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A traditional goat cheese log
Sainte-Maure de Touraine in unlike any other cheese. Beneath the ash-covered rind lies a firm white paste delicately harbouring light goaty aromas and subtle notes of hazelnut – it is quite simply irresistible. Exclusively produced in the barren lands of the Touraine region, Saint-Maure is renowned for its cylindrical log shape. A rye straw runs through the centre to hold the fragile cheese together during production. Once drained and salted the Sainte-Maure is left to age in a fresh and humid room for 2 weeks to allow all the flavours to fully develop. A recipe dates back to the XIII century when the Moors occupied SW France until defeated by the Frankish Knights led by Charles Poitel in Poitiers. This victory became the symbolic beginning of the Muslim expansion in Europe. The Sainte-Maure is perhaps a vestige of the Saracen presence in the region.
A subtle blend of hazelnut and wild mushroom aromas
Covered by a natural white flora, the Crottin de Chavignol is made into a cylindrical shape on average 4cm in diameter - no bigger than a piece of candy, but incredibly tasty. The Crèmerie Royale’s Crottin de Chavignol is aged until semi-firm with a white paste that melts in the mouth to reveal a light goaty aroma with a hint of hazelnut and wild mushrooms. These flavours come from the heart of the Sancerre region in the village of Chavignol where the cheese is produced. The very first Crottins were made by winegrowers who left the goats to graze on the grass growing between the rocks in the vineyards, allowing these small cheeses to be produced. The name “Crottin” is derived from the word “crot” meaning “hole”. This is also the name given to the place where women washed linen on the riverside. The clay, which bordered these “crots”, was used to make the cheese molds to strain the whey. So “crot” gave birth to the word “crottin”, the content taking the name of the container. The Crèmerie Royale’s Crottin de Chavignol is PDO-designated, certifying that the cheese is produced in a specific geographical zone around Chavignol and that 80% of the goats’ feed – fresh grass, oats and barley – are also produced in the same region.
Ivory in colour, soft-tasting…quite simply enchanting!
Balanced, soft, fruity, La Crèmerie Royale’s Emmental is a pure Savoie region specialty. The Protected Geographical Indication label guarantees that the entire production process is carried out in the region. As soon as you taste our Emmental you will be transported to the rolling green valleys at the foot of the high mountain tops, and feel the green grass, the blooming flowers of this truly unspoilt natural site…a beauty spot that will leave you lost for words.
The cheese of tradition, of ancestral savoir-faire
The elegance of the taste is down to the quality of the milk used to make it. The Normande cows, raised in the meadows of Normandy where they graze on the fresh grass over a period of several months, provide a particular quality to the milk. Carefully ladled into molds, the camembert is then left to refine for two weeks. The cheese is only wrapped on the 13th day when the crust has developed a fine bloomy aspect. For La Crèmerie Royale, a minimum 35 days are necessary for the Camembert to fully mature and to develop its true taste.
A real taste of Provence on your plate
This small raw goat milk cheese dates back to the 14th century and is also known as ‘le picauoudou’, a name that sings out the sounds of the Provence region. It is a cheese that has retained all its authenticity. It is a combination of the Mediterranean climate and the Alpine breed of goats that produces the best milk for the Picodon. It has a moist, melt-in-the-mouth texture with a hint of hazelnut. The rind is soft and bloomy.