THE ART OF SABERING A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE 0 784

Have you ever given thought of opening a bottle with a sword that adds drama to an occasion? Well, in Mauritius, that has become a trend, or rather has a seriouspurpose in promoting the enjoyment of Champagne, the lifestyle of fine diningand as they call it ‘The art of Sabering’. The Confrérie du Sabre d’Or in Mauritius has made it more memorable recently, during an annual initiation night that was hosted on October 9 at the Château Labourdonnais, by Mr Ravin Untiah, Ambassador of the Confrérie du Sabre d’Or in Mauritius where the association shared insights on ‘Sabrage’, which is a technique for opening a champagne bottle with a sword, mainly used in ceremonial occasions.

To begin with, The Confrérie du Sabre d’Or is devoted to promoting the act of Sabrage and the enjoyment of Cham- pagne. It can seem challenging when one is initially handed a sword and a chilled bottle of Champagne with the expectation that you will open the bottle with the blade of a sword. The Confrérie du Sabre d’Or was created in Senlis in France in 1986 by Jean Claude Jalloux the Grand Master, with the aim of sharing the expertise of opening a champagne bottle with a sword, a no- ble product that is celebrated around gourmet dinners. However, it should be noted that the actual tradition of Sabrage dates back to Napoleonic days (the Regency period here in Great Britain). Although the custom continued for some time in British Cavalry Regiments, it is now encouraged across the world by a society of like-minded Sabreurs – the Confrérie du Sabre d’Or.In the United Kingdom, it was first setup in 1999 by UK Ambassadeur Emeritus, Julian White. Jean Claude has helped in setting up this prestigious Confrerie in Mauritius since 1996. It’s been 22 years since its launch, and they are among the oldest and one of the first outside Europe.

Well, it can seem frightening when you are initially handed a ‘sabre’ (a Champagne tool: sword) and a chilled bottle of Cham- pagne with the expectation that you will open the bottle with the sword’s blade. Do not be discouraged! The technique goes like this: Take a chilled bottle of champagne, not ice cold but suitable for drinking. The ideal temperature is around 37°F or 3°C. Carefully remove the wire around the cork. Find one of the two seams along the side of the bottle. At the same time, you can remove the foil which will impede the sliding movement of the sabre. With your arm extended, hold the bottle firmly by placing the thumb inside the punt at the base. Make sure the neck is pointing up – around 30 degrees from horizontal. Calmly lay the sword flat along the seam of the bottle with the sharp edge ready to slide firmly against the glass annulus, or ring, at the top of the bottle. With a firm sweep, slide the sword along the seam to meet the ring at the top. Your firm sliding of the sword against this ring is aided by the internal pressure of the bottle, so that the cork flies dramatically away. This leaves a neat cut on the neck of the bottle and the champagne is ready to be enjoyed. Not as easy as we think, but all it needs is a firm wrist and you’ll be telling tales of how easy it really was! Furthermore, as one gets well versed and experienced with this art, there are different titles you can associate yourself to depending on the years of experience, such as, “Chevalier Sabreur”, “Officier Sabreur” and “Commandeur” which can become official after five years of being an Officier and by opening a Jeroboam (4 bottles/ 3 Liters).

Since its creation, the Confrérie du Sabre d’Or has acquired worldwide fame bringing together lovers and enthusiasts of Cham- pagne. In Mauritius, Mr Untiah together with the support of the Confrérie du Sabre d’or, have so far launched 12 champagne vaults which means that 10 percent of the resort and hotels here are already practicing the art of Sabrage. It should be high- lighted that this percentage is much more than the number of hotels recognized by La Confrerie in France. With the success and interest for this art, the association has recently opened a cellar in Madagascar and at the beginning of this year, at LUX Resort, Ile de La Reunion.

Having said that, as some might consider the art of Sabrage a theatrical alternative for the unknowingly clumsy twisting and explosion of the cork, or as some say, weapons and alcohol don’t mix; This French tradition is being given a new lease of life in Mauritius and is definitely being appreciated as a very spectacular way of celebrating Champagne!

