Le Cendre de Grand Jardins
From top-quality milk sourced from local herds to the savoir-faire of its artisan cheesemakers, Laiterie Charlevoix are renowned for their finesse. The seven Labbé brothers – the grand-children of the dairy’s founding fathers ‒ now run the business which, aside from its traditional Cheddar, also produces several other fine cheeses including this delicious semi-firm.
Named for the nearby Grand-Jardins park which was marked by forest fire nearly twenty years ago, the supple cream-coloured paste of Le Cendré is divided by a distinctive layer of vegetable ash and enveloped by a pillowy, orangish rind. Quality milk from local herds is aged forty-five days, giving this supple cheese pleasant notes of grassy meadows and hay with a subtle farmhouse tang.