Each month, Petrossian offers a collection of three of the world's finest gourmet cheeses. The selection changes at the end of the month, so make sure to check back often to see our latest trio.
February's Cheese of the Month Collection include
Saint Andre is a triple crème cow's milk cheese produced in Coutances, in the Normandy region of northwestern France. It has a high fat (75%) content because it is further enhanced with heavy cream, making it dense, buttery and rich. The rind is covered with a velvety and powdery bloomy mold while the inside is ivory white in color. The taste of the cheese is an intense version of the Brie, another famous French soft cheese. The flavors of the satiny, edible rind are tangy perfectly complementing the rich, slightly salty and decadent center.
The full, buttery taste of Saint Andre can make a white wine taste sour, so it is best suggested with a light beer, dessert wine or a slice of pear. It could also be enjoyed with a crusty French bread or a plain cracker.
St. Agur, easily recognizable by its octagonal shape, is made from pasteurized cow's milk in the village of Monts du Velay. It entices you with its naked butteriness and delicate sharpness. It contains 60% butter cream, thus qualifying it also as a double-cream cheese. In other words, every bite is sinful. Mild in flavor and not too salty in comparison to other blues, St. Agur appeals to many palates. Due to its creaminess, it melts and spreads easily.
Put a thin slice in your salad or burger or spread it on fresh baguette. It also melts quickly in sauces. Serve with Chardonnay, Syrah, Port, or Vouvray Moelleux.
From the Jura comes this raw cow's milk cheese. Legend has it that Comte makers with extra curds at the end of each day sprinkled them with soot to protect them from flies until they could add curds from the following morning's milking. The wheels were then pressed and washed with brine. Today the layer is one of vegetable ash, a merely a decorative cue to a washed rind that is finished to pungent perfection. For pairings, go for a terroir pairing with oxidized Jura whites, like Pinot Noir or Riesling.