Made with raw milk drawn from the cheese maker’s brown Swiss cows, this firm, organic farm cheese has a natural and rustic rind that is brownish in colour. It has a yellow corn colour and is strewn with small holes. Le Monnoir is aged more than six months and emits a cellar, butter and hazelnut aroma, and has a hazelnut taste with toasted, caramel overtones.
Le Monnoir was first made in 2000. Its name comes from Monnoir, the previous name of the seigneurie where the Fromagerie Au Gré des Champs is located today. Mount Saint-Grégoire, located near the cheese maker, also used to share that name. The numerous coniferous trees on the mountain give it a black colour, which explains its name—mont noir means “black mountain.”
Le Monnoir is made in small quantities and is available primarily from the Fromagerie Au Gré des Champs.
Awards and distinctions
At the 2010 Sélection CASEUS, Le Monnoir won the CASEUS Bronze award, in addition to winning the bloomy and natural rind cheese category and being named Best Organic Cheese.