Gran Reserva Manchego Cheese by Dehesa de Los Llanos - 7 Ounces
- World's best cheese, 2012
- Artisan small batch raw milk cheese
- Rich and complex with a nutty flavor
- Packed in an attractive gift box
- From an ancient estate founded by Franciscans
- Size - 7 oz/200 gr wedge
Dehesa de Los Llanos Gran Reserva is Spain's finest Manchego cheese. This impeccable raw milk cheese has a delightful sharpness and a firm, almost flaky texture. It has a warm nutty flavor with hints of the herbs and grasses of the extensive estate where the sheep roam. It is best enjoyed cut thinly and served at room temperature with a glass of full-bodied red wine.
This wedge of Gran Reserva Manchego is packaged in a handsome presentation box, and makes a delightful gift.
In 2012, Dehesa de Los Llanos Gran Reserva was named the World's Best Cheese at the World Cheese Awards, the only Spanish cheese to ever earn this award. No cheese could be more deserving. This cheese is made only from the milk of pure-bred Manchega sheep that roam the vast estate, which is over 10,000 hectares.
In 2018, this cheese was awarded a bronze medal at the World Championship Cheese Contest.
Unlike industrial Manchego made with pasteurized milk from many sources, Dehesa de Los Llanos only uses pure raw milk that retains the rich flavors of the land. No artificial colors or chemicals are used in its production, just pure ingredients and time.
World famous chef Ferran Adrià describes the cheese as: "intense, full-bodied, piquant, ripe ... A manchego cheese as it should be."
The Dehesa de Los Llanos estate is a land of rolling hills, dotted with cork and olive trees. Everything the sheep eat is either wild forage or is grown on the property. This Manchego bears the Queso Manchego Denomination of Origin seal, which guarantees its quality and authenticity.
The estate also has a rich history. Since the 12th century pilgrims have visited Virgin of Los Llanos, discovered on the property. In the 17th century, a Franciscan convent was built there. They began the custom of farming and livestock that continues to this day.
Eventually the property was purchased by the Marquis of Salamanca in the 1800s. He rebuilt the monastery, converting into a splendid palace, and improved the viability of the estate by digging wells and building cisterns to improve crop yield. Future generations continued to improve the estate, eventually introducing modern agricultural practices. Today the estate produces fine wines, premium Manchego cheese, extra virgin olive oil, walnuts and aromatic plants.
Aged sheep milk, cheese culture (lactic ferments), rennet.
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Use and Care
This cheese may be refrigerated up to 6 months when unopened, and 3 to 4 weeks after opening. We do not recommend freezing cheese as it degrades the quality of the product.
Eating the rind is not recommended.
Spots on the exterior can be wiped off with a cloth lightly dampened with olive oil or can be cut off.
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"The cheese is so soft and full of flavor! It goes amazing on sandwiches and I love it with jamon and bread."
ALEXANDRA - Fargo, ND July 2022
"Suffice it to say, this manchego is NOT over-rated when people sing hymns to its excellence. Yeah, it really is fantastic. "
Ibish - Washington, DC February 2022
"Wonderful taste, easy finish! "
Candi - Studio City, CA January 2022
"Excellent taste "
Luz - Methuen , MA July 2021
"Good, not great. I've had 6 people besides myself and all of us don't get it. Best cheese in the world? Not really. Quite good, nice length, a little complex but nothing ultra-special."
Karl - Cleveland, OH May 2021