Roquefort cheese is made from ewe's-milk and comes from the south of France.
Together with Bleu d'Auvergne, Stilton and Gorgonzola,
The law in Europe says that only the cheeses aged in the natural Combalou caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon may bear the name 'Roquefort'.
Roquefort is sometimes known as the "King of Cheeses". To deserve this title, it should be
white, crumbly and moist in the centre and therefore easily spreadable. If it's a bit hard still, it can ripen in the fridge.
Roquefort Cheese has distinctive veins of blue mold, these blue veins provide a sharp tang.
Roquefort Cheese has no rind therefore the whole Roquefort is edible. As each kilogram of finished cheese requires about 4.5 litres of milk, Roquefort is high in fat, protein and minerals.
The story behind the cheese is, the cheese was discovered when a young shepherd, eating his lunch of bread and
ewes' milk cheese, saw a beautiful girl in the distance. Abandoning his meal in a nearby cave, he ran to meet her.
When he returned a few months later, the (Penicillium roqueforti) mold had transformed his plain cheese into Roquefort.
The mold that gives Roquefort its distinctive character (Penicillium roqueforti) is found in the soil of these famous caves.
Traditionally the cheesemakers extracted it by leaving bread in the caves for six to eight weeks until it was consumed by the mold. The interior of the bread was then dried to produce a powder. (Nowadays the mold can be produced in a laboratory.)
Then the mold was added to the curd, through holes poked into the rind, and left to mature.
The best way to sample Roquefort is at room temperature. After a pleasent meal with friends.
Crack open a chilled bottle of French dessert wine. One of the best in my opinion is 'Sauternes', which is a French dessert wine from the Sauternais region of the Graves section in Bordeaux.
Sauternes is made from Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes that have been affected by Botrytis cinerea, also known as noble rot. This causes the grapes to become partially raisined, resulting in a beautifully sweet dessert wine.
Sauternes, a chunk of Roquefort with some bread and some plump figs.
This combination of rich sweet wine, ripe fruit and the salty creamy cheese is a perfect trio of taste sensations.
A wonderful way to end a meal.
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