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Sabrage

Dating back to the battles of Napoleon Bonaparte, who famously opened champagne with his saber in both victory and defeat, the art of sabrage has become a signature ceremony in our Evening Rituals series. St. Regis performs this traditional ceremony at sunset to celebrate a day on the polo field or to welcome new guests.

"Champagne: in victory, one deserves it; in defeat, one needs it."

—NAPOLEON

Destinations

Sabrage Around the World

Take part in a rich celebration of storied history with champagne sabering at St. Regis hotels and resorts worldwide.

 

 

Historic Craftsmanship

Handcrafted in Christofle's Haute Orfevrerie workshop in Yainville, Normandy, the saber bears an exquisite design rendered by Christofle's master silversmiths.

A Storied Signature

The St. Regis brand's iconic diamond pattern adorns the sterling silver handle, while three brand hallmarks are engraved in the saber's base, a tribute to the first St. Regis hotel in New York City.

Distinctive Design

Own a piece of history with a saber created in collaboration with visionary silversmith Christofle, inspired by the timeless style of St. Regis.

To reserve your saber and experience a sabrage master class, please call 1-800-599-2352.

A Guide to Sabrage

Experience your own sunset celebration with the traditional art of sabrage.

A Guide to Sabrage

A young vintage champagne with pressure still on the cork is optimal for sabering. Prepare the bottle by chilling it between 45-48°F or 7-8°C for 24 hours to lower its pressure and vibration.

  • Reverse the bottle in an ice bucket approximately 20 minutes before opening.
  • When ready, reveal the cork by removing the foil in its entirety. Then, unwind and discard the wire basket.
  • Carefully pointing the bottle upwards, slide the blade of the saber along the body towards the neck. The force of the blade as it hits the lip of the bottle's neck will break the glass. The cork and collar will remain intact, and the champagne will be ready for a toast.