Such a Delicate Cheese. Oh So Debonair.
- Basque Region, France
- Raw Goat Milk
- Semi-Firm Natural Rind
- Smells: Cave, Berries, Fresh Milk, Toasted Nuts
- Texture: Semi-Hard, Marzipan-like
- Taste: Fruity~Apricots and Grapefruit, Toasted Nuts, Floral, Woodsy
- Finish: Browned Butter, Just Touch of Hay
Debonair: courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm; somewhat old fashioned. Chabrin is just that; complex and simple all in one. If the age old stories are true this cheese has been crafted in the Pyrenees for around four thousand years. Fact or fable I have yet to uncover, nevertheless this cheese has been nurtured for many generations. Today it is made by a Co-Op in the Basque region of France called Onetik. Their revered focus to their land, animals, and traditional cheese making methods have kept this cheese alive. Each wheel is aged in their cellars or hâloirs, for three months giving a lovely mineral aroma as well as taste to the rind. To me it is delicate in all the right places, and is in no way offensive, as some goat milk cheeses can be. Creamy, nutty, fruity, and floral…just royalty in the goat milk realm.
Grab a jar of jam, crispy crackers, pyrenees white wine, a pal, Carla Bruni’s sweet melodies, and ponder the facts or fables of this delicate delight.