Zero gravity creates an unprecedented taste experience. Here is the first champagne bottle designed for space travel.
Maison Mumm is the creator of an unprecedented innovation in champagne: Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar, the first champagne designed to be tasted in space.
Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar is the result of three years’ research and experimentation conducted by Maison Mumm, which on September 12th gathered together all the experts (designer, engineers, researcher, astronaut, oenological team) who helped bring this feat of technology to fruition for a zero-gravity tasting over the vineyards of Reims.
Among the guests at this exceptional event was Raimonds Tomsons, Best Sommelier in Europe 2017. After the flight, he expressed his pride at being one of the privileged few – and the very first sommelier – to experience this unique tasting. He also shared his surprise, as a wine expert, at discovering new taste sensations.
“In such extreme conditions, everything is different. Not only is your own body completely weightless, but your senses are sharpened. When Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar is tasted in zero gravity, the nose is less prominent – I perceived a subtle vinous sensation,” explained Raimonds Tomsons.
He continues: “It is in the mouth that it becomes really fascinating. The champagne exits in the bottle as a sort of foam.This foam coats the palate and tongue with luscious roundness, releasing extremely concentrated aromas as it transforms into a liquid. You experience the full power of Pinot Noir, the expression of fruit is more accomplished than it is on Earth. The Mumm Grand Cordon cuvée is thus revealed at its most complete.”
Emilie Langleron, oenologist at Maison Mumm, has been working on the project for the last three years. She flew with Raimonds Tomsons and added: “Zero gravity creates an unprecedented taste experience by concentrating and intensifying the organoleptic style of Mumm Grand Cordon. All the aromas explode in your mouth. Quite simply, the champagne is revealed in a new light.”
Raimonds Tomsons concludes: “With Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar, I experienced something unforgettable. Indeed, I can safely say that I will never taste wine in the same way again.”