Our Featured French Gourmet Cheese
Saint Nectaire is an ancient French gourmet cheese from the mountains of the Auvergne. This is a raw milk cheese in France and is brought into the USA made with pasteurized milk of mostly Salers cows.
The cheese is made in round flat discs. It has a grayish rind with light yellow or reddish patches. The supple paste is pale gold in color and becomes almost runny as it matures and has a sweet and grassy aroma and this is repeated in the flavor which is creamy and only slightly farmyard like. The cheese is semi-soft to firm, though supple, with a moldy smell and a mild flavor.
We cut and wrap this cheese in wedges of 8 ounces and 1 pound. 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.