I too have been trying, mostly in vain, to cull more information about this fragrance... There's little I can find in the various guides, unfortunately. I do not know and have yet to find an "official" list of notes, nor have I been able to pin down a date of release or precisely when its manufacture was discontinued from any reliable source.
It find it to be rather a light, easy cologne to wear. It smells simple in a way - really well blended.
I smell citrus at the top, lemon to be specific, with sandalwood, musk, civet at the base. There's a green twinge to it as well, that I want to say is perhaps a droplet of galbanum, but who knows? It's a little bit spicy green, and you know, just a twinge. It's a little bit herbally-floral in part, at any rate. And, you know, it seems rather tannic like leather or suede as an overall impression on me, especially during that first phase of wear. I also pick up on something terrifically incensey in the heart notes. But the cologne is so light I fear I'm just imagining it!
Sadly, I've yet to smell the Versailles Homme. How interesting to hear that about it.
What was the 40 Love aftershave like? Was it similar to the regular fragrance, or was it made to be complimentary rather than matchy-matchy?