Valençay cheese is one of the classic French cheeses made in the province of Berry and Tourraine in France. It is named after the town of Valençay in the Indre department, France. Valençay is an unpasteurised goats-milk cheese. Its rind has a rustic blue-grey colour which is made of natural moulds. The rind is darkened by dusting charcoal powder. It is usually available between March and December. The cheese achieved AOC status in 1998, making Valençay the first region to achieve AOC status.
Valençay cheese used to have a perfect pyramid shape with a pointed top. But when Napoleon returned to the castle of Valencay after his unsuccessful expedition in Egypt, he saw the cheese, in a fit of rage, drew his sword and cut off the top of the cheese. Since then, the cheese has always been made with a flattened top.