REBLOCHON Aoc,the king of Alps cheese , an historic.....robbery!

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Reblochon cheese AOC made with UNPASTEURISED cow's milk,produced exclusively on farms in Alp's Thônes valley.

     Reblochon Aoc is a soft washed-rind cheese from the Alps,region of Savoie with a nutty taste and a strong herbal aroma better flavorful in Summer as the cows have been eating fresh young grass and flowers.It is made with UNPASTEURIZED cow's milk and contains 45% fat;it takes about fives litres of whole milk to produce one cheese of weight between 450 and 550 grams.Once ripe,this cheese has a light beige crust and a buttery dough.The paste is smooth and ivory coloured with a supple texture.The white"moss" on the cheese is edible and shows that the cheese was ripened correctly.When overriped,the cheese becomes bitter.

     It was first made in Savoie,in the Thônes valley in the XIIIth century.Its name Reblochon derives from the patois re-blocher which means to milk again.

Reblochon fermier is an expensive cheese!

     At that time the farmers rented meadows from a landowner and gave a proportion of milk produced as rent.To reduce their rent,the farmers milked the cows incompletely and then reduced their milk's production and therefore their rent.This milk rich in fat was then preserved  by turning it in cheese.

     Two types of Reblochon are produced:

  • The Reblochon FERMIER cheese produced exclusively on farms near Thônes ,identified by a green casein tag on the cheese's edge.The milk must come from Abondance,Tarine or Montbéliarde cows.
  • The Reblochon FRUITIER cheese identified by a red casein tag on the flat face of the cheese which may be produced in a larger area in farmer co-ops or cheese factories.


ik-ben-10eke says:
Rent, taxes. They were smart :)
Posted on: Jun 18, 2009
Stevie_Wes says:
Mmmm! I like the sound of this one! :P
Posted on: Jun 18, 2009
WorldXplorer says:
Ah le reblochon! Rien de tel qu'une bonne tartiflette! :)
Posted on: Jun 14, 2009
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