A current FGSA board member, cheesemaker Benoit Esseiva has since passed on production duties at Brenleires to his son Cristophe. This site has been known for producing some of the best Gruyere d’Alpage and in 2014, Brenleires was distinguished for this by the Gruyère Cheese Association.
At their chalets, terrain is steep and pasture is sparse, but very rich and diversified where it exists. Cristophe maintains the traditional heating method of a hanging vat over an open fireplace. In 2019, the wheels produced had a drier paste, which helps to make the cheese better for longer aging periods.
Flavors of stone fruit, with a mild acidity are present. There are some bolder notes, balanced out by a pleasant smokiness and mild salt levels.
FORMAT 50 lb wheel
TYPE Cooked/pressed Washed rind
MILK Raw cow 45 red & black Holstein
RENNET Traditional calf stomach
PRODUCER Cristophe Esseiva
AFFINEUR Gérald Roux Fromagerie Gruyere S.A.
REGION Gros Mont, Canton Fribourg Switzerland
AGE 14 months
Profile Flavors of stone fruit, with a mild acidity are present. There are some bolder notes, balanced out by a pleasant smokiness and mild salt levels.