The Brie Les Deux Falasiens is neither brie de Meaux, nor brie de Melun, rather it is a combination of both subsets that mixes the best of both worlds. While all brie is made in the Ile de France region of France, these two variations are the only officially recognized variations by the French Government.
Brie de Meaux is the most traditional of the variations, most likely the one we have all eaten. It is 14 inches across and weighs about 5 pounds. It is soft, creamy, and has refined, subtle flavors. Brie de Melun on the other hand is slightly smaller than its older cousin. It has a more robust flavor, it is saltier, and tends to be a bit firmer. Brie Les Deux Falasiens combines the creaminess and softness of the brie de Meaux and the robustness and bloomy rind of the brie de Melun to create an unforgettable cheese experience.
This is perfectly paired with reds that are not too tannic as the end-notes may overpower the subtleness of the cheese. It also works well with drier whites that can actually help shine a spotlight on this beautiful, creamy cheese’s flavor.
Cheeses (except brined ones in jars) should be stored in the crisper or the butter drawer of a refrigerator, not on the shelves themselves. This is to help regulate their temperature and humidity levels—and prevents the formation of mold. Once opened, they should not be kept in their original packaging. Soft cheeses with delicate rinds need to breathe, so they are best placed in glass containers lined with paper towels to absorb extra moisture. Leave the lid open a tiny bit for air to circulate and don’t forget to write up a label with the date you first opened the package. Kindly pay attention to the best before date label when you receive your cheese. Consume prior to date indicated.