Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, June 18 2020

Le Ballot

By: Allison Spurrell
Distinctive looking, and tasting

Possibly one of the most unique looking cheeses made in Canada, with the flavour to match.

Cheese Name: Le Ballot

Origin: Made by Fromagerie Rang 9 in Plessisville, Quebec, by the Dubois Family. Their principles, determination, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, speak to the focus it takes to run a successful cheesemaking business in Canada.

Milk Type: Cow’s milk collected from the neighbouring farms. The family buys milk locally so that transportation is kept to a minimum, controlling their carbon footprint.

Style: This is a semi-firm, washed rind cheese.

Description: Le Ballot (hay bale in French) is a nod to the farming landscape surrounding the fromagerie in the Appalachian Mountains. The cheese is cylindrical in shape and is hand rolled almost like a cheese jellyroll, filled with a thin layer of ash.

Tasting Notes: Le Ballot has a woodsy taste and a lovely brown butter finish. Typical of washed rind cheeses, it is fragrant and a little earthy, but it has a unique texture perhaps due to the unique method of rolling the cheese before maturing it. 

Pairing: The fromagerie notes that it is nicely complimented by dried cranberries and toasted nuts in a salad. That makes sense to me, and I think other slightly sweet and savoury accompaniments like onion jam or cranberry chutney would also be very good. 

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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.