By Terry Kirby, Chief Reporter
Only a few tons are produced every year by a small business located in the lush foothills of the French Pyrenees and you won't find it in any high street supermarket. But the cheese made by the Etcheleku family from the milk of their own ewes has beaten off the big boys from Camembert, Stilton and Gouda to be named this year's supreme champion in the World Cheese Awards.
The 10-month old Ossau Iraty Brebis, made at the Fromagerie Agour run by the Etcheleku family near the village of Helette in the Pays Basque and which has only been on sale in this country for six weeks, beat competition from more than 1,500 cheeses from across the world to scoop top place in the awards. It was awarded 90 points out of a possible 100.