Bouton de Culotte (FRANCE)

Bouton de Culotte (FRANCE) - Cheese Origin
Country of OriginFrance
ClassificationAged fresh
MilkRaw goat’s milk
Age2 months
Weight60 g (2 oz)
ShapeTiny drum
Diameter (Base)5 cm (2 inches)
Diameter (Top)4 cm (1.57 inches)
Height3.5 cm (1.37 inches)
AromaSharp, mushroomy
TastePeppery, goaty milk taste, salty, hints of ground nuts, tongue-tingling finish
PairingSancerre, full-bodied vintages of Mâconnais and Côte Chalonnaise
TextureDry, hard
ColorYellowish rind, brownish rind

Bouton de Culotte is a traditional French cheese that originates from the Mâconnais and Haut-Beaujolais areas in Burgundy.

The name translates to ‘trouser buttons’, reflecting its small size, typically 30-40 grams. This cheese, also known as “Cabrion” or “Chevreton du Mâconnais,” has the shape of a thimble.

It’s made from goat’s milk and sometimes from half goat, half cow’s milk or entirely unpasteurized cow’s milk.

It’s traditionally stored during the autumn for winter use, and it’s available for purchase online.

Tasting Notes

Bouton de Culotte has a strong, sharp flavor with a peppery aroma.

It has a very distinct goaty taste that hints of ground nuts, feels dry in the mouth, and has a sharp, tongue-tingling finish.

How to Enjoy (PAIRING)

The cheese can be enjoyed when it’s aged until hard and very sharp. It offers a unique flavor profile that pairs well with various beverages.

  • Wine: A Sauvignon grape wine such as Sancerre can enhance the flavors of Bouton de Culotte. Additionally, a glass of white wine from Burgundy is also recommended.
  • Cocktails: Interestingly, you can also pair this cheese with a Margarita cocktail, a Bee’s Knees cocktail, and a Last Word cocktail.

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