Milk: Raw cow's milk
Animal breed: Montbeliarde, Holstein
Size of cheese: 14cm
Location: Seine et Marne, Île-de-France
Season: Year round
Named after the 'Coulommiers' commune in the Seine-et-Marne department of France - the original location of the cheeses production - Coulommiers offers similarities in recipe and taste to our Brie de Meaux, yet comes in a smaller size. Brothers Luc and Jean-Philippe Donge make cheese in their 3rd generation family dairy, situated in Meuse to the east of the traditional area of Brie production. They are supplied by up to 30 small local farms. Whilst the dairy is semi industrial in scale, they work with herds of only 40-60 animals, containing rare regional breeds such as Pied Noir de l'Est, as well as Prim Holstein and Montbeliarde. Their recipe, techniques and equipment are those of a farmhouse producer, achieving their productivity without having to mechanise or sacrifice quality. Their Coulommiers is savoury, buttery, rounded and vegetal, with garlic, mushroom and sweet onion characteristics.