Bix is 100g of pure deliciousness. It is a fabulously soft cheese made with an extra helping of cream. It is based on the famous French cheese Chaource and has a similar buttery paste with a dense, rich flavour. As the cheese matures it develops an earthy aroma and a deeper, fuller taste.
The cheese itself is named after a village in South Oxfordshire which is very close to the Nettlebed Creamery where it is made. It has won various accolades including Best Organic Cheese and Best Soft Cheese at the British Cheese Awards.
The Nettlebed Creamery was founded by Rose Grimond in 2015. We go to the dairy every couple of weeks to buy our Bix directly from Rose and her team. The milk (and in turn the cream) for the Bix comes from Rose’s family farm, Merrimoles. The farm covers an impressive 2000 acres around the villages of Bix and Nettlebed. It is run by Rose’s mother and aunt who are nieces of Ian Fleming. It has been in their family for more than 100 years and is home to a herd of 130 cows which are a mixture of Holstein Friesians, Swedish Red and Montbéliardes.
Rose’s cows graze on wonderful pastures containing grass and clover leys as well as additional herbs such as chicory, plantain and yarrow. The farm is completely organic and Rose believes that the quality of the pastures as well as the quality of the cows are the reason why Bix has been so successful. You really can taste the terroir of the farm in this delectable soft cheese.
Bix and Champagne are a perfect match for each other!