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Autun

  • Made from unpasteurized cow's and goat's milk

  • Country of origin: France

  • Region: Burgundy

  • Type: fresh soft, artisan

  • Fat content: 40-45%

  • Texture: creamy

  • Rind: rindless

  • Colour: white

  • Flavour: acidic

  • Vegetarian: no

A Burgundian manufacture, Autun is a tall, cylindrical cone of soft, fresh cheese made from cow’s milk in the summer and a mixture of goat’s and cow's milk in the autumn. It is made on the farms of Charolais where the cheese is sprayed with Penicillium strains for the rind to produce a greyish-blue mould. Cheese made with goat’s milk is best eaten in spring and summer while the cow’s version is suitable for all other seasons.

Unpasteurised milk containing 40-45% fat is used to make the cheese. Given that the curds are uncooked and unpressed, it is a fresh cheese with a rich, round flavour and soft, white paste. The cheese takes three weeks to fully mature.

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