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Thursday, April 23 2020

Agropur Grand Cheddar 3 Year

By: Allison Spurrell
Revisit humble (but delicious) Canadian cheddar

This award-winning cheddar is a tasty addition to your stay at home cheese platter.


Cheese Name: Agropur Grand Cheddar 3 Year

Origin: Made in Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, Quebec

Milk Type: Thermized cow's milk

Style: Aged Cheddar

Description: Grand Cheddar is made using thermized milk (heat-treated, but not fully pasteurized) and aged for three years before it is released. The winner in the "Over two-year aged cheddar" category at the World Champion Cheese Contest in March, is just the latest in several prestigious wins for this Canadian cheddar champ.

Tasting Notes: At three years, this cheddar is already building a complex flavour profile. The cheese has a slight taste of hazelnuts and has a nicely balanced, sharp finish. The texture is slightly crumbly, which makes sense given its age, but it still has a remarkably smooth paste and a rich, creamy texture on the palate. 

Pairing: This is an excellent cheese for pairing. Because it has a nice sharp flavour, but none of the bitterness often associated with very aged cheddars, it pairs well with many wine families. As part of a platter or ploughman's lunch, it marries well with a few pickles or olives, and a zesty chutney.

Here are a few recently tasted Canadian wines to pair with this Quebec cheddar :

Written By: Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell

Allison Spurrell stocks the larders of the city’s finest restaurants and your fridge alike, through les amis du FROMAGE, cheese shops in the Kitslano and Strathcona neighbourhoods in Vancouver which she runs with Joe Chaput. Their shelves are filled with 400 cheeses, including local, raw milk French, Italian and other specialties. They also sell foie gras, pâtés, crackers, biscuits, varietal olive oils, vinegars and other specialty food items and their kitchen in Strathcona prepares popular frozen taken away meals. Les amis du FROMAGE has received Vancouver Magazine's Restaurant Award as a top food supplier to Vancouver’s best restaurants and hotels. Allison is a proud member of Confrerie les Chevalier du Taste Fromage de France. To buy cheese visit: les amis du FROMAGE in Kitslano - 1752 West 2nd Ave | Tel (604) 732-4218 or Strathcona - 843 East Hastings St | Tel 604-253-4218 | www.buycheese.com.