As part of an experiment conducted by a Luxembourg-based start-up firm, experts sent the liquor to the International Space Station in November 2019. He claimed that "space was the key".
As an added benefit, he also notes that being able to survive agricultural produce in space means Mars and moon explorers may have a taste of the pleasures we enjoy on Earth while they are on their journey.
He explained, "Being French, having some good food and good wine is part of life".
Because of climate change, agricultural products and resources such as grapes and other fruits will have to adapt to harsher environments and conditions. Through a series of space experiments, Space Cargo Unlimited hopes to take what's learned by stressing the plants in weightlessness and turn that into more robust and resilient plants on Earth.
None of the bottles, however, will be opened until late February when France's top wine experts will be able to taste the beverage.
Called CommuBioS, the project will study how microgravity affects sedimentation and bubble dispersion and will examine whether conditions have led to the development of secondary metabolites, colloids and polyphenols in the wine. However, he acknowledges that tasting the wine is going to be enjoyable. He'll be among the lucky few taking a sip.
Meanwhile, the red wine, sourced from an undisclosed Bordeaux producer, has been stored in space for 12 months in metal cylinders to protect the bottles.
SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule undocked with the wine and vines - and thousands of pounds of other gear and research, including mice - and aimed for a splashdown Wednesday night in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tampa.
Until at least next month, when one or two will be released for a sampling in Bordeaux, the bottled wine will stay sealed.
HuffPost notes that the 12 bottles of carefully pressed wine have been orbiting the lab in space with extra precaution and care.
In November 2019, the wine hitched a trip on a Northrop Grumman delivery ship to the space station.
Last March, SpaceX introduced the 320 Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vine snippets, named canes, in the grape-growing company.
SpaceX is the only shipper capable of returning space station experiments and other items intact.