September 24, 2008

La Fête du Fromage - La Taupinière

Natural, blue-grey mold encases this ash covered, unpasteurized, award winning goat's cheese.
La Taupinière was invented by goat farmer Gilles Jousseaume in 1973 on his farm near Angoulême in the Poitou-Charentes region of western France.  All of the grain, which supplements the goat's diet of fresh grass, is grown on this small, family owned farm, resulting in a cheese that has a consistent quality and intense, rich flavor.
Cutting through the rustic looking, moldy exterior reveals a beautiful, winter-white interior that comes from highly concentrated milk. The texture of the cheese is super smooth, creamy and melts on your tongue. The flavor is deliciously hazelnutty, surprisingly mild, lactic and tangy.
La Taupinière is highly fragrant, to put it mildly. I had to triple wrap it for my train ride home from Paris so as not to commit an olfactory offense.
I couldn't recommend this cheese more. If I had some sort of cheese rating, on a scale of 1 to 10, it would have to be a 10!
Enjoy with a glass of Haut-Poitou.

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