Champagne sabering, a signature ritual of the St. Regis brand.
Like Napoleon once said:
"Champagne - in victory one deserves it - in defeat one needs it"
opening a bottle of champagne with a saber has since been a very dramatic way of serving sparkling wine.
The art of sabrage has an illustrious history that stretches back more than 200 years. The practice is most commonly associated with Napoleon Bonaparte, who famously opened champagne with his saber, savoring it in victory and defeat.
The tradition continued in Europe, eventually becoming popular around the world.
Now carried out flawlessly at many St. Regis hotels and resorts around the world, the brand continues to saber champagne in lieu of the more traditional uncorking.
Often performed by St. Regis butlers, the evening ritual continues to bring guests together at sunset, to celebrate victories on the polo field and to ceremoniously welcome new St. Regis hotels to the portfolio.