July 8, 2010

La Fête du Fromage - le Pécalou


This has to be one of the most memorable and intriguing goat's cheeses I've ever tasted.  It wasn't soft or pillowy or chalky or spicy or creamy.  There were no grassy or herb flavors, nor did its aroma conjure up images of a barnyard.

Le Pécalou is just a baby in terms of cheese - only 11 days of affinage -  yet is very mature and refined tasting.  Its texture is slightly dry and it crumbles a bit when you cut into it, but not as crumbly as a cheese like Templais Sec.
The flavor is very rich and nutty, with a fair amount of salt, a bit of a tang and a mild goatiness.  It all balances out perfectly.

Finding a wine pairing was a bit difficult.  It didn't work with the local Minervois red, nor did I like it with the only cold white we had in the fridge, a Vin de Pays d'Oc produced in a neighboring village.  On a whim, I tried it with some rosé and was pleasantly surprised at what a great match it was.
Eh voilà, le Pécalou is the perfect cheese for summer!

This divine little fromage de chèvre is produced here in the Languedoc-Roussillon by Les Chevriers de l'Hérault, up near the town of Lodève


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5 comments:

RamblingTart said...

I'm so glad you found my blog so I could find yours too!! :-) I am passionately fond of cheese but have not had time to research and experiment. Now I can just learn from you. Hooray! One of my brothers lives in Paris and he loves it. :-) I was there to visit him in October and can't wait to go back. :-) It's grand to meet you. :-)

croquecamille said...

Wow, only 11 days of affinage? I expect fresh cheeses like that to be rather wet and mild-tasting. This certainly is initriguuing!

LaBelle said...

Hey LouLou! thanks for visiting my site - I love yours! mmmm french cheeses! I am really looking forward to returning.

sorry if you got a weird email from "me" after you were so kind to comment on my ever evolving blog. I promise you won't get another one and I hope to see you back soon!

agrigirl said...

Cheese is love. This one looks lovely.

Chez Loulou said...

Rambling Tart
Always happy to meet an fellow cheese lover. :)

camille
I expect them to be wet and oozing too. Unless this one had been sitting around for a bit longer?
I doubt it though...
Let me know if you find some.

la belle
I did get an email but figured there was something strange going on so I deleted it.
Good luck with your move!

agrigirl
It is a lovely cheese.