This semi-soft, blue-veined farm cheese is made with pasteurized organic milk that is drawn directly from the herd of Holstein cows on the Raymond Alary and sons family farm. On its natural, brownish rind are white and grey blooms that give the cheese a rustic look. Inside the cylindrically shaped round is a smooth, blue-veined cheese that is slightly granular. The cheese has a creamy, melt-in-your-mouth texture and leaves a nice, fruity sensation in the mouth. Its taste is more present and robust than that of Le Rassembleu, another blue cheese from the same cheese maker. It releases a mix of vegetable, mushroom, moist wood and cut grass aromas, with a slight hint of countryside. It is perfect with a good port or ice wine.
The cheese was first made in 2007. Its label shows a flower-shaped ornament called “fleuron”—a French word that can also mean something remarkable or enviable, just like the Fromagiers de la Table Ronde’s story. Their family farm has been producing cheese for four generations.
Fleuron is available from the cheese maker, at specialty grocery stores and cheese shops, and from some supermarkets.