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Fleuri by L'Artisan

~ A feeling of Spring ~
In the cheesemaking world, there are cheesemakers who will keep making the same cheeses and aim to perfect that. Meanwhile, there are makers who love to try new things, explore and showcase their talents. We love it when cheesemakers release something new. It’s kind of like your favourite restaurant has changed the menu, again. It’s time to explore. Matthieu Megard from L’Artisan has the pedigree to produce great fromage, being a third generation cheesemaker. His French heritage has shone through in this cheese which is luscious, bloomy and rich.
PRODUCER:  L'Artisan
ORIGIN: Mortlake, VIC, Australia
AGEING: 3 weeks  |  MILK TYPE:    |  STRENGTH: 4/10
• Syrah
• Grenache
• Mourvédre
• Viogner
• Crackers
• Crusty Bread
• Try warming in the oven a few minutes

Great cheese starts with great milk. In this case, Matthieu gets his organic milk from cows grazing near Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. The creaminess of the milk certainly makes itself known as you slice into this beautifully formed wheel. The soft, white mould of this double cream brie hides a softness inside that only gets better with time. Give this cheese a chance to mature closer to its best before date.

The cheesemaker is the master of the petrie dish of moulds and bacteria as they select which to make with their cheese. Each style of cheese requires a particular mould which will give the signature flavours and aromas. Blue cheese utilises either Penicillium roqueforti or P. glaucum while most soft cheeses use P. camemberti. C. Camemberti moulds to help ripen the cheese from the outside, hence why they are called Surface-Ripened Cheeses. Cheeses such as St Marcellin, on the other hand can have a whole range of fungi allowing for a very distinctive style, texture, flavour and aroma.
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