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.

Recognised as a Controlled Designation of Origin in 1991, Époisses is now governed by French Decree No. 2010-1092 of 15 September 2010, which officially approved the designation specifications.

Époisses is also recognised in Europe by EU regulation no. 1107/96 of 12 June 1996, modified by Commission Regulation (EC) no. 828/2003 of 14 May 2003, as a Protected Designation of Origin and Commission Regulation (EC) no. 942/2008 of 25 September 2008.

The Époisses Designation of Origin specifications indicate the main key points and target values defining the conditions of the milk production (16 key points) and manufacture (14 key points).

Quality cheese factory controls

Internal farm audit

In addition to the self-controls conducted by milk producers and manufacturers at the different milk production and cheese transformation stages in the form of internal controls organised by the ODG and performed by approved technicians, the Association for the Defence of Époisses has contracted with the Certification Authority CERTIPAQ to conduct external controls.

CERTIPAQ performs independent controls at the transformation plants and at the dairy farms through the ODG in accordance with an official control plan which is validated by the INAO (French National Institute for Designations of Origin and Quality).

It also supervises product control: experts are regularly invited to control samples at least four times per year: random samples with assessments of the outer look of the cheese, the spread and the flavour.

An official Époisses sampling panel

These official controls are done at a rather high frequency as a guarantee that consumers will find Époisses on the market that were produced by expert manufacturers in accordance with the Protected Designation of Origin specifications.

  • 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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