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French cheese from sheep's milk wins world championship in Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A hard sheep's milk cheese from France called Esquirrou has been named the 2018 World Champion Cheese in Madison.

Esquirrou (pronounced ehs-keer-oo) finished first among a record-breaking 3,402 entries in the 2018 World Championship Cheese contest.  

Esquirrou is crafted in the Pyrénées region of France, aged no less than 90 days, and features nutty notes and a toasted wheat aroma.

It's made in France at Mauleon Fromagerie by Michel Touyarou and imported by Savencia Cheese USA of New Holland, Pennsylvania

First runner-up in the contest is Arzberger Ursteirer, a hard cow’s milk cheese aged in a silver mine made by Franz Moestl and Team of Almenland Stollenkäse in Austria.  

Mont Vully Bio, a raw milk cheese washed with Pinot Noir wine, made by Ewald Schafer of Fromagerie Schafer in Switzerland earned the second runner-up position.

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