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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 Les Grands Chenes, Médoc (1.5L)
Review Date: 08-21-2018
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!
Price: $31.99 Add To Cart
JS 92 - 93

2017 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 08-16-2018
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76%CS, 13% M, 9%CF, 2%PV. Lovely red fruit and rose petal aromas meshed with some soft, toasty oak. Very sweet palate entry and a forward ripe mid palate. So elegant and refined. Long, lingering finish with a touch of tannin. Superb wine and better than their 2015. Do not miss these northern medoc 2017s.
Drink from 2021 to 2021

2017 Figeac, St-Émilion
Review Date: 08-15-2018
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47% CS and 43%M with 10%CF. One of the best of the right bank 2017s. So minty and spicy on the nose. Red berries and boysenberries on the palate. Soft and forward. So sweet. Lovely.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2017 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Review Date: 08-15-2018
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90% CS-This wine is almost as good as their great 2015. Spicy, exotic Asian fruit aromas and flavors. Sexy wine, rip and lush. Tannic at back, but delightful in ten years.
Drink from 2021 to 2021

2017 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 08-15-2018
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This might be the best for the money in 2017. Of course I am prejudiced, but Léoville sings in 2017. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon tells the story here—Merlot did not do well in the region. Very spicy on the palate. Suprisingly easy to drink. Not a huge wine, but a seamless, totally enjoyable 2017. Can be enjoyed in the next five years. Bravo to the Barton team and my best to Anthony and Eva Barton.
Drink from 2021 to 2021

2017 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac
Review Date: 08-15-2018
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76% CS and 24%M. Wonderful perfumeon the nose-red roses and toasty oak. Superb entry and great mid palate feel. Very long and sweet. Much better than the Carruades 2017. I love this powerful, yet sweet Pauillac.
Drink from 2021 to 2021

2017 La Gaffelière, St. Emilion
Review Date: 08-15-2018
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So lush and lovely. It frosted on their lower vineyards and so only their hillside grapes were used in the blend! Precise and focused wine. Reminds me of the 1953 and 1962 that I recently drank ! This wine IS MUCH better than their 2015 or 2016. A must buy
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2009 Sainte Marguerite, Médoc
Review Date: 08-08-2018
Another fine 2009 for a great price. The 2009s are so sweet and lush. Very aromatic on the nose with floral undertones. Some earthy flavors but the fruit dominates the soft, round tannins. A true delight with a pork roast.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2015 Grand Moulin, Cotes de Blaye Rouge
Review Date: 08-08-2018
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A right bank wine that is very well priced and ready to enjoy young. Cuvee Viva from Chateau Gigault is a neighbor. Spicy and fruity aromas-a bit savoury too. Very ripe Merlot here gives it a pluminess. Decant and enjoy.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

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$9.99

2015 Chateau Pomeys, Moulis
Review Date: 08-08-2018
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The property is in Moulis near Poujeaux and near the town of Castelnau. Slightly new wave in style, with toasty, tobacco nuanced aromas and some toasty flavors. Fine mid-palate richness and lingering finish. Try with rack of lamb. For those who like modern styled reds.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2015 La Croix de Mazeyres, Pomerol
Review Date: 08-08-2018
We tasted this wine in May and here it is-a perfect club wine-soft, fruity, and forward. A food friendly wine, packed full of delicious, dark berry fruits and enveloped by a velvety texture. These 2015 Pomerols are like silk and this one is less than $30. Bio-dynamic also
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart

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$24.99
JS 92

2014 Roland la Garde Tradition, Premières Côtes de Blaye
Review Date: 08-08-2018
This property makes solid, value-driven wines and this 2014 is just that. An opaque purple color is followed by copious mulberry and black cherry fruit, good freshness and elegance, and a heady finish. It should drink nicely for 4-5 years. Try it with a prime rib roast. Decant one hour.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2016 Roquefort Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 08-08-2018
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Still young, this wine is showing intense spicy and floral fruit aromas. Plenty of lichi fruit flavors. Hints of apples, pears and quince are all there. Great value.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2015 La Tour Cordouan, Médoc
Review Date: 08-08-2018
We tasted this delicious wine with our good friend and Bordeaux negociant-Eric Fourault. We bought it on the spot on our April Bordeaux tour. Very much red fruit and roses on the nose. Very sweet oaky finish. Enjoy it now with a rare steak.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Crabitey Rouge, Graves
Review Date: 08-08-2018
Tons of red fruit and earth on the nose. Rich and round on the palate-soft and forward. Very ripe tannins, well-balanced too. Priced correctly for enjoyment in the next few years.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2015 Trébiac, Graves
Review Date: 08-08-2018
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Perfect, value-driven, Tuesday night, Hamburger wine. Soft and fruity like most all of the 15s--this wine has a mineral aroma with some toasty qualities. Some blueberry notes on the palate. Party wine.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

