Petit Pavé de Poitou
Origin: Poitou, France
Milk Type: Raw
Petit Pavé de Poitou is a great example of a classic Loire valley goat cheese in all the best ways. The raw milk cheese is produced on the same property as the goats are milked, therefore making it a farmhouse cheese. Crafted by a single maker, this cheese is made in very low volume compared to other Loire goat cheeses, making it a rare treat to have it reach our shores.
Weighing only 100 grams, this tiny cheese is thankfully large on flavour. In a traditional ‘pave’ (paving stone) rectangle, the Petit Pavé is a golden cream colour with a slightly wrinkled rind. The high lactic notes of goat milk are blended with an aroma not unlike bundled hay, drying in a field. Once open, the luxurious and cheerfully salted paste of Pavé has difficulty staying inside it`s rind. It is best eaten all at once!
Like it`s cousins from all over the Loire, Petit Pavé de Poitou is remarkably well suited to sweet accompaniments, such as clover honey, or fig jam… Just don`t forget the tiny fouée, a traditional snacking bread from Touraine. To drink, at least keep the idea of it`s origin in mind… A sauvignon blanc will work wonders with it, Ontario, New Zealand, or French.