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Brie de Melun

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Brie de Melun

Brie de Melun or Melun brie is a type of cheese from the region Île-de-France. Brie de Melun is made from raw cow milk, it is neither pressed nor cooked and is salted with dry salt. It has a white outer layer with streaks of red or brown marks. Melun brie is saltier and stronger in taste that Brie de Meaux and has a fruity taste.

The history of cheeses from this region remains largely unknown including that of Brie de Melun. However Brie de Melun is considered to have very ancient origins dating back prior to Roman invasion of Gaul. Sometimes Brie de Melun is referred to as the ancestor of all bries. Brie de Melun along with other cheeses from its family were always present at the royal table starting with Charlemagne up to Louis 14th. It is even said that the crow in La Fontaine's fable was holding a piece of brie in its beak.

Brie de Melun used to be produced at farms, nowadays small diaries have taken over production. Since 1980 Brie de Melun is an AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) and it has to be produced on the territory of Seine-et-Marne, and also in a part of the departments Yonne and Aube.

Brie de Melun and other bries are almost permanently present on the cheese platter in French restaurants and buffets. They are often accompanied by wine and farmhouse bread.

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References

Brie de Melun, fr.wikipedia.org

Brie de Melun, cheeseonline.fr

Le Brie de Melun, cniel.com

Le Brie de Melun, la-seine-et-marne.com