Our Featured French Gourmet Cheese
Munster Gerome is produced in an area that not only makes very pungent cheeses, but also excellent spicy wines. Its production center is the pretty village of Munster, set amid pastures and vineyards.
A young Munster cheese has a thin but firm pinkish-red rind with white paste. As it matures the rind turns to a darker russet color with a deep straw-colored interior. The paste is soft and supple with small holes in it. It becomes almost creamy in texture as it matures. The maturation time is usually 2 to 3 months.
The rind has a strong farmyard aroma with a lemony tang to it and this flavor transfers itself to the paste which is also strong in flavor and has a robustly meaty taste to it.
Munster cheese is an excellent example of a sticky cheese with a delicious taste; the not so experienced cheese taster may need to build up some courage to try a cheese with an overwhelming aroma. 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.