DELICE DE CHABLIS The rock star of cheese
Producer – Le Dauphin
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Taking a bath in some of the world’s finest wine is one of those things most of us only read about in gossip magazines. It’s sort of in the same league as throwing TVs out of hotel windows - the ultimate Rock Star behaviour. Well roll over Keith Richards, this cheese is after your crown.
The Delice de Chablis is the ultimate in washed rind cheese – what could be sexier than regularly bathing your cheese in, you guessed it, Chablis, before packing it into a small wooden box, the perfect package to allow the cheese to develop its powerful stinky aroma? This wine wash is what creates the wrinkly, pungent, tangerine-coloured rind that seals in the gooey interior. On second thoughts then, maybe it’s more Donald Trump than Keith Richards?
For the wine lovers among you, you will know instantly from the mention of Chablis that this cheese must hail from the renowned Burgundy region of France. Best enjoyed when sufficiently ripe to eat straight out of the box with a golden spoon, or whatever you consider sufficiently rock-star. A guitar pick maybe?
The soft, mouth-watering orange rind has a classic stinky aroma – this is not a cheese that will get lost at the back of the fridge! The interior is decadent and velvety in texture with soft, earthy flavours, just as you would get from a good Burgundian wine. Leave out of the fridge for a couple of hours to best enjoy its delicious gooiness in all its glory.
FACT OF THE DAY
Le Dauphin was the term used by the French for the heir apparent to the throne. Legend has it that King Louis XIV and his son so enjoyed the cheese that it was named Dauphin in his honour, and in early days was even shaped into a dolphin (the literal meaning of the word).
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