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Creamy Brie (Laura Chenel)

Producer
Laura Chenel
Country
United States
Region
California
Size
3 in diameter x 3/4 in height
Weight
5 oz
Website
www.laurachenel.com
Milk
Goat
Treatment
Pasteurised
Classification
Semi Soft
Rennet
Microbial
Rind
Mold Ripened
Style
Soft-Ripened (Brie-like)

Laura Chenel ushered in a new chapter in American cheese in 1979 when she started making farmstead goat cheese with milk from her goats and techniques she learned in France. Today, Laura Chenel still embodies its founding namesake’s pioneering spirit as a leading producer of fresh and aged goat cheeses, and goat yogurts crafted with fresh goat milk from family-owned farms in California, Oregon, Nevada and Idaho. Located in the heart of Sonoma County, Laura Chenel is the first U.S. creamery to be awarded LEED Gold certification, and its commitment to sustainable practices, including solar energy and recycling, helps preserve the terroir for generations to come. 

Laura Chenel Creamy Brie is an American twist on the traditional French cow’s milk cheese. This soft-ripened wheel begins with fresh, local goat milk that is turned into curd, gently cut and poured into molds, where it’s allowed to drain naturally and retain as much moisture as possible. After 9-14 days of aging, Creamy Brie develops a thin, bloomy rind and a velvety texture that quickly becomes oozy.

Tasting Notes

The unctuous paste of this cheese tends to ooze out from underneath its thin rind. Creamy Brie is a milder brie with grassy and nutty flavors balanced by hints of lemon and a clean finish. 

Pairings

Creamy Brie is a natural for the cheese plate alongside fresh bread and fruit. It’s also delicious served for dessert with honey or dark chocolate and melted on burgers or sandwiches. Pair it with a California Sauvignon blanc or Belgian-style ales. 

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