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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Anonymous said...

gush away! i love reading your cheese posts!



Anonymous said...

oh how I wish I could have a little taste of that....

Sandy said...

I would love a taste too!

spacedlaw said...

I will only be able to purchase decent cheese on Saturday! At best I would be able to post on the 14th...

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Don't blame you for "gushing" you have been deprived of one of your favourite food items "French Cheese"..and we have been deprived of your "Cheese Posts" ! :-)

You always surprise us, and come up with some, more delightful than the one before..!

Jennifer said...

Thank you! I love the tasting. :)

It is a really, really good one. Highly recommended if you can find it.

You need to come back to France for some cheese tasting!

No problem! I will happily wait for your entry.

Glad you enjoy reading about the cheeses as much as I enjoy tasting and writing about them. Thanks!

David said...

Where did you buy this cheese? I live northeast of Carcassonne. When I read this kind of review, it just makes me want to go out and buy the cheese. ds

Jennifer said...

I bought it at the Olonzac market. I wonder if it would be available at the Carcassonne Saturday morning market? Let me know if you find it!

Bashir said...

I discovered this cheese a month ago... agree with you tasting... its exceptional...

Jennifer said...

I love hearing from fellow cheese lovers. Glad that you enjoyed it as much as I did!