If you don’t like cheese then don’t read on. Seeya.
For those of you that are still here. We know what the best cheeses (are we allowed to say Fromages?) come from France but to what extent? Well, pretty much every bloody good cheese is from France. In fact, if you look at a map of the cheeses from France and the regions they are from, you will find that yeah, every fckn good cheese is from France. Hungry yet? Well get ready to be starving. Let’s begin some sort of cheese education. Let’s be honest, we could all know a little bit more about cheese.
Image from Vinepair
Now let’s really break this down.
Here are the most popular French cheeses
- Camembert (AOC)
- Brie de Meaux (AOC)
- Roquefort (AOC)
- Reblochon (AOC)
- Munster (AOC)
- Pont l’Évêque (AOC)
- Époisses (AOC)
- Tomme de Savoie (AOC)
- Livarot (AOC)
AOC means protected by the “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée”. A French cheese governing body you say.. the plot thickens.
The appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC; French pronunciation: [a.pɛ.la.sjɔ̃ dɔ.ʁi.ʒin kɔ̃.tʁo.le]; “protected designation of origin”) is the French certification granted to certain French geographical indications for wines, cheeses, butters, and other agricultural products, all under the auspices of the government bureau Institut national des appellations d’origine, now called Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité (INAO). It is based on the concept of terroir. Thanks Wikipedia
A governing body for cheese. All protected except the Boursin. Why Boursin, what’s the AOC’s deal with Boursin? Be back soon for more info. If you have the info for me already? Please send me a Fax.
My writing stops here. I’m off to eat some cheese.
Here’s a thought: How fckn good would a cheese tour through France be. 20 cheeses in 20 days. Come back as the Michelin man, but you know what? It would be worth it.