Swiss Gruyere Vieux AOC


Swiss Gruyere Vieux AOC is thick crusty-rinded hard cheese made by Jean Marie Dunand in Le Cret sur Semsales dairy & carefully cave ripened for at least 18 months. Swiss Gruyere Vieux has a smooth, condensed texture with caramel, nutty notes. The heat treatment in the cheesemaking process gives the cheese its characteristic sweetness and during maturation the development of small horizontal fissures. Known as ‘lenures’ and tiny crystals of tyrosine (an amino acid), these add a deliciously sweet-salty crunch to the powerful lingering flavours.

A little history about Gruyere 

Dating back to at least the 12th Century, Gruyère is the most popular cheese in Switzerland. The quality of milk and area of production is strictly controlled under Swiss “Appellation” regulations, but quality varies between the cooperative dairies & most Gruyère wheels are sold after being ripened for just 6 months. “Vieux” = old.

*AOC = Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée

Goes well with:

Dry Oloroso Sherry, full-bodied and aromatic white wines

Similar cheeses:

Aged Comte, Swiss Gruyère, l’Étivaz

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Cheese Details
  • Cheese Type: Hard
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Milk Type: Cow
  • Pasteurisation: Unpasteurised
  • Rennet Type: Animal Based
  • Classification: Artisan

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