March 17, 2009

La Fête du Fromage - Tomette de Vache

Until yesterday, I couldn't remember the name of this cheese.

While looking around my Flickr page during an early morning, jet-lag induced haze last week, I stumbled across a series of photos taken last summer of a cheese with no name. And to add to the mystery, I have somehow misplaced the little notebook where I keep a list of all the cheeses that I've tasted.

A couple of days of rummaging through drawers, looking under furniture (we have two cats, so nothing is safe in our house) and sorting through piles of paper yielded nothing. Though I did find my favorite fountain pen and an earring. But no sign of the cheese notebook.

Fortunately, I had a record of my tasting notes written down in another notebook. Have I ever mentioned that I have a weakness for blank books and stationery?
After some research and sifting through photo archives, I have deduced that this is a wedge of Tomette de Vache. It was confirmed this morning at the market where I recognized it at one of the cheesemonger's stalls.

Then, just before I sat down to write this post, I made one, final search through my blog archives and lo and behold, I have already tasted Tomette de Vache. I just hadn't noticed it before because I had spelled it Tommette de Vache.
Alors, it seems I'm repeating a cheese post.

But if you don't mind indulging me, I would like to offer you a second, succinct review of Tomette de Vache.

This is an honest and enjoyable fermier, unpasteurized cow's milk cheese. Not too strong and not too mild. It has a very pleasant, soft and chewy texture and the flavor is well rounded and somewhat salty, with delicious hints of earth and mushrooms.
In my opinion, Tomette de Vache is a really nice, satisfying cheese. There are others that I prefer, but I definitely wouldn't turn down a hunk of this cheese!

It paired well with a glass of local, Minervois red wine. Pin It
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