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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

les amis du FROMAGE is a family owned and operated specialty cheese store with two locations in Vancouver. With a carefully curated selection of local and imported cheeses, charcuterie and accompaniments, they also specialize in frozen soups and meals, all made in house using top quality ingredients. Founded in 1985 by the mother and daughter team of Alice and Allison Spurrell, les amis du FROMAGE is proud to still remain a family owned and operated Vancouver company after over 30 years in business. Current owners Allison Spurrell and Joe Chaput have come a long way since the original shoe-box sized store opened in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighborhood. You can rest assured that their mission is to continue the company’s reputation of offering the highest quality cheeses, cut to order, along with one-to-one customer service. Vancouver - 1752 West 2nd Avenue, BC V6J H6 Tel (604) 732-4218; Strathcona 843 East Hastings Street.V6A 1R8 Tel 604-253-4218. www.buycheese.com.