Baby Vacherin Mont D’or – 500g
Vacherin Mont d’Or is only made between the 15th August and 15th March, when the cows have come down the mountain from their high summer pastures, and their milk is too fatty and not plentiful enough to make whole Comté wheels. The Comté co-operatives then turn their hands to making this truly seasonal cheese.
There are only 11 producers, and our cheeses are made by one of the even fewer small artisan co-operatives. (Most cheese-makers in this area operate as co-ops, and have done for centuries, so that they may pool enough milk from each small mountain farmer to make Comtés, which have sufficient life to be transported to markets far away.)
At home I bake Vacherin Mont d’Or, but, in the Jura, where the cheese comes from, they just spoon it straight from the box and enjoy the rich, voluptuous texture and full fruity flavour.