What is sabrage?

July 08, 2018

What is sabrage?

It’s The Art of Opening a Champagne Bottle with a Sabre

Sabrage is a technique for opening a champagne bottle with a saber, used in ceremonial occasions. The wielder slides the saber along the body of the bottle to break the top of the neck away, leaving the neck of the bottle open and ready to pour. The force of the blunt side of the blade hitting the lip breaks the glass to separate the collar from the neck of the bottle. One does not use the sharp side of the blade. The cork and collar remain together after separating from the neck.