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Chateau Laguiole was the first Laguiole corkscrew to be created, dated back 1992, by French Master Sommelier Guy Vialis. The first “sommelier knife” to have adopted and adapted the ancestral handcrafting traditions and symbols of the Laguiole master cutlers, including the famous bee and the art of polishing fine handles made of precious woods and horns. In addition, Chateau Laguiole provides a much appreciated after sales service and a lifetime warranty.
Versailles Series: The magnificent Chateau de Versailles collection is made of wood harvested from the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles only. The Chateau de Versailles was the famous castle and residence of the Kings and King's court of France before the French Revolution. Its gardens therefore have an impressive collection of rare and best woods found all around the world centuries ago. To honor this collection, each Versailles corkscrew has its boot lever engraved with the Fleur de Lys, the armorial emblem of the kings of France, and comes with a beautiful blue leather pouch.
Handle model:This model is the only one bearing an exact replica of Marie Antoinette's seal and represent the Queen's interlocked initials (M.A.). The queen was notorious for marking her properties located in "Le petit Trianon palace" with this symbol. The permission to use Marie Antoinette's seal was kindly given to Mr. Vialis by the Chateau de Versailles authorities. The wood probably comes from a Tulipier imported from the early independence days of the USA in the 18th century.
Brand: CHATEAU LAGUIOLE, made in France
We recommend: Never wash the handle with water. Water will damage the precious woods and horn. To give back its shine or clear fingerprints, we highly recommend to use a microfiber fabric.
Warranty:Chateau Laguiole offers a lifetime warranty. Accesswine.hk, official Chateau Laguiole dealer, will assist you in the process. Read more in our Q & A.
New 2020 changes: in 2020, after almost 30 years of fame among sommeliers and wine enthusiasts, Chateau Laguiole revamps its mythic corkscrews for the better: a much-reinforced structure, a few visual differences worth noting and a new nice-looking gift box.
Forged bee: the chiseled spring (central structure with decoration on the top) and the bee are now forged in 1 piece. As surprising as it sounds, the bee of Chateau Laguiole previous version was welded. Beside of a clean and clear aesthetic effect, it solves rare issues of the bee being broken after accidental fall of the corkscrew (fixed free under warrant).
The 2 plates just under the handle material are now thicker to seriously reduce the risk of dismantling the screw after years of use and hundreds of bottles opening (fixed free under warranty).
Stronger spring: at the bottom of the handle, the spring now slightly emerges to offer an additional protection to the handle from the screw when folding it.
Thinner logo: visually, Chateau LAGUIOLE logo is now slightly thinner. It brings an additional touch of elegance.
New gift box: the new genuine leather pouch of the Grand Cru & Classics series is as well better finished in our opinion.