Alexis de Portneuf Develops New Packaging & Tasting Notes

From time to time we receive product samples at the EAT office. Most of time we don’t write about them unless it’s something readers would be interested in and worth letting you know about.

This week a large, insulated box arrived at the door by courier. Inside was a selection of cheeses from the Quebec-based cheese maker Alexis de Portneuf. We sat down, opened a box of crackers, cracked a few beers and tasted the cheeses.

Alexis de Portneuf traces it roots back to 1842 when Alexis Cayer and his wife, Jane Skinner settled in the village of Saint Raymond-de-Portneuf. Over time the family became cheese makers. The cheeses are all hand-crafted in Saint Raymond.

A press release was included with the cheeses that directed us to their website. Their portfolio includes 46 different cheeses ranging from brie and camembert to goat cheeses to firm cheeses – many of which are available in BC.

The company has gone out of its way to make choosing a cheese that you will like easy. First the packaging is designed to tell you clearly what to expect from the cheese inside. It breaks it down by describing a cheese by intensity (mild, medium, strong), texture (rich, firm, creamy) and flavour (rustic, robust zesty). There is also a section on the website that suggests recipes that pair a specific cheese to the recipe. i.e.  Zucchini Rice with Lady Laurier (a mild, tripe creme brie that’s rich and creamy).

Here’s a selection of Alexis de Portneuf cheeses available in BC through Save On Food, Whole Foods, IGA, & Sobey’s.

Lady Laurier Mild, creamy & subtle. Soft-surfaced ripened cheese with vanilla

Cendré de Lune Mild & rich. Soft-surfaced ripened cheese covered in an ash coating. Aroma of mushrooms with buttery flavour. 

La Sauvagine Medium intensity and smooth. Cow’s milk. Rustic fresh butter taste with a hint of mushrooms. Winner at the Quebec Sélection Caseus competition

Sir Laurier Creamy, smooth & rustic with a medium intensity. Full and clean. Soft ripened washed rind cheese

CONTEST ALERT

To introduce the new taste guides, Alexis de Portneuf is inviting all cheese lovers to visit contest.alexisdeportneuf.com and participate to a unique contest (starting February 12). By answering just a few simple questions they can discover their personal taste profile and get a chance to win one of 5 valuable travel certificates.

 

 

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Gary Hynes, a writer and photographer, founded EAT magazine in 1998 and is its editor and chief paperboy. He studied Electronic Music with Samuel Dolan at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Audio Recording Technology at ...

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