Livarot, a high-class cheese!

Made in the heart of the Pays d’Auge, Livarot is a soft cheese with a washed rind, sandy to touch and yellowish-orange in colour. This Normandy cheese has a strong smell and powerful taste that evokes smoked meat, with animal notes after prolonged ripening. It is nicknamed “The Colonel” because of the five grassy strips that surround it, which were originally intended to stop it from sagging during ageing. These strips are made with reedmace reaped in wetlands before being gathered in bundles and left to dry. The cheese is made from Normande cow’s milk and is ideally paired with red wine or an abbey beer (in moderation).

  • lait-vache
    Cow’s milk
  • AOP
  • thermometre
    Raw milk or thermised/pasteurised milk
  • fromages
    Soft cheese with washed rinds
Key figures
  • 85 Milk producers
  • 2 Farmhouse producers
  • 4 Production plants
  • 2 Maturing plants
  • 734 Tons marketed in 2020

Our tasting tips

La découpe du Livarot


Use a sharp knife to cut outwards from the middle of the cheese, taking care to keep the edge intact.

Pains à déguster avec le Livarot


Cumin bread, Rye bread, Sourdough bread, Buckwheat bread, Traditional baguette tradition.

Accords gourmands

Food pairings

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

Beer: amber or abbey, English Pale Ale, IPA, Kölsch
White wines: White Montlouis moelleux, White Sancerre, Tokay, Vouvray, Coteau-du-Layon, Bonnezeaux
Red wines: Pauillac, Pomerol, Pommard, Corbières, Montlouis
Spirits: Rosé Champagne, Calvados AOC, Rum, Pommeau de Normandie


Organoleptic characteristics


Cylindrical cheese with straw yellow-reddish washed rind, ripened and wrapped with three to five reedmace rings.



Slightly sticky rind, smooth paste. Has small holes (eyes). Uniform yellow colour in ripe part. Yielding, smooth, creamy and springy texture.



Powerful, lingering aromas. It features animal that evoke the barnyard or fruity and floral notes that bring to mind hay and meadows.



Livarot is distinguished by a clear flavour with straw and hay floral taste, with ripening lending animal and smoked tastes.