Perhaps the king of stinky French cheese, at least according to some die-hard fans. Whether you’re new to washed-rind cheeses or a long-time addict, Epoisse has got it all. Rich, thick, creamy cheese with a straw-colored interior and sticky, rusty orange rind.
Each wheel is washed with Marc de Bourgogne, the local brandy, during affinage to achieve these peaks of flavor and aroma. The flavors of Epoisses range from butter to ripe fruit, cured meats and salty olives, with a dense texture that sticks to your palate. Young wheels have a bright tang to balance the earthy nose, while more aged ones take on the bittersweet flavors of dark chocolate. Perfect with a ripe pear, a crusty baguette and a glass of red Burgundy.