The Chateau Laguiole Melchior (pronounced "mel-key-or") is the latest evolution of the famed brand. A variant of the Grand Cru series, this model has a wider full handle.
The original Grand Cru model, which this model is based on, features a top bolster (the metal part where the screw enters the handle). The main reason the Grand Cru was introduced was to offer a more durable wine opener. Although the new Chateau Laguiole 2020 Classic model's construction is as strong as the Grand Cru, this series continues to be offered.
The Chateau Laguiole waiter-style corkscrew was created in 1993 by Master Sommeliers Guy Vialis and was the first real 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 imitated) of all high-end waiter-style Laguiole corkscrews. All genuine Chateau Laguiole corkscrews like this one are 100% Made in France.
At 18000 ml (18 liters/4.75 gallons), the "Melchior" is the largest production bottle size available in the market today. To put it in perspective, it contains the equivalent of 24 standard bottles of wine, and you could fill 144 glasses with just one bottle.
Snakewood aka Amourette (Brosimum guianense) is a gorgeous wood that originates mostly from Brazil's Suriname valley. The part sold as snakewood is really the heartwood of the much larger tree. This wood is usually felled with axes and carried on the backs of natives over streams and through jungle areas. Each tree felled is monitored, the Brazilian government has developed a strict permit process to control harvesting. The name was inspired by the snakeskin-like markings that decorate this exotic wood. Initially deep red in color, snakewood changes color upon being exposed to air, making the wood eventually turn reddish-brown, as you see it today.
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).