The muselet: the promise of bubbles.
There is so much behind a simple bottle of wine, history and know-how.
The wire cage (muselet) is the part that secures the cork in the bottle.
Legend says that Dom Pérignon (1638-1715) had the idea to replace the original Champagne stoppers: wooden pieces wrapped hemp then sealed with wax and a cork stopper.
With the royal decree of 1728 authorizing shipping of sparkling wine, securing the bottles became critical. Corks started to be widely used in the early 18th century with increasing popularity of champagne consumption amongst royalty in Europe.
One of the first champagne house to be created, Jacquesson & Fils was responsible for a more advanced development of the champagne pop. In 1844, the son of the founders, Adolphe Jacquesson invented the metallic cap and muselet, or champagne cage, securing the cork onto the bottle with steel wire.
After more than 150 years, with some technical improvements, this fabulous invention is pretty much the same one used nowadays!
Do you know there are champagne caps collectors? 😉 Every 2 years there is a fair in the village of Mesnil-sur-Oger with more than 5,000 collectors, selling and exchanging this little metallic pieces!
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