Also known as La Couronne, Couronne Lochoise is a thermalized goat's milk cheese made in the region around Loches in the Loire Valley, France. Named after its doughnut shape, "La Couronne" literally translates as "the crown" and Lochoise is the area where the cheese originated. This ash coated cheese is produced in limited quantities by a small number of artisanal cheese makers.
The texture of Couronne Lochoise is soft and creamy with a delicately thin rind. The bone white interior of the cheese has the texture and taste of buttered pastry. The cheese is mildly acidic and somewhat salty with a mild "goatiness" typical of goat cheeses. The aromas remind you of fresh, green grass of the rich pasture lands of the Touraine. If allowed to mature, its doughnut form allows the cheese to mature in inside and out. Accompany the cheese with wines from the Loire such as a white Sancerre or reds such as Anjou or Bourgueil.
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