LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- WDRB's Keith Kaiser got a lesson in Champagne Sabering from Jean de Castlenau of G.H. Mumm Champagne.
You can open a bottle of Champagne the traditional way or with a saber. But a "Toast of the Derby" needs a little more presentation. Jean showed Keith how to open a bottle of Grand Cordon with a horseshoe.
About Sabering : Done correctly with a perfectly chilled bottle of Champagne there is no risk of the bottle exploding, or glass being shattered.
Due to the pressure in the bottle when a heavy object such as a saber hits the right pressure point, the top of the bottle including the cork and glass comes off cleanly.
When sabering the bottle should always be pointed away from people and preferably with a backdrop or pull up banner to block the cork from traveling too far.
History of the Art of Sabering: Soldiers in Napeolon's army rode home after a string of early victories, the legend goes that the townspeople would toss them bottles of Champagne.
Still atop their horses, the hussars would have had difficulty opening the foil-wrapped cages and pulling out the corks. The solution? A swift stroke of the sabre blade to the neck of the bottle.
Of course, G.H. Mumm Champagne will be opening bottles the old fashioned way for Oaks and Derby. G.H. Mumm returns for their second year serving Champagne inside Churchill Downs.
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