This semi-soft cheese is made with pasteurized milk. It is surface-ripened, creating a wheat-coloured rind. Its aroma resembles damp straw, and it has a slightly sweet fruit and hazelnut taste. The cheese features many small holes and is supple and waxy under the knife.
This cheese, formerly named La Clef des Champs, was renamed La Meule des Champs in 2013. The name comes from the fact that the cheese maker uses milk from dairy cows on nearby farms, at the feet of the Appalachian mountains. The region’s climate is ideal for growing quality forage crops, which produces dairy cows of exceptional quality.
This cheese is available from the cheese maker, at specialty cheese shops and grocery stores, and from most supermarkets.
Awards and distinctions
2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix finalist in the Washed- or Mixed-rind Firm Cheese category. Winner of the best Washed Rind Cheese prize at the 2014 Canadian Cheese Awards and first prize in the same class at the 2012 British Empire Cheese Show.