July Cheese Subscription Box – celebrating Bastille day with our French selection
Each month we choose a selection of cheeses with a common theme that is eating particularly well. Our July Cheese Subscription Box is all about France and French cheese. July is traditionally ‘French Month’ celebrating Bastille Day and Le Tour de France. Things are a little different this year (The Le Tour de France like all major public events has been put off for the year) but we can still enjoy a traditional range of French cheese all the same.
LE CONQUÈRANT CAMEMBERT – selected by Will Studd
Cow’s milk, Normandy, France
Le Conquèrant Camembert shows all the characteristics of its famous cousin – authentic raw milk Camembert de Normandie but made with pasteurised milk. The texture features a traditional line of chalk through the centre when young, which develops to a deliciously fudgy texture when ripe. Will Studd has worked with the producers of this cheese to develop a pasteurised milk version for the Australian market. Its special blend of cheesemaking cultures produce flavours and aromas that come very close to its famous cousin.
EPOISSES DE BOURGOGNE
Cow’s milk, Burgundy region, France
Famous for its pungent aroma and sticky terracotta-coloured rind, Époisses has a smooth, velvety texture with a meaty flavour that melts in the mouth. During maturation, the cheese is washed in the local Marc de Bourgogne, mixed with salty water, several times a week. It tastes milder than the aroma suggests and has a decidedly sweet finish.
Cow’s milk, The Auvergne, France
Fourme d’Ambert is produced in the eastern valley of the Auvergne Mountains in southern central France and is easily recognizable by its tall cylindrical shape. This cows milk blue cheese is matured in underground tunnels in the Auvergne where it develops a thin powdery grey blue natural rind. The flavour is mild, earthy and well balanced. Fourme d’Ambert is one of the oldest cheeses in France and is often featured in the original stained glass windows of the local churches in Auvergne.
MARCEL PETITE COMTÉ ‘BLEU’
Cow’s milk, Franche-Comte, France
Comté is an ancient type of Gruyere, and typical of the large mountain cheeses made in the Alps, on the borders of France and Switzerland. Marcel Petite is the affineur whose Comté is matured in the 19th century underground Fort of Saint-Antoine. Marcel Petite Comté ‘Bleu’ has a concentrated nutty texture and a gentle sweet honey flavour reflecting the rich milk of the Montbéliard cattle.
Orders for our July French Cheese Subscription Box close 9 am Friday 26 June. For delivery Friday 3rd July ( and Thursday 2nd July in some regional areas). See more information and order here.