October 8, 2010
La Fête du Fromage - Brebis D'Or
Aveyron is an honest, "what you see is what you get" kind of place.
The towns and villages of La France Profonde don't really seem to go out of their way to woo the visitor, but they simply ooze authentic charm.
And they produce some of the best cheeses in France.
Now here's another one to add to the Fabulous French Fromages from Aveyron list - Brebis d'Or.
This little drum-shaped, unpasteurized ewe's milk cheese has a velvety exterior that wraps loosely around a finely textured, downy interior.
It has a mild, earthy flavor that also offers lovely hints of soft mushrooms and a slight nuttiness, and its aroma is surprisingly strong and barnyardy.
It is an unassuming and utterly delicious cheese.
Brebis d'Or is produced by Fromabon, an artisan cheesemaker near La Cavalerie in southeastern Aveyron. A glass of Minervois red was a perfect match for the mushroomy and nutty flavors in this cheese.