Ossau-Iraty is an ancient cheese from the Basque country where France and Spain meet. This mountainous region is historically traversed by shepherds and their sheep, so sheep's milk cheeses are the tradition in the Pyrenees and in Basque cuisine.
A cheese of complexity and great intrigue, Ossau-Iraty is also approachable and not too strong. It is flavored by the many plants the sheep forage on and therefore can vary season-to-season or day-to-day depending on what the sheep choose to nibble. The cheese can be more floral or nutty, toasted or vegetal, with the complexity of hay flavors and buttery richness. A very smooth firm interior melts in the mouth at room temperature.
This cheese gained European Union's PDO status in 1996 - meaning the production and area of origin is regulated. This is one way the high quality of these ancient cheeses is protected. This Ossau-Iraty is from Fromagerie Agour, a creamery that has won numerous awards for its authentic cheese. Try Ossau-Iraty on a thoughtful cheese plate paired with juicy fruits and sliced charcuterie. Basque wines and cuisine are a natural fit. Don't forget to try it melted - a wonderful grilled cheese might be in your future.
We hand-cut and wrap Ossau-Iraty in wedges of 8 ounces and 1 pound. You can also by an entire wheel of approx. 9.5 pounds.
Ingredients:PDO pasteurized sheep's milk, salt, animal rennet, lactic starters