Paris, in my humble opinion, is one of the most sublime cities in the world.
And the icing on the already delicious gâteau that is Paris is the sheer number of Fromageries that seem to appear around every corner.
My sister and I wandered into Fromagerie 31 after a delicious, al fresco lunch at da Rosa's and a cone of amazing Bacio gelato from Grom. Talk about the holy trinity of food shops! Living near these three would be very dangerous for my waistline.
The first cheese that caught my eye was a creamy, ash covered wedge of Crémeux du Puy.
We brought it back to our apartment that evening, created a tempting cheese plate with it and the three others we had chosen, opened up a bottle of white Burgundy and settled in for a grand tasting.
Sadly, this was our least favorite.
I think it was just too young. The flavor was sharp, and even though there were mild hints of soft, creamy butter, the astringent flavor overpowered them. Also, this cheese is dotted with blue veins that I had hoped would offer some nice, salty or mushroomy pockets of flavor. Nope. Nada.
Even though we found it very disappointing, I would try it again as I think it deserves a second chance. A more mature wedge would probably taste better.
Crémeux du Puy is an unpasteurized cow's milk cheese from Le Puy-en-Velay, in the Haute-Loire.
A light Beaujolais or Chardonnay would be my wine pairing recommendation.
La Fromagerie 31
64, rue de Seine