Françoise Bedel, with her son Vincent, cultivates 8 ha of vines in Crouttes-sur-Marne. An estate devoted to the philosophy of Saint-Exupéry: “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”. In 1980, Françoise’s son Vincent was born, but in 1982 he became gravely ill, and it was a meeting with a couple of homeopathic doctors which would introduce Françoise to a whole new universe – new ways to heal, to eat, to think. It was during this search for harmony and equilibrium that Françoise shifted over to biodynamic viticulture in 1998. Producing wines of great elegance, her Champagne is often not far from those of Selosse in the hearts of bubble lovers. A reminder of the key preparations used in biodynamics: the preparation 500 (horn manure) reinforces life in the soil; the preparation 501 (horn silica) helps in leave development and flowering; the preparation "Maria Thun" (MT) is a compost of plants and manure which encourages the decomposition process.