St. Nectaire is a French semisoft, washed rind cheese from the Auvergne region of France. Made from the milk of Salers cows that feed on rich, volcanic pastures, St. Nectaire is both a fermier (farmhouse) and industrial cheese. Depending whether the processes are artisanal (raw milk) or industrial (pasteurised milk), the texture attributes in St. Nectaire are vastly different. The version we stock is a raw milk fermier version.
AOC awarded, St. Nectaire fremier takes six to eight weeks to mature on rye straw mats, imparting a peculiar pungent smell to the cheese. When properly aged, it has a grayish-purple washed rind, dotted with white, yellow and red molds. The creamy, supple, silky textured paste melts in the mouth to reveal flavours of nuts, hay, cellars and mushroom.
St. Nectaire pairs particularly well with Bordeaux, Shiraz, Côtes d'Auvergne or Beaujolais.
- Country of Origin: France
- Milk Variety: Cows'
- Style of Cheese: Soft
- Pasteurised: No
- For pregnant women: No