Christie's auction put up for sale a French wine that has been maturing for more than a year in Earth's orbit. The cost of such a wine was estimated at a million dollars. Customers will be able to decide for themselves whether it is worth it: in order to appreciate the "space" drink, they are offered to compare it with the usual "earthly" one.
French wine Pétrus 2000, made from grapes from the Bordeaux region, spent 14 months on the International Space Station. In total, 12 bottles of wine were sent into space in November 2019 aboard the Cygnus capsule. And in January, it was returned to Earth by SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft.
This is the first wine to travel to the ISS and return to Earth. It was aged in a specially controlled environment. The drink was launched into space as part of the Space Cargo Unlimited research program, which studies how cargo survives space travel, to further develop "space delivery."
To store the "space" wine, the designers have created a specially themed box, as well as a decanter, glasses, and a corkscrew made of a meteorite.
The cost of such a set at auction was estimated at a million dollars. In comparison, a bottle of regular Pétrus costs about $6,000. The proceeds from the sale of "space wine" will go to fund future space missions and research.
In March, a group from the Science Institute of Vine and Wine of France (Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin) held a wine tasting to compare it with the usual "earthly" one.
All the bottles successfully survived travel and storage on the ISS. Experts also determined that the wine from Earth and space have differences in color, aroma and flavor, but are still wonderful.
However, buyers themselves can check this. Tim Triptree, a winemaker who works at Christie's, announced that a bottle of the regular Pétrus 2000 will be on sale along with the wine aged in space, so that their tastes can be compared.