We set out from Saintes to find a Pineau maker extraordinare… we have our TomTom satellite navigation gadget with us, a learning curve for us using it on our first big trip. It’s invaluable as we weave though small winding roads that cut through fields of vines, branch suddenly into two, and seemingly weave back on themselves now and again. We find the village of Chaniers without problem… but of course The Pineau makers are never found in the centre of the village, so although the Tom Toms self satisfied assurance that ” you have reached your destination” is technically correct, it is not quite the full truth. Hubby learnt his French in this area and after spotting several locals on their leisurely walk back home from an unseen bakery, bagettes in hand, he makes inquiries if they might know of a Monsieur Quéré. The first asks if we are seeking Monsieur Quéré the butcher… oops no, sorry… the second inquiry yields the required results with a smile and a fistful of directions.
We set out with a long list of tout doits, à gauche, and à doits…. and are relieved to see a few avertisment signs for “Clos de Nancrevant”, leading us up the final winding road and to the door. Officially they are closed at this hour of the day but we can at least ask if they are interested in letting us buy some Pineau. The worst that can happen is that we might get a polite “no”. We knock and ask politely and are greeted with a warm smile and an invitation inside. A degustation follows (for me at least) and my joy of last evening is confirmed…. Even better, we may indeed buy some to take with us, I whip out cash before the kind Monsieur Quéré can change his mind. I try both red and white Pineau’s and both young and old… I like the white but adore the reds. Now, with the knowledge that I have found a treasure and that it will be the first Pineau house that we return to next trip, we prepare to leave the Charentes Maritime.
Monsieur M. & C. Quéré-Jelineau can be found at: 75, Chemin de Nancrevant, 17610 Chaniers.
Ouvert tous les samedis de 14h à 19h, Juillet/Août: du lundi au samedi de 10h à 19h.
(Translation): Opening times are: Every Saturday between 14.00 – 19.00 hours, July/August: Monday to Saturday between 10.00-19.00 hours.
“www.closdenancrevant.com” is the website listed on their card but that only seemed to lead me to a very long list of Cognac suppliers and their web addresses… I eventually found them at this web address: ” http://closdenancrevant.over-blog.com/”
A little searching in the advert on the right hand side of the page will give you some photos and a small amount of general information (in French).
Directions that we got on the card (after we found it) were ” A Saintes, prendre la RN141 dir Cognac, puis la D138 dir St. Césaire et suivre le fléchage “Clos de Nancrevant”
(Direction translation): From Saintes take Route number 141 direction Cognac, then route D138 direction St. Césaire and follow the indication [signs] leading to “Clos de Nancrevant”.