- French Cheeses
- Quality of cheese
- The French way of life
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This famous pressed cooked cheese comes from the Savoie and is easily recognizable by its concave heel. Its peculiar shape originally enabled the cheeses produced during the summer to be strapped down for easier transport to the cellars in the valley. Summer Beaufort is made with milk produced from June through October, when the cows are still in the pastures. Beaufort “chalet d’alpage” is also made in the summertime, but is specifically produced from the milk of a single herd at a minimum altitude of 4921.2 ft. This type of Beaufort has had a registered designation of origin (AOC) since 1968 and a protected designation of origin (AOP) since 1996.
Wheel with a thin, smooth brown rind dotted with white spots. The paste is very smooth, dense, homogenous and free of holes; the color is more or less yellow depending on the production season.
Its fruity taste and creaminess is highly prized. Beaufort is a very distinctive cheese without being strong. It can sometimes feature surprising pineapple flavors.