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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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2003 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (375ml)
Review Date: 3-24-2015
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Perfect size for one from a ripe and sexy vintage. Old school style meets hot vintage equals delicious.
Drink from 2015 to 2020
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 3-24-2015
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A perfect wine just like the 2009. Classic 100 point wine for one fourth of the first growth prices.
Drink from 2020 to 2050

2009 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 3-24-2015
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Fabulous vintage and my favorite property for many years
Drink from 2016 to 2036

2009 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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Another fabulous buy from this great property-reminds me of the 1970.
Drink from 2015 to 2030

2013 Kalinda Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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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 2030
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 d'Yquem "Y Blanc" Bordeaux Blanc
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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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 2020
Price: $159.99 Add To Cart WS 96 BC 0

2001 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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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 2017
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Lalande Borie, St-Julien
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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Tastes great right now. From our good friend Bruno Borie, this wine shone at the Sopexa Bordeaux event in 2014.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

2009 Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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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 2025

2002 Latour, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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The value vintage for Latour. One of the best from this controversial vintage.
Drink from 2020 to 2030
Price: $1,099.99 Add To Cart RP 96 WS 96 ST 94

2000 Chasse-Spleen, Moulis (1.5L)
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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Mature wine that with decanting can be enjoyed now. I bought a case for parties.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

2009 Caronne Ste-Gemme, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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We love this property and 2009 was their best ever. Can be enjoyed now with a steak.
Drink from 2015 to 2020
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

1997 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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Our biggest selling Bordeaux the past two years. Still young and lively-Buy cases.
Drink from 2015 to 2020
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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Under $100 for this beauty? Packed with fruit and a firm structure underneath, this will reward the patient collector.
Drink from 2018 to 2035

2009 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 3-23-2015
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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 2025

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