Moutarde de Meaux Pommerery Collection
The town of Meaux is situated 35 miles west of Paris, following the twists and turns of the Marne, the river on the banks of which the town is built. From the fourth century onwards, the town became a cathedral town, and later the capital of the Brie region. The first links between religious orders and mustard date back to Charlemagne's time. This king asked the monks to cultivate mustard in cathedral towns such as Meaux. In the eighteenth century, several mustard mills were to be found, some of the manufacturers owned their own mill and others had become specialized in the flour trade, and sold their flour to craftsmen who made mustards destined partly for human consumption, and partly for medical and pharmaceutical use. As early as 1771, there were mustard makers in Meaux, who had taken over from the Chanoines, at a scale which was rather industrial for that time. Alongside his mustard company, J.B. Pommery exploited a millstone quarry. The secret of Meaux Mustard had been passed on to him by the Chanoines. In 1890, the Pommery family were the only mustard makers left. Today, Pommery's Meaux Mustard has kept the same recipe as in the past, its ingredients are carefully selected for their different qualities.
This collection includes the following two crocks of Pommery Mustard:
- Moutarde de Meaux Royale Pommery Crock with Cognac (8.8 oz.): This Royale Pommery Mustard by Moutarde de Meaux is a whole grain mustard with the very delicate taste thanks to the flavor of its spices, which are complemented marvelously with the perfume of cognac (6%). This delicious mustard will perfectly accompany your favorite culinary preparations, but is also perfect served on it's own with cured meats, cheeses, and good bread. Packaged in a black stoneware pot with a a stopper cork and wax gold seal, this mustard is perfect for gift-giving.
Firemans Moutarde de Meaux by Pommery (9 oz.): Nicknamed "the firemen's mustard," this version of the classic Pommery mustard get a spicy and aromatic addition of red chile pepper. It was in the year 1760 that a superior of the ancient religious order of Meaux transmitted to the Pommery family the secret recipe of their marvelous specialty "Moutarde des Chanoines, the "Abbots Mustard". This mustard has been served at the table of the kings of France since 1632.The Pommery family has carefully guarded the secret of this recipe. The mustard is made of natural products only, which lend to its exquisite flavor and subtle aroma. It enhances the culinary art and excites the appetite. Brillat Savarin called it the mustard for gourmets and said: "if it isn't Meaux, it isn't mustard".