Brie de Meaux
Originally hailing from the town of Meaux, in the north-eastern part of France, Brie de Meaux is a French brie that must be matured in one of the following French regions: Seine-et-Marne, Loiret, Aube, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meuse and Yonne.
Made using unpasteurized cow’s milk and aged over a 6 to 8-week period, its texture is soft, creamy and smooth, with sweet and smooth buttery flavours, and concentrated aromas of hazelnut, fresh mushroom and raw milk. For pairing, go with Champagne or a full-bodied red wine with fruity aromas.
Brie aux Truffes
This exceptional cheese combines the pure taste of truffle with the delicate texture of Brie de Meaux. It is made by splitting a Brie de Meaux in two and filling it with a decadent mixture of crème fraîche, chopped black truffles and mascarpone, then closing it. This creates a rich and harmonious blend of flavours, best enjoyed when freshly made.
The truffles bring out the earthy notes of the brie, while the creaminess of the brie rounds out the strong aroma of the truffle. The ideal drink pairing for Brie aux Truffes is Champagne.
Declared the “King of cheeses” by famed French lawyer, politician, and epicurean Brillat-Savarin, Époisses is a soft-ripened, washed-rind cheese made with whole cow’s milk. This French cheese has a creamy, chewy and firm texture with a distinctive soft red-orange colour. It is renowned for its pungent aroma and rich history, having first been made by monks in Burgundy, France in the 1600’s.
Definitely not one for the faint-hearted, this cheese is characterised by its complex and powerfully rich flavour, which comes from the unique way it is produced. The process involves smear ripening the cheese and repeatedly washing it with a mixture of water and a traditional French brandy, Marc de Bourgogne. It takes at least 6 weeks to mature fully.
Époisses goes very well with Trappist beer, or with sweet white wine preferably made in the same region, such as Sauternes. Legend has it that Napoleon was partial to this cheese and had it with Chambertin wine!