Hailing from the Savoie region in the French Alps, Beaufort is a distinctive French cheese made traditionally from cow's milk. Recognized for its smooth, creamy texture and unique flavour, Beaufort holds the prestigious AOC status and is named after the Beaufort Valley in Savoie.
Known for its rich and complex taste, Beaufort is often characterized as having nutty, fruity, and slightly sweet notes. The flavour can exhibit variations influenced by seasons and the cows' diet. Aged for a minimum of four months, Beaufort develops a firmer texture and semi-firm to hard texture with a natural rind. Beaufort melts in the mouth, making it a perfect choice for inclusion in traditional Alpine dishes.
There are three varieties of Beaufort:
- Beaufort d'été (or summer Beaufort): made in summer
- Beaufort d'alpage (or Beaufort AOP Chalet Alpage Meule): made in summer in chalets
- Beaufort d'hiver (or winter Beaufort): made in winter