I have it, wear it and like it. It's more Italian than French with a a very nice rendition of basil up front. Here's my review :
I haven't had much experience with Revillon fragrances, but the accords in French Line intrigued me enough to purchase this 1984 Leather Chypre from xmen . Henry, in his usual fashion, was uber generous and sent me the gi-normous spray bottle. I think my friend knew I would like this masculine. He was on the mark once again.
The opening demonstrates a well blended scent. A wave of spicy citrus with background wood and coriander blanket the skin. At first sniff, I thought " cinnamon"!!!....but.....no.....I had to sniff a few more times for the scent to settle down and the combination of basil with jasmin, orris and thyme in the heart gave me that initial illusion. The basil oil and thyme are perfect in these accords. I am put off when these two are used in a heavy handed fashion, but in French Line, they are just prominent enough to blend with the wood and citric notes to create a balanced aroma.
The base is a spicy leather and propelled with castoreum and oilbanum. The listed amber really doesn't appear here for me and the addition of a subtle patchouli note doesn't help its cause any. The amber cannot find a way to raise its voice, but it really doesn't need to be heard over the others. This compilation is very masculine and sufficient just the way it is. Funny thing is that French Line smells more Italiano than well....French.....but.....it's all good. This is a very good scent that features citrus and wood bolstering basil/thyme that is layered over balsamy leather. Different.....and very nice.