Okay, I'm late to the party here but, hell, better late than never.
I had recently approached the cheese section of a local Whole Foods, typically lacking in specific ideas, much less an agenda. Asked if I needed help, I started to say something about making my usual arbitrary pick of something because there's so much... when I spotted it. No. Really?
The last hunk was the only thing holdinig up the little sign saying Aged Mimolette.
As I said, I'm a bit late here, but I was naturally baffled and tickled.
"How did this happen?"
The staffer behind the counter thought I'd referred to the stock having sold down to one last piece. Ah, no, I mean... it's proper damn Mimolette...
Oh, and also, the ports dispute has held back something like twenty percent of their normal inventory. Yep, the metal bottom of the display case was visible. Not sure I've actually seen the bottom of one of those cases. Not good.
It's Mimolette! Woo-hoo!
" -- The reasoning was insane," I said, for the disappearance of the stuff last year.
So what actually happened altogether? My initial web searching for information on this reprieve turned up nothing but old news about the beginning of the fiasco. At first, there seemed to be no follow-up. Eventually, I found Janet Fletcher's Planet Cheese. She had looked into it more diligently.
The short version is, the relevant parties aren't volunteering an explanation as to exactly why it's okay again for us to do the consenting adult thing and bring (different) mites into our homes so we can eat a cheese. Viva La Something or Other... Play La Marseillaise... ("Play it!")
(Of course I know they were singing about something more important than cheese, but that was a movie and...this is a blog.)