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sabrage

Germanized name for the "champagne heads" (Sabrage = "saber"), in which preferably by means of saber a bottle champagne the neck is cut off clean (of course with Sparkling wine- or. Sparkling wine bottles applicable). According to a lesser known version, Sabrier is derived from "Sabler" (sand, sand cover / sprinkle), which in 1695 is translated in French as meaning "drink all in one go". Allegedly Voltaire (1694-1778) interpreted the term "drinking champagne massively". After the common version the term is however derived from "Saber" (sword, saber). The custom has an old tradition from pre-Napoleonic France and Tsarist Russia. At that time French cavalry officers and higher batches of the Tsarist army used to entertain him at large receptions and festivals.

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