October 15, 2009

La Fête du Fromage - October Round Up

Les fromages français!
Every single entry for October's La Fête du Fromage International Cheese Tasting Event was from la belle France. Can you imagine how happy this made me?

Barbra from Serve it Forth shared her newest addiction with us - Pérail - a luscious, silky textured ewe's milk cheese. She describes it as ..."not overly sheepy but neither is it sheepish; slightly floral and and a little grassy..." Glad to know I'm not the only Pérail addict out there!

She also tasted Le 1909, a more aggressive "Pérail like" cheese produced for the Maître Fromager Affineur in Paris, Androuet. Yet another cheese to add to my "Must Try" list.


Nathalie of Spaced Out Ramblings carried this scrumptious little drum of Chaource with her from Paris to her home in Rome. With a fat content of almost 50%, Chaource is very rich and creamy! It comes from the Champagne region, so many say that is should be enjoyed with a glass of Champagne, but Nathalie gives plenty of other delicious accompanying food and drink options. As she says, "The sky has no limit."


Good things come in small packages. Like this enticing walnut and cranberry studded Brie en Croûte that Cool Lassi(e) of Pan Gravy Kadai Curry made for La Fête. That Brie oozing out from the puff pastry shell is absolutely mouthwatering!


Camille missed the chance to taste the local cheeses while visiting Burgundy, but made up for it with some Délice de Bourgogne that she found in Paris. Although she found this particular piece a bit young, she describes it as buttery and very smooth. I can't wait to try this one!


Deep in the Ariège, on farms surrounded by green pastures, rugged mountains and crystal clear lakes, the age old tradition of cheese making thrives.
Le Bamalou
is an unpasteurized cow's milk cheese that is matured for several months on wood planks, enriching the cheese with earthy flavors. It is mild, buttery and has nice hints of fruit. Very likable!
A rich red wine such as Cahors or Châteauneuf-du-Pape would be a good match.


Thanks for sharing such delicious cheese everyone!

November marks the 11th Fête du Fromage International Cheese Tasting Event.
If you would like to join in, and I hope you do, please have your entries to me by November 13. The entire round-up will be posted on November 15.

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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spacedlaw said...

Such succulence!
Delice de Bourgogne is very good indeed! Now I feel like I HAVE to try the others as well.

Barbra said...

What an assortment! I've never had Delice de Bourgogne or Bamelou. (Though I think we should call it Bameloulou, don't you?)

Anonymous said...

How cool that all the cheeses are from France! That should make it easier to get my hands on them - that Chaource sounds right up my alley. :)

Betty C. said...

Well of course, I love them all. My eldest will only eat Pérail and Cantal Doux, though. The rest of the family has much broader cheese tastes. Bon dimanche!

Loulou said...

Yes, you should try them all, especially if you can find them in Paris. I didn't know that you were there every week. Next time I go to Paris we have to meet!

I'm excited to try the Délice too.
And yes, it should be called Bamaloulou. :)

Chaource is a good one. I think you'll enjoy it.

How can she not like Cantal Vieux??? Hope you had a nice weekend!