To create a well-balanced cheese plate, start with gentle flavours then build to stronger flavours.
For example, for a plate of PDO Auvergne cheeses: Star with a PDO Saint-Nectaire dairy cheese, particularly popular with children for its sweet taste, closely followed by a young PDO Cantal. Follow this with a PDO Saint-Nectaire farm cheese with its more distinctive walnut flavour, and then a PDO Cantal Entre-Deux and a PDO Salers with its grassy flavour. Finally, the sweet, mushroom-flavoured PDO Fourme d’Ambert blue cheese and the creamy and strong tasting Bleu d’Auvergne PDO.
Bleu d’Auvergne stands out on a cheese plate. Whereas Fourme d’Ambert is sweet and smooth, Bleu d’Auvergne is a distinctive cheese with a strong flavour.
You can improve the presentation of your cheese plate by varying the shapes: cubes, sticks, triangles, etc. You can use pretty pots of jams and dried fruits. Complete your presentation by using small cocktail sticks with labels showing the name of the cheese.