Comté Le Fort
Country of Origin: France
City / Village: Pontarlier
Type of Milk: Cow
Flavor Profile: Medium-strong
After WWII, Marcel Petite bought an unused munitions fort from the French Government because he felt that it would be an ideal environment for aging his 70lb wheels of French Gruyère known as Comté. And it is. Our first tastes of the Comté in the humid, medieval, cavernous fort brought forth such refined, delicate, and long lasting flavors that we were hooked. After much trust-building with Philipe and Claude, we are able to import the wheels of Comté that we have found to suit the palate of our customers.
Our relationship also allows us to bring in the highly guarded "Le Fort" wheels of Comte that are aged from 16 to 24 months. It is in these wheels that you find a smooth, creamy texture, and a dense, sweet flavor with hints of fennel, onion and sometimes cocoa butter. As the cheese ages, small crunchy protein crystals can form, adding to the texture! A staff favorite and a staple on any cheese plate.
For more information on Marcel Petite and his wonderful Comte, please visit https://www.formaggiokitchen.com/travelogues/france/jura