Another mad cheese game, this time thanks to CulinaryAnthropologist’s fans.
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Outside a performance venue!
I never knew how wonderful a semi-mature crottin de chavignol could be. A goat’s cheese in the shape of a pressed sphere that fits into the palm of a woman’s hand, covered with the infamous geotrichum mould that give it the very slight farmyardy taste that geotrichum is known for, this small but mighty cheese has everything one needs after dinner. It has got both the white, dense, chalky interior without too much salt, just the way it should be, with the geotrichum providing the magic of a rind and edges that are softer, saltier and melting in the mouth. I’ve paired it with a tumbler full of Petalos 2007, Descendientes de J. Palacios from Bierzo DO, a full bodied beautiful red with the aromas and colours of plums and blackberries, 14% alcohol, satisfying tannins and just the right amount of acidity. Not too shabby to drink with one of the oldest and well known cheeses of the Loire Valley, though the crottin really starts looking like horse dung as it matures. (It’s not me saying it, it’s Patrick Rance, and the slightly ancient folk who’ve named it crottin!)