The simple name ‘Brie’ is a common name defined by French law. This soft-ripened cheese has a very bloomy, downy, white and relatively thick rind. The paste can be creamy next to the rind, and generally includes a chalky white center. The cheese must only be made of cow’s milk. The law defines two sizes for this cheese: one with a diameter between 8.6 and 93.3 in., and the “Petit Brie”, with a diameter between 5.5 and 8.6 in. Brie can also be sold in the form of “Pointe de Brie”, a cheese also defined by French law.
Flavours & sensory qualities
With a lightly salty taste, the flavour is characterised by mushroomy and milky notes. After a long period of maturation, it can become more rustic, with a slight bitterness.
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