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Enclave (2020)
by Amouage

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Enclave information

Year of Launch2020
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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HouseAmouage
PerfumerJulien Rasquinet

About Enclave

Part of the Renaissance Collection and inspired by the fjords of Musandam.  Perfumer Julein Rasquinet says:

When I created Enclave, my idea was to capture the very special light of the sun setting on the fjords of Musandam. This moment, completely out of time, conveys opposite feelings that have extrapolated with contrasting ingredients.

I chose to express the deep freshness of the fjords with Spearmint and Cardamom Oils, which refresh the cliffs on which the sun has beaten down all day long. I imagined the feeling of that incredible heat with noted of AmberXtreme, Labdanum Resionoid and Cinnamon Oil, enriched with Rose Absolute and Saffiano, while earthy notes of Vetiver and Patchouli evoke hot lands and stones.

Enclave fragrance notes

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There is one review of Enclave.
Welcome to the Amouage mass-appeal fragrance, the Amouage scent Parfums de Marly fans have been waiting a lifetime for, and the scent that old-schoolers clutching their bottles of Amouage Gold Man (1983) and waiting for the perfume end times have been fearing for years. Is it really as dire as I make it sound? Well, no. There is no shortage of legacy catalog that Amouage is usually good about keeping around, and some of those sell really stupidly well, so Amouage Enclave (2020) doesn't much threaten to disrupt the status quo, but gives guys usually more into brands like the aforementioned PdM or Maison Francis Kurkdjian something to bite on. Enclave is part of the "Renaissance Collection", which features inspiration from locales and scenes around Oman. The perfumer here is Julien Rasquinet, and he does a good job of merging a bit of "that ol' Amouage" with the mass-appeal foundation here. Categorically, this is a chypre because of the labdanum and leather base, but there is a lot of other stuff going on that steers it more towards something like Montblanc Explorer (2019) or Salvatore Ferragamo Uomo Urban Feel (2019). Also, the entire collection is issued without gender, but the gendered bottles usually imply who's gonna want to wear these, and are mostly on point.

The opening of Amouage Enclave is a minty cardamom and pink pepper bomb. Amouage decided to join Western designer perfumes with the abuse of pink pepper and to a lesser extent cardamom with this collection, and Enclave is no exception. The mint is the real make-or-break factor here, and does sort of come across a bit toothpasty like Dirty by Lush (2002), but I sorta dig that myself. Cinnamon is another major player, but not heaped on like it is in Amouage Crimson Rocks (2020), which is also from the collection, and not smelling of candy. The heart mixes a jammy rose and denatured "Western" patchouli, the thick non-green stuff slathered into most mass-appeal orientals and "fruitchoulis" conjured up by the likes of Armani and Gucci anymore, but it works. Some parts of me feel like this may have been a workprint for a men's Crimson Rocks at some point, because the rose/cinnamon/pink pepper combo is very similar, but Enclave goes its own way towards the finish. Vetiver, pasty/musky labdabum, ambrocenide (a woody-amber), and the same leather molecule found in Montblanc Explorer finish this out (evidently called Saffiano after the leather of the same name). Wear time is more like a classic Amouage at all-day length but projection is just shy of monstrous in the way 2000's Amouage was. Best use is fall through spring, and this feels pretty generalist.

Amouage Enclave looks to compete with the various Gucci Guilty pour Homme (2011) variants, the various heavy hitters from Parfums de Marly like Layton (2016) and could almost be a more-youthful take on Amouage Interlude Black Iris (2020) released just ahead of this new collection. The woody-amber base and smooth dry down on the way there alongside the dynamic mint and spice will defintely turn heads with the "beastmode br0" backwards hat Instagram types that like to pose with bottles while doing pushups on the roofs of their cambered Subaru street racers (pardon while I vomit), but the rest of us not so obsessed with validation may find this a bit too "witness me" for use. Regardless, Amouage Enclave isn't quite the "Metallica Black Album" sellout release from the brand, as it's just weird enough to keep mallrats in love with Paco Rabanne Invictus (2013) from embrancing it, and still costs more than triple the retail of what they use, but gets dangerously closer to "compliment juice" than anything released under Christopher Chong's watch, even if the rest of the "Renaissance Collection" is more "French perfume" by comparison. Enclave is the second-best behind Amouage Ashore (2020) and too likeable to find any real fault but also a bit too soulless for me to enjoy on myself, although I'd not be upset catching it in the street on someone else. Thumbs up.
02nd October, 2020

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