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Carpentras has become one of my destinations in Provence.  It is home to one of my favorite restaurants, Chez Serge, to one of my favorite patisseries, Patisserie Jouvaud, AND to the best cheese shop in all of Provence, La Fromagerie du Comtat.  This gorgeous shop is owned and operated by Master Fromager Affineur, Claudine Vigier. 

Claudine is extremely knowledgeable about cheese and is so friendly and nice.  She is always happy to help me choose an assortment of cow’s milk, goat’s milk and sheep’s milk cheeses that are at the perfect stage of ripeness for my events.  Not only does Claudine sell an incredible variety of cheeses from France and other areas, but she is also an affineur, or ager, of cheeses.  Claudine buys cheeses that are very young and then ages them until they are at the perfect stage of ripeness.  Claudine adds her own touches, too – sometimes adding peppercorns or lavender to the goat cheeses to give them a particular flavor. 

Claudine is also quite famous in France for inventing the professional cheese knife, designed with non-professionals in mind, as well.  This knife was created by Forge de Laguiole, a top name in professional knives in France.  The knife is designed to give cheeses a nice, even cut without the cheese sticking to the knife.  The knife has a beautiful olive wood handle and is sturdy enough to cut all types of cheese.   

La Fromagerie du Comtat is located at 23 place de la Mairie 84200 – CARPENTRAS. Tél : 04 90 60 00 17

DinerDude says:

I’ve seen and used the cheese knife Claudine designed. Highly effective, and also beautiful to look at. Looking forward to adding this to my collection of Japanese and German knives.