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Tuesday 2 May 2017 / Category: Fromage of the month

Author: Karin

Our cheese of the month for May is the imperial Napoléon, a wonderful sheep's milk fromage that will command the attention of your palate with its rich, nutty flavors! 

The singular name for this cheese is derived from the mountain that faces the farm where the fromage is produced, in the Haute Garonne region of the Pyrénées in the far South East of France. This particular mountain was thought to resemble the profile of the emperor Napoléon, and so the name was given. 

Napoléon, on the bottom left on our France-shaped cheeseboard!

Napoléon is a tomme cheese, hard, made with full-fat ewe's milk and produced exclusively by Dominique Bouchait, a meilleur ouvrier de France (one of the very best artisans in the country.)  All stages of creation are done by hand, in the ancient method, and relatively small quantities are produced, making this a sought-after cheese that you'll find for sale in only the finest cheesemongers.     

Aged for a minimum of 10 months, Napoléon is similar in taste to other sheep's milk tommes, such as Ossau-Iraty, but has a richer, more complex flavor and fondant quality thanks to the use of only full-fat milk for its production. 

Enjoy this cheese with a robust red from the same region, or with a full-bodied Burgundy to complement those beautifully deep flavors!

Central Paris Location

Last Minute Course Places

20 Feb 2018

  • French Market Tour and Cooking Class / Marché Maubert
  • Spend the morning like the locals, with a typical Parisian experience. A full immersion in to French culture with a French Market Tour followed by a hands-on French Cooking Class right in the heart of Paris !

  • Meet at Metro Maubert-Mutualité, in front of 'Café le Métro' (just at the corner of Boulevard Saint Germain and Place Maubert n°18)     Time: 9:30 - 13:30
  • Price: €165.00     Availability: 1 place left

23 Feb 2018

  • French Market Tour and Cooking Class / Île Saint-Louis à La Table
  • A perfect evening in Paris enjoying the splendor of the famous Île Saint-Louis. Visit the finest of French Boutiques, then enjoy a hands on cooking class followed by a 'diner à al Française' !

  • La Cuisine Paris, 80 Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris     Time: 16:00 - 20:00
  • Price: €165.00     Availability: 2 places left

23 Feb 2018

  • French Pastry / Les Tartes : Classic French Tartes
  • Tartelette au Chocolat et Tarte Tatin

    In this class you will be learning the secrets to creating the perfect chocolat tarte and the classic French apple tarte! 

  • La Cuisine Paris, 80 Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris     Time: 9:30 - 11:30
  • Price: €69.00     Availability: 3 places left

27 Feb 2018

  • French Pastry / Les Choux, éclairs and more : Intensive Technical Choux Pastry
  • Intensive everything Choux Pastry, from Savory to Sweet! From the tempting and delicious éclairs and Paris-Brest to delicate savory Gougères!

  • La Cuisine Paris, 80 Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris     Time: 10:00 - 13:00
  • Price: €99.00     Availability: 2 places left

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