Zelu Koloria, which translates to "colour of the sky" in Basque language is a raw blue sheep's milk cheese made in the mountainous region of the Pays Basque, bordering France and Spain. The cheese is made between June and November, but sold throughout the year at varying ages, the youngest being 3-months old. This is an unusual treat as blue cheeses are generally not made in this area.
It is a semi-hard cheese with uniform blue veins and a dense, mellow-flavoured interior. The natural rind is somewhat dry when the cheese is young, but with age it becomes moist, resulting in extra tangy richness. Cheese made in spring are light in taste and texture whilst those from the coming winter season have more strong, intense flavours and heavier texture. The range of flavour varies from sweet butter to lemon zest and peppery.
Accompany the cheese with Juracon Moelleux or Port.
Other French cheeses: