A deliciously decadent soft cheese laced with black truffles. Creamy, mushroom with that distinctive Brie tang offset by earth pungent truffle – it’s a match made in gourmet heaven all wrapped up in a lovely velvet white crust. Made to traditional methods by the famous French cheese expert Robert Rouzaire, this is a cheese to […]
Brie de Meaux
You’ve never really tasted brie until you’ve tried real Farmhouse Brie de Meaux, one of only two bries officially certified by the French government. Made with unpasteurised milk, it’s soft and creamy when mature with a and velvety rind. Brie de Meaux is salted with dry coarse salt and ripened in cellars on straw mats […]
This little goats’ cheese is made from unpasteurised milk. Smooth, white, mild and nutty, it has a grey salted charcoal rind. It looks like a pyramid with the top cut off and there is of course a story behind that. Apparently Napoleon took exception to the original pyramid shape because it reminded him of defeat […]
Milky, nutty, grassy and earthy, St Nectaire was a favourite of the sun king Louis XIV. Made from unpasteurised milk from cows that graze on the fertile volcanic pastures of the Auvergne, it’s a real mouthful of flavour. A semi soft cheese with a white, yellow and orange rind that smells of straw and mushroom, […]
Selles sur Cher
A lovely little goats’ cheese from the Loire Valley that looks like a pebble. Selles sur Cher has a grey/ blue charcoal and salt coating painted on to attract mould. It’s mild and chalky, salty and tart with a hazelnut after taste. Only a small circle of producers make Selles sur Cher and they don’t […]
A lovely soft rich buttery cheese bursting with cream. Delicate with a nice nuttiness and a hint of mushroom. Saint Felicien is at its best between April and September, but also pretty darn good over the rest of the year.
A creamy cheese from the Dauphine near Lyon, St Marcellin is made from cow’s milk and is a soft cheese usually sold in terracotta pots. The best ones are orange with a lemony taste and nutty aroma and we’ve tracked these down for you. They say St Marcellin should be chewed for a long time […]
Charlemagne’s favourite cheese, Roquefort is crumbly and semi-soft, with a delicious balance of sweet, smoky and salty flavours. It’s mild and creamy, very moreish and never hangs about the cheese board for long. Roquefort is made exclusively from the milk of red Lacaune ewes and ripens in the limestone caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon. Pencillium Roquefort culture […]
Reblochon hails from Haute Savoie in the Alps. It has been produced since the Fourteenth Century. This supple creamy cheese, ripened and regularly brushed in brine for two weeks, has a delicate velvety nutty taste. The name comes from ‘reblocher’ – to pinch the cow’s udder twice. Way back when medieval lords taxed milk, farmers […]
A semi soft cow’s milk cheese from Brittany. Very smooth, rich and mild. Port Salut is one of the first French cheeses to be made from pasteurised milk. Originally made by Trappist monks, Port Salut has a creamy, velvety rich mild flavour with a delicate touch of savoury nuttiness. Easily spotted by its distinctive orange […]
Created by 13th century monks and celebrated in the epic love poem ‘Roman de la Rose’, Pont l’Évêque is a soft, creamy cheese with subtle hints of salt and a sweet fruity tang. Its famous farmyard aroma, however, might be more of an acquired taste. Made en carré (in a square) from cows’ milk in […]
Napoleon was partial to a slice of Époisses, a (very) pungent soft cow’s milk cheese from a small village halfway between Dijon and Auxerre. Washed in Marc de Bourgogne brandy during ripening, Époisses has a red orange colour and a powerful rich, salty, creamy meaty flavour.