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Bleu de Bresse

Bleu de Bresse (aka Bresse Bleu) is a milk blue cheese.

It is made in cylinders weighing from 125 to 500 grams.

Outside, it has a smooth, off-white rind similar to the rind on Brie and Camembert cheese. Inside, it is creamy and soft like Brie, almost spreadable, with patches of greenish-blue mould. It has a mild mushroomy aroma and flavour.

The cheese is made from pasteurized cow's milk. The curd is made, cut and stirred, then turned, drained and salted. It is injected with the Penicillium roqueforti mould starter. Then it is moulded, then taken out of the mould, and dusted with Penicillium camemberti to grow on the outside and form the skin. It is aged 3 to 4 weeks, then packaged and shipped.


Gorgonzola, or another mild blue cheese.

History Notes

Bleu de Bresse is a modern cheese, invented by the Société Laitière Coopérative Agricole de Servas in Servoz, Bresse in the Rhône valley of France.

In 1984, they tried to start calling it "Fourme de Bresse." They were challenged in this by the makers of Fourme d'Ambert and Fourme de Monbrison cheese. The legal battle went on for a few years, until finally in October 1993 the "Cour de Cassation" forbade the Bresse makers from using the term and declared invalid the trademark they had tried to register for it. [1]

Eventually the cooperative grew into becoming the "Bressor Alliance", which in 1990 associated itself with Bongrain company.


[1] De Banville, Étienne. Les fourmes de Montbrison et d'Ambert: des jasseries aux familles et aux groupes. Université de Saint-Etienne. 2006. Page 37.

Bongrain SA. Les Grandes Étapes du Développement de Bongrain SA. March 2008. Page 3.

Hirczak, Maud et Amédée Mollard. Différenciation par la qualité et le territoire versus coordination sectorielle : conflit ou compromis ? L’exemple de la Bresse. Ruralia, 2005-16/17. Page 7.

Blue Cheeses

Beenleigh Blue Cheese; Blackstick's Velvet Cheese; Bleu Bénédictin Cheese; Bleu d'Auvergne; Bleu d'Causses; Bleu de Basque; Bleu de Bresse; Bleu de Gex; Bleu de Termignon; Blue Cheese; Blue Wensleydale; Buffalo Blue Cheese; Buxton Blue Cheese; Byland Blue Cheese; Cabrales Blue Cheese; Cambozola Cheese; Canterbury Blue Cheese; Caradon Blue Cheese; Cashel Blue Cheese; Colston Bassett Stilton Cheese; Cornish Blue Cheese; Crème de Saint Agur Cheese; Danish Blue Cheese; Devon Blue Cheese; Dolcelatte; Dorset Blue Vinney; Dunsyre Blue Cheese; Ermite Cheese; Exmoor Blue Cheese; Fourme d'Ambert Cheese; Fourme de Montbrison Cheese; Gorgonzola Cheese; Guler Cheese; Harbourne Blue Cheese; Jindi Deluxe Blue Cheese; Lanark Blue Cheese; Lancashire Blue Cheese; Maytag Blue Cheese; Mrs Bells Blue Cheese; Oxford Blue Cheese; Penicillium Glaucum; Penicillium Roqueforti; Point Reyes Blue Cheese; Roaring Forties Blue Cheese; Roquefort Cheese; Saint Agur Cheese; Shropshire Blue; Somerset Blue Cheese; Stilton; Strathdon Blue Cheese; Troo Bloo You Cheese; Valdeón Cheese

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Also called:

Bresse Bleu


Oulton, Randal. "Bleu de Bresse." CooksInfo.com. Published 08 August 2010; revised 08 December 2010. Web. Accessed 06/23/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/bleu-de-bresse>.

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