If you have R14 million just laying around, what would you do with it?
When you have everything but a French wine that orbited Earth for over a year, you make a bid for the $1 million bottle of red of course.
The bottle of Pétrus 2000, a pricy merlot made with grapes from the Bordeaux region, spent 14 months on the International Space Station. The pricy bottle was amongst 11 other bottles that were sent to the space station in 2019 to probe the potential for ‘extra-terrestrial agriculture.’
Does the space version taste any different to Earthly counterparts?
A group of scientists and wine tasters tried a batch of the space-version in March and compared it to the wine’s earthly counterparts, what they found was that it was different. With a floral, smoky taste that is expected of the Pétrus with age anyway.
Seems a bit excessive but there aren’t that many wines that can withstand an aging process up to 70 years or longer. The Pétrus is one of them. This is why the wine was selected to make the journey to space because of its prestigious reputation and ability to age.
The wine is expected to go up for sale on Christie’s, the auction house which prides itself in fine art, antiques, and other priceless objects.
Proceeds from the Christie’s sale will go towards further funding for the Space Cargo Unlimited experiments.