Comté is a semi-hard, unpasteurized, AOC cheese produced in the Franche-Comté region of eastern France. It also carries the name Gruyere de Comté.  Even though the Swiss version of the cheese (Gruyere) is more popular, it is highest produced French AOC cheese. The cheese is produced only in the summer by Montbéliardes cows and manufactured in 70lb wheels.  It is typically aged between 6 months and 1 year and has a straw colored pate with a brown rind. The flavor is somewhat sweet, nutty, and sharpens as the cheese ages. There are two classifications of Comté, based on how long it ages:

  • Comté - Aged approximately 6 months
  • Comté Reserve - Aged approximately 1 Year

County: France
Region: Franche-Comté
Texture: Semi-Hard
Type of Milk: Cow
Aging Time: 6-12 months
Pasteurized: No