Can't speak to how close to Normandie it is, but as for the scent I think it is quite nicely done and I am happy to have it in my collection. My guess is the negativity surrounding it is due to relatively high expectations folks had after Kerleo's many masterpieces like Patou pour Homme and Patou pour Homme Privé among others. If one is expecting something rising to the creative genius heights of those, disappointment is near guaranteed. That said when given a chance to stand on its own, Voyageur is a very nicely done aquatic scent over a fabulous oak moss base. It is no masterpiece, but it is certainly one of the few aquatics I truly enjoy wearing.