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Ossau Iraty

Ossau Iraty is a classic sheep's milk cheese made in the French Pyrenées, and also in two neighboring provinces, the Ossau Valley in the Bearn and the wooded hills of Iraty in the French Basque country.

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Ossau Iraty History and bio;

Ossau-Iraty owes its name to the two regions it originates from; the Ossau Valley in Béarn, and the Iraty Forest in the Basque Country. One of this regions main characteristics is that it is surrounded by Espelette peppers. These peppers, are the pride and joy of the Basque Country, and help to give Ossau-Iraty its splendid color, as well as incomparable smells.


This cheese has been made for hundreds of years, by shepherds of the region whilst travelling through the Pyrenees with their animals and making cheese on the way!


The herds are made up of Manech ewes, and the climatic conditions of this area, where it often rains, provide rich, superb quality pasture for the ewes to enjoy.

Ossau Iraty is made with the milk of the Manech and Basco-Bearnaise ewes. While it complies with strict Appelation d'Origine Controlée (AOC) regulations, the shape of each wheel does vary from region to region.


During the summer months, shepherds travel high into the mountains to live in huts or cabins and to tend to the ewes whose milk becomes Ossau Iraty.


Ossau Iraty Aging and Taste ...

Ossau Iraty is aged from 3 to 5 months, and each wheel is hand-turned every three weeks, give or take a few days. 


After this ageing and turning period, its paste has turned a luscious ivory, its fragrance is reminiscent of toasted hazelnuts, and its taste encapsulates the sweet, buttery flavors that a great sheep's milk cheese can deliver.


Ossau Iraty melts in your mouth and leaves you with lingering hints of hazelnuts and lanolin.


Enjoy Ossau Iraty with …

Pair this cheese with one of our silky Margaux`s, or a Juracon Sec.


It used to have a tendency to become pungent, and so shepherds used to have black cherry jam and strong wines with it, so as to soften this flaw. It is no longer the case today, but these combinations do work well.


Pair it with some of our crusty bread and cherry preserves; the Basque way!

Enjoy Ossau Iraty from The Cheese and Wine Shop with next day delivery!

We want you to be completely satisfied with our goods. However, despite our best efforts, things do go wrong, parcels do go astray, or perhaps its not the right colour. Regardless, we want to make sure we put them right as quickly as possible. So to return goods, we need to give you a Return Merchandise Authorisation (RMA); please dont send anything back without contacting us, and obtaining an RMA.

To Return Goods, and get a RMA

If you want to return goods to us ...

  1. please log in to your account
  2. under Orders, select the Previous Orders tab.
  3. from there, select the relevant order number
  4. click on the RMA link, which is towards the right hand side
  5. Please provide as much information as possible as to why the product/s are unstaisfactory
  6. await our reply (if we havent replied within 48 hours, please call to ensure we have received your request)

Refunds ... The Cheese and Wine Shop of Wellington offers a full refund on all goods that you may be dissatisfied with (this includes Sale items). Customers who send back unwanted goods that are not damaged will receive the value of the item purchased less the delivery costs.
Unsuitable or defective items may be returned for refund or exchange providing they are received within 7 working days of the original delivery date in brand new, unused condition, in the original undamaged packaging (with labels intact, including hygiene strips)

Please ensure that your return is accompanied by a note stating your name, address, email address, contact telephone number, order number, RMA and the reason for the return and what refund/exchange you require. (As agreed in the RMA)
We will consider the overall condition of the product being returned when making a refund. As soon as we receive your goods we will process your request for a replacement item or refund. We will notify you via email as soon as your request has been processed.
You will need to pay the cost of returning goods to us, unless the goods are defective in which case you will receive a full refund including your postage and packaging costs. Proof of return and postage will be required should an item be lost in transit. Neither refunds nor replacements can be made until such proof is provided. We strongly suggest you get a Certificate of Posting from the Post Office when you send an item back.

All refunds are applied to the credit/debit card used to make the original purchase unless otherwise notified. Refunds will be furnished within 30 days of the agreement to refund.
If you have requested a refund, or replacements of a lower value than the returned goods, a refund will be credited back to the card used to pay for the original order. We will let you know as soon as the refund has been processed.

If you have requested replacements of a higher value, you will need to contact us to make the additional payment.
Sending Goods back..

Once you have a return number from us, and you need to return the goods ... please enclose your order number and ensure all items are well packaged to prevent damage. We recommend using a tracked service to ensure they reach us.

Please send them to;

The Cheese and Wine Shop of Wellington
Returns Department
11 South Street, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 8NR
Once the goods are received, we will issue the appropriate replacement or refund as detailed above; please allow upto 21 working days for this process.

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