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Valençay

The interrupted pyramid

From the province of Berry in cen­tral France, ValenÒ«ay is a soft goat cheese with a very dis­tinct trun­cat­ed pyra­mid shape.

TAST­ING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR

This fresh cheese comes with a rus­tic blue grey col­or, its edi­ble rind formed by its nat­ur­al molds and dark­ened with a dust­ing of char­coal. Tak­ing its name from the town of ValenÒ«ay in the Loire Val­ley, it exudes a slight goaty aro­ma, and has a fresh, cit­rusy taste. The pĂątĂ© is smooth and creamy, and aged longer, it devel­ops a nut­ti­er, stronger taste, char­ac­ter­is­tic of goat cheeses.

PAIR­INGS AND PREPARATION

ValenÒ«ay is won­der­ful on its own or as part of a cheese plat­ter. Sprin­kle it warm on top of sal­ads, and pair with a crisp, dry white wine such as that of Sileni Estates The Straits Sauvi­gnon Blanc. It is also a bril­liant ingre­di­ent that takes a good quiche to the next level.

A NAPOLEON­IC TANTRUM

The ValenÒ«ay goat cheese has an incred­i­ble sto­ry attached to it. As it goes, the cheese used to take the form of a per­fect pyra­mid. That is, until Napoleon Bona­parte arrived from a dis­as­trous mil­i­tary cam­paign to Egypt. Upon arriv­ing at ValenÒ«ay for a din­ner and served the cheese, unpleas­ant mem­o­ries were trig­gered by the pyra­mid-shaped del­i­ca­cy. In anger, Napoleon sup­pos­ed­ly took his sword and sliced the top of the cheese. It has been made in this shape since.

Storage Instructions

Cheeses (except brined ones in jars) should be stored in the crisper or the but­ter draw­er of a refrig­er­a­tor, not on the shelves them­selves. This is to help reg­u­late their tem­per­a­ture and humid­i­ty lev­els — and pre­vents the for­ma­tion of mold. Once opened, they should not be kept in their orig­i­nal pack­ag­ing. Soft cheeses with del­i­cate rinds need to breathe, so they are best placed in glass con­tain­ers lined with paper tow­els to absorb extra mois­ture. Leave the lid open a tiny bit for air to cir­cu­late and don’t for­get to write up a label with the date you first opened the package. 

Air-flown cheeses are brought in as per demand. Fresh cheeses do not have a long shelf life as they con­tain less to no preser­v­a­tives at all. Kind­ly con­sult the best before date label indi­cat­ed on our vari­ants before order­ing.It is rec­om­mend­ed that they be con­sumed with­in 1 week upon arrival at your residence. 

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