Mimolette cheese is an hard, aged, unpasteurized cow’s milk cheese from Normandy, France. Sometimes referred to as "Boule de Lille", presumably for its distinctive spherical shape, the production of Mimolette has many similarities to Dutch Edam. Apart from its distinctive shape, Mimolette's other striking feature is its bright orange color, a result of the use of annato during production. Annatto, which is derived from the seeds of a South American shrub, is a natural food coloring frequently used to give cheeses an orange color. In the case of Mimolette, it's particularly bright.
The interior paste of the cheese is very dense, hard and smooth, with occasional small "eyes," or holes. Flavors are of bacon, caramel, butterscotch and toasted nuts, with an underlying sweetness that is not cloying. Pair Mimolette with either dessert wines or lighter reds such as Rhônes or pinot noirs.
Price per kg.: $129
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