But why do wheels of Beaufort have concave sides?

Simply, because after being moulded in linen, the cheese, which is made from milk from Traine or Abondance cows, is kept in a beech wood circle, which is where it gets its famous shape from. Your cheesemaker will stock Beaufort that has been made between November and May, when the cows eat a wheat-based diet, and “summer” Beaufort, which is dairy produce made between June and October, when the cows are out to pasture. There will also be “chalet d’alpage” Beaufort, which is made after each milking at 1,500 metres above sea level with milk from a single herd and using traditional techniques. Beaufort is a Savoie pressed cooked cheese made with raw milk. Its paste has an ivory, off-yellow colour. Beaufort often features in classic cheese cheeseboards. A wheel of Beaufort weighs around 40kg. This cheese goes blissfully with numerous white wines, consumed in moderation.

  • lait-vache
    Cow’s milk
  • AOP
  • thermometre
    Raw milk
  • fromages
    Pressed cooked cheese
Key figures
  • 354 Milk producers
  • 33 Farmhouse producers
  • 1 Maturing plants
  • 5 040 Tons marketed in 2020

Our tasting tips

La découpe du Beaufort


The ideal is to get a portion of the concave side, a real sign of recognition. If quarters are too heavy for the amount desired, they can be split in two by cutting across the width of the cheese.

Pains à déguster avec le Beaufort


Nut bread
Seeded baguette

Accords gourmands

Food pairings

Alcohol abuse is harmful to your health.
Drink in moderation.

Beaufort goes down beautifully with a number of beverages, such as Chignin Bergeron, Crémant de Savoie or a craft lager

Organoleptic characteristics


Shape: flat wheel, concave side, regular height (11 to 16cm. exempt from deformation.
Rind: rubbed (smear ripened) cheese, clean, solid and damp, with uniform yellowish brown colour. No folds, cracks, fissures or white or grey stains.
Paste appearance: ivory or off-yellow, with no openings; may be some thin splits or small holes (eyes).



Paste texture: soft and creamy



Aroma and flavour: clear, a little salty, no bitterness or tang. Distinctive aroma evoking hazelnut.