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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 it is definitely goaty (but not overwhelmingly so, like some).

Cheese and dairy

Nouvelle Aquitaine

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Philippe B