It may be very difficult to tell you that of all the cheeses in the world, which single cheese reigns supreme over all others. Every year the world’s top cheesemakers gather in Madison, Wisconsin to compete in the World Championship Cheese Contest. On 8th March, 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest has declared 2018’s World Championship Cheese.
The winner is Esquirrou (pronounced ehs-keer-oo), a hard sheep’s milk cheese crafted by Michael Touyarou at Mauleon Fromagerie in the Pyrénées Region of France and imported by Savencia Cheese USA of New Holland, Pennsylvania. With the contest’s announcement describing its flavor as having “nutty notes and a toasted wheat aroma,” Esquirrou earned a score of 98.376 out of 100 to take home the gold.
Just barely runner-up with by .109 at a score of 98.267 was Azberger Ursteirer, a hard cow’s milk cheese from Franz Moestl and Team of Almenland Stollenkäse in Austria, which, fittingly, was aged in a silver mine. And rounding out the top three was Mont Vully Bio, a raw milk cheese washed with Pinot Noir wine, from Ewald Schafer of Fromagerie Schafer in Switzerland, which was also just a very thin slice away at 98.256.