Le Sauvage

swiss8Le Sauvage is cheesemaker Herald Kämpf’s ode to the mountains and milk surrounding Fromagerie Courtelary. It’s a bit of a head turner; we have nothing like this profile. Le Sauvage’s brightness and slight sour flavor is very reminiscent of cheddar. Slightly sharp and cheddar-like in its acidity. Texture is semi firm, some small lentil-size eyes. Le Sauvage is centered on Alpine milk and the traditions of Jura production.

The cheese dairy Courtelary was set up in 1978. It is situated in the midst of the Bernese Jura, between the Chasseral in the south and the Franches Montagnes in the north. The present dairy was built in 1996 and consists of the dairy itself, a shop and a pigsty outside the village. Since 1997 the Kämpf family have managed the site.

FORMAT 14 lb tomme
TYPE Cooked curd, Washed rind
MILK Raw cow, Red & Black Holstein, 15 contributing herds
RENNET Traditional calf stomach
PRODUCER Herald Kämpf Fromagerie Courtelary
REGION Canton Bern, Switzerland
AGE 10 months
PROFILE Semi firm, open texture with a unique sourness, gently balanced by warm buttery notes.