1989 Clarke, Listrac
Review Date: 08-08-2018
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A great vintage and Clarke is a lovely 1989 for under $60. So ripe and sweet on the palate. Earthy, oaky aromas-some savory undertones. Only a few cases available.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

2016 Palmer Blanc, Vin de France
Review Date: 08-08-2018
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The rarest wine in the USA with only 120 bottles in the States. So lush and intriguing-Absolutely delicious. Bravo Thomas Duroux. The 2016 is crisp and clean and totally enjoyable. Not sure on cellaring it, but it could go easily 5 years.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $199.99 Add To Cart

2016 La Graside Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 08-08-2018
Le Blanc de la Graside is sourced from a vineyard three miles south of Libourne that is planted with 60-year-old Sauvignon Blanc vines. Grapes are harvested at full maturity and aged in casks to round out the wine's generous profile, while it retains a mineral-driven finish. The 2016 vintage was quite good for the Sauvignon Blanc grape--they wine will sell out quickly.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
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2015 Cap St-George, St-Georges-St-Emilion
Review Date: 07-31-2018
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Wonderful wine-rich and round and lush. In the modern style, but with fine acidity and balance. Blackberry jam aromas with some toasty oak. Plenty of latent tannin, but the fruit overpowers the tannins.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
DC 93

2015 Laroze, St.-Emilion
Review Date: 07-31-2018
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Perfect value wine. big scores. We tasted this wine in April 2018 and here it is. Full-bodied red with chocolate, plums and oaky undertones. Round tannins-long, lingering finish. Clyde scores it 93.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2000 Citran, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 07-31-2018
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Great vintage and a superb value. Some orange peel on the nose-great bottle bouquet. Still has plenty of life for the cellar, but can be enjoyed now with decanting one hour. Full-bodied and a bit modern. Try with Prime Rib.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

2015 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 07-31-2018
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Wow-if you like Framboise you will adore this wine. Intense raspberry aromas that follow to the palate. Sweet and sexy-not as tannic as the 2010. A great party wine and ecpecially for those California Cabernet drinkers.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2015 Labadie, Médoc
Review Date: 07-31-2018
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We discovered this wine on our last trip to Bordeaux-we all loved it. Typical sweet 2015-this one is 63% Merlot, 33%Cab Sauv and 4% CFranc. Very aromatic-almost new worldly. Rich on the palte and some tannin at the back. Decant one hour and enjoy this beauty. Tons of blackberry fruit throughout.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2017 Kalinda Sonoma County Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-26-2018
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A great Sonoma Chardonnay for under $15? What a value. Melon aromas and some vanilla oak nuances on the nose. This one goes down easily with some oaky notes on the palate. Fine acidity at the back palate. Clean and refreshing--perfect poolside sipper. If you love the Rombauer buttery style don't buy this one. We can't tell you who made it for us, but they are famous.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2004 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion
Review Date: 07-13-2018
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A great value red that is mature and drinking perfectly in 2018. A gorgeous nose of ripe raspberry, with hints of vanilla and blackberry. Full-bodied, with lots of fruit, yet refined and layered with silky tannins. A perfect match with prime rib roast. Will cellar well.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

1989 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 07-13-2018
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Mature Haut Bailly from a great vintage and under $150-no brainer-buy it. Just tasted July 2018-one of the most perfect wines you could ever enjoy. Regal wine with an earthy, mineral aroma and red roses. Very elegant on the palate-all sweet cassis fruit. Finish lasts a minute. Still has at least five years of peak life. Perfection in a glass.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart
WS 92 RP 91

2017 Reserve de la Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-07-2018
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One of the better 2nd wines we tasted in the North Medoc. 60% CS and36% M. Great year for Petit Verdot and 4% in this wine. Very fruity and aromatic nose-great texture on the palate and fine length— a fine value!
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2017 Canon-la-Gaffelière, St-Émilion
Review Date: 06-07-2018
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So lush and lovely. It frosted on their lower vineyards and so only their hillside grapes used in the blend ! Precise and focused wine. Reminds me of the 1953 and 1962 I recently drank ! MUCH better than their 2015 and 2016. The low lying weaker grapes frosted.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2017 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-07-2018
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7% loss here. 70%CS. Spicy, cedary aromas and flavors. Good weight on the palate. Lovely, spicy, lush wine-like they made in the 80s I love this wine—they are doing great at Pichon Lalande these days. Better than their 2015 for sure.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2017 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-23-2018
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70%CS, 24%M, 2%CF. In my top twenty wines from this vintage. Fantastic aromas of red roses and cassis. Sweet and long on the palate. Great rounded tannins. Very balanced on palate. They lowered their price 21% from the 2016. One of the less expensive Lynch bages on the market. I recommend buying some.
Drink from 2025 to 2025

2017 Blanc de Lynch Bages, Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-23-2018
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This wine improves every year. 2017 may be their best yet. Clean and lemony but with a richness on the mid palate and great aromatics-like many of the 2017 white Bordeaux. Very focused wine.
Drink from 2019 to 2019

