Bleu D'Auvergne - blue cow's milk AOC cheese, cut cheese - 1 lb/454 gr, France.
Uncooked, unpressed, soft French cheese with veins of blue mold.
The making of this cheese is relatively recent, only appearing in the markets in the middle of the last century. The story goes that an Auvergnat farmer sprinkled mold from rye bread on his milk curd and then pierced the curd with a needle. This allowed the air through and the curd developed blue veins.
Texture: The pate is uncooked and not pressed, with a sticky, moist and crumbly texture and veins of blue mold.
Taste: The smell is strong and attests to its pungent taste. The taste is pastoral, grasses and wild flowers... delightful.
Appropriate wines: Jurancon (mellow white), Maridan (red).