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Milk: Cow, Pasteurized

Country: France, Auvergne

Consistency: Firm

Accompaniment: Medium red or fruity white

Cantal, named after the mountain range of the same name in the Auvergne region in south-central France,  is one of the oldest cheeses in France. It was around at the time of the Gauls.

Cantal is a large cheese some 20 lbs in weight. It is made in three varieties: jeune (1-2 months), entre deux (2-6 months) and vieux (= 6 months). The vieux is not really sold outside France so we carry the entre deux. The cheese is made during the winter when the Salers breed of cattle are fed hay, during the summer the same cows produce Salers cheese when grazing on the lush mountain meadows.

It is a cheddar-like cheese with a buttery tanginess, but otherwise quite mild. Try this cheese on its own or with some fresh fruit.

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