Unique flavours, remarkable maturing in marc de Bourgogne, classic aromas, the sign of great wealth, Époisses Protected Designation of Origin, a soft washed rind cheese, it can be eaten all year long. Simplicity and uniqueness make this cheese an exceptional product. A delicacy on the palate!

Created by a religious order in the heart of Burgundy more than 500 years ago and known as the “king of all cheeses" in the 19th century, Époisses is testimony of long-standing cheese traditions. Recognised with a Controlled Designation of Origin in 1991, its production using whole cow’s milk remains loyal to specific know-how passed on for five centuries by passionate producers.

The richness of the Époisses Protected Designation of Origin sector has as much to do with the quality of the cheese as the dairy professionals’ determination to practice an overall sustainable development policy.

Conditions de Production-en

44 dairy farms (12 in Haute-Marne and 32 in Côte-d’Or) were authorised in 2013 to produce milk for use in the production of the Époisses cheese, representing a total volume of 16,800,000 litres of milk (2013 production).

Three cattle breeds are used to produce milk: Brune, mainly in Châtillonnais which is the traditional birthplace of this race, which represents 30% of all deliveries ; French Simmental on the Langres Plateau and in the northern Auxois valleys, which represents 23% of all deliveries ; and Montbéliarde, which is present in all geographic areas and represents 47% of all deliveries (2013 data).

A heifer of the Brune race in Montigny-Montfort (21)

These races are used because of their long-time presence in the production region, their capacity to get the best out of the coarse fodder and the high quality of cheese made with their milk.

The feeding practices are based on great food self-sufficiency (at least 85%) and they are imposed on all authorised cattle. This is how the typical milk is produced which is linked with the terroir as it is rich in proteins and particularly adapted to lactic productions.

Montbéliardes in Villy-EN-Auxois (21)

French Simmentals in Mouilleron (52)

  • THE 2016 AGRICULTURAL GENERAL COMPETITION : A SILVER AND A BRONZE MEDALS FOR ÉPOISSES

    Fromagerie Germain (52160, Chalancey) wins a silver medal for its époisses 250g at the national competition, and a bronze medal at the export competition for its époisses 250g too.

    THE 2016 AGRICULTURAL GENERAL COMPETITION : A SILVER AND A BRONZE MEDALS FOR ÉPOISSES
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