Valençay is remarkable for its truncated pyramidal shape and ashen rind. History has it that Valençay cheese was originally shaped like a tall pyramid. But Talleyrand, who lived in Valençay castle, lopped its head off lest Napoleon be reminded of his defeat in Egypt when people gave him some of the cheese. Valençay is made with whole raw milk. When it is removed from the mould, it salted and coated with charcoal. It can be eaten from the 11th day of ripening.