The wine, which is priced at around US$1 million will come with a corkscrew crafted from a meteorite.(Photos courtesy of AP)
The wine is out of this world. The price is appropriately stratospheric.
Christie’s said Tuesday it is selling a bottle of French wine that spent more than a year in orbit aboard the International Space Station. The auction house thinks a wine connoisseur might pay as much as $1 million to own it.
ThePétrus2000 is one of 12 bottles sent into space in November 2019 by researchers exploring the potential for extraterrestrial agriculture. It returned 14 months later subtly altered, according to wine experts who sampled it at a tasting in France.
Tim Tiptree, international director of Christie’s wine and spirits department, said the space-aged wine was “matured in a unique environment” of near zero-gravity aboard the space station.
Private space startup Space Cargo Unlimited sent the wine into orbit in November 2019 as part of an effort to make plants on Earth more resilient to climate change and disease by exposing them to new stresses.
Researchers also want to better understand the aging process, fermentation and bubbles in wine.
The wine, being offered by Christie’s in a private sale, comes with a bottle of terrestrialPétrusof the same vintage, a decanter, glasses and a corkscrew crafted from a meteorite.
Buyerscan compare the two — should they decide to open the one that went into orbit.
“I would hope that they will decide to drink it, but maybe not immediately,” Tiptree said. “It’s at its peak drinking, but this wine will last probably another at least another two or three decades.”
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