August 13, 2009

La Fête du Fromage - Le Caillou Creusois

Though le Limousin is famous for its lush, rolling pastures and famous cattle, it is generally not recognized as a cheese producing region.

In fact, Caillou Cruesois is the first one I've ever encountered.

La Creuse, one of the départements in le Limousin region, is located halfway between Paris and Toulouse. Celebrated AOC cheeses are produced in every direction - to the north, the south, the east and the west - yet this area doesn't seem to offer many regional cheeses for sale to the general public.
Maybe one has to live in the area to experience what cheeses it has to offer?

Le Caillou Creusois is a hefty little unpasteurized cow's milk cheese that gives off an enticing, earthy, barnyard aroma. Yes, I consider a barnyard aroma enticing...when it comes to cheese.
The compressed pâte has a rich chalky texture that coats your taste buds with satisfying yeast and fresh milk flavors.

A refreshing white wine from the Loire would be a good match to this delicious cheese. Pin It


spacedlaw said...

I've got the perfect wine at home. Aaaargh. Your cheese posts are such a pleasure and such a torture too.

Jen Laceda | Milk Guides said...


Anonymous said...

I'm a BIG cheese lover and would loooove to try this cheese. I cannot get really good cheese in enough varieties here. Sigh. Nice post.

Nadege said...

I agree with "Spacedlaw". It is torture to look at those beautiful cheese and not be able to savor them.

Fifi Flowers said...

YUM... j'adore fromage!

Jennifer said...

The perfect wine is just what we were missing during our tasting.
You should look for this one the next time you're in Paris.


I imagine that French cheese is pretty hard to come by where you are. The island looks so beautiful and I'm sure there are many local specialties that make up for no cheese. :)

You'll have to have a cheese fête the next time you're in France!

Moi aussi!