The art of tasting by Ruinart: slash the champagne bottle!

You are probably familiar with the technique. Perhaps you have already tried it. But do you know where the custom of sabrering champagne comes from?

Sabrage, or the act of slashing a bottle of champagne with a sabre stroke, is said to have been practised by the hussars of Napoleon’s guard who liked to pop the cork with an elegant and virile backhand stroke to celebrate a victory.

Many Ruinart bottles have fallen on the field of honour in this way. The formula has remained, synonymous with celebrations and festivities !