Fleur du Maquis
Fleur Du Maquis, meaning "flower of the maquis", is a Corsican cheese made from the milk of the Lacaune ewes. It is also known by its other name, Brin d’Amour. This semi-soft cheese has a creamy, firm and moist textured pate, which is covered by a natural, flavoured rind. It takes between 2 weeks to 2-3 months for the cheese to ripen fully.
During the making process, the cheese is covered with an aromatic coating of rosemary, fennel seeds, juniper berries and the occasional bird's eye chilli. With age, the cheese is dotted with blue-grey moulds as the pate absorbs the herbal flavours of the rind. The strong characteristic flavours of the cheese are balanced by the delicate herbs. It has a sour, citrusy taste and a musty and nutty aroma. Fleur Du Maquis goes well with Albarino, Riesling and Tempranillo.