Grand Amour is one of my favourite fragrances from Annick Goutal.
The story behind Grand Amour is this: Annick met her husband, Alain Meunier when they were both teenagers studying music – she the piano, he the cello. They grew up, they parted and their paths diverged. Twenty years later they met by chance at a dinner party. Their love was rekindled and the perfumer and world-famous cellist married. And, remained very happily so until her death. When he was courting her, Meunier, would bring Goutal a bouquet of white flowers each week, so in 1996, she had Isabelle Doyen create Grand Amour as a tribute to her love for her husband and their happy life together. That’s one hellavua story for a perfume to live up to, but Grand Amour does it easily, beautifully and gracefully.
It opens with a note of sweet, floral lily along with nectarous honeysuckle resting on a green note from hyacinth. Hyacinth has a powdery aspect and adds that texture here. As the green settles, the a lush, rich, deep Turkish rose comes forward and leads to an opulent heart of heady broom, jasmine, mimosa and heather. It’s the jasmine that stands out on me. The jasmine aspect of honeysuckle at the opening hints at what is to come: sweet narcotic, indolic, carnal jasmine that puts a lot of passion into this love story. The florals rest on an ambery accord of amber, vanilla and myrrh – rich, sweet and resinous, warmed by sensuous, smooth musk.
I am obsessed with the EdP, where the balsamic, resinous base is heavier at the drydown. It’s fuller, denser and more voluptuous than the EdT, but with that lovely Annick Goutal refinement. Grand Amour has lasting power, just like all great loves and while Annick Goutal’s love story isn’t my love story, her fragrance becomes my own on my skin. I just love it.
Notes: lily, honeysuckle, hyacinth, Turkish rose, broom, jasmine, mimosa, heather, myrrh, vanilla, amber, white musks
Parfumeur: Isabelle Doyen