Le Jeune Autize, Goat's Milk Morbier
There's no arguing certain cheeses are just downright beautiful. Le Jeune Autize is one of them, kohl-colored ash striking a bold contrast against the bone-white paste. It's just begging to be eaten, and shouldn't you oblige?
I asked for a taste, and my first impressions were smooth and silky, with a nicely semi-firm body that gave easily under my bite. Oilier than most goat cheeses, Le Jeune Autize plays across the tongue joyfully without being overly capricious. There's a good taste of salt there, with a lightly funky layer that won't overpower those not into strong cheeses. The followup is decidedly sweet, and the rind has a pleasantly dusty, mushroomy flavor that smacks faintly of grass and fresh tobacco.
Photo by Stephanie Stiavetti