I tried The Durand over the weekend and it worked perfectly in a bottle of Chateau Palmer 1921, the corked was soaked all the way through, but still managed to get it out in one piece...and the wine was outstanding, so a great debut for my Durand!
The Durand is invaluable! As a floor sommelier with some older offerings, I haven't had any corks disintegrate from usage of the Durand, even some real mules which are notorious for making cork dust (50's Bordeaux, late 60's Napa) Thanks for the great product!
I have opened hundreds of bottles flawlessly with The Durand. Typical issues of problem cork removal are eliminated with The Durand’s unique ability to stabilize the cork during extraction, eliminating side tension, the primary cause of cork fracture and breakage. It is a “must-have” tool for the wine enthusiast and Sommelier to avoid cork removal issues.I give The Durand my highest recommendation.
My advice is to keep your Durand handy when you want to make absolutely positive that the cork comes out clean. For my 50th birthday, we had a serious line-up, and The Durand helped us open every one without an issue. Spectacular performance, spectacular wines. The most venerable of them: Saint-Julien 1920, Château Gruaud Larose, Saint-Julien 1924, Château Léoville-Las Cases, Pauillac 1924, Château Pontet Canet.
At the American Wine Society National Conference Nov. 7-9, we had a vertical tasting of Faustino Gran Reserva Rioja back to 1964. The presenter brought his Durand and it opened the '64, '70, '82 and '00 Faustino's without a single broken cork. The picture shows him holding the unbroken cork from the '64 with The Durand nearby. (Picture in Gallery)
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