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Valençay Cheese

November 29, 2011


Valençay is a cheese made in the province of Berry in central France. Its name is derived from the town of Valençay in the Indre department.


Distinctive in its truncated pyramidal shape, Valençay is an unpasteurised goats-milk cheese weighing 200-250g and around 7cm in height. Its rustic blue-grey colour is made by the natural moulds that form its rind, darkened with a dusting of charcoal. The young cheese has a fresh, citric taste, with age giving it a nutty taste characteristic of goats cheeses.

The cheese achieved AOC status in 1998 making Valençay the first region to achieve AOC status for both its cheese and its wine.

The History of the Valençay cheese.

The story goes that the Valençay was originally a slender pyramid-shaped cheese. So that those he offered to Napoleon did not remember his defeat in Egypt, Talleyrand, residing in Castle Valençay, the beheaded. however, it is also said that its shape was to imitate that of the bell in the village of Levroux, Indre.


Made from whole raw milk, the Valençay, once removed from the mold, and is salted charcoal ash before being matured for eleven days minimum. Fresh, the dough is thin and smooth. More fully refined, it becomes somewhat brittle and can be grated in many preparations.

 The farmers who reared goats around Valençay sent their cheeses to the markets of Paris.

Valencay, the home of the Prince de Talleyrand

Beyond the beauty of its architecture and the splendor of its furniture, Castle Valençay is also famous for its history. Indeed, the Castle was, for over thirty years, the ownership of a great person who has left his mark on the history of the nineteenth century: Charles Maurice de Talleyrand.
Driven by Napoleon in 1803 he bought the field Valençay, to receive foreign dignitaries. The Castle then experienced its heyday during nearly a quarter of a century it became the home of the famous diplomat. Unusual character, and man of taste, Monsieur de Talleyrand perfectly fulfill its role as host, receiving ambassadors, officials, musicians, painters famous From 1808 to 1814, Napoleon imposed the presence of the princes of Spain in exile. Talleyrand and his wife, the Princess of Benevento, are worthy princes and their attendants, making a real Valençay gilded prison. In 1813, the Treaty allows Ferdinand of Spain to regain his throne in the castle is signed.
In 1834, after leaving his post as ambassador to London, Talleyrand retires at Valençay

In Hong Kong, Valençay Cheese is available at French Gourmet Hong Kong, the French fine food online store

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