Françoise Bedel, one of the stars of the Champagne biodynamic movement, has become one of the biggest proponents of this varietal. Her south and southeast facing vineyards are worked year round by her son Vincent and not a drop of non-organic treatments have been used on the vines since 1997. The wines rest in bottle for an extremely long time. The entry level wine doesn’t leave the cave until
5 years after harvest—this is for a non-vintage! One of the biggest proponents of the Pinot Meunier grape, Françoise ’s holdings are primarily made up of this varietal now and it features highly in her bottlings. The property is located in
the extreme Western Marne Valley in the village of Crouttes-Sur-Marne. Every part of the harvest is performed by hand in small baskets. The wines pass into oak barrels before being bottled and are given a very light dosage. The vintage and non-vintage wines both benefit from a tremendous amount of bottle age before release.