Champagne Sabering – En Garde Fizzy Bubbles

En Garde, Fizzy Bubbles!

Not every swordsman in Phoenix can open a bottle of Champagne with a sword…But I can!

Taking a 6-month sabbatical in France changed my life (it actually lasted 18 months, but that’s another story). Not only did I renew myself, but I was also introduced to “The Noble Art of Sabrage”.

“The Noble Art of Sabrage” is the technique of opening a properly chilled Champagne bottle by using a saber to hit the glass ring at the top of the bottle just below the cork and at the weakest point along the glass seam in the bottle. The technique does not specifically involve extracting the cork, but actually removing the whole top of the bottle…glass and cork.

As a result of this introduction, I was inducted into the London Chapter of The Confrerie du Sabre d’Or and was trained to saber all sizes of Champagne bottles. The Confrerie du Sabre d’Or started in France over 25 years ago and currently boasts 30,000 members in 12 different countries. The Confrerie du Sabre d’Or was created with the intention of initiating the greatest number of people into “The Noble Art of Sabrage” throughout the world. As a member of French, London and USA Confrerie du Sabre d’Or, I have successfully sabered more than 400 bottles, and taught more than 200 people to sabrage a champagne bottle.

I would be most honored to assist you in making your event a most memorable one whenever champagne is celebrated by demonstrating “The Noble Art of Sabrage” to you and your guests.

Bien cordialement vôtre,
Rick FRENCH

Chavalier Maitre-Sabreur

cdsabrePictured above is the official “Sabre et son Coffret” or Saber of The Confrerie du Sabre d’Or. This saber is an exact replica of the sabers used by the French infantry of Napoleon Bonaparte as they set out to conquer the world.
Now, our swords are used to conquer the “The Noble Art of Sabrage” and below are samples of spoils of wars from around the globe…thanks to Doug Simpson, lover of Champagne from the UK, for sharing.

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