While this cheese is produced year-round it is distinctly seasonal (it is in peak shape August - January), due to the changing pasture conditions for the sheep. Initially intended as Britain's answer to Roquefort, this blue – in a roundabout and ultimately accidental way – perfectly showcases the concept of terroir. The pate, which is solid, rich, and slightly crumbling, has a soft tanginess, bordering on yoghurt and fresh nuts, that balances well with the pale blue veining. With age the cheese can develop a piquancy that marries well with English honeys. Dessert wines from the Pyrénées – such asPacheranc Du Vic-Bilh Vendemiaire – are optimal pairings.