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Petit Rouge

~ French Heart and Soul ~
There’s no mistaking that the world is in love with French cheese. Seriously, it is the heart of the fromage world and has given rise to flavours and styles that cheese makers across the globe try to copy, often with little success. This cheese, on the other hand, has some serious French pedigree. Although it is made in Australia, it’s cheese maker, Matthieu Megard, is third generation cheese maker from the French Alps. This influence, coupled with his sourcing of local organic milk from single herd Jersey cows has captured a true cheese of the world.
PRODUCER:  L'Artisan Cheese
ORIGIN: Mortlake, VIC, Australia
AGEING: 4 weeks  |  MILK TYPE:    |  STRENGTH: 6/10
• Pinot Noir
• Stout
• Champagne
• Oaten Biscuits
• Baguette
• Cranberries
• Grapes

The striking orange hue clearly represents this as a washed-rind cheese, yet its taste, while young is more traditional camembert-like. You can taste the French influence as Matthieu’s heritage showcases a class cheese. As the cheese ages, the paste breaks down and starts to ooze more while the outside becomes more sticky as the bacteria develops and grows. With age, the stench becomes stronger, showing you off as a true cheese lover.

Of all the breeds of cows, Jersey cows produce the richest content which is very high in butterfat, vitally important for making great cheese. The milk is also much higher in protein, calcium, phosphorous and vitamin B12. They also produce more milk per kilo of body weight compared with any other breed. Jersey cows have some very interesting personality quirks that set them apart. This breed are always troublemakers, they play with their tongues and they want to know about everything. They love to hang out in groups and there can often be a leader of the heard. And, by far, they have the cutest babies!
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