Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Durand: Corkscrew for Fine Older Wines

The end of the year is a great time to open special old bottles, recently procured, brought out from the cellar, or received as gifts. Nothing mars the experience more than struggling to uncork the bottle and/or ending up with glasses full of cork pieces.

Mark Taylor developed and produced the Durand, named in honor of Yves Durand, a wine collector known for outstanding vertical tastings, who had struggled with difficulties in extracting some older and fragile corks.  It is a fully patented, and surprisingly simple, two part device that permits the user to successfully remove older and fragile wine bottle corks whole and intact.

The Durand comes inside a beautiful cork case, adding to the allure of the product, protecting it, and making it easy to store.

To use the Durand:
  1. Screw HELIX into center of cork until STABILIZER BAR rests against top of cork (or bottle).
  2. With BLADES on either side of STABILIZER BAR, insert first the “long” then “short” BLADE between the cork and bottle.
  3. Work the BLADES down between the cork and bottle by pressing down alternately over each BLADE using the HANDLE. Continue this “rocking” motion until the bottom of the HANDLE rests against the top of the STABILIZER BAR.
  4. Hold the bottle securely. With the other hand grasp the STABILIZER BAR and HANDLE together and twist, then pull upward, slowly continuing to twist to remove the cork.

We used The Durand on multiple occasions over the last month or so, opening bottles ranging in age from 41 years old to ones of the most recent vintage. While the manufacturer warns that not every cork can be removed cleanly, we never had a problem with a single bottle. Simply follow the directions and out pops the cork.

While more expensive than some other corkscrews, The Durand appears foolproof in extracting corks from bottles of all vintages. Even if you aren’t lucky enough to consistently taste older bottles, this product deserves a place in your wine paraphernalia drawer.


Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of The Durand. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give the product a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.

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1 comment:

  1. That is a very cool gadget! How fun to open up the old bottles.