Citeaux Abbey

Citeaux Abbey, south-east of Dijon in the Cote d’Or department, was established in the 11th century. The monastery has had mixed fortunes, having been taken and pillaged several times during the 14th and 16th centuries; during the French Revolution it was nationalized and sold, before being reoccupied again by Cistercian monks since the end of the 19th century. The abbey today is mostly comprised of modern buildings, and has a relatively modest domain of 240 hectares.

Historically, the domain was much bigger, and the monks devoted themselves to raising animals, but also to cultivating vines and producing some excellent wines.

Today the abbey specialises in the production of the Citeaux cheese; a cow’s milk cheese aged for two months in cool damp conditions - and particularly good with red wine!


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