Fresh Goat Cheese Log (Montchevre)
Located in Belmont, Wisconsin, Montchevre produces a wide range of goat’s milk cheeses. For years the company has been managed by its president Arnaud Solandt and cheesemaker Jean Rossard, both of whom have a strong background in the dairy business.
Solandt grew up in France in the town of Montauban, where his grandmother owned a creamery. His father worked for Tempé-Lait before starting his own business representing French cheese manufacturers to various export markets, including the US. It was the dominance of the cheese market in the US that persuaded Solandt’s father to move his family stateside in 1983. Jean Rossard also grew up in France surrounded by cheese. His father was a cheesemaker and his babysitter was the truck driver who collected the milk for his father–often with Jean in the seat beside him.
Today Montchevre is one of the country's top goat cheese manufacturers; in 2017, the company was purchased by Canadian dairy company Saputo Inc.
Milk is sourced from mixed-breed goats located at over 300 farms across Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri. These fresh logs, sold in 13 different flavor combinations, are the staple of the Montchevre business. They were also the first non-GMO goat cheeses certified by the National Sanitation Foundation.
The texture of the chevre is light and fluffy, while flavor is delicately creamy with a slight tang. Since they are vacuum packed, high moisture content and clean flavor is maintained.
Available in a variety of flavors such as Fresh and Natural, Four Peppers, Mediterranean Herb and Garlic, Sundried Tomato and Basil, Fig and Olive, Peppadew, Lemon, Honey, and Cranberry Cinnamon, these goat cheeses are highly versatile for use in an array of different recipes.
Enjoy with a glass of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or a chilled Red Ale beer.