SKU: 5248


Beaufort Cheese - Alpine Summer 

2.3-2.5 pounds - Beaufort, France

Due to transportation strikes in France in October, our wheel "missed the boat."  Now recieving it end of February, 2023

If ordering other items, please place a separate order or your entire order may be delayed

This is a special wheel - Alpine (d'Alpage) Beaufort is rarely available and must usually be reserved at least a year in advance. And they are rarely this age. So order this Alpine Beaufort cheese soon. 

Made in mountain chalets (aka huts) in the French Alps, Beaufort d’Alpage is from the milk of Tarantaise cattle, who gaze at the French Alps...while grazing freely, choosing to eat what they want of the grasses and flowers of the high pasture. These Tarentaise cattle (a domesticated cow that adapted to high altitude hiking in steep and treacherous hoofing and have not co-mingled with other cows) are from the Haute-Savoie and are known to produce some of the best milk on the planet for making cheese. 

Beaufort D’Alpage is made in wheels that first remind you of Parmigiano-Reggiano and can often weigh over 100 pounds. 

This Beaufort D’Alpage is made by Brand Coopérative Laitière de Haute Tarentaise, a coopérative located in Bourg St Maurice in close proximity to the famous French Alps Ski Resorts. It is these ski slopes in the winter that turn into the alpine meadows full of roughage in the spring, summer and early fall. 

This semi-hard, cow’s milk cheese goes thru a creation process of curdling, scaling, brewing, molding, pressing, and hand work of salt rubbing in the morning and massaging in the afternoon. This process lasts up to two months. Then the Alpine Beaufort cheese is smear-ripened to create its distinctive flavor and pale yellow rind.  

Aged over 14 months which brings a more mature flavor of nuttiness, floral, beef broth notes, with herbal and a hint of hay. 

This AOC Beaufort D’Alpage is the best of the best, as summer alpine is the most cherished of all the Beaufort. It melts easily and is known for making the best fondue or a grilled cheese sandwich. Or you can cube it up, poke it with a toothpick and enjoy it with some fruity wine!


Sizing and Additional Pricing Information

Each piece of AOC cheese weighs approximately 2.5 lbs, but sizes may vary. We may adjust your price based on the actual size of your piece.

Order Cancellation Policy:

This is a fresh item that we have to special-order in advance. Therefore, we will charge a 22% restocking fee on any order canceled.

Shipping Details:

Shipping is included in the price. If you order other items at the same time, we may ship those separately via your preferred shipping method at our regular shipping charge. (Note: Local customers who choose to pick their AOC cheese up in the store will only be charged $100. Please let us know that is what you are planning to do.)


Alpine Beaufort cheese will last for 3-4 weeks when properly stored. Additionally, the larger the piece of cheese, the lower the cost per pound, and the longer it should last!

Keep cheese tightly wrapped in a zip-close plastic bag with all the air squeezed out.

Only grate or slice the cheese as you use it. Re-wrap remaining cheese tightly with wax paper, and return it to the zip-close bag. Then store the cheese in the warmest part of the refrigerator.

To further extend the life of your AOC cheese, you can freeze it. Cut the cheese into smaller pieces (1/2 pound chunks is ideal), then tightly wrape in palstic wrap and place ina freezer zip lock. If frozen, your Beaufort cheese should last up to 8 months in the freezer.

Like all cheeses, as soon as it is cut, Alpine Beaufort cheese begins to lose some of its flavor and dry out. (That's why you should always cut it yourself, rather than buying pre-cut.) Unlike some retailers who cut entire wheels up all at once and put them on display for weeks at a time, we cut this AOC cheese the day before it is shipped to you!

Recipes Featuring This Product


Average Rating:
(based on 2 reviews)
Beaufort cheese- a winner
This was a great cheese. We (and our friends) particularly enjoyed it when incorporated into artisan wheat bread before baking. Looking forward to the next shipment.
by Ronald
Beaufort D’Alpage
This cheese is fantastic! We use it in our recipes instead to Gruyere, and we like to eat it fresh. It has a stronger flavor than Gruyere and has a sweet and lasting finish.
by John Spencer