Route du Vétiver (1988)
    by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier




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    Route du Vétiver Fragrance notes

    Vetiver Root

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    Route du Vétiver is a men's fragrance by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier. The scent was launched in 1988

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    ClassicFan's avatar

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    Harsh, brutal vetiver with strong currants.

    23rd November, 2014

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    Genre: Woods

    The word "raw" crops up a lot in reviews of Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier scents, and with good reason. Route du Vétiver is a very raw, honest vetiver, but that's not to say that it's simplistic. The bold and rather bitter opening that pluran describes so well quickly modulates to a very rich, earthy green that calls to mind turning up moist sod in springtime. It's the scent of soil and vegetation, but good clean soil with plenty of life blooming in it. Hearty woods and a bit of powder round out the heart and launch the smooth, substantial drydown

    There's nothing sweet here, nothing prettified, but nothing animalic or dirty, either. Route du Vétiver is the sturdy smell of work done outdoors in brisk weather. A very fine scent, with good lasting power, medium projection, and many potential uses.

    26th June, 2014

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    So far, this fragrance is my second favorite vetiver. At first spray it smells like wet grass but the dry down is magnificent. On me the vetiver comes out after one hour and I love it. It smells sweet, bitter, clean and fresh at the same time.
    Beautiful!

    15th March, 2014

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    A fascinating and beautiful fragrance, Route du Vétiver is a prime example of Jean Laporte and Maître Parfumeur et Gantier at their best and most creative: an opulent baroque composition, masterful execution, and astonishing conceptual clarity. Not a very complex theme: a moist, almost moldy, and very distinctive vetiver note intermingling with the juicy bitterness of ripe blackcurrant and jasmine over a slightly creamy wood base. The effect is dazzling and highly evocative: impressions of damp leaves and soiled roots, like a walk along muddy roads through misty fields and dusty-green forests. Exquisite.

    08th February, 2014

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    Putting this on is like undergoing a Daphne-like metamorphosis from carnal to vegetal. The vetiver itself is a shapeshifter opening with an intensely green celeriac note and transitioning through kaleidoscopic stages evocative of hemp, burning plastic, humid earth, and iodine. Oddly, for a scent with such a fierce reputation, it stays relatively close to the skin, giving off subtle wafts of what to me smells vaguely like raw burlap.

    Anyone familiar with Encre Noire will find RdV to be both more intense and considerably drier. I do not notice any notes other than vetiver in RdV. No blackberries or jasmine, but it could very well be that they've been masterfully blended in with the intention of extending facets of the vetiver scent without calling attention to themselves. I think this has the potential to be both a bohemian scent and an austerely formal one.

    04th April, 2013

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    I’ve been nervous to review Route du Vetiver. It’s one of my most treasured scents though not one I’d bring out every day. Oh_Hedgehog’s review (below) hits the spot perfectly: “smells like damp soil, musky blackcurrants, rotting leaves and projects a malignant disdain for company”. I particularly like that last phrase, and I love RdV for all the reasons he hates it.

    Route du Vetiver is a heady, powerful and dark concoction which plays up the woody, damp, moist and green aspects of vetiver. Its uncompromisingly astringent, woody opening is paired with an inspired blackcurrant note which does nothing to sweeten the mix, rather adding a certain moist, plummy roundness and the slightly poisonous, vegetal note I usually associate with nightshade. It blends beautifully with the more stern, woody elements. A floral hint makes itself felt later, but ads to the general wooziness rather than lifting the mood.

    Given this complexity, it’s a remarkably linear scent, retaining all these facets for pretty much the entire length of the dry-down – and it lasts. It can feel overpowering to the wearer and I would only use it in cold weather, but, worn sparingly, it doesn’t seem to project to levels that would offend the neighbours.

    Some comparison is useful with the other oft-cited vetiver “heavy-hitter”. Where Villoresi vetiver is dry, rounded and warm, Route du Vetiver is damp and claggy. It’s the sunbaked earth of Italy versus the damp, dark clay of the deciduous northern forest in winter.

    This is a winter scent par excellence and speaks of life lying dormant underground. It perfectly complements the sharp, damp tang of snow in the air. Or, it has all the disturbing vegetal power of the thaw, of awakening roots and first buds poking their way back into the world. When TS Elliot wrote the first few lines of the Waste Land, I like to imagine he was wearing Route du Vetiver.

    16th February, 2013

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