Chabichou du Poitou is a French goat cheese from the Poitou-Charentes region, a cheese which according to legend dates back to the mid 700s. As old as this cheese is however, it was only in 1990 that it was granted Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) protecting the authenticity of its origin. The soil is chalky in this area, imparting its terroir to the natural rind of this cheese which is not surprisingly slightly chalky and pasty. The cheese itself is firm and creamy, with a sweet and tangy flavor that is perfect for after a meal.
The Poitou-Charentes region, which lies between Paris and Bordeaux, is also the origin of one of my earliest documented ancestors on my Father’s side, dating back to 1609, so finding this cheese was a special treat.
A beautiful cheese inside and out, especially with its distinct and contrasting buttery layer that forms closest to its unique and wrinkly rind, it pairs well with white wines like Sauvignon or Chenin Blanc, or perhaps even a glass of champagne. We of course recommend two glasses for best results.