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Thursday, October 10 2019

Le Coutances

By: Allison Spurrell
The holiday cheese of the year

A perfect taste of fall flavours for your holiday cheese board.

Cheese: Le Coutances

Origin: Normandie, France

Milk Type: Cow’s milk

Style: Soft ripened / bloomy rind

Description: Le Coutances comes in a small wheel, weighing in at two hundred grams. The shape is slightly cylindrical and only about 8 centimetres across, and 6 centimetres high. As the cheese gets close to perfect ripeness, the top center will slump inwards slightly. That’s a sign that the inside is beautifully soft, and the cheese is ready.

The plant in the town of Coutances, in Normandie, has been bought in recent years by the French cheese-making giant Savencia, but the quality of this small production doesn’t seem to have suffered at all.

Tasting Notes: Le Coutances is a double cream cow’s milk cheese with a silky, smooth texture. The paste is dense and creamy on the palate, getting downright runny the closer it gets to its ripening date. Hints of cooked root vegetables, cauliflower and mushrooms, make this deceivingly simple looking cheese a lovely surprise. It’s noticeably aromatic, maybe even slightly funky, but it doesn’t have any bitterness on the rind.

Pairing: It is a lovely addition to a cheese plate as it will stand up to whatever you pair with it, without overpowering the rest of the selection. I find it particularly delicious with a slightly sweet nut and fruit cracker, like Raincoast Crisps or Rustic Bakery. It’s excellent paired with a tomato jam or an onion confit.

Written By: Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell

les amis du FROMAGE is a family owned and operated specialty cheese store with two locations in Vancouver. With a carefully curated selection of local and imported cheeses, charcuterie and accompaniments, they also specialize in frozen soups and meals, all made in house using top quality ingredients. Founded in 1985 by the mother and daughter team of Alice and Allison Spurrell, les amis du FROMAGE is proud to still remain a family owned and operated Vancouver company after over 30 years in business. Current owners Allison Spurrell and Joe Chaput have come a long way since the original shoe-box sized store opened in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighborhood. You can rest assured that their mission is to continue the company’s reputation of offering the highest quality cheeses, cut to order, along with one-to-one customer service. Vancouver - 1752 West 2nd Avenue, BC V6J H6 Tel (604) 732-4218; Strathcona 843 East Hastings Street.V6A 1R8 Tel 604-253-4218. www.buycheese.com.