It's firm texture playing up flavors of dry earthy cave, minerals, and brown butter. However my most recent encounter with Pave du Nord completely rocked everything I know about the cheese. See, I've only every encountered it in all of it's uber aged glory (see above descriptions).
This time when we broke into our first loaf of the year, eyes glistening in anticipation, cheese knives poised and all that, we were shocked (shocked I tell you!) to find a supple, yielding, springy cheese. What kind of chicanery was this? It was clearly Pave du Nord, alright. But, well, a rather young loaf it seemed. Never the less we dug in and all eye brows shot right past our hairlines.
"Baby" Pave du Nord was seriously excellent! That supple paste went straight to cream under the tooth. New bright, light butter flavors shone through right away and were quickly balanced out by that familiar mineral punch. Also new were the vegetal green pepper and dry legume notes that came wafting in with the rest. To wrap up the decidedly complex cheese was a delightful astringency that seemed to clear away any heaviness of flavor that lingered behind. If you ever get your hands on young Pave du Nord pair it up with a good Sauvignon Blanc or a well balanced Petite Syrah. Dang.