First, we sent humans into space. Now they’ll be able to sip on a glass of bubbly at zero gravity. In another giant leap for mankind, Maison Mumm’s releasing the first champagne that can be tasted in the cosmos. And in our humble view, that’s worthy of popping a bottle to celebrate!
Maison Mumm’s ambitious 2017 project is, at last, finally complete, having satisfied the space regulations required for ‘lift-off’. This now permits the French brand to embark (and partner up) with the privately-owned space exploration company, Axiom on future missions.
You’ll notice the Mumm Cordon Rouge Steller is somewhat of a traditional champagne bottle shape with a slightly futuristic touch. It’s the brainchild of Octave De Gaulle, whose company, SPADE specialises in space design. We really dig it – but take a look and decide for yourself.
Up in space, you’ve got to deal with a few more logistical issues – namely the pressure contained in the bottle, size, ergonomics and intuitive use. In fact, the actual bottle itself is made in half-glass and secured by a stainless steel opening-closing device (topped by cork and ring). It’s further protected by a shell made of aeronautical-grade aluminium. The Mumm Cordon Rouge Steller is inspired by the company’s curiosity about space exploration and innovation.
“Technology serves a greater purpose here: the champagne captures the very essence of a terroir, a climate, an ancestral savoir-faire and a tasting experience for all those who will travel far from Earth,” says founder of SPADE, Octave De Gaulle.
The champagne’s aged in oak barrels, with a touch of vanilla and pastry notes. You’ll encounter a full body of flavours made with grapes from the 2016 harvest, which includes a majority of Pinot Noir. They combine to create a delicious offering of ripe yellow fruit and vine peach, a hint of dried fruit, hazelnut and praline. And that’s pretty important when you consider that our sense of smell changes when up in space.
“For both balance and well-being, it is essential to maintain a link with Earth and its culture. As a terrestrial symbol of the art of living, champagne has this universal appeal,” says European Space Agency Astronaut, Jean-François Clervoy.
We’re absolutely delighted to see what’s next in the age of space travel.