July 30, 2008
La Fête du Fromage - Le Roves des Garrigues
Le Roves des Garrigues is an amazing, tangy little button of fresh, artisanal chèvre.
This snowy white cheese is produced in the Cevennes Mountains of the Languedoc-Roussillon by wandering goat herders. It is named for the Rove breed of goat and the Mediterranean pastures, the garrigue, where they graze. This breed produces considerably less milk than other goats - about 2 liters a day compared with an average goat's 5 liters a day - making it very rich.
The dense, creamy, rindless Roves des Garrigues has a sweet, peppery aroma and a rich, lingering flavor. It is full of citrus and pepper, is perfectly tangy and very fragrant with Mediterranean herbs such as lavender, thyme and savory.
I absolutely loved it!
Provençal rosé or white wine such as Chablis, Sauvignon Blanc or Pouilly Fuissé are good matches for this chèvre.