After such a long gap on this site without those useful addresses for those motoring through France, here's one if you are passing by Poitiers. It's run by the Pain family.
The parents have been cheese merchants for a good long time and they have done a lot of work on their store on the place de Provence (off avenue Schumann) attractively this Spring. The "wine cellar" has gone up a floor and is much more accessible for everybody.
Their son, Jerome has his own cellar at 204 avenue du 8 mai, on the corner of the main road out towards Angouleme. And a very impressive place it is! Lots of space, a wide selection... it is such a pleasure to be advised by such an enlightened professional!
And before I forget! Both cellars are in fact called "Bacchus, Bacchantes et Bacchanales", a bit of fun about Jean-Marie Pain's moustache.
Whenever I think back about it all, I swoon over those flavours of a Marcillac vieilles vignes wine I tried there, so sublimely accompanied by a farmhouse St Nectaire cheese, matured by Xavier Morin in Aurillac. Another combination which was so memorable: Roquefort with Macvin wine from the Jura, not forgetting also a Tête de Moine cheese with a white Graves... and these are simply the less well known matches.
So bravo to the Pain team!