Murray's 18 Month Aged Comté
Comte, one of France’s most famous cheeses, has a long and rich history dating back centuries, hailing from a region that specializes in creating this AOC-protected cheese. Murray’s 18 Month Aged Comte has rich flavors of dried fruit, brown butter, hazelnut, and a surprisingly supple texture. It is aged for 18 months in Fort de Rousses, a repurposed stone military fort commissioned by Napoleon in the 1800s, located in France’s Jura mountains. The fort comprises seven levels, most of which are hidden underground and built for optimal affinage. Visionary affineur Jean-Charles Arnaud, the maker behind this Comte selection, relies on natural air ventilation and a stone vault effect to age these special cheeses to a perfect balance of distinct flavor and texture. We select wheels that reflect the mountain environment where the cheese is born, meaning those that feature a light, grassy essence punctuated with subtle hints of citrus. Smooth and snackable, this iconic cheese is made to pair with something equally palatable, like a dollop of fruit jam and a juicy Beaujolais.