Fleur des Monts

By: Cheese Secrets — Posted on May 29, 2012

Fleur des Monts is a happy french secret.

Le Fleur des Monts (Mountain Flower) is made by Fromagier La Moutonniere, tucked away in Quebec’s Eastern Townships near Victoriaville. With their ‘happy sheep make happy cheese’ philosophy, Alastair and Lucille strive to make the best cheeses possible using milk from East Fresian sheep.

Le Fleur des Monts has a rust coloured rind that encloses a firm parchment coloured paste. It is made using raw milk and pressed into medium sized molds and left to age for usually 3 – 9 months. The interior is firm and satisfying, with the sharpness of its’ raw sheep milk muted and mellowed by the careful aging process. It has definite notes of raw almonds, both in it’s aroma and on the palette.

This cheese pairs well with raw buckwheat honey. The caramel sweetness of a dark honey pairs beautifully with the cheese’s slightly nutty flavour and texture. Use it on your cheese board where you would normally put an alpine cheese, or grate it onto pasta for a delicious and zippy gratin. Try broadening your horizons by pairing this cheese with a full strength Ontario beer from Oast or Silversmith Brewery.

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