In the Manceaux family that person was Roger Manceaux who , still only a young boy, wisely resisted the temptation of a bicycle as a gift from his father for passing his school certificate. He opted instead for a plot of vines. That was in 1947 but even then he saw big things ahead in the future and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today his son and daughter, Patrick Manceaux and Agnès Givry, manage an estate of 12 hectares (30 acres) based in the village of Rilly-La-Montagne about 10 kilometres from the city of Reims
Patrick takes care of the work in the vineyards and in the winery while Agnès handles the commercial side of the business including the marketing. You only have to meet Agnès once to see where the creativity and energy behind this relatively small, but growing champagne brand comes from and you can see it even more clearly in the stunning new look that is gradually being rolled out across the range.
The latest addition is called Héritage, a vintage champagne from the 2005 harvest which Patrick decided to age in oak barrels in honour of his grandfather who was a cooper by trade.
One can’t help thinking that he would be proud of his son and grandchildren.
Author: Jiles Halling is a long-time resident in Champagne. You can find out more on www.mymaninchampagne.com and discover more about Champagne Roger Manceaux at