Ready to taste the space? Christie’s auction house sells a bottle of Pétrus 2000 wine that has spent 1
Several bottles of Pétrus 2000 made their way to the ISS last year, and no, they were not smuggled on board by astronauts. The box full of enticing, tasty bottles is actually the first of six farming experiments conducted by Space Cargo Unlimited, a European startup exploring how different environments affect plants.
But why should you start with wine? According to Space Cargo Unlimited, wine is sensitive to its environment during the aging process and different aging environments can lead to different flavors. Because the ISS offers an Earth-like environment with near-zero gravity, it is the perfect place to test how gravity affects the wine’s aging process.
While it sounds like a lot (and maybe a lot), Space Cargo Unlimited claims its research could help us understand how climate change on Earth will affect agriculture. So far, the research has only shown that space wine tastes different from earthy wine – you’ll have to take a sommelier’s word for it.
Regardless, the space-aged wine is available for immediate purchase through Christie’s Private Sales. It comes with a unique Parisian Maison d’Arts Les Ateliers Victor case, a carafe, glasses and a meteorite corkscrew. For comparison, a bottle of Pétrus 2000 on Earth is also included.
Source: Christie’s via Nerdist