The Poitou-Charentes region is the cradle of the goat cheese producers.
The victory of Charles Martel over the Sarrasins at Poitiers in 732 created a rebirth of goat cheeses ( chebli in Arabic, from which comes Chabichou ) which has made Poitou famous.
The Chabichou was awarded the AOC in 1990.
The cheese has sweet and delicate taste, touched by a faintly acidic and salty flavour.
The rind is thin with white, yellow and blue mould. The pate is firm and should keep a certain elasticity, but after a long period of maturing the pate will become crumbly.
Dry white wine: Haut-Poitou (Sauvignon, Chardonnay grapes)
Light red wine: St Pourçain (Gamay, Pinot Noir grapes)