For the past seventy years, Ile de France has brought the perfect alliance of quality and epicurean pleasure to its family of soft gourmet cheese products. In the time-honored tradition of French cheese masters, Ile de France's Brie and goat cheese products continue to be instantly recognized for their freshness and unique flavor by cheese enthusiasts, including the editors of numerous culinary magazines. Food & Wine and Fine Cooking recently awarded our cheeses top honors for freshness, flavor and quality.

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Creamy, Rich Textures with Mild to Assertive Tastes
Classic Entertainers

The Soft-Ripened Cheese Family may be divided into two sub-groups. They are: cheeses with Bloomy Rinds, characterized by a soft, white exterior; and cheeses with Washed Rinds, whose orange color, and strong aroma, clearly sets them apart. Both types have a supple and smooth paste with a creamy, rich flavor. The fat content, maturing time, and cheese making process all contribute to the outcome of the cheese.

The cheeses whose rinds have been washed share a special characteristic that makes them stand out among all others: It is the strong aroma that is formed when the cheeses are repeatedly washed with water, beer, wine, eau de vie, etc. After which, they begin the ripening process where the bacteria b-linens transforms the cheese into a smooth-textured, robust-flavored cheese.

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Wide-Ranging Complex Flavors from Nutty to Piquant
Cooking and Melting Cheeses

These cheeses, typically large and very heavy, fall into two distinct sub-groupings; hard table or grating cheeses, and mountain-style cheeses. Both start from the same process. The curds, after forming, are cut up into smaller pieces, and then further heated to cause the release of excess moisture. The end result is some of the world's most popular cheeses.

Emmental and Gruyère are characteristic of the mountain cheeses; large and with the typical eye formation, which are formed during the long aging process where carbon dioxide develops and forms the holes. Grana Padano and Parmigiano-Reggiano are both grating-style cheeses. Their firm, hard texture and thick outer rind are a result of a ripening process that begins by soaking the cheese in salt-water brine for over 20 days.

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Smooth, Rich Tastes to Bold, Traditional Flavors
America's Favorite Cheddars and Sandwich Starters

Pressed Cheeses comprise the largest and most popular Family, with a variety of textures and flavors. They range from smooth and rich tastes to bold and traditional flavors.

Once the milk has been heated and has coagulated, the cheese curds are drained from the whey and milled or cut up to further expel moisture. After being placed in the various shaped molds, the cheeses are immediately pressed and the aging process can begin. The length of time the cheese is allowed to age will greatly alter its flavor; the average length of time for aging cheeses can be five weeks to six months or more. Extra Aged cheeses can be aged two years or more.

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Sharp, Creamy, and Robust Flavors
Salad Enhancers

Blue-veined cheeses are mostly made from cow's milk, except for a few standouts like Roquefort, which is made from sheep's milk. To achieve the blue marbling, various Penicilliums are sprinkled in powdered form into the milk or over the curds. The Penicillium types vary depending on the desired cheese. During the ripening process, needles are injected into the cheese, creating holes that allow air to enter so that the mold can grow. Blue cheese needs long and careful aging in a temperate and humid environment to fully develop its strong character.

Blue Cheeses range in flavor from sharp to robust, and from a creamy to crumbly texture, depending on the age and style of the cheese. There are virtually no two blue cheeses that are alike; it is for this reason that each cheese needs to be judged individually, on its own merit, and on its own flavor.

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Ile de France Cheeses
Ile de France Goat Cheese Ile de France Flavored Goat Cheese  
Original Goat Cheese Flavored Goat Cheese  
Ile de France Brie Cheese Ile de France Single Brie Cheese      
Original Brie Single Serve Brie      
Original Camembert
Soft Ripened Cheeses
Ile de France St. Andre Cheese Supreme Cheese St. Albray Chaumes  
St. Andre Suprême St. Albray Chaume  
Pressed Cooked Cheeses
Fol Epi
Pressed Cheeses
Blue Cheeses
St. Agur    

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written by Julie Albers-Sechler, September 22, 2017
I have been going crazy trying to find the Gourmandise kirsch cheese. Where can I find/buy it?
written by Ile de France Marketing Team, October 31, 2016
Hi David,
Yes we have Chaumes. You can find more information on the cheese here:
written by David Moncur, October 31, 2016
Can you help please? Is there a French cheese with a name that sounds like "chome"?
written by Ile de France Marketing Team, December 01, 2015
Hi Jeff,
Can you be more specific about the type of cheese your friend liked? We would love to help you find the right one.
written by Jeff, December 01, 2015
My friend used to like a semi-soft French Cheese demi? can you help?
written by Allen Reeves, December 12, 2014
Cannot find Rambol soft cheese topped with walnuts.
Can you suggest where I might purchase small quantity
1Dvercourt Lane
Many thanks.
written by Claude Delclaux, November 16, 2014
N'oublier pas un succulent petit fromage de chèvre de Drome-Ardèche qui s'appelle "PICODON" qui se deguste agreablement avec un bon petit vin comme un "Cotes-du-Rhone".
written by Cathy , November 08, 2014
I am from Louisiana, and grew up in the heart of our Cadian (Cajun)/Creole area, St Martinville (this is where we first settled and is still considered out "MOTHER" area). There was a tradition around this time of year, after canning the fruit (mostly figs) the women would make home made bread (French loaves mostly), and make a small amount of a wonderful cheese, which was sweet and just mildly salty (like good homemade caramels) and then make a sweet chutney with the figs or just pour the fig syrup over it (my favorite way). I CAN'T for the life of me remember what kind of cheese they would make. I know that its something left over from our time in Canada and even back into France, which was a great way of passing down traditions and stories. Please tell what kind of cheese it might have been, I know that they used cow milk to make it because they had a huge dairy, but the original might have been from goat milk.
written by Tim, May 14, 2014
Looking for wholesale distributor in the US.
written by Emilie, February 21, 2014
Hi Charlynne,

Thanks for commenting! Would you be able to share with us your city or zip code? We'd be able to better help you once we have that information.

-Emilie, Ile de France Cheese Marketing Team
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