Yes , this is the real Brie de Meaux! the cheese that is !!!!!

Moving right along updating these old posts of mine, i come to what my readers should know is a very sentimental town and all of it for me. This is Meaux in dept 77 Seine et Marne of the Ïle de France region of my belle France. I like to tell you a bit on the wonderful Brie de Meaux cheese!!!

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And at last, this is the real Brie de Meaux, the king of cheeses, the cheese of kings , Vienna Congress 1815. Indeed, and there are lots of imitations and even those claiming to be using the same method but in far away lands ,even in France.

However, the real unique Brie de Meaux comes from the brie region of the department 77 Seine-et-Marne, and the town of Meaux (from which my wife comes from) is the epicenter of it. Sadly, today , many farmers are gone, industrialization has and does kill traditions. It remains only folks like us, me to preserve them and sponsored them so they keep delighting us with the real thing.

After much fighting , there is a group Brie de Meaux et de Melun, that protects the cheeses creating an AOP or Appellation d’Origine Protégée. Webpage: https://www.briedemeauxetdemelun.fr/

For the Brie de Meaux ,there is the Confrérie des Compagnons du Brie de Meaux  or grouping of lovers of the cheese that is to protect and defend the tradition; the official site is here in English: https://www.confreriedubriedemeaux.fr/en/

La Maison du Brie de Meaux is a boutique that is right in the Episcopal palace next to the Museum Bossuet that also acts as the tourist office. You can buy it direct too.  5 place Charles-de-Gaulle, Meaux. City of Meaux  Webpage: https://www.ville-meaux.fr/fr/tourisme/balade-a-meaux/la-maison-du-brie-de-meaux.html

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The brie de Meaux is done on a covering crusted in hormones of the cow’s milk ,soft and fondant, it has a flowery smell and it is delicious alone or with bread or an apple or even with honey. It takes about 25 liters of milk for 3,5 kg of cheese in a round form. It was first given credit to be created in the Abbey of Notre Dame de Jouarre about 17 km from Meaux on the N3 road.

Today due to shrinkage of the old traditions, the cheese makers are for 70% of the production located in the areas of Cousances-lés-Triconville, Raival, and Biencourt-sur-Orge within the allow territory of the AOP.  Covering several departments such as Seine-et-Marne (77), Loiret(45), Meuse(55) , Aube(10), Marne(51)  , Haute-Marne(52), and Yonne(89). And I have seen even in Savoie!(73).

However, the best is still around the town of Meaux and Jouarre. Here at the latest is the oldest family run cheesemaker or fromagerie place that of fromagerie Ganot since 1895. webpage: https://www.fromagerie-ganot.fr/

The one in Meaux has been doing for years from generation to generation and the one our family buys from. This is the Fromagerie de Meaux Saint Faron. Here it is produce as well as the smaller cousin of Melun. You can have tours and tastings as well.  The guided tours can be done in English or French. Groups are done with reservations,and individual visits can be done Wednesdays,Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9h -12h30 and 14h30 -17h. The place is outside the city in an industrial park just before reaching the museum of WWI and the American Monument on the N405 road. From the train station in Meaux coming from Paris gare de l’Est you can take bus P to it or take the navette bus from the train station to the museum WWI and walk down to the cheese maker. By car of course , we come always as it is on the way to my In-Laws house!

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They have no webpage but are feature in the tourist office of the country of Meaux here: https://www.tourisme-paysdemeaux.com/1685-fromagerie-de-meaux-saint-faron

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Awarded in 2017, with the prestigious Prize of Excellence at the Concours Général Agricole de Paris, this cheese factory preserves the ancestral techniques of making brie. Contacts  Tel +33 (0) 1 64 36 69 44 or email accueil@fromagerie-saintfaron.fr

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Of course, you can ,also taste the new beer of Meaux, we tried already the Christmas beer and is pretty good with a cinnamon taste to it very sweet.  You can buy it at the cheesemaker St Faron boutique or the maison de Brie tourist office . This is the Brasserie de Meaux webpage in their Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/brasseriedemeaux

And , do not forget the mustard or moutard de Meaux Pommery world famous use by all the grand chefs of France and the world. It was known since antiquity, only offered to the religious orders at the time around 1632; it was in 1760 that the secrets was passed on to a Mr Pommery. It was served on the Royal tables and located at behind the Cathedral later moved to rue faubourg St Nicolas until 1927, however in 1925 the last of the Pommery sold the secret, name, business and all; even if the new owners since has used the same recipe.  We use it at home and buy at Meaux the original, the mustard a l’ancienne or old ways that is use in cooking and also to eat along great steaks !! You can buy at the maison du brie or the fromagerie St faron or at the city center cheese store in 4 rue du Général Leclerc ,the Fromagerie de Meaux. The official maker distributor is the Assaisonnements Briards webpage: https://www.moutarde-de-meaux.com/

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For additional info, the abbey of Notre Dame de Jouarre is wonderful and should go there for the visit. I have written before in my blog.

Hope you enjoy it and the city of Meaux.  Things already written in my blog includes the vieux Châpitre linking to the Cathedral, the museum of Bossuet , gardens of Bossuet, where I walked first in the city, the ramparts , the pizzeria Roma my hangout when entering France in 2003 permanently, and of course, visiting the In-Laws now only the step-father there as mom passed away too last year in the village of Chambry.

In all, always memorable moments that stayed with you no matter what, time does not diminished the sadness of not having my dear late wife Martine who introduce me to her Brie de Meaux, I keep buying it. Hope you enjoy the post and do visit this city and do try the Brie of Meaux cheese and al. Thanks for reading me over these years.  See my other post on Meaux, several here.  Enjoy Meaux , the Meldois of the east of Parisi !! and of course the Brie!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

2 Comments to “Yes , this is the real Brie de Meaux! the cheese that is !!!!!”

  1. Maître Corbeau, sur un arbre perché,
    Tenait en son bec un fromage.
    Maître Renard, par l’odeur alléché,
    Lui tint à peu près ce langage :
    Et bonjour, Monsieur du Corbeau.
    Que vous êtes joli ! que vous me semblez beau !
    Sans mentir, si votre ramage
    Se rapporte à votre plumage,
    Vous êtes le Phénix des hôtes de ces bois.
    À ces mots, le Corbeau ne se sent pas de joie ;
    Et pour montrer sa belle voix,
    Il ouvre un large bec, laisse tomber sa proie.
    Le Renard s’en saisit, et dit : Mon bon Monsieur,
    Apprenez que tout flatteur
    Vit aux dépens de celui qui l’écoute.
    Cette leçon vaut bien un fromage, sans doute.
    Le Corbeau honteux et confus
    Jura, mais un peu tard, qu’on ne l’y prendrait plus.

    Liked by 1 person

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