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Marcel Petite Comté Collection

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After World War II, affineur Marcel Petite bought an unused munitions fort from the French government. He felt it would be an ideal environment for aging his 70-pound wheels of French Gruyère, known as Comté. And it is. Our first taste of Comté in the medieval, cavernous fort brought such refined, delicate, and long-lasting flavors...we were hooked! After earning the trust of their skilled affineurs , we began importing several ages of this magnificent cheese.

At any given time, we carry up to seven or even eight different age profiles of Comté, which can categorized as follows:

  • Young - Comté Melodie, Comté Trois Sapins, Comté Cyclamen Marron
  • Middle Age - Comté Gourmandise (aka Les Granges), Comté Fort Saint Antoine
  • Mature - Comté Symphonie 16+ months (aka Le Fort)
  • Extra-aged - Comté Symphonie 24+ months (aka Grand Cru), Comté Symphonie 36+ months (aka Extra Grand Cru)

This collection is a wonderful way to observe the subtle and striking changes brought on by longer aging of a single style of cheese.  We've included a half-pound piece of four different age profiles including one young, one middle age, one mature and one Extra-aged when available. If the extra-aged profile is not available, we will include an additional piece from the young or middle age category.

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Region Jura
Country of Origin France
Producer Marcel Petite
Type of Milk Cow
Flavor Profile Medium-strong
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Marcel Petite

After WWII, Marcel Petite bought an unused munitions fort from the French Government because he felt that it would be the best environment for aging the 70lb wheels of French Gruyère known as Comté. 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 bring in wheels of Comté from the fruitières that we have found to suit the palate of our customers.

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