Bubbly for the space age with Mumm’s new Grand Cordon Stellar.
Dec 10, 2018
Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar was unveiled this September, at a star-studded launch on a specially chartered Zero-G aircraft. Former Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt joined French astronaut Jean-François Clervoy for a weightless ‘space race’ on the zero-gravity flight, then taste-tested the champagne as it floated through the aircraft.
Instead of the light liquid, fizzing with tiny bubbles that we know on this planet, champagne in space is denser. Its bubbles don’t rapidly rise to the top as we’d expect from an uncorked bottle of bubbly here on Earth. Instead, it has to be coaxed out. The ingeniously designed Stellar bottle holds a piston at the bottom to help dispense small, golf-ball sized spheres of champagne, using the drink’s own gas to push the liquid through a ring-shaped frame, concentrating it into shape. The rounded droplets produced by this cutting-edge design slot perfectly in the floating champagne glasses used under zero-gravity conditions.
The bottle was designed by out-of-the-box thinkers from the space design agency Spade, after a three-year process. Both the bottle’s creators and Mumm see this futuristic project as all about democratising space travel; making it more accessible in the not too distant future by linking journeying through space with a more down-to-earth favourite pastime, albeit one that’s literally been taken out of this world.
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So how does champagne taste in space? According to Mumm cellar master Didier Mariotti, “it’s a very surprising feeling”. Thanks to 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”.
If you’re anxious to pop open a space-age bottle of bubbly, though, you’ll have to wait until space tourism really takes off. This edition of Mumm Grand Cordon is not currently available to regular earthlings. The good news is, you can pick up a bottle with the exact same champagne on the inside and enjoy the earthbound bubbles, fizz and lightness that makes drinking champagne in gravity the beloved ritual that it is.
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