Notes: mandarin, lemon, pine needles, thyme, rosemary, black pepper, sandalwood, gorse.
From the Dior Collection Privee series.
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Granville may just be, IMO, one of the most sophisticated pines out there. A much more refined, complex and certainly longer-lasting Blenheim bouquet, with an underlying "salty" accord which adds allure to the scent. Granville was love at first sniff. All Coneheads need to explore this Dior offering.
I've been wearing and using up my sample this week. I like it. I certainly see the similarity to Blenheim Bouquet, and also to the humble Pino Silvester. This is a high-quality scent, very enjoyable and herbal.
I think it's magnificent. Citrus, a bright thyme, rosemary, pine, gorse (!) and sandalwood, and even pepper is listed, which usually might be cause for alarm but mercifully not so here. But it's the fine print on the bottom of the cannister that made me smile - Evernia Prunastri. Doubtless adhering politely to regulations but there, nonetheless. Maybe it's my imagination but I think I can 'feel' oakmoss in a composition and in Granville there is that sense of nature, the outdoors, breathing life into things, that I love. The sandalwood? I doubt if we'll ever know but perhaps it's the real thing, I would like to think so but, either way this is a perfect journey for me, from start to finish. I, too, find it's the breezy citrus and herbal aspect that really grabs me, I don't sense pine with a capital 'p' being a lead player, more of a backdrop, part of the landscape. Beautiful.
Update -- I've finally acquired a bottle. I love it. It has a marvelous lemon-pine opening, quite a bit like Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet. It is a refreshing, outdoorsy sort of scent. It develops into a scent which is more herbal (esp. thyme) and mossy than BB. It is very satisfying and wears very well with incredible longevity -- more than 12 hours on my skin. My one wish is that the pine lasted longer, but pine notes are notoriously short-lived in many cases.
--- earlier review below ---
This has a lovely Eau de Cologne opening: gorgeous citrus-herb clouds envelope you. Then, it develops into a very very high-class (even elegant) Pino Silvestre -- sturdy herbal notes with a hint of conifer. It suggests garrigue, scrubland, gorse, earth. I think the conifer notes could be even more prominent, but perhaps they are to be found in the invigorating, brisk aspects. There are hints of black pepper. A quietly assertive and satisfying scent. It is very dry. At times the scent suggests SMN Broom/Ginestre, at other times CdG Laurel, at other times a rosemary/mint combo.