Valençay is a cheese made in the province of Berry in central France. Its name is derived from the town of Valençay in the Indre department. Distinctive in its truncated pyramidal shape, Valençay is an unpasteurized goats-milk cheese Its rustic blue-grey color is due to the natural molds that form its rind, darkened with a dusting of charcoal. The young cheese has a fresh, citric taste, with age giving it a nutty taste characteristic of goat's cheeses.
The story goes that Valençay was originally a perfect pyramid. Napoleon returning from his disastrous campaigns in Egypt stopped at Valençay castle. Their local pyramidal cheese apparently aroused unpleasant memories as he alleged then cut the top off in fury with his sword leaving the shape that survives to the present.
The province of Berry has been the home to many cheeses for centuries and has produced Selles-sur-Cher, Crottin de Chavignol, and Pouligny-Saint-Pierre among others. 8.8oz