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Not sure if this has been posted here before, but this corkscrew works really well for old crumbly, saturated corks.

The Durand corkscrew

Prior to getting this corkscrew, the corks in last couple of older bottles (1970 and 1975) I opened came out in pieces. I got them out but it was tricky and a lot of work.

The two piece Durand combines the benefits of a screw and prongs. It's a bit trick to use at first. The screw needs to be in the center for the prongs to go in correctly. A couple of weeks ago I used the Durand on a 1978 Margaux. The cork came out smooth in one piece despite the age.

I'd recommend this opener for anyone opening bottles older than 20 years on any regular basis. Note that it is designed specifically for old crumbly saturated corks.


Cheers,

VinC
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Originally posted by g-man:
do you know how long the corkscrew is?


The worm/screw is 2 7/16" .

You might use a regular screw plus Ah So, but this accomplishes the combined resulte with relative ease. The handle on the screw is low profile which lets the prongs get deep enough in to hold the cork together as it comes out. I was able to get the corks out of old bottles before...this just makes it easier and keeps them in one piece.
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
quote:
Originally posted by g-man:
do you know how long the corkscrew is?


The worm/screw is 2 7/16" .

You might use a regular screw plus Ah So, but this accomplishes the combined resulte with relative ease. The handle on the screw is low profile which lets the prongs get deep enough in to hold the cork together as it comes out. I was able to get the corks out of old bottles before...this just makes it easier and keeps them in one piece.


We recently popped the cork on a 1978 Margaux with this and it came out in one piece no problem
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Originally posted by Bigprovolone:
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
quote:
Originally posted by g-man:
do you know how long the corkscrew is?


The worm/screw is 2 7/16" .

You might use a regular screw plus Ah So, but this accomplishes the combined resulte with relative ease. The handle on the screw is low profile which lets the prongs get deep enough in to hold the cork together as it comes out. I was able to get the corks out of old bottles before...this just makes it easier and keeps them in one piece.


We recently popped the cork on a 1978 Margaux with this and it came out in one piece no problem


yea but the 78 margaux is 3mm shorter then say a fonseca 66 cork.
A lot of truly older corks don't do well with anything penetrating them (as in the screw). I still don't quite get why one wouldn't just use an Ah-So, period, and be done with it. Confused


For proper Ah-So technique, DoktaP teaches this very well. You will be an expert in the technique at the end of his lesson. He only requires the mutual consumption of an apprpriately aged wine as compensation. Cool

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