The Corsican maquis, with its procession of southern scents such as thyme, rosemary, savory and juniper berries, is the perfect backdrop for this cheese.
Corsica doesn’t just conjure up majestic mountains fringed by an azure sea, many subtle fragrances surface in our memories when we think of the Isle of Beauty.
Among them, the famous maquis and its procession of southern scents such as thyme, rosemary, savory and juniper berries, a lovely panel that goes happily with generous ewe’s milk cheeses so happy to see themselves so beautifully adorned. We’re talking about love when we talk about a happy marriage.
The most beautiful love is the one that lasts, so Brin d’Amour takes time to reach its peak. In its youth, it will evoke the fresh acidity of sheep’s milk, and the herbs will not yet have permeated the material with conviction. This Broccio begins to lose its whey, shrinks and contracts, the paste becomes denser, and the herbs and their rich aromas begin to give it all their vegetal notes. By this time, the cheese has completed its moult, forming an irregular rind in a thousand shades of blue-gray and green-orange, dotted with silky mold. The wine’s clean, white body begins with a softness on the palate, quickly enhanced by a hint of ovine, then moves on to a bouquet of dried herbs, finishing with more mineral touches. From a pleasant cheese, the ripener can turn it into a product of rare complexity if he knows how to give it the right setting.
North Corsica, Bastia region