In Bordeaux, a couple of times a decade there's an extraordinary wine vintage, one that can be put down to age for much longer than usual. The same is true for cheese. Once in a while you get a wheel that can age a lot longer than the rest. It's blessed with the ability to continuously develop flavor and grow more intense, more complex over time and not peter out.
Most Comté you find in America is about six or seven months old. The Comté we usually sell at Zingerman's is about a year old. These wheels are a whopping 30 months old, five times the age of typical Comté. The flavor is many multiples more complex.
These lucky vintages were selected just for us by Dominic Coyte and Jason Hinds of Essex Street Cheese Co. They visit the cheese ager, Marcel Petite, every six weeks to taste and select cheese that they bring to London and New York. When they find a cheese with potential they put it aside to watch how it ages. Dom and Jay watched these wheels for a long, long time. Now, with Zingerman's Delicatessen celebrating its 30th year, it's a great time to roll them out, so to speak. These are extraordinary cheeses, eating them is a once-in-a-decade event. Get yours now.
Like our signature Comté, this cheese is balanced and easy to enjoy, though it is more concentrated. Wonderfully complex, but not wild. It's really creamy, full and explodes in your mouth. Long stretches of nutty sweetness mingle with fruit flavors.