April 22, 2009

La Fête du Fromage - Le Razégou

About an hour drive northeast of the Minervois, nestled in the spectacular, rugged Haut-Languedoc, is one of the most picturesque villages in the region. Roquebrun has been nicknamed le Petit Nice as it sits smack dab in the middle of a balmy micro climate where citrus trees, cacti and various types of succulents proliferate.

In the rugged Mediterranean scrub land surrounding Roquebrun is a small farm where Le Razégou, un petit fromage de chèvre, is produced.
The aroma left no doubt that this was a goat's cheese, and it was obvious that it was a very fresh goat's cheese. Look at how it was oozing when I unwrapped it.

Le Razégou's flavor is very gentle and even though the aroma is heady, the flavor definitely isn't overly "goaty." What struck me the most when I tasted it is how delicate a cheese this is, and how its supple texture literally melts in your mouth.

We tasted it with Confit de Figues aux Noix (Fig and Walnut Jam), a special jam that Betty brought us, which is made to enjoy with fromages de chèvre. It was perfect!

It also paired beautifully with the local red, which has hints of the same garrigue herbs and grasses that are grazed on by the goats in Roquebrun.

Local cheese and local wine. An impeccable match.

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lafille said...

Oh, that cheese looks amazing and the jam sounds delightful!

Nadege said...

I was looking at the new price on your house for sale. Is real estate as bad in France as it is in Southern California (banks don't want to lend money and prices are still pretty high for good areas)?
That cheese looks delicious. How lucky to have access to fresh, delicious food all the time!

Melanie said...

I am so jealous of the cheese you are able to get your hands on!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

You love your cheeses!! We are so happy that you can offer them to us as well...is this another crossed off your list of the 1000 or so ??

Sandy said...

Yes...you are so lucky to be able to try all those cheeses...it hurts my feelings a little. ;)

Loulou said...

They were both delicious!
Some honey drizzled over the cheese would have been good too.

The home prices have dropped here, like in many parts of America.

Having access to all of this cheese is a wonderful thing!

You can get some amazing cheeses shipped right to you from places like Artisanal Cheese (http://www.artisanalcheese.com/, Cowgirl Creamery (http://www.cowgirlcreamery.com/)
and igourmet (http://www.igourmet.com/).

Yes this is another one off the (seemingly endless) list.

You should order some from one of the sites I recommended above. Then you won't feel so bad...

kle said...

oh that looks good!!

Danielle said...

That cheese is puppy-dog-cute. It's an adorable baby cheese!!! (You can tell I've been spending a lot of time with Churro!)

Loulou said...

It was! The farm isn't very far from where we live so I'm hoping to go and visit one of these days.

You've got puppy on the brain! Have you let little Churro taste some cheese yet?