On the contrary to the popular belief of sabrage or champagne sabering, this art is not actually chopping the lip of the bottle off. In fact, there are not many muscles required in order to achieve this. In fact, the technique itself utilizes the pressure inside the bottle. You don’t need to apply much force in order for you to make the lip together with the cork fly.
There are champagne saber made especially for the process like the Dorre Salut which is a great sabering tool for newbies. Though it is not a prerequisite to using one of these magnificent pieces of art, it is not advisable to use a regular knife. Sabering is not as complicated as it seems. It is pretty easy to learn, but there are several important steps that you need to be aware of.
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Champagne bottles will vary depending on the types of the champagne and the manufacturer. Keep in mind that vintage champagnes got tougher bottle because of the fact that the process is longer than the usual non-vintage champagnes. Anyhow, make sure that the bottle is cold, but not iced-cold. If the champagne is not properly chilled, you are putting your performance in jeopardy. Instead of an epic moment, nothing puts a damper in a party like champagne bottles were shattered.
As mention, different champagnes got different bottles. But, they have the same spot of weakness and this is the seam. When you take a closer look, you can see a line that runs vertically from the neck to the bottom of the bottle This is the spot where you are going to slide the blade from the neck to the lip.
Remove The Cage Wire
But before doing so, make sure that you remove the cage wire and the foil that protects the lid of the bottle. In order for you to clear the runway of your champagne saber, remove all foil that might affect during the sliding. However, when removing the cage wire, make sure putting your thumb over the cork with a little pressure. In some cases, a cork can pop up and this will ruin the night.
Holding The Bottle Properly
When holding the bottle to 40-degree position, make sure to wipe the bottle using a table napkin. A wet champagne bottle can be slippery. Support the bottle by holding it underneath by simply grasping the bottle around. Make sure to point the bottle elsewhere safe.
You can take your time by practicing your swing like a baseball player. This helps your muscles to become familiar with the stroke. When you are ready to go, apply enough force to break the lip of the bottle. Not too much force though.
Allow the bubbles to clear out the small fragments of the bottle before serving it. Cheers.