Washed Rind Cheese

These cheeses range from semi hard to soft in texture and can generally be counted on to have strong aromas. Whilst maturing, they are washed or rubbed regularly in solutions such as brine which encourage a different mould to form on the rind, called B-Linens. This mould is characterised by its pink / orange colour and breaks down the cheese to be spongy in texture, making them ideal for melting.
863 - Mont D Or 800g

Mont D Or Large

Made in cloth-lined moulds and encircled by spruce bark, which imparts a resinous flavour. Soft and full flavoured.

Known also as Vacherin Mont d'Or, Vacherin de Joux and Vacherin du Haut-Doubs, this traditional Franche Comte cheese has been made for several centuries by the farmers around the Mont d'Or Massif in the Haut Doubs. The region is famous for its traditional, large cheeses such as Gruyere and Comte which require huge quantities of milk to make. Mont d'Or originated, therefore, in the winter months when cows returned from the high pastures and their milk yields reduced causing farmers the need to make a smaller cheese. For this reason, the cheese was, and still is, seasonal, being made only between the 15th August and the 15th March at an altitude of 700 metres.

Mont d'Or has a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and is therefore subject to a number of regulations that prevent inauthentic imitations. These include the fact that it can only be made using the raw milk of Montbeliarde or French Simmental cows that are fed on grass or hay, with the distribution of fermented fodder being forbidden.
Approximately 7 litres of milk are needed to make one kilogram of Mont d'Or. The curds are made using traditional rennet and then pressed into cylindrical moulds. Once removed from these moulds, the cheese is encircled with a band of spruce which is slightly smaller than the circumference of the cheese to give the rind a bumpy, crinkled appearance reminiscent of its mountainous region of production.

The seasonality of the Mont d'Or, its woody taste and aromas of resin make this a gourmet cheese. Its fragrance is dominated by the aroma from the spruce band, but with hints of mushroom, and its taste is mild and richly creamy.
The texture of Mont d'Or is soft to the point that it can be eaten with a spoon. It can therefore be enjoyed simply with fresh bread, or alternatively it can be baked gently in an oven and mixed with a small amount of white wine to create a simple fondue.

The first written evidence of the existence of Mont d'Or dates back to the 18th century when the cheese appeared at the table of Luis XV who liked it for its flavour and unctuous texture.

The cheese is characterised by fluffy white moulds, turning grey or blue with age. The cheese can pull away from the spruce bark as it ages and can be brown and even black where it has been in contact with the wood.

Not for export  Unpasteurised PLU: 863
per cheese

Key Facts

  • Country Made In France
  • Type of Milk Cow
  • Pasteurisation Unpasteurised
  • Vegetarian No
  • Region Franche Comte
  • Organic No
  • Flavour Creamy and herbaceous
  • Accreditation PDO
  • Weight 800g

Store & Serve

Individual cheeses will carry their own Best Before/Use By Date, we endeavour to give a minimum of 7 days from the date the order is despatched

  • StorageKeep refrigerated.
  • Instructions for useServe at room temperature.
  • Recommended DrinkJura Rouge


  • IngredientsCows' Milk, Salt, Rennet, Dairy Cultures (Milk)
  • AllergensMilk
  • Nutritional Information
  • Typical Valuesper 100g
  • Energy kJ1254 kJ
  • Energy kcal302 kcal
  • Fat25.4 g
  •      of which saturates 16.2 g
  • CarbohydratesTraces g
  •      of which sugars Traces g
  • Protein18.5 g
  • Salt1.38 g

  • Name & address of food supplierFromagerie Arnaud, Fromageries Arnaud- 25370 Longevilles Mont d ‘Or

These summary details have been prepared for information purposes only. While we have taken care in preparing this summary and believe it is accurate, it is not a substitute for reading the product packaging and label prior to use. Paxton & Whitfield is unable to accept liability for any incorrect information. If you require specific advice, please contact our mail order team on 01451 823460 or email sales@paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk.

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