ABOUT THIS PRODUCT:
Origin: France - Northern Basque Region
Type: Pasteurized sheep's milk with a medium-firm texture.
Characteristics: straw-like in color; nutty taste that is creamy and rich.
This French semi-firm cheese is a creamy and nutty cheese with a gentle richness that is quite pleasing. Its rind is edible with a slightly tart taste. The cheese has a soft, light ivory color with the fragrance of toasted hazelnuts.
Ossau-Iraty - from France by Saloirs de Louis
An ancient cheese made near its namesake rivers in the Basque region of France, Ossau-Iraty is a sheep’s milk cheese with a creamy and semi-firm texture. This coveted cheese is beloved for its rich nutty flavor filled with notes of hazelnut, fresh grass and wildflowers. Made from the milk of Pyrenees sheep, Ossau-Iraty has been made for 3000 years, and is one of the only two sheep’s milk cheeses to earn the coveted AOC status (the other one is Roquefort).
Each wheel of this wonderful sheep’s milk cheese is aged for at least 80 days in wooden cellars and remains under constant supervision and care for the duration of the aging process. Each wheel is scrubbed, sometimes daily, in order to encourage the growth of flora that makes up the crust. The result of this care is a delectable cheese with an oily texture that has the perfect amount of acid.
As special as Ossau-Iraty is, it’s superbly versatile and could be considered an every day, table cheese. It’s perfect for any cheeseboard and can be paired with a variety of breads, jams, or honey. Slice it and put it on a sandwich or combine it with apple slices for a great afternoon snack. This cheese pairs well with a Pinot Gris or a Merlot. You can also double down on the Basque products and combine this great cheese with wine from the Irouleguy region.