January 8, 2008

La Fête du Fromage - Creamy Époisses de Bourgogne

A beautiful, golden Époisses de Bourgogne recently graced us with its presence.

Époisses was referred to as "le roi des fromages" (the king of cheese) by Brillat-Savarin and is still considered by many cheese aficionados as one of the world's greatest cheeses.
Up until the 1930's there were hundreds of Époisses makers, but its production almost completely stopped during the Second World War. Production was picked back up in 1956 by a Monsieur Berthaut who was determined to revive this noble cheese from Burgundy.
Merci Monsieur!
The deep gold rind is washed in salt water for three weeks, then washed in marc de Bourgogne for several weeks, creating a flavor that is delicate, soft and creamy, rich, sweet and tangy. The outdoorsy, barnyard-like smell is quite something to behold, but don't let it scare you! This is one of France's very unique, special cheeses.
Pour a glass of white Burgundy such as a Pouilly-Fuissé to enjoy with Époisses.

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La Belette Rouge said...

When I come to France in July, I so want to go cheese shopping with you! Do you do cheese shop tours?

sandierpastures said...

That looks delicious. My husband and I love cheese and we would be delighted to visit France someday and do some cheese tour! :-)

By the way, thanks for dropping by my place and entering the blog makeover giveaway contest. Goodluck!

-Dubai's Grace-

Loulou said...

la belette rouge,
Where will you be in July?
I've never done cheese tours, but could do!

Just let me know when you're coming over. :)

Thank you for the great giveaway!

Riana Lagarde said...

you are onto something now cheese lady!

i adore epoisses and eat with a spoon, yummm

La Belette Rouge said...

I am going to be based in Paris for the month and will travel from there. So far, I have a trip to Tolousse planned.

Betty C. said...

Epoisses was definitely on our Christmas cheese platter. We really love them all...

Loulou said...

Yes, definitely with a spoon! I love how it oozes.

la belette,
You'll love Toulouse! I could look into what kind of cheese shops are there and maybe we could meet up.

We didn't have it on Christmas, but I wasn't in charge of the cheese. If I had been I would have served it too!

La Belette Rouge said...

I would love to meet you in Tolouse! Let's plan on it. :-)

Betty C. said...

Can I come, can I come?

I know a fabulous cheese shop in Toulouse...

Loulou said...

la belette rouge
That would be great!

If you know a good cheese shop in Toulouse you are definitely coming to meet us!

Betty C. said...

Rats, if this is happening in July, I'll probably be stateside -- unless it's at the very beginning! Oh well, keep me posted anyway...

Loulou said...

Hopefully you'll still be here, but if not, maybe you and I should meet sometime. It could be fun!

spacedlaw said...

Epoisses is one of my favourites!
When ever I go to Paris for business I go window shopping around all the crèmeries!

(Followed you here from Betty's la Cuisine Quotidienne).
Greetings from Rome.

Loulou said...

bienvenue Spacedlaw!
Ah, Rome...what a wonderful place! Do you enjoy Italian cheese as well?

spacedlaw said...

Italian cheese is great.
I particularly like the fresh ones like Burrata (from Puglia) or the fresh Mozzarella di Buffala (nothing to do with the stuff that is sold prepacked worldwide).
I also like the robust Castelmagno from the north (with a bit of chestnut honey, it is heavenly) or the Taleggio, which feels very much like a French cheese (bit like a fresh Munster), or even a mild Gorgonzola (the older version is too salty for my taste).
I like cheese too much (or so my cholesterol level tells me) but being French how could I fail to, with all these lovely crèmeries everywhere?

Loulou said...

Thanks for all the great recommendations! As soon as I work my way through France's cheese, I'll have to start tasting the cheese from Italy.
I'm going to be busy tasting cheese for many years to come!

Michelle said...

It is really one of the best cheeses I´ve ever eaten.

Loulou said...

Époisses is heavenly! Glad to hear that you loved it as much as I did. :)