June 17, 2010

La Fête du Fromage - le Coeur de Chèvre

I'm sure you're expecting me to say some thing like I ♥ this cheese!

Unfortunately, I can't say that I did.

Yes, I liked le Coeur de Chèvre, but I just didn't fall head over heels for it.
It seems like I keep running into a certain style of fromage de chèvre that has these super spicy flavors with bitter undertones, and I'm just not smitten with the combination.  I like strong, I like spicy and I like tangy, but throwing that hint of bitter into the mix doesn't work for me.
If you ask my husband, however, he'll tell you that it was fabulous.  Et voilà.

While I was tasting I made the following notes:
spicy and meaty flavored, with bitter herbs
full bodied and a lingering flavor
not shy!
fragile and soft, but not oozing
slightly milky, fresh aroma

Le Coeur de Chèvre is an artisanal, unpasteurized cheese from the gorgeous Quercy region of southwestern France.  It has a natural, edible rind and and a  lush, creamy texture. 
Taste with a light, fruity red wine such as Beaujolais or a white from the Rhône.

My final word on this cheese - if you see it, buy it.  You just might ♥ it!

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