Revisited: Serge Lutens Chêne
I think Chêne was about the second Lutens scent I ever smelled, and the first one I jumped through hoops to get a bell jar of (I shipped it to a friends mums house in Switzerland, we carried it back from a Christmas visit). Now it's available at Barneys of course, which means it's less of a hoop and more of a hop..
Originally, I wrote of Chêne as being fairly linear, and it is. It starts out earthy on me with hints of rum and immortelle, then gets drier, smoky and woody. I know some loathe it, but it's really one of my favorites. Robin calls it a "sleeper" scent, forgive me for being punny, I call it a keeper scent.
Chene is available at Barneys, among others, $140 for a 50ML bottle. My samples came from a healthy spritz from one of their bottles and from my bell jar. They smell exactly the same.