This review is for the Classic Marte Battistoni Roma, now may be discontinued, on the Directory and hard to find.
The Classic Marte is a distinguished, fresh fougere and a valuable solution for formal events and business meetings. Luxurious and slightly baroque though in a virile/aromatic way. The top notes are citrusy and refined with an hint of basil, geranium and artemisia. The first blast is indeed aromatic, astringent and almost mentholated. The heart is floral in a really modulated way (jasmine and carnation) while the base is mastered by rosewood, astringent cedar, vetiver and an hint of tobacco. The rosewood is in opinion the characteristic element of the aroma, a musky/rosey wood flanked by aromatic elements, refined hesperides, hints of pepper, dry tobacco and probably ambergris. The dry down is really gorgeous with its sour, a bit smoky, nearly incensey but still aromatic/musky mark. This is a dry floral scent with a lot of woody texture and a green bitter aromatic soul. The longevity and sillage are great.
02nd February, 2011 (last edited: 08th January, 2014)
I was at the store, trying some frags when looking below I see that small bottle with that name...Marte, italian translation of the name Mars, the planet or the God of war.
Thinking nothing but the same stuff, the same boring scent came out from nowhere I sprayed it.
Oh my God! What a scent! Masculine right to the stars, elegant, well constructed and definitely it deserve a tryout.
It is comparable to the glorious scents made in the eighties, like Kouros, Azzaro, Trussardi, maybe a little bit of Creed Bois du Portugal.
In this fragrance I can see Caedar wood, sandal, Patchouli, leather, ruhm, but the note that remain is a beautiful Incense note.
A all year fragrance to me but better for winter months.
Really surprise me.