Chabis Feuille, Comtesse de Vichy, Delice de Veugeot Ail Fines Herbes Delin, Fougerus Au Lait Cru, French cheese, new French cheeses, Nos Amours Blanc de Blancs Brut, Vieux Paysan J. Carles (crema di Roquefort)
“Il y’a un fromage par jour de l’année” – There is a different cheese for every day of the year, according to an old French proverb. It is said that it was the French monks who started the cheese revolution and evolution in France, many centuries ago. And with France known for producing hundreds of varieties of delicious cheese as it is — some say 400, others say over 1,000, and some even 2,000 — I was intrigued by the idea that they are coming out with even more new cheeses. When our Cheese Club chose to celebrate the new cheeses from France one evening — Tous les Nouveaux Fromages Français — I knew it was going to be quite an adventure.
And it definitely was! These are my most-preferred from among the array of young and artisanal cheeses offered that night. But then, I am partial to strong-flavored cheeses — the stinkier, the better! And the one that sent me to cheesy ecstasy was the Vieux Paysan J. Carles (crema di Roquefort) — made with raw ewe’s milk, from a second processing of Roquefort, and semi-matured. Vieux paysan means old peasant. Created by cheese artisan and Roquefort expert Jacque Carles, I suppose one could say this cheese is appropriate and eponymously named. This cheese pairs beautifully with an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon or a gentle Merlot.
Vive les French fromages!