The Chateau Laguiole® Classic was created in 1993 by Master Sommelier Guy Vialis and was the first actual waiter-style Laguiole style corkscrew on the market. Since it debuted, the Chateau Laguiole® brand has been the favorite among some of the world's best sommeliers and, to this day, is the most sold (and counterfeited) high-end waiter-style Laguiole corkscrew in the world. All genuine Chateau Laguiole corkscrews like this one are 100 % Made in France.
The sheath: The original Chateau Laguiole black belt sheath is used by countless waiters worldwide. This sheath accommodates belts up to 2 1/2" wide. Each sheath is made from carefully selected genuine cowhide is manufactured by Max Capdebarth of 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.
Besides the overall quality of the final product that has been dramatically improved, a few visual differences are worth noting. Yes, the original Chateau Laguiole classic was beloved by millions of wine lovers but it did have a couple of weaknesses.
The "bee" was soldered and could (and did) sometimes come off after a fall. The new model now features a forged bee, no more soldering! The bee is now an integral part of the spring (the decorated top part).
The original Chateau Laguiole Classic's most noticeable weakness was the two plates (called liners) just under the handle material. After several hundred bottles, the pin holding the screw could sometimes warp the one-millimeter plates causing premature failure of the corkscrew (fixed free under warranty). The new model now features two 1.5 millimeter plates to resolve the issue.
New bottom bolster. Although this is solely a cosmetic difference, the new bolster was created for two reasons. The first was to give the waiter-style corkscrew a sleeker appearance by removing the grooves and, most importantly, to help recognize the newest model instantly.
Important note: If you consider purchasing a Chateau Laguiole that doesn't have a smooth bottom bolster (the part that holds the foil cutter) you may become the owner of one of two versions: 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 2 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).