Delice de Poitou
The Poitou-Chevre is a co-operative dairy located in the village of La Mothe Saint Héray in the Loire Valley of France. The dairy was established in 1897 when the herders in the village and its surrounding area banded together. Because of its size, the dairy is considered by locals to be a family affair. Poitou-Chevre, as its name indicates, strictly produces goat’s milk cheeses, and in particular, traditional goat’s milk cheeses native to the region. Delice de Poitou is a small ovular goat’s milk cheese. It is sprinkled with salted vegetable ash, which gives the cheese a dark grey rind encasing a white paste.
The flavor is citrusy and herbaceous, which is characteristic of a two-month old goat cheese. The texture is mouth coating and luxurious.
Pair this cheese with Champagne or a white wine with some citrus notes such as Sauvignon Blanc. It can be served with a drizzle of honey or with fresh fruit such as nectarines.