Crottin de Chavignol 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 has a few hundred inhabitants.
Of the numerous Goats Cheese in France, Crottin is one of the more noteworthy and is the cheese that Chavignol hangs its' hat on as their benchmark cheese.
Although Crottin was only mentioned in 1829, the cheese has a heritage that goes back to the 16th century according to folklore.
The cheese is still produced using traditional methods to maintain its AOC status, but, has to be produced in Chavignol to carry the AOC label.
The flavour is nutty and subtle and a young cheese will have a white rind which will slightly blue with age. As it matures the cheese becomes a bit crumbly. A crottin that has tinges of blue does not make it inedible, in fact, quite the opposite.