Jérôme Bourgeois, child of the ’77 vintage, is a young and very dynamic vigneron, born into a family of champagne producers with a history four generations deep. The 7-hectare estate is made up of some 20 parcels scattered around the town of Crouttes-sur-Marne, halfway between Reims and Paris. Jérôme took over the vines at the beginning of the 2000s from his parents, who had never bottled much wine themselves, instead selling their grapes to bigger houses, as was the tradition. The production of 55% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay, hasn’t changed – but the methods have. Jérôme understood early on that if they wanted to begin seeking a greater purity of fruit and to allow their soil to express its character, they would need to convert to organic and biodynamic viticulture. He follows the biodynamic calendar to the letter and has banned all chemical treatments, all to great effect. Today, Jérôme offers something all too rare: well-made Champagne at very reasonable prices. He even gave his bottles a classy makeover recently. All of which makes his champagne one for our times – this is resolutely modern bubbly.