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Fourme d’Ambert

Fourme d’Ambert

Right, first off, fourme d’ambert is a little bitter, and a little sweet…smooth creamy texture, and a tad fruity..a few nice things going on here. Nice stiltonesque finish No wonder Fourme d’Ambert has  been a firm favourite with the French since Roman times! I got mine from Blasus...

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Vacherin

Vacherin

 Vacherin is smooth as silk, and subtly wonderful. The  bark  infuses the cheese with a smoky woodiness that lingers around the creamy ooziness…a lemony tang at the end-nice! Spreads out on the plate like Dulux Magnolia paint…lots tastier though! Got mine from Blasus Deli in...

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Chinese buy wine by the vineyard…not by the bottle!

Chinese buy wine by the vineyard…not by the bottle!

With its fairytale turrets and a 15th-Century tower, Chateau Latour Laguens is surrounded by vineyards in a region steeped in European tradition. But this chateau, south-east of Bordeaux, is also at the cutting edge of Asia’s growing economic might. The staff who tend the vineyards and make the wine are still French, but this is now a Chinese-owned domain. It has been taken over by the Longhai group based in eastern China, which has...

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2009 Bordeaux, Chateau Gillet

2009 Bordeaux, Chateau Gillet

Château Gillet 2009, AOC Bordeaux (M&S, £5.99) A great year such as 2009 transforms even bog-standard claret like this into something quite palatable. Merlot-dominated with sweet, plummy fruit – slightly clunky but perfectly...

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Munster

Munster

  Munster , is a strong tasting, soft cheese made mainly from milk from the Vosges, between Alsace, Lorraine and Franche-Comté in France. The name munster may come from the little town of Munster, where, among Vosgian abbeys and monasteries, the cheese was conserved and matured in monk’s cellars Munster has a strong and powerful...

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Pierre-Robert

Pierre-Robert

Check out all their lovely cheeses at  http://www.fromagerierouzaire.com       Pierre Robert is a decadent triple-crème-style cheese from Seine-et-Marne. When Robert Rouzaire and his friend Pierre began to tire of their Brillat-Savarin, inspiration struck. They began aging the same triple-crème longer in their caves, enabling it to further develop its flavor and become even more meltingly rich in texture. Extract...

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Beaujolais Nouveau

Beaujolais Nouveau

Beaujolais nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular vin de primeur, fermented for just a few weeks then officially released for sale on the third Thursday of November. This “Beaujolais Day”, or “Beaujolais Nouveau Day” sees heavy marketing from the producers, with races to get the first bottles of the vintage to different...

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Saint-Nectaire AOC

Saint-Nectaire AOC

Saint-Nectaire is a French cheese made in the Auvergne region of central France. The cheese has been made in Auvergne since at least the 17th century. Saint Nectaire has a nutty and fruity flavor with a touch of salt and...

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Sarments d’Amour

Sarments d’Amour

This Unique cheese from a tiny producer in the Ardèche, Sarment d’Amour has the shape of a cork, with a vine shoot in the middle. Ideal as an aperitif, as well as at the end of the meal, the rich and creamy small cheese turns hard and robust after a few weeks of maturation. Best served with a Rose, or a sparkling wine

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Château Cheval Blanc

Château Cheval Blanc

Château Cheval Blanc (French for “Castle White Horse”), is a wine producer in Saint-Émilion in the Bordeaux wine region of France. Its wine is one of only two to receive the highest rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) status in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine of 1955, along with Château Ausone. The estate’s second wine is named Le Petit...

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Château Haut-Brion

Château Haut-Brion

After falling into a state of disrepair the estate was purchased in 1935 by Clarence Dillon, an American financier, since when it has enjoyed a steady and continual resurgence to a position of pre-eminence. Vines have been cultivated here for at least six centuries, in a vineyard once surrounded by pasture and parkland, now by suburban houses. Despite the encroaching reality of the 21st century, within the walls of the Haut-Brion there lies...

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Château de Beaucastel

Château de Beaucastel

Chateau Beaucastel has been run by several generations of the Perrin family, beginning with the late Jacques Perrin (who died in 1978), then the brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois, and now their sons Thomas, Marc, Pierre, and Mathieu. The Perrins own an impressive portfolio of wines, from the extraordinary values, to the top-end world classics, including a sizeable operation under the  Perrin et Fils label, as well as the well-priced...

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Bleu d’Auvergne AOC

Bleu d’Auvergne AOC

Bleu d’Auvergne is a French blue cheese, named for its place of origin in the Auvergne region of south-central France. It is made fromcow’s milk, and is one of the cheeses granted the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée from the French government. Bleu d’Auvergne has a strong and pungent taste, but to a lesser extent than other blue cheeses; it is less salted, with a creamier and more buttery taste and a moister...

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Camembert de Normandie AOC

Camembert de Normandie AOC

Camembert is a soft, creamy, surface-ripened cow‘s milk cheese. It was first made in the late 18th century in Normandy in northern France. The first Camembert was made from unpasteurised milk, and the AOC variety “Camembert de Normandie” is still required by law to be made only with unpasteurised...

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Château La tour

Château La tour

Château Latour is a French wine estate, rated as a First Growth under the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Latour lies at the very southeastern tip of the commune of Pauillac in the Médoc region to the north-west of Bordeaux, at its border with Saint-Julien, and only a few hundred metres from the banks of the Gironde estuary. The estate produces three red wines in all. In addition to its Grand vin, Latour has also produced...

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Château Le Pin

Château Le Pin

Château Le Pin, or simply Le Pin, is an unclassed Bordeaux wine from the appellation Pomerol. The unusually small estate is located on the Right Bank of France’s Gironde estuary in the commune of Pomerol near the hamlet of Catusseau, and its wine is periodically one of the world’s most expensive red...

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Château Ausone

Château Ausone

Château Ausone, close to the village of Saint-Emilion, is an estate steeped in prestige. The wines of Château Ausone are highly sought-after and for good reason. With a total of only seven hectares of low-yielding vineyards, precariously perched on Saint-Emilion’s limestone plateau, demand is understandably high. Château Ausone is  one of only two wines, along with Château Cheval Blanc, to be ranked Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) in...

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Figuette

Figuette

Figuette is a goats cheese which is made in the Albigeois  region of France The taste is sweet, and is sometimes covered with grasses, ash, or paprika, which adds to it’s flavour

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Grenache

Grenache

Grenache is one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world. Grenache is the dominant variety in most Southern Rhône wines, especially in Châteauneuf-du-Pape where it is typically over 80% of the blend. The Greache...

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Château Lafite Rothschild is a wine estate in France, owned by members of the Rothschild banking family of France since the 19th century. The name Lafite comes from the Gascon term “la hite” meaning “small...

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