I picked up a piece of Riopelle during a recent visit to my neighbourhood cheese shop, Goat Inc. in Port Credit (Ontario).
Riopelle is an artisinal Canadian cheese produced by Fromagerie Île-aux-Grues just east of Quebec City. It is named after a famous Canadian artist Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923-2002) who agreed to lend his name to the cheese shortly before his death. I found an image of one of his most famous pieces of artwork on Callah’s blog. This painting, Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg, is on display at the Musee des beaux-arts du Quebec (French for “National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec”) in Quebec City.
This cheese is made in 1.4 kg wheels. And here is a heart warmer; I discovered that for each wheel of Riopelle cheese purchased, one dollar goes to a foundation that promotes higher education for the the children of Isle-aux-Grue, Quebec, Canada where this cheese is made.
Isn’t it amazing how every cheese has a story?
This is a soft “brie style” triple cream cheese with a white bloomy rind and a rich creamy center. It is aged 60 days and is best eaten when “ripe”.
What does Riopelle cheese taste like? Riopelle is a smooth and creamy cheese at room temperature. It is mild and more delicate than some other triple cream cheeses that I have found. It has a delicate buttery flavour. I spread this cheese on Carr’s Table Water Crackers.
Joe Ambrus, the Somolier at Goat Inc. recommends pairing Riopelle with either Shiraz (Red Wine) or Montrachet (White Wine).
This is a safe bet on a cheese board and has a particularly interesting story behind it. I will feature this cheese on my “Socially Responsible” cheese board.