Now in its fourth decade in Queens Park Road a second retail outlet in Brighton’s Kemp Town, mail order and internet operations, and supplying many of Brighton’s best restaurants, pubs and bars, Butler’s can claim the title of Brighton’s Oldest Independent Wine Retailer.
Whether you’re seeking a mid-week easy-drinker, an upmarket weekend wine to accompany Sunday lunch, or an exceptional fine wine for a gift, Butler’s is able to offer appropriate choices and suggestions.
Whatever your taste, budget, or level of knowledge, Butler’s will be able to give you ideas, soothe your anxiety and send you on your way with a decent bottle. Read more...
Emile Balland started his domaine in 1999 and today has just 5ha of vineyard, though his family have been making wine in the Loire since 1650. The vast majority of his holdings are in the Coteaux du Giennois in separate sites around the villages of Bonny sur Loire and Beaulieu which are neighbouring villages either side of the Loire with both chalky and flinty soils allowing Emile to blend to create inexpensive wines that deliver surprising amounts of complexity and concentration for a relatively humble appellation.
Whilst his holdings in Sancerre, just 0.8ha of them planted with Sauvignon, are on steep (up to 50% gradient!) clay soils. These were not replanted after Phylloxera because of the difficulty in working them, until Emile came along determined to do something special in Sancerre following on from his parents domaine.
Emile meticulously works his vineyards with a view to continually improving biodiversity and the organic life of the soil itself and to this end he only uses natural products in the vineyard believing that healthy soil will help to impart a sense of place in his wines (a view that makes sense given the need for healthy soil biology to allow nutrients to be absorbed by roots).
Of the wines on offer Balbuzard offers a really pocket friendly Sauvignon Blanc that is refined, fresh and mineral
We import this wine so its not available on many places and superb value and quality for the price. Also a wine made biodynamically and naturally.
Smells like luscious turkish delight and crystallised pineapple bashed with quartzy stones. Tangerine fruited with juicy white peaches, honey blossom, with a lifted spiced finish reminiscent of the steep hillsides of Condrieu. Though not, it's not Viognier. 100% Fernao Pires from one 51 year old vineyard planted in sandy soils on the Darling side of the Swartland.
Made with carefully selected grapes from superior plots, this is a rich, ripe and rounded, although still dry, wine. Pale golden yellow with floral and spice aromas, very textural with a long, slightly smoky finish.
Perfectly compliments exotic flavours along with fish, chicken or vegetable dish, particularly if you are cooking with Thai or Asian spices, ginger or chilli.
The Perraud family produce their outstanding Muscadet wines in a fully organic and bio-dynamic fashion with low sulphur levels being used and as little intervention as possible.
Careful growing and vinification, with 6 months on lees give a wine that is fresh and intensely floral, with a delicious mouthfeel. Top class.