Tomme de Savoie: A Cheese of Earthy Goodness
August 12, 2010
Can a cheese carry the imagination to a foreign place like photos in a travel brochure? If so, my bet is on Tomme de Savoie, a firm cow’s milk cheese from France. Tomme de Savoie is an honest earthy cheese that communicates its origins superbly. When tasting this cheese, it is easy to imagine contented cows grazing in lush alpine meadows, a nearby creek draining the mountains.
Tomme de Savoie looks as if it has been shuttled straight from the fields after a quick brush against a shirt to remove excess soil. The cheese has a natural caramel-colored rind that is covered with grey, white and black patches. The blonde interior is pocked with flat holes, yet it otherwise smooth.
Tomme de Savoie’s aromas evoke the mountains. The rind smells earthy, like fresh mushrooms, minerals and a forest floor. The cheese’s interior has sweet scents of meadow grass and berries.
Tomme de Savoie is mild and layered with flavor. We tasted blueberries at the outset, followed by a sour milk flavor and light salt. Tomme de Savoie has a creamy, rich texture that is chewy and satisfying. This cheese lingers pleasantly on the tongue.
Tomme de Savoie is a rustic beauty that is immediately likeable. We all enjoyed this cheese and I would buy it again for a picnic, to share with friends or squirrel away for myself.