Champagne Sabres: The Legend

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The art of sabering a bottle of Champagne goes way back to the French Revolution of 1789. Myths and legend have it that Napoléon Bonaparte with his cavalry of lavishly dressed young soldiers often armed themselves with hilted brass sabres. The victorious soldiers were often welcomed with bottles of Champagne as a way of celebration, especially after a quote by Napoleon: "Champagne! In victory, one deserves it; in defeat, one needs it."
Champagne Sabres: The Legend

Using sabres was easier to open when compared to unwrapping the foil and uncorking the bottles of Champagne. Sabering the bottles came about as it was less cumbersome and more importantly, the whole affair held a style and flair. Eventually, whether on horses or not, opening champagne bottles with sabres became a tradition in itself which is followed to date.
If you are interested in stylishly sabering your champagne bottle, we have quite a few options in our collection at Fine Wine Accessories. Please browse through our website to have a look at the options. We have put up a fun video that gives a little bit of the history mentioned here and the correct art of Champagne sabering. Head to the Sabres section to have a look at our classic options and to learn how to sabre perfectly and in style.

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