£8.20 – £16.40
Brun de Noix is a very unusual cheese in that it is regularly washed in a walnut liqueur. It is not one for those with nut allergies…! The walnut liqueur gives the cheese a rich, almost polished, amber rind. Within this rind is a smooth yet dense paste which sometimes has little eyes (holes) throughout it. It could be described as rubbery but we think it is more elastic and springy. The cheese has an appealing aroma alongside its delicately soft texture. Its flavours strike a perfect balance between the fresh milky taste of the cheese and the full, nutty notes of the rind. For some, the taste is pure walnut but it also has real hints of maple syrup. A unique and surprising cheese that cannot be missed!
Brun de Noix is produced by Beillevaire who are both cheesemakers and cheesemongers. We buy a lot of our specialist French cheeses direct from them. They make the cheese in their dairy in Machecoul, which is just south of the Loire river. Cheeses washed in walnut liqueur would have been originally produced in monasteries, but this unique style of cheesemaking was in danger of being forgotten. Beillevaire are keen to keep traditional cheese varieties like this one alive.
A lighter Pinot Noir matches really well with Brun de Noix as it helps to cut through the powerful nutty flavour.