This cheese is Brie's little brother; some say that it is the grandfather. It is 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.Its white velvet rind has a slight reddish pigmentation. The pâte is very supple and soft.
White wine: Bordeaux (Sémillon, Sauvignon grapes) Red wine: Côtes du Rhône (Grenache, Syrah grapes)