Symphonie AOC Comté is hard cows milk cheese from the Jura region, France, their complex flavours a result of hands-on maturation.
Marcel Petite Comté Symphonie is selected by one of the most respected Affineurs in France. Each year, just a few wheels of Comte are chosen by Fromageries Marcel Petite to bear the prestigious ‘Symphonie’ label. They are matured for a longer period and display more complex flavour characteristics than other grades. All cheeses are hand-selected when young wheels of cheese to mature based on a flavour profile rather than an age profile. These hand-selected wheels are aged under a cold maturation system at 1,100 metres in the 19th century underground Fort of Saint-Antoine high in the mountains of the French / Swiss border. These cheeses are made by small dairies in the Jura and are carefully graded before, during & after maturation. They have a rich concentrated nutty texture & a gentle caramel sweet honey flavour reflecting the rich milk of the Montbéliard cattle that graze the natural mountain pasture.
A little history about Comte
Comte is an ancient type of Gruyere, similar to the large mountain cheeses made in the Alps, on the borders of France & Switzerland. Their name is derived from the forest known as Gruyeres whose timber was once used to fuel the heat of the copper cauldrons of cheese curd. Comte now represents the largest volume of all the cheeses produced in the AOP system. It takes 530L of milk, the daily production of 30 cows to make 1 wheel of Comte.