Washed Rind Cheese

These cheeses range from semi hard to soft in texture and can generally be counted on to have strong aromas. Whilst maturing, they are washed or rubbed regularly in solutions such as brine which encourage a different mould to form on the rind, called B-Linens. This mould is characterised by its pink / orange colour and breaks down the cheese to be spongy in texture, making them ideal for melting.
560 - Epoisses


A pungent, robust cheese that dates back to the 16th Century & uniquely made by Gaugry.

Epoisses was invented at the beginning of the 16th century by Cistercian monks and is named after the town where it was first produced. It was imported to the court of the Count of Guitaut, one of Louis XIV noblemen where it became very fashionable, and was also one of the favourite cheeses of Napolean who adored the wine of Chambertin which marries perfectly with it.
Epoisses was still very popular in the 20th century but its production petered out during the Second World War until Monsieur Berthaut from the village of Epoisses began producing it again.
Our Epoisses is made by the Fromagerie Gaugry who are the only producers of the cheese to use unpasteurised milk.

On its revival in 1956, Epoisses began to grow again in popularity, and thanks to the cheese makers it succeeded in gaining official recognition in 1991 with the Appellation d'Origine Controlee, now the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).
Today, three breeds of cows are used for the production of milk for the Epoisses cheese: the Brune, principally in the Chatillonnais, the French Simmental on the plateau of Langres and in the sunken valleys of the north of Auxois, and the Montbeliarde in the south of Auxois, next to Dijon. The whole, unpasteurised milk from the evening's milking is mixed with fresh, warm morning milk and rennet is added. Traditionally, the rennet is flavoured with herbs, and the initial ripening of the cheese takes place on rye straw. However, this is more recently done on plastic mats, after the milling and salting, and the soft cheese is moistened with marc de Bourgogne, the local spirit made with grape must or wine lees. It is then cured in humid cellars for one month where it is soaked again in marc or a marc and brine solution.

The rind of the Epoisses is smooth, slightly wrinkled and glossy and is orange to brick red in colour depending on how long it has been matured. The interior of the cheese is white in the centre and slightly darker towards the rind and has a strong, earthy aroma. In the mouth, the cheese is smooth, unctuous and velvety and has a mild, subtle flavour with undertones of dried fruit.

The Epoisses cheese is particularly tasty at the start of Winter when it is made with the rich and aromatic milk of the cows who have grazed on the aftermath of the autumn vegetation, and at the end of spring, early summer when it is made with the first milk to be produced by the dairy cows after being let out on to the pasture.

Not for export  Unpasteurised PLU: 560
per cheese

Key Facts

  • Country Made In France
  • Type of Milk Cow
  • Pasteurisation Unpasteurised
  • Vegetarian No
  • Region Bourgogne
  • Organic No
  • Flavour Pungent and fruity
  • Accreditation PDO
  • Weight 250 g

Store & Serve

Individual cheeses will carry their own Best Before/Use By Date, we endeavour to give a minimum of 7 days from the date the order is despatched

  • StorageKeep refrigerated.
  • Instructions for useServe at room temperature.
  • Recommended DrinkChambertin


  • IngredientsCows' Milk, Salt, Rennet, Dairy Cultures (Milk)
  • AllergensMilk
  • Nutritional Information
  • Typical Valuesper 100g
  • Energy kJ1220 kJ
  • Energy kcal293 kcal
  • Fat23 g
  •      of which saturates 17 g
  • Carbohydrates2.4 g
  •      of which sugars Trace g
  • Protein17 g
  • Salt2.2 g

  • Name & address of food supplierGaugry, Fromagerie Gaugry 21220 Brochon

These summary details have been prepared for information purposes only. While we have taken care in preparing this summary and believe it is accurate, it is not a substitute for reading the product packaging and label prior to use. Paxton & Whitfield is unable to accept liability for any incorrect information. If you require specific advice, please contact our mail order team on 01451 823460 or email sales@paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk.

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