015
One of the best of the Medoc 1998s-excellent wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2013 Lynch Bages Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Great balance and fine acidity, this is the best Lynch Bages Blanc ever.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $46.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 93

2011 Petit Guiraud, Sauternes (375ml)
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Wow! This wine is a baby Guiraud for one fifth of the price. Some coconut and pineapple aromas and flavors. Honeyed flavors and incredible acidity. Perfect balance.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 90

2008 Pauillac de Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Our fourth vintage to sell of this outstanding third wine from Chateau Latour. After twenty years of begging the property to sell the Pauillac, here it is and the 2008 vintage is quite good and priced well under the 2009. Powerful red fruit aromas with some cassis. The palate impression is powerful with some tannins to settle out. perfect acid balance-cellar it five years minimum. You can buy 2 bottles of latour or a case of this beauty. -Clyde beffa
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $79.99 Add To Waiting List

2001 Guiraud, Sauternes
Review Date: 03-12-2015
Perfect Sauternes year and near perfect wine. Great value. Lush but balanced.

1998 d'Issan, Margaux
Review Date: 03-12-2015
1998 was and is not one of my favorite Bordeaux vintages from the Left Bank, but some Margaux wines did well. This is one of them. Not too tannic - nice lingering finish.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $89.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Plaisance "Cuvée Alix" Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 03-12-2015
Our last forty cases have arrived. It will sell out quickly. Great value - drink now!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Dauzac, Margaux
Review Date: 03-12-2015
Elegant property and rich, smooth texture here. Another great wine from 2009.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Fombrauge, St-Emilion
Review Date: 03-12-2015
We keep buying it and it keeps selling. And the price is the best ever.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2010 Gloria, St-Julien
Review Date: 03-12-2015
Our favorite Gloria in many years. And the price is better than ever.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

1989 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien
Review Date: 03-12-2015
Not the second wine of Las Cases, but a separate parcel. Sweet vintage and elegant wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $79.99 Add To Waiting List

1996 du Tertre, Margaux
Review Date: 03-12-2015
Just drank this wine in March 2015. Still sturdy and age worthy. Rustic but delicious old school style.
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 88 - 90

1999 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 03-12-2015
Underrated vintage-drinks great right now.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $139.99 Add To Waiting List

1995 Calon-Ségur, St Estèphe
Review Date: 03-12-2015
Mature twenty year old wine that still has grip on the palate. Decant and serve with rack of lamb
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 La Tour de Mons, Margaux
Review Date: 03-12-2015
One of the best values from the great 2010 vintage-Great cellar candidate for very little money. If serving now, decant 2 hours and try a steak dish.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 90 WS 89

2010 Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 03-12-2015
Monster of a wine with many years of life ahead. Tons of acid and tannin and fruit. This wine is a must for the YOUNG wine collector.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2009 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)
Review Date: 03-12-2015
Almost perfect wine at a great price. Buy it. I did.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2000 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
Review Date: 03-12-2015
Finding great 2000 Bordeaux at reasonable prices is difficult nowadays. This fits the bill
Drink from 2015 to 2015

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