|Chaource - cow's milk uncooked, unpressed soft AOC cheese with a white mold - 8.8 oz/250 gr, France.
Not all cheeses need long periods of maturing. Chaource is a good example. Originally it was sold only fresh or demi-sec (slightly dry). Today people prefer it more matured which gives it a round appearance. It belongs to the white pate family, its strong acidity prevents the heart of the cheese from maturing. It was accepted into the AOC family in 1977.
Texture: Its pate melts in your mouth like light snow. When it has matured to a more advanced stage, one observes reddish stripes on the rind, but the interior remains white. The odor of Chaource is not unlike creamy mushrooms.
Taste: Its slightly sour taste is tempered by a salty savor.
Appropriate wines: Irancy or Sancerre, surprisingly, this cheese goes well with rose Champagne.