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French wine sent to space and back gets top marks from researchers

Experts tasted the well-travelled wine and compared it with a Chateau Petrus that had remained on the ground, noting some differences in taste and colour.

The International Space Station. Photo: WikiImages/Pixabay.
The International Space Station. Photo: WikiImages/Pixabay.

Researchers in France have examined a French wine after it successfully travelled to the International Space Station (ISS) and back, in a bid to test its resistance to external influences.

The premium red wine Petrus, from the wine-growing district of Pomerol, was still a "a very great wine" after its 14-month trip to space, French news agency AFP reported on Wednesday, citing the institute for wine research at the University of Bordeaux.

Petrus is one of the big players in the Bordeaux region, with prices sometimes reaching 5,000 euros (5,900 dollars) per bottle, depending on the vintage.

Experts tasted the well-travelled wine and compared it with a Chateau Petrus that had remained on the ground, noting some differences in taste and colour.

The scientists' study, which includes grapevines, aims to make agriculture more resistant to external influences such as climate change in the long term.

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