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Sabrage at Champagne Bar11.04.2019

[MEDIA RELEASE – Sydney, 11 April 2019] Champagne lovers, rejoice. The French tradition of ‘sabrage’ – slicing open a Champagne bottle with a cavalry saber – is being given a new lease of life at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s award-winning Champagne Bar. Bringing together expertise, drama and a luxurious sensory experience, ‘sabrage’ is the best way to enjoy Champagne, the French way.


Every night from 5pm (from 3pm on Fridays and Saturdays), hotel patrons and outside guests alike are invited to visit Champagne Bar and order their very own ‘sabrage’ ceremonies – a great way to savour the world’s finest Champagnes and vintage cuvées against the dazzling backdrop of the Darling Harbour skyline. At the end of the ceremony, guests are offered a beautiful box with the cork, to bring back home as a memento of their experience.


And for the ultimate romantic factor, hotel guests can also order a private in-room ‘sabrage’ ceremony for a supplement, to surprise their loved ones, sweep them off their feet or celebrate special occasions.


The glorious art of ‘sabrage’ goes back to the days after the French Revolution when Napoléon Bonaparte’s cavalry, whose weapon of choice was the saber, used the trick for celebratory bubbles on the go. Always on the move, soldiers came up with a way to open the bottles without having to put either their sabers or their horses’ reins down. Napoléon, who famously said, “Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it,” no doubt approved.

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