The French Fraternity was founded in 1986 in Champagne. In the meantime there are also branches in some other countries. The German association has set itself the goal of promoting and spreading knowledge about the history, production, care, culture and handling of and with champagne. The symbol of the brotherhood is the golden sabre, the Sabre d'Or, with which the Chevaliers open the champagne bottle. This art is called Sabrieren (Champagne heads). In addition to the cultivation of champagne traditions, the association is dedicated above all to Franco-German cultural exchange and relations with other similar associations and champagne producers. An important commitment of the Confrérie are the donations for charitable purposes. The funds result from various activities, these are surpluses from the annual "Chapitre de la Fleur" (Wine Blossom Festival), from raffles, donations from champagne houses and other sponsors, as well as from membership fees. In the video (click to view) the process of sabrating is described briefly and clearly. See also under customs in viticulture.
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