September 8, 2011

La Fête du Fromage - Le Treillou

Le Treillou

There was a dearth of cheese chez nous this July and August.

Other than driving back and forth to work and making short trips to town to buy groceries, I didn't leave the village. Not even to go to the market!

Last week I was forced to leave my little Minevois bubble and head to Béziers (for reasons I'd rather not discuss for the time being), however, it did offer me the chance to stop by les Halles in the hopes that there would be something new at the Fromagerie. Success!
And on the way home I stopped at une épicerie fine that recently opened in the area to buy some olives and, lo and behold, I discovered that they also sell cheese!

So, not such a terrible day after all.

Le Treillou

Voilà, le Treillou, a rustic, delicious goat's cheese produced at la Ferme de la Treille, near St. Chinian.

And unbelievably, a fromage de chèvre from the Languedoc that I've never tasted. How is that possible? 

Le Treillou is a fairly typical chèvre, with flavors that range from tangy to slightly sour, with woody herbs, soft salt and earthy notes.
It is mildly goat-y and has a refreshing, milky aroma. The texture is soft, moist, slightly dense and chewy.
Another addition to the delicious range of cheeses produced in the Languedoc-Roussillon!

We tasted it with some red and rosé from the Minervois, both of which were a good wine match.

A few more French cheeses to try.

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Giedo De Snijder said...

Although this cheese looks nicely natural ripened, I am wondering if it is 'mouler à la louche' or 'pré-égouttage'?

chcmichel said...
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chcmichel said...

I shall have to add this chevre to my list cheeses to try when we are visiting the cousins in the Languedoc. Thanks for sharing.

Tanya said...

Is this one of the chèvres that redeemed the day last week? It looks very good.

Sharon T said...

I hope everything is ok. This looks fantastic. I cannot wait to come taste cheese!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Sadly my husband does no like goat's cheese, but then on the other hand, all the more for me!!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I love just about any kind of cheese and like trying new ones -- this looks really good!

Languedoc Villa said...

Looks yum. Les Halles in Narbonne is also a great place to track down cheese and definitely better than most of the supermarkets!

Libby said...

I love reading about all the cheeses you discover - someday soon I'm going to track a few down for a sample night.

Here's my question: have you ever met a cheese you didn't like? Your posts always rave about these cheeses but I never hear about which kinds are bad. Any thoughts?

Chez Loulou said...

I'm not sure. If I ever get to up to Saint Chinian I'll try to stop by and meet the producers and find out.

You'll love it!

It was. :)

Chez Loulou said...

So many to choose from! (yes, everything is fine, thanks)

Yes, more for you. :)

There are now many small farms in the US making amazing cheese. I had a great tasting a few years ago in California.
Do you have any near you?

Chez Loulou said...

L Villa
Yes, I know the Fromageries in les Halles in Narbonne very well. :)

Glad you're enjoying my French cheese tastings.
Yes, I've definitely met a few I didn't like! Bergues and le Cados come to mind immediately.

Caroline said...

This looks so perfect, and creamy, and wonderful, and awesome. Someone remind me why I'm on a diet ?

croquecamille said...

I love that I now know exactly what you are referring to when you say "local wine". :)

Chez Loulou said...

You can always enjoy a tiny wedge. :)

Come back and you can help support the local wine co-op again. :)