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Rocamadour lies on the Causse where a limestone ridge rises to just below soil level. The thin layer of soil that does exist is not conducive to the production of crops or large livestock, but it lends itself perfectly to goat breeding. The small, round, cabacou cheeses provided the perfect product to sell to hungry pilgrims and so another cheese made its way into French culture. In the late 16th century, the Black Plague, religious wars and wide spread famine contributed to a near total demise of the grand pilgrimage. Along the former pilgrim routes, many people who had plied their various trades to the steady flow of travellers passing through were forced to seek other markets. The string of ruined mills along the banks of the l’Alzou River, running past Rocamadour, offers testament to the changes that must have taken place during this period. It was a time of great upheaval in France but cabacou had established itself as part of the regional culture. In 1996 cabacou received AOC status. Fittingly, this came under the name Rocamdour which had proven to be such a magnet to those early pilgrims. Today it is not so much pilgrims that are attracted to the cobbled streets of the famous village, but tourists. The small, round, goats’ cheese continues to provide a solid business for many of the local farmers. Interestingly, pilgrimage has seen a massive revival in recent years and the number of pilgrims passing through Rocamdour has quadrupled since the 1980’s, no doubt adding further demand for this cheese that now bears its name. By Mike Alexander

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