This firm and washed rind cheese is made with whole pasteurized milk from Brown Swiss cows, which are grass-fed in summer and dry hay-fed in winter. Ripened in an aging room on pine shelves for 8 months, this cheese has a nutty aroma.
The cheese is named after the cheese maker’s grandparents, Émilie Claveau and Eugène Côté, an illustration of whom appears on the packaging. Normand Côté is the fifth generation of the Côté family and current owner of the fromagerie. His daughter, Rose-Alice, the cheesemaker, is part of the sixth generation to commit itself to the family enterprise.
Petits Vieux is available from the cheese maker, at specialty grocery stores and cheese shops as well as from some supermarkets.