Epoisses is the gem of Burgundy, a region famed for its fantastic wines and brilliant cuisine. The Epoisses was first made by the monks of the Cîteaux Abbey, who later shared the technique with the local farmers. After a decline in the early 20th century, it became popular again in the 1950s and has been greatly enjoyed and sought-after ever since.
This farmhouse cheese made from raw milk is washed with “marc de Bourgogne”, a pomace brandy, which gives it a strong, pungent aroma. Being aged for at least 6 weeks, its rind takes on a deep orange colour and becomes stickier, while the cheese reveals a rich ivory paste.
Although it is known as a strong cheese, its flavours are surprisingly smooth and delicate. The rich spring milk gives the Epoisses a wonderful creamy texture, which you can enjoy by eating it out of its box with a spoon!