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THE LEISURE SHOW DUBAI 2019 0 460

The Leisure Show, the region’s premier exhibition for the leisure, sports, resorts and pool & spa industry returns in 2019 for its seventh edition. With over 150 international brands participating, The Leisure Show witnesses over 5,000 architects, designers, commercial developers and key decision makers, visiting the show to network, source the latest products, and equipment to build, operate and maintain their resort, fitness centre, spa, outdoor area, theme park and other leisure facilities.

IT’S ABOUT SIMPLICITY & PRODUCTIVITY. IT’S ABOUT THE FUTURE.

IT’S HAPPENING: The Middle East Design & Hospitality Week will take place in September 2019. 7 of the region’s most influential hospitality, luxury and design focused exhibitions (including The Leisure Show!) will come together for 3 days in Dubai. This means more product sectors, educational content, regional exposure and, most importantly, more visitors.

The 7 shows taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 17 – 19 September 2019 have more than 50 years of heritage between them:

WE RECOGNISE: The design world and hospitality industry are intertwined now more than ever. They also happen to be the 2 sectors attracting the most investment in the GCC. That is why dmg events selected the 7 most influential design and hospitality focused exhibitions in the region to bring the synergies between these 2 lucrative industries to life.

Why Exhibit?

CONNECT WITH POWERFUL DECISION MAKERS

Key decision makers of hotels, resorts, fitness centres, commercial & residential developments including the likes of Jumeirah Group, Emaar, Accor Hotels, Fitness First, and many more visit the show to network, source the latest innovations, products, and equipment to build, operate and maintain their resort, fitness centre, spa, outdoor area, theme park and other leisure facilities.

GENERATE QUALITY LEADS

Visitors attend The Leisure Show to source new products, providing you more opportunities than ever, to connect face-to-face with thousands of qualified purchasers, influencers and recommenders, from across the GCC region, Africa, Asia and the Levant regions, and generate invaluable leads.

REACH GLOBAL AUDIENCE OF MORE THAN 122 MILLION

The Leisure Show marketing & PR campaign reached 122 million people across the resorts, sports & fitness, pool & spa sectors. We actively promote all our exhibitors and their products to drive the right quality visitors to their stand and ensure maximum results from their participation.

DEVELOP AND STRENGTHEN YOUR BRAND

Discuss your products, innovations and industry issues directly with your buyers. Let your prospect and new clients know about your organisation’s existing and future plans with our extensive pre-show marketing campaigns designed to provide you incredible brand visibility.

NETWORK WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS

The Leisure Show provides you with the best networking opportunities with the people that matter to your business. Meet, greet and mingle with the industry’s influencers, buyers and decision makers including Architects, Developers, Engineers, who attend the event to source new and innovative product and service solutions, stay in touch with the latest trends, network and do business.

To Book Your Stand Visit – www.theleisureshow.com & www.designhospitalityweek.com

LA ROSE DE DAMAS 0 680

Dedication gets the ball rolling; enthusiasm and grit keep it in motion

Hearty congratulations to Mrs. Hasna Currimjee, whose proactive approach to business led to the opening of ‘La Rose du Damas’ at Cascavelle Mall on 30th April 2019; second in line after the successful outcome of the first one in Quatres Bornes. Spearheaded by the Moroccan Executive chef Zahir Karbaly, the restaurant offers a vibrant tour on the aromatic and flavorsome food of North Africa and Lebanon. Think Arabian nights, exotic set up, innovative combinations of ingredients all seasoned with fastidious service- an appealing invitation to the diners to indulge in an utterly amazing fusion of tastes and textures, savory and sweet alike.  

FOOD – 5 STARS

SERVICE – 5 STARS

AMBIENCE – 5 STARS

OPENING HOURS Lunch from 11am to 22.30pm

Book your table in advance not to miss out on this gourmet experience: 

La Rose de Damas Cascavelle   5 444 5444 

La Rose de Damas Sodnac         5 444 4444  

Visit: Fb.com/LaRoseDeDamasMauritius