i while I go i started a quest for the best rose I could find in the market. I sampled pretty much everything (except for C&S Dark Rose which was out of production at the time) and here is what I learned.
Paestum Rose. A herbal, smokey interpretation of rose. I think the Mediterranean herbs and the rose do not go well together.
Rose 31 is a wonderful sexy fragrance, though the rose is almost non-existent in there.
Voleur de Roses and Fresh Cannabis Rose. These had too much Patcoulli (and Cannabis)
Roses Petals Montale. This had, IMO, the best balance between rose, aoud, and masculinity from all the oud offerings.
C&S88 A true work of art. However, it was dificult for me to wear it.
Rose d'Homme by les parfumes de Rosine. A watered down 88 IMO.
Roses Musk. This is a crisp, sharp intepretetation of rose. for a while, it was my favorite rose based perfume.
Rose Poivree. A wonderful scent, but waay to kinky for me
Red Series: rose CdG. An easy going fruity rose, perfect for summer.
However, once i tried Domenico Caraceni, my hunger for rose was satisfied. True, the rose is not the main note in here, and when coupled with the geranium, it may have a rather passive attitude compared to other offerings. But DC is also more complex than the average rose fragrance, as the rose does not dominate, but it blends within the structure. I found 100% true what LS has written about it:
With their signature fragrance, Domenico Caraceni show us how the phrase 'impeccably tailored' can be applied to perfume. The composition, which makes us think of the classic chypres, is as discreetly elegant as it is full of character. Far it be from us to imply that Caraceni’s eponymous scent is all about tradition. The classically structured composition has a distinctly modern, even edgy feel, largely because of the presence of frankincense. The note, apparent from start to finish, combines beautifully with the citrus top notes, creating an effect that is husky-sweet, almost smoky. In the heart of the fragrance, it enriches geranium, rose and tobacco, adding an earthy, spicy undertone to the sultry mix. The piquancy is further emphasized by the cypress note, with its gloriously mentholated, almost pine-like aroma. The base notes of Domenico Caraceni are the mossy-ambery delight and will make chypre-lovers very happy indeed. Although originally meant for men, Domenico Caraceni would be as wonderful on a woman as – you guessed it! - an impeccably tailored suit.