Chateau Laguiole Sommelier Special Edition
Every year, the Chateau Laguiole is released in a special format and unique design to commemorate the winner of the World's Best Sommelier. In the year 2000, the championship was held in Montreal, Canada and was won by Olivier Poussier. His commemorative sommelier incorporates the wood of a Yew tree from the Queen's Garden at Versailles (France) that fell during the great storm of 1999. A percentage of the sale of the knives and sommeliers using this salvaged wood are donated to the care and upkeep of the Royal gardens at Versailles.
Made for us by Fontenille Pataud in Thiers, France.
Length: 11.5cm / 4.5"
Made of reclaimed Yew wood from Versailles.
The Laguiole knife is best associated with the town of Laguiole in the Aveyron region of southern France. Evolving from the traditional straight blade knives used by local shepherds and farmers, the first true Laguiole was designed by Jean-Pierre Calmels in 1829 and (during the almost two hundred years to follow) has become a worldwide icon.
When choosing a sommelier it is important to recognize that Laguiole (despite its regional reference) is actually a generic term for a certain type of knife. This means that there is an abundance of sub-standard "Laguiole-style" knives on the market and a large variance when it comes to quality and price. Always look for knives manufactured by a reputable cutler from Thiers or Laguiole and make sure that the product is sold with a warrantee: any proper one will be. Our sommeliers were crafted by master cutler Gilles Steinberg at his forge in Thiers, France. Each one is assembled and finished by hand: a process often requiring over 200 individual production steps.