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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 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-07-2012
** A fabulous wine. Tons of spicy black fruits. At property: Plummy, oaky aromas with chocolate undertones. No edges. Serenity. Tasted again in September 2010: My god, this is great. Bluish-black color, Asian spice aromas, a sweet palate entry and a lingering finish. Could score 100 points...(Guess what? Parker just scored it 100 pts - Feb 2012!)

2009 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-06-2012
*1/2 Good length and depth-superb.

2009 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien
Review Date: 03-05-2012
**½+ Sexy wine. Red currant flavors. Power and elegance together. Tons of lush, decadent fruit.

2001 Larmande, St-Emilion
Review Date: 08-09-2011
This wine is so good, round, lush and forward. A lovely wine—so sweet. I scored it 92+ points and so did Robert Parker.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

Billecart-Salmon "Brut Réserve" Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2011
As focused as ever, almost lemony on the palate and super refreshing. It reminds me of when we sold a special Billecart "K&L Cuvée" years back.

1997 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 08-09-2011
This has always been one of my favorite 1997s, and the cases that recently arrived from the famous Mahler-Besse cellar are perfect.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

2010 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 07-08-2011
**+ Closed at first, but it comes around with airing.

2000 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 07-06-2011
The 2000 Lanessan is a rich and full flavored wine with plenty of punch for cellaring five years. Perfect for serving with a big steak.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2009 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 09-13-2010
Tasted again in September 2010: A huge wine with tons of everything. It was just racked so it was not showing all of its fruit.

2009 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-19-2010
K&L's Notes: **½ Violets on the nose and quite minerally. Elegant style, but seems tannic at back.

2006 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 08-21-2009
I love this property and this vintage from Langoa. Black cherry aromas and flavor. Much more approachable than Leoville Barton - tons of ripe fruit. Perfect structure and balance - will age well for a long time. Same production as 2005 vintage. Great value. Barrel notes: "At property - some cranberry flavors. Good texture and mouthfeel. Solid wine with rounded tannins. At UGC -quite a bit of cranberry on the nose and palate. Complete wine with sweet fruit flavors and lingering finish. *1/2

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