Mimolette is an unpasteurized cow’s milk cheese traditionally produced around the city of Lille, France. In France it is also known as Boule de Lille after its city of origin, or vieux Hollande because of its original inspiration. This cheese was a happy accident! After France stopped importing Dutch cheeses in the seventeenth century, the cheese maker was trying to make a Dutch Gouda style cheese but ended up making one of the better French offerings in the cheese elite. Isigny makes its Mimolette using the finest Normandy milk which is distinguished by its exceptional richness, high fat content, high levels of protein and vitamins. It is aged for 18 months to allow its delectable flavors to develop. Mimolette has a beautiful orange colour with a nice salty and nutty bite.
Mimolette is a hard cheese with a gloriously sweet flavor that’s uncharacteristically mild for a French cheese. It possesses a caramelized depth with hints of fruity nuttiness and a smooth, fudgy finish.
Mimolette cheese is hard enough that it can easily be grated over pastas, risottos and salads, but still pliable enough to be cubed and enjoyed in a cheese board. Simply serve it with some hearty bread and tart fruit to contrast with the cheese’s nutty sweetness.