Sein d’Hélène

Region: Quebec
Milk: Blend of Jersey cow and ewe’s milk
Texture: Semi-firm cheese, natural rind

Le Sein d’Hélène (or, “Helen’s Breast” in English) is made with milk from La Moutonnière’s flock of dairy sheep and Marie-Claude and Stéphane Cloutier’s herd of Jersey cows. Both farms are nestled in the mountains of Ste-Hélène-de-Chester.

The unique shape of this cheese represents the hills of the village. It’s name unites the symbolism of La Moutonnière’s new cheese plant, located in the heart of the village of Ste-Hélène-de-Chester and is a play on the consonance of the words Ste-Hélène (Saint Helen) and Sein d’Hélène (Helen’s breast) in French.

The green label is used for cheese made from the milk of animals grazing mountain pastures during the growing season. A label depicting a snow-covered landscape is used for cheese made from animals fed on hay during the winter months. Both labels are the work of Richard Caisse.

This is a cheese that blends the rich and creamy flavour imparted by ewe’s milk with a mildly acidic taste. The cheese is aged for 2 to 4 months. This is delicious served on a cheese plate with walnuts and cranberries.