This cheese is Brie's little brother; some people say that his the grandfather. His smaller and thicker than Brie but otherwise possesses all the characteristics of a Brie.
This cheese can be either farmed or industrially produced. Its taste is sweet and melting, with an almond flavour.
One should choose a Coulommiers which is soft to the touch with a white heart set in a pate of pale yellow. His white velvet rind has a slight reddish pigmentation.
The pate is very supple and soft.
White wine: Bordeaux (Sémillon, Sauvignon grapes)
Red wine: Côtes du Rhône (Grenache, Syrah grapes)