French Regions
and Their Special Cheeses

the Best French Regions for Cheese Include Provence, Corsica, Normandy and Brittany

Some French regions are well-known for the wide variety of outstanding cheeses they produce. Some are better known for other products (such as Brittany for fish). Here's a brief rundown of some top cheeses you may recognize and will want to look for in your cheese shop.



Normandy & Brittany: Camembert de Normandie, Pont-l'Évêque, Livarot, Brillat-Savarin, Port Salut

Nord-Pas-de-Calais & Picardy: Maroilles, Mimolette, Boulette d'Avesnes

Champagne-Ardenne: Langres, Chaource

Île de France: Brie de Meaux, Brie de Melun, Coulommiers, Boursault, Pierre Robert, Fontainebleau, Gratte-Paille, Explorateur

Alsace & Lorraine: Munster, Le Brouère

Pays de la Loire and Centre: Crottin de Chavignol, Selles-sur-Cher, Valençay, Sainte-Maure de Touraine, Pouligny-Saint-Pierre

Burgundy: Époisses de Bourgogne, Charollais, Chèvreton de Mâcon, Soumaintrain fermier, Cîteaux, Bleu de Bresses, Montrachet, Boucheron

Franche-Comté: Gruyère de Comté, Emmental, Morbier, Vacherin du Haut Doubs (Vacherin Mont d'Or), Bleu de Gex

Rhône-Alpes (Savoie): Reblochon, Tomme de Savoie, Beaufort, Raclette, Tomme de Montagne, Abondance

Auvergne: Saint-Nectaire, Gaperon, Fourme d'Ambert, Cantal, Salers, Roquefort, Bleu des Causses, Laguiole, Bleu d'Auvergne

Aquitaine: Rocamadour, Tomme Fleur Verte, Cabécou

Provence: Banon, Saint-Marcellin, Picodon de la Drôme, Picodon de l'Ardéche

Midi-Pyrénées & Basque Area: Sheep's milk cheeses from local fermiers, Ossau-Iraty Brébis Pyrénées (A.O.C. version), as well as non A.O.C. Brébis cheeses: Etorki, Onetik, Prince de Claverolle, Esbareich

Corsica: Brin d'Amour



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