(Corrects dateline to Could 4 and day in paragraph 2 to Tuesday)
By Steve Gorman
(Reuters) -An area-aged bottle of effective French wine, a part of a case of Bordeaux that was actually matured in Earth orbit for 14 months, is being put up for personal sale by Christie’s, and the public sale home estimates it could fetch as much as $1 million.
The unprecedented providing of the 2000 classic Petrus, an unique, world-class crimson produced from Merlot grapes within the Pomerol wine-growing area of Bordeaux, was introduced in London on Tuesday.
“This bottle of Petrus 2000 marks a momentous step within the pursuit of growing and gaining a larger understanding of the maturation of wine,” Tim Triptree, worldwide director of the auctioneer’s wine and spirits division, mentioned in a press release.
Proceeds will go to the non-public European rocket firm Area Cargo Limitless, which launched 12 bottles of Petrus 2000 on a voyage to the Worldwide Area Station in November 2019, a part of a collection of experiments in viticulture and microgravity.
The corporate mentioned its so-called Mission WISE marked the world’s first non-public utilized house analysis program.
The dozen bottles of Petrus had been shuttled again to Earth from the house station in January this yr aboard a SpaceX cargo capsule after spending almost 440 days, or about 186 million miles (300 million km), in orbit.
The wine returned to Bordeaux, the place a bottle was opened for a blind style take a look at on the Institute for Wine and Vine Analysis by a dozen main connoisseurs, who in contrast it with managed samples of the identical classic Petrus that had stayed on Earth.
The specialists, together with Jane Anson, a author for the wine journal Decanter, reported a refined however clear distinction between the 2.
“From earlier expertise of this wine, this explicit bottle appears extra developed than I’d count on from a 21-year-old bottle of Petrus 2000,” Decanter quoted Anson as saying.
“It’s lovely and nuanced, with effective tannins and a way vitality.”
She rated each samples 98 factors.
Christie’s mentioned it was making accessible an unopened bottle of the space-aged assortment for rapid buy via its non-public gross sales, together with an identical bottle of the unique Earth-bound Petrus 2000, plus a decanter, a set of glasses and a corkscrew usual from a meteorite.
Decanter mentioned Christie’s confirmed the providing was anticipated to fetch a sale value about $1 million. That might be main markup, even by the high-flying requirements of one of many world’s most prestigious wines.
A single bottle of classic 2000 Petrus, from a 28-acre property that produces solely about 30,000 bottles a yr, would usually run $5,366, and one bought at public sale for $51,660 in 2018, in line with the wine funding platform Vinovest.