Crottin de Champcol / Crottin de Chavignol

Crottin de Chavignol is an unpasteurized AOC French aged goat cheese from the small town of Chavignol in the Loire region of France. It has a complex, grassy and nutty flavor with a great salty balance. It is produced in small 2oz cylindrical buttons with a pale white pate and off white rind. In fact, the word "crottin" in French translates to horse dung which is in reference to the shape of the cheese. Because it is aged, the texture is a lot firmer and less moist than traditional Crrotin cheeses.  A pasteurized version of this cheese is produced as well. However, it is not AOC certified and therefore cannot carry the Crottin de Chavignol name. Instead it is named Crottin de Champcol.

Country: France
Region: Loire
Texture: Semi-Firm
Type of Milk: Goat
Aging Time: Around 4 Weeks
Pasteurized: Unpasteurized for the Chavignol verson, pasteurized for the Champcol version