Violet, definitely, but mostly leather. The initial opening has a sharp, exciting synthetic leather feel, with an effusion of violets and a background of wood, but eventually becomes a more natural marriage of violet and leather. The drydown keeps the fragrance mostly linear, but brings out a more mellow, but never too sweet, woodiness.
Overall this is an aggressive, but immensely wearable rubbery leather - not as sweet as, say, Bulgari Black, but not as harsh as some of the top notes found in the more synthetic of CdG's offerings. Very much at home in winter, but the violet helps make this a year-round scent for the more daring.