March 10, 2009

La Fête du Fromage - Le Napoléon Commingeois

You'll have to forgive the effusive gushing that is about to follow...
after all, I have been deprived of French cheese for almost an entire month!

Le Napoléon Commingeois looks like your average ewe's milk cheese from the Pyrénées, but its rich, delectable flavor far surpasses any of the other cheeses from this region that I've tasted thus far. (Etorki and Ossau-Iraty for example)

I was so impatient to taste it that I quickly unwrapped the creamy colored wedge the minute I got home from the market and started taking photos. No food styling today! Then I cut off a small morsel and savored what is truly a little piece of heaven.

Le Napoléon Commingeois has a mild, tangy fragrance and a full-bodied, smooth and chewy texture. Its refined and well balanced flavor offers hints of rich butter, fruit and mountain grasses.
This exceptional tasting, fermier cheese is produced in the Comminges region of southern France. Only whole, unpasteurized ewe's milk is used, and it is aged for at least 10 months before it reaches the public.

In a word: divine.

An intensely flavored wine such as Jurançon sec or a white Anjou would pair well with Le Napoléon.

Don't Forget! March 15 is the monthly round-up of La Fête du Fromage International Cheese Tasting Event. Entries are already trickling in, so if you would like to join us, please have your entry to me by March 13.

Tell us why you chose this particular cheese. Tell us how it tasted. Tell us about its texture and aroma. Did you eat it on its own? Or with something? Did you drink anything special with your cheese? Would you recommend it or not? Is there something unusual or interesting about it?
  • Photos are wonderful, but not necessary
  • Entries must contain the words La Fête du Fromage and contain a link to Chez Loulou
  • Posts should be written specifically for La Fête du Fromage and not entered in any other food blog event
  • Please send the link to your post to louloufrance (at) gmail (dot) com with the words Fête du Fromage in the subject line
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