Camembert Fermier produced by the cheese makers, Ferme de Jouvence is a genuine farmhouse cheese. Upon first tasting this cow’s milk cheese I recognized that it was young and had not achieved its full potential. The bloom was white with cross hatching. The interior ivory paste was creamier on the outside but had a chalky(crumbly) heart. It was springy to the touch, definitely firm for a soft cheese. The scent was mildly milky. The flavor was earthy, reminiscent of a baked potato with a bit of butter and dollop of sour cream. I enjoyed its essence but also knew that if I had waited for it to age it would have been more compelling.
Three weeks later I had a do over. What a difference in flavor and texture. Wow! The rind was now mottled with red. The cheese ripened from the outside inward. The straw-colored paste was buttery and creamy. My taste buds sparkled with the earthy, mushroom and truffle overtones …Oh how I savored every bite! I wanted to hop on a plane to Normandy, grab a white Rhône(perhaps Viogner, Marsanne or Rousanne), some fresh fruit, a baguette, and my Camembert Fermier. Instead I will await its arrival in select Bottle King stores this week. A Bon Goût!