The wine comes from sun-drenched vineyards planted on the best terroir - specially selected for its physical and geographical characteristics - on clay and limestone hillsides called "costières" (coastal region). The vineyards are only a few miles away from the Etang de Thau, a coastal lagoon that is situated between the port of Sète and Marseillan.
The color is a wonderful brilliant yellow with pearl tints. Intense and seductive aromas of ripe fruits, especially apricot, and floral notes with a hint of rose petals. The texture is very harmonious, generous, round and long. The finish is long and balanced with a good freshness.
Perfect as an aperitif, or great with richer dishes like langoustines, smoked or marinated salmon. Great too with guinea fowl in creamy or curry sauce. Serve it also with a broccoli and Roquefort soup or for dessert with a mango and pineapple tarte Tatin. An extremely versatile wine!
"This 100% Viognier comes from some of the region’s best vineyards, whose clay and limestone soils lend mineral and chalky notes. Night-picked fruit receives extended skin contact prior to partial cold fermentation in tanks (with a small percentage fermented in oak) and subsequent aging on the lees in large vats. No malolactic is done, which helps the wine retain its freshness as it presents the ripe tropical fruit, citrus, and apricot that define its profile along with a round, harmonious texture and floral notes such as rose petal. Pour it by the glass as an apéritif, or pair it with seafood dishes or a good blue cheese like Roquefort."
- The Somm Journal (April/May 2022)
"For nine bucks, the 2017 Le Jade Viognier is a steal. Citrus, melon, and honeysuckle notes all flow to a rounded, tropical, exotic white that has loads to love. It’s not going to make old bones but it’s unquestionably delicious and has plenty of character."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 88 pts
"Distinctly floral and appealing in its varietal character, the 2017 Viognier is a fine value. Medium-bodied and plump, it offers ample richness and varietal character but doesn't turn oily or cloying. Drink this unoaked bargain over the next year. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Interim end of September, September 2018), 87 pts
"This cooperative founded in 1932 has 321 members, and Fran Kysela has been working with them for many years. The quality of the wines is consistently solid and above average. Moreover, the prices are super-fair as well as consumer-friendly. They do a terrific job with white wines, which are generally better than their reds. The 2013 Viognier Le Jade is 100% Viognier displaying notes of white peaches and honeysuckle, good acidity, a fresh, medium-bodied mouthfeel, and no evidence of oak aging. Drink now. - Robert Parker"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (November 2014), 87 pts
"Far better is the 2012 Viognier (100% Viognier). It offers up notes of lychee nuts, peach marmalade and honeysuckle as well as a medium-bodied texture, an authentic Viognier flavor profile and a crisp finish. It, too, is best consumed over the next year. These four dry whites from Le Jade (one of the brands coming from the large Cave de Pomerols) are all noteworthy values (their reds are much less impressive)."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 87 pts
Founded in 1932, this Cave Coopérative is located in the top commune of Pomérols, between the garrigue of Pezenas and the sea dominated by the Mont St Clair in Sete. ...