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.
Our Featured French Gourmet Cheese
Petit Livarot is the smaller version of the Livarot which is known as 'The Colonel' because of the five strips of raffia which are wrapped round it to stop bulging. It has a glossy orange-brown washed rind which can become very dark and rustic looking. The golden paste has little holes and is soft and springy.
The French gourmet Petit Livarot is clearly a cheese that cannot be missed because of the pungent aroma coming from the rind.
The aroma is farmyard like bacon and ammonia but the paste is more subtle, though still with meaty overtones. The taste is also full and strong with farmyard flavors and a strong, salty lemon tang which bites the tongue. Graindorge received a Silver award for this cheese at the 2010 World Cheese Award.
Similar cheeses are Epoisses, Munster and Pont l'Eveque. read more...