This is the latest “2020 version” of the famed waiter-style corkscrew. This model now features a “forged bee”, in other words, the bee is now an integral part of the spring (the decorated top part) instead of being soldered.
The Grand Cru series was created to satisfy the need for a stylish and more durable wine opener. This model has the same characteristic as the classic but is more suitable for professional use (20/50 bottles per day). The reason for the added strength resides in the massif front top bolster, the part where the screw enters the handle.
Chateau Laguiole waiter-style corkscrew was created in 1993 by Master Sommeliers Guy Vialis and was the first true high-end waiter-style Laguiole corkscrew on the market. Since it debuted the Chateau Laguiole brand has been the favorite among most 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 Made in France.
Handle Material: Karelian Birch. This birch is not a particular species but is rather a praised grain figure that is most commonly seen in Downy Birch and Silver Birch. (Harvested in Finland).
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).