– Champagne specially developed for the microgravity environment of outer space has found its journey into Earth’s orbit.
Maison Mumm, one of the world’s largest champagne producers, has partnered with human spaceflight company Axiom Space to launch Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar, “the first champagne bottle and tasting experience designed for space travel.” Champagne will fly on manned missions from Axiom starting in 2023, and eventually will be available on the company’s future commercial space station.
“Axiom’s collaboration with Mumm and Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar acknowledges that, to bring humanity into space, we can bring not only humans, but human traditions,” said Michael Suffredini, president and CEO of Axiom Space, in a statement. “The Celebration of Humanity philosophy reinforces our goal for the Axiom Station, a next generation destination that will serve as a thriving home in space to enable a diversified economy, further exploration and enable more human access to space.”
In development since 2017 and first announced a year later, Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar is now fully compliant with spaceflight requirements as certified by the French space agency CNES (Centre Nationale de la Recherche d’Etudeste d’Azur or the National Center for Space Studies), also in relation to AOC Champagne regulations. , which certify the safety of wine.
“Innovation has been part of the identity of Maison Mumm since 1827, and Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar is a prime example of this,” said Cesar Giron, President of Maison Mumm. “This project combines outstanding French know-how in order to benefit from the coexistence so dear to us here on Earth.”
“As early as 1904, Maume was on board with Commander Jean-Baptiste Charcot to celebrate the first successful French expedition to Antarctica. Tomorrow, the lives of the pioneers of the twenty-first century will be accompanied in the same way in this new territory,” Giron said.
To make sure it’s safe to fly and preserve its contents, Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar comes in a half-glass bottle housed in an aircraft-grade aluminum case secured with a stainless steel opening and closing. The top of the bottle, known as the “serve,” consists of a long neck topped with a cork and a ring – the latter retaining the cork while also acting as a lock for the stainless steel bottle mechanism.
Outside the bottle, Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar has also been made to account for differences in conditions when tasting champagne in space. The bubbles do not rise to the surface in microgravity, so they do not release the aroma molecules that contribute to the taste of the wine.
Instead, Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar is dispensed as a foam, which then coats the walls of the mouth. A specific blend of Pinot Noir – Mumm’s signature grape variety – with reserve wines from the past five years offers notes of ripe yellow fruit and grape peach, as well as dried fruit, hazelnut and praline.
“My goal was to preserve the freshness and strength of Mumm Cordon Rouge, and enhance the intensity of its aromas with the further aging and dose of liquors made from old wine in oak barrels,” said basement master Laurent Fresnet.
Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar has been flown in the equivalent “zero gravity” flight, but to finish its development, it will be launched on an upcoming mission from Axiom Space. The Houston-based company recently signed an order with NASA for the second special astronaut mission (Ax-2) to the International Space Station, which is scheduled for launch in the second quarter of 2023.
Axiom also last week signed agreements with Turkey, the Canadian Space Agency and the Saudi Space Authority to transport astronauts on future missions.
said Jean-Francois Clairvoy, a French astronaut working in Europe, the space agency that collaborated in creating Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar.