MUMM CORDON ROUGE STELLAR
Maison Mumm presents Cordon Rouge Stellar, the first champagne that can be tasted in space and that will embark on future human space flights.
Beyond the technological challenge, Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar will contribute to writing terrestrial culture into the new era of human history that is opening up to us. Initiated in 2017, this ambitious project now benefits from compliance with space and AOC Champagne specifications. This allows Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar to embark on future Axiom Space missions to test the ritual in the real conditions of space thanks to the collaboration between Maison Mumm and Axiom Space.
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In order to comply with the dual space-AOC Champagne specifications, Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar had to meet a complex set of constraints (e.g. gaseous liquid in the absence of gravity, pressure contained in the bottle, food compatibility, material specifications, size, ergonomics and intuitive use). All technical questions related to the design were addressed by Octave de Gaulle, the founder of SPADE, with the active support of CNES and the Comat design office.
After four years of this new phase of research of development, Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar has now achieved full compliance with space requirements thanks to the collaboration with CNES, attesting to its readiness for future space flights.
Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar is designed in three parts
- Contained in a half glass bottle, the wine is secured by a perfectly reliable stainless steel opening-closing device. It only comes into contact with glass and stainless steel, identical to Mumm’s blending vats in Reims – two materials that ideally ensure its preservation. This assembly fully meets the constraints dictated by the champagne.
- A shell made of aeronautical-grade aluminum protects the glass bottle.
- The upper part, known as the “service” part, is composed of a long neck topped by a cork and a ring (which allows the cork to be retained and locks the bottle’s stainless steel mechanism).
With its futuristic appearance, Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar nevertheless has a shape that’s similar to a traditional champagne bottle and reproduces as faithfully as possible the terrestrial ritual of champagne.
The ultimate goal is for Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar to participate in the pursuit of space exploration. Space travelers will be able to enjoy a product that comes from Earth’s soil as well as the savoir-faire of humankind, a symbol of our culture. Champagne allows us to recreate an emblematic ritual of celebration and conviviality that brings us together.
Space exploration allows us to have a better observation and understanding of our own world. It also generates technological innovations that help change our lives on Earth and research that creates progress in various fields.
In space, there is a loss of temporal reference points and terrestrial habits. For both balance and well-being, it is essential to maintain a link with Earth and its culture. As a terrestrial symbol of the art of living, champagne has this universal appeal.Jean-François Clervoy – European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut
A blend of Mumm Cordon Rouge adapted to tasting in space
The conditions of tasting champagne in space differ on the physiological level with an alteration of the sense of smell.
Taking into account these parameters, Laurent Fresnet has selected a blend of Mumm Cordon Rouge made with grapes from the 2016 harvest, which includes a majority of Pinot Noir – the House’s signature grape variety – and is supplemented with reserve wines from the past five years.
The champagne has developed notes of ripe yellow fruit and vine peach, but also dried fruit, hazelnut and praline. Aged in oak barrels, the dosage liqueur, elaborated from wines, brings a touch of vanilla and pastry notes.
Technology serves a greater purpose here: the champagne captures the very essence of a terroir, a climate, an ancestral savoir-faire and a tasting experience for all those who will travel far from EarthOctave de Gaulle – Founder of SPADE