The essential step between dinner and dessert, some food lovers even center their whole meal around cheese. As for what drinks to serve in accompaniment, everyone knows that wine and cheese make a great pairing. A good thing because, just as the New Aquitaine region is the land of vineyards, it also is a land of cheese! Discover our selection of Bordeaux cheese mongers and let yourself be tempted by cheeses from Bordeaux and the southwest.
From the outside, you could almost confuse the shop with an interior design store. Inside: soft lighting, modern windows and relaxing music. “The playlist is from Radio Meuh, a radio station from Haute-Savoie, the land of cheeses!” smiles Vincent, employee of this fromagerie that opened nine years ago under Elodie Deruelle. “She works directly with the cheesemakers. Her criteria? The quality of the products and the way they are matured,” he explains.
A local specialty? Escadut, a soft cheese from an organic farm. Its crust is washed in jurancon wine as it matures, giving it a walnut, hazelnut flavor and very soft texture, something like a St Nectaire.
- 66 Rue du Pas-Saint-Georges, 33000 Bordeaux
It’s been six years since Vanessa opened her cheese-centered boutique, a product that she holds dear, “A good French person considers cheese as central to the meal as the roast beef, or a good dessert!” In her local shop, she doesn’t hesitate to give recommendations to clients and even ideas for wine pairings.
A local specialty? Organic products straight from a Lot-et-Garonne farm, whether it be yogurts, rice pudding, or organic, unpasteurized milk.
- 314 Rue Pelleport, 33800 Bordeaux
In real life, Madame (and Monsieur) Fromage are called Sylvette and Louis Salbreux. The young couple chose to turn their shared passion for cheese into a career. A passion that they enjoy sharing with others that is. “We let clients taste a bit of cheese and listen to their opinion, we can then give recommendations based on their taste,” add the shop’s owners who pride themselves on offering cheese at an affordable price.
A local specialty? Mozzarella from the Burdigala dairy located in the Capucins district. Eat it plain, with a bit of olive oil! It’s made with organic cows’ milk which is collected in Charentes and treated here in Bordeaux.
- 3 Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux
In 1980, Pascal Beillevaire sold cream at the Machecoul (44) markets. Little by little, he developed his trade, notably with his first cheese, the “machecoulais”, made with milk from environmental farms according to employee Léa who works at the boutique near Grands-Hommes in Bordeaux. A real success story, Pascal Beillevaire now sells his cheese in Bordeaux, Paris, and even London!
A local specialty? Ossau-Iraty, the most well known of the sheep’s cheeses, which has a delicate, fruity flavour. Enjoy it with a cherry jam from Basque country.
- 8 bis Rue Michel Montaigne, 33000 Bordeaux
- et 5 Cours Portal, 33000 Bordeaux
Jocelyne Guillaume Fromagerie –Capucins market
Set up in the Capucins market for fifteen years, this cheesemongers/creamery offers more than 200 items: fresh milk, cheese loaves, fromage blanc, wheels, cakes, goat cheese biscuits from Basque country, and honey from Ixtassou. The choices are endless, the welcome warm, and the prices reasonable!
A local specialty? Arrius is a cheese made from unpasteurized cows’ milk. We met it’s maker, located in Ogeu-Les-Bains in the Atlantic Pyrenees. Arrius is a very popular cheese with their clients and goes well with fig jam!
- Place des Capucins, 33800 Bordeaux