This is definitely the authentic alternative to many of the goats milk logs, or buche, available that are often Made from frozen curds. This cheese is always made from fresh curd in a large, striking log. It is generously padded in Penicillium Candidum mold as in Brie or Camembert and left to age. Over time the cheese just next to the rind will soften And begin to ooze while the interior is chalky and flaky in texture. It is like having two cheeses in one. And the flavor heightens the experience; it is a lovely balance of a complex aged goat cheese with a lingering finish that begs for another bite.
Chevrot is a small cylindrical artisan goat cheese with a dense, semi-soft texture and generous, complex flavors typically found in well-aged goat cheeses. It is great to eat at many stages, ages particularly well and will prove to be popular with goat cheese fanatics.
There are so many uses for this versatile goats milk cheese It is as close as you are going to get to an AOC crottin de Chavignol in the U.S. Pascal Jacquin put a lot of effort into this cheese so that it can be enjoyed from young, for salads and crostini, to old, for grating. Crottin de Champcol is made in the Loire around Sancerre and Berry, and is named for the tiny village of Champcol. Crottin in French means horse or mule dung. Not a particularly appetizing description even if it is due to the shape, not the taste of the cheese, but nonetheless a rich and flavorful cheese. Crottin Jacquin are produced in Berry, near Cher. After 2 weeks of affinage the rind begins to take on the molds that define this cheese and after 4 months it will be gratable and still very tasty. With age, the rind thickens with mold while the interior begins to transform from the outside in. Distinct age layers are seen throughout this process. The flavor will be complex, grassy and nutty with a great salty balance. The rind, except when young, should always have mottled blue, white and gray mold. For serving, simply dust off the excess and then dig in. They may be ugly but they are certainly worth trying
This aged wheel of goat cheese truly epitomizes an authentic Tomme de Chevre from the Pyrenees Mountains. The small production results in exceptional, complex flavor. It has it all in terms of nuances: fruity, tangy, and a little salty. It finishes with a wonderful caramelized nuttiness that makes you reach back for more. The texture is firm and flaky so it shaves very well but is not too hard to be a table cheese.
Poitiou is the most important goat breeding region in France and consequently produces many goats milk cheeses. Chabichou du Poitou AOC is a small cylindrical drum of goat cheese that packs a lot of flavor and character into a small package. At any age it is a well-made addition to a cheese selection. When fully mature, it is dense and smooth with a distinct layer next to the rind. The paste of this section will sometimes be runny or very dense depending on the aging technique. The flavor, a delicate and slightly sweet flavor with little salt and a faint acidity, carries rich, goaty aromas with a sometimes pungent bite to the finish. The rind contains white yellow and blue natural molds which are expected, and add to the wonderful flavor of this aged goat cheese.