This firm, washed-rind cheese is made with certified organic thermized milk from a single herd of Holstein cows. The Coq de l’Anse is surface-ripened for over four months in salted herbs from the Bas-Saint-Laurent and has a lovely brown—sometimes khaki—rind that envelops a very dense yellowish interior. A savoury blend of dried herbs lend it a vegetable flavour that is characteristic of the area.
The name Coq de l’Anse comes from the Anse aux Coques in Sainte-Luce-sur-Mer, which is known as the key tourist attraction of this Bas-Saint-Laurent village, where the cheese maker is also located. The Anse aux Coques faces a beach with a view that changes with the tides and winds.
Cheese with sea-side flavours!
Cheese maker Christian Paturel is committed to promoting local products, which is why he chose to work with organic milk and to become certified in addition to associating with local suppliers for his organic milk, salted herbs and mead. At Ferme Géracine in St-Damase in the Matapédia Valley of Gaspésie, where the certified organic milk is from, the comfort of animals is of the utmost priority.
The Coq de l’Anse cheese is available from the cheese maker and Bas-Saint-Laurent grocery stores, as well as some specialty grocery stores and cheese shops throughout Quebec.