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Mothais a la Feuille

Mothais a la Feuille
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  • Made from unpasteurized goat's milk

  • Country of origin: France

  • Region: Poitou-Charentes

  • Type: soft, artisan, soft-ripened

  • Fat content: 25 g/100g

  • Texture: dense and supple

  • Rind: bloomy

  • Colour: white

  • Flavour: lemony, woody

  • Aroma: earthy

  • Vegetarian: no

  • Alternative spellings: Le Mothais sur Feuille, Mothais-sur-Feuille

Mothais a la Feuille is a French goat’s cheese originating in the Poitou-Charentes region of western France. It is named after the town of Mothe-Saint-Héray, where the cheese has been made and sold since the 19th century. In 2002, the cheese was awarded an AOC designation to protect the quality standards.

Fresh goat’s milk is used to prepare the cheese, and it matured in a room with unusually high humidity. It is covered in a protective chestnut, sycamore or plane leaf coating during the maturity period.

Mothais a la Feuille has a soft, runny texture that becomes dense as it ages. The unique combination of earthy, lemony and mould flavours of the leaf become intense as the cheese matures. On the surface, the rind of the cheese is delicate and wrinkled with blue and green mould underneath the leaf shell. It has been injected with a strain of Geotrichum that allows the cheese to breathe and develop the typical goat milk flavour. Mothais a la Feuille pairs well with Champagne or a single-malt whisky.

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