The cheese is distinguished by the small oak leaf that adorns it.
Haute-Garonne and Occitanie in general are lands where goat and sheep farming has long flourished. Numerous small farms produce fine cheeses that reflect the flavors of a region with a climate that’s more varied than it seems.
Chênette is produced on a farm in the Toulouse region, and Xavier, the region’s leading cheesemaker, introduced us to it.
The cheese is distinguished by the small oak leaf that adorns it. Beneath its vegetable cap, the natural ivory rind hides a crumbly, creamy paste. It’s a mild, fragrant cheese, with an unmistakable bouquet of garrigue herbs and thyme.