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The truncated pyramid shape of the Loire Valley chèvre Valençay is mythologized as follows:  Napoleon visited the statesman Talleyrand at his estate, the Château de Valençay, and tried the local goat cheese, made in the shape of a four-sided pyramid.  Somebody, perhaps the emperor himself, using his ever-present sword – chopped off the top of the edifice in recognition of what a hard time his armies had fighting in Egypt. The cheese is still made in the same truncated-pyramid shape, and no doubt the genuine raw-milk AOC versions taste the same as the one Napoleon ate with Talleyrand. 

from Mastering Cheese, by Max McCalman and David Gibbons