Highly refined, urbane and almost pretty; the 16th arrondissement in a bottle. The EDP is the way to go, for sure. This juice is made infrequently, and in small batches, meaning you won't smell it everywhere, and you might have to wait - it's totally worth it. A fragrance for the Gulfstream set that's available to everyone. Wonderful.
One of the more aptly titled fragrances, as it is indeed a heritage to the house of Guerlain. Heritage is essentially the quintessential "Guerlainade" accord. No more, no less. It's enjoyable in its own right, a bit too tame perhaps, and not as compelling as other classic Guerlains, but it's charming and incredibly easy to wear.
*This is a review of vintage (original formula) Heritage EdT.
Heritage EdT (vintage) opens with a gorgeous bergamot and lavender starring tandem with hints of underlying sandalwood appearing early. As the composition moves to its early heart the bergamot remains sans lavender, now in support of the creamy moderately sweet sandalwood that takes the fore, additionally supported by faint traces of natural smelling lemon and somewhat clay-like coriander spice. During the late dry-down the sandalwood recedes, as a prominent patchouli driven base is revealed, supported by powdery oakmoss and slightly sweet amber through the finish. Projection is average to above average and longevity very good at 10-11 hours on skin.
When first applied on skin, vintage Heritage EdT immediately impresses with its amazing smelling bergamot open with the sandalwood adding just the right level of sweetness and depth. During the mid-section as the relatively sweet sandalwood gains in intensity it can get just a touch cloying at times but never to the degree that one wouldn't want to continue on. Indeed, it pays to continue as the patchouli driven base is brilliantly implemented and even better smelling. While this reviewer is only a modest sandalwood fan, Heritage has enough going on outside the sandalwood to solidify its success regardless (sandalwood included). The bottom line is the approximately $2 per ml on the aftermarket vintage Heritage EdT is a successful sandalwood composition with a twist, earning it an "excellent" rating of 4 stars out of 5 and a solid recommendation to all.
It's a good woody lavender but somewhat boring.
Rich, refined, velvet like fragrance!
Heritage must have been a muse for V&R Antidote which is a bit more spicy and harsher.
Heritage is a very complex fragrance with notes being so well blended together that one can't exclude any particular note in it. Citruses, wood, flowers, musk - it's all there and yet you can't say are they. It's that good. Fragrance for the aristocracy I dare say as it is so formal, dignifying and regal smelling.
Heritage isn't easily obtainable these days it'd seem, but weirdly enough, liking it as I do, I'm not surprised that it's production might be limited or even discontinued. If I'd own it, I can't imagine for what occasion I'd wear it and how would people perceive this fragrance on me. I just don't see it on me, a part of me, my style etc., however to call it an ingenious classic for formal wear, I'll grant it that much and put it on top 10 of that type of a fragrance any time.
(worn first time 02.06.2014.)