Christie’s has revealed that a bottle of French wine that spent more than a year aged on the International Space Station would retail for about $1 million.
According to Christie’s, the bottle of Petrus 2000 was one of a dozen bottles of wine launched into orbit in 2019 and lasted almost 440 days in space before being returned to Earth.
A bottle of wine that spent time in orbit was compared to a bottle that matured on Earth in a tasting attended by a dozen wine experts and scientists, and the jury concluded that the space bottle had its own distinct taste profile.
“The aromatics were more floral and more smoky — the things that would happen anyway to Petrus as it gets older,” Jane Anson, a journalist and wine researcher who participated in the tasting, told the BBC.
Christie’s said the bottle of wine is being sold with a second bottle that was aged on Earth so the buyer can compare the two. The sale also includes “a decanter, glasses and a corkscrew made from a meteorite.”
“After spending almost 440 days in space, or the equivalent of 300 trips to the moon, legendary Bordeaux wine Petrus comes back having been transformed in a way which is, literally, out of this world,” Nicolas Gaume, CEO of Space Cargo Unlimited, the startup that sent the wine to the space station, said in a Christie’s news release.
Christie’s said the wine bottle is available immediately through a private sale, with proceeds going toward funding future space missions and wine research.