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the skiier’s cheese

half Reblochon (cow's milk cheese)

The name of this much loved, unpasteurized washed-rind cow’s milk cheese, born in the Thônes valley of Savoie, comes from a dialect word meaning to pinch a cow’s udder twice—to hold back some of the milk to avoid paying taxes on it.

Farmhouse Reblochon, drying before ripening - Glières Plateau, Haute-Savoie, France.

Reblochon and the local butter were made from the second, secret, richer milking. The cheese is aged for six to eight weeks

It became very popular in the last half of the 20th century, when downhill skiing became a thing and everyone discovered the gooey joys of tartiflette. Made AOC in 1958.

AOPs and some others

Auvergne Rhône Alpes

Cheese and dairy

Text © Dana Facaros

Images by Coyau , Myrabella