La Bouyguette is a lovely raw milk goat cheese that has come back to us after being on the missing list for quite a few years.
This small goat cheese is made in the village of Carmaux, in the department of Tarn in the Occitanie Region of France. La Bouyguette is made by the SagalaFrom creamery, and they make a variety of other lovely small goat cheeses as well.
In a category like goat cheese, where interesting shapes and coatings are the norm, this still stands out as unique. It is an elongated shape almost like a navette ring, and it is topped with a fresh sprig of rosemary. The outside is a little bit bloomy, and a little wrinkly as is often the case with Geotrichum treated goat cheeses.
They arrive to us in a traditional wooden box, lightly covered with plastic straws and paper to keep them safe on their long journey to Canada. It is like opening a little jewel box, as they are so pretty!
La Bouyguette has a lovely dense, creamy texture. It is not particularly strong but is slightly lactic and well rounded. I love the rich mouthfeel and full flavour, and I also like that it doesn’t have any strong barnyardy finish.
Although the rosemary looks pretty and seems like it might just be there for garnish, you can really detect a nice herbaceous note while enjoying this little cheese.
Like most ripened goats of this style La Bouyguette is great with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, or perhaps even a blond beer.
I personally feel like it is delicate enough that you wouldn’t want to pair it with anything too strong, but it certainly could be served with a little drizzle of interesting honey – maybe Garrigue or Chestnut – or some toasted hazelnuts.
I’m not sure it even needs bread, but a classic baguette might be preferable to anything too strongly flavoured.
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