Made from raw goat's milk, Chèvre Noir is produced by Fromagerie Tournevant, located in Chesterville, Canada.
Fromagerie Tournevant was established in 1976 by Lucie Chartier and René Marceau, when they chose to leave their city jobs and establish a farm in Chesterville, a small village in the heart of Quebec near Victoriaville.
There they began raising dairy goats with a view to selling the milk. However, in 1979 having found there was little market for it, they searched for alternative ways of generating income, and started producing cheese, creating Fromagerie Tournevent.
The company grew rapidly and in 1986, Lucie & René decided they needed to focus entirely on the processing and marketing of an increasing number of goat cheeses, and the goat dairying side of the operation was handed over to a cooperative of goat producers.
Launched in 1988, Chèvre Noir is made in the style of a cheddar but from goat's milk. The cheese was created by cheesemaker Louise Lefebvre, who has been at Tournevent since 1984.
Cheeses are aged for a minimum of one year and the cheddar is wrapped in black wax.
The texture is moist and dense, with occasional crunchy crystals. There are no holes. The interior paste is ivory-white in color.
Flavors are mild, buttery and slightly salty with a hint of caramel sweetness, underpinned with notes of fruit.