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Neufchâtel AOP

      Neufchatel PDO
      Coeur de Neufchâtel

The Neufchâtel PDO is a cheese with a soft paste produced exclusively with whole milk from cows of Norman breeds located in the village of Bray in Normandy.

The production area of Neufchâtel PDO covers the area of Bray, in 135 municipal areas neighbouring Neufchâtel-en-Bray located in the department of Seine-Maritime and in a municipal area of Oise, in the regions of Upper-Normandy and Picardy. The area with the densest farmers' production is located between Neufchâtel-en-Bray and Forgesles-Eaux.

The origin of Neufchâtel PDO goes back to the 10th century. In 1035, a tax on the cheeses sold was levied on the farms of the valley of Bray which was given to the Abbey of Sigy. In the 16th century, this cheese was famous and much appreciated; later it was exported also to Great Britain and, as told by tradition, was offered as a tribute to Napoleon. During the Hundred Years' War, the girls offered the British soldiers heart-shaped cheeses to express their love.

The milk used for the production of Neufchâtel PDO comes from animals nurtured exclusively with fresh or dry forage from the production area, this helps to give the cheese its characteristic flavour.


Neufchâtel PDO is a slightly salted cheese with a white, flowered rind. The paste is ivory colour, smooth and firm but soft, velvety and delicate. It has a slightly piquant and acid flavour with an aftertaste of mushrooms.

The product is sold as Neufchâtel PDO. It is marketed whole in six different formats: Bonde (4,5 cm diameter, 6,5 cm height, 100 gr weight); Double Bonde (5,8 cm diameter, 8 cm height and 200 gr weight); Carré (6,5 cm width, 2,4 cm height and 100 gr weight); Briquette (7 cm length, 5 cm width, 3 cm height and 100 gr weight); Coeur (8,5 cm from centre to end; 10 cm from a rounded side to the other, 3,2 cm height and 200 gr weight); Gros Coeur (10,5 cm from centre to end, 11 cm from a rounded side to the other, 5 cm height, 600 gr weight).


Neufchâtel PDO must be conserved in the least cold compartment of the refrigerator into a sealed package. Before eating it, it is suggested to leave it at room temperature for about one hour. It is tasted cold or used to prepare different dishes. Generally, Neufchâtel PDO is tasted at the end of a meal. It is also much appreciated as a snack or with salad. It perfectly combines with fruity red wines like Côtes du Rhône and Beaujolais or with fresh cider. To taste a very good combination with the wine, the ripest cheeses must be combined with more bodied wines.


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 1996

AOC (Appellation d'origine contrôlée)(Fr). Year of registration 1969



Dietary product


Lactose-free product




   255 kcal per 100 gr.


   9.15 gr. per 100 gr.


   22.8 gr. per 100 gr.

Fat in dry matter

   45 %


   3.49 gr. per 100 gr.


   0.8 gr. per 100 gr.

Saturated acids

   12.8 gr. per 100 gr.


   6.31 gr. per 100 gr.


(Ca) Calcium

  117 mg. ( 87% )*

(K) Potassium

  152 mg. ( + 73% )*

(Mg) Magnesium

  10 mg. ( 71% )*

(Na) Sodium

  334 mg. ( 59% )*

(P) Phosphorus

  138 mg. ( 72% )*

Dietary element

(Cu) Copper

  27 mcg. ( 61% )*

(Fe) Iron

  0.13 mg. ( 87% )*

(Mn) Manganese

  0.011 mg. ( 89% )*

(Zn) Zinc

  0.82 mg. ( 80% )*


(A) Retino.

  239 mcg. ( 17% )*

(B1) Thiamine.

  22 mcg. ( 45% )*

(B2) Riboflavin.

  0.155 mg. ( 48% )*

(B3) Niacin.

   0.21 mg. per 100 gr.

(B5) Pantothenic acid.

   0.575 mg. per 100 gr.

(B6) Pyridoxine.

  0.041 mg. ( 59% )*

(B9) Folatsin..

  14 mcg. ( 26% )*

(B12) Cobalamin.

  0.3 mcg. ( 79% )*

*(the difference from the average value)


21,3 -  Individual visits per month (average)
1393 -  All individual visits
12 01 2017 -  Date of publication of this article

Neufchatel PDO. Foto № 1
Neufchatel PDO. Foto  № 2

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