Whether you love blue cheese or not, this specific blue by Roquefort may turn you to the blue side. Papillon comes in 4 different varieties that include the Papillon, Organic, Revelation and Rouge. Its full flavor, creamy texture and amazingly salty yet pungent taste really take this cheese to the top of your cheese choices. It pairs well with many wines styles that include Sauternes, Porto, Patrimonio, Cotes-du-Rhone, Rivesaltes Rancio, Palo Cortado Viejo and Banyuls to name a few. Besides wine, this cheese pairs very well with figs and honey.
Once you purchase Papillon you will need to let it sit out on the counter for 30 to 60 minutes before consuming. There also may be a serum that appears as it warms, which may have a transparent yet subtle yellow look to it. The serum is naturally occurring and is a sign of high quality cheese. The warming procedure will allow it to achieve the optimal taste before using a cheese wire to cut into it. Once cut, the cheese stays in one piece, and should not crumble.
Eating Papillon can be with some of the previously mentioned wines, but it also goes very well on a slice of Rye bread. You can eat grapes, walnuts or a stick of celery with it as well. Even though the experts suggest certain pairings, experimentation is always encouraged to find your own favorite pairings.
If you live in an area with a high quality cheese shop or larger specialty supermarket then you may be lucky enough to walk in and purchase this cheese, instead of ordering online. Its definitely worth a try, who knows, it may become one of your favorite cheeses.