Diameter 40cm, height 40cm, weight 40kg!!!!! You will rarely see it whole. But, thanks to its texture, you will recognise it when you taste even a tiny piece of it . That comes from the way it is made: first the curds are pressed together to form a mass, which is then churned and salted before being pressed again to get the cheese’s final shape. The tastes and flavours evolve as it ages, while retaining the unique firm yet melting feeling. The young type is aged for 30 to 60 days, the Entre-Deux (“In-between”) type for 90 to 120 days and the old for more than 240. Your cheesemonger will advise you which is most likely to suit your taste.

  • lait-vache
    Cow’s milk
  • AOP
  • fromages
    Pressed uncooked cheese
Key figures
  • 933 Milk producers
  • 77 Farmhouse producers
  • 12 Production plants
  • 4 Maturing plants
  • 10 538 Tons marketed in 2020

Our tasting tips

Pains à déguster avec le Cantal


Nut bread, cereal bread, cocoa bread, Vienna bread, wholemeal bread.

Accords gourmands

Food pairings

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Drink in moderation.

Jura dry white wine
Brut champagne
Dark beer
Peated Islay whisky
Jura red wine
Loire red wine
Bordeaux red wine
Champagne red wine
Demi-sec champagne
Rosé champagne