June 28, 2011

La Fête du Fromage - Le Curé Nantais

Curé Nantais

Those three words...affiné au Muscadet...made my heart skip a beat.

Whenever I see a French cheese label that includes the word "affiné," I know I'll love it. Affiné means that the cheese has been ripened, bathed, washed, rubbed or wrapped in spirits, wine, herbs, nuts, even the crushed grapes left after wine making, all of which creates an intoxicating depth of flavor.

Le Curé Nantais is a soft, chewy, unpasteurized cow's milk cheese produced in Pornic, in the western Loire. This particular variety has been repeatedly washed in the local white wine, Muscadet, for three weeks.

Its medium strong flavor is an intriguing mix of mild spices, mushrooms, creamy butter and salt. I thought it was sublime!

Enjoy with a glass of, you guessed it, Muscadet.

A few more examples of cheeses matured in wine, beer, etc.
le Cameau
Trappe Echourgnac
Brin d'Amour Pin It
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