This firm, cooked, pressed farm cheese with a washed rind is made with 70% organic raw milk drawn from a herd of Brown Swiss cows owned by the cheese makers and 30% organic goat’s milk from a neighbouring farm, which gives it the premium aromatic qualities and subtle flavours that are unique to Portneuf. Its brine-washed rind and three-month ripening time give it a coppery colour. The buttery yellow interior is dotted with small irregular openings and has a supple texture. The cheese has a light caprine milky aroma and flavour with roasted notes, tangy fruitiness and a hint of farm goodness.
Its name, Le Grand 2, has two meanings. The first meaning refers to the two types of milk used to create the cheese, and the second meaning refers to the place where the cheese maker is located, Row 2 (“Rang 2” in French), in Grondines. The illustration on the label is of “the milking hour,” a work by Robert Julien, a local artist.
Le Grand 2 is available from the cheese maker, at specialty grocery stores and cheese shops as well as from some supermarkets.