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Le Duc Vacherin 200g - selected by Will Studd


Le Duc Vacherin is a soft surface-ripened, washed-rind cheese made with cows milk from the Haute Savoie region of France.

Origin: Franche-Comté region, France

Milk: Cow

Rennet Type: Animal rennet

Style:Surface ripened

Classification: Artisan

Shelf Life: 7 - 10 days

Goes well with:

White wines of the Jura, Chardonnay

Baguette, cornichons, cured meats 

Similar cheeses: Vacherin Mont d'Or, Le Duc Vacherin 200g

Printable Cheese Note

Le Duc Grand Vacherin is a large, soft surface-ripened, washed rind cheese specially made for Will Studd in the Haute Savoie region of France. Based on the famous Vacherin du Haut-Doubs (except available all year and made from pasteurised milk), it is bound with a ring of traditional bark skillfully cut from the local spruce trees during the summer months. Chalky & mild when young, it is best enjoyed close to the use-by date when the smooth pinkish rind starts to ripple & bulge and the inside softens to a rich creamy melt in the mouth texture with just a hint of the forest.

A little history about Le Duc Vacherin

Deliciously soft and fragrant spruce-bark bound cheeses have been enjoyed as a winter treat in the mountains that border France and Switzerland since the Middle Ages. Traditionally, these cheeses were produced when the cows returned from grazing on high-altitude pastures, where their rich milk was used to make huge wheels of cheese. The smaller spruce bound cheeses offered a practical way of using the limited amount of milk available during the winter months.

Serve ripe with a spoon at room temperature, or heat in the box in the oven. Either way, make sure to scrape and eat the cheese closest to the spruce bark strip – it’s the best part!