2016 Kalinda "Lot 2" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-22-2018
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We made our first Kalinda Cabernet in 1984 - the 1982 vintage from Boeger winery. Now on our 34th rendition, we've had the fortune to team up with some of the greats in California winemaking over the years. This time the Lot 2 Cabernet is from the Napa Valley and it is so sweet and delicious. Toasty oak nuances and red fruit flavors. Lingering on the palate. Not a tannic blockbuster but more of a Margaux style red. Decant and enjoy with your lamb chop dinner.
Drink from 2019 to 2019
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart

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$19.99

2017 Siran, Margaux
Review Date: 05-18-2018
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Another fine effort and fine value from Our friends at Siran. Some violets on the nose and red fruits on the palate. 46% M and 43% CS. quite full flavored and nice texture.
Drink from 2021 to 2021

2017 Clinet, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-18-2018
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Bravo on a reasonable price. The 2015 is about $150! Black fruit aromas and flavors. Exotic and a bit modern on the palate. Needs several years cellaring.
Drink from 2021 to 2021

2017 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 05-16-2018
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Here they lost 10% due to frost and 20% more with tropical rains and rot. 52%CS and 48%M. Deep blackish color. Great aromatics of red rose and cassis. Very sweet entry on the palate-lots of red fruited flavors. Lush and seamless-three in a row here for top quality. Almost $30 less than the 2015.
Drink from 2021 to 2021

2017 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-16-2018
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Another winner at Cantemerle. Philippe Dambrene can do no wrong. Tons of red berry aromas and flavors. Great texture and length on the palate-so lush, yet very structured. Superb bargain.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2015 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 05-16-2018
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Here they lost 10% due to frost and 20% more with tropical rains and rot. 52%CS and 48%M. Deep blackish color. Great aromatics of red rose and cassis. Very sweet entry on the palate-lots of red fruited flavors. Lush and seamless-three in a row here for top quality. Almost $30 less than the 2015.
Drink from 2021 to 2021

2016 Clos Floridène, Graves Blanc
Review Date: 05-10-2018
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We always love this Dubourdieu white. And this wine will age in cellar very well. in 2005 we drank a bottle of the 1991 Clos Floridene and it was perfect. Very citrusy on the nose and palate-minerality galore.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2016 Reynon Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-10-2018
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)- From the family estate of Bordeaux wine gurus Denis and Florence Dubourdieu, this is a crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon blend that appeals immediately. Bright acidity, freshly squeezed lemon and a herbal, green edge all make for a wine that is drinkable now as an apéritif as well as with food. We have been carrying this white since the 2000 vintage.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2015 Les Remparts Blanc, Graves
Review Date: 05-10-2018
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First time for this property at K&L. Jeff and I loved the sample and bought this and their fine red 2015.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
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2015 R de Rieussec, Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-10-2018
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Very attractive wine, with beautiful aromatics of tropical pineapple, and peaches. The wine is rich but completely dry. I can see it working really well with rich, spicy dishes. Better than their 2016!
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2015 Guiraud "Le G" Blanc Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-10-2018
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Crisp and dry, this wine from Chateau Guiraud, shows the rich flavors of the fully matured grapes (50% Sauvignon Blanc +50% Sémillon), along side with juicy acidity, making a very useful white wine. We sold a lot of the 2014 and this 2015 is just as good.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2000 Lynch-Moussas, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-08-2018
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Sweet nose of creme de cassis intermixed with licorice, dried herbs, and vanilla, the wine is rich in fruit, has good glycerin, silky tannin, and a nice, spicy, layered finish.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

2001 Peyrabon, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 05-08-2018
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Here is a property we discovered on our April 2012 Bordeaux trip and we have sold well the 2000, 2003, 2004, and newer vintages. Somehow we missed this 2001 all these years. We tasted it early this year and here it is. We love the 2001 Bordeaux vintage and you will love this value red. Softer than the 2000 and 2004 and mor classic than the 2003. A must try.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2015 Le Petit Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-08-2018
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A second wine of Smith haut Lafitte-first time at K&L. Serious wine with lots of mineral on the nose and earthy black fruit on the palate.
Drink from 2019 to 2019

2015 Marjosse, Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-08-2018
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Pierre Lurton, of Cheval Blanc fame, has made this wine for over twenty years. And here is is finally. Ripe and fruit forward-great value.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
JS 91

2015 Fontesteau, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 05-08-2018
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We skipped from the 1998 to this vintage. Both wines are great--maybe they make great wines every 20 years? This is sweet and sexy.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
RP 91

2015 Mont-Perat Blanc Grand Vin de Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-08-2018
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We tasted this wine early this year and loved it. Clean and crisp style with the richness of the 2015 vintage. Big score by one of the scorers.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
RP 91 JS 90

2003 Guiraud, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-08-2018
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A ton of richness and sweetness, with loads of apple tart, caramel and spice character. The noble rot certainly did its good here. Long, long finish. Beautiful sweet wine. Great balance for such a hot year
Drink from 2018 to 2018

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