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Comte’ 1/8 Wheel AOC Item #: F200

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  • Availability: Stock
  • Milk: Cow
  • Country: France
  • Pasteurization: Raw
  • Region: Franche-Comte
  • Pack: 2/11#
  • Age: 3+ Months
  • Protection: AOC

The flavors of Arnaud Comté start from the meadows of the Haute Jura, a wildlife national park just on the border of Switzerland. The cows graze on 1,500 different species of wild flowers. The milk is collected by numerous small dairies, and after the wheels are formed, they are transferred to the affineurs at the Charles Arnaud cellars. The cellars are almost two football fields in size, and house up to 100,000 wheels. It is the eco system in which the cheese develops their depth of flavor. Each wheel is meticulously aged on spruce boards, carefully monitored by the affineur. They test every wheel by feel, smell, sound, and taste. The stone cellar walls and the arches are essential to aging, as they are ideal for air uniformity in the cave. The end result is an incredibly complex cheese, with velvety smooth texture, and subtle flavors of roasted cauliflower, fresh cream, and almonds. Comté is the perfect table cheese, ready for melting in a potato gratin, snacking with some sliced apples, or to be paired with honey and a glass of Alsace Pinot Noir.

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