Fleur du Maquis
Fleur Du Maquis, meaning "flower of the maquis", is a Corsican cheese made from the milk of the Lacaune ewes. The other version of Fleur de Maquis is Brin d'Amour, which is very similar but produced on a small scale. This semi-soft cheese has a creamy, firm and moist textured pate covered by a natural, flavoured rind. The cheese takes between 2 weeks to 2-3 months to ripen fully.
The cheese is covered with an aromatic coating of rosemary, fennel seeds, juniper berries, and the occasional bird's eye chilli during the making process to enhance the flavours and balance the strong characteristic flavours of the cheese. It has a sour, citrusy taste and feels mild in the mouth. Because of its musty and nutty aroma, the cheese smells excellent, too. Fleur Du Maquis matches nicely with Albarino, Riesling and Tempranillo.