May 20, 2009

La Fête du Fromage - La Bonde de Gâtine

Another week. Another goat's cheese.
This is the fifth week in a row that I've tasted a fromage de chèvre for La Fête du Fromage.

Why so many goat's cheeses lately? Well, they just seem to be everywhere.
They come so many interesting shapes and sizes, and in all sorts of tempting textures and stages of affinage, I find that I just can't resist them.

And the most recent discovery, la Bonde de Gâtine, has proven itself to be irresistible!

La Bonde de Gâtine is produced on small farms in the marshy Gâtine region, in the picturesque Poitou-Charentes. It takes a full 2 liters of unpasteurized goat's milk to make one little, drum shaped cheese. A fact that is unmistakable when you bite into its ultra rich, dense, chalky and finely textured pâte.

A pleasant, fruity tang hits your taste buds first, followed by hazelnuts and a fair amount of saltiness. The crust is lightly sprinkled in ash and allowed to develop a layer of natural, edible mold during its 1-2 months of affinage, resulting in a sometimes fuzzy, blue-grey, wrinkly appearance.

This is a cheese to savor. Slowly.
It is so luxurious and full-bodied that a small morsel goes a long way. La Bonde de Gâtine is one that you must try!

Enjoy with a dry white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay, or a light red such as Beaujolais. Pin It


spacedlaw said...

The texture looks perfect.

Juliet said...

looks great.
What, no Tupperware post yet? You're slipping Loulou!

Sandy said...

I love goat cheese. The hazelnut description of the cheese really made me want to try time!

Loulou said...

It is! Super rich and delicious.

I know! I am so behind...haven't even uploaded the photos yet. Wish I could have afforded that spinning chopper thing. It was great!

This is a great one to try.

emiglia said...

I recently had a tour of a cheese shop, and the fromager told me that the reason goat cheese is so prevalent now is that it's a spring cheese. He also said that goat's cheese is the only cheese to be made in every region of France, and so when goat's cheeses are put in the forefront of the store, everyone from every region feels as though their particular culture is being represented.

I'll have to ask him about this one... I love goat cheese!

Loulou said...

Great information, thank you!
I always forget that cheese has seasons.