Our Featured French Gourmet Cheese
Comté A.O.C. is an ancient French gourmet cheese, also known as Gruyere de Comte; it is made in the Massif of the Jura, a region composed of medium range mountains situated in Franche-Comté, which lies between the Vosges and the Haute-Savoie. The Montbeliard cow is the only breed of cattle whose milk is authorized for making Comté.
The cheese is hard, straw-colored, contains some medium-size holes and has a tendency to crack on cutting. Comté has a floral aroma with nutty fudge flavors developing in the more mature cheese. The taste is full of nuts and toffee with a lovely long and salty finish. Older cheeses take on a strong, farmyard-like character. The cheese has a thin beige rind which thickens and hardens as the cheese matures. This cheese is 15 months old and a close cousin of the Beaufort.
We cut and wrap this cheese in wedges of approximately 1 pound and 8 ounces. 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.