Morbier cheese

Morbier (French pronunciation: [mɔʁbje] (listen)) is a semi-soft cows' milk cheese of France named after the small village of Morbier in Franche-Comté.[3] It is ivory colored, soft and slightly elastic, and is immediately recognizable by the distinctive thin black layer separating it horizontally in the middle.[3] It has a yellowish, sticky rind.[2]

Country of originFrance
Region, townFranche-Comté, Morbier[1]
Source of milkCows[1]
PasteurizedDepends on variety
Fat content45%
CertificationProtected Designation of Origin,[2] French AOC for both Morbier Jura and Morbier Doubs
Named afterMorbier
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The aroma of Morbier cheese is mild, with a rich and creamy flavour.[1] [4] It has a semblance to Raclette cheese in consistency.[5]

The Jura and Doubs versions both benefit from an appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC), though other non-AOC Morbier exist on the market.[6]


Traditionally, the cheese consists of a layer of evening milk curd and a layer of morning milk curd.[3] When making Comté, cheesemakers would end the day with leftover curd that was not enough for an entire cheese.[3] Thus, they would press the remaining evening curd into a mold, and spread ash over it to protect it overnight.[3] The following morning, the cheese would be topped with morning milk curd.[3] The layer of ash is left in place in between the layers of milk.[1]

Today, it is typically prepared in factories and larger dairy cooperatives from one batch of milk, with the traditional ash line replaced by edible commercial vegetable ash.[1][3][7]

See also


  1. Fletcher, J.; Pearson, V. (2011). Cheese & Wine: A Guide to Selecting, Pairing, and Enjoying. Chronicle Books LLC. p. 94. ISBN 978-1-4521-1149-0. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  2. Cheese For Dummies. Wiley. 2012. p. 68. ISBN 978-1-118-14552-4. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  3. Jenkins, S.W. (1996). Cheese Primer. Workman Publishing Company. p. 118-120. ISBN 978-0-89480-762-6. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  4. "Morbier -". Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  5. "Fromage a Raclette -". Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  6. "Judgment of 17 Dec 2020, C-490/19 (Syndicat interprofessionnel de défense du fromage Morbier), ECLI:EU:C:2020:1043 ". 17 December 2020. Retrieved 8 January 2022.
  7. Mademoiselle. Condé Nast Publications. 1982. p. 210. Retrieved 9 April 2021.

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