Under the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union, certain well-established cheeses, including many French cheeses, are covered by a Protected Designation of Origin and other, less stringent designations of geographical origin for traditional specialities (for further details see the French Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system, the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) system used in Italy, and the Denominación de origen system used in Spain).
A complete list of agricultural products with an EU Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), or Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG), listed alphabetically by nation, is at the Europa Agriculture site.
Protected Designation of Origin French cheeses
Bleu d'Auvergne (AOC, Auvergne)
Bleu des Causses
Bleu du Haut-Jura, de Gex, de Septmoncel
Bleu du Vercors
Brie de Meaux
Brie de Melun
Cantal or Fourme de Cantal or Cantalet (AOC, Auvergne)
Camembert de Normandie
Chabichou du Poitou
Chaource is a soft-ripened cow’s milk cheese that has been produced in France since medieval times.Chaource takes its name from a village of the same name in France’s Champagne region, and is AOC-protected, which guarantees both that the milk comes from the designated region and that the cheese is made according to strict, specific production guidelines
Emmental français est-central
Époisses de Bourgogne
Fourme d'Ambert or Fourme de Montbrison (AOC, Auvergne)
Maroilles or Marolles
Mont d'or or Vacherin du Haut-Doubs
Munster or Munster-Géromé
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Picodon de l'Ardèche or Picodon de la Drôme
Reblochon or Reblochon de Savoie
Saint-Nectaire (AOC, Auvergne)
Sainte-Maure de Touraine
Saint Agur Blue
Salers (AOC, Auvergne)
Tomme de Savoie
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Tomme des Pyrénées