A Little Taste of Comte Cheese Heaven
Comte cheese is only made in 3 regions in France – Jura, Doubs and Ani – and our deli team were lucky enough to visit the Marcel Petite fort in the Jura Mountains 1100ft above sea level, which is where the delicious Comte comes from that we stock at The Gog.
Marcel Petite is an affineur, not a cheese maker, so this is where they age and mature the cheeses.
They accept cheeses from 5 different dairies and have been caring and ageing cheese now for 5 generations using their refined and very particular methods
The young cheeses or ‘babies’ arrive at around 2 weeks old, they are then rubbed with salt for 4 – 6 weeks, stamped with the dairy of origin and the date of production so each cheese can be traced back to the start of their journey.
The team were given an amazing tour around the fort by Benoit who has been working at Marcel Petites’ for 8 years, he explained every stage that the cheese goes through until it is chosen by BCC which then ends up in our shop.
The fort holds around 220,000 wheels of cheese at any given time, and they ship out a whopping 15,000 – 20,000 wheels to wholesalers and sellers like Borough Cheese Company every week – it really is a taste of cheese heaven! Pop into the deli for a free taster, we’re sure you’ll agree!