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Laguiole – 250g
Laguiole, also called Tome de Laguiole is a French unpasteurised, hard cheese of cylindrical shape made from cow’s milk. It derives its name from the village of Laguiole on the plateau of Aubrac, situated in the region of Aveyron in the southern part of France. Laguiole was first made at a monastery in the mountains of Aubrac, situated in Massif Central. But production reached its peak at the beginning of 20th century, when the monks transferred the recipe to the ‘buronniers’. It has been protected by the AOC seal since 1961. Affinage takes at least four months and the temperature of affinage and conservation must be below 140C.
Laguiole has a thick, greyish-orange and natural rind beneath which lies a straw-coloured supple and firm pate. The rich and creamy texture of the pate right away melts away in the mouth unveiling a sharp and yet slightly sour flavour. An aromatic cheese, Laguiole is great as a table cheese and one of the principal ingredients in Aligot – a traditional mashed potato French dish.
Origin: France, Midi-Pyrénées – Languedoc-Roussillon – Auvergne Milk : Raw Texture pressed non cooked Fat (%) : 30 Pairing : Red wine Seasonality : September to March Animal : Cow Intensity : Medium Appearance : Firm Pregnant women: No PDO/AOP : Yes
Comté was one of the first few kinds of cheese to receive an AOC (Appellation d’origine controlee) status in 1958. It is one of the most popular AOC cheeses in France with around 40,000 tonnes of annual production.