Lindsey Camilla has been practicing and mastering the fine art of Sabering champagne. It has been beyond delightful and exhilarating to watch her perform this very timeless act of celebrating + christening with bottles of tasty bubbly.
Needless to say we have been curious as to where Sabering originated from and are elated to share what we have learned here with you now, dear readers. No one person invented Sabering, however the passage below is our personal favorite legend into the origins of champagne Sabering.
There are a few theories and mysteries involving Napoleon Bonaparte and the French Revolution and a very powerful woman named Madame Clicquot, the young widow who had inherited her husband’s Champagne house when she was just twenty-seven.
François Clicquot’s family was involved in a number of businesses, including the production of Champagne. When he died six years later, Madame Clicquot, now Veuve or ‘widow’ Clicquot took control of the company. After some wrangling with her father-in-law, she secured a fresh investment that allowed her to focus solely on Champagne production. This decision proved to be an excellent one, as she turned out to be a skilled winemaker, though it took a number of years before she achieved true success. Under her guidance, the company developed the process of riddling, which is why the Champagne you drink today is crystal clear.
Her husband died in 1805, in the early years of the Napoleonic Wars. When Napoléon’s soldiers came through Reims, in Champagne, they found a wealthy young widow who was running her own Champagne house. The story goes that she would entertain Napoléon’s officers in her vineyard, handing out bottles of Champagne to the men as they mounted their horses and left for battle. The officers, hoping to catch the eye of the wealthy young widow, unsheathed their sabres, and still astride their horses, lopped the tops off the bottles.
Champagne is steeped in traditions and myths that contribute to the undeniably celebratory mood that popping a bottle of bubbly inspires. Just because Dom Pérignon didn’t actually ‘invent’ Champagne, by accident no less, doesn’t make the story any less magical, especially his quote: “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars.”
Q + A with Lindsey Camilla:
What inspired you to want to master the art of Sabering?
I have been amazed with the spectacle of it. I love to celebrate and the act of Sabering really takes it to the next level, wine not? Why not change it up and create a new opportunity to celebrate in an outlandish style and truly enhance our memories.
What does it feel like to lope the neck off the bottle with that big sword?
There is 6 million pounds of pressure in one single bottle and so to have the courage to release all those tiny bubbles with one swipe feels empowering.
Were you nervous the first time you did it?
Of course! The first time I raised the sword to the neck of the ice cold bottle I was suddenly wracked with nerves. I practiced with a bottle of Cava and it went perfectly, but there have been other times when it did not go so smoothly. It is absolutely imperative that the bottle be ice cold.
What is next for you in your Sabering practice?
After reading more into the history of Sabering, I now desire to Saber the most beautiful bottle on top of a magical white horse!
Dreaming your life into existence is the most wonderful way to live! Come quickly we are drinking the stars of life, Join us!