Crottin de Chavignol aka Chavignol cheese
Crottin de Chavignol or Chavignol cheese is the most famous goat cheese of the many varieties produced in the Loire Valley. This cheese is the claim to fame for the village of Chavignol, France, which has only two hundred inhabitants.
The small cylindrical goat cheese from the area around Chavignol has been produced since the 16th century, but it wasn't until 1829 that it was first written about. The etymology is dubious: the word "Crot" described a small oil lamp made from burned clay, which resembles the mould used to prepare the cheese. Another explanation is that old "Crottin" gets harder and browner and tends to look like dung.
Protected by the AOC and AOP Seals, Crottin de Chavignol is produced today with traditional methods. If a cheese is found at a cheese counter labelled "Crottin", it is of the Crottin type, but to be labelled "Crottin de Chavignol", it has to be from the area around Chavignol, and it has to meet the stringent AOC/AOP production criteria.
The flavour of Crottin de Chavignol is subtle and slightly nutty. In its youth, its dough is solid and compact, and its rind is white. As it ripens, the dough becomes crumbly and the mould on the rind matures into a bluish colour. The bluish colour doesn't mean that the cheese is no longer edible - quite the opposite.
A classic dish is baked Crottin de Chavignol on a green salad. The dish is said to go well with a Sancerre wine from its home region, or other wines produced from the Sauvignon Blanc grape.
Calories in different varieties and various types of cheeses
The number of calories in various types of cheese is very similar when you compare your cheese to a similar types of cheese.
For example, almost cheeses that are similar to Cheddar cheese have around 400 calories per 100g
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|Queso blanco cheese||310|
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