May 2, 2011
La Fête du Fromage - Tome Fleurie de Brebis
This generous, slightly battered wedge of fromage de brebis was brought to me by some friends who took a skiing trip to the Hautes Alpes in February.
Un vrai cadeau!
Tome Fleurie de Brebis has a heady mélange of flavors; rich and meaty and yeasty combined with a slight piquancy and a smooth nuttiness. It is a complex cheese, yet the flavors are well balanced and truly delicious.
It is produced from unpasteurized ewe's milk at the Fromagerie de la Durance. The gritty grey rind is the happy home to cheese mites, so I would recommend cutting it off before eating.
We tasted it with some local white wine, a blend of Marsanne and Roussanne grapes. Not a good match at all! Some white wine from the Alps would be much better.