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.

The Association for the Defence of Époisses was founded in 1968 following the cheese makers and producers' wishes to obtain official recognition for the Époisses as a Protected Designation of Origin area.

The Association for the Defence of Époisses was officially recognised as a Defence and Management Organisation (ODG, as it is known in French) by the French National Institute for Quality and Origin (INAO, as it is known in France) Dairy, Agrofood and Forestry Appellation Board during its session on 24 May 2007. The bylaws currently in effect were modified at the Extraordinary Meeting of Members on 24 April 2008 and were registered with the City Hall of Époisses on 29 April 2008. The ODG encompasses all milk and cheese producers.

Jean-Louis Lachot, a milk producer in Villy-en-Auxois, has been Chairman of the Association since 22 June 2006.

He succeeded Bernard Chevalier, a milk producer in Crecey-sur-Tille, the former Chairman of the Agricultural Chamber of Côte-d’Or, now deceased. The Association headquarters are located in the City Hall of Époisses.

Besides the missions assigned by law as an ODG, the main objective of the Association is "to study and defend the collective professional and moral interests during the production, processing, distribution and consumption phases”.

Under this framework, the association’s polices are aimed at:

  • Maintaining the uniqueness and quality of the product
  • Food safety
  • Promoting and defending the appellation.

With its development projects, the Association for the Defence of Époisses regularly collaborates with the following professional and scientific partners:

  • 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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