The Abbaye de Citeaux cheese comes from the Citeaux Abbey, located in Burgundy, France. Frère Frédéricand Frère Joel run the creamery at the Abbaye de Citeaux. It is a classic, washed rind cheese made from cow's milk. The milk is derived from red and white Montbéliarde cows that graze on the flat meadow surrounding the abbey for at least 6 months. Only 300 cheeses are manufactured every Monday and Tuesday, most of which are sold at the Abbey shop.
The Abbaye de Citeaux cheese has a pungent aroma that overpowers the flavour of cheese. The texture is supple and semi-soft with an ivory white colour for the dense and smooth interior paste of the cheese. The cheese has earthy, creamy and milky taste. Volnay or any light Burgundy wine is good for pairing with Citeaux cheese.
Abbaye de Citeaux should be served with a regional red wine, such as Côtes de Beaune or Beaujolais.
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27 11 2016 - Date of publication of this article