According to history, Valençay was originally a tall pyramid-shaped cheese. Since it was often sent to Napoleon, Talleyrand, Napolean Foreign Minister, had the cheese “decapitated” in order not to remind Napoleon defeat in Egypt.

recipes featuring Valençay

Origin France

Production & Aging ripened for at least 10 days and can be stored in the cellar for up to 5 weeks.

Appearance Pyramid form blanketet by a salted and ash rind

Taste & Texture Lightly piquant

Wine Pairing Suggestions Sauvignon Blanc

Similar Cheeses Pouligny-Saint-Pierre



  • 1 soft cheese
  • 1 semi-soft cheese
  • 1 hard cheese
  • 1 blue cheese


  • Allow the cheese to come to room temperature before serving. It should take around an hour. Slice and arrange your cheese clockwise from mild to strong. Garnish with fruit, nuts and sliced baguette. 

Serves: 4