Façon Rouge

2014 Façon Rouge


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 our French roots and old-world philosophy, and decades of experience showcasing Washington terroir.


Façon Rouge pays tribute to the fragrant and dynamic fruit of Grenache-based wines of the Southern Rhône River Valley in France.


2014 Was dry and warmer than average resulting in the earliest harvest ever at Forgeron. This allowed for a wonderful, though compressed, harvest and resulted in an unusual sequence for ripening varietals. As the reds rapidly ripened, almost simultaneously, it took discipline to remain patient, but we held off harvest to ensure flavor development. We’re delighted with the result.


$35 ($29.75)
  • Alcohol 14.5 % by volume
  • Aged 17 months
  • pH 3.86
  • TA 0.56
  • Barrel Program 17% new French oak (for spice), 83% neutral
  • Bottled Date March 2016
  • Released Date May 2017
  • Production 508 cases

In the vineyard

The warm, dry conditions of the Columbia Valley, are well suited to Rhône varietals. Our result is a rich and full Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre blend.


Appellation Columbia Valley
Vineyard Boushey Vineyard, Heart of the Hill Vineyard

In the cellar

We co-fermented the Syrah (Boushey) with a little bit of Grenache (Boushey) as we like the added flavors (notably the spice) from combining the grapes at fermentation. We are very passionate about finding the vineyards where Syrah and Mourvèdre (Boushey, Heart of the Hill) grow best.

Varietal 58% SYRAH, 26% MOURVÈDRE, 16% GRENACHE

In the glass

A Southern Rhône-inspired Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre, full-bodied, well balanced, generous, and silky.


NOSE: white pepper, marionberry, fresh herbs, smoked meat


MOUTH: pastry, spice, bergamot, boysenberry, brown sugar


FOOD & WINE PAIRING: penne pasta with arrabiata sauce, cioppino fish stew



The 2014 Facon Rouge checks in as a blend of 58% Syrah, 26% Mourvedre, and 16% Grenache brought up in mostly neutral barrels. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by lots of ripe black cherry and darker berry fruits, damp earth, and underbrush aromatics. With a rich, full-bodied style, beautiful purity and fine tannin, it’s a terrific wine from Marie-Eve Gilla. It should keep for 7-8 years, if not longer.
Jeb Dunnuck
April 2018
Editor's Choice: This blend of 58% Syrah, 26% Mourvèdre and 16% Grenache hails from Boushey and Heart of the Hill vineyards. Subdued out of the gate, it offers raspberry, white pepper, herb, cherry pit and marionberry aromas as it opens. The flavors are graceful, pretty and balanced.
Sean Sullivan
Wine Enthusiast
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