Humanity has managed to grow plants, culture bacteria, and track hurricanes in space — but one thing we haven’t done outside of Earth’s atmosphere yet is drink champagne.
Maison Mumm is about to make that happen. Partnering with space design agency Spade for three years will give oenophiles and space travelers Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar, the first champagne you can literally drink among the stars.
“Instead of seeing zero gravity as a problem to be solved, we look at it as a design possibility,” Spade founder Octave de Gaulle explained in a press release. “The big design challenge for Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar was actually getting the liquid out of the bottle.”
Even the crew of the USS Enterprise have never seen such a futuristic bottle, which uses the gas bubbles in the bubbly to release an unearthly ball of champagne foam into the air. You can then scoop it up with a glass that is both functional and fancy, with a slightly concave cup to create surface tensions that allows the foam to stay in the glass long enough to raise a toast and imbibe without it floating away. You can just imagine this happening on the way to Mars.
So what is this sci-fi champagne supposed to taste like? "It's a very surprising feeling," if you believe Mumm Cellar Master Didier Mariotti's take.
"Because of zero gravity, the liquid instantly coats the entire inside of the mouth, magnifying the taste sensations. There's less fizziness and more roundness and generosity, enabling the wine to express itself fully."
It supposedly intensifies the “explosion of ripe and juicy fruit aromas” that Mumm describes and elevates the whole experience of wine tasting, which is probably even more intense when you’re looking down at Earth from tens of thousands of feet away and (in the future) out at alien moons and planets.
Maison Mumm believes that being able to clink glasses in zero-G will make astronauts feel more human even when they are far away from terra firma. Not that you need champagne to remind you what species you are (even if we do find aliens), but it could at least make a spaceship or a space RV feel that much closer to home.
A zero-g flight over the vineyards of Reims in the Champagne region of France — which is the only place on this planet that can manufacture sparkling wine and have the right to call it champagne — with Olympian and Mumm representative Usain Bolt on board. The revolutionary bottle of bubbly will soon be part of Air Zero G zero-gravity flights and soon be making its way to legit future missions.
This only thing that could make anti-gravity champagne in an anti-gravity champagne flute even better is clinking one with Captain Picard.
(via G.H. Mumm)