Produced in three sizes of differing ages, Cantal's tangy, buttery taste varies with its age. Younger versions are sweet, while the more aged Cantals have a stronger, hazelnut-tinged flavor. Melted into casserole dishes, Cantal goes well with bold, fruity red wines or even Champagne.
Origin Auvergne, France
Production & Aging Produced in three sizes of differing ages (30 days, 2–6 months, and more than 6 months)
Appearance Firm to the touch with a soft yellow (young) or gray-gold rind
Taste & Texture Semi-hard texture; young cheese is sweet while the more aged cheese has a stronger, hazelnut-tinged flavor
Wine Pairing Suggestions Beaujolais, Champagne, Merlot, White Bordeaux
Beer Pairing Suggestions Pilsner
Similar Cheeses Abondance, Comté