A Wide Selection of French Cheeses

French cheeses are delicious, but they are so many it is hard to make up your mind when creating a selection for a dinner party.

French cheese platter

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So food blogger Patty, pattysaveurs.com, and I went to a family-owned cheese shop in Vence AU POIVRE D' ÂNE to select a variety of cheeses and show you some of our favorites.

Vence is a medieval village that has maintained its authenticity and in the narrow streets of the old center, you can still find locals buying their groceries from the small family-owned shops.

If you want to see the video about Vence, the cheese shop and the bakery, you can find the link below.

 

 

The shop was opened 40 years ago, passed down from mother to daughter.

The shop owner is very knowledgeable and she helps us with the selection: from Chevre, to soft, molding and matured cheese.

Cheese counter

Lait de vache

Soft French Cheeses made with cow milk

Saint Nectaire

Saint-Nectaire

A creamy cheese made with cow milk, from Auvergne region.

The cows are feed in a rich volcanic pasture land, and their milk is full of flavour.

The flavor can be milder or stronger depending on its time of maturity.

Bleu de Bresse

Also, a cheese made with cow milk, it has a similar texture to the brie and has some blue mold in the middle.

Not too salty not too strong

Bleu-de-Bresse

Brie

Probably the most famous French cheese. Soft and creamy, it is so different when you buy it fresh from a fromagerie.

I don't know about you, but I love the crust.

Brie with truffle

It is a Brie cheese with a layer of truffle in the middle.

Highly recommended if you like truffles.

 

Brie with truffle

Hard/Semihard French Cheese made with cow milk

Comte

Comté

My favorite, it is semi-hard cheese.

It has a different level of maturity from 8 to 36 months.

It has a sweet buttery flavor and has a firm and mellow paste.

Tomme de Savoie

Tomme is a cheese made from the milk left from the butter.

It is usually lower in fat compared to other cheese.

There are different variations, de Savoie has a stronger flavor.

Mimolette

Mimolette

Before we go, the lady offered us a piece of Mimolette to try.

A very hard cheese full of flavour originally from Lille.

Lait de Brebis: Ewe Sheep Milk

Roquefort Papillon Noir

Many are familiar with the Roquefort Societe, which is an industrial cheese available in most shops.

Roquefort Papillon Noir, instead, is for the experts and cheese lovers.

It has a creamy texture and powerful taste.

Roquefort Papillon Noir

Chevre: Goat cheese

bouyguette

Bouyguette

It is a fresh cheese, that is starting to mature, aged only 2 to 3 weeks.

It is dense and creamy, not strong or dry.

Chevrette du Poitou

This is also goat cheese and it is more mature.

You can see that is much more creamy with a stronger taste than the bouyguette.

Mimolette

Mimolette

Bouyguette

Bouyguette cheese

Chevrette du Poitou

Chevrette du Poitou chees

What we served it with

On our cheese platter, you will not find the usual dry fruits and nuts, we decided to select some local unique delicacies.

Bread:

Of course, we had some rustic French baguette, with a crunchy crust and soft inside.

We also bought some fresh Sweet Corn Bread and Spelt Bread.

A collection of cheese jams from Brezzo:

Brezzo is an Italian brand that specialized in honey, jams, and sauces for savory dishes.

 

If you want to try them you can find here below my Amazon affiliate link

They have a collection of jams to serve with cheese, and that is what we used:

  • HONEY WITH TRUFFLE: with Tomme and Bleu de Bresse
  • BILBERRY JAM: with Comte
  • MUSTARD PEPPER: with the Mimolette
  • GREEN TOMATO AND FIGUES JAM: with Roquefort
  • GRAPES "MOSTARDA":  with Brie and Saint-Nectaire
  • TROPEA'S ONION JAM: with the chevre

Also on the table some cherry tomatoes and homemade Tapenade, a local traditional olive paste and you can find the recipe here on the blog:

Black Olives Tapenade

Radishes with salt

Radishes with Salt

Something I have learned from my son Francesco's primary school cantine in Saint Paul de Vence.

Contrary to the usual school cantine, the cantine at La fontette had a fantastic healthy French menu.

Francesco told me that he had radishes with salt and all the children loved it.

I have done this ever since, and if you want to make it fancy for a dinner party, you can serve it with 4 different salts like I have done here, and this is my Amazon affiliate link:

 

A Wide Selection of French Cheeses

And of course a nice bottle of wine.

We opted for Rose but you can ask the shop owner to recommend a good red wine based on the cheeses you buy.

5 from 3 votes
A Wide Selection of French Cheeses
A Wide Selection of French Cheeses
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Food blogger Patty, pattysaveurs.com, and I went to a family-owned cheese shop in Vence AU POIVRE D' ÂNE to select a variety of cheeses and show you some of our favorites.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
Keyword: buffet table, cheese platter, French cheeses
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 300 kcal
Ingredients
Cheeses
  • 1 slice Saint-Nectaire
  • 1 slice Bleu de Bresse
  • 1 slice Brie
  • 1 slice Brie with truffle
  • 1 slice Comté
  • 1 slice Tomme de Savoie
  • 1 slice Mimolette
  • 1 slice Roquefort Papillon Noir
  • 1 slice Bouyguette
  • 1 slice Chevrette du Poitou
Bread
  • 1 loaf Sweet Corn Bread
  • 1 loaf Spelt Bread
  • 3 loaf baguette
Jams for Cheese
  • 1 small jar HONEY WITH TRUFFLE
  • 1 small jar BILBERRY JAM
  • 1 small jar MUSTARD PEPPER
  • 1 small jar GREEN TOMATO AND FIGUES JAM
  • 1 small jar GRAPES "MOSTARDA"
  • 1 small jar TROPEA'S ONION JAM
Vegetables
  • 4 grapes Cherries tomatoes
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 1 cup homemade tapenade
Salts
  • 1 tbsp Smoked salt
  • 1 tbsp Himalaya salt
  • 1 tbsp Hawaiian salt
  • 1 tbsp Persia salt
Instructions
  1. Arrange all products on the table

    Mimolette
  2. Cheeses on wood boards

  3. Bread in baskets

  4. Vegetables on plates

  5. You can watch the arrangement we made in the video here below

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

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  6 comments for “A Wide Selection of French Cheeses

  1. 10th June 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Oh my goodness how delicious! I HAVE to try at least 3 of these cheeses (if I can find them over here in the states)! And the jams are such a great idea!

    • Laura
      11th June 2018 at 8:38 am

      Thanks, I would highly recommend trying the Comte. I hope you will find it there

  2. 10th June 2018 at 10:57 pm

    This post is quite informative. I enjoyed reading about all these cheese. Thanks

    • Laura
      11th June 2018 at 8:37 am

      your are welcome, I am glad you find it useful

  3. 11th June 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Oh, WOW! I do love nice cheeses… and this is quite the spread. Everything looks fantastic… love those salt dishes too! Sometimes I’ll add small batches of pesto to a cheese board like this too… garlic scape pesto is a nice one!

    • Laura
      12th June 2018 at 6:46 am

      Thank you, yes a garlic pesto is a great idea

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