Traditionally, there were from 350 to 400
cheeses made in France, but there are now over 1,000
cheeses from France: Valençay, Ossau Iraty,
Bleu d'Auvergne, Époisses, Cœur de Neuchatel, Saint-félicien.
1. Camembert is a soft, ripened
cheese made from unpasteurized cow’s milk. It originated in Normandy, coming
from the Pays d’Auge, the historic name for the region and time period it came
from. Real Camembert de Normandie must have the VCN stamp of approval on the
label. Camembert has a slight salty taste with a sweet tang.
2. Brie de Meaux comes from the Ile-de-France region. It is made with
both pasteurized and unpasteurized cows milk. This cheese comes in small platter
sized disks and is wrapped in wax paper and put inside a wooden box to keep it
at the perfect ripeness and freshness. Has a mushroom like aroma and a nutty
3. Roquefort is a type of blue cheese. It is made from unpasteurized
sheep’s milk, and has a soft, edible rind. This cheese is similar to a French
Bleu des Causses and Bleu d’Auvergne because of its subtle flavor and salty
4. Boursin is a triple-créme cow’s milk type of Brie, coming from the
Ile-de-France region. It is sold in pasteurized and unpasteurized forms. This
cheese has a 75% fat content, similar to all triple-créme cheeses. Boursin is
smooth, and has a nutty flavor. It is rich and creamy.
5. Reblochon is made in the Savoie and Haute-Savoie regions of France. It
is an unpasteurized cheese with a soft texture similar to Brie. Has a sweet
6. Munster is from the Alsace region of France. This cheese has a dry,
firm, inedible rind when young, and is dark and smooth when ripe. The cheese is
soft and creamy, and has a beefy favor.
7. Pont l'Evèque originated from the Pays d’Auge in Normandy. This cheese
comes in eight to thirteen ounce, boxed squares, and has a 50% fat content. It
is sold both pasteurized and unpasteurized. It is similar to Camembert, with a
more intense flavor.
8. Époisses comes from Burgundy, France. This cheese has a rustic smell.
It has a reddish brown rind, and a vibrant flavor. The cheese is packaged in
small wooden boxes.
9. Chèvre is a soft, mild, goat cheese. It is molded in cylinders, so has
a round tube-like shape. It has a sharp and tangy flavor when aged a long
10. Tomme de Savoie originated in Savoie, France. It is a pasteurized and
unpasteurized cow’s milk cheese. It is semi-pressed, because it is made from
pressed curds. The rind is natural yet inedible. This cheese has a very low 20%
to 40% fat content. There is a noticeable fuzz on the outside rind, and has mild
yet savory flavor and aroma.