To Its Tagline “Wines. Hospitality. Nature.” May We Propose That Edmond de Rothschild Heritage Add “Cheese.”?

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Top, left: Winemaker Fabrice Darmaillacq with Andrew Dornenburg; Top, right: Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave, Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, and Karen Page

Top, left: On behalf of Edmond de Rothschild, Boris Bréau welcomes guests to The NoMad; Top, right: The NoMad sommelier Sarah Plath; Center: Karen Page, Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Managing Director Ignacio Calvo de Mora Brito Cunha

“He who knows how to taste wine does not drink it but tastes to tease out its secrets.”
–Salvador Dali

Edmond de Rothschild Heritage had us enraptured at a wine tasting lunch at The NoMad on Friday afternoon.  However, we were surprised that our rapture wasn’t reserved exclusively for its wines — which included an elegantly restrained 2017 Rimapere Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (and were told we were the first in the world to taste the new vintage) and a 2016 Merle Blanc de Chateau Clarke Baron Edmond de Rothschild Bordeaux (a compelling lemon and grapefruit-noted blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc, rounded out by Muscadelle and Semillon Gris).

However, we turned out to be just as gaga — if not more so! — over its Perigord black truffle cheese.

Bottom, Left: One of our very favorite goodie boxes of all time, Edmond de Rothschild Heritage allowed us to take home a generous portion of its heavenly black truffle cheese — which The NoMad served alongside Rothschild’s own honey (Bottom, Right)

As our lunch’s gracious host Baroness Ariane de Rothschild explained to us, all it took was one family member (her father-in-law) who mourned the sad state of the French cheeses he’d been tasting — and knew he could do better, leading him to pronounce, “I’ll make my own!”  His passion led him to craft Bries de Meaux cheese, half it lengthwise, and fill the center with a mixture of black truffles and triple-creme cheese.

The result — Le Fermier a la Truffe Noire du Perigord — is one of the most jaw-droppingly delicious cheeses we’ve ever tasted.  Paired with the family’s own Miel Toutes Fleurs du Domaine, no one needed dessert (which the restaurant whisked away too quickly for us to taste anyway).

While not yet available in the United States, fortunate cheese lovers should definitely hope for a taste during their next visit to Bordeaux.

P.S.  This post is merely Part I — Part II will go into the wines further.  Oh, yes, never forget that Edmond de Rothschild is still perhaps best known for estate red wines — and if you’re ever lucky enough to stumble across the 2001 Chateau Clarke Baron Edmond de Rothschild Listrac-Medoc, with its notes of leather and smoke, you just might remember it for a very long time.

Edmond de Rothschild Heritage is known for “Wines. Hospitality. Nature.”  (Plus, if we have our way, Cheese. Extraordinary Cheese.)

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