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Marcel Petite Comté - 'le bleu' AOC


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Marcel Petite Comté 'le bleu label' is a hard cows milk cheese matured by one of the most respected affineurs in France.

Origin: Franche-Comté region, France

Milk: Cow (Raw milk)

Rennet Type: Animal rennet

Style: Alpine-style, cooked curd

Classification:Artisan

Shelf Life: 7-10 days, this product is cut to order

Goes well with:Full-bodied whites such as Chardonnay, Viognier

Similar cheeses: Beaufort, Gruyere Vieux

Printable Cheese Note

Marcel Petite Comté (mar-SELL PE-teet kawn-TAY) AOC 'le bleu label' is a classic hard French cheese - a type of gruyere - made high in the Jura mountains. Smooth textured, it has a concentrated nutty, gentle sweet honey flavour reflecting the diversity of the surrounding mountain pastures. These cheeses are made by small dairies in the Jura and are carefully graded before, during, and after maturation by Marcel Petite- one of the most respected affineurs in France. He hand-selects young wheels of Comté to mature in the 19th century underground Fort of Saint-Antoine. Marcel Petite Comté AOC has a concentrated nutty texture and a gentle sweet honey flavour reflecting the rich milk of the Montbéliard cattle that graze the natural mountain pastures.

A little history about Comte

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. Their name is derived from the forest known as Gruyeres whose timber was once used to fuel the heat of the copper cauldrons used to make the cheese in. More Comté is produced than any other cheese in France, and each cheese must pass a strict grading system which is controlled by the AOC regulations.

It takes more than 500L of milk – the daily production of 30 cows – to make one wheel of Comté.

*AOC = Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée

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Pamela Oddy
The best cheese around?

My husband believes this to be the best cheese in the world and chooses it constantly, but for me Ossau Iraty is top of the hard cheeses ... and who knows what other even more irresistible hard-cheese offerings are to come? Then there are Colston Bassett's Stilton, Brillat Savarin and all those other excellent not-hard cheeses. But he insists ... and I do enjoy the odd morsel he allows me.

Choosing THE BEST cheese is like asking us to choose our favourite child (it's the middle one but don't tell the other two okay?). We do see where your husband is coming from. Comté is a classic cheese from one of France's most respected affineurs. But then again we can't imagine a world without Ossau Iraty either.
We're just glad that we don't have to choose - buy them both! and Brillat Savarin and Stilton and ...

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Scott and Amanda Fraser

It’s divine

Marcel Petite is one of France's most respected affineurs and it's clear he knows what he's doing. Did you know, it takes more than 500L of milk – the daily production of 30 cows – to make one wheel of Comté? Thanks for taking the time to write a review.

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Based on 2 reviews
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Pamela Oddy
The best cheese around?

My husband believes this to be the best cheese in the world and chooses it constantly, but for me Ossau Iraty is top of the hard cheeses ... and who knows what other even more irresistible hard-cheese offerings are to come? Then there are Colston Bassett's Stilton, Brillat Savarin and all those other excellent not-hard cheeses. But he insists ... and I do enjoy the odd morsel he allows me.

Choosing THE BEST cheese is like asking us to choose our favourite child (it's the middle one but don't tell the other two okay?). We do see where your husband is coming from. Comté is a classic cheese from one of France's most respected affineurs. But then again we can't imagine a world without Ossau Iraty either.
We're just glad that we don't have to choose - buy them both! and Brillat Savarin and Stilton and ...

S
Scott and Amanda Fraser

It’s divine

Marcel Petite is one of France's most respected affineurs and it's clear he knows what he's doing. Did you know, it takes more than 500L of milk – the daily production of 30 cows – to make one wheel of Comté? Thanks for taking the time to write a review.

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