La Sauvagine (Quebec)
This soft, surface-ripened and washed-rind cheese is made from pasteurized milk and cream. Its moist and supple rind ripens from the outside in, and its runny ivory interior has a fresh buttery taste with hints of mushrooms. Its creamy texture melts in the mouth, culminating in a rustic note.
By some estimates, the Quebec sky hosts over 13 million ducks, geese and teals every fall. They make up what we call “sauvagine” (French for “waterfowl”). Inspired by these birds’ splendour, the cheese makers created a remarkable cheese with a deliciously rustic flavour.
La Sauvagine has won many awards in its category including Silver - Best Canadian semi-soft cheese at the 2014 International Cheese Awards and 2013 - Silver, 2011 - Bronze, 2010 - Super Gold, 2009 - Gold at the World Cheese Awards