The Couture Grey featured in the collections since 1947, the Grey Emotion of Christian Dior’s family home in Granville, Pearl Grey like the facade of the boutique on Avenue Montaigne....
bergamot, rose, patchouli, amber, cedarwood, sandalwood and oakmoss
Gris Montaigne created by Dior perfumer François Demachy, is less like the archetypal earthy scents in the dior line but more sheer, modern and contemporary. Its been described as a mossy-woody yet floral chypre with strong references to the Dior's affinity to the iconic sombre grey that has showed up in several of his creations since 1947. With the refined structure of Miss Dior playing inspiration to it, Gris Montaigne channels the spirit of this house's first perfume creation but with a more radiance and boldness.
Powdery accords of the beautiful Turkish rose waft through my nose upon initial spraying, but soon take the quality of something more classic and aged. Patchouli really heightens this experience and is of the highest quality as is evident in all of Collection Privée scents, particularly Patchouli Imperial. The sweetness is contributed by amber that lingers softly in the background, but what really creates the 'grey' vibe in this scent is the mossy-woodsy notes that feature in Gris Montaigne. I absolutely love the effect of a moss accord in scents, which i find to be so enchanting, evocative and haunting so I was not surprised to learn that this scent did feature these particular nuances in a floral composition since I fell in love right from the first sniff.
Sandalwood and cedar are both woods with softer and more sensual aspects which add to an effortlessly secutive vibe in the base of this scent.
Overall Gris Montaigne is really intriguing, powdery without smelling antiquated, elegant and classic but also current much like the house itself, its a new interpretation of a concept of femininity which is characteristic of house of Christian Dior.
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