The Chateau Laguiole® Classic was created in 1993 by Master Sommelier Guy Vialis and was the first true waiter-style Laguiole style corkscrew on the market. Since it debuted, the Chateau Laguiole® brand has been the favorite among some of theworld's best sommeliersand, 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 Made in France.
Handle Material: Snakewood aka Amourette (Brosimum guianense). This incredibly beautiful wood originates mostly in Brazil's Suriname valley. The part sold as snakewood is really the heartwood of the larger tree. This wood is usually felled with axes and carried on the backs of natives over streams and through snake-infested jungle areas. Each tree felled is monitored and 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, which makes the wood eventually turn reddish-brown; as you see it today.
What's new with the 2020 Chateau Laguiole Classic
Besides the overall quality of the final product that has been dramatically improved, a few visual differences are worth noting. Although the original Chateau Laguiole classic was beloved by millions of wine lovers, 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 and, most importantly, to help you recognize the new Chateau Laguiole model instantly.