This miniature shows a traditional sheepfold in the background with a ''lavogne'' in the foreground. A lavogne is a doline that has been paved to get a semi natural watering place for the sheep. On the left, the shepherd's shelter can be seen.The second and the third photo were not taken in the Roquefort area but some 1,000 km away, in Istria. I do...more
When there is plenty of milk, at Papillon's (others do the same) they make other kind of ewe cheeses, under another brand to avoid any confusion.At one time (20 years ago or so) there was not enough milk and ewe milk from the Pyrénées and from Corsica was used for Roquefort making, which is not allowed anymore as there is enough milk. Only the...more
These white cheese that already contains the Penicillium lay on their side. The master cheese maker checks them everyday for month, and when necessary drills a sample to check the inside. When he considers that the cheese is done, women, the ''cabanières'' wrap each one in a tin foil so that the Penicillium will not have any air anymore and will...more
Different stages of the process are shown in the show room of Gabriel Coulet. More explanation will be given in Papillon cave.The different stages are :1) cheese draining in a mould2) drained cheese3) on the left, drained cheeses gathered to be sent to Roquefort for maturing4) on the left, center of the picture, matured cheese ready to wrap in tin...more
At the turn of the 19th century, several small companies associated themselves and created the ''Société Anonyme des Caves Associées de Roquefort'', which name remains on this building. The name was too long and it became ''Roquefort 'Société, the main company in Roquefort.But Roquefort cheese was well known much earlier. The Romans bought it (not...more
Roquefort Société headquarters are at the upper extremity of the city. It is a long and steep way walking up there, but it is worth it ! There is a small parking lot close to their building but it is easily full up. If you want to avoid the long walk, you might try to park there, but do not forget that you have only a little chance to get a free...more
The city is hilly, clung to the feet of the cliff. As space is limited, the streets are narrow and often, there is not enough space to have a pedestrian sidewalk. Be cautious, trucks of the “Roquefort Société” caves are busy and drive fast ! BTW, there is only one street !more
Generally they Roquefort are not sold as 2.5 kg pieces. They can be cut by the middle of the height (10 cm high) giving 1.250 kg ''half cheese'' or cut a second time following a diameter, giving 625 g ''quarter cheese''. Then the tin foils (which are reused for next cheese) are replaced by an aluminum foil with the name of the company, ready for...more
The Papillon company processes it's Roquefort the traditionnal way. The day fresh ewe milk is made curdled. After a few hours, it is drained. After draining, it is spread with some of the powder shawn in the flask on the right of the picture.This powder is prepared in the following way. A few bowls of rye bread are prepared and cooked at very high...more
This is THE Restaurant in Roquefort. ! Amazingly, while the visitors to Roquefort are many, there is only one restaurant in the city. It is not very large and at dining time, it is quickly packed. The menu is OK but does not seem outstanding. Then, another possibility is to by in a local "épicerie" a lump of bread, a few fruits, to seat on a bench and to taste the Roquefort cheese that you have bought at the end of the visit. That was what we did and were very happy with it !
Favorite Dish: Roquefort cheese !
As space is very limited in the town, space for parking is also very limited. There is few parking inside the city. The Roquefort Société has a private one for visitors but it is not very large. Do not rely on it ! A large parking lot has been recently built at the entrance of the city. You have better to park there and walk.
The temperature in the caves stays all year long between 6 and 8°C and humidity between 95 and 99%. As the visit of the Roquefort Society caves lasts 90 minutes, you should be prepared and clothe appropriately, as if it were winter !