Fourme d’Ambert French Cheese is one of the mildest of the blue cheeses. It’s paste is creamy and firm and it has the smell of a damp cellar. It has a natural grey dry rind with reddish spots. The cheese is made with unpasteurised cows milk.
Fourme d’Ambert is a semi-hard French blue cheese. One of France’s oldest cheeses, it dates from as far back as Roman times. It is made from raw cow’s milk from the Auvergne region of France, with a distinct, narrow cylindrical shape. The semi-hard cheese is inoculated with Penicillium roqueforti spores and aged for at least 28 days.
Almost identical to Fourme de Montbrison, the two were protected by the same AOC from 1972 until 2002 when each was recognized as its own cheese with slight differences in manufacture. A likeness of the cheese can be found sculpted above the entrance to a medieval chapel in La Chaulme, Puy-de-Dôme.
Although most often produced with pasteurized milk by industry and Coopératives, more recently artisanal production has begun using raw milk, and farm or fermier production has now restarted. Presently, four farmers produce annually up to 35 tonnes (38.58 tons) of fourme d’Ambert fermière AOP made with raw milk.