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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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2009 Brown Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-12-2015
You can't miss here and the wine is $5 a bottle less than last time-Thanks to "King dollar". We have sold over 150 cases of this beauty. Tons of toasty oak and minerality. Delicious for next ten years.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 92 WS 92

2002 La Tour de By, Médoc
Review Date: 05-12-2015
This wine sold out twice already. Here is our last twenty-five cases. One of my favorite 2002s for enjoying now. Still will cellar but at this low price why wait. Decant and enjoy.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Léon, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-12-2015
One of the better small properties in the south part of Bordeaux. We loved the texture and bright fruit flavors here. Best to enjoy over the next few years.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Brown Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-12-2015
This is for your cellar while you enjoy the 2009 vintage. Big wine with tons of fruit and tannin. Lots of earthy aromas and flavor. Will be great in a few years.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2014 Léon Rosé, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-12-2015
The first of the 2014 Bordeaux Roses have arrived. This one is bright, fresh, and inviting. Poolside sipper for 2015.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Rahoul, Graves
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Wonderful aromas of toasty oak and earth. This wine has great structure and will cellar wellfor ten years. Black fruit abounds
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $21.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 90

2013 Haut Rian Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Great value white. Superb vintage and for under $10 you can not go wrong. High acid and clean, crisp notes. Refreshing pool side sipper.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Louvie, St-Emilion
Review Date: 05-11-2015
superb value from a property we have sold over the years. Quite limited availability. Great tasting right now.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2005 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-11-2015
1st growth from a perfect vintage and much less expensive than their 2009 or 2010. I have afew bottles set aside.
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $679.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 96 RP 96 ST 95
WE 95 WS 95
Limit of 12 per customer

1999 Chasse Spleen, Moulis
Review Date: 05-11-2015
I love the 1999 vintage and this wine sings. Enjoy with a rack of lamb.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List

2005 Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Great vintage and a fine property. This wine can be cellared a few more years. Very good value.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2005 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-11-2015
One of our favorite properties. This wine rocks with tons of black cherry aromas and flavors. Cellar it a bit.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2009 Larrivet-Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-11-2015
One of my favorite properties making pure, mineral driven wines. So delicious. Age it a bit.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2009 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-11-2015
For value and drinking right now. Very near pauillac, this property rocks of late. Enjoy.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

1981 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Pre Parker vintage. Old school. Very nice.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $169.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 90

2009 Beaumont, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Beaumont means pretty or beautiful hill. This is lovely wine from the beautiful hill. ALways a big seller at K&L
Drink from 2015 to 2015

1982 Suduiraut, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-11-2015
I remeber buying 150 cases of this gem in early 90s. Better than their 1983, this stickies rocks.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $79.99 Add To Waiting List

1995 Les Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Under $40--just buy it and enjoy. A no-brainer.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $37.99 Add To Waiting List

1999 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-11-2015
A steal for $120. A step behind the 89, but very good now.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $119.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 91 WS 91

1989 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Perfect wine in 2015-i just drank 2 bottles-nboth perfect.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $159.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 92

2009 La Tour de Mons, Margaux
Review Date: 05-11-2015
This is one of the better values in red wine in today's market. Quite rich with that forward 2009 Bordeaux fruitiness. Round tannins-great balance and more black fruit flavors. Long and lingering finish. -Clyde Beffa
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 91

2010 des Annereaux, Lalande-de-Pomerol
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Its Cabernet Franc component shines through on the nose, which also displays incredibly pretty strawberry and raspberry fruit, chocolate and tobacco notes, which carry over to the palate and grow darker. Try with a t-bone steak.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes (375ml)
Review Date: 05-11-2015
A gorgeous wine that offers a firm, botrytis character, with aromas of spice, apple and orange zest. It’s powerful and meant for long aging.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2011 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-11-2015
A truly great stickies vintage. A gorgeous wine that offers a firm, botrytis character, with aromas of spice, apple and orange zest. It’s powerful and meant for long aging.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2011 Latour, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-11-2015
A blend of 84.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, the 2011 Latour represents only 34% of the crop. It hit 13.1% natural alcohol. One of the vintage-s most compelling wines, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet, open-knit personality with ripe tannin. I have put a few bottles in my cellar-optimistic at 70 years old.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

1997 Prieuré-Lichine, Margaux (6L)
Review Date: 05-11-2015
This is perfect wine for right now.,. In fact we will drink 2 6.0l of it in France in May 2015. Lovely-and a great party wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $399.99 Add To Waiting List

