Fromagerie Nouvelle France dominated Caseus Sélection 2014, the prestigious competition for Quebec cheese producers which concluded September 16 with announcement of winners in Québec City.
Nouvelle France’s Zacharie Cloutier, a sheep’s milk cheese, was named Grand Champion as well as Gold Award winner. Nouvelle France also won the two sheep’s milk categories, Zacharie Cloutier taking washed, natural or mixed rind honours while La Madelaine was judged best bloomy rind.
Additionally, Pionnier, a collaboration between Nouvelle France and Fromagerie du Presbytere, was named best blended-milk cheese.
In the 16-year history of Caseus, no single producer has so dominated the competition sponsored by Quebec’s Ministry of Agriculture and Metro and Provigo supermarkets.
Forty-seven producers submitted 176 cheeses for the judging. The winners are:
Caseus Émérite/Grand Champion
Caseus Or/Gold Award
Caseus Argent/Silver Award
Caseus Bronze/Bronze Award
Caseus Longaevi/Special Award
OPEN CLASS (All producers, all milks)
Sheep’s milk cheese with bloomy rind
Sheep’s milk cheese with washed, natural or mixed rind
Blue cheese, all milks
Blended milk cheese (milk from different animal species)
Interior-ripened cheese without ripening holes
Interior-ripened cheese with ripening holes
Cheese flavoured by smoking, maceration or the addition of flavoured ingredients
Cheese flavoured with spices, vegetables, fruit or nuts
Cheese curds made fresh daily
Best raw-milk cheese
Best organic cheese
Producers processing less than 1 million litres per year
Cow’s milk cheese
Soft cheese with washed, natural or mixed rind
Semi-soft cheese with washed, natural or mixed rind
Firm or hard cheese with washed, natural or mixed rind
Goat’s milk cheese
Washed, natural or mixed rind