Murray's Cave Aged Gruyère
It’s been around since the 13th century—one taste and you’ll join its ranks of admirers. While traditional Gruyere may age anywhere from six months to three years, Murray’s carefully selects special wheels with incredible aging potential that we finish in our own caves for a full twelve-month maturation. It is then that Gruyere’s aromas of caramelized apples and notes of hazelnutty brown butter come together in a smooth, dense paste—perfect for a classic fondue or melted atop a Croque Madame. Raw cow’s milk Gruyere is considered central to (if not synonymous with) the culture and history of Switzerland’s Fribourg region, an Alpine crossroads that ushered in the Celts, the Helvetians, and the Romans, who later shared their cheesemaking traditions. Today, Swiss dairy cooperatives produce these 80-pound wheels, with an eye toward tradition. Gruyere is nothing if not a gracious pairing partner- try it alongside a light, bright red, a big, rich white, or a handful of preserved walnuts and a few slices of smoky speck.
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Just the Facts
ChardonnayThis 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 Tickler cheddar, or a mild washed rind.
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.
CiderBrie and apples, cheddar and apples – both delicious! Why not extend that deliciousness to apples in liquid form? Enjoy cider and cheese for a pairing to remember.
English style: drier, more like a beer, with nice acidity.
Pair with: Just about anything but we love it with firm natural rind cheese, like Landaff.
Basque/Normandy : barnyardy and funky, but still with a little sweetness.
Pair with: A beefy washed rind, like Grayson to contrast the sugar and bring out the funk.
RoséWe love them all! Everything from light, crisp Provence style to deep and fruity Spanish Rosados. Don’t be afraid to enjoy rosé year-round, but we like the summer staple best with refreshing, mild cheeses that are great in warm weather.
Pair with: Young chevres like Coupole and bloomy rinds like Moses Sleeper for the lighter stuff. A darker, fruitier rosé can stand up to a heavier cheese like nutty Pecorino Oro Antico. Sparkling rosé is a perfect match for Nettle Meadow Kunik.