Aged for two years before being surface-ripened for 30 to 45 days, this firm, washed-rind cheese is made from 100% pure pasteurized milk, and contains no modified milk ingredients. There’s no shortage of adjectives to describe the rich aroma of this strong-flavoured cheese that never fails to delight connoisseurs. Beneath its golden-yellow rind is a butter-coloured interior that’s slightly crumbly but melts in the mouth. It is exquisite at the end of a meal with a good crusty bread.
Its name comes from a local legend according to which the devil manifested in the form of a black horse when the Trois-Pistoles church was being built.
Le Cheval Noir is available at the Fromagerie des Basques and in the refrigerated section of supermarkets, convenience stores and service stations as well as in several fine grocery stores and specialty grocery stores, from La Pocatière to the Gaspésie region and all the way to the border of New Brunswick.