So now I got it, the grapes are not sour anymore, and neither is Djedi! This is what I wrote about it on my Guerlain-site:
Leather scents are strong, dry, dark and mineral scents, invented in the mid-1920s, and their characteristic smell of machine oil suited perfectly man's fascination with machines, factories and futurism at the time. As always, Jacques Guerlain wasn't late to grasp modernity's signs, and already in 1926 he had created Djedi, Guerlain's first and only real leather chypre. The name was not borrowed from its contemporaries, but from an ancient Egyptian magician who reputedly was able to bring back the dead to life. And the perfume is indeed as strange and mystic as a magician. It mixes rose, vetiver, musk, oakmoss, leathery notes and civet into a dark-green, solid and heroic perfume, and as such, it's considered to be the first, and most unusual, of Jacques Guerlain's dark '1930's style'-perfumes, despite it being closer to Shalimar in time. It's sensual, but it's a very different sensuality than Shalimar's deep, playful and generous orientalism. It's a restrained, austere, mystic sensuality. The closest sister to Djedi is perhaps Liu that is equally dry, not a mossy, leathery dryness, but one that comes from dusty rose and aldehyde. Djedi's next-nearest sister must be Vol de Nuit, created with the same dark-austere spiciness as Djedi, but laid on a sweeter, oriental background, not a dry leather one. Perfume experts Roja Dove and Luca Turin have described it as 'the driest perfume of all time' and 'a tremendous animalic vetiver', respectively. The bottle for Djedi is rectangular and severe, inspired by architectural functionalism, with a ground glass stopper covered with gilded metal, and placed in a dark-green leather box with a roof-shaped lid. The Djedi bottle is actually a modified version of the 'biscuit shaped' bottle from 1916.
Originally Posted by Riannon
Maybe it was just a joke what you said about 'the grapes are sour', but I really think you could have a point there.
When I only had a sample, I loved Djedi but told myself that maybe it was a bit too earthy, a bit too.........Well, I made excuses not to love it too much because I never expected that I once would have my own bottle. I did not want to fall in love with an impossible dream.
Having a bottle made a huge difference. I can love and appreciate it now without holding back. And when it sometimes does not smell as beautiful (point for the bodychemistry, I think), there will be another opportunity to try again.
The last year I have seen at least three bottles on eBay, so one day you will be lucky enough and grab that beauty
Fingers crossed for you!