How to Pop a Cork or Saber with a Champagne Sword? November 29 2016
Indeed, the most fantastic way to uncork a bottle of champagne is by using a champagne saber which is recognized by many as a noble art. The art was originated back in the time of Napoleon whenever they win and lose the battle. A nice way to celebrate their victory is by pouring and drinking the good wine. However, there is one problem, not one brought a champagne cork and this is where the art of Sabrage was invented. Since the Hussars (Napoleon’s Cavalry Men) are resourceful enough, they’ve used their primary weapon to uncork the bottle. It became famous when they visited aristocrats after the French Revolution. Obviously, the first thing that runs through your head is how in the heck they do that? Below are the steps by steps on how to execute the art.
It is not recommended to use any types of knives when doing so. Using an ordinary kitchen knife is not ideal when practicing. Thus, you should always have to make sure that you are only going to use a champagne sabre. Sabrage does not require sharp edges when executing the art. In fact, when you look closer, you will see that the blade form the champagne sword is actually blunt. When it comes to the bottle, make sure that you brought champagne and not a sparkling wine.
Now for the exciting part, the first thing that you should be aware of is the fact that it is not all about the force you make when you cut the neck. It is all about the pressure inside the bottle. The bottle must be cold enough to make the chemical reaction from inside. But before sliding the blade, you should look for the seam of the bottle. Remove the foil from the bottle and as you look closely, you will see a line that separates the side of the bottle. This is the weakest point of the bottle and this is where you are going to slide the blade.
But before executing, you should remove the wire first and put your thumb while doing so just in case. There are times that the cork pops up quickly and this can destroy your moment. As soon as you remove the wire, point the bottle away from the audiences. Position the bottle in a 45-degree angle and make sure that you hold it firmly.
Now, this is the sabrage moment you are longing for and hopefully, you are going to execute the art perfect for the first try. Again as mentioned, it is not how much force when you slide the blade. Sliding the blade would be the support from what is happening from inside. Slide the blade towards the bottle to the lip. In most cases, the cork together with the lip will fly over than 5 meters.
Allow the bubbles to flow as it removes any small fragments from the bottle. Pour the champagne to your champagne flute. Now it is time for you to drink. Cheers!