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.
Ebony (Diospyros crassiflora) harvested in Gabon, Africa. Ebony is the darkest wood in the world and one of the few that does not float. Generally, Ebony trees are small and slow-growing. Worldwide demand for ebony wood is very high: it’s a high-quality hardwood that’s very hard, very strong, and most of all, very black. As a result, many species of Ebony have been banned from export.
Note that the international trade of Gabon Ebony (Diospyros crassiflora) used on this model is highly regulated.
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.