Located in the heart of the Pilat Regional Park in the Rhône-Alpes region of France, Fromager d'Affinois is produced by Fromagerie Guilloteau.
Fromagerie Guilloteau is renowned for having pioneered the use of ultrafiltration in cheesemaking, a process that allows for the concentration of certain milk components and therefore facilitates accelerated cheese maturation. Fromagerie Guilloteau produce a variety of cheeses using this method, perhaps the most famous of which is Fromager d'Affinois. Unlike the bloomy-rinded brie-style wheels that have made the brand famous, this new version is a washed-rind cheese.
Campagnier’s bright orange rind suggests that it’s going to be pungent and stinky, but aromas are surprisingly subdued, earthy and soupy. A silky paste oozes from the rind, almost in a thick, pudding-like consistency. Flavor is buttery and meaty; think of a steak with compound butter and lots of salt. Mushroomy notes linger on the palate. Overall it’s a friendly and accessible cheese, still offering washed rind die-hards that addictively meaty depth of flavor. amous, this new version is a washed-rind cheese.
Pair it with a Gewürztraminer or with a Chimay Blue beer.