In 1993, Master Sommelier Guy Vialis introduced the Chateau Laguiole® Classic, the first genuine waiter-style Laguiole corkscrew. Since its inception, Chateau Laguiole® has become a favorite among elite sommeliers worldwide and remains the top-selling and most counterfeited high-end waiter-style Laguiole corkscrew globally. Rest assured, all authentic Chateau Laguiole corkscrews, like this one, are 100% Made in France.
Included Black Sheath: The authentic Chateau Laguiole black belt sheath, favored by numerous waiters globally, fits belts up to 2.5" wide. Each sheath, crafted from meticulously chosen genuine cowhide, is produced by Max Capdebarth in France.
Desert Ironwood (Olneya tesota) - One of the world hardest wood and most difficult to work with due to its density.
This increasingly rare wood comes from dead trees that have been left to dry in the desert heat for decades. As it starts to fossilize, the wood turns reddish brown with a golden hue and beautiful veining. The wood from this very slow growing tree can be well over 100 years old. Harvested in Arizona or Northwestern Mexico.
Although the pre-2020 Chateau Laguiole classic charmed countless wine aficionados, it displayed certain limitations. The post-2020 version not only touts considerable improvements in the end product's quality but also features several striking visual distinctions worth noting.
The previously soldered "bee" was prone to detaching after a fall. The updated model boasts a forged bee, eliminating soldering issues. Now, the bee seamlessly integrates into the decorative spring.
The primary drawback of the original Chateau Laguiole Classic was the two liners beneath the handle material. After opening hundreds of bottles, the pin securing the screw could occasionally distort the one-millimeter plates, leading to the corkscrew's early failure (fixed free under warranty). The updated model includes two 1.5 millimeter plates to effectively address the problem.
Upgraded bottom bolster: This purely aesthetic addition serves two purposes - to provide the waiter-style corkscrew with a sleeker look by eliminating grooves and, more importantly, to enable instant recognition of the latest model.
Important note: When buying a Chateau Laguiole without a smooth bottom bolster (the section containing the foil cutter), you may end up owning one of two variants: 1) An older version of a Chateau Laguiole classic model. 2) A fake Chateau Laguiole reproduction made in China.
Since 2020 all genuine Château Laguiole corkscrews come with a registration card to be validated online. This is the only assurance of their authenticity and warranty.
A Chateau Laguiole collector's display is availabe here (new window).
Chateau Laguiole are shipped same business day from Florida when ordered by 4 PM Eastern time. UPS delivery can be expected in 1 to 3 business days depending on destination. International shipping options are available at checkout.
*We provide free U.S. base warranty and repair support exclusively to our customers. Items purchased elsewhere will need to be shipped to France and back to the U.S. at the owner's expanse. The original retailer will need to be contacted for assistance.
All Chateau Laguiole wine openers are made of 12C27 stainless steel and weigh around 4 oz (113 grams). The overall length closed is 4.5 inches (11.40 cm). The foils cutter is serrated and measures 1.5/8 inches ~ 4.06 cm).
For best care, refrain from submerging in water and dry immediately. We recommend using Tuf-Glide Oil-Free Lubricant 1/4 oz Pen. Periodically apply a few drops of lubricant to the axle of all moving parts to maintain optimal performance.