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Valençay AOP

      Valencay PDO

Valençay cheese is one of the classic French cheeses made in the province of Berry in central France. It is named after the town of Valençay in the Indre department, France.
This cheese comes in two types: the one coated with wood ash and produced on farms is called Valençay Fermier while the other coated with vegetable ash and made in dairies or industries is called Valençay Laitier.
Valençay cheese used to have a shape of perfect pyramid with a pointed top. But when Napoleon returned to the castle of Valencay after his unsuccessful expedition in Egypt, he saw the cheese, in a fit of rage drew his sword and cut of the top of cheese. Since then the cheese has always been made with a flattened top.


Valençay is an unpasteurised goats-milk cheese. Its rind has a rustic blue-grey colour which is made by the natural moulds. The rind is then are darkened by dusting charcoal powder. It is available usually between March and December, with peak manufacture between April and August.


Valençay PDO can be conserved wrapped into its package and stored in the least cold compartment of the refrigerator. Before eating it, it is suggested to leave it rest at room temperature for about half an hour. It can be eaten at the end of a meal, but it is ideal also with the aperitif or as a snack. It is perfect with the wine produced in the region like white, red and rosé Valençay.


PDO (Protected Designation of Origin)(ES). Protected designation of origińe (PDO) stands for a product for which the principal steps for production are done following a well-established technique within the same geographical area, which gives the product its characteristics. Year of registration 2004

AOC (Appellation d'origine contrôlée)(Fr). Year of registration 1998

Organic production




Dietary product




   279 - 282 kcal per 100 gr.


   17.5 gr. per 100 gr.


   22.2 - 22.8 gr. per 100 gr.

Fat in dry matter

   45 %


   2.05 gr. per 100 gr.


   2 gr. per 100 gr.

Saturated acids

   18.4 gr. per 100 gr.


   55.5 gr. per 100 gr.


(Ca) Calcium

  110 mg. ( 88% )*

(K) Potassium

  150 mg. ( + 70% )*

(Mg) Magnesium

  15.2 mg. ( 57% )*

(Na) Sodium

  824 mg. ( + 2% )*

(P) Phosphorus

  260 mg. ( 48% )*

Dietary element

(Fe) Iron

  0.19 mg. ( 81% )*

(Se) Selenium

  9 mcg. ( 42% )*

(Zn) Zinc

  0.772 mg. ( 81% )*


(A) Retino.

  166 mcg. ( 42% )*

(B2) Riboflavin.

  0.624 mg. ( + 108% )*

(B3) Niacin.

   1.12 mg. per 100 gr.

(B5) Pantothenic acid.

   0.945 mg. per 100 gr.

(B6) Pyridoxine.

  0.105 mg. ( + 5% )*

(B9) Folatsin..

  84.4 mcg. ( + 344% )*

(E) Tocopherol

  0.318 mg. ( 36% )*

*(the difference from the average value)


31,2 -  Individual visits per month (average)
2065 -  All individual visits
12 12 2016 -  Date of publication of this article

Valencay PDO. Foto № 1
Valencay PDO. Foto  № 2

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