Made from pasteurized milk and cream, this soft cheese has a bloomy rind covered in vegetable ash. It smells like fresh mushrooms and has a peppery finish to its taste. The cheese ripens slowly from the outside in to develop a perfect creamy texture. When young, the chalky interior has a neutral flavour, with only a hint of tartness. With time, the cheese develops a distinct aroma, and its black-and-white rind turns grey, giving the cheese flavours of butter and hot milk.
Le Pleine Lune is available from the cheese maker, at specialty grocery stores and cheese shops, and in most supermarkets.
Awards and distinctions
2016 World Cheese Awards Major Winner as Best Canadian Cheese as well as gold medal winner in the Brie Made From Pasteurized Milk class.
2016 Sélection Caseus competition 1st prize winner in the Bloomy Rind Cheese class.
2016 British Empire Cheese Show 3rd prize winner, Soft Rind Cheese class.