L'Artisan Parfumeur will be introducing this fall the second perfume belonging to its collection of luxurious vintage (millésime) fragrances. This time it is an homage paid to narcissus. The scent is called Fleur de Narcisse. Just like a "grand cru" or exceptional wine, these rare vintage perfumes are based on a single harvest of flowers of exceptional quality, in this case narcissus poeticus from Languedoc-Roussillon...
After Fleur D'Oranger which was based on orange blossoms harvested one year in Nabeul in Tunisia, Fleur de Narcisse will be composed of narcissuses harvested in the volcanic region of Lozère in France. 95% of the harvest comes from the Aubrac region and its surroundings (Nasbinals). The remaining part of the harvest comes from the Pyrénées, near Font-Romeu, and also from the Ain region. Fanny Grégoire who reported on the L'Artisan 2006 narcissus harvest noted that soon after the narcissuses were harvested they, to her surprise, turned out not to smell floral at all but instead diffused a very pleasant honeyed blonde tobacco smell.
The upcoming fragrance is described as opening on an herbaceous note entertwined with the aromas of the region and those of wild flowers and accented with a budding blackcurrant cutting through fresh hay. Its sensual appeal is ambiguous, almost as much masculine as feminine. The perfume evokes a mix of mimosa and iris ultimately losing itself in the honeyed softness of blonde tobacco and the enchanting notes of oakmoss and leather.
A flacon of 100 ml will retail for $295 or 220 Euros. It is a limited edition comprising 3000 copies.
The soon-to-be-released fragrance is already being advertised on the perfume site Aus Liebe zum Duft and will be available for purchase from their website in September.
Photo is from Aus Liebe zum Duft and is reproduced with the kind permission of George Wuchsa.Sources: Press release via Amabilia Forum; Gazeta.ru; Cosmétique Magazine, July 1 2006 (I can't link up to it through the blog because you need to access it with a password. It is an article that describes in detail the 2006 L'Artisan narcissus harvest.). A big thank you to Mr. Mimi Froufrou for finding this article!