Feature Cheese - Fleur d'Aunis

This is a soft washed rind cow’s cheese from the Loire Valley, in the Aunis province, situated on the north-west coast of France. During the maturation process, Fleur d’Aunis is bathed in a cognac fortified aperitif and brushed lightly with fleur D’ Sel water. This solution re-crystallizes on the rind resulting in some crackly bits that change up the texture of the interior creamy soft cheese. The sticky, gritty orange rind has a somewhat funky but pleasant barny, wet-hay aroma. The paste is smooth and elastic, with a flavour that is meaty, buttery and briny, a bit tangy, with nutty, fruity and smokey notes and a pleasant finish. This cheese is an excellent combination of umami, buttery sweetness and stickiness.

Pairs very well with light fruity reds or dry white wines. Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Grenache Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Syrah or Merlot. For beer pair with Belgian Wheat beers, Saisons, Red Ale, Belgian Pale Ale, ESB and IPA's.

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