Stinky French Cheese
Époisses (pronounced ay-PWOSS)
This pungent cheese is definitely one of our favorites from France. This spoonable, spreadable cheese is ooey- gooey, and rich with huge flavor and barnyard like aromas.
This delicious, washed-rind cow’s milk cheese is produced in a village in France that bears the same name. The best versions of Epoisses are made from raw cow’s milk but are only found in Europe. Epoisses has a Protected Denomination of Origin status, which means that it may only be made within the boundaries of a certain area, and only with specific ingredients and techniques that are protected by law. The pasteurized version, which we have here in the states, comes as a small disk packaged in a round, wooden box, similar to Brie.
The soft washed, smear-rind has a reddish/orange appearance. This comes from the delicious bath the cheese takes as it ages—the bath begins with a salt brine and ends with a Marc de Bourgogne, the local pomace Brandy, which is the distillate of Burgundy wine residues.
Epoisses definitely needs to be on your “cheeses to try before I die list.” And if you don’t have a “cheeses to try before I die list,” you must start one. Pair this pungent masterpiece with Trappist beer, sauternes, or a big, bold, red like burgundy.
In a Nutshell…
|Cheese Type||Washed Rind|