Ossau Iraty AOP La Fermier
Firm, creamy and nutty - one bite of Ossau Iraty will transport you directly to the pastoral landscapes of France's iconic Basque country.
Heavily steeped in tradition, this firm sheeps cheese is one of the few made with ewe's milk in France to receive Appellation d'origine Contrôlée designation. For centuries, herds of Manech and Basco-béarnais sheep have enjoyed the region's lush terroir, part of the ancient practice of transhumance - that is, the moving of livestock from one grazing area to another in a seasonal cycle. Today, production centers around several major co-operatives who draw their supply from smaller farms and dairies. Approximately one hundred of these are farmstead producers, distinguished by the embossed ewes head on the rind - indicating that this Ossau Iraty was made directly on the farm by the shepherd himself, using raw milk from his own herd.
This version comes from Ferme Irungaraia and is aged for at least three months. Offering up a smooth bright white paste and natural brown rind, flavours are sweet and nutty, finishing off with pleasant lactic tang thanks mild acidity typical of sheep’s milk from this region.
Pair your Ossau with a classic black cherry jam to enjoy in the traditional way - or crumble into a fresh salad for a bright and creamy finishing touch.