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What is a Butler?


The word "butler" comes "botellier " officer in charge of the king's wine bottles, derived of boteille "bottle" (Modern French bouteille), itself from Gallo-Romance BUTICULA "bottle".

For centuries, the butler has been the attendant entrusted with the care and serving of wine and other bottled beverages, which in ancient times might have represented a considerable portion of the household's assets and led to the position becoming chief steward of a household.

Presentation of the butler's job

For a long time, the profession of butler was considered as an obsolete job, belonging to another era. Today, the profession has evolved and occupies an important place in renowned hotels and within rich families.

The butler performs so many different functions that it is almost impossible to make a complete list. First and foremost, the butler since the antiquity must ensure the management of the cellar and must know how to give sound advice in oenology.

Destined to work often with important people, the butler must be very discreet, and offers tailored made services. Diplomacy, calmness and psychology are essential qualities that he must cultivate. He/she must master at least one foreign language, English for example, and have solid computer skills.

Today, there are about 30 000 Butlers in the world.

HK Butler

Coming from a small town in Burgundy, the Butler fell in love with the dynamism of HK.

Like any passionate person, the butler likes to share his discoveries. It started with a few friends to whom he sent advices on which bottles to buy, but then, being in Hong Kong, finding those bottles was either impossible or too expensive. He therefore decided to take the matter in his own hands and import his favourite bottles directly from were it is produced. His goal is to ease the wine experience of Hong Kong wine lovers as much as he can by delivering premium wines as well as providing wine guidances, tips and hosting unique tasting events.

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