Le Tour de France 2022 Cheese Box


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Follow the route of Le Tour de France 2022 with a box of French cheese selected by our cheesemongers and Ian, our cycling-enthusiast chef, for you to enjoy along the way.

Enjoy 5 premium cheeses - 4 French cheeses and 1 Swiss - as well as the best cheese chips to snack on, presented in race order.

 ** Available for delivery or Click & Collect from Wednesday 29th June **

Mimolette Vielle 100g - cow milk, hard cheese

Fromager des Clarines 250g - cows milk, soft cheese

FirstKönig 100g - cows milk, semi hard cheese

Bret's Fromage du Jura Chips 125g

Onetik Ossau Iraty 100g + bonus french cherry jam - ewes milk, semi hard cheese

Brillat Savarin 200g - cows milk, triple creme cheese 

See the full route here.

Mimolette Vielle 100g - Stage 5 Lille Metropole > Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

Mimolette is a hard, cows milk cheese from the northern region of France, iconic for its bold orange colour and spherical shape. As it matures – vielle means aged – the flavour becomes more complex, perfumed and nutty. The natural rind becomes dusty and covered in little craters from cheese mites that are actually encouraged to assist in the development of the rind (normally cheese mites are unwelcome on the surface of cheeses). Annatto (a natural food dye) is used to give the cheese its orange colour which, with its pock-marked rind, makes it resemble a rockmelon.

Mimolette is one of the few cheeses that the French enjoy as an aperitif, rather than after a meal.

Goes well with: light reds such as Pinot Noir or perhaps something sparkly.

Fromager des Clarines - Stage 8 Dole > Lausanne

Fromager des Clarines is a soft surface ripened, washed rind cheese made in the mountains of the Franche Comte region of France. The silky-smooth texture is attributed to a long curing process and the rich milk of the region, whilst the washing of the rind adds an aromatic flavour. As the cheese ripens, the smooth orange rind starts to ripple and bulge and the inside softens to a rich flowing texture that oozes from the centre of the cheese.

Goes well with:
Splash the cheese with some dry white wine, insert a few small cloves of garlic, add a sprig of thyme and pop it iin a hot oven for 15 minutes. Serve with baguette, cornichons, cured meats and more wine. It pairs well with white wines of the Jura, Chardonnay or Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc), the region's premier white wine.

Firstkönig 100g - Stage 9 Aigle, Switzerland > Châtel les Portes du Soleil

Firstkönig is a semi-hard Swiss mountain cheese - the literal translation is 'First King' which is an apt description for this great cheese. Named after the Churfirsten mountain range that dominates the region. A mountain cheese (or “Bergkäse”), it is made with whole unpasteurised milk and smeared in a light brine as it matures, giving the rind an amber colour and assisting in the development of its flavour. Firstkönig has a dense, creamy texture with a herbaceous flavour and a delicately spicy finish.

Goes well with:
Grab a crusty baguette and pile it high with thick-cut ham, a little mustard if it takes your fancy and a generous amount of cheese topped with a few cornichons. Midnight snacks never looked so good!

Bret's Fromage du Jura Chips 125g - Stage 14 - St Etienne - Mende

Bret's Fromage du Jura Chips are made in Central Brittany (or Breton en français). The 100% family owned company partner with 285 local potato farmers in Brittany and the Auvergne to to grow particular varieties of potatoes that are suitable for the creating the perfect chip.
More importantly, how do they taste? They have a sturdy texture rippled with small ridges. The flavour is full-bodied, with plenty of rich cheese notes and fruity/earthy accents. This is snack food at its finest. #toursnacks

Onetik Ossau Iraty 100g - Stage 18 - Lourdes > Hautacam

This smooth, semi-hard cheese displays distinctly nutty flavours and lingering caramel sweetness. Its earthy, aromatic rind is typical of ewes milk cheeses made in the Pyrénées. The floral aftertaste brings to mind pastures of wildflowers and grass.

Goes well with:
Enjoy with a glass of Pinot Noir or a dry Rosé.

Traditionally, the Basque country's cheeses are tasted with the ancestral black cherry jam made in the village of Itxassou, which is why you'll find a little jar of Confiture de Cerises Noires - Black Cherry Jam, included with your selection.

Brillat Savarin 200g - Stage 21 - Finale > Paris Champs-Élysées

This delicate, fluffy white mould is one of France’s classic triple crème cheeses. Made from cows milk and added crème fraiche, it is luscious, creamy and buttery with a slightly sour note. As it matures, the rind blooms and becomes spicy, and the texture is like a rich, buttery mousse. 

Goes well with:
Celebrate the final stages with Brillat-Savarin and Andrè Clouet 'Grande Réserve' Champagne – you’ve worked hard, you deserve it!

How is the Tour de France Cheese presented? For delivery, this item will be packed in an insulated box with wood wool for delivery. For pick up, this will be packed in a Harper & Blohm paper bag.

Ordering a gift? Add a Harper & Blohm gift box at the checkout.

Need to add a message for the recipient? We'll write a note for the recipient - just add your message to the box at the checkout.

Can I add extras? Of course, just add items to your cart and we will pack these extra items all together.

Can we add wine or champagne? Yes, click here to view our range

Can I buy this in store? You can pre order via the website. Click & Collect orders close at midnight for next day pick up.

Can I omit / add items? Yes, we can adjust the contents to suit your needs. This may affect the final pricing.

Any other questions? Please don't hesitate to contact us at hello@harperandblohm.com

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