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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Boozy Tuesday

Botrytis, Sauvignonne and Le Boisé by Ginestet

Review by Tom

Last week March posted about sweet scents loved and loathed, and commenters Teri and Sweetlife reminded me of the delicious Ginestet Botrytis; a lucious scent that I had tried but never reviewed. Ginestet is a French vintner of renown, founded 100 years ago in Bordeaux. They have entered the perfume market with wine-based (sort of) scents, each quite beautiful.

Sauvignonne lists grapefruit, box tree, white peach with a base of dry white bordeaux (which begs the question why it's not called Bordeaunonne or something). It's a lovely citrus with just a touch of white wine note: as refreshing as a glass of white sangria, it also seems a bit more long-lived than most citrus scents I've run across. I don't know that I need another citrus scent, but if you are in the market for one, this is worth a sniff.

Le Boisé is less sweet than the other two and is somewhat marketed as a man's scent; it's packaged the most overtly winey- in a miniature wine bottle in a wooden box. It's a very nice wooded spicey concoction, but I sort of wish it's initial wine note stayed around longer. It's non intrusive in the way that some cedars can be, it was equally at home with the heat of the afternoon and the arctic chill of my office.

Botrytis lists honey, candied fruits, quince, pain d’epice, white flowers and a base of Sauterne. If Miel de Bois is killer bees on crack, then Botrytis is honeybees on ecstasy. I could barely unweld my nose from my forearm for the rest of the day. The gorgeous glottal honeycomb note stays around for quite a while, finally ceding to the flowery fruits, but never completely going away. The latter two on their own are merely pleasant compared to this, but that's damning with faint praise. Kate Jackson and Jacklyn Smith were eclipsed by Farrah's white-hot celebrity, but that didn't mean that they didn't have their own allure.

Botrytis is white-hot beautiful.

These are available at Beautyhabit and Luckyscent, $100 for 100ml


Blogger Gaia said...

Honeybees on ecstasy? I need it bad. Right?
The other two sound pleasant enough (the wood more than the citrus), but MdB would love to have a little sister to play with and not be sdo lonely in my more civilized collection, or so my deranged mind works (and how I ended up with a house full of cats, apparently).

12:05 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Well Darling-

You and I are in the same boat on Miel de Bois (and a yummy boat it is): I'd love to read your take on this one...

The citrus is realy quite nice, a perfect antidote to beastly summer heat.

12:30 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the idea of a wine maker coming up with perfumes, the idea of combining wine tasting with perfume tasting and then, wine and perfume have a lot in common...

12:51 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ive wanted to try Botytris for a few years now, I should just cave and buy a sample already - something I rarely do because it makes the experience of finding them in the stores all the more exciting. But I think I'll probably want this bad after smelling it. Sometimes you just know?

Honeybees on Ecstasy...well, truth be told, I'm having a hard time picturing this one. Maybe I should take some ecstasy...

Oh, who am I kidding, theres no money left over for drugs when your wish list includes Fleur de Narcisse and several hundred bell jars...


1:32 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hm, I have to dig out the Ginestet samples from the big box again, I want to find all the lovely notes Tom found in them...

2:34 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Botrytis? Smells like Sauternes. Good Sauternes. Unfortunately, this makes me hungry and forces me to look around for a bit of cheese, some crusty bread and a glass of aforementioned Sauternes. Maybe a nice, not too skimpy piece of superdense chocolate cake as well? Not good for my already more than baroque figure!

3:07 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Would you say that Botrytis is your favorite of the three? I think I like Le Boise the most, so dry, so elegant...

6:02 AM EDT  
Blogger chayaruchama said...

Hello, Tomcakes...
You would love Botrytis on Mrs. M...
It is very goooood on the puppies, mon doux.

While I like Sauvignonne, it's waaay too sweet on me.
Le Boise is lovely, but we agree- the winey part doesn't last long enough, and I have many other scents too similar to justify purchase.

Jindra, pussycat- how could you EVER have too Baroque a figure?
You sound scrumptious.

7:55 AM EDT  
Blogger marchlion said...

Sigh. Have to get me some more samples. Having discovered honey buried at the bottom of a couple of scents recently, I'm looking for more. Your "honeybees on ecstasy" line is brilliant. Maybe this time I'll get less liquor and more honey?

