Smooth and pliant; a great introduction to French brie styles! Quick Facts Country of Origin: France Milk Type/Treatment: Pasteurized Cow Rennet Type: Microbial The Flavor Experience The fine velvet rind of Fromager d’Affinois encases a paste so creamy you’d swear it was a triple crème. Rich and satiny, this innovative cheese borrows different elements from our favorite French bloomy-rinds to create this wildly popular wheel. With the disc-shape of a camembert, but the buttery flavor and thick texture of a triple crème, this cheese will fulfill all your soft-cheese needs and desires in a single wedge. The Story It may feel like a triple crème, but it’s not. In lieu of adding additional cream during cheesemaking, makers of Fromager d’Affinois utilize a novel technology called ultafiltration. In this effiecint method, the fluffiest fat and protein molecules (those most desirable for cheese) are concentrated in the milk before coagulation, while much of the water is removed. Once cheesemaking is under way, most of the hard work of concentrating the tasty, rich elements, and expelling the water, is already done, allowing cheesemakers to achieve a rich, dense cheese with less milk. Usage Tips All that velvet and satin deserves an equally lush accompaniment. Serve Fromager d’Affinois with thick slices of ripe peaches and apricots for the pinnacle of textural luxury. A slightly sweet Riesling, full of the same stone-fruit notes, will be pleased to join your party. Something spicy is nicely cooled by the bright cream of this cheese, so go for some Biellese Napolitona salami, or the spicy, spreadable Calabrain-style n’duja from N’Duja Artisans.