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Whether it's the elderflower-flecked La Cigogne from Alsace or the perfectly aged Comte Extra made from sweet summer milk on the French Swiss border, each cheese in this import collection has a story all its own. All together they create an impressive tasting experience worth sharing.
The acacia-wood board and signature dome gives a stately presentation to the five gourmet cheeses, and the included picnic-ready isothermic cooler makes for easy transportation to any gathering.
Included in this Gift
- Artisan Cheeses: Cantelet Dore, Petit Basque, Sommer Milk Comte, Elderflower, and more. For more information on these cheeses, please see the Tasting Notes.
Each gourmet item is carefully assembled inside this isothermic cooler with food safe gel ice packs to safeguard the shipping process. A free card is included with your personal message or greeting, as well as complimentary scissors so your recipient can easily open their gift.
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Your gift will leave a lasting impression as they continue to use and enjoy the acacia wood serving board with glass dome, and this elegantly tailored isothermic cooler - perfect for day trips, picnics or an afternoon at the beach.
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Cantalet DoreA rich, earthy, and sharp cow's milk cheese from Auvergne, France. 6.5 oz
La Cigogne Elderflower TommeA creamy Alsatian cheese laced with fragrant elderflower blossoms. 7.5 oz
Signature Dome and CheeseboardA basilica-style dome rests on a dual-tiered board for display and serving.
Comte Extra Des Monts-JuraA cheese made from sweet, grassy summer milk that matures into a complex wheel with notes of toffee, fruit, and lingering brine. 8.5 oz
Petit BasqueAn approachable sheep's milk cheese with succulent notes of caramel and stone fruit. 5.5 oz
SottocenereAn irresistible semi-soft Italian cheese, pasteurized from cow's milk and laced with succulent truffles. 5.9 oz
Sometimes described as the French cousin of English Farmhouse Cheddar, Cantalet is a semi-hard cow's milk cheese that displays fresh buttery flavors when young then deepens into a sharp, earthy expression of its native Auvergne region as it matures. The paste is dense, rich, and creamy with a slight crumble that increases with age, while the rustic rind brings to mind the long history of the style, dating back 2,000 years to the time of the Gauls and coming to prominence at the table of Louis XIV. This is truly a heritage cheese worth savoring.
Cantalet Dore complements a vast variety of reds, but for an off-the-path experience open a bottle of gold-toned Gewurztraminer and enjoy the interplay of sweet, aromatic wine with the umami-edged Cantalet.
La Cigogne Elderflower Tomme
La Cigogne (translation: "The Stork") is a unique semi-hard cow's milk tomme seemingly plucked straight from one of the pastoral meadows of its native Alsace. Sunny and lean like a traditional tomme, yet surprisingly creamy, La Cigogne lingers on the palate with delicate milk and a light vanilla sweetness. There is also -- quite literally -- a bouquet of floral notes to be discerned in the ivory-toned paste as the cheese is infused with the lacy elderflower blossoms that can be seen blooming on the hills of Alsace every spring. Four months of aging seasons the cheese and integrates the flavor of the blossoms beautifully.
Restrain La Cigogne with a dry Alsatian Riesling -- try Heimbourg or Clos Windsbuhl -- or bring its vanilla and honey spice to the forefront with an unfiltered farmhouse ale.
Though it may share a herringbone-patterned rind and an area of origin with the better known Manchego, Petit Basque is a sheep's milk beauty entirely its own. Succulent and creamy with a smooth, inviting paste, Petit Basque is less gamey and more approachable than many of its more "sheepy" brethren. Which is not to say it's simple; roasted nuts, stone fruit, and a subtle note of caramelized creme brulee shell all offer themselves to the attentive palate in a robust slice of this refreshingly young cheese from the Pyrenees.
Match an agreeable wedge of Petit Basque with an equally generous bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau for an exuberant and immediate fruit forward pairing, perfect for an early evening cheese course or a late summer picnic.
From the Northern Italian region of Veneto, this irresistible semi-soft cheese is pasteurized from cow's milk and laced with delicate flecks of truffle. The rind is rubbed in truffle oil and aged in a coating of nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, licorice, cloves, and fennel. A thin layer of ash covers the spiced rind as the cheese ages, which is where this creamy cheese gets its name - Sottocenere essentially means "under ash".
Aromatic, unusual and delicate, the silky indulgence of Sottocenere is perfectly suited to the sparkle of Lambrusco or an Italian Barbera.
Comte Extra Des Monts-Jura
In the Jura Mountains on the French-Swiss border, freshly made wheels of sweet, grassy summer-milk Comte are collected from local fruitieres by the Seignemartin family and cellared on spruce planks for a minimum of 15 months. The mild white Comte matures into a rich, nutty wheel with a dusty rind and a light caramel paste. Tasting reveals toffee, fruit, and a lingering salt finish balanced by the remaining sweetness of the summer milk. All Comte is judged by the strict standards of its region; only wheels with the highest marks are granted Extra status and imprinted with the green sigil seen on Comte Extra Des Monts-Jura.
A complex cheese that can match both reds and whites, Comte Extra is the perfect foil for an Alsace Pinot Noir or a welcome companion to an un-oaked, or lightly-oaked, Chardonnay.
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