St Marcellin PGI is 80g of soft, gooey cheese named after the town of St Marcellin. The town is on the east banks of the Rhone river in south east France. The PGI status of St Marcellin means it has to be made in this area from unpasteurised cows’ milk. We sell this cheese in a small ceramic pot which helps to contain the cheese as it matures and gets even gooier! The pot also serves to protect the cheese as it is amazing delicate when at room temperature.
The ultra-thin, wrinkly white-grey exterior of this cheese can become speckled with grey-blue moulds. This is perfectly normal and all part of the aging process. Underneath its rind the cheese breaks down to show off its intensely nutty, fruity and milky flavours.
When this cheese was first produced it was almost all made with goats’ milk. This changed in the 13th century when cows became more popular with cheesemakers due to their higher milk yield.
For a real treat try popping this cheese, pot and all in the oven for a few minutes and serve it with crusty bread and a glass of crisp white wine.