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Crottin de Chavignol

Dropped in our caves as a quiet, unassuming fresh chevre, crafted from pasteurized goat’s milk, Crottin de Chavignol emerges from its lair a changed being—diminutive in size only, full of intense minerality and a complex, nuanced combination of textures, from a dense, fudgy center to a thin, delicate rind that surrounds a rich, unctuous creamline. Originally made in the 16th century in the tiny town of Chavignol (population: 200 cheese-loving denizens), these name-protected nuggets hail from nearby in the Loire Valley before they take up a three week residence in our caves, specially constructed to mimic the conditions of a 16th century French farmhouse cellar but with our own special microflora that lends an inimitable finish. Play up the textural contrast with a sparkling Chenin Blanc from the Loire. Thank heaven for little cheeses.

Just the facts

Country France
Region Centre
Milk Type Goat
Pasteurization Pasteurized
Rennet Type Animal
Age 2-4 weeks
Cheese Type Fresh and Chevre
Wheel Weight 2 ounces
Pairing Recommendations

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Typically bright and lemony, with clean citrus flavors. Can also have grassy and vegetal aromas (think green bell pepper).

    Pair with: Soft, creamy goat milk cheeses, triple crèmes or mixed milk cheeses with a mineral edge, like Nettle Meadow Kunik or La Tur.

  • Rose

    We love them all! Everything from light, crisp Provence style to deep and fruity Spanish Rosados. Don’t be afraid to enjoy rosé year-round, but we like the summer staple best with refreshing, mild cheeses that are great in warm weather.
    Pair with: Young chevres like Coupole and bloomy rinds like Moses Sleeper for the lighter stuff. A darker, fruitier rosé can stand up to a heavier cheese like nutty Pecorino Oro Antico. Sparkling rosé is a perfect match for Nettle Meadow Kunik.

  • Wheat Beers

    Wheat Beer, Weisse, Hefeweizen, Wit

    Wheat Beer, Weisse, Hefeweizen, Wit
    Pair with: Bright, tangy goat’s milk cheeses like Westfield Capri and buttery bloomy rinds like Nettle Meadow Kunik.

Cave Aged Crottin de Chavignol zoom

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