Saint Nectaire is an ancient cheese made in the mountains of Auvergne France from unpasturized cow’s milk. The distinct flavor of Saint Nectaire is often attributed to two things; the pastures that the Salers cows are able to graze in, and the vine cellars that the wheels of cheese are aged in for two to three months.
The rind of Saint Nectair cheese is slightly pungent and smells of the earth and rye. Inside the gray crust, lies an off white paste scattered with sporadic holes. It tastes of nuts and milk and the uniquely floral grass that made the milk.
Saint Nectaire is a versatile cheese with a flavor that compliments many dishes. Soups, salads and sautéed vegetables are all improved by its nutty flavors and gentle spice. Saint Nectaire is a highly recommended cheese board addition; pair it with fruits or vegetables and enjoy it with a glass of light Pinot Noir in hand.
Upon receipt of your order the ice pack may no longer be frozen. This is expected and should not be the cause of alarm. The cheese should be cool to room temperature. Once rewrapped and stored properly the cheese will last up to 3 weeks.
For optimal storage allowing the cheese to breathe and retain moisture wrap the cheese in wax paper, plastic wrap or tin foil upon arrival.
A - Bloomy rind, tomes, hard or dry rind cheeses - wrap only the cut surface in plastic wrap, leaving the rind exposed so the cheese can breathe.
B - Blue cheeses should be wrapped securely in tin foil.
C - Washed rind cheeses should be wrapped in wax paper.
D - Small cheeses such as goat’s milk crottin should be wrapped in wax paper.
E - Soft cheeses store well in waxed paper or sealed containers.
Store your cheese in a cool, damp place such as a wine cellar, larder, wine cabinet, or in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator (the warmest part of the refrigerator).
As a general rule, aged hard cheeses last longer than softer, less aged varieties.
For the fullest flavor it is recommended to bring cheese to room temperature before serving.
* See cheese label for proper storage recommendations
To ensure product quality all cheese will ship overnight May 1 through October 1 due to warm summer temperatures.
October through May all cheese will ship 2nd Day, with an Overnight option available at an additional charge.