Our Featured French Gourmet Cheese
P'tit Basque is a French sheep's milk cheese that has been around for only a little longer than 10 years; since 1997. P'tit Basque is sometimes compared to a Manchego, the great Spanish sheep cheese, but the similarities seem to limited to the rinds basket-weave markings.
P'tit Basque, indeed a small cheese compared with its famous French cousin Ossau-Iraty, weighs approx. 1.5 pounds. This cheese is made with pasteurized sheep's milk, has a semi-soft, moist and pale interior. The cheese's aroma is that of brown butter and caramel.
The flavor is creamy and sweet with some saltiness, much softer than the Manchego or the Ossau-Iraty. P'tit Basque can be enjoyed in the traditional way, cut into smaller pieces as a snack, an appetizer or an after-dinner dessert, but you you also try to use a cheese curler, cheese scraper or Girolle. This special tool is designed for a Tete de Moine, but the P'tit Basque is a great French alternative and will also create very thin curls when scraping the surface of the cheese. read more...
Browse our selection of imported French gourmet cheeses. Mention French Cheese and the mind immediately conjures up images of Brie, of Camembert, of the great blues, of the pungent aromas of the great stinky cheeses - surely every gourmet has their own image of French Cheese. France for years has set the quality bar for many of the smaller cheese makers all over the world who hope to at best, imitate the great French cheeses. The French protect a number of their cheeses by a Protected Designation of Origin (AOC in French), stringent designations of geographical origin for traditional specialties. Do treat yourself to our great French gourmet cheeses, and share your opinions with others in a product review.
France also has a large variety of raw milk cheeses, many of which are not available in the US due to USFDA regulations. Fortunately, some of the great French cheese makers do make their iconic cheeses in a pasteurized version; a viable alternative to those raw milk cheeses that we are unable to obtain in the US.