The Catalan translation of Nevat is “snowy,” alluding to the velvety, snow-white, mold that coats the exterior of the cheese. As the cheese matures the rind may develop gray patches.
Murcia and Grenadine goats, who feast on scrubby vegetation of Vilassar de Dalt, near the sea-coast, are the providers of this delicious milk. Their milk renders a higher fat content which enables the varying flavors of the goat’s diet to be absorbed.
The aroma is clean, light with slight fresh herbs. Petit Nevat’s paste is bone white. As the cheese matures the paste will become runny with a clean milky, citrus tang and an underlying sweetness. It has a delightfully long finish.
I enjoyed this cheese on crusty, artisan, bread with fresh fruit, nuts and a glass of Albarino. I bet it would be delicious with Godello, Chenin Blanc or a lightly wooded Sauvignon Blanc. Petit Nevat is snow good…I am not “kidding”. It is truly a snow-white wonder! Please share your tasting experience with me. In select Bottle King stores 5/26/11.