Murray's Cave Aged Reserve Lait Bloomer
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This flower-rinded brie-style button begins life at Jasper Hill Farm in Vermont, after which it is sent to be raised by us in our Caves. A delicate coating of dried flowers is applied to the rind, and its soft paste is loaded with flavors of fruits, nuts, and fresh cream. In particular, we notice that the flowers impart notes of blackberry, citrus and almond. There’s also a subtler layer of button mushroom coming from the bloomy rind.
You may recognize Lait Bloomer from its days as a Preamble, our R&D program through which we release test batches. Well, we’ve gotten this recipe just right, and it’s so good that we’re adding it to our permanent lineup.
When we began developing Lait Bloomer, we experimented with lots of different flowers for the rind. Some, like rose hips, were overpowering. Others, like cornflower, lost their color. After several R&D batches, we hit on the winning combination of flavor and appearance: marigold and elderflower.
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Just the Facts
RieslingThis food-friendly wine ranges from super sweet to quite dry. Acidity, minerality, and aromas of tropical fruit are almost always present.
Dry: Characterized by bracing acidity and stark minerality. Tropical fruit on the nose, stunningly balanced flavor overall.
Pair with: This versatile wine works equally well with a fresh chevre (bringing out acidity) as it does a stinker like Willoughby (playing up the sweet/salty contrast).
Sweet: The other end of the spectrum offers a cloyingly sweet, syrupy wine. Aromas of ripe peaches and tropical fruit dominate, along with floral, perfumed accents.
Pair with: With something this strong it’s best to contrast the sweetness with something funky or salty: A pungent washed rind like Grayson or a punchy blue like Bleu du Bocage.
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
Since the inception of the Caves at Murray’s Cheese, our expert Cavemasters have aged and produced the best cheeses in our very own center for affinage in NYC. Our Cavemaster Reserve selection is a line of premium, unique cheeses that come straight from one of our four caves. Our Bloomy Rind Cave is home to soft, young Cavemaster Reserve cheeses like our Hudson Flower and Lait Bloomer.