Parmigiano Reggiano DOP 84 months (Limited Quantity)
£76.00 GBP £85.00 GBP
Simply a legend. And like all legends, Parmigiano Reggiano has a history of seamlessly blended truth and myth.
It is an extremely ancient cheese which has been made in the same way at least since the Middle Ages. It is described in the writing of the great Italian poets of the 14th century. Giovanni Boccaccio cited it in his most famous work, The Decameron, in which he imagines "a mountain of grated Parmigiano cheese, on top of which there were people who did nothing but make maccheroni and ravioli and cook them in capon broth and then roll them down so that he who got the most had the most".
Cooks, gourmands and intellectuals spoke of it. Full-blown declarations of love can be found scattered over time, up to the twentieth century. For example, the writer, Giovannino Guareschi, who seems to have understood everything, not just about Parmigiano, but also about our land itself: “If you observe the texture of Parmigiano under a very strong magnifying glass, it is revealed to be not just an unchanging mass of granules linked together into cheese but a panorama. It is an aerial photograph of Emilia taken from a height similar to that of the Eternal Father".
The ageing process is crucial, as this is when Parmigiano changes character and transforms into that unique, universally coveted cheese. The minimum ageing process foresees 12 months but we sell 18, 24 and 36 month selections.
At 18 months, Parmigiano exudes youthful aromas with fresh fruit, grass, flower and milk nuances.
After 24 months its aromas intensify and culminate in a perfect balance of sweet and savoury; a more pronounced crumbliness highlights the cheese's characteristic grain.
At 36 months and beyond, this crumbliness is further accentuated, accompanied by spicier flavours, where fresh fruit aromas give way to more intense dried fruit nuances.
At 48 months he amazes for its flavor and for its crumbly and grainy texture. It melts in the mouth; it is tasty, sometimes with aromas reminiscent of dried fruit and a nutty aftertaste, those who taste it can only appreciate it. The paste is straw yellow and compact with numerous tyrosine granules.
At 60 months Its friability is further increased, presenting an amber, grainy and mineralized paste. The taste is strong and very intense, but never spicy (as happens with other very mature cheeses). The typical aromas of younger maturations (milk, yogurt and hay) leave room for much more complex and marked, woody, smoky, spicy and citrus scents.
At 84 months the color is amber, dry, extremely crumbly, with hints of cheese crust, spices, leather, dried fruit, tobacco, medium flavor, in combination with a fortified wine it manages to perfectly restore balance in the mouth.
Nutrition Information per 100 g of Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
Energy 1671 kJ
Fat 30 g Of Which Saturates 20 g Carbohydrate 0 g Of Which Sugars 0 g Protein 32 g Salt 1,6 g
Cheese - Ingredients: Milk, salt, rennet.
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is without additives and preservatives and naturally lactose-free. The absence of lactose is a natural consequence of the typical Parmigiano Reggiano cheese making process.
It contains galactose in a quantity of less than 0,01g/100g.
Keep refrigerated (4° - 8°)