Pinot Noirs, with their red berry flavors and floral aromas, meld well with natural rinded cow milk and many sheep milk cheeses, including the Iberian thistle-renneted cheeses. Pinots are rarely successful with blue cheeses, washed rind cheeses, or goat milk cheeses due to the acids in these cheese types. One exception to that rule is mixed milk cheeses that contain goat milk.
Beaufort Chalet d'Alpage is a raw cow's milk cheese made in the Haute Savoie region of France, and its wheels are among the largest wheels of cheese produced artisanally. Beaufort has a natural washed rind and is immediately recognizable by its inwardly-curving sides.