A detached and austere chyprey fougere of impeccable quality, De Viris is very natural, very dry and is devoid of any sweetness, coming across as a sort of a minimalistic (think Joy Division) Jules, Leonard Pour Homme or Ted Lapidus Pour Homme with the floral/spice component amputated. Not that it explicitly resembles any of them (the only scent I can think of that is somewhat similar to De Viris in certain aspects is the Baron), but it does have the same dry and pensive autumnal air about it, sans sweetness or other unnecessary trimmings. Extremely stark, this is a scent at the end of scents, something Samuel Beckett could have come up with if commissioned to create a fougere. In short, a great and unusual scent that is definitely worth a try (although I don't think it's worth its current prices on eBay).
The amazing opening is the epitome of classic freshness: orange, bergamot and an absolutely outstanding petit grain - sensational in its intensity and natural richness. The drydown continues the theme of classic perfection, with ylang ylang and clary sage combined with a mildly spicy white pepper note; but it is the patchouli that adds edge and herbal undertones; there is possibly a myrrh component present too. Cedar and a nice sandalwood commence the base notes, where a pleasant musk emanates later on, but still here freshness has been preserved, mainly due to the addition of a beautifully natural vetiver.
The performance is outstanding, with very good silage, as well as exceptional projection and a longevity that on my skin extends beyond twelve hours. Overall a very classic traditional scent with subtle twists, composed of top-quality ingredients and very well blended without losing structure. We can attribute the creation of a couple of all-time masterpieces to Jacques Bogart, and De Viris is one of them.
De Viris is an amazing and unique fragrance, a masterpiece!
Fragrance like that can not be created today, in the age of unisex faceless smells. I am so happy to have won probably one of the last bottles at an auction recently. Will cherish it and keep for special occasions only.
This scent is bitter and dark going on, and it is bitter and dark when it finally vanishes. If there is something light and sweet in the formulation, I cannot detect it. Not totally awful, but not good.