Ossau Iraty AOC – Herve Mons


Ossau Iraty AOC is a smooth, semi-hard cheese with distinctly nutty flavours and lingering caramel sweetness. Its earthy, aromatic rind is typical of ewe’s and goat’s milk cheeses made in the Pyrénées. The floral aftertaste is reminiscent of the pastures of wildflowers and fresh grass in the region.

A little history about Ossau Iraty & Herve Mons

Ossau Iraty is made in the rugged mountains known as the Basque region, on the border between France and Spain. The black- and red-faced Manech ewes, which are renowned for their magnificent curled horns, are milked twice each day from the end of Spring to early Autumn.

Herve Mons’ family has been in the affinage business for 3 generations. Part of his responsibilities includes travelling throughout France to find artisan cheesemakers who work with (mainly raw) milk and offer the best expressions of that milk. “There is an age for every cheese. It’s just like people. Cheese is a live product. For us, it’s important to find the peak in the timeline of the cheese. Sometimes, it’s complicated to understand, but a simple test is to have the same cheese young off the farm and after the affinage. It’s two different beasts.”

Herve Mons learned his craft from his father and has been recognized by the French government with the prestigious title of “Meilleur Ouvrier” de France. He provides his cheeses to the best tables in France.

*AOC = Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée

Goes well with:

Pinot Noir, dry Rosé, full-bodied Chardonnay

Similar cheeses:

Onetik Chabrin, Barossa La Dame

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Cheese Details
  • Cheese Type: Semi Hard
  • Country: France
  • Milk Type: Ewe
  • Pasteurisation: Pasteurised
  • Rennet Type: Animal Based
  • Classification: Artisan

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