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Fromage! Not the least of reasons to travel to France
By David at 07/19/2010 - 04:59


"A country producing almost 360 different types of cheese cannot die."

Winston Churchill in june 1940
"Comment voulez-vous gouverner un pays qui a deux cent quarante-six variétés de fromage?"
("How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?")

Charles de Gaulle (from Les Mots du Général, Ernest Mignon (1962))
"Un repas sans fromage est une belle à qui il manque un œil."
("A meal without cheese is a beautiful woman with an eye missing.")

Brillat-Savarin (from La Physiologie du goût)

56 cheeses are classified, protected, and regulated under French law. The majority are classified as

Appellation d'origine contrôlée

(AOC), the highest level of protection. Some are also protected under the less stringent but still legally regulated designation Label Régional (LR). A few French cheeses are protected under the European Union's Protected Geographic Indication designation (PGI). Many familiar generic types, like Boursin, are not covered. It may come as a surprise to see varieties of Emmental cheese protected as a French cheese. This list differs from those of AOC status.

Popular French cheeses

  1. Camembert (AOC)
  2. Brie de Meaux (AOC)
  3. Roquefort (AOC)
  4. Boursin
  5. Reblochon (AOC)
  6. Munster (AOC)
  7. Pont l'Evèque (AOC)
  8. Époisses (AOC)
  9. Chèvre
  10. Tomme de Savoie (AOC)

AOC = protected by the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée

Map of French cheeses


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