WHAT IS CHEVROT?
This delicious, creamy dream is a goat cheese that is made from both raw and pasteurized (for Americans) milk. Geotricum is introduced into the rind which gives it a bizarrely cerebral look. As chevrot ages the chalky heart eventually breaks down into a soupy mess that delights the tongue. This used to be one of my favorite cheeses.
WHERE IS CHEVROT MADE?
Chevrot is hand ladled in the Loire valley in central France. It is made by the cooperative Sèvre-et-Belle. For over 1,000 years this area has been famous for the high quality of its’ goat’s milk.
SCREW THE WINE & CHEESE, WHAT ABOUT THE ASPARAGUS?
The Loire is known as the garden of France due to the number of vineyards packed into this valley. But what about the asparagus??? In addition to stunning chateaus, beautiful vineyards and beautiful landscape, lurking about are tasty asparagus. The white in particular (the plant is the same, green vs. white is just a matter of how it is raised) is rumored to be an aphrodisiac. Of course, when you’re drunk on great wine and cheese, serving a phallic shaped vegetable probably doesn’t hurt.
WHAT CAN I PAIR THIS FROMAGE WITH?
White wines like Gewurtztraminer or a Chenin Blanc can’t go wrong. Chevrot is a fresh, mild, fatty cheese do it won’t stand up to bold red wines very well. For cheese pairings, if by country just stay away from other creamy goat cheeses and you’ll be fine (so a good double creme brie or an aged Ossau Iraty would be just fine). If by milk type, then Garrotxa for a Spanish goat’s milk and an aged Dutch goat Gouda could work as well.