August 21, 2007
Tommette de Vache and Fourme d'Ambert
Tommette de Vache and Fourme d'Ambert were the two cheeses selected this week for our continuing celebration of French cheese.
I bought the Tommette de Vache from a small market stall this morning. It's a simple, unpasteurized, fermier, cow's milk cheese produced in the Savoie and Haut-Savoie.
I loved this cheese! Its aroma is sweet and nutty and its flavor is slightly salty, very buttery and reminiscent of Beaufort.
A nice, dry white wine would be a good accompaniment.
Fourme d'Ambert is one of France's oldest cheeses and is known as its mildest blue cheese. It comes from the volcanic Auvergne region where it is shaped into tall cylinders, injected with mold, then left to mature in humid caves. Made from cow's milk, it has a dry rind and a firm and dense, yet creamy texture, so it doesn't crumble like many blue cheeses. Its aroma is earthy and nutty and its flavor brings to mind fruit and mushrooms. It was very nice but wasn't as interesting as Blue de Basque or Bleu de Gex.
Enjoy some fruity red wine such as Beaujolais or a sweet white such as Sauternes with Fourme d'Ambert.