Façon Blanc

2014 Façon Blanc


Façon [FAH-son] is French for the style or way of doing something. Our Façon Blanc and Façon Rouge wines speak to our unique style at Forgeron: inspired by Marie-Eve’s French training and heritage, and decades of experience showcasting Washington terroir.


Inspired by long, relaxing afternoons on the pétanque courts of Provence, the blend pedigree may be French, but this wine is a beautiful expression of Columbia Valley. Winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla loves to make and enjoy white wines and is attracted to these Southern France varieties which have great potential to stand up to the heat we get in Eastern WA. When harvested in time, we can really extract the flavors, fullness, and ripeness while still making an elegant and refreshing wine. 


We were very diligent to pick grapes earlier in 2014 as it was a very warm vintage. We separated the hard press wines from the light press to minimize phenol extraction which causes bitterness and heaviness.

$25 ($21.25)
  • Alcohol 13.5% % by volume
  • Aged 5 months
  • pH 3.46
  • TA 0.66
  • Barrel Program 100% neutral French oak
  • Bottled Date August 2015
  • Released Date April 2016
  • Production 486 cases

In the vineyard

The Roussanne is from Crawford & Lonesome Springs Vineyards (Yakima Valley); Grenache Blanc and Marsanne are from Boushey (Yakima Valley), and the Viognier is from Francisca’s (Walla Walla Valley).

Appellation Columbia Valley
Vineyard Boushey Vineyard, Crawford Vineyard, Francisca's Vineyard

In the cellar

Each varietal brings unique characteristics to the wine. The Roussanne brings nuances of white peach, pear, and honeydew, while the Grenache Blanc adds crispness with citrus and spice notes. The Marsanne increases the mouthfeel and adds lemon custard flavors. Adding the Viognier brings ripe apricot and honey flavors and extends the silky texture.


In the glass

Great aromatics and a crisp, balanced, flavorful body.


NOSE: kiwi, mint, honeysuckle, pear, starfruit, apple crisp


MOUTH: fresh, balanced, bright acidity, clean, lemon citrus, tart apple, lemongrass


FOOD & WINE PAIRING: seafood salad, halibut, scallops, spicy seafood



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