Sheep cheeseMichel Duran

Roquefort, King of the cheeses since 1070

Sheep cheeseMichel Duran
Roquefort, King of the cheeses since 1070

The Roquefort is mentioned for the first time in 1070 in Carolingian texts and is very much associated with Roquefort-sur-Soulzon and the Combalou park around it. In the 15th century, French king Charles VI decided to grants, a first in France, an exclusive production to its inhabitants. This made the cellars protected by law.

In the Age of Enlightenment, Diderot names the Roquefort, King of the cheeses. In 1925, it becomes the first cheese to acquire the Appellation d'Origine. Today the new European standard, Appellation d'Origine Protégée, makes sure of its unique origins and production.

Type of milk: Sheep

Available at Les Amis du fromage. Extraordinaire cheese store in Vancouver with a wonderful and knowledgeable staff!

Have a look at this video on how the Roquefort was made in Roquefort-sur-Soulzon in 1927!