Fin Briard à la truffe d’été by Fromagerie Rouzaire.
Brie is a historic part of Northern France that has become synonymous with cheese in modern times. The locals are referred to as Briards and one of their finest products is the Fin Briard cheese.
The young fromage is matured for 4 weeks in an underground cellar and then sliced in half horizontally. The bottom half is covered with a mixture of black Périgord truffles, crème fraîche and mascarpone and the 2 pieces are put back together. The whole wheel is then matured for a further month to allow the formation of a homogenous rind around the cheese.
@rogerwaters famously sang the line “Stop and smell the roses”. The quote is about more than just the fragrance of roses. It invites the listeners to take the time to appreciate the world around them.
The only way to truly savour this fromage is to close your eyes, breathe in the earthy aroma of the truffles and let them take you on a journey to the hazelnut and oak forests of Périgord.
The Fin Briard has a rich buttery texture and the earthiness of the truffles infuses throughout and perfectly complements its delicate lactic flavours.
This beautiful variant of Fromage Briard is definitely one for the truffle aficionados.
Eat this one slowly. It will indulge all of your senses.