Chabichou Du Poitou 4 oz
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After over a millennium of development, your rind would be a little wrinkled, too. This pasteurized goat’s milk cylinder—called a “bonde” in the world of French cheesemaking—made its debut in eighth-century France, just south of the Loire in Poitou. The lush vegetation of Poitou is a browsing goat’s delight, and the grassiness shines through in Chabichou’s luscious creamline, tucked just beneath the rind. From a region where the soil is characteristically chalky and this name-protected cheese is decidedly not, Chabichou prances on the palate with flavors of lemon zest, tempered by a deep minerality and the texture of creamy boardwalk fudge. Its delicately wrinkled complexion comes from special subterranean care lavished upon each tiny cylinder in Murray’s own caves, where its rind is patted regularly for a round and complex flavor. Add a glass of terroir-appropriate Sancerre and toast to the classics.
Just the Facts
Chenin BlancCrisp and acidic with light minerality. You may smell stone fruit, apples, pear, quince, even some fresh herbs.
Pair with: Tangy Loire Valley goat cheese to bring out crisp, mineral qualities in both. Something like Selles-sur-Cher will work perfectly!
CiderBrie and apples, cheddar and apples – both delicious! Why not extend that deliciousness to apples in liquid form? Enjoy cider and cheese for a pairing to remember.
English style: drier, more like a beer, with nice acidity.
Pair with: Just about anything but we love it with firm natural rind cheese, like Landaff.
Basque/Normandy : barnyardy and funky, but still with a little sweetness.
Pair with: A beefy washed rind, like Grayson to contrast the sugar and bring out the funk.
Pinot NoirLighter bodied and delicate. Old World style generally offers more funk, New World more fruit.
Old World Pinot: Flavors of fresh cherries and raspberry balanced by a barnyard funk and high minerality. Sometimes has floral aromas, reminiscent of rose petal.
Pair with: Almost anything! Works with funky Frenchies Epoisses and Langres, or mild natural rinds like Tomme de Savoie.
RoséWe 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 BeersWheat Beer, Weisse, Hefeweizen, Wit