French Cheese: The Legendary Cheese Roquefort
Cheese Roquefort Made In Roquefort-sur-Soulzon: Where the Magic Happens!
The cheese Roquefort is made with whole milk from a particular ewe (brebis) breed — the Lacaune ewes. In order to get the recognizable red ewe stamp (label brebis rouge), the cheese Roquefort wheels must mature in caves located in the village of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon in the Aveyron region (South West of France). Those natural caves contains “fleurines” (little cracks inside the rock that allow air to flow inside the caves). The humid currents created by the “fleurines”, along with the penicillium roqueforti spores born from the cheese Roquefort making process creates the blue veins and small holes typically seen in a cheese Roquefort. As the speaker says in the video below, the cheese Roquefort is — a providential marriage between a happy random geological event and the irreplacable “savoir-faire” of mankind. The video is in French but it will give you nice views of the French village where the cheese Roquefort is made, the special Lacaune ewes, a French lady cheese-maker passionate about the making of her cheese Roquefort, and of course the magical caves in Roquefort-sur-Soulzon where everything happens.
It’s interesting to know that the caves have no air conditioning — the temperature is regulated by an all natural process. Visitors can tour those ancient caves — it is fascinating to see this underground village with multiple stories, each with its purpose. In fact, I still remember visiting them as a child and if you are ever in this region, it is a must see tour.
Cheese Roquefort French Commercial – “Roquefort Société, Taste the Pleasure of the Legend”