La Couronne Lochoise
Also known simply as La Couronne, this small, doughnut-shaped, thermalized goat’s milk cheese is made in the areas surrounding the the medieval city of Loches in France’s Loire Valley. Named for its shape – “La Couronne” literally translates as “the crown” and “Lochoise” means simply that it comes from the area around Loches - this ash covered cheese is produced in limited quantities by a small number of cheesemakers.
The texture of the cheese is soft and yielding with a delicately thin rind. The interior paste is bone white in color. Flavors are mildly goaty and cream-like, underpinned with hints of grass, salt and a fresh citric tang.
Not surprisingly, La Couronne pairs best with wines from the Loire such as a white Sancerre or a reds such as Anjou or Bourgueil.