If you have ever experienced a cork from and aged bottle of wine breaking, or just plain disintegrating, I have found a solution. The Durand cork remover is a combination of an ah-so, the ubiquitous go-to for removing old corks, and a traditional corkscrew. We all know that a corkscrew cannot remove an old cork cleanly on its own. However, when paired with the traditional ah-so, it provides added stability to the cork as the ah-so does its job.
I have consulted with a number of sommeliers that have opened many bottles of long-cellared wine. They were like, "Oh yeah, a Durand. They're fantastic!" Aparrently, there were plenty in the know far before I made this discovery.
There is not much more to be said about this ingenious wine tool other than "It Works!"
***Beware*** There are several websites which offer this product at below manufacturer's cost. I almost bought from one of these sites. I noticed that the URL was different than the branding on the webpage. This raised a red flag. I researched and determined that this and other site offering deals that are too good to be true are often malicious spoofs. I opted to buy from the legitimate manufacturer. If you decide to try out one of the questionable sites, please let me know your results.