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Raise the bottle: Maison Mumm champagne will fly on Axiom space missions

Champagne, specially designed for the conditions of microgravity of outer space, was delivered to low Earth orbit.

Maison Mumm, one of the world’s largest champagne producers, has partnered with human spaceflight company Axiom Space to launch Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar, “the first bottle of champagne and tasting designed for space travel.” Bubble will fly in Axiom manned missions (will open in a new tab) starting in 2023 and will eventually be available on the company’s future commercial space station.

“Axiom’s collaboration with Mumm and Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar recognizes that in order to get humanity into space, we can’t just get people, we need to bring in human traditions,” said Michael Suffredini, president and CEO of Axiom Space, in his statement. (will open in a new tab). “This philosophy of celebrating humanity is helping us build Axiom Station, a next-generation destination that will serve as a thriving home in space to enable a diverse economy, further exploration, and provide more people with access to space.”

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Representatives of Maison Mumm and Axiom Space celebrate their partnership with Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar Champagne.

Representatives of Maison Mumm and Axiom Space celebrate their partnership with Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar Champagne. (Image credit: Mumm House)

The Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar has been in development since 2017 and was first announced a year later. (will open in a new tab) now fully compliant with the requirements for space flight certified by the French space agency CNES (Center National d’Etudes des Spaces or National Center d’études des Spaces) and also complies with the AOC Champagne rules confirming the integrity of the wine.

“Innovation has been part of Maison Mumm’s identity since 1827 and Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar is a perfect illustration of this,” said César Giron, president of Maison Mumm. “This project brings together French craftsmanship of excellence for the benefit of the holiday spirit that is so dear to us here on Earth.”

“Back in 1904, Mumm, along with Commander Jean-Baptiste Charcot, was on board to celebrate the first successful French expedition to Antarctica. Tomorrow, it will accompany the life of the pioneers of the 21st century, as well as in this new territory, which is space, Chiron said.

Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar, for flight safety and content preservation, comes in a semi-glass bottle encased in aircraft-grade aluminum and protected by a stainless steel opener and closer. The top of the bottle, known as the “service”, consists of a long neck surmounted by a stopper and a ring, the latter holding the stopper and also acting as a lock for the stainless steel mechanism of the bottle.

In addition to the bottle, the Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar has also been created to accommodate the differences in champagne tasting conditions in space. Bubbles do not rise to the surface in microgravity, so they do not release aromatic molecules that affect the taste of wine.

Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar will be the first champagne to be tested in space.

Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar will be the first champagne to be tested in space. (Image credit: Mumm House)

Instead, Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar comes in the form of a foam that then coats the walls of the mouth. A specific blend of Pinot Noir – Mumm’s signature grape variety – with reserve wines from the last five years gives notes of ripe yellow fruit and peach vines, as well as dried fruit, hazelnuts and pralines.

“My goal was to preserve the freshness and power of Mumm Cordon Rouge and enhance the intensity of its aromas through longer aging and dosed liqueur made from wines aged in oak barrels,” said cellar master Laurent Freinet.

The Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar was launched in a “zero gravity” parabolic flight, but to complete its development, it will be launched as part of the upcoming Axiom space mission. Houston company (will open in a new tab) recently signed an order with NASA for a second private astronaut mission. (will open in a new tab) (Ax-2) to the International Space Station, scheduled for launch in the second quarter of 2023.

Last week, Axiom also signed agreements with Türkiye, the Canadian Space Agency and the Saudi Space Commission to fly astronauts on future missions.

“In space, it is very important to keep in touch with the Earth and its culture. Champagne, as a symbol of the art of living, of the past century, has a universal appeal,” said Jean-Francois Clervois, a French astronaut from the European Space Agency who helped create the Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar.

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