Rocket fuel: French researchers claim wine which spent year in space is ‘beautiful’

Researchers in France are studying a dozen bottles of French wine and hundreds of snippets of grapevines that returned to Earth after spending a year in space

The Chateau Petrus Pomerol wine was sent to the International Space Station in November 2019 aboard a Northrop Grumman supply ship. SpaceX launched the 320 merlot and cabernet sauvignon vine snippets in March last year. 

They returned to Earth in January onboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule and the wine was blindly tasted by 12 connoisseurs alongside a bottle that had stayed in a cellar. 

Jane Anson, a wine expert and writer with The Decanter, was quoted by AP as saying that the wine that stayed on Earth tasted “a little younger than the one that had been to space.”

She, however, said that “they were both beautiful.”

The experiment is aimed at making plants on Earth more resilient to climate change, and understanding the ageing process and fermentation in wine. 

Nicolas Gaume, CEO and co-founder of Space Cargo Unlimited, the company behind the experiments said the wine tastes different and the absence of gravity changed its colour. 


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