L'Origine de Charlevoix has a slightly bloomy orange-coloured rind and an unctuous and runny cream-coloured paste. This cheese features sharp fruity, nutty and animal aromas. It has a rather pungent taste with rich hazelnut notes and a hint of salt.
The name of this cheese evokes the fall of a meteorite some 350 million years ago and the resulting mountainous terrain found in the Charlevoix region, today home to the Canadienne breed of cow. L'Origine is made with the milk of these cows.
Established in 1948 by the Labbé family, back in the day Laiterie Charlevoix bottled and delivered milk in the village of Baie Saint-Paul. By the 60s, it distributed milk as far as Baie-Comeau, and also transformed it into cream, butter and cheddar. It met with great success until the 70s when industrial-sized dairies began to emerge, an era when artisan and regional dairies and creameries were quickly vanishing. In the 80s, Baie-Saint-Paul’s dairy abandoned its milk-bottling activities to concentrate on cheesemaking.Read More