November 25, 2008

La Fête du Fromage - Cabretou

Yesterday I had a glance at my little book that contains the list (alphabetized of course) of each and every French cheese I have tasted thus far for la Fête du Fromage and realized that the number has now surpassed 100!

110 to be exact.

There are so many that I am completely and utterly smitten with; Langres, Tomette des Corbières and Tomme Périgourdine to name a few.

Now I have a new love. Cabretou.

Perfectly aged, and with a luxurious flavor to die for, Cabretou is made from pasteurized goat's milk and produced in the picturesque Ariège departément where it is matured in caves for 18 months.
This cheese is magnificent! Rich and substantial, with a gorgeous creaminess that I fell head over heels for. It has a dense, meaty texture and an ultra smooth flavor with no acidity whatsoever.
Cabretou has a very slight, tangy fragrance and a hard, amber colored rind that I cut away before eating.

We tasted it with a glass of Minervois white, and some white Gaillac would also be good. Pin It


Anne in Oxfordshire said...

That is some cheese eating!! :-)

How do you remember which cheeses you have eaten, or do you just look at your little book.

My husband only likes very strong mature cheeses, where as I , don't mind.

Betty C. said...

Oh poo, I missed your Fête du Fromage in November...maybe December (unlikely)...maybe January?

Loulou said...

I keep a list in the little book so when I'm out buying I don't repeat cheeses. There are many that I remember perfectly though!

No worries! I'll look for you in January. :)

Lynn said...

I know this is an old post, but I'm enjoying cross-referencing your experiences with cheeses with mine as I discover them. I've been in France about 2 years and have been a casual taster but am on the verge of getting a little more organized (coincidentally as you shift gears on your blog).

My fromagerie had Cabretou out as a free sample this weekend, and I was one of those people (along with the little kids) who ate about 5 pieces (then I bought a hunk). All I can say is Wow, I'm in love! This will be a repeat purchase for sure. I honestly didn't know a goat cheese could taste this rich.

Thanks so much for your tenacity with your blog, and I look forward to its new direction!

Loulou in France said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and comment. Glad that you enjoyed Cabretou as much as I did and thank you for the reminder! Now I need to get out and find some more! :)