Named for its shape, Fourme d'Ambert is beautiful cylinder of cheese encased in a natural rind resembling rough stone. It is considered one of the oldest cheeses in France, dating it back to the times of the Romans, and is now protected by AOC regulations.
Made with pasteurized cows' milk from the Auvergne region of southwestern France, Fourme d'Ambert develops an undeniable earthiness in the aging room, an expression of the unique terroir of the area. A pale, cream-colored paste is flecked throughout with bluing as soft as velvet in both texture and flavor. Dark and savory with hints of bittersweet chocolate, tobacco and damp earth, these wheels lack the biting acidity often found in some blues. Aged for a minimum of two months, Fourme d'Ambert is lusciously rich and a true testament to the cheesemaking processes set in place so many centuries ago.
Farm / Company: Traditional Coop
Affineur: Jean d'Alos
Milk Type: Cow
Milk Treatment: Raw
Aging: 60 days
Size(s): 4-5 pound wheel