Herve Mons Bethmale Chèvre
This item is temporarily unavailable
- Animal Rennet
- Age: 5 Months
- Goat Milk
- by Herve Mons
Bethmale is typically made with cow's milk, but legendary French affineur Hervé Mons crafts his Bethmale Chèvre with goat’s milk. He ages the tomme-style wheels in his caves until they emerge with a recognizable orange rind, supple ivory paste, and sweet, mild flavor profile that combines spiced hazelnuts and stone fruit. Light and floral, this cheese is a natural pairing with honey—try it with a drizzle of Bee Seasonal Organic Eucalyptus Honey or Mieli Thun Millefiori Wildflower Honey.
- Bethmale is a traditional style of cheese made in the Pyrenees mountains.
- It’s named for the village where it was born, in the Couserans region of the Comte de Foix.
- Its origins date back to 12th-century France, when it is said that Louis VI tasted it during a visit to the region.
- Traditionally, Bethmale is made with cow’s milk, but affineur Hervé Mons makes his Bethmale Chèvre with goat’s milk.
- Mons Fromager is one of the most well-known cheese producers in the world.
- Hubert Mons and his wife began to sell cheeses in the Roannaise region of France in 1964, and in 1983 their eldest son Hervé helped to grow the business by setting up a point of sale in the heart of Paris.
- Hervé, who had studied under the best Parisian cheesemakers, helped Mons become the world-renowned operation it is today.
- Currently, they select and age cheese from across France and collaborate internationally with more than ten countries--specifically the U.S., Japan, and other European countries.
- Hervé himself still travels through France in search of the best products, with an emphasis on traditional artisanal craftsmanship.
- Their selection includes over 250 cheeses, and the Mons operation includes refining sites, an international training center, and a dairy production unit.
- Mons is also famous for their cheese caves, the most famous of which is an 180m railway tunnel that Hervé Mons converted into a cheese aging facility in 2009.
- Hervé Mons was instrumental in helping Murray’s design our original cheese caves at 254 Bleecker Street, which were modeled after his own.