Riopelle

Region: Quebec
Milk: Cow
Texture: soft

The Riopelle de I’Isle is a soft “brie style” triple cream cheese made of fresh milk and cream. from Quebec. With a bloomy rind, the Riopelle reveals a creamy and incredibly smooth centre beneath a thin, bloomy rind. Leaving a profound hint of butter, mushrooms and hazelnuts that enchant the pallet. The aroma is creamy, earthy and mushroomy. The first bite is at once luxurious and rich, the paste is like soft butter and tastes of cream, mushrooms and hazelnuts. The flavour coats the tongue and lasts beyond your final morsel! This is the perfect cheese for a special occasion.

The Riopelle is named after the world renowned painter Jean-Paul Riopelle, who agreed to lend his name to the cheese as well as one of his masterpieces which adorns the label. Jean-Paul Riopelle’s art was influenced by the beauty of the island as were the cheese makers who have brought us this perfectly executed triple cream.

This Artisanal Cheese is made of non-pasteurized milk and is ripened for 60 days. This cheese is produced by Société Coopérative Agricole de L’Isle-aux-grues, who also produce Mi-Careme and Tomme Grosse Ile, on an archipelago of 21 islands in the St. Lawrence River, not far from Quebec City. For each wheel of Riopelle cheese purchased, one  dollar goes to a foundation that promotes higher education for the the children of Isle-aux-Grue, Quebec.

The cheese is well matched with crisp apples, warm crispy baguette and cocktail onions. Try pairing Riopelle with either Shiraz (Red Wine) or Montrachet (White Wine). For a unique match, pair it up with a fruit-flavoured beer!