Milk: Raw goat's milk
Animal breed: Rove
Size of cheese: 3cm wide, 10cm long
Location: Simiane-la-Rotonde, Provence
Season: March to October
Buchette de Manon cheesemakers, Francois and Vanessa Masto, moved to Simiane la Rotonde, reviving an abandoned farm by making cheese with the highly prized, rich, creamy milk of an ancient Provencal breed of goats - Roves. The farm lies in the foothills of the Alpes de Haute Provence, a limestone-rich area characterised by long, hot, arid summers. In this environment, the Masto's 70 goats thrive where other breeds would not, roaming freely in the countryside, able to pick at the herbs and flowers growing wild. Buchette is a lactic-set, hand-ladled cheese, deliberately light on salt in order to allow the perfumed, rich flavours of the Rove milk to shine, with a sprinkling of winter savoury on the rind.