It is said that this cheese was once made in the shape of a pyramid, but on seeing it, Napoleon became angry because it reminded him of his Egyptian defeat. He angrily chopped off the top with his sword, creating a truncated shape. Valencay has been AOC protected since 1998.
Region: Centre
Milk: Goat
Seasons: Spring, Summar, Fall
Classification: Aged fresh
Weight and Shape: 200-250g, truncated pyramid

Tasting Notes:

This natural-rinded cheese is covered in salted charcoal ashes. It has a soft, moist paste and a mild and slightly nutty flavour.

How to enjoy:

Valencay is delicious paired with all fruity and lively white wines of the Berry and Touraine regions of France, especially Sancerre.


Dry White wine: Valençay (Sauvignon, Chardonnay grapes)
Light Red Wine: Touraine (Gamay Noir, Cabernet-Franc grapes)
Sources: The World Cheese Book (Editor-In-Chief: Juliet Harbutt)
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