1989 Haut-Bages-Averous, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Great vinatage and superb price. 2nd wine of Lynch bages. Ripe and ready.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $89.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 90

2009 d'Escurac, Medoc
Review Date: 05-11-2015
This is a property to watch in the future. This one is a great value 2009-plenty of sweetness on the palate. Enjoy after decanting one hour.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Fabulous wine-so much mineral on the nose and palate. Smooth as glass. Great value.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2011 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-11-2015
A great 2nd wine that is from a separate parcel. This wine is characterized by both structure and rich fruitiness. A dark, smoky character brings out the solid tannins that underlie the black currant fruitiness and the balance. Drink this wine from 2018.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2012 Petit Figeac, St-Emilion
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Solid, featuring cherry and plum flavors, lined with anise notes. Not big, but has range and purity, with fresh fruit lingering on the finish. Great toasty oak aromas. Delicious wine for mid term ageing.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Floral and fruity red with hints of vanilla. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a crisp finish. Loosely knit. This needs three or four years to come together. Better after 2018. A great wine for a great price. Can't miss.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Aromas of currants and berries with hints of chocolate. Full body with a solid core of fruit and a flavorful finish. Very fine. Cantermerle delivers in 2012. Better to drink in 2016.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2012 Seigneurs d'Aiguilhe, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 05-11-2015
This is the second wine from Château d'Aiguilhe, whose property dates back to the 12th century and is linked to the Knights Templar.The current château, a "fortified farmhouse," was built in the 13th century. The Right Bank terroir, with its clay-limestone soils, produce outstanding Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. This is always one of the best values in red wine. Hamburger and this red-perfect.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 05-11-2015
A lovely fruit forward 2012. Made by the lovelly Juliett becot of Beausejour Becot fame. Try with a pork roast and decant one hour.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2012 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-11-2015
One of our best selling properties and 12 is solid and a bit more modern style. Plenty of red berry fruit flavors
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Jacques Bavard Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 05-08-2015
Bright and lively; refreshing. Jacques Bavard is a tiny negociant producer in Puligny-Montrachet. He comes from a long line of winegrowers, and is dedicated to working with organic and biodynamic growers. Keith has brought these wines in since the 2008 vintage. And they sell out quickly.
Price: $19.95 Add To Waiting List

2013 Domaine Paul Pernot Bourgogne Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-08-2015
The dollar sure helps these days, and this wine for under $20 is a steal. I was bringing this wine in during the 90s and we have been big supporters of this property for many years. It has consistent Puligny character and it is clean and refreshing. So nice to taste Chardonnay that goes with a meal.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Marquis de Terme, Margaux
Review Date: 04-30-2015
Their best in a long time, perhaps ever? Super-ripe and sexy, with tons of everything, and a silky finish. Not shy. Tasted August 21, 2012-This wine has many of Pessac-Leognan characteristics even though it is a Medoc wine. Tons of minerality on the nose and palate. Really opens up after several hours - will be great in cellar for many years.

1985 Dow's Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
One of my favorite 85s. Fine structure and plenty of sweetness. Enjoy this with a piece of Stilton or some chocolate strawberries. cb
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $119.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 92

1963 Croft Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
Delicious right now. celebrate your 52nd birthday with this gem. Tons of sediment. cb
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $249.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 91

1985 Fonseca Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
Super silky Fonseca and 30 years old. Enjoy on your anniversary.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $129.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 93 WS 93

1985 Taylor Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
The perfect 30th Birthday gift for your kids-have them drink it when they turn 50. Big and powerful Port with many years' of life.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $139.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 93

1963 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
Super vintage and this beauty has plenty of life. So sweet and elegant.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $319.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 91

1994 Dow's Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
Young and lively and so sweet. Here's one to cellar til 2020.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $119.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 97 RP 96

1963 Cockburn Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
One of the greatest vintages for port--this one is affordable and great right now. cb
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $269.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 90

1985 Warre's Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
Very nice for enjoying tonight on your 30th birthday. Affordable and still capable of ten more years cellaring.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $129.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 91 RP 90

1985 Croft Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
30 year Anniversary wine. Perfect right now. Decant and enjoy.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $119.99 Add To Waiting List

1985 Quinta Do Noval Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
Thirty year birthday wine. Sweet and lush.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $119.99 Add To Waiting List

1963 Fonseca Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
The perfect Port vintage and the perfect house for 1963. Stunning.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $469.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 98 RP 96

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