Agence France-PresseMay 5, 2021 11:45:30 AM IST
If the bottle of Petrus 2000 that Christie’s sells tastes like this world, it could be because it aged 14 months on the International Space Station. Christie hopes the bottle, which is now grabbing private sale, will make a million dollars, making it the most expensive wine ever sold. The bottle is one of 12 batches sent into orbit by the European startup Space Cargo Unlimited as part of a study of how food and drink cook in space.
The wine spent nearly 440 days in space, equivalent to 300 trips to the Moon, Space Cargo Unlimited Nicolas Gaume said in a press release.
It set out for the ISS on 2 November 2019 on a spacecraft known as the Cygnus capsule and returned on 14 January 2021 aboard the Dragon capsule manufactured by Elon Muskin SpaceX.
Tests conducted by the Bordeaux Institute of Viticulture in March showed that the bottles “positively withstood all restrictions related to the preparation, travel and storage of the ISS,” Christie’s said in a press release.
At the end of the blind tasting, the researchers found “significant differences in color, aroma, and taste components” between the celestial bottles and the like that had remained on earth.
“The wines sampled were praised for their complexity and were considered good wines,” Christie’s added.
The sale is expected to break the record price of a standard 750 ml bottle of wine. The most expensive was the 1945 Romanee-Conti Burgundy, which was sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $ 558,000 in 2018.
Private sale means that the buyer and the price remain confidential unless the buyer wants to identify himself publicly.
The proceeds will be used to finance future space operations focused on agricultural research.
Petrus, from the Pomerolian region near Bordeaux, is considered one of the finest wines in the world. The classic bottle of Petrus 2000, considered a stunning vintage, is currently selling for around € 4,500 ($ 5,400).