November 12, 2010

La Fête du Fromage - Tome des Bauges

Tome des Bauges

Simply put, Tome des Bauges is one luscious cheese!

Its flavor is well-balanced, unassuming and full of mushrooms, salt butter, mild yeast and soft grasses and its texture is creamy and smooth.  I served it with slices of baguette and juicy pears, which matched the flavors perfectly.  It was a tasting that I would happily repeat!

Tome des Bauges is an AOC granted, unpasteurized cow's milk cheese that is produced in the heart of the mountainous Savoie region.  To comply with AOC standards, only the milk of the Abondance, Montbéliarde (the breed responsible for my beloved Comté) and/or Tarentaise cows can be used to make this special cheese.

It is often referred to as a "summer cheese" as its flavor is at its peak between the months of April and September, though it can also be enjoyed in the winter, from December to March.  My advice - try some Tome des Bauges next month and again in April and compare the two.  I doubt you'll be disappointed with either one!

Wines that pair well with this Tome are either a light, white Apremont or a smooth Hermitage.

Tome des Bauges

Some photos showing Tome being produced. Pin It


Rosie_Kate said...

Oh, I am DROOLING. I have a very hard time getting good cheese here in Podunk, Michigan, United States. Your cheese posts always make me crave real cheeses...

LaLa said...

Goodness, that looks delicious! Sadly I doubt I'll be able to find it here in Australia - I'll just have to plan two trips to France!

Anonymous said...

Sounds wonderful! I do love those Savoyard cheeses.

Samantha Vérant said...

Mmmm. Fromage! Great on the lips, terrible when you open the fridge. I always look down at my feet and wonder...

Still. Cheese. The stinkier, the better.

Chez Loulou said...

Rosie Kate
(I love your name!)
Thanks for commenting and I hope you get a hold of some good French cheese soon to help ease your cravings.
There are several companies who deliver, if you're really needing some.

A trip (or two) to France is a great idea! Then you can enjoy all the unpasteurized, delicious French cheeses you want. :)

I read that you tasted this one as well and enjoyed it as much as I did. There are some amazing cheeses from the Savoie!

So true! Our fridge is often very smelly.

Fifi Flowers said...

oooooh that fromage looks YUMMY!!!

Loulou in France said...

It is! :)