The French version of a classic Dutch cheese. Aged 24+ months, this hard brittle cheese has a bright orange coloured pate and a dry, lunar, grey-brown pitted rind. Introduced early on in the affinage, cheese mites nibble on the rind, continuously exposing more of the pate to air, expediting maturation. Very aged cheeses have the appearance of an cannonball. The full rounded flavour of the cheese – salty, sweet, caramel-like – lends itself to quality dry red wines.