The winter months in France can be long and grey, but they do offer plenty of wonderful things to look forward to – one of the most delicious being Mont d’Or !
Mont d’Or is an unpasteurized Vacherin (cow's milk) cheese from the Jura region of France. It is what we would describe a luxurious fromage – a soft and rich ‘seasonal cheese’ to be enjoyed during the winter months. If you find yourself nosing around the Fromageries this time of year, you will start to see them appearing in abundance in the late winter months usually from November to February.
Fromage is a serious subject, so stay vigilent. There is a Swiss version of the Mont d’Or (which has historically made for a little territorial dispute over where the cheese originated), very similar and referred to as Vacherin Mont d'Or (or just Vacherin). Beyond just territorial differences, one of the main differences between the French and the Swiss cheeses, is that the Swiss is usually pasteurized. If you want to get your hands on the French Mont d’Or, read the label carefully you will want to look for Mont d'Or, or Vacherin du Haut-Doubs. Worry not though, the dispute over where the Fromage originates has been settled, and the Swiss finally conceded to the French.
Because of its richness, Mont d’Or is a fromage we tend to associate with special occasions (mind you, we may decide to have as many special occasions as we like!). It is sold in a reed container, and handily, it is often warmed in its original packaging and enjoyed similar to a fondue. We find Mont d’Or is the perfect accompaniment to your Holiday events : it is a great party-maker, it has tons of personality, and is a super convivial…sounds like the perfect guest, huh? Warm it up, crowd around it with your friends and family members, grab a bit of crusty bread and let the Fête begin!