Six French Cheese Plates. Vintage, 1970s, Cheese Plate Set.
This is a set of six French cheese plates illustrated with famous French cheeses, alongside French wines that would be the ideal accompaniment to them.
What a great present for a cheese and wine connoisseur.
There cannot be a more stylish way to serve your cheese course at dinner parties than on these plates.
Each plate measures 19cms/7½" diameter and they weigh 450gms/ 1 lb each. They are in perfect condition, with no chips, scratches or cracks.
Each plate is illustrated with a type of French cheese. The detailed illustrations show the cheeses alongside the correct accompanying drink to serve with them, red or white wine or Champagne. They are wonderful to look and have an autumnal 'feel', with gorgeous leaves, in the foreground, and vineyards in the background. The warm palette of muted green and browns, combined with the speckled finish, give them a certain 'rustic charm'. Being earthenware terracotta, they have a French provincial 'feel' that would make them ideal for a farmhouse country kitchen.
The Designs are:
Camembert: A soft, creamy, surface-ripened cow's milk cheese. It was first made in the late 18th century at Camembert, Normandy, in northern France. The illustration also has a bottle of France's famous "Beaujolais Villages" (1970 vintage!) wine as an accompaniment.
Port- Salut: A semi-soft pasteurised cow's milk cheese from Pays de la Loire, France, with a distinctive orange rind and a mild flavour, alongside a bottle of "Champagne, Reims".
Munster: A strong-smelling soft cheese with a subtle taste, made mainly from milk first produced in the Vosges, between Alsace-Lorraine and Franche-Comté regions in France. The illustration shows a "Vin d'Alsace"" (1969 vintage!) as the perfect accompaniment.
Chèvre de Selles sur Sher (usually "Cher"): A small soft goat cheese, with a flowery crust produced from the raw milk of the animal. It goes perfectly with bottle of Rosé "Côtes de Rhone". There are two of this design.
Bleu d'Auvergne: A blue cheese made from raw cow's milk. It is accompanied by a bottle of red "Grand Bourgogne" wine.
Rare and collectible they provide a great excuse to buy a bottle of Champagne, or Beaujolais, wine and try them all!
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