Just when thought we couldn’t get any more excited about Champagne season, along came our Burnside Cheesemonger Susan with this special treat: Langres cheese from the Champagne region in France. Cheese from Champagne? We’re in heaven.
Langres is a washed-rind, cow’s milk cheese that offers a creamy, decadent flavor. It’s distinctly dimpled orange rind is formed by regular rinsing with a pigment from the Annatto tree during the aging process. Its texture is smooth and dense, which pairs nicely when contrasted by the most famous export from this region in France—Champagne wine. In fact, you’ll notice a concave depression in the top of the wheel—this is an intentional divet made to hold a small well of Champagne!
Susan loves this cheese so much that she suggests pairing it with only bubbly or at most s a thin cracker that won’t detract from Langres’ delicate flavor (her favorite is a Natural Crispbread from 34°).