Photograph by Courtesy of Ludovic Combe / SIFAm).
Linked forever to Ambert and its cheese is a town called Montbrison in the département of Loire in the région of the Rhône-Alpes; as the crow flies Montbrison is just 30 kms away from Ambert, about 40 km by road. In Montbrison they make a very very similar cheese to the Fourme d’Ambert AOC; however there it is called the Fourme de Montbrison, AOC. When you taste both cheeses the Fourme d’Ambert and the Fourme de Montbrison, AOC please remember that I did say they are very very similar cheeses. It is a long story, too long for this blog, but one cheese ended up with two names and each owns the rights to its own AOC label.
What are the initials AOC and AOP on France's Foods and Wine labels? Why is the AOC becoming an AOP?