The final design of Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar, the first champagne bottle and tasting experience designed for space travel and human spaceflight, has been revealed. Maison Mumm collaborates with Axiom Space, a leader in commercial human spaceflight, to have its champagne join Axiom’s human spaceflight program and fly on future space missions.
Starting in 2017, this project has now achieved full compliance with space cargo specifications and AOC Champagne regulations. Following on this achievement, Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar will join Axiom’s upcoming crewed missions to low Earth orbit and extend the collaboration to Axiom Station, the world’s first commercial space station, to test and discover the tasting routine in the real conditions of space. Jean-François Clervoy French European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, and veteran of three NASA space missions collaborated on the ambitious project.
In order to comply with the dual space-AOC Champagne specifications, the champagne bottle had to fulfill a complex set of constraints (e.g. gaseous liquid in the absence of gravity, pressure contained in the bottle, food compatibility, material specifications, size, ergonomics and intuitive use).
Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar is housed in a half-glass bottle. The wine is secured by a reliable stainless steel opening-closing device. It only comes into contact with glass and stainless steel. A shell protecting the bottle is crafted of aeronautical-grade aluminum. The upper part, known as the “service” part, is composed of a long neck topped by a cork and a ring (which allows the cork to be retained and locks the bottle’s stainless steel mechanism). These two elements fully respond to the constraints dictated by space.
The conditions of tasting champagne in space differ on the physiological level with an alteration of the sense of smell. The champagne has been modified: the bubbles no longer rise to the surface, so they don’t release the aroma molecules they contain. First, the sense of sight is solicited then the wine enters in contact with the lips and mouth and is inhaled through the mouth.
Laurent Fresnet has selected a blend of Mumm Cordon Rouge made with grapes from the 2016 harvest, which includes a majority of Pinot Noir and is augmented with reserve wines from the past five years (up to 36%). Over the course of five years, the champagne has developed notes of ripe yellow fruit and vine peach, but also dried fruit, hazelnut and praline. Aged in oak barrels, the dosage liqueur, elaborated from wines, brings a touch of vanilla and pastry notes.
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