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Murray's Summer Reserve Comte

Philippe, affineur of France's celebrated Fort Saint Antoine, hand-selects about one percent of his stock - those that he deems most superior - for additional subterranean aging. After over a year, each wheel emerges with flavors of toasted hazelnuts, juicy guava and a lingering caramel finish. Following an arduous Alp-scaling expedition, our buyers arrived at Fort Saint Antoine to great reward: Philippe himself bestowed a few of these precious wheels on Murray's - typically only given as gifts to his favorite clients - and we have been given special permission to regift this cheese to you. Take some home while you still can. This cheese is so exclusive, it's not sold commercially anywhere but here, and when it's gone, it's gone. Ethereal with Vin Jaune, if you can get it, or a nip of sherry and handful of walnuts for dessert.

Just the facts

Country France
Region Franche-Comte
Milk Type Cow
Pasteurization Unpasteurized
Rennet Type Animal
Age 12-18 Months
Cheese Type Swiss and Nutty
Wheel Weight 75 lbs
Pairing Recommendations

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  • Chardonnay

    This wine is all over the map – literally! Flavor varies widely depending on where and how it’s made.

    Old World Chardonnay: crisp and minerally, with flavors of apples and roasted pears.
    Pair with: Fresh or bloomy rind cheese, like Delice de Bourgogne

    New World Chardonnay (USA, warmer climates): richly buttery and oaky, heavy notes of vanilla, brown butter, and tropical fruits.
    Pair with: Slightly stronger cheese like sweet Prairie Breeze cheddar, or a mild washed rind like Keeley’s Across the Pond.


    Oxidized Chardonnay: When Chardonnay is intentionally exposed to air it is “oxidized.” Common in the Jura mountain region, this wine is almost sherry-like with spicy, nutty flavors.
    Pair with: Play up the bolder flavors with a more complex or funky cheese. Almost any Alpine cheese, like Comte, or earthy aged goat cheese like Chevrot make a great match.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    Full-bodied with no shortage of flavor. This grape is grown in almost every climate, which means lots of diversity across bottles.

    Old World Cabernet: Earthy with aromas of leather, hay, and dark dried fruits. Sometimes a hint of eucalyptus or violet.
    Pair with: Cheese with flavor that can stand up to this big wine. Alpine style cheeses like Comte or Appenzeller and some sweeter blues like Bleu d’Auvergne would make a good match.

    New World Cabernet: Characterized by bold oaky flavors and high levels of tannins. These wines are about as full-bodied as you can get, very jammy with flavors of reduced fruit.
    Pair with: Sweet clothbound cheddar or a Grana style cheese like Parmigiano Reggiano or Podda Classico.


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