- A wine that was sent to space is being sold for $1 million.
- The wine was sent to space as part of a mission to explore extraterrestrial agriculture.
- According to wine connoisseurs who tasted the wine, it has a more mature and more aromatic taste than the same type of wine that stayed on Earth.
An out-of-this-world wine is being sold for $1 million.
On Tuesday, auction house Christie’s said that it is selling a bottle of French wine that orbited outer space for more than a year aboard the International Space Station.
The wine comes with a $1 million price tag.
In November 2019, researchers sent 12 bottles into space, including the Pétrus 2000, to explore the potential for extraterrestrial agriculture. The bottle was subtly altered when it returned 14 months later, according to wine experts who sampled it in France.
According to Tim Tiptree, international director of Christie’s wine and spirits department, the wine aged in a near zero-gravity environment aboard the space station.
The $10,000-a-bottle wine, famous for its complexity, and flavors of black cherry, is still delicious after the trip to outer space, Tiptree said.
He explained that the wine was chosen for the experiment because of its superb ability to age.
The wine was sent into orbit by private space startup Space Cargo Unlimited to expose them to new stresses and make them more resilient in adapting to climate change. Researchers also aim to better understand the bubbles and the process of aging and fermentation in wines.
According to the wine connoisseurs who were part of the taste test in March at France’s Institute for Wine and Vine Research, it’s hard to describe the difference between the space-traveled wines and the same type of wine that had stayed in a cellar.
Writer Jane Anson of the wine publication Decanter said the wine tasted more mature and slightly softer and more aromatic than the wine that stayed on Earth.
Christie’s is selling the terrestrial wine in a private sale, and it comes with a bottle of the same kind that stayed on earth, a decanter, and glasses and a corkscrew made from a meteorite. The items are held in a hand-crafted wooden trunk with Star Trek-inspired designs.
Proceeds from the sale will go to Space Cargo Unlimited’s research fund. The other bottles that went to space remain unopened, and will not be sold, according to Christie’s.
Tiptree says the price of the wine reflects how the wine will likely appeal to wine connoisseurs, space buffs, and wealthy people who collect “ultimate experiences.”
Tiptree recommends that whoever buys the wine should not drink it immediately. “It’s at its peak drinking,” he said. “But this wine will last probably another at least another two or three decades.”