I ordered the one from fragrancenet, but they sent me a brand new batch in the new box. I was a little irked, but decided to just unbox it and try it on anyway.
This is SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD. It was love at first sniff. This is probably my favorite men's Guerlain scent, beating out even Habit Rouge. I read that Heritage was a tribute to all the great Guerlain scents of the past - a "Greatest hits" collection that plays all the tracks at once. However, there is no dissonance here. This is so well blended, creamy, bright, classy, clean, dirty, and beautiful. It is also unashamedly masculine. The "real man" sort of masculine.
Note-wise, this stuff is as complex as they come!
TOP: Aldehydes, Juniper, Lemon, Bergamot, Lavendar, Violet, Clary-Sage, Petitgrain, and Green Notes.
MIDDLE: Cyclamen, Orris Root, Carnation, Lily-of-the-valley, Rose, Jasmine, Geranium, Coriander, Pink Peppercorn, Patchouli, and Balsam Fir.
BASE: Sandalwood, Amber, Tonka Bean, Treemoss, Cedar, Musk, and Vanilla.
The opening is citrusy, only vaguely, but functions as an opening paragraph to describe the history of Guerlain. Yes, there is Guerlinade. Yes, there is bergamot. Yes, there is iris. And yes, there is Violet. There is a beautiful greenness to the opening, as one could expect from the listed notes, but it stays warm and creamy. The lavendar hints at freshly laundered clothes, but just very slightly, lending a "clean" characteristic to the blend.
After that, I just sort of lose my grasp on the scent. It isn't that it is so busy; it's that it's blended so well that the scents all create this solitary wonderful scent that is rich, beautiful, and yet somehow melancholy. If I try, I can pick out certain notes that I'm looking for, but I could probably pick out something that isn't there if I tried hard enough!
All in all, Heritage is the richest "male" Guerlain scent I've experienced. It is breathtaking.
And right now I can smell Mitsouko wafting in from my bedroom as my girlfriend is getting dressed. Magical.