French company develops champagne for use in space

(ORDO NEWS) — French champagne brand GH Mumm has spent a lot of time and resources developing a futuristic champagne bottle that can be used in space.

Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar is the first champagne designed specifically for space travel. It comes in a half glass bottle and features a specially designed stainless steel opening and closing device that curves over the classic cork.

The unique bottle is likely fitted with a finger-adjustable valve that releases champagne balls when pressed. Astronauts or space tourists can then scoop up a drink out of thin air using egg cups.

“This project is of course very inspiring because of its high-tech nature and 100% French identity, from design to production,” said designer Octave de Gaulle.

“But it’s also very exciting because the technology serves a larger purpose: Champagne condenses the memory of climate, ancestral craftsmanship and tasting sensations for all those who will evolve away from Earth.”

Ordinary champagne bottles are not really suitable for use in zero gravity.

Champagne itself reacts differently to space conditions, as the bubbles do not rise to the surface and release flavor molecules, as they do on Earth, thereby changing the smell and main notes of the drink.

In 2017, as the idea of ​​commercial space travel began to gain momentum, GH Mumm decided to address all of these issues.

After five years of research and collaboration with companies such as CNES (National Center for Space Research), the French State Space Agency and privately funded American space company Axiom Space, the French champagne maker has unveiled Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar.

“Imagine the crew in their capsule, heading on a five-month flight, whose members have not seen a single fruit or vegetable since their departure, are no longer in direct dialogue with the Earth.

They are limited to one or two rooms, sleeping in sleeping bags hung on the wall…

And one day one of them has a birthday or Christmas. How to celebrate this moment? – Asked Octave de Gaulle.

“With the champagne we have developed, they will have a moment of fun and humanity.

This is not about drinking at the risk of intoxication, but about recreating up there, the ritual that we know on Earth, where at the moment it cannot be performed.

In addition to the futuristic bottle, which comes in a protective shell made of aircraft-grade aluminum, GH Mumm has also created a very special champagne designed to be consumed in zero gravity.

The company’s chief winemaker Laurent Fresnet aged the d’exp édition liquor in oak barrels, and then the finished champagne “sur latte” was aged for five years.

The result of Fresnet’s work is a bolder and spicier champagne with stronger fruit notes and brighter acidity than the Mumm Cordon Rouge version intended for drinking on the ground.

However, keep in mind that these bright aromas and flavors will be much less pronounced in outer space.

GH Mumm has yet to name a price for its innovative champagne, but unless you’re planning on going on a space trip soon, you shouldn’t be interested, as it’s meant to be consumed exclusively in zero gravity.

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