March 25, 2008

Camembert Férmier

Camembert Férmier  
In all its fragrant glory.

This is not your typical, wrapped up, perfectly round Camembert from a box.

This is a pure, lush, stinky Camembert made from the raw milk of six dairy cows that are kept by the Coopérative Cravirola, a small farm near Minerve . A young woman from the Coopértaive arrives each Tuesday at the Olonzac market with a glass case heaving with their luscious fermier cheeses.
I'm trying to slowly work my way through their selection, having already tasted their sublime Tomme de Maquis and the forgettable la Maquisarde.

The flavors of mushroom and hazelnuts were expertly balanced with hints of clean, green grass and wild thyme from the garrigue. It was gooey and velvety and melted in my mouth. As I savored each and every bite, I was really impressed by its depth and complexity.
The Camembert Férmier is a truly exceptional cheese!

We found the best wine match to be with wine produced here in the Minervois. We tasted it with an AOC red from the local wine co-op, les Trois Blasons, and with a white Muscat Sec from Domaine de Blayac.

It may well be the perfect cheese.

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spacedlaw said...

Very nice cut! A nice glass of minervois would be nice with that.
Of course, one could try and argue that since it is not made in Normandy it cannot be called a camembert but who cares what it is called as long as it is good.

Loulou said...

I thought of that Normandy thing too... I'm going to have to make an exception to the rule for this succulent cheese!

spacedlaw said...

It does look completely succulent.
I am droling all over my keyboard (good thing for my cholesterol that I am now safely away from all these - fighting Italian cheeses is bad enough).

Loulou said...

I had my cholesterol tested last year and fortunately it remains low!

I love Italian cheese too. My grandparents are Italian and they used to age Provolone in their basement. We would eat it when it was nice and nutty and stinky!

Judith said...

GUH. That cheese looks amazing! I miss Europe so much, hehe.

Loulou said...

This was some amazing cheese! We were telling our friends about it the other night and because it comes from the area, they were really excited to go get some.