This blue-veined semi-soft cheese is made of thermized milk and ripened for three months. The addition of Les Pionniers port wine from the Les Côtes du Gavet winery in Tingwick enhances the cheese’s flavour and gives it its plum colour. Le Porto Bleu is slightly salty with notes of port wine and hazelnut. The flavour varies in sharpness from low to medium. It is excellent with meat, in salads, on crackers or added to sauces.
The name Le Porto Bleu simply tells what the cheese is made of. The label is a nod to Jacques Ducharme, the father of the cheese maker, Olivier Ducharme: the father is pictured milking a cow in the magnificent setting of Saint-Rémi-de-Tingwick. The area is known for this original blue cheese with its unique flavours that are sought after by lovers of fine cheeses.
Le Porto Bleu is available from the Fromagerie Du Charme as well as in many specialty cheese shops.
Awards and distinctions
Finalist at the 2014 Canadian Cheese Awards in the best flavoured cheese category.