Best French Cheeses for the Summer

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In the summer months, a selection of French cheeses can work really well if you want to make a successful picnic, garden party, or after-dinner cheese board. Their silky fragrance and strong flavor screams “luxury” and complements the warm weather and high spirits of your guests. Here are some of the best French cheeses to have on your cheese board.


Crafted from Ewe’s milk in the beautiful mountains of southern France, the bold taste of Roquefort is right at home in warm weather. This blue cheese is wonderful in sandwiches, on crackers, or on some bread dipped in olive oil.


The milky smooth flavor of Camembert is delicious on a baguette and works particularly well with caramelized onion. Perfect for a summer spread, this cheese will melt in the sun and add a touch of gooey delight.


Another famous soft cheese, brie also melts well and provides a smooth flavor. However, it’s probably best served slightly chilled and in a sandwich or salad, accompanied by tomatoes, red onion, olives, and balsamic vinegar.


France’s answer to the Netherland’s Edam cheese, Mimolette is wonderfully versatile and offers a pleasant contrast with the other cheeses on this list. It’s much milder in taste, and goes with almost anything!