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Tome des Bauges is an uncooked pressed cheese made exclusively from raw cow’s milk. It can be distinguished by its thick, rugged gray rind.
This cheese was originally the family-produced cheese of all the inhabitants of Massif des Bauges, between Savoie and Haute Savoie. Its production as a “merchandise” developed during the 20th century.
This Tome – note the single “m” – obtained a registered designation of origin (AOC) in 2002 and a protected designation of origin (AOP) in 2007.
A green casein mark is visible on its rind when the cheese has been farm-produced, and a red mark can be seen on the dairy variety.
Tome des Bauges features a relatively thick, rugged gray rind on which yellow, red, pink or white molds can form. Its paste is homogenous and yellow with small holes.
Its rind has a marked aroma of mushrooms and must, while the paste reveals fruity, woody notes that cheese lovers will adore. The paste has a soft texture, a balanced flavor and a straightforward, but not strong, taste.