Alain Geoffroy’s corkscrew museum in Chablis

Mar 29, 13 Alain Geoffroy’s corkscrew museum in Chablis
Alain Geoffroy label

Alain Geoffroy label

When we arrived at Alain Geoffroy’s tasting room,it was the end of a long day of tasting in Chablis and while it had been an illuminating day of tasting, I must admit by this time my teeth and palate were ready for a small break.

tasting room letter box

tasting room letter box

Alain Geoffroy cave & museum

Alain Geoffroy cave & museum

When Alain’s daughter, Nathalie, came out to greet us and asked if we wanted to tour the corkscrew museum, how could we say no. I love visiting these little out of the way museums that seem to be dotted around French wine regions. I once visited a seashell museum in Champagne, but, I digress.

cabinet

cabinet of traditional corkscrews

for those who like a little bit of pain with their pleasure

for those who like a little bit of pain with their pleasure

they were rather naughty back in the day

they were rather naughty back in the day

more agony and ecstacy

more agony and ecstacy

ingenious saber corkscrew

ingenious saber corkscrew

best not to see the sideview

best not to see the side view

The collection is comprised of more than 3000 corkscrews, corkpulls and other types of accoutrements to get the cork out of the bottle. In addition, Alain has also collected antique viticultural tools used in the vineyards and has a whole collection of tank spigots – I know it may not sound all that interesting but it is kinda cool to compare the old days technology with what they use now, especially considering that some of those tools were used in the not so distant past. There was also a slightly disconcerting assortment of mannequins used for the displays. I think it’s safe to say that they spent most of their money on acquiring the corkscrews and not the mannequins.

baby pressing grapes

baby pressing grapes

woman guarding the wine?

woman guarding the wine?

sulfur spraying horse

how they used to spray back in the day

The museum is officially open the same days and times as the tasting room. There is a nominal fee to pay but Natalie says that’s mostly to ensure that people are really interested in seeing the museum (and probably not looking to nick an antique corkscrew).

lineup of Geoffroy Chablis' to try

lineup of Geoffroy Chablis’ to try

Afterwards, we did indeed have another tasting of Geoffroy’s wines including a few older vintages from 2009 and 2008. The tasting room is open most days as is the museum so if you are looking for something off the beaten track, Alain Geoffroy’s corkscrew museum is pleasant diversion from all that wine tasting. 

joie de vivre at Alain Geoffroy

joie de vivre at Alain Geoffroy

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