2 Year Comte
Comte is the pride of France’s Jura region, and for good reason: it is considered to be one of the world’s greatest cheeses. The best wheels tend toward the sweetness of cooked milk, with a bit of stone fruit and the quiet nuttiness of browned butter. And that’s just when Comte is aged for the requisite one year. This version is aged for two, at which point the texture becomes firmer and flecked with tyrosine crystals and the flavor profile develops even further to include smoke, chocolate, and hazelnuts. It’s an even greater version of one of the world’s greatest cheeses.
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BourbonThink: Caramelly, crystalline cheeses have the strength to stand up to bolder booze. With sweet bourbon, these cheeses become almost like dessert.
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!
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.