Aged In Space, A Bottle Of Pétrus 2000 Goes Up For Auction at Christie’s
Have you ever wondered how a wine aged in space would taste like? You may just have your chance to try it, as auction house Christie’s revealed that a bottle of Pétrus 2000, which spent 14 months aboard the International Space Station (ISS), is available for purchase via Christie's Private Sales. According to a Christie’s spokesperson, they are looking at an estimated sale price of about US$1m (HK$7.76m).
This is just one of the 14 bottles that was blasted to space and kept in a monitored and controlled environment. It's part of the new space start-up company Space Cargo Unlimited’s series of experiments.
The extremely rare bottle of Pétrus 2000 ‘space wine’ is packaged in a bespoke trunk made by Parisian Maison d'Arts Les Ateliers Victor, and comes with a bottle of terrestrial Pétrus 2000, luxe decanter and wine glasses, as well as a corkscrew crafted from a meteorite.
“This bottle of Pétrus 2000 marks a momentous step in the pursuit of developing and gaining a greater understanding of the maturation of wine,” said Tim Triptree, the international director of Christie’s wine and spirits department, in a statement. Proceeds from the auction will be used to fund future space missions to “help invent the agriculture and food we need for tomorrow on Earth," explained Nicolas Gaume, the co-founder and chief executive of Space Cargo Unlimited.