This soft washed-rind cheese is made from pasteurized milk and cream. It boasts a creamy and unctuous texture enveloped in a coppery orange rind that has a pronounced bouquet and an irresistible fruity flavour. It is a truly exceptional cheese.
The poppy featured on the packaging, with its beautiful vibrant red petals brightens up the Mediterranean basin at the beginning the summer. Symbolizing life, joy and happiness, the poppy appears on many impressionist paintings, such as those of Claude Monet. The striking, bright colours of the poppy field that each year grace the French countryside are also a reminder of the French (Normandie) inspiration for this fine cheese.
Each year, about 18 million poppies are distributed in communities across Canada. Officially adopted by Canada in 1921 by the Great War Veterans Association (the predecessor of the Royal Canadian Legion), poppies are recognized as the national symbol of remembrance of the 117 000 men and women who have served our country in wartime and in peacetime.
The Champfleury is available from the cheese maker and in most speciality cheese shops and supermarkets.
Awards and distinctions
2015 World Cheese Awards gold medal winner and 2015 American Cheese Awards 1st prize winner in the Soft-Ripened Washed Rind Cheese class and 2015 Sélection Caseus finalist in the Soft Cheese with Washed, Mixed or Natural Rind class. Second place in 2015 and 1st place winner in 2010 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in its category. Placed 3rd at the 2009 and 2007 American Cheese Society competition and was awarded no less than 3 prizes at the 2007 Sélection Caseus gala, including the prestigious Caseus Or.