Seven climbs! Seven! And if you’ve been wondering when we’ll see an HC climb, well, there are three of those tonight. It’s the Tour début for the first of the three, the Col de la Biche, and a new approach on Grand Colombier, the second HC climb. Make sure your Tourcats are awake for the final climb, the Mont du Chat. (Perhaps tonight’s game can be predicting which version of the legend behind the name Mont du Chat our commentary team shares.) You’ll probably want to grip them tightly for the tricky descent into the finish at Chambéry. Given that the Biche in Cole de la Biche means “doe”, do you think TrollDJ is putting a Sound of Music montage together for tonight?
It’s always exciting when we get to these parts, because… Beaufort.
This cheese is made from the milk of the beautiful Tarantaise, topped up with some Abondance.
Image: Max Pixels
Every time Beaufort is on the cards, I learn a little bit more about the cheese. Here is this year’s startling fact:
when the rind is deemed satisfactory, the routine changes to twice weekly turning, and an application of mixed salt and a substance called “morge.” “Morge” is a mixture of brine, old cheese scrapings and whey, and is known to contain at least 480 species of bacteria.
According to Harper and Blohm, Beaufort goes nicely with a range of wines, so choose your favourite style from their suggestions and see whether you agree.