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The ‘Camembert of goat cheese’


The name of this cheese alone makes people smile: ‘Bougon’ means grumpy or grouchy in French. It’s also the name of the town where it is made in the Deux-Sevres. The inhabitants there are not famously ill-tempered: Bougon, they say comes from the Latin rivière du bourg (‘village river’).

It’s made of goat’s milk, with a soft paste and a natural bloomy rind. It looks like Camembert and is sold in similar sized boxes, but is definitely goaty (but now overwhelmingly so, like some).

Cheese and dairy

Nouvelle Aquitaine

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Philippe B