St. Nectaire Cheese
It’s storied that Henri de La Ferté-Senneterre, the Marshal of France, introduced St. Nectaire to the court of Louis XIV. The Sun King (a famed foodie) declared the semi-soft, wash-rind St. Nectaire to be a favorite, setting the stage for a humble farmstead cheese to become a feast-defining cheese.
Lest you think we’re being hyperbolic, in 1788, the historian Legrand D’Aussy wrote, “If someone wants to treat you to a feast, there’s always going to be some Saint-Nectaire.” At the time, he was travelling through the Auvergne region of Central France, where the cheese has been produced for centuries. That is exactly where we discovered our Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) St. Nectaire.
So, what is it about this cheese? St. Nectaire is made from the milk of cows that graze on fertile pastureland in the Monts-Dore, the remnant peaks of a volcanic chain. Aged (a minimum of 28 days), and regularly washed with salt water, the natural-rind cheese is aromatic of straw and mushrooms. Its smooth, supple pâte is pronounced with milk, nuts, and notes of the mineral-rich meadowlands.
While traditionally a farmer cheese (made with raw milk), our St. Nectaire is made in a dairy with pasteurized milk. Redolent, rounded, and milky, it is perfect for a cheeseboard and pairs beautifully with fruits, raw vegetables, olives, rustic bread, and salami—spring picnic, anyone?
We don’t feel much commonality with Louis XIV, but we have to say, this cheese is a sensation. And, indeed, we also believe, “Everything starts with the customer.” That’s why we are treating you to a limited quantity of St. Nectaire at the extraordinary price of $9.99 per pound—happy feasting!
Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Animal Rennet, Calcium Chloride. CONTAINS MILK.Nutritional Info