Milk: Unpasteurised Cow (Summer Alpine)
Age: 22 Months
Grass Fed Milk: Yes, currently summer 2018 alpine milk
Classification: Natural Alpine Cheese
L'Etivaz is a cheese made during the summer months only. The farmer takes his cows up onto the high Alpine pastures to graze, and relocates to a small wooden chalet equipped for cheesemaking, and very simple living. Although L'Etivaz is made to a recipe similar to Swiss Gruyère, it is distinctly different in flavour. These differences come from the mountain grasses that the cows eat which influence the flavour of the milk, the smoke in the air of the chalet from the fire which the cheese is made over, and the individual passed-down skill of the cheesemaker. L'Etivaz has a clean, aromatic, fruity flavour, with a slight smokiness, that varies according to the different alpine pastures that the cows graze on.
We select cheese from just one cheesemaker, and have been doing so since 2006.