7:57 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

The honey in Boytritis has always scared me off from trying it, but I love the white one, it's really pretty perfect, and it always feels southern to me.

8:01 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been hoarding my Le Boise sample for ages. It's a winey woody vanilla-ish comfort scent on me & almost but not quite full bottle worthy (mostly due a funding deficiency). I will be pulling it out as the weather cools. But yes, I do wish the wineyness lasted a touch longer.
Now ... now you have me wanting to sample the others. I fear Sauvignonne will be too grapefruity & Botrytis will be too sweet (my skin amplifies sweet) but you've tempted me sorely. Darn it.

8:07 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I agree, and I would love to visit the vineyards to try some of the wines they are based upon

11:09 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Perfumes are drugs!

11:10 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


let us know what you think!

11:10 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Don't start me on the road to cheese!

11:11 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Yes, I think it is my favorite, although I would be very happy to have all of them.

11:12 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I'll bet it is!

11:13 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


It was booze on you? That's too bad. I got honey, honey, honey with none of the MdeB sting.

11:14 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


the white one does have kind of a Southern vibe to it. Maybe it's that bare hint of peach.

11:15 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


an the ever present (for me) funding deficiency.

I shall have to remember that gentlewomanly way of putting it!

11:17 AM EDT  
Blogger Divina said...

Le Boisé sounds right up my alley, but why do I find myself so damn intrigued by your description of Botrytis? Is the quince prominent?

11:48 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to interrupt the wine tasting - it's (quite) off topic but I wanted to come back to Tom as I received my Louve sample today... and ... I LOVE it ! can't stop sniffing my wrist... it's lovely almond with lots of cream and honey. Could I have a spoon please ???

12:37 PM EDT  
Blogger Ducks said...

I adore the Botrytis on me. It's all honeyed fruit at first and then simmers down into a dryly honeyed concoction with whispers of spice and wine... not my usual cup of tea, as I am a fruit hater. I grimaced at the fruit the first time I tried it on, but I have to admit that my trial vial is getting tapped a lot. I suppose I should confess that it's one of the two vials I keep in my office desk, in case I have forgotten to scent myself before I come in... it's very office-tolerable and easy to wear, despite the glaceed effect.

12:55 PM EDT  
Blogger mbsheisey said...

I've been following this blog for months, but never posted before today, cause I haven't become that familiar with all the French perfumes blogged about yet. BUT, I have had the pleasure of discovering Botrytis, and folks, don't let the mention of fruits and honey scare you, it is sheer, absolute unadulterated HEAVEN.

1:09 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*scribbles these onto never ending listage*

There, happy?

1:47 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I didn't get quince at all: for me the honey note was the most prominent. There is a bare whiff of fruit, slightly winey as if you were drinking red sangria, but that's a looooong way into the development.

1:50 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I am so happy to hear some Louve love coming! I think it's pretty delicious myself and I am trying to ration my sample until it show up at Barneys!

1:52 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I used to be a fruit hater but Rahat Loukoum turned me. Botrytis could have done so too.

And yes, it is very office friendly!

1:54 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


It is heaven and thanks for de-lurking!

This is what sample programs and decanters are made for: who could keep up with all of these, especially if you don't live in a large city?

Long live decanters!

1:56 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Not until you report your opinions, I'm not!

1:57 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of funds, just stopped by BeautyHabit & snagged samples of all 3, plus some PdN Figue Tea (that's Patty's fault), plus back up supplies of Juozas Statkevicius & Cuir Ottoman. You are a bad influence, sir ;)

2:40 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Awww- that makes me feel good: I am an enabler!

4:35 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah! I feel so much less furtive in my love, now! Thanks for the mention, Tom, and for the beautiful review. I should say that I was partly emboldened to confess on PP because I thought I remembered B. showing up on one of your top ten lists.

I took March's dare and ordered samples of Miel de Bois and Acqua di Cuba. We shall see...

7:09 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

sweetlife- I might have to get a sample of Aqua di cuba- I've never smelled it!

I think you might like MdeB, especially if you love Botrytis. I love it, but the Lutens' claws are sharp.

Let us know how it goes!

11:03 PM EDT  

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