Sabrage is the traditional ceremonial technique of opening a bottle of Champagne with a sabre. Popularised during the French Revolution by Napoleon’s army following their spectacular victories across Europe, Sabrage has since become a popular celebratory practice to commemorate victorious and joyous occasions.
With the purchase of every bottle of Champagne, the Bar 1086 bartender will escort guests onto the terrace overlooking the 500 acre (200 hectare) estate, where they will impart their sabreur skills. They will then be invited to slice open their own bottle and will be presented with a commemorative certificate at the end of the ceremony, before being served the chilled Champagne back at their table.
“I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
Art of Sabrage Details
- Art of Sabrage runs from June 1 to August 31, 2015
- House Champagne Louis Roederer NV is available from GBP 75.00 per bottle
- The Art of Sabrage is just one of a number of food and drink initiatives taking place at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire throughout the summer