Cheesemonger's Special Selection

Each month we put together a carefully selected trio of cheeses with some complementary crackers. This selection is expertly chosen to balance or harmonise on your cheeseboard. Selections may be seasonal to showcase cheeses in their prime or shine a spotlight on producers from one area. We may also be celebrating a new addition to our Wall of Cheese or an award-winning cheese. Whatever the focus, you can look forward to receiving three very fine cheeses and the ideal crackers to serve along with them. Read more

This selection includes:

  • 3 cheeses (weighing approximately 200g each) - for February: Coeur de Neufchâtel, Le Gruyère Réserve, Aged Comté, plus a box of Peter's Yard Sourdough Crispbreads Original.

Tasting notes

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, love is in the air and in our February cheese selection. Alongside heart-shaped Neufchâtel, one of France's oldest cheeses, we have two Alpine classics. Ski holidays may be off the cards this season but the rich, nutty flavours of Le Gruyère and Comté will bring mouth-watering mountain vibes to your cheeseboard.


Coeur de Neufchâtel - produced in the Haute-Normandie region of France and takes its name from the village of Neufchâtel-en-Bray where local milkmaids are said to have first made this cheese as a love token for invading English soldiers in the Hundred Years War (1337-1543). Matured for 8-10 weeks this soft lactic cheese is well known for its pretty heart-shape but can also be found as a small cylinder or brick. Encased in an edible white rind, which is dry and velvety with a mushroom aroma, the paste of Neufchâtel is firm and supple with yeasty notes. Whilst similar to Camembert, Neufchâtel has a slightly grainier texture and saltier, sharper flavour. In true French style, Neufchâtel tastes fabulous on a crusty baguette with full bodied red wine, a Cabernet-Franc such as Bourgueil or a Cahors. Unpasteurised cow’s milk / Traditional rennet.


Le Gruyère Réserve - Le Gruyère has been produced in western Switzerland since the 12th century. Today, this AOP (Appellation d'Origine Protégée) cheese is still made to the same traditional recipe and no fondue is complete without it! Each hefty wheel of Le Gruyère weighs around 35kg. It is made from 400 litres of unpasteurised milk from small herds of cows that graze nearby mountain pastures. Le Gruyère is classified by age profile. Smooth and creamy, Le Gruyère Classic is matured 5-9 months. The cheese in your selection is Le Gruyère Réserve, which has been aged for 18 months to develop a grainy texture and greater depth of sweet nuttiness. The distinctive flavour of Le Gruyère Réserve is delicious but not overpowering in cooking. It is a traditional ingredient in Swiss fondue and on croutons in French onion soup. It pairs well with oaky Pinot Gris or Chardonnay wine. Unpasteurised Cow’s Milk / Traditional rennet.


Aged ComtéComté is an iconic French cheese with a long history. It was one of the first French cheeses to receive AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) designation in 1958 (transferred to AOP in 1996) and with around 65,000 tonnes made each year, its production is the highest of all French AOP (Appellation d'Origine Protégée) cheeses. Comté is an Alpine-style hard cheese made in the Jura region from the unpasteurised milk of Montbéliarde or Simmental cows, each with a minimum of 1.3 hectares of summer grazing pasture and no silage feed during winter. Our Comté has been aged on spruce boards for 18 months, twice as long as the average wheel, for greater depth of flavour and a grainy crunch. It is buttery with hints of roasted hazelnuts. Comté is an extremely versatile cheese perfect for snacking, enjoying on a cheese board or for use as a cooking ingredient. It melts brilliantly in fondue, on top of soup and grated over asparagus. Sliced, it makes a hearty sandwich with rye bread, ham and cornichons, and it can also be used in sweeter dishes such spiced apple and pecan tart. It is well complemented by Jura wines from the same region or a glass of dry Spanish sherry. Unpasteurised Cow’s Milk / Traditional rennet.

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You’d Cheddar believe it!

As a first time customer with Slate I had a good customer experience. Wonderful selection cheeses, packed and delivered as promised and greatly appreciated by the recipient as a birthday treat. Would highly recommend them and will be ordering again.

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Delicious

Lovely cheese , always comes well packed and insulated and the bonus is you can choose delivery day. Have had several deliveries this year, including Father’s Day , the socks included were different. Very happy dad . The Waterloo was amazing and when we can go to Alderburgh love the Sparkenhoe Blue . Just ordered the January lucky dip

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Fabulous pressie!

We ordered both father’s the June monthly cheese selection. They were delivered on time, thoughtfully and practically packaged and overall delicious cheeses! Thanks for helping us make two men very happy!

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Lockdown Father's Day Gift

My Dad was delighted with June's cheese box, he loved the choice and variety offered and had already decided to order himself more. The delivery was fantastic also and took into account the busy delivery schedules

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So good we went back for seconds

My wife is a great fan of goats cheese and I ordered the selection as a treat in these virus struck times. It was so good she ordered another for herself which was equally as tasty