Comte Marcel Petit (France)
Comte is a wonder - it's a great French Alpine cheese, and the best selling AOC cheese in France. The cheese itself is a marvel of centuries of development in cheesemaking, made high in the Jura mountains. The cheese has notes of butter, nuts, earth, dried apricots, and cream, with a slight funky note and a saliva-inducing savory-ness. Excellent as a stand-alone on a cheese plate, or grated over vegetables